Nintendo adds Pink Pearl edition 3DS in time for Valentine’s day

If you like to wait until the last minute to find the perfect gift, then Nintendo has you covered. Begining on Feb 10th, you can pick up a shiny Pink Pearl 3DS for  $169.99.

While not exactly  a brand new color since it was previously available in a Nintendogs bundle, it is still unknown how limited the run will be.  If you already bought that special someone the Nintendogs bundle, looks like you may need to consider other gift ideas since this is the same  system. Same price too just no free doggy game.

 

Here is Nintendo’s press release:

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo of America has a perfectly pink new option for consumers looking to win over their loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Starting Feb. 10, a Pearl Pink edition of the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system – previously available only as part of a limited-edition bundle – will be available as a stand-alone item at retailers nationwide, offered at a suggested retail price of $169.99.

In addition to free Wi-Fi access at thousands of locations across the nation, fun augmented-reality features and the ability to enjoy games and videos in 3D without the need for special glasses, Nintendo 3DS has a host of built-in social features that can keep users connected to their special someone throughout the year, plus a great lineup of games (sold separately) that lovebirds can enjoy together:

With the system’s built-in camera, sweethearts can each use their system to capture and share 3D photos and videos of romantic outings this Valentine’s Day – and always.
The new Swapnote™ application, which is available for download from the Nintendo eShop at no cost, lets users create and send customized 3D love notes to their sweethearts from their Nintendo 3DS.
The adorable virtual pets in the nintendogs™ + cats game can bring out players’ sweet side and make great portable companions on those lonely days when they’re apart.
Users can share creative passion with their beloved by playing downloadable games such as Pushmo™ and Freakyforms™: Your Creations, Alive!, both available from the Nintendo eShop, and by exchanging QR codes to show off their heartfelt handiwork.
The multiplayer modes in the Mario Kart™ 7 game invite players to get their hearts and their karts racing on a wild array of 3D Mario-themed courses.
For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds. 

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #6 On Your Own Part 1

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils:: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Karl Story
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Phil Noto Cover

This review will largely have me fawning over Spike. I try to act impartial but when it comes to the awesomeness that is Spike, it becomes very hard to do. This issue has Buffy dealing with the aftermath of the news that she learned at the end of the last issue. She seeks advice from someone who has first hand knowledge of what it’s like to fall into an impossible situation where the answers aren’t so easy. As Buffy is getting advice and trying to figure out her future, Spike is on a ride-a-long with Officer Dowling. Spike is trying to teach him about the subtleties of zompires. As Spike is explaining the enigma that is Buffy, he receives a S.O.S call from her and without hesitation he’s on his way (swoon). Buffy spills life changing news to Spike, who does nothing but listen and be supportive. As Buffy asks Spike for help, Spike again, without missing a beat is there for her.

This issue is very good and very sad. Spike is amazing, from his very concise summary of his and Buffy’s “story” to his right into action chivalrous behavior. The art is fantastic, the somber tone is captured extremely well. I love the cover, it is irrefutable that Spike has Buffy’s back (without judgment) both literally and figuratively and this is what makes him the best. This issue is the first in a two issue story arc which hopefully will conclude in a not so easy wrap-up in the next issue. Hopefully, I didn’t fawn too much, but I think once everyone reads the issue my Spike love will be understood!

Georges Jeanty Cover

Release Date: February 8th, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

DiRT Showdown shows off the Nevada 8 Ball in a new video

Fan of Flatout or just demolition racers? DiRT Showdown is coming soon for you guys bringing a new twist on the DiRT universe, stepping away from the rally theme, the new game will bring rough racing for everyone to battle through. Check out this new trailer coming from Codemasters. If it’s caught your eye, you only have to wait until May to get your hands on it for the PS3/360 and PC.

Madoka Magica Meet and Greet details in LA emerge!

Aniplex USA has some good news for Madoka Magica fans, the special event is going down in a few weeks at Anime Jungle #1, we have all the details below!

Madoka Magica Meet and Greet Event

When: Friday February 17th at 8:30 PM PST

Where: Anime Jungle #1

319 E. 2nd St. (#103)

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Confirmed Guests:

Christine Marie Cabanos (Madoka)
Carrie Keranen (Mami)
Cassandra Lee (Kyubey)
Sarah Williams (Sayaka)
Lauren Landa (Kyoko)

Meet the US voice acting crew, shop around and take in the area for this special event. Given that it falls just days after the release of Volume 1 fans can either buy the volume on site or bring their personal copies in for autographs. Don’t miss out and I’m sure with a big enough turn-out it should encourage the Aniplex crew to keep up the rewards.

Review – Tillamook Country Smoker Beef Sticks and Silver Dollar Slices

Tillamook Country Smoker has formed a legend through the Northwest, providing jerky products of all varieties for consumers to savor and enjoy. Today we have two samples of that extensive line, the Silver Dollar Teriyaki beef jerky and the Teriyaki beef sticks.

