Categories: "Personal Life"

Newport :)

 

Well was in school checking out a couple of websites so I popped on UCAS and I've got a conditional offer for Newport :D woopie, gotta get 200 points, but I should be able to do that...I hope, anyways that like minimum of getting my D in AS ICT up to a C which shouldn't be hard, I should be able to get it to a B, kinda depends on if everyone fails the resit O_o like um again. Yeah and along with that C at A level I need at least 3 D's well I reckon I should be able to get an A in media, if not that a B, perhaps a B or a C in Law and either a C or D in art. I would include general studies but no now they say they don't accept it *growls* which means I'm doing the lesson for no reason now. Doesn't matter tho, I'll just get a grade that means nothing at all. It's strange really this time last year I wasn't planning on going to university, and now I can't wait to do it, strange feeling really, I guess I just wanna be free for once.
Charlotte also got in and she has to get 240 points (how's that fair?).

Watership Down :o

 

Well I'm procrastinating from doing homework, cos homework is crappy, I could maybe do a bit of revising instead, anyways I watched Watership Down for the first time in about 10 years maybe, altho I watched it about a month ago, not yesterday when it was on tv. And I just wanna comment on it in general really, I took pictures and everything to help explain. The main reason I want to do a blog entry about it is because I had never realised how violent it was, up until now really. I mean everyone's complaining about the violence in the media at the moment, and how they shouldn't even be allowed to be sold in some cases. Watership down was made in 1978 so not that long ago really, it's not a bad animation for it's time, just like animal farm, both very nice animations :) both equally a little violent. Now I realise as Watership Down is an animation people think of it as a cartoon and back then I'm sure they could get away with lots of stuff :P It's rated a U which means anyone can watch it, I'm actually surprised myself that my mum let me watch it when I was really little. Just wanna say this post contains spoilers so I have warned you.
The film has it's cute moments and everything, but seems to be mainly violently focused. I'm not saying that they should ban the film or anything, I think it's totally stupid with how people act towards violence now, but I just wanna share the film with the rest of the world. I apologise for the size of the post I didn't know it would be so long with the pictures.
But the film is based around a bunch of bunnies called Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig and more. Who decide to leave their warren as Fiver has a bad feeling about where they're situated, like in the piccy.

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Like I said the film has cute bits, which are at the start when it tells the story of El-ahrairah the prince of the rabbits and how so many bunnies came around. Its all very cute at this point, except for when it gets further into the story of them.

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Here’s El-ahrairah and his friends

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All munching away at the grass. But then the bunnies multiply, like um bunnies

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Until in the story their lord Frith (the bunny sun god) decided there could not be so many bunnies as they took all the food the other animals wanted. So he evolved them into predators of El-ahrairah, which was weasels, dogs, cats, owls etc. So then you see all the cute bunnies getting killed O_o

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Which I suppose they had coming to them, until eventually…

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They all die, that’s then where Lord Frith gave El-ahrairah a chance and where the one bit I always remember of the film comes into play which is the following quote.

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when ever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you: digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.”

I remember that cos of the whole digger, listener, runner bit just sticks in my head, dunno why really. Anyway, I haven’t really structured what I’m gonna say so it’ll now probably be random bits of writing with pictures. I’ll put the pics in chronological order btw.
Ok well I was mentioning earlier that Fiver (paranoid rabbit) could sense that trouble was coming well he also imagines the following picture.

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Which is bunnies and trees being tossed around by some digger thing, with blood on its spikey bits.
Once they have run away from their warren they come across the cowslip warren, if that’s the right name, where they bunnies as I have read on a site have no religion, economics, government education etc, as they are living in a man made warren where man kills them when he feels like it, to make bunny pie? I’m not really sure. But yeah I never liked the main bunny of this warren, he was too posh for my liking but when the gang are here Bigwig gets caught in a snare (how man kills the bunnies) I never liked this part myself as it was kinda not nice :P

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Ok and then a bit later they meet an old friend (if you can call him that) from the Owsla which was kinda like their old warrens police in a way. And he told the story of what happened to the warren like Fiver imagined, and I just hated this part as a kid, I think it’s particularly cos of the colours but also cos it’s not nice to watch. I took various pictures to show it ^^.

