Hey guys it’s Sam, and you might remember the time when I complained about there being no Captain Underpants 9 yet back on my other site, 2Sam2Mwak. Well, Wikipedia hooked me up with the release dates I needed, and those are the release dates that I’ll be sharing with you! It’s like a game of phone tag, isn’t it?!?! Except, there are no phones…or tags, I guess. If you read my post (if you haven’t click on the colored lettering above) about it you’d know Dav Pilkey’s top excuse for the delays, but let’s just slice through the cheese and get what we need. And plus I’ll throw in some Pilkey videos to certify you aren’t just reading passage after passage, because that’s all boring and stuff!
If you’ve read Captain Underpants 8, you’d know how the book would end: a coming-soon ad for Captain Underpants 9, also known as the Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers, confirming Professor Poopypants to be the first villain in Captain Underpants history to be a main villain for two books. That ad was back when the book published in 2006, and a confirmed 6 years later is when the book will release…this year. In the final days of August 2012, the ninth epic novel we’ve been itching for is finally coming out. August will also be the month of the scheduled release of the eighth and final promotion for F.A.R.T.S. before its official publishing in the fall, “Fartistic: The Art of F.A.R.T.S.” Pass the spray, please! Dav hasn’t cracked much open about it, but we’ll naturally learn more as the year progresses, won’t we? And to make things even better, by the very end of the first month of the next year (Jan 2013), a tenth waistband-warrior novel is scheduled to release! Captain Underpants, among being able to leap buildings wedgie-free and being faster than a speeding waistband, is known for being more powerful than boxer shorts. But will his next foe provide his met match in the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers? That’s for you to find out, and me to squeeze the juice out of, hopefully. But are these boxers boxer shorts, or actual boxers, like pugilists, the people you see in the ring knocking the wind out of one another?
At the end of the eighth book, there was also a “coming soon-ish” ad for other books, and one of them was Captain Underpants Cartoon-O-Rama #1: Heroes, Villains, and Super Creeps, a how-to-draw book starring your favorite friends of Jerome Horwitz Elementary, with the exaggerated promise of 78 billion cartoons to learn in 22 1/2 easy lessons. I’ll say this in the easiest and nicest way possible: yeah, right. The release date of this is TBA (that’s a fancy term for when we don’t know the date yet, alas “to be announced”), but it still sounds somewhat promising.
What happens when you give products twists of your own without butchering them? You get stuff like, I dunno, parodies. And Dav Pilkey himself once conceived one of those in a parody compilation that never made it to market because of his girlfriend believing it would be too offensive (Try saying that to the Topps Company’s face.), and it was at that time in the mid-90’s when Dav scrapped the idea and began working on the first Captain Underpants book instead. These unreleased parodies included Where the Mild Things Are, The Babysitters Clubbed, Smellaluna, Furious George, The Tragic Schoolbus, and Sarah, Plain and Portly. But now in the early 2010’s, Dav’s at it again with FrankenFart vs. the Bionic Barf Bunnies of Diarrhea Land, a “confirmed” book that we barely know about. Written by Dav’s “evil doppelganger” Evil Dav, the book, according to the cover art (all we saw of it) in its ad, the book will contain “high-brow”, “sophisticated humor”, and “relevant social commentary.” Gosh, I never knew Evil Dav was such a proficient speller. FrankenFart also made a cameo as an “easy-to-read book” in Captain Underpants 8 itself, being read by the exceptionally dumb Melvin Sneedly—wait, here’s the kicker—in the parallel universe. We know an exceptionally little amount about this book, but the details of the book inside and out are TBD (that’s a fancy term for to be determined), but that seems like an exceptionally good book compared to the exceptional amount of times I use the word “exceptionally.”
If you know your proper kung-fu-caveman graphic novel adventures, you’re likely to have heard of Ook Schadowski and Gluk Jones. If you read their first adventure, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future (which I personally own via Christmas gift), you’d learn about how they stopped the effect of the combination of two generations of the Goppernopper family from destroying the natures of Ook and Gluk’s surroundings, and now via “coming soon-ish ad” the announcement of Ook and Gluk’s next adventure, The Adventures of Ook and Gluk Jr.: Kung-Fu Cavekids in Outer Space, commenced and is currently, like Captain Underpants Cartoon-O-Rama, with a release date that is TBA, as well as the main crafting of it, let alone its premise.
