Thursday, 27 April 2017

Yu-Gi-Oh: Dark Crisis (DCR) Sealed Blister Pack Case Opening

I made mention during one of my previous unboxings of wanting to get hold of some sealed Dark Crisis packs as it is one of my favourite sets from the classic era of Yu-Gi-Oh. The boxes aren't cheap though on account of the set being short-printed and trying to separate the legitimate boxes from fake/re-sealed/scaled product is tricky when you only have ebay photographs to work with. Luckily I noticed this sealed shipping carton/case/whatever you want to call it of Dark Crisis blister packs. For those that don't know, Konami used to waste a shitload of cardboard and plastic by also selling single packs on a big piece of card, intended to hang up on store displays or at the point of sale.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Yu-Gi-Oh: Legendary Collection 4 Joey's World Box Opening

Hot on the heels of the two Yugi's World boxes I recently opened comes this, the Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World. I only bought one of these as they are a little harder to pick up cheaply than the Yugi's World boxes (despite being released afterwards), possibly because there are better cards in the set. As with the Yugi boxes, these also comes with a game board, promotional cards and 5 'Mega Packs' each containing a Rare, Super Rare, Ultra Rare, Secret Rare and five commons.

The 'grail' card in this set is a Secret Rare Raigeki but unfortunately, I didn't manage to pull it. I did get some decent stuff that I was happy with though.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Yu-Gi-Oh: Legendary Collection 3 Yugi's World Box Opening x2

I've been wanting to grab a few of these cool boxes for a while now after seeing the awesome cards that you can potentially pull inside. Each box comes with a hard game board (basically a play mat), a pack of promotional cards and 5x 'Mega Packs". The best thing about these packs is that each one is guaranteed to contain a Rare, Super Rare, Ultra Rare and Secret Rare card and with this being a MASSIVE set, there are so many reprints worth pulling in the higher rarities.

These boxes are getting harder to find now and so each one set me back just shy of £30. If you consider the potential resale value of any good stuff you pull then it's still a good price though. Certainly nowhere near as risky as buying a classic booster box. As you can see above, I had 10 packs in total to open and I think that I got some great pulls...

Monday, 17 April 2017

Nintendo Discontinuing the NES Mini + A Random Nintendo Rant

Well, I'm here again with another topic that has already been covered to death across the interwebs but I'm struggling with ideas for gaming-related posts at the moment so ripping into Nintendo for something they've done seems like a reasonable way to fill a void with some content...if you can call it "content" (which even I wouldn't to be fair).

ANYWAY, Nintendo recently announced their decision to discontinue production of the NES Classic Edition/NES Mini/That Thing That Was Never In Stock, a press release that was met with a universal "buh?" from the gaming community. The puzzled reaction was hardly a surprise either for this thing has been selling like crazy since its release and - to my knowledge - has never not been a hot product, always out of stock and being sold by shameless scalping re-sellers for way over the standard RRP. People still want one and yet, with the stock shortages still not resolved, Nintendo have pulled the plug.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Yu-Gi-Oh - Duelist Saga Case Opening

I don't generally like newer Yu-Gi-Oh sets, preferring to collect the classic stuff instead but sometimes a new product comes along that is difficult to resist. Such a thing happened very recently with the brand-new Duelist Saga set. Duelist Saga contains a load of reprints of some truly awesome cards but also, a lot of brand-new cards that had previously only existed within the anime. After seeing the full set list, I opted to order a whole case of the set. A single retail mini-box contains three packs, each of which contains five cards. The display case comes with five of these boxes for an overall total of 75 cards (North America's cases seem to be bigger, coming with eight mini-boxes) so I thought I'd get a number of cool pulls if I picked up a case. Furthermore, every card is Ultra Rare with a pretty new parallel kind of foil effect which I quite like. From the set list, there were seven cards in particular that I wanted to get:
  • Dark Magician
  • Blue-Eyes White Dragon
  • Raviel, Lord of Phantasms
  • Uria, Lord of Searing Flames
  • Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder
  • Armityle the Chaos Phantom
  • Chaos Scepter Blast
Yes, none of those are from the pool of exciting new cards that will work really well in competitive play but I'm a collector anyway. Oddly enough, I've not once owned any of the 'Sacred Beasts' cards since my return to collecting despite buying loads of single cards and joblots in that time so I was pretty pleased to see them all reprinted in Duelist Saga along with their insane fusion form too. So how did I fare in the end?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Great Moments in Gaming #3 - Spyro 2's Big Glide

It's been a while since I did one of these but a recent replay of Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer (or Ripto's Rage as it is known in North America) gave me chance to revisit one of my favourite "wow" moments in gaming. Despite featuring a lot of gliding and big gaps to cross, the Spyro series rarely throws something daunting or overly challenging at the player in terms of glides. In fact, I get sick of Hunter's jumping/gliding tutorials in the second and third games! But then while in the Autumn Plains castle, you charge a cracked wall down and two whirlwinds later find yourself at the very highest point of the castle, atop a turret with the sound of the wind gusting all around. But what do you do once up here? Surely not glide to that extremely distant, tiny platform? Well...yes!

I just love this glide for the semi-secret nature of getting up to the roof in the first place, the sound of the wind blowing all around and the glide itself with Autumn Plains' beautiful soundtrack in the background. It doesn't seem that impressive by today's standards but back then, this was a bit of an exciting moment for me.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Top Five Favourite Pokemon

It's been a while since I've compiled a Top 5 and since I've recently dug out my Pokemon Diamond Version cartridge to do some levelling-up and Battle Tower runs, I thought it might be time to decide once and for all what my five favourite monsters are. Now there will be a certain amount of old-school bias here since I stopped playing after the fourth generation (Diamond/Pearl) and from what I have seen of the newer titles, it is my personal opinion that the designers are running out of ideas in a big way for new Pokemon. Compare the classics with the frankly bizarre monsters of the latest generations (there's one based on a bin bag for f***s sake) and there's a gaping difference. Without any further controversy-stirring however, I'll get on with my Top Five...

1. Houndoom

That's right, we're really kicking it old-school here with some utterly gorgeous Ken Sugimori watercolour artwork. What I find fascinating about Houndoom is that it doesn't really fit into the mould of a kid-friendly series of games given how the thing looks like the Devil's pet pooch. Houndoom looks evil and absolutely bad-ass and I'm not sure we'll see such a dark design for a Pokemon again.