To remember the Super Famicom is to love the Super Famicom. It was these shores first chance to get their mitts on what came to be the Nintendo Entertainment System and its enviable ability to take a plumber put him in a range of situations and sit back and count the coins.
The consoles and the games are a thing of beauty. Well, some of the games are crap, but we don't expect you have any bad memories of the ones that you played in your youth. If your coffee tables are laden with books about Mary Berry getting baked off her nut and some kind of doodle pad slash Apple catalogue then clear it immediately and start making room. Cake time is over, it's mushroom season.
Picture Keeper Connect for Android
This is definitely not one for the techies, but rather the people who want a no-brainer solution to backing up phone data. It's essentially a USB stick. It just happens to be one with an app. When you launch the app, the data on your phone is backed up to the Connect USB stick. Bosh. End of. It's available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
However, it does nothing that you couldn't do with a normal USB stick, an OTG cable, ES Explorer and a quick drag and drop. But we thought, that's alright because it makes it easy for the less tech-savvie. Then we saw the price. At this price, we'd rather spend the time teaching people how to do it properly. Frankly it's priced to be insulting.
Artcade: The Book of Classic Arcade Game Artwork
The latest release from Bitmap Books is a lavishly tooled coffee table tome that will instantly strike a chord with anyone who grew up in the age of smoky arcades, 10p pieces and the 8-bit shriek from the brightly coloured wooden cabinets.
Artcade shows the beauty in those cabinets, with a range of double-page spreads detailing the game headers above the screen which shout the title of the game and paint the world within in primary colours.
Titles from Midway, Atari, Konami and so many more are here, bound to provoke thoughts of games remembered and games forgotten. It's an unnecessary purchase, but all the best books are. Highly recommended.
Google Chromecast Ultra
The Chromecast has really led the way in streaming, in that it allows anyone with a spare USB port to suddenly have a smart TV. What's more, it doesn't require a separate remote because it uses your phone, and if you have a phone you already know how to use it. The new version adds 4K HDR to the mix and even offers Ethernet as standard, something previously reserved as an optional extra.
It has a faster processor, and that's about it. If you've got a 4K TV that for some reason doesn't allow casting, great. Otherwise, it's a slightly odd extra, especially as sales have shown us that the original Chromecast is worth under £20 in some stores.
Question Block Light
If you know a Nintendo fan still sobbing about not being able to get a Switch until March, this Question Block Light is sure to brighten up (sorry) their Christmas.
Not only does this push-activated lamp look bloody brilliant, it also makes the Nintendo's classic 8-bit 'PING' sound when turned on. Oo-er. Sadly, no doubt due to the effects of Brexit, it doesn't spit out gold coins.
Dragon's Den alumni, this range of bags come with the boast that it won't slip down your arm, thanks to a patent pending non-slip rubber grip strap.
We were a little underwhelmed with the idea but agreed to test a rucksack. They're incredibly well made with lots of pockets and storage space, but what really struck us was that while using it, there's this sudden realisation that you're not hunching anymore, you're not carrying the weight on your shoulders and that when you get home, you're not suffering from potato-bag lug death hell. So basically, there seems to be something in it.
Google Daydream View
The first thing to do is to remove all assumption that Google Daydream View is just another VR headset, or a fancy cardboard. It's neither. For a start it's fantastically comfortable, and the fact that it comes with a remote control means that you can get properly lost in the worlds it creates. Even the demo app which has you playing fetch with a snow fox sets the scene for something far better than what has gone before. Only one problem - it's currently only available for Google Pixel.
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