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Villager amiibo - Japan Import (Super Smash Bros Series)
Villager amiibo - Japan Import (Super Smash Bros Series)
Offered by GamePlus+Tokyo
Price: $12.40
228 used & new from $5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm just happy to have Villager now, June 15, 2015
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Y'know what? I'm glad to have him. It's the reprint, but I actually kinda like the reprint better anyway. I'd rather pay this price for the reprint than $100+ for the same one that looks different. Works for me!

Asus  VS228H-P/VS228 21.5-Inches Led Backlight Widescreen Computer Monitor
Asus VS228H-P/VS228 21.5-Inches Led Backlight Widescreen Computer Monitor
Price: $99.99
100 used & new from $85.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Got this for my grandpa, September 4, 2014
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I ordered this monitor for my grandfather because an HP monitor he had stopped working properly. He's very satisfied with the image quality and reliability of this Asus. Definitely worth the purchase!

Black and Decker PS185 18 Volt Battery Charger #418352-03
Black and Decker PS185 18 Volt Battery Charger #418352-03
Offered by Buckeye Tool Supply
Price: $17.29
10 used & new from $14.18

2.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for my uncle., May 28, 2014
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It arrived in a timely fashion, and worked when it first got here. Then he came back a week later saying it stopped working. Not sure if it means the charger's shot or the battery's ruined, but either way it didn't do what we intended it to do so the only thing saving it from a 1-star rating is the fact it arrived in a timely order.

Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation
Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation

1.0 out of 5 stars I only like it for one reason..., April 25, 2014
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Haaa, just kidding, this movie's terrible. I only rented it because I was curious to watch it again after all these years. If you must watch a Mortal Kombat movie, just check out the movie that preceded this one. That one's actually enjoyable.

Orange Is The New Black: Season 1 [DVD + Digital]
Orange Is The New Black: Season 1 [DVD + Digital]
DVD ~ Taylor Schilling
Price: $10.00
85 used & new from $4.50

85 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity Gives Way to Full Enjoyment, April 25, 2014
I've had Netflix for quite some time but had never taken advantage of watching any of Netflix's original content. Being more of a movie guy, I find myself getting impatient when it comes to watching TV shows. Then one day when I was sick, I saw a few of my friends raving about this show and just had to give it a curiosity try, so I did. If you had told me beforehand that I would watch this whole season in its entirety--TWICE--I would have called you crazy.

Orange is the New Black succeeds in bringing doses of comedy and intrigue to what would otherwise seem to be a female version of Oz. Set at a correctional facility in New York state, it tells us the story of Piper Chapman, a young woman who's serving a prison sentence for what basically amounts to being an accessory in drug running with a former ex-girlfriend, Alex. In addition to showing us her daily struggle in this prison, we also see life on the outside with Piper's fiancee, Larry, a struggling writer who's trying to make his mark in journalism while keeping it together for the sake of his and Piper's relationship, which is a lot harder than he would believe it to be.

OitNB features a lot more characters, such as Red, a woman serving a lengthy prison sentence who is now in charge of the prison kitchen. Her character happens to be one of my favorites in the series so far. We also get to meet other interesting characters such as Miss Claudette, an actual gentle soul whom is feared by all the inmates, and "Pornstache" Mendez, a correctional officer who happens to be a real jerk.

It's really worth watching on Netflix if you subscribe to the service, it really is. However, I see myself picking up the DVD or Blu-ray set when the time comes just in case the dark day arrives where I don't have the wonderful service anymore.

Nintendo 2DS - Crimson Red
Nintendo 2DS - Crimson Red
Offered by Tiger Deals
Price: $92.00
195 used & new from $69.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm almost 27, and the 2DS is amazing!, April 9, 2014
NOTE: I originally wrote this on Game Informer.

A long time ago, I owned a Nintendo 3DS. It was my first foray into post-Game Boy Nintendo handhelds, and it was really exciting to check out all the great content Nintendo had to offer on the handheld front, especially in the year or so leading up to the release of Wii U. Needless to say, I was quite impressed. I got to try several games such as Star Fox 64 3D and Kid Icarus: Uprising, and regular DS titles like Pokémon: HeartGold and New Super Mario Bros. Unfortunately, around November of 2012 I began running into money problems and reluctantly decided to sell the 3DS and all my games to make ends meet for a little while.

Then mere months later, a Nintendo Direct broadcast revealed Pokémon X and Y, the newest Pokémon titles exclusively for 3DS which looked to completely turn the franchise upside-down as I knew it. A while later, Nintendo fans were given their first peek at what would become The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which further cemented the regret I had for ditching my 3DS. I knew I would have to get another one soon. Then later in 2013, Nintendo introduced the 2DS, an entry-level handheld that was not only intended for younger children, but sold at a much lower standpoint than the regular 3DS or the 3DS XL. Despite my initial scoffing at the handheld, I eventually became intrigued by it.

