Insert Coin To Begin’s Guide to the Best of 2015 Black Friday Deals!

Ahh, Black Friday, the time of year where after you’ve eaten your fill of turkey and stuffing we proceed to get our fill of commercialism.  The time has come for bargain shoppers to fill the stores and their carts with bargain deals! We here at Insert Coin want you to be happy this Christmas so I’ve assembled a few of the best deals that are going on on Black Friday, so without further ado…

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Our first deal comes to us from Best Buy, it’s an 8:00am Door Buster on Friday Morning. You get An Xbox One with The Lego Movie Game, and a 40″ Class  LED 1080p HD TV for $499.98 plus you can check out tons of other deals here

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Gamestop has a bunch of games on sale along with a Uncharted Collection Edition PS4 for $299.99 those deals can be found here

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Target has also has a bunch of game deals and a 32GB Super Smash Bros/Splatoon edition of WiiU for $249.99 along with tons of deals here

 

and Finally there are tons of deals at Walmart and Toys R Us along with Amazon which haven’t been revealed yet,  So if you like to shop from the couch/desk those are the deals for you!

It also let’s me post the Attack of The Show Black Friday ad video of Matt Mira and John Barrowman here’s that if you’ve never seen it

 

Have Fun Shopping, and beware of the crowds!

Chachi Says Console Review: Super Mario Maker!

Welcome to a very special edition of the Chachi Says review series in which i sit down to review my first Wii U game, Super Mario Maker! We pre ordered and received this game on release day because well it’s an intriguing game from Nintendo. I haven’t been this excited about a new release since the last Call of Duty game. Let’s get to it! Welcome to Chachi Says Console Review: Super Mario Maker!

You start with unboxing the game. The game comes in a full cardboard box not just the plastic case because Nintendo included what they are calling a Mario coffee table book. It includes drawings and diagrams of creator possibilities that are good enough to be ripped out and framed. You can get the book here. It was uploaded by Nintendo for fans to download.

Game: Super Mario Maker

Developer: Nintendo

Platform: Wii U

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Create or play others custom Mario Levels.

toolsGame Play:

The game starts with teaching you how to play the game. I don’t mean You press start game and read a tutorial, i mean you turn on the game and it puts you in an incomplete Mario level and walks you through finishing the level, while showing you the tools and then makes you complete the level.  From this point on you are free to do what you like. Now you don’t start with all of the usable content as is normal in a dyi type game. The longer you play the more you unlock. You start with Super Mario Brothers and Super Mario Bros U. level 1-1 styles and backgrounds. As you play you unlock more backgrounds and items for both styles. You can also unlock more styles as you play to include Super Mario World and Super Mario Brothers 3. Using what you unlock not only gives you more to add to the levels but also helps you unlock more items then next day.

creatorThere is also play mode in which you play the other player creations. This is where the game truly comes alive. Never have i heard someone say man, i have played way too much Mario because that is not a possible statement to be made. You have the ability to play, rank and comment on the levels you play but most people don’t bother.  Along with the normal search and play ability there is also the 10 and 100 Mario challenge. This challenges you to play and beat 8(for easy) or 16(for hard) player created Mario Levels with 10, or 100 Mario lives. Doing so will earn you mystery mushroom unlocks. Mystery mushrooms are a power shroom that you can assign silly costumes to. Dr. Mario, Link, Sonic, Kirby, Yoshi, Goombas…just to name a few. You can add these to your level and have Mario Transform into one of these special unlocks. they don’t provide any special ability but are cool nonetheless.

Sound and Graphics:

Its a Mario game that allows you to control the levels in a Mario game. The music and graphics are that of whichever game style you are creating with. There is also unlockables as you play the game allowing you to add special sound effects both already created and custom recordings for the sounds that you set for select actions. You can also unlock graphic effects such as fireworks and overall effects like haunted house scenes to scare your players into a panic.

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This is everything you want in a DYI game. The ability to control the content in a Mario game, or playing what other people have created in a Mario game is something that should’ve happened a long time ago, however im glad they waited until technology was awesome to do it. As usual the graphics and sound come together but that goes without saying. I could do the overall like normal and say that everything meshes but its a Mario game so we know it meshes. I reached out to people that i know have played the game to get what they think about the game.

Rizz:  It’s a refreshing look at one of Nintendo’s oldest franchises and puts a spin on the fan created content that’s been out for years. 5 out of 5

Chick_Chris: Very Fun. Highly recommend. Good for all ages. 4.8 because i want all of the things now.

I give this game a 5 out of 5. A great new idea on one of Gaming’s mainstay. A great spin on the DYI game style and tons of fun.

5outof5Thanks for tuning into Chachi Says Console Review: Super Mario Maker! Ive got to get back to making Mario!

Rizz Rant: Zelda. Not on the Wii U. Rawr.

By now you have heard the news that Iwata and the lovely people over at Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda game that they said was coming out in 2015 during their video last year at E3, showed off the glorious open world that would have been in the game, the guys sitting in front of the television and their Wii U testing out the game, gawking over the fact that there was a dungeon in the near distance and explaining what the touchscreen gaming pad would do as a companion in the game…will NOT be coming out in 2015.

