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Nintendo Holiday 2015 Gift Recommendations

Recently, I had gotten an opportunity by 435 Magazine to visit the Nintendo AirStream trailer, which is a press-only Nintendo event where I tried out many of Nintendo's upcoming holiday and 2016 titles. First off, I would like to thank Kathy Boos of 435 Magazine for presenting this opportunity to me- without it, I wouldn't of gotten an early preview of games like Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam.

Speaking of Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam, that was the game I found to be among my favorites coming out next year for the Nintendo 3DS, combining the game play of the Mario and Luigi series with the unique paper mechanic of the Paper Mario series. In Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam, you play as Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario, battling enemies such as goombas and koopa paratroopas along your way. In the mode that I played, the trio's goal was to collect paper Toads, specifically 10 of them. I found myself diverging from that goal to battle enemies because Paper Mario's unique copy mechanic…

Linkle revealed for Hyrule Warriors Legends

In a twist that few people had expected, the female counterpart of Link, Linkle, as previously seen in the Hyrule Warriors art book, has been revealed for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Hyrule Warriors Legends. Linkle will be joining forces with new characters such as Skull Kid, Tetra, Toon Link, and the King of Red Lions.

Linkle is an original character made specifically for Hyrule Warriors Legends. She is a girl who uses two crossbows to attack enemies- and has other attacks similar to the attacks that Link uses. If you're interested, you can watch the trailer for more:
A new playable female character named Linkle enters the Zelda universe in #HyruleWarriors Legends. — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 12, 2015

Nekki Costume in Super Mario Maker

Nekki, mascot for the Japanese magazine Famitsu, has an event course where, upon completion, earns the player a Nekki costume for their own creations. The course title is "Yoshi is Awesome!" and was the winning entry in a Famitsu contest for course creation. Creator Vanilla KONDO said the following about it: “I combined ideas from courses I’ve already uploaded and added a few new tricks too. Mario’s adorable yet reliable partner Yoshi plays a big role from beginning to end". This level is available to play now, but it may not last long.

Cloud joins Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

In the latest Nintendo Direct video presentation, Cloud Strife, the protagonist from the popular JRPG Final Fantasy VII, was announced to be an upcoming playable character in the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros.
Not only Cloud will join the battle, though, as it was revealed that there will be a special broadcast presenting new information about Super Smash Bros. in December.

Watch the whole trailer on YouTube, courtesy of GameXplain:

Firefox for iOS Day 1 Review

A new browser for iOS has been unveiled, surprisingly from Mozilla. A year or two ago, they said that they would not bring Firefox to iOS, saying "We refuse’ to bring Firefox to iOS until Apple lets us use our web engine" back in April of 2013. Alas, Apple still refused to allow their web engine to be brought to the platform and Mozilla made the browser anyway. Here are my thoughts.

   After a day of using it heavily as my main browser, it was surprisingly disappointing. It is just ugly in my opinion and does not look much like the desktop counterpart. The animations became choppy in some cases and it was just slower than Safari. I was hoping more settings and possible add-ons would make this browser the best, about the same reasons as why I use it on the desktop. I could possibly see this as the best browser if I used Firefox on every platform, as it integrates Firefox sync which I found very useful. It remembers your passwords like Safari and iCloud, but I found the la…

Super Mario Maker Cat Mario and Peach Costumes

More Super Mario Maker costumes have been released. Upon completion of the event courses "Cat Mario's Course" as well as "Cat Peach's Course", Cat Mario and Cat Peach Mystery Mushroom costumes will be unlocked for use in user created levels.

Nintendo Holiday Season Tour 2015

Nintendo of America has confirmed the Holiday Season Tour 2015 will be taking place in several locations across the United States. Nintendo Holiday Season tour will take place in these areas from November 23rd - December 20th:
South Shore Plaza in Braintree, MassachusettsWoodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois (be sure to stop by Level 257)Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, TexasCherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, ColoradoMemorial City Mall in Houston, TexasThe Oaks in Thousand Oaks, CaliforniaDolphin Mall in Miami, FloridaMall of America in Bloomington, MinnesotaPerimeter Mall in Atlanta, GeorgiaQueens Center Mall in Elmhurst, New YorkKing of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, PennsylvaniaScottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, ArizonaWashington Square in Portland, OregonWestfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, CaliforniaWestfield Southcenter in Seattle, WashingtonTysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia The following games have been confirmed playable at the event:

Wii U
Super Mario MakerSp…

Nintendo Badge Arcade releases in Europe and North America on 3DS

Nintendo Badge Arcade has been announced to launch on November 13th, 2015 on the European Nintendo eShop. Starting as Nintendo Collectible Badge Center in Japan launching in December last year, Nintendo Badge Arcade is a free-to-play application for the Nintendo 3DS. It is available now in the North American Nintendo eShop.

