Give Your Significant Other a Valentines to Remember With Chocolate Ramen

first_imgStay on target Thieves Stole $100,000 Worth of Ramen From a Parked Semi-TrailerI Ate Robot Ramen and Drank Robot Coffee in San Francisco Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that likely means you’re looking for something delicious to give your significant other regarding candies or chocolates. How about something different and decadent to celebrate your relationship? Just hop a plane to Japan for some limited time sweets, namely one that might seem a little bizarre: chocolate ramen.The Tokyo ramen chain Menya Musashi offers a special chocolate ramen menu for the first two weeks of February to give diners a special treat. RocketNews24 stopped by to give the ramen a taste and see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. Chocolate and noodles and meat, though? It sounds disgusting, but who knows?This year’s chocolate ramen special is named Tsuke Ghana 2017, which is meant to be a nod to the brand of chocolate, Ghana, that the Japanese candy company Lotte uses for its own treats. The ramen itself is served in two bowls, or “tsukemen-style,” and one has the noodles and toppings and the other bowl has your dipping sauce. In this case, a hearty chocolate sauce was used. It’s about 1,080 yen, and it offers a triple shot of chocolate with a broth made from 1.3 bars of Ghana chocolate to boot.You also get another piece of chocolate with the toppings; Foie Gras coated in chocolate with a chocolate center and all the rest of the normal ramen toppings that come with the rest of the bunch.RocketNews24 ended up digging the ramen, but it doesn’t seem like it would taste all that good to me, personally. But if you’re in the neighborhood and want to jazz up your date a little, you can’t go wrong with making a pitstop at Menya Musashi. Just don’t expect everything there to taste like candy, or you’ll be sorely disappointed.last_img read more

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California Woman Dies While Taking a Selfie Over Waterfall

first_img A young woman died after losing her footing while taking a selfie over the waterfall near Lake Tahoe, California, officials said.The North Tahoe Fire Protection District said in a statement posted to Facebook Friday the woman was taking photos at Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay State Park but “lost her footing and went over.”The Tahoe Truckee Rescue Team responded to the falls Friday to recover the woman’s body, according to the statement.AdChoices广告 Scientists Who Take Selfies Gain More Public Trust, Study FindsGoogle AI Turns Selfies Into Ethereal Poetry Portraits “This is a sad reminder to be cautious when taking selfies and other photos in dangerous areas,” the North Tahoe Fire Protection District said. “Don’t underestimate the power of waterfalls, rivers, and cold water temperatures.”The woman was not identified, and officials are instructing people to avoid the area while emergency personnel complete their investigation.In 2018, a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care found that more than 250 people died between 2011 and 2017 worldwide while taking selfies. The average age of the people who died while taking selfies was about 23.More on Geek.com:Instagram Cracks Down on Harmful Wild Animal SelfiesScientists Who Take Selfies Gain More Public Trust, Study Finds10 Space Selfies Taken Hundreds of Miles Above Earthcenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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The Best Horror Movies On Netflix

first_imgCurious as to the best streaming device for your buck? Look here.Netflix and chill? More like Netflix and… kill. Okay, now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s talk about how the red-colored streaming video service has become an incredible destination for horror movies. Big names and super-obscure slasher flicks sit side by side on the virtual shelves, with hundreds of streaming titles to sift through.But with all that choice, how do you find the truly watchable ones? Geek is here for you, because we’re always here for you. These are, full stop, the best horror movies on Netflix streaming right now. As licenses change and new movies are added, we’ll update this list, but as of February 2017 these eleven movies are the scariest you’ll find.OculusMost horror flicks go pretty easy on the viewer in terms of timeline, but the ambitious Oculus manages to juggle two plotlines 11 years apart with ease and scare the hell out of you doing it. The story concerns a mirror that induces supernatural hallucinations in people near it, and two generations of a family have to contend with its powers. What makes Oculus stand out from the raft of “haunted