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Video Game Review: ‘Miitomo’ (Mobile)

Nintendo’s first smartphone app is pretty underwhelming. While cute and polished, Miitomo is mostly for kids or those few adults who like their social networks to be very, very tame. Miitomo encourages you to share innocent life details with your friends, and for you to learn those same kinds of details from your friends in […]

Unofficial 3D Zelda game playable on web browser

Watch some gameplay from the unofficial 2.5D fan-made tribute to the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. Play it on your web browser (while you can!): http://www.zelda30tribute.com/

Video Game Review: ‘Hyrule Warriors Legends’ (3DS)

It’s hard to believe that Nintendo could pack in a whole Wii U disc’s worth of Hyrule Warriors content plus DLC into its tiny 3DS handheld system. But that’s exactly what they did with Hyrule Warriors Legends — and shockingly, it runs smoother than its console counterpart. Legends, like Hyrule Warriors, contains the same hack-and-slash […]

Nintendo’s first smartphone app ‘Miitomo’ launches in Canada on Mar. 31

After launching in Japan earlier this month, Nintendo’s first smart device app Miitomo is launching in Canada and several other countries on Thursday, March 31. Alongside the launch of Miitomo is Nintendo’s new customer rewards program, My Nintendo. The new loyalty program rewards players with Gold and Platinum points for purchasing games and for playing […]

Nintendo trademarking Super Mario Bros. coin sound effect

After 30 years of ubiquity, Nintendo is just now attempting to trademark its iconic coin sound effect. According to Yahoo News Japan, Nintendo filed for the patent back in February. Here’s the complicated three-note structure of┬áthe chime that rings when Mario hits a coin block.

In praise of video game invincibility

Nintendo's upcoming 'Star Fox Zero' introduces an "invincible" mode. Here's why that decision could open up the world of gaming to all.

Report: Wii U to cease production by the end of 2016

Nearly four years after its launch, Nintendo’s Wii U may soon be no more. According to a report by Japan’s Nikkei, Nintendo will end production of the Wii U in 2016. The timing could potentially coincide with the rumoured 2016 launch of Nintendo’s new system, code-named NX. According to Nintendo, 12.6 million Wii U consoles […]

amiibo Friday: Roy sells out quickly online, Mega Yarn Yoshi too

Have you got your hands on the latest amiibo? Today is the North American release date for Roy, Famicom R.O.B., Ryu, Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n, and Rover amiibos. As well, there’s a restock of the ever-elusive Mega Yarn Yoshi, exclusively at Toys “R” Us. Roy has sold out quickly on all major Canadian retailers’ websites […]

Video Game Review: ‘Final Fantasy Explorers’ (3DS)

The concept sounds great: Final Fantasy meets Monster Hunter. Yet, as your progress through Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Explorers for the Nintendo 3DS, the joy of combat, item collecting and equipment upgrading quickly becomes stale and routine. Explorers has all of the long-running RPG series’ trademarks, including Moogles, Chocobos and familiar enemies and summons, but […]

Celebrating 10 years with a new look

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Popjournalism. It’s truly hard to believe we’ve passed the decade mark already. When I first launched this site, tech stocks were sure bets, Napster was the best way to download music, and the World Trade Center towers were still standing. So, here we still are, too. We’re always […]
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Censorship is offensive

What is this country coming to when censorship, however closeted, is about to become a part of the Canadian landscape? In case the Heritage and Justice Ministers have not been told, this is the year 2008. Bill C-10 is at its third reading in the Senate and on the brink of becoming a law. It […]

‘Juno’ drama all for naught

Every year there seems to be drama over what makes a film Canadian enough to compete at the Genie Awards (a.k.a Canada’s Oscars). This time around, there’s debate over Juno‘s lack of inclusion. The Academy Award-nominated teen pregnancy dramedy made stars out of Canadians Ellen Page and Jason Reitman — and it’s Reitman who first […]

You can take away my gels and liquids…

I know what you’re thinking. Air travel isn’t that bad now. Really. Sure, there were some kinks to work out after 9/11; the sneaker bomber; and the liquid explosives plot — but now that we know what we can and cannot bring aboard a plane, then air travel should go smoothly! Except we still don’t […]