The 404 1,041: Where we unbox this box (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode: Steve Jobs in a Willy Wonka costume, Nintendo posts dismal 2011 fiscal results, shaking our heads at NBA Baller Beats, and a band is releasing their new album in an NES cartridge!


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Jeff and I find ourselves in a conversation about candy in this morning's preshow that bleeds over into today's recorded episode. Why? Well, we heard a story about Steve Jobs proposing a Willy Wonka style contest to celebrate the sale of the millionth original Apple iMac.

It comes from a book coming out soon called "Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success," and it talks about how Steve wanted to put a custom gold ticket inside a single iMac box that would land the winner a trip to Cupertino, Calif., for a tour of the Apple factory -- not quite as exciting as Oompa Loompas and a chocolate waterfall, but at least you'd get reimbursed for the iMac. As awesome as it would be to see a picture of Steve Jobs dressed as Wonka, it turns out that California law prohibits contests that require a purchase for entry, so it never happened.

Regardless, Jeff is extra psyched for today's episode because there's a ton of video-game related stories in the rundown. Unfortunately, it's not all good news for Nintendo, who posted a disappointing annual loss of $460 million last year due to dismal Wii sales and slashed 3DS prices to attract new customers. The company plans to turn things around later this year with the release of the Wii U, but Jeff is skeptical that it can reach its goal of earning 820 billion yen at the end of this fiscal year.

In other gaming news, there's no way that this NBA Baller Beats game is real, except that it definitely is. The game hopes to improve your basketball handling skills by asking you to dribble a real basketball (ball not included) in your living room in time to the beat of a soundtrack. The game features tracks from Kanye, the Gorillaz, Run-DMC, Skrillex, Common, and more, but the ambitious game looks really lame in comparison to actually playing in a court. I also foresee plenty of broken televisions due to poor dribbling in its future as well...

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