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Toy Fair New York 2019 Is Underway And There Is Gaming Toys Galore

New York Toy Fair 2019 Kicked off today and there are video game related toys are all over the place.  Below you will find some of our favorite pictures from the event.

McFarlane Toys Teases Mortal Kombat License – They dropped a new teaser with the blood covered classic looking “Finish Him”.

DST Kingdom Hearts 3 – Diamond Select Toys released photos of a few more Kingdom Hearts 3 Select Figures. The images, courtesy of Gamespot

Classic Cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2-Packs by NECA –  They are re-releases of the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Exclusives. The 2-packs will be priced at $50 each
The 2-packs include:

  • Leonardo with Shredder
  • Donatello with Krang
  • Raphael with a Foot Soldier
  • Michelangelo with a Foot soldier

Storm Collectibles Gears Figures –
Storm Collectibles “Gears of War” Marcus Fenix 1/12 Scale action Figure – $65 – June

Storm Collectibles “Gears of War” Augustus Cole 1/12 Scale action Figure – $64 – August 

Storm Collectibles Goes Game Crazy –


Check back for more pictures from 2019 New York Toy Fair

 

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Rare Sealed Launch Window Super Mario Bros. Sells For A Record-Breaking Price

An unopened copy of Super Mario Bros., the classic video game released by Nintendo in 1985, set a world record for a graded game when it recently sold for $100,150.
“Beyond the artistic and historical significance of this game is its supreme state of preservation,” says Kenneth Thrower, co-founder and chief grader of Wata Games.

Due to its popularity, Nintendo reprinted Super Mario Bros. from 1985 to 1994 numerous times, resulting in 11 different box variations (according to this visual guide). The first two variations are “sticker sealed” copies that were only available in the New York and L.A. test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985 and 1986. Of all the sealed copies of Super Mario Bros., this is the only known “sticker sealed” copy and was certified by Wata Games with a Near Mint grade of 9.4 and a “Seal Rating” of A++.

“Not only are all of NES sticker sealed game’ extremely rare, but by their nature of not being sealed in shrink wrap they usually exhibit significant wear after more than 30 years,” Thrower said. “This game may be the condition census of all sticker sealed NES games known to exist.”

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Apex Legends New Skins Overpriced And There is a Catch?

On February 13th Apex Legends got its first update and since Valentine’s Day was the next day EA/Respawn added Valentine’s Day themed cosmetics. EA/Respawn added a total of three Valentine’s Day items to the game, one a free account badge (That you have to unlock by reviving or respawning a teammate during the event from Feb. 13 to Feb. 19, and the other two are A Epic skin for the Longbow called “Through the Heart.” and a Legendary Pathfinder animated banner frame that are both locked behind a paywall.


Now here is the problem both the frame and gun skin cost 1,100 Apex Coins each, and If you didn’t know the smallest amount of Apex Coins you can purchase right now is $9.99 for 1,000 Coins. So not only are some people complaining that $11 is to high for a skin but now you have to spend more then the skin cost to make the purchase.

Apex Coins Prices

  • 1,000 Apex Coins — $9.99.
  • 2,000 (+150 bonus) Apex Coins — $19.99.
  • 4,000 (+350 bonus) Apex Coins — $39.99.
  • 6,000 (+750 bonus) Apex Coins — $59.99.
  • 10,000 (1,500 bonus) Apex Coins — $99.99.

This means a player that does not have coins will need to spend a minimum of $30 before they can buy $22 worth of skins.

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Big Game Releases For 2/15/19

A few AAA titles are coming out on February 15 2019 . 

Metro Exodus – PS4 – Xbox One – PC – Rated M

Embark on an incredible journey – board the Aurora, a heavily modified steam locomotive, and join a handful of survivors as they search for a new life in the East



Jump Force – PS4 – Xbox One- PC – Rated T

For the first time ever, the most famous manga heroes are thrown into a whole new battleground: Our world. Uniting to fight the most dangerous threat, the Jump Force will bear the fate of the entire humankind. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous Weekly Jump Magazine, Jump Force is making the most of latest technologies to bring characters to life in a never-seen-before realistic design.

