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#14311429 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread. Renamed by a beautifu...

Posted by doctorwolf on 03 August 2020 - 11:25 PM

You work in your skivvies? Are you a Chippendale?

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That's pretty much been my work outfit since covid forced wfh. The mad dash to the dresser to get a shirt with sleeves on it because someone is requesting video chat is always fun.


#14311098 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread. Renamed by a beautifu...

Posted by doctorwolf on 02 August 2020 - 05:15 PM

Plus he was so excited, he needed some new undies.... Boxer briefs even!


I wonder how pissed his mom was when she gives him money for school clothes and he comes home with an arcade game. And after she throws it in the backyard, it grows into a giant beanstalk.


#14310999 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread. Renamed by a beautifu...

Posted by doctorwolf on 02 August 2020 - 03:37 AM

I did and it took me 10 minutes to find. How dare you doubt me. My word is my bond.

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So excited to get a $1 arcade game, you had to buy 4 shirts and one pant leg to celebrate.


#14306101 LEGO NINTENDO SYSTEM

Posted by doctorwolf on 14 July 2020 - 05:21 PM

The hype for this will be unreal. The box alone looks AMAZING. $230. Out August 1. Let's pool our resources together to get this thing. If you are unemployed, I suggest forgoing rent, food or other critical bills and buying this instead.

https://www.lego.com...nt-system-71374

words: https://www.theverge...ive-set-replica

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This thing looks like it will have way too much input lag. Suggest passing on this one.


#14298159 TurboGrafx-16 Mini Retro Console (Amazon Exclusive : Pre-orders start July 15th)

Posted by doctorwolf on 15 June 2020 - 06:51 AM

True. It's not like it had some incredible story.

But I thought there were two different versions of the console anyway? It just seems weird that the US version has less English games than Japanese. And then you have Bonk's Revenge and Air Zonk English versions but the first game is Japanese. It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me.


Could have been extensive market research - or more likely something as simple as them saying to the game selection guy, "You can't have all those Bonks on the US menu, you need to pick one to put on the Japanese side", and him saying, "fine, the crappiest out of those three is the first one, I'll just put that one on there."

Either way, definitely looking forward to the hack to tidy things up on both sides.


#14297869 Middle Earth: Shadow Of War, Scribblenauts Showdown & More for $1 at...

Posted by doctorwolf on 14 June 2020 - 06:09 AM

I seriously can't believe this actually worked. Got Shadows and Scribble for Xbox. Also picked up Tim and Eric Movie, Robocop, and accidentally District 13, erroneously thinking it was District 9, which I actually like. No clue wtf this movie is I bought, but worst case scenario - if it sucks I'll just use it as a frisbee.


#14297687 TurboGrafx-16 Mini Retro Console (Amazon Exclusive : Pre-orders start July 15th)

Posted by doctorwolf on 13 June 2020 - 09:16 PM

About a couple of the Japanese games, do Rondo and Bonk's Adventure have any text? Just wondering if I'd be missing out on story if I play them on the mini (I have the PS4 Castlevania Requiem so could play one of those that way).


Bonk has basically nothing in terms of story if I recall correctly. Dracula X does have some but primarily in the intro and a few cut scenes here and there. Just look up the English translated intro on YouTube or something then dive right in. There is probably a little bit more story than the first 4 Castlevanias, but nothing to avoid playing the game over.


#14297193 TurboGrafx-16 Mini Retro Console (Amazon Exclusive : Pre-orders start July 15th)

Posted by doctorwolf on 12 June 2020 - 04:41 PM

It's really just a nod to fans and represents everything that was great about all of these systems at the time. I don't think a system before, during or after the PCE, has had a more robust importing scene based around it. All the gaming publications in the US had articles on the system, and I imported one for R-Type alone, and never stopped, even once I got the TG16.

A lot of the systems best games never left Japan, as very few publishers wanted to risk an expensive translation for games that probably wouldn't make that money back(due to the small user base of the US). So to offer a lot of those games now, just shows every region what was available domestically, and then from overseas that they may have missed out on. I probably had more Japanese games than I did US ones, so if I was interested in this, I would find the Japanese offerings icing on the cake and a cool bonus.


Or the tl;dr answer: because they wanted a cookie cutter software template they could use globally regardless of different region shells.


#14296742 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread. Renamed by a beautifu...

Posted by doctorwolf on 11 June 2020 - 09:06 PM

Ms. Pac-Man was probably my most wanted. It does look great (and that is my #1 reason for purchasing these - how they look).

I really don't care in the case of Ms. Pac-Man, but the duplication of games across these newly announced cabs is disappointing. It's ridiculous that if someone cared about a "complete" set of their Marvel games they need three separate cabs, with each really having one unique game. Although, maybe they just see these as a "bonus" to each cab since I think it's the first time Arcade1Up included a console game. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think "War of the Gems" and "Mutant Apocalypse" are exclusively SNES games.

While I want the Marvel Vs. Capcom cab, it then seems silly to allow this Marvel Super Heroes cab to take up space in my game room solely for "The Punisher" (even though that's my favorite game in that cab).


Makes your MSH cabinet the leading candidate for a RPI mod (especially since it has the coolest artwork).

Complete agree though. Most confusing game bundling decision ever - I'm still not even exactly sure which games are on which. I've seen like 3 different variants.


