Meet Mario on his Cross-Canada Tour!

Nintendo is inviting fans to meet the one and only Mario as he makes his way across Canada to showcase his latest games. Be among the first to play the new Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 games on the Nintendo 3DS system. While your there enjoying the 3D Gaming don’t miss out on your very own souvenir photo with Mario himself!

Schedule (subject to change – confirm dates here):

Vancouver:

  • November 13 – Comic Con* at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver from 1:00pm-3:00pm PST
  • November 13 – Vancouver Giants* at Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver from 6:15pm-10:00pm PST
  • December 2 – Bright Nights in Stanley Park from 5:00pm-9:00pm PST
  • December 3 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Metropolis at Metrotown from 11:00am-2:00pm PST
  • December 3 – Best Buy Metrotown, 4805 Kingsway Street, Burnaby from 3:00pm-5:30pm PST
  • December 4 – Rogers Santa Claus Parade from 10:00am-12:00pm PST (pre-parade appearance)
  • December 17 – Breakfast with Santa at the Vancouver Convention Centre* from 8:30am-11:30am PST
  • December 18 – Breakfast with Santa at the Vancouver Convention Centre* from 8:30am-11:30am PST

Whistler Blackcomb:

  • December 17 – Roundhouse Lodge*, Whistler Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb from 10:00am-3:00pm PST
  • December 18 – Rendezvous Lodge*, Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb from 10:00am-3:00pm PST

Calgary:

  • December 9 – Calgary Hit Men* at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary from 6:15pm-10:00pm MST
  • December 10 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Cross Iron Mills from 11:00am-6:00pm MST
  • December 11 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Cross Iron Mills from 11:00am-6:00pm MST

Edmonton:

  • November 25 – Best Buy Edmonton South, 9931 19th Avenue NW, Edmonton from 3:00pm-5:30pm MST
  • November 25 – Future Shop South Edmonton Common, 1320 99th Street NW, Edmonton from 11:00am-1:30pm MST
  • November 26 – Edmonton Oil Kings* at Rexall Place, Edmonton from 6:15pm-10:00pm MST
  • November 27 – West Edmonton Mall from 11:30am-4:00pm MST

Toronto:

  • November 20 – Toronto Santa Claus Parade from 10:00am-12:00pm EST (pre-parade appearance)
  • November 27 – Future Shop, Trinity Common, 149-70 Great Lakes Drive, Brampton from 11:00am-1:30pm EST
  • November 27 – Best Buy Downsview, 695 Wilson Avenue, North York from 3:00pm-5:30pm EST
  • December 10 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Square One Shopping Centre from 11:00am-5:00pm EST

Montreal:

  • November 18 – Best Buy Marche Central, 8871 De L’Acadie Boulevard, Montreal from 11:00am-1:30pm EST
  • November 18 – Future Shop Montreal-Centreville, St. Catherine Street, Montreal from 3:00pm-5:30pm EST
  • November 19 – La Récréathèque*, Laval from 11:00am-6:00pm EST
  • November 20 – La Récréathèque*, Laval from 11:00am-6:00pm EST

*These events may charge a fee for entry

Pikachu Is Coming To Toronto

Pika, Pika! Pikachu is coming to Toronto to help Nintendo celebrate the launch of Pokémon Black and White. Don’t miss your chance to get a photo with the most famous Pokémon on the planet. Hang out with fellow Pokémon enthusiastic, don’t forget your DS, representatives from Nintendo Canada and members of the gaming media.

WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 2011 11:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE: Kids-Fest – International Centre – Mississauga, ON

Nintendo has promised a supply of Pokémon inspired giveaways onsite… so make sure to get there early for your chance to take some home

The Countdown is on:



The Lego Pirates Are Coming


Live the adventures of our favourite pirate, Captain Jack Black, and the join the crew of the Black pearl as you journey through the movie franchises that made “swabbing the deck” something fun to say again.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean will be incorporating storylines and characters from the first three films Pirates of the Caribbean Films as well as the upcoming fourth film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

Bring on Davy Jones’ Locker!

Those Lego guys are into everything… Space, Brands, Adventure and now the high seas.

Hudson Entertainment Goes 3DS

More 3DS games announced for 2011, this time from Hudson Entertainment. Three all-new 3D titles for the Nintendo 3DS including; DECA SPORTS EXTREME, Bomberman and the brain-training puzzle game Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle.

DECA SPORTS EXTREME will feature 10 3D sports: Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Snowball Fight, Sumo Wrestling, Bowling, Snowmobile Racing, Sport Blowgun and Trampoline. Players can collect power-ups throughout each event to unleash powerful special moves such as a giant racket in tennis, a cannon dunk in basketball, or a rainbow shot in soccer. Compatible with up to four players through download or wireless play, DECA SPORTS EXTREME allows players to customize teams and choose from various venues. DECA SPORTS EXTREME will be available on the Nintendo 3DS this Summer.