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Then he tells of how all the bunnies of their warren were rounded up to Efrafa I think, where they work a little differently and how they are separated into divisions and how certain bunnies can only go in certain areas, well this bunny (I’m gonna guess Holly) escaped from Efrafa and then this whole stuff happened with the bunch of bunnies and General Woundwort (big bad bunny) and he came after them, as Bigwig went to Efrafa and then left (bad thing) so Woudwort thought he should kill them all, so he invaded their warren, and oh look a bunny got in his way.

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Isn’t that nice, oh look and here that bunny is dead on the floor

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There is then lots of fighting between Bigwig and the general.

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As you can see not the nicest of fights, blood and spit O_o everywhere. Then “there’s a dog loose in the woods” as I will always remember Fiver saying as he always looked like he was going crazy, and as dogs do he rips bunnies to shreads (I’ve never seen a dog killed a bunny, a cat yes but not a dog) Anyway here is the dog having fun, not eating the bunnies just killing them really.

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doggy

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Yeah then the dog sees General Woundwort and I guess thinks it will be the best bit to have a play with. Also so the story can have a happy ending really :P But the dog then runs for him and you see General Woundwort, one image I have never liked as he was always kinda scary looking.

eww

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There was also an albatross in the film which sounded European but I won’t spoil everything.
Anyway um I love the film, but think they should have maybe cranked the rating up a little, as I’m sure a normal innocent child would get kinda scared by the film ^^.

There's a site here that explains about the warrens.

Xbox 360

 

Well I've been told I should have done a kinda review of the 360, so I guess I should do as I'm told. Anyway the day it came out over here (2nd of December) we popped into town and picked up our pre-ordered console which was the hardcore version not the smelly core (2nd person to pre-order one) anyway, we were a tad confused on what to get, as I had been told GAME had a bundle which they did by mistake, getting 5 games and the console for £450, the guy we know there, Greg was telling us we could have the console along with 4 games of our choice plus Condemned or King Kong, we chose King Kong already having Condemned, but of course the girl who served us didn't think it sounded right (it being the mistake bundle) so because of her we didn't get a free game (ugh bitch!) anyway we picked up Kameo, Project Gotham Racing 3, Call of Duty 2 and Perfect Dark Zero, along with an extra wireless controller. We were also going to pick up two play and recharge packs, but GAME were sold out, so we popped into HMV and bought their last two, along with War of the Worlds, using the gift card Jay nicely gave us as a kinda month late birthday present.
Anyway we couldn't actually get home until about 5pm, as we needed to pick up Charmoo's 5.1 speaker system thing, and had to go round our sisters to help her with stuff (she recently had an operation).
Once we finally got home, after a few hours of setting up the speakers and getting them right with War of the Worlds, (as the tripod guys make the coolest sound) We finally decided to put a game in, which was Charmoo playing Call of Duty 2, she played it for a little while, and then had a play of PGR3, and then Perfect Dark Zero, I then got to play on Kameo and then Condemned was played the day after.

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Anyway on to the reviewing.

The Box and contents

As everyone says I think it was cute how the box had a handle on it, although our box had been damaged which I was a little disappointed about. But other than that it's pretty cute, I also loved how it actually had a BBFC rating of U on it, I thought it was a little on the weird side, but didn't question it.

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I thought it was packed very nicely with its little foam strips and all sealed in green or white bags saying welcome on them. When I picked up the 360 I was amazed at how heavy it was. I also thought it was cute how even the batteries were sealed in the same type of plastic.
One thing I thought was a tad weird was that there was an xbox 360 sticker inside the box, not sure why they gave people that.

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But the one thing I did hate is how there were like protective seals on anything that could get scratched. The one of the communication port was fine, but the one on the cd drive I never noticed, so when we tried to open it first time it didn't, but the most annoying bit was the one on the hard drive, after I peeled it off it left some kind of sticky residue on the hard drive, which took me about half and hour to get off with some cello tape, how annoying.

