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Shin Megami Tensei V is on Sale (Via Walmart, Gamestop and Amazon

Hey guys, if you’ve been on the fence about picking up one of the hottest and latest Nintendo Switch exclusives, now might be the best time. I looked and looked for it to be on sale during Black Friday. Honestly, I didn’t see any good deals. Now that Shin Megami Tensei V is marked down $20 off at most major retailers, this creates a perfect buying opportunity for Nintendo Switch collectors and RPG enthusiasts alike.

(At the time of writing this article, I have no affiliate links with any of the mentioned websites. I do not receive any kickbacks if you buy a product listed below.)

Link to Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Shin-Megami-Tensei-V-Nintendo-Switch/485023374

Link to Gamestop: https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/nintendo-switch/products/shin-megami-tensei-v—nintendo-switch/318502.html

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shin-Megami-Tensei-Standard-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B09HYJ8YLW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1XNQT8LV42ZVM&keywords=shin+megami+tensei+v&qid=1639325133&sprefix=shin+me%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-1

I’m sure the game is worth the full asking price considering it is the next in a long running JRPG series, The Shin Megami Tensei franchise. A critically acclaimed series developed by the prestigious Atlus studios. Still, every bit of savings helps this close to the holidays.

Let me know if you guys end up picking up the game.

Adding A Gamecube Game to the Collection!

Hey guys. Admittedly this video was recorded a month or two ago. But I added a new Gamecube game to the collection, Zoocube.

I planned to do a breakdown of what this meant for the collection but I’ve gotten games for the Gamecube since this video. So maybe in another video.

Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/om1WA0AQ3wM

Thank you guys for reading and have a great day! What games are you guys currently collecting or going for? Let me know in the comments below!

I Could Be A Minimalist- The Hobby of Collecting and The Burden of Consumerism.

I have been a prisoner of consumerism for years now like most of us. As someone who went to school for business and sustainability, I am well aware of this problem. I knew a day would come when I would care a little less about consumerism. As days go on, I get closer to that goal. The big reason is because I plan to move. I don’t want more clutter. I don’t want to blow my whole paycheck on comic books and video games. Another reason I am getting closer to being over the addiction of retail therapy is because I have started investing. (Currently, I have $1,600 invested since around January.).

I was okay with consumerism for about 4 years because it was new to me. It started with buying Elemental Hero Yugioh cards to build decks I wanted to as a kid. Than I moved in with my mom and found my N64 games and wanted to start collecting N64 games. Than Jessica took me to her brother’s comic book store and that awoken the trifecta. I was obsessed with card games, video games and comic books. And over a 3-5 year run, I built a collection I was truly happy with. When I pop in my copy of Pokemon Stadium 2, or when I see my Daredevil #2 on my shelf, or when I duel my wife in a card game, I am truly happy with where my collection is. The problem with collecting is that it never ends. Even when you are happy with where you are. Even when you complete your original goals. Even when your priorities change in life. I am still looking forward to new comics each week or the holiday games.

What a sexy book!

And yes. My collection is not insane. Though, I have probably hit that point where if I never added another game I could still probably never play every game in my collection. I thought that would be a wake up call but it wasn’t. That’s mostly because collecting and gaming are two different hobbies. The first one makes you excited you scored a new 3D platformer that you will play for the next 15 hours. The other makes you excited you added 20 O.G. Xbox games for a dollar a piece to your collection. So, who cares that there is no way I’ll ever play every Gamecube game I own? Who cares if I have no interest in the sports games I buy? It’s two different hobbies. Each are equally satisfying in my opinion.

Pokémon Stadium 2 | Nintendo 64 | Games | Nintendo
Love this game!

I had an epiphany last week. A month or so ago I bought a copy of Skyward Sword on Switch for $60 dollars. I have played about 2 hours into it (I’m at the first dungeon.). Why haven’t I played more you ask? Because Pokemon Unite, a free to play MOBA, released in the same time window. So I have put countless hours into a Free to Play game and two hours into the game I have paid for. Something is not adding up. And this trend is pretty consistent right now. I have been playing Final Fantasy 15, a game I own, over Gamepass, a service I pay $10 a month for. My phone apps and my computer apps (Hearthstone, MTG Arena, and Bloon Tower Defense 6) are all free to play at this point. I’m playing a bunch of free games and not the ones I am putting money into. And with the way the Nintendo Switch is set up, I do not even need a T.V. to play on my Switch. Other apps I use like Pokemon Showdown are also free. Not to mention I am bumming streaming service accounts like HBO Max, Disney and Crunchyroll.

