Our Top #truffleshufflecom Instagrams…

Here at Truffle Towers, we really love a good scroll through our instagram feeds any chance we get. Waiting for a train, boiling the kettle for a fresh round, or even as the first thing we do in the morning to kick-start our day…we can’t be the only ones right?!

Well! To just show off some of the amazing things we’ve spotted and to show off some of our fans rocking our retro clothes, he’s another little look at some of our favourite #truffleshufflecom or @truffleshufflecom tagged instagrams that have caught our eye over the last few days and weeks…..

Enjoy!

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Fancy being featured? Why not upload your latest TruffleShuffle purchase and use either tag or #truffleshufflecom. See you there!

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Our Classic Childhood Toys and Games, Then and Now!

We’ve all got cherished memories of the favourite toys we had when we were growing up and here at TruffleShuffle we are dedicated to bringing these memories flooding back to you with a collection of great Games T-Shirts and Toys T-Shirts.  I am going to take you lucky people on a trip down memory lane with this blog post and then bring you bang up to date as I take a look at some of our favourite toys and games we had when we were younger and what those toys look like now, some of them have evolved in very interesting ways…

My Little Pony first trotted onto the scene in 1983 and was instantly popular with little girls all over the world.  First arrivals included Blossom, Cotton Candy, Minty and Snuzzle and there have been many more additions over the years including fan favourites such as Applejack, Princess Sparkle and Lickety Split.  The cute and girly look of these toys are instantly recognisable and synonymous with the 80s!

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Aaw! Some of the original early favourites.

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A very impressive My Little Pony collection!
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Cute and girly.

My Little Pony has evolved over the years, but the most radical makeover came in the form of My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic which launched in 2010.  These ponies have been given a new Japanese inspired style and have gained a whole new fan base of boys and girls of all ages.  The ‘Brony’ fandom are a passionate lot and their community has made sure that the love for My Little Pony is still going strong after all these years.

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The new gang!
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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic figures
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A dedicated Pinkie Pie fan with her collection.

Mario burst onto the scene in 1981 as part of the game Donkey Kong, he clearly wasn’t interested in playing second fiddle to the great ape though as in 1985 he got his very own game in the shape of the classic Super Mario Bros on the NES.  This was a hugely popular game all over the world and was the introduction of side scrolling platform games to many 80s kids, including myself!

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The original Super Mario Bros from 1985.

Sequels and new games have followed over the years on a variety of different consoles including NES, SNES, Gameboy, N64, Gamecube, DS and Wii.  A big shake up occurred on the N64 when Mario was thrown into a massive 3D world in the smash hit Mario 64 game.  This was another classic and is often described as one of the best games ever made!

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Mario enters the third dimension with Mario 64.

Mario is still as popular as ever, even now.  Nintendo are great at keeping the franchise fresh while still harking back to it’s roots, check out the picture below for one of Mario’s recent adventures, it’s still reminiscent of his first Mushroom Kingdom venture!

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Mario has been brought up to date but with a wink to his beginnings.

Monopoly is a staple board game for many families to while away an hour, or two, or three!  It was bought over to UK in the 1930s and is one of those iconic games that has never gone out of fashion since.  The fight for money and property is just as relevant now as it’s always been!

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Love those retro graphics!
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The classic Monopoly board, I'll take Park Lane please!

To keep Monopoly fresh in the modern world there have been a load of special editions introduced over the last few years based on licenses that everyone knows and loves.  Some of these new editions include Disney, The Simpsons, My Little Pony, Nintendo, Marvel Superheroes, Pokemon, Doctor Who, Hello Kitty and many more!  Some of which will be heading our way soon! There really is a Monopoly for everyone.

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We would love to get our hands on this Disney version of the game!

Mouse Trap was another board game that a lot of 80s kids will remember fondly, although it was originally introduced in 1963!  The classic game of cat and mouse involved moving around the board whilst building a crazy contraption that acted as the mouse trap in the final part of the game.

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A game of cat and mouse!
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The classic contraption we all know and love.

Mouse Trap has now been dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world with a complete overhaul, this version features a brand new board featuring a similar amount of crazy gadgets and courses for marbles to roll down.  It all looks very exciting but does it have the charm of the original game!?

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This brand new board is all new and even stranger than before!

Street Fighter was an arcade game released in 1987 that enjoyed moderate success at the time but it wasn’t till the sequel came out that the series really took off.  Street Fighter II which featured characters such as Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Guile and Blanka enjoyed massive success in the early 90s, everyone who played it had their own favourite character and could spend hours every day learning moves and perfecting their combos.  It was massive in the arcades and became huge at home too when it was released on the SNES and Megadrive.

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The original Street Fighter selection screen, only eight characters...

There have been countless sequels over the years and with Ultra Street Fighter IV due for release in early 2014 the character roster has been expanded hugely!  The early characters are still around though and just as popular as ever, you can never beat the classics!  Chun Li FTW!

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...and look at all the characters now, a ton of new faces!

Last but not least we have the board game Battleship, the game went from humble beginnings to much grander things, almost inexplicably so!  Launched in 1967 by Milton Bradley, this tactical guessing game was a huge HIT, where two players would take it in turns to try and sink each others Battleships.

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Classic Battleship from the 80s.

In a bizarre twist this game would later be considered perfect movie script fodder as it reappeared in 2012 featuring a host of famous names such as Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch and….. Rihanna.  It would do well at the box office but received a load of negative reviews from critics sadly.

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Battleship goes Big Budget and Blockbuster!

This unexpected reboot obviously worked as Battleship is still a popular franchise today with the tactical board game updated to home consoles with pretty amazing realistic graphics.  Who knew such a simple game could evolve so far!?

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Evolving onto home consoles, Battleship is more involving than ever.

