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News Aaron Birch 19 Dec 2013 - 03:15
The Wii U is set to get a new Zelda game, but it's not the kind of Zelda you'd expect...
The latest Nintendo Direct has aired, and it kicked off with a bit of a left field announcement for a new Zelda game. Currently with a work-in-progress name of Hyrule Warriors, the new game is a collaboration between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei.
The game will basically be a Zelda version of the popular Dynasty Warriors series, seeing Link, and presumably other Hyrule characters, battle massive armies of enemies using various combat skills and super moves. The trailer shown in the Direct presentation looked pretty good, and demonstrated Link's various abilities, along with some of the Zelda-themed foes and locations we can expect to see in the game. It was also emphasised that this is not the next actual main Zelda game for Wii U, »
The Nes Remix, which features homages to sixteen games from the twilight years of the Nintendo Entertainment System, was announced during this morning’s Nintendo Direct. Available from today through the company’s eShop, the all-new, Wii U exclusive is essentially a highlights reel that draws upon beloved franchises, such as The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong, all the while implementing novel features and challenges.
Here’s the reveal trailer in full, courtesy of Nintendo:
With Link making an appearance in Donkey King’s realm and Mario tasked with completing an inverted level in Mushroom Kingdom, Nintendo’s new, 8-bit game collection looks set to reappropriate your childhood memories to great effect. Nes Remix will also encompass a litany of other gems from that particular era in gaming, including Ice Climber, Super Mario Bros. and Excitebike.
It was also confirmed that Nes Remix will include 200 unlockable stages, as well »
- Michael Briers
In 1993 Lightmotive Pictures released Super Mario Bros. The Movie, a live-action adaptation of the popular video game series. The film ended with a sequel hook which went unexplored — until now. Following discussions with original writer Parker Bennett, Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss have scripted a new adventure that continues right where the film left off. Join Mario, Luigi and Princess Daisy as they explore new locations and creatures inspired by the games, yet adapted in the film’s unique cyberpunk style. Will the Super Mario Bros. be able to survive once again?
Panned by virtually every critic upon its release in 1993, the live-action Super Mario Bros. is a movie that still gets mocked to this day. Even 20 years on, the movie is the butt of jokes from Internet based podcasts and review shows like How Did This Get Made? and Nostalgia Critic. »
Super Mario 3D World is not extra-dimensional in the sense that it requires special specs to play it. Nor does it run on some glasses-free, 2D-defying tech like the Nintendo 3Ds. No, its name actually comes from the title that spawned it, Super Mario 3D Land, which was, in fact, played on the aforementioned 3D device.
While not technically three-dimensional, though, Mario’s latest Goomba-stomping romp pops off the screen like no entry in the popular franchise before it. Forgoing the series’ oft-used side-scrolling formula in favor of layered level layouts that stretch to foregrounds, backgrounds, and any space in between, »
- Matt Cabral
The actor, whose real name was Jack Westelman, played one half of the famous brother duo opposite the late Lou Albano in the live-action segments (and also voiced the character in animated segments) for the length of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!’s 65-episode run in the late ’80s. He also recurred on The Jeffersons as Charlie the Bartender, from 1975-1985.
While many of his post-Mario credits were in voice work, one of Wells’ last »
- Sandra Gonzalez
His vast number of television credits also included appearances on “Rhoda,” “Columbo,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Lou Grant,” “Happy Days,” “The A-Team” and “Murder She Wrote.”
