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This Week in Gaming News: The Greatest Hits of Erasure (featuring Nintendo)

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Welcome, newshounds, to that time of the week where I observe the settled dust of gaming news, sweep it back up into the air and then complain about how dusty the air is. If I had to pick a standout theme for this week’s piece (and I don’t have to, I want to), it’d be hard to ignore the overwhelming intentions of certain video game companies to basically just do whatever they want regardless of ramifications, both in terms of customer goodwill and, it seems, the law itself. Time to get ranty.

Nintendo Direct: The Good Bits

There’s a lot to get to when looking at this week’s Nintendo Direct, and as I feel more strongly about the bad than I do the good, we’ll get this little lot out of the way first. It definitely can’t be suggested that Nintendo didn’t reveal any new games in the Direct, even if nothing was jaw-droppingly inspiring. It’s been a bit of a dour second year in terms of major releases on Nintendo Switch, and the near future isn’t exactly mouth-watering, but it’s certainly not barren.

Among the biggest announcements from Ninty was the reveal of Luigi’s Mansion 3, which is coming to Nintendo Switch next year. A third game in the series is welcome, but it will definitely need to be boasting plenty of new content to justify its existence above it merely being a gap-filler before something more important comes along. The other ‘major’ announcement was that of a Switch Animal Crossing also arriving next year. Again, not something that made me all jingly in my janglies, but a game that is tailor made for an appearance on Switch. Provided, of course, that you don’t expect to be able to connect to anyone else’s village on the train unless you’ve got some portable Wi-Fi of your own (or you’re on a posh train).

Elsewhere, you can list under ‘things that made me smile’ the reveals of Katamari Damacy ReRoll (I might even use the motion controls, but don’t tell anyone about that), the continuation of impressive trailers for Daemon Ex Machina, Final Fantasy VII, VIII and X ports, and, I guess, Animal Crossing’s Isabelle being announced as the next new Smash Bros. Ultimate character. Actually, that’s a shit character announcement, so scratch that last one. Although I’d quite like to punch her in the face. Ok, scratch the scratch.

Nintendo Direct: The Bad and Ugly Bits

Now to the meatier section: the bad stuff. I lectured you all last week on just how terrible Nintendo’s cloud saves service is, and yet I was still shocked to find this week that it’s actually worse than previously revealed. Although not in the Direct itself, it emerged afterwards through a Q&A section on Nintendo’s website that your cloud saves will be erased as soon as you stop your Nintendo Online subscription. Not just inaccessible – completely gone.

The official wording is “Save data stored with Save Data Cloud cannot be kept outside of the duration of your Nintendo Switch Online membership.” It’s important at this point to remind you all that your PlayStation cloud saves are kept for 6 months after your subscription ends, and your Xbox ones are free of charge and require no subscription anyway. This is such a worrying caveat to the feature that it’s close to being rendered completely useless. What’s the timeframe on the subscription ending and the saves being lost? What if I get a new bank card and forget to update it on my Nintendo account? I guess my saves are gone, right? It’s possible Nintendo may offer a grace period for this kind of scenario, but let’s not get our hopes up. Though I must give kudos to Nintendo for having the gall to try and introduce their terrible cloud save system as if they, and we, had only just discovered it was possible. The balls on these guys.

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You already own the versions of these you care about, and the rest of them are pants. You know I’m right.

Cloud saves wasn’t the only nugget in the shit-pile of disappointment, though. It’s not really a revelation at this point, but NES games are rubbish. I don’t think I’d given it much thought for a while, but the offer of NES games gated behind a paywall is terrible. NES games in 2018 are actually worth nothing. Zero. I would not pay you for a NES game today. They do not carry a value at this point because they’ve been rehashed so many times, are available on so many platforms, and have been paid for by Nintendo fans over and over again. Destiny 2 is available on PS+ this month. That game is a 2018 AAA release. Some NES games aren’t even a 1988 release.

