Nintendo Day Interview
A Day of Obligation

By Seán O'Sullivan - November 25th, 2014

All photos lovingly swiped from Nintendo of Canada’s Facebook page.

November 21 was a big day for Nintendo, with the release of their big holiday titles: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for 3DS, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (for Wii U!). Nintendo also launched their new lineup of amiibo figures – collectibles that can be used to interact with some of Nintendo’s key titles.

Nintendo claimed this calendar real-estate as “Nintendo Day”, and hosted a series of in-store events at retail stores across the country to allow the fans a deeper insight into these new products. The night before Nintendo Day, Nintendo took over a sizable chunk of Toronto’s Skywalk, filled it with kiosks playing Super Smash Bros., and then filled in whatever space was left with hundreds of fans who came to get hands on with the game and compete for prizes in 8-way battles on the big-screen.

We had an opportunity to talk with Nintendo of Canada spokesperson Julie Gagnon about what Nintendo Day was all about.

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Coming Soon
2014 Canadian Videogame Awards Coverage

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 22nd, 2014


Well, last night was a blast! Evan and I were joined by Jonathan from Dork Shelf to cover the 2014 Canadian Videogame Awards. In the last few years, the CVAs have been hosted out of Vancouver, and Rituro has made it his business to ensure that we have a presence there. However, this year the event was held in downtown Toronto (at The Carlu).

We have always wanted to work with Dork Shelf on projects, and this is our first real collaboration. So stay tuned, and we will soon be posting photo coverage, some written pieces, and some audio to give you an account of our experiences!


All available CVA 2014 articles can be found by clicking this link.

Microsoft Store
Eaton Centre Launch

By Evan Bergstra - November 21st, 2014


Microsoft just pulled back the curtain on their newest retail location, right in the heart of Toronto’s Eaton Centre. To celebrate the store launch and drum up a little enthusiasm, they had announced a day-of promo price for both 4GB Xbox 360s and Dell Venue Pro 8s. The consumer reaction was considerable, to put it mildly. For those of you who know the Eaton Centre, there were crowds in roped-off sections of the mall from the central fountain right to the Old Navy. Several of the more die-hard fans had camped out overnight. The place was packed.

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Far Cry 4
Launch Party

By Evan Bergstra - November 18th, 2014


I’m standing outside an aged industrial building in Toronto’s East end in the cold and dark of a November night. The bitter air has sapped the warmth from my body and my joints are stiff. There’s a vague mechanical drone in the air, broken only by the odd passing car. I am alone, and I’m staring at the nondescript heavy door that separates me from my fate. After resigning myself to suffering the unknown ordeal that awaits me inside, I place my hand on the door and push.

“Drop your bag! Arms up!”

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Lucky Number 7!

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 14th, 2014


As per usual, it completely slipped my mind that we turned 7 a few days ago1! Seven years ago, our founding father created this force for good to help enlighten others to the ways of videogames. Since then, we have grown somewhat in scope and have absorbed tech and entertainment! Thanks to our solid base of readers, we have a reason to keep the site going!

Toronto Thumbs wouldn’t really be anything without our roster of solid word-smiths. We also wouldn’t really be anywhere without all of the awesome people that we work with every day – so thanks to all of you for trusting our opinions about your stuff! We’re not big, so it is understandable that there is some risk in placing your faith in us – but the fact that you all keep returning warms our hearts. We are looking forward to another year of honest reviews without numbers, and crazy captions!

1 – Let’s hear it for back-posting!

Mushroom 11

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 9th, 2014


As human beings, we exhibit some behavioyrs that can only be described as self-destructive. As horrible a thing that might be, in Untame Games’ Mushroom 11, the whole point of this puzzle-platformer is advancement through self destruction. I spent a little time watching people play this game and was quite intrigued. Coming in 2015, this is one of those games that I am very much looking forward to playing when it goes gold.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Launch Party

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 6th, 2014


Last night, a horse-drawn carriage was parked outside the front entrance of the Liberty Grand Entertainment complex in the western end of Downtown Toronto. A red carpet lay at the doorway, and the sounds of a harp gently floated outside from within. Through cracks in the doorway, people in period costumes from old Paris (France, not Ontario) could be seen making their way about the floor, while folks waited to be let in. Yes, last night was Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity launch party – and it was a grand affair.

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