Super Smash Bros. Wii U update adds 15 8-Player Stages

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Owners of Super Smash Bros. Wii U will get a nice surprise this morning in the form of a new update.  The update is roughly 316 MB in size, fixes several bugs and glitches and one other thing- it updates 15 stages for use in 8-player mode.  Previously 8-player mode only offered a handful of stage options.  This time around, several previously unselectable stages are now made larger and friendlier for larger groups to fight it out.  That’s not all, there are now also Final Destination versions of stages available for a larger group of players as well.  For example, if you like Kirby’s Great Cave Offensive but your 7 other friends don’t want to deal with a maze of lava-related deaths, there is now a flat-plane single platform version available as well.

Take a look at the list below:

【通常ステージ】 Regular stages

マリオサーキット(X)/ Mario Circuit (X)
ルイージマンション / Luigi’s Mansion
パイロスフィア / Pyrosphere
ノルフェア / Norfair
ライラットクルーズ / Lylat Cruise
ポケモンスタジアム2 / Pokémon Stadium 2
村と街 / Animal Crossing / Town and City
すま村 / Animal Crossing / Smashville
Wii Fit スタジオ/ Studio Wii Fit

【終点化ステージ】 Final Destination stages

マリオギャラクシー / Mario Galaxy
マリオサーキット(X) / Mario Circuit (X)
洞窟大作戦 / Kirby : The Great Cave Offensive
ライラットクルーズ / Lylat Cruise
ポケモンスタジアム2 / Pokémon Stadium 2
村と街 / Animal Crossing – Town and City

 

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Report: Spider-man Joining ‘Avengers 3: Infinity Wars’

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According to Latino Review[RUMOR] , SONY is allowing Spider-man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. People often suggest taking Latino Review’s reports with a grain of salt but they’ve had a decent track record with respect to the MCU, accurately reporting on much of Phase 3.

With this recent report, it looks like Spidey will be making his grand appearance in the third Avengers film, currently being split into Infinity War Part I and Infinity War Part II. The story line will see some pretty bleak changes for the Avengers. Keep in mind that this movie will follow Captain America: Civil War and be warned, these are spoilers:

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Thor is missing in action, imprisoned somehwere. Steve Rogers is dead. Chris Evans will not be in this movie. It makes sense when you see that Evans is only signed on for two more movies, and would leave room for Bucky to take up the sheild just as he did in the comics. Anyway, this prompts Spider-man to swing into action and join the fight.[/mks_highlight]

Again, it still might not be true but if it is, this is pretty exciting stuff.

Exclusive Limited Edition of Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Revealed For U.S. Release

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UPDATE: United States is getting Limited Edition version of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D!!

Through an official statement by Nintendo of America, we have learned that the US will be getting an exclusive version of the game.  For $49.99, the N64 remake also comes with a figurine of Majora’s Mask antagonist Skull Kid.

Here’s an image of the US exclusive Limited Edition of Majora’s Mask, which differs from the European version, as well as the official statement from Nintendo:

Fans of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Maskknow the significance of the Skull Kid character. He is the face of the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and, just like the game itself, can be described as mysterious and foreboding.

Now fans can own a beautiful collectible Skull Kid figurine to accompany them on their adventures by purchasing the limited-edition The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D bundle at select retailers at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The bundle launches on the same day as the game and includes both The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D game and the detailed Skull Kid figurine. The launch date will be announced at a future time.

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Pre-order Majora’s Mask or check out Amazon deals on other Zelda titles

Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of a 90’s childhood, has died

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According to this morning’s LA Times, legendary voice actress Christine Cavanaugh has passed away due to undisclosed causes.

Cavanaugh was easily the most recognizable character voice actor of the 90’s.  Her bubbly, scratchy voice brought the character of Chuckie Finster to life on Nickelodeon’s Rugrats and has transcended generations.  After leaving Utah to attend the University of Hawaii, Christine relocated to California to explore voice work.  She got her first big break at the age of 28 when auditioning for the role of Gosalyn, the adopted daughter of Darkwing Duck.  Disney saw her talent and Cavanaugh’s upbeat voice was introduced to a generation of cartoon-watching kids in 1991.

From there Cavanaugh found no shortage of noteriety and accolades through various roles including Jay Sherman’s son Marty on The Critic, Obalina on Ahh! Real Monsters, Bunnie on Sonic The Hedgehog and Bam-Bam on the 90’s Flinstone cartoons and arguably her biggest role as the titular sheep-hearding pig in 1995’s Best Picture nominee Babe.

