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Who Would Be In Your Nintendo Boy Band?

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Over the years, Nintendo has seen many divas, bad boys, and fermented fruits grace us with the kind of fun, drama, and pomp that you’d only expect from a flash-in-the-pan boy band. From the mischiefs of the Lost Woods to the innocence of Barudo, a frivolous band of misfits could be brought together to make an interesting arrangement of unfortunate compositions. The DNA of many boy bands would require one strong vocalist, one weaker vocalist, and three irrelevances looking beautiful in the background, but Nintendo is about originality and that’s how the Nintendo boy band will be, the forefront of a teenage dream.

The pillar at the centre of any boyband is the strong, silent type (think Lass Bass from Nsync). Bomberman would be a classic strong, silent type protagonist, but he’s setting off bombs; he’s causing carnage. The silent member isn’t about the drama, he isn’t going to be in the news with controversial incidences, he’s probably not even going to be a protagonist. Unfortunately, this would mean Link would also be a bad choice, even with the fabulous boy band haircut and the angelic face, his persona would undoubtedly make him the lead when this role requires existing with average talent. Therefore, the boring member of the band would likely need to come from a boring game; let’s give it up for Doshin the Giant. He has god-like strength, lifting trees and shaping landscapes to the desired needs of the people. This man is the people pleaser and has his own small cult of idolising worshippers who he keeps content with cat memes on Twitter. Only Doshin could have the powers of an almighty Deity and remain in a boring game, and that’s why he’s the pillar of the Nintendo boy band.

The next member of this groundbreaking troupe of excellency needs to be the innocent type. He’s the kind of guy that would be lost when receiving a razor as a gift for Christmas or having a pillow fight with his collection of Pokemon plush toys. Toon Link would have the cute, baby face that would be perfect for the role, but he also has a sword which defies the innocence. There are also other adorable possibilities such as Kirby and Yoshi, but these two live in worlds that neglect the innocent aspect and as such lose their vulnerability. The game itself needs to be pure in its intentions, and for that Animal Crossing is shining through as the lamp that will kindle the flame of the virtuous. Animal Crossing is the place where all the adorable creatures come to live in peace and harmony and have their bellies rubbed every thirty seconds. Out of all the attention-seeking cuties, Bones was the most innocent and annoying. This captivating canine is living a second childhood and doesn’t even know it.

With two lacklustre members filling the first two places, it’s time to add some fun and excitement to the mix; or just the class clown member. Nintendo isn’t short of its fun-loving characters, from the merely playful, to the downright annoying (Tingle, that’s you). Glover might have had a lucky break in this role, but he became too serious about his ball and ruined his opportunity to make something better of himself. Ludicolo was the opposite and went too far down the annoying road to insanity, even with his obvious dancing talent. The comfortable middle of serious ambition and a goofy spontaneity is the desire, the one that will annoy Simon Cowell in any talent audition because when has talent been a requirement to be in a boy band? The land of goombas and koopas holds the key to this jack-in-the-box in none other than Boo; The pesky, little, transparent critter terrorising Luigi in the Mansion. A career in the musicals is inevitable when the band crashes and burns.

This band is shaping up to be too clean-cut and boring and needs more havoc thrown in to cause the famous boy band temper. The Yang to Doshin’s Yin, The devastation to Boo’s mere jumble, a panic to the hearts of every teenage girl when he’s in the news. Bowser has many of the bad boy credentials, causing mayhem wherever he is. But unfortunately, Peach would have wanted to be kidnapped by him if he was to be the bad boy of this group of heart-snatchers. Meta Knight offers the mystery that needs to surround this member, you never know his next intentions. Sometimes he’s there by your side, the next his sword is swiping ferociously at your shins. However, the bad boy needs a little musical talent for him to stick to the walls of every girl’s bedrooms and that’s why Skull Kid could be the answer to this problem. His ability on the ocarina has much to be desired, and he almost destroyed a planet with his little tantrum. Hotel rooms will not be safe when Skull Kid is in town and that’s how it should be!

