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Nintendo Switch questions answered, parental controls details revealed!

Nintendo Switch Preview Event
Toronto, Canada
January 27, 2017

Nintendo brought the new Switch console to Toronto this weekend, in its only Canadian stop on the North American Tour. As in all the cities, the first two days of the event were by invitation only, and the third day was open to the public.

Attendees at the event were treated to multiple demos stations for the Nintendo Switch, with first party titles like The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, a Splatoon 2 demo, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Many third party games were also available to play, such as PuYoPuYo Tetris, Ultra Street Fighter II, and Disgaea 5.

Nintendo of Canada graciously gave me interview time with Julie Gagnon, Media Relations Lead, and I asked her about the Switch launch, and about some of the features that were revealed during the presentation on January 12 in Tokyo.

When I asked about the parental controls, and whether we would be able to set time limits on a per-child basis, rather than globally for the whole system, Gagnon revealed that we would be able to set up sub-accounts for each child, and that the time limits would be different for each account.

The decision to utilize a phone app for parental control settings, as well as for online voice chat, was one of convenience for the user, says Gagnon. "It's part of anyone's life now. For example the parental controls are very easy and fun to manage from your phone, so we wanted to integrate it in a very convenient way into people's lives as well. "

For more info on the Switch and its launch, please check out the video above, and go to

Posted on January 28, 2017 and filed under gamerparent tv.

Monster Hunter Explore soft launches in Canada

Remember how Capcom recently reorganized their Beeline Interactive subsidiary into Capcom Mobile Business Division? Promising to focus on Monster Hunter, Mega Man, and Sengoku BASARA?

Well it looks like we might be seeing the first fruits of that restructuring, as the free to play"Monster Hunter Explore" just soft launched in Canada on the iOS App Store. If you have a Canadian itunes account and would like to give it a try, the link to the game is here.

via touch arcade

The game description is as follows:


Join the hunt! The first true Monster Hunter game for mobile has arrived.
Track and hunt fierce monsters and explore an island of infinite treasures.
Become a hunter of legend on your own or form a hunting party with friends.

· Travel across the seas and explore new hunting grounds of legend.
· Hunt powerful monsters, discover epic treasures and unlock the secrets of a new land.
· Create a hunting party of up to 4 friends or play with hunters over the internet.
· Master 12 types of weapons – Powerful “Great Swords” dynamic “War Hammers” and the lethal “Gun Lance.”
· Master the art of the hunt by using monsters’ weaknesses against them. More than 100 weaknesses can be targeted to help improve a hunters odds of success.


Posted on April 20, 2016 and filed under News.

Meta Knight amiibo won't make it to Best Buy store shelves in Canada

Best Buy exclusive Meta Knight amiibo won't see the store shelf in Canada

Best Buy exclusive Meta Knight amiibo won't see the store shelf in Canada

According to Best Buy's Gamer Club twitter account, the exclusive Meta Knight amiibo won't even make it to the store shelves. Pre-orders have accounted for their entire inventory, so they won't have any left to put into the stores at all.

So if you missed the pre-order, and were hoping to maybe pick one up in store, you won't be able to.

Looks like I'll be trying to obtain a Meta Knight from elsewhere. Sigh.

Posted on January 29, 2015 and filed under News.

Nintendo introduces new Wii Mini... for Canada

Here's the complete press release (dated November 22nd, that can't be right?), emphasis mine:



With a New Look, $99.99 Wii Mini Offers an Amazing Value for the Holidays

After nearly 100 million sold worldwide, Nintendo’s Wii console is getting a new look and a new price. On Dec. 7, the new Wii Mini home console launches in Canada at a suggested retail price of just $99.99 and puts the focus squarely on Wii games. The system can play more than 1,400 disc-based Wii games. Wii Mini is smaller than the original Wii system, and comes in matte black with a red border. The system comes with a red Wii Remote Plus, a red Nunchuk controller and works with most Wii accessories.

