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‘Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi’ Review: Making History Fun

My history with the Koei's Nobunaga's Ambition franchise is a long and storied one. I first picked up the game on the original Nes, back when I was in high school. There weren't many games like it on the seminal Nintendo console, and as a huge fan of world domination boardgames like Axis & Allies, Shogun, and Risk, I found the game right to my liking. While my friends were playing more action-oriented games Metroid and Super Mario Bros. and Ninja Gaiden, I was negotiating trade routes, forging alliances, and plotting my takeover and unification of feudal Japan. And I loved it. Now, the 15th game in the series, Koei Tecmo's Nobunaga's Ambition: Taishi, is here, and while the graphics and controls are a far cry from the 8-bit glory of the Nes, it sure is nice to get back into this world of historical simulations -- arguably the best of the genre.
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Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy VII Inducted Into Video Game Hall of Fame

Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy VII Inducted Into Video Game Hall of Fame
The fourth annual inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame are 1990's John Madden Football, 1996's Tomb Raider, 1962's Spacewar!, and 1997's Final Fantasy VII. The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, announced the honorees earlier this week. The World Video Game Hall of Fame was established in 2015, and the newest inductees join 15 elite others chosen over the past four years. This year's inductees span over 50 years of video gaming history and offer an eclectic look at the evolution of gaming.

Tomb Raider has been a classic since it was first released on the Sega Saturn and PlayStation back in 1996. The game received instant critical acclaim, with some critics calling it the greatest game of all time. The female protagonist, Lara Croft, is a huge piece of pop culture thanks to the iconic game as well as the movie franchises that it spawned. Additionally, the game sold over
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Cheech Was Almost Mario in the Super Mario Bros. Movie

Cheech Was Almost Mario in the Super Mario Bros. Movie
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their iconic Up in Smoke movie and took time to discuss roles that they passed on over the years. Marin admitted that he was approached to join the cast of the Super Mario Bros. movie as the titular character alongside John Leguizamo's Luigi, but he luckily turned it down. The big screen adaptation of Mario and Luigi was a huge mess and has little or nothing to do with the legendary Nintendo game that it is based off of. Many have called it the worst movie ever made. Not to mention that the character is inherently Italian and Cheech has made his career off playing a very stoned Mexican-American from East L.A.

Tommy Chong was taken aback to know that his partner, Cheech Marin, had been approached to play Mario and couldn't believe that he turned it down.
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The Making of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – An Oral History

Luke Owen interviews the people behind 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

These interviews are taken from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made – available now from all good book sellers.

By the end of the 1990s, the idea of turning a video game into a movie wasn’t high on the list of priorities for Hollywood studios. The failures of Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon vastly outweighed the box office (though not critical) successes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. However in 1996 a video game character graced TV screens around the world and quickly became a pop culture icon. Her name was Lara Croft and her game, Tomb Raider, was a smash-hit on PC, PlayStation and Saturn, and her sequel, Tomb Raider II, made her a household name. “While there had always been adventure games before Tomb Raider, we had just gotten into an age
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Jennifer Lopez Throws Birthday Bash to Celebrate Twins Turning 10 — See Their Impressive Cakes!

Jennifer Lopez Throws Birthday Bash to Celebrate Twins Turning 10 — See Their Impressive Cakes!
Nothing like hitting double digits for a great excuse to party!

For their 10th birthday, Maximilian “Max” David and Emme Maribel — the twin son and daughter of Jennifer Lopez and ex Marc Anthony — enjoyed an animated bash featuring individual custom cakes boasting two very different themes: Super Mario Bros. and a sloth.

The confection masterpieces (red velvet for Max, chocolate for Emme) were only two of the creative items at the sugar-filled party, which was held at Sugar Factory American Brasserie Las Vegas. In another photo shared to Lopez’s Instagram Story, Max is excitedly holding up a huge gummy bear.
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Super Mario Encyclopedia coming out in October

Matthew Byrd Feb 20, 2018

Dark Horse Publishing looks to turn the history of Mario into a coffee table tome with the Super Mario Encyclopedia...

Dark Horse Publishing is teaming up with Nintendo to create an encyclopedia that details the design of the Super Mario series. 

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The Super Mario Encyclopedia's coverage extends from the 1985 release of Super Mario Bros. for the Nes to the release of 2015's Super Mario 3D World. While that sadly means that Super Mario Odyssey will not be covered in-depth by the book - it may warrant a mention - this encyclopedia still figures to provide an in-depth look at the franchise. 

