Holy smokes! 51 launch titles?!! I’ve seen the game demos of Nintendo’s launch titles for the next-gen Wii U video game console, and I am anxiously awaiting how Nintendo (and its 3rd party developers) will be using the iPad-like controller in creating fun and addicting games that will be hitting the console in the coming year. Looking at Nintendo’s track record, you already know several things: guaranteed family fun games based on Nintendo’s characters, innovative use of the features of the new system, Nintendo satisfying the HUGE appetite of the loyal fan base eagerly awaiting the next iteration of Super Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, et al. Here’s one video game fan eagerly awaiting for Sunday November 18.

Nintendo of America’s President Reggie Fils-Aime sat down with NY Times just two days ago and talked about where Nintendo is heading with the new Wii U.

What we recognize is we own that most desired space in the home, and it’s the big screen TV in the living room. We own that because of the games that we offer that are targeted toward multiple players in the household sitting down and having fun together. By owning that big screen TV we can branch out to other services like Nintendo TV and continue to really solidify our footprint.

– Reggie Fils-Aime, President, Nintendo of America

Read the entire interview here:

Curious how the Wii U’s unique tablet controller works and how it will be innovatively used in games? Check out  Nintendo Land trailer to see it in action, as well as ZombiU trailer, and Rayman Legends further below:

Holy smokes, Mario, that was fast… This is gonna be a crazy Xmas shopping year for the Wii U… Get your pre-order in soon or you may not see a Wii U till January 2013. YOU SNOOZE YOU LOSE!


According to its website, GameStop has filled its available quota on the $350 Wii Deluxe Bundles and has stopped accepting pre-orders for it. It is still however, accepting sales on the Basic White Bundle going for $300.

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OMG yes! There will be 51 games within the official launch window (between November 2012 and March 2013) for Nintendo’s brand new system arriving at your local stores starting on Sunday November 18. If you do NOT want to be disappointed, immediately go and pre-order NOW ($350 for 32gb, $300 for 8gb). I have a very bad feeling that supply will not meet demand until January 2013 (remember the Wii launch? There were many, many disappointed kiddies at Xmas). GO! NOW! RUN!

edit: Of the games listed below, here are the ones that are confirmed to be available on the actual Launch Day: New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, ZombiU, Assassin’s Creed III, Darksiders II, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, ESPN Sports Connection, Game Party Champions, Just Dance 4,  Rabbids Land, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Sing Party, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. —Also very likely to be ready on Day One: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FIFA Soccer 13, Jett Tailfin, Madden NFL 13, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, NBA 2K13, Ninja Gaiden III: Razor’s Edge, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Transformers Prime.


  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • SiNG Party
  • Lego City: Undercover
  • Wii Fit U
  • Game & Wario
  • Pikmin 3
  • The Wonderful 101

505 Games

  • Funky Barn

2K Sports

  • NBA 2K13

Activision Publishing, Inc.

  • 007 Legends
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Wipeout 3
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing


  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate


  • Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
  • Ben 10: Omniverse
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade

Disney Interactive

  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Electronic Arts

  • Mass Effect 3
  • Madden NFL 13
  • EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
  • Frozenbyte
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Gaijin Games
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Majesco Entertainment
  • Zumba Fitness Core
  • Maximum Games
  • Jett Tailfin

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!


  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Shin’en
  • Nano Assault Neo

Tecmo Koei America Corporation

  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper


  • Darksiders II
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Jeopardy!

Two Tribes

  • Toki Tori 2


  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Just Dance 4
  • Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
  • Rabbids Land
  • Sports Connection
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • ZombiU
  • Rayman Legends

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Game Party Champions
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition


Yes, that’s right. This summer of 2012 in Japan, Pepsi of Japan has released the strangely-named Salty Watermelon Pepsi. Blech! Really? Salt in my watermelon flavored Pepsi?

According to Brian Ashcraft of, “the taste is very, very dry. Watermelon flavors in soft drinks or candy is often overpowering, but not here. It’s fizzy, but [it] doesn’t coat your throat in sugary syrup, making for a clean finish. There are salty notes, which means Salty Watermelon lives up to its name, but it also gives the drink more of a grown-up taste.”

