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E3 2015 Nintendo’s Digital Event almost ensures that the WiiU will soon be left to gather dust on a shelf

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Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event started strong packing in clever gags, catchy songs, and Nintendo executives Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Reggie Fils-Aime in puppet form. Sunny and cheerful, the opening is a cascade of epic silliness, good for a few fleeting and familiar chuckles and Nintendo’s willingness to poke fun at itself. While it didn’t quite recapture the magic of the last digital event, it hit all the right playful, idiosyncratic notes.

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As expected, Star Fox Zero had the honour of being the first game showcased in the event. It was announced last year that Fox, Falco, Peppy and Slippy would be back in a new adventure, and after a year of mystery we finally got to see the first full trailer highlighting how the game works with the Wii U’s second screen. Having two unique viewpoints offers distinct gaming advantages and frees up the TV for more cinematic moments in the title’s new all-range mode. The confirmed co-development with PlatinumGames bodes well, as does the use of the cockpit view on the GamePad to aim and shoot enemies using the gyro controls. Simply put, the game looks fantastic, and cutting between the game footage is an interview with Miyamoto detailing his personal stories growing up and his inspirations for creating the game. The Star Fox Zero presentation was the highlight of the night, but sadly nothing else came close to matching that excitement.

The theme of the event according to Reggie Fils-Aime is transformation but that theme wasn’t anywhere to be found throughout the presentation. With a slight mention of Nintendo’s expansion to Universal themes parks, mobile devices and their new dedicated game platform (code-named NX), the digital event didn’t show us any games to get excited about that we hadn’t already seen in some form in previous Directs. By the end of their presentation it became clear that Nintendo has given up on the WiiU. And while they promise The Legend of Zelda will still see a 2016 release on that console, I can’t help but think the game will also be available on the NX as well. Does anyone remember The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess?Originally planned for release on the GameCube in November 2005, Twilight Princess was delayed by Nintendo to allow its developers to refine the game, add more content, and more importantly, port it to the Wii. I see history repeating itself.

It was bad enough knowing we wouldn’t see any footage of the new open world Zelda game, but sneaking in game footage of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes felt like a slap to the face. Remember theLegend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure on GameCube? That game allowed up to four players; but in this new game they reduced the player count to three. Nintendo should know that most fans won’t accept any other Zelda game as a replacement during their big event, especially a multiplayer Zelda puzzle-solving game that seems a step down from the aforementioned Four Swords, a game that wasn’t very good to begin with. In short, this reveal would have been best suited for an upcoming Direct instead.

Tri Force Heroes wasn’t the only title to be added to one of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises; Nintendo decided to finally give us not one, but two Metroid games. Unfortunately Samus isn’t the focus in Metroid Prime: Federation Force for 3DS, and Blast Ball is the strange hybrid of soccer and Metroid that nobody was asking for. Meanwhile Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer – which allows players to design interiors and exteriors of homes for hundreds of animal characters – is a pale comparison to the prior entries in the community simulation video game series. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam could be a playful new entry in the Mario & Luigi series, and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash looks like fun, but for a digital event that is supposed to center around transformation, Paper Jam and Ultra Smash just feel like more of the same old.

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Thankfully fans were treated to a segment dedicated to Yoshi’s Woolly World which continues to impress with its charming presentation, and yarn amiibo. The interview with Nintendo’s Emi Watanabe and her story behind the making of the game was an added bonus and new footage for the long-awaitedXenoblade Chronicles X and Super Mario Maker was shown confirming their official 2015 release dates. Yet I can’t help but think it just wasn’t enough since Xenoblade has already been released in Japan andMario Maker was featured last year, later in recent directs and again during the Nintendo World Championships. Perhaps I’m alone but I have no interest in Nintendo’s collaboration with Activision’sSkylanders franchise nor do I want to purchase any more toys for my video game console. And by the end, Nintendo didn’t give us any context or relatable stories for Fire Emblem Fates and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. Without a big announcement reveal, the digital event was overall disappointing and few of my predictions/hopes were on the right track, leaving me thinking I should anticipate less next time around.

Don’t get me wrong; there is still plenty to get excited about and I’m confident Xenoblade Chronicles X, Super Mario Maker and Star Fox Zero will keep me busy long into 2016, but E3 is all about announcing a new big title for the very first time, and Nintendo failed to deliver even one. In fact, the most exciting news came over the weekend with the unexpected arrival of the unreleased NES EarthBound and Ryu’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Perhaps Nintendo doesn’t feel the need to broadcast their biggest titles at E3 anymore thanks to their unique Directs which allow them to announce whatever they want, when and how they like – but that doesn’t make me a happy gamer.

– Ricky D

Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and the NXpress Nintendo Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound On Sight, and host of several podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead podcasts, as well as the Sound On Sight and Sordid Cinema shows. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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Trailer for the Twisted Dark Comedy thriller ‘Villains’

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Alter has released the first poster and the official trailer for Villains, the upcoming dark comedy thriller which stars Bill Skarsgård (IT) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) as a couple who rob a gas station and scores enough cash to start a new life in Florida. Unfortunately for them, their getaway plans turn upside down and the young couple end up stumbling on much more than they bargained for.

Villains hits theaters on September 20th and was written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. In addition to Skarsgard and Monroe, the movie also stars Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick. It’s co-produced by Bron Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance, and The Realm Films. You can watch the trailer for Villains below.

