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May 30
2014

So, Mario’s Hawking For Benz And Making Gains

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It’s no secret that Nintendo’s looking for new ways to make money and turn things around for the Wii U.  But by the looks of a new Japanese Mercedes ad, as the big N’s revenue stream has been shrinking, Mario’s been getting swole.

One of the tactics Nintendo of Japan has announced for getting more Nintendo-branded product out there is to partner up with other industry leaders to co-develop Nintendo IP.  While this has already spawned games such as Luigi’s Mansion:  Dark Moon, the fun-but-regrettably-scripted Metroid: Other M, and the upcoming Hyrule Warriors, I kind of expected all these collaborations to be…video games?

But, as it’s prone to do, Nintendo has taken a hard right turn where no one expected and is letting Mercedes use their central mascot to hawk the GLA model in Japan.  And Mercedes has given us the closest thing to a Nintendo-licenced gritty Mario Bros. reboot that the world will ever see.  Check out the guy in the video after the jump.  Not only do those blue overalls and red shirt look like they had a once-over from whoever designed the Batman uniforms from the Nolan films, but that dude looks completely jacked.

I guess hawking fine cars buys a lot of protein shakes?

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May 30
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

This was a good week in Geneva. I hate to take pleasure in someone leaving town, but… well, I did! Other than that bright spot, it was a pretty quiet week! Read on for the highlights!

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May 28
2014

It’s Hard Being Tomodachi With Corporations

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Recently, an uproar tore out across the internets when Nintendo decided not to include same-sex relationships in their life-sim game Tomodachi Life; people were incensed, Nintendo issued a fairly standard apology, people were mildly more optimistic but also still kind of sore. In response, there have been questions, confusions and concerns from folk criticising the backlash against Nintendo, for various reasons.

Many have echoed Nintendo’s sentiment of “social commentary” by claiming that games are “just games”, they’re escapist fantasies, they’re entertainment, and as such, they shouldn’t serve any “political agenda”. But games are not just “escapism”, they’re not just frivolous forays into time-wasting in between reading “Ulysses” or “Animal Farm”, they’re not “just” anything – there’s an entire side to the games industry called serious games! Games, like any medium, like any artform, like any kind of entertainment – both reflect the culture that created it and influences that society’s perspective. As Anna at BorderHouseBlog notes, choosing to abstain from “social commentary” on an issue IS social commentary — any action in a politically-muddied situation is political action. Similarly, Nintendo’s initial decision not to include same-sex relationships – and their subsequent decision not to – did not happen in a vacuum. They happened in an industry already hesitant about, if not inimical to, LGBTQ representation, in a culture where LGBTQ people are already marginalised, poorly represented and discriminated against.

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May 27
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #174

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It’s only just now Memorial Day Weekend, but the summer blockbusters have been coming fast and furious for the past month or so. Thankfully, after a couple of duds, the new X-Men movie turned out to be pretty dang awesome. At least, in my opinion. After I rave about Days of Future Past, I then move on to talk about my excitement that SingStar lives on! Watch this week’s episode after the break!

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May 24
2014

Smash Saturdays: May 19th-23rd

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Greetings fellow gaymers! We’re back with another entry in Smash Saturdays! Towards the end of the week Sakurai gave us some interesting pieces of information and a pretty good surprise! Without further delay, let’s jump into this week’s screenshots.

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May 23
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

There wasn’t a whole lot of stuff that happened this week in Geneva, but there were still a couple of epic moments. One has been a long time coming, and the other was completely unexpected but hilariously awesome! Read on and I’ll explain!

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May 22
2014

SingStar Moving To PS4

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SingStar is turning 10 years old this week, but they’re the ones giving us a present!

To celebrate a decade of karaoke gaming, Sony has announced that SingStar is heading for the PlayStation 4 later this year. And it’ll have a new look and new features, including the ability to use your smartphone as a microphone! The app will work with both the PS3 and PS4 versions of SingStar, and on most iOS and Android devices. In addition to using your phone as a mic, you’ll also be able to create personal playlists for the game.

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