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If you notice on the controller it has a cute little sticker telling you to press the guide button, I haven't had the heart to take it off yet tho.
Unpacking the 360 was fun, what was not fun was getting the spare wireless controller and play and recharge packs out of their packets. I fucking hate blister packs, I cut myself a couple of times on trying to get them open, the scissors didn't even wanna cut through them, and the other day George opened a blister pack with her bare hands…which I couldn't believe.

Turning it on for the first time

Anyway after setting everything up we were just looking at everything I was looking at the little media remote we got with it and pressed a random button on it and it turned on and completely freaked me out,

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First time I saw the intro thing was cool, although the speakers weren't set up properly at this time but the second time we saw it, it was so cool, the animation is really pretty and the sound of it all as well. So we played around by seeing what we could plug into the USB ports, first we tried my phone, but nothing happened. Then we went for my USB memory stick thingy and shoved a film on it, but we couldn't watch it. Then Charmoo's MP3 player which was good, then I set up some Windows media connect thing so I can stream music to my 360 which is nice.

The games

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Well first to be played was Call of Duty 2 by Charlotte, which looked nice I hadn't played it before myself but it didn't look bad. She played it for a couple of hours, doing training and a few missions.

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After that she popped in Project Gotham Racing 3, where she played like 1 track or something and we decided it looked a bit too surreal when driving, but other than that it's a pretty game.

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I would take a picture and show what I mean, but it's hard to take pictures of games as they're always moving. Anyway after that Charlotte put in Perfect Dark Zero for a little while, she played around a bit and did the first mission.

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She then thought maybe I'd wanna play on it a little as it was like 1am (how kind) anyways I popped in Kameo (my main game) and had a play around.

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Charlotte was falling asleep so she went off to bed, so I was left playing my game when the speakers were set up as they were one was placed on the edge of my desk, and all I can say was that it kept freaking me out as I kept hearing the scary voices of everyday flying things in the Enchanted Kingdom freaking me out.
I know some people won't like this reference I'm about to make, but to me Kameo very much reminds me of...Ocarina of Time...there I said it, the sound clip when breaking a pot in Kameo is just the same, and I keep confusing myself with it, I know people will disagree as Kameo is more of a platformer, but its a good thing, it makes me feel at home and like Kameo even more. After a few hours of running around in Kameo I decided I'd give my eyes a rest and play Hexic, and god was that a bad idea. It's not that I don't love the game, heck I used to play it on msnzone, but playing it at like nearly 3 in the morning killed my eyes, and I was practically falling asleep in my chair I was so tired. After getting myself the easiest achievements with Hexic I decided to give it a go by finishing Survivalist, and that’s what I should not of done, I was half asleep and needing to get through 50 levels, yay, and while Paul was having fun playing PGR3 with Adam I got to die playing Hexic. But it was worth the measly 15 points I suppose. Since playing it on the first day we got it I have played a lot of PGR3 (not much lately) and have nearly finished Kameo, just gotta get into Thorns palace (if I don't keep dying and give up that is) grrr but omg yesterday I collected every single piece of fruit, once I kill Thorn I will have finished the game completely, wooopie. So far I have also bought Smash TV, Geometry Wars Evolved, and Gauntlet, them all being very cool, Smash TV, brought back memories for Charlotte and her playing it on the SNES for hours. Charlotte has also played Condemned; I think she played it the morning after we got the 360, as she only plays it in the morning or at night, as its darkest then. And she seems happy with it, the surround sound works great with it, and it is a very freaking game, especially with mannequins and stuff.

Sound

I have to say not playing on anything with surround sound before I am very impressed, it's lovely moving around in a game and hearing people talking literally behind you, it's all so cool, I'm a bit disappointed with the sound when listening to music on the 360 as it's rather quiet, although I think that’s the speakers as they like to be loud. One thing I am a bit disappointed with is that when you had your volume up really loud on the Xbox you hear weird robotic like noises, and to my knowledge there isn't that with the 360, it was always cool to hear it, but I'll survive. Not much you can say about sound when reviewing a console really.

