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Super Mario Odyssey Luigi Balloons Update Released February 23, 2018

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Nintendo has just released a free update for the must-buy game, Super Mario Odyssey. The new update includes several new costumes to purchase at the in-game stores and an all-new minigame starring Mario’s brother Luigi!

After installing the free patch, you will find Luigi floating around the main hub areas of each world. He will complement you on your clothing and offer you the chance to play an online ranked minigame. Luigi will give you a balloon and tell you to hide it. You will be scored based on how difficult you make it for other players to find the balloon!

Your Nintendo Switch will typically install its updates if left in standby mode while it is connected to the internet. If you have that feature disabled or you kept your Switch turned off, you can manually install the 1.2.0 patch manually before launching the game.

Super Mario Odyssey is out now exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.


Detective Pikachu Story Trailer February 23, 2018

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A lot of people have been curious about the plot of Detective Pikachu. It isn’t a main Pokémon title as much as it is a side story in the Pokémon world involving a special talking Pikachu. Together, you can interview witnesses and solve puzzles to help you investigate mysteries throughout the region. Now, Nintendo has just released this new trailer for the game which takes a closer look at the game’s story, enjoy.

I’m happy this is finally coming to the West.

Detective Pikachu is coming March 2018 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

Maniac’s Collection – Rare Aliens Vs Predator TCG Promo Cards February 22, 2018

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TCGs are everywhere, from Pokémon to Magic: The Gathering, but did you know there was an Aliens Vs Predator TCG in the early 2000s? It’s true. In fact, the game even received an expansion based on the film Alien Resurrection.

However, even if you could track down leftover boxes of Alien Vs Predator card packs, you will discover there were six cards made for the expansion that aren’t included in any box or any pack. These were prototype cards initially made before the expansion was mass produced. The cards were given out through various promotional means, and Maniac got his hands on every single one of them.

Let’s take a closer look at these six cards, and let Maniac tell you how he got them all in glorious 4K.

Nintendo LAN USB Adapter Close-Up February 21, 2018

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Since the release of the Wii, Nintendo has offered internet access by WiFi for their new game consoles. This was at the expense of offering a wired Ethernet port, something that Sony’s and Microsoft’s game consoles still include.

While less convenient, wired connections are faster than wireless ones, and for long time multiplayer gamers like myself nothing beats a local match. In fact, wired LAN connections are required for consoles playing in an accredited professional tournament for a game like Pokken Tournament.

Let’s take a closer look at this thing shall we… in glorious 4K!

The adapter may look old and its manual may have been printed for the Wii console, but Nintendo assures all customers it will natively support the Nintendo Wii, the Wii U and even the Nintendo Switch Dock.

The adapter is not sold in stores, and the best option consumers have to get a first-party product is to buy it directly from Nintendo. If you live in the US or Canada you can get it here.

iOS 11.2.6 Released February 20, 2018

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Sorry about the delay on this post, Apple has quietly released a software update for many of their personal computer devices including the iPhone and iPad. The new update, iOS 11.2.6, fixes some minor bugs including consistent app support for external devices.

If you are using an Apple device running iOS 11, you can install the update right now by selecting the General, and then Software Update tabs in the Settings App. If you had the previous version of iOS 11 installed on your device, the new update weighs in at around 26MB.

Gaming History You Should Know – Pokemon Live February 18, 2018

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It’s Sunday, and that heralds the return of Gaming History You Should Know, where we look at some of the best content from across the web about gaming industry. Even in today’s world of video games, HDTVs and IMAX movies, there’s always room for the live stage. Heck, many of the greatest stories ever told started as stage productions made for a live audience. With high end stage productions so expensive, Broadway is now taking safe bets. Today’s Broadway lineup is filled with adaptations of recognizable properties from film, television and comic books.

Did you know that back in the early 2000s, there was one live stage production so ahead of its time, no company has dared do something similar to it since? It was an adaptation of the most successful gaming franchise in history, Pokémon Live.

Whether you’re a Pokémon fan or just a fan of theatrical productions, doesn’t this look awesome? Pokémon Live was a live-action musical stage show which launched during the peak of Pokémon’s popularity. The show was written by the same team members responsible for the English dub of Pokémon: The Animated Series, and featured an entirely original non-canon story based on the characters from the animated show.

I actually remember hearing about Pokémon Live, back when it first launched. I was watching Pokémon: The Animated Series daily at the time, and I would have loved to check out the show back in the day. Unfortunately, like with everything popular and important, no production of the show ever came anywhere close to where I lived, and I could never afford to go and see it. To make things worse, Pokémon Live didn’t last very long on stage. Pokémon Fever died down shortly before the release of Pokémon Crystal, and interest in the show must not have been able to sustain its production costs, closing the opportunity for me to ever witness it.

So while the show was no longer in production, was any footage of the show recorded on video? Enter the incredible YouTube video producer, Chadtronic. His channel describes him as “a pillow throwing manchild stuck in the ’90s [who] makes a variety of comedic videos.” I first heard about him when I was doing some research on Pokémon toy collecting, because he did a great video about Burger King’s original Pokémon Kid’s Meal toys. If you’re unfamiliar with them, they were a huge promotion during the height of Pokémon‘s popularity and you can watch it right here.

