Category Archives: Nintendo

Nintendo Releasing Mario Playing Cards

It pretty easy to always just associate Nintendo with video games, seeing as they out-dominate the market so strongly, but for historians of the company, such as myself, we also remember their early beginnings as a playing card manufacturer. It’s a part of their business that has never been forgotten, and still continues today with the announcement of these wonderful Mario branded playing cards.

Being release this July, in Japan, these three sets of Mario playing cards will go on sale, and feature three unique graphical designs. The first set borrows the 8-bit motif from the classic Super Mario Bros. – personally my favorite out of the bunch, the second has a hand-drawn art style – very similar to Mario from his Super Mario Super Show days, and finally a set that represent his modern-day look from the Super Mario Galaxy games.

They’re great looking cards, and seeing as they are from Nintendo, they should be of good quality too.  Hopefully we might see these cards as a US’ Club Nintendo reward item soon in the future, so start saving those points!

Nintendo Releasing Three Sets of Playing Cards – [GoNintendo]

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Inflatable Race Kart For Nintendo Wii

From the Internet to smart phones and those kick-ass shoes with the built-in wheelies, kids today have it so awesome. Of course typing this observation makes one soon sound like a crotchety old man, even as someone young as myself. Yet when you think about all the advantages our youthful counterparts have these days, it kinda makes you a bit jealous. And well, once I saw this inflatable race kart for the Nintendo Wii on Go Nintendo, I was back into crotchety-old-man mode. I’m sure later today I’ll be yelling at kids to get off my lawn.

Made by CTA Digital, a company that specializes in accessories for gaming and multimedia devices, has created this cool inflatable kart racer, for kids, with a working steering wheel that cradles the Wii Remote. The production of the inflatable kart was made in partnership with Kids Are Heroes, an organization that nicely supports kids doing remarkable feats to help make the world a better place. A cause any of us can get behind, for sure.

Overall, it’s pretty neat accessory, and one that I wish was available in adult sizes. Although, that kid in the picture seems to be my around my height… so perhaps there’s hope yet!

CTA Digital Announces Inflatable Race Kart For Wii – [GoNintendo]

E3 2010: Just a Few More Weeks

In just under a month E3 will again be underway. The speculation is starting to build as all the major gaming sites post rumors relating to what we might see at the show. Somehow, it doesn’t yet seem as exciting as last year. Something’s missing.

Most of my friends think that I’m crazy for this, but I am the type who enjoys all the pre-show hype. Last year by this time we had Kojima teasing games while rumors of motion controllers and a non-UMD PSP system set the gaming blogs ablaze. We knew a bit of what was coming but is was all vaguely hinted at. It was just enough to make me want to know and guess and want to see more.

This year, we already know that the 3DS is going to debut at the show, Zelda will make an appearance and we will see more Natal. The suspense isn’t there. This is when the big three are supposed to make me giddy and tell me that “huge” things are in store for next month, but I haven’t heard much from the companies. And Nintendo head-honcho Iwata even said in an interview that he didn’t want to hype E3 because he didn’t want fans to set unrealistic expectations, then be disappointed when the real announcements weren’t what the had anticipated.

Iwata has a point, but I love riding the E3 hype and speculation train as the final weeks before the show wind down. It just doesn’t feel like the E3 I love without it.

Btw. This was written on an iPad. I wanted to test out the wordpress app while showing the OBG blog some love.

Ash Ketchum: Letters To An Absent Father

Usually Pokemon’s world of bright and cheerful decorations isn’t one to comment on the melancholy. In fact it avoids it completely, and rightfully so if you think about it. Why is a young child being sent out into the cold world to fend for himself with only a mutated chipmunk has he’s companion? What kind of parent would do such a thing to a kid?

I hate to imagine the mental psyche that such a poor kid has to be going through. Well imagine no longer, as artist Maré Odomo follows this logic in a set of cute short comics starring that Pokemon catching all-star Ash Ketchum. The concept for these comic strips is pretty self-explanatory once you see the tittle; Ash sending letters to his absent father. And while they seem lighthearted, and for the most part they are, there is a bit of an apparent depressing undertone going on throughout. Either way – I still enjoyed them.

If you want to see the rest of these charming comics, you can go to Maré Odomo’s Flickr site and see the rest there. You will certainly enjoy them. Also be sure to visit her main website where she has a lot of other awesome artwork to see too.

LETTERS TO AN ABSENT FATHER [Flickr]

The Maré Odomo Website

The King of Famicom

Today I believe I might have discovered a clone of myself living in Japan. How else could this video below, combining two gaming elements which I love dearly – The King of Fighters series and retro gaming, be created and executed to such extreme bliss.

Now, I’ve talked about The King of Fighters several times here; probably a bit too much that it’s driven away any readers we have left. (Heck, what am I kidding, we didn’t have readers to begin with.) Anyway, this video, posted by a Japanese YouTube user Bash4208, inserts a creative spin on that 3-on-3 fighting game series by blending in a who’s-who of Famicom (NES) stars. And what better name fitting for such a piece of media than calling it The King of Famicom.

Ooo… I can already feel my knees shake with anticipation. I won’t spoil it for you, oh-no! You’ll just have to check out for yourselves. See if you can guess each character’s respective franchise.

A much grateful thanks to GoNintendo.com for finding this gem.