Benny Kong Nintendo Pickups May 2019

My Pickups for Wii U, Wii, GC and a New Platform in May 2019

As already introduced in my My Physical Additions to the Nintendo Switch Library in May 2019 blog post, I’d like to share with you which games I picked up for my other Nintendo systems on a monthly basis.

For the time being, I’ll separate my Nintendo Switch pickups from the other Nintendo platform additions to underline my efforts in the #SwitchCorps community – but I’m also happy to change this in case you think it makes more sense to have a consolidated post.

Let me know in the comments section below what you prefer!


Which Wii U & Wii Games Did I Get in May?

In May, I was lucky to find a brand new Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash at a very reasonable price in a brick and mortar store (Saturn), but the current prices on Amazon are not that bad either.

In the course of the month, I snagged additionally two sealed Wii U copies on Amazon: LEGO Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht as well as Mighty No.9 – Ray-Edition. I have not play them yet, but since I assume prices will slowly increase for Wii U games in the near future, it might be a good idea to add games to the collection while the prices are relatively modest. All three, brand-new and sealed Wii U games did cost me less than €30, which I think is a good price point for the kind of quality all of them are offering individually.

But more importantly: I’m looking forward to giving them a play at some point.

My two Wii additions (used condition) are games that I bought in a GameStop while being on a trip. On both journeys of the trip I picked up a little game: 2 journeys, 2 games:




What’s Retro?

During my trip I also discussed on Twitter with @TheWaffinator, @daithiPgh, @Goldmario791, @VANAMING or @WoodmanFLG, at which point we consider a game a retro game:

In general, so I started the conversation, has a retro game to be older than 10 years, or at least the launch date of the platform its released on should be older than 10 years. In the course of the conversation we stated that the 10 years rule would categorize Wii games as retro games, but the 15 years rule would not (since the Wii launched in 2006). Other interesting aspects such as the specific lifecycle of consoles or a two console-generation-distance-approach brought as to the conclusion, that retro with Nintendo starts at the GameCube:



My Retro Additions

As I will probably showcase all of my three GameCube games that I bought via eBay also in the retro section of my blog, I will not further discuss them here. What will be covered in my retro section is the 4th GameCube addition that comes in this special, golden NTSC GameCube box that you might have spotted already.



A New Platform Addition

Finally I did it! I bought a New Nintendo 2DS XL! Since years I’m thinking that the system would be a cool addition to my Nintendo collection. As Big N is not supporting the platform with any new games as of lately anymore, I figured that now might be the right time to make a purchase. And I was lucky! In May, one of my favorite stores for video games, Saturn, ran a special promotion that included two free games as a gift! All bundles came with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowsers Schergen and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Definitely an offer that I could not refuse. Free Nintendo 3 DS games!

With my New Nintendo 2DS XL, I’m ready to play some wonderful games I have not played on yet, such as Mario Kart 7, Diddy Kong Racing DS or The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

I’ll let you know which games I will get in the upcoming months!


What You See Is Not What You Get

Last but not least: I’m pretty sure many of you can relate to this when buying video games online: You don’t get what you ordered! What you see is not what you get.

In my case, I did order twice a Wii U game from different sellers on Amazon (shipped via Amazon), but did get instead of the German packaging with the USK logo on it, an Italian version with the Pegi logo.

Two Wii Games that I ordered on eBay were not the ones I had in mind while ordering: One game came in bad condition (yellowed and very used case), whereas the other game came in the international packaging instead of the German one.

But that’s just the monthly struggle of any video game collector I suppose.



How was your May – besides your Nintendo Switch purchases? Let me know in the comments section or directly on Twitter or Instagram via my @BennyKong64 handle.

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My Physical Additions to the Nintendo Switch Library in May 2019

Welcome to my May! As already introduced some weeks ago, I’m happy to bring the monthly series on my physical additions to the Nintendo Switch library to Benny Kong.

This month I have even another little addition: From now on, I’ll share with you my entire monthly pickups! Meaning, we will also have a look into the Wii U, Wii department and for sure, into my retro additions. Whatever I did get! For the time being, I’ll separate my Nintendo Switch pickups from the other Nintendo platform additions to underline my efforts in the #SwitchCorps community – but I’m also happy to change this in case you think it makes more sense to have a consolidated post.

Let me know in the comments section below what you prefer!


My Additions in the Month of May

During my very busy #Switchiversary, I already decided that the upcoming months have to slow down. For April my plan did work out. And for May? I think it did good too.

