Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Even more evidence that I have awesome readers

Two weekends ago, while PAX Prime was in full swing, a Twitter user who calls himself Viceroy Fizzlebottom aimed a tweet at me that said, "I saw boxed copies of Door Door and Banana at the Pink Gorilla PAX booth and thought of you!"

After asking ol' Fizzlebottom (who leaves comments here now and then under the name Kaze) how much the copy of Banana was going for, he replied that it was "around $30" and then rather preciently added, "Would you like me to snag it for you if it's still there tomorrow?"

Because I'm a firm believer that you can't own too many copies of this charming, Famicom-based puzzler, I told Fizzlebottom/Kaze something along the lines of, "Yes, please--if it includes the game's instruction manual and if the whole package is, indeed, $30 or less." (OK, so my actual response was closer to "YES!!!!!")

So, how does this tale end? With me obtaining a complete-in-box copy of Victor Interactive's Banana (which does include its manual, thank you very much) for just $14.99. And, I have to say, what a gorgeous box it is--even if it does show a bit of wear and tear.





I especially like the adorable illustrations that appear on the box's flaps (see the pair of photos below for evidence).





Although I've already thanked Fizzlebottom/Kaze a number times for thinking of me while waltzing through Pink Gorilla's PAX Prime booth, I'm going to do so again here because, well, I think he deserves as much praise as I can heap upon him at the moment.

Thank you, Kaze!

See also: 'Additional proof that I have awesome readers,' 'Additional proof that Kimimi (of Kimimi's Blog) is an awesome chick' and 'Additional proof that Darwin Yamamoto is a pretty awesome dude'

14 comments:

warp said...

so cute

Bryan Ochalla said...

I agree, warp :) Really, you can't own too many copies of such an adorable game, right? Right?!? :P

Viewtiful_Justin said...

What an awesome guy! That's pretty stinking amazing of him!

Bryan Ochalla said...

It is, isn't it? I have to say, I find it hilarious that his first thought upon seeing the game was me. I guess my love of the game really came through in my last post about it :)

Melody (Lizzi) said...

This looks cute!
I don't know that game but it looks like I would love it.
P.S. sorry for leaving comments on very old posts but when I see a post about a game I really like I just HAVE to leave a comment.
Shame on me...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Check out my last post about this game, Melody -- one of the links in it leads to a YouTube video of the game. It's pretty old and even a bit ugly, but very charming. It's also tough, which I really appreciate :)

Oh, and please don't be sorry for leaving comments. I don't mind responding to them at all. So, comment away! :)

Melody (Lizzi) said...

Yeah I already watched some videos and I don't think it's ugly!
It's just old and kinda cute.
But I don't have a Famicom ^^
not even a NES so I have to be happy with watching videos and never trying it :(

Bryan Ochalla said...

I don't think it's ugly either, Melody, but I'm sure some folks do or will -- and that's OK! BTW, one thing that really *makes* this game for me is how the protagonist's steps add to the music :)

As for not owning a Famicom or NES: Why, then, play it on an emulator! Unless you're against doing such things?

Melody (Lizzi) said...

Good morning! (09:00 AM in Germany)
I'm not entirely against using emulators.
But in most cases I really want to hold the game in my hands.
The one and only game I've ever played on an emulator was Love Plus for DS with english subtitles because I really had to play this xD
The walking style of the maincharacter of Banana gives it a cartoony-touch.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hello again, Melody! Or should I say good morning?

I understand wanting to hold the real game/controller/system in your hands. I'm the same way most of the time. It's not always possible or practical, though, and that's when I pull out emulators and ROMs :)

miruki said...

Aww, the story of how you got the game made me smile so much. :)

Oh and *waves at Melody* hello there fellow German gamer girl~! :D

Bryan Ochalla said...

Thanks, miruki! It is a nice story, isn't it? Honestly, I'm amazed that anyone would think of me in that way.

Also, you and Melody should schedule some kind of German gamer girl get-together or something :)

Kaze said...

Hehe, once again glad to help ya out! :D:D I love Famicom box art! It's always so retro and cute!

Bryan Ochalla said...

And once again I say 'thank you!' Kaze! And of course I love Famicom box art, too -- especially this particular piece of Famicom box art. How can you not love the adorable illustrations on the box flaps??