Tech & Toys: SEGA Genesis is Back in Production

Around the late 80’s to early 90’s, video-gaming became the thing for my friends and I. While we still loved cartoons and comic books, video games took our interest to new heights. Everyone was saving their money up for games and systems. And we started spending a lot of our time and allowance in arcades. As we all got older, we still loved gaming, but it just wasn’t the same as it was back in the day.

Retro video game enthusiasts, rejoice, as the beloved SEGA Genesis is now back in production. It’s not exactly how you might think, though. Sega’s officially licensed manufacturing partner, Brazil’s TecToy has developed a new Genesis console that not only looks almost identical to the original, but also has a traditional cartridge slot and SD card reader.

A lot of people were puzzled at the fact that a Brazilian company was resurrecting the classic console. But in Brazil, around 150,000 units of the SEGA Genesis still sell each year. In addition to the likeness, TecToy’s Genesis has an integrated circuit which uses similar components to the original console. It also comes with the classic three-button controller and 22 games in the memory, which is beyond dope.

Look for TecToy’s Genesis console to release in June 2017 for approximately $138 USD. You can also pre-order it now, if you’re like us and have issues with waiting to invest. 



Kicks Flow: BAIT x Diadora N9000 “Spiaggia Rosa”

I had this kid Carlos in my class, in the 4th grade. He used to rock some of the freshest gear back then, like the kind of stuff older kids had. One of the things he had that we all thought was dope, was this Diadora suit. Nylon jacket and pants set, with the Diadora kicks to match. It was pretty inspiring, to say the least. For whatever reason, Diadora kinda vanished off the scene for awhile, and we all thought the brand was done. But a couple years ago, they started dropping some really fresh shoes that, in my opinion, really revitalized the brand and brought them back into the conversation about brands you shouldn’t sleep on. 

BAIT and Diadora have had a long history of crazy and almost eccentric collaborations, but in their latest go at the N9000 silhouette, they’re dialing it back a notch. Featuring a subtle pink hue sprinkled across nubuck underlays and a light grey premium suede presiding over the frames and overlays, the shoe carries a luxurious feel behind its quality materials. 

On the tongue, insole and heel gold foil branding can be found, furthering the luxurious take on the silhouette while a classic white midsole and clean translucent outsole ties everything together.

Get yours..



Top Shelf: Mercedes-AMG 2018 E63-S

It needs to be said that we don’t advocate racing illegally, or any kind of speedy or reckless driving of any kind. But some cars just make you want to burn rubber and let loose a little bit. They have capabilities that we never push because there are things like speed limits and everything, but it’s still cool to know that if you really wanted to, you could do some pretty awesome things in your vehicle. 

Ahead of their debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S were unveiled, the latter representing the fastest E-Class ever made. Generating 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, the mid-sized four-door packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that allows it to compete with any number of performance coupes on the market today. 

The S version leaps from 0-60 mph in just 3.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 186 mph. Its standard E63 counterpart has 563 hp and 553 lb-ft on tap, enabling a sprint time of 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Both versions have 4MATIC+ permanent all-wheel-drive, and the S variant also features Race and Drift modes. Following their debut in L.A., the cars will hit showrooms in the summer of 2017. Not sure if you’re impressed, but we are. Keep an eye out for these.



Kicks Flow: Nike Presto Mid Utility x Pendleton

We’ve been getting so many new visitors to the blog, and wanted to shout all of you out who’ve been dropping by and supporting. Thank you for keeping us moving. For those of you who have been coming to AA for awhile, you know we love ourselves some collaboration kicks. Two brands coming together to make a great shoe, is a beautiful thing for sneakerheads and collectors alike. So we try to keep our fingers on the pulse of all-things cool and fresh. 

Premium fabrications from Pendleton have returned to NIKEiD, and one of the silhouettes to get the distinctive textile treatment is the Nike Presto Mid Utility. The pattern on the upper is inspired by the pinnacles of Spider Rock in Arizona's Canyon de Chelly National Park, the home of the Spider Woman, the Navajo deity of weaving. 

It’s our pick for the week, and a shoe we think would go great for the season, but might work as a collector pair, as well. It’s available now in four Pendleton options on nikeid.com. Go check those out, we think you'd like them.

Purposefully Fresh



Kicks Flow: New Balance WR996 JT

When the season changes and we get back to wearing colors that speak to where we are in the year, you just gotta love Fall. I always think about dope greens, browns and beiges for Fall. Whatever works well with the season, is what I want on my feet. Some of our favorite shoe brands have started in dropping a ton of options for the seasonal shift, and we have a pair today that we think would look pretty fly as the weather gets a little chillier.

Featuring a premium beige leather upper, the new WR996 JT silhouette combines an overlaid leather New Balance logo alongside an off-white rubber outside for timeless style mixed in with exceptional cushioning. 

Completing the delivery is a pair of nude-colored laces to complement the look of the luxe leather upper. The New Balance WR996 JT is now available at providers such as Allike Store for a retail price of $119 USD. Don’t wait too long to pick these up. 

Purposefully Fresh


Kicks Flow: Nike Air Presto "Cargo Khaki"

You know you love a shoe when you’ll buy the same model repeatedly, just in different colors. They become staples for your look, and a part of what you like being seen in. Sometimes, you’ll buy the same color, and just keep a couple pairs in the stash, just in case. It’s what makes a sneakerhead, a sneakerhead. Variation. And loyalty purchasing. So when Nike sent out word of a new Presto model, we were pretty hype up here.

Nike has just delivered another fall must-have, here in the form of the “Cargo Khaki” Air Presto Essential. The military-inspired pair notes construction from mesh and neoprene materials, as the olive-flavored upper is in turn broken up underneath by a white midsole. Tonal laces then accompany the lightweight low-tops, which you can pick up now through select Swoosh providers.

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