Marketplace

I very much love the marketplace, I bought myself some points which have helped me buy my amazing Jinjo picture, which is mega cute, and I also have some other Banjo gamertag pics along with it. I'm tempted to buy one of the Kameo themes, but haven't as of yet, but I did buy the Warrior Winter pack which is amazing, like omg, they're so cute, as you can see kinda from the pic, I also downloaded a free winter Kameo theme, which I have also taken pictures of:

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Sorry if they aren't the best of quality but it's hard to take pictures of a tv.

Online play

I have to be very honest at this point and say how I haven't actually played online with it yet, I'm more of a single player person myself, I will no doubt play PGR3 online with Paul and maybe some portal forumers as well, but I don't really like playing with people I don't know as I find it rather intimidating being the shymo that I am.

Crashing

Now there is talk all over the net that the 360 crashes all the time and stuff, now I think ours has crashed once...although I'm not so sure as it might have been a dream, but I can't remember why it crashed, but other than that it has been fine, no problems whatsoever, the console has space around it to breathe as does the brick of a power adaptor.

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There it is poking through the gap. We decided to prop it up on like 3 boxes to make sure it was high up.

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There you can kinda see how big it is.

Price

Ok well I'm not made of money, needing a job and all, but I think it was very reasonably priced, with £300 being the average of a console on release 20 quid cheaper was a nice extra, especially with the core being a mere £210 as you can only just buy those PSP Gigapacks for that. I mean jeeez a handheld should be cheap like the DS!! anyways I feel wireless controllers are a tad expensive, but then so was the wavebird, if you want better controllers they're gonna cost more, so I doubt I'll be seeing controllers for around £20 anymore. Play and recharge kits were nicely priced, saving myself the cost of a bunch of rechargeable batteries, and the battery you get hasn't even run out once yet for either controllers, which is very good. Games, now I know the R.R.P for games is actually about £50 and for N64 and SNES it was £60 and up, but I feel like I'm gonna have a bit of trouble buying games when they come out if they're all gonna be about £50, but there’s always discounts and what not to help me with the price of games. Although for the price of a game on the 360 I was able to pick up the AOEIII collectors box for £15 less, so things like that still make me cringe a little, as you can compare stuff, but I'll still pay £50 for a game if I really want it, heck I'd pay £70 if they released all the Shenmue games in one and finished the series on the 360, I WANT IT.

Final Thoughts

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Here is a happy customer, but being serious now. Overall I think it's one lovely piece of machinery, not my favourite console, but that’s as I don't have a favourite console, they all have their good points, but certainly a very nice start to the next gen consoles, I just hope all future games for the 360 start coming out more weekly instead of in a few chunks, it’ll be cool to see some new original games come out on it. It must be a good console if moo will play on it also.

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Anyway I've gotten to the end of my review, I hope you enjoyed it.

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You can now stare at its prettiness
I will also be reviewing all the games we bought, including images, but at a later date.

Other news

 

Yes and on other news, here I am in an issue of Games TM

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Sadly some of the pictures they chose to use make some of the collection look a little small, but it's still pretty cool.

Here's also a larger version

See ya

 

Well like the title says see ya all in a week, and I'll like make an entry then and stuff.

Newport....wow

 

Well as I'm sure maybe some people guessed today was that I wasn't at school :P, Charmoo and myself went to the open day at Newport, um I won't comment on how I did not like the ride there, but after 4 hours we got there :P Caerleon was so beautiful, heck I would just wanna go there for the scenery. There were so many hills and it was just wow, the front of the uni was pretty too, it had an old look about it and a clock tower :) made it look cool, oh yeah plus Caerleon has all this stuff about Roman things which would be cool to look into.