#14295686 TurboGrafx-16 Mini Retro Console (Amazon Exclusive : Pre-orders start July 15th)

Posted by doctorwolf on 08 June 2020 - 09:44 PM

FWIW--my returns process is almost complete with my Core Grafx unit from Amazon Japan. I had a busted USB port. The process it has not been without headaches and the resolution isn't ideal.

My unit broke May 23 and I contacted their customer service over chat that night. Their process is that you need to send it back via DHL through Amazon.jp's online returns process, and you need to pay for it yourself with insurance. Doing so is far from intuitive, though I think Amazon does it's best to provide written instruction for international returns. One big point of frustration--when I started the process, the Amazon instruction did not provide an Amazon phone number--which DHL requires. Coincidentally, by the time I was done the process, the instructions had been revised to include a phone number.

Amazon will reimburse return shipping (make sure you save your receipt, because they'll ask for it), but they need to test it and confirm the issue on their end. The really awful part is that return shipping cost me $139. As others have stated elsewhere, it's kind of nuts that they take this approach rather than save the money and tell the customer to scrap the unit. Instead, I need to gamble that my issues don't magically fix themselves, or that some guy in their tech dept lies and says "nope, it's fine."

A couple days after they received the return package, I got an e-mail from Amazon Japan's customer service--all in Japanese, which was odd because their other communications with me have been in English. Google translate tells me they are notifying me that the item had a lot of dirt on front and side and that it wasn't the right item. If I didn't send the correct item within three days (my return deadline), then there's nothing else they could do for me.

Of course I freaked out, and sent a couple messages to customer service, They apologized for the confusion (but didn't offer an explanation), and said that my refund would be processed for both the unit and the shipping. But, they won't reimburse shipping over 12,000 Yen (~$110) in currency, and will need to reimburse the remainder in Amazon Japan Credit. That's the "not ideal" part. I've ordered two things from Amazon Japan in my life. But I suppose it's better than "12,000 Yen and nothing more."

To date, I've received the refund for the CG Unit on my credit card. I have not received the refund yet for the shipping to my cc, but I do show the balance in my Amazon Japan gift card balance.

So I suppose almost done. I'd ordered the CG over the TG16 for the smaller form factor, and cancelled the TG16 preorder I'd had. Fortunately it was still in stock on the US site when I sent the CG back, so I went ahead and order the TG16, because I was not OK with taking the risk on this again.

TL;DR: My Core Grafx return to Japan is nearing completion; it's had some headaches but will hopefully turn out fine.


Thank you for thoroughly convincing me to never, EVER even remotely think about using Amazon Japan for anything whatsoever.


#14293225 Nintendo eShop Deals - 7/30: DBZ & Two Tribes Sales! $8 Chasm,...

Posted by doctorwolf on 30 May 2020 - 03:29 AM

I paid full price, and don't regret it. It's very good at acting like paper mario thousand year door in a good way.
It wasn't even on my radar til I saw Arlo review it, and I couldn't wait (though I did wait for the switch release)
https://www.youtube....Xxsf50FeoY&t=5s


That's an awful lot of money for a Sesame Street game.


#14291515 TurboGrafx-16 Mini Retro Console (Amazon Exclusive : Pre-orders start July 15th)

Posted by doctorwolf on 24 May 2020 - 01:13 AM

Just got mine too and it was in a cheap paper thin mailer, not even a bubble mailer. There are a lot of dents, but i probably better keep it given the times. And the AC adapter it was bundled with got delayed and doesn't have a release date yet.

I got mine today too, basically in a plastic bag thinner than one you'd find at the grocery store. As I was opening it, I was expecting the worst and to my amazement, no damage to the tg16 box at all (or at least no worse than any I've ever grabbed off a shelf at Target). I seriously don't even know how that's possible.

It seems like 99.9% of everything I've ever ordered from Amazon (including memory cards and cloth items) has come in a box. Why they chose an Amazon exclusive collector's item that has been on preorder for over a year to start breaking out the bags is mind boggling. It's almost like they wanted a bunch of them to be returned...


#14289428 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread. Renamed by a beautifu...

Posted by doctorwolf on 16 May 2020 - 05:57 AM

I wouldn't even think of putting an arcade cabinet in my office, and yet you did.


I know right? What an absolute barbarian. The purpose of an office is to conduct business and business alone. To even think this heathen would consider infringing upon proper workplace etiquette with childish video game antics is appalling. Queen Elizabeth must be alerted at once.


#14289274 The Home Arcade Tremendous Deals and Discussion Thread. Renamed by a beautifu...

Posted by doctorwolf on 15 May 2020 - 05:54 PM

OP should consider creating a separate thread for real arcade machines and keep this one dedicated to A1Us. Everytime I see this thread bumped I get excited thinking maybe TMNT is finally on sale. I don't think many people are coming here looking for deals on used racing cabs people are picking up at garage sales or digging out of shopping center dumpsters.


#14289034 TurboGrafx-16 Mini Retro Console (Amazon Exclusive : Pre-orders start July 15th)

Posted by doctorwolf on 14 May 2020 - 11:00 PM

Wow I just put in my TG16 order last night from Amazon Japan. My new delivery estimate for my US order is May 26th. I did want two TG16 controllers. Maybe I'll keep both, but I would rather have a PCE version if I had two.


Same here. Finally!