1982 Topps Donkey Kong Trading Cards
When I journeyed an hour down the road to Pensacola, Florida for the 2015 Pensacon, I was mostly interested in the vendors. Even if I knew I couldn’t afford all of the cool retro junk I was sure would be up for grabs, it was still going to be great to see it with my own eyes.
One of the vendors had a nice collection of old school trading cards from the 1970s – 1990s. I don’t remember what I paid for any of them, but they were a fairly decent price. The most enjoyable of the few packs I bought were Topps’ Donkey Kong cards from 1982.
I absolutely love the artwork for this whole series. In the early 1980s, Donkey Kong was a cultural phenomenon right up there with Pac-Man. Yeah, Mario was there, but was before he became a star on his own. At this time in Nintendo’s history, Donkey Kong was THE star.
And why not? The arcade game is simple to understand, yet challenging. It’s one of the best arcade games of its era (I’m more into the beat ’em ups that would come in the late ’80s and early ’90s). It’s a game I’ve never mastered, but it’s a fun time. The same can be said of its sequels Donkey Kong Junior and Donkey Kong 3.
The nerd world is abuzz with the announcement from Nintendo today that they are bringing the original NES back in “Classic Edition” form: 30 pre-installed games (featuring first- and third-party games), no internet access, no option to install more games. Nintendo has said there are no plans to a second volume of NES Classic Edition (stating that these 30 games represent the best variety the NES had to offer) or SNES or N64 versions, but come on… money talks. If this does well (and it will), I’m sure a second volume of NES Classic Edition and certainly a SNES Classic Edition will pop up in a year or three.
Yes, we can all do the emulation thing and avoid paying $59.99 for the NES Classic, but with this, we can hook up to our HD TV and play with an actual NES controller (which can also be used for the Wii and Wii U). After feeling very disappointed by the Wii, I haven’t bothered to pick up a Wii U and I probably never will. I can’t say I’m all that interested in the NX either, but this? I’m extremely excited about this.
Here’s the full list of games that I copied and pasted from Nintendo’s website. No, I’m not sure what some titles ARE LISTED ALL IN CAPS EITHER:
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
Donkey Kong Jr. ™
DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
Mario Bros. ™
MEGA MAN® 2
Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.™
Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
The Legend of Zelda™
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™
That’s a pretty great list. But, why did they include Super C and not the original Contra?
It’s Saturday morning. Turn the TV on, find a cartoon and grab a spoon, we’re digging in again!
Bigg Mixx (Kellogg’s, 1990)
A cereal that featured a weird mascot who was named “Bigg Mixx”, he was a combination of a number of animals. I never touched the stuff (neither the cereal nor the creature), but I definitely remember the box art and this crazy moose-pig-chicken-wolf thing.
The cereal itself was nothing more than scraps from the rest of Kellogg’s cereals they were producing at the time (honest!), though you could buy Bigg Mixx with or without raisins. Gee, no wonder it didn’t sell. What if Pepsi had left over soda and bottled the various flavors into one 2 liter and tried to sell it? No one wants a pick ‘n’ mix box of cereal. Save that for the Brach’s candy displays at the grocery store.
Mario (of Super Mario Bros. fame) is a man of many, many, many talents. He’s a jack-of-all-trades. He’s best known and loved for battling King Koopa and rescuing Princess Peach every time Nintendo puts out a new console, but what does he do for a living and for fun during the spare few moments Peach isn’t in trouble? I’m glad I asked…