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Hellmann’s New Animal Crossing Island Converts Wirtual Food Waste Into Real Food For Those In Need

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 12, 2020 by itnerd

As part of its global brand mission to help people be more resourceful with food and waste less. Hellmann’s® Canada has created an island in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons game, that offers a five-star virtual island experience and escape, as well as the opportunity for gamers to make change in the real world, by converting their virtual food waste in the game into real food for people in need.

The world of Animal Crossing sees gamers create their own virtual havens in the form of an island for a peaceful escape from everyday life. There is a variety of food that players can acquire and sell for large amounts of Bells, a form of currency within the game. Turnips are at the top of the food chain when it comes to the valuable food items players can acquire to increase their wealth.

Each week, Animal Crossing players purchase turnips on the ‘Stalk Market’ that will spoil if not sold within the week, becoming virtually worthless in the game. From 3PM EST on Monday, August 17 to 12.15AM EST Saturday, August 22, players will be able to visit the Hellmann’s Island to drop off their spoiled turnips and explore the other beautiful attractions on the island. In exchange for these spoiled turnips, Hellmann’s will donate to Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity, to help provide 25,000 meals in total for vulnerable communities across the country.

How it works:

  1. Hellmann’s Island will be open to visitors from 3:00 p.m. EST on Monday, August 17, to 12.15 a.m. EST on Saturday, August 22.
  2. To access the island, gamers will direct message Hellmann’s Canada on Twitter @HellmannsCanada to receive their personal dodo code which will be shared on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. Selected visitors will be provided with a 15-minute timeslot to drop off their spoiled turnips. For each spoiled turnip dropped off, Hellmann’s will donate a meal to Second Harvest until the 25,000 meal target is achieved.
  4. After dropping off their spoiled turnips, guests will have the opportunity to explore the rest of the attractions on Hellmann’s Island including:
    • Hellmann’s Farm – visitors can take a peaceful stroll through the picturesque canola fields or catch a glimpse of other Hellmann’s ingredients, including freshly laid eggs from free-run hens and barrels of vinegar.
    • Second Harvest Outdoor Kitchen – here, guests can relax and unwind by a waterfall with a healthy sandwich and fresh produce prepared by Second Harvest.
    • Able Sisters Merch Shop – fun merchandise can be downloaded at the local store, including items such as Hellmann’s-inspired dresses, t-shirts and jackets.
    • Resident Services – guests can stop by to check out the bulletin board for more tips on how to be creative and make the most of what’s in their fridge and reduce food waste.
    • Ribbon Island – if they’re feeling adventurous, guests can pole vault over to an island shaped like Hellmann’s iconic ribbon for a quick photo opp.

Hellmann’s has been on the side of food since 2007 with the introduction of the Real Food Movement. This has included brand initiatives such as “Urban Gardens”, Real Food Grants and, most recently, the Real Food Rescue which looks to address the issue of food waste in Canada. To date, Hellmann’s has donated 102,250 meals through the Real Food Rescue program for Canadians in need. An additional 25,000 meals will be provided in partnership with Second Harvest through Hellmann’s Island, the latest in the brand’s efforts to combat food waste and extend awareness to a new platform to reach a new generation of Canadian gamers.

Hellmann’s Island will be open from 3:00 p.m. – 12:15 a.m. EST, Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd August, with dodo codes provided on a first-come, first-served basis on Twitter @HellmannsCanada.

Visit for more information and simple tips and tricks to reduce your personal food waste.

The LEGO Group and Nintendo  lift  the lid on exciting new LEGO Super Mario  details; preorders begin today

Posted in Commentary with tags , on April 7, 2020 by itnerd

The LEGO Group today announced pre-order availability of the LEGO® Super Mario™ Adventures with Mario Starter Course. Fans can now secure their own set of this upcoming and highly anticipated new product line, the result of a unique partnership with Nintendo. The new LEGO Super Mario product line features an interactive LEGO Mario figure that collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, it promises to change the way people interact with Super Mario in the physical world and engage in LEGO experiences.  

