BEHOLD! The Fifth Year of Shigeru’s List is Upon Us!

And I promise I’ll start posting again as soon as possible! Real life has been super hectic since the holidays and I haven’t had much time left over to play any video games let alone sit down and try/fail to come up with snarky jokes about them. That poor Link Between Worlds cartridge has been sitting in my 3DS untouched for weeks now! AYE, I’m so out of the loop. Nintendo is still cool right? In the meantime thank you for all of the support this past near half decade.

This is all for you <3

Christmas 2013: A Tale From the Darkside to Terrify and Delight!

Well, ladies and nerds: I’m calling it for 2013 and taking a much needed break from writing to observe the holidays for the rest of December. And by “observe” I really mean suffering through yet another trip back to my hometown. I can’t wait to spend the next week or so avoiding going outside unless I absolutely have to so I don’t run into the hundreds of people I have no desire to see. On the plus side, I’ll be staying with close friends and they have an awesome fireplace to cozy up next to. Oh, and there’s a Long John Silvers near the house. I’ve got it bad for those little hush puppies. I’ll probably pop in on Christmas day and post an image or something, but until then consider this post my official “Happy Holidays” to the lot of you.

Time to yap about some scary stuff.

This Luigi’s Mansion Statuette is EATING AWAY AT MY SOUL.

The Nintendo Direct that aired a couple days ago revealed a lot of cool new stuff but the Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon diorama pictured above was arguably the coolest. This bad boy is available as a preorder right now through Club Nintendo however there’s one terrible detail. Once logged in, you’ll be greeted with the fact that it’s tagged with a massive 1,500 coin asking price! I mean, come on now Nintendo that’s just…ugh, WHAT THE FUCK? That’s an intense number of products that need to be purchased and surveys to be filled out to afford the thing. I should know, since I was a mere 100 coins shy of that amount before ordering that red XL charging cradle for 500 coins!

*runs crying into oncoming traffic*

Christmas 2013: Let’s Watch Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)!

Well screw it. As a result of how much I enjoyed watching Christmas Evil earlier this month, I’ve decided to give another Holiday Horror “Classic” that I’ve never seen before a shot and this time I’m going high profile. As far as Christmas slashers are concerned, you really can’t top a Santa with an ax and to tell the truth I actually have always been intrigued by this one. When I was a kid I used to stare at that VHS box art for what felt like hours in the video store, scanning the pics and reading the snyopsis on the back over and over again. I love scary movies and Halloween and all that, but there’s always been something about the above image that felt truly disturbing to the 6 year old me. Like “Holy Fuck, I really hope I didn’t piss off Santa this year.” So now, tonight on this glorious December edition of Friday the 13th, it’s time to sit back and finally have a look at Silent Night, Deadly Night.

Let’s get this disappointment over with.

This Very Merry Nintendo Christmas Commercial From 1989 is Sure to Bring Some Warmth to Your Crooked Little Heart.

A MASSIVE thanks to Matt over at Mummy Shark for sharing this on his tumblr page today. Overlooking the fact that this is an advertisement for Pepsi instead of Coca-cola, I’d say that everything happening during these 31 seconds is just about perfect. I can’t believe I’d never seen this before or if I did, forgot all about it. I can’t stop watching, it is just so good.

And the Year of Luigi Rolls On! R.I.P. Danny Wells.

Sad news today as we here at Shigeru’s List can confirm that actor Danny Wells passed away this week at the age of 72. Perhaps best known as “Not Captain Lou Albano, that other guy,” Wells made up the green half of the Super Mario Bros. during their short lived Super Show. A series that ran from September 4 to December 1, 1989 and is fondly remembered amongst man-children for showing Zelda cartoons instead of Mario ones each Friday. It is unknown at this time whether Wells was able to 100% Super Mario 3D World before his passing, or if the attempt is indeed what killed him.

Watch your back, Leguizamo.

Christmas 2013: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Evil (1980)!

Now before all three of you get too excited, listen: No, I have absolutely no intention of writing up Holiday Horror flicks all throughout this month the way I do each October. At least I don’t think that’s gonna happen. But who knows? Until we find out, consider this write-up a one-off because to be totally honest, scary Christmas movies are a subgenre I’m really not all that familiar with and haven’t been compelled by in the past. Not to sound like a prude, but the idea of introducing slashers or monsters into the season has always felt a bit tacky to me. I guess I like my Christmas time like I like my women: Cheerful, generous and three weeks out of the month. But screw it. I’m giving this mixture a shot tonight with Christmas Evil. A movie that I’ve never seen before but have heard plenty of positive things about.

