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DS Daily: All good things

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The phrase "all good things must come to an end" doesn't always apply when it comes to gaming. Not all games have ends, precisely; games with certain types of multiplayer functions, or puzzle games and similar titles, could probably be played forever, provided you don't grow tired of them. But let's talk about those games that do have a definite ending. When you've saved the princess, completed all the side quests, killed the Weapons, stopped the apocalypse, and gotten the girl/boy/kingdom, what do you do? Sell it? Lend it to a friend? Keep it for later replay or collecting purposes?

Check out new screens from Spectrobes

Game Watch uploaded a bunch of new screens from Disney's upcoming sequel, Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals. For those of you who either skipped the first game or find yourself just now getting interested in the whole thing, there's a short synopsis on the game's story, as well as a crash course on what it is you do in the game (see: collect creatures). So, head on over and check out the new screens.

Gallery: Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals

Collecting & Obsessing: Game & Watch

Throughout the 1980s, Nintendo's Game & Watch series of handhelds provided the soundtrack to innumerable school playgrounds across the globe. A pre-Game Boy attempt to capture the portable games market, Game & Watch titles were relatively cheap but sturdily built toys which came with a single game and, as the name suggests, a watch. For the best part of eleven years, Nintendo kept manufacturing these forerunners to its other handheld devices, only for the Game Boy and Tetris to emerge in 1989 and squash the whole enterprise flat.

Nevertheless, the spirit of Game & Watch lives on through the hundreds of individuals who collect the games. For this one-off piece, DS Fanboy decided to interview two hardcore collectors in a bid to understand their love of Nintendo's first portable phenomenon.

Both 35-year-old Michael Panayiotakis (founder of Mike's Nintendo Game & Watch forum and the author of a quite superb FAQ on the subject) and 38-year-old Andy Cole possess the kind of retrolicious Game & Watch collections that we would maim (and possibly kill) for. To find out what they love about this charming series, why they collect Game & Watch, and why they dedicate so much time and money to their hobby, hit the break for our full interview. Once you've done that, don't forget to browse our gallery for a pictorial history of the Game & Watch phenomenon!

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Spectrobes get into a rumble in new screens

While the adventuring portions of Spectrobes: Beyond the Portal may not stray far beyond the first game, the battle mode extends out into the (carefully moderated) world. The addition of an online battle mode is an exciting enough change, we think, for anyone interested in Spectrobes battles in the first place.

The new screens show off some decently impressive 3D monster battles, with no Rallen in sight. Perhaps the Spectrobes have realized that they know how to fight and don't need some kid chaperoning them all the time. In any case, it looks like the new battle mode may differ from the normal offline battles.

Gallery: Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals

[Via press release]

Show and Tell: Freedom of choice

Looks normal, right? A case, albeit quite stuffed, and another case. Nothing special. Nothing to see here. Except the surface doesn't tell the whole story. TheCoats shared this week's pictures with us of his mobile gaming setup, and when he leaves the house, he's packing. We can only guess that he really feels the need for options, and that's something we can get behind. Hit the jump to see what's bulging in his pockets ... and keep in mind that this isn't his entire DS collection, but rather, just what he takes with him on the go.

We salute you, indecisive DS owner! Also, yay Scud.

Got something that makes you particularly proud? We like thingamabobs and doohickeys and swag of all sorts, as well as food and furniture and anything fun ... so long as it's related to Nintendo! Just take some pictures, tell us what's up, and send it all to showmeit [at] dsfanboy [dot] com. We'll take care of the rest.

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DS Daily: Collection check-in

We know we've asked you this before, even coming so close as to inquiring toward your purchasing trends for the future, but we thought it was still appropriate to stop and check in with regards to how your collection is doing. As you can see above, this is almost every single DS game this blogger owns (they just seem to get up and walk away now).

So, how many games have you purchased? How big is your stack of games? Oh, and I apologize for the lack of quality in the picture above. It was taken with my phone's camera.

Show and Tell: All around the world

We love hearing from our international readers, particularly because most of us -- with the exception of Mr. Chris Greenhough -- are tucked away in the United States. So when Flacko, a reader from Estonia, sent us in pictures of her collection, we sat up and took notice, even if they aren't the best quality pictures we've ever seen (for which she apologized). The other thing that makes this collection interesting (besides all the Nintendo stuff) is that Flacko reports she is a major minority in Estonia. Most girls there are into "makeup and shopping," she says, not games. We know how that can be. But take heart! In the worldwide gaming community, you're not alone.

Got something you want to show off to all the other DS fans? We like just about anything with a little Nintendo flavor, so snap a few pics and send 'em off to tell us what's up, and send it all to showmeit [at] dsfanboy [dot] com. We'll take care of the rest.

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Insane collection of Nintendo memorabilia can be yours

Spring cleaning must be a real hoot at Brett Martin's house. The Nintendo fan describes the picture above as "just a portion" of what is the most comprehensive collection of Nintendo merchandise we've ever clapped eyes on. Perhaps even more impressively, this vast pile of swag has been meticulously documented over at Martin's site, where you can cherry-pick the items you'd like to buy. Yep, that's right: you can actually drown your own house in Kirby plushes, should you so desire.

The occasional South Park, Mega Man and Square Enix item aside, it's pretty much a Nintendo enthusiast's nirvana, so we advise you check out this gallery if you want to see the best of it.

[Via Geekstir]

Show and Tell: My entire house, let me show you it

Well, it may not be the entire house, but reader Chris B. has enough quirky gaming gear to fill a house, that's for sure. When readers send in pictures of their enormous collections, we just can't resist showing them off, and this one is definitely worth an ogle. We've loaded up a gallery with a selection of his gear, but he also has a Flickr account showcasing much, much more. Head on over, but take a rag and mind the drool.