So there you have it—all the release dates of the Pilkey books we’ve been waiting for. Comment, rate, and give that ole subscribe button a good wedgie! And check back next Monday, Tuesday, or any other day of next week for a new dose of awesomeness. For now, this is Sammwak, giving a reason of why I want a Facebook. Here’s my plan: I’ll name myself “Nobody”, and when I like someone’s post, it’ll say Nobody Likes This! Wasn’t that a kneeslapper?
p.s. More Pilkey fever? Well, my friend, infect away with these cool FUN FACTS!!!
- Did you know that Dav Pilkey’s picture book The Paperboy won the 1997 Caldecott Honor award? See, Pilkey’s an award-winning author. Other awards he’s earned is The National Written and Illustrated By… Awards Contest for Students in ’86, winning the 14-19 age group with his first-ever book, World War Won. His book Dog Breath (1994) also won the 1998 California Young Reader Medal.
- Dav was caught in a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in the Pac. Northwest, rocking his house for 30 seconds while painting the illustrations for the first Super Diaper Baby. Various possessions of his broke, but luckily none of them were his paints. Now that’s what I call nothing more or less than a miracle.
- The main villain of the fourth waistband warrior novel, Professor Pippy P. Poopypants, was designed after Albert Einstein, and few people know this, but Einstein’s middle name was actually Pippy.
- Super Diaper Baby 2 was partially somewhat designed after Dav’s old childhood comic saga, Water Man. If you’ve read the book (*spoiler alert*), you’d know how Rip van Tinkle slides into the bank and slides each bill under the door, and this was exactly how Water Man’s evil twin Mazumba used to sneak into and rob banks. You know how Rip van Tinkle can evaporate into a cloud and rain pee drops that find their ways into chimneys? This was how Water Man’s evaporation worked, but all the drops would go into one chimney and reform themselves into Water Man again.
- The Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series by Dav Pilkey (as well as illustrator Martin Ontiveros) was originally Ricky Ricotta’s Giant Robot, but this was varied when young fans realized that the Robot isn’t “Giant”; he’s just 12 times taller than a mouse, which would make him only about 2 1/2 feet tall, but if you still have a Giant Robot copy, hang on to it, since no more copies of that kind are published and it might be valuable one day!
…And, yes, I’m somewhat excited for it. Hey guys it’s Sam, and you might ask yourself, “Why is Sam releasing a post on Sunday when he’s usually an every-Monday kind of blogger?” And I might answer, “That’s a real good question. But the real sitch (slang shortening for “situation”. Have you even seen Kim Possible?) is that it might comprehend more, since a certain sporting event is on the same day this post came out. And what is that grand event? Well, none other but the Super Bowl XLVI (46), my friend. Since the day hasn’t come yet, lots of spots on the form have been left blank, if you know what I mean, and not even the teams have been yet announced. But the Super Bowl’s going from near the heart of Texas in Arlington to the heart of Indiana in Indianapolis, there’s probably something to remember with this Bowl.
The teams that are officially playing in the Bowl (winners of the NFC and AFC championships) are the New York Giants and the New England Patriots (the fan-favorite by 3.5), the exact same teams that went neck-‘n’-neck in 2008’s Super Bowl XLII, with the Giants rising above the rubble 17-14. Can the Pats be able to avenge their loss against the G-Men (these nicknames are the tiniest bit odd) next Sunday? If anyone reading this in the East Coast wants to tune in for the kickoff on time, set your clocks to a scheduled timing of 6:25 pm.
The Super Bowl XLVI will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium of Indianapolis, the first Bowl ever to do so, as well as the 4th Bowl to be played in a cold-weathered city, after Detroit (XVI & XL) and Minneapolis (XXVI). John Parry (a ref since the 2000 season) will be refereeing for this event, and one of the confirmed halftime show performers will be Madonna, with a possible appearance of M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj as well. Also, be on the lookout for Nicki’s latest album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, in April. The singer of the national anthem (“Star-Spangled Banner” if you forgot) will be Kelly Clarkson, who hopefully won’t screw up and become a meme sensation like Christina Aguilera did last year. Kelly Clarkson’s confirmation to sing the anthem has been the fourth time in the past five years someone who participated in a season of American Idol has done so, following Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Jordin Sparks. The husband-and-wife country musicians Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert may also be unofficially performing “America the Beautiful”. NBC is hosting the Bowl for the first time since the Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth will be announcing, and the Indiana University Marching Hundred will “tackle” the pregame show.
