Nintendo Executive Begs You Not To Buy SNES Classic Off Scalpers

Remember last Spring when getting a hold of a Nintendo NES Classic was about as difficult as finding a Detective Comics #27 at a local flea Market?

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Well Nintendo’s North American President Reggie Fils-Aime promises the same will not be the case with this Fall’s release of the SNES Classic.

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, he advised Nintendo fans not to pay more than $80 for a unit and that plenty of stock will be available when the product goes on sale September 29th.

“I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites . . . You shouldn’t [have to] pay more than $79.99,” Fils-Aime said.

However when the SNES Classic opened for pre-orders, users found the units in the same short supply as it’s predecessor earlier in the year, even though Fils-Aime states that Nintendo has “dramatically increased” production for SNES Classic stock.

This has led to speculation that Nintendo is purposefully holding back inventory to artificially increase demand before the holidays.

I don’t think this is the case. I believe with the initial NES Classic unit, Nintendo looked at how slow the sales were of Atari’s and Sega’s similar consoles and ended up legitimately caught off guard with the demand for their console.

The question is did Nintendo learn from their miscue with the NES Classic? We will find out in the coming months.

The SNES Classic is scheduled to be available September 29th (in North America) and include 21 classic games.

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Mario Officially Retired From Plumbing

When did Mario leave the sub-terrain princess rescuing business.

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According to his profile on Nintendo’s official web-site, Mario has added plumber to his list of previous careers.

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Per Kotaku.

Since “a long time ago” can mean anything from a few decades ago to last Thursday, we are not sure exactly when he left the plumbing business.

Mario has worn many hats over the …actually… that is not true. Let me try that again.

Mario has had many careers over the years.

Around 35 years ago, Mario made his debut in Donkey Kong as a carpenter, according to Shigeru Miyamoto.

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“I am so lost…”

“With (1983’s) Mario Bros., we brought in Luigi and a lot of the game was played underground so we made him to fit that setting and, we decided he could be a plumber,” Miyamoto previously told USA Today. “The scenario dictates his role.”

Between all the blue color careers he has had, I wonder how he found the time to go to medical school? I mean this guy is nearly as busy as Dwayne Johnson!

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“Why take a red pill or a blue pill when you can take both?”

Atari Teases Their New Gaming Console: The Ataribox

Nintendo had a huge success with their NES Classic last year and, as long as they get their embarrassing distribution hurdles behind them, their new SNES Classic due out this Fall should be a license print money!

Now Atari is hoping to learn some do’s and don’ts from Nintendo for their release of their new Ataribox!

 

While Atari is still being very tight lipped about the details of their new console (specs, pricing, games, release date…), they have confirmed that the new system “will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.”

In an email released to subscribers today, Atari announced that they plan on releasing 2 versions that will pay homage (at least cosmetically) to their original systems: A wood edition and a black/red edition!

Here is an excerpt from the email:

“Inspired by classic Atari design elements (such as the iconic use of wood, ribbed lines, and raised back); we are creating a smooth design, with ribs that flow seamlessly all around the body of the product, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, indicator lights that glow through the material, and an array of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD). We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.”

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The system does look pretty sweet!

Atari says they are taking their time with the details on this project because they want to “get it right”, which sounds suspiciously like “we saw the negativity Nintendo received by not addressing their supply chain issues early on and we don’t want that.”

Special thanks to Uncle Steve for this find!

Make sure to subscribe to GeekyDaddy.com or follow us on social media to keep informed on this and other “Geeky culture” topics!

In the meantime, vintage Atari gamers can still get their fix from the Atari Flashback 7 Deluxe.

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Available on Amazon.com

Side Note: How many of the 17 different Nintendo consoles have you owned?

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Nintendo Confirms SNES Classic Will Launch In September!

As Geeky Daddy reported last April, Nintendo will build upon the demand it saw for it’s NES Classic with a September launch of an SNES Classic!

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Source: Nintendo of America’s Twitter

Hopefully Nintendo will have the supply chain difficulties that they experienced with their NES Classic model resolved by the launch of this product, but based on the launch of their Switch system, I highly doubt it.

Geeky Daddy will keep you up-to-date on product availability. The unit is rumored to retail for $80 and will include two remotes and the following games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars (Never played this one, but feel like the original is so far superior)
  • Donkey Kong Country (Love this game – I spent hours playing this one back in the day!)
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Same with Contra – the original was superior until the launch of the N64)
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox (OMG, OMG, OMG – YES!!!)
  • Star Fox 2 (OMG again – this was never originally released. Let’s hope it’s not a flop like other sequels tend to be)
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart (Always a classic)
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World (I played this recently and forgot how hard it is – were we just better gamers when we were kids?)
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

I really would have hoped for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but at least StarFox is on the list!