Bomberman (working title) brings the “Blue Bomber” into eye-popping 3D with its world-famous multiplayer and an immersive single-player adventure. Players can navigate beautifully designed arenas and take in the sights of Central City. Bomberman takes full advantage of the revolutionary Nintendo 3DS to provide long-standing or existing and new Bomberman fans with a 3D gaming blast. Bomberman will be available in the Fall.

Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle (working title) is the first brain-training game for the Nintendo 3DS. Gamers can engage their minds with four challenging puzzle games including Sudoku, Hashiwokakero, Shikaku, and Akari to invigorate the mind! From world-famous puzzle maker Nikoli, Pencil Puzzle brings fan favorite puzzles to players’ finger tips. Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle will be available the Fall 2011.

Ubisoft Announces Eight 3D Titles

Hot on the heels of Nintendo’s 3DS announcement, Ubisoft announced eight three dimensional games for the new handheld device to be launched in the first six months of 2011.

Take a quick look at these upcoming titles:

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Sam Fisher is back in this masterpiece of the stealth/action genre, mixing the tension and realism that makes the essence of the franchise with unprecedented immersion and accessibility thanks to the stereoscopic 3D and innovative controls of the Nintendo 3DS.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars: The first tactical, turn-based Ghost Recon game, featuring eye-popping 3D cut scenes and in-game effects, deep team management options and a 1vs1 multiplayer mode on the same console.

Rayman 3D: One of the most popular franchises of all time lands on Nintendo 3DS with an outstanding platform experience that will take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS specifications with impressive graphics, stunning 3D effects and full use of the Circle Pad. An adaptation of the acclaimed Rayman 2 The Great Escape® original game on Dreamcast, Rayman 3D will feature major updates on key game play elements such as accessibility, progression and learning curve.

Rabbids Travel in Time (NA)/ Rabbids 3D (EMEA): Rabbids are bwaaaaaack and this time they have an infallible plan to invade the human world: conquer history in their first platform adventure developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.

James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes: A brand new intellectual property developed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes makes the player the main character in a mind-twisting puzzle adventure taking place in an interactive 3D world, with 150 puzzles and mind games to solve.

Driver Renegade: The first and exclusive action driving game on the Nintendo 3DS™ that lets the player experience the intensity and brutality of urban car chases in 3D. Players will embody the Driver series hero John Tanner and use the accelerometer to unleash their urban driving skills.

Combat of Giants® Dinosaurs 3D: This 3D take on the popular kids’ franchise mixes exploration and customization with real-time combats. Players ages 7 to 10-years old will be immersed into a cataclysmic universe and live the ultimate 3D fighting experience.

Asphalt 3D: Developed by Gameloft and published by Ubisoft, Asphalt 3D brings all the excitement and speed of the Asphalt franchise to stereoscopic 3D, featuring more than 40 licensed vehicles, 17 exotic track locations and complete StreetPass functionality.

For more information about Ubisoft’s Nintendo 3DS line-up, go to http://3ds.ubi.com.

Review – Call of Duty: Black Ops

The Call of Duty franchise is the very “Defacto standard” by which all war games are measured up to and strive to emulate. None have ever been able to reach the level of praise and distinction that the Call of Duty name has associated with it. In what seems to be an annual series release by Activision, this year Treyarch takes the helm once again from Infinity Ward (Modern Warfare 1 and 2) to take us back to the front lines of war with their own unique story in Black Ops.

The story is told from the vantage point of a few different characters in the game through flashbacks and an interrogation room but the focus is primarily on game protagonist Alex Mason. Instead of using WWII as the backdrop for the story, we jump ahead to the 1960s in the role of Special Forces Operative Alex Mason.

The game starts off with Alex Mason and 2 other operatives during the “Bay of Pigs” invasion of Cuba as a part of “Operation 40” as they try to infiltrate a Cuban stronghold with direction to assassinate Fidel Castro. After the apparent successful assassination, Mason is left behind to protect the extraction plane as it takes off. He’s then captured by Castros troops and handed over to the Russians as a sign of good faith in the new alliance the 2 countries shared where he is then taken to Russian prisoner camp Vorkuta.

The game runs off the same engine that Treyarch used for World at War and I can honestly say that the game looks amazing. The lush jungles of Vietnam to the cold dreary Arctic Circle and the Vorkuta prison all look and feel incredible. The multiplayer maps vary in size with my personal favorite Nuke Town. Treyarch really spared no expense on the sound front. They hired some incredible voice talent in the form of Sam Worthington(Avatar), Ed Harris (Apollo 13), Gary Oldman (Bram Stokers Dracula) and Topher Grace (That 70s Show) to name a few. Couple that with some licensed music by the Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival and you’ve got a blockbuster.

Fear not, the game doesn’t end there either. Zombie Mode is back and better than ever and of course the multiplayer matches are back but this is where I have a problem. The online match making was more than a little aggravating.