It’s clear to me that Chadtronic is a Pokémon fan, as he’s done plenty of more original videos about the franchise over the years. However, one video he did that should be considered his crowning jewel is his video about Pokémon Live, particularly his search for high-quality video footage of the live show.

After Chadtronic published his video about Pokémon Live, the internet set to action. One of those people from the internet, known as The Gamer From Mars, has been a great resource when it comes to finding lost material. While he hasn’t found that Disney Channel movie I talked about a few years ago, he first came under my radar when he made a video about the Nickelodeon made for TV movie, Cry Baby Lane. a film that most people believed was actually a myth… until it turned out it was real. The Gamer From Mars did a video of his own about the lost Pokémon Live production tapes. Some of his video covers the same information Chadtronic found, but some new information about the production surfaced since Chadtronic published his video, and it was included. I highly recommend giving it a watch.

So after all that anticipation, you want to see Pokémon Live for yourself, don’t you? Well here it is courtesy of its production stage manager, Chris Mitchell.

Unfortunately, this low-quality video is the best complete footage that currently exists of Pokémon Live. While I appreciate Chris uploaded what he recorded online, the public has never been able to get their hands on a higher quality video recording of the show. What a shame.

Some day we may see an official professionally recorded release of the original Pokémon Live stage show. Until then, you can read the actual script for the stage show right here (hosted with permission of the writer). The musical notes for the live show’s original songs are not included in the script but you might be able to listen to the show’s soundtrack with a simple Google search.

Here’s my question, with the entire script and a high quality recorded soundtrack now available to the world, is there a chance someone might try to resurrect Pokémon Live for a new generation? I guess we will just have to wait and see. I hope you all enjoyed this look into Gaming History You Should Know, post a comment below with your thoughts on the future of Pokémon Live!

Splatoon 2 Love/Money Splatfest Starts Tonight February 16, 2018

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Splatoon 2 players should fire up their Nintendo Switch consoles and prepare to pick sides because the next Splatfest starts tonight. Splatfest is an important event in the Splatoon franchise where players take sides on important issues, with winning teams getting special goodies. This weekend’s Splatfest will go on for exactly 24 hours starting at Midnight tonight. The winner will be determined shortly after the event concludes.

So what is at stake this time? The answer appears to be the very core of humanity. The game’s developers are taking inspiration from the Valentine’s Day holiday and are asking their players the hard question, do you prefer Love or Money? Players can make their team selection right now but just be aware that once a team is selected, you won’t be able to change it.

Good luck to everyone! May your ink be only on your enemies.

Splatoon 2 is out now exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

Ready Player One “Come With Me” Trailer February 16, 2018

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Ernest Cline wrote a love letter to nerdy culture with his novel Ready Player One. This March, it is going to be released as a major motion picture. The book’s plot was heavily inspired by stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and what better song to use for the film’s trailer than one from that book’s film adaptation.

How many references can you recognize? Post what you spotted in the comments section below.

Ready Player One is coming to theaters in March 2018.

FAIL: Comcast Won’t Broadcast the 2018 Winter Olympics in 4K February 13, 2018

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We’ve occasionally strived to offer 4K content on this website at our own expense, which is more than Comcast has done for their customers for this year’s Olympics. Welcome back to FAIL, an unscripted series where we talk about the biggest blunders in film and television. This week marks the return of the Winter Olympics, where the best athletes across the world will get together to compete in a wide range of winter sports.

4KTVs/UHDTVs have received an incredible installation base over the past year, despite the lack of readily available UHD-capable devices and content. At this year’s Winter Olympics, Sony provided 4K-capable broadcast television cameras. In the US, Comcast/Universal has exclusive television rights to broadcast the Olympics, and has been airing them on their various NBC owned channels. The problem is, Comcast, by its own admission, does not have a cable service capable of 4K, despite being one of the most successful companies in the world. That means most of the US will not be able to watch the Olympics in 4K, even if they own a 4K television. Why not?

Gaming History You Should Know – The GameCube/Game Boy Advance Link Cable February 11, 2018

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Welcome back to a new edition of Gaming History You Should Know, an ongoing series where we take a look back at some of the best stories in gaming history, as chronicled by some of the best people across the Internet. Today, we will be taking a closer look at the Nintendo GameCube, the first gaming console I owned since the original NES. Nintendo’s GameCube may have come in last place when stacked up against the PS2 and Xbox console generation but Nintendo took some risks with it and it had some great games. One of the risks it took was in the form of a custom cable. While the GameCube may have been in last place, at the same time Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance was running nearly unopposed in the handheld market.

The Game Boy handhelds, with the help of a custom cable could allow for data transfer between two units. Eventually, someone at Nintendo realized they could use the Game Boy Advance’s data port to send data to and from a Nintendo GameCube, and they released a new cable to take advantage of that capability. Eventually, Nintendo released some incredible games to take advantage of GameCube to Game Boy Advance connectivity. Games like Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, Metroid Prime, and The Legend of Zelda: Four Sword Adventures are still discussed to this day. But how exactly did this technology work, and what were its limitations?

Enter Derek Alexander, formerly known as The Happy Video Game Nerd and now known as the host of Stop Skeletons from Fighting, produced this incredible documentary on the cable. If you ever wanted to know how the cable worked, what it could do, and how various GameCube games supported it, give this a watch.