Thursday, September 30, 2010

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 8!

For Asgard! In the latest Micro Episode of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Mighty Thor shapes up to defend his home from the evil machinations of his step-brother, Loki, in "The Siege Of Asgard"!

Avengers: earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 8 - The Siege Of Asgard

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 7!

Two simple words: HULK SMASH! Check out the jade giant as he goes toe to toe with the Absorbing Man in the newest micro episode - "Hulk Versus The World"!

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 7 - Hulk Versus The World!

The Nintendo 3DS gets Resident Evil: Mercenaries!

Here's another personal reason to possibly invest in a Nintendo 3DS - More juicy games from Capcom!
Next to the major announcement that a new Megaman Legends game would be coming for the system, it seems that another Resident Evil/ Bio Hazard title will also be making its way besides the already announced "Resident Evil: Revelations". Dubbed "Resident Evil: Mercenaries", it's just what you expect - a spin-off title based on the mini-games and bonus gamesfeatured in Resident Evil 4 and 5. The graphics are understandably fair and look like a scaled down version of RE5, but it's still too early to judge, and it does look mighty impressive for a portable system like the 3DS to display. More images and notes can be found at the blog post over at Kotaku.

Nintendo gives a release date for the 3DS!

Today via Kotaku and their own press conference in Tokyo, Nintendo has finally revealed details on the release date of their newest portable gaming device, the Nintendo 3DS. The new system will see public release in Japan on February 26 next year, and will retail for ¥25,000 (USD$300). No specific word yet on when the 3DS lands on the US and UK, but Nintendo remarked that it will land in the west sometime by March 2011. For more info, check out the blog post at Kotaku.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blu-Ray Review: Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 was a great sequel. It had tons of action, special effects, and superb acting to keep the fans entertained and get their money's worth. Despite some pacing issues and some nitpicks, the sequel performed well enough to keep the numbers rolling in Marvel's favor, outperforming expectations and even surpassing the box office record of its predecessor "Iron Man". Now that four months have passed since it took theaters by storm, Tony Stark and his armored alter ego are ready to suit up and ride home, as Iron Man 2 makes its long awaited release for home video via Blu-Ray and DVD!

Blu-Ray Review: Iron Man 2

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell

Directed By: Jon Favreau

Naturally, I'll begin this review with a few words of note. There may be a few SPOILERS about the movie and the contents of the discs containing the special features, so any purists out there who want to enjoy and discover for themselves best turn their attention away from this article now. Otherwise, here's what I have to say, so enjoy the read, and hopefully it'll convince you to grab this beautiful package asap!

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 6!

Another micro episode debuts! Witness the continuation of the storyline featuring S.H.I.E.L.D agents, HYDRA soldiers, and ol' shellhead himself, Iron Man, in "Behold, The Mandroids"!

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 6 - Behold, The Mandroids!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 5!

Time for another spectacular micro episode of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Experience the power of Asgard's God Of Thunder as he takes on the infamous villains of the Wrecking Crew in "Thor The Mighty"! Watch it now!

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 5 - Thor The Mighty

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 4!

Marvel has released the 4th Micro Episode of their upcoming new animated series, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! In this episode, Iron Man continues to do battle against the forces of HYDRA, who unleash their mightiest armored enforcers, the Dreadnoughts, against the armored avenger! Straight from, here's micro episode 4, "HYDRA Lives"!

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 4 - HYDRA Lives!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Captain America Update: Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell set photos surface!

Movie blog site Screen Rant has just posted the first images of Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, as Steve Rogers and his love interest Peggy Carter respectively, while shooting on the set of next year's star spangled superhero flick - Captain America: The First Avenger!

Minus the funny feet you see in Evans' soles in the pic above, he has clearly bulked up and trained to be physically fit to play the role of Steve Rogers, and his hairstyle has even changed to conform to the demands of the character's look and appearance!

With all the training and results made to look the part, I'm certainly impressed with what I see, and this only reinforces my faith in Chris' ability to act and do the Cap role justice.

Hayley Atwell plays Peggy Carter - friend and love interest to Chris Evans' Steve Rogers/ Captain America. She looks pretty convincing with that WWII Era style uniform and hairstyle, and one has to imagine what kind of chemistry these two will in the final cut of the film itself. Time will tell for sure, but for now, more news, bits, and pictures on the photos can be found at Screen Rant's post itself!

Captain America: The First Avengers throws its mighty shield to cinemas on July 22, 2011!

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 3!

Marvel says it's time for another Micro Episode installment of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Welcome the arrival of Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man, in "The Man In The Ant Hill"!

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 3 - The Man In The Ant Hill!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 2!

Marvel has released the second micro episode of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Watch as Bruce Banner deals with the arrival of his monstrous alter ego in "The Coming Of The Hulk"!

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode 2 - The Coming Of The Hulk!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Micro Episode Series Debuts!

Before Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Disney XD on October 20, Marvel will unleash their heroes in a series of Micro Episodes that started yesterday, September 22, and will run all the way until October