One of my biggest complaints in the CoD franchise is just how difficult it can be to play online with most users if you don’t start playing right away and for hour after hour at a time. The leveling system is annoying because with higher levels, the better the options are for loadouts for more powerful weapons and better perks. This can be extremely annoying because the game doesn’t match player levels very well or even at all. There I was a lowly level 1 in a game full of people level 30+. I was thoroughly annihilated with 4 kills the entire round. By the end of the weekend, I clawed my way to level 7 and was ranked in the top 3 for at least 1 round so it’s not to say that I totally suck at the game. Normally I can hold my own but with the cards stacked against you, it’s a tough uphill battle that will leave many frustrated in the end. No doubt I had a bunch of negative feedback due to my incessant swearing and not realizing that my Kinect was set to “On” for game chat – DOH!!!

Did I mention that it seems to me the best way to win any round is to be a camper? Another major annoyance for me is the amount of camping and sniping that goes on in this game. I’m a huge proponent of some sort of camp timer or handicap that says you can only be in the same spot for a finite amount of time before everyone in the round is given your location on the map or something to that effect. One other quick complaint is the omission of online co-op story mode. It would have been nice to play through with a friend or 2.

Despite the issues I’ve heard about for PC users, what we have here is a solid performance by the Treyarch team. They’ve taken the Call of Duty name and added their own stamp to the franchise much like Infinity Ward did with the “Modern Warfare” series. I really enjoyed the dark tone to the story, and LOVED the Zombie mode. Treyarch has stepped out from the Infinity Wards shadow with this title. Well done.

Feed Your Console gives Call of Duty: Black Ops 8.5 out of 10

Pros:

  • Beautiful environments
  • Zombie mode is back and just as fun
  • Great voice talent
  • Intriguing (though somewhat predictable) story

Cons:

  • Unbalanced multiplayer matchmaking
  • Too much camping/sniping

Nintendo is Seeing Red

Mario is turning 25 and Nintendo is celebrating with a hot Red console lineup including a new Red Wii console, a new remote and a new Red DSiXL bundle.

Wii Red Bundle

The special edition lineup of products is now available and includes:

  • Red Wii Bundle: a new limited-edition console in beautiful red to bundled with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and a new red Wii Remote Plus controller, Wii Sports and a red Nunchuk controller.
  • Red Nintendo DSi XL Bundle: features three iconic Super Mario Bros.-themed graphics. Packed with Mario Kart DS, a pre-loaded software version of Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock.
  • Wii Remote Plus: a new all in one controller combining the original, iconic Wii Remote™ controller combined with a built-in Wii MotionPlus.*
  • FlingSmash Bundle: This new Wii game combines the hands-on fun of tennis with the nonstop action and instant gratification of pinball, bundled in with the new Wii Remote Plus controller.

DSiXL Red Bundle

* Wii Remote Plus will become the new standard Wii controller, and will be available from now on in all Wii hardware packages and bundles.

Nintendo Holiday Event 2010

Nintendo Holiday EventTonight I had the pleasure of heading down to see Nintendo’s Holiday Lineup and get my hands on the latest titles coming to the Wii and DS for all you Nintendo Gamers out there.

I have to say Nintendo holds the keys on home party games for the whole crew, with Wii Party your going to be the host with the most at your next party.  So many mini games and team challenges your guests will be laughing and entertained all night long.  Mix in a few adult sodas and your guests will never want to leave.

Perfect for causal gamers and Family friendly.

Maybe you are more of a puzzle gamer, looking for the next riddle to cross your path?  Well take heart, Professor Layton is back with his third title “Professor Layton and the Unwound Future“. Use your skills of deduction and riddle solving to help Luke and the Professor solve a mystery, a mystery from the future…

Perfect for puzzle and portable gamers.

Artists and those just learning to draw will want to get there hands on Art Academy. A step-by-step learn to draw program that lets event the worst artist (thats me) to draw a work of art. Just look at the tree I was able to draw following the instructions provided by the in-game art Tutor.


Ice Mario
Mario in Ice
 

Mvern78 talking with
Nintendo Canada

On Location:
Trush Holmes Empire

A great event all around with so many titles we just couldn’t get to them all… But based on what we saw, Nintendo Gamers are going to have a long very wishlist this holiday season

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest – Voice Over Talent

In The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, players become the legendary Aragorn and embark upon a quest reliving the hero’s most valiant battles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Wielding a sword, shield, bow and spear, players will battle enemies and journey through a colorful and fresh rendition of Middle-earth where they can switch between spear and sword on horseback, taking down evil foes in a truly action-packed gameplay experience. Two-player co-op gameplay featuring Gandalf allows kids, families and friends to work together in the heart of the action on the PS3 and Wii.

The video features Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies), and John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones) as they talk about their involvement as voice talent for the game, the engaging gameplay and their thoughts on the legendary character Aragorn. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is a family-friendly game which, for the first time, allows gamers of all ages to experience the extremely popular The Lord of the Rings franchise using the Wii remote and the PS3 Move technology.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest will be available for the PS3, Wii, DS and PSP next Tuesday, September 14.