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Mounties and eSports

Canadian theaters to host eSports events


Movies are old hat
May 15
// Jed Whitaker
Canadian theater chain Cineplex plans to start catering to the eSports crowd. Cineplex theaters will show the documentary All Work All Play: The Pursuit of Esports Glory followed by "a casual Esports competition bet...
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LEGO

LEGO Jurassic World releases alongside the new movie on June 12


Walk the dinosaur
May 14
// Jordan Devore
Jurassic World opens on Friday, June 12. I'm skeptical, but I'll probably wind up seeing it anyway for the trained raptors. TT Games' LEGO Jurassic World, which spans the four films, releases the same day for all major conso...
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Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank movie coming next April, game delayed into 2016


Are you ready for some Ratchet?
May 14
// Chris Carter
Ratchet & Clank isn't a series you hear talked about that often. It's a shame, because the last major game in the franchise was actually pretty good. Thankfully, next year you'll be seeing plenty of the duo, in the form o...
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FNAF fan film

Five Night at Freddy's fan film is short and creepy


Small run time, big spooks
May 08
// Nic Rowen
Horror movie trailers always give away the best bits of the film, and this fan made short for Five Nights at Freddy's by Typhoon Cinema is no exception. You've got all the greatest hits, spooky music, fuzzy security cameras,...
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Assassin's Creed movie

Michael Fassbender's Assassin's Creed movie will start filming in September


It's still happening?
May 05
// Chris Carter
If there's one thing that would get me interested in an Assassin's Creed movie, it's the attachment of Michael Fassbender to the project. While I have very little hope for the film, Fassbender (and his penis)&n...
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Warcraft movie

Warcraft movie delayed three months


Blizzard is scared about releasing near Star Wars
Apr 24
// Laura Kate Dale
So, that Warcraft movie huh? First it was going to release on 18 December 2015, then that date got pushed back because it was announced that Star Wars Episode VII would release that same date. The movie's release got pushed b...
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Smash Bros. movie

Sony wants to make Smash Bros. and other Nintendo IPs into movies


'PlayStation All-Stars who?' - says Sony
Apr 17
// Jed Whitaker
Leaked e-mails have revealed that Sony Pictures wants to make movies based on various videogame series including many Nintendo properties such as Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, and odd...
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X-Men

Gaming adjacent: Your favorite Attack of the Show host is going to be an X-Man


Kevin Pereira am cry
Apr 13
// Robert Summa
Gamers and all-around lovers of nerd culture love it when shows or outlets hire very attractive women for their programs in order to cater to that lower demographic and drive ratings. This appeared to be the case back in the ...
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Pokemon Hoopa movie

Pokemon movie Hoopa and the Clash of Ages to air on Cartoon Network


Localization confirmed
Apr 13
// Chris Carter
Like anyone had any doubt -- Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages will be localized, and will air on Cartoon Network at some point this year. The announcement comes by way of an English trailer for the ...
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GTA movie

Daniel Radcliffe could star in upcoming GTA movie


BBC wants him to play role of co-founder
Apr 09
// Laura Kate Dale
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to play the lead role in the upcoming BBC dramatised documentary about the making of Grand Theft Auto.  According to the r...
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Need for Speed

Need for Speed movie sequel's in the works, and it has a Chinese twist


Beijing Drift?
Apr 08
// Brett Makedonski
Last year's Aaron Paul-led Need for Speed movie did surprisingly well at the box office despite being critically panned. Like all things that make money, the property's owners are looking to further exploit that success ...
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Five Nights at Freddy’s

Warner Bros. making a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie


Fast Five Nights at Freddy's
Apr 07
// Steven Hansen
The multi-part, Chuck E. Cheese's-inspired horror game Five Nights at Freddy's has been a wildly popular hit and now Warner Bros. wants in on the action. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has acquired the righ...
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Metal Gear

Metal Gear movie gets new screenwriter


Yes, that's still happening
Mar 31
// Laura Kate Dale
So, do you remember that Metal Gear Solid movie that got announced back in 2012? Well, it's apparently still happening despite the relative silence on the project and all the recent rumblings with Kojima. Sony Pictures have r...
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Dead Rising: Watchtower

Dead Rising: Watchtower movie is out now, and free


Rob Riggle as Frank West
Mar 30
// Chris Carter
Have two hours to kill and love zombies? Dead Rising: Watchtower is out now on Crackle, and you're able to stream it for free on any applicable device or the web. While Xbox Live members ironically got first access to th...
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Godzilla toy

NES-era Godzilla immortalized as an action figure


You can bend his tail, but I wouldn't recommend it
Mar 20
// Jordan Devore
NECA is on a roll with these videogame-inspired toys, though admittedly Godzilla looks a bit like he's decked out in camouflage here. The 6" figure is modeled after Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, and it comes packaged in a cool faux-weathered box based on the NES game's cover art. It's expected to ship in July 2015, and pre-orders are open for $21.99. Don't make eye contact. [Via Super Punch]
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Pixels movie

