Mean Girls 2: Meets mean reviewer

Jennifer Stone and Meaghan Martin in Mean Girls 2 – © 2011 Paramount Famous Productions. 

Mean Girls 2 – The first Mean Girls was a pleasant surprise. The writing was witty, the acting was decent, and it reminded me of the great 1988 Winona Ryder film HeathersMean Girls 2, the straight-to-DVD sequel, is nothing like the first. It’s so shitty it gives shit a bad name. And I wonder who this movie is made for. The cast is mostly crappy Disney Channel actors, but I can’t see their pre-teen fans wanting to rent or buy this trash (and there is just enough questionable material to make it not family-friendly enough for even a parent to consider as a gift). Older teens? Adults? Not likely interested unless they’re in a coma or wanting to be put into a coma. Here’s the quote I’d like to see on the cover: “Mean Girls 2…quite possibly the first true sign the world really is going to end in 2012!” Enough said. Special features include making-of featurettes, on-set video diaries, and more. Film * DVD *

(1 out of 5 stars).

You don’t really want to watch the trailer below do you?

Best Buy Canada’s Life & Tech Festival returning to Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square

 

Best Buy Life & Tech

Best Buy Canada announced Thursday that their Life & Tech Festival is returning to Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square for the third year.

The interactive festival showcases smart home and connected health devices, along with the latest in wearable tech, connected toys and drones, and gaming and virtual reality systems.

Best Buy says over 60 exhibitors from around the globe will be demonstrating products at the 2017 fest.

The event runs daily from September 12 to 14 between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. It’s free for the public to check out.

Are you interested in Best Buy Canada’s Life & Tech Festival? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Nintendo Switch Play Together Events planned for cities across Canada this summer

Nintendo Switch Play Together Events

Bummed that the Nintendo Switch is sold out everywhere and you haven’t been able to try it? Then you’re in luck, as Nintendo is taking its latest gaming system across Canada this summer!

The Nintendo Switch Play Together Events are planned for Vancouver, Surrey, Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Lévis, QC. Adults and kids will be able get a taste of ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 1-2-Switch games. Splatoon 2 will also be available at events after its July 21 release date.

RELATED: Disney’s taking Lightning McQueen on a Canadian road trip

Besides playing the games and getting a feel for the Nintendo Switch, there will be prizes and giveaways available. And Mario will also make an appearance in-person at some events!

Schedule of Nintendo Switch Play Together Events across Canada:

June 25
Vancouver, BC
Greek Day on Broadway

July 1
Surrey, BC
Canada Day Celebrations [Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre]

July 1 – 3
Toronto, ON
Redpath Waterfront Festival

July 7 – 9
Montreal, QC
Montreal Comiccon

July 7 – 16
Calgary, AB
Calgary Stampede

July 15 – 23
Montreal, QC
Mondial des Jeux

Aug 2 – 6
Lévis, QC
Festivent Ville de Lévis

Aug 11 – 13
Montreal, QC
La Ronde

Aug 18 – Sept 4
Toronto, ON
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Aug 19 – Sept 4
Vancouver, BC
Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) *Closed August 21 and 28

For more information on the Nintendo Switch Play Together Events, visit nintendo.ca.

Are you excited to get a chance to play the Nintendo Switch? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

There’s a new ‘LEGO City Undercover’ game coming out (and it’s not just for Nintendo)

LEGO City Undercover

The new LEGO City Undercover will be available for the XBOX One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and on PC this spring.

Warner Bros. Interactive dropped a trailer Thursday for its brand new version of LEGO City Undercover, which will be available this spring for the XBOX One, PS4 and the new Nintendo Switch.

RELATED: 5 thoughts from the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens launch party

The original LEGO City Undercover was an exclusive on the Nintendo Wii U when it came out in 2013 and is still one of the best games on the system today. The vast open-world gameplay is equally fun for kids and adults, with loads of humour and exciting missions. The 2017 version appears to be very similar and should port over well to these next-gen gaming systems.

