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Unlike recent weeks, Nintendo has quite a bit of new content heading to 3Ds and Wii U with today's eShop update. One of the most welcome additions is "Super Metroid," which can be picked up via the Wii U Virtual Console for just $0.30 this month. In addition, Wii U owners can get "Super Mario Bros. 2" at 50% off this week when they purchase the Virtual Console version of "Super Mario World." There's A Lot more to see, so keep reading!
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Save 50 Percent on Super Mario Bros.™ 2 for Wii U – We're celebrating spring with a sale on classic favorites for Wii U. Starting today, save 50 percent on Super Mario Bros. 2 when you buy the Wii U Virtual Console™ version of Super Mario World™ from the Nintendo eShop. This offer ends at 9 a.m. Pt on May 23.
Virtual Console on Wii U – New Releases
- Don Hatfield
The Dark Knight returns (in brick form) this month with the release of Tt Animation's direct-to-video feature Lego: Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, and Warner Bros. has sent over a selection of images from the upcoming CG-animated video game adaptation, along with a brand new clip featuring Batman and Robin attempting to infiltrate Arkham...
"Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite provides the ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages. The film finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President – and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black Lego Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman's technology – forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help. »
- Flickering Myth
So apparently the suits at Disney have given up and are like, "Fiiiiine, we'll make Merida an un-hot ginger."
The controversy, which first reared its head earlier this week when a more slim-trim/glammy Merida from "Brave" was unveiled for her coronation as a Disney World Princess, has resulted in fan outcry that ultimately led the Mouse House to tell Inside the Magic that the redesign was strictly a "one-time stylized version" that will only be used on a "limited line of products" for Target.
While the studio claims the backlash was "blown out of proportion," it's fair to say that when the lady who won an Oscar for "Brave," Brenda Chapman, is calling you out for sexism it might be time to prick up your ears.
Fans have a history of anger at the first sign of change in an iconic character (see Bat nipples in "Batman and Robin, »
- Max Evry
8th May 2013
It’s taken me some time to come around to Scott Snyder’s run on Batman but now I’m fully on board. I couldn’t stand the Court of Owls plotline when I first read it, but since then, I’ve made a real U-turn on my Snyder-based opinions. I have always rather liked Greg Capullo’s art on the book. The recent Death of the Family storyline managed to take a fairly gimmicky set up and create something effective with actual emotional resonance. At the moment though, we’re pretty much treading water with Batman until the duo’s Zero Year arc begins next month (which, in spite of everything, I’m cautiously optimistic about, which speaks volumes for the amount of trust Snyder has garnered from me).
This is the second of a two part arc starring Clayface, »
- Mark Allen
Chris Cooper reviews Batman and Red Hood #20...
"The massive fallout from the recent events in Batman, Incorporated take Batman to the very limits of his sanity…will The Red Hood pull him back—or push him over the edge?"
Batman and Robin has been a really solid title, so once (spoilers!) Damian was killed off in the pages of Batman, Incorporated I had concerns over the direction of the title. Last months issue, featuring Carrie Kelley, dealt with denial and gave me hope that it wasn't losing its way.
Sadly #20, featuring Red Hood and focusing on anger, does very little to move things along and ultimately just feels pointless. As a story it lacks focus, with the pair attacking a base in Africa and basically shouting at each other for most of it. Instead of any real development, it just peters out with Jason leaving Bruce on his own.
- Chris Cooper
The specter of the Man of Steel has loomed on the horizon ever since the first trailer was revealed last summer, attached to the theatrical release of The Dark Knight Rises. Superman fans have been intrigued yet skeptical. For enthusiasts, Superman is the greatest comic book character of all time, and they can’t wait to see him on the big screen again amidst the legion of newly-popularized super hero movies. But for naysayes, haunting memories of Superman’s most recent foray onto the silver screen – 2006’s self-important and visionless Superman Returns – have caused apprehension about a return of the character.
Adding to the conflict is the popular opinion that Batman, once Superman’s second in the pantheon of greatest heroes, has now superseded his rival. He has proven himself critically and financially thanks to Christopher Nolan, who raised the Batman films from the ashes of Batman and Robin and »
- Aaron Berke
Starting as it means to go on with side-splitting spoof of the opening to Tim Burton’s classic 1989 Batman flick, complete with the dramatic Danny Elfman score, Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite re-purposes the cut scenes from the recent Lego Batman 2 videogame into a movie which sees billionaire Lex Luthor (voice by Clancy Brown) become jealous of Bruce Wayne (Troy Baker) when he receives the man of the year award instead of Lex.
