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Tech Gift Idea NES Cartridge Drink Coasters from Paladone


hey everybody it’s la inside but we’ve got a fun one today this is a package of nes coasters that we’re going to open up and i did a whole series of little stocking stuffer videos and this would have been part of that however i didn’t learn about these until after christmas so hopefully this will get picked up in the next year holiday cycle but i thought it’d be fun to just to unbox these and see what they look like i really like the packaging it really is identical to what you would get from an official nintendo product back in probably the early 90s as the nes was being phased out it’s got that look that we all remember this is officially nintendo licensed material here and these little coasters look like nes cartridges from back in the day it’s made by a company called paladone i bought these with my own funds i was just curious to see what they look like so we’re going to open this up and look at all the cartridges and i’ll tell you some stories about the games represented on them as we go through it i do want to let you know though

in the interest of full disclosure that i paid for these of my own funds all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own no one is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s take a look what’s in the box now and see what these coasters are all about all right so let’s open it up and see what these things look like i want to keep the box intact because again i really like the box so here you go we got mario 3 right up front and they are wrapped up in plastic so it’s not quite as dark as the original nes cartridges were as far as the color is concerned but they actually don’t look too bad because you’ve got your cardboard thing in the middle but they have um you know like a smooth printed surface on both sides so they don’t look cheap look pretty good and we’ve got mario 3 here this of course was the us release of it now i did pull out my original super mario 3 cartridge to see how everything compares this by the way is the not rare version of the mario 3 cartridge apparently there’s one where the bros is on the left hand side of the label and if you have one of those cartridges it’s worth a lot because that was like one of the earlier variants that isn’t very numerous but of course i’ve got the regular one here now one thing i noticed from an authenticity standpoint beyond the color of the coaster is that they took the image from the box for super mario 3 not the cartridge label so if you look here you’ve got some marketing text that doesn’t actually appear on the cartridge here with super mario 3.

I still remember the day i bought this i we had one of those official nintendo stores at my local mall and it was fun to actually see the game in stock because when we were looking around for super mario bros 2 there was this huge chip shortage and you could not find this game at all it was impossible to find but here also super mario 2’s label on this coaster is from the box not from the actual cartridge you can look up some images online and see what the cartridge actually looked like which did not include the mario madness on it and we’ve got a couple of classics here like metroid i never actually owned metroid but somehow i have two copies of it here i think one came with my wife when she moved in and then another one maybe a friend lent to me or something this looks like the box also but back in the early days of the nes the labels did mirror the boxes so i think this one is a little bit more accurate this is zelda and of course zelda was sold with a gold cartridge and if you look behind me on the shelf you’ll see one up there this again is coming from the box that zelda shipped in not the actual cartridge label and this looks like it’s mirrored after the gray cartridge version of zelda so the original version of zelda was gold and they re-released it on a gray cartridge and this looks like it comes from that period of time here are some of the black labeled games we have the donkey kong arcade classics like metroid they were largely replicating the box design on the cartridge so they can get away with it a little bit easier here we’ve got mario brothers a game that just about everybody had in their pack in there with their their system i did not have mario brothers included with my nes because i got the one that came with rob so you got the gyromite game for rob and duck hunt but not uh mario brothers i had to borrow this from

friends when i wanted to play it but i did have duck hunt and this looks pretty true to the original there and then of course we have excitebike which is one of my favorite nes games this is another one i never owned but i had a friend that would just lend it to me all the time so that was

something that i played with quite a bit let’s take a look and see how a mug sits on this now so you can get a feel for that so not bad i think they’ll hold up pretty well they are cardboard so they will certainly wear out over time i can see liquid may be getting into the paper here and wearing it out but it’s kind of a fun little novelty gift and it looks like a bunch of little tiny nes cartridges i do wish they were a little bit bigger it would have been fun to have these be the actual size of an nes cartridge versus something that is a bit of a scaled down version of it but fun little thing for your coffee table to go with maybe a retro gaming book or something like that a really fun gift idea if you’re looking for something for a retro gamer and i can guarantee you they’re going to love the packaging that’s going to do it for this look at the nes cartridges until next time this is lon simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by theland.tv supporters including gold level supporters hot sauce and video games brian parker chris allegretta tom albrecht thomas anfang jim tannis and handheld obsession if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn dot tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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