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Super Mario and Pokémon Meet iMessage – iOS 10 Stickers

With the introduction of iOS 10 earlier today, iPhone users were able to add cute stickers to their iMessage text messages. These stickers include those from various IP’s including Disney, and Angry Birds, but thankfully The Big N hits iPhone today too!

Super Mario Run stickers are available for free on the App Store right now! These stickers include Mario, his moustache, coins, and more (photo below).super-mario-run-sticker-pack

Mario isn’t alone though, as Pokémon has also come along! These cute pixel stickers will set you back $2 USD and are available in English and Japanese.imessage-pokemon-656x388

Are you gonna pick these up? Let us know!


Talking ‘Bout the Next Generation: Gen VII – Alolan Exeggutor (The Pokémon of Sun & Moon)

Welcome back to Talkin’ Bout the Next Generation, the spin-off series of Talkin’ Bout My Generation (the 6 part series we ran during #PokémonWeek). In Talkin’ Bout the Next Generation we will focus solely on all of the Pokémon coming to Sun and Moon this fall. Today we will be looking at Alolan Exeggutor! Continue reading Talking ‘Bout the Next Generation: Gen VII – Alolan Exeggutor (The Pokémon of Sun & Moon)

Mediocre No. 9 – Mighty No. 9 Review

Written and edited by Dan Ciocca of Dan’s Gaming News

Kickstarter has had many success stories recently in the video game industry. Shovel Knight, Pillars of Eternity, Hyper Light Drifter; the list goes on and on. Mighty No. 9, however, is not one of these stories.

To preface the actual review, I would like to disclose that I played the PS3 version of Mighty No. 9, but can assure that the problems I had and the compliments I would give will also apply to the Wii U version. Continue reading Mediocre No. 9 – Mighty No. 9 Review

Thinking Outside the Box in BoxBoy! – Review

Written and edited by Dan Ciocca of Dan’s Gaming News

BoxBoy! was a surprise reveal at last year’s April Nintendo Direct. We didn’t see it coming and didn’t think much of it since it was just a small eShop exclusive. At least, that’s what I thought, so I didn’t pick it up. I always had an interest in it, but never bothered to buy it because I never felt compelled to. I finally decided to purchase it during Nintendo’s E3 sale this year when it was 50% off, and boy am I glad that I did. Continue reading Thinking Outside the Box in BoxBoy! – Review

Unraveling Fun in Kirby’s Epic Yarn – Review

Written by Dan Ciocca of Dan’s Gaming News, Edited by Iris Tat

Nowadays, the only yarn-related game that comes to mind is Yoshi’s Woolly World, and for good reason. It is a shining example of a wonderful game with a beautiful art-style, and great controls. Today, however, we’re focusing on its forgotten cousin, Kirby’s Epic Yarn.


In Epic Yarn, Kirby is tasked with taking down the evil sorcerer, Yin-Yarn, who is turning everyone and everything in Dream Land into yarn. Before he is able to stop him, Kirby gets sucked into his magic sock, and is transported to Patch Land, where everything is made of yarn. Kirby then befriends Prince Fluff, who becomes playable to Player 2. The story is delightfully bizarre, and the writing is at times nearly laugh-out-loud funny. The narrating is done excellently, with the narrator delivering the lines sublimely.

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Kirby’s Epic Yarn strays away from the regular Kirby formula, in that you are unable to suck in your foes and rob them of their abilities. Instead, you unravel them. There are also occasional sections where Yarn Kirby transforms into various things, including a dolphin and a snowboarding penguin. These transformations can completely switch up the game mechanically, even making it a side-scrolling shooter at times.

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Despite the fact that Kirby’s main gameplay element is missing, you still feel like you’re playing a Kirby game, whether it be due to the familiar enemies, or remastered music tracks (we’ll touch on those later). In Epic Yarn, you are unable to truly die. Whether you take damage or fall in an endless pit, the worst thing that happens is you lose some beads. Beads are essentially the coins from the Mario series; they serve no true purpose, except the fact that getting a gold medal on a stage requires a certain amount of them. Furthermore, each stage has 3 treasures that can be used to decorate Kirby’s home in Patch Land where people will visit from time to time. This section of the game is ultimately forgettable, but serves as a fun distraction.

