A Kitty-chan hadouken? Surely that’s the stuff of fan fiction dreams, except it’s not. In a move that’s certain to confound core gamers, Mad Catz has commissioned a (somewhat unholy) merchandising mash-up of two beloved Japanese franchises, Street Fighter x Sanrio, to be splashed across its Arcade Fightstick Pro (for Xbox 360 and PS3) and iPhone 5 case covers — sold for $ 159 and $ 35, respectively. And the results? Well, they’re adorably alarming. Cramming the totemo kawaii pantheon of critters from Sanrio’s line into the personas from Capcom’s fighter, gamers with special interests can soak in the send-ups that see Maru Maru outfitted as the infamous Ryu, Hello Kitty sporting Chun-Li’s buns and Pochacco as the blonde-maned Ken, just to name a few. No doubt, it takes a special kind of person to appreciate a crossover of the most intrusive childhood memory kind. But we’re willing to bet there are plenty of you somewhere out there.
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Ahead of Google’s Android event on the 29th there’s additional confirmation of a storage upgrade for the Nexus 7, as 32GB units have now been spotted on shelves at US retailers. Seemingly dead-set on matching the LG E960 “Mako” Nexus G for the title of worst-kept secret, we’ve received this photo of a tag for the new unit at a Sam’s Club (with a placeholder price). Reports on Android Central and The Verge also mention hardware spotted at Staples locations, with one person actually succeeding in buying one. All of that follows a listing on the Staples website and one Japanese buyer apparently receiving one early by accident. According to the tags and receipts, the new units are scheduled to go on sale the same day as the Android event, and at the same $ 249 price of the current 16GB model. Now that the alleged Sony Nexus phone has been exposed as a fake we don’t know if there will be any surprises left, but if you want to buy anything from Google’s brand then patience (or at least shopping around) is probably your best strategy.
Ever wonder how Google can make such grandiose claims for the sheer amount of Street View imagery it collects? Here’s how. Google’s Masrur Odinaev has posted a snapshot of a central mapping car parking lot that shows dozens of the camera-equipped Subaru Imprezas amassed ahead of future runs. While it already represents more Street View cars in one place than anyone outside of Google would normally ever see, what’s most impressive is remembering that this addresses just a portion of the entire vehicle mix — aside from the local cars you don’t see in the photo, there are extra units worldwide providing street-level coverage alongside tricycles and underwater expeditions. Odinaev’s look reminds us just how much effort is needed to make Street View a common feature — and that there are are legions of Google staffers whose low-profile work goes a long way towards making our navigation easier.
Because some people believe every costume should be available in a sexy version, Yandy is selling these sexy Sesame Street costumes for ladies. They come in Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch versions, and all are pretty sad looking. Regardless of how you feel about them, if you’re at a Halloween bar party and a girl shows up wearing one because it’s her favorite character you need to tell a bouncer because there is NO WAY she’s legal.
Hit the jump for a closeup of each, but go check out the product site for more shots and a video of them all being worn by a model with some serious hangy-downy knockers (most noticeable in the Elmo video).
Stop touching Raphael!
This is some 3D Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle street art painted in London (although you can tell it’s just a mat) to promote the new CG Ninja Turtles show debuting on Nickelodeon this weekend. Will I be watching? Yes. Will I be swinging nunchucks and jumpkicking my furniture and all around being a spaz? You better believe it. I’m gonna be so f***ing high on sugary cereal the neighbors will probably call the police.
Hit the jump to see a trailer for the show.
Because how useful is is a map that doesn’t include some explorable underwater reefs (still pretty useful truthfully), Google has begun adding underwater shots to Google Maps, starting with the Great Barrier Reef (links to actual map). I clicked around for awhile hoping to spot a mermaid, but with no luck. I did find this sea turtle though. He might not be as sexy as a mermaid, but that’s only because you and I aren’t sea turtles. Hell, I’d probably have fallen in love with him if I was a frog.
The survey will take up to 50,000 360-degree panoramic images that will be added to Google Maps, focusing on areas in the Great Barrier Reef and locations in the Philippines and Hawaii. Check out some sample imagery in our gallery.
“Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii,” Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Maps and Earth and a self-described snorkeling enthusiast, wrote on the Google blog.
Hey, look at me, I’m the next virtual Jacques Cousteau…clicking around on my computer like the world’s least intrepid underwater adventurer. Still, at least there aren’t any sharks. Man, this reminds me of when I used to click around in Google Maps pretending I was a UPS driver. SAD TIMES, BROBRO.
Thanks to Stevie and greggula, who don’t like any nature exploring that isn’t voiced-over by David Attenborough.
Oh New Yorkers and their marvelous, no-cost WiFi access points. Only a few days after Google Offers and Boingo happily announced they’d brought gratis wireless connectivity to additional underground locations within the city, The Wall Street Journal is now let it be known it too will be kind enough to gift the NYC crowd with some WiFi hotspots of its own. The nice gesture will bring around 1,300 network units to areas such as SoHo, Greenwich Village, Union Square, Chelsea and, naturally, the renowned Times Square during the month of September — all in hopes of giving “people the opportunity to sample The Wall Street Journal.” Meanwhile, folks in San Francisco can also grab the internet-friendly freebies in a couple of different places, including Nob Hill and Fisherman’s Wharf. And don’t worry, there won’t be any donkeys involved here.
Microsoft’s new Surface might not be launching until October 26th, but the company appears to be kicking off its marketing for the Windows RT-powered tablet a little early. A building wall in New York City has been taken over by three tablet outlines — similar to the ones used in Microsoft’s unveiling of the Surface back in June. While there’s no pricing information or other details, the street art shows off a trio of colors for the Surface keyboards — similar to the Surface cake displayed at Microsoft’s Windows 8 party.
We’ve reached out to Microsoft to clarify whether the company was involved in the creation of the street art and we’re waiting to hear back from a spokesperson. The street art mimics similar marketing tactics used by…
This is series of Street Fighter character minifigs handpainted by LEGOmaniac Julian Fong. It took over a year to paint them all but would probably take less than a minute to melt them all in a trashcan fire. Now, are you thinking what I’m thinking? “What I wouldn’t give to see Cammy’s ass?” Exactl– wait, WHAT?! You need help, bro. (But seriously, yeah, that was it)
Hit the jump for some closeups including the Chun Li/Cammy ass shot of your dreams!
Taking a virtual tour of the Amazon or Antarctica? Totally doable with Street View. But some of America’s finest National Parks? Yeah, those have been a long time coming. Today, Google announced the inclusion of five California-based US National Parks in Street View, and for those who haven’t had the opportunity (of a lifetime) to visit, they’re absolutely worth a look. Starting at the top, Redwoods National Park provides a street level look at some of the world’s most mysterious trees, while those looking for even more Treebeard-type characters can point their browser to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Naturally, Yosemite and Joshua Tree (shown above) are included as well, and the 360-degree views Google’s cadre of motorcars managed to capture really do a fairly astounding job at capturing the splendor. The toughest part? Knowing which one to traverse first.
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