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Zelda Wii U Delayed to 2017, Also Coming to NX

IGN.com - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 02:24

The Legend of Zelda Wii U has been delayed to 2017.

This comes via Nintendo's official Twitter account, among a slew of information from the company's latest fiscal results. According to the Tweet, the rationale behind the delay is to "improve the quality" of the game.

"Though originally scheduled for 2016, the release of the latest "The Legend of Zelda” title is postponed until 2017, to allow further improvement of quality" the tweet reads. "Thank you for your understanding."

Nintendo of America's twitter account released new art for the highly anticipated game.

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The Killing Joke: First Trailer for the DC Animated Movie

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 23:51

The first trailer for the DC animated adaptation of Alan Moore's legendary graphic novel has been released.

Yahoo! Movies has the exclusive, which you can check out below.

Batman: The Killing Joke will debut at this year's San Diego Comic-Con before heading to DVD and Blu-ray. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are set for the roles of Batman and the Joker, and the movie will be adding to the story of the original comic. It's also notable as the first film in the DC Universe Original Movie series to receive an R rating.

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The Flash: Is Wells' Plan a Good Idea?

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 23:42

Warning: Full spoilers for this week’s The Flash, “Back to Normal,” follow.

This week’s The Flash ended with Harrison (or “Harry”) Wells coming up with a bold way to give Barry Allen his powers back – causing another particle accelerator explosion.

The Flash’s executive producers weighed in on this turn of events and other plotlines, as the show nears the end of Season 2.

There are a lot of good reasons to not cause a particle accelerator explosion, given what happened last time, but we were assured that those concerns are very much part of the storyline.

Andrew Kreisberg (Executive Producer): The next episode is about the efficacy of doing that. You know, Harry thinks that between his particle accelerator explosion and what he learned from what the Thawne version of Wells did, he can contain it and just get Barry his powers back. But it's complicated and dangerous, and everyone including Barry has to decide if this is the right way to go, considering the craziness that ensued last time. They're sort of faced with a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don't,’ because Zoom's about to unleash a reign of terror on the city.’

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Marvel Statement on Dr. Strange Casting Controversy

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 23:34

An official statement from Marvel as been issued on the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie.

The statement comes in response to questions around casting a white woman as a character originally depicted as Tibetan in the comic book.

“Marvel has a very strong record of diversity in its casting of films and regularly departs from stereotypes and source material," a Marvel press officer told The New York Times.

“The Ancient One is a title that is not exclusively held by any one character, but rather a moniker passed down through time, and in this particular film the embodiment is Celtic. We are very proud to have the enormously talented Tilda Swinton portray this unique and complex character alongside our richly diverse cast."

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Containment: Episode 2 Review

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 23:25

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

Containment's second episode didn't improve much over the premiere, especially as far as character development was concerned. Nevertheless, "I to Die, You to Live" came with several intriguing developments -- enough that this installment was marginally more engaging than the last -- most notably the addition of one Elizabeth Franklin (Powers' Emma Elle Roberts), who turned out to be tied to Patient Zero before the quarantine was issued.

Indeed, the storyline interconnectivity this week was stronger this time out, as Lex, Sabine and the rest of the CDC tried to determine whether Elizabeth was inside or outside the cordon. For example, the party Teresa was invited to gave us our first hint of Elizabeth's location, along with the scene of Teresa's friend coming to visit her in between rounds of spin-the-bottle. And while the obvious kiss on Teresa's cheek was an immediate red flag, it did give us a familiar face to possibly worry about being infected (or two, if you count Teresa's unborn baby).

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The Flash: "Back to Normal" Review

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 22:02

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Can The Flash still function when its title character is powerless? That’s the question the show has to address as barry and his friends confront the aftermath of their most recent battle with Zoom. Barry has to readjust to being an ordinary guy again, and everyone in Team Flash has to face the conundrum of protecting Central City without the Fastest Man Alive backing them up. That premise made for a decent follow-up to last week’s dramatic installment, but “Back to Normal” definitely felt like a quiet interlude as the show builds towards more interesting conflicts again.

The title of this episode was appropriate on multiple levels. Barry’s struggle to adjust to being ordinary was very much at the heart of the conflict this week The opening sequence captured that struggle nicely, contrasting a day in the life of the Flash with the mundane reality Barry now faces. When you’re used to running to work in the blink of an eye, being stuck riding a bus must be murder.