The open day was very well organised, altho we did not have enough time to do everything we wanted which sucked. Altho we did help do a focus group discussion for developing the school :) was interesting to see how different our view was to this other girl's. And we did get £30 worth of hmv vouchers for doing it :o that'll save me money, omg I just realised I could get Nausicaa & The Cat Returns with it, yay I love Miyazaki films :D

Anyway back to Newport :P I really enjoyed all that we did there, and the woman who represented Newport at the APU convention remembered us :D that was nice. All the students were helpful and nice :) it was a really nice community there, the rooms were nice too. Last bit was to go off with the lecturer people for the courses, and all I can say is gawd I really wanna do the course now O_o it sounded so interesting from the talk we had, there were like 4 of us that had come to Newport for the games design stuff, the guy next to me seemed pretty excited about it all, altho the girl and other guy didn't seem so passionate and I think the girls parents were more interested in the course :P. But hey I won't judge, that’s just mean doing that. So David (lecturer) said they're only taking on 45 students O_o which is like none so it makes me realise I might not get in :( I don't really wanna do a foundation course to better myself for it. I wanna go onto the life drawing :D I love life drawing ok well no that sounds weird, I don't love drawing naked people :roll: but yeah I really enjoy life drawing, we're doing it again this year :D should be good, but yeah course sounds so good O_o and going to conventions or even just Lionhead would like be a dream come true....I'm not a weirdo :( but um yeah only thing I worry about if I got into Newport, would be where all the games would go O_o I mean yeah the 360 would come with me since I'll have one by then but what about everything else O_o oh dreamcast I cannot live without you......I feel I'm sounding weird now so um I'll stop and say that Newport is a great uni, and mesa wanna go now. (not like I didn't before :P)

Hehe and David knew my name how cool :P even if I did post on the forums and say what I’d be wearing so people could spot me :roll: good ol xbox hoodie :P.

Chibi Robo!!!

 

This game is so cute and amazing; I recommend anyone buy it that has a Gamecube and freeloader or a jap Gamecube.

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Seriously anyone of any age can play this, it can appeal to both kids and adults, obviously Japanese children as British ones may get a little confused ^^. But yeah you take the role of tiny little robot named chibi robot I think? Probably cos he's rather small looking. It's hard to get the jist of a game when the instructions and game itself are against you.

Well the story from what I've seen and looking at a translation guide is that you are a birthday present to a little girl called Jenny (who seems to be obsessed with frogs as all she seems to say is ribbit) and you were a present from her father, even though according to the mother he only bought it cos he wanted one. Anyway I'm probably sounding a little confusing, bad at explaining stuff when I'm tired :P. But yeah you then figure out how to move the little guy around, or guess how in my case. Then a little after her birthday party you get to tidy up the mess, which involves you picking up the little pieces of trash and storing them inside of you, and you can then throw them into the trash can (from on the floor, where as I spent ages trying to throw in the trash from above the can, how stupid can ya be :P) anyway there’s also this little toothbrush type object that you pick up to clean dirty messes on the floor like paw prints from the pet dog. And it has the coolest music ever. The game itself seems pretty music orientated as there are little sounds with whatever you do, be it washing the floor, walking across different materials or just the diegetic music.
I'd have to say the game itself reminds me of some other game, but I can't quite put my finger on it, I'd like to say it's like Roomania 203, but I don't think it is....something to do with how you are performing little tasks and stuff.
Anyway back to the game, you work for the family night and day (night and day being rather short and ending after a few minutes) but you can still manage to get quite a bit done. Another really cute thing about it, is as he is a little robot he needs an energy source, which happens to be an internal battery, as you can see from the pic of the cover he has a little plug trailing from behind. When you feel you are running low on power (there is a meter to the side displaying how much you have left) you can go up to a socket in the wall, pick up your plug and just slot it in. Doing this also gives you an opportunity to save as well which is handy.
The aim of the game I think is to be the best robot ever, you gain "Happy points" from doing good deeds and also money from doing these deeds or from just picking up coins. The money obviously lets you buy stuff, what that stuff is that you can buy I will never know unless I learn Japanese. But with the happy points the more you have the more your rank goes up, you first start off with a happy little robot with a battery of 80 and a rank of 1000000, but as time goes by your rank goes up along with your battery power depending on if you get to the certain criteria. I currently have a battery of 120 and a rank of 3000 and something. I think.
I remember seeing the game coming out on a newsletter I got from Play-asia and fell in love with it instantly after watching the advert for it, altho I didn't particularly have 35 quid to buy it, altho the other day I did notice it on ebay cheap so I couldn't resist :P.
I would explain about the characters of the game, but its kinda hard to know about them when you don't have a clue to what's going on. Altho I can show pics :D.
I was gonna just find some pics on the net but they all just seem to be the same 11 shots, so I'll take a pic from the instruction book and label it :p.

