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Nintendo World Championship splats, races, smashes, and jumps to an exciting finish




Wow, what a way for Nintendo to kick off their E3 week.

From a morning Nintendo Direct focusing on new additions to Smash Bros., to the casual announcement of Earthbound: Beginnings (the original Mother), Nintendo rolled into their main event, the resurrection of the famed Nintendo World Championship, with plenty of momentum, and they just kept it going.

The winners of the eight qualifiers across the country met with a group of handpicked gaming personalities to duke it out for the coveted gold Mario trophy in a fast-paced, grueling trial across multiple games encompassing old classics, new favorites, and even a surprise world premiere before culminating in an epic showdown that called back to 1989’s The Wizard with an insane Mario challenge. that made Super Mario 3 look as simple as Pong.

The competition got off to a fast start with several bouts of Splatoon‘s frenetic Turf War, showcasing the game’s very real eSports possibilities. Anyone who has played Splatoon knows how the tide of battles can be turned, and these were no different, with some teams winning by the smallest of percentages. This was followed by an elimination round where players fighting for a remaining chance to continue were tasked with completing the first dungeon in the original Legend of Zelda as fast as they could.



Next up, Nintendo introduced contestants to a BRAND NEW GAME called Blast Ball, which looks like the natural and not-at-all weird pairing of Metroid Prime: Hunters and soccer, something I’m not quite sure the world was clamoring for, but looks interesting nonetheless. Teams of three players in mech suits attempted to shoot a giant metallic (sometimes lava) ball into the opponents’ goal, all while attacking each other and avoiding being rolled into by the powerful orb. Expect Nintendo to reveal more info on pricing and release for this sometime during E3, but with this and Splatoon, it’s clear that they have their own ideas on how to freshen up the shooter genre, and are running bizarrely with them.

A Super Metroid elimination round weeded out those who couldn’t defeat Mother Brain and flee planet Zebes fast enough, and the remaining contestants geared up for some 200cc racing, Mario Kart 8-style. Baby Park, Animal Crossing, and Big Blue were the locations for a host crashes, wipeouts, and help from Lakitu, with some players reacting to the high speeds like Jedi pod racers. Again, this showed off just how well some Nintendo games work in competitive environments, as the racing was manic and furious until the end, rewarding those with skill and sending losers packing, left to their embarrassed Luigi moans (I imagine).

The weakest round was a Balloon Fight elimination, which the crowd reacted fairly silently too. I’m not sure why Nintendo keeps pushing this game on us, but it was over quickly and if any of the good vibes built up over the evening began to fade, they were quickly restored by Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime showing up to fulfill his oath to “kick the ass” of last year’s Smash Invitational Tournament runner-up, Hungry Box, in Smash Bros. for Wii U, the next game in competition. Once that taunt-filled hilarity was quickly over, and Reggie was sent to lick his gaming wounds back at one of the best jobs in the whole industry, the remaining four players went face-to-face For Fun. A few howls called for Glory and a lack of items, but the mode was perfect, putting everyone on edge that at any moment a smash ball could ruin their entire run at the trophy. In the end two players emerged, John Numbers and Cosmo, to duel at last for the big prize. What would Nintendo have in store?



Turns out they saved the best for last. Both players would have to race to the finish of four levels created by Nintendo Treehouse members in the newly re-titled Super Mario Maker (formerly just Mario Maker). It’s hard to describe how gonzo insane and fantastic these deviously designed stages were, or the incredible Mario skills the two tremendous players displayed in tackling them within the five-minute time limits, but it was a sight of pure gaming to behold, and really made this Nintendo World Championship feel like an event where we were seeing the best of the best at the top of their game. Flawless jumps over giant enemies and waves of fire set in visuals spanning the Mario franchise made the Super Mario Maker final event a sight to behold, and was an outstanding demonstration of what Nintendo’s new game is capable of. What a way to get some hype going.

Finally, after a brilliant run, John Numbers raised the trophy, as well as a Miyamoto-signed New 3DS (also received by Cosmo), capping an amazing show, one that far exceeded our expectations. This truly was an excellent way to energize fans and show off how well some of the company’s best games work in a competition atmosphere.

It was a great day for Nintendo, and has only made us more excited for what is to come during E3 2015. Stay tuned to Sound on Sight for more coverage all week long, and to listen to more of our thoughts on Nintendo’s big day, check out the latest Nxpress podcast!

You can check out the whole show on Nintendo’s YouTube channel here

Patrick Murphy grew up in the hearty Midwest, where he spent many winter hours watching movies and playing video games while waiting for baseball season to start again. When not thinking of his next Nintendo post or writing screenplays to satisfy his film school training, he’s getting his cinema fix as the Editor of Sordid Cinema, Goomba Stomp's Film and TV section.


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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