Thursday, October 31, 2019

Things I Hate: Yamcha (Dragon Ball FighterZ)

 Like he is for most of post-Dragon Ball, Yamcha is more or less dead weight here. Which is a bit of a shame really.

Things I Like: Lord Beerus (Dragon Ball FighterZ)

 Since Dragon Ball FighterZ takes place during the time-frame of Dragon Ball Super, Lord Beerus is actually a playable character. I always wanted a chance to see what Universe 7's God of Destruction could do.

Photos: Duck Hunt on Old NES (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 Many who got the NES Classic mini consoles probably noticed a notable exception to the lineup of classic games on the digital console, and that's Duck Hunt. They did have an old NES and TV set up at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, North Carolina. But why the old SDTV? Well, the NES Zapper doesn't work on new HDTVs. It's not the high defintion, but rather the digital makeup of its design.

Photo: Lego Avengers Endgame (Lego Greenville)

Another set at Lego Greenville I thought was neat. I loved Endgame, so this Lego calls out to me. Though I didn't get it. 

Fact of the Day: Mango Cashew

Mangoes are actually members of the Cashew family of plants, which also includes pistachios. 

Happy Halloween 2019!

To those who enjoy Halloween, I hope you have a fun and spooky night! Stay safe!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Things I Like: Balloon Fight Stage (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 This stage was obviously inspired by the NES game Balloon Fight, which was Nintendo's version of the game Joust. I liked the old NES game a lot back in the day. The stage is new to me as I didn't have the 3DS version of Smash 4.

Things I Like: Dharkon (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 We first see Dharkon after Galeem is beaten halfway through World of Light. He's pretty much like Galeem's darker incarnation, especially evil since Galeem wasn't in anyway good.

Kirby's Dream Course (SNES) Review

 Kirby may not be Nintendo's greatest mascot, but I have a special place in my heart for the pink little alien. I missed out on Kirby's Dream Course when it came out on Super Nintendo back in 1995. I guess games during that time overshadowed it for me, and for some reason, I haven't had a chance to play it in all these years. Now that the Nintendo Switch has a catalog of SNES games, I decided to give this one a try.

Photos: Neo Geo Arcade (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 A mini-golf place in my youth had one of these machines when I was a kid. I liked them because you could play multiple games on the same unit. I'm surprised that the concept didn't really pick up in arcades outside of SNK's genius and a few others. For some reason, I could only get King of Fighters 94' to work while at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, North Carolina.

Photo: Lego Batman vs Lego Joker (Lego Greenville)

Another neat set I saw while at Lego Greenville. Speaking of the Joker, I haven't seen the newest movie yet. While I hear it's good, I do find it odd to have a Joker movie without Batman. 

Fact of the Day: Foo Fighter UFO

A "foo fighter" was a World War II-era term for a UFO. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Things I Like: Mute City SNES (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Mute City SNES was a retro stage in the 3DS version of Smash 4 and it returns for Ultimate. It's obviously based on F-Zero on the Super Nintendo.

Things I Like: Tortimer Island (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Since I only had the WiiU version of Smash 4, I missed out on this one. This one is based on an island in the Animal Crossing series away from your main town.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019 Film) Review

 A few years ago I watched the original The Secret Life of Pets and I liked it, but I didn't love it. Sure enough, Illumination (who mainly makes the Despicable Me/Minions movies) cranked another one of these out of the animation factory. I didn't have the motivation to see it in theaters, but I was willing to see a sequel once it hit Blu-Ray. Usually sequels (especially from studios not known for A+ films almost every single time) aren't as good as the original, but did the 2nd movie prove that rule wrong?

Photos: Star Wars Trilogy Arcade (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 This was one of my favorite games at the Carolina Arcade Museum. I might have seen one in the past at a pizza place but I'm sure it was pretty expensive and probably prevented me from playing it. Now I got to play the game on endless tries. It was made by Sega in the late 1990's, as it's a sort of remake of their Star Wars Arcade game in the early 1990's. I'm surprised they didn't try to port it to Dreamcast.

