Scans are back online!

Mario's sweatin' it!

Mario’s sweatin’ it!

It’s like this,

I’m way too busy with “life & family”. Get it?

I was considering giving up on as I’d never gave the site the love it deserves. After some soul searching, however, I decided to keep it running and renewed hosting plan with ImageEvent. Nice folks them guyz at ImageEvent kept my account intact despite defaulting on my payment (thank you!). Don’t expect a lot of action happening in here, but by all means do stop by! Or better yet, just follow me on twitter. So go on now, download something…

New Archive directory and Metroid 2 artwork.

Original Metroid Prime 2 Artwork without text layer

Original Metroid Prime 2 Artwork without text layer

I’ve ran out of hard drive space. 2TB of artwork eye candy.

While organizing the folders I stumbled upon an oddly named tech_001_final.psd file which contains an original Metroid artwork with some text layers on it. When examined closely you’ll notice the lack of text above Samus’ helmet. Maybe not much, but still better here than nowhere.

So now, I’ve uploaded two similar 2480×3508 resolution files perfect for wallpapers to a new Artwork directory. One with text and one without.

Go ahead & grab it.

Mario playing Dr. Mario game with Princess Peach

Mario Playing Dr. Mario game with Princess Peach

Mario Playing Dr. Mario game with Princess Peach

It’s been a long time, I know, but being busy is, well, busy. Just a quick fix for you Nintendo lovers.


1987 Bandai Games Catalog win NES Games!

1987 Bandai Nintendo NES Catalog

1987 Bandai Nintendo NES Catalog

Having reminders set is a good thing.

One can’t have it all, but when it comes to interesting eBay finds, [their] reminders work wonders. Be it a great deal on a long-searched-for title or just a good quality scan/picture of a hard-to-find item you can’t afford.

I’m not sure if you have ever heard this expression, but one comes to mind:

You don’t need to buy a cow to get some milk.

A reminder with a really neat item landed in my inbox today. A 1987 Bandai Games Catalog with some well-known NES games, featuring pure 80’s ads at their best. We all remember Jane Fonda Workout videos? Right? Well, if you’re an older gamer/collector such as myself, you do! So thanks in part to this eBay seller I’m presenting you with the beauty of spandex in all its glory.

Full catalog available for download in Archives and on my Flickr page.



2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Challenge: restore Nintendo Mamaberica Stroller flyer

Mamaberica Nintendo Flyer restored by

Mamaberica Nintendo Flyer restored by

I’d like to take up a challenge once in a while.  Who doesn’t?

There is an interesting entry about Mamaberica Nintendo Stroller on Before Mario blog. On his site, Erik shows a badly damaged flyer circa 1970. Sadly, there is only one picture circulating on the net that I’m aware of.

Having a day to spend, I had immediately started working on it. And oh boy, what a challenge it was! Mind you, I’m not proficient with Ps and Ai. But I digress.

Firstly, I begun separating the main image from the background using the Lasso tool by hand. This took about two hours.
Secondly, I had to redraw the Mamaberica logo in Illustrator. This was an easy task. About 15 minutes.

Lastly, there is some writing between the image and the logo. So I had to get the Japanese characters translated. This was probably the most difficult task for me, as I don not speak Japanese. So how did I go about it? Well, I had enlarged the picture to 600dpi and removed the picture noise and sharpen the text. This took about eight attempts. Then, using the open source OCR software I have moved onto translating. Basically, I tried to match the characters visually as best as I could… (how unprofessional of me, I know). But I think I have managed and the final result is for you to enjoy. Below, is an original picture I’ve been using for this project.

Now I’m asking for help!

And here is where I come to you, the readers, for help. I’d like to remake the second page of the flyer as well. If anyone of you does speak English/Japanese and could help me with translation I’d be eternally grateful. Just drop me a line.

Nintendo Mamaberica original flyer

Nintendo Mamaberica original flyer