Fear not though, because those NES games of zero value can be played on some beautiful NES-style Switch controllers of $60 value. Yes, SIXTY dollars. Well, actually they cost $80 because you’re not allowed to buy them unless you subscribe to the Nintendo Online Service. Granted, there isn’t much you could use them on without access to the NES titles, but it’s still cheeky. There wasn’t much else in the Direct that was worth noting in terms of it being terrible – it was more that there just wasn’t very much that was truly exciting. It was, however, hilarious to see Nintendo actually try and persuade people that their App allowing ‘voice chat with friends while playing certain games’ is a genuine feature. Using your phone to talk to someone is not a feature of your service, Nintendo, it’s a feature of the fucking invention of the telephone.

EA – A Law Unto Themselves (and definitely not you)

Head on down to EA headquarters (make sure you wash the greed off your hands on the way out) and you’ll likely hear them blasting out some Judas Priest, because EA is breakin’ the law. They don’t even care either. Luckily, they’re only breaking the law in Belgium, and it’s only so they can keep gambling mechanics in their games, so at least they’re doing it for philanthropic reasons. The shareholders love it.

This week it was confirmed that the Belgian government is launching a criminal investigation into EA just deciding to ignore that silly little law about loot boxes being a form of illegal gambling, and keeping them in FIFA 18 and FIFA 19. It really says something when your level of greed outweighs not only your adherence to the law, but it actually outweighs that of Activision. Even those unscrupulous cads chose to follow the ruling and take them out of Overwatch. EA has less fucks to give, it seems.

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The random nature of the cards in FUT could potentially mean you spend as much money trying to get Ronaldo as Juventus did

I suppose FUT packs, or whatever weaselly moniker EA gives to their FIFA loot boxes, are really the granddaddy of all in-game gambling. It disappointed me that they got away without scrutiny while the industry started to get pissed off with Mordor and Battlefront 2, and perhaps it’s this longevity that has EA sticking to their guns. Maybe they feel they’ve been around so long, they’re invincible at this point because nobody has made a fuss in the past.

EA themselves removed them from Battlefront 2 after a few weeks of fan backlash and a downvoted Reddit post, but FIFA ain’t letting go even when Johnny Law gets involved. I suppose the billions of dollars they make off the practice rules that decision, and probably ensures a pretty hefty legal team fighting this in court. I seriously hope they go in there with their excuse that FIFA coins or players can’t be exchanged for real world money, because we’ve all seen FUT coins on eBay before. Hell, there’s loads on there right now. Go on, EA, do it. I dare you.

We Can Take EA Down, I’ve Got Just the Guy

You know who would definitely take down EA CEO Andrew Wilson? Takayuki Yagami – the main protagonist in Project JUDGE, a new title in the Yakuza engine announced by Sega of America this week. In a nutshell, it’s Yakuza crossed with L.A. Noire (or maybe Phoenix Wright) and it looks fantastic. Seeing as it’s been developed in the Yakuza engine, the game will mix mystery-solving detective work with beating seven shades of shit out of scallywags, and that sounds like a good old time to me.

We got not one but two trailers for the game, scheduled for a 2019 release, this week – one for story, and one for gameplay. The story will almost certainly pack in the superb writing the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios has become known for, but it’s the courtroom twist on the Yakuza formula that gets me in the mood for justice. Gameplay elements revealed in the trailer include tailing suspects and observing their behavior, donning disguises and lockpicking for infiltrations, sifting through clues on location, secretly taking photographs (including with a drone) of criminals for evidence, and I’d imagine much more. Yagami got moves, too.

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Fighting sequences look more balletic than ever, with spinning hurricanranas and nunchaku aplenty. Naturally, there will also be a suitable dose of mini game nonsense to top off the experience. The trailers made me laugh more than once, and that is all I need to prove I’m going to absolutely love this game. SEGA is knocking it out of the park so consistently right now with, dare I say it, not a loot box in sight.

