Just in-time for the official start of the Holiday rush ahead of Black Friday, the 2015 Nintendo Holiday Experience is coming to 16 Malls across the country, including one of our Chicagoland favorites - Simon's Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois. The Nintendo crew will be bringing photo ops, costumed characters (on select dates), and the opportunity for families to get a hands-on preview of some of this season's hottest games for the Wii U and 3DS. Catch the tour from November 23 - December 20, 2015.

With just a few weeks left until Christmas, the window of time to search for that perfect gift is getting smaller and smaller. For those that have a gamer to buy for, there's some great options that I've featured here on the site over the past year - big hits like Disney Infinity 2.0 and CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE. But those are just the tip of the iceberg, and when it comes to gaming, your local GameStop store has a ton of great deals and new releases for every member of the family, from "big" gifts like a new XBOX One or Playstation 4, to stocking stuffers like the latest figures from Skylanders Trap Team. Now, GameStop and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up to highlight some great picks from the GameStop Holiday Hub in this Gaming Special Edition entry into my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide!

Last week, in the midst of all the Toy Fair news out of New York came an announcement from Activision that sorta flew under the radar for a lot of people... myself included. Set for release on June 10, 2014 is TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE DARK SPARK, a new video game for XBOX ONE, Playstation 4, XBOX 360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS and WiiU that is intended to serve as a follow-up to the upcoming TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION film (out June 27 via Paramount Pictures) and Activision's previous TRANSFORMERS: WAR FORCYBERTRON and TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON games. Take a look at the trailer below...

Thirty years ago, the thought of SEGA and NINTENDO teaming up for a strategic partnership would've been like pitching an alliance between TARGET and WALMART: Absolutely ridiculous. Yet, here we are in 2013 and a lot has changed in the video gaming world... and now the former rivals that once battled for 8-bit supremacy with the NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM and SEGA MASTER SYSTEM are working together for the future of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. While Sonic first appeared on a Nintendo platform just over a decade ago, the character is becoming Nintendo Exclusive... at least for the next three games. 

I'm really kind of disturbed that I didn't know about this. Announced over a year ago... countless videos uploaded to YouTube (including some with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes) racking up more than 12,000,000 plays... and starring my two favorite superheroes: SUPERMAN and BATMAN. How did I not find out about INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US until tonight? The video game hits all the major consoles (XBOX 360, Playstation 3, Wii U) next month, and looks great.

24850_Pick the Perfect Present for Everyone on Your List + Spend $50 Get Free Shipping on Select ItemsThe folks over at Target are kicking off "Cyber Week" as of today with rockin' deals on holiday gifts for the whole family. While they will have some "Cyber Monday-only" deals (which I will post later tonight), they've provided The Rock Father with the full list of weeklong savings that are currently in-progress sitewide on Target.com. Let's take a look at some highlights of what they've got going on... no coupon code needed!

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