And that was the
trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was so amazing! The art style was beautiful and colourful,
the game mechanics (puzzles) looked fun and innovative, and the music was magnificent. I literally had goose bumps watching it all,
as it wasn’t just a new Zelda game, but it also was a true Zelda game; bringing
back all the familiar elements that I love in a Zelda game.
I must confess that I
stopped watching Nintendo’s Treehouse after the extended Pokémon digression, because
I didn’t want to see anymore spoilers. I
just watched enough to confirm that Link would be the main protagonist (a male
hero), and that he wouldn`t have a voice.
I`m so happy that the same Hero that I played with many years ago, is
still the same person. Besides the
trailer, I also saw the amiibo video and I have to say they looked awesome;
Nintendo please take my money. With this
Zelda updated, I am now super excited for when the game finally releases.
The first time I
heard Josh Donaldson was coming to the Blue Jays I was shocked and angry
because we had traded Brett Lawrie to get him.
Lawrie wasn’t amazing, but he played with a lot of heart and was a fan
favourite. Funny enough, it only took a
few games of watching Donaldson for me to forget about Lawrie, and think that
the Jays had gotten away with a steal of a trade. Donaldson wasn’t only better he was flawless
at third base by not letting any ball get past him, and was one of the top
hitters in the league. By mid-summer if
you went to a game, you were shouting MVP every time Donaldson went up to bat.
Thankfully the league
recognized his greatness by awarding him the 2015 American League MVP award. His stats were as followed: .297 average, 41
home runs, 123 RBI’s, and he led his team to become A.L. east division
champions. The significance of which was
an end to a 22 year drought since the last time the Blue Jays had reached the playoffs; Josh
Donaldson truly was the bringer of rain.
Blue Jays bobblehead was given out on April 24th, 2016. Although 20,000 were given away at Roger’s
Centre, you could still purchase one a few days later at Pizza Nova locations. I personally find the bobblehead pose boring,
and would have preferred a more exciting and unique pose; but since it was
celebrating Donaldson’s MVP award, I guess displaying the award plaque and
silver bat required a more traditional pose.
Once you actually look at the bobblehead you will notice how many
details are actually in it, and can really appreciate it. Although it’s not the most interesting
bobblehead, it’s still a great start for what I’m sure will be many to come
from the Bringer of Rain with the Blue Jays.
Star Fox was created
by Shigeru Miyamoto. Like most of his
games, it was influenced by Miyamoto’s own life experience. Ever since he was a child he would visit Fushimi
Inari Taisha, a shrine that follows a trail made up of torii (arches), and that
is filled with fox sculptures. That
shrine inspired him to make a game with a fox protagonist hero, and thanks to
the Super FX chip, Miyamoto could also create arches and gates in which a
player could fly through in a 3D world.
Another element from
Miyamoto’s childhood that heavily inspired the look of Star Fox was Miyamoto’s
adoration for the 1960’s TV show, the Thunderbirds; a science-fiction TV show
that featured marionette puppets as the main characters. Just by looking at the cover of the first
Star Fox game, you can observe Fox McCloud as a marionette puppet. Ever since then, Nintendo has continued with
this puppetry art style for the franchise, rather than going for realism (even
using puppets in their E3 2015 digital event).
I’m glad that
Nintendo has kept this unique art style for their characters, because Jakks
Pacific released a Fox McCloud toy figure in this style. The toy is well made with lots of articulation
and a clean paint job. Although I would
have preferred articulation that was a little more practical, in being able to
move his head up and down, it’s still a nice figure. A bonus of this World of Nintendo toy line is
the mystery accessory which includes Fox’s Arwing. Jakks Pacific has made another excellent Nintendo
toy and I hope to see other Star Fox characters from them.