O Canada. O Konami. O Canadian Konami. O Konada? Canami?
Hahahahahahaha! Canada is putting out a new $10 bill to mark their 150th birthday. They made a snazzy new web page where you can do a 360-degree view of it (and see that, once again, it is like a million times prettier than any American money).
You can also do something else: if you enter the Konami code on that page, you get a fun li’l surprise. Be sure to have the volume up (but not a lot); there’s an auditory component.
If you don’t want to do it yourself, a couple of people have recorded it and put it on on the YouTubes. Like this one:
If you didn’t do it yourself because you don’t know what the Konami code is, then are you sure this is the right website for you? Ah, just google it or something. It even has its own Wikipedia page.
Basically what this means is that the Bank of Canada’s web development team has some GREAT BIG NERDS in it!
Also, O Canada is a way better song than Star Spangled Banner.
There have been reports of Nintendo Switch docks scratching the screens of the Switches themselves. I haven’t had this problem personally (though I did buy a screen protector because common sense). But one ingenious Etsy craftsperson has come up with a solution: a microfiber-backed “Switch Sock” that slips over the front of the dock to keep it from scratching the screen!
My favorite is the one that makes the Switch look like a (an?) NES, but there are many designs from various Nintendo games (as well as solid colors if you’re boring (or just want to coordinate with your home décor)).
Say “Switch Socks” 10 times quickly. Go on.
They’re only $14.99 and free shipping! Pretty cheap if you’re worried about ruining your $299 piece of technology.
Seriously, is it a NES or an NES?? Now that’s really buggin’ me.
ThinkGeek is right now offering fine-art canvas prints of four classic Nintendo Entertainment System video game boxes:
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
You can get a closer look at them in this li’l 30-second ad that ThinkGeek threw together in like two seconds:
Good gods, these would be amazing to have hanging up in an entertainment/gaming room of some sort. <sarcasm>Y’know, one of those extra rooms that you just have lying around your house.</sarcasm>
And though I absolutely adore the Legend of Zelda box art, I kinda wished they’d gone with a different game that fit the same aesthetic as the other three. It looks outta place. Maybe something like Excitebike? Or Kung Fu?
President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé appeared in all of his awkward glory on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week, ostensibly to debut the new IOS-only (for now) Super Mario Game, Super Mario Run. You can watch the whole segment here if you like. It looks like a fun game, even though I’ll have to wait for the Android version before I can play it myself. But there were two great surprises during the segment. The first was Reggie brought out the upcoming Nintendo Switch console and let Jimmy play the new Legend of Zelda game on it. The other (and better) surprise was the creator of Mario & Zelda himself, Shigero Miyamoto, was a surprise guest in the audience:
Miyamoto-san is so happy to be here!
But the best surprise was yet to come: Shigeru Miyamoto himself sat in with The Roots and they all played the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme song together! It was something to behold—you can behold it right here!
Sometimes good things happen. Isn’t that right, Miyamoto-san?
THIS WEEKEND (1/30)!! Fools Play Improv is performing a really hilarious show that involves a bunch of improvised comedy scenes, as well as one of the Fools (spoiler: it me) playing and attempting to beat a classic video game live on stage between the scenes.
But which game will Fools Play choose this weekend? They’ve narrowed it down to five choices, and have made some videos that give you more information about each game full of historically inaccurate “facts” and half-truths and heaping loads of misinformation. Enjoy!
Super Mario Bros.:
The Legend of Zelda:
Ghosts N Goblins:
Mega Man 2:
But you’ll have to come to downtown Tacoma on Saturday night to find out which one I’ll be forced to struggle to beat for your amusement!
Fools Play Improv Presents: Speed Run (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, January 30th 8:00 PM
@ 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402 (map)
All-Ages, $10 (tickets)
YES! I finally picked up Super Mario Maker a couple of days ago (SO CAN YOU). And last night I uploaded my first-ever completed level, which I called “Shooting Gallery” because it’s all about hitting contained enemies with turtle shells. I briefly considered calling it “The Slave Pits of Orion” but thought that might be offensive on a few levels.
Anyway, you should play it: 15B5-0000-006A-C8C6
And let me know what you think! As of this morning nobody had beaten it except me (I didn’t think it was too terribly difficult, all things considered).