object” movies is the way it navigates the two timelines in a clever and diabolical way, leading to a third act twist that will blow your mind. It’s rare that we watch a horror film and say “this did something really new,” but this one does.Cabin FeverEli Roth’s 2002 gorefest Cabin Fever starts with one of the hoariest premises in horror history – a group of attractive young people head to a remote house in the woods for a little fun – and twists it until it bleeds. When a grotesque flesh-eating virus infects our leads, things go from bad to worse with madcap speed. Nothing Roth’s made since has lived up to the lean madness of Cabin Fever, including the absolutely unnecessary 2016 remake.Train To BusanZombie movies are a dime a dozen on Netflix, but this one takes some unconventional twists that make it very worth watching. The main thing that makes it interesting is the setting – when the dead rise and start chowing down on the living, our protagonist Seok-woo and his daughter are riding the rails to the city of Busan to visit her mother. When a train attendant gets the bite and turns, it kicks off a claustrophobic tale of survival on a moving vehicle. There’s talk of both a sequel and an American remake on the way.HellraiserIt’s impossible to overstate what a disruptive influence Clive Barker was on the horror industry in his prime. He brought a truly weird sensibility to his novels, dispensing with traditional monsters and frights to dip deep into world mythology, bizarre science and the nightmare that is the human mind. Oh, and he also directed. 1987’s Hellraiser has some weak spots, but the twisted plot and insanely great practical effects make it worth a watch. The design of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites still ranks as some of the most iconic in horror history.TrollhunterThe “found footage” fad has been a horror mainstay since The Blair Witch Project, but most movies don’t do anything interesting with it. 2010 Norwegian flick Trollhunter is the exception. When a group of college kids head out into the frozen woods to lens a documentary about a bear poacher, they quickly find out they have more than they bargained for. Said poacher is actually engaged in a brutal war against trolls that explode in the sunlight, and their student project turns into a grisly, gory, ridiculous action-horror movie that’s unlike just about anything else.The VoicesBefore he was Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds starred in this horror comedy as Jerry, a cheerful guy who works at a bathtub family and comes home every night to take care of his beloved cat and dog… who talk to him and tell him to murder people. Jerry is a schizophrenic, you see, and when he doesn’t take his medication his pets get chatty. When he accidentally murders a co-worker he has a crush on, things start to go south for Jerry and it kicks off a blood-soaked comedy of errors that has one of the most bizarre endings we’ve ever seen.The ShiningStephen King might be the most-adapted novelist of all time, but he wasn’t satisfied with Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 version of The Shining. That’s bizarre, because it’s widely regarded as one of the best horror movies ever lensed. When writer Jack Torrance takes a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during the winter, he intends to finish his long-delayed book. Unfortunately, the wandering spirits of the Overlook have other plans for him. The film is a gorgeous, incredibly influential piece of work. If you dig it, documentary Room 237, which goes into detail about many conspiracy theories surrounding the flick, is also streaming on Netflix.PontypoolThere are plenty of rious plague turns people into mindless, violent cannibals. Instead of being spread by blood, this one’s a virus in the English language itself, and manifests itself when you start repeating certain words over and over. The afflicted get so nuts that they chew their way through the faces of other people to make it stop. It’s a twisty premise that’s executed amazingly well, even if the ending doesn’t stick as well as it could.A Girl Walks Home Alone At NightHere’s a horror film so unique that many critics didn’t have any idea what to make of it. Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night billed itself as “the first Iranian vampire Western,” and that description’s not far off the mark. The atmosphere is unlike anything else on this list, and although the plot is slight – a young Iranian man struggles to take care of his heroin-addicted father until he meets the titular Girl at Night – it’s incredibly engrossing. Horror is changing and growing, and it’s movies like this that are paving the way forward.It FollowsIt’s interesting to see how horror movies evolve with culture and technology. So many classic flicks just wouldn’t work in an era of cell phones and social networking. It Follows is one of the best attempts we’ve seen to put a modern spin on a classic concept. The basic premise is simple: after a sexual encounter, a young woman learns that she will be continually pursued by a supernatural force that can take any shape, and if it catches her she dies and begins to pursue the person who gave it to her. It’s a creepy analogy for the post-AIDS world that delivers shocks and scares at every turn.Tucker & Dale Vs. EvilLet’s close this off with a horror film that takes all of the “college student in the woods” tropes and turns them on their ear. Tucker and Dale are a pair of West Virginia hillbilies who are mistaken for serial killers by a bunch of city folk. A raucous and gory comedy of errors ensues, as the young people are murdered by their own stupidity and paranoia as Tucker and Dale valiantly try to save them. It’s insanely funny and surprisingly merciless in the way it treats its characters. There’s allegedly a sequel in development but who knows if we’ll ever see it.Removed From NeftlixSadly, movies don’t stay streaming forever, and every month the selection on Netflix changes. When a movie gets taken off of the service, we’ll put it down here and let you know where else you can get it.Beyond The Black RainbowIs it horror? Is it science fiction? Is it an art film? Beyond The Black Rainbow is all that and a bag of potato chips. The debut film from Panos Cosmatos is a trippy take on 80s classics like Altered States, featuring a mad doctor experimenting on a psychic girl in a bizarre prismatic prison. Don’t worry if you can’t quite make heads or tails of the plot – this one is a sensory experience more than anything else, a paean to the days when horror was truly outside the realm of human understanding. It’s super great.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoLet The Right One InOne of the coolest things about Netflix’s selection is that it’s truly international, and you’re lucky enough to be able to stream 2008’s brilliant Let The Right One In. Tomas Alfredson’s cold-weather vampire story is a masterpiece of suspense. Young Oskar is a bullied pre-teen who lives with his mother in the Stockholm suburbs, but when he meets a girl named Eli things start to get real weird. Let The Right One In touches on lots of vampire movie tropes – doomed romance, immortality – but does it in such a mysterious and left-handed way that it seems fresh and new.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Cabin In The WoodsDrew Goddard’s 2012 horror comedy was a cult hit upon release, regarded by some as a Scream for a new generation of fans. The setup is as generic as it comes – a group of college students head off into the woods and run into unspeakable evil – but the twists this puppy throws at the unsuspecting viewer are outrageous. We don’t want to spoil the gimmick if you haven’t seen the flick, but be aware that nothing is as it seems, and if you feel like you’ve seen this story before, there’s a very good reason. The tons of sneaky references to other horror franchises make The Cabin In The Woods wicked fun to rewatch.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe ExorcistWe’re incredibly blessed to have one of the most seminal horror films of all time available for streaming. William Friedkin’s The Exorcist completely changed the landscape when it came out in 1973, elevating the genre to mass-market accessibility and proving that it could touch on current-day issues in a mature way. It was the first horror flick to garner a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars (even if it lost out to The Sting). If you haven’t seen it, it holds up amazingly well for being almost a half a century old – Linda Blair is a revelation as a young girl possessed by an ancient Assyro-Babylonian demon, and the role defined her entire career.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoRe-AnimatorFew writers have had the lasting impact on the genre as H.P. Lovecraft, and adaptations of his work have ranged from chilling to ridiculous. Stuart Gordon’s 1985 Re-Animator falls squarely on the humorous side of the line, but the gory black comedy was a cult hit on release and still holds up decades later. Dr. Herbert West is the archetypal mad scientist who pushes a little too hard on the barrier between life and death and pays dearly for it, and the effects by practical master Brian Yuzna are absolutely glorious.