Wells also did a number of TV »
- Variety Staff
Danny Wells, who played Luigi on the TV adaptation of the wildly popular Nintendo video game franchise Super Mario Bros., died Nov. 28 in Toronto. He was 72. The Montreal-born actor, whose real name was Jack Westelman, also showed up as the recurring Charlie the Bartender on the long-running sitcom The Jeffersons. Wells appeared as the green character Luigi on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! in the 1989 series’ live-action segments and voiced him for its animated parts. The show, from Dic Entertainment, ran for 65 episodes in syndication and on independent TV stations. Lou Albano, the
- Mike Barnes
I kind of feel bad for Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). As you know, in The Amazing Spider-Man Connors transforms into The Lizard. And yes he goes about doing terrible things, like killing Gwen's father Captain Stacy (Denis Leary), but let's be honest this is all Peter's (Andrew Garfield) fault. If Peter didn't get all nosy, prying into his father's briefcase, he wouldn't have found the newspaper clipping of his dad with his old colleague Dr. Curt Connors and he wouldn't have found the decay rate algorithm. This then sets off the chain of events that lead Connors to become a Goomba from Super Mario Brothers. Shame on you Peter. Concept Art by Ian Joyner The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt »
During his many years within the pop culture spotlight, Mario has done just about everything. He’s raced, competed in a multitude of sports, painted pictures and much more. However, as we all know, the red-clad Italian plumber is best known for saving the Mushroom Kingdom and its inhabitants from apparent doom at the hands of a giant dinosaur named Bowser, as well as his many devilish cronies. It’s a tale that has been told in various ways since the 1980s, yet it still remains interesting to this day, thanks to Nintendo’s knack for colour, creativity and masterful stage design, not to mention its many attempts at creating stories that take place in other, more unique worlds. Let’s face it, folks, Mario is here to stay, and that’s not a bad thing.
Originally presented in side-scrolling, two-dimensional fashion, the Super Mario Bros. formula has been (expectedly »
- Chad Goodmurphy
This week, as Toronto mayor Rob Ford continued to careen off the rails, everyone pondered how great it would be if Chris Farley were still alive to mimic Ford on Saturday Night Live. Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman teamed up to create a new short film for Prada, while screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) put a dark spin on Super Mario Brothers. Also, Jimmy Fallon hosted a game of celebrity charades, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Takei created a gay version of The Bachelor. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
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- Liz Raftery
Welcome back to the series of posts here at SciFi Mafia that we’re calling Web Series Wednesday where we devote a space to the wonderment of the web series. Every Wednesday we’ll cover an awesome web series and give you all the info to get into it.
If you’ve got a favorite web series you’d like us to cover, head on over to the Contact Us page and shoot us your request. To catch up on past Web Series Wednesday posts click here.
This week we’re covering The Four Players.
The Four Players is really four character introductions. The Fixer, The Addict, The Soldier and The Star. All of whom you will recognize from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. It’s a modern theatrical version of their lives and it is amazing. I’ve posted them all here for you since there are only four of them, »
- Jess Orso
News Aaron Birch 20 Nov 2013 - 08:22
Want a free copy of Super Mario 3D Land for free and have a 3Ds or 3Ds Xl to register? Read on...
Nintendo is currently offering the excellent 3Ds title, Super Mario 3D Land, for free to those who register the handheld console between select dates, along with the registration one of fifteen qualifying games.
In the UK the offer starts after November 27 (from 15:01 UK time) and goes until January 13 (22:59). Simply register your 3Ds or 3Ds Xl, and one of the participating games (listed below) via Club Nintendo, and you'll be able to download a copy of Super Mario 3D Land. Simple.
The offer is also available in other European regions, and Australia, so be sure to check your local Club Nintendo site. At the time of writing, the offer wasn't applicable in the Us.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. »
Who needs new consoles? Well, I do, but I’m currently too poor to get one so I like to comfort myself by saying that. Or at least, that’s what I thought the situation was. If Nintendo has anything to say about it though, we may be forgetting about the competition’s new offerings entirely come the Big N’s ridiculously stacked launch day on November 22nd.
Nintendo’s press release below contains all the juicy details, but here’s what you need to know. Super Mario 3D World looks absurdly gorgeous and is absolutely cleaning up the review circuit thus far. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds brings item rental and other Zelda firsts to the table, all within the comfortably familiar Hyrule from A Link to the Past. They both seem awesome, I’m buying both and you should too. On top of all that, »
- Griffin Vacheron
Ohio State University isn't the only college that can pull off epic marching band halftime shows. Clemson University put its video game-loving foot forward in a Nintendo-themed halftime show that honored two of the company's biggest franchise: "Super Mario Bros." and "The Legend of Zelda."