The final piece of our Nintendo nightmare needs to be the poster boy; the one with the raw talent (sit down Guru-Guru, that isn’t you). Jigglypuff has the musical talent, and is an utter diva for that extra sass, but is too adorable. Only pure beauty will do. For sheer talent and gorgeous looks, Meloetta shall lead this boy band to a year of greatness. I know, Meloetta is genderless, but let this one slide. With his hair up or with his hair down, he always looks fabulous. Meloetta is the one to continue onto greater things when Skull Kid inevitably destroys the band from within and that’s why we need to give Meloetta his lucky break.

So who would be in your Nintendo Boy Band?

Lost his ticket on the 'Number 9' Luxury Express Train to the Ninth Underworld. Has been left to write articles and reviews about games to write off his debt until the 'powers that be' feel it is sufficiently paid.

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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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‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Ramps Up Its Roster With The Kombat Pack

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Our favourite brutal and bloody fighting game series Mortal Kombat is back with a new announcement surrounding brand new characters that will be joining the fight in the latest instalment of the franchise, Mortal Kombat 11.

During Gamescom 2019, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios introduced the Kombat Pack via an official reveal trailer. The Kombat Pack will feature six new fighters who will be introduced to the game over the next six months. Shang Tsung and Nightwolf are the latest additions who have already been released but the trailer also shows off four new and exciting additions to the world of Mortal Kombat.

The first up will be the Terminator T-800 who will be released on October 8th 2019 to coincide with the October release of the next Terminator film, Terminator: Dark Fate.  The trailer shows that the character model features the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger rather than just going for the Terminator style metallic endoskeleton. This is an interesting choice that leads to an incredibly impressive character model of Arnie. I’m really hoping that he will start to decay into his metal form as he is beaten down in the game but only time will tell.

The next release will be well known Mortal Kombat character Sindel, whose appearance fans have been waiting for after she was confirmed to be coming to the game in late May. Sindel will join the fight on November 26th, 2019.

The next character is another interesting one: DC comics top villain Joker. Joker is a pop culture icon who is no stranger to fighting games so his inclusion isn’t that much of a surprise. His physical appearance is somewhat unexpected however. He seems quite young and dashing, not what is typically expected when one thinks of the Joker. It is always fun to see unique interpretations of well known characters so hopefully the Joker will not disappoint when he becomes playable. This won’t be for a while though as he isn’t slated for release until January 28th, 2020.

The final character from the Kombat Pack will be Spawn from Todd McFarlane’s comic book of the same name. McFarlane already suggested that Spawn would be joining the game way back in December 2018 before Mortal Kombat 11 was even released, so this one isn’t much of surprise. The release date for Spawn is the furthest, coming to the game on March 17th,2020.

One fighter not mentioned is Ash from the Evil Dead, who has been being teased for sometime.His lack of inclusion here doesn’t rule him out of the game just yet. Here’s hoping that on top of the Kombat Pack, we will also get a few extra fighters here and there over the next few months.

The Kombat Pack will be $39.99 (those who purchased the premium edition of the game for $99.99 will have access to this content once it becomes available) to get all six fighters, one-week early access and various skins and gear sets. The DLC fighters as well as the skins and gear will all be available for anyone to purchase following the one –week period of early access.

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Limited Edition ‘Twin Peaks’ Box Set Includes a Whopping 21-Discs

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Next year marks 30 years since David Lynch and Mark Frost changed television forever with their groundbreaking series Twin Peaks and to celebrate they are releasing a new, exhaustive box set which collects all of the pieces of Lynch’s quintessential mystery thriller and packs it into a whopping 21 disks.

The set, available only on Blu-ray, includes all three television seasons and the prequel movie Fire Walk With Me, as well as the film’s deleted scenes (The Missing Pieces). It also includes new interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, unedited versions of several musical performances, and so much more!

If that’s not enough, there will also be a special 4K UHD disc included in the set, containing a new ultra-high def transfer overseen by David Lynch of both the American and international versions of the 1990 Twin Peaks pilot, as well as “Part 8” of A Limited Event Series, titled “Gotta Light?” The set will also include all existing special features from the previous releases of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery and Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series.

If you’re not salivating yet, it should also be mentioned that Lynch has confirmed the addition of 20 hours of additional features for die-hard Lynch fans to delve into.