The only movie companies that have purchased slots for this years’ Bowl have been Relativity Media, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and Universal Studios. Act of Valor (shown above) is one of Relativity Media’s official to-be-advertised movies, the only one announced yet, a war film starring legit active-duty U.S. Navy Seals as well as a small ensemble of actors, forming a squad that goes on a Yugoslavian covert operation to rescue a kidnapped officer of the CIA, while also handling terrorists who plan to attack America. If you like war movies, be sure to renew your tickets for February 24. But seriously…I thank God that I didn’t have a war movie come out on my 11th birthday.
30-second commercial ads have reached new highs of money at $3.5 million apiece (except for one that commanded a $4 million price), the highest rate for advertisement in Super Bowl history. Other confirmed advertisements include Doritos, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Toyota, and Dannon Yogurt. Can any of them become as famous and viral and…well, adorable as last year’s Volkswagen commercial (see above)?
If you want to learn more about the Super Bowl XLVI, click here, por favor.
If we remember last year on NBC in April when the interactive reality talent show The Voice debuted and ended at the end of June with Javier Colon (Adam’s team) taking the crown, the $100,000 cash prize, and the Universal Republic recording contract. But do you think that The Voice just dissolved from NBC’s world of competition for good, true or false? If you guessed true, you are…wrong. The correct answer is false, since The Voice‘s second season will be premiering right after the Super Bowl. Christina, Adam, Cee Lo, and Blake are all returning, and Carson Haly is still hosting, but the only change is that Alison Haislip (the social media correspondent) will be replaced by Christina Milian, a triple threat (singer, actress, and dancer) as well as a model. The surprising thing is that The Voice has also been branched into versions of Dutch, British, Albanian, and even Israeli! What’s next, The Voice of Bikini Bottom?…Actually, that would be awesome.
Kay, so now I just gave you a reason to go back to foam-fingering and making a racket so loud, the whole neighborhood can hear it. So pay me back by subscribing, liking, sharing, rating, and staying tuned for more gold—I mean, awesome gold!
Hey guys it’s Sam, starting a new segment on my blog…BKZoo! An abbreviation of Breaking KZoo or Kalamazoo, this segment gives you the ultimate scoop on what’s happening at my house without all of it. This first issue is a very juicy one at most. I’m excited out of my wits for it. I have gotten my hands, for the first time, on a Nintendo Power magazine! (A monthly magazine about the juice Nintendo is squeezing out.)
Nintendo Power is one of the longest-running magazines of the American and the Canadian lands at over 20 years of age, and is the famous corporation’s official magazine. Spilling the beans about upcoming Nintendo recommendations ranging from Ocarina of Time 3D, to Dead or Alive: Dimensions, this magazine is one of the hottest funky junk I’ve read. I don’t even care leafing through pages and pages of microscopic print, but it pays off with its flamboyant styles and captivating perspectives.
There, I learned lots of stuff that may be a little dated, but gives me some good recommendations whenever I get a 3DS. (courtesy of the Raise Money So Sam Mwakasisi Can Get a 3DS Fund) With the Nintendo power in your hands, Thor will look like an action figure. Check out a peek at some of March’s most anticipated games!
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters – No sporting franchise has been as consistently successful on the Wii as Tiger Woods PGA Tour. But this new installment may be his biggest tee-up opportunity…in the Masters tournament! A first for the series, players can show off their skills at the famous Augusta National Golf Club. (I don’t know it, either) Can Woods make a comeback this season? Hey; at least his game never looked better.
- Super Street Fighter 4 3D Edition – Wasn’t this picture just asking for it? Anyways, my issue revolved around a lot of games, but SSF4 3D Edition was its main premise. March being the month the 3DS was launched in America, (Japan almost got a 4-week boost!) Nintendo fans must’ve screamed with joy when this game was announced. “…the biggest name in fighting games shoryukens its way into the Nintendo 3DS launch-window lineup” the magazine said. Think it’s going to be impossible executing Zangief’s first ultra? (circle motion twice + all 3 punches = Ultimate Atomic Buster) The new, and head-smackingly easy, Lite Controls think otherwise. The magazine was so revolved around this game, they had to interview several Capcom masterminds to get the full scoop! (Seth Killian, the man behind our final boss’s name, gave us some tips to fight like a boss. Alongside, the producer that made it all happen, Yoshinori Ono answering six questions.)
- Put pedal to the metal like you never have before in Asphalt 3D. (Yes, it is related with the Asphalt app series.) Predictably the most accessible racing game coming to the handheld, this game boasts an easy power-slide system and an abundance of extra modes and vehicles, providing a lot to offer for both casual and hardcore racers.
