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Netflix Announces Animated Cuphead Series

Today Netflix and King Features Syndicate, a part of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication jointly announced an all-new animated series The Cuphead Show!, based on Studio MDHR’s award-winning video game Cuphead, the wildly popular global phenomenon.

The game that has won the hearts and minds of fans with its gorgeous retro hand-animated style, crazy boss-brawls, and challenging gameplay will come to life on television for the first time ever in The Cuphead Show!. 

The new series will expand on the characters and world of Cuphead, with an animation style inspired by the classic Fleischer cartoons from the 1930s. For King Features, CJ Kettler will serve as the Executive Producer and creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer will serve as Executive Producers for Studio MDHR. The series will be produced by Netflix Animation and is executive produced by Emmy and Annie Award-winning producer, Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) and Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling) serves as co-executive producer.

The character-driven comedy follows the unique misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. Through their many misadventures across their surreal home of the Inkwell Isles, they’ve always got one another’s backs.

To date, Cuphead has sold over 4 million units worldwide, and has won over 20 major awards, including Special Achievement in Animation at the 45th Annual Annie Awards, Xbox One’s Game of the Year, a BAFTA Games award for Music, and a trio of statues at the 2017 Game Awards for Best Debut, Best Independent Game, and Best Art Direction. The game continues to be celebrated by fans for its arcade-action gameplay, highly original art design, and an award-winning soundtrack featuring almost three hours of original jazz, early big band, and ragtime music.

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LEGO San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Advanced Suit Spider-Man Minifigure

LEGO has revealed one of the exclusive 2019 San Diego Comic Con LEGO Minifigures with the Advanced Suit Spider-Man from the 2018 Playstation 4 Spider-Man game. 

Attendees will have a chance to win this minifigure in a randomized instant-win drawing on Thursday, July 18.

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Video Games That Players Want In 2019

For a gamer, there is nothing better than a new year. A new year represents a whole new showcase of games and consoles. This coupled with the advances in technology and players are left in a daze of anticipation. 2018 certainly was an exciting year for many gamers with major titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War. These are only to just mention a few. Of course, there were many more. There have also been plenty of exciting releases thus far in 2019 and the year is only half gone. Below, you will learn about some video games titles that you should be playing in 2019 if you aren’t already.

Apex Legends

It would be really hard to create a list like this without mentioning Apex Legends. This game will probably go down at the most surprising release of 2019 because it literally came out of nowhere and captivated gamers from all around the world. The developers took a really risky move by just revealing the game minutes before it was released. It really is hard to imagine something like this happening in today’s world. Developers and creators usually spend years showing little teasers and snippets of their game before they are released on such a wide scale. In fact, some companies go as far as to release beta versions so that players can indulge before the final full release.

Despite that tangent, Apex Legends is a fairly good game all around. This team-based battle royale offers a fast-paced environment coupled with some of the most innovative team mechanics. In fact, the team mechanics are probably the most impressive thing about the game.

Battletoads

Who really thought that they were going to get another Battletoads game? It might have been twenty-some years in the making, but it looks like fans of the original titles have something to be excited about. The aspect of the game that garnered the most respect and popularity amongst gamers was the difficulty. Battletoads has been referred to many times as being one of the hardest games ever released on the NES. With a little, more research players will notice right away that the art style of the game is completely different. There are also some other modern improvements thrown in there, but the game will without a doubt feel familiar to longtime fans.

Blair Witch

Blair Witch is one of the most iconic movies of all times. Whether you hated the original or loved it, you have to say that it was something refreshing for its time. The movie sparked a whole new movement in cinematic production. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the game. It certainly isn’t from lack of trying. There have already been several editions of the game released, but to say the least they have failed to impress. Most dedicated players have even coined them as terrible. Well, it looks like the series might actually have something to get fans excited about.

It would be hard for anyone to look at the initial footage and not be impressed. And, this is not to even mention that this edition of the game is being developed by the same studio that made Layers of Fear. This really could be the game that Blair Witch fans have been waiting for, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least try online gambling. Sites like pokieshq.com can provide you with reliable and reputable casinos.