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Limitless: Season Finale Review

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 21:59

Warning: Full spoilers for the Limitless: Season 1 finale follow.

The ticking clock was in full force in part two of Limitless' season finale. While Brian was (temporarily) back on the team at the CJC, the side effects of NZT were definitely starting to weigh on him in this final stretch. Admittedly, the investigation here was pretty straightforward and didn't deviate too much from the norm, but Brian's hallucinations and the NZT-fueled Legion of Whom pulling the strings managed to keep "Finale: Part Two!!" plenty engaging throughout.

Even though the stakes were at an all-time high this week, I was glad to still see some levity in this episode -- namely, Brian's imagined version of the Legion of Whom and their volcanic headquarters, not to mention his arts and crafts. (After all, what would Limitless be without Brian's makeshift visual aids?) Moreover, I thought the Northwest Passage conflict was an interesting one -- definitely not the case I would have expected, but this show has always had a knack for that -- though it got a bit convoluted in the middle, as Brian tried to explain how and why the Legion of Whom was trying to build up a treaty and "burst its bubble," so to speak.

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Agents of SHIELD: "The Singularity" Review

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 21:31

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

 

So far, I’m quite liking the depiction of Daisy under Hive’s control. "The Singularity" showed it wasn't all one-note and “Hive is my master! I work for Hive!” with Daisy and the other Inhumans suddenly robotic and not themselves. The idea that they’re addicted to what he gives them and feel happy from it gives it a different leaning – especially as we see they still have their own personalities and emotions, but are still compelled to do his bidding.

This was made the most apparent in the very strong scene where Daisy confronted Fitz and did let him live, albeit with a huge “Next time, I snap your neck” warning to stay away. Also of note was Hive not killing Simmons, which seemed to go beyond indifference and reflect that he really does have some of the feelings of those he’s inhabited - in this case Will’s love for her. Sure, it’s also clear they are more than willing to kill – wow on Hive disintegrating that guy chasing Simmons – but the tinge of conflict here makes it appealingly messier and likely sets up an Achilles' heel as we head towards a final confrontation.

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Alita: Battle Angel Nearing Lead Actress Decision

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:45

Alita: Battle Angel may have found its lead actress.

Producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez have reportedly named Rosa Salazar, of Maze Runner: Scorch Trails; Zendaya, who will star in Spider-Man: Homecoming; Bella Thorne, the voice of Cora in Rachet & Clank; and Maika Monroe, star of It Follows, as finalists.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a decision is expected to made be in the "coming weeks."

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Watch Naomi Die a Lot in Dark Souls 3

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:41

Well hey, guys! On today's stream, Dark Souls 3 expert Chloi takes myself (Naomi) through the dark and treacherous world of Dark Souls. Completely. Blind. That's right, I haven't played an inch of it yet. This should be fun...

Just so you know, we're going to be livestreaming every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1PM - 3PM PT. We'll focus on new releases and DLC drops, but let us know in the comments what games you'd like to see!

We'll be answering questions live during the stream, so tweet @ign with #ignplayslive

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The Walking Dead: Michonne - Episode 3 Review

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 19:55

Up until this third and final episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne, the connection I felt to the main character was strong — almost everything in the first two episodes served to explore her pain and guilt. Episode 3 succeeds in adding more context and meaning to Michonne and her emotions, but its slow beginning and heavy-handed approach to its themes left me feeling distant from her and disengaged with her story.

Michonne’s best moments are with her companion Sam’s two younger brothers, James and Alex. I watched her solemnly teach the older one how to load a gun and tell him it was okay to be scared, while I had her avoid telling the youngest about a devastating death. In both of her short talks with them, the same dialogue option pops up: “I’ll protect you.” It’s clear that the boys are stand-ins for her lost daughters — the children she can protect this time — and her scenes with them were poignant without feeling forced or overdone.

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Nintendo’s Humble Bundle Has $179 Worth of Games

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 19:19

Nintendo and the Humble Bundle organization have announced a selection of eight console and handheld games valued at $179 USD as part of new partnership.

By paying $1 USD or more, contributors to the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle receive Retro City Rampage (3DS), Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U), Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (Wii U, 3DS). Paying more than the average (presently $9.70 USD) or more unlocks Freedom Planet (Wii U), Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure (3DS), Citizen’s of Earth (Wii U, 3DS), and a Retro City Rampage DX home menu theme for Nintendo 3DS.