Themes from the "Mario" games and "Zelda" titles like "Windwaker" and "Ocarina of Time" were played while the marching band shifted into forms like a Nintendo controller, Goombas, Princess Peach's castle, Link with his ocarina and the Tri-Force. Seriously, it's amazing. With a halftime show like this, it's no wonder Clemson beat Georgia Tech. »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the first two short films from The Four Players, the New York City Horror Film Festival lineup, details on the new zombie novel Northern Lights, and a Jason mask charity auction:
The Four Players Short Film Release Details: “Screenwriter and director, Evan Daugherty, screenwriter of the 2012 fantasy/action film “Snow White and the Huntsman” (as well as 2014’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “GI Joe 3,” among others) and Maker Studios’ collaborative gaming and geek culture network Polaris have announced the release of “The Four Players,” four new short films, each one re-imagining a different character from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. franchise. The first two films, “The Fixer” (Mario) and “The Addict” (Luigi) will debut on Polaris beginning November 14…”
To find out more on these four short films, visit: www. »
- Tamika Jones
The Four Players
Following the first two Mario and Luigi focused shorts the other day, the last two shorts from the gritty Super Mario Bros. reboot anthology "The Four Players" have gone online.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" scribe Evan Daugherty wrote and directed all four shorts, with these two focused on the characters of Princess Peach and Toad. Here the former is an imprisoned and tortured singer, the latter a steadfast soldier.
Cranston and actress Jane Kaczmarek both appear in the short which was shot for the complete series DVD box-set due out November 26th.
- Garth Franklin
On the heels of yesterday's two Super Mario Bros. shorts from screenwriter and director, Evan Daugherty and Maker Studios' collaborative gaming and geek culture network Polaris, video gamers and fans have the opportunity to experience two more The Four Players shorts today with "The Star" (Princess Peach) and "The Soldier" (Toad).
Screenwriter and director, Evan Daugherty, screenwriter of the 2012 fantasy/action film Snow White and the Huntsman and Maker Studios' collaborative gaming and geek culture network Polaris (YouTube.com/Polaris) released The Four Players, four new short films, each one reimagining a different character from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. franchise.
The Four Players episode 1.3, "The Star (Princess Peach)" airs on November 15th, 2014.
The Four Players episode 1.4, "The Soldier (Toad)" airs on November 15th, 2014. »
Christopher Nolan’s gritty, dark reality is to modern times what Quentin Tarantino’s chatty gangsters were to the ‘90s. Basically, any time someone comes up with something fresh, it is uninspiringly copied ad nauseum until the culture is beating a dead horse. So at this rate you can probably expect a “gritty and dark” take on a Happy Meal soon enough. In the meantime, a shadowy and grim take on the Super Mario Brothers video game characters has arrived. “Divergent” screenwriter Evan Daugherty and online multichannel network Maker Studios have teamed up together to create “The Four Players,” which is … wait for it, “a grounded, dark and grittier” tale of the Super Mario Brothers story. Mario is a “fixer,” Luigi is an “addict” speaking at a Narcotics Anonymous-type meeting ... you get the picture. We’d say it’s cute, but like us, maybe you’ve grown a little tired (weary and tired? »
- Edward Davis
Review Juliette Harrisson 15 Nov 2013 - 13:06
Leonard is made to understand what it's like to be Sheldon in this week's entertainingly self-aware episode of The Big Bang Theory...
This review contains spoilers.
7.8 The Itchy Brain Simulation
Sheldon gives Leonard an idea of what it feels like to be him, while Raj’s love life continues to be a disaster area in an episode that is guaranteed, no matter what you’re wearing, to make you itch constantly for its entire running time.
Having unearthed an old DVD that he failed to return to the rental store seven years ago, Leonard is terrified of Sheldon’s reaction and makes a desperate pre-emptive plea for him not to overreact. Sheldon, however, to everyone’s surprise, is fine (Penny gets freaked out by this unnatural calm and has to leave the room). But Sheldon has thought of a way to make Leonard understand »
This Friday, November 15th, marks the launch of the newest generation of Sony's PlayStation game console, the PlayStation 4, and next week will see Microsoft's Xbox One hit store shelves. Both are debuting with a slew of high profile titles, with more games due out in the coming months and high hopes for all the companies involved. Video games, like it or not, are an ever-present part of our lives. Evan Daugherty, who wrote the screenplay for the upcoming "Divergent," has also just written and directed four new shorts featuring characters from "Super Mario Bros." They may put a new spin »
- Liane Bonin Starr, Josh Lasser
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