So being a gamer does not even have to be expensive in 2021. There’s my massive collection of backlog games, movies and comics that would keep me busy without having to spend another buck. And in the digital era, I don’t even have to own the clutter. Marvel comics can be bought on an app. Shoenen Jump has an app. Gamepass has hundreds of thousands of games on there for 9.99 a month. So why own this junk?

Because I like it. There’s a lot more to go into such as the fact I actually own my stuff. Digital properties are prone to being censored upon rerelease, being pulled from e-stores at any point, and the fact you do not own the assets. I like being in a house that is composed of my favorite things. Things that remind me of my childhood. Things that make me happy in a world that is generally depressing currently. I look forward to playing, reading and watching these things with my future kids and with my wife, Jessica. Jessica and I have game nights, movie nights and card nights all the time. We enjoy them.

However, space and time are two major things that are hard to get back when they are gone. And money I invest into my collection is money I cannot invest in my retirement. Those three factors heavily encourage me to slow down. Now, in a month I have added 6 Gamecube games to the collection, but I used store credit so my wallet did not feel as burdened by it. I am liking the strategy of using store credit to fund my hobby. I will continue to do that until space becomes a real issue.

So, at the end of the day, I could become a minimalist, but I probably wont until I absolutely have to. I will cut back on spending, definitely. But I still enjoy adding to my collections and chipping away at the goals. However, I am probably done spending hundreds of dollars on collectibles. For now. My money situation and life situation just make it to where it does not make sense. So I am not a prisoner to consumerism anymore. I am just enjoying life and trying to be smarter in all decision making moments. Surely, I will fail at times, but I am always improving.

Spent Today Cataloging My Video Game Collection

Hey guys. I should have been a little more productive today then I was. However, I took the time to catalogue my Wii U, N64 and Gamecube collection. Next week I plan to maybe, hopefully tackle OG Xbox, 360 and Wii games.

My Wii U collection says 161 out of 165. However, I have a little different system than most, so in my list there’s only about 163. I am not sure what the exact differences are. I know I only count Bayonetta 2 as the only release. It had an original printing with Bayonetta 1 included and a second print run without the original included. I also include New Super Mario Bros, New Super Luigi Bros, and the 2 and 1 bundle as one game. Others include all 3 as separate releases (in their defense, they are all separate). I’m missing Devil’s Third and Just Dance 2019.

My Gamecube collection clocks in at 108 after a last minute impulse buy of Zoocube. Jessica said I should own the last game alphabetically speaking on the gamecube. Some of the highlights include Skies of Arcadia loose, both Pokemon Colosseum games, all the Mario Party games, and the Zelda collection including Zelda 1, Zelda 2, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.

My N64 collection only has 62 games. I thought for sure I had already broken 70, but alas, not yet. Some of the highlights include Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Bomberman 2nd Attack, Silicon Station Space Valley (yes, I know this is wrong. It’s actually Space Station Silicon Valley but I can never say nor type it right.).

Despite being almost done with the Wii U and the N64 containing most of my childhood games, Gamecube is my collection I am most fond of. It is such a great console!

N64 and Gamecube games.

Not a very flattering photo, but Jessica took this picture of the N64 games and Gamecubes stacked how she did.

Anyway, I don’t know how many of the regular readers are into retro games or video game collecting, but here’s just a small look into the collection! Thank you guys for reading!

As always have a great day!

Games I want on the N64 Mini/Classic

Now, we are a little behind on the speculative list, but since nothing is officially official I figured we could dive in and try to form a list of awesome N64 games.

DK 64 and Diddy Kong Racing are titles I’ve heard tossed around, so I am assuming there is no copyright issues here. Still, I am going to leave them off my list for the time being.