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoFrom Dusk ‘Til DawnRobert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up for the first time for this wildly funny, sleazy vampire movie. When a pair of bank robbers hole up at a Mexican strip club, they’re not ready to meet the creatures of the night that call the place home. Salma Hayek launched a thousand sexual awakenings as possessed peeler Satanico Pandemonium, and the film’s third act is a relentless barrage of gore, stunts and witty dialogue. Critics hated it at the time but it stands up well today. The movie inspired a TV series on Rodriguez’s El Rey network that’s also very much worth watching.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Blair Witch ProjectIt’s crazy to think, but before The Blair Witch Project, horror movies were in a pretty serious rut. All it took was a clever low-budget filmmaker with a gimmick – found footage – and a trio of actors willing to play along and the genre was pretty much instantly revitalized. The 1999 flick had audiences fleeing theaters in terror, and even knowing that it was all faked doesn’t strip the movie of much of its potency. The erratic pacing and disturbingly banal “scares” – piles of sticks, a person facing a corner – unsettle even as you try to figure out what the hell is happening.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe HostGiant monster movies don’t typically cross the line into all-out horror, but Bong Joon-Ho’s 2006 entry The Host pulled it off to become one of the most successful South Korean movies of all time. When pollution in the Han River creates a murderous creature, it’s up to a family that runs a snack bar to get rid of it. With clever anti-government themes and remarkably effective low-budget effects, The Host delivers on a bunch of different levels. The performances are great and thankfully the unnecessary American remake seems to be dead in the water.Stream on Amazon VideoGremlinsJoe Dante’s brilliant 1984 movie created the template for dozens of knock-offs to come, fusing comedy and horror in a unique and brilliant way. When a young boy gets a strange furry pet for Christmas, he systematically ignores all three rules that come with it and is soon inundated by a gaggle of homicidal green jerks. It’s surprisingly violent in retrospect – especially the scene where one gets nuked in the microwave – but never stops being fun. We’d love to see this style of horror film come back in the modern age, with no CGI Gremlins. Puppets forever.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe DescentAre you afraid of the dark? Neil Marshall’s 2005 horror flick embraces that fear by plunging viewers deep into the earth with no way out. When a group of friends goes on a spelunking expedition, things go from bad to worse when a cave-in traps them below. The worse part? They’re not alone. Also down there is a society of sightless, pale humanoid creatures who are very hungry. What follows shouldn’t surprise any seasoned horror watcher, but it’s a hell of a ride. Claustrophobic, violent and packed with twists and turns, this one will keep you glued to the screen until the shocking climax.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe BabadookJennifer Kent’s 2014 debut kicked off a wave of imitators, but it still stands as a beautiful and subtle take on parental horror. When a young boy becomes obsessed with fighting an imaginary monster, his mother has to contend with the fact that the Babadook might be more real than she thought. This flick works because of the slow-burning suspense that it crams into every scene. Instead of jump scares and freakouts, The Babadook builds an atmosphere of impending doom that sucks you in and makes you dread the dark corners and quiet moments.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoIf Netflix isn’t doing to for you anymore try the 11 Niche Video Streaming Services You Should Subscribe To. But we can also walk you through that choice with a Simple Guide to Streaming Services. 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Space Jam 3 Jeremy Linstyle appears on YouTube

first_imgIn a spoof on the Michael Jordan arm stretch dunk that wins the game in the Space Jam movie, Lin stretches his arms to make the final points in the last 2 minutes of the game. The arm stretch proceeds out of the gymnasium, catching a Sandshrew via a passerby’s Pokemon Go app, before epically failing to make the winning shot. YouTuber Ryan Higa has been making comedy videos on his channel for over 9 years, garnering over 2.8 billion views and currently has over 17 million subscribers. The Space Jam 3 parody already boasts over 3.5 million views.  