Two major Japanese companies are celebrating huge birthdays this year. For their 40th anniversary, DyDo Drinco is teaming up with Nintendo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Super Mario Bros with two very special drinks. The coffee blend drinks look like warp pipes and each house a different character icon figure along with a special 3-panel leaflet.
This is part awesome company mash-up and part wonderful nostalgia for super fans. Also, really what’s better than coffee and classic video games?
There are eight varieties in total: Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess Peach, Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Toad, and Lakitu.
According to Rocket News 24:
The figures will be attached to cans of DyDo Blend – Blend Coffee, a light roast coffee that uses beans from five countries, and DyDo Blend – Demitasse Coffee, another long-selling hit with a richer coffee flavor (this type includes milk). The latter is brewed with premium coffee beans that are selected from five different Central and South American countries, and it uses 1.5 times more beans per drink than the industry standard. Both drinks retail for 115 yen (US$0.96).
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Fry Scores: An Unofficial Guide to Video Game Grub is the tasty work of Holly Green. The recipes are for beginners so you need not be an expert, but you really should be a gamer. The Sinner’s Sandwich from Deadly Premonition and baked French Toast from the Sims are just a few of the 24 recipes in the downloadable book. There is even a glossary and a tips section to make sure that novice cooks can recreate the gaming goodies.
Check out Holly’s take on Yeto’s Soup from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess after the break.
“Wagashi” is a type of traditional Japanese candy that’s usually served with tea. Typically, the candies have some sort of nature or animal theme (you’ll see some flowery examples below). However, Twitter user Otakumi makes wagashi that are influenced by anime and video games. Otakumi makes these candies at Kuramoto Hinode, which is a wagashi shop in Tokushima Prefecture. They’re soft and they’re made from rice-based dough and bean paste. These particular wagashi are called “nerikiri”.
If you’re ever in Japan, make sure to check out Kuramoto Hinode and pick up some of these treats. They sure do look tasty!
Check out some more examples after the break…
There’s something so amazing about seeing the beauty of a Final Fantasy game brought to life in the form of this Final Fantasy XIV-themed restaurant in Tokyo called the Eorzea Cafe.
They’ve definitely gone all out, from the decor to the design and even the menu. They’ve even included a bank of computers where you can play the game. Between the Moogles and the food decoration — and some appropriately named drinks (they have one called Alchemist Elixir), I can’t imagine it must be a complete blast to visit.
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These illustrations of BioShock plasmids done up in the styles of different video games would look truly beautiful sitting on a shelf in your liquor cabinet. They’re the work of artist Sylvia Schneider. Th’um of Dovahkiin sounds like it could be interesting, but there’s no way I’m trusting a bottle of anything from Aperture Science.
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I’m not entirely sure what the advertising angle is for the Atari Remix mobile game bundle from Denny’s, which features classic Atari games like Asteroids, Centipede, and Breakout with a sort of diner/breakfast theme. I mean, breakfast foods are great, but I don’t think blasting asteroids shaped like hash browns is going to push me to hop in the car and drive to my nearest Denny’s. Still, here’s what Atari had to say about the remix in a recent press release:
Inspired by Denny’s new “Greatest Hits Remixed” menu – which features a selection of the diner’s iconic dishes all with a new culinary spin – three of Atari’s most famous games, Asteroids®, Centipede® and Breakout®, have been remixed as “Hashteroids,” “Centipup” and “Take-Out.” Beyond just a new name, the games will feature diner elements, such as flying hash browns and syrup bottle shooters.
As you may have heard, Atari has had some financial trouble in recent years and it seems they’re a little desperate to reinvent the brand. An Ad Age article had this to say about the Denny’s partnership:
The partnership is the biggest for Atari since it came out of bankruptcy in December, said Kristen Keller, exec VP-business affairs and general counsel at Atari. The company filed for Chapter 11 in January 2013, saying it wanted to sell its portfolio of more than 200 videogames to a highest bidder. That original plan didn’t happen, so the company decided to sell off assets in pieces.
Ms. Keller said that the company had previously inked partnerships with companies such as General Mills and Taco Bell, but it had been years since those efforts. “From a brand-marketing perspective, we’re excited about this partnership because we get to connect with existing fans, but we get to expose the Atari brand to new fans as well, which part of the strategy for our comeback,” said Tony Chien, senior director-marketing at Atari.
Gaming pro TaeJa, can win at StarCraft II and can go 17 – 0 at Dreamhack, but gets pwned by a champagne bottle.
17-1 finish dreamhack . I lost to champagne .. Next time I will win btw thx for cheering me guys ~ I'm so happy
— 윤영서 (@LiquidTaeJa) June 16, 2014
Apparently, the Dreamhack Champage bottle is the highest level boss at the competition, since this is the 4th year this has happened.
— DreamHack Champagne (@DHOpenChampagne) June 16, 2014
My guess is they’ll go in with a full raid against that champagne next year.
You can watch the video, which is sort of adorable, after the break.
Pokémon Lava Cookies . Photo via Gourmet Gaming.
There’s something especially delicious about how food and drink look in video games. Whether it’s something you pick up to replenish health or it’s something you just see during gameplay, there’s a part of every gamer that wonders just what they might taste like. If you’re a gamer who also loves to cook you might actually spend time thinking about how you can make these things a reality – so why not try? Whether or not you have experience cooking, there are lots of resources out there that can help you bring these from your console to the dinner table!
For example, Gourmet Gaming and The Geeky Chef offer game-inspired recipes that will have you eager to cook and replay your favorite games. Find out how these game-loving foodies started out, get their tips for combining these interests, and try four delicious recipes for yourself after the break!