A few years ago, Nintendo debuted its new handheld baby, the Nintendo 3DS. On launch day, the 3DS came out at a price of $250, but then shortly after had a $80 price drop to combat low sales figures. To compensate those who bought it at the original price, Nintendo gave away free “ambassador” Virtual Console games, half of which were from the Game Boy Advance. They also said that these GBA games would be ambassador exclusives, and thus would not come to the eShop. Ever. As in “no Mother 3 for the West” ever.
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Talk to anyone of school age in the nineties, and they’ll lay so much nostalgia on you, it might be nauseating. The millennials are invading your tumblrs and buzzfeeds with “OMG, xx is twenty years old now!” and “Random things you forgot about from the year 19XX”. Chances are, a lot of those things don’t hold up.
I’m the kind of person who likes comedy, fantasy, animation, puppetry, and of course, explosions. So in general, biographies don’t excite me. But I absolutely could not pass up Jim Henson: The Biography, by Brian Jay Jones. I grew up on Jim Henson’s creations. Though I was only two years old when he died, my entire childhood was filled with the Muppets. From Sesame Street and Muppet Babies to The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, I was immersed in puppets. Even now that I’m an adult, I still love the Muppets. So of course, the book was worth the time.
The release of Pokemon X and Y is so close, you can smell it. With this new game, the dawn of a new generation is at hand. With any new generation (or sequel for that matter), there are always those who will complain that it’s “just not the same”. Every generation has its fanboys and fangirls who insist that the generation they grew up playing is the best, and everything after is a waste of time.
I love DVDs. DVDs are resilient, they let me skip right to where I want, and I can hoard many more DVD titles in the same space than with VHS. But not everyone shares my feelings.