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Star Wars Episode I Monopoly Game

Today’s post was originally going to be about how the new Monopoly Empire Game excludes Jail and replaces locations with brands , but it was too short so I added my Star Wars Monopoly Game to it. I later took out the Monopoly Empire part , as it was swallowed whole by my Star Wars Game. So today’s post is about my 1999 Star Wars Episode I Monopoly Game. I included lots of nice Pictures in this post so enjoy!

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Betcha can’t guess where I got this? Goodwill , of course! I paid about four dollars for this and everything but the box is in GREAT CONDITION! At my local Goodwill , they don’t treat their stuff very well : they wrote the price on this box and used lots of packing tape to keep it shut. Nonetheless , it’s amazing. Though Episode One may not be my favorite Star Wars Film , I don’t hate it at all. Its got lots of nice Star Wars Figures and Cards as well as the Game Board with Star Wars locations and Star Wars Credits!

Here is a Picture of the Game Board!

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Here is everything in the box:

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From what I can tell by reading the Instruction Manual , this is complete and even has a few extra pieces! The open slots in the box are for the players’ Credits.

Here are the Figurines!

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And my favorite : The Emperor!

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What do you guys think of this Monopoly Game? Do you like it? Please comment what you think! GOD BLESS!

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Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis (GBA) Review

Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis was released in 2006 for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance System. The Game is a port of the hit 1991 Video Game for the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis and also has an “Anniversary Mode” where Sonic can Spin-Dash , an ability originally not seen until Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The Game has been reviewed as a terrible port of the original by others , and today I will review the Game myself.

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I got my copy on eBay (won an Auction) for $8.18 . From the reviews I read , I expected it to be a Glitchy mess , something I might not have been able to beat. When I got it , I found that all the Reviews had one thing in common : they were all WRONG.

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(Sorry , my Camera doesn’t do well with screens)

When you first start the Game you get “Licensed by Nintendo” followed by the Classic “Say Guh!” that we all know ; something that you would never hear back in the 90’s. The user is then greeted with the above. Just like the original version , the Game goes into Demo if the Start Button isn’t pressed within a certain amount of time. Once Start is pressed , a Menu opens up allowing the player to choose Original Mode , where the original Classic is played , Anniversary Mode , where Sonic can Spin-Dash , and Options where the player can turn either the Sound Effects or BGM or both on or off . The Juke Box option is unlocked if the Game is beaten. Beating the Final Boss in Original Mode unlocks all the Sound Effects. Beating it in Anniversary Mode unlocks all the BGM (Back Ground Music).

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If a Zone is beaten in one Mode , it is unlocked saved in its own data , and unlocked and saved on the other , so you don’t have to beat the Game twice.

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The Game saves your progress automatically , but if you want to delete it , hold the Left and Right Trigger and press Start while on the Title screen and you will be given the option to delete it or not.

This Game was criticized for its jerky and sometime slowed down Gameplay , bad Music , the fact that the Game was zoomed in a little to accommodate the GBA , the idea that the Game can’t keep up with Sonic , making him unable to be seen , in which case he could get attacked by an unexpected enemy , and Glitches. All of these are untrue , except the slowdown and a few Glitches. Also the second (Music) is subjective so that doesn’t really count , and the third (Zoom-In) is not a problem. Here is my Review of those:

Jerky Gameplay:

It is claimed that this Game has jerky Gameplay. This is not true. There is a little bit of “bouncing” when going up a slope , but that is not jerky.

Slowed Down Gameplay:

There are slowdowns if too many things are happening at once. This also happened with the original Genesis version , but not as easily as with this. To make it just as good as the original , go to “Options” and turn off the BGM and SFX.

Bad Music:

This Game’s Music is a GBA remix of the SEGA Genesis original. The Music is very “GBA-y” and emulates the original Music. I could see how this would upset someone , but the Music is not bad at all.

Zoom In:

There is a bit of a Zoom-In to make up for the difference between a regular TV and the GBA’s screen. This makes a little bit of the top and a little bit of the bottom of the Game appear to be cut-off , but it’s only noticeable a few times throughout the Game . No problem at all.

Sonic speeding ahead of the screen? Not a chance , ever. I played the whole Game , Spin-Dashed , and matched (and sometimes even beat) my time records that I had on the original version with no screen being left behind.

Glitches:

In the Game there are very few “added” or “new” Glitches. The only real Glitch that I have found is that if you stand in between the Crusher and the floor in the Final Boss and the Crusher lifts , it will count as a crush and Sonic will lose a life. I’ve heard of other Glitches involving moving objects that can crush , but this is the only one I’ve encountered.

