Weekly News Roundup: 5/1/2011

Games

It might not be wise to trust a sheep with a necktie, but when all you have are your boxers and a pillow, you may not have a choice.

  • The North American release of Catherine is even more official now that there are the first English screenshots of Vincent, Catherine, and Katherine. Catherine's box art will not be changed for North America, however, there will be alternate cover art for the more sensitive retailers that don't like suggestive cleavage or backsides.

  • This new promo video for Shadows of the Damned features Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami is awesomely ridiculous. The voice-overs are overly dramatic, but in a good way. One of the weapon names? Big Boner.

  • In one of the weirdest things ever, Keiji Inafune is in Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk. II. He has his own attacks, too. There is a beam that comes out of his mouth and a sword shaped like Inafune folding his arms. Let's hope the actual game is better this time.

  • Converse is celebrating Mario's 25th Anniversary with some Mario Chuck Taylors. They come in black or white, have 8-bit Marios all over, and the invincibility star replaces the Chuck star. These will be out in Japan in July.

  • PlayStation network should be back up sometime this week. Mostly everything should be back up except for the PlayStation Store. Everyone will get a free 30 days of PlayStation Plus and there will be free content later.

  • Telltale's Jurassic Park game will be on both PS3 and Xbox 360, but the 360 will be getting a disc release.

  • You can vote for your favorite Falcom heroines. The top three will be turned in to Nendoroid figures. They have a lot more heroines than I thought.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops' Call of the Dead features Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund, and Michael Rooker killing zombies. Okay, that's actually pretty cool.

  • Dynasty Warriors 7 will get some oddly awesome school uniform DLC. Ancient China needs more school spirit.

  • There might be a sequel to Warhawk called Starhawk to be announced in the coming months. It should have a single-player mode this time.

Movies

  • The final Harry Potter movie is looking pretty epic. Here's the trailer.

Figures

  • Sideshow Collectibles Shedder statue looks pretty sharp. Ha! It includes a human head and a cartoony head, but the SSC exclusive version includes an unmasked head. This will run you $225 or many cans of turtle soup.

- Shawn - 5/1/11


Weekly News Roundup: 4/24/2011

Games

Servbots are always getting into some kind of crazy shenanigans.

  • Mega Man Legends 3 still may not be officially coming out, but at least there will be a Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version available when the Nintendo 3DS eShop launches. Prototype Version will introduce a new character to Legends, Barrett. He may have a flying motorcycle, but he's no Mega Man.

  • Tokyo Jungle, the game where animals fight one another in a human-less Tokyo, has surprisingly not been cancelled given the state of abandoned animals after Japan's disasters.

  • No More Heroes is being re-released again on the PS3 with No More Heroes: Red Zone. This re-release will fix graphical issues, new missions and modes, and will be unedited. And it will have kitty races.

Movies / TV

  • The Gobots, along with The Herculoids and Mr. T cartoons, will be arriving on DVD soon. More specifically, it looks like they'll be a part of WB Shop's Manufacture On Demand. I completely forgot that the full name of the Gobots cartoon was Challenge of the Gobots. The Rock Lords movie will not be a part of the set, which is probably for the best.

- Shawn - 4/24/11


Weekly News Roundup: 3/17/2011

Games

Calypso is still the same wonderfully magical maniac we used to know.

  • Ozma Wars, one of SNK's earliest games, and Sasuke Vs. Commander will both be hitting PSN as part of the NeoGeo Station. Ozma Wars is a shooter from 1979 and Sasuke Vs. Commander is from 1980, so neither probably actually never appeared on the NeoGeo.

  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, the game by Todd McFarlane, R.A. Salvatore, and Ken Rolston, has a new trailer debuting the gameplay. It's looking pretty good so far.

  • Catherine has been doing well, so Index Holdings and Atlus have officially made it into a new franchise and are developing future plans. Atlus is also is running a scandalous promotion for Catherine. They want you to answer if you want to get married, and if it's to the person you're with now. Yikes. Atlus will put their favorite responses into a new trailer. I foresee break-ups thanks to Catherine.

  • The new Sorcerer's Lair table will be heading to Zen Pinball on the PS3. This one will have a real pinball wizard.

  • After being delayed, MotorStorm: Apocalypse is back on for May 3rd.

  • Burnout Crash might be focusing on the return of Crash Mode from previous Burnouts. Well, if that wasn't already obvious from the name.

  • Rumors are flying across the internet about Nintendo's next console. It will be a HD system with a controller that had a touch screen. It may even use Blu-ray and be more powerful than PS3 and Xbox 360. Well, I hope it would be more powerful, the PS3 and 360 have been out for years.

  • Sega removed the free Streets of Rage fan remake to "protect their intellectual property rights." Protect it how? They haven't touched Streets of Rage in decades. The game was free, took eight years to complete, and Sega was okay with it before it came out. Jerks.

  • Ridge Racer: Unbounded has a new teaser. Unbounded is such a weird word.

Movies

  • A visual effects guy named Tim Miller will direct X-Men Origins: Deadpool. Wait, is that the actual name of the Deadpool movie?

  • For some reason, General Zod will be in the new Superman movie. More Zod? Meh. Anyways, he'll be played by Michael Shannon.

- Shawn - 4/17/11


Weekly News Roundup: 4/10/2011

G.I. Joe Con

That obviously isn't the Baroness in the slide, but it gives an idea of how awesome the Baroness/Ravage two-pack would be.

  • A panel at G.I. Joe Con had looks at some amazing figures and vehicles that didn't get made. This includes a new 25th Anniversary H.I.S.S. tank, the USS Flagg playset, more Resolute figures, what look like female versions of Cobra-La characters, and G.I. Joe Transformers crossovers including a Baroness and Ravage two-pack. Check out the photos and be a sad panda. At least fans can get the Skystriker Starscream/Cobra Commander/Megatron set at SDCC this year.

Games

  • There will be a Mass Effect anime by T.O. Entertainment and Funimation. I'm sure it won't star my Commander Shepard, though. Meanwhile, there will be a new Mass Effect novel titled Deception coming out this Fall.

  • A Streets of Rage fan remake that took 8 years is finally finished. It has new characters, 100+ stages, new cut-scenes, 8 endings, and is free to play.

  • Mortal Kombat's release is nearing, so who's next for a character trailer? How about Shang Tsung.

  • After being put on hold, Mega Man Legends 3 is back on track. However, it still may be not officially green-lit yet.

Movies / TV

  • The future Beastie Boys go back in time to challenge their past selves to a dance off, with tons of big name actors playing the Beasties in the awesomely ridiculous looking Fight for Your Right - Revisited.

  • It looks like Javier Bardem will be playing The Gunslinger in The Dark Tower movies and show.

  • The original ThunderCats will be re-released on DVD. If you didn't get the previous box sets, you'll be able to buy the series again. Unless of course you find the previous box sets on the cheap, which you can easily do.

  • As much as I love Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, I wish The Govenator was just an elaborate April Fool's joke.

- Shawn - 4/10/11