Far Cry New Dawn – PS4 – Xbox One – PC – Rated M

Dive into a transformed, vibrant, post-apocalyptic Hope County, Montana, 17 years after a global nuclear catastrophe.Lead the fight against the Highwaymen as they seek to take over the last remaining resources in the latest installment of Far Cry.


Crackdown 3 – Xbox One – PC – Rated M

Time to step up your boom and stop crime as a super-powered Agent in Crackdown 3’s sandbox of mayhem and destruction. Explore the heights of a futuristic city, race through the streets in a transforming vehicle, and use your powerful abilities to stop a ruthless criminal empire. Crackdown 3 delivers cooperative mayhem and an all-new multiplayer mode where destruction is your ultimate weapon powered by Microsoft Cloud.

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God Of War Cleans Up At The 2019 D.I.C.E. Awards

The D.I.C.E Awards are over and we have the full list of winners below. God of War cleaned up this year with 9 wins in the 23 award categories, including Game Of The Year. God of War has now achieved 190 GOTY awards.

The full list of award winners:

  • Game of the Year: God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment/SIE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment/SIE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment/SIE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Portable Game of the Year: Florence(Annapurna Interactive/Mountains)
  • Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game: Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • Immersive Reality Game of the Year:Beat Saber (Beat Games)
  • Immersive Reality Technical Achievement: Tónandi (Magic Leap/Magic Leap and Sigur Rós)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Into the Breach (Subset Games)
  • Sports Game of the Year: Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo Co., Ltd./Camelot Co. Ltd.)
  • Role-Playing Game of the Year:Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • Racing Game of the Year: Forza Horizon 4 (Microsoft Studios/Playground Games)
  • Fighting Game of the Year: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo/Sora Ltd./Bandai Namco Studios Inc.)
  • Family Game of the Year: UnravelTwo (Electronic Arts/ColdWood Interactive)
  • Adventure Game of the Year: God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment/SIE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Action Game of the Year: Celeste(Matt Makes Games)
  • Outstanding Technical Achievement:Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story:God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment/SIE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment/SIE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment/SIE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character: God of War – Kratos (Sony Interactive Entertainment/SIE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment/SIE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Marvel’s Spider-Man (Sony Interactive Entertainment/Insomniac Games
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Nintendo Direct Rundown – Zelda Link’s Awakening, Mario Maker, And More

Nintendo Direct Is here for 2/13/19 and Nintendo has made some very big announcements. Below you can see our breakdown of the event.

Super Mario Maker 2 – Nintendo Switch – June 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 for then Nintendo Switch was announced and showed off.  New Slopes and a Cat Mario was a few of the new things shown but not much more then that. Nintendo did say that “Super Mario Maker 2 will have many new elements”.  Maker 2 should be out in June.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake Announced For Switch

Nintendo will be remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. One of the best games in the Zelda series originally launched in 1993 for the Gameboy.  Link’s Awakening is getting a full remake in the style of Link Between Worlds. It’ll be out for the Nintendo Switch later this year. No specific release date or price was provided.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Delayed, to July 26.

New Game – Astral Chain – August 30

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age: Definitive Edition – This Fall

BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! – April 26

Other Game Announcements
Disney Tsum Tsum Festival –
Oninaki – Summer
Rune Factory 4 Special Remaster – This Year
Rune Factory 5 – In development
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – Summer
Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night – Summer
Dragon Quest Builders 2 – July 12
Dead By Daylight – Fall
Deltarune – February 28
GRID Autosport – Summer
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Spring
Mortal Kombat 11 – April 23
Unravel two – March 22
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered – May 21
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy – March 20

EShop News
Final Fantasy IX – Out Now
Final Fantasy VII – March 26
Starlink: Battle For Atlas – Will get more Star Fox Characters in a update in April
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Joker from Persona is coming in April – 3.0 Update coming this Spring
Daemon X Machina – Demo Out Now
Yoshi’s Crafted World – Demo Out Now

You can watch the entire event here

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Customer Appreciation Day 2018

Customer Appreciation Day 2018We’ve been in Florence for 4 years now, and the time has flown by! It’s been an amazing time filled tournaments, free events, and arcade wonder, and we have one person to thank – YOU! Thanks to the customers, we have been able to continue our business in Florence. To thank you, we’re throwing a huge shindig on April 14th. BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE! Just recently, an amazing new store opened up RIGHT NEXT DOOR to us called Galactic Comics, and they’re doing their own shindig to celebrate their official opening. We decided to join our forces together and share our event. So here it is – The Matt’s Game Exchange Customer Appreciation Day x Galactic Comics Grand Opening Event!