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Kirby’s Epic Yarn is beautiful in every definition of the word; however, do note that I played it on the Wii U, through the Wii Menu. Everything on screen is as vibrant as most Nintendo games are, and the colours pop. The music is simply astounding. As I write this, I have a YouTube video playing the entire soundtrack, and I’m reminiscing on my adventure in Patch Land. The original music for each stage truly makes each one feel different from the next, even if they share a common theme. I truly cannot understate how much of a wonder this game is on all of your senses.

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In conclusion, Kirby’s Epic Yarn is a true delight to play. Whether it’s been collecting dust in your game collection, or you happen to see it on sale for $10 at your local GameStop, I implore you to try this magnificent game. As I mentioned, due to its age, it shouldn’t be too hard to find it for a good price.


– Wonderful music

– Beautiful graphics

– Entertaining gameplay

– Good for all ages


– Occasionally unfair, but low punishment for failure makes this more bearable.


Pokemon Sun and Moon Info Coming May 10th

Pokemon news and fansite Serebii has reported that Pokemon Sun and Moon information and details will be coming next Tuesday, May 10th. It is currently unclear what form this information will take, or what it will even be about. Make sure to check Miketendo64 next Tuesday to find out what the information will be.


Nintendo and SONIC Are Partnering to Bring Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Toys to Their Meals

People that visit American restaurant SONIC between tomorrow and June 30th will receive a Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam toy with certain meals. The toys included can be seen

Press Release

Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins Premieres April 20th

Star Fox Zero will have an animated short broadcasted live this Wednesday on here. It will begin at 6pm Easter Time. A teaser trailer is below.

Join us for the world premiere of a Star Fox Zero animated short, followed by Nintendo Treehouse: Live with Star Fox Zero & Star Fox Guard on April 20th at 3 PM PT! You can watch at Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins was produced in collaboration with Shigeru Miyamoto, and Production IG and WIT Studios.

Star Fox Zero launches this Friday.

The Battle Cats POP Heading West

A game featured in Japan’s most recent Nintendo Direct is coming to western territories! PONOS, its developer recently confirmed it via Twitter.

If the Japanese price converts equally, then the game will be available for less than 10 dollars on the eShop.  The trailer is available below.


Pocket Card Jockey Releases in Europe on May 5th

Pocket Card Jockey is Game Freak’s newest game that was announced for western audiences at the last Nintendo Direct. It has already been released in Japan, but it has been confirmed that it will release on May 5th in Europe, and in May for North America. A demo will also be released this Thursday.

The game is a horse racing game that has RPG and Solitaire elements. You can see the trailer for it below.

Next Splatfest: Spongebob Squarepants VS Patrick Star

The Wii U’s action shooter Splatoon launched in May of last year, but support of it has yet to cease. In the upcoming Splatfest, players must decide to team with either Spongebob Squarepants, (the titular character from Nickelodeon’s hit show) or his best friend Patrick Star.

Splatoon’s Tumblr account said:

Hold onto your buoys because this next Splatfest is quite a doozy! Ever since we’ve uncovered the theme, the Squid Research Lab has been in utter chaos. Need a hint?
F is for Friends who splat things together
U is for you and me
N is for anywhere and anytime at all…
But not under the deep blue sea (because Inklings can’t swim)!
That’s right – this Splatfest will be Team SpongeBob vs Team Patrick! Whether you live in a pineapple or under a rock, head to Inkopolis Plaza and cast your pick starting tomorrow.

The Splatfest runs from 5:00 CEST on Saturday April 23rd and ends 21:00 CEST on Sunday April 24th. Who do you think you’ll side with? Let us know in the comments!