Check out the trailer below and share your thoughts in the comments or on Facebook at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Around the House (Sept. 12, 2016)

Around the House is a weekly roundup of news items related to smart devices, tools, kitchen gadgets and anything else worth mentioning from the last week that affects our home life.

Nest Cam Outdoor arrives

The highly anticipated Nest Cam Outdoor is now available to purchase for a cool $249.99 CDN. The weatherproof camera allows users to monitor the outside of their homes live 24/7 and also includes two-way audio. Users with a Nest Aware subscription can receive person alerts and have 10 or 30-day video history saved in the cloud depending on the package they subscribe to. Nest also added three new thermostat colour options this week. For those unhappy with only being able to purchase the standard stainless steel model, you can now get it in white, black and copper.

Nest Cam Outdoor

The Nest Cam Outdoor is now available in Canada for $249.

Apple shows off ‘Home’ app

During its iPhone 7 event last week, Apple briefly showed off its new ‘Home’ app in iOS 10, which will give users total control of HomeKit integrated smart devices in one location. Compatible devices include the likes of Philips Hue bulbs, the ecobee3 thermostat and Schlage Connect locks (among others). Besides the announcement that Mario is coming to the iPhone and iPad this holiday season (about time!), the ‘Home’ demo was the most exciting thing about the event.

Apple Home App

Apple’s ‘Home’ app.

PlayStation 4 Pro announced

The PlayStation 4 Pro is coming November 10. Along with a faster processor and a 1TB hard drive, it opens up 4K gaming. Unfortunately it does not not support 4K UltraHD Blu-ray titles like the XBOX One S does. This is somewhat odd since Sony Home Entertainment has been pumping out 4K UltraHD Blu-ray movies all year, including the Angry Birds movie (which, if you’re going to watch, it might as well be in 4K UltraHD).

PS4 Pro

The Sony PlayStation Pro 4.

Milwaukee Tool has a light for everyone

Four new lighting options are coming this fall from Milwaukee Tool. These include the M18 Rocket LED Tower Light/Charger, M12 ROVER LED Compact Flood Light, M18 LED Search Light and M18 RADIUS LED Compact Site Light w/ONE-KEY, which can be programmed via the ONE-KEY app and remotely controlled from up to 50-feet away. As a fan of the Milwaukee Tool brand I’m excited for all of these. All four options will be available in October.

Milwaukee M18 RADIUS LED Compact Site Light w/ONE-KEY

The Milwaukee M18 RADIUS LED Compact Site Light w/ONE-KEY.

Samsung Canada officially recalls Note 7

After some serious issues surrounding the Note 7 battery (like the potential of it to explode and cause a fire), Samsung Canada has issued a recall notice for the device. If you purchased one between August 19 and September 1, 2016, you are urged to power it down and register for a new one. There’s been approximately 21,953 of these sold in Canada (according to Health Canada) so if you know someone with one let them know about the recall.

Have something to add to Around the House weekly? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

You can now play solitaire and tic-tac-toe by doing a Google search

Google solitaire

Be prepared to waste time playing solitaire and tic-tac-toe right from Google.

Want to waste some time playing solitaire or tic-tac-toe without installing an app? You now can just by doing a Google search.

Googling “solitaire” or “tic-tac-toe” will bring up an option to play the games right from within Google!

RELATED: Nintendo releasing retro NES system loaded with 30 classic games

This works on desktop browsers and from the Google mobile app.

Google tic-tac-toe

Playing tic-tac-toe on Google.

What other games would you like to see be playable in Google? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

NES retrospective ‘Playing with Power’ hitting shelves in November

Playing with Power

This could be the coolest book ever!

Did you grow up in the ‘80s playing Nintendo games? If so, you’re going to be excited for Garitt Rocha’s retrospective Playing with Power: Nintendo NES Classics.

The hardcover book, which has a slipcase that makes it look like an NES cartridge, takes an in-depth look at 17 NES games, including Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda.

RELATED: Nintendo releasing retro NES system loaded with 30 classic games

Hitting shelves on November 18, Playing with Power also features interviews, vintage ads, Nintendo Power excerpts, character art and hand-drawn maps.

