Monday, November 23, 2015

The Nintendo Pre-Order Panic

For some fans, the Nintendo Direct announcements only meant loads of disappointment, as the itchy fingers of scalpers clicked away on pre-orders listed on most retail websites, leaving out some without anything at all. If you're one of the unlucky ones, fret not, Christmas can still be magical! There's still a chance to avoid paying the exorbitant prices asked by these scalpers for your copies of Megaman Legacy Collector's Edition, Twilight Princess HD CE, and Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition 3DS.

Apparently, Play-Asia has secured allocations for its members. 


Before ending this post, it seems like some people have been scouring the web for the new TAC4 by HORI to play first person shooters (FPS) on the Playstation Network with their friends. Unfortunately, Amazon isn't carrying it yet and the eBay listings are still on the pricey side. The only way to retain PC FPS gaming skills on console (with the keyboard and mouse) for Battlefront, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty is to use peripherals like the TAC for the PS4.

Buuuut...if you're really insistent on buying Stateside through the familiar Big 3, i.e. Amazon, BestBuy and Gamestop, especially when Black Friday's just around the corner and Cyber Monday too, Nowinstock is a brilliant website to use in monitoring pre-order inventories online.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Game Chasers Season 3 on Indiegogo

Just in time, as so many things have preoccupied me of late! They're back, the Game Chasers crew are developing a new DVD edition (standard and collector's edition sets)!

This is a documentation of hobbyist activities, done with style. While we all have our hobbies to preoccupy ourselves with (at home or outside) and captivate our imaginations during idle time, day dreaming moments or just to carry us through the mind numbing routines of the day at work, there's something about taking things to a whole new level that's so admirable, and enviable too, for people who take risks with their hobbies.

Here were their first two editions

As for hobbyist updates, Call of Duty Black Ops 3 just got released. I personally haven't been a fan of this franchise after MW2 and after getting back in touch with my Battlefield roots, but this is the most highlighted release as of late.

Meanwhile, a little known game called Fallout 4 just got released. I recently sold my Fallout 4 Pipboy edition preorder just because it was for the PC. While I'm a heavy advocate of PC gaming, it's only for FPS. I put Fallout in the Real Time Strategy-slash-turn based RPG category and so really wanted to get my hands on a PS4 Pipboy set.


And if you've also been disconnected from the world, The Force Awakens is coming and before that Battlefront 3, which somehow is closer to home since it was developed by DICE, the guys who developed the last 3 installments of the Battlefield franchise.

All compositions, statements and opinions of the author are copyright © Earl T. Malvar 2009-2015. All rights reserved. There is no honor, respect, admiration, intellectual and academic dignity garnered through plagiarism.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pokemon...Pokémon 20th Anniversary Goodies Just Around the Corner IT'S PIKACHU!

While I advocate healthy living, gym training (contextually apt with this post yeah) and eating right. It's an awesome treat for long-time Pokemon fans with the release of a re-chubby-sized Pikachu plushy by Banpresto. This monster is 25 centimeters or roughly 9.8 inches tall. Now I've scoured the net looking for this limited edition collector's piece and only Play-Asia has this for pre-order for $20 a pop. I saw this listed on Amazon Japan a month ago, but it somehow got delisted.

Here's a seasonally appropriate version that was just released though:


20 years is a mighty long time and there's no doubt a generation was raised with Pokemon, especially the mid 90's kids and teenagers (which I'm a part of). I have to say this plumpy version of Pikachu is on the upper end in terms of quality. Pikachu seemed to have shredded and got lean muscle training with Ash through the years

Meanwhile, I came across this Kotaku Australia post of humongous Pokemon plushies

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The Charmander (56 centimetres tall!) and Mega Charizard are amazing. Here are the details, please note that I am in no way affiliated with this artist:

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Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?, /ˈpoʊkeɪmɒn/ POH-kay-mon)[1][2] is a media franchise owned by The Pokémon Company,[3] and created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995.[4] It is centered on fictional creatures called "Pokémon", which humans capture and train to fight each other for sport.

The franchise began as a pair of video games for the original Game Boy, developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo. The franchise now spans video games, trading card games, animated television shows and movies, comic books, and toys. Pokémon is the second-most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world, behind only Nintendo's Mario franchise.[5]

The franchise celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2006.[6] Cumulative sales of the video games (including home console games, such as Hey You, Pikachu! for the Nintendo 64) have reached more than 200 million copies.[7] In November 2005, 4Kids Entertainment, which had managed the non-game related licensing of Pokémon, announced that it had agreed not to renew the Pokémon representation agreement. Pokémon USA Inc. (now The Pokémon Company International), a subsidiary of Japan's Pokémon Co., now oversees all Pokémon licensing outside of Asia.[8] As of 2013, the Pokémon media franchise has grossed revenues of ¥4 trillion worldwide[9] (equivalent to US$37.76 billion). The brand earned $2 billion in 2014 alone.[10]

For now and until 2016 hits, here's something also to look forward to.