Arcade icons wreck Earth in the first trailer for Pixels


Warning: Adam Sandler and Kevin James
Mar 17
// Jordan Devore
In Pixels, aliens have invaded Earth with classic arcade characters like Donkey Kong and Pac-Man and it's up to Adam Sandler and friends to save the world. What could possibly go wrong? The basic concept originated years ago...
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Tomb Raider movie

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer tied to Tomb Raider film reboot


Bad
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
A potential movie reboot of Tomb Raider just came a bit closer to reality with scriptwriter Evan Daugherty being hired to pen the tale of young Lara Croft's first adventure -- not unlike the recent game reboot. Warner Bros. h...
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Quarter mile at a time

Forza Horizon 2 gets free, standalone Fast & Furious expansion


Free for the first two weeks
Feb 25
// Steven Hansen
Get ready to live your life a quarter mile at a time. An Xbox and Universal partnership has borne Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, a standalone expansion.  Not only do you not need to own the base game to pl...
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Nintendo awards

The 2015 Academy Awards, brought to you by Nintendo


And the award goes to...
Feb 20
// Ben Davis
In anticipation of the Academy Awards this Sunday, Nintendo decided to come up with its own amusing awards for the 2015 Oscar nominees. The winners for each category are: The Princess Peach Award, for best female costume in ...
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Tron

Giorgio Moroder says he's scoring a new Tron game


Whoa, what? Yes!
Feb 16
// Jordan Devore
Giorgio Moroder is back and I can't fully express how happy that makes me. In a word: ridiculously. Since contributing to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, the legendary record producer has kept busy: he's been DJing, worki...
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Halo: Nightfall release

Live action Halo: Nightfall to release on March 17


On DVD, Blu-ray, and video on demand
Feb 16
// Darren Nakamura
Owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection automatically had access to the five-episode live action series Halo: Nightfall, but soon it will be available for the plebeians on DVD, Blu-ray, and video on demand. On March 17, ...
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Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed movie is in production, is actually happening


Still one week away from Star Wars
Feb 13
// Chris Carter
Say what you will about recent Star Wars films, but the franchise is still a juggernaut in just about every facet of the market. People are hopeful about the new wave of Disney movies, and that includes the spinoff relea...
Hitman movie photo
Hitman movie

Hitman: Agent 47 looks anything but stealthy


Videogame movies, man
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
The tone of this trailer for Hitman: Agent 47 matches my playstyle for the game series, which is to go in quietly only to screw up repeatedly and end up having to trade bullets with everyone. While I could have done without ...