Photo: Lego Kylo Ren vs Rey (Lego Greenville)

I liked seeing this set at Lego Greenville at the Haywood Mall. I'm a pretty big fan of Star Wars. 

Fact of the Day: Harpy Eagle

The world's largest living specie of eagle is the harpy eagle. It lives mostly in Central America and South America. It's the largest and most powerful raptor in the rainforest. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Things I Hate: Duck Hunt (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 I remember liking the dog and duck duo a little in Smash 4, but I didn't like them too much in Ultimate.

Things I Hate: Ryu (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 While I always liked him in the Street Fighter games, I didn't dig Capcom's Ryu too much in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I liked him better in Smash 4 on WiiU.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Prisoners of the Sky (2018 Film) Review

 My current anime I've been watching a lot is The Seven Deadly Sins. Which is some Japanese manga author/artist's take on Arthurian legend with A LOT of creative liberties. I've watched all three seasons (two real ones and the filler one) so far and I've enjoyed it. I forgot they also made a movie based on the story, which is a lot like the anime films based on Dragon Ball Z that I've seen. But what did I think of it?

Photos: Back to the Future: The Pinball (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 One of the later pinball games I played at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, North Carolina. This one was crafted by Data East in 1990, the same year as the third and final movie of the series.

Photo: Lego Harley Davidson (Lego Greenville)

Even though we had not visited there in two weeks, they had some new lego creations there. I thought this Harley Davidson motorcycle was pretty neat. 

Fact of the Day: American Peaches

America produces a lot of peaches/nectarines, but they pale in comparison (by weight/tonnes produced) to other countries in the world. China is the top leader, and the European Union in a distant second. Iran is very close to matching our own peach/nectarines production. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Things I Like: Henry Mills (Once Upon a Time)

 Henry Mills was a great character, and the only main character to really be born in the real world, rather than in the lands of magic. I loved when he meets his real mom Emma, takes her to the magical cursed town, and tries to convince her that his adoptive mother Regina Mills is the Evil Queen of the Snow White legend.

Things I Like: Regina Mills/The Evil Queen (Once Upon a Time)

 I think we all hated her at first (in a good way) but she was a well-written character. When the series first begins, she's Henry's adopted mother and the mayor of Storybrooke, Maine. The cursed town she created to get her revenge on Snow White and Prince Charming.

Photos: Gladiators Pinball (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 While this wasn't a favorite of mine at Forest City NC's Carolina Arcade Museum, this Gottlieb pinball machine from 1993 has a unique history. When the game was first made, it was intended to be based on Nintendo's Legend of Zelda, as the same company made the Super Mario Bros. pinball. Though for a silly reason, they changed the game to be based on American Gladiators, that old TV show.

Photos: Cinnabon at the Haywood Mall

 About two weeks after Daisy's birthday, I took her back to her favorite mall in the next city over. I made sure to eat a light breakfast before we went. Daisy ate lunch at the food court, but I waited until before we left to dine on a snack at Cinnabon. I've never had it before, and it would just smell so darn good when I'd walk by it. But in the past, I'd be full from the food court which is a long walk away from it.

Fact of the Day: Valerian The POW

Valerian was an Emperor of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century. He was captured in a war against the Persian Empire (Sasanian Empire) and died as a POW of his Iranian rival Emperor Shapur I. This was the first time a Roman Emperor had been a prisoner of war, and it caused great disruption and instability in the Roman Empire because of this. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Things I Like: Android 16 (Dragon Ball FighterZ)

 I was a bit suprised to see him be so notable in the story mode. As he died in Dragon Ball Z and since he was purely robotics, there was nothing to wish back.

Things I Hate: Tien (Dragon Ball FighterZ)

While I liked the character in the anime, he's more of a waste of space in Dragon Ball FighterZ. 

Photos: SlugFest Pinball (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 One of the most unique pinball machines at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, North Carolina was SlugFest. Made by Williams in 1991, it's sometimes not really considered a pinball machine for an obvious reason.

