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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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New Bundles Available In-Store

The following bundles can be found at our Greensboro and Florence stores. These exact bundles may not always be in-stock, but similar bundles can be made with our available inventory for similar pricing.

Florence – This Nintendo GameCube bundle includes a Nintendo GameCube, 4 controllers, and Super Smash Brothers Mele!

 

Florence – N64 Diddy Kong’s Racing Bundle with 2 controllers.

 

Greensboro – 500GB XBox 360 bundle with Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim, Borderlands 2, and Dead Rising.

 

Greensboro – PS3 Bundle with Buzz Quiz game and buzzers!

 

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May & June Gift Cards Special

 

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Greensboro is Hiring!

Are you an expert at retro and next gen video games? Are you highly motivated? Have sales experience? Great at communicating with others? At least 18 years old?

If you answered “yes” to all these questions, then Matt’s Game Exchange wants to hire you!

We’re currently looking for a part-time employee who’s a team player and is available to work on evenings & weekends! We are currently looking for help with repairs, sales, and mascot work.

If interested, email your resume to edwardchambers@mattsgameexchange.com and type “Greensboro” as your subject line. APPLY TODAY!

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Bundles Available In-Store

The following bundles can be found at our Greensboro and Florence stores. These exact bundles may not always be in-stock, but similar bundles can be made with our available inventory for similar pricing.

This is a red collector’s edition Wii system, complete with New Super Mario Brothers.

 

This is an example of an XBOX ONE bundle. Enjoy the latest and greatest games on XBOX’s newest console.

 

Blast to the Past with this original GameBoy bundle, complete with games to keep you playing.

 

This is an Original Nintendo Entertainment System bundle.

 

This is an example of a common Playstation 3 Bundle.

 

The Retro bundle comes with Super Mario 3 and will play all your favorite NES titles.

 

The Retron 5 system will play games from your favorite systems, including GameBoy, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and more.

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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.

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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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Finding the Perfect Game for Christmas – Part 4: Multiplayer Capabilities

Welcome back to the 4th and final installment in our series helping you find the perfect games for yourself or loved ones this holiday season. This last post will focus on multiplayer aspects within games. Before you read on, however, click here to read part 1, click here to read part 2, and click here to read part 3.

The limitations aren’t severe; however, several games have strict multiplayer rules. For instance, games such as Destiny or Titanfall will REQUIRE online services. This means that if you aren’t paying for Xbox Live or Playstation Plus subscriptions, these games are glorified drink coasters to you. There are several ways to figure out the limitations before you buy, however.

Video game developers don’t want you to buy their game and not be able to play it just as much as you don’t want to buy something you won’t be able to play. To get around this, most games guilty of this will print in text at the bottom of the case something to the effect of “This games requires an internet connection to play.” Note that this is code for “Buy an Xbox Live or Playstation Plus subscription to play,” as simply having an internet connection will not be enough. Here is a picture of that signifier on a couple of Xbox One games and a PS4 game.

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Games depicted are The Division on PS4, and Titanfall and Destiny on the Xbox One.

The biggest problem is this is often difficult to see, sometimes even if you’re looking for it. Perhaps the most reliable place to look will be the back of the game case.

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Games depicted are Alien Isolation on the Xbox One and Alekhine’s Gun on the PS4

This is a single player only game. Xbox One puts their information in a chart on the back, however Playstation 4 favors large icons. The “1” next to Players underneath “Xbox One” in the top half indicates that there is only one player mode locally – meaning on the same console. In the bottom half, the “1 Player” icon means there is also only one player local play.

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Games depicted are Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox One and Call of Duty: Black Ops III on the PS4

Here are examples of games with multiplayer options. On the top half, the “1-2” players refers to the amount of player that can play locally. 2 players local multiplayer means that one Xbox One can play two players on the same console, but not online. In the bottom half, “1-2” players indicates the same thing.

Additionally, you can see a lot of other information on the back of the case that doesn’t pertain to multiplayer aspects, such as Kinect capabilities, microphone options, and remote play.

Look for these things, you don’t want to be stuck disappointed and in the return line because you didn’t notice a few words or symbols. They are easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention, but if you know what you’re looking for, you will never make the mistake again.

 

Closing thoughts:

As I close this 4-part blog series, I ask you to keep something in mind: associates at Matt’s Game Exchange are trained to help you. If you have any doubts on ANYTHING listed here, do not be afraid to ask. We are here to help you, and even in the hectic holiday season we will be here for you. The loyal customers of Matt’s Game Exchange are why we prepare for hours, and why I sat here writing these posts. We want you to be informed so you can make the best decision wherever you shop, but if you run into a jam know that we here at Matt’s Game Exchange will help you out. This was a joy to write, and I can only hope it helps someone make a good choice for the holiday season.

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