Here’s what’s in store for you between us:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Doughnuts
  • Free arcades
  • Door Prizes
  • Giveaways
  • Raffles
  • T-Shirts
  • And more!

Looks like a nice list, right? And get this – it’s all free! Come on down to our shared location in Palmetto Plaza in Florence SC on April 14th to take advantage of all of this! It’ll be a great time with lots to do! You’ve earned it!

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New Accessories in Stores Now

Check out the newest accessories, now available in store! Pricing and availability subject to change.

 

Charging Stand for Playstation 4 Wireless Controller

 

Wired Chat Headset for Playstation 4

Chat Headset for XBOX 360

Mod Pack for XBOX One

 

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Our Favorite 5 Nintendo Easter Eggs

Have You seen these Nintendo Easter Eggs?

Easter eggs are secrets hidden from video gamers with the intent of being found, pretty self explanatory to why we call them Easter eggs. They could be a secret playable characters, an message from developers, or even an complete change in the stories plot. There is one thing that is consistent with all Easter eggs they are hard to come across. No longer thanks to the internet!

 

Here are 5 of my favorite classic Nintendo Easter Eggs, because we love retro Nintendo!

 

Play as Master Hand – Super Smash Bros. Melee

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Master Hand is one of the non-playable characters serving as the final boss in single player mode. plugging in a controller in the third port and pressing A+B at the right time get Master Hand at your fingertips…. Took 7 years after the initial release to figure this out and its enough to dust off the old Gamecube.

 

Play As The Duck – Duck Hunt

in the 1984 classic who knew that you could actually play as the duck in Duck Hunt? Some will say, “that’s no Easter egg its in the menu!” or you are someone like me who doesn’t read menus and has played the game for years and never knew.

In “Single Duck” mode simply plug a controller into port 2 & Wala! You are now the one being hunted

Duck Hunt player 2 playing as duck for NIntendo Easter Eggs

Duck Hunt

 

Throwback To Comfy Shorts – Pokémon – Nintendo Easter Eggs

Who hasn’t played the first generation of Pokemon? On route 3, connecting pewter city to route 4 & Mt. Moon, there was Youngster Ben who exclaims, “Hi! I like shorts! They’re comfy and easy to wear!” Further along in the route, another Youngster exclaims “Hey! You’re not wearing shorts!”

 

Youngset ben I like short battle

Youngster Ben

in Pokémon X and Y, a trainer named Youngster Keita can be encountered on Route 5 who will ask the player if she/he wants to know why he likes wearing shorts in the tall grass. After the battle, he’ll tell you its because they’re comfy and easy to wear! Direct ode to youngster ben.

 

Chris Houlihan Room (A Link to the Past, Super Nintendo)

During September and October of 1990, Nintendo Power held a contest in which a randomly selected winner would get their name programmed in a future NES game. The requirements were to take a photo encountering Warmech in Final Fantasy and then send it to Nintendo Power by October 15, 1990. The winner of the contest was Chris Houlihan, whose name appears in his own secret room in A Link to the Past.

 

Secret room of Chris Houlihan in The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past

Chris Houlihan’s Secret Room

Super Mario 64 – Meeting Yoshi

By far the most commonly known Easter Egg. After you have obtained all 120 stars & beaten the third Bowser. A cannon becomes available, blast to the roof and there Yoshi is in all his glory. You’ll also get a 100 lives.

 

Mario talking to Yoshi in super Mario 64

Yoshi & Mario

 

Comment with any other Easter Eggs you’ve found!