Two limited print games made it into my collection and I added an Asian release of a game, that you also can buy in the US or in Europe. But why did I import it from Asia? Because the Asian release offer two games on one card, whereas the NA/EU version just contain one game on the card, the other title needs to get downloaded digitally. Since I like to preserve my games in a physical form, I did opt for the Asia import here.

My very first Nintendo Switch addition in the month of May 2019 was actually a very special one:

I won a contest on Twitter and was so lucky to get a Best Buy x Limited Run Games Exclusive! I’ll cover this addition in my SwitchIns section in more detail soon, but would like to say thank again to the generous host of the contest, @TheWaffinator! Thanks for running this amazing raffle and sending the prize all the way to Germany! Having a winner in the US would have been a lot cheaper for The Waffinator, but he even choose an express shipping so that I did not have to wait any longer for this very special copy that found now its place on my shelf. And a special place in my heart! Thank you mate!

Now it’s time to have a look at some footage of my humble May additions:



How was your May? Let me know in the comments section or directly on Twitter via @BennyKong64

Limited Run Games

Limited Run Games E3 2019 Nintendo Switch Lineup

What a Limited Run Games E3 2019 conference!

On June 10, 2019, Limited Run Games showcased in 42.49 minutes, which 50 (!) games they will bring in physical form for various platforms in the near future. As I am in particular interested in the Nintendo Switch lineup, I thought it might come handy to provide a chronological overview on all the 14 Switch games that were revealed during the E3 Showcase (watch the entire conference here) and were published afterwards in Limited Run Games E3 2019 Lineup! blog post.

Let’s have a look at which game carts we can add to our physical Nintendo Switch collection very soon – or even play on our Nintendo Switch for the very first time.


1) Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid – June 10, 2019


More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.
Power Rangers: Battle for the Gridis even already available for pre-order
directly on Limited Run Games.

2) Freedom Planet – June 21, 2019


More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.
Freedom Planet is available for pre-order on June 21, 2019 directly on Limited Run Games.

3) Transistor – June 21, 2019


More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

4) Rogue Legacy – July 19, 2019


More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

5) Double Switch – July, 2019


More info on the game on Nintendo Everything.

6) Bad North – Q3, 2019


More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

7) realMyst – Q3, 2019


8 & 9) Turok + Turok: Seeds of Evil – Q3, 2019


More info on Turok in the Nintendo US eShop.

10) Night in the Woods – Q4, 2019


More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

11) Blaster Master Zero – Q4, 2019


More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

12) Blazing Chrome – Q4, 2019


More info on the game on Nintendo Life.

13) Dark Devotion – Q4, 2019


More info on the game on Nintendo Life.

14) Super Meat Boy – tba.


More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

And there you have it! All 14 brand-new games that Limited Run Games revealed at E3 2019.

On my side, due to childhood memories I’m especially excited for Power Rangers (great review from Reviews 2 Go on YouTube here) and plan to buy Freedom Planet (demo available in eShop). I added both titles already to my public Nintendo Switch shopping list (my #SwitchList) and will update the page constantly as soon as LRG will put new listings on their website.

Additionally, I’m interested in pre-ordering Transistor (only heard good things about it), Double Switch and Night in the Woods. The Turok 1 +2 release will be a special addition to my physical Nintendo Switch collection, as I did play the games on my Nintendo 64 as a teenager. It will be so great to enjoy these titles on my Nintendo Switch: In HD, anytime and anywhere.

What are the games you cannot wait to put on your shelf?

Let me know in the comments section or directly on Twitter via @BennyKong64.

April 2019 Additions

My Physical Additions to the Nintendo Switch Library in April 2019

Let’s bring the monthly series to Benny Kong! A quick recap and trip back down memory lane:

In January 2019, I joined my fellow #SwitchCorps and kicked off a monthly series to celebrate my latest additions to the Nintendo Switch collection in the respective month. We, the SwitchCorps community, had even special names for the first three months of 2019 in anticipation of the big day: Nintendo Switch’s 2nd anniversary on March 3, 2019.

These were the hashtags we used to tag our collections on social media:

My Additions In Q1/2019

Let’s have a look what happened on my side so far – you can either zoom in the picture or get to my monthly Twitter posts by clicking the link:


What did you add to your collection in Q1/2019 so far? Feel free to jump directly in the conversation on social media to share your additions:

So, What Did I Add in the Month of April?

During my very busy #Switchiversary, I already decided that #April had to be more quiet. And looking at my humble additions to the physical #Nintendo Switch collection, that grew now to #40 releases, my plan to slow down worked actually out. Considering the huge backlog and taking into account the way I play videogames – trying to complete a game to 100% -, investing not too much in games every month, is actually a good thing.