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Hmm so that’s about it, I seriously do recommend it to anyone, as it is really a fun game, I guess as it's so simple it could appeal to any audience. So yeah buy it now :D.

Gameboy Micro

 

Well I ordered a Gameboy micro the other day, so I can have one for my trip to Barcelona, and since we're traveling by bus I needed something to amuse myself, and since the DS can't be played on at the same time by two people I felt I wanted something new. So I treated myself to a Famicom version Gameboy Micro. I would of waited for them to come out over here, but the colours coming out here are really boring, and black isn't even coming out over here so I thought screw that and I found out that in Japan they have a special Famicom version to celebrate Mario's 20th Anniversary, I couldn't contain my excitement (yeah I'm weird :P) anyway I thought it looked so cool I had to get myself one, plus before they stopped selling them or something, which probably won't happen but it's something nice to add to my collection. Anyway it did come on Friday but I was round my sister's looking after her and her boyfriend as they have recently been in a road accident, so I found out Friday that it had come along with £34.83 customs which is horrible, as that means I am now completely skint, and the money I was saving up for Barcelona is pretty much down to about a pound now, yay :(. But yeah so I had to wait until I got home today to play it, was a while until I did as I had a few things to do, but then I opened the package, I bought myself the Gameboy micro itself, a case for it, BoulderDash EX (cos who doesn't like boulderdash :P) Famicom Mini Series Super Mario Brothers, a little zelda gashapon which happened to not be the one I wanted and wasn't even Link :( and a game for Charmoo which I will not say what it is :P and they also gave me some free sour melon sweets...random, anyway sorry the pic is crap but the camera's batteries ran out so I had to take it with my phone.

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So now you know what I got I'll talk about the Micro more :). The second I took it out the box I thought omg it looks cool, altho this was the packet I was referring to :P As it's celebrating Mario's anniversary they made it special. Here's what's so cool about it.
This is the first bit of packaging which holds the Micro where it is.

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Then under that where the adaptor went.

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Then when I stopped looking at the box I took the Micro out of its little bag thing and it just hit me that is was so small, it looks smaller when it's turned off which is a little weird, but anyway I thought it looked a lot smaller than I expected so I got myself a game and watch and shoved them next to each other and there is quite a bit of a difference, mainly as the screen is smaller, but there is a size difference also as you can see below.

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Then I went to the instruction book thinking I could find out how long I have to charge it for, then of course I realised it was in Japanese...stupid me. So I had to look around a bit on the net, then I found out the America Nintendo site has manuals up for download so I printed it off and spent a while making an instruction book :P

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Here’s a pic of the back of it, showing that it is special :D

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Its not that bad really, anyway I had the thing on charge while I made it, and about a few hours later I could play on it :D yay.
So I switched it on a popped my new game in it, and amazingly the screen looked so much bigger, and is not hard to see at all. It is a little confusing having to play on a system so small and look at it at the same time, basically the size of a master system controller :o But after a while I felt like I was just playing on a normal Gameboy really, just an ultra pretty one :D
It may not feel small but it does look pretty small as you can see in the pics below.

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And believe me my hands aren't huge :P

Then there is this one

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Which you can also view here as I feel the small picture doesn't do it justice &#59;)

I should also mention Mario is a direct port of the original Famicom/NES version, so if it looks bad I either took a crap picture or cos its only a port. But the screen is very nice :D

Oh yeah something else cool, they added in the normal battery dying feature but they added it into the start and select buttons which is extremely cute, where they glow blue if the battery is fine, or red if it needs charging :) which is a nice feature.

Hmm I seem a little more happy with my Zelda capsule toy now, I have now found out he is called a Minish, as he is from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.

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He shall now sit happily on my micro :D

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