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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

 

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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.

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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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LEAKED! NEW Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy screenshots

Update on Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Crash Bandicoot Remastered)

 

At E3 2016, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was announced to the PlayStation community. More than a port of the classic games to the PS4, a complete from the ground up remake of the first three games. Man, are we excited!

“Using the original level geometry from Naughty Dog as a guide, we rebuilt the Crash gameplay from scratch, capturing its simplicity and precision. As the levels began to take shape, we layered in our own lush and zany art, animation, and audio,” said the game’s director.

 

 

Crash Bandicoot 2 Screenshots

Only gameplay for the first Crash has been released, however an anonymous person on Twitter Leaked screenshots of Crash 2 from Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy on 02/14/2017.

Crash Bandicoot running from boulder

Crash 2 remastered for Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for PS4

Crash Bandicoot fighting Komodo Brothers

Crash 2 remastered for Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for PS4

Crash Bandicoot riding Panda

Crash 2 remastered for Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for PS4

Crash bandicoot standing on platform level

Crash 2 remastered for Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy for PS4

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Soundtrack Remaster

According to an press release, the visuals aren’t the only thing getting remastered, but the entire soundtrack. If you are not quite yet on the hype train, Activision has acquired some of the original voice actresses including that of Coco Bandicoot. Debi Derryberry who announced that she is returning via twitter.

 

 

Still awaiting visuals from Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Release date has yet been finalized, but rumor has It that we can look forward to June.  You buying?

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Nintendo Switch: What We Learned This Week

As the Nintendo Switch release date approaches, Here are three things we discovered exciting and not so much. 

 

Picture of woman playing 1-2 switch on Nintendo Switch, baby mini-game

Nintendo Switch 1-2 Switch

Web Browsing?? A no go at launch for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch, slated to be the revolutionary of mobile gaming will be missing a key component of mobile devices, web browsing. Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima told Time Magazine, “Since all of our efforts have gone toward making Switch an amazing dedicated video game platform, it will not support it, at least at launch”. Nintendo also previously stated that the switch would not support video steaming apps such as Netflix and Amazon Video at launch. Worth noting there was the WiiU web browser, a lot of effort that was put into something went fairly unused.

 

1-2 Switch, The party Game on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo recently debuted its party game 1-2 switch, where 2 human players face each other using the Joy-Con controllers. These games are meant to be played without looking at the screen. 28 games that are quite weird and funny. In the game “Shaver”, users use the Joy-Con to “shave” a virtual beard off themselves. The first to get squeaky clean wins, while the other is shown how much hair was left on the avatar, presumably in a silly pattern.

 

 

Another mini-game where your Nintendo Switch console is turned into a crying baby. Nintendo has always had a reputation of creating weird, seemingly crazy yet fun games. Anyone remember Warioware?

 

 

Take-Two will support the Nintendo Switch 

The NBA 2K series is one of the most selling games every year. Take-Two pulled the series with the WiiU starting with 2k14 because it simply was not selling. Now Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick has confirmed that they are committed to the Nintendo Switch.

“So we’re excited about it, but the only thing we can announce is the basketball title”, Zelnick stated in a recent investor call.

It’s still unlikely we’ll see titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 on the hybrid console.

 

Multiple people playing nba2k18 in low litted room

Nintendo Switch NBA 2K

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Video Game Promotion of the Week

Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

October 6 – October 12 2016

 

Get 25% off all games!

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

 

 

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Video Game Promotion of the Week

Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

October 6 – October 12 2016

 

Trade in your games for store credit and get an extra 40%!

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

 

 

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Video Game Promotion of the Week

Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

September 29 – October 5 2016

Retail value for trade-ins. Get full used retail value in store credit only for one game – one per customer please. Trade-ins may only be done with customers over the age of 18 and providing a valid form of photo identification.

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

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Disc Repair

Do your games freeze, do you get disc read errors, or they simply won’t load? Sometimes it is the lens going out on your machine but more commonly it is smudges or scratches. Smudges can be wiped off with a soft cloth like a t-shirt. Don’t use a paper towel, it’s too rough!

scratched-discs

At Matt’s Game Exchange we have hi-tech buffing machines that will repair discs by taking out scratches making them look and function like brand new. Our machines have several settings from light buff to deep buff.  We have a 95% success rate. (However, if there are deep gouges like it was scrapped across pavement or the silk screening on top is damaged we won’t attempt to fix these).

We only charge $3.00 per disc. If you have a lot we can certainly work out a quantity discount. Often we can run them through our machine quickly while you browse the store.

Currently we fix XBOX, XBOX 360, PS1, PS2, Dream cast, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Wii, Music CD’s and Game Cube games.

We use these machines on all scratched discs traded into our stores. We want you to play games and this gives us confidence in giving you a 30-day guarantee on all games that we sell.

We encourage you to look at discs before purchasing whether it is from us or someone else so that you can play with confidence.

Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

And don’t forget – we just want you to play games and have fun!

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Video Game Promotion of the Week

Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

September 22 – September 28 2016

As a thank you for signing up for our rewards program and for being a loyal customer, we’d like to show our appreciation by offering double loyalty points 9/22-9/28. Points are earned per dollar spent. Rewards include special discounts and free swag!

 

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

 

 

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BRKTS – Up and Coming Card Game

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We just got a new card game in called BRKTS (pronounced Brackets). The game was made by a small business here in Florence, SC.

The purpose of the game is imagination and debate. There are two types of cards – a category and a scenario. You start by choosing a category (video game characters) and each person involved will choose a video game character. Then you choose a scenario (broken bottle fight) and the purpose is to debate with the other players why your character should win. The winner advances on in the brackets.

Below you can see the progression of an in-store match we had between employees. This was a lot of fun and the possibilities and outcomes are absolutely endless because you get to choose your own characters.

 

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This “Game of Debate” is currently being sold in both of our locations for $20. This will be a great addition to your board/card game collection! Be sure to check them out on Facebook!

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