Christine also had several on-screen appearances in Cheers, ER, The X-Files, Salute Your Shorts and a big screen role in Jerry Maguire before finding yet another starring role as a widely recognized character on Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Laboratory.  Cavanaugh would portray the boy genius for 58 episodes while continuing to portray Chuckie on both Rugrats and Rugrats: All Growed Up before retiring in 2003.

According to her obituary, Christine Cavanaugh lived the rest of her life hiking, reading, writing and spending time with loved ones before dying at the young age of 51.

‘Rick And Morty’ Coming Back With Intergalactic Couples Therapy, Stephen Colbert & Cameos From ‘Community’ & ‘Battlestar Galactica’

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The new Adult Swim phenomenon Rick And Morty is coming back for a second season.  It should come as no surprise that the series was renewed so quickly for anyone who has seen it, the show is freakin’ brilliant.  Co-created by Justin Roiland and Community mastermind Dan Harmon, the show centers around the relationship between the anxiety-ridden teenager Morty and his alcoholic genius inventor uncle, Rick Sanchez.  The initially presents itself as a crass parody of Back to the Future before revealing itself to be a fully realized world of science fiction, satire and a little bit of heart.  It’s less Aqua Teen and more Futurama.


(That iPad game?  It’s real now.)

So what can we expect for Season 2?  Well for starters, the relationship of Morty’s parents Beth (Sarah Chalke) and Jerry (Chris Parnell) is back on the decline.  Despite the mending that took place in the popular improv-humor-laden alternate-reality TV episode, the couple is on the outs in one of Chalke’s “favorite episodes”.  “Rick gets fed up”, explained Roiland at NY Comic Con, “and says ‘alright, that’s it, you motherf***ers are going to couples therapy” before whisking them off for an intergalactic therapy.

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In fact, much of Season 2 will be intergalactic.  Whereas the first season put a lot of focus on Rick using new contraptions or dragging Morty away from his home life into other dimensions, the second outing will be a more expanded, interplanetary outing.  The creators explain that there will be a lot of interplanetary travel, a bit more multidimensional travel and though they have been avoiding the “obvious” time travel Back to the Future references, there are still “some time issues that you can look forward to”.

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Though Rick And Morty doesn’t shy away from being self-referential, don’t expect any characters like Mr. Meeseeks to return quite yet.  In an interview with Den of Geek, Dan Harmon described one of his biggest challenges working on his hit series Community:

Harmon: We’re a little worried about the curse of Community, which is that if you do do a call back or exhibit some continuity, even if it’s not deliberately inside, even if it functions on its own, then the critics say, “Oh there’s this thing, it’s called The Human Being or Annie’s Boobs,” and then somehow the culture gets created that the show isn’t appropriate for new viewers, which isn’t true. I watched that happen to Community and I’m like, “C’mon, no. This show would be fine to watch [with] the first episode of the fifth season.” So, I kinda feel like if there’s no Meeseeks box in the second season then there can be one in the third.

There will be plenty of new characters however, including a few celebrity cameos.  Expect to hear Stephen Colbert, Werner Herzog,  Community’s Dean Jim Rash and “some great Battlestar Galactica folks” voicing new characters when the series returns Summer 2015.

In the meantime, Season 1 of Rick And Morty has been recently released on DVD and BluRay and is loaded with extras.

Check it out!

The Live-Action Mario Bros. Movie Has an Official Sequel!?

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Wait…what!?

You might not even remember the first Mario Bros. movie, or maybe you’ve simply retconned it out of existence.  Deny it all you want, it happened.

Yes, in 1993 Disney’s Buena-Vista Pictures released a live-action film that was loosely based on the Super Mario Bros. game series. Very, very loosely. The villain, King Koopa (not even Bowser, though the 90’s cartoon made this same mistake as well) was a human and played by Dennis Hopper.  Mario and Luigi were respectfully portrayed by Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo while Samantha Mathis played Princess Daisy instead of Peach Toadstool, who was even more obscure back in 1993 having only appeared in Super Mario Land on the GameBoy. Toad was a homeless punk rocker, giant fish Big Bertha was an overweight nightclub performer and Yoshi?  Well…I think someone shut the fence off in the rain.

Due to the film’s financial and critical failings, the cliffhanger ending was never resolved and a sequel was never produced.  Nintendo has continuously referenced this film as the sole reason why they have shied away from movie licensing deals over the past twenty years.  While there are rumors and rumblings of an animated Mario film in the works, it appears there is actually already a sequel to the Total Recall-ish 1993 live-action film…in comic form.