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Beanie Babies: The Collectables with Heart

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For our Toys We Love Spotlight, I’m looking at one of my personal favourites: Beanie Babies. I had collected so many of these growing up, and households worldwide in the 90s and early 2000s were sure to have at least one Beanie Baby in their possession (was it even the 90s if they didn’t?). These plushie companions were cute, cuddly, and collectable, so it’s not a surprise that the Beanie Babies craze swept the globe, forcing parents and toy collectors everywhere to dig into their wallets.


Beanie Babies had a few aspects to them that made them stand out from your average plushie. Firstly, they did not have as much stuffing as most soft toys. Whilst some thought that this made them look cheap, it also made them light, posable, and gave them a realistic feel and look. The bear Beanie Babies were particularly good to pose, and this set them apart from run-of-the-mill teddy bears. Another element that made Beanie Babies more unique was their special tag. Each toy had a tag attached which had the toy’s name, date of birth, and a quotation etched inside. The former was something that could have been a risky choice, as although it wasn’t completely taking away the child’s choice of name — there was nothing stopping them from just calling their Beanie whatever they wanted — a pre-selected name can be difficult to sell, as kids can often take great pride and pleasure in naming their toys.

It was a great success, however, and worked as a nice finishing touch for the Beanie Babies, adding a dash of personality and flair (something much needed in the often critically over-saturated soft toy market), as well as making each Beanie Baby feel like their own creature with their own little stories. Adding to that was the wide variety of animals that were available, such as Tiny the Chihuahua, Pegasus the Unicorn or Swampy the Alligator. This means that the desires of each individual child or enthusiastic collector could be catered to (I myself favoured the dogs and bears).

The puppies were my Beanie Baby of choice. They were all such good boys and girls.

The Beanie Babies also had their own way of tackling difficult issues in society, showing them to kids through the guise of a soft toy. I’ll give you an example through my own experience: I had a Beanie Baby that (as odd as it may sound) gave me more of an understanding of the horrors of September 11th. Weird, right? Allow me to explain. I was only just nine years old on that now-historical day when the twin towers in New York were attacked and so many innocent people lost their lives. I had come home from school (it was afternoon time here in the UK when it happened), and I remember my mum watching it on television in complete shock. She had watched the whole thing whilst I’d been at school.

I didn’t really understand what was happening to be honest. Even when I was watching the repeats of the plane crashing into the side of the tower, I was somewhat oblivious the gravity of the situation (though as a nine year old child, I suppose I could be forgiven for that). The news continued to report the tragedy for a long time, and my school held assemblies to discuss the matter. I knew people had died, and that made me very sad, but I remember thinking that people died all the time, so why was this one incident reported on so much? About a month or so after, TY released three Beanie Babies as a tribute to those lost during 9/11. One of these was a Dalmatian Beanie Baby called Rescue, and I wanted him the moment I saw him, not really knowing the true nature of his purpose. My mum obliged happily, knowing what he represented. I remember taking my little Dalmatian with the red collar and American flag on his leg home and reading his tag. It read:

To honor our heroes
who lost their lives in the
national catastrophe that
took place on September 11, 2001.
We mourn for them and express our
deepest sympathy to their families.
God Bless America

Rescue the Dalmatian was joined by America the Bear and Courage the German Shepherd. The Beanies were a set of three released to honor those who perished in the tragedy of 9/11.

I found Rescue in my room recently, and the memories flooded back to me upon reading it again. I remember looking into all the acts of heroism and bravery after reading Rescue’s tag, and that’s when the situation really hit home to me. I looked into the stories of firefighters and first responders and those who had died, as well as all the search-and-rescue dogs attempting to save people among the chaos. As a child, it can be hard to see past your immediate opinion and truly consider the sheer weight of a situation, but with Rescue’s help, I was able to see just how this event was indeed very different to anything I had ever seen before, and how serious it was. It was the first time I felt like I was thinking like a grown up. I looked at the world differently from then on — obviously as I got older, but also from my ability to think harder and search deeper. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have even bothered if it wasn’t for Rescue reminding me of exactly how much was lost on that day.

Rescue, perhaps the goodest and bravest boy of them all.

Beanie babies will forever be ingrained in culture. They are still bought, sold and collected even now and will remain a timeless staple of most of our childhoods. They certainly are for me. Especially you Rescue, the bravest firefighting Dalmatian the world has ever known.

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‘Shenmue III’ Gamescom Trailer Details a Day in the Life of Ryo

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The original Shenmue games pioneered the open world genre, in part through their inclusion of many different minigames and side activities. The Kickstarter-funded Shenmue III looks to continue that legacy, as developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver have debuted a new trailer at Gamescom 2019 entitled “A Day in Shenmue.”

The developers provided the following description of the trailer via their latest Kickstarter update: “Exploring the town, playing minigames and battling! We hope it feels just how a Shenmue day should!” Sure enough, the footage showcases the series protagonist Ryo participating in a number of minigames, such as a boxing game and a pachinko machine. The end of the trailer also includes a good look at the series’ signature kung fu combat.

Beyond the new trailer, the Kickstarter update also noted that Yu Suzuki, the famed creator of Shenmue, will be present at Gamescom for autograph signings.

After numerous delays, Shenmue III will finally launch on November 19, 2019 for PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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