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Geeky Daddy’s Top Ten Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

Father’s Day (my first) is quickly approaching and people asking me for “geeky gift ideas for dad” recommendations.

Here are my top ten ideas!

Star Wars Death Star USB Wall Charger

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Your father will see the power of this fully armed and operational wall charger! At just $10.99 the wall charger is the perfect gift for any Star Wars fan from daddy’s little Padawan.

Coffee & Donuts DIY Coloring Book Tie

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Available on ThinkGeek.com

Is there a more traditional Father’s Day gift than a tie? Probably not, but we’re an nontraditional site!

Turn your basic tie upside down with a black & white tie that can be colored in with your choice of markers, bringing “Casual Friday” to a whole new level! The tie itself is machine washable, but be careful washing after coloring the tie…not all markers are created equal!

Star Trek: TOS Bluetooth® Communicator

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The gift every Star Trek fan has been craving since they first watched Captain Kirk hook up with a hot alien female!

This officially licensed Star Trek Tricorder uses Bluetooth to pair with your cellular device, enabling daddy to simply answer calls by flipping open his tricorder and over acting just like his favorite space trekking captain. Your daddy’s very own Tricorder is also pre-loaded with 20 authentic sound effects and voice clips from the Star Trek universe, a unique stand to display the Tricorder when not in use and a hard case.

Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch

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Available on ThnkGeek.com

Back to the Future was an interesting father-son tale in that father and son are the same age and Marty had to help his dad with his game! Dr. Emmet Brown also played a surrogate father role, although it does seem kind of odd that the teenaged Marty was hanging out with the crazy old guy. And he did also share a kiss with his own mother and purchased the sports almanac that ultimately ended with President Biff. Maybe this wasn’t the best example, but the watch is pretty darn cool!

This officially licensed Flux Capacitor watch uniquely displays the current time and date and features a “time travel” mode. Plus, just like the DeLorean, it’s made of stainless steel! (No DeLoreans were hurt in the making of this watch, at least I don’t think so.)

Star Trek Kirk’s Command Chair Bean Bag Cover

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Available on ThinkGeek.com

Another officially licensed Star Trek product, Captain Kirk’s bean bag chair cover is the perfect place for dad to command space faring missions or watch football from on Sunday afternoons. It has faux communication controls in the arm rest so dad can contact Scotty in engineering! Ok, by “contact Scotty in engineering” I of course mean “yell for someone in the kitchen to bring him a beer”.

Heck, this unique chair is so cool, you could even watch Star Wars from it…just don’t tell any hardcore fans of either franchise about it.

Game of Thrones Dragonclaw Goblet Replica

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Available on ThinkGeek.com

Drink deep from a goblet of the House Baratheon of Dragonstone.

With a resin stem shaped like a dragon’s claws and a glass bowl, this chalice is perfect for hosting parties in your own Chamber of the Painted Table or for a quiet dinner alone pondering the fate of your kingdom.

Tetris Stackable LED Desk Lamp

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Available on ThinkGeek.com

Remind dad of the good old days with his favorite old school video game. Seven Tetris piece interlocking LED lights can be stacked and separated and automatically light up when stacked together.

It also makes for an awesome interactive night light sharing some daddy-toddler time before bed. Thankfully, the lines do not disappear when stacked as they do in the game.

Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Cutting Board

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Available on ThinkGeek.com

Some daddies are experts in the kitchen. I am not one of them, but some are.

The Awesome Mix Vol. 2 glass cutting board has rubber feet to prevent sliding and is coated to be stain and odor resistant. Which is a great thing because who knows what kind of smells intergalactic veggies leave behind.

Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs with Sounds 

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Available on Amazon.com

Two things all guys love are grilling and making lightsaber sounds while doing whatever it is that we are doing.

These 22″ BBQ lightsaber tongs make their own authentic lightsaber sounds leaving dad free to concentrate on not burning dinner!

Slave Leia Costume

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Available on Amazon.com

“Slave Leia” is the pinnacle of sexiness for any fan boy ever so why not let daddy fulfill his adolescent fantasy on his special day by giving this to mommy to wear? (Or I guess some daddies could wear this also, I don’t judge.)

Hey, this is supposed to be “daddy’s day” right? Well click the link for a more descriptive review of this actual costume, I try to keep this site as kid friendly as possible.

Honorable Mention:

Who’s Your Daddy T-shirt

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Available on Amazon.com

You knew this would be on the list somewhere, so let’s just get it out of the way. Arguably the most famous disgruntled family in the galaxy’s history, the Skywalker’s are also the most famous father and son duo in the galaxy’s history. And this was all before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

This T-shirt is a great way for any Star Wars fan to display their pride in being a father and a Star Wars fan.

