'90s foods we really miss
Everyone has foods that they loved when they were a kid that are no longer around.
We’re sure that there are plenty of baby boomers who look back with fondness on various canned and processed foods that at the time were considered new and exciting, and the 1970s seemed to be a golden age of super-sugary breakfast cereals that came and went. But no snack foods seem to have woven their way into the collective nostalgic subconscious like the dearly departed junk food of the 1990s.
Perhaps it’s because those who came of age during the decade are getting to the point in their 20s and 30s where nostalgia for an era when their biggest concern was getting the book report in on time sets in, but it seems like '90s nostalgia is coming to a head, prompting even the New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys to go back on tour together. Looking at a box of French Toast Crunch shouldn’t necessarily inspire pangs of longing nostalgia, but for some reason, for a lot of people, it does.
So we decided to dig into the vault of vanished food products and pull out a few that really struck a chord with us.
It seems like the '90s were full of products that came and went. Some, like the famously cross-promoted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle foods and drinks, like the classic Ecto-Cooler, will most likely never return because the Ninja Turtles don’t exactly have the same cultural cachet that they used to. Others, like Heinz’s multicolored "EZ-Squirt" ketchup, simply didn’t sell and were a little weird to begin with.
But these foods all have one thing in common: we really miss them.
1Hostess Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pies
Either you remember these with extreme fondness, or you’ve never heard of them; nobody who ever experienced a Ninja Turtle Pudding Pie looks back on it with neutrality. They were released in 1991 as part of a giant cross-promotional stunt that also looped in Ellio’s Pizza and Hi-C, but these were by far the oddest of the bunch.
These huge pies (way too big for a kid to eat) were dyed a shade of deep green, which gave way to a yellowish vanilla-flavored pudding when you bit into them. Each package also came with a TMNT trading card. Not only were they crazy-looking, but they were pretty darn delicious. They only stuck around for a couple of years, and Hostess confirmed in 2004 that "the pies were always meant to be a limited item and… we do not intend to re-introduce them to the marketplace."
Oh well. Even the pudding pies are really tough to find these days, without the green crust.
In 1992, Butterfinger rocked every kid’s sweet tooth with the introduction of Butterfinger BB’s, which were basically entire Butterfinger bars shrunk down into little ball format. The seemingly low melting point of the chocolate meant that each time you’d reach into the bag your hands would come out covered in chocolate, but no one seemed to care. They were discontinued in 2006, and after much uproar something similar, Butterfinger Bites, were introduced in 2009, but they’re just not the same.
French Toast Crunch
Nothing says "childhood" like a monstrous bowl of tiny little French toasts, right? Launched in 1995 by General Mills, this product, with its cute tiny little toasts and maple syrup flavor, was beloved by soon-to-be-hyper kids nationwide. In 2006, the cereal was discontinued in the U.S., but not before being altered to look identical to Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with a different flavor (what gives?). Rumor has it that you can still track down boxes here and there in Canada, and the newer, flatter version is still available online.
Japanese ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz’ Blu-ray Anime Box Set Coming
Gundam Wing Endless WaltzBandai Visual is repackaging the release from a couple of years ago with some new material that will definitely get some Gundam Wing fans excited as Endless Waltz is coming out again on April 25th, 2014. The new release brings us a good deal of material for the 17850yen price as we get the three OVAs themselves, the compilation movie and the two Meteor specials that were two episodes each that compiled the TV series as best as they could. In addition to thta, we get some clean openings and closings as appropriate to the OVA, a commercial collection, an illustration gallery and a new audio commentary. The release also comes with a new drama CD and a 32 page booklet.
Plot concept: This feature-film-length release is a compilation created from the three episodes of Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz OVA, edited together and cut slightly for length. It serves as a sequel to the Gundam Wing TV series and takes place in the same After Colony Era universe, rather than the Universal Century of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. As it begins, the Organization of Zodiac has long been eradicated and Treize Khushrenada is dead. His daughter, however, eight-year-old Mariemaia, is leading a rebellion on a newly established colony, and her forces have kidnapped Relena Darlian, who has since become vice foreign minister for the Earth Sphere Unified Nation. The Gundam pilots now must investigate this girl, or the powers behind her, and prevent the colonies from being seized by sinister forces.
10 Best NBA Jerseys of the 90s
From NES to SNES to N64 to Game Boy to Game Cube to DS to Wii to 3DS to Wii U, we ranked the 18 best games in the Mario franchise.
There are very few other gaming franchises out there today that have managed to stand the test of time and continuously put out amazing new titles year after year as Nintendo’s iconic Mario. With the recent release of the fantastic Super Mario 3D World on Wii U still eating up most of our free time, we got to thinking about what some of Mario’s greatest adventures over the years have been.
So we decided to rank all of the best main entry Mario games, across all generations and consoles, to find out just exactly how our favorite platforming plumber has shaped the way we’ve played our games. Now of course, with so many great games to choose from, there’s no question that everyone will naturally have their personal favorites: so be sure to hit the replies and let us know what you think of our list, and what your favorite Mario games of all time happen to be!
16. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Platform: Game Boy)
Sticking with the portable theme for now, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was the direct sequel to Mario’s first outing on Nintendo’ Game Boy, and it managed to improve upon its predecessor in nearly every way. With highly refined monochrome graphics that actually resembled things like Goombas and Koopa Troopers, 6 Golden Coins pits our hero Mario against the evil Wario for the very first time. Providing classic Mario platforming gameplay through and through, 6 Golden Coins was a crowning achievement of its time on the Game Boy: not to mention responsible for the oft-forgotten Carrot power-up that turns Mario into a hopping bunny.
