Happy day July 4th weekend everyone! Hopefully everyone got the chance to enjoy some fireworks, grilled meats, and fun times with good friends these past few days.
Saw plenty of all three on my Instagram feed, though regarding the latter, quite a few added Mario Kart 8 to the mix. But William Kyle Gerardi chose something else a bit more appropriate. After all, this nation would founded on three basic principles: life, liberty, and bipedal nuclear weapons-equipped tanks.
And on that note, time for yet another roundup of game culture snapshots! Starting with a pic taken just prior to the patriotically tinged day that precedes July 4th, aka Memorial Day. That’s when the aforementioned last vestige of Chinatown in NYC’s video gaming glory days finally closed their doors (note Mario hiding behind the moving boxes)…
Thankfully they didn’t close for good, and instead moved shop elsewhere, to midtown. Which was the first place I took fellow Attract Mode Collective member Eric, when he came to visit for NYC the following week. Among other things, we finally swapped Miis…
Took him all over Manhattan, though the main event for him was that weekend’s Pulsewave. And one of the acts on the card was The Shortsleeves (which also meant another chance to see another out of town Attract Mode-r, Paul Owens)…
Back to local game shops, it was around that time that I discovered another local game store, hidden in my neighborhood (I live in the northern tip of Manhattan, Washington Heights, FYI). There I rant into Ryu and Christopher Reeve…
So I didn’t swing by E3 this year. Instead, I went to an indie wrestling match in New Jersey, in which one of the competitors was Starman. You know, from Pro Wrestling, for the NES…
… BTW, the mix of video games and professional wrestling is nothing new, and if anything, there’s been a marked increase in recent days. As evidenced by footage captured by JJSignal, who went to a match over the weekend that not only featured a number of World Warriors but the the hero of Hyrule himself.
Lucid virtua dream induction w/ portable weekend mix +
LSD: Dream Emulator (PSone Combo)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Game Boy)
NiGHTS into Dreams… Score Attack (Game Boy Advance)
Pop these in while u listen:
➊ Ⓨⓞⓢⓗⓘ Ⓣⓞⓤⓒⓗ & Ⓖⓞ (ⒹⓈ)
➋ Ⓑⓤⓢⓣⓔⓡ Ⓑⓡⓞⓢ (Ⓖⓐⓜⓔ Ⓑⓞⓨ)
➌ Ⓟⓤⓨⓞ Ⓟⓞⓟ Ⓕⓔⓥⓔⓡ (ⒹⓈ)
Is there anything more refreshing than a red delicious slime on a hot summer day?
Slide on your headphones and sink your teeth into these:
( ๏‿๏ ) Dragon Quest … Itadaki Street Portable (PS Vita)
( ๏‿๏ ) Dragon Warrior Monsters (GBC)
( ๏‿๏ ) Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (NDS)
Photo by anklerocker:
At long last, the Spelunky Minis are back… and they’ve brought four new friends with them! Say hello to Anubis, Ol’ Bitey, the Mummy, and the Alien Lord, all shrunk down for some pocket-sized fun.
As usual, I’d like to thank my dad, who spent a lot of time working with the modelers to get them produced at such a high quality. Also, many thanks to Fangamer and Attract Mode for being the awesome shops that they are and providing a home for these little guys. Finally, thanks to all the fans of Spelunky out there for making this possible! We hope you enjoy the new figurines!
Summer is in full effect! If you were in LA for E3—congratulations, you’ve earned an excuse to kick back and enjoy life for awhile. Grab a drink, head to the rooftop pool, and don’t forget to bring your games.
Recommended handheld titles to sip while you dip:
✩ Ecco the Dolphin (Game Gear)
✩ Tomodachi Life (3DS)
✩ Lunar Legend (GBA)
Photo by l00scr3w:
The schedule never let’s up. I’ll be prepping all weekend for the party on Monday, and Diego is equally busy in New York. Busy times are the best times to listen to a new mix anyway! But hopefully you will have a bit of downtime to enjoy the weather, pop in some headphones, and listen to the mix while playing this week’s portable picks:
Advance Wars (GBA)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (GBA)
Weegee illustration by Attract Mode pal OMOCAT