One of the coolest parts of buying a Nintendo 3DS was getting that awesome hassle-free charging dock to keep your battery charged without plugging anything in. One of the worst parts of upgrading to the super-sized 3DS XL was losing that dock. (They do sell one separately, but I’m cheap people!)
I dock all of my electronics. Aside from the charging benefits and grab-and-go easy access, I just think they look so much cooler efficiently propped.
Just for fun, I placed my Nintendo 3DS XL in the extra GamePad controller cradle dock that comes with the Deluxe Wii U bundle, only to find that it fits perfectly. How beautiful? Now my two Nintendo handheld devices can mirror eachother on my nightstand, ready for action. While I don’t have that same easy charge option, it’s certainly not a bad looking solution in the meantime.
What can I say? I’m a genius.
In May 2011, I was working as a personal trainer in a small gym. I was talking to clients at the treadmills when a breaking news segment came on saying that Osama Bin Laden was dead. Almost a full decade after 9/11, the most wanted man alive had been killed. Kind of a big deal.
America had successfully assassinated a man responsible for the deaths of thousands. Media coverage told us about the elite members of Seal Team 6 and their raid on Osama’s complex. I knew the manhunt was an exhaustive effort, but I really wasn’t aware of the astronomical odds of its failure were.
And these impossible odds are the crux of Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’ The film follows CIA interrogation “Maya” (played masterfully by Jessica Chastain) as she wages a seemingly one-woman witch hunt for Bin Laden. Combining documented real events with Bigelow’s grounded direction, Zero Dark Thirty provides a grim, realistic view of these extraordinary events.
An atmospheric dose of summer zombie fun.
XBLA’s “Summer of Arcade” is synonymous with solid mid-year gaming titles. Summers past gave us gems like ‘Shadow Complex’ and ‘Limbo’, both 2D platformers taking drastically different (and successful) approaches to the genre. This year’s ‘Deadlight’ attempts to combine the action of Shadow Complex with the moody atmosphere of Limbo, while maintaining a unique voice.
Lofty goals I know, but does it succeed? For the most part.
‘Deadlights’ is a 2D action platformer set in 1980′s Seattle. Some catastrophic global event has turned most people into (wait for it) soulless zombies. Players assume the role of Randall Wayne, a rugged outdoorsman who keeps a surprisingly revealing journal. Like most post apocalyptic tales, all Randall wants to do is find his wife and daughter amidst the chaos.
Studio Ghibli’s latest animated feature is a charming blend of small characters, big hearts, and grand adventure.
With the advent of CGI animation, traditional animated films are a dying breed. But if one studio knows how to fully utilize the hand drawn medium it’s Studio Ghibli. Often referred to as the “Disney of Japan,” Ghibli has a long list of critically acclaimed features including ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’, ‘Princess Mononoke’, and ‘Ponyo’.
Prestigious pedigree aside, I was curious to see how ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ held up against its CGI counterparts. And to be honest, it’s in a league of its own.
Adapted from Mary Norton’s ‘The Borrowers,’ the story focuses on the titular Arrietty, an adventurous teenage girl who lives with her parents in a quaint, country home. Or underneath it to be more precise. Arriety and her family are “Borrowers,” tiny people who live in hiding alongside normal humans. To survive, they borrow things like food, tissues, and other supplies that people wouldn’t notice were missing.
For us the the USA, it’s tax time! Which might mean that Uncle Sam shall be gifting a lucky number of people with some tax rebates! Thanks to 72 Pins, my entire tax rebate will probably end up adorning my walls with these sweet NES cartridges! Each of these awesome little plastic pieces still contain an original NES game with the artwork replaced by 8bit renditions of newer classics (Shadow of the Colossus, Dead Island, Diablo, Resident Evil, etc…).
Hey, at least my taxes will be pumping some sweet and sexy cash back into the American economy, right?
As of now, Google Music is really just a glorified music player, available on the Android Market. Soon however, Google Music will transform into a music service, where new audio content can be downloaded from an online store, while prepurchased user content can be stored in the cloud. I had a chance to test drive Music Beta, a service which is said to be detailed at a press event scheduled for Wednesday.
Music Beta offers a crisp and clean solution to music management, foregoing a bulky computer application for a smooth browser based experience. Your content is categorized between songs, artists, recently added, as well as nay playlist you could create. A control panel at the bottom of the screen will allow you to quickly play, skip, or shuffle between your content. Once you install the Music Manager, which allows you to add content to your library, you’ll be able to upload your own content — up to 20,000 songs — to Google’s cloud for free. The greatest part? Those tracks are then available on up to 10 Android devices instantly. Users will have the option to select which tracks they want to use offline, for example, if you plan on using Google Music Beta on a non-data plan enabled device like a tablet, you can choose all or some of that content to use when not connected to a WiFi network.
Rainbow fucking Road, people!
Every installment of the go-kart racer features an epic Rainbow Road track, but Mario Kart 7 marks the entry in the series to feature two Rainbow Road courses. Naturally, it will have an original, brand new technicolor track, but MK7 will bring back the one that started it all, with the original Super Mario Kart version of Rainbow Road.
This is seriously the greatest news ever to any retro gaming fanatic. Mario Kart 7 is shaping up to be an incredible entry, maybe even one of the best. December 4 can’t come soon enough. For more track confirmations, check out the link below.
Want to pimp your new iPhone 4S or iPhone 4? Do you have an 8-bit heart? Then this contest is for you!
Simply tell us what your favorite NES game is and why, and we’ll choose a random winner to receive the above pictured iPhone skin. Keep in mind the iPhone skin (courtesy of Etsy’s killerduckdecals) will only fit iPhone 4 and 4S models.
Be the envy of all your nerdy friends and sound off in the comments below!
Today is the day America! The iPhone 4S and new iOS5 are live today and people are lining up across the country to get their hands on the latest Apple swag.
The 4S looks the same as the iPhone 4, with all the new bells and whistles you’d expect from Apple. The updates under the hood include faster processors, an 8MB camera, and features such as iCloud access.
Nowhere is safe from the insanity! Even my hometown of Monroe, LA (pictured above) is hot with Apple fever. Did you wait in line, pre-order, or just not give a crap? Let us know in the comments below!
North America is getting a new Wii bundle later this month, adding more options for the holiday consumer.
This new black Wii bundle will come bundled with a copy of the insanely popular New Super Mario Bros. Wii, as well as the official orchestrated soundtrack for Super Mario Galaxy, previously released as a Club Nintendo of Japan exclusive. This is an absolute dream combo pack for any Mario fan who somehow missed out on previous Wii bundles. The bundle also features a newly revised Wii console, which removes support for GameCube games and accessories — that includes you, Wavebird — while also removing the ability to stand upright.
The bundle will sell for $149.99, and will be available October 23.