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The script’s writers Parker Bennett, Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss have decided to explore the idea of a sequel set in the unique cyber-punk future world of Dinohatten.  Bennett said he was “hopelessly optimistic” when he teased a sequel at the end of the original film, explaining that they began this comic because he did not want all of their ideas for the sequel to be left unexplored.

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With the help of artists Eryk Donovan and Brett Michael Cook, a Super Mario Bros. 2 graphic novel went live earlier in the summer.  The story continues from the end of the first film as promised, pulling the Bob Hoskin’s Mario and co. back into the action as Daisy discovers a new breed of enemy pouring out of a mysterious alternate universe.  The movie versions of Toad and Yoshi appear, Luigi’s romance with Daisy is continued and we are also introduced to the movie version of Shy Guys who are portrayed as terrifying clawed, masked assassins.

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It’s a fascinating read and lots of fun to see this alternative version of such a widely recognized universe continue to unfold.  There are no plans to release physical copies of the graphic novel but the website promises that the option will be explored in the future if copyright laws allow for it.

A new page will be released every week at http://smbthecomic.com/.

Sate your curiosity and check it out!

The New Nintendo 3DS does something special when you “tap” the Mario theme

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The New Nintendo 3DS has a fantastic little easter egg.

Open the web browser and take out your stylus.  Tap the first 6 or 7 notes to the “Mario theme” or, the music from
Level 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. on the NES.  Use the 7th note to tap on a random website that you’ve favorite’d and recently visited.

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Enjoy your free break-out clone.
Here’s a video demonstration.

The New Nintendo 3DS has no official release date for the United States and Europe as of yet, but it’s rumored for January 2015.  Keep checking Nintendo.com and Amazon listings for dealsAmazon listings for deals and further info.

Farewell Naruto, it’s been an awesome 15 years.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Naruto first debuted in Shonen JUMP! as the story of an orphaned prankster cursed with a Nine Tails fox demon, determined to earn the respect and love of his village despite being ostracized and hated.  It was silly, it was outlandish, it was exciting and it knew exactly how to tug at the heartstrings.  Even 700 chapters later, the story of Naruto still knows how to make us laugh just as easily as it can wet our cheeks with fresh tears.

In the final two-part issue, the first part concluding the Ninja World War arc for good and the second part a full-color time-skip epilogue, author Kishimoto Mashashi showed us that he still remembered what Naruto was always about.  Story elements that trace back as far as the very first issue, came full circle as we saw the characters who struggled and grew finally reach new heights just as a younger generation steps in to carry the torch.

If it sounds like I’m being vague, it’s because I don’t want to deprive anyone of the gift of a well-earned ending.

Shonen-style manga and anime aren’t for everyone.  They span years, sometimes even decades, introducing continuous plot-threads and twists, oftentimes never returning to solve them.  Naruto, though not without it’s lulls or occasional oddball moments, is not one of those shonen.  Naruto has earned it’s gorgeous ending and that’s something I rarely get to say when it comes to manga like this.

The story of Naruto has come to a close but the universe and it’s characters will continue on.  The anime still has a ways to go, a new movie taking place after the series (but before the epilogue) releases in December, a stage musical is in development, manga spin-off chapters are in the works and a short “encore” series will begin next Spring.

If you are new to Naruto, you can always read the manga here or watch the series on CrunchyRoll, as long as you remember to use this filler guide.

I will be putting together a compilation of Naruto’s best moments.  Until then, check out this incredibly badass tribute video set to Infected Mushroom, showing off some of the coolest fight animations in the second half of the series:

Marvel vs. Attack On Titan is a thing. An official thing.

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Marvel vs. Attack On Titan is coming!

Wait…what?

Yep.  I shit you not, there will be an official Marvel/Attack on Titan crossover in the very near future.  Marvel has dabbled in manga and anime as well, they have also crossed over and fought with many universes (DC, Capcom, etc) but crossing over with a specific manga franchise is definitely new ground for the comics titan…er, giant.

The horrifying human-eating titans will be invading the Marvel universe, forcing characters like Spider-man and Captain America to deal with the attack.  This will definitely be considered a “What If” story, so nothing is canon, meaning we might see some of our favorite Marvel personas eaten alive in terrifying, gory fashion.  

-and according the C.B. Cebulski’s tweet from earlier today, the first issue is set to drop in just two weeks!

Now where’s my Marvel vs. Dragon Ball Z fighting game?  Come on, it would be so sweet.