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Nintendo Symphonies: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses & Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions

For the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo brought a symphony to their E3 conference and annouced that it would tour world wide which The Symphony of the Goddesses has done ever since. Thanks to its success Pokemon followed not long after with Symphonic Evolutions. As a big fan of both franchises and their music, there was no way I was going to miss them and I was lucky to catch both shows when they hit up my town and see how well the music lent themselves to an orchestra. Overall I have to say that instead of being game specific, I would prefer a Nintendo Symphony that played stuff from all their games, now that could be an annual tour that wouldn’t get boring since there’s so much more they can add to change it up.

Zelda symphony logo

I was actually able to see the Symphony of the Goddesses twice, and in both occasions I arrived late for different circumstances, I guess I ended up watching the original run and the second quest which changed some of the songs and I guess the current version is called Master Quest. The show has actually come two more times since then which I chose not to go. It’s not that I disliked it but something that seemed once in a lifetime became something that comes every year and I could use my money for other things since it isn’t the cheapest thing if you want some good seats. The orchestra seemed to be very familiar with the music and enjoyed playing it and the music form Zelda makes the transition perfectly.

zelda symphony orchestra

The event is very well organized and they have some nice merchandise as well, I ended up getting a shirt which I kind of regret since I feel a little dorky when I wear it but whatever. I also got some posters that I also have no idea besides hype why I got them since I will never put them up. The song selection was alright though I definitely would’ve made some different choices both times I saw it. The footage that they choose can sometimes be on point while others it isn’t as well selected. I feel that much more could be done to make it a special event but it was a nice experience and would go again in the future as long as some time has passed.

Pokemon symphony logo

The Pokemon event on the other hand was a disappointment for sure, while it had been heavily advertised unlike the Zelda one this one was surprisingly empty. I have no idea why since Pokemon in general is bigger and even the second Zelda event was still full. I don’t even remember if there was any merchandise but if there was it must not have been very memorable. The orchestra here wasn’t as good as the Zelda one, I guess they just weren’t as skilled with their instruments which is a shame. I should note both events featured plenty of huge nerds and cosplayers.

pokemon symphony orchestra

The music didn’t translate very well to an orchestral sound, which is odd since I’ve heard many great orchestral remixes before so it shouldn’t have been a big problem. The whole event also felt unorganized to me with people not knowing what to do in general. The footage they would play seemed especially random with them jumping from game to game without much thought and only from time to time did it actually match the song that they were playing. The most memorable part was when they played the opening to the Kanto season of the anime, it didn’t fit but who cares. I’m not saying I would not check it out again but I would definitely wait until some time passed before I gave it another chance.

Nintendo zelda pokemon symphony

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tribute

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the first franchise that I fell in love with and because of that I have written about the TMNT a few times and to have TMNT articles in an easier to find format. Whether it’s obscure stuff, continuity or underrated things I usually try to highlight these aspects of the turtles as this is my small tributes to the Ninja Turtles. New TMNT articles that I write will be added to the archive.

Forgotten Media
TMNT SDCC Summer Shorts 2016
TMNT Summer Shorts 2017

Thoughts watching through / Looking back on..:
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2K3 4KIDS
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 1987 FRED WOLF
Looking back on Ninja Turtles The Next Mutation
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 Nick

Informed Speculation
Rise of the TMNT speculation

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation Season 2

Other
Ninja Turtles The Next Mutation Characters

Video finds
ORIGINAL TMNT 1987 CARTOON INTRO AND EPISODES IN CG

Original TMNT 1987 cartoon French intro & 2 others

TMNT Evolution

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Looking back on.. So little time

As I mentioned last time, I became a big fan of the Olsen Twins thanks to their show Two of a Kind. I was also sad to see it go but shortly after it ended I got to see some commercials for this new show called So little time. It’s as if the gods of mythology had heard my cries. The show seemed to feature the same type of zanyness from Two of a Kind, the show’s name was So little time.

so little time olsen punk

The show like the previous one also features Mary Kate and Ashley living their lives as growing teens, this time however they’re a little bit older which gave the potential to do more stuff. The premise was different yet similar enough to two of a kind. You still had divorced parents but this time both are alive, and fashion designers.. Hmm so they’re actually rich in this show and live in Malibu California which I guess gives an interesting setting.

So little time cast olsen

Mary-Kate is now named Riley and is the tomboy again and Ashley is Chloe the girly girl, but those personalities aren’t as pronounced as in Two of a Kind and both Riley and Chloe are pretty much the same because of it, it really helped define each twin sister better instead of both kind of blending together. They also lack the personality they used to have. I do like their names though even if they aren’t named after their real names.