Meet the winner of Nintendo Power's The Mask II contest

Feb 04 // Tony Ponce
The contest page with the Nathan's entry form cut out. Meet Nathan Ryan Runk from Arbutus, MD. He entered and won that The Mask II contest, and despite never getting the chance to share the screen with Mr. Ace Ventura, he's pleased with how the whole matter was resolved. It was pure luck that brought Nathan, then 12 years old, into the winner's circle. "I actually rarely entered any contests in Nintendo Power," he explains. "I entered maybe about a dozen in the seven or so years of having a subscription. I only entered ones that really appealed to me, and, being a preteen in the mid-'90s, anything Jim Carrey OBVIOUSLY was appealing." Nathan was notified of his victory within a month or two, and afterwards, Nintendo would call him up every few months to keep him informed of new developments. Fun fact: The lady who kept in contact with him was Leslie Swan, former managing editor for Nintendo Power and current localization director for Nintendo of America, though she is better known to most of you as the voice of Princess Peach in Super Mario 64. Nathan's notification letter from THQ. When it was clear that the movie wasn't happening, Nathan was properly taken care of. Above is a letter sent to him on November 4, 1996, from product marketing manager John Ardell of THQ, which published The Mask SNES videogame under the Black Pearl Software label and partnered with Nintendo for this contest. The letter reads: I am sorry that the filming of The Mask II has been postponed and that we were not able to send you to the set. Enclosed please find an official crew jacket from The Mask II that was supplied by New Line Cinema. Additionally, I have included a few of our new Super Nintendo games for your collection. Thank you for your patience with this promotion. On top of the jacket, which Nathan sadly can't find anymore, and the box of games, which of course included the original The Mask, Nathan also emerged from the deal with a cool $5,000 (the estimated value of the prize package, according to the official contest rules). As he remembers, "They gave me the option to wait indefinitely or take the cash... I took the cash. Absolutely the right call! Also, when I was on the phone with the people from Nintendo, they asked me if there was anything else that I really wanted. I said that I had just recently gotten an N64 and really wanted Pilotwings 64 (loved the original). In less than a week, I received that with the check." As we are well aware, a pseudo-sequel called Son of the Mask eventually released in 2005. There's no telling if all involved parties would have honored the contest had Nathan not taken the check that day, but it's all for the best. "I would have likely been okay with doing a walk-on in Son of the Mask because, at the time, I didn't know how bad it was going to be. Knowing what I do now and even if that were an option, I'm glad I went with the money." The printed apology on page 39 of Vol. 285. So if everything turned out rosy, why did Nintendo keep quiet about the fate of the contest this whole time? No one knows for certain, but as Nathan theorizes, "[T]hey don't want to be viewed as having ever let their fan base down, which I completely understand. Printing that shows that they failed one of their subscribers (even though they didn't) and it might erode the validity of their contest, even though that would be undeserved. Nintendo has earned the reputation of being a 'good' company, something that I feel is nearly impossible to do." These days, Nathan lives with his wife a short drive away from his childhood home. He's not as huge a gamer as he once was -- he used to be extremely into the XBAND modem and used the handle "King Gorth" -- but he still makes a time for rounds of Mario Kart 8 and the like. And with that, we finally have closure on one of the weirder events in Nintendo Power history. Nathan didn't get his big Hollywood break, but he did make out like a bandit, and that ought to put a smile on everyone's faces. Nathan's smile is probably a bit bigger than most, what with his being treated like a king for the better part of a year. The Player's Poll Contest on pages 82 and 83 of Vol. 77. I'll leave you with Nathan's thoughts regarding Nintendo Power's closure: "It's a bit sad whenever something from your childhood goes away. It was like that store that you really used to like but hadn't been to in years that 'suddenly' closes down. It's a bit of nostalgia that kids nowadays will know nothing about, and that, I think, is the worst part. "My subscription ended in 1999 (still have all my back issues), so when it all ended, I wasn't surprised. I had stopped caring as much, as had most people around me. I was the last of my friends to have a subscription. I really don't think my situation was an isolated incident. But for those of us who had a subscription, it was a magical experience. Every month, you had the inside edge on all the newest games. You could get your friends through any level, find all the secrets and know all the codes. There was no YouTube, no Wiki, no walkthrough. You had to have the Power. "And then, one day, the Power went out."
The Mask II Mystery photo
Consider this mystery... SSSMOKED!
In my heart of hearts, Nintendo Power will never die. If you were an American Nintendo gamer in the late '80s to early '90s, this monthly rag granted you unfettered access to a world of insider news and gossip that made you t...

LEGO Jurassic World photo
LEGO Jurassic World

Confirmed! You can play as dinosaurs in LEGO Jurassic World


Dino-mite
Feb 04
// Jordan Devore
"Imagine playing as the ominous LEGO T. rex, roaming the grounds of Isla Nublar, smashing LEGO bricks and battling with other dinosaurs -- this game is bound to bring out the kid in all of us," says TT Games managing direc...
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Last of Us film

Last of Us film 'pretty faithful' despite 'some big changes'


Rinko Kikuchi for Joel
Jan 27
// Steven Hansen
The Last of Us writer Neil Druckmann is working on the screenplay for the upcoming film and he's just finished a second draft, along with a table read with "a bunch of actors," according to a Game Informer interview. Sam Raim...
Dead Rising movie photo
Dead Rising movie

Rob Riggle plays a decent Frank West, but Dead Rising: Watchtower looks bad


Real, real bad
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
We were promised a direct-to-internet Dead Rising movie, and that's exactly what we're getting. Even with my expectations set accordingly, I'm coming off this trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower feeling disappointed. Rob Rig...
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New Pokemon

Meet the new mythical Pokémon Hoopa, the, uh, hoop Pokémon


New movie star will be available in Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby
Jan 14
// Steven Hansen
The 18th Pokémon movie, cleverly titled Pokémon the Movie XY 2015 and then re-titled The Ring Genie Hoopa, is coming out--you guessed it--this year. It stars the titular new ghost-psychic pocket monst...
Dead Rising movie photo
Dead Rising movie

Sony's Dead Rising movie will debut on March 27


on Crackle
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
That Dead Rising: Watchtower movie starring Rob Riggle as Frank West is still happening, and Sony Pictures has set a premiere date -- March 27. It will debut on Crackle, Sony's online streaming service, but it will also ...
Devolver Digital Film photo
Devolver Digital Film

Devolver broadcasting gaming flicks on Twitch starting today


And so begins Phase Two of Devolver's plan for complete global domination
Jan 09
// Rob Morrow
Starting today at 2PM Pacific, world-renowned hustler of fine digital culture Devolver Digital will kick off a weekly series of live screenings of videogame-related movies on Twitch.  According to rep Stephanie "Silver ...

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