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Nintendo Weekly News Round-Up: Marvel and Nintendo Team Up, Metroid Prime 4 and Pokémon’s Next Installment

Marvel and Nintendo form an alliance for a Switch game, Metroid Prime 4 rumors get snubbed, and more light on Pokémon’s next game is shed.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Exclusively Coming To Switch

The first two games in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series were hits with critics and fans alike. With no word on the franchise for over a decade, it had become something of a Half-Life scenario. However, that worry has now been cast aside, as a sequel has just been announced by Nintendo as a Switch exclusive.

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Titled Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Nintendo released a trailer at The Game Awards on Thursday night, giving us a sneak peek at the story, as well as some of the gameplay elements. In regards to the story, it appears that a malevolent organization known as the Black Order is a fatal threat to humanity and whose leadership has a great disdain for the Avengers. Now including the Guardians of the Galaxy, gameplay looks to be very similar to the original two games, albeit more polished now, as a sleek beat-’em-up title. Not much else is known about the gameplay mechanics for now, but details will likely trickle down as we get closer to release.

Switch owners and Marvel fans can expect a 2019 release.

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While Metroid Prime 4 Is Nowhere To Be Seen, Other Rumors Arise

Despite rumors that Metroid Prime 4 would be getting a trailer at The Game Awards, Thursday night proved these rumors wrong. Although the aforementioned Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was announced, Metroid Prime 4 was nowhere to be seen, leaving Metroid fans concerned about when they’ll be seeing the next visible trace of the game’s development.

However, to fan the flames even more, according to Variety, a Swedish retailer known as Inet has listed a remaster of the Metroid Prime Trilogy on their website. Originally released in 2009 on the Wii, the Metroid Prime Trilogy included Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. It was quite a steal back in the day and would very much be so today on the Switch.

If you’re unsure how to take these rumors, have no fear. Metroid Prime 4 is still being developed, so Switch owners have that to look forward to. As for a remaster of the original trilogy? A fan can only dream.

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Even More Pokémon

While two Pokémon titles were recently released on the Switch, Game Freak is not one to rest on its laurels, as the next Pokémon title, a “core RPG,” is set for a 2019 release. This new title will be a full role-playing adventure, so it is sure to be a draw for regular Pokémon fans and even newcomers.

GameSpot reported on the new game’s development, quoting Game Freak regarding its allowance of transferring Pokémon from Let’s Go! over to the new title. Director Junichi Masuda said the following:

“We’re definitely always thinking of that kind of forward-moving functionality, especially since we’ve introduced [Pokemon transfer service] Pokemon Bank,” Masuda told GameSpot. “Now, up to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, you’re able to store your Pokemon, and we know they’re very important to everyone. I mean, obviously, people would be very sad if they couldn’t use their Pokemon in a future game. So, it does get complicated when you talk about the details and we’re still figuring it out, but we do have plans to find ways to let players use their Pokemon in the next game.”

These yearly releases continue to show Game Freak’s dedication to its beloved franchise and its fans. With a release on the horizon for next year, fans can be sure to expect a fresh console experience.

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Fire Emblem Expo Opens In Japan

Once an obscure franchise for Nintendo, the Fire Emblem series has been gaining traction in recent years. With multiple well-received Nintendo 3DS titles and Fire Emblem Warriors on the Switch, there is no trace of its popularity stopping altogether either.

In fact, the series has blown up so much that it is getting its own expo in Japan. Game Informer reports that, while details are sparse, it is set to take place on May 4. You can expect to hear more about it in a broadcast for Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher), a trading card game for the series.

For right now, those planning to attend the expo can purchase tickets starting December 28. For more information regarding that and all else about the expo, you can head here.

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New Releases

Finally, the Switch game we’ve all been waiting for, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, is here. Nearly praised universally, the game’s impressive roster of fighters and content are a huge draw for Switch owners. Along with the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario OdysseySuper Smash Bros. Ultimate, released Friday, December 7, is going to be a staple for Nintendo fans everywhere.

Aside from Ultimate, however, quite a few other titles have been released in the previous week, including ARK: Survival Evolved, an often-advertised title available on other consoles as well. The game can be purchased at $49.99 USD. Additionally, the sequel to a classic Double Dragon, Double Dragon II: The Revenge was released on Nintendo Switch this week in the form of Arcade Archives Double Dragon II: The Revenge, running at $7.99 USD.

Finally, just in time for Christmas, Santa Tracker was released on Friday, December 7 at a low price of $2.99 USD. For the moment, you can purchase at $1.99 USD here. As for all other Switch and Nintendo 3DS releases, you can find them on their Game Store.

 

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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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