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No More Heroes 1.5 Released in English September 23, 2021

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Many years ago, the developers of the No More Heroes franchise produced a short film to bridge the gap between the first and second game. However, not many people are aware of this short, and because of that it has fallen into obscurity. The reason not many people are aware of it was due to the fact it was only released in Japan as a special goodie included with the No More Heroes 2 Limited Boxed Set.

Now, I’m happy to say it has seen an official release online with a full English dub. If you haven’t watched it yet or just want to experience it in English, give it a watch!

No More Heroes, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle are out now for the Wii, Nintendo Switch, PC and Luna. No More Heroes 3 is out now for the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Direct – 9/23/2021 September 23, 2021

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Earlier today, Nintendo released a new Nintendo Direct video. In these videos, Nintendo can reveal their upcoming lineup of games for the Switch. If you’re like me and missed it, you can catch the replay video right now. We’ve got a lot of potential games which could get shown here including Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 3, and a lot more.

All games shown are coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Pokemon Go Announces Crossover With Next Pokemon Film September 21, 2021

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The Pokémon Company and Niantic have just announced they will be crossing over with Netflix to bring a new MYTHICAL Pokémon to Pokémon Go just in time for the release of the next Pokémon film on Netflix. Here’s the trailer.

The event looks like it’ll start on October 1st in anticipation for the film’s Netflix release on October 7th.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.

Japan Travel Tips – Camping in Japan September 21, 2021

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It’s Tuesday so it’s time again for us to share our Japan Travel Tips, an ongoing series where we highlight some of the best independently produced videos to assist people interested in visiting Japan. In the past we’ve talked about sights to see, things to eat, and local customs. Today, we’re going to talk about something gamers don’t typically do, camp. Well, not that kind of camp at least. Camping is a novel activity in today’s day and age, but it has its own charm. The countryside is beautiful and exploring it up close is an experience everyone should have. But, if you are planning to pack up and head out, what can you expect and what should you bring with you? Well, I’ve found two videos which should assist with exactly that.

First off, I wanted to share this video from Life Where I’m From, which produced this well-narrated video of what a camping experience with an entire family can be like in Japan. Seriously this video made me hungry.

Next up we’re going to highlight Tokyo Lens, which did this great documentary about their own experience camping. This guy got himself some modern amenities in the form of a van, so let’s see how he does in it. In actuality, this video is more about what the travel experience is like less than the actual camping experience, but I still felt it was a video worth watching.

Hope you have been enjoying our Japan Travel Tips! Due to the ongoing issues with international travel, we’re going to hold off continuing our weekly posting for the time being. As travel conditions continue to improve worldwide we will be happy to resume our weekly schedule. If there’s anything you’d like to see us write about in the meantime post a comment below!

iOS 15 Released September 20, 2021

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Apple has just released enormous updates for iPhone, iPad , tvOS, and WatchOS powered devices. The new update adds spacial audio for FaceTime calls, live text, a new Maps application, and new privacy controls.

The update is currently not required to be installed on an iPhone running 14.8 so you don’t have to install it just yet if you don’t want to. That said, this new OS is MASSIVE. On an iPhone 12 running 14.8, the new OS can weigh in at over 3GB.

Gaming History You Should Know – Making of Jurassic Park Trespasser September 19, 2021

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Welcome back to Gaming History You Should Know, where we highlight some of the best independently produced documentaries on the web focused on gaming. Today, we’re going to be talking about one of the most beloved franchises of all time, Jurassic Park.

Most people remember the fact Jurassic Park had several film sequels over the years including The Lost World, Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World. However, those same people probably have no idea that there was an officially canonical sequel to Jurassic Park in the form of a video game, Jurassic Park: Trespasser. Set after the events of The Lost World, the game features the talents of Lord Richard Attenborough and Minnie Driver. The game follows Anne, played by Minnie Driver, as she finds herself marooned on Site B, the same location featured in The Lost World and Jurassic Park III. While there, guided by her memory of John Hammond’s recently published memoirs (which are narrated by the actor himself during gameplay), the player must help Anne escape the island. The game offers a deeper look at Site B and further insight into Jurassic Park’s lore that I still consider canon to this day. Heck, Steven Spielberg himself even contributed to some of the game’s design.

With all that behind it, why doesn’t anyone talk about the game? Valve even admitted it was a huge inspiration for Half-Life 2. The problem was the game was a nearly unplayable mess filled with plenty of game-breaking bugs. Reviews of the game, even at the time it was released, were not kind and the Jurassic Park name alone was only so helpful when it came to actual sales.

I vaguely remember hearing about the game shortly around the time of its release. I remember being intrigued by the demo, but as a High School student with no personal income I was never able to snag a copy. However, after reading the finished game’s negative reviews I lost most of my motivation to get it. Years later, I found an incredible Let’s Play on the internet archive by Research Indicates, and I saw for myself that while the game was clearly wonky with a lot of unresolved technical issues, it’s story, combined with RI’s commentary, absolutely drew me in. Seriously, I ended up staying up all night once because I had to watch him play through every single level.

So what is the history of this game, how was it made and what about it was so groundbreaking? YouTube creator Kim Justice produced this full documentary about the creation of Jurassic Park: Trespasser I can’t recommend enough. Give it a watch below and see for yourself.

Jurassic Park: Trespasser is out now exclusively for the PC.

Pokemon Go 5th Anniversary Video September 16, 2021

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Can you believe we’ve seen five years pass since the release of Pokémon Go on smart devices? Niantic has released this official video to celebrate some of the best highlights since the release of the game.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

iPhone 13 Apple Event September 16, 2021

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Yesterday, Apple announced an incredible upcoming lineup of new phones, tablets and smart watches. The event included the reveal of the new iPhone 13 line of phones, a new iPad Mini, and Watch Series 7. If you’re like me and you happened to miss it, you can watch it below.

The next iOS release is expected September 20th, 2021.

Nintendo Switch Adds Bluetooth Headphones Support September 14, 2021

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It’s been a long time coming but Nintendo has finally released a firmware update to the Nintendo Switch which allows for Bluetooth Headphones support without the need to connect a third-party device. The downside is the new feature only supports audio OUTPUT, so even if your headset has a microphone, it will not function.

You can download the update right now through your Switch’s software update feature. It doesn’t seem to be required to access the Nintendo Network just yet but that could change.

iOS and iPadOS 14.8 Released September 13, 2021

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An important security update has just been released for iPhones and iPads running version 14. The update comes just one day before the anticipated reveal of the next generation of Apple devices, so it’s timing is a little curious since iOS 15 is expected to release within the next month.

The update, depending on your device, will weigh in at around 350MB. There doesn’t appear to be an update for Mac or Apple TV at this time, but the Apple Watch has also gotten a