Sekiro, Sekirooooo 

Speaking of hoping there are no lootboxes in sight, From Software released a pre-TGS trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice this week, as the game continues to look more and more impressive with every new piece of footage. Seriously, Activision, please leave it alone.

The new enemies and bosses in the trailer look incredible, with a giant maiden-like figure wearing an Oni mask and a massive mutated albino ape sure to provide ample tests of our shinobi skills once we get our hands on the game come March 22nd. There’s not too much more to say about the trailer other than it looks beautiful and brutal, but if you want to read my thoughts based on the demo I played at Gamescom 2018, then knock yourself out. Spoiler: I bloody loved it.

Right, I’m off to try and get that platinum trophy in Marvel’s Spider-Man, and I’ll see you in seven.

Crotchety Englishman who spends hundreds of pounds on video game tattoos and Amiibo in equally wallet-crippling measure. Likes grammar a lot, but not as much as he likes ranting about the latest gaming news in his weekly column.

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Nintendo Weekly Roundup

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Southwest Airlines hands out free Nintendo Switch consoles

Those departing to San Diego from Dallas on July 17 were treated to a surprise, as those taking the trip on a connecting flight ended up receiving a Nintendo Switch with a copy of Super Mario Maker 2.

Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with Nintendo, decided to give out Nintendo Switch consoles to lucky customers on Wednesday when they were handed redemption tickets for them. Twitter user Juan Jose Anchante posted a picture of the ticket, which can be seen below.

Nintendo and Southwest have collaborated in the past. In 2013, for example, Wii U consoles were given to lucky passengers going from New Orleans to Dallas, along with New Super Mario Bros. U. Similarly, in 2016, free Nintendo 3DS XL’s were given to passengers heading to Los Angeles from Dallas.

Presumably, this was a sort of promotion for San Diego Comic-Con, given the timing and the flight’s city of arrival. All these events seem to be fairly spontaneous, though it appears that, should you want a free Nintendo item like this in this fashion, taking a flight to/from Dallas with Southwest seems to be the best option.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 characters discovered in datamine

After years of waiting, gamers finally have their hands on the third installment in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series on their Nintendo Switch consoles. Moreover, a recent datamine tells us what characters may be coming to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 via DLC.

According to Nintendo Life, one dataminer was able to find out that the game’s code has 49 DLC character slots. There were four playable characters discovered in the datamine. Allegedly, these characters are the following:

  • Black Bolt
  • Medusa
  • Vision
  • Valkyrie

As such, this seems to just be a mere taste of what Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 owners will be getting soon enough.

New Nintendo Switch may be on its way

While Nintendo recently revealed the Nintendo Switch Lite to fans everywhere, it turns out another model may be heading to consumers soon. While not necessarily the rumored upgraded version, this model’s primary improvement is that of its battery life.

On Nintendo’s Japanese website, some information has emerged regarding the upcoming Switch model. Most notably, there are details regarding the battery life available on the website. Forbes has translated the information below.

The numbers on the right reflect the battery life for the Switch Lite. As indicated, however, the battery life for the updated model will supposedly be substantially longer. Bringing the low end from 2.5 to 4.5 hours is nothing to scoff at and being able to play Breath of the Wild for 5.5 hours in handheld mode instead of 3 is a massive improvement.

According to Forbes, this rendition of the Switch may be hitting Japan as early as August and could be coming to the West as early as September.

Nintendo Switch New Joy-Cons
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Nintendo announces new Joy-Con colors

Starting out with the gray option, as well as the blue and red option, the Joy-Cons took a while to expand their color palette. Now, two new Joy-Con sets are coming to Switch owners from Nintendo with very distinctive and bright colors.

The first, pictured on the left, is a Purple/Neon Orange combo. The second, pictured on the right, is a Blue/Neon Yellow combo.

The first pair of Joy-Cons appears to display very complementary palettes, with purple and orange meshing together incredibly well. Blue and Neon Yellow, while more distinctive and attractive than the standard gray Joy-Cons.