So little time olsen shocked

The supporting cast is mostly ok, none of them are really memorable and even have more annoying personalities than anything else but you end up liking them enough to tolerate them, not much more than that though. So you are left with a less interesting version of the Olsen Twins also with a less interesting supporting cast. The plot of the episodes also doesn’t help as they’re nothing too great either to make up for the lack of interesting characters.

So little time olsen gif

The show also seemed to skew a little bit younger than Two of a Kind which felt more of a coming of age series and seeing the Olsen Twins grow up while here we mostly just have a generic comedy and the humor is usually more slapstick and not as funny. Instead of a spiritual sequel it felt more of a soulless sequel. Maybe that’s the reason it lasted even less.

So little time olsen book

The Olsen Twins were a marketing juggernaut though as you can see even with this show also failing the book series made enough stories to continue even after the show was long gone. Hopefully those stories are much better than this one. While a disappointment, I can say I still enjoyed it and if you’re not too picky you can have some fun with it and it’s early 00s aesthetics that it has.

So little time olsen logo

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3 French Cartoon Openings / Intros

When cartoons get dubbed they normally change the lyrics to the opening songs as well. Today sounds like a good day to take a look at three different cartoons and their respective french intros that they had. You’ll also find the lyrics below each video as well as a translation to the lyrics in case you want to follow along and practice your French.

Tortues Ninja (Générique TV – FR 1987)

The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon opening
is really quite something, while using the same beat of the original and animation the lyrics take a whole different spin that tells a slightly different take on them and finding more similarities with the Mirage comics version of the TMNT than the more kid friendly cartoon would have. They’re avenging Splinter against their fatal enemy the Shredder, they are authoritarian and make the law, the turtles are “hellish” and Kowabunga is not a catchphrase but their battle cry. Jeeze, the opening makes me want to check this interpretation of the show instead of just the regular old cartoon.
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How to transfer Layton World items to katrielle and the millionaires conspiracy (3DS, iOS, Android)

Professor Layton’s live online game of “real” puzzles called Layton’s Mystery Journey: Real World Puzzle Solving or Layton World for short launched to help promote Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy is now online. This game includes some transferable items that you earn in the game by solving the puzzles (archive here). Here are the instructions on how to transfer the game whether you played it on mobile (iOS / 3DS) or Nintendo 3DS.

katrielle layton transfer

Transferring Items:

iOS/Android

katrielle layton transfer

iOS/Android: From the title screen select ‘Bonuses’, then select ‘Display link code’ to view your link code.
*The ‘Bonuses’ menu option will be visible after you first save your game.

katrielle layton transfer

Online: Launch the LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Real World Puzzle Solving website, and select ‘List of Transferrable Items’ located within the ‘Item Guide’ menu option. Enter your link code.

katrielle layton transfer

iOS/Android: After entering your link code, launch the game and tap the ‘Receive items’ button.

katrielle layton transfer

iOS/Android: Once processing is complete, you can receive your items!

3DS

katrielle layton transfer

3DS : From the title screen select ‘Bonuses’, then select ‘Display link code’ to view your link code.
*The ‘Bonuses’ menu option will be visible after you first save your game.

katrielle layton transfer

Online: Launch the LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Real World Puzzle Solving website, and select ‘List of Transferrable Items’ located within the ‘Item Guide’ menu option. Enter your link code.

katrielle layton transfer

Online: After entering your link code, you will be issued a promo code.

katrielle layton transfer

3DS : Select ‘Enter promo code’, and enter the promo code displayed on the website.

katrielle layton transfer

3DS : Enter the promo code to receive your items!

katrielle layton transfer

If you missed the game as it was online well you missed a heck of a time but at least you can still solve the puzzles. For the rest of the Layton World Puzzles click here. If you have any questions on the puzzles ask me on twitter @0sdp or email me sdp@miscrave.com

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Layton World Puzzles Upper Case V – W – X

Professor Layton’s live online game of “real” puzzles called Layton’s Mystery Journey: Real World Puzzle Solving or Layton World for short launched to help promote Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy is now online. As this is a timed based web based game the puzzles will eventually get lost to time; so here we will have an archive of the puzzles as well as hints and solutions for those stuck in any specific puzzle. The puzzles are not that difficult so I would suggest only looking at the answer if you’re completely stumped. Here we will take a look at Puzzles V – W – X.


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