Disclosed for the first time today by LEGO Design Lead Jonathan Bennink, fans will be able to begin exploring the fun-packed LEGO Super Mario universe with the Adventures with Mario Starter Course. This entry point set to the world of LEGO Super Mario is needed to unlock expansion sets and features seven action bricks for different interactions with the LEGO Mario figure that are only included in this set. 

The LEGO Mario figure itself has LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, color and action bricks. Also included is a speaker that plays iconic sounds and music from the video game series. 

Kids aged 6+ can build levels and play their own way, with action-packed challenges having lots of creative fun in a highly interactive experience. LEGO Mario is used to collect virtual coins as he runs and jumps from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole via LEGO bricks, cloud platform, and clashes with the Goomba figure and Bowser Jr. figure.  

The Starter Course can be combined with LEGO Super Mario Expansion Sets, which each unlock unique challenges and characters to play with and against friends. The first Expansion Sets, also revealed today, include the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set. And because the products all include modular builds, fans are fully in charge of creating exactly the LEGO level course they want to see Mario come to life in. 

Fans will also love the free LEGO® Super Mario™ app by the LEGO Group, a supporting feature to further enhance the physical play experience. It keeps track of scores to encourage continuous rebuilding, as well as it provides digital building instructions with zoom and rotate viewing tools to make building easier, suggests other creative ways to build and play, and is a safe forum to share ideas with friends. 

The update was shared in a video posted by the LEGO Group and Nintendo earlier today and on the LEGO Super Mario website at

The full LEGO Super Mario assortment will launch Aug. 1st 2020, but fans can now pre-order the LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course on and from select leading retailers around the world.  

The recommended retail price for the Starter Course is 59.99 EUR/USD, while the recommended retail price for the two expansion sets will be 29.99 USD/EUR for the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and 99.99 USD/EUR for the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set. 

Nintendo eShop Now Accepts PayPal

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 22, 2017 by itnerd

PayPal announced today that Nintendo eShop has added PayPal as a new payment method. This will allow Nintendo to securely serve more customers across the planet.

This service includes the following:

  • For Nintendo Switch:
    • Funding Nintendo eShop accounts and purchasing games and other content
  • For the official Nintendo website in select countries around the world:
    • Adding funds to balances when purchasing software for download through Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U

Nintendo eShop users in the following countries will be able to use PayPal, in addition to other existing methods of payment, on the Web or on their game console:

  • Japan
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Switzerland
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Spain
  • Finland
  • France
  • UK
  • Greece
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia

Check it out today the next time you’re on your Nintendo Switch, 3DS or Wii U.


#Fail: Pokemon Go Players Cross Canada/US Border To Catch Them All

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 25, 2016 by itnerd

I truly don’t get the appeal of Pokemon go. Seeing as people of all ages are playing it, it’s clearly not because I’m in my mid 40’s. What doesn’t help me understand this is a story like this one where two players of the popular game accidentally crossed the US/Canada border in an attempt to capture a Pokemon:

The two, who were not identified, were walking southbound from Alberta into Montana, their attention fixed to their phones as they hunted cartoon characters, when they were found by US border patrol agents on Thursday.

“Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokémon Go games that they lost track of where they were,” said Michael Rappold, a spokesman for the agency. Agents saw that the teens were not aware they had crossed the border, he said.

“They crossed the international border inadvertently, but agents were able to reunite them with their mother.”

Really? I really think that this is starting to get out of hand when stuff like this happens. Clearly this whole craze needs a rethink in my opinion.


