Friday, August 02, 2013

PlayStation and Nintendo 64 (as well as a pair of Hello Kitty Dreamcast) designs for your Animal Crossing: New Leaf palace

They're baaaaaaaack!

Yep, I made some more Animal Crossing: New Leaf designs over the last few days, three of which make pretty awesome "cushion consoles," if I do say so myself.

Sadly, the other one looks a bit wonky as a cushion, but it looks rather nice as a poster if you're into that sort of thing.

"The other one," by the way, is this Nintendo 64 design:

I should've known it would be tough to translate those circular "feet" that sit at the base of the system to such a design, but unfortunately I didn't realize it until Cyrus had finished applying it to a cushion.

Thankfully, the other designs I conjured up fare much better in the transition from "canvas" to cushion. First up, my PlayStation design:

I actually attempted a PSone design as well, but it didn't look anywhere as nice as the one above, so I ditched it.

Should any of you want to see how it looks after being applied to a cushion (by Re-Tail's Cyrus), here you go:

Shortly after, I decided to alter my previously completed Dreamcast design to make it look like one of the Japan-only (of course), Hello Kitty-branded Dreamcasts I've drooled over for years.

Naturally, the first one I worked on was the pink one:

It wasn't long, though, before I went back and tweaked the design a bit to make a blue Hello Kitty Dreamcast as well.

I forgot to grab a screenshot of the blue system in its current resting place (in my guy character's robo-themed bedroom), but here's a shot of the pink one in my girl character's living room.

Is this the last of my New Leaf design posts? Possibly, although I'm considering trying a few (more) handheld designs in the next few days.

Should they turn out less hideous than the Game Gear and Neo Geo Pocket Color ones I came up with yesterday, I'll share them here as well.

See also: Famicom and NES designs, Mega Drive 2 and Saturn designs, Dreamcast (original) and PC Engine designs

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The GameBoy of my dreams? Quite possibly...

The only way this custom-painted GameBoy could be any dreamier, in my opinion, is if its design were inspired by Nintendo's Balloon Kid rather than its long-running (and long-loved) Kirby series.

That said, it's still pretty dreamy in its current state, don't you think?

Additional photos of this beauty can be encountered on artist Oskunk's blog,, by the way--including one or two that show its (possibly even dreamier) backside.

See also: previous Oskunk-centric posts

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pink and blue Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL pouches for everyone! Er, I mean, everyone who lives in Japan :(

Ah, yes, it's that time again. What time, you ask? Why, it's the time when I whine about how much more awesome the Japanese Club Nintendo is than its North American or European counterparts.

Case in point, the following Animal Crossing: New Leaf pouches that (I believe) were just added to the Japanese Club Nintendo rewards catalog. 

I mean, I'm sure they'll pop up on eBay sometime soon enough, so those of us currently drooling over them can just pick up one there, but I'd prefer to use some of the Club Nintendo points I've been stockpiling for the last year or so, if at all possible.

This set of Final Fantasy keychains is awesome, but I'm not sure it's $117 awesome

And, really, what would one do with 29 Final Fantasy-branded keychains even if one had $117 ($116.90, if you're a stickler for details) to blow on them?

I guess you could use one per day--switching them out at the end of each night--and waltz around town telling all the gawkers, "Oh, this? This is the Final Fantasy keychain I use on the sixth of every month. Wait until you see tomorrow's!"

Or you could do what most people who wind up buying a set will do in the end--which is keep them boxed up in the back of your closet. (No hate--I'd do the same!)

All kidding aside, I think these keychains--each of which is 28 millimeters wide and 34 millimeters tall, with a 63-millimeter chain--are pretty cool. They'd be cooler if they featured sprites pulled from the original version of Final Fantasy V rather than Final Fantasy: All the Bravest, of course, but that goes without saying.

Should you want to buy them anyway, head on over to sometime between now and late September and plop down a pre-order.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

This week in 'Import-Only Box Art That Has Piqued Bryan's Interest': Danganronpa 1+2 Reload (Vita)

I know, it really doesn't take much to pique my interest when it comes to Japanese box art.

Still, you have to admit the box art that's been produced for Spike Chunsoft's upcoming Vita title, Danganronpa 1+2 Reload, is pretty snazzy.

Of course, I've been known to be swayed by the presence of rainbows and bears, and Danganronpa 1+2 Reload's cover art features both, so it's possible I'm a smidge biased.

Anyway, Danganronpa 1+2 Reload, which includes remade versions of Spike Chunsoft's pair of PSP-based visual novels known as Danganronpa and Super Danganronpa 2, will hit Japanese store shelves on Oct. 26.

One half of that game's content--the first half, if you're curious--will be released in Europe and North America sometime early next year.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Famicom and NES designs for your Animal Crossing: New Leaf flat

Don't worry, those of you who aren't as obsessed with New Leaf as I currently am, this blog isn't transitioning into an Animal Crossing QR code blog, despite these last three posts.

In fact, this will be the last QR code-focused post for a number of days--although I can't promise that another won't be published on, say, Friday or Saturday.

As for this particular QR code-filled post: as I'm sure you surmised from the header above, the focus today is on Famicom and NES designs.

In the screencap below, Aino, the Fabulously Coifed Mayor of Animachi, shows off a couple of cushions that have been affixed with my most recent designs:

I know the NES cushion is a bit wonky, but the actual design is pretty nice (if I do say so myself):

Oh, and here's the Famicom design (and corresponding QR code, for those of you who want to plop a cushy Famicom in front of one of the many TVs that are surely sitting in your New Leaf pad):

You don't have to have these designs etched onto a cushion (by Re-Tail's Cyrus), of course. Another option is to hang them on your walls, like art--and like Bryan demonstrates in the following screenshot.

Or you could sit them out on easels, for an even more artsy interior design element.

Next up: a handful of handheld designs--assuming they look decent enough after being plastered onto cushions.

See also: 'PC Engine and Dreamcast designs for your Animal Crossing: New Leaf pad' and 'Sega Saturn and Mega Drive 2 designs for your Animal Crossing: New Leaf suite'