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New Pokemon Snap Unboxing April 30, 2021

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A day I have been looking forward to for nearly a year (oh who am I kidding I’ve been looking forward to this day for over fifteen years at this point) is finally here. A new Pokémon Snap game has been released, and this time it’s for the Nintendo Switch.

Let’s take a look at this game AND its preorder bonuses! We all knew about the poster but did you know we’d be getting an exclusive TCG card too? I sure didn’t!

New Pokémon Snap is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Earwig and The Witch Steelbook Unboxing April 26, 2021

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This isn’t video game related, but we’re giving it a pass for right now. The newest Studio Ghibli movie, Earwig and the Witch, is no longer HBO MAX exclusive, and has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc. We were able to get our hands on a limited edition Steelbook for the movie, so let’s take a closer look at what’s inside of it.

If there’s any comments about future Studio Ghibli movies you think we should watch, post a comment below.

Please Bring the BEST Steve Jobs Movie, Pirates of Silicon Valley, to HBO MAX April 7, 2021

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Following the tragic death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, a rush was made to produce a feature film about his life. This was an absolutely pointless endeavor as the definitive Steve Jobs film had already been produced years earlier. The film was called Pirates of Silicon Valley and started Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. The film was produced by TNT as a made for TV movie and aired multiple times over the course of one night.

The film detailed the people behind the start of Apple and Microsoft, and how they became so successful. I know that probably sounds like the lightest film summary you’ve ever heard, but trust me that’s all you need to know to decide if you’re going to watch it. It received favorable reviews and tons of acclaim from both critics and the real people the movie was interpreting. That’s more than I can say about those two “major studio films” pushed out following Jobs’s death. The film received an uncut DVD home video release in the early 2000s, but after that everyone seemed to forget about it.

So if TNT broadcast it, why hasn’t anyone heard of it? I have no definite answers to that question. As far as I can tell it has never appeared on any major streaming service. That means if you aren’t lucky enough to be able to track down a copy of it on DVD won’t even be able to watch it.

So why did this great film drop so completely off the radar? Well, people interested in seeing it again may have one hopeful possibility. As I mentioned before, the film was produced by TNT and the home video was distributed by Warner Bros. As far as I can tell, both are companies that are currently owned by AT&T. That major communications company also owns HBO MAX, and it seems any film, television show, or short that is owned by either company that isn’t already licensed out to another distributer is going to HBO MAX. Since Pirates of Silicon Valley was never licensed out to any other service, there’s no reason it couldn’t come to HBO MAX.

So, HBO MAX executives, if you’re reading this. You have a movie sitting in your TNT vault collecting dust that would cost you nothing to upload and will make a LOT of people happy to watch again. If you want to see my plea, here it is.

Oh, if you’re still reading this, why not indulge me for one last second? The film’s timeline ended in the year 2000, where it seemed Apple was doomed to be wrecked by Microsoft, but a lot happened in the past twenty years that proved that would not happen. Apple would go on to release the iPod, Mac OSX computers, and eventually the iPhone and iPad. Microsoft would go on to release the Xbox gaming console and multiple successors. HBO MAX could make a sequel and detail Apple’s comeback alongside the rise of the Xbox platform. I know for sure Noah Wyle mentioned in an interview he would be fine with doing a sequel, and the rest of the film’s cast appears to still be acting to this day.

Just a thought. It could be a great new positive for a service looking for their next big thing following the release of the Synder Cut.

General Mills Offering Free Pokemon TCG Cards in Specially Marked Cereal Boxes March 22, 2021

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General Mills has teamed back up with The Pokémon Company once again to offer some new Pokémon TCG cards for Pokémon’s 25th anniversary. The list of cereals offering cards include boxes of Trix, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. We cracked open a box of cereal that had cards inside to see what we got!

Maniac’s Kitchen – Pringles Moa Burger Review March 17, 2021

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Something from the world of Halo has just entered the real world. Pringles has teamed up with Microsoft and Walmart to offer an exclusive limited-time flavor based on the beloved ostrich-looking Moa from Halo: Reach. It is called the Moa Burger flavor and we are going to be trying it right now in Maniac’s Kitchen.

Halo: Reach is out now for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One. Halo: Infinite is coming to PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S later this year.

How Many Pokemon TCG Cards I Obtained After Eating McDonalds For a Month March 10, 2021

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In February, fast food restaurant McDonalds teamed up with The Pokémon Company and offered fifty exclusively marked Pokémon Trading Card Game cards based on every unique starter from every generation (including Pikachu). Twenty-five cards would be offered as non-foil cards, and the exact same twenty-five would be offered in foil for a total of fifty unique cards.

Instead of going to the store and buying up the entire stock, we decided to play fair. We wanted to see if it was actually possible to a hungry kid to obtain all fifty cards over the course of the promotion. Each Happy Meal card pack came with four cards, and each pack had one foil and three non-foils. For fairness, we only ate at McDonalds once a day (on average) for the length of the promotion, and we cut the promotion off when our area’s McDonalds ran out of their supply.

How did we do? Let’s see what we got in glorious 4K HDR.

My Pokemon 25 Story February 27, 2021

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Happy Pokémon 25! The Pokémon Company has been encouraging trainers from all over the world to share their Pokémon stories on the 25th anniversary of the original games’ release. Five years ago, we did share our origins with the franchise, so I thought it would be cool to tell one of my favorite stories from the past five years, the day I got to preview the Pokémon Let’s Go games in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This isn’t the end of our content, a massive concert in celebration of Pokémon 25 will be streaming at 7PM EST!

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee are out now for the Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.

Maniac Tries Pokemon Cereal February 26, 2021

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Happy Pokémon 25! In celebration of the incredible milestone, The Pokémon Company partnered with General Mills Cereal to offer an official Pokémon Cereal. We didn’t get any new cards in ours but let’s see how it tastes in glorious 4K HDR!

More exclusive Pokémon 25 content is coming to the site this weekend so stay tuned!!

What to Do When Your Joy-Con Has Drift February 24, 2021

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We love the Nintendo Switch here on this site. But if you have a Nintendo Switch, it is possible the analog sticks in your controller may start to experience symptoms of drift. What is drift? Drift is what happens when your controller starts to do things you aren’t telling it to, either by ignoring your inputs or creating inputs of their own.

So, if your Joy-Con is drifting, what do you do? You can get Nintendo to repair your drifting controller here. Here’s what the experience was like for us:

Ed. Note: Please note this is for North America only.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury Unboxing February 12, 2021

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Today, is the release day for Super Mario 3D World and its included expansion, Bower’s Fury. We have been looking forward to this game since it was first announced, as 3D World was a great Wii U game and the new expansion looks incredible. Take a look at our unboxing with one of the game’s new Amiibo, all in glorious 4K HDR.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.