The video was shot in Las Vegas, utilizing only one day to complete all of the shots needed.In the behind the scenes video posted by Higa, Lin is asked if he’s excited to start filming for the day. He fixes his hair, smiling, and replies, “Heck yeah. It should be fun. I like anime. Well, I like Naruto a lot, and I like Space Jam a lot, and I like basketball, so it’s like all three of them combined.”Other behind the scenes footage shows the silliness while on set, with cast and crew messing around trying to break dance and make trick shots while between takes. Most hilarious has got to be Lin yodeling hopelessly as he pretends to fly while propped up on two boxes on a green screen.Perhaps we won’t ever see the fruition of the real Space Jam 2, but for now, we have the sequel of the sequel to enjoy. Is Space Jam 2 really happening? Is LeBron James seriously going to fill Michael Jordan’s shoes in a sequel that has no script and no release date? Does anyone really care?The answer is, duh, of course nerds love Space Jam! WE WILL NEVER LET IT DIE…And neither will self-professed lover of anime and games, Jeremy Lin, better known for being a standout NBA basketball star whose time with the New York Knicks in 2012 created the “Linsanity” phenomenon. Lin beats Warner Brothers and James to the punch, teaming up with YouTuber Ryan Higa in a hilarious spoof on the franchise, titled Space Jam 3.In the fan film, Lin comically announces his retirement from playing basketball, so he can focus on the finer things in life, like watching anime and playing video games.While in the midst of doing both of those things in the sanctity of his own nerd space, Naruto, played by Higa, breaks the fourth wall and speaks to Lin through the screen, saying, “Hang on!” Lin is transported through his monitor to the world of anime characters, tasked with teaching the ragtag team how to properly play basketball while harnessing their special powers. Members of the anime version of the Tune Squad include Sailor Moon, Yami Yugi of Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Goku of Dragonball Z.The Tune Squad, hilariously renamed the AnimeNiacs by Naruto, must work together to win against an evil team of other nondescript anime characters named the Anime All Stars. We have no idea what’s at stake here, besides the glory of the win. The AnimeNiacs do a little powwow in the locker room, while Lin uses a bottle of “Jeremy’s Secret Stuff,” a tribute to Michael Jordan’s similar bottle in the original movie, to more finely tame his man bun as a hair spray.In the match against the Anime All Stars, the AnimeNiacs use their unique skills to dominate the court. Naruto uses his Kage Bunshin no Jutsu (Shadow Clone) technique, Yugi casts his spellbinding circle using his cards, Goku manages a super jump, and Sailor Moon just sort of winks and the basketball magically goes in during a foul shot.last_img read more

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Nintendo Does DIY With Labo for Switch

first_img This 4/20 a hot new product will be blazing onto store shelves for Nintendo Switch owners. The company just revealed Nintendo Labo, what appears to be a line of DIY kits that interact with Nintendo’s recent console/handheld hybrid. Like the initial Switch trailer the Nintendo Labo trailer tries to convey the concept solely through visuals. And our immediate takeaway suggests these are toy cardboard sets kids build that then become “smart” once the Switch tablet and Joy-Con controllers gets involved. It reminds us of Lego Mindstorms, movies that visualize kids’ simple imaginations with big-budget effects, or more casual games like Wii Sports from the Nintendo Wii.The Nintendo Labo trailer shows off everything from a working piano to a fishing rod game to a mech suit all made from trusty cardboard. Along with taking advantage of the Switch’s modular, portable nature, perhaps Labo is finally using the shape-sensing IR camera in the right Joy-Con no Switch game has really used since 1-2 Switch at launch. Curiously, the Nintendo Labo trailer didn’t seem to feature any beloved Nintendo characters like Mario and Pikachu, despite their popularity with kids. Kudos to Nintendo for letting children make up their own adventures free from #brand interference.See the Nintendo Labo trailer below and check it out for yourself when two different packs, the Toy-Con Variety Kit and Toy-Con Robot Kit, launch April 20th for the nice prices of $69.99 and $79.99, respectively.Keep reading to remember just how wrong we were with our initial predictions about what Nintendo Labo would be.2018 has only just started but already the future of Nintendo Switch is starting to come into focus. Just last week the game maker posted a surprise mini Direct video highlighting some upcoming games for the console/handled hybrid like Mario Tennis Aces, The World Ends With You, and Dark Souls. But those games for the most part fall within the “core gamer” demographic. If Nintendo wants its popular device to stay popular, it knows it has to reach beyond people who troll Reddit all