Pokemon Go: Dead Bodies, Thefts, And It Steals Your Data

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 12, 2016 by itnerd

In the last few days, Pokemon Go has become a sensation with everyone and their dog wanting to play this augmented reality mobile game. However, it’s facing no end of issues and has become the poster child of the law of unintended consequences:

  • Because it requires players to travel to real-world destinations in order to stock up on Poke Balls, eggs, and potions, and the like, some individuals have been capitalizing on the game’s mechanics to trap and rob its players.
  • A woman jumped a fence to capture a nearby Pokemon, but instead discovered the dead body of a man who is believed to have drowned in the Big Wind River. According to the local police department, “There is no evidence at this time that would indicate foul play.”
  • Perhaps the worst thing to happen is that it has been discovered that Pokemon Go grants full access to a user’s Google account linked during the iOS sign-up process. That means the developer of the app is theoretically capable of viewing and modifying nearly all information stored in your Google account, including your Gmail messages, Google Drive documents, Google Maps navigation history, search history, and personal photos stored on Google Photos. For its part, Niantic who makes the game on behalf of Nintendo tells The Verge that the company did not intend to request full Google account access and will issue a client-side fix to reduce the number of permissions.

Lovely. It really shows how something that in is theory good, can go so wrong. So much so that maybe you should think twice about playing this game. But at least the stock value of Nintendo as shot up and for the first time in years, they’re actually relevant.

Nintendo And Sony Announce Next Generation Game Hardware

Posted in Commentary with tags , on June 7, 2011 by itnerd

If you loved the Will, then get ready then for the next generation Wii. Dubbed the Wii U, It is an HD console, it retains backwards compatibility with the Wii (though it’s unclear if this includes GameCube software which the current Wii will play), and the controller does, in fact, have a touch screen on it. Nintendo demoed it at E3 this morning moving a game off the TV and playing it solely on the Wii U controller. It looked impressive, but we’re only going to know for sure when it hits stores sometime next year.

Sony also announced hardware today. In what I think is an attempt to go at Apple and their iOS devices, Sony released the Playsation Vita which is the replacement for the Playstation Portable. It will come in two flavors. A WiFi only model, and a WiFi and 3G model. It’s going to hit the streets later this year. My only question is, where does this fit in with the Xperia Play? It seems to me that they both play in the same space. Perhaps Sony has some grand plan that makes sense?

Thoughts? Comments? Voice your opinion below.

Hackers Attack Nintendo…. They Get Nothing

Posted in Commentary with tags , on June 5, 2011 by itnerd

It seems that Sony isn’t the only company that has hacking problems. Making its way across the Internet is the news that Nintendo apparently had someone hack into one of their US based servers, but the good news is that no customer data was leaked:

The Nintendo breach is less severe than the hacker attacks on rival Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network and its other online services since April that have led to a personal data breach involving more than 100 million user accounts.

The Nintendo incident involved no sensitive information and hasn’t caused any damage to its operations or inconveniences for its customers, the company said.

Also of note, the same group that did the latest Sony hack is responsible for this one:

A hacker group called Lulzsec, which had earlier claimed that it had broken into some of Sony’s websites and stolen customer information, posted data on the Internet it claims was Nintendo “server configuration file,” or data for programming purposes.

This is a wake up call to pretty much every company that they have to step up their game. Otherwise, they’re going to get owned.

Wii Fit Tells 10 Year Girl Old She’s Fat… WTF?

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 23, 2009 by itnerd

Nintendo has a few less fans in the South Of England after a ten year old girl’s copy of the popular game Wii Fit for the Nintendo Wii told her she’s “fat”:

The stepfather of the girl, who didn’t want to be named for her sake, said, “She is a perfectly healthy, 4-feet-9-inch-tall 10-year-old who swims, dances, and weighs only six stone. She is solidly built but not fat. She was devastated to be called fat and we had to work hard to convince her she isn’t.”

The family has now enlisted the assistance of the National Obesity Forum who assures the girl that she isn’t fat and wants a ban on kids playing the game.

Now I’m not a doctor, but six stone is 86 pounds. So if I punch those numbers into a BMI calcuator for kids, I come up with a BMI of 18.6 which makes her healthy according to the calculator. So I would be interested to see how the Wii Fit came to the conclusion that it did as I assume that it must do the math differently.

In the meantime, perhaps this girl and her partents should grow some thicker skin. After all, it’s just a freaking video game.