Interestingly, although having pre-ordered a bunch of limited games, in the month of April none of these made it into my monthly picture. That is actually a premiere since I started this little series in January 2019.

It’s great that the Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s first region-free platform (Thank you for this, Big N!), so I could import three releases from Asia last month as these titles are not physical available in my region.

The Monthly Picture – April 2019

But now let’s have a look at some footage of my April additions and in case you want to be part of the thread of my April #NewIns posts, you will be directly forwarded to tweet here and to the content I shared on Instagram here.


How was your April? Let me know in the comments section or directly on Twitter or Instagram via my @BennyKong64 handle.

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My Top 5 #Nindies Spring Showcase Titles

On March 20, 2019, Nintendo invited us to join the reveal of the biggest and most interesting upcoming #Nindie releases. There were certainly big surprises announced – in case you have not seen the presentation yet, have a look here.

Why this blog post now – roughly 3 weeks after the #Nindies Spring Showcase? 

Because I’m still hyped, and the first of my favorite games will be launched very soon. So let me quickly share with you my 5 most promising games that I cannot wait to play:

5) Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the Necrodancer ft. The Legend of Zelda
– Coming Spring 2019

More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

 

4) The Red Lantern – Coming 2019

More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

 

3) Overland – Coming Fall 2019

More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

 

2) Neo Cab – Coming Summer 2019 

More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

 

1) Cuphead – Coming April 18, 2019 

More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop or even available for pre-purchase!

 

That’s it, my Top 5 list of all 17 games that Nintendo presented in their Nindies Spring Showcase.

Last but not least, I’d like to close with an honorable mentioning of a game, that was actually even on my 5th place.

Due to the impactful gesture that Nintendo allowed an indie studio to use their The Legend of Zelda IP, Link & Zelda boosted the Necrodancer into my Top 5 list. The first game in this series, Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition, did not interest me that much, altough it is an award winning hardcore rhythm-based dungeon crawling game.

So in case there would not be any Link or Zelda in the game, my number 5 would have simply been:

5) (Honorable mention) Stranger Things 3: The Game – Coming July 4, 2019

More info on the game in the Nintendo US eShop.

 

What are your favorite games out of the 17 presented #Nindie releases? Let me know in the comments section or directly on Twitter via @BennyKong64.

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Welcome to Benny Kong’s World

Hi – nice to meet you and welcome to Benny Kong’s World.

My name is Ben, currently living in Berlin, passionate Nintendo gamer and collector.

While being active on Twitter or Instagram with my dedicated @Bennykong64 accounts (that I set up to fully concentrate on Nintendo topics), I felt that I would like to create my #AllNintendo content in a way, that I can structure and control better. And most importantly: To preserve my content in a format, that is easier accessible for anybody.

Too often I was searching all over the place for a certain post because I intended to have a quick look at it or to follow up on it. So why not publishing content that is relevant to me – on my own website?

With Benny Kong, I’m inviting you to join me on my personal Nintendo journey:

I will share with you which Nintendo Switch physical releases or retro games I add to my physical collection (plus last generation games such as for the Wii or Wii U). I will also post what I think about certain games in the review section and hope to inspire you with my upcoming planned Nintendo Switch purchases that I put on my personal Switch shopping list -the #SwitchList. Additionally I would like to talk with you in about all kind of Nintendo topics in in my blog section: BK’s Thoughts.

It All Started With the Game Boy

As I like to say: It all started with the Game Boy, the Nintendo Switch makes me play and collect like a kid again.

Some day back in my early days when I was in kindergarten or when I started to study in elementary school – but for sure in the very early 90s – the Game Boy was omnipresent. Launched in Europe in September 1990, many of the cool kids had it: It was the super hot gadget in the schoolyard or on the playground, and one of my very best friends, Marco (who used to live in the apartment below ours), had one too. And it’s getting even better:

Marco’s family had a Nintendo Entertainment System that was set up in the living room as well! This is where you could find Marco and me precisely almost every day after school – playing Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Donkey Kong or Nintendo World Cup. Fun times, right Marco?

I cannot exactly remember the occasion, but recall the pre-condition: My parents wanted me to be a straight A student in elementary school first, before they were about to give green light for buying me a Nintendo handheld:

My sister and me – the Game Boy is not far.

My motivation was a high and at some point I could call myself a lucky Game Boy owner too. Finally. Oh boy, was I happy!  

Me and my Game Boy! Everywhere I’d go, my Game Boy was with me. And it was so great lending games to friends.

My very first handheld game was either Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge or The Smurfs. Some of my favorite games to play were Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.