Borderland 3

Fans of the Borderland’s franchise have been waiting in anticipation for years for another release. Well, it looks like that wait is finally over and there is now a trilogy in the making. Fans don’t have to worry about the new release straying too far from the traditional aspects of the series thus far. You can expect tons of dark humor coupled with tons of guns, beautiful cel-shaded graphics along with single and multiplayer options.

Days Gone

After a highly anticipated debut, Days Gone is finally on the market. In fact, it has been on the market for a while now, but it didn’t seem to draw as much attention as PlayStation has hoped for. It is hard to say why because the game is truly awesome as you travel around in a post-apocalyptic world fighting for your life.

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite, The New Game From The Creators of Pokémon Go, Is Coming To Android & iPhone On June 21, 2019

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a new mobile augmented reality game from the creators of Pokémon Go, is coming to Android and iOS devices on Friday June 21.

Niantic announced that it was partnering with WB Games to work on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite in November 2017. The game is Niantic’s follow-up to Pokémon Go, which became a global phenomenon when it launched back in July 2016.

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players will be able to explore the real world, searching for signs of magic and encountering iconic Harry Potter characters along the way, much like Pokémon Go. Players will take on the role of a new wizard recruit working with the Statute of Secrecy Task Force — the group responsible for solving the mystery of the Calamity, a major event that scattered magical artifacts and creatures all over the world.

You can find the game on June 21 in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

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Next Games Announces Mobile Game Based On The Netflix Original, Stranger Things Set For 2020 Launch

Finnish game developer and publisher, Next Games, known for its The Walking Dead games, announced a free-to-play mobile game title based on the hit Netflix original series, Stranger Things. The location-based puzzle RPG game is currently slated for release in 2020 on iOS and Android platforms.

The mobile game will reimagine the Stranger Things universe in the style of an 80’s Saturday morning cartoon. Through location-based mechanics and Google Maps integration, players can explore The Upside Down hidden around them in their daily travels and work with fellow fans to fight back its emerging evils.

Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games: “We are huge fans of Stranger Things and thrilled to work together with Netflix to bring our shared vision of Stranger Things into life in a mobile game format. Our core focus will be to deliver on Stranger Things’ rich and intense themes like friendship and supernatural adventure, and translate these into snack-sized entertainment on your mobile device. Combined with Netflix’s second-to none ability to reach audiences across the globe, we will deploy all of our accumulated creative and technological expertise to create a game for the fans of the series all around the world.”

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Videogames and Content-Streaming

Videogames are now the most popular form of entertainment in terms of gross-dollar amounts. As the technology behind videogames continues to develop, the number of experiences accessible to users will be astounding. Virtual reality is still a form of applicable technology in its infancy, and the same is true for augmented reality. Companies such as Unreal are in the process of creating engines to support photorealistic graphics. Fan-favorites like Nintendo continue to provide consumers with gaming soundtracks that will inevitably last throughout generations. With that said; gamers have remained faithful to physical content over the ability to stream games directly on consoles. The new partnership between Microsoft and Sony for content-streaming and AI applications looks to change the entire dynamic of the gaming industry.

Streaming Content

Consumers have enjoyed the ability to stream television shows and movies over popular streaming services for years. The convenience provided by these options is unrivaled and will eventually result in the death of cable and satellite television. Famous film producers, such as David Guillod, continue to observe the changing structure of the entertainment industry. As most consumers merely follow trends present in traditional forms of entertainment, it did not take long for most to adopt the notion of streaming content from devices. However, gamers have been much more reluctant to relinquish control in this area. Many players still prefer to purchase physical copies and save precious space on hard drives.

Convincing Gamers to Make the Transition

The process of convincing gamers to make this transition will certainly not be simple. Unlike television and films, gaming is an active form of entertainment and requires a stable playing environment. Recently, Google announced a streaming-only platform that did not impress the majority of hardcore gamers. This type of technology is appealing to the casual player who does not have access to one of the primary consoles available in the marketplace. However, hardcore gamers are individuals who are not afraid to voice opinions and change company trajectories. Before the Xbox One launched, Microsoft intended on having an always-online console to gain a competitive advantage in the streaming arena. However, the outcry from gamers quickly made Microsoft amend these plans and change course.