For fans looking for more diverse Joy-Cons, this should be good news. There are other colors out now, and there are decals that can spruce up existing Joy-Cons. However, if you were looking for a Joy-Con with a great shade of purple, you can look no further.

This Week’s Releases

As indicated previously, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order came out this week. At $59.99 USD, the game stands as a sequel that took 10 years to be released. Sporting a giant cast of Marvel superheroes, this is sure to be one of Nintendo’s biggest hits of this year.

Let’s Sing 2019 was also released on Nintendo Switch this week. For $39.99 USD, Switch owners can grab this title and pick from a variety of songs to sing when “training your voice solo” or at a “karaoke party.” This one is sure to be a hit at celebrations!

Puzzle game The Drama Queen Murder was also released this week for the Switch. At $9.99 USD, players take the role of private investigator and solve the murder of Dolores Molinero, “the Queen of Drama.” With a variety of investigative methods, this appears to be one of the more diverse mystery games to hit the Switch in a while.

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

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Stranger Things as an Anime is Even Cooler Than It Sounds

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Ever wondered what Stranger Things might look like in a vintage anime style? Well look no further than a recent fan made video by animation studio Humoring the Fates that does just that with the well-known Netflix show. The YouTube video is published by the channel Octopie and clocks in at just under two minutes, the perfect length to showcase some of the classic moments from the first two seasons of the show. In the parody film, the inhabitants of Hawkins are transformed into an anime style and we see cartoon remakes of epic scenes such as Eleven facing off against the Demogorgon as well as quieter moments like Hopper and Eleven sharing waffles.

Although some have commented that they believe the animation style is more aligned to 90’s cartoons rather that 80’s anime, it is still clear that the talented artists and creators at Humoring the Fates have managed to perfectly capture the feel of Stranger Things within an animated format here. It has certainly left fans now dreaming of one day having an animated series related to Stranger Things. Maybe a spin off? One day perhaps.

Have a look at the video below and for more on Stranger Things, check out some of our articles on season three here.

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Waiting for the ‘Resident Evil 3’ Remake? Here’s Something to Tide You Over

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Following the huge success of the official remakes of Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake is likely on the horizon. However, a talented modder has given us something to fawn over whilst we play the waiting game with Capcom.

The Resident Evil 3: Seamless HD Project was created by Mathieu Phillipe and is a modded version of the Gamecube title. The mod is free but will require both a PC and Dolphin GameCube emulator to play. The mod boasts an impressive improvement to the graphics, sound and textures. The official site lists features such as “restored integrated texts”, “upscaled 3D model textures” and “ improved visual effects” to name just a few.

The mod is available for free and you can find all the appropriate information from the talented modders on the RESDHP website linked here as well as the free download. Have a glance at the incredibly well detailed gameplay from the mod below and to have a read of some of our Resident Evil 2 articles, check out our review of the RE2 remake here or our article on the boss fights of RE2 here.

Now we wait for the official RE3 remake…

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The Best and the Most Disappointing Changes to the ‘Lion King’ Soundtrack

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Disney’s latest remake of the highly revered animated classic The Lion King has been receiving mixed reviews from critics, but it still has the opportunity to dazzle the general public worldwide. With the new Lion King soundtrack having recently released, there is a lot to dissect from it. Hans Zimmer’s remake of the classic score is the highlight for me personally, and whilst the film’s popular songs are clearly remade with love for the original, some of the musical numbers don’t reach the heights of the 1994 classics.

Whilst I can say that some of these songs are a bit of a disappointment, I wouldn’t say that I actively dislike them, so bear in mind I’m probably being a little finicky.