“There are games in the Wii library for every type of player,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manager. “Wii Mini is a great gift for the holidays that brings everyone in the family together to play. Wii Mini has a mini price, but it’s all about big fun.”

Wii Mini is designed exclusively to play Wii games. Its family-friendly design has no Internet capabilities and does not play Nintendo GameCube games. It’s a great value for first-time Wii owners who just want to jump in and experience all the great Wii games that helped usher in a revolution in motion-controlled gaming. Wii games are available at a variety of price points for every kind of shopper. Some top Wii games during the past six years include:

• A whole range of value-priced Nintendo Selects games, including some of the top-selling and best-reviewed Wii games of all time, at a suggested retail price of $19.99

• Super Smash Bros. Brawl (suggested retail price of $29.99)

• Donkey Kong Country Returns (suggested retail price of $29.99)

• Mario Kart Wii (suggested retail price of $39.99)

• Wii Sports Resort (suggested retail price of $39.99)

• New Super Mario Bros. Wii (suggested retail price of $59.99)

• Wii Fit Plus with the Wii Balance Board (suggested retail price of $99.99)

Wii Mini is available exclusively in Canada during the holiday season. No information is available about its potential availability in other territories in the future. Remember that Wii Mini features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit

Thanks to @ShawnS52 for the heads up!

Posted on November 27, 2012 and filed under News.

Discover Wii U Tour: with demos of FIFA 13 and The Wonderful 101

I was able to get out to Mississauga today with the kids during PA day, and we went to the Discover Wii U Tour location. I had a chance to play FIFA 13 and The Wonderful 101, which was awesome. They changed the demos from the first time I went, substituting these two for Sing Party and Scribblenauts Unlimited.

Posted on November 16, 2012 and filed under News.

Hands on at the Discover Wii U Tour in Toronto

I had a chance to check out the Wii U at the Discover Wii U Tour in Toronto, Canada today. I went down to my local Best Buy and was able to play a few games, and get some hands on with the new Wii U Gamepad. Nintendo reps were on hand to answer questions, and the games available to play were: Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Sing Party, and Just Dance 4.

I was only able to try Scribblenauts Unlimited and New Super Mario Bros. U due to the other games being occupied, and my own limited lunch break time. Here are a few of my impressions of the Wii U hardware, and some comments about the games I played.

Firstly, the Wii U Gamepad is wider than I expected. It's not unwieldy, just wider than I thought. That said, its weight in your hand is pretty great. The Gamepads that we were able to use were tethered with a cable, but even so they felt quite good in my hands. I used both a stylus and fingers on the screen, and I didn't experience any issues whatsoever, it just worked, which is what you want. Technology that just gets out of the way. As I held it to play Scribblenauts for about 10 minutes, most of the time I was holding it with my left hand while inputting text with my right hand, and it never felt tiring to hold. It's light enough that it won't strain, but it's not so light that it feels cheap. It has a good heft to it, and feels solid.

Wii U Gamepad and ConsoleThe screen itself is sharp, and glossy. I didn't have any issues with reflections or brightness, and gameplay looked fine on the screen. The analog sticks felt good, perhaps a little stiffer than the ones on a Classic Controller Pro.

I was also surpsised at the depth of the Wii U unit iself, as you can see from the photo it's a fair bit deeper than a Wii. You'll be needing a little more depth on your shelf for the Wii U. Still I wouldn't call it big by any means, it's just bigger than the Wii.

It's hard to tell anything about graphical ability from looking at Scribblenauts and New Super Mario, but what I did see looked fine. There wasn't anything there that I could really look at and "pixel peep" so I'll just say that gameplay was responsive, things looked sharp, and it was fun. That about sums it up.

The Discover Wii U Tour is happening in Canada right now, and you can check out the link to find out exactly when and where it will be going. Also don't forget that retailers should have their Wii U displays shortly, so you can check out the Wii U and the Gamepad for yourself!

Also, check out a short video of the Discover Wii U Tour trailer!

Posted on October 19, 2012 .