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Nintendo Switch PR News Highlights


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It has been a glorious week for Nintendo lately.  They provided some amazing news from the Nintendo Direct event earlier, highlighting some of the best games coming out.  This will surely add more hype about the holiday season, especially for Nintendo.

Let’s recap on Nintendo’s best releases featured this week:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dream Vacation

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We first learned that Animal Crossing: New Horizons wants to take us on a dream vacation.  The latest video release resembled a travel agent pitch presentation featuring some of the best aspects of the game itself (the NookPhone, changing seasons, the whole nine yards).  Animal Crossing: New Horizons may not be released until March 2020, but his video only makes that dream vacation seem closer than you think.

Banjo-Kazooie joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Banjo-Kazooie, the infamous bear-and-bird duo, joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the latest downloadable content (DLC).  Both Banjo and Kazooie come packed with superb moves that will surely knock your opponents out.  Download the latest DLC to play Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

SNES Game Release

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SNES games are now out for the Nintendo Switch (with MORE games coming as well!).  Games like Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past are available to play now.  Twenty titles are already out, but more will be out in the future.

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That’s all for today’s highlights from Nintendo Direct.  Three great PR miracles all with one popular gaming console.  This will only drive Nintendo’s brand further in popularity, just in time for the holiday season.

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Banjo-Kazooie Joins Super Smash Bros.


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Nintendo really hit a home run with their latest publicity stunt for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.  That video really makes me crave for a vacation on a deserted island right about now.  It must be that travel agent pitch that was done so well.

Nevertheless, it has been an amazing week for Nintendo so far.  Other than new titles being released in the future, Nintendo also announced some interesting downloadable content for some of its games.  One of those happen to be for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate featured its own surprises in their latest downloadable content.  Three new characters are released in the content, with one of them happening to be… Banjo-Kazooie.

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You heard me folks — Banjo-Kazooie is now a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.  The infamous bear and bird duo from Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie are back at it again.  They go from the typical collect-a-thon platformers to fighting game with many of Nintendo’s most popular characters.

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Banjo and Kazooie come with their own set of moves, many of them proving to be deadly.  Kazooie can pop grenades out of Banjo’s back.  They can also perform a powerful side charge, knocking opponents flying off the screen.

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Years after the original Banjo-Kazooie was released and now they join the character list in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.  Players have been asking for decades for Banjo and Kazooie to be in a Super Smash Bros. game.  They are now featured with the latest downloadable content.

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With that, Banjo and Kazooie are the newest characters you can play on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.  Just get the downloadable content and the bear-bird duo is all yours.

Lyonne/Polcanco Prison TV Criss-Cross


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There has been a lot of time loops being discussed this week here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  First I had my own time loop when I was keeping warm from the cold this past month; then we looked at the new Netflix series Russian Doll.  Nadia and Alan (Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett) go through their own vicious time loops in this modernized Groundhog Day-themed story.  Throughout their loops, the dig deep into their traumatic past to find the real solutions.

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In the midst of discussing these two time loops, there was one other surprising event unfolding during the story.  You see, Natasha Lyonne wasn’t the only actress on the show after being on Orange is the New Black.  Alan’s girlfriend, the one he was going to propose to, is played by none other than Dascha Polanco a.k.a Dayanara “Daya” Diaz.

Lyonne and Polanco. two actresses, appearing in two similar shows.  This calls for a TV CRISS-CROSS!

Ah, yes – we have discovered our first TV criss-cross here in 2019.  Not only is this our first criss-cross of the year, but it goes a LOT deeper than the previous events.  Things are about to real twisted, real quickly.

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Here we go.  Natasha Lyonne and Dascha Polanco first appeared in Orange is the New Black.  Lyonne was Nicky Nichols while Polanco was Dayanara “Daya” Diaz.  They both make up as the main characters of the show.  Ever since season one, Nichols and Polanco have been serving their times in prison for their own crimes.  Not only are they facing problems in prison, but they are wrestling with the prison in their minds as well.

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Fast-forward almost six years later over to Russian Doll.  Natasha plays Nadia Vulvokov, a woman stuck in her own time loop while celebrating her 36th birthday.  She isn’t exactly in prison anymore, but she is trapped in another prison within her mind.

