SNES Classic Launches on 9/29/2017

SNES Classic Launches on 9/29/2017

What can I say other than OMG!!!!!

As a lifelong Nintendo fan, I live for these special moments where classic gaming comes to the forefront. I grew up playing Nintendo games with my friends daily. Before Microsoft and Sony came into the picture, Nintendo had all of my attention. Sure Sega was around but, they were big meanies in my opinion. Sega did what Nintendon’t and ran themselves out of business. I do have a lot love for Sega don’t get me wrong. Nintendo is my heart though. They just announced that the SNES Classic Edition is set to release on September 29th 2017. Many people probably aren’t excited for reasons I will explain shortly but, I myself am ecstatic.

The SNES Classic follows the release of the NES Classic from 2016. The NES Classic was a mini version of the original Nintendo console packed with 30 classic games. I didn’t go to Target when they opened on release day because, I figured I would be able to just pick on up at anytime. Well, it became the hottest item of the Christmas holiday. Not only were they sold out at my local Target; they were sold out all over the country. People were waiting 10+ hours in the blistering cold to get their hands on one. I was one of those people (maybe not 10 hours for me but, hours before store opening all the same). When I finally got my hands on one I felt like I had finally won! Here we go all over again!

Nintendo is the only video game company that knows how to create rare items. Many people complain about them not making their products readily available. Sure they have stock issues and have historically. I can’t remember a time when a Nintendo system didn’t have a stock issue. That is completely fine with me because, Nintendo creates rare, timeless gems. Only 2 million NES Classics were sold. If they were openly available, Nintendo may have sold double, triple even quadruple that given the demand. Instead the system was discontinued after just 5 months. Another rare gem for the Nintendo fans in the world.

The SNES Classic will come with 21 pack-in games (9 less than the NES) but, these aren’t your run of the mill titles. Please see the game list below:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Super Metroid
  • F-Zero
  • Star Fox 2 (never released)
  • Super Punch-Out
  • Street Fighter 2 Turbo
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Mega Man X
  • Kirby Superstar
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Star Fox
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Contra III
  • Secret of Mana
  • Earthbound
  • Super Ghouls and Ghosts

I am genuinely excited to have another piece of my childhood back. A lot of these games I have physical copies of but, I currently don’t have an SNES system. THIS IS AWESOME!

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NES Classic and the trouble of getting one!

NES Classic and the trouble of getting one!

It is not secret that Nintendo’s NES Classic is the hottest item of the season. Well that and the Hatchimal but, I’m not interested in that. I never knew that the NES would become one of the hard to find items. I mean it’s a $60 system with 30 pre-loaded games. If you ask a lot of people, they will tell you that no item at $60 should be this difficult to find. I’d like to look at it a bit differently.

This past Sunday I decided to take my chances with the Toys R Us restock. I got myself up at 4 am with plans to arrive at 4:30 am. I arrived as the 29th person in line or so I thought (more on that later). Toys R Us opens at 8 am in my area so I figured 3 1/2 isn’t too bad of a wait. It was pretty cold but, everyone was in good spirits. The Store Manager arrived around 6 am or so and he took a look at the line. At this point I would of estimated a good 75 people had shown up. He came out at around 6:15 and he walked the line twice. The first time he walked the line was to count how many people wanted Hatchimals. The second time was to count The NES numbers. On both occasions he cut the line about 10 people behind where I was standing. Everyone else was told there were no more and to head home. He went back into the store and informed us that he would hand out tickets at 7:30.

Fast forward to 7:30 and we are waiting for our tickets. You can imagine my mood when I was informed that the NES tickets were all gone just 4 spaces ahead of me. I stood in line since 4:30 and was told that I was counted for and now the systems are gone. Not only me but the 4 people ahead of me, and the 10 behind me. I was not going to take no for an answer. The manager said that even though he told us that we were counted, families may have had people in their cars. This means that he has to offer a system to every person in line. He wouldn’t acknowledge that created a false expectation. I got a little angry and I raised my voice at him because, he should of know better. You can’t count people at 6:30 and come back an hour later to hand out tickets. Too many people have showed up to hop in line with friends and family. There is too much room for error there.

He told the ticketed folks to head into the store and wait at customer service. There were six of us outside, who stayed in our line and waited for him to return to us. Everyone behind us has dispersed and began to swarm the guy. At one point he told us to just forget about it altogether. I asked him if we could be added onto a wait list. His answer was no because he wasn’t sure if he would get anymore in before December 25th. I didn’t care when it came in, I just wanted to ensure that I received one. I asked more then a few times until he broke down and said that he needs to obtain approval. He went into the store and came back out with good news. They found an extra box on the truck but, only three are in the box. So by courtesy, the three people in front of me get systems. They head in and we continue to hang out. One of the lucky people were part of a couple. The wife stayed behind because, she wanted one for herself.