Deciding to run for President, Lex teams up with Gotham’s supervillain community to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, recruiting the Joker (Christopher Corey Smith) to perfect a Black Lego Destructor Ray to wreak havoc on Gotham. As Lex destroys Batman’s tech, Batman »
- Phil Wheat
The writers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have defended the inclusion of multiple villains.
"I think you have to go into it and say, 'Is this character essential to the story or are you just throwing him in for no reason whatsoever?'" Kurtzman told MTV.
Various superhero movie flops are widely considered to have suffered from the inclusion of too many villains.
Kurtzman and Orci worked on the script of the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is scheduled for release on May 2, 2014.
Image gallery - 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' set photos: »
Justice League is now one of the most talked about movies in cinema today, and it is an inevitability. The Avengers was a massive success so without a doubt we know a Justice League movie is going to happen. This film needs to happen, since Batman and Superman now seem to be the only franchises that DC can adapt for the big screen (we won’t mention Batman and Robin) or indeed have any interest in adapting.
What about fan favourites like The Flash? What about the movie Green Lantern deserves but did not receive? Those movies may come later, if a mooted Jla movie is a success, but casting them at this stage is an important step in ensuring an enduring DC movie legacy beyond the two key properties.
- Dean Beirne
Directed by: Shane Black
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Release Date: May 3, 2013
Plot: Cocky scientist billionaire Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) takes on evil terrorist the Mandarin (Kingsley), while a former fan (Pearce) hatches a mysterious scheme.
Who’S It For? If you are excited for a new Iron Man movie, or even just another installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then there is no point in me trying to stop you. However, if you’re on the fence about that entity’s conquering, or this movie in general, don’t go; it’s not very likely that this movie’s over-saturation of comic relief and silly action sequences will convince you Iron Man hasn’t worn out his welcome. Instead, this second sequel plays into the simple desires audiences want from entertainment, »
- Nick Allen
Review Ron Hogan 30 Apr 2013 - 07:00
This review contains spoilers.
1.15 The Final Chapter
I didn't watch The Killing, but apparently fans of the programme have said that the ending was less than satisfying. Too many loose ends, too much held over for the next season, too little resolution. The Following will not be having that problem, thanks to a satisfying, tense, and really well done final episode for the first season. Fittingly called The Final Chapter, the book is pretty effectively closed on the Joe Carroll saga while still having a cliffhanger leading into the second season.
For a show that has been pretty brainless throughout its run, it opened very strongly and it ended very strongly, suggesting that the initial 'movie' from writer/creator Kevin Williamson »
by Brett White
Somewhere along the way, "Iron Man 2" got a bad rap. We're venturing heavily into personal opinion territory, here, so buckle your seat belts. To me it seems like the movie has inexplicably become shorthand for garbage, and I just don't see it. Yeah, I'm the target audience for a movie like "Iron Man 2," and I was hungry for more Marvel when the film came out in 2010. But I thoroughly enjoyed it, which apparently doesn't jive with the majority of comic book movie fans out there, who seemingly forget that actual superhero film garbage exists. "Iron Man 2" is not "Batman and Robin," people. It's not "Catwoman."
As a true believer in "Iron Man 2," I've assembled a diverse group of commentators to argue the film's case. There's too much hate for this movie online, so it's time to consider showing it some love. And with »
- Splash Page Team
According to recent reports, the upcoming "Batman: Arkham Origins" -- a prequel to Rocksteady's Arkham games that was announced earlier this month -- will be the first game in the acclaimed series to include a multiplayer mode.
Citing two industry sources, Kotaku reports that one of the multiplayer modes in "Batman: Arkham Origins" will see players assume the role of a member of Joker or Bane's gang as they try to take out Batman and Robin. The villains involved include Killer Croc, Deadshot, Firefly, Black Mask, Deathstroke, and "some kind of Electroman character," according to Kotaku's sources.
Of course none of this information has been confirmed by Warner Bros., so you may want to take it with the tiniest grain of salt. However, Kotaku is feeling pretty confident about their source, claiming they were "spot-on" about the game's name and cover art before the initial reveal.
What are your thoughts »
- Don Hatfield
Anghus Houvouras reviews the latest issue of Marvel Now!'s Uncanny X-Men...
"Frazer Irving (Batman and Robin) joins the creative team of Uncanny X-Men! Learn what it's like to be a student at Cyclops' new school."
If you've been reading any of my Marvel Now! themed reviews, the recurring theme is "anything can happen". There's a kitchen sink mentality in so many of the titles that it's hard not to appreciate the effort which has freshened up many a stale title. Uncanny X-Men has been one of the best beneficiaries of this mentality.