I also had a-multiple-games-on-one-cart-collection: It contained basically every major release such as Super Mario Land or Kirby’s Dream Land, booting up from one notorious cart. It came without any box or manual, so I actually never knew, where my parents did get me this game from ….

Easter 1995

I can remember it as it was yesterday: My sister and I were Easter egg hunting in our flat (it must have rained that day) and we found something very special hidden in a gap below the living room cupboard:

My sister and I celebrated proudly with a photo our Easter gift from 1995.

A Super Nintendo Entertainment System. What a surprise! The SNES was bundled with Super Mario World. And a Super Game Boy that let me play my Game Boy games on the big screen. What an innovation!

The SNES is still one of my favorite Nintendo home consoles of all times and Super Mario World a game that I have finished several times – of course by finding all 96 exits.

Some of my all time classics for the system are titles such as Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island or International Superstar Soccer Deluxe.

The Golden Era

Memorizing growing up both as a kid and teenager with Nintendo consoles, I think I had the most fun with Nintendo video games back in the Nintendo 64 era. I consider the Nintendo 64 era as the golden era, as it was a time period for me personally, in which I could enjoy Nintendo games on a different and maybe even more intensive level:

On top of an unbelievable and game changing catalogue of video games such as Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Banjo-Kazooie or Donkey Kong 64, I was now able to inform myself independently about releases in magazines, buy more and more games from my own pocket money or had the opportunity to get superb Nintendo promotional material on VHS such as:



Who did not use exactly these video cassettes to show parents and grandparents which games are on their wishlist for an upcoming birthday or holiday season?

Due to nostalgic reasons, I’m showcasing the promotional material that was tailored for the German market since I cannot be that certain, which tapes were used as giveaways for other markets such as the US or the UK.

The Nintendo 64 was launched in Europe on March 1, 1997 and luckily I had one close friend that did get the console for his birthday in the launch month. This provided me with the opportunity to already play a bit and to join the new dimension of fun.

Myself, I had to wait a bit longer as my birthday is in October. The first game I got was International Superstar Soccer 64.


For Christmas my parents (oh I mean Santa Claus) surprised my sister and me with Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64. What a holiday season! Christmas 1998, I found The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time under the Christmas tree: My very first Zelda title and a milestone in the entire video game history – until now. And just one year later, Christmas 1999, I was very happy to unwrap a present that contained Donkey Kong 64, which is still to date one of my favorite games of all times.

Fast Forward to March 3, 2017

Also the upcoming three other Nintendo home consoles found their way in my home. I bought the GameCube in 2002, just some months after the launch. In order to have them on launch day, I pre-ordered the Wii and the Wii U. All three consoles provided me with countless hours of fun, endless single-player adventures and challenges, and last but not least: Dozens of sleepless nights when friends stayed over to play some great multi-player titles (Red shell!).

Understandable that as I did get older, the time spent in front of a video game console may have gotten less and less from console generation to generation – but March 3, 2017 changed everything:

The Nintendo Switch Makes Me PLAY Like a Kid Again

My friend Philipp and me, celebrating the Nintendo Switch launch weekend in Berlin. In case you interested in, I recently wrote up a little story on this personal anecdote and shared it on Instagram.





Yes, the Nintendo Switch brought me emotionally right back to the start where my Nintendo journey did begin:

Back to the time, where I did hold my friend’s Game Boy in my hands for the very first time. Just before I was about to get my very own handheld. Back to the time where I spotted the NES in Marco’s parents living room or when my sister & I found the SNES that our parents did hide for Easter.

The Nintendo Switch brought back the same magic that I felt when playing for the very time Super Mario 64 at my friend’s house. As I headed for the very first time for the Great Plateau in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild, I suddenly felt the same joy playing a videogame that I last felt back in the golden Nintendo 64 era. The Nintendo Switch brought all that back!

The same magic from back in the day, over 20 years later, that I feel now almost on a daily basis when switching on my Nintendo Switch. Watching the “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017-Trailer” still gives me goosebumps:



Being simply amazed and overwhelmed by the smooth gameplay and the size of a Super Mario Odyssey and recognizing so many similarities to one of my favorite games of all time: Super Mario 64.

Re-visiting the “Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer” fulfills me everytime with the warm feeling that an unbelieving adventure is waiting for me – an adventure around the world, just like in 1997:


The Nintendo Switch Makes Me COLLECT Like a Kid Again

Back in the day, growing up with Nintendo, I knew that inserting a physical game cart into my Nintendo console was actually the only way to play the game. Today, I still opt-in for the physical release – knowing that there might be a cheaper and more convenient way to play a game: Digitally, by making a purchase via the eShop.

