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Saturday, December 22 2018 14:03

A Very Nintendo Christmas: 2018 Edition

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This Holiday Wish Guide™ Special Feature is presented in collaboration between The Rock Father™ and Nintendo of America...

Despite the fact that we play games of many kinds here at Rock Father HQ, I've always made it very clear that I grew up a Nintendo kid and our girls are very much on that same path. We've got the 2DS, 3DS, NES Classic, Super NES Classic, and of course, the Nintendo Switch - a system that continues to surprise. Last year, I featured the Switch in my Holiday Wish Guide, and for 2018 its back again - with the release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, one of the most-anticipated titles of the year (for any platform. There's also Nintendo Labo, including the new Vehicle Kits, plus new Pokémon titles including Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!  But that's far from all. Nintendo eShop Gift Cards make great gifts, and the gamers in your life can pick out their favorite titles from hundreds available, including many "Nindie" games (those from independent publishers). Beyond that, there's a host of Nintendo toys and collectibles available - including Hallmark's all-new Mario Kart Keepsake Ornament and Hasbro's MONOPOLY Gamer Edition that brings the excitement of Mario Kart to the table. 

This fall, Sony Pictures' take on Marvel's VENOM thrilled audiences with an over-the-top and highly-entertaining adventure. It was a surprise, but this spin on one of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex, and badass characters fast-became a global hit, and now it's come home for the holidays on Digital, 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD! Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), VENOM features an all-star cast including Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight RisesMad Max: Fury Road), Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman), Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, TV’s “The Night Of”), Jenny Slate (Zootopia) and Woody Harrelson (ZombielandThe Hunger Games franchise). I've already recommended VENOM as a Rock Father-approved movie night title, and now I've teamed-up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to serve up a chance for you to win a killer VENOM Prize Pack. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a special Holiday VENOM box - the same kind given out to talent at the recent Venom Block Party in Los Angeles. It includes a VENOM Blu-ray, VENOM Santa Hat, holiday "GingerVenom" cookie, and a custom Paper Foldables VENOM Christmas ornament! One additional winner will receive VENOM on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack plus an Exclusive T-Shirt (size small).

This Holiday Wish Guide™ special feature is sponsored by Universal Brand Development in collaboration with The Rock Father™.

This summer,  the dinosaurs returned, but the park was gone as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrived in theaters to thrill audiences as the fifth chapter in Universal’s ever-evolving Jurassic Park franchise. Now it’s time to bring the adventure home for the holidays with an incredible assortment of new Jurassic World toys and products, available at Walmart!

Funko's Pop! Rocks line has been a favorite of mine this past year, and in 2019 we already have an idea of where things are headed. This week, Funko announced their first-ever AC/DC Pop! Vinyl Figure that presents the band's iconic guitarist, Angus Young, ready to rock in his signature schoolboy uniform. Available for pre-order via my friends at Entertainment Earth, the standard figure features a black suit, while randomly-packed Chase editions feature a blue suit with devil horns and an "A" on the hat. Get yours today!

"The streaming wars" are real, and 2019 looks to be the year that they finally start becoming a real issue. While "cord-cutting" continues to rise (we're even about to drop our Xfinity TV subscription here at Rock Father HQ), consumers are quickly seeing their monthly savings shrink as they buy into new services that offer exclusive content a la carte. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon's Prime Video continue to dominate, but Apple's new streaming service is on the horizon along with Disney+ and offerings from studios such as Warner Bros. These majors ride alongside smaller standalone services like DC Universe, WWE Network and many others. Now comes news that DHX Media has inked a deal with Apple to create new series, specials and short-form content based on PEANUTS - the iconic characters created by Charles M. Schulz. If you love Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang and can't live without seeing their new adventures, get ready for another bill when Apple's as-yet-unnamed new streaming service comes online.

The power of SLIME has been compelling kids for the past few years, and what I thought might be a passing fad has shown no signs of letting up - especially here at Rock Father HQ. In our house it's 9-year-old Addie who holds the position of resident slime enthusiast and chemist, and because of that she's been asking for months if she could create her own "Slime Channel" on YouTube. Since I'm not a big fan of many elements of the YouTube culture (despite being a creator on the platform), I said she could have a "show" on my channel: Addie's Slime Videos. But I actually launched it on Facebook first (where it's actually done better), and this week the initial episode went live. For its debut, Addie cracks into a box of Super Cool Slime from the folks at Kangaroo Manufacturing - an assortment of ready-mixed slimes that I pegged as potential stocking stuffers for my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™. Check this out!

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