So far we've seen the book take a handful of dejected mutants, put their backs to the wall by breaking their powers and their wills, and seeing how they deal with the pressure. Cyclops and company have been existing in a potboiler since the end of the most recent Phoenix saga. These are desperate times and the »
- Flickering Myth
News Aaron Birch 24 Apr 2013 - 09:14
The next Batman: Arkham title, Origins, may feature multiplayer, if a recent rumour is true...
Coming from the same Kotaku sources that, apparently, also nailed the new title of the next Batman game, along with its setting, is a new rumour that Batman: Arkahm Origins will feature multiplayer modes alongside the single player story.
The rumour isn't all that in-depth, but states that the new title will, in one section, feature a multiplayer mode that pits members of the Joker and Bane's gang against Batman and Robin.
The same source also said that villains included will feature Deadshot, Firefly, Deathstroke, Killer Croc and Black Mask (who is also the main antagonist this time 'round). All characters will be playable and customisable.
At this time, nothing is confirmed or set in stone, but many, initially single player only big name series have received multiplayer bolt-ons in the past, »
Consider this unconfirmed for now, but Kotaku says they've heard from two separate sources that Batman: Arkham Origins, the recently announced prequel and third entry in the Arkham series, will be the first game to have multiplayer. Read the details below: Highlights: During one section of the game, players will be able to play as a member of Joker or Bane's gang says the report, which also infers you may be able to play as henchman to other villains. Who are you going up against while playing henchman? Batman And Robin! More on that later. The report also names a few other Batman villains besides Joker and Bane involved in the game including Killer Croc, the previously confirmed Deathstroke and Black Mask, Deadshot, Firefly and an electricity-based villain (possibly Electrocutioner). That does make a tally of 8 villains or 'assassins' if you will. The inclusion of Robin is a rather interesting »
We're still a few months away from knowing specifics about the upcoming prequel video game Batman: Arkham Origins , but some interesting rumors have begun to circulate regarding play modes in the game. Kotaku is reporting that one of their sources indicates there will be a form of multiplayer in the game. Specifically they say this: "According to our tipster: during at least one section of multiplayer, you play as a member of Joker or Bane's gang while trying to take down Batman and Robin. The villains involved.who may be playable and customizable.include Killer Croc, Deadshot, Firefly, Black Mask, Deathstroke, and "some kind of Electroman character." This is all, of course, simply rumors at this point, but the source that provided them with the information »
How many times have we seen an incredible trailer only to be horribly let down by the end result? Be it smart marketing, stunning visuals, familiar tropes or just an amazing song, we have all been hyped to the point of inevitable disappointment at one time or another. This article will list ten trailers that were better than their actual film.
Some films listed are so bad that a half decent trailer was always going to be the best we could hope for, but some selections might suprise you. So sit back and watch these trailers while marvelling at what could and should have been.
10. Batman And Robin
Batman and Robin has deservedly appeared on numerous ‘Worst Film Ever’ lists. With an over bloated cast, horrific dialogue, “Can you stay cool Batman?” and Bat nipples so pointy a 3D re-release might be worthwhile, the film took everything negative said about »
Last month the comic book iteration of the ongoing Batman saga suffered a savage blow when the most recent incarnation of Batman’s protégé, Robin, was killed in action. In this current version of the narrative, the boy wonder was Bruce Wayne’s own son, Damian Wayne (his mother was Talia al Ghul) – thus his death marks not only the loss of Batman’s partner in his crusade for vengeance, but also the devastating personal tragedy of losing a child.*
DC comics decided to symbolically acknowledge the enormity of Wayne’s grief by stripping away some of the primary narrative devices with which the comic book medium communicates. Written by Peter J. Tomasi and illustrated by Patrick Gleason, Batman and Robin #18 (the first in that series set after the murder of his son) was an issue that made the bold choice to be conveyed entirely in silence.
Gone were speech bubbles and narration. »
Often overlooked nowadays, after the various blockbuster films and popular animated series made of the Caped Crusader, is the 1960s TV series featuring Batman and his ‘youthful ward’ Robin. Gleefully camp and colourful, it is fondly remembered (though obviously this style’s clearly not for everyone) for its catchphrases (‘Holy cow, Batman!’), captioned fight scenes (Thwack! Glock! Smash!) and cliffhangers (‘Will Batman and Robin survive the Penguin’s pernicious trap? Find out tomorrow; same bat-time, same bat-channel!’).
However, the real stars of the show are the villains, always ready with an outlandish scheme to pull on the good people of Gotham, before the Dynamic Duo save the day. So sail down those bat-poles and start the Batmobile as we trawl through Batman’s rogue gallery for the best of the bat-fiends…
10. Lord Marmaduke Ffogg and Lady Penelope Peasoup
In ‘The Londinium Larcenies’, Batman and Robin are called to the British »
- Christian Bone
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