- Ocarina of Time 3D – You know it. You love it. 61% want to have his ears, 54% want to play as a female lead, it is The Legend of Zelda. One of Nintendo’s most timeless series starting just around the time this magazine did, it currently ranks as the fourteenth on the chart of best-selling game series at sales paying off at 60 million. This epic has never looked better than its transition into 3D. A sensationally visual enhance of the original by far, it also graces interface improvements such as touch-screen. Whether you’re a longtime Zelda super-fan, or you’ve never played a Zelda game before, this is one adventure that shouldn’t be missed.
- “It’s Riiiiidge Racerrr! If you imagined the voice of a cheesy announcer when you read that, then you’ve probably played enough Ridge Racer to know the long-running series has such a loyal following…” begins Nintendo Power. Long-running it is at 18 years of age, besides setting off the craze of arcade sensation Pac-Man, one of Namco’s biggest hit series must be Ridge Racer. Is Need for Speed too old for you? Try Ridge Racer especially after its conversion onto the 3DS in Ridge Racer 3D. Cool cars, gorgeous tracks, and racing that takes us back to the golden-aged arcade days. All that magic in your own pocket and where you go, this stellar feller goes.
- After Ubisoft’s stumble with their Michael Jackson experience, they should be able to get back on their feet with another conversion of an old-schooled game created before 2000 was even known. It is Rayman 3D, the 3DS transition of 1999’s Rayman 2: The Great Escape. One of the most influential games of the N64 era, Ubisoft has taken the most highly regarded version of the game (the Dreamcast edition) and re-released it. Just with 3D graphics and analog controls and gentler difficulty curves, and better camera systems! In the end…not so different.
- Wow…talk about balls of steel. After a decade of Sega’s hit series titles all sharing the main premise of a bunch of simians that went “bananas” and transported around in balls to get more…kind of regular. And in Super Monkey Ball 3D, it’s kind of the same thing, except in 3D. There are two types of ways to get things “rolling”: the circle pad, or the motion controls. But this game is a bit of new while still a bunch of old. Two new mini-games are being featured: Monkey Race, and Monkey Fight. Monkey Race is a little Mario Kart-esque, as the whole yearning for first place occurs. Monkey Fight is a little more Super Smash Bros. Either way, critics may not have had positive hearts, but they’re critics; they’re not supposed to.
- And to believe this was the 3DS’s bestselling game, and first platinum title. Pet-raising simulation? Pet-raising? Seriously? Were all the people who bought this game girls? Nintendogs + Cats was the leading game at not too far from 2 million copies, beating out Ocarina of Time 3D at 0.63 copies! Making a 6-year return after Nintendogs hit the DS, even my magazine revolved around this for at least one half of a page, explaining its use of 3D graphics, and cute stuff like dogs jumping at the screen to lick you, or throwing a boomerang for your pal to fetch. (Note: This game launched exactly the day the 3DS did.)
Like what you’re seeing? Then maybe you should subscribe to Nintendo Power on Amazon to get a year’s worth of this juice! Anyways, keep checking back for more breaking Kalamazoo, and more on Sammwak! (Make sure you subscribe, or like this post if you blog here at WordPress.)
This is Sam breaking KZoo, signing out.
That’s right. Hey guys, and for any of you who have actually checked out me and my brother’s channel , you’d know that we haven’t been up to date ever since our most recent video back in February 2011 (released five days before yours truly’s birthday), which only mustered seven thousand views, which is not even a fifth of the amount of views our most viral video get.]
Well, now over half a year later, we’ve finally released a new video in a beautifully brand-new format (just today)! Only seventy people have seen this greatness, and since the thousands start here at Sammwak, I thought that this would be the best way to spread the word. See it and replay it and replay it and replay it and replay it and replay it in awe! My brother is officially an After Effects master for doing this. Software takes people places, doesn’t it?
See, I told you it would be beautiful. And if you think you’ve woken up from this best dream ever, we’ll be releasing new videos all week under this format!…Okay, now you can wake up. ;)
I’ve been cooking up tag-team ideas ever since we got this whole format thing down. I’ve got some pretty good ones down, and hopefully they’ll go from my WordPad to your computer screen. I’ve already told my friends on GMail’s Buzz about it, and maybe they’ll continue the buzz too…pun intended?