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In the meantime, Dascha Polanco plays Beatrice in the later episodes.  She isn’t stuck in a time loop of her own, but later becomes associated with Nadia during the series.  Nadia explains to her about the infinite time loop she has been raveling with the entire time.  It is then that Beatrice and Nadia fully understand the psychological torture happening.

Two actresses starring in two series about the same type of prison they face.  It’s that kind of content that makes this TV criss-cross truly unique among others.  This is the kind of criss-cross that is set on a much deeper level.

With that, our first TV criss-cross has been discovered for the year.  Who knows what other hidden criss-crosses will be discovered with the media?  Maybe the next criss-cross could go deeper down the spectrum.

Santa Claus’s Arrival – Dec. 24th 2018


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Alrighty folks – here we are at CHRISTMAS EVE.  Our famous red-suited friend Santa Claus will be visiting here shortly.  He always knows when we’re sleeping so that he puts the presents under the tree.  We just have to remember to leave out the milk and cookies for him (for those in the cannabis community, pot cookies would DEFINITELY work just as well).

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Whether you’re giving Santa the tradition order or adding ingredients that would give him the munchies, we all prepare the same way for Santa’s arrival.  We have been waiting mere weeks (practically MONTHS) for what we wanted for Christmas this year and the countdown is finally coming to an end.  You can expect Santa to be here very shortly.

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And you know, Santa is REAL – a special kind of real.  Santa Claus is that one joyous fictional character that we talk about every year.  His unique characteristics shows through his daily tasks such as delivering presents and spreading Christmas joy among the people.  Its those personality traits, being this big jolly man delivering presents all across nations, where those ideas spread among the community.  He becomes real because we WANT to keep him real.

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No matter old you are, Santa Claus will always pop into your mind during Christmas.  He is the most talked about character during the later months of the year.  As a matter of fact, Santa’s buzz soars higher than most holidays during the year (including Thanksgiving!).  Santa’s cheerful spirit keeps us joyful for the new year.

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Days after Christmas and the new year will already be coming.  Christmas acts as a joyous time preparing for the new changes happening in the near future.  2019 is approaching very soon, so now will be the time to celebrate some of the best things soon to happen.

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With that, time to be ready for Santa Claus’s arrival.  He’s already checked his list and he will be swinging by with all the presents.  Here’s to hoping we all receive wonderful gifts we asked for earlier.  In the meantime, be ready to celebrate the joyous gift of what’s to come in the new year.

AHS: Return of The Rubber Man!


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The season premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse was quite eventful.  We were introduced to a new story, some diabolical characters, and a twisted setting that resembled something out of The Handmaid’s Tale.  This year’s chapter of American Horror Story is only going to get better from here on out.

Other than fresh new faces, the last episode reintroduced a monster from the very first season.  That monster just happens to be… The Rubber Man.

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That’s right folks – The Rubber Man made its return!  Seven seasons later and The Rubber Man entered back into the AHS universe.  This is the Murder House/Coven crossover aspect that we have been waiting for.

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You may remember The Rubber Man from American Horror Story: Murder House.  The Rubber Man first made his appearance in the first episode when he impregnates Vivien, which made for one of the most disturbing scenes in AHS history.  This was the pinnacle scene that would set the stage for the whole season.  Not only would this scene shake up season one, but it made a major impact for seasons to come.

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Flash-forward seven seasons later and The Rubber Man is now in Outpost 3.  Mr. Gallant obsesses about The Rubber Man, having his way with him in the bedroom.  Gallant claims that the man behind the mask is Michael Langdon.  Langdon remarks that he is not The Rubber Man and that he would never have sex with him.

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Regardless, Mr. Gallant continues his obsession with The Rubber Man.  The Rubber Man attempts to seduce him again, only to be stabbed in the stomach with scissors.  Gallant realizes that he was looking upon his grandmother’s bloody corpse.

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Who is The Rubber Man this time?  Could it really be Michael Langdon?  Is The Rubber Man even a person or a twisted sense of imagination?  Does the answer lie within an aspect of American Horror Story: Murder House?

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One thing is for certain – the Murder House/Coven crossover aspect is starting.  The Rubber Man is one of many characters that will be returning real soon.

Stay tuned to see what other surprising characters will pop up this season on American Horror Story: Apocalypse.