The Monkey's News Box: 3/31/13
Eye patch, cigar, robotic
arm, shrapnel in the face, leather jacket, and a mullet. Snake is on the
way to be the most bas-ass of them all.
Everyone pretty much already knew, but The Phantom Pain has been
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The new, amazing trailer set to "Not
Your Kind of People" by Garbage shows footage from both Ground Zeroes
and The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes will be a prequel game that
takes place nine years before Phantom Pain. Watch this
Hideo Kojima interview for some insight into the games. What is
disheartening, is that David Hayter has not been asked back to voice Snake
again, even though the same Japanese actor who has voiced Snake in every game
is returning. As awesome as the game will probably be, it still needs Hayter
as Snake, plain and simple.
RetroN 5 console will play NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis,
Mega Drive, Game Boy Advance, Color, and original Game Boy games. The console
should be out in July for under $100. RetroN 5 features HDMI output up to
720p, controller inputs for all the supported systems, and possible feature
likes save states, screenshots, and "improving" the sound. This sounds like a
fantastic thing to get if you want to play all the great old-school systems,
but don't want to take them all out of your closet.
TV / Movies
The games that turn the game industry into cute girls is getting an anime.
Hyperdimension Neptunia should be airing this Summer.
- Shawn - 3/31/13
The Monkey's News Box: 3/24/13
Scrooge McDuck is back to
snag more cash and diamonds to swim in.
Capcom and WayForward are bringing back one of the greatest platformers ever
DuckTales Remastered. All the levels are based off the NES original's,
along with a brand new Scrooge's Money Bin level that lets you swim in money.
Awesome. The other supporting characters will have larger appearances than the
static cameos from the original. What's really impressive, is that
DuckTales Remastered will have the original cartoon voice cast returning
to reprise their roles. This is the most amazing news of the year this far.
DuckTales Remastered should be out this Summer on PSN, XBLA, and Wii-U
Speaking of Capcom bringing back awesome things, the two classic Dungeons &
Dragons beat-em-ups, Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara,
are returning, remastered as
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara. The games feature the original
multiple endings and branching paths with the addition of 4-player drop-in
online gameplay, "house rules" customization, challenges, and unlockables.
vote for what's in the Saints Row IV Collector's Edition.
Some of the crazier choices include a presidential briefcase with kinky
handcuffs, RC helicopter, light-up glass display case, cigar box, and an
auto-tune device. There are nineteen items in all to rate. I mainly just want
a Steelbook case.
For some reason, Harley Quinn is a hero in Injustice: Gods Among Us.
her trailer where she says it's over between her and the Joker. Yeah,
we've heard that many times before.
NECA will have an
exclusive Predator figure at SDCC 2013, but this one will not be a simple
repaint; it'll be a brand new character that hasn't been made yet. Signs point
to another Predator from Batman: Dead End, but we'll see.
TV / Movies
Section 23 is bringing the
Patlabor: The Mobile Police TV series to Blu-ray. Separated
into four volumes, these will be released in July, September, November, and
January. With Section 23 also releasing the Original OVA series on April 30th,
it's probably only a matter of time before they announce the movies for
Robot Chicken's DC Comics Special will be on Blu-ray on July 9th. There
will be thirteen deleted sketches, but whether these are fully stop-motioned
shorts or just storyboards of what they would be isn't clear.
- Shawn - 3/24/13
The Monkey's News Box: 3/17/13
TV / Movies
Hmm. Hmm hmm.
The Complete First & Second Seasons is hitting up Blu-ray on August 16th.
Finally this awesome show will be available in full season format. They should
try to release this on VHS, since it takes place in the 80s and features lots
of 80s technology. The Best VHS in the World comes to mind. Also, it worked
for that V/H/S movie.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is ending. With the new movies
coming out, the Clone Wars will be ended to make way for a new animated series
based in a time period untouched in Star Wars films or television. No
new episodes of The Clone Wars will be shown on Cartoon Network, but
there will be new episodes. There has been no announcement of where the new
episodes of The Clone Wars will be shown or when, or if it'll even be a
full sixth season, but they are being made and will be out. At some point.