#3 Most Disappointing: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”

Before you all start attempting to track me down with pitchforks in tow, hear me out first: I do not dislike the 2019 version. The instrumentals are beautiful, Beyoncé is fierce, Donald Glover is perfect as Simba, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen are charming iterations of Timon and Pumbaa. That being said, I did feel somewhat disappointed with this version due to it feeling like a Beyoncé platform rather than the soulful duet between Simba and Nala that I was expecting. Glover is also completely overpowered by Beyoncé’s vocals; even in their solo moments, Simba seems quieter, whilst Nala’s voice is booming in every moment of the song. This is a real shame as Donald Glover has an incredible voice and he really should have been on level pegging with Beyoncé, despite her star power. After all, it’s not as if Glover is a modest actor and singer, as he has received global stardom under his artist pseudonym of Childish Gambino, as well as his acting work on Community and Solo: A Star Wars Story as a young Lando Calrissian.

Beyoncé certainly goes all out on the vocal work, and she is sounding stellar as usual. However, as amazing as she sounds, you can’t help but feel like this is her song, and her song alone. She gets her own number in the new original song “Spirit,” where she has plenty of opportunity to display her talents, so I just feel that “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” was a chance to showcase Simba and Nala’s growing affection through a song that equally showed off the artists talents. However, the end result is mostly Beyonce, and very little of Glover.

#3 Best: “Hakuna Matata”

The critics who have released their reviews on The Lion King have mostly agreed on one thing: that Timon and Pumbaa steal the show and inject a much-needed burst of energy into the film’s proceedings. This is undoubtedly the case when listening to “Hakuna Matata,” one of the most famous Disney songs on the Lion Kingsoundtrack. Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella brought a special partnership that warmed the audiences’ hearts to the characters and the song in the 1994 version, but Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen also manage to capture everything that was charming and dynamic about the meerkat and warthog duo, whilst introducing a playful originality to them. There is something hilariously endearing about hearing Seth Rogen’s attempts to hold a tune. Singing is clearly not one of his strengths, but he plays it well, and it somehow manages to fit Pumbaa’s character. Eichner, on the other hand, has a surprisingly fantastic set of pipes, which works amazing well with Rogen’s.

The funniest part of the song is the infamous line wherein Pumbaa discusses how he felt downhearted every time that he…passed wind. In the original film, Timon stops Pumbaa before he can use the phrase in front of the children (both baby Simba and the audience), but here Timon does not intervene, as Pumbaa announces his farting habits to the world. Pumbaa queries as to whether Timon is going to stop him, and Timon simply responds with, “No I’m not. You disgust me.” I must admit, I laughed out loud when I first heard it. Eichner’s delivery and his banter with Rogen is a great way to change up the song from the original. The audience has grown since the original film, and we are all now old enough to hear the word “fart” without having a meltdown. (Well, most of us are anyway.) JD McCrary and Donald Glover’s role as Simba in the song is also brilliant, as both of them are hugely talented singers who manage to capture the spirit of Simba perfectly, both younger and older.

#2 Most Disappointing: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

With that being said, the inclusion of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” sung by Eichner and Rogen, seems a little bit unnecessary to me. It is a funny scene in the original film, with the two wandering in the jungle singing the song to themselves, and it will probably make for amusing viewing in this remake too, but I don’t see why it had to be put in the Lion King soundtrack. Again, Eichner’s vocals are great, but Rogen does very little here. There are also hints of fart noises in the song as well, which makes it feel all the more obsolete.

There are some really amazing songs throughout the franchise, such as those from the Broadway show and the second movie, so I don’t see why one of those songs couldn’t have made it onto the soundtrack instead of this. “He Lives in You,” which was in both The Lion King 2 and the musical adaptation, managed to make its way onto the 2019 soundtrack, and it works incredibly well. I just wish that one of the other great songs could have been brought here instead. Like I said at the start, I’m being finicky about this, as well as a little bit mean, but it really does feel like an unnecessary addition to pad out the length of the soundtrack. With the wide range of possibilities for additional music, I can’t help but feel like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is one of the more superfluous songs on the album.

