Nintendo Switch Direct: Impressions

So Nintendo finally gave us more details on their new console after first showing it with that video last year, and what a showing it was.

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It all sounded good at first. They showed a price, release date and revealed that the Switch, unlike their other consoles would FINALLY be region free! No longer do you have to buy another version of the same console just to play a game that they weren’t willing to release in the west. The price of $299 USD was a bit high but most people were expecting them to price it at that range. March 3rd as the release day was a shocker as well.I along with most people probably expected middle or late March, not 6 weeks out from the announcement date. All in all though, things were going smoothly.

Hello! Project Songs on Wii Karaoke U by Joysound

If you happen to own Wii U or know someone who does, and if you happen to be a Hello! Project fan, it might delight you to know that there are some familiar songs featured on Wii Karaoke U! Other Jpop idol songs are available as well, but since H!P is what I know, this list is focused on them. There are enough songs for a few hours of entertainment, at least, and in places without authentic Japanese karaoke options, Wii Karaoke U is a somewhat decent replacement!

Note that I am listing the songs as they are marked on their website, so there may be weird spellings and typos on their end. By using their spellings, it should be easier to find the songs and artists on their service.


Pokémon Go Is For The POP Culture

A great phenomenon that is ruling the hearts of all Pokémon lovers is none other than the super hit game called Pokémon Go. This is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game that makes you travel

between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon merged into one. Designed and launched by Niantic for IOS and Android users, the game has made an explosive growth. Those who are a regular player of this mesmerizing game are well aware of its glue-like attraction.

JPHiP Interview: bamboo of milktub @ Lantis Festival in Las Vegas

JPHiP was given the chance to interview bamboo of milktub. Topics included their thoughts on the brief boys and his longevity in the anisong industry as the duo milktub Read on to hear what one half of the talented duo milktub had to say!

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Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo (Edmonton Expo) attracts record attendance of 47,000

A growing ‘geek’ movement, additional third day (Friday), expanded exhibition space, and starry line-up result in record-breaking numbers exceeding pre-event expectations (35,000) 
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Edmonton, AB (Sunday, September 28), 10:00 pm MST The third annual Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo (Edmonton Expo) concluded today in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, after welcoming more than 47,000 fans over three days – a 20,000 increase over 2013. Attendance exceeded the expectations of show presenters, who estimated the show would attract 35,000, suggesting that Edmonton Expo’s growth will be something to watch in the coming years. Presenters attribute the increase to a growing movement for people to embrace what makes them ‘geeky’, the expansion of the show to three days (adding Friday evening), increased exhibition space, and an attractive line up of workshops, panels, attractions, and invited guests.
“Edmonton Expo is actually growing at a faster rate than any of the other shows I work with, including the Calgary Expo. Edmonton is a proud nerdy city, and I can’t wait to see how this show grows in the coming years,” said Emily Expo, Edmonton Expo’s host and spokesperson, who also represents Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, and Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo. “The tremendous growth of this convention is a true testament of the passion and dedication of our fans, volunteers, exhibitors, and guests. We’re so proud of how the nerd community has come together to create this fantastic event.”
ABOUT EDMONTON EXPO
The 2014 Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo was held September 26-28 in Halls D,E,F,G and H at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information and tickets, visit edmontonexpo.com
 For official photo stream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edmontonexpo/.
 
ABOUT THE COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
The Comic & Entertainment Expo group is a presents events that showcase pop culture including comics, sci-fi, gaming, anime, and horror. Established in 2006 in Calgary with the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, the group now includes the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo and Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo, and welcomes over 100,000 fans each year.
2014 Edmonton Expo Guests: J. August Richards (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Angel), Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory, Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Kanal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale), Summer Glau (Firefly, Serentiy, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Person of Interest), Jim Beaver (Supernatural, Deadwood), Rachel Skarsten and Richard Howland (Lost Girl), Garret Wang (Star Trek: Voyager), Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER, Donnie Darko), Doug Jones (Falling Skies, Pan’s Labyrinth), Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon A time, Mass Effect) Grant Imahara (Mythbusters, Star Trek Continues, The Guild), Jessica Nigri, Cosplay star, Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Lawrence Gillard Jr. (The Walking Dead), Dirk Benedict (The A-Team,  Battlestar Gallactica), Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim, Torchwood, Game of Thrones), and Dwight Schultz (The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Princess Mononke). Voice Guests include: Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Dragon: Jake Long), Brendan Hunter (Dragon Ball), Mark Meer (Mass Effect, Red Sand), Rino Romano (The Batman, Godzilla: The Series, Spider-Man Unlimited), and Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time, Team America: World Police, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).

SOURCE: Official Press Release (thank you Alex Kingcott, Expo Media)

Edmonton Expo 2013 – BACK! And BIGGER BETTER THAN EVER!

Edmonton’s show for everything pop culture returned bigger and better than ever with more exhibitors artists writers performers packing the weekend.  The fans did not disappoint as cosplay was taken to the next level, and who better to share the experience than OH! Jessica Nigri who appeared on behalf of the fine folks at Cherry Sauce Clothing!!

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The panels were the main feature. JPHiP caught up with the festivities on Sunday and we were blown away. First we had cult hero Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame. He admitted that he felt right at home at conventions such as Edmonton Expo.  “I love geeky stuff,” he said imitating his character. The Zelda fan entertained the crowd with his dance moves and interpretation of what it would be like if he was cast as Batman’s sidekick Robin.

My Little Skyrim: shirenu roleplays a Khajiit alchemist who hates confrontation

Disclaimer: Not an expert on video games.

After getting burned out playing Skyrim the usual way of trying to complete every questline possible, I decided it was time to give a chance to a more immersive roleplaying experience. I installed two mods: Alternate Start – Live Another Life and additional encounters to the landscape to give Skyrim a livelier (more hostile) atmosphere.

What Alternate Start does is get rid of the original beginning with the long carriage ride and dragon attack. Instead you are trapped in a cell, left to rot, only able to interact with a statue of Mara that grants you a new life. You are given a list of options which allow you to begin your new journey from a randomized location. How many possessions you have and what type of location you begin from depends on which option you choose.

Meet Qa’meera!

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Qa’meera

I’ll spare you from long-winded stories about her past (actually, there aren’t any) and will instead tell you how I will be playing her.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out Squidport event is live!

What’s the CRACK STAFF playing? The Simpsons Tapped Out of course! Join us!http://forum.jphip.com/index.php?topic=35733.0

Squidport event is live! New buildings, characters and quests, and now the beach tiles finally have a purpose.

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“Unlike other major events, it is a permanent installment in the game – meaning that the Squidport and its features will always be available.”

GEEKS UNITE at Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo 2012

A fresh new convention to celebrate all things pop culture! arrived with THE EDMONTON EXPO. The forces behind The ECTCS and the Calgary Expo landed at Edmonton Expo Centre October 20-21, 2012! Headlining vendors, artists, and guests that included the stars of Joss Whedon Universe also united to have an entertaining, side-splitting anecdote filled afternoon that only Jewel Staite and Charisma Carpenter can provide!!

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