More potential good news struck as we were told that another box of three may or may not be on the truck. Instead of giving them to the next three, he wanted to put everyone’s name into a hat and draw them. I said no way…we are still standing in our original formation.Once the people behind us realized that the couple ahead of me were standing in line for two, they totally turned on the wife. They didn’t want her to get a system and told the manager to raffle off her box. I gently pushed her forward as he told us to go wait for him inside. I didn’t want her to get into an argument with anyone…you’ve gotten this close and you don’t need to mess that up.

Once inside we waited for about a half out and finally!!!!!!!!!

I was able to put my hands around my NES Classic. Our hard work paid off. If I wouldn’t of stood there and fought with him, someone else would of gotten my system. Just goes to show you that standing your ground can truly pay off when it’s right. I wrapped my system and plan to open it on Christmas morning. For those of you who are still searching, stay strong. Target gets them in small batches throughout the week and Best Buy is planning a nationwide restock on November 20th. Please don’t get caught up the the EBay resale gimmick paying 3x the price. There was a guy in the front of line willing to sell his for $200 bucks. I told him if he needed to wait in line for a chance to make $140 profit then maybe he needs to find a better paying job.

Good luck out there!nes-pic

Black Thursday is Upon Us

Halloween is less than a week away! This year has flew by and it’ll be Christmas before you know it. I like to get my shopping plan started early so I try to keep an eye out for early pricing. I would consider myself a Black Thursday shopper but, never for anything in particular. I just like to go out and see what trinkets I can find. Despite the crowds it can be a fun experience. One thing I can always say about Black Thursday is that the poor employee’s suffer the worst. I worked almost 10 years in retail and I don’t think I’ll ever go back….holidays suck! When I worked for Target we always purchased catered dinner for our teams throughout the day. They were always very appreciative of that. I will always remember Target for going out of their way to try and bring a piece of home to work. I would assume that most companies don’t value their employee’s in that way. Macys? JCPenney? Kohls? Best Buy? WAL-MART?

I read an article today that Kohl’s is planning on opening at 6 p.m on Thanksgiving and Macy’s is opening at 5 p.m. Who is making these decisions to open these stores this early? While many companies are starting to pull back on opening so early, retail establishments are just pushing forward. I can only speak for myself but, regardless of what time your store opens, If I’m planning to go there I’m going to go. Makes no difference if it’s 6 p.m (ridiculous) or midnight (like it should be). Its greed and it drives me crazy!

Giving Back To My Grandparents

Grandparents

The following story contains bedbugs, hospitals and overall paranoia. It’s been a while since I’ve made a post but, things have become normal again and I’d like to share a personal story with you. ¬†Growing up, my Grandparents were the only parents I knew. They took care of me and made sure I had everything that I need. My mom was around but, she wasn’t really fit to raise me on her own. The story of me and my mom is a story for another day though. My grandparents I owe pretty much everything to for making me the person I am today. My Grandpa is 79 years old and my Grandma is 76. For the sake of titles, we will call Grandpa J and Grandma P.

J was recently taken to the hospital for not being able to do anything on his own. He has always been a very independent person and I’ve never known him to visit a doctor. I am 29 years old and J has never gotten a check up to my knowledge. He just retired less than 90 days ago for goodness sake. At work J has fallen multiple times. He even worked while having less than 50% use of his right arm. I guess the falls became too much to bear and it became time to retire. My mom noticed that J also had issues making it to the bathroom and would have accidents. After taking J to the hospital, we learned that his blood pressure was at 220 which is heart attack levels. He also has a form of Parkinson’s which his mom also had. As hard as it was to get him there, it felt good to have him seen by a doctor.

P gets frustrated when things like this happen and she begins to worry. She overexerts herself and creates unneeded stress. To add salt to the wound, P found out that there are bed bugs in the house. If anyone has ever had bed bugs, it can be quite the experience. You have to take all of your linens and clothes and put them into trash bags. You when have to either take them to a laundromat or dry them on high heat at home. The clothes then go into clean trash bags. Orkin came out for an inspection and luckily they were only in one bedroom and within one chair.

Doctor visits on top of the bed bug clean up has been a nightmare for everyone. We all want to help but, at the same time we want to avoid bringing things to our own homes. It’s such a tough spot to be in. Luckily we’ve worked through the bulk of things and my Grandparents are in the clean up phase. J hasn’t been cleared to come home just yet. Sorry If I just rushed through this all but, I needed to clear my head of this all. This really helped.