Sunday, September 17, 2017

The EVR mystery solved (sort of)

A warning up front: this post is somewhat of an anti-climax.

Nintendo EVR Race from 1975 was a video based race simulation system. It utilised the Electronic Video Recording (EVR) moving image display technology.

Two versions of EVR Race were made: horse racing and car racing.

Nintendo EVR Race cabinet - with a horse racing game

Multiple EVR Race cabinets could be linked up for multi player games (in this case car racing)

Some five years ago, I acquired two EVR Race reels in a Nintendo arcade lot. The sale included only the reels, not the EVR Race cabinet itself.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nintendo Picture Cutter Ultraman (ピクチャー カッター ウルトラマン, 1966)

The second half of the 1960s and early 70s, Nintendo released a bunch of Ultraman boardgames (check this previous post and this one), Ultraman playing cards and even an Ultraman clock.

Ultraman, the star of the Japanese super hero TV series that debuted in the summer of 1966, was very popular and Nintendo quickly acquired a license to use him in their products.

One of the Ultraman items released by Nintendo is this Picture Cutter Ultraman (ピクチャー カッター ウルトラマン).

Monday, September 11, 2017

Purple Nintendo Crossover from 1981

Some time ago, I completed my set of Nintendo Crossover (クロスオーバー) puzzles from 1981.

The version I found is in very good condition and complete with storing case and instruction booklet.

Three color variants of Crossover exist in total. For some reason the purple one is the hardest to track down.

It is not clear if the purple version was produced in smaller quantities than the red and green versions, or if it is just a coincidence that less purple ones have surfaced so far.

Anyway, the search is over and I am very happy with this trio!

For more info about this wonderful and rare puzzle, check out this previous post.

Friday, July 22, 2016

beforemario at Gamescom 2015 - part 3

As regular readers of this blog will remember, I exhibited part of my collection at last year's Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. This five day event is a massive gathering of tens of thousands of people with a passion for games new and old.

Although I did post about the preparations of this exhibition and showed you around the beforemario items on show, I recently realised that I had forgotten to share the final bit of what was supposed to be a three part write-up. So here it is, the conclusion of a great week in Cologne in August of 2015.

Soon after getting everything over to the exhibition hall, unpacking it and arranging it in the show cases, the show opened and the first visitors started flocking in. The first day was still relativity quiet, as it was for trade vistors only. But the key word here is relatively, as it meant it was busy rather than crazy busy (the final weekend would be madhouse).

It was so much fun seeing people interested in - and often excited by - the vintage Nintendo items that I had brought with me.

We were still finalizing the stand when the first vistor already appeared, buying no less than two copies of the beforemario book!

Various representatives from the press also paid a visit on the first day.

Folks from all ages enjoyed the exhibition, recognizing toys from their youth or seeing these retro games for the first time.