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And here are things to get yourself preoccupied with!

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Google Play:

Apple iTunes:

Pokemon Updates:

Pokemon Unova League Battle Cameron VS Ash - Full Battle HD

Mega Charizrd X vs Mewtwo. ENGLISH. full battle HD ( pokemon the origins )

Looks like Red still tops Ash on trainer skill *trollololol*

All compositions, statements and opinions of the author are copyright © Earl T. Malvar 2009-2015. All rights reserved. There is no honor, respect, admiration, intellectual and academic dignity garnered through plagiarism.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Shenmue III Kickstarter Slacker Backer Campaign

For hobbyists who lived through the 16-bit videogame wars, the demise of Sega was arguably one of the most interesting aspects of videogame history. A puny hedgehog that went against the industry juggernaut that is Nintendo, Sega seemed so determined at upgrading its hardware every chance it had, which in my view, had left its fans struggling to catch-up and get cozy with their new pricey toys just as the game libraries started to get interesting for the different Sega console systems.

The Dreamcast, similar to its predecessor, the Sega Saturn, had visionary technological themes embedded on itself. Online access and the client to server gaming experience, at this point, weren't impossible to be grasped at all; just as we see how ubiquitous internet-based gaming is now, more so for mobile devices.

Shenmue was probably one of those visionary games that had led to fully interactive, upscaled gaming experiences, thus inspiring game developers to envision and work on Grand Theft Auto, Assassin's Creed, and other immersive, open (and semi open, non-hallway) games.

Shenmue had its moments and while sometimes I had to roll my eyes when the cutscenes just took too long, there was meticulous care in crafting this game. This can be quite the nightmare for obsessive compulsive people.

As for Shenmue II, I only got hold of this title a few months back and it was made for Microsoft's Xbox 360. I'm just going to assume that it plays smoother than the first one given how far console technology has improved over the years.

I'll be elaborating on its history and perhaps some gameplay moments in another post, but for now, here's a Wiki link on the franchise:

This post is meant to spread the word that a Shenmue III Kickstarter project was initiated a few months back and given certain milestones, the developers are once again probing the market for interested contributors to the project. It seems like they want to push the envelope with their end product by setting new milestones for the project and that apparently costs money.

Contributions can be made through Paypal now since the Kickstarter funding period had long expired:

Here's an interesting excerpt from Shenmue's entry on Wikipedia:


Suzuki plans the Shenmue story to cover eleven chapters over at least four games. Shenmue II was released in 2001 in Japan and Europe and 2002 in North America. Sega cancelled Shenmue III after the first two games failed to recoup their development cost.
In 2012, Sega told Eurogamer that Shenmue was "among its most requested rereleases."[66] In 2013, ranked Shenmue #1 on their list of "10 Sega Games Desperate for a Modern Reboot".[67] On June 15, 2015, Suzuki announced a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Shenmue III during Sony's E3 conference. In just over nine hours, the campaign reached its initial $2 million goal.[68] On July 17, 2015 Shenmue III was officially funded on Kickstarter with 6.3 million USD, becoming the fastest-funded and the highest-funded video game project in Kickstarter history.[69]

All compositions, statements and opinions of the author are copyright © Earl T. Malvar 2009-2015. All rights reserved. There is no honor, respect, admiration, intellectual and academic dignity garnered through plagiarism.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Uncharted 4 A Thief's End Libertalia Colllector's Edition for the PS4 IS OUT!

In line with the next gen trend (i.e., the video game industry's trend of catering to and milking the  different strata of video game hobbyist), Sony has just released a variety of editions for the Nathan Drake Adventure, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. For collectors in search of pieces for their hobbyist caves, the Libertalia Collector's Edition is already available on Amazon as well as Gamestop.

Uncharted 4 comes before the end of Q1 next year, March 18, 2016.

  • The Libertalia Collector's Edition includes: UNCHARTED 4: A Thief's End
  • 12" Premium Drake Statue
  • Two EXCLUSIVE instant multiplayer unlocks: Madagascar Sidekick Outfits & Henry Avery Sigil Ball Cap
  • Five additional instant multiplayer unlocks: UNCHARTED: Drake's Fortune Outfit, Heist Drake Outfit, Desert Drake Outfit, Golden Weapon Skin, and Desert Weapon Skin
  • Collectible Steelbook Case, 48-Page Hardcover Art Book by Dark Horse, Naughty Dog & Pirate Sigil Sticker Sheet, and Naughty Dog Points to unlock more multiplayer content
I'm counting on collectors to go after the Nathan Drake Statue more than anything really, but fans are in for a treat as far as digital content bonuses are concerned, depending on where they preorder theirs.