 Players can collect badges through a crane-arcade type mini-game to earn collectible badges that can be used to decorate their Nintendo 3DS home screen. Players have the option to pay money through Nintendo eShop to earn credit in the game, giving them more opportunities to collect badges. Once players have collected all badges in a set, they will receive a free theme as a background for their badges for use on the home screen.

Check out the trailer below for a preview of what to expect:

Shovel Knight amiibo announced

Yacht Club Games, the developers behind the massively successful indie title, Shovel Knight, have announced several new things coming to Shovel Knight on Nintendo platforms, including more details on Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows DLC, retail versions of Shovel Knight for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and a Shovel Knight amiibo! The Shovel Knight amiibo will unlock cooperative Play in the Wii U version of the game, while in the Nintendo 3DS version, the amiibo will unlock special challenge stages. The Shovel Knight amiibo will also unlock the ability to customize your gear in both versions of the game. This amiibo is notable for being the first third-party amiibo, and the first amiibo not being produced by Nintendo. There's no official release date on the retail versions of Shovel Knight yet but the amiibo will be releasing on November 27th, 2015. 

Windows 10 ISO Files from Microsoft

Loads of sources claim the only way to get the official ISO is through the Download Tool, which is what I had previously thought as well. Now I know that their is an official direct download to the ISO files, which each also double as both Home and Pro versions, I decided I had to make it known. Above are some images of the site, but if you would like to check it out for yourself, go ahead with the link provided below.

If you want Build 10525, the latest Windows Technical Preview build, see here Winareo.

Stop Windows 10 From Spying On You

Ever since Windows 10 has been released, the news has been either praising it or talking about how much information it collects. Most people are unnerved when they hear about what is going on behind the scenes and don't want to update because of the spying. I've found a piece of freeware to end the spying and get the new OS back to yourself.
Before you continue, I recommend reading The Verge Forum's piece on Windows, Privacy, and You.
Once you download with the button provided below, unzip it and run the program. It is a portable .exe, so you don't have to worry about installing anything. The program will give you a list of switches. If it is red, that means it is at it's default setting, but if you would like you can change whatever you want. Once you click on a switch, it will go green and signal you that the change has been made. If it notifies you that it would like to make a system restore point, hit YES just in case anything goes wrong. You are free to play ar…

Get Windows 10 Now

Windows 10 is the best OS (in my opinion) avaliable right now. Why wait for the Windows Update tool or download sketchy programs to initiate your update? Instantly get access to the latest and greatest with Microsoft's all-in-one tools.
Upgrade Options: Note from Microsoft: If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, select Upgrade this PC now in the tool.
Download Windows 10 Upgrade/ISO Creation ToolDownload Tool Now (64-bit) (Recommended)
Download Tool Now (32-bit)

Installation Instructions with an ISO:If you would like to get a disk image, select Create installation media for another PC.From there, select your language, Windows 10 edition, and then the architecture. (Select Both if you are unsure what it means).Download the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool and select the ISO and then your CD or USB drive.It will run and place the ISO to your USB/DVD and creates an installation USB.Select the device in the boot menu when booting up your computer.Choose Upgrade or Custom. If you …

Hyrule Warriors 3D for Nintendo 3DS

This coming week is the week of the convention known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short. Nintendo, alongside a bunch of other big names in electronic gaming, will be attending E3 and showing off their newest games and products on the show floor. The first E3 announcement already was leaked in the form of Hyrule Warriors 3D. Leaked by it's own developer, Team Ninja, it looks to be a direct port of the Wii U game of the same name. The newest additions are the ability to switch team members with the tap of a stylus, as demonstrated in the trailer, the Golden Ocarina item, and the announcement of two new playable characters. These characters are named Tetra and the King of Red Lions, both from the Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. By connecting Hyrule Warriors 3D to Hyrule Warriors on Wii U, you will be able to receive Tetra and The King of Red Lions in the Wii U version. It's price and release date have yet to be announced.

Submission by Gerald Brewer: Splatoon Sales Predictions

by: Gerald Brewer
According to the advertizement of Splatoon, the rate of online fans, and the people craving the game after the global test fire's the sales rate of Splatoon will drop every year by 20%. But it will start at selling for 30% of the of Nintendo company sales. But at the end of 2018 it will still be selling for 10.5% of Nintendo sales through the year. The rate of hardcore fans of Splatoon will not fall like the numbers because they will already have the game. None of this matters if the dedicated fans can keep it alive and ask for a sequel.

USB-C: What Follows

Originally posted on: March 13, 2015 at 4:03 PM

A simple explanation on USB 3.1 with the USB-C connecter would be that the transfer and data speeds will increase significantly. Within 5 years, I expect the adoption of this new port to increase with the growth of devices that support this system. It can output your display, power your device, transfer files, and do about everything it used to take several ports to do. The downside is that with new devices such as the Macbook and Chromebook Pixel that only have one port of USB-C, you will need an extender or USB-C dock. Since the design for USB-C was only finalized earlier this month, the adoption is expected to take off once enough of these cords are brought into the consumers homes and hands.