Back in 2007, Pepsi of Japan also released Ice Cucumber Pepsi, which was even worse according to westerner’s tastes. What’s next, Soy Sauce Pepsi?

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Ok, so recently (on July 4, 2012), scientists have discovered the existence of the “God particle”, aka Higgs boson. “So what”, you say?

Did you know that when scientists discovered the existence of electrons in 1897 that people were saying “So what?” No one could imagine back in 1897 how that discovery would change humanity and life for human beings.

They are saying that the discovery of the Higgs boson and its future possible applications is as huge as was the discovery of the electron and its future applications to electricity, which in turn led to our daily electronic conveniences that we now take for granted.

They say actual “spinoff” innovations using the Higgs boson will be huge. For example, light speed travel is one already speculated. Unlocking the mysteries of dark matter and origins of the universe is another.

But just like the electron, it may take at least a few decades for scientists, inventors and innovators to take advantage of the particle.

I suddenly want to live another 100 years…

‘shopped original photo by CERN institute

So here’s one of those great-waste-of-police-time-and-taxpayers-money stories.

A sixth grader from Osaka, Japan is in protective custody after accessing an online game site with another child’s password.

The 11 year-old girl is accused of violating Japan’s Unauthorized Computer Access Law after figuring out the name, birthday, and password of a 12 year-old middle school girl for a free-to-play online game Ameba Pigg.

The little girl explained, “I was jealous of the in-game items the middle school girl had.”

Couldn’t this be handled with a quick warning to the parents? Or are the Japanese police so bored now that they are targeting grade schoolers (as the crime rate in Japan is so low)?


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If you follow my blog, you would know that I cover a wide range of topics. One of them is video games, and news about video games.  This one is onomeister’s Dumbass of the Day in the news: 18 year old teens get caught stealing Pokemon cards from Wal-mart. Why would you risk a permanent police record for video game cards??? *facepalm*

David Danforth, 19, and James Davis and Sean Nadeau, both 18, from Taunton, Massachusetts, face shoplifting and conspiracy charges from a May 11, 2012 incident at a Walmart store. Store personnel told police they spotted three men who grabbed packs of cards and walked out of the store. Police later searched a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects and allegedly found a large stash of collectible cards worth $442.


Imagine living in a house made of glass. No, not a greenhouse; an actual 3-storey house made of glass walls. The crazy architect built one in Tokyo (The owner must be paying unusually high house insurance in earthquake-friendly Japan). But looking at these amazing photos, I would want one as a sitting room / lounge and it would attach on the side of my main house (I would add a bar, billiards table, and a video games room).

The Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, used modular tables to build this see-through house. I bet it would be awkward if the washroom is also transparent! What about winter, you say? It contains 21 “floor plates”, where some are heated to provide comfort in the winter.

You’ll get an amazing walkthrough of the house by watching the video below.

Click on each of the images to magify

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April 27-29, 2012, the annual comicon this year in Calgary was a huge draw, so much so that they blew past capacity on Saturday, and many people were turned away. The overwhelming volume of fans was mainly due to the presence of the original cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, all nine of the original cast who had a reunion for the first time since the show went off the air 25 years ago.

Yours truly, onomeister, had decided this was a year not to be missed; and was I right!! With my trusty DSLR in hand, and dressed as Super Mario, I was able to snap up some incredible photos!

Blogged earlier about the Star Trek reunion here.

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Meet Ronald Wayne, a gambling man who is reminded every year on this day of what seems like a cruel April Fools joke, of how he could have been a billionaire if he had chosen to stick it out with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Ronald Wayne, who has never owned an Apple product, recently purchased a Dell computer.  

According to Wayne, Jobs asked for his help in drafting documents, creating the company’s first logo and an operating manual. For his contribution, Wayne was awarded a 10 percent stake in the company. And so, on April 1st, 1976, he became a founding member of Apple Inc.

Why did he leave? He was thousands of dollars in debt for a failing slot-machine manufacturing company, and was concerned history would repeat. “When you’re at a focal point of history, you don’t realize you’re at a focal point of history,” he said.

What is he doing now? “I’m living off my Social Security and I do a modest trade in collectors’ stamps and coins,” he said.

(story credit: CNN Tech)

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