Pre-order nowAmazon Pre-order Bonus
Pre-order from today and get the Amazon exclusive Snow Camo Weapon Skin - exclusive unlock to apply to all weapons in UNCHARTED 4: A Thief's End Multiplayer.

I got wind of this from Playstation US's blog site, and you can read more including what fans are feeling and thinking right now at the comments section:

More details are on the Playstation site regarding the other editions though and it'll depend how much people are willing to spend for their fandom

 In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of what to expect in this next chapter of Nathan Drake's adventures:

All compositions, statements and opinions of the author are copyright © Earl T. Malvar 2009-2015. All rights reserved. There is no honor, respect, admiration, intellectual and academic dignity garnered through plagiarism.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Nintendo Special Edition Shockers WTF Moments: Nintendo WiiU Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition

Updates (10-14-15): While copies of Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition for the Wii U have been sold out on Amazon, other online retailers have this limited collector's edition set well stocked and are listed on their respective websites!


And even as I schemed on how to get a reasonably priced full scale replica of Big Boss' arm from arguably Hideo Kojima's magnum opus, i.e. Metal Gear Solid V - The Phantom Pain Premium Edition, which is only officially sold in Japan...

Hideo Kojima on his masterpiece

A full scale replica of an item from a videogame masterpiece of course is simply miles ahead from a half-scale one for serious collectors. The downside to this of course is you have to know how to read and understand Japanese to fully appreciate the gaming experience aside from owning a mechanized forearm-and-hand display piece.

Fortunately, there's a US/English collector's version of this title (NTSC-U/C), which sold out quickly months back. It's been re-populated of late, quite possibly by panicking pre-order customers who bought more than one set with a plan to resell the extra one at a higher price (how does it feel scalpers?) It's just that they're against the wall since this game will be released tomorrow September 1, 2015 (States side). Curiously, due to getting squeezed out by the timing of the release, sellers have inserted multiple listings:

 PS4 Listings:


XBox One Listings


My hopes grew dimmer after I got word of how highly rated the reviews were from reputable video game sites. And yes, the prices spiked as expected. This game may indeed be Hideo Kojima's piece de resistance to his beloved Metal Gear franchise just after bitterly parting ways with Konami:


In any case, there's still a way to take part and experience this masterpiece, without a replica of a dude's arm, whether half scale or full scale!

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Anyway, on with this rant. I received a surprise left hook with another game that went out of stock online in a flash. In less than a day, everything got sold out. Can somebody tell me if there's an exclusive insider Nintendo fanboys group that's already got their mice ready to click and checkout online, grabbing multiple copies in the process and reselling them at ridiculous prices for crazy margins?


The game was announced months ago and with this title/installment, this is officially a Nintendo franchise now. Xenoblade was highly praised Role Playing Game (RPG) for the Wii despite the technological limitations of Nintendo's console.

It was so good that it had an "upgraded" iteration on the 3DS


It's worth mentioning that the "Xeno" mythos takes its roots from Squaresoft's mecha RPG masterpiece Xenogears, and it's definitely has one of the deepest plots you'll ever encounter playing video games (philosophically and theologically, and it's pretty old, since it was released for the Playstation 1). Thankfully, you can still buy one online and experience its gameplay and incredible plot.

Succeeding this game were the Xenosaga Titles (for the Playstation 2), that were pretty decent but did not captivate as much in my opinion. I have yet to get to finish Xenosaga II and Xenosaga III in fact, and my copies have been wasting away on my shelves unfortunately.



And so for latecomers with online shopping carts, all that's left is to hope that new stocks will be relisted at the soonest for this Special Edition. It seems like taking part in events like Pax Prime pays:

And just to rub-in the disappointment for latecomers, here's how the set will look like

I'd recommend monitoring this ASIN Page on Amazon, because all the other sites, Gamestop, Bestbuy, ToysRUs, BestBuy, etal don't have similar listings like this:

As for those who only got wind of the news of Xenoblade Chronicles X just now after enjoying Xenoblade, there's a standard edition still up for preorder:

The game is scheduled for released just weeks before Christmas, December 4, 2015.

Here are some shots of what's included in the Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition for the Nintendo WiiU:

All compositions, statements and opinions of the author are copyright © Earl T. Malvar 2009-2015. All rights reserved. There is no honor, respect, admiration, intellectual and academic dignity garnered through plagiarism.