#2 Best: “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”

One of my all-time favourite Disney songs has to be “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” so I couldn’t help but scrutinise the 2019 version after I first heard it. I found myself pleasantly surprised. Jason Weaver and Laura Williams sang the original fantastically, managing to nail the song performance-wise, whilst also keeping in line with the characters of Simba and Nala, respectively. This was sure to be a difficult act to follow, but JD McCrary and Shahdi Wright-Joseph pay respect to their predecessors whilst bringing a fresh sound to the classic song. John Oliver doesn’t quite hit the mark when it comes to the dry British wit of Zazu as well as Rowan Atkinson did, but he does a great job nonetheless, and his inclusion is still a nice touch of humor.

The song is slightly longer than the original as well, adding more of an interlude made up of tribal drums that lay out an adventurous beat that further enforces the idea of two mischievous lion cubs running through the pride lands. Nala gets more to do this time around too, as the song takes cues from the Broadway musical, which gave some of Simba’s singing lines to Nala and added in some riffing to jazz up her part in the song. This is great to hear, as it gives Shahdi Wright-Joseph the chance to bring some brightness to the character with her incredible singing talent. The 2019 version is cheerful, energetic, and brings the young talent of the film into the spotlight that they deserve, so I definitely consider it as one of the best on the Lion King soundtrack.

#1 Most Disappointing: “Be Prepared”

Many months ago, when The Lion King was still in development, rumors started coming to the fore that the fan-favourite song “Be Prepared” (featuring the film’s villain, Scar) would be cut from the remake. Closer to the release date, it was revealed that the song would indeed be in the movie, but the end result feels somewhat half baked. A good deal of the 2019’s “Be Prepared” involves talking from Scar and his hyena minions, but it slowly and uncertainly becomes more grandiose until it is a musical number. Regardless, it all just feels a bit low-energy, with little of the charisma and character from Jeremy Irons’ version from 1994.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Scar this time around, is not at fault here. In fact, his deep, booming, and intimidating voice is chilling, and gives the song a more sinister and villainous tone, with a hint of creepiness. What is irritating is that whilst the song does have positives (mainly Ejiofor’s performance and the haunting instrumentals) that could have made for a really interesting and original take on the classic song, it is so rushed that it doesn’t have much time to truly make an impact.  It’s two minutes long, but has a slow beat that doesn’t increase much throughout, so by the time the song finally starts to get going, it is already finishing.

It isn’t exactly clear what happened with this number, but it seems to me like Disney saw the backlash from the public when it was suggested that “Be Prepared” wasn’t going to be included, and therefore scrambled to put something together for Scar in the final film. Of course, I can’t say that this is what happened for sure, but if so, the final product is a hastily done piece that could have been so much better if given the same amount of creative input as some of the other songs on the Lion King soundtrack. Despite Ejiofor’s efforts and the promising framework that the song offers, the 2019 version of “Be Prepared” is incredibly disappointing. Not only does it not stand anywhere near the level of the original, but it wastes its potential. After the initial sinister tones of Ejiofor wore off, it left me feeling pretty unmoved. For such a well-known song from the remake of one of Disney’s best animated films, it simply isn’t up to the standard that it should be.

#1 Best: Stampede

It has to be one of Hans Zimmer’s interpretations of the old score that is the best of the 2019 Lion King soundtrack. Zimmer had a tough challenge ahead of him when he agreed to come back for the remake. He had to stay true to the original music (as it is one of the greatest scores from an animated movie to date), but also make sure that he added enough new material within the original score to create a refreshing update. I consider this song the most successful of the new soundtrack, despite all the star power behind the others. One of the most emotionally charged tracks has to be “Stampede,” which comes during the infamous stampede that leads to Mufasa’s death.

