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Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is here and with more Pokémon then ever before!

by Guest Blogger on ‎12-12-2014 05:06 PM - last edited on ‎12-15-2014 05:42 PM by Blogger

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The new Pokémon games are here, 3DS updates to the Game Boy Advance hits, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Which brings me to the big question, have you caught them all?

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Review: Fantasy Life lets you experience your dream life!

by Blogger ‎12-03-2014 11:29 PM - edited ‎12-03-2014 11:41 PM

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After nearly two years since the Japanese release, Fantasy Life from acclaimed development studio Level-5, has finally arrived on North American shores. This unique Nintendo 3DS role-playing game lets you choose your own life to lead, from traditional classes like Paladin or Magician, to more unconventional jobs like a Miner or Wood Cutter. Do you want to become the most legendary fighter in history? Or perhaps become world-renowned in a specific skilled trade? These life paths, and many more, can be yours in Fantasy Life!

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Canadian Videogame Awards recognized the Best in Canadian game development

by Blogger on ‎11-23-2014 12:33 AM - last edited on ‎11-28-2014 10:43 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The annual Canadian Videogame Awards have announced their winners, and Ubisoft Montreal walked away the night's big winner. Picking up both coveted Game of the Year awards for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) and Watch Dogs (2014), the two games brought home a total of eight awards. I was invited to come see the annual award show that recognizes the best Canadian-developed video games, so join me as we take a peek at what went down!

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Nintendo Day Toronto Countdown Event was all about the games & fun

by Blogger ‎11-22-2014 04:38 PM - edited ‎11-22-2014 04:43 PM

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This past Thursday was a day Nintendo fans had been waiting for: the Toronto Countdown Event for Nintendo Day!

 

Hundreds of enthusiastic Nintendo fans came out for a night of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 8-player tournaments, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire demo stations, cosplay competitions, and the grand finale–ceremonial cake cutting by Mario and Luigi themselves. I've got lots of great stories and event photos to share, so come see more of this fun-filled evening!

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Celebrate November 21 with Nintendo Day!

by Blogger on ‎11-17-2014 10:01 PM - last edited on ‎11-18-2014 01:51 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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November 21 is going to be a huge day for Nintendo fans with Super Smash Bros. for Wii UPokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and an array of amiibo figures all launching on that day. To celebrate the occasion, Nintendo has lots of great events planned over the next week that are sure to excite fans. Get ready to play some of the hottest Nintendo games this fall, and show your enthusiasm for all things Nintendo!

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A Guide to Backwards Compatibility in Gaming

by Blogger on ‎11-16-2014 01:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 04:53 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, one of the most common questions I get asked is about game compatibility. This is the season where many families upgrade their gaming consoles, and most are likely wondering if their existing game collection, controllers, and accessories will work on the newer consoles. If you've been wondering about this, read on and I'll explain all there is to know about gaming backwards compatibility!

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Canada's Pokémon Video Game Event brought smiles and joy to Toronto

by Blogger ‎11-10-2014 10:03 PM - edited ‎11-10-2014 10:13 PM

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This past Saturday, in anticipation of the November 21st launch of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, Canada's Pokémon Video Game Event brought Pokémon super fans together for a day of face painting, on-site game demos, cosplay, and more. Hosted by Nintendo of Canada, and held at Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, the event attracted hundreds of enthusiastic Pokémon fans all eagerly awaiting the release of Nintendo’s next pair of Pokémon games.

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There was a time when Nintendo looked to be falling behind the tide of gaming, with the Wii U not doing so well and the 3DS having a very slow start. However that has been changing in the recent year or so, with Nintendo releasing some of the latest games in their long running franchises. New games like Super Mario 3D Land, Legend of Zelda: A link Between Worlds and now fans can all cry out in happiness as Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS is here.

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This past weekend I had the privilege of dropping by the inaugural Super Smash Club event held at District 28 in downtown Toronto to celebrate the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Super Smash Club is a Canadian-exclusive initiative created by Nintendo, and sponsored by Future Shop, that lets fans participate in the launch of Super Smash Bros. at live events across the country, and share their excitement for the franchise online through community-driven social media contests. It was amazing to see first-hand at the Toronto event just how passionate the Canadian fans of Super Smash Bros. are about this franchise--come take a look for yourself!

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Review: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney is a delightful cross-over

by Blogger on ‎10-08-2014 10:59 AM - last edited on ‎10-14-2014 12:00 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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What do you get when you cross the most renowned puzzle-solver with the world's greatest defense attorney? For Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS fans that can only mean one thing: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, the dream cross-over adventure game, has arrived!

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This fall marks a significant milestone for Nintendo, with the company ambitiously rolling out their new line of interactive figures, called amiibo. Based on some of the most recognizable and beloved Nintendo characters of all-time, amiibo figures will let you interact with Nintendo games in fun new ways. Come take a look at what the excitement is all about!

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Last Gen VS. Next Gen Consoles To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade?

by Guest Blogger ‎08-31-2014 04:56 PM - edited ‎08-31-2014 04:57 PM

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If you are like me, a console gamer, every 5 or so years, you will be faced with a tough decision. When should you upgrade to the next generation of gaming consoles? Back in the earlier days of console gaming this was pretty obvious especially with the huge jumps in graphics and other related tech. Going from 8-bit machines(like the Nintendo Entertainment System) to 16-bit machine (like the SEGA Genesis and the Super Nintendo) was like a dream come true everything was such a huge change, graphics, sounds and games all had major upgrades. These days however, the reasons to upgrade aren’t quite as straight forward.

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Video Game Figures: a look at this growing trend

by Blogger on ‎08-25-2014 08:46 PM - last edited on ‎08-28-2014 12:36 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Interactive video game figures have, in a matter of only three years, taken the games industry by storm. This craze began with Activision's Skylanders series, and kicked into high-gear with the emergence of Disney Infinity last summer. Now, as we approach the crucial holiday season, Nintendo has thrown its hat into the ring with their upcoming Amiibo line of interactive figures. It's going to be an exciting next few months as new video games and figures for all three of these series come to market. To help you prepare, here's an overview of what each toy figure line has to offer!

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Plan your studies to have time for these Fall game releases

by Blogger on ‎08-22-2014 03:48 PM - last edited on ‎08-25-2014 01:41 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The upcoming school year is guaranteed to be a busy time, so if you're thinking of picking up a video game or two this fall to play during your down time, you'll need to make sure you plan accordingly. To help you out, I've conveniently compiled a list of blockbuster games that are releasing this fall so you can mark important dates on your calendar and begin your planning early!

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Most Anticipated Video Games for August 2014

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2014 11:09 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2014 08:27 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It's August, which means it's time for the gaming industry to start heating up again as we inch closer to the big holiday rush. This month you can expect the next entry in EA Sports' hugely popular Madden NFL football franchise, the definitive update version of Street Fighter IV, next-gen versions of Diablo III and two Metro games, the long-awaited Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright crossover game, and that's not all "doods"! (I just had to throw in that Disgaea 4 reference, another game releasing this month.)

 

Let's take a look at the games!

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