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A new Splatoon-themed Wii U console bundle will launch alongside the game on May 29, Nintendo has announced.
The deluxe hardware bundle, which comes packed with a download code for the aforementioned ink-filled third-person shooter, a pre-installed copy of Nintendo Land, and, of course, a 32GB model of the console, will be available exclusively at Best Buy for $300 USD.
Here's a look at the packaging.
Pages from All-New X-Men #40 have leaked online ahead of Wednesday's launch, revealing one of the original team members is gay.
As you can imagine, spoilers for the issue follow so if you'd rather wait and pick it up on Wednesday to see who out of Iceman, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, and Jean Grey are gay, then click away now.
At this past weekend’s Star Wars Celebration, we did get a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, news of a novelization, and a closer look at some props and costumes from the movie, but one thing integral to the Star Wars experience was missing: new toys.
It’s no secret that back when the first Star Wars movie was being developed, George Lucas passed on a bump in salary in exchange for retaining full merchandising rights to Star Wars. Lucas mined the blockbuster movie like no one before, putting out untold numbers of collectibles over the years. There were action figures of everyone from the iconic Darth Vader down to the obscure Ugnaughts -- what kid wanted to play with Ugnaughts, we don’t know. The result was earning untold amounts of cash and hooking fans on the plastic stuff for life.
As Nintendo builds up to Splatoon’s May 29 release, it’s only a matter of time before we spray and splatter ink in single and multiplayer matches. We’ve had a lot to say about Splatoon at the IGN office. It’s a ton of fun to make a mess with ink. But it’s even more satisfying to examine the aftermath, since the stages look like two-tone Kandinsky paintings. Recently, IGN went hands-on with a few new modes and features. Here’s what we learned.
Battle Dojo, a 1v1 offline multiplayer versus mode, changes the focus from spraying up territory to popping balloons. These skirmishes unfold in the same arenas as multiplayer Turf Wars. Here, a column of colored rings indicates where a set of inflated targets will spawn. The player with the highest score at the end of five minutes wins. As a way to push for a potential comeback, the point value doubles in the later moments of a match.
Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is looking just as suspicious as ever. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) decide to continue their investigations of the STAR Labs leader in Starling City. Yes, it's time for another crossover. Joe works with Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne), and Cisco has a run-in with the Black Canary (Katie Cassidy).
While they're off working in Arrow territory, Barry (Grant Gustin) continues to deal with the metahuman problem in Central City. The newest superhuman in town is Hannibal Bates, a shapeshifter who can transform himself into anyone he touches. See photos from the episode in the below gallery.
The Flash: "Who is Harrison Wells?" Photo Gallery:
Capcom is teaming up with Nintendo of America to bring six GBA Mega Man titles to Wii U Virtual Console in May 2015.
Through the poll on the Capcom Unity blog, fans can vote for the GBA Mega Man game to be released on May 7. The remaining games will be released chronologically, every Thursday, for the remainder of May (which Capcom has playfully nicknamed as "Mega May").
The poll is open until April 29 and allows users the chance to vote for either Mega Man & Bass, Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue/White, Mega Man Zero 2 or Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun/Blue Moon.
Yacht Club Games' 2D side-scrolling action platformer Shovel Knight will release on Xbox One next week, Microsoft spokesman Major Nelson announced.
After mistakenly tweeting that the game would be hitting the Xbox platform later this week, Mr. Larry Hryb corrected himself in a followup post, confirming that the game will arrive on Xbox Live's marketplace one week later.
Correction: Shovel Knight is coming to Xbox One next week http://t.co/Cqj8YT49Y0
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) April 21, 2015
Greg M. Mitchell, the man responsible for almost all the cinematics in the Gears of War franchise, has left Epic Games to join Black Tusk Studios.
Announcing the move on Twitter, Mitchell didn't elaborate upon his new position at the studio handling the next entry in the Gears franchise, but it's pretty obvious it'll be related to the cinematics again.
Today, Google is launching a new Android Wear update that brings its functionality closer to that of the Apple Watch.
According to a post on the Google Blog, the Android Wear will be getting Wi-Fi support. The watch will also be getting "always-on apps" in addition to its always-on screen.
You no longer need to use your hands to check your notifications, as flicking your wrist scrolls through the stream. Additionally, you'll now be able to view your contacts with one tap from the watch face.
There is also functionality to recognise emojis that you draw on the screen, which can then be sent via message or text to your friends.
Money stored in a Google Wallet account is now secured by the FDIC, giving Google Wallet the same level of protection as an account at a traditional bank.