Included within its 256 pages are detailed character descriptions, maps of the various level designs, a history of pro tricks and game glitches,
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Super Mario Bros. creator on Nintendo getting back into the movie business

Nintendo has been extremely protective of its various IPs when it comes to screen adaptations since the disastrous release of 1993’s Super Mario Bros. live-action movie, so it came as quite the surprise when it was announced that the video game giant is teaming up with Illumination Entertainment to bring Mario back to the big screen with an animated film.

Speaking to Bleeding Cool, Nintendo’s co-Representative Director Shigeru Miyamoto has explained what convinced them to partner up with Illumination Entertainment – the company behind the likes of Despicable Me, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets – and dip their toes back into the movie business once more:

“I’ve been considering an animated film for many years now,” said Miyamoto. “There has long been talk that Nintendo could make a movie because ‘making a game is like making a movie.’ But they are completely different to me. Interactive experiences are completely different from non-interactive media,
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Bouncy Smash comes to the App Store next week, watch the launch trailer here

IV Studios retro inspired arcade title, Bouncy Smash, is set for release on the App Store next Tuesday (20th February) and to celebrate the upcoming release there’s a brand new launch trailer which showcases the fast paced gameplay that gamers will enjoy.

Inspired by retro classics such as Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong and contemporary titles including Alto’s Adventure and Monument Valley, Bouncy Smash takes players to the near future and follows the story of Arlo, a member of a squad called Smashers who must destroy rogue synthetic beings called Duplicants.

Players will need to use pinpoint accuracy and split second timing if they are to successfully beat wave after wave of evil Duplicants. Each wave defeated will earn Arlo a reward from a variety of perks such as a 20% higher bounce bonus. Arlo’s attacks can also be improved with the addition of four powerful smashing abilities.
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Why Is Nintendo Teaming with Illumination for the Animated ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Movie?

Just last month we got confirmation that Nintendo was teaming with Illumination Entertainment to create an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. The studio behind movies like Despicable Me, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets seemed like an odd choice to bring the Nintendo video game character to the big screen again after all these […]

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Sleeping Dogs movie is still moving forward, says Donnie Yen

Back in March of last year it was announced that martial arts superstar Donnie Yen would be taking on the lead role in an adaptation of Square Enix’s bestselling video game Sleeping Dogs, with Fast & Furious’ Neal Moritz attached to produce.

Since that time, we’ve heard nothing in the way of progress on the project, but Yen has now taken to Instagram to reassure fans that the film is “in motion” and they are simply taking the time to ensure the adaptation is as good as possible.

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Sleeping Dogs was released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2012, and followed Wei Shen, a Hong Kong police officer assigned to infiltrate the Sun On Yee Triad organisation. The movie will reportedly retain the same plot, with Yen going undercover to take down the Triads amid lots of martial arts, racing,
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Replay Level? The Best Video Game Movie Scenes

Matt Rodgers on the best ever video game movie scenes…

The first part of 2018 will see two high profile videogame adaptations hit the big screen in an attempt to do what 2016’s Assassin’s Creed couldn’t, by breaking a curse which has stretched back as far as 1993’s infamous Super Mario Bros. movie.

First we’ll get Sony’s Alicia Vikander starring Tomb Raider reboot (March 16th), followed a month later by Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage (April 20th), an adaptation of the 1980’s single-screen arcade game in which a giant gorilla, lizard, and wolf take down a bunch of skyscrapers.

Who knows whether they’ll break the run of cartridge based catastrophes, but rather than focus on the negative aspects of this much maligned sub-genre, here at Flickering Myth we thought we’d replay the best moments from throughout the history of videogame adaptations, starting with…..

Silent Hill (2006)

When
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Nintendo officially announces Super Mario Bros. animated movie from Illumination Entertainment

If you cast your mind back to November, you may recall a report which suggested that Nintendo was looking to bring its iconic Super Mario Bros. property back to the big screen by teaming up with Illumination Entertainment for an animated feature, and now the video game giant has made it official:

Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri! pic.twitter.com/wVRPLIzcGJ

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018

This will of course be the second time that Nintendo’s mascot has graced the big screen, with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo taking on the roles of Mario and Luigi for the disastrous 1993 live-action adaptation – a movie which was hammered by fans and critics alike, and led to Nintendo’s extreme reluctance to allow adaptations of any of their IPs over the past 25 years.