Silver Dollar beef jerky

The container comes in a small tub, screw on cap with a 4 for $1 sticker on top, packed inside are 80 pieces of round cut jerky ready for the devouring once you break the air tight metal seal on top. The texture isn’t like many other varieties out there, smooth but not from a heavy grease or wax like film and the smell of the jerky is well pronounced. Taste does have a bit of a smoke to it with the sweetness and basic spices making up the teriyaki marinade, texture is tender allowing for easy bites and easy savoring without it breaking down. Those who prefer an easier to chew variety in controlled portions will no doubt enjoy this product as it tempts anyone to just consume the jar. At $11.51 it’s not a bad deal and if you have a bar or snack counter in your gaming area you can always recoup for your investment by taking their suggestion of 4 for $1 as it would allow for close to 2 jars after paid off.

Personally it’s handy to have as opposed to sheets of jerky that can result in irregular sizes pulled by my hand or others that want a snack. You get a sense of what you’re consuming when you pull 4-5 pieces out vs ripping half a sheet. For those looking to budget their diets it’s a good alternative.

Beef sticks 

Always a classic for anyone, from pepperoni sticks to Slim Jim’s the beef stick is one of the more common delights out there. Tillamook has their own take on the treat, attacking common areas like oily tastes, saltyness and a lack of flavor penetration. The 21 count jar of sticks in teriyaki form comes dry of excess oils and filled with a scent of goodness, on top of that, the sticks come in a separately sealed bag inside the jar.

Taste is faint at first, the thicker casing adds a slight snap to each bite but soon you build the flavor up as you get past the ends of the stick. If compared to the silver dollar slices it’s not as prominent of a flavor but it’s still enjoyable, once you breach the casing the meat is tender and flavorful without much smoke to it, overall a satisfying snack to work on while writing this very section of the article. At 21 pieces it could very well carry one almost a month just in casual snacking each day.

Wrapping up, it’s hard to knock Tillamook Country Smoker on the samples. The silver dollar pieces are downright addicting to have especially in this volume, the beef sticks are a solid alternative when your craving exceeds a few pieces of those dollars. One only has to wonder what else rests in store given that TCS also makes beef nuggets, sheets of beef in traditional form, sausage, jerky chew and more.

Catch their site for the full choice of goods, unfortunately it’s a bit hard to find their stuff in-store, usually you can only keep an eye out at gas stations for the 3-4 space boxes of slab jerky or the tall tubes with beef sticks. Honestly I’ve never run across the Silver Dollar jerky in person until now but it’s very good especially if you just need a quick few for the road. Most of their prices are always on discount and there are many shipping options, I do suggest the slight upgrade for priority mail though if you want it fast or UPS ground if you want to cyber-stalk your order to your door.

Also, if you have family or friends in active duty that you want to get hooked as well, check out their care package that ships over there. Tillamook Country Smoker seems to know no bounds for shipping around this world.

Steam mobile beta arrives on mobile devices!

Always wanted to stay in touch with your Steam friends online? Have you wished you could be at a PC to make use of a sale going on? Now you can, Steam has gone mobile on iOS and Android devices in beta form. All you need is a Steam account and you can get on the list for the… Closed Beta. Yes that means you can download the app but you’ll have to wait until the invites start rolling out for them to allow you in the door. We’re even holding out for the next wave to roll out for deeper impressions on this piece of goodness.

Steam for Android | Steam for iOS

Keep in mind this also uses Steam Guard so you’ll need access to your email account registered to get fully authenticated. Further details are pretty much locked away to the preview screens they’ve launched so far. We’ll keep you posted once we get into the beta and can actually use it a little. In the meantime check out the gallery that has shots from the Android and iOS versions of the app.

The Bamfas Deals of the week

In an effort to get you over the mid week snooze fest known as Wednesday, we have put together the weeks best deals and must haves. We all want things but this is the stuff you didn’t know you wanted. Spend smartly because we don’t offer lay away.

 

The Bamfas #1 weekly want:

The Umbrella Academy PVC Figure set

This incredibly detailed set of 6 is a must for fans of the series. The characters look as you would imagine, right down to Diego’s beard. Not only are the figures themselves awesome but the packaging is one of the best we have seen. The stylized umbrella dome is not only aesthetically impressive but also helps cast the right shadows over the figures to give an overall gloomy look.

Deal details: 40% off right now for $23.99 on [TFAW.com]

 

The Stinky free deal of the week:

The Avengers Cologne set

There are four in the set with a range of scents from citrus to whatever Hulk smells like. We haven’t actually had a chance to smell them yet but they come with distinct scents for Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk. The boxes and bottles are uniquely styled for each Avenger also.

Deal details: $59.99 for the set from [Jads International]


The Gold medal for cheap-skating deal of the week:

Samsung WEP460 Bluetooth Headset

The WEP460 is pretty versatile. The ear hook is removable to allow use in either ear and has volume control on the unit itself. The manufacturer claims up to eight hours of talk time and 7 days of stand by on a single charge.

Deal details: $2.99 Seriously. [TigerDirect.com]

 

The who needs two kidneys deal of the week:

The world largest Scrabble game

Also known as words with friends unplugged. This massive scrabble game is for the board game enthusiast who is cursed with too much money and too little eye sight.