Anyways, keep checking back to OneByOne for slick new videos under this format. Speaking of slick videos, wanna check out our most viral video? (breaking the record at over 200,000 views)
I guess that’s all here from Sammwak. Just a quick shout-out to spread the news.
p.s. For my bonehead mistake of procrastinating on blogging times, I’ll be giving you a short span of posts every Monday, Friday, and Wednesday! That’s right, for just 2 weeks, Sammwak will be triweekly…starting, now!
p.p.s. Keep your eyes peeled for SSF4 charge character tutorials! (Anyone named Benny must be very happy right now.)
Hey it’s Sam,and since I don’t have anything else to yammer about, it’s another round of Gamecritical awesomeness! This game is one that every online rhythm game lover must know about. I dig this game. My friends dig this game. If you’re a fan of online music games, then Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 3 (yes, it’s a long name) is the game for you.
Created by someone, or some company, named Shinki, the game was described on Not Doppler as “the super crazy guitar maniac returns with 14 new songs to master and 10 awesome guitars to choose from!” This is for people who aren’t ready for Guitar Hero quite yet. The controls are simple and easy to learn right on your keyboard, consisting of just the arrows (up, down, left, and right), the keys A, S, D, and F, and numbers 1-4. The rhythms are sweet, and the guitars look real in-game. The second sequel of Rob Sienkiewicz’s “G-rated” Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe, SCGMD3 has improved visuals and a bigger multiplier than either of the preceding games. Check out some super crazy maniac jams!
But there are some flaws that take away from the game, sincerely. Let me list them:
- The track list has songs you wouldn’t know.
- The voice you always hear can get annoying.
- Still one stick man to rock with. Still one.
- Tracks are way too hard.
- Some carbon-copied things from the past haunt SCGMD3.
- It may be an odd idea, but multiplayer could help instead of sitting around taking turns.
- Tracking your notes isn’t always frequent.
Can’t deal with this on my own, though. Only the true critics can…all of you out there! Check out this game at Not Doppler in the link below! Yep, URLs are too mainstream.
So, you’ve gotten the success of completing stage one of becoming an awesome rockstar! Now, onto Guitar Hero! ;) And, if you’re lucky, maybe even Rock Band! :D
Here are some merits and demerits that this game deserves!
Sucks You In - A good game, online or video, can use their ability of sucking you in, and making you a part of that game, for an advantage. Games able to pull off this herculean feat, welcoming you for hours or days at a time, are marked with this handy merit.
Great Soundtrack – Any game can carelessly and clumsily slap together a handful of songs onto a mix tape. But when games include music that can help steer moods, it helps give more flair to the experience. Games like those are marked with this merit.
Funny - Even if it’s a comedy, the jokes can easily slip down the drain. And it really proves to be rather hard to keep some jokes moving across. For example: Why did the humor game cross the road? To get stuck with this awesome award. See, that wasn’t hilarious at all. But when games manage to ravish the ROFLCopter of it, it ends up on our Funny list.
Better than the Sum Of Its Parts - This award may not sound like it’s anything valuable, but its numerous run-of-the-mill pieces can come together in an interesting way, resulting in a game better than the thinkable.
Outstanding Gameplay – Some games play better than others, and regardless of whether it’s an exciting new development or a refined collection of playing systems that you’ve seen before, if there’s a game that goes above and beyond the call of duty, it’s worth the special mention.
Good Start – This new game introduces us to a lot of new things, and the end result is that we’re left wanting more, like an improved sequel/spin-off. Games that we’d like to see bigger and brighter things from in the future are marked with the Good Start merit.
Difficultly Punishing - Sure the ideal boss fight, like Mario vs. Bowser, can put up a good fight. But when games push it too far, you end up making a fool out of yourself. This game would’ve been more appealing if it reduced the Haterade and punishing difficulty.
Too Hard – There’s something up when you have to struggle with maintaining a game, if it varies from difficult controls to tough gameplay. When games like these are good exercises for brain tumors, they get marked with this demerit.
Before this post stretches on for days, SCGMD3‘s final verdict is a “great” 7.9 out of 10. “Hard, punishing controls in a carbon copied environment does strip the experience away, but Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 3 manages to compensate a new, distinguishing high for Shinki’s series.” So I guess that SCGMD3 is the breakthrough of Shinki’s series.
Check back here for more Gamecritical posts, more epic humor, and more from Sammwak! And, think you got what it takes to be on my next post? Send in an online game that you love, and if it has the guts, graphics, and genius to dazzle or dismay me, you could be responsible for the next Gamecritical post!
– Sam :D ;)
p.s. Can we just get to 30,000 hits already? I am still waiting… :(
p.p.s. Want to reminisce SCGMD2 without actually playing it? Here are some of my fave jams!