Photo: Daisy Eating Sarku Japan (Haywood Mall)

Daisy got lucky and I took her to her favorite mall again. This day she ate at the food court. She had Sarku Japan, which she loves. 

Fact of the Day: Ancient Opals

In ancient and medieval Europe, opals were one of the rarest gemstones around. Mankind would later find a large supply of opals in Australia. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Things I Like: Galeem (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Galeem is one of the last bosses in World of Light. But the reason all the fighters except Kirby are turned into spirits, in which Kirby has to go free. While he could have been better, I liked him.

Things I Like: Arena Ferox (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Arena Ferox is new to me since I only had the WiiU version of Smash 4. It's actually based on a location in Fire Emblem: Awakening on 3DS. It's where Chrom fights Lucina (disguised as Marth) for the first time.

Photos: Super Mario Bros. Pinball (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 This was my 2nd favorite pinball machine at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, North Carolina. It was made in 1992 by Gottlieb and it's based on Nintendo's classic video game series. It didn't disappoint me.

Photos: September 2019 Bowling Trip to Star Lanes Spartanburg

 We had not done much bowling this year, to the pain of Daisy's heart. I have kind of missed it too. So we went to Star Lanes, which is the closest one to our house.

Fact of the Day: Fish Warriors

Betta fish get their name from the Bettah, an ancient clan of warriors. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Things I Like: Prism Tower (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 Since it was only on the 3DS version of Smash 4, it's new to me here. It's based on a place in Pokemon X/Y and I knew that since that was one of my favorite 3DS games.

Things I Like: Magicant (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

 This is about a mid-tier stage for me, though probably the most pleasant to look at. It's based on the level/world Magicant from Earthbound Zero (Mother) on the Famicom/NES and Earthbound (Mother 2) on SNES.

My Kirby's Dream Course (SNES) Impressions

 Since the Nintendo Switch now lets you play some Super Nintendo games, I decided to catch up on ones I've missed over the years. Kirby's Dream Course was one of them. I'm a little shocked I never got a chance to play it before. It's Kirby's take on a golf video game. 

Photos: Starship Troopers Pinball (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 While I never saw the movie until a few years ago (disliked it), I tried Sega's pinball game based on the movie at the Carolina Arcade Museum in Forest City, North Carolina.

Photos: Another Trip To Twisty's Frozen Yogurt Spartanburg

 We had originally planned on going to a place called Yogurt Mountain that day, but they had closed down just recently (just my luck) and we went back to Twisty's. Daisy really likes the place, and kept wanting to go back to it. I find it funny that most frozen yogurt places are going under in Spartanburg, as they had thrived during the Great Recession here, but now are starting to shrink. I know Daisy will be mad if they close Twistys down.

Fact of the Day: Saffron Spice

Typically, saffron is the world's most expensive spice by weight. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Things I Like: Bowser Jr. (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

While far from my favorite fighter, I do like Bowser Jr. in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Though he isn't new to the series, he was in Smash 4. 

Photos: World Cup Soccer Pinball (Carolina Arcade Museum)

 At Forest City's Carolina Arcade Museum was World Cup Soccer, a pinball game made by Bally-Midway in 1994. It was made in honor of the 1994 FIFA World Cup which was held in the United States. The dog in the art is the 1994 World Cup's mascot Striker. Also America didn't win the World Cup that year, they lost in the first major round to the eventual champion, Brazil.

Photos: Cool Bead Pattern Craft Bags

 While Daisy was looking for new craft stuff one day, I was passing some time and stumbled upon these. I didn't know "bead patterns" were a thing, but this Super Mario Bros. 3 one really called out to me.

Fact of the Day: Masala Chai Tea

Chai tea originated in India. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Things I Like: Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time)

 Who doesn't love the main character of any work? Emma Swan starts out as orphan who grew up to be a bail bondsman...person. That's until a young Henry Mills shows up at her door and explains that he was the son she gave up for adoption ten years before.