There are differences between this version and the original , like the Music , some of the Sounds and the Spin-Dash , but that’s part of the fun of it! There are very little “physical” changes made to the Game , and the Graphics are perfectly intact .

Honestly , this Game is a good port of the original ; though it’s not Arcade Perfect , it’s a lot like the original while being a fun remix. In my opinion , this Game is VERY underrated , and I gave it the Review it deserves. Thank you for reading , GOD BLESS!

SEGA Genesis AV Adapter Revised Review

I got my Genesis for $20 from a woman at my Church. The RF Unit was great , but
I was getting tired of it fading to static and looking fuzzy. To solve this , I
bought the AV Adapter . I must say , it gives PERFECT , SHARP Video and STUNNING
, CLEAR Audio. It’s much easier to plug in and use than the RF Unit , because I
had to set mine to Channel 4 since the Game was extra-fuzzy on Channel 3 (TV is
on that Channel , so there was interference) and you have to use the remote to
get to that Channel (it won’t let you do it from the TV , which I would like to
do when I go to turn on the Genesis). With this I could just change it to the AV
Channel and turn on the Genesis.

By now you’re probably wondering what
the problem is with this product. Well , here it is. When you use the AV Adapter
on a Model 2 Genesis (Can’t speak for anything else , as I don’t own a Model 3 ,
Nomad , or 32X) and you play ANY Sonic Game (excluding Spinball and Mean Bean
Machine ; there are no Rings in the latter) you have a big problem with the
Rings Sounds and BGM. When you get one Ring : nice , great sounding , “GLING”.
Next time , very faint , almost impossible to hear when running through multiple
Rings , “gling” , just like with the Emulated Compilations made for Modern
Systems. Also most of the Music in STH3 and S&K sounds off. Very , VERY
annoying . I also found that the Sub-Boss Music was missing the main part of the
BGM in Sonic 3 and Knuckles! Plus the Final Boss BGM in Sonic 2 was “Drowned
out” by the Death EGG Robot stomping. That pushed me off the edge , to the point
that I wanted to return the Product. But , before I did that , I did some
experimenting . I put the red wire in the white hole and that fixed the STH2
Final Boss Music and the S3K Sub-Boss Music , but then the Doomsday Zone Boss
was missing part of the BGM. So that meant I had to switch the cables around
when a different BGM plays. Very troublesome.

After a few days using this
, I switched back to the RF Unit. I plugged it in a fidgeted with it and got the
Picture quality looking much better. This cable has way too many Sound problems
, and no amount of crystal clear Picture can make up for that. The idea is good
, but it doesn’t work. If I try again , I will get the one made by Retro-Bit ,
as they seem more quality. This is what mine was like , and it MAY just be this
cable , but I’m not sure. If you can think of a way to fix any of these problems
, please tell me in the comment section below. GOD BLESS!

Recommended 3rd-Party Accessories for SEGA Genesis and Saturn

Most 3rd-party accessories for the SEGA Genesis and Saturn are complete crap. They don’t work , they perform horribly , and they are fragile. But , there are a handful that stand above the rest. Here they are :

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Most 3rd-party game parts are just junk , but , as the box says, this is an
innovation. It actually works very well! It’s low-priced and sturdy , as well as
reliable. My only comment is that the part that plugs into the wall gets very
hot , but not to a dangerous point , and the original adapter may do that as
well , but I don’t know. The box design is clever : It never says that it is
licensed by SEGA , but it has a very small fake SEGA Seal that says “THE BEST” .
The logo is small enough to gain approval of a quick looker. It also mentions
that it works for “GEN 2 & 3” , so it looks legit , and it’s actually worthy
of being legit. I usually fork out the extra money for official products , but
this is just fine.

Also we have the amazing Eclipse Stick:

