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Nintendo surprises with ‘Crypt of the NecroDancer’ sequel ‘Cadence of Hyrule’

In an out-of-left-field move for Nintendo, the gaming giant, at the Game Developers Conference, gave gamers quite a surprise in Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda for the Switch. Developed by Brace Yourself Games, the team behind the original Crypt of the NecroDancer, Cadence of Hyrule looks to put Crypt of the NecroDancer‘s heroine Cadence in the heart of the world of The Legend of Zelda.

Cadence of Hyrule, as depicted by the trailer, appears to play identically to its predecessor. It is a rhythm-based dungeon crawler in which the player strategically battles enemies to a beat. This time around, however, it is done to the tune of remixed classic Legend of Zeldamusic, while battling enemies from the franchise within Hyrule.

While gamers wait for the Zelda-themed sequel, Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition can be purchased on the Nintendo game store for $19.99 USD.

Cup Half Full

Along with Cadence of Hyrule, Nintendo also announced, during its Nindies Showcase, that Cuphead would be headed to the Nintendo Switch. Released about a year and half ago on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows, and later in 2018 on macOS, the Nintendo Switch will see the release of the popular indie title come April 18th of this year.

Adhering to the 1930s graphical aesthetic, the announcement trailer displays an overly authoritative man awkwardly explain how to pour a glass of milk, out of which come the game’s titular hero, Cuphead, as well as his brother-in-arms, Mugman. The trailer then gives viewers a solid bit of action from the game, displaying a variety of levels to be conquered and bosses to be beaten.

A side-scrolling run and gun game, akin to the likes of Contra and Gunstar HeroesCuphead relies on the fortitude of players to conquer its incredibly tough nature via determining effective strategies to take down the plethora of bosses awaiting the likes of Cuphead and Mugman. Ultimately, what sets this apart from its 1980s and early 1990s inspirations is the distinct 1930s cartoon art style.

While we have yet to see its performance on the Nintendo Switch, the game was a massive success on the Xbox One. Moreover, only time will tell to see how the handheld option changes up the formula.

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While Cadence of Hyrule and Cuphead were certainly the two most high profile indie games revealed for Nintendo Switch, there were other notable announced upcoming indies as well. For example, Stranger Things 3: The Game will be coming to the Switch. A tie-in with its television counterpart, the game has the player take control of one of 12 characters as they traverse the town of Hawkins, beating up enemies along the way. Expect a July 4threlease.

The Red Lantern, developed by Timberline Studio, Inc.,was announced as well. Described as a game with resource management and as a rogue-lite, The Red Lantern sees the player in control of The Musher, who, with her pack of dogs, must traverse the tundras of Nome, Alaska, complete with dangerous woodland creatures and climate-related obstacles, as she seeks her home.

Coming May 2019 is Darkwood. Developed by Acid Wizard, Darkwood is a role-playing adventure game in which players craft items as they explore creepy Soviet Bloc forests, which are randomly generated as the player travels through them. The game uses this element to its benefit, as it forces players to adapt to changing surroundings.

Nintendo Switch owners will also be able to get their hands on RAD this year. RAD is an action game, developed by Double Fine Productions, which sees the player take the reins as a teenage hero as they make their way through a radiation-filled wasteland and beat up mutated enemies with a baseball bat. At times, the player can also mutate themselves and, for example, be assisted by batwings. Players can expect to play RADthis summer.

For all information regarding the Nindies Showcase, you can head here.

InkyPen comes to Nintendo SwitchComic Book Service InkyPen Coming to Switch

While various comic book subscription services are currently available to owners of the Nintendo Switch, there is a new service entering the fray with InkyPen. According to CBR, InkyPen currently has one of the most expansive catalogues compared to other comic book subscription services.

A press release from InkyPen adds that several bugs have been fixed with a new patch and that there is a considerable selection of free comics for Switch owners. InkyPen’s CEO, Ronan Huggard, also said that more Manga publishers may be signing up soon, as they are “talking to many Manga publishers and hope to get more on board soon.”

Nintendo Switch owners can access the service on their console or via InkyPen’swebsite.

This Week’s Releases

Turok was released this week for Nintendo Switch. Originally released in 1997, Turok is a first-person shooter in which the player, as titular hero Turok, who travels back to the past and battles dinosaurs and other enemies with flashy sci-fi weaponry. You can purchase it on the eShop for $19.99 USD.

Presented at the Nindies Showcase and released on March 20this Nuclear Throne. Developed and published by Vlambeer, Nuclear Throne is described as being a top-down arcade shooter. It currently runs on Switch for $13.99 USD.

Similarly presented at the Nindies Showcase and released on Wednesday is Blaster Master Zero 2, by INTI CREATES CO., LTD. A 2-D shooter with side-scrolling elements and vehicle sections. It runs on the eShop for $9.99 USD.

As always, you can find these and more on the Nintendo Game Store.

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




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




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’




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

Toys We Love Spotlight



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



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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