Developing Cloud Infrastructures for Games

One of the primary reasons as to why streaming has not taken off for gamers is due to latency. When players play online, they are expecting an amount of lag that cannot be detected by the human eye. Online only games such as Fortnite require a steady internet connection to play with friends and unknown challengers. The physical console is responsible for running these games and can only withstand so much workload. To successfully stream games in a reliable manner, companies will have to utilize cloud infrastructures across the world. Fortunately, Microsoft has one of the most significant cloud infrastructures in the world and is prepared to apply this technology to gaming. While this is undoubtedly why Microsoft and Sony decided to join forces, this investment could potentially fall flat due to the stubborn nature of the gaming industry.

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Panic Announces The Playdate Handheld Video Game System

After more than 20 years of making quality apps for Mac and iOS, Panic was, frankly, ready to try something new. Their first attempt: jumping into videogame publishing with Firewatch in 2016 and Untitled Goose Game later this year.

Today, after more than four years of work by a small and talented team, Panic is extremely excited to introduce Playdate, a brand new handheld gaming system.

Playdate is both very familiar, and totally new. It’s yellow, and fits perfectly in a pocket. It has a black-and-white screen with high reflectivity, a crystal-clear image, and no backlight. And of course, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, and a headphone jack. But it also has a crank. Yes, a crank: a cute, rotating analog controller that flips out from the side. It’s literally revolutionary.

There’s more: Playdate includes games — a full season of them. The games will be delivered over-the-air, once a week for 12 weeks, and they’ll be a surprise: when the new game light flashes, you’ll never know what you’re about to play. Panic recruited some of the world’s best game designers — some well known; others under the radar — to make games exclusively for our system. Playdate isn’t just hardware: it’s a complete experience.

Today, Panic is revealing one of these original Playdate games: Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure, from Keita Takahashi, the creator of Namco’s Katamari Damacy. This game uses the crank exclusively to control the flow of time, backwards and forwards. Your goal? Get Crankin’ to his date with Crankette while avoiding an ever-increasing series of ridiculous obstacles — obstacles that aren’t affected by the time control. Will Crankin’ make it to his rendezvous on-time? (Spoiler alert: no)

Playdate will ship in early 2020, with pre-orders anticipated in late 2019 for US $149.

More information can be found on the official site at https://play.date, where users wanting to be first in line for a Playdate can sign up for our mailing list.

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Watch The Sonic The Hedgehog Trailer

Paramount Pictures has released the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation. 

Sonic is voiced by Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, Night School, House of Lies).

The cast of Sonic the Hedgehog film also includes Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik/Eggman, Sonic’s villainous rival; James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, a police officer who teams up with Sonic to thwart Eggman’s evil schemes; Adam Pally (The Mindy Project, Iron Man 3) as Tom’s fellow police officer; Tika Sumpter and Natasha Rothwell. Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger), Sumpter and Rothwell’s roles are currently under wraps.

Sonic the Hedgehog will take its cues from the popular games, focusing on Sonic’s attempts to battle the evil Doctor Robotnik who is on a quest to assemble the Chaos Emeralds. This mark the first time that the Sonic games have been adapted for the big screen, but the character has previously appeared in both Wreck-It Ralph and this year’s Ready Player One.

Neal H. Moritz from Original Film Inc. (Fast and Furious series) will produce the adaptation which has Jeff Fowler (Blur Studio, Academy Award nominee for 2005 Best Animated Short Film Gopher Broke) directing and Deadpool‘s Tim Miller executive producing. Production of the film began in Vancouver and is set to continue through the end of September. The exact plot of the film is unknown, but it’s production title is said to be “Casino Night,” a callback to a level in Sonic 2.

Sonic the Hedgehog was first seen in 1991 on the SEGA Genesis. Since then, the character was inducted into the “World Video Game Hall of Fame” in 2016 at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Most recently, the popular franchise has seen two new hit releases in 2017, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC). Total sales of the series including both packaged and digital downloads count over 360 million units.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie will feature a mixture of CGI animation and live-action characters. Paramount Pictures will release the film on November 8.

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Copy of Super Mario Bros. Video Game Sets World-Record Price of $100,150

An unopened copy of Super Mario Bros., the classic video game released by Nintendo in 1985, set a world record for a graded game when it recently sold for $100,150. 