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HTC Announces $100 Million Fund For Virtual Reality Startups

Slashdot.org - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 19:09
An anonymous reader writes: HTC today announced the Vive X accelerator program through which the company will invest from it's newly created $100 million VR fund. The fund aims to kickstart the VR ecosystem in support of the company's Vive VR headset. Applications for the accelerator program, which will open first in Beijing, Taipei, and San Francisco, are open today. The company says their aim is to "help cultivate, and grow the global VR ecosystem by supporting startups and providing them with expertise, special access to advanced VR technology, financial investment, mentorship and unmatched go-to-market support."

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Join IGN's Captain America: Civil War Review Discussion

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 18:33

We've seen Captain America: Civil War and we want to share our thoughts with you, the IGN community! We'll be giving our spoiler-free thoughts on the film and then answering your questions on Facebook Live.

Hit Like on IGN's Facebook page and go there on Friday at 12:00 pm PST to watch and participate in our Civil War chat. Again, we won't be spoiling anything, although if you are spoiler-sensitive, best steer clear.

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Universal Could Lose $70 Million on Winter's War

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 18:29

Universal Pictures may lose as much as $70 million on The Huntsman: Winter's War, likely extinguishing the studio's Huntsman franchise.

Variety reports rival studio executives believe the fairly tale film will end up costing Universal big money. Other sources familiar with the project believe Universal may only take a $30-40 million hit, thanks to potential success on home entertainment platforms.

The Huntsman: Winter's War, which cost $115 million to shoot, would have to bring in an estimated $325 million to break even once marketing and distribution costs are accounted for, according to the aforementioned executives.

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Apple Reports Over $50 Billion in Revenue Last Quarter

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 18:17

Apple reported its second quarter earnings today, and revealed it made $50.6 billion USD in revenue for the quarter.

Apple was quiet on specifics in its press release, mentioning nothing of Apple Watch, iPhone, or other hardware sales in the release. Those numbers will likely come up during the company's call with its investors.

CEO Tim Cook referred to current market conditions as "strong macroeconomic headwinds," and stated he was "very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue" and lauding the "incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem."

Cook also pointed to Apple's "growing base of over one billion active devices."

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Darkest Dungeon Delayed on Sony Platforms

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 18:12

Darkest Dungeon's PlayStation 4 and Vita ports have been delayed until late July or August, Red Hook Studios announced today.

Gameplay adjustments for PlayStation's controllers are "not a quick process," the developer said in an update on its site. "We have a level of quality that we want to ensure in all of our releases and we would rather take some extra time to make it right, rather than rush it out the door."

Additionally, Red Hook wants to ensure its Town Events content works properly with the new platforms. The schedule adjustment will allow "potential future events" to line up with other platforms.

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Harry Potter Villain Actor Now an MMA Fighter

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 18:11

Josh Herdman, who played Gregory Goyle in the Harry Potter series, is exploring a new career path in addition to acting: professional MMA fighting.

As The Mirror reports, after serving as Draco Malfoy's right-hand man during his time at Hogwarts, Herdman won his first amateur MMA fight this past weekend in London.

Image via Mirror

While serious about his potential MMA career -- he holds a shodan black belt in Japanese jujitsu -- Herdman isn't ready to give up acting for good. He still has an agent and attends auditions, but feels as though acting is "just a little bit like playing the lottery for a living."

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SHIELD Recreates Gwen Stacy Death Cover for 4-Part Finale Event

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:55

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD is hyping its final four episodes before the Season 3 finale by promising a big death is on the horizon.

IGN can exclusively reveal new art for the "Fallen Agent" event. It recreates the iconic The Amazing Spider-Man Issue 121 cover that previewed the death of Gwen Stacy.

Daisy Johnson's prophecy at the end of the recent episode "Spacetime" foreshadowed a major death on the horizon. That prophecy is ticking closer, and Marvel wants fans to know that anyone on the team could die.

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Director Says Civil War Happened Because of BvS

IGN.com - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:29

Filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo believe Marvel moved forward with Captain America: Civil War because of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's announcement.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Russo discussed how Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige's thoughts evolved on their pitch for the upcoming movie, especially after Warner Bros. announced they were making Batman v Superman.

"There have been 11 or 12

movies so far, all with a fairly traditional structure," said Russo.  "Our pitch to them was: People will tell you they love chocolate ice cream — until you give it to them five days a week. It's time to give them some rainbow sherbet.

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