This port is designed to be a do-all port for:
Charging (similar to the previous USB devices) Outputting media (a replacement to HDMI and VGA) Transferring files (similar to the previous USB devices.) Receiving internet (an alternative to ethernet…

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS: Mewtwo Strikes Back and Lucas Comes Out of Nowhere!

Mewtwo Strikes Back!
Mewtwo will be appearing in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a downloadable character on April 28th, 2015. He can be purchased in-game for a small fee. Buying Mewtwo on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS separately will cost $3.99 USD each, but people who are planning on buying Mewtwo on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U together, a slight discount at $4.99 USD will save you $3. If you'd taken part in Club Nintendo Special Offer buy purchasing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and registering them both, two free codes will be sent to you on April 15th. 
Mewtwo Screenshots

Lucas Comes Out of Nowhere!
Lucas, returning from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and hailing from Japan exclusive game Mother 3, comes out of nowhere! Lucas is planned to release sometime in May.


Level 257- A restraunt based on PAC-MAN

A new restaurant had recently opened based on the NAMCO classic arcade game PAC-MAN- cleverly titled Level 257, refrencing the game's "kill screen" - in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The 40,000 square foot, 180-seat restaurant integrates a larger entertainment complex, featuring 16 boutique retro-styled bowling lanes with smart technology, table tennis, pinball machines, a "Lost & Found" games parlor with original arcade machines alongside new ones, custom-built game tables, free-to-play board games, a PAC-MAN themed gift shop, and more. The new building has been praised by NAMCO as “a brand new restaurant and entertainment destination inspired by PAC-MAN”.
References from the original PAC-MAN game have been scattered around the menu from Clyde's Chopped Wedge -a delectable veggie filled dish- to Pinky's Baked Lasagna- a tasty Italian Lasagna.

If you don't have time to visit, Level 257 does takeout, but you would miss the charm of the location and ge…

iOS 8.3 Public Beta

A public beta for Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.3 has been placed in the hands of the general public. Check out the download at their official website and I'll update this post once more on the topic is shown, as for now I haven't been able to access the website. Best of luck to all those who wish to try out the multi-cultural emojis!

Why Doctor Who is Still Around

WHY IS DOCTOR WHO STILL AROUND? Why the cult-classic was rebooted & how it will last another 50 years.

A few obvious reasons for this show's survival can be described in a range from the phenomenon of popularity, the mainstream attention by BBC, or a whole list of merchandise and easy identifiable characters that are easy to sell to an audience.

BBC is the dominant news provider and controller of TV in the UK, which makes it easy to show a new series off to a large audience. The first episode of Doctor Who was back in 1963, which can make heads turn when you think about it being over 50+ years old and stories are still be developed for it. The accessibility of the show has increased it's likelihood of running another 50 years, such as being on Netflix, the BBC iPlayer in the UK, and Hulu. The show has social media accounts and markets dedicated to it, making a huge socially. A dedicated fan base still follows the show. Merchandise is easy to sell due to the many iconic cha…

Level 257- A retro restaurant based on PAC-MAN

A new restaurant had recently opened based on the NAMCO classic arcade game PAC-MAN- cleverly titled Level 257, refrencing the game's "kill screen" - in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The 40,000 square foot, 180-seat restaurant integrates a larger entertainment complex, featuring 16 boutique retro-styled bowling lanes with smart technology, table tennis, pinball machines, a "Lost & Found" games parlor with original arcade machines alongside new ones, custom-built game tables, free-to-play board games, a PAC-MAN themed gift shop, and more. The new building has been praised by NAMCO as “a brand new restaurant and entertainment destination inspired by PAC-MAN”.   References from the original PAC-MAN game have been scattered around the menu from Clyde's Chopped Wedge -a delectable veggie filled dish- to Pinky's Baked Lasagna- a tasty Italian Lasagna. 
If you don't have time to visit, Level 257 does takeout, but you would miss the charm of the location and ge…

new Nintendo 3DS XL and more

In Nintendo Direct 1.14.15, the new Nintendo 3DS XL was revealed for North American markets on February 13th, 2015. The new Nintendo 3DS (standard model) released in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, and Europe, but it will not release in North America. Pre-orders of the new Nintendo 3DS XL are now available at GameStop, Target, and other game stores. Trading in a regular 3DS at GameStop will net you $75 towards a New Nintendo 3DS XL, and trading in a 3DS XL will net you $100 towards a New Nintendo 3DS XL.

The new Nintendo 3DS will retail for 16,000 Yen, around £93 in UK, AU$219.95, and Italy €169.98, while the new Nintendo 3DS XL will cost 18,800 Yen, around £109 in UK, and $199.99 US, AU$249.95, and Italy €199.98.

*AC Adapter Sold Separately **new Nintendo 3DS faceplates only work on the standard new Nintendo 3DS
***standard model new Nintendo 3DS will not release in North America
Watch Nintendo Direct 1.14.15 here.

 The new Nintendo 3DS XL will have it's own exclusive library of g…