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Last but not least, the collection comes in a beautiful box which the official press release says, once opened, a depiction of the infamous Red Room is revealed with its brown and crème chevron floor and brilliant red curtains. Sitting in front of the red curtain will be an exclusive die-cut acrylic figure of Laura Palmer kissing Special Agent Dale Cooper.

Fans who can’t afford the set will be able to purchase a more standard collection on Blu-ray and DVD, titled Twin Peaks: The Television Collection which will be released on October 15.

The From Z to A set costs $139.99 and is available for pre-order here. The Blu-ray TV collection costs $91.01, and the DVD TV collection costs $50.99.

While your waiting for your set to arrive, be sure to check out our insanely popular Twin Peaks podcast, The Lodgers, hosted by Simon Howell and Kate Rennebohm.

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‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Trailer Reveals New Monsters and More!

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I’m guessing we are not alone in choosing Monster Hunter World as one of the best games of 2018. In our review, Matthew Ponthier wrote, “Monster Hunter World is a hallmark entry into the storied franchise and is a title that will light a fire in the belly of any triumphant Hunter”.

And so, it shouldn’t come as a surprise either that we are hotly anticipating Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the massive expansion to Capcom’s best-selling game to date. The latest trailer revealed this week during Gamescom 2019 gives a glimpse of returning and new monsters, including a closer look at Velkhana, the mysterious Elder Dragon that’s new to the series. Additionally, new options will be available to help players progress through the main World game and further encourage existing players to aid other hunters in the community.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Iceborne will include a multitude of new monsters and subspecies for hunters to challenge, and now, two more have been confirmed to join the upcoming massive expansion’s lineup. The brute wyvern Brachydios is a returning fan-favorite known for its explosive slime attacks, while Namielle, a mysterious all-new Elder Dragon, unleashes powerful water-based attacks. More details about the new flagship monster Velkhana have also emerged. This Elder Dragon’s icy breath can cause frozen pillars to form on the battlefield, which hunters can use to create exciting opportunities for new hunting strategies.

 A free Guardian Armor set will be provided to all hunters, both World and Iceborne, as part of an upcoming title update on September 4 in time for the launch of the expansion. This upgradable armor set offers increased defense and skills that help hunters survive in the New World. The buffed armor can be equipped from the beginning of the World game, and is especially geared towards newer hunters to help them progress through the main story.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Last but not least, there will be another gameplay feature new to the series that focuses on Low Rank and High Rank player assistance by creating a further incentive for the community to help fellow hunters. Helpful players will get rewarded with exclusive in-game Pendants and Trophies for assisting other hunters in ranks below their own.

The upcoming Iceborne expansion will be coming to the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, globally on September 6th, 2019, with a PC release to follow in January 2020.

Watch the trailer below.

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‘Control’ Launch Trailer Cranks Up The Crazy

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With the release date of Control fast approaching, a new launch trailer has been revealed during Gamescom 2019 in Cologne, Germany.

Remedy continues its trend of creating games with mind bending and bizarre realities with Control, a third person action game set in a world where supernatural forces are present. The otherworldly entities take over a government facility in New York tasked with containing supernatural threats known as the Federal Bureau of Control. The player takes on the role of Jesse Faden, the new Director of the Bureau, who has her own personal mission as she sets about finding her brother who was taken by the Bureau when they were children. The trailer shows Jesse as she wanders through the Bureau, set appropriately to Ruelle’s “Madness” as she falls through various dimensions and realities. Jesse has her own powers for the player to play around with as well as a weapon known as the Service Weapon, a supernatural firearm that can transform and change to the wielders will. We get a good look at the Service Weapon in the launch trailer and it looks like a particularly interesting element that make for intriguing shooting mechanics.

To celebrate the games launch, 505 Games will be hosting a charity stream in aid of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a research hospital for various diseases and cancers affecting children. The stream will run from 8am to 4pm PDT on August 27th. It’s all to raise money for a brilliant cause so to check it out and to donate, go to the link here. Control will also be coming to PAX West next weekend from August 30th to September 2nd, so make sure to check it out if you’re attending.

Control will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows via the Epic Store on August 27th, 2019.

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