So without any further delay, I decided last week to take the plunge and pick up a Nintendo 2DS, along with Pokémon Y and Mario Kart 7. While the games are both fantastic and I'll be talking about them at a later time, I was surprisingly more impressed with the 2DS itself. Despite its slate aesthetic, the smaller buttons and lack of 3D, I don't think I could've asked for it to be any better than it is.

I have beefy hands, so at first I was quite skeptical about getting one. However, the store I got it from happened to have one out of the box that I could try for a second, and I was pleased by the form factor. When I want to focus on the game, I can focus on the game without the need for grabbing the stylus from the side. Racing in Mario Kart doesn't feel like an inconvenient chore like some web commentators made the 2DS out to be. When I play Pokémon, whether I'm using the stylus or not the game never becomes hard to control.

Otherwise, just about everything with the 2DS reminds me of the 3DS. The interface is no different. Sleep Mode is easily accessible with a bottom flip-switch. Despite the placement of the Power button, it's pretty much impossible to hit it by accident. Of course, none of this would matter if games didn't look smooth, which they do. In fact, I could make the argument that the lack of a 3D slider helps bring out the depth in these games, and proves you really don't need the 3D to enjoy 3DS titles.

I always heard that if you play Pokémon X or Y with the 3D turned on, sometimes the frame rate can drop to a horrendous rate. With the 2DS, I have yet to notice any serious frame rate issues aside from the occasional slow-down during some parts of battle sequences. Mario Kart 7 looks just as gorgeous as its Wii counterpart, and sometimes even more so. I've also played a few demos, such as the likes of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which looks gorgeous on there. Sonic Lost World ran just as fast as the Wii U version sometimes. The only demo I could tell might benefit from playing on an actual 3DS was Bravely Default, which was still great to play anyway.

My sole complaint about the 2DS so far is the lack of dual speakers. With only one speaker, I noticed that Netflix sounded terrible. I played about a minute of American Dad before shutting it off because even though the visuals were great, the sound was causing crackling, which can't be good. Whether that was solely because of what I was watching or not, I don't pop on handheld gaming systems to watch something I could pull up on my Wii U anyway. Even though Netflix output horrible sound quality, YouTube seemed to have no troubles sounding good. Who knows, maybe having headphones makes up for the one speaker, but I have yet to try any out.

If you're like me at all, you're a gamer on a budget and just want to play 3DS games without spending between $160-200 on a 3DS/XL. If that's the case, it's worth trying out a 2DS for yourself. Despite the changes from its older brethren, you really can't go wrong with a handheld that costs anywhere between $95-130, depending on whether you buy used or brand new (and where you're looking). It still does everything a 3DS does, it only looks different--and eliminates the focal point of the 3DS, granted.

-Very inexpensive.
-Surprisingly comfortable form factor
-Plays all 3DS and regular DS games
-Impressive visual quality
-Easy and effortless set up

-Only one speaker, making certain apps (read: Netflix) not enjoyable.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze - Nintendo Wii U
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze - Nintendo Wii U
Offered by Shark Distributors
Price: $28.87
85 used & new from $18.39

5.0 out of 5 stars A Barrel Blast to A Semblance of the Past, April 8, 2014
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NOTE: I originally wrote this review on Game Informer's website.

It's no secret that the Donkey Kong Country series of games is one of the most beloved platforming franchises of all-time, leading back to the Super Nintendo days. Many assumed DK's adventures would conclude after Rare went to Microsoft, but this wasn't the case thanks to Retro Studios, the developers of the acclaimed Metroid Prime series. In 2010 Retro released the critically welcomed reboot known as Donkey Kong Country Returns, which featured some of the best, creative, and thoroughly difficult levels in platform gaming on the Wii.

With Nintendo's Wii U, many wondered what Retro Studios' first game for the system would be. Many speculated a new Metroid was upon us, so most of the internet seemed very surprised when Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was announced during last year's E3 Direct broadcast instead. After much skepticism and a three-month delay, Tropical Freeze has hit stores to critical acclaim. And after spending hours traversing through its six worlds, I can safely say that critical buzz is totally called-for.

The plot, like most of Nintendo's platformer outings, is very simple; after a crew of viking-themed enemies known as Snowmads make their way to DK Island and ruin Donkey Kong's birthday party, our hero and his crew--consisting of Diddy, Dixie and Cranky Kong--set out to make things right, across a diverse range of five other gorgeous islands. These different islands pose threats to our crew in the form of walruses, owls, and even a monstrous polar bear. Before going any further I should drive the point home that despite the kid-friendly looks and content, the levels are designed with the child-at-heart gamers that grew up with this classic franchise in mind.