I’m kind of angry about this.

I’m not totally angry, though. I’m more disappointed than angry. Disappointed that I didn’t see this coming from Nintendo sooner. Disappointed that I didn’t see the warning signs and question them sooner, before the news about their push back was released.

When they released the video of the guys playing this, I sat there and gawked over the graphics, just like you guys. I started to take my money out of my wallet and before I started making it rain all over my laptop, I had a thought. That thought was this: “What if this is just a green screen?”

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I mean, it looked cool to see people actually “playing” Zelda U on the Wii U and seeing how it looks. However (as we figured out this week) that’s the only thing playable or near playable done that these guys have. Just that little patch of the LARGE map that they told us was going to be available in 2015.

Still excited, though. I didn’t say anything because I thought that Nintendo would, you know, be a company of their word and put out a Zelda game for the Wii U (something that they haven’t done, unless you count Hyrule Warriors…which I don’t…as it’s more of a fantasy than an actual Zelda game).

Then…nothing.

After that video, nothing was said or done to make me happy about this game or show that this game was close to being finished. NOW I realize why. This game isn’t finished. This game won’t be finished until some time in 2016 and will PROBABLY be on the way out from the Wii U and into the new system code named “NX”.

It sucks. It sucks for people, like myself, who bought the Wii U in hopes of playing a new Zelda game, an open world Zelda game, sometime this year. It sucks that now we have to wait to play it. It sucks that the people who bought the Wii U will probably have to get the NX in order to play the new Zelda game. It just sucks.

Just to be clear, I love Nintendo and am having a lot of enjoyment playing Mario Kart and Smash on it. The reason I got a Wii U isn’t solely based on playing those two games. I want to be amerced in the world of Hyrule or Skyloft. Where’s me fighting Ganondorf?

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To Nintendo’s credit, they did take baby steps earlier this week with the announcement of the Wii U Virtual Console getting a major update later on by getting N64 games galore, which will include Mario 64 and (just a consolation prize) Legend of Zelda: OoT.

They also did announce a cool thing for Mario Kart 8, where they are going to release the Animal Crossing DLC in May AND add a 200cc track for free. Only if there was some way for me to explain how excited how this news…oh, I know: “WHERE THE HELL IS MY ZELDA U!?”

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Also, announced at their Nintendo Direct, the next set of Amiibos will be released in May, which will include the likes of Robin, Lucina, Wario, Pac-Man, Ness and Charizard…which is cool…but where’s the new Zelda game?

Baby steps to patch my heart, guys. Baby steps.

Boss Battle 121: Pleothra of Ponchos

BossBattle121This week on Boss Battle 121, we have our cast of Bobby (@bobbyfjtown), Chachi (@chachisays), Zach Gowen (@zachgowen) and Mike Sorg (@sorgatron). On this weeks show:

We discuss our gaming achievements from the past week.

  • In Video Game Themed Things From Around The Internet…net…net: A Samus Amiibo sells for a bunch on EBay, running into Trevor in GTA and Game Theory covering the hookshot in Legend of Zelda. 11:16
  • We talk about some gaming news like Assassin’s Creed Victory, I Am Bread, and the Dark Below expansion to Destiny. 18:38
  • We talk about console problems; like hackers possibly taking Xbox Live down and Wii U errors. 28:53
  • Guest host Zach Gowen reviews Secret Ponchos. 33:58
  • We discuss some Black Friday gaming sales figures. 39:43
  • Lastly In our Final Round discussion, we talk about how Black Friday will impact each console moving forward.

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Rizz Reviews: Hyrule Warriors

When they showed this game at E3, I saw it and there was no interest in getting this game. It was one of those niche games that just didn’t phase me. I mean, I was and am a Legend of Zelda fan but the thought of another type of a Zelda game just kind of turned me off from that idea. I played Dynasty Warriors one other time, I think, and didn’t think of anything beyond that.

When I first saw the gameplay trailers, though, things started to shift a bit. You will notice a little excitement in my words when I was talking about playing as Impa, it wasn’t manufactured. I was damn excited that I get to play as that lovely excuse of a lady carrying a big sword and messing baddies up with it. But in that excitement, I still wasn’t excited to play this game.

That changed when I saw I got to play as Ganondorf.

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When I saw Ganondorf as a playable character, I wanted this game in my collection. So…

…it is.

The game is what an HD Zelda game should look like. It just looks pretty. One hundred and ten percent more than what I thought this game was going to look like at E3. The Wii U makes Hyrule Warriors look really good and, well, it’s one of best visually game I’ve seen for the Wii U.

Play-wise, it is different.

IN A GOOD WAY!

When I say this game plays differently than any other Zelda game, it’s not CD-i different…it’s a different that rejuvenates a gaming franchise. However, when your rejuvenated game franchise is THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, Hyrule Warriors has made the Zelda franchise look good and is one big pile of awesome. It is also a great filler for Zelda U, which is scheduled to come out sometime next year.