day.That’s why we weren’t shocked to learn that Nintendo is preparing a Switch experience more geared for kids. However, we were shocked to learn the announcement was just around the corner. After another week of feverish speculation, Nintendo teased that this new Switch reveal is happening today.According to Nintendo’s social media channels, viewers should tune in online at 5 P.M. ET “to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specially crafted for kids and those who are kids-at-heart.” We’ll update this post later today with whatever the news is so be sure to check back in.For now, though, that doesn’t give us much to work with. Even Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises often have elements that appeal to everyone. Despite his angry American eyebrows, Kirby will never stop being an adorable pink puffball. So we’re curious to learn what Nintendo considers a specifically “kid-friendly experience.”Will this even be a game? Recently Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has been talking about the need to provide “new ways to play” in order to maintain Switch momentum in its second year. This is probably what he’s talking about. Perhaps these new ways to play will take advantage of the Switch’s already modular nature? Joy-Con made of Nerf? A baby doll you slot the Switch tablet inside of? Some totally new wild peripheral?If I had to make a real guess I would say this is amiibo-related, perhaps the next evolution of the concept. Amiibo are already the last toys-to-life still standing and they work with Switch, even when they are cereal boxes. But we’ve never gotten a big sandbox games that works with every amiibo, like Disney Infinity or Lego Dimensions. Also, a Ubisoft employee seemed to hype the event, and Ubisoft is working on its own toys-to-life game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, coming to Switch and other platforms this holiday.What I wouldn’t expect is anything about online services, Virtual Console, or Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises like Metroid, Fire Emblem, and Smash Bros. Maybe, just maybe, this is teasing Animal Crossing. That’s a beloved casual franchise that just landed on mobile and Animal Crossing: New Leaf co-director Aya Kyogoku also teased the event. But super passionate Nintendo fans should temper their expectations.I welcome this news, though. The Switch has already proven itself as a great platform for both Nintendo’s AAA games like Mario and Zelda as well as mature third-party games, not to mention all the indie support. Some casual kids games won’t hurt anyone, just the opposite. It’s good for the industry to appeal beyond often times myopic and toxic core gamers. Sorry haters, but Wii Sports is awesome. We’ll find out what Nintendo has up its child sleeves later today.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch last_img read more

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HandsOn Super Mario Maker 2 Is Great… With a Stylus

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch I love Super Mario Maker. I love the idea so much I recommended you to not buy an actual Mario game on Nintendo Switch on the hypothetical chance they would announce Super Mario Maker for Switch. And a month later they finally did announce Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch. You’re welcome. So when offered a chance to play the plumber’s upcoming game design software, I didn’t hesitate. And although my preview was all too brief, I’m pretty confident Super Mario Maker 2 will live up to expectations… as long as you make one key investment.The original Super Mario Maker was one of the Wii U’s very best games, a game that might have saved the system as a launch title instead of a late release. The brilliant hook was that using the friendly and intuitive Mario Paint-esque interface, players could create their own 2D Mario levels. With access to all sorts of parts and enemies from the original game, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U, the community created stunning remixes of the ur-platformer and shared them online. It was beautiful.Crucial to that game’s success though was the fact that the Wii U GamePad, typically a hindrance for most of the console’s games, here was the perfect creation interface. Quickly drawing levels with pinpoint precision was a breeze on the tablet thanks to its touch screen.As a handheld, the Nintendo Switch does have a touch screen. But considering the game also has to work while docked, Super Mario Maker 2 features a new streamlined interface where players select from different wheels of assets like blocks of novelty items. Assign frequently used items like pipes or music blocks to your nav bar like hot keys. And while using a mushroom