The original track (called “To Die For”) is incredibly intense before becoming harrowing, but Zimmer manages to up the emotion even more so in his 2019 take on the piece. It is slightly longer, and spends a bit more time ramping up in intensity, creating a heart-pumping piece that makes you feel the gravitas of the scene without even watching it. Once the music has reached its boiling point, Zimmer includes a sorrowful effect that sounds like a lion’s scream. This is new addition to the piece gives it an extra stab of pain, as we know that this is when Mufasa loses his life as young Simba watches on in horror. The music then moves onto the softer and hugely emotional moment of Simba finding his father’s body, then attempting to get him to wake up. As sad as this was on the original Lion King soundtrack, it is made all the more painful to listen to now, as Zimmer increases his orchestra and adds in some booming drum beats to emphasise the weighty effect that this event will have on Simba’s life, as well as the lives of all the lions in the pride. You can hear the cub’s life being ripped from underneath him, all within a few seconds of the score.

I felt myself tearing up just listening to this track, without even having watched the film yet. The last minute or so then gets a new, sinister theme for the hyenas, as they presumably chase Simba out of the pride lands. It has a more threatening tone than their original theme, but it still stays true to it. This element is also more frantic, to indicate Simba’s desperate attempt to escape the predators. “Stampede” is an incredible piece that highlights Zimmer’s attempts to rework his previous music into something with even more emotional power than it had originally.

The new Lion King soundtrack is out now, and the film releases this Friday, July 19th 2019.

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Your Vision, Our Future

We are soon expanding our film, tv, games, comic book and anime sections and we are currently looking for a few talented writers to join our team and help us produce opinion pieces, columns, features, reviews, and/or video essays on a regular basis. If you are passionate about writing, film, TV, comics and/or gaming, this is an excellent opportunity to become involved in a fast-growing independent pop-culture website.

Who are we?

Goomba Stomp is the joint effort of a team of like-minded writers from across the globe. We provide smart readers with sharp, entertaining writing on a wide range of topics in pop culture, offering an escape from the usual hype and gossip. Unlike most websites that offer the brief review format, Goomba Stomp features long-form, in-depth coverage, and lengthy, well-researched articles alongside several award-winning podcasts. In addition, while we place an emphasis on the gaming industry, we find value in all modes of expression, as well as the intersections therein, an ethos that applies to all our main areas of interest (Film, TV, Comics, and Games). There is more to discover in all of these mediums than ever before, and we strive to make our enthusiasm and expertise infectious.

Why choose us?

Writers define their own schedule and we welcome feedback. We are not in the business of producing clickbait nor do we ask our writers to churn out the same boring news stories found on most websites. Instead, we are looking for talented writers who can deliver intelligent, well written, sometimes funny, but always engaging content. Writers have tremendous freedom when it comes to the subject matter they choose to write about and while editors will suggest themes and subjects to cover, we encourage writers to pitch their own ideas. We are looking to build a solid team of dedicated writers who actually care about the site and want to stick around and help us grow.

There are other benefits to writing for us, such as exposure for your writing, a nice piece to add to your online resume, and a chance at press badges for trade shows, festivals, and press events including TIFF, Cannes, Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, SXSW, E3, GamesCon, NYCC, Tribeca, NYFF, Hot Docs, SDCC and so much more. Not to mention you’ll get to meet and work with a great group of writers who share the same passions that you do for gaming in all its forms. We really want to make sure everyone is writing about what they are passionate about and more importantly, we go out of our way to make sure people see your hard work. And did we mention your hard work won’t get buried in ads?

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Yes, we do pay for articles pitched by our editors but please remember that Goomba Stomp is an independently owned and operated publication, started by a group of friends and so we can’t pay top dollar. The most important thing you should know is that we are looking for team players. We have a strong crew of talented writers, but we are also all friends and we stay in touch on a daily basis via Workplace. We want writers who want the site to succeed so we can slowly increase our budget and we want writers who love being a part of our community. And that is what makes us different than most sites. Our writers actually get to know each other and over time become good friends. Writing for Goomba Stomp is great for your portfolio and an excellent way to network and cover events worldwide – but don’t expect to get rich writing for the site. In other words, if you are looking for a full-time job, this gig isn’t for you.

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