Saturday, July 31, 2010

July 2010 Anime Preview

eStarland has long been a supplier of anime merchandise, and now that we have this blog up and running, we figured that we'd make a post each month about what we've ordered and what new action figures, statues, and artbooks have just been made available for preorder.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Anatomy of a Bootleg

As a business that accepts trade-ins, it's understandable that we occasionally receive some bootlegs. We've accumulated a large box of them, which we keep for training purposes, and we decided that it'd be interesting to write a little something about how to recognize these forgeries. Click the images to get a closer look at what we're talking about.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Super Mario Bros Deluxe Start Up Screen just got a trade-in of Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the Game Boy Color with an...interesting start-up screen. Yes, it's a legitimate cartridge. Those who played the game enough will know how to change the start-up message, but it was a bit of a surprise for one of our younger employees who never played it.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Top 10 Sega Saturn Shoot 'em Ups

When the Sega Saturn was released in the 1990s, it quickly established itself as the premier household arcade gaming platform. Not only was the system bursting at the seams with excellent renditions of popular fighting, racing and light gun arcade titles, there was also no shortage of shoot 'em ups available (shmups for short).

While the US only officially received two of these, that did not stop gamers from importing the dozens of other quality shooters available in Japan. With that in mind, let's take a few moments to reminisce about some of the best shmups the system has to offer:

Friday, July 2, 2010

Toy Story Video Games

In the Holidays of 1995, Disney and Pixar released Toy Story and the world bathed in the glory of the cutting edge 3D computer-generated animation that brought Andy's toys to life. Riding the seemingly unstoppable hype train, Disney Interactive released video game adaptations of the film on the Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Nintendo Game Boy, and Windows 95 on April 25th, 1996.