We would love to know what your favourite toys and games were and are they still around today?  And are there any toys that should be revamped for todays kids?  Let us know what you think!

xoxo

Happy Video Games Day!

We would like to wish you all a very happy Video Games Day!!  If you’re a retro gamer with a taste for anything in pixels we’ve got a great selection of Video Game T-Shirts and other treats you’re sure to love.  From Sega to Nintendo Tees, Pac-Man to Space Invaders and with a healthy dose of Tetris thrown in, you’re bound to find something to fall in love with.

All your favourite Nintendo paraphernalia has been brought back to life on these amazing Old Schol Gamer tees exclusive to TruffleShuffle. This is a real gamer-geek’s t-shirt of choice, be proud to show off your gaming skills!!!

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This is an absolute must have for ALL gamer geeks or geekesses! Covered in an array of colourful arcade ghosts, this amazing Pac-Man backpack has the real waka waka factor!

What an absolute classic! This wicked, exclusive Sega T-Shirt comes with a classic and much-loved Sega Logo print, incorporating the famous and iconic Hedgehog character Sonic! What a dude.

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If, like Sonic the Hedgehog – you find yourself whizzing around all day, this tin tote would be the perfect addition to your busy schedule! Perfect for lunch, stationery, letters – or even just to store your odds and sods. Forget Gamer Chic…it’s all about ‘Gamer Keep’! This Sonic The Hedgehog Scene Tin Tote features a scene from one of our favourite 80’s video games…a must have for any organised fan!

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Featuring the arcade game of all arcade games, these Pac-Man headphones are a real must have for all fans of the 80’s hit game! With a classic design, these will help you show off your appreciation in style!

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Bring some magic into your home with this wicked, official Tetris light! The seven individual Tetrimono pieces can be stacked in endless combinations. They magically illuminate when stacked together, but turn off when they are removed from the stack. Wowsers, that’s pretty impressive to us!

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If you are a fan of gaming, this classic Nintendo Controller Tee could be the perfect ‘console’ation if the trials off everyday life are keeping you from your games.

NintendoIf you loved the above T-Shirt you can complete your outfit with this mega Nintendo Gamer Controller backpack, oh yes! This big old bag has ample room for games consoles, games, joysticks oh and is equally as useful for school, a night away, shopping or just day to day carrying functions!

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This is a real treat for any fans of gaming, a Space Invaders vintage arcade design! With intentionally distressed graphics, these retro Space Invaders t-shirt really has the authentic look of an original, well-loved find!

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This fabulous, Pac-Man fleece blanket features the unmistakable game board design. The throw is a lightweight, but nice and warm and is made from super soft micro fiber fleece. You’ll find the non-gamers in your life will end up using it because it’s so comfortable, and you’ll love it because it’s PAC-MAN.

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Aww…nothing better than some 80’s loving, and this mug says it all. Pay homage to the coolest game ever with this ‘I love Gaming’ mug. We sure know the way to your Tetris shaped heart! <3

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They may look cute and unassuming but Nintendo Boo’s are normally up to no good and you need to watch them like a hawk! The ghostly creature cowers and covers its face when looked at and when turning around will gain the courage to creep up behind its target in an attempt to defeat it. Oooh sneaky!

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Real World Mario Kart!

I spotted this on the weekend while surfing for things to watch instead of the wife’s Celebrity Big Brother’s Big Mouth… and it’s amazing!!!

We want to award this guy with a Mario T-Shirt as a prize for his amazing and somewhat risky Mario Kart driving!

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Power Up with our selection of official Nintendo gifts and accessories!

As a huge computer game fan it is my absolute pleasure to be able to show you the awesome range of Nintendo Gifts currently on offer at TruffleShuffle.com!

For those of you that like to flash your cash in style we’ve got a selection of Nintendo Wallets that will be right up your street!  Mario has always been a fan of golden coins and these wallets are the perfect place to store yours.

Nintendo Super Mario Brothers Printed Wallet - £13.99
Nintendo Mario and Coins Wallet - £13.99

Also available are these larger hinge wallets featuring the super cute but hapless baddy Koopa Trooper.  He may look like butter wouldn’t melt but he’s more than capable of guarding your precious cash!

Nintendo Super Mario Brothers Koopa Hinged Wallet - £19.99

And this classic design featuring Mario surrounded by coins and powers up is also available as a hinge wallet.

Super Mario Nintendo Hinge Wallet - £19.99

These must have Nintendo Belts featuring instantly recognisable symbols from the Nintendo universe are perfect for taking control of your trousers.  Available in a Power-Up Mushroom and Classic NES Controller styles, they’re both great retro treats!

Nintendo Controller Belt and Buckle – £22.99
Nintendo Power Up Mushroom Belt – £17.99

For fans of one of Marios most iconic and recognisable enemies, the gormless Goomba, we have two different styles of Nintendo Hats which will really turn you into a ‘fun guy’!  Check out this stylish Goomba Baseball Cap and amazing Goomba Laplander.

Nintendo Goomba Baseball Cap – £16.99
Super Mario Brothers Goomba Laplander Hat – £23.99

And those of you needing to ‘get a life’, this Nintendo Beanie featuring a 1-Up mushroom will certainly do the trick!

Nintendo Super Mario Brothers Mushroom Beanie Hat – £13.99

Last, but certainly not least, is this amazing Nintendo Bag.  Featuring a repeated classic NES Controller pattern, this backpack is perfect for carrying all your power ups during visits to the Mushroom Kingdom.  It’s not bad for popping down to the shops either…

Nintendo All Over Printed Controllers Backpack – £32.99

Don’t forget! as well as this hue range of accessories, we’ve also got some classic Nintendo T-Shirts from only £19.99! xoxo