Well, that’s that. According to the news Swine Flu has hit Britain and we’re all going to be dead by next Tuesday. A pity really, because my Super Nintendo arrived yesterday.
I should probably have posted this before, but I’ve been very busy recently with exams and the like. I know, common webmaster excuse but we’re people too, y’know.
Anyway, with a very generous £20 from my father, we ordered one off eBay Saturday evening and by Tuesday night – Alakazam! – There it was, sitting in my dining room.. although it had been parcelled in the most amazing way possible. I should have got a photo of it.. it was literally mummified in parcel tape, which was incredibly difficult to open because I didn’t want to accidentally cut any wires.
Once it was freed from this mess, it looked mighty fine. It’s a fully working unit, with a single control pad and all the required wires. Apart from some gunk in the power switch and a bit of yellowing on the case – which is fine because research tells me that SNES’s have a habit of turning all sorts of funny colours – it’s in perfect condition.
One thing that does mystify me slightly is the game included.. Now, the eBay listing’s title included the phrase “ALL STAR” leading me to think it was Super Mario All-Stars..
..It wasn’t, it turns out.
What arrived in the package was “NBA All-Star Challenge”. Well, first things first. It’s basketball. A sport I have absolutely no interest or knowledge of and no idea of any of the rules, conventions or even any famous players, with the exception of Michael Jordan – only because he was in Space Jam – and some chap called Shaq, who appears to be the American equivalent of Brand Beckham over here.
This game makes no sense to me. Basically, you run around, another guy runs around with you, and then you jump and put the ball through the hoop. There’s one mode which you quite literally just walk up and press a button to score. Over and over again.
Possibly magnifying this problem is that I have no idea who any of these people are, or even the teams they’re from. Why did Nintendo even publish this in the PAL region? I can’t think of anyone I know who has even the remotest interest in basketball. It’s just not that popular over here.
Anyway, the system itself is lovely, and I can do a proper write-up on it once I actually get a decent game for it.
Now, is anybody selling Starwing?