15. Super Mario Bros. 2 (Platform: NES)
Super Mario Bros. 2 is probably the most controversial of all the main entry Mario games, simply because most gamers tend to either love it or hate it. There’s no getting around the fact that Super Mario Bros. 2 is easily the black sheep of the series, with vastly different gameplay mechanics and just an all-around weird vibe going on (and that’s because it was basically a recostumed version of a Japanese game called Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic). Regardless though, the game is still quite a trip to play, and it was also responsible for introducing Birdo into the Mario universe, who never fails to give me the creeps.
07. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (Platform: SNES)
Even the mere mention of the name “Yoshi’s Island” today is still capable of making the most serious of gamers go giddy with nostalgic excitement. And rightfully so: there was just something so captivating about controlling the fearless Yoshi and having to protect poor Baby Mario at all costs through the many dangerous worlds that were positively bursting with color and charm (and lots and lots of smiling flowers). What’s more, the gameplay mechanics in the game were just different and FUN, especially throwing your Yoshi eggs at enemies and chasing after a crying Baby Mario as he floated off in the other direction, encased in his protective spit bubble.
06. Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Nothing beats the classics, am I right or am I right? For many people, the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES was their very first introduction to the wonderful world of gaming, and it’s hard to find another game that has really achieved the same kind of widespread iconic status. But the crazy thing about it is that Super Mario Bros. has still fared extremely well over all of these years, and it still proves to be one of the greatest sidescrolling platformers of our time. And for that reason, I guess we can overlook the fact that the game was once coupled with Duck Hunt, and that damn smarmy dog.
01. Super Mario World (SNES)
Well here we are at the top of our list at last, and if our number one Mario game comes as a surprise to you, then you’ve obviously never spent some quality time with a Super Nintendo before: of course it has to be Super Mario World! A sequel of sorts to the incredible Super Mario Bros. 3 and Mario’s shining debut on the SNES, Super Mario World managed to surpass everyone’s wildest expectations of what a Mario game could achieve at the time, with a massive adventure on an interconnected world map, to ability to ride on your trusty pal Yoshi, and just amazing platforming level design from beginning to end.
On Thursday, the Orlando Magic announced that they’re bringing back their original, pinstriped jerseys for 10 games this season. This comes just weeks after the Charlotte Bobcats officially unveiled their new logo for the upcoming return of the Hornets.
The 1990s were an outstanding time for NBA aesthetics — do not ever let the haters tell you otherwise. Here are the 10 best jerseys from that glorious decade:
5. Seattle SuperSonics (1985-1995)
The Sonics were one of the few teams whose move to oversized graphics in the later 1990s was unsuccessful. Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp played their earliest (and best) years with the Sonics in these simple green, white and yellow jerseys. No frills, just pure excellence.
4. Phoenix Suns (1992-2000)
The Suns’ early-’90s rebrand, synonymous with Barkley’s tenure there and the team’s trip to the 1993 Finals, is still their best look. The team’s brand-new redesign for this season features a callback to the shooting-star logo across the front of these jerseys, but the simplicity and color scheme of the original can’t be topped.
3. Charlotte Hornets (1989-1996)
The Bobcats did a great job with the logos for their Hornets rebranding. The jerseys are expected to be announced this summer, and the closer they keep to the standard-setter for teal jerseys, the more successful they will be.
2. Denver Nuggets (1985-1993)
The Nuggets’ best current jerseys are the gold alternates that offer a throwback to the Denver skyline era, but they can’t touch the elegance of the blue-and-rainbow set of Alex English’s prime.
1. Orlando Magic (1989-1998)
There has never been a better NBA jersey than this. It’s unique, it’s colorful without being over-the-top, it fits the team’s name, and legendary Shaq and Penny highlights took place while wearing these uniforms. The Magic are bringing them back on Saturday for the first of 10 games this season. Hopefully, at some point that will become permanent.
More Than Uncle Phil: 7 Other Roles That James Avery Played
However, it's important to remember that Avery was more than just Uncle Phil. In addition to his role on that show, he also starred in a number of other movies and TV shows over the years. So as we continue to mourn his passing, we decided to take a look back at 7 movies and TV shows other than Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that featured James Avery. When you're finished binge-watching old Fresh Prince episodes this weekend, check a few of these movies and TV shows, too. —Chris Yuscavage
The TV Show: Iron Man (1994-1995)
James Avery's Role: The voice of War Machine
Why You Should Check It Out: By the time Avery started voicing War Machine, you likely did recognize his voice. Or maybe you didn't. Either way, his role on Iron Man proved that Avery had one of the best voices in the business. It's a shame that he didn't do even more voiceover work during his career.
The TV Show: Sparks (1996-1998)
James Avery's Role: Alonzo Sparks
Why You Should Check It Out: In Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Avery played the role of a judge and a father. In Sparks, he played the role of a lawyer and a father. The roles were very different but, at the same time, they both portrayed Avery as a strong father figure who was at the center of just about every scene.
The TV Show: The Division (2002-2003)
James Avery's Role: Charles Haysbert
Why You Should Check It Out: Avery made guest appearances in several crime dramas over the years. But he served his one of his longest TV stints on this particular one.
The TV Show: That '70s Show (2004)
James Avery's Role: Officer Kennedy
Why You Should Check It Out: Avery didn't simply appear on one episode of That '70s Show to give ratings a quick boost. He starred in multiple episodes in '04 and made us say more than just "Hey, that's Uncle Phil!"
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R.I.P. James Avery