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Uggie Signs On To Be Nintendo's Spokesdog

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Even though Uggie retired from his film career after starring in Best Picture Winner The Artist he was still able to ride his fame right into the position of Nintendo's spokesdog!

He will be appearing in new ads for the Nintendo 3DS.

A Nintendo rep said:

"Uggie didn't have to sit up and beg for his role. It's truly our pleasure to work with a star of Uggie's magnitude."

Sadly, Uggie has been fighting a mysterious neurological disorder and this is what had led to his retirement from films.

His trainer said:

"It is a shame this has happened when he is getting the biggest success of his career, but we feel the best thing to do is to retire him after the Oscars."

Awww, we hope he's okay.

And we're glad he's still getting work cause we wanna see more of his cute face!

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Zumba Fitness Offers A Fun Video Game Alternative For People Who Don't Play Video Games!

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In the past, video games have been marketed to a very specific demographic (consisting mostly of teenage boys and former teenage boys who have grown into man-children), but that is all changing thanks, in part, to the introduction of Nintendo's revolutionary Wii Fit in 2008!

Now games like Zumba Fitness Rush (released last Friday) are hitting the market and although the fitness-oriented titles aren't "gamer" favorites, they are still selling millions of copies to an audience who has been longing for a game that doesn't involve blowing shizz up!

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Sweet! New Deets Revealed About Next Nintendo System!

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Don't be sad, Wii! We're sure you'll become total BFFs with the old Gamecube and N64 systems that you'll be stored next to in the closet!

Back in April, Nintendo announced that their new system would be released in 2012, but details were scarce at the time.

Today, the world got a glimpse of the Wii U during demonstrations at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Here are some of the new deets that were revealed:

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PETA's Anti-Mario Campaign A Joke

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It's not uncommon for PETA's stunts and ads to really ruffle some feathers, but apparently, nintendo and Mario fans were so upset with PETA's "Mario Kills Tanooki" campaing, that PETA actually came out and said on the record that they were joking.

As we previously mentioned, PETA attacked Mario for wearing fur in his upcoming adventure, Super Mario 3D Land.

PETA said Mario fans should "relax" and that their violent video-game parody where a bloody, skinned raccoon dog chases down Mario (who's wearing it's skin) was:

"[…] meant to be tongue-in-cheek, a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur."

PETA said they were:

"[…] a little surprised that the game was taken so literally by some, but we're thrilled that we're able to bring so much attention to raccoon dogs whose suffering is very real.

Our spoof is simply making a serious point: that there is a much darker story behind tanuki skins than Mario lets on."

We're actually a little surprised at PETA for making light of such a serious and horrible issue.

At least PETA wasn't actually attacking the video game.

A spokesperson said:

"No one really believes that Mario actually kills and skins a raccoon dog for his fur in Super Mario 3D Land."

Well at least they've made their intentions clear.

And it is good that people are more aware of the plight of the raccoon dog.

[Image courtesy PETA.]

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Nintendo Responds To PETA's "Mario Kills" Campaign

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PETA launched a campaign called "Mario Kills Tanooki."

Nintendo is releasing Super Mario 3D Land and it marks the return of the Tanooki transformation, that was first in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Tanooki is based on the Japanese raccoon dog, and when Mario powers up, he's able to flap his tail and float around the level.

PETA, upset that he's wearing a fur suit, said:

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Boo! Weinsteins Ignoring The Fraggle Rock Movie!

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We wish the Weinsteins would give us the chance to dance our cares away once again!

We were SO excited to report that a Fraggle Rock live-action musical movie was on the way…back in 2008!

Now, several years later, Fraggle Rock: The Movie director Cory Edwards is ready to move forward, but the Weinstein Company has been totally ignoring him!

Here's what Edwards had to say about it on his blog:

Many, many, many of you have repeatedly asked for some kind of update on the Fraggle Rock movie. The truth is, I got nothin’. There’s nothing to report except that The Weinstein Company has everything they need to move forward, and the ball is in their court. They’ve talked about getting a new writer, which I’m willing to do. They’ve talked about starting over from scratch, which I’m willing to do. But I have not heard a peep from their camp in almost a year.

I completely sympathize with all of you that are waiting for a movie, but let’s all remember that the next best thing to making a Fraggle movie is avoiding making a BAD ONE. So at least we’re doing that. Until something new happens to awaken the project from its deep coma, we can at least enjoy the untainted TV series on DVD and The Hub Network. As for me, I’m already working on new things. I hope you’ll stick around and check in here… I’ll be announcing my next project very, very soon.

Obviously the Weinsteins are going to do whatever they want to do, but in our opinion, we'd say they should give this delightful franchise a little bit of time, and maybe let Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft deal with video games….

Just sayin'!

Would U like to see the Fraggle Rock movie finally happen?

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New Nintendo 3DS Could Help Find Eye Problems!

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Despite the warning from Nintendo that youngsters under 6 shouldn't use the new 3DS gaming console, some optometrists are calling the device a "godsend" for detecting eye issues for kids before they get too old!

Here's how:

If your kid doesn't see the 3-D effect on the 3DS, that's a sign that he or she may have a vision disorder such as amblyopia, or "lazy eye," or subtler problems that can cause problems with reading, Duenas said. Kids who experience dizziness or discomfort should also be checked, he said.


Take note, kids! That's gotta be one of the BEST reasons to drop on your parents when begging them for one!

And if that doesn't work, drop this knowledge on them:

These problems are much easier to fix if caught before age 6, when the visual system in our brains is more or less done developing. Only 15 percent of preschool children get a comprehensive eye exam that could catch these subtle problems, according to the American Optometric Association, the professional group for optometrists. More than half of all juvenile delinquents have undiagnosed and untreated vision problems, according to studies.

Too cool. Not only is this the next generation of hand-held gaming devices, but it could actually help you out in a very practical way!

We'd like to definitely see the statistics and studies on why Nintendo feels the exact opposite, though! Plus it'd be a huge bummer to get the thing, have your eyes have problems, and then not get to use it until things are corrected (if ever!).

Pretty hefty price tag ($250) for a secret eye exam if that's the case!

Have fun, kids! But take a break once in a while!!

[Image via WENN.]

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