The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nintendo is working to bring Mario and Luigi back to the big screen. Unlike the 1993 film, which is best described as “a thing that happened one time,” this new movie will be an animated one.
The video game company has made a deal with Universal’s Illumination Entertainment (best known for the Despicable Me films) to make the movie, after completing negotiations that have been apparently been going on for years. The film is still just “in development,” which of course means things could fall apart at any moment. Even if this does go perfectly, animated movies like this take years to make it to screen.
But hey — there’s a good chance it will eventually happen, and that’s pretty exciting.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we deal with the ongoing move of our production studio, mourn the passing of Adam West, go through the highlights of E3, discuss the changes coming to Pokemon Go, review the confusing situation surrounding the Venom movie (and how it MIGHT still be MCU adjacent), and consider Wizard World’s money problems.
There are a few technical difficulties in the video too, but at least the audio version is largely clean?
This episode of Nerd & Tie was sponsored by Ohio Kimono
Well, we waited, and we were rewarded. Nintendo came out with a plethora of new games and content for existing games mostly for the Switch.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be coming along with a multiplayer Kirby game. From Pokemon, Pokken Tournament DX is coming, along with a Pokemon RPG coming to consoles sometime in the future. The big surprise of the stream was the announcement for Metroid Prime 4, even if we didn’t get any imagery other than the title. A new Yoshi game will be coming, along with Fire Emblem Warriors.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting two new DLC packs, The Master Trials and The Champion’s Ballad. Breath of the Wild will also be getting four new Amiibos.
Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned that at E3 this year, Nintendo will be hosting three tournaments during the week including Splatoon 2, Pokken DX, and Arms. Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle was mentioned again and Rocket League will be coming to the Switch. As a finale, Nintendo ended with a sizzle reel and gameplay from Super Mario Odyssey.
If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.
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Okay, that’s enough of that.
Last night Nintendo finally gave us the details on their forthcoming console, including launch dates and pricing. But since it was in the middle of the night on a weekday (and some of you had work in the morning), a lot of people didn’t get to see it. So with that in mind, we’ve put together a little cheat sheet to give you the gist of Nintendo’s latest and greatest. Continue reading Everything Important From Last Night’s Nintendo Switch Announcement→
Pokemon is having a bit of a renaissance lately, with the massive mobile hit of Pokemon GO and the upcoming mainline game for Nintendo’s hand held. The latest news regarding this multimedia franchise is, of course, that Legendary has acquired the rights to produce a Pokemon live action film, which were shopped around to studios in July.
And now we know who will write that movie. Probably.
Legendary is currently in negotiations with writers Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch to pen the script, which will be based on the upcoming game Detective Pikachu. Perlman is, of course, best known for writing Guardians of the Galaxy, while Hirsch is probably best known to our readers for creating a little cartoon called Gravity Falls.
Obviously all of this could change, as it’s still early days for the project. It’s clear though, with the people the studio is pursuing, that it’s headed in the right direction.
1990 was a very different world for PC gaming. Back then, a small developer called “Ideas from the Deep (IFD)” was trying to convince Nintendo to let them adapt Super Mario Bros 3 to the platform, having finally solved smooth side scrolling on Intel machines. IFD went so far as to build a basic version of the game’s engine (and recreate a small part of the game) to try and convince Nintendo to let them do it.
Nintendo said no, and IFD would move on to a very different direction… renaming themselves “id Software.” That’s right, id Software could have spent the 90s developing Nintendo ports instead of creating Wolfenstein and Doom. What a weird alternate universe that would have been. The port got shoved in a vault, destined to never see the light of day.
Ramar Larkin Jones was going to run an unofficial Pokemon PAX Prime Pre-Party last August. He’s been doing so every year since 2011, and 2015 looked to be right on track — until he got contacted by the Pokemon Company’s lawyers. And that’s when things all went to hell.
Even though he immediately canceled the party, The Pokemon Company is demanding that Ramar Larkin Jones pay them $4000 for violating their copyright.
The entire thing may seem like an overreaction, but what you need to know is that Ramar Larkin Jones was charging admission for the party. Even though the party was going to be operated at a financial loss, and he was doing so just to cover some costs, once you start charging money everything often changes for what companies will let you get away with. It’s easy to understand why the Pokemon Company wanted the party shut down, but since he immediately canceled the event, it seems nuts that they’re still demanding $4000 from a guy whose day job is working in a cafe.
On this fortnight’s episode of Nerd & Tie, we return after three weeks to mourn the loss of Satoru Iwata, get super confused by the upcoming Sleepy Hollow/Bones crossover, consider the ramifications of The Lone Gunmen’s return in The X-Files revival, acknowledge that San Diego Comic Con is totally a thing that happened, and note Jurassic Park 5‘s inevitability.
Also, there’s some Ant Man in the mailbag.
And if you watch the video version of the podcast, you get to watch the insanity that occurs when Trae’s computer freezes while we’re trying to stop recording the show.
Nintendo has confirmed, in a brief but to-the-point statement, that company president Satoru Iwata has died of bile duct growth at only 55. As of right now, very little else is know about the circumstances, but it goes without saying that our hearts go out to Iwata’s family.
Iwata was a director within the company since 2000. He will be remembered fondly.
On this fortnight’s episode we mourn the loss of Christopher Lee, discuss Jurassic World‘s amazing box office record, gawk at the release of Mother in the US for the first time, rejoice for the announcement of Shenmue 3, let out a sigh of relief for the American Gods TV show moving forward, let Nick talk about the Cyborg 009/Devilman crossover, and stare puzzled into the abyss at the incompetence of Saskatoon Blitz.
Also, Trae’s going to Oz Con next weekend in West Plains, MO. You should come.