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I traded some games and $5 with a local game merchant to get this controller ,
and I’d say it’s worth everything I spent. Its got large Arcade-style buttons
and a Joystick. Its also got a strong metal base and is made of very
high-quality parts. Unlike the other 3rd-party junk this controller proves
itself worthy. It has a “Slow” button that pauses and un-pauses the game rapidly
, which , though a nice addition , is kind of unnecessary . You can also program
a button to activate multiple buttons at once as well as some other features I
can’t quite figure out , like the two switches and the second feature on the LED
display. That leads us to our next point : the LED display. It’s really nice and
bright , great addition! The controller even works great with “Notorious” games
like Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic R. The only complaint I have is the “Trigger
Button” placement. It makes it pretty hard to use the “Corner” function in Sonic
R , but since I can corner easily without triggers in most levels , I only have
to avoid the Regal Ruins Track while using this , due to it’s curves. But ,
that’s just with Sonic R , so I don’t know how it would fare in games where the
triggers would perform other functions. The controller uses a more reliable and
repairable method of touch sensors , and since the analog Thumbpad on my 3D
controller uses a technology I don’t know how to repair , I find this
controller’s build more favorable (BTW , if anyone knows how to fix the analog
Thumbpad , please comment!!). It’s an amazing 3rd-party controller that matches
and , at some points , outdoes SEGA’s official controllers. What I LOVE LOVE
LOVE about this controller is the really long cord. My bed (where I sit when
playing my GEN/Saturn and other Games) is a reasonably long distance from my
television , and I have to sit at the end of my bed to play my GEN/Saturn. But
with this controller , I am free to lie around on my bed while using this
heavenly controller. I recommend this up to at least the $25 range , but not too
much more.

These are way-past cool ! Very highly recommended ! Please comment , GOD BLESS!

LEGO Star Wars 2012 #9492 Tie Fighter Review

I received this and the Imperial V-wing Starfighter for my birthday in 2012 (Who says teens can’t have presents?). I was SOOO surprised at the amazingly huge size of the Tie Fighter. Now,  to get started , Let’s talk about the Minifigures!

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Tie Pilot: He has new 2010 helmet design that first came in the Tie Defender but with the 2012 Trooper head design. Very nice!
R5-J2 : New Astromech head with the torso design of R2-Q5. Nice look , especially the head , and great coloring. Doesn’t have that large a role in the films , but still adds to the amazingness of this set.
Imperial Officer: The Imperial Officer is a very nice looking and hard-to-get Minifig and fits in perfectly with the other figures. He has a somewhat “rare” dark grey Kepi hat , an the same head that many Imperial/Rebel troops also have. Nice detail on the torso.
Death Star Trooper: This is a great design with a new helmet and head as well as great printing on the torso. One side of the head has a “mad” face ,  while the other (which is my personal favorite) has the same printing as the 2007 AT-ST Pilot. Also includes a blaster. He is one of my favorite Minifigures (Aside from my Chrome Gold C-3PO) and is the best one in this set.
Now to the Tie Fighter!
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First off , let me tell you , this is about 10 times larger than it looks online. The wings are HUGE and very detailed . Finally we get a fighter without the annoying blue pieces taking away precious movie accuracy . The circular parts in the middle of the wings , the cockpit window , and the dome above the cockpit are all printed so no huge annoying stickers! We also finally get an actual bubble cockpit window instead of the bubble-inside-a-square window in the previous 2. It is 100% movie accurate besides the red laser tips on the end if the flick-fire missiles , but since those can easily be removed and are made to , that doesn’t take away accuracy. As an ONLINE viewer , I thought that $50 was a little expensive for the part count , but as a REAL-LIFE viewer , I see that there are lots of large plates making it HUGE and worth a lot more than it costs. Sets the size of the Tie Fighter WITHOUT the extra figs go for a lot more than the listed price. In the build , there are a few yellow and red parts , but they are covered with black and grey later on in the build. I don’t know if those colors are cheaper to make than grey or black but maybe that’s why they are there. Anyway , thank you so much for reading my review , please comment  , GOD BLESS!

Sonic Super Digest #3

Today a new Sonic comic (and the last in my subscription ; need to get that fixed!) came to my house , so , of course , it is today’s post.

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(Awesome toy not included , that’s mine!)

This quarter’s comic is about the Chaos Emeralds! In one Comic , Robotnik sends Coconuts to retrieve a Chaos Emerald from an anonymous thief. Also , the Classic Sonic Comic “Fortified” is included , in which Sonic and co. are exploring a mountain as Robotnik is following them in his BotBus filled with SwatBots. Bunnie tries to move a tree out-of-the-way and discovers that it is a hidden base. Antoine discovers a canon that is useless , and Rotor finds Blacksmith supplies that he uses to make Bunnie a suit of armor , which she uses it to destroy SwatBots and lure the BotBus into a wall.

Also there is a series of Classic Comics “To ‘Bot , or Not to ‘Bot” Part one through three , where Uncle Chuck and Muttski  , who are Roboticized , help Sonic infiltrate Robotnik’s lair . Here , the Doctor has a hoard of new Badniks : Combots!