“Beyond the artistic and historical significance of this game is its supreme state of preservation,” says Kenneth Thrower, co-founder and chief grader of Wata Games. 

Due to its popularity, Nintendo reprinted Super Mario Bros. from 1985 to 1994 numerous times, resulting in 11 different box variations (according to this visual guide). The first two variations are “sticker sealed” copies that were only available in the New York and L.A. test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985 and 1986. Of all the sealed copies of Super Mario Bros., this is the only known “sticker sealed” copy and was certified by Wata Games with a Near Mint grade of 9.4 and a “Seal Rating” of A++. 

“Not only are all of NES sticker sealed game’ extremely rare, but by their nature of not being sealed in shrink wrap they usually exhibit significant wear after more than 30 years,” Thrower said. “This game may be the condition census of all sticker sealed NES games known to exist.”

A group of collectors joined forces Feb. 6 to purchase the game, including some of the biggest names in video games and collectibles as a whole. The buyers include Jim Halperin, Founder and Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas; Zac Gieg, owner of Just Press Play Video Games in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Rich Lecce, renowned coin dealer, pioneering video game collector, and owner of Robert B. Lecce Numismatist Inc of Boca Raton, Florida. 

“Super Mario Bros. is not only the most recognizable game of all time, it saved the video game industry in 1985,” said Wata Games President, Deniz Kahn. “In terms of rarity, popularity, and relevance to collectors, this game has it all. Mario is the most recognized fictional or non-fictional character in the world, more so than even Mickey Mouse. Super Mario Bros. launched the world’s largest game franchise and this copy is the only known sealed example from Nintendo’s test market release. 

“I would have loved nothing more than to be a part-owner, and even though this game was already certified, I didn’t want the remote perception of any conflict of interest due to my position at Wata,” Kahn said.

Gieg called this example the equivalent of the valuable comic book, Action Comics #1. “This is first appearance of Superman of video games,” he said. “We all knew how hard it is to find an open copy of this version in nice condition, but to find one still sealed is truly something I thought I would never see, even after selling vintage video games for over 20 years”

“More and more collectors from other fields are discovering how much fun it is to collect video games,” says Lecce. “It’s a very exciting time for our industry, especially with Heritage Auctions entering the secondary market for collectible vintage video games. With upcoming movie projects and three Nintendo-themed Universal amusement parks slated to open in 2020, the impact and popularity these characters have on our culture will be that much more apparent to new collectors entering the market.”

Wata-certified video games have been selling for record prices ever since Heritage began auctioning them in January. While many video games sell regularly for five figures, breaking the six-figure mark shows that the hobby’s upward trajectory indicates no signs of slowing down, Kahn said.

“I’m very happy with our purchase of the Super Mario Bros., considering the impact the release of this game had on the world and continues to have,” said Halperin. “The first Signature Auctions featuring Wata-certified video games run this February 21-23, and while this copy won’t appear in this auction, it just may end up in an auction sometime in the future.”

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Watch The Pokémon Detective Pikachu Trailer

The world of Pokémon comes to life!

The first-ever live-action Pokémon movie, Pokémon Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character in the first-ever live-action movie based on the iconic face of the global Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and most successful media franchises of all time.

Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as a talking detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.

The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu also stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (“Lady Bird,” TV’s “Big Little Lies”) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“Godzilla,” “The Last Samurai”) as Lt. Yoshida.

Directed by Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”), the Pokémon Detective Pikachu creative filmmaking team includes two-time Oscar nominated director of photography John Mathieson (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Gladiator”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies”) and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger (“Gravity”). Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (“Wonder Woman”) and Framestore (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”).

Launched in 1996 to overwhelming response, the Pokémon brand is a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 300 million units sold worldwide; the Pokémon Trading Card Game available in 11 languages with more than 23.6 billion cards shipped; an animated television series in its 21st season that is available in more than 160 countries; and over 20 animated films; as well as books, manga comics, music, toys, merchandise, and apps, including the wildly popular Pokémon GO, that has been downloaded over 850 million times and is enjoyed across the globe by fans of all ages.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is set for release on Friday, May 10, 2019.

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