Labor Day weekend is upon, signaling the end of another summer Blockbuster season and the news was not so good as this year was one of the worst box office summers in over a decade but I have a good idea why that happened.
This summer season may have been the lowest in over a decade but did it's out of "Halloween weekend" horror thriller, As Above-So Below, bring movie goers to the box office, or close out the summer with another dud?
It's no secret that Nintendo has been running the handheld market for nearly 2 and 1/2 decades, but their latest has easily been on of my personal favorites and I'm not doubt excited to hear about the next addition to their long running portable console history, the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. First off, some of the more notable changes are the color button pads to the right as well as the grey analog button above them. The back of the console, (picture left) will also feature a ZR and ZL button in addition to the already current, R and L buttons. There will also be a redesigned 3D viewing system that wont constrict games to look at the screen from directly one angle. The system will also feature compatibility with Nintendo's Amiibo figurines, which are now available for pre-order. This, of course, makes sense, with Super Smash Bros making its way to the 3DS as well as Nintendos future plans for their toy line. The New 3DS and New 3DS XL will also have games exclusive to the system upon it's release, with the first being a brand new Xenoblade Chronicles title. More on this as the news develops. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will launch in Japan October 11th, in Europe, 2015 and has yet to be announced for America but a representative for Nintendo of America stated that, "we have no plans to launch these products in the Americas this year." Take a look at some of the photos and the new charging dock below.
Shulk from the RPG series, Xenoblade Chronicles, is next up in the roster for Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS. The hero, who's sword changes forms, have a variation of stylish fighting moves and looks like another fantastic addition to a game that's already brimming with great and dynamic fighters. Check out the debut trailer and get ready for the release for the 3DS in October and the Wii U this holiday season.
European gamers are being treated to a very special limited edition version of the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes slated to hit store shelves this November. Pictured above, you can see the Omega Ruby version with a steelbook case and a miniature prehistoric Groudon Figurine. The Alpha Sapphire version comes with a prehistoric Kyogre respectively. There will also be limited edition key chains of the three starter Pokemon available as well to choose from. You can see both version below and lets hope that these exclusives make their way stateside soon!
The infamous Halloween weekend horror film that spawned six sequels is making it's return to theaters to scare and shock movie goers a whole decade later. For it's 10 year anniversary, the original Saw film will be available for one week only this October. To be honest, I've always considered the first Saw film to be borderline genius in the new gore horror film age that we moved into during the early to mid 2000's. It's twist and overall tension created an interesting experience that not only kept you on the edge of your seat, but it in turn, made you want more. with that said, if there is one of the seven that you have to see, it's this one. Look out for it this October.
There was a big announcement teased last week for a some major Pokemon news and they did not disappoint. After the first image was shown last year, we got a trailer for the mysterious, fully 3D rendered Pokemon title, what's now being called, Pokemon Tournament! The game, which has collaborations from producers from both the Tekken and Soul Calibur series, seems to be a Pokemon oriented fighter title set to debut first in arcades. While this sounds awesome, the also eliminates a large number of Pokemon that we're most likely, not going to see, as playable characters. Hopefully it doesn't end up being just fighting types but you never know what to expect. Either way, this looks like a fun title that may or may not reach home consoles after its arcade debut. Take a look at the brand new trailer below!
Empire magazine has given us a new look at Jeremy Renner in costume on set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, looking noticeably closer to his Hawkeye character from the comic books. Dawning what looks like a black and purple trench coat, close to the material that Captain America's new suit in the Winter Solider was made out of, its a better outfit than what was used in the first movie. Hopefully these are all good signs, we all know that Jeremy Renner was not happy with Hawkeyes portrayal in the first Avengers film but new rumors are circulating that his character might even play a role in the new Captain America film. Here's to hoping we get the Clint Barton we deserve.
Super Smash Bros for the 3DS is coming with a brand new music system that will allow players to listen to songs, old and new, of the classic fighting franchise. Not only that, but you'll be able to set up playlist as well as listen to your music play while the 3DS is in sleep mode. You'll hear songs from the older titles, the new ones, characters voices and brand new remixes, like the preview above. You can read more about it on the Miiverse, and get excited for the game to drop October 3rd.
The game originally announced in 2012, Until Dawn, debuted a much more extensive look at it's game play at Gamescom this year and horror fans should start to get excited. The idea behind the game is simple, every decision matters and, as the official game motto put it, "anyone can live, anyone can die. Everyone can live, everyone can die." The premise, which sounds like your average Halloween weekend movie staring a string B-list actors, may have been run deep into the dirt in Hollywood but could offer an interesting and spine tingling experience on what's pretty familiar territory. Check out the new trailer below as well as some of the eerie and hauntingly beautiful game play footage here.