Find more great geeky gift ideas at Amazon or Think Geek. And ThinkGeek is offering a free Father’s Day T-shirt with any $50 purchase, so great time to go check them out!


I Spent $108,000 On Freemium Mobile Phone Games And All I Got Was This Lousy Divorce Notice.

We all know how “Freemium” games work: The game itself is free but real currency is required for certain characters, upgrades or whatever else. These games are hugely popular all over the world, but especially in Japan, where people spend more per capita on mobile phone games than North American consumers.

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Some top Freemium games

“Freemium” games can easily become addictive and expensive, as one couple in Japan found out. Rocket News is reporting that a woman has turned to the internet for advice on how to handle it.

Her mother passed away 3 years ago and and left her a lump sum life insurance payout of eight million yen (roughly $71,900 USD at the time I write this). She deposited the money in a joint account she had with her husband that already contained their savings of four million yen, for a total of 12 million yen (around $108,000 USD).

However, when she recently checked the balance in the account and was shocked to find it empty! After the discovery, her husband nonchalantly admitted to spending about four thousand yen ($360 USD) per month on mobile phone gaming over the past couple years.

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photo credit: Rocket News

Now she is considering divorce because to top it off, the dude refuses to apologize!

Obviously, I am making light of this situation, but this is a serious concern for anyone with addiction concerns or little sidekicks in their house that play these types of games. Part of why these games are so popular in Japan is because of their love of “gacha”, which is a game of chance. In gacha systems, not every purchase will yield a higher level character or whatever. This makes the games even more addictive to gamblers.

In this situation, the player was an adult who knowingly accepted the terms of these games, but many Freemium games are marketed and geared towards children who may not understand the difference between real currency and make believe.

Please keep an eye on your children and understand what games they are playing on their mobile phones and tablets. Also make sure to go over the “terms & conditions” of the games for any surprises.

Feature image credit: Reuters.com.

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Witcher TV Series Heading To Netflix!

Per IGN, Netflix will develop and produce a new original series based off the Witcher Saga, the popular book series the video games are based off of.

Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the novels, will serve as creative consultant for the series.

While Lil’ G is at grandma’s or if he ever actually falls asleep, Geeky Mommie loves to play Witcher 3 on our PS4. The game features an engaging and interesting story, fun gameplay and terrific graphics, but the game features plenty of “adult situations” that (while are awesome!) should NOT be played while Padawans are in the room.

Tomas Baginski – who directed the intro videos for all three Witcher video games, will direct at least one episode per season.

No release date, casting or particular stories for the series have been released yet, but Jason Brown has been brought on as an executive producer. He has shown high quality work on The Expanse on Syfy so expectations for this series should be high!

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Cosplay Carefully: RCMP Respond To ‘Fallout’ Video Game Cosplay Bomb

If you are going to dress as a post apocalyptic character from a video, I highly recommend you do not simply wander the streets in costume.

According to CBC, a man dressed in cosplay as a character from the post-apocalyptic video game Fallout, complete with gas mask, ammo belt and armor, aroused a bit of concern from resident and multiple calls to the Royal Canadian Mounted police.

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Complete with “New California Republic” flag. Source Kyle Martel/Facebook

At least 8 officers responded with weapons drawn and observed the Fallout fan walk into Lynn Alterations. Police vacated local businesses and called Lynn Alterations.  The owner, Hoa Huynh, was preparing to take measurements when he got the call asking if he could see any wires.

The police asked Huynh to leave, which he did, and then they made contact with the suspect. Through conversations, they were able to determine that he was wearing a costume and posed no threat to anyone…except maybe other cosplayers.

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What appeared to be a bomb turned out to be a number of Pringles potato chip cans taped together and covered with silver paint.

The suspect was briefly held but released without charges.

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RCMP could be seen laughing about the situation afterwards. Source: William Vavrek Photography

Geeky Daddy’s Tip of the Day: If your cosplay involves explosive devices, belts of bullets or a gas mask and you are not standing directly in front of a fan expo, You should probably not wear it wandering down a main street.

Or do your own alterations.

Or buy your Fallout Cosplay from Amazon!

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Fallout Helmet Available on Amazon.com

Big Lebowski Pinball Game Just Quietly Became The Rarest Non-prototype Pinball Game In The World…And Still Ties The Room Together!

This is an amazing story that you would swear was written by the Joel & Ethan Coen brothers themselves.

The Big Lebowski has become such an iconic piece of pop culture. It’s one of those films that you watch once, say “That movie kinda sucked!” but then find yourself quoting John Goodman’s Walter Sobchak repeatedly for the next week and a half. Before you realize what happened, you’ve watched the movie a dozen times…sometimes even while sober.