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Robotnik , clad in military uniform , tries to re-align Muttski and Uncle Chuck’s minds , turning them back into his Badniks. Muttski and Uncle Chuck play along as if they were turned , but they truly are not. Rotor’s same technology that he tried to use on Mecha Sally ( Sonic Super Digest #1 ) proves successful on the two as they foil Robotnik’s plan. Uncle Chuck loosens the shackles that attached Sonic to Robotnik’s Roboticizing tank , reprograms the Combots , and sends them marching into the river. Muttski “foils” Sonic’s attempt to Roboticize Robotnik while Uncle Chuck “flies the villian to safety” . Uncle Chuck , Muttski and Sonic part company while the former two return to Robotnik’s lair to continue his destruction.

There is also a Comic for Bunnie and Antoine’s marriage , Hope Kintobor and Snively Robotnik/Kintobor , the destruction of E-102 Gamma and the resurrection of E-123 Omega , as well as other interesting little bits.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I definitely recommend you get this Comic! Please comment , GOD BLESS!

LEGO Star Wars BrickMaster Review

I was at GoodWill the other day and while the employees were stocking the book shelves , I noticed something on their cart. It was the Atlantis and Castle LEGO BrickMaster books! After I scooped them up and began to take off someone handed me a LEGO Star Wars BrickMaster book as well! The original price was $30 each , but we only paid $2.50 each. Now to the review! It took me a while , but I built all of the models.

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Here are the first models :  AAT(Armored Assault Tank) Battle Tank and Nu-Class Attack Shuttle.

The both look nice , especially the AAT . The AAT’s secondary laser canons move up and down/360 degrees. The turret swivels and the primary laser canon moves up and down. The NCAS’s wings , cockpit , secondary and primary laser canons move.  A problem is that the 2 transparent Bricks that make the display stand aren’t enough to leave it in “fly” position. Neither of the models hold Minifigs  , sadly.

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The second models ; LAAT/R (Low Altitude Assault Transport / Reconnaissance) and STAS (Single Trooper AirSpeeder)

Both are great models ; lots of articulation and weapons. The LAAT/R definitely looks the best . It has blasters (wings)  , canons (below swivel) , and a primary canon (swivel).  The STAS is smaller , and less exciting , as it has no moving parts except the tiny laser under the ship. It still looks really neat though. These two models hold Figures  , which makes them much better.

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The third models , S-Wing and Mobile Missile Platform.

The S-Wing looks very cool with its six (6) separate blasters , hinged wings , and sleek design. The MMP looks great too. It has a giant laser canon , and a ground vibration censor (blaster-looking thing in the front). Not as sleek a design , but still great.

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Now , the last (and my favorite) models , the AT-RT (All-Terrain Reconnaissance Transport) , and VTS (Varied Terrain Speeder).

I have always loved the walkers in Star Wars and though this is a Prequel/Clone Wars walker , it is still the best of the models. It has a moving antenna , the legs move at two joints each (foot and legs) , it has a Clone Trooper blaster holder in the back , controls , and a blaster canon. It stands up well , which is very hard to do with LEGO (I’ve built a Minifig-scale AT-ST before , and balancing , even while standing on a baseplate , is a hard thing to make a LEGO model do).

The VTS is the best of the Droid ships. It has a large swiveling cannon , a nice design and the Droid fits nicely. While I was typing the review , I noticed something in the book’s picture of the finished model that wasn’t shown in the instructions: more blasters!

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I looked over the instructions over and over , and these are not present. If you wish to add these you must follow these instructions:

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Remove the Droid cockpit controls , both sets of Bricks on the side , and the 1×4’s with the dark grey 1×2’s on them from the front of the model. Then replace the light grey 1×4 with the structure pictured. Then just put all the pieces back in their place , and you’re done.

Now for the review of the book itself!

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Information about the models ,  their real counterparts , tips , and little comics are given throughout the book. There is also great artwork on the pages  , and there is a nice compartment that holds the bag of Bricks you get . The bag is actually really good quality and is reuseable , the book is about the same quality as the LEGO Encyclopedia/Dictionary books . One huge problem I found was the instructions. The instructions aren’t well put together (kind of ironic) : you don’t get the list that shows you the pieces used in a given step , and the steps are very crowded (too many things being done in a single step). After you get through that , you have great models for your collection. Is it worth the $30 price tag? Actually , yes! Here’s how:

240 LEGO Bricks

X 10 cents (average price) per Brick = $24.00

+ 2 Minifigs

+ Hardcover book and instructions

=Totally worth it!

This is my review! Please comment , GOD BLESS!

Sonic the Hedgehog Pinball Machine

Today I would like to show you one of the gems of my childhood . It’s my Sonic the Hedgehog Pinball machine!

