9/9/09

Today is September 9, 2009, and I celebrated by rushing out early this morning to pick up The Beatles Rockband. By a strange coincidence, when I pulled a t-shirt to wear out of my closet this morning, I happened to grab my Mega Man 9 shirt. Then, while driving to Best Buy to get my game, I ended up stuck behind the number nine bus. No joke. And did I mention that I had my alarm set to wake me up at 9:00? Too freaky!

Since this is the ten year anniverary of the release of the Dreamcast, every website out there is doing some sort of SEGA/Dreamcast retrospective. You know what? That’s friggin’ boring. It’s been done a million times already, and really, how many times do we need to read that Soulcalibur was a great launch title?

So instead of more redundant Dreamcast nonsense, on this 9/9/09 I offer to you…
nine-year-old gumballs!

Kirby 64 Gumballs 01The other day, I found a box of toys that I used to have on my desk back when I worked at Expert Gamer/GameNOW. These goodies were from the Oakbrook era before we moved to San Francisco, so they’re pretty old. Among the random action figures and game-branded trinkets, I found a pair of pink gumballs sealed inside a plastic bag that features the logo for Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for the N64.

I actually wrote a strategy guide for Kirby 64 for Expert Gamer (issue #75, September 2000), and these gumballs were a little promotional item that Nintendo sent along with the game. The sugary orbs sat on display in my cube for about two and a half years until they were boxed up and shipped out to California with the rest of my crap. Now, they have been unearthed once more.

Kirby 64 Gumballs 02The gumballs themselves have Kirby stamped on them. For all I know, these are the only two Kirby gumballs left on the planet. I figured that I had best photograph them for posterity. They’ve held up quite well considering that they’re nearly a decade old. And no, there’s no way that I’m gonna try chewing these things.

BONUS! MORE OLD CANDY!

HamtaroChocolate_HarmonyFrontWhile we’re on the subject of expired promotional candy, I would like to present these two pieces of chocolate that Nintendo sent out to the press to promote the GBA’s Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak, which was released in 2003. It may not be quite as impressive as nine-year-old gumballs, but six-year-old chocolate isn’t too shabby. Wait a second…a 6 looks like an upside-down 9. Too freaky!!!

HamtaroChocolate_SpatFrontSo yeah, as I was taking pictures of the Kirby gumballs, I remembered that I had these guys tucked away in one of the drawers in my refrigerator. I figured that it was time to bust them open and photograph the little buggers.

HamtaroChocolate_HarmonyCandyHamtaroChocolate_SpatCandyThere’s not a whole lot to say about these pieces of hamster-themed candy. There are two packages: one for the angelic Harmony and one for the devilish Spat. I’ve not played Ham-Ham Heartbreak, so I can only assume that in the game, the two make some sort of Good vs. Evil play for Hamtaro’s soul. The candy itself features raised images of the two characters, and they’re darned cute.

No, I won’t be eating these, either.

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  • Greg Sewart

    I’m pretty sure you photographed those gumballs for posterity. Unless we’ve started getting paid for our blog posts :)

  • http://www.playeronepodcast.com Phil Theobald

    CJ’s not paying you?

    This is what I get for not proofreading my posts. Now it’s fixed.

  • Miroku

    Maybe I should take a picture of my bottle of Orbitz for posterity.

  • thorbahn3

    I read it. Show some more crap please.

  • jbob3000

    I read it too. Nothing like nostalgia. Keep ‘em coming!

    Here’s my 9/9/99 story:
    I got my first job ever at Supr Software (not misspelled), aka Software,etc , aka Babbages, now Gamestop. I was hired preemptively for the Dreamcast launch. I remember being amazed by the graphics on the demo unit, but sadly, we were not allowed to play it. There was one perk though. We could take home as many games as we wanted for “research” and then re-shrinkwrap them to sell new. Awesome back then, but I feel a little bad about it now.

    Anyway, I was fired 2 months later when the district manager found out I took off Black Friday to go on vacation with my family for Thanksgiving. I was such a rebel.

    And that’s how I remember 9/9/99.

    Epilogue: The DM was fired the following month for incompetence. True story.

  • Badoor

    I read it. I am a bit overloaded with dreamcast retrospectives so this is a refreshingly different take on 9/9/99.