Got something that makes you particularly proud? We like thingamabobs and doohickeys and swag of all sorts, as well as food and furniture and anything fun ... so long as it's related to Nintendo! Just take some pictures, tell us what's up, and send it all to showmeit [at] dsfanboy [dot] com. We'll take care of the rest.

Gallery: Chris B.'s collection

Show and Tell: Zelda week, day five

It's been a long week filled with Zeldalicious fun, but it has to end sometime. While the themed coverage will continue through Sunday, this is the last of our week long edition of Show and Tell. We're as sad as you are, and we didn't even get through everyone's submissions! If you didn't see your stuff featured here, don't fret -- we'll continue to take our weekly look at your gaming gear, and so there's still plenty of chances for us to revisit some of this week's submissions.

As for today's edition, we wanted to focus on the biggest and the best -- and that means collections. Some of you had some really nice sets of Zelda gear, and this day's for you. Check out the gallery below to see everything, including half of reader Kimya's collection. Yes, half -- the other half is back home in Spain, but she has a Flickr set she keeps adding things to as well. We said wow.

Gallery: Zelda Week Show and Tell: Collections

Kimya's carKimya's statueKimya's collectionDahCheet's Zelda gearDahCheet's Zelda gear

Show and Tell: World's best grandfather

What do you do when you realize that you need some custom-built gaming furniture, but you don't have your own personal in-house carpentry ninja? If you are as lucky as reader Raquor, you call up the family. His grandfather sacrificed a few trees on his farm, dried them, and chopped them into manageable pieces in his saw mill. For the record, we think having your own handy saw mill is pretty useful, and Raquor's granddad is welcome to adopt us.

With a little assembly, Raquor was able to construct a combination rack-and-drawer system that was just perfect for his gaming collection ... at the time. See, the thing about collections is that they tend to expand, and he reports that these days, some less desirable titles are hidden away in the drawers with a plethora of extra controllers. Hey, so long as it looks good from the outside, we won't tell anyone what you've got in your drawers.

Hit the break to see the full-size rack in all its organized glory, and don't forget to show us what you have in the way of awesome gaming gear. From crafts to cakes to collections ... whatever you've got, if it has a little Nintendo flavor, we want to see it. Just take some pictures (or copy your web album links) and send them to showmeit [at] dsfanboy [dot] com. We'll take care of the rest.

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Show and Tell: So neatly stacked

We would honestly be afraid to go to reader Stephen's house. As much as we admire his truly epic collection, we have a feeling there would be at least one item we would want to handle ... and everything is arranged just so. The mere thought of touching one of those boxed systems makes us think of a house of cards tumbling down into a tragic and slippery mess. We're clumsy, see.

Catch a better look at Stephen's full setup (oh yes, there's more) after the jump, or hit up his flickr set for a look at everything. It's worth the trip.

So what have you got? Show us your gaming space and collections, your crafts and projects, your t-shirts and cakes. Just take some pictures, tell us what's up, and send it all to showmeit [at] dsfanboy [dot] com. We'll take care of the rest.

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Show and Tell: Imports the easy way

There's nothing like spending a little time in Japan for expanding your gaming collection, as reader Manuel learned firsthand. He told us he spent ten weeks there a couple of years back, and he found himself in gaming heaven -- loads of nifty, cheap items just itching to be smuggled away under cover of night. Okay, that part probably wasn't necessary (also, we made it up), but everyone needs a little excitement in their life, right?

It was the prices that enchanted Manuel as much as the availability, he says. The most expensive item in these pictures was a brand-new N64 for just ¥1980 -- only sixteen dollars under current exchange rates -- and the cheapest were as low as ¥20, which translates to about seventeen cents. That's an irresistible bargain for even the most frugal gamer! No wonder he started piling things up!

Got some interesting gaming swag you want to show off? We'd love to see it! Just take some pictures and send them to showmeit [at] dsfanboy [dot] com. We'll take care of the rest.

Gallery: Manuel's gear from Japan

Show and Tell: Beware -- tears of jealousy ahead

Some people just have it all, and reader sergioalb64 seems to be in that group. As soon as we saw his enormous DS collection, we knew we would have to feature it here. Does anyone need 100 DS games and 38 styli? No, probably not, but we bet it would be really nice to have. Though deciding what to play might take a while. Like, days.

Thanks for showing us, sergioalb64. We burn with jealousy. In fact, we are so jealous that we've made a gallery just for you, so we can return to your collection at will, drooling and dreaming over all the things we don't have.

Just remember, you too can be in this spot, with everyone cooing over your awesome game-related photos and swag. Just take some pictures and send them to showmeit at dsfanboy dot com, and we'll take care of the rest. We've gotten lots of great submissions so far, but we always want more! Big collections, small collections, random items, your beloved DS -- take some photos and send them to us, and your stuff just might turn up here.

Gallery: Reader sergioalb64 plays show and tell

Flightless game card collection pouch

Available with both red and gray accents, Penguin United's game card collection pouch holds up to 24 of your DS carts in its clear vinyl pages. We're usually too picky about the designs of our accessories to ever use antything so blatantly branded, but like global warming, the Penguin logo on the wallet's cover managed to melt our glacial hearts.

Though the pouches are already a bargain, listed at $9.99, UncleBob from CAG clued us into a 12%-off coupon code for you to enter -- 'thankyoufrompenguin' -- that drops the price down to $8.80. March past the post break for more photos of the card case and our flippered friend.

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