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It was 1991 when THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST arrived, the third game in the Zelda series, and first for the recently-launched Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). I came into THE LEGEND OF ZELDA a tad late, our family getting the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) a few years after it came out, but just at the right time (probably 1988 or so) to be really into the Zelda series by the time that THE SUPER MARIO BROS. SUPER SHOW! started airing in syndication the following year, presenting animated episodes of The Legend of Zelda in place of the Mario Bros. each Friday. The reason I cite the third game in the series as a benchmark is because it was a massive game for Nintendo at the time, helping to usher in the era of a new system, and it has a title that perfectly relates to being a parent: As my kids grow to love THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, it is in fact "a link to the past" - my past.

The Pokémon world just continues to grow, and during the latest Pokémon Direct presentation this morning, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company was joined by Junichi Masuda, Director of GAME FREAK, to announce multiple upcoming Pokémon titles for Nintendo consoles. Pokkén Tournament DX is the one we're most interested in here at Rock Father HQ, as it brings the franchise to the Nintendo Switch, while Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon will be hitting the 3DS. Those looking for some classic Pokémon action on current platforms will also have something to check out. Details and trailer below! 

Netflix Stream TeamNintendo is going through a renaissance right now. The Nintendo Switch is an excellent game system and an even better experience, continuing to win fans as The Legend of Zelda and Mario are once again bringing generations together. Last Fall, the NES Mini Classic Edition arrived, fast-becoming a sought-after collectible that was hard to get, yet great to play - a perfect way for kids of my generation to introduce 30 classic games to kids of our own. Though it was quickly discontinued ("never meant to be a long-term item" is the reason), rumors persist that an SNES Classic Edition is lurking down the road. Beyond gaming itself, I've previously written about the deep gaming content available on Netflix, and on July 7, that world expands with the debut of the Netflix Original Series CASTLEVANIA. Thanks to the NES Classic, I've introduced the game to my girls... but now it's time to go bigger into the legend of the Belmont clan, and even the first teaser involves blowing into a classic NES cartridge. Check this out...

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Pokémon continues to be an entertainment behemoth, and in 2018 the franchise will see a toy aisle rebirth thanks to Wicked Cool Toys, who has just been appointed to be the master toy licensee. The Pokémon Company International and Wicked Cool Toys issued a joint statement earlier today, with new action figures, play sets, plush, roleplay items and other toys based on the hit Pokémon animated series in most areas of the world. But the partnership between Pokémon and Wicked Cool is even bigger...

Growing up, the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was the big hook for me in terms of gaming, and a system that began a long history with the famed brand. From there, I had the Super Nintendo (SNES), Virtual Boy (first-day buyer, sadly), Game Boy Color, N64, GameCube and Wii. While we skipped the WiiU, The Rock Daughters™ have the 3DS XL and there's an NES Classic here in my office. With the latter two in mind, something I've mentioned before (most recently, here) really applies -  the trip I took with our oldest daughter last November to Nintendo's North American Headquarters in Redmond, Washington, has created another pair of lifelong fans. Addie spreads the Nintendo gospel daily, and little sister follows-suit. While we were able to see a short preview of the Nintendo Switch when we were visiting Nintendo HQ, we didn't get to go hands-on... something that changed recently as I headed into Chicago proper for a preview event ahead of the official launch. With the next chapter of Nintendo's legacy about to begin, here's some thoughts after experiencing the Nintendo Switch for myself. It should be noted that these are first impressions based on a few hours of play, as I have not received a review unit to thoroughly evaluate here at HQ

Netflix #StreamTeamOver the past year or so, something has changed in our household dynamic here at Rock Father HQ... video games have become a part of daily life. Now, there have always been games present in our house, but aside from LEGO Dimensions and the late Disney Infinity, they weren't really noticed by our girls, The Rock Daughters™.  Oddly enough, despite having some of the newer consoles, it was the classics that really planted the bug. A brief session with the Atari 2600 at a birthday party last year... an infatuation with Super Mario Bros... a curiosity for the dark world of Castlevania. Mirroring my own childhood, Nintendo has become a big deal, with the 3DS XL the platform of choice.  Then, after I took our oldest daughter on a surprise trip to Nintendo's North American Headquarters in Redmond, Washington last November on the launch day for the NES Classic, the world of classic gaming just exploded here, looking toward the past with an eye on the present and future. An interest not only in the games, but also their history and legacy in other facets of pop culture manifested itself, and there's no better place to feed that quest for knowledge and entertainment than Netflix. With the much-anticipated release of the Nintendo Switch upon us, along with the announcement of Castlevania as a Netflix Original Series, here's a look at some video game-based titles to stream right now!

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