to make enemies big has a fun Mario logic to it, altering objects is much more straightforward, just hold down for another context-specific menu.However, none of these methods feels quite as good as the original. That’s why the best decision I made before heading to this demo was swinging by a local Best Buy and picking up a cheap little capacitive touch screen stylus. And sure enough, using this instrument made level editing so much more convenient when undocked. Nintendo should really release that Mario stylus worldwide instead of just overseas.With the control issues settled, I immediately fell back into my old Mario Maker habits. It’s so seamless to switch between playing and editing for rapid-fire experimentation. In my precious few minutes with the demo I dove deep into the new Super Mario 3D World theme considering 2D takes on that 3D adventure would essentially be brand new games. As charming as the sprites are, the 3D models in this theme are also the most visually pleasing a 2.5D Mario platformer has ever been.I messed around with Mario’s catsuit but my real goal was to make an almost Limbo or Inside kind of level where Mario manipulated jumping Skipsqueaks to turn off spike blocks in front of clear pipes. I didn’t get it to work in time but just the process was as creatively satisfying as ever. And I was only working with a fraction of the new pieces available. Mario drives a car now!Super Mario Maker 2 has an almost overwhelming amount of potential. To help ease you into the level-making process, Nintendo provides multiple tutorials that are basically an intro to game design. Along with explaining specific pieces you’ll also learn about general concepts like difficulty curves and how to guide a player along. You’ll also see plenty of great examples in the story mode, where Mario play levels to earn coins for rebuilding Peach’s destroyed castle.But even if you don’t want to make levels, Super Mario Maker 2 still has plenty to offer you. With its potentially endless amount of user-made levels (if you have a Nintendo Switch Online account) it’s almost like a roguelike of 2D Mario platforming levels. We’ll have to test this in the real-world, but the demo interface for selecting levels online seemed serviceable. Browse between different styles and gameplay types, including levels designed for the raucous new multiplayer mode for local and online play alike.Super Mario Maker 2 brings this excellent education to a Nintendo platform people actually like on June 28. Just make sure to get a stylus before then. For more on Nintendo Switch here are some cool Switch games to play right now and read our review of Yoshi’s Crafted World before making your own Yoshi-centric levels.View as: One Page Slides1/91. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.last_img read more

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Microsoft Releases Retro Windows App as Stranger Things TieIn

first_imgStay on target Last week Microsoft tweeted a mysterious ad teasing the next Windows release, but instead of Windows 10 this was Windows 1.0 featuring exciting “new” tools like the MS-Dos Executive file manager and a clock. Because my brain is so internet-poisoned I just assumed this extremely aesthetic commercial, with its 80s synth vibes and spacey neon pink and turquoise color scheme, was just Microsoft finally catching up to the vaporwave phenomenon.Introducing the all-new Windows 1.0, with MS-Dos Executive, Clock, and more!! pic.twitter.com/guU4QxwsGG— Windows (@Windows) July 1, 2019However, pretty much everyone else figured it out that this was some kind of nostalgia tie-in to the third season of Stranger Things. And now that we’ve spent the holiday weekend binge-watching the newest episodes of the spooky Netflix hit, Microsoft let the cat out of the Upside Down. Windows 1.11 is a retro Stranger Things PC app.The free app is based on the classic version of Windows that first debuted in 1985, the same year as Stranger Things season three. While not a completely emulated version of that old operating system, this app lets you toy around with tools like Write and Paint as well as the command prompt.Windows 1.11 contains plenty of Stranger Things-specific Easter Eggs, too. Play minigames. Learn more about the puzzling mysteries of the show’s lore. Navigate glitches caused by the Upside Down. “Embrace the 80s.”As far as Stranger Things #brand promotions go, old Windows comings back is way cooler than New Coke coming back. For more on Stranger Things check out this Instagram tribute from Maya Hawke’s dad (you know, Ethan Hawke) and pick up some of our favorite Stranger Things toys. Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room last_img read more

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