Deal details:  $12,000 (!) [HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER]

 

 

 

 

Review – Resurrection (2012 Reprint – Arwen Elys Dayton)

In 2001 the world got a Sci-Fi offering from Arwen Elys Dayton, he work centering around 3 societies, 3 planets, 2 timelines and countless people involved. It sounds like something that might not blend so well but Dayton takes up the challenge in Resurrection and runs with it, Kinley Sentinel Pruit ventures on an uncertain mission of desperation with her partner Niks, facing all odds as they travel light years for hope to save their friends, their family and their entire race on Herrod from annihilation.

In 2012 we have a revised release of the book handled under the care of 47North that launches today January 24th, the revised book comes in at 442 pages although 422 of them show the story itself. Resurrection comes with revised artwork, heavy stock pages and a comforting font size. I do have to admit, I never caught the first release of the book but this will be a thorough review based on our copy. If you’re looking for detailed tidbits at a risk of knowing too much, I do suggest reading the spoiler section as I do not wish to ruin the book for anyone.

The Lucien and Kinley are opposing cultures gripped in a struggle for destruction of each other, with a past of nuclear war and plagues designed for genocide  there’s little for these cultures to feel at ease about. The Kinley face a struggle against radiation that engulfs their planet and endangers their entire future, to top that off the Lucien colonies have banded together to exterminate them in a future strike. With only legends and fables to drive their hope, the Kinley place it all on the line to recover lost artifacts that stand as their only hope of salvation. Fate would not be so kind in Dayton’s world to let this pass though, instead the path ahead of them rests in tragedy, struggle and survival against all odds.

Resurrection isn’t just a regular Sci-Fi piece, it brings in historical references to the land of Egypt and it drives a detailed experience to the reader to immerse them in this world. From the character descriptions to the bleak surrounding as Pruit passes through space in what can only be described as a test of faith in her mission. It brings cultures clashing over stories that have become legends, both sides grounded in their own hate and disgust for each other and looking only toward a final death-blow to the other group. The tensions of these two groups only bring down crushing weight upon all those involved in this mission which spans the length of the book.

When you bounce between thousands of years earlier, then present day and then flashbacks, it’s not an easy task. Dayton manages to weave these stories together from polar opposite ends of the spectrum into a single intensive story line, the lost scientists, the Kinley struggle and the Lucien thwart attempts and a bunch of Earthlings caught up in the mix all find a harmony as the acts draw together. In some moments it’s heart breaking and in other chapters it drives an urge for triumph in light of all the tragedy. No one has it easy in the universe for Resurrection, not now and not 5,000 years ago, there’s always a conflict or a desire for power and it doesn’t matter if its aliens or humans involved.

[spoiler show=”Show Plot Spoilers” hide=”Hide Plot Spoilers”]Fair warning, this does cover major spoiler areas of the story. Resurrection encompasses lost scientists from the Kinley world now referred to in ancient form, their story unfolds through the book 5,000 years ago in the land of Egypt. The team struggling to adapt to their new environment as they land just shy of the Kings of the region, struggling to show their level of authority without causing a war they struggle to work as outsiders but find themselves seen as Gods. The team has to face this issue as the challenge and abandonment from their planet eat away their existing unity and draw questions of betrayal and deception from their own ranks.The Kinley face a world on the brink of extinction, after the plague release on the Lucien’s they had to deal with their own issues of radioactive poisoning and bombings upon their cities that remained. After catching a spy the Sentinel command realizes their entire population is on the verge of absolute annihilation as the Lucien plan to eradicate them from the universe. Pruit and Niks the most trusted of their guard get sent to Earth on a last gamble to seek out the lost technology allowing for faster than light travel, if successful they might be able to move their people to safety or out class the Lucien at their own game.

The Lucien only wish for retribution for the plague, unaware their own bombs already decimated the Kinley population into near extinction they push for a final attack. Upon hearing of the Kinley recovery plan from their internal spies, they decide to send two brothers, a Kinley clone and one of their Lucien stars into pursuit of the Kinley craft to stop them and recover the technology for themselves. The chase is on to Earth where all of this rests and even then, it’s just the beginning of the hunt, betrayals and struggle for all of them.

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The only issue for some is the cinematic style of writing may wear down some readers, the details come in waves as new areas and characters enter the story. Not only are the introduced in attire but they’re often detailed down to their odor in some cases, vehicles and environments often take up the same detail to some level as well. It’s certainly helpful to see that much information but it does tax the casual crowd.

Resurrection brings many elements of storytelling into a single package, delivering an experience that will take readers down this troubled path of the Kinley race and their bleak future. It’s a detailed adventure that drags readers in and keeps them curious for more. Sci-Fi fans will no doubt find some comfort and familiarity in the read and Action/Adventure fans will find something to enjoy as well given the rules of the world don’t adhere strictly to the genre. At $10.76 in paperback on Amazon or $4.99 for the Kindle version it’s a great title to include in your personal library.

Release date: Now! [Amazon]

Optional: Tomorrow we’ll be unveiling our Resurrection launch contest to win a paperback copy of the book!

Story:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