See Also: Is Super Mario Bros. the worst adapted property ever?
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Movie Talk: ‘Black Panther’ Sabotage Group Removed by Facebook

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Dennis Tzeng, Perri Nemiroff, and John Rocha discuss the following: Marvel Studio News reports that Facebook has removed the group that was aiming to sabotage the Rotten Tomatoes audience score for Black Panther. Octavia Spencer announced on Instagram that she plans to buy out a Black Panther screening at a Mississippi theater for "an underserved community there to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero." Nintendo confirmed that it is developing a new animated Super Mario Bros. movie with Illumination Entertainment. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed …
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Nintendo's Mario Returning to the Big Screen

Nintendo's Mario Returning to the Big Screen
A goofy, live-action adaptation of the hugely popular Nintendo video game that starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, Super Mario Bros. (above) did not fare well with critics or audiences upon its theatrical release in May 1993. (Opening against Sylvester Stallone's Cliffhanger probably didn't help.) Since then, Nintendo has been involved with a limited number of animated movies and TV shows. Recently, for example, we've been hearing about Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokemon video games, which will mix live-action and animation; Ryan Reynolds stars. Now comes word that Mario and his brother Luigi will be making their triumphant return to the big screen. Nintendo is teaming with Illumination Entertainment, the people behind the mega-successful Despicable Me...

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Super Mario Bros. Animated Movie Is Officially Happening

After months of speculation, Nintendo has confirmed that they are working on an animated Super Mario Bros. movie with Minions studio Illumination. This will be the first time that Nintendo has attempted an animated Super Mario movie after trying out the live-action version in 1993 with Super Mario Bros. The movie was basically terrible and is hailed as the first video game movie to kick off the "video game movie curse." Since then, Nintendo hasn't really touched on any movies solely including their characters.

To make the Super Mario movie a reality, Nintendo has partnered with Illumination, the studio behind mega-hits like Despicable Me and Minions. This partnership could prove to be very fruitful for both entities, especially since Nintendo is on a huge upswing with their Switch console outselling the Wii U in less than a year. The new console contains Super Mario Odyssey, which is the latest Mario game
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Nintendo is Officially Moving Forward with an Animated Super Mario Bros. Movie

Last year it was reported that Nintendo was in talks with Illumination Entertainment to develop an animated feature film based on the classic video game franchise Super Mario Bros. The deal has now gone through and Nintendo made the official announcement on Twitter:

Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri! pic.twitter.com/wVRPLIzcGJ

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018

Chris Meledandri is the Founder and CEO of Illumination, and Shigeru Miyamoto is the Representative Director for Fellow of Nintendo. Universal Pictures will distribute the film worldwide.

Nintendo hasn't adapted any of their properties into films since the awesomely bad 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. film with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo. That was such a terrible experience for Nintendo that they didn't allow for any more of their other properties to be adapted into films.

I hope that this time
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Nintendo And Illumination Developing Animated Mario Movie

The world’s favorite mustachioed plumber in red is headed to the big screen. Nintendo is teaming up with Illumination Entertainment for an animated feature based on Mario from the iconic Super Mario Bros. video game franchise. There have been rumblings of a Mario feature, but Nintendo of America made it official on their Twitter account saying, "Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris…
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‘Super Mario Bros.’ Animated Movie in the Works From ‘Despicable Me’ Studio [Updated]

Updated: Tonight, Nintendo confirmed that a Mario movie is indeed in the works: Nintendo and Illumination are partnering on a movie starring Mario, co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri! pic.twitter.com/wVRPLIzcGJ — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 1, 2018 Our original story from November 2017 follows. The last time Mario and Luigi leapt across the big […]

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Nintendo and Illumination Officially Partnering for Super Mario Animated Movie

Mario is heading back to the big screen with Nintendo and Illumination officially announcing plans for a Super Mario animated film. Video games have had little luck making it to the big screen, and it all began with a live-action attempt to bring Nintendo’s beloved plumber/adventurer to the big screen. The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie kicked off the so-called video game movie curse and has seen one of gaming’s tentpole brands previously steer clear from future movie endeavors.
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Rampage Director Talks about Breaking the “Video Game Curse”

Strangely enough the director of the movie Rampage had never heard about the issues with transitioning video games to movies before. There is a very real thing called the ‘video game curse’ that has been in evidence since the first video game movies started coming out. It’s essentially the idea that no matter how great the game is, no matter how many devoted fans it has, once the movie comes out it’s just simply horrible. It happened this way with Super Mario Bros., Mortal Kombat and it’s sequel, Assassin’s Creed, and many more. The transition from the game to the

Rampage Director Talks about Breaking the “Video Game Curse”
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