Nintendo is taking America by storm. What’s Nintendo you ask? Why should you care? A hundred year old company, Nintendo makes what may be the most addictive toy in history, and it’s definitely the hottest thing this Christmas. Nintendo video games. They first arrived from Japan, 3 years ago. In just 3 years they’ve sold more than a million hardware units at about hundred bucks each. They’ve got more gadgets, zappers, and gizmos than you can shake a joystick at. They have about 80 different games you can buy to plugin to the system. So far, Nintendo has sold more than 50 million game cartridges. By the end of the year, they hope to have their system in one out of eight American homes. Now, two players are going to use this hot new system and a room full of games to help heal children’s illness.
Pat Contri, better known as Pat The Nes Punk, has teamed up with Luna Video Games’ expert, Ian Ferguson. Together, they will fight sleep while fighting each other on the hottest NES games. Their mission is to raise $10,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network while playing the Nintendo for 24 hours straight. The money will help children who have experienced natural disaster, or help children at their local hospital.
Start Thanksgiving early this year. For less than half the cost of a NES game, you can choose your favorite game for them to play. They will be filming the event, and broadcasting it live on television November 21st.
December UPDATE! They have re-tooled and re-booted their campaign on IndieGoGo. It’s much better and more affordable now. Please visit it here:
Dragon’s Lair is this summer’s hottest new toy and may now be coming to the silver screen. The first arcade game in the United States with a movie-quality image to go along with the action is currently raising money to be pitched as a feature film. Arcade operators at the games release reported long lines, even though the game was the first video arcade game to cost 50 cents. The game has been devouring kids’ coins at top speed since it appeared early in July. “It’s the most awesome game I’ve ever seen in my life.” said Robert Romano, 10, who waited all day in the crush at Castle Park without getting to play. Will this enthusiasm translate to the film?
Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, the creators of smash hits like the Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven are raising $550,000 to use a classic Disney marketing strategy of creating a short film to tour across the country to bring a feature length 70 million dollar motion picture to the masses.
We are almost half way there. As of today, they have 2,078 backers and have raised $179,000. I just backed the project. Join me and let’s bring “Dragon’s Lair: The Movie” to life!