Earlier this month Nintendo announced it was releasing a retro NES system loaded with 30 games. It comes out a week before the book, making the pair the hot gift this holiday season.

Playing with Power: Nintendo NES Classics is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.ca for $33.25.

Are you excited for Playing with Power: Nintendo NES Classics? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

SEGA releasing two new Sonic the Hedgehog games in 2017

Sonic Mania

2017 is shaping up to be the year of Sonic.

At an event during San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, SEGA announced two new games are coming in 2017 featuring the speedy blue creature.

First up is the 2D retro-style platform game Sonic Mania, which uses re-imagined Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles. To keep it interesting, it also adds new Zones, Acts and bosses.

BELOW: Watch the Sonic Mania debut trailer

Sonic Mania was born out of our fans’ love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games,” Takashi Iizuka, Head of Sonic Team, said in a statement. “This type of collaboration is a first for SEGA and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title.”

Sonic Mania will be available digitally for the PlayStation 4, XBOX One and PC spring 2017.

RELATED: Nintendo releasing retro NES system loaded with 30 classic games

The bigger announcement, however, was the brand new game dubbed “Project Sonic”. Produced by the team that made Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, it’s coming for the PlayStation 4, XBOX One, PC and Nintendo’s next-gen system, the Nintendo NX. It will be released holiday 2017 and looks absolutely epic!

BELOW: Watch the Project Sonic debut trailer

For Sonic fans that want a new game sooner, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice hits the Nintendo 3DS in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 27. The game is directly based off the popular Sonic Boom animated series.

SEGA also revealed that Sonic Dash mobile players can unlock Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic with special in-game events this week. The game is free for iOS and Android devices as well as Windows Phones.

Are you excited for the return of Sonic? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

XBOX One S available in Canada August 2

XBOX One S

The slick new XBOX One S is 40 per cent smaller than the original XBOX One and has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive.

Microsoft announced Monday that the new XBOX One S will arrive in Canada on August 2.

The XBOX One S is 40 per cent smaller than the original XBOX One, has a built-in power supply and can play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles – a first for a console gaming system (it can also stream 4K Ultra HD content from services like Netflix). It’s also slick white, a stark contrast from the original (and dull) black XBOX One.

RELATED: What you need to know about 4K Ultra HD content on Netflix

Other features of the XBOX One S include a relocated sync button and USB port from the back to the front of the unit, an IR blaster and a new textured grip XBOX Wireless Controller, which has an improved signal and Bluetooth support.

The XBOX One S is compatible with all XBOX One games, accessories and XBOX Live services. A special limited 2TB launch edition will be available for $499.99 with a regular 1TB model retailing for $449.99 and a 500GB model retailing for $399.99.

RELATED: You can now stream CraveTV on the XBOX One

The new XBOX Wireless Controller comes bundled with all XBOX One S models. It will also be available to be purchased separately for $74.99.

For more information on the XBOX One S, visit xbox.com.

Are you excited for the XBOX One S? Will you consider upgrading for one? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Nintendo releasing retro NES system loaded with 30 classic games

NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition launches in Canada on Nov. 11 with a suggested retail price of $79.99.

Nintendo announced Thursday it’s releasing a retro-style NES system this holiday season that comes loaded with 30 classic games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda.

“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director said in a press release.

RELATED: Nintendo’s summer tour to hit Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal

The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is much smaller than the original NES (it fits in the palm of your hand) and has no way to load original cartridges. It attaches via an HDMI cable, allowing you to play on an HDTV. The controller, which looks identical to the original, now uses the same style of plug found on the WiiMote giving users the ability to play virtual console games on the Wii and WiiU with it.

NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition is smaller than the original NES and can fit in the palm of your hand.

The 30 games that come loaded on the NES Classic Edition are:

  • Balloon Fight
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Galaga
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS
  • GRADIUS
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • SUPER C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The system comes packaged with an HDMI cable, AC adapter and one controller. It has a suggested retail price of $79.99. A second controller will be available at a suggested retail price of $12.99. It launches in Canada on November 11.

RELATED: Super Mario Maker video review (by my 8-year-old son)

Are you excited for the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.