Crafting: Custom DS Boxes. Again!!

“Seriously, what’s wrong with this guy, all he ever does is showing all those custom DS boxes he makes, what’s with that?”

‘Cause they’re AWESOME. That’s why! And this time I finished 13 of them, leaving 7 empty cases to fill up. And this time I have a neat little trick to show you! They say necessity is the mother of invention… nay, I say. NAY!!

LAZINESS is the mother of invention! CONVENIENCE or FEAR even!! Let’s explain this to you with an example of mine.

2015-12-17 15.13.24Earlier they told you to use hobby knives, cardboard cutters or an electric angled saw, but all of those can cut your fingers up. Knives and blades take strength and patience when you cut through those plastic tabs too. This looks risky, right? Well, don’t fret! Here’s the perfect solution for you!

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This little bugger is all you need to easily remove those tabs! Just get a firm hold and twist those tabs clean off! If there’s anything left you can use those knives to shave off  what little imperfection and bump that might be left. This takes half the time needed and gives the same result with less risk of cutting your fingers.

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My Messi workspace (pun intended)

 

Alright, I wanted a case for this bootleg Game Boy cart, 82 in 1,  that I got in Spain for more than 10 years ago. I chose this one amongst the stack of bootlegs they had, and it turns out I did good. The glossy box was thrown away a long time ago though. The cart doesn’t contain 82 games at all, but rather about 10 or so with alternating titles, and even though you can use it on the GBC and GBA it’s full of original GB titles. You get to play Othello (which isn’t an awesome RPG as they want to lead you to believe on the cover, but rather the game with the same name), Castlevania Adventure, Spiderman 2, Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle, Tetris, Battletanks and Bomb Jack to just name a few. A solid selection of games, and Tetris works with Link Cable support too! 2015-12-17 15.12.54

Here’s the cart itself. But I wanted the cover to be different! Unique!! So this below is what we got. If I make a cover by scratch I add symbols and such but leave the barcodes be. In this one I went to great length to remove the “Original” and “Official” texts on the Nintendo Seal and the Game Boy Game Pak Seal. Hah! That was amusing to me.

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I decided against better judgement to make a cover for Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway for the Game Boy Advance. The game is pretty much crud and a blatant Mario Kart Super Circuit knockoff with half the framerate. Stay away! For me it’s worth to own as a novelty item and to show off to people who can’t believe this kind of game was made in the ’00’s…

So I took the opportunity to mock the game! The blurb is authentic and all, but the rest of the text, layout and images are custom made by yours truly.2015-12-17 15.12.15

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T’was a good day, sirs and madams! A good day indeed!

Game Hunting: The Newest Additions To The Collection

Games I bought online:

– Boulder Dash [GB]

– The Legend of the River King [GB]

– Solomon’s Club [GB]

– Dragonball: Advanced Adventure [GBA]

Games I bought in stores:

– Heroes of Mana [NDS]

Games I bought in flea markets:

– Metroid Prime [GCN]

Games I got as a gift:

– Batman Begins [PS2]

– Dragonball Budokai Tenkaichi 3 [PS2]

– James Bond 007: From Russia With Love [PS2]

– Sonic Gems Collection [PS2]

– Castlevania: Curse of Darkness [PS2]

Why I bought them:

Boulder Dash seemed as a fun game when I checked it out on Youtube.

I knew that Solomons Club was a fun game since my friend owned it when we were kids (I think he still has it lying around in his attic somewhere).

I always wanted The Legend of the River King when I saw it on the video game stores’ shelves as a kid since it resembled Pokémon in its overhead style. I tried it out but I can’t get the fishing to work… and I don’t have the manual for it. I know I can check it out online but there’s been another game since that I’ve played and that is…

Dragonball: Advanced Adventure, possibly the best Dragonball game there is. You control first Goku, and then the superior Krillin (at least in the game) in two different but eeringly similar Story Modes where you have a pretty standard beat-em-up and at times also fighting matches against familiar enemies. Then you can choose to play as either as you collect the 7 Dragonballs in Extra mode to then be able to switch into all other characters in the game, allies and enemies alike, when you pick up their “avatars” or faces if you will. This feature is really cool and extends the game very much and adds a lot to the fun factor, and you can fight as Goku, Jackie Chun, Piccolo Damaio, the Bear Bandit Goku beats senseless in the beginning of the manga, Nam, Giran, the generic bandit and soldier enemies etc.

I bought Heroes of Mana based on the good reputation of the Secret of Mana series and I really hope that I’ve bought a good RPG.

I bought Metroid Prime the most recently, actually just this afternoon, in a flea market. There were other games in the basket but they were generic Battlefield shooters and sports games that didn’t interest me at all.

The last 5 games were a house-warming gift from my brother, and man does he know how to warm a house up! With video games! I’m eager to play them all as they all seem to be great games! Thanks bro!

 

Image from: http://www.gamepodunk.com/_/analysis-opinions/4-reasons-why-collectors-will-hate-the-next-console-generation-r484