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I can recall countless hours spent playing this pinball machine . I would play it and play it and play it until it I got to the maximum score, 99,999. Most of the Sonic toys I had as a kid were tossed when I was 11 or 12. It’s fun to play and is actually hard. As for the artwork of the machine , Sonic Spinball! What else? The playfield artwork is the cover/cartridge artwork for Sonic Spinball on the Game Gear (RIP) . If I could Improve this , I would replace the sound effects with those from platformer Sonic the Hedgehog titles or Sonic Spinball. Also a 3-life ball mechanism , but then you would never make it to the 99,999 score without a Game Over. Maybe even a Robotnik you could attack with the ball.

I was VERY OCD about keeping my stuff safe as a kid , so this is in some-what good condition. Here’s a funny story. When I first got it , I was playing it and my brother tried to use it as a skateboard ramp. That’s why the plastic playfield cover is some-what scratched. You guys have any fun things like this that you have had since childhood? Please comment , GOD BLESS!!!

9494 Anikan’s Jedi Interceptor Review

(Yup , another from 5KB!)
My good friend Nace10 said that 9494 Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor was a set that he wanted very bad , so I decided to write a review about it! When I first saw pictures of Anakin’s Interceptor in 2011 , I wanted it , but the $40 price tag crushed that idea . BUT the MP3 player I had at that time cracked so I sent it off to Wal-mart since I had a warranty. They sent me a gift card for $60  , but since my brother gave me his broken MP3 player , my mom maid me give my brother half of the money from the card :(. I later earned some more money and bought the Interceptor. Let’s get to the review!

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Ship : It is green since Anakin’s yellow one was destroyed in a space battle. He took the green one to confront Obi-Wan. It has 2 flick fires but they are in a position where you can’t flick them and since they don’t have a mechanism to fire them , they don’t go far because you have to push them. It has every detail except the cockpit which only has a LEGO hinged handle as ship controls. The cockpit window opens , and it’s printed so no sticker windows! (C’mon , who DOES like stickered bricks as oppose to printed??)  The wing flaps move so you can put it into flying position. Lots of detail but the bottom is somewhat messy. But that doesn’t effect the awesomeness.
Now to minifigs!
Anakin :
He has what I think is a dark brown version of CW Anakin’s hairpiece . He has a cool double sided head , a new torso with detail on the front and back. The legs are also printed. He has one flesh colored and one black hand , just like the movie!
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Obi-Wan :
He is WAY more detailed than the 2005-7 figures. He’s has a new hairpiece that is a light-orange color. His head is also double sided! Both double sided heads on Anakin and Obi-Wan have one made face and one with teeth showing. Obi’s Jedi robes have been updated with a printed front and back. No printed legs but that is how it was in the film.
Droid:
Basic Security Battle Droid with a solid red torso. Still awesome.
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Gunray:
He is way better than the CW counterpart that comes in the advent calendar . His headgear isn’t movie accurate , it is just a red version of the Clone Wars headgear. He has an accurate green head and hands as well as a detailed torso and a slope brick for robes instead of legs.
This is a wonderful set very much worth the $40 price tag. All but 2 figures are exclusive variants or versions. I hope you like this review , please comment , GOD BLESS!

TV Games : Classic Games without the Classic Price!

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Have you ever wanted to play classic games , but been discouraged by the classic price? Well , don’t lose hope , TV Games are here to help!

TV Games you say? Aren’t those just full of cheesy games made for little kids? Well , usually , yes. But in 2004 a sort of “fad” began . This “fad” was for classic video game companies to put there arcade hits on these TV Games.

So now you see the good of TV Games , but now purists are probably thinking “These were made in ’04 , so they must be the re-designed games , not the originals”.  You’d also be wrong on that point. These games are not re-designed , but the originals! How dare they!!!! Just kidding , but SEGA is almost ashamed of the REAL originals , re-making the sound effects and making the games easier. But no worries here. The only re-design here is that on Pole Position some of the “advertisement” signs have been changed to signs that have Jakks Pacific logos and logos of the games featured on the TV Game on them , but otherwise it’s the same game.

All of these seen in the pictures are vintage , but Atari and SEGA still make TV Games today! SEGA has a new Genesis system  (which has already been blogged about)  containing , sadly , redesigned games from the Genesis era as well as some clone games. This is a TV Game but it is made by AtGames , not Jakks Pacific.

Atari has their series of Atari Flashback‘s which contain some ports in certain versions , while some contain unreleased games. They also have the Atari 2600 joystick TV Game .

That’s today’s post. Sorry it is so late , I am sick. Please comment , GOD BLESS!