Let’s get those fingers crossed!

Curious What I Have to Say About This Fancy New Mario Game?

Of course you are! So please, hop on over to Nintendorks where you can read my full review of Nintendo’s biggest holiday release for the Wii U. Spoilers: I liked it quite a bit!

Happy Birthday Wii U! You’re a Whole Year Old Today!

And I plan on celebrating this glorious milestone by…

By uhhh…

By continuing to use it as a Netflix player while I wait for Super Mario 3D World.

3DS eShop REVIEW: Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of George Taikai.

When the original Jett Rocket appeared as a Wii Ware download back in 2010, I had lots of nice things to say about it. It was a simple, old fashioned run ‘n jump game with a solid feel and absolutely gorgeous texture work. I really dug it. Despite being a little on the short side and kind of bland, there was something about that generic quality which really seemed to work in its favor. Jett Rocket displayed charming modesty in spades but really, it was just nice to have a new installment in the 3D platforming genre which the great Super Mario 64 kicked off (and has sadly since been all but abandoned from the modern gaming scene). So when I found out that a sequel was in the works and this time for the 3DS, I knew I’d be drunkenly typing in my credit card number on or around its day of release. And wouldn’t you know it? That’s exactly what happened. Now after having made my way through the game, how is it? Is Jett Rocket II a worthy successor to something that was pretty good?

Let’s see what I have to say.

Hey, This New Darn Zelder Game Looks Pretty Good!

Well hellooo people! As you may have noticed, I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit this month and that’s mostly due to the 9 days of vacation time I spent wearing pajamas and watching Gremlins 2 on repeat. But with Christmas now rearing its jolly noggin’ and some major games from Nintendo lining up to hit store shelves in the coming weeks, there’s too much happening to ignore! Too much! Starting today with this new commercial for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS. A sequel to the classic SNES installment A Link to the Past, here’s a title nobody realized they’d been waiting all their lives for. Taking on a retro art style, Link’s new overhead adventure introduces a pretty neat little gameplay mechanic that allows him to-ah hell, just watch it will ya!

Club Nintendo’s Colorful 3DS XL Cradles Have Come and Gone!

At the asking price of 500 coins a pop, five different flavors of XL charging docks hit Club Nintendo yesterday and within only a few hours, the entire supply was snatched up! These things are admittedly not all that big a deal since a standard black version has been available to purchase from Nintendo’s site for a while now. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see which one would become rare and thus the most desirable for collectors somewhere down the line. Of the selection, my money was on yellow but since they’re all gone I guess that means one won’t be more sought after than the next? We’ll see. In any case I set my alarm and was able to put in the order for red to match my system and received an email this morning confirming these bad boys have already been shipped!

Time to set up a tent out by the old mailbox.

Halloween 2013 is Finally Here! Allow Me to Show You Around My Spooky Home!

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf that is! As promised what seems like so long ago now, I’ve snapped shots of all the Halloween decorations that have been on display in my pad since the beginning of the month. YES, like a complete maniac I jumped ahead a few weeks back, switched the in-game clock to October and collected the entire Spooky and Creepy sets. The Spooky stuff you can acquire fairly easily, popping into Nook’s store each day of the month and buying them but the Creepy items were a little uh… trickier. You can only snag those during the twilight hours of Halloween itself by running around and scaring the townsfolk with different masks. You know what that means, right? It means you better shake that sweet thing into high gear because the clock is ticking right now!

I sure hope you’ve been stocking up on candy this whole month.

Halloween 2013: Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 is NOT Here to Make Friends.

I don’t really have much to say about Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 because as a kid this was one of very few horror movies that actually scared the SHIT OUT OF ME. As a result, this series (I’m really only talking the first 2 here) never became one that I was drawn to watch over and over again. I guess hardcore demonic gore and violence just wasn’t something that would occur to me to casually pop in after a hard day of school. At least not in the 80′s.

Halloween 2013: It’s the Final Countdown Saturday Before Halloween. Time For Some Creepshow 2!

I can clearly remember the first time I ever saw Creepshow 2. I was in the sixth grade and a friend of mine managed to talk the guy who worked at our tiny neighborhood video store into renting it to us despite the fact that it was rated R and we were only 11 years old. We took it back to his place since his parents weren’t home and popped it into the VCR. There was something so awesome about that whole scenario. We were doing something “bad” simply by watching it and even if I didn’t think it was very good (which I actually do), that reason alone would be enough to instill a deep fondness. Well that and its one of my earliest memories of seeing a woman topless.

A love affair was born.