Nintendo made their first digital games on a home gaming console accessible via the Virtual Console for the Wii. The lineup consisted of 17 titles and was available directly at launch of the Wii, in November (NA) and December (EU) in 2016.

Talking on the pro & cons of physical and digital games, on real ownership of games or what happens to the digital library when servers of a platform will be shutdown, is actually content for an entire separate BK’s Thoughts blogpost and won’t be discussed here.

For now, I’d like to illustrate briefly why the Nintendo Switch makes me collect like a kid again.

The answer on this might be very simple:

Because I feel exactly the same appreciation for both the game box and the cart that I felt when I was a kid. This unique feeling of owning exactly this game when having it for the very first time in your hands. This game is mine now: I can lend it to my friend Marco and get a game from him in return. Or the feeling that I had as a teenager when I wanted to play a new game, but had to sell an old one in the first place.

You treated your games with respect, stored them properly in your shelf or commode. When you were surprised with a game as a gift for your birthday or Christmas, the precious game was passed-through all the hands of family members and guests. And you had the feeling that you did get really something special. It was a present that you could touch. Now I’m making these presents mostly to myself – and even on a more frequent basis as back in the day. But the magic still feels the same. I’ll take my time to check the front and back cover as well as the cart – and if we are lucky: There is even some interior art and a manual.

Both the interior art and a manual, that is especially something that we do not find regularly in the box when opening a 3rd party release. But luckily independent publishers of limited print games got us covered here.


A colorful manual is the perfect homage to physical games from back in the day. Limited print releases are the perfect collectors item in your Nintendo Switch physical collection. But here comes maybe the coolest reason why the Nintendo Switch makes me collect like a kid again:

Since Nintendo Switch game carts are not region locked, you can import Switch games from anywhere in the world and add a physical, playable copy to your shelf, although the game was never released in your region. This is such a game changer comparing to collecting Wii, Wii U or retro Nintendo games. You might import games that are not available in your region, but as long as you do not have the appropriate PAL or NTSC console, you are not be able to play the game.

What a great decision from Nintendo to make the Nintendo Switch a region free console. Thank you, Big N!
 

Anytime. Anywhere.

Playing on the go, while driving home for #SwitchMas via train.

One of the best features of Nintendo’s latest system, on top of an unbelievable good library of games that put a smile on your face (or even tears of joy when hearing the Donkey Kong 64 Isle Theme being remastered in Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Donkey Kong Adventure)  is the mobility aspect:

Having the opportunity to play your games seamless when traveling via plane or train or taking your Switch with you when going on vacations, resonates a lot with my lifestyle.

Anytime, anywhere – bravo, Nintendo.

The Nintendo Switch Makes Me Wanting to CREATE Content (Like Never Before)

But not only playing wonderful blockbuster video games where and when you want to (or can) made me falling in love with the Nintendo Switch: The hybrid console made me developing a much deeper interest for the video game industry as a whole.

Nowadays, platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Discord (just to mention a few) give you the possibility to exchange with like-minded people, to be engaged in communities, and to be directly in contact with developers, publishers or distributors of the games you love.

You as the gamer, and we as a community, we do have a voice. We can stream our feedback directly to the creators of the titles we love and the video gaming industry is listening, is open minded to learn what we think. Do do we complain about certain bugs? Are we excited for certain releases? Would we like to see a physical release of a certain game?

If you are engaged on aforementioned platforms, then you may have stumbled across open threads with industry players, in which you were asked to share your favorite title from the respective inquirer or which title you would like to see a physical release for.

Such a wonderful exchange that I experienced in particular over the past six months on Twitter as BennyKong64, made me thinking, how I may capture my Nintendo Switch moments at best:

How can I give back to the community in a way, that other gamers and collectors can benefit from? How can I provide to the video game producing industry an exposure to showcase their content? Content, that I happen to love?

All the information on new physical releases, exclusive region releases, limited print copies, knowledge about games I would have slept on or that I never heard about, Kickstarter campaigns, predicting and speculating together what games might be revealed at an upcoming Nintendo Direct, sharing opinions about patches, DLC’s, the completeness of games on the cart (#CompleteOnCart) , reviews, or just talking about retro games and memorizing the old days, motivated me in my wish to preserve a friction of this content and make it accessible – just a click away via my own website: Benny Kong.

Welcome to Benny Kong’s World!

Yours,

PS: I hope Benny Kong will contribute to the Nintendo community and you may find it helpful. When you want to reach out to me, just use the comments section below or contact me directly on Twitter or Instagram via my @BennyKong64 handle.