The only weird thing I don’t like is that there are multiple stories that are going on at one time during the scene. You could be fighting one group of people and then it randomly goes over and tells you that you have to go to the entire side of the map and save an area that you saved before. However, if you don’t get there and defend the base (while you’re also facing the main boss) the game is over and you have to start it over.

If you have a Wii U, pick this game up. You won’t regret it.

Boss Battle 101: Move Over For Smash Bros Crossovers

Smash Bros wii uThis week on Boss Battle 101, we have our cast of Bobby (@bobbyfjtown), Chachi (@chachisays) and Sorg (@sorgatron). On this weeks show



  • We discuss our gaming achievements from the past week. – :30
  • In Video Game Themed Things From Around The Internet…net…net: Pokemon without trainers, Sporanos GTA and Katamari DMX. – 7:15
  • In things you should be made aware of, we talk about Dr. Who and Mass Effect, 2x the Sting in WWE2K15, a new Tekken and Mortal Kombat X news.- 15:40
  • We review mobile games like Angry Birds Epic and Stick Death. – 21:50
  • We discuss the new Smash Brothers characters. – 27:00
  • Lastly In our Final Round discussion, we talk about what we want to see in the new Smash Brothers game. – 27:00

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The Game That SAVED Nintendo…not Zelda

Last week, Reggie stated that since the release of Mario Kart 8 quadrupled the sales of Wii U systems the day of launch of the video game. He did not mention how or why they are quadrupled, but I have a feeling that most of the buys are because of the Mario Kart 8 bundles that Nintendo has made (like the Skylanders and Windwaker models, previously).

This is good news because a month ago we were talking about how little success Nintendo has made over the past few months with the Wii U. We were discussing their new system that was being rumored and stated that the Wii U was a bust and was going to take a whole hell of a lot to make Nintendo a viable competitor in the “Console Wars”. Now, let’s be clear here: The Wii U is still third in line behind the likes of the PS4 and Xbox One. However, now the gap between the three parties has closed tremendously.

Mario Kart 8 has Mario Kart 8 is, by far, one of the top games of the Wii U for a reason. This game is good. Really good. I stated on Boss Battle that this is one of the Top 2 Mario Kart games of all time. The graphics make this game pop like none other. Having this be a strictly HD Mario Kart game is one of the cooler things about this game. The new roads looks awesome and the way I know this is just looking at how crazy good Rainbow Road is. Yes, it’s not like the original Rainbow Road, but goodness does it look awesome. That’s not to say all the other tracks weren’t equally as awesome, they were awesome. However, let’s face it the best way to judge a Mario Kart is how both excited and irritated you are while playing their Rainbow Road.

This begs the question, will anyone touch what Mario Kart 8 has done? It could happen very, very soon as Super Smash Bros. is just right around the corner. They probably won’t touch the Wii U purchase jump, like Nintendo struck with the Wii U, but Smash Bros has been one of the top games in Nintendo’s resume for years, now, but I would not be surprised if most of the people who own Mario Kart 8 will also be owning Super Smash Bros and if that doesn’t do it, Zelda U. No doubt.

Is there a game that will touch the hotness of Mario Kart 8? Leave it in the comments below.

Sonic Boom is Coming – Don’t F With Knuckles!

You guys remember Sonic, right? Blue hedgehog? Red shoes? Fights Dr. Robotnik? Friends with a yellow fox who, somehow, has three tails and flies around? Yeah, you know Sonic the Hedgehog! Well, they just released a brand new version of Sonic in Sonic Boom (and yeah, as I typed that I did it in a very bad impression of Guile’s voice). Anyways, here’s the new game that comes out for the Nintendo systems.

Overall, this game looks like a slight winner in the early stages, which is quite a step up (Who could forget the “fun” of Sonic Adventures and the “revolutionary” video game Sonic 3D?). The graphics look amazing and everything looks right in the time for making a good version of a Sonic game.

However, I’m pretty sure the first thing you noticed isn’t the graphics or how the game looks but you were focused on one character. Right? WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO KNUCKLES?! I mean, I know he uses his upper body but this is ridiculous! He just looks like a giant awkward red triangle! All I can think of is Knuckles took some major steroids since the last time we met the poor guy. That or he is closely morphing into a Battletoad. Knuckles is the Barry Bonds of the video game world. The dude is dwarfing EVERYONE in the game! EVERYONE!

Oy.

Also, notice one thing missing? One person? Like, someone who made the first Sonic game (and subsequently every single Sonic game out)? I mean you have Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and even Amy! However, um…where the hell is Robotnik?! If anything, it made me think that the single Twinmold at the end is controlled by Robotnik. I call it “Eggsnake”.

(Mini Rizz Rant) Can we PLEASE stop calling Doctor Robotnik “Dr. Eggman”? That’s not his name. Stop it. You’re making him feel bad. It’s not his fault! He probably has a glandular problem, you jerks.

Along with the new video game, Sonic Boom will run cartoons in the near future.

What video game transformations did you like? Dislike?