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If you see a Big Lebowski pinball game in a bowling alley arcade, take a picture with it. And then try to scalp it off the owner because it is suddenly worth a small fortune!

The pinball game itself is something of an engineering marvel.  So much of the movie’s characters, one-liners and themes have been creatively encompassed into the game. Complete with a rug that rolls back with each ball strike to reveal a hidden trap door, a fully functioning bowling alley and, of course, the dude’s car.

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“The Rug does tie the room together…”

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There is even an actual runner that shipped with the game to tie the room together!

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Fits underneath the game

But all that is not what makes the Big Lebowski on of the most sought after arcade collector items…

“New $#!T has come to light.”

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It took Dutch Pinball of the Netherlands nearly three years to bring this pinball game to market.  They fought through licensing issues, design delays and renegotiations with production vendors (most notably ARA) attempting to fill their limited edition 300 promised purchase orders.

However on March 25th, 2017, Dutch Pinball emailed the 300 people with outstanding deposits that they have CEASED production and will NOT be filling their remaining backorders due to a dispute with their their chief vendor ARA. Higher than anticipated production cost, devaluation of the Euro and other factors are believed to be the source of the dispute.

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It is believed that of the 300 units ordered, ONLY 36 HAVE ACTUALLY SHIPPED!

3 dozen shipped globally is an incredibly low amount of pinball machines making The Big Lebowski one of the scarcest (non-prototype) pinball machines ever!

Mint condition pinball machines are extremely rare and sell for a premium at hotly contested auctions because pinball machines commonly get severely beat up and abused at bars, bowling alleys and arcades.

Of the 36 units shipped, it is unknown how many are in the wild (arcades, bowling alleys, pubs…) vs. private residences, but one thing you could bet Donnie’s life on: The Big Lebowski just became one of the most sought after pinball machines in the world.

Now ARA does have 40 units available for shipment (per the Dutch Pinball email) which could possibly come to market someday. However even if this does unlikely happen, depending on legal proceedings between the two companies, it won’t happen anytime soon.

For Dutch Pinball’s sake, I hope they figure something out.  There is a ton of upfront R & D cost involved in designing, coding, building & prototyping a pinball game that cannot be recouped on the sale of just three dozen units.

Pinball News has an in depth article from last year about the level of development & sophistication put into the production of the Big Lebowski pinball machine here. Real fascinating.

Sidenote: I really want to see the Coen Brothers put together a heist movie where somebody steals this rare pinball machine and holds it for ransom.

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Geeky Daddy Test Drives Nintendo NES Classic

This post is over a week behind thanks to Lil’ G-Man’s daycare unleashing Strep Throat, Pink Eye and other illnesses upon us.  That place is like a biological weapons factory. But we are getting back to health.

We got our NES Classic Edition from Amazon and couldn’t wait to relive happy memories from our childhood. For a review of a product this important, I brought in support in the form of classic Nintendo enthusiasts: Uncle Josh! Uncle Josh has forgotten more about Nintendo classics like Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros than I can pretend to know.

And now, the unveiling of the NES Classic Mini

What surprised us most initially was the compact size of the NES Classic.  Very tiny and lightweight, aas Lil G-Man models below!

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Lil G-Man is not smiling because we wouldn’t let him play

The NES Classic comes with the power cord, an HDMI cord, 1 controller and a cool vintage poster. The included controller comes with an extremely short cord, so to avoid serious vision damage gy sitting inches from the screen, we recommend purchased the controller extension cord.  You will also want a second controller to enjoy all the 2 player games such as super Contra (which in the video I mistakenly said was not included on the system. It is listed simply as “Super C”).

We purchased the TASYSZ (off brand) controller since it comes with a 12 ft controller cord, as opposed to Nintendo’s 6 ft cord.  It also cost $12.99 on Amazon as opposed to Nintendo’s steeper price of $39.95.  That’s 2/3 the cost of the unit for just the controller!

In the video below, we initially fire up the NES Classic and go for our first test drive.

After a couple hours of play (and reminiscing of our youth), we determined that some games were more fun than others. Super Mario, Dr. Mario and Excitebike were awesome.  Some games you remember as being cool but then revisiting them, you wonder why you ever thought that.  Kinda like going back as an adult and watching your favorite cartoon, listening to the horrible dialogue and wondering if you were a moron as a kid for finding it entertaining.

My overall opinion is the system is well worth the $59.95 price tag, but probably not the crazy inflated price some scalpers are trying to receive for it.  There is a certain nostalgic feeling playing the games on the Classic NES system as opposed to a mod on a PC or PS4.

There is something to be said for this system having such demand for it while the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console is still going for MSRP with no scalping demand.  Shows which system gamers would rather play.

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