So, let’s get this list underway:
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The Easy Ones:
Super Mario 64
LoZ: Orarina of Time
LoZ: Majora’s Mask
Paper Mario
Star Fox
Super Smash Brothers
Pilot Wings 64 (Or Wave Racer 64)
Mario Kart 64
Super-Mario-64

In my opinion, these are the easy ones. Obviously, if you included Rare titles Golden Eye, Conker, and Banjo Kazooie would probably be auto includes as well. Super Mario 64, Oracina of Time, and Major’s Mask are the easiest includes in this list. The N64 is notorious for it’s lack of RPGs, so in my opinion Paper Mario has to be an auto include (the others being Ogre Battle and Quest 64). Rounding out our auto includes are some multiplayer games. Pilot Wings 64  was a launch title for the system, though I have never played it. Mario Kart 64 and Smash 64 are some of the best multiplayer experiences you will find on the console.

Tier 2
These games are good and I enjoy them. i am sure a few of these games will make the official list, if not all.
F-Zero X
Kirby 64
Mario Party 2
Mario Tennis
Yoshi’s Story
Pokemon Stadium 1 or 2 (Or both!)
Kirby 64

This rounds out my Tier 2. I think there is high chance for Yoshi’s Story, Kirby 64, and F-Zero. I will admit I never played F-Zero, I very much enjoyed Kirby 64 and Yoshi’s Story even to this day. Mario Party 2 is my favorite in the series and would get my nod (though I assume any of the 3 are up for grabs). Now, I put Mario Tennis on here as a placeholder. I never played the N64 Mario Sports games. I do have a feeling we will get one though (but I could also see this slot getting left off the official list).

Third Party Games/Racing Games/Wrestling Games
I grew up with a positive perspective on the N64, but if there is one thing I have heard is that the N64’s tiny library was bogged down by the abundance of racing and wrestling games and the lack of  3rd party games. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.
Turok
Cruis’n USA/Beetle Adventure Racing (Or insert your favorite race game here)
WCW/mWo Revenge
Star Wars
NBA Hangtime
Turok

You could argue if a sports game will finally make it on a classic console, the N64’s library might be just small enough that we see one. The bigger question is will it be a Mario or traditional sports title. People still rave about the memories of playing 4 player wrestling games. My brother, my 2 cousins, and myself played WCW/mWo Revenge so that’s why it is slotted in this spot. Honestly, I really only played Mario Kart and Diddy Kong Racing. I did however play Cruis’n USA some so that is why it makes my list. Rounding out my sports title is NBA Hangtime as we put many hours into its unique style of basketball. We will probably miss out on Golden Eye so I am throwing Turok in this slot. My dad also played through all the Turok games when I was kid, so of course we got a soft spot.

Hidden Gems or Sleeeper Picks?
My faith in these picks are little, but it would be cool to see some or even 1. However, I am not holding my breath.
Rayman 2
Mischief Maker
Glover
Harvest Moon 64
Body Harvest
Bomberman 64
Blast Corp
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon
Space Station Silicon Valley
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I think the only game that stands a chance is Harvest Moon 64. The game I spent the most time with is Glover. It was frustrating, but it was different. Sadly, I never really got to play most of these games which is why I would love for a few to sneak in like Space Station or Mystic Ninja. A closing thought on sleeper picks, I thought about including expensive games such as Clay Fighters or Bomberman 64, but I am not sure it will happen (or if even should happen).

So before we give our official list I should talk about Pokemon Snap. I guess in hindsight I’d throw it in Tier 2, but I just cannot figure out what category I want it in. Now let’s narrow this list down.

Super Mario 64
LoZ: Orarina of Time
LoZ: Majora’s Mask
Paper Mario
Star Fox
Super Smash Brothers
Pilot Wings 64 (Or Wave Racer 64)
Mario Kart 64
F-Zero X
Yoshi’s Story
Kirby 64
Pokemon Stadium
Pokemon Stadium 2
Pokemon Snap
Mario Tennis
Turok
Cruis’n USA
WCW/mWo Revenge
Star Wars
Harvest Moon 64

Wow, that’s 20 games. Clearly, some are going to get left off. I think Nintendo will find a balance between games of nostalgia and games that are actually great. Some of these games are interchangeable but I picked the ones I remembered the most fondly.  Yet again, WCW could be any wrestling Game. If we get DK and Diddy Kong Racing, than I think you probably take off Cruis’n USA and either WCW or Star Wars. Maybe.

Let me know what you guys think. I don’t think we have a lot of room for non-Nintendo titles but I think 1 or 2 could make it on the list. Anyway, comment which games you want to see or how many games you think will be on the N64 Classic.

Thank you for reading! Have a great day!