Chicagoland Friends! Looking for something fun and free to do this weekend? Well, if you love video games, the 2016 Play Nintendo Summer Tour might be right up your alley. This weekend, August 5-7, Nintendo's classic characters and games are coming to life as part of the one-of-a-kind Play Nintendo Tour, making a stop at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg (10am-9pm Fri/Sat, 11am-6pm Sun). Enjoy a unique experience bursting with color and imagination that offers parents and their kids the chance to play some of Nintendo's best games on New Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS systems, participate in exciting contests, win awesome prizes and snap memorable photos.
Published in Chicagoland

Just in-time for the official start of the Holiday rush ahead of Black Friday, the 2015 Nintendo Holiday Experience is coming to 16 Malls across the country, including one of our Chicagoland favorites - Simon's Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois. The Nintendo crew will be bringing photo ops, costumed characters (on select dates), and the opportunity for families to get a hands-on preview of some of this season's hottest games for the Wii U and 3DS. Catch the tour from November 23 - December 20, 2015.

Fans of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG have a new reason to be excited: SEGA of America just hit THE ROCK FATHER with the full details on their new animated series, SONIC BOOM. Set to debut as part of Cartoon Network's Saturday Morning lineup on November 8, 2014. The first 3D animated series to feature Sonic will rollout in 11-minute episodes, the latest part of a SONIC BOOM "initiative" that will include new games for Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS platforms, along with a ton of new toys from TOMY. Check out the latest preview below!

Published in Movies, TV and More

If you grew up in the 1980s as did I, you blew into a Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge more than a few times. I did, and I still have my non-functioning NES (and a Power Glove!) stored safely away for eventual repair. But did blowing into the cartridge really work to aid in the weird NES start-up glitches? That depends on who you speak with about it, but the one thing I've heard most over the years has been confirmed by Nintendo themselves - that blowing into the cartridge can cause damage by corroding it due to the moisture in your breath. This week, PBS Digital Studios' IT'S OK TO BE SMART looks into the mystery of "Why Did we Blow On Nintendo Games?" Take a look at what they have to say about it...

UPDATE: An update to this story follows after the original post with a statement from the manufacturer/importer.

With the Holiday gifting season getting into full-swing, I've been getting a lot of interesting items showing up here at Rock Father HQ - sent by their makers and publicists with hopes of landing a spot within my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Sometimes, it's completely unexpected, such as the case with the Mario Kart Wii Donkey Kong Mini Radio Control Kart (what a mouthful) by Goldie International. I'm going to go back to something that I've said here on the site before: Toy makers - STOP SELLING GARBAGE TO FAMILIES. This is also about the point were PR reps will get irritated, and will scold me for not coming to them with a problem first - all so they can try to "correct" it and keep some mud off of their client's faces. That wouldn't be honest, and certainly wouldn't be representative of my true experiences with a toy... especially when a safety issue is involved. Five days ago, I received a toy that burned my child (and me) today. And, I took the damn thing apart and am going to show all of you exactly how it happened.

On November 5, the latest game in the popular MOSHI MONSTERS series will hit the streets as Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed is released for Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS systems. The folks behind the game recently hit The Rock Father with some details on their new release, all of which can be found below...

Page 8 of 9