Somewhere. After the ending to Season five, I can see the series being wrapped
up, but it was so good that it's hard to see it go.
BioShock movie was killed by Ken Levine himself. Director
Gore Verbinski was once attached to the movie, but due to the failure of
Watchmen, Universal didn't want to put $200 million into an R-rated movie.
Verbinski didn't want to make an $80 million movie, so he left, and Levine
wasn't impressed with the new director.
Not that it really matters, but Paul W.S. Anderson will direct the
sixth Resident Evil movie. This series just gets worse and
worse with each sequel, so it doesn't really matter who directs it. Those last
two, Afterlife and Retribution, were incredibly painful to
Evil Dead remake sequel is already in early development. I'm
hearing good things about the Evil Dead remake, so if it is successful
then it'll be interesting to see where the remake films go compared to the
original films. Oh, and there could be a possible fourth movie in the original
series, but that kind of talk has been going on for years, so don't hold your
breath for it.
Speaking of things that might have something to do with Hideo Kojima, the
Metal Gear master thinks there should be
pilot episodes for next-gen games. That way if it fails, then the
developer won't have to spend a ton of money on a full game. This could be a
good way to test new IPs.
Previously available in Japan, Kat from Gravity Rush is finally making
it to Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational for the Vita in North
America. Kat will be $.99 and will be out on 3/19, along with
a bunch of other Hot Shots DLC.
The former VP of GameStop has been sentenced to prison for
stealing $1.7 million from the company. No wonder their trade-in values
are so shitty.
- Shawn - 3/17/13
The Monkey's News Box: 3/3/13
The original Godzilla
stomps into the super articulated S.H. MonsterArts line.
First shown off at Japan's Wonder Festival, Bluefin Tamashii Nations have
released official photos of
Godzilla 1964, the next awesome S.H. MonsterArts figure. Godzilla 1964
will be a Bluefin USA and Tamashii web exclusive. No price has been announced
yet, but the figure should be out in July this year. I wonder if this will
start a trickle or a flood of Showa-era Godzilla monsters for MonsterArts.
The Capcom store will soon be selling a
Mega Man Mega Buster USB drive. This 8 GB drive is packed with content. It
has the Street Fighter X Mega Man soundtrack, wallpapers, Udon's
Mega Man Tribute and Mega Man X: Official Complete Works art books,
and Mega Man #1 - 4 comics. That's a pretty good deal for $20.
Here are a couple new photos of
Bebop and Rocksteady from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics line.
These figure look fantastic.
Friend Network app, featuring Sony cat Toro and his crew, will be coming
to North America Vitas this Spring. In Friend Network you can build your own
town by meeting friends and can be connected to Facebook & twitter. Friends
can help do tasks to expand your town. The ultimate goal is to reach 100
friends. Honestly, if this thing didn't have Toro and his crew of characters,
I wouldn't be interested.
Another year, another assassin game.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will feature a pirate assassin. This
series just keeps getting weirder. The game will be out on current gen
consoles on October 29th 2013 and will be coming to next gen consoles.
Meanwhile, ACIII will have a
Washington Edition in Germany, likely containing all the DLC. Don't be
surprised if a North American version comes out as well. I'd be more surprise
if it didn't come out over here.
Willem Dafoe is in Beyond: Two Souls, which makes me way
more interested in this game. There will also be a Special Edition at GameStop
with a Steelbook case, soundtrack, behind-the-scenes videos, a dynamic theme
Metro: Last Light continues production, despite the death of THQ, and will
be out on May 14th in North America, May 17th in Europe.
Remember when Ken Levine announced a BioShock for the Vita back in at
E3 2011? Well, apparently
development hasn't even started yet. I wonder if we'll ever see a
BioShock on Vita.
How about that Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 5 finale? (Spoiler
Alert!) I wonder where Ahsoka's going to go from here. She was kind of an
annoying character at the beginning of the series, but had really grown into a
fantastic addition over the course of the show. I have a feeling the next
season (or set of seasons) will show us Anakin going down the path of the dark
side way better than Revenge of the Sith poorly did.
- Shawn - 3/3/13