While the game boasts a mostly 2D presentation, don't let that throw you off. Unlike previous Wii U 2D platformers (such as Mario's first outing on the console), these levels will leave you in awe of their lush environments. Everything from background trees to glorious skylines are all catchy and appealing to the eyes in high-definition. Retro Studios used their time wisely with this title, and it shows. Even the fur on our starring Kongs look so realistic you'll want to pet them.

Speaking of our stars, during the single-player campaign you'll obviously be spending most of your time playing as Donkey Kong himself, while the other Kongs can be found in the signature DK Barrels. In some instances, you'll be able to choose which one spawns from the barrel by simply ground-pounding near it. Each member of the Kong family offers something to help DK out. Diddy Kong boasts a jetpack that can be used to float over a short distance. Dixie Kong can use her hair to levitate higher briefly, which can help to get out-of-reach items or collectibles. For his gameplay debut, Cranky Kong can use his cane like a pogo stick to bounce off of enemies or get through thorny spots, à la DuckTales. When you've filled your Banana meter (which usually happens after getting 100 of them), DK and whomever he's with can use a Kong-POW attack, which turns all of the enemies into objects depending on who DK is with; Red balloons with Diddy, gold Hearts with Dixie, and Banana coins with Cranky.

Series staples such as finding the K-O-N-G letters makes a comeback in this installment, and finding all of them will give every level good replay value for completionists. In addition, players are tasked with finding puzzle pieces, which depending on the level there can be anywhere between five and nine of them to find. During my initial playthrough, I haven't found every puzzle piece on a single level yet, so I've got a long way to go still. During other levels, DK and his crew will find themselves using minecarts, rocket barrels and even Rambi to help finish levels. Funky Kong makes a return in this game as well, offering goodies and 1-ups if you've got enough Banana coins to cover it. Trust me, even the most proud of platforming experts will need to go to him at least once.

All of this greatness comes down to one thing; the control scheme. Or in this case, schemes. The one thing I usually praise a Wii U game is also something I need to take to task with. While there are an assortment of different control options--Wii remote, Wii remote with Nunchuck, Pro Controller, and GamePad--I would definitely avoid using the Wii remote options and stick with the other two. However, even with these control schemes you'll be given a choice between two different configurations; either use the D-Pad or the Left stick. Neither one is exactly easy to get used to, but at the same time I found myself going with the D-Pad configuration more only because I'm used to platforming with the D-Pad. Why the team at Retro couldn't keep the button for both options the same but allow players to switch how they move around anytime is beyond me. Other than that, the only time the GamePad's screen is fully utilized is for Off-TV Play.

For those in doubt about the game's length considering there are only six worlds in the main game, fear not. Every level has a lot to offer, see, and explore--they're literally bursting at their seams with content. Especially if you missed puzzle pieces or KONG letters, you'll find yourself re-exploring levels often. If you're skilled and crafty with your platforming, extra bonus levels will unlock in each world too. With that said, be prepared to get frustrated here and there.

Upon defeating the last boss and seeing the game's ending, the frustration and back-tracking is all the more worth it. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is an absolutely engrossing and engaging platformer for Nintendo's Wii U, and anyone with the console is only missing out by avoiding this.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another unbelievably illegal product, March 11, 2014
Don't buy this. All it is is a preloaded flash cart that may not even work properly. Don't waste your money or time on this. Instead, buy the actual games. Those actually work and won't brick your handheld.

Super Game Boy
Super Game Boy
51 used & new from $12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a mandatory buy for anyone with Game Boy carts, March 11, 2014
This review is from: Super Game Boy (Video Game)
What's there to say that hasn't been said about the Super Game Boy already? It's awesome! I haven't had a working Game Boy in years but this thing has done the job for me just fine! Playing games on here are effortless (unless your GB cart is either badly damaged or dirty) and it has neat customizable options for control and display. THe only things that would make this better would be Link Cable and Game Boy Color compatibility--which fortunately was fixed with the Japan-only Super Game Boy 2.

If you can you should go for that one, but otherwise this is just great! I love playing Pokemon Yellow on here!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably illegal., March 11, 2014
It's amazing to me that Amazon lets this listing stay up, even though it's obviously illegal. $60 for hundreds of DS games rolled into one? Hello?! Do yourself and everyone else a favor; just buy these games legally, the legit way; individually. Who knows, maybe the games don't even run that well. If multi-carts in the past have been any indication, this probably runs terribly.

Don't buy this. Period.

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