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How To Spot Fake Nintendo Games

Fake Nintendo Games Are Out There! How To Protect Yourself

 

You are on the everlasting search for the rarest of rare games to complete you collection. While searching online, your eyes glace over that one missing piece, Mega man x3. Priced at an unbelievable amount, you think, “maybe they’re not aware of its rarity… So you bid, you win! Days later the package comes, you plop the game into your system and its NHL 94! My God are you pissed.

We get games, all kinds of games find their way into Matts Game Exchange, even we had a fake Mega Man x3 walk through our automated doors. We knew was fake, but decided to give the person $1 for it just to show you fellow collectors how to take extra precaution to spot fake Nintendo games.

Fake megaman x3 game for the Snes with label peeling on the side and fake label

Fake Megaman x3 cartridge for the SNES.

Tools Needed

One tool, That is it! You should have is an 3.8mm Gamebit. This screwdriver can open NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 & Game Boy games.

 

First glance

These are some precautions you can take to play it safe at first glance

  • Sometimes, Fake Cartridges are missing the Nintendo Engraves on the back of the item, one say something completely different, such as Game instead of Nintendo Gameboy.

    Fake felix gameboy game that is missing the "nintendo Gameboy" engrave

    Fake because it does not have the Engraved “Nintendo Gameboy” at the top

 

  • Labels should be glossy and clear. There should be an Nintendo Seal, In US it’s an oval and in Europe it’s a circle. Logos that are unclear or fuzzy looking are no good. Replications sometimes have slightly different fonts than originals.

side by side fake and real earthbound games

Real games tend to have a more glossier/define finish as compared to the fake counterparts and not colors that are over exaggerated.

  • Some Games are completely straight forward with you and say reproduction!
  • if the game seems to be in too good condition for a 20+ year old game, always take precautions.

Through look at Fake Nes Games

Best Defense for NES is to simply google the games circuit board, open up the suspected game and compare. http://bootgod.dyndns.org:7777/ is a great source to compare all PCB information

  • There are no wires on NES Boards
  • Nintendo uses all copper pins

    Nes circuit board opened for cleaning

    How a real NES game circuit board should look.

fake Nintendo games Reproduction with wires in the circuit board

Fake Nes game, the Nes citcuit boards do not have wires.

 

SNES Games

Batteries were installed on all the board because of the length of some RPGS and general games,

  • SNES batteries are bonded directly to the printed circuit board where a fake obviously looks like an attachment on fake Nintendo games.
  • If you have black blobs on the circuit, it is a clear fake.

SNES Central  Has boards for all snes titles for you to check out and compare to see if they are in fact, authentic titles.

 

Fake Nintendo Games Circuit with black blog and manual attached battery

Fake Snes Board. Notice the black blob & also the battery looks manually attached

 

Gameboy Games

Pokemon games are the most commonly replicated games of all. They are easy & still have an high demand. some very easy methods to determine the authenticity of one of these Fake Nintendo games.

 

  • on the label there will be a few tiny letters and numbers embossed onto a real label. Angle the label to the light to see these.
  • Fake labels are usually off-center from the cartridge and/or have overly rounded corners.
  • The back of fake cartridges are sometimes held together with a Philips screw instead of the Nintendo Y screw.
  • Shouldn’t have glob on inside
back of pokemon ruby seeing real vs fake gameboy games

Top Two Counterfeit Bottom One Authentic

Pokemon ruby version real gameboy games vs fake games

Top Two Counterfeit Bottom One Authentic

Pokemon emerald real vs fake gameboy game

Top Two Counterfeit Bottom One Authentic

inside of a fake pokemon ruby vs a real one.

Top Two Counterfeit Bottom One Authentic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N64 Games

N64 games don’t receive the same treatment as the prior systems because the cartridge is much more sophisticated than it’s priors.  The n64 game ROM size is much bigger and were equipped with an Checking Integrated Circuit, lockout ship. This prevented unlicensed game cartridges from running and gave Nintendo complete control over the software. Even this doesn’t always stop people from being tricked, as the case with the Blue Clay Fighter Sculptor’s Cut.

 

 

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