Yahoo Finance confirmed that Google recently changed how it handles money with its digital wallet service. These changes now put Google Wallet within FDIC standards, which will protect funds up to $250,000 USD. This means if Google happens to go bankrupt, you won't have to go to court to get $250,000 USD of your money back. PayPal and Venmo, who offer similar services, don't offer this type of protection.
With the support of the FDIC, Google Wallet is gaining steam and starting to stand out from its competitors. You can read more about how Google Wallet allows you to process payments from when IGN reported its launch in 2011.
Mortal Kombat X creator Ed Boon has hinted the recently-released brawler could soon be getting Story DLC to introduce new playable characters.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Boon mused about the possible existence of a "Story Pack", though he failed to be drawn on any details about who may be involved or when we may see it.
— Ed Boon (@noobde) April 18, 2015
It's official: the classic 1980s American sitcom, Full House, is coming back to life on Netflix.
John Stamos, who starred as Jesse Katsopolis on the show, announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live that Netflix has sealed the deal and Full House will be revived as Fuller House. There will be 13 episodes, starting with a one-hour special that will serve as a reunion for the Tanner family.
Stamos, who is serving as producer, revealed that this reincarnation of the hit series will focus on DJ Tanner and her three sons, Stephanie Tanner, and kooky neighbor Kimmy Gibbler. Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barder will star and Stamos himself will reprise his original role of Uncle Jesse as a guest star.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is a decent attempt at converting the Assassin's Creed experience into a side-scrolling form-factor, but it lacks heart. The pieces are all there, but they are patched together in a dry, passionless way that left me feeling emptier the longer I played it.
Chronicle's uninspired story is probably the best example of this. It's stitched loosely together with still drawing sequences that bookend each level. Apparently the main character, an assassin named Shao Jun is out for revenge against the Templars for...something. The voice actors playing the two main characters sounded positively bored throughout, making it hard for me to connect my actions with their motivations in any meaningful way.
The penultimate episode of the first season of Powers (the PlayStation Network’s first original, scripted series) will be available to watch today, April 21. The final instalment of Powers’ debut, 10-episode season will be released a week later, on April 28.
Emerging from a fairly mammoth gestation period (a Powers TV series was in active development at FX as of early 2009, although it was reportedly optioned for film by Sony as far back as 2001), Powers was showcased during Sony’s E3 2014 press conference. There Sony revealed to the world that the long-discussed TV adaptation of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming’s superhero-themed police procedural comic series was finally coming to the small screen, via the PlayStation Network. PlayStation Plus members would be eligible to watch the whole series for no additional cost.
Boba Fett may be dead, or he may be alive, and it's up to a future Star Wars storyteller to determine his fate.
According to Slashfilm, Pablo Hidalgo, a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group, had this to say about the fate of the legendary bounty hunter:
"Boba Fett is both simultaneously alive and dead in the Sarlaac Pit until a story pulls him out."
Hidalgo is credited with additional production support on Star Wars Rebels, and is part of a team whose job it is to ensure all current and future Star Wars narratives tell a cohesive story.
This team was created by president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, and its influence expands to cover upcoming films, books, TV shows, comics and games.
A Star Wars fan has created his own functional BB-8 toy.
The ball droid that was circling around R2-D2 at Star Wars Celebration 2015 is the newest robot to join the Star Wars family in The Force Awakens. Although BB-8 toys have been officially licensed, industrial design student Christian Poulsen couldn't wait to make his own. "As I watched
roll around my only thought was “need!” …So I made one", Poulsen told MAKE.
Hugh Jackman's next film Pan has been delayed from July 24 to October 9 in North America.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. made the decision to delay Pan to avoid competing with the big mid-year films such as Ant-Man and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
"We wanted to give Pan the space to extend its theatrical run, so taking it out of the cluttered summer season made the most sense," said Dan Fellman, distribution executive at Warner Bros.
Pan tells an original story within the Peter Pan mythology. It's directed by Joe Wright and stars Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as a young James Hook and Levi Miller as Peter Pan.
Today, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner shared an update on the Transformers franchise, confirming the Transformers Cinematic Universe and a potential release date for the next film in the series.
According to TFW2005, Goldner made the statement during Hasbro's 2015 Q1 Earnings Conference Call, saying:
"Our plan with the studio and filmakers you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers. We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
While Gotham may still have a myriad of issues (was that an actual cat-scare?), business picked up a bit with "Under the Knife" as Barbara -- of all characters -- suddenly became interesting.
One of the benefits of writing for a network show (meaning, a 22-episode season) is that you're often writing while you're in production. Usually only a couple episodes ahead of filming. So if a character is working, you know. You're able to see how fans react. Same goes for when someone's rubbing viewers the wrong way. And while this scenario didn't seem to help us out as far as Fish was concerned, it may have aided Barbara.