Greetings gamers! It’s March 2017 which means it’s time to celebrate! Not only do we have ten new games released this month, we have a whole new platform! The Nintendo Switch debuts this week on Friday, March 3rd!
Let’s take a closer look!
The Switch is Nintendo’s seventh home console and is a clear successor to the Wii and Wii U. It’s a hybrid of ideas, featuring both a docked TV connected use mode and a portable, touchscreen enhanced use mode. What does that mean?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! December brings us 5 new games to fill out your holiday shopping list for the gamer in your life. Let’s take a look at what’s coming!
The hugely popular and critically acclaimed Super Mario Maker is coming to the 3DS! Create your own levels for Super Mario, play them, and share them with your friends! Base your levels on the visual style and game play of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U, create interesting new challenges, and learn a newfound appreciation for the game and characters you’ve known your whole life!
Super Mario Maker will be on 3DS on December 2nd and you can order your copy right now!
August is here! This month will see a few more titles than last month as we head into those prime autumn gaming months! We have 8 new games for you this month, including some sequels, some franchise entries, and one of the most anticipated games of the year. Let’s take a look!
It’s finally here. We’re starting off with No Man’s Sky; one of the most anticipated titles of 2016! Take control of a spaceship and explore a completely procedurally generated universe with over 18 quintillion planets (that’s too many zeros to reasonably type out), no two of which will be alike. Each will have it’s own flora and fauna as well as alien races to encounter. Exploration and survival, along with combat and trading, are the four pillars of the game and you must do all of them to succeed.
The universe is so big that the publisher estimates that over 99% of if it will never be seen by the players, and while you are online while you play the chances of meeting another player are reportedly less than 1%, but if you do meet someone you’ll be able to play together.
The main takeaway from all this is that No Man’s Sky is huge and ambitious and potentially a major game changer. It’ll be out on August 9th on PlayStation 4.
Saturday June 18th from 11am to 2pm visit London Drugs and test your mettle on the race track! We’ll be set up with Forza Motorsport 6 and the Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel on an XBOX One in 16 of our stores. Post a lap time and see how you compare to other racers in your area, and in Western Canada!
Plus, you can enter a random draw to win one of three Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel Ferrari 458 Italia Editions, valued at $499.99 each!
Looking to game on the go? Certified Data has you covered with the new Magnum gaming laptop!
The Magnum is designed with power in mind. We used an Intel Core i7-4710MQ processor running at 2.5 GHz. That’s a quad core CPU that supports all the latest tech. You also get 8 GB of DDR3L RAM (which you can expand to 16GB). We could list all the technical details but here’s the takeaway: this thing has a lot of horsepower. Seriously, just check it’s Geekbench scores.
Combine all that horsepower with the GeForce GTX 960M graphics card and its 4GB of graphics memory and you have a formidable gaming machine. Whether you want to play Candy Crush, World of Warcraft, or the upcoming Doom reboot, this machine will be able to handle it.
That’s not where it ends though! We have a full keyboard with numberpad, a huge 1TB hard drive, a DVD+/-RW drive for those games you still have on disk, HDMI output so you can play on your big screen TV, Bluetooth and WiFi and gigabit ethernet so you won’t have any lag at LAN parties. Top that off with a 15.6 inch high definition screen and what we’re left with is a pretty sweet package.
Have more questions? Our LD Experts are waiting for you at your nearest London Drugs computer department! That’s not all though, if you buy a Magnum between April 29th and May 11th we’ll throw in a Tree Frog gaming mouse and a $20 prepaid Steam card! This deal is only available in store so come on down!
Today, along with my two colleagues Alan Perry from CFAX 1070, and Jennifer Cairns the CEO of Egurus, we covered a lot more of the show and the show floor at the Las Vegas convention Center.
One very large and very busy area visited today was the flying robotic drones. There are drones that are considered toys starting at $29, and then there are drones that run into the many thousands of dollars that are used commercially. They have been around for a while now, but they’re starting to become very intelligent. These drones run longer, and are much smarter about how they fly thanks to Intel Realsense technology built into them. This makes them much safer around any people or operators.
We also saw something called the Daqri smart helmet. This device is worn like a regular helmet, but has a heads up display built into the visor and is connected to a central computer. The wearer of this device can actually see into specially designed display electrical panels that have problems, system pressures that are too high or too low, and the heads up display will warn them in real time if something is wrong. On some of these systems, the heads-up display will display instantly to the user the steps to take to remedy the situation if it is considered dangerous. Again this is all possible based on the Intel Edison processor that was unveiled last year. This device is shipping right now and the helmet cost is several thousands of dollars.
The common theme of so many of the products we’ve seen over the past few days, is that these companies are working hard to develop technology and products to make our lives easier and safer.
London Drugs Computer Department Manager – Yates St, Victoria
So, another exciting day at CES 2016 here in Las Vegas. Today we ended up walking almost 18,000 steps or the equivalent of 16 km. That’s not unusual here. Everything is gigantic scale, and the distances between these things looks normal to the untrained eye. To give you an idea how big this event is, the total amount of display space is about 3 1/4 million square feet. Apparently that’s well over 50 football fields worth. And that distance is spread out over several hotels, two convention centers, and all over Las Vegas. Add 170,000 attendees, almost 6000 press members, and then 15,000 presenters and you get the picture. Don’t forget it takes a lot of talented people to also set up, takedown, and maintain a show like this so they are all here as well.
Some of the things we saw today that were notable? Well, we saw a new frontloading washing machine by Samsung that has a second door that will let you add clothing if you forget to put it in initially. That’s very useful. We saw a brand-new Samsung refrigerator that has cameras inside the fridge so wherever you are out shopping you can actually see the contents of the fridge, and know if there’s something you need to purchase before you come home.
This same fridge has a Black glass panel that turns totally translucent so you can see inside the fridge with just a quick knock on the glass. You can also order groceries right on the LCD panel on the refrigerator, have them delivered to you and have the refrigerator pay using your MasterCard Visa or debit card.
The drudgery of home chores is a thing of the past, truly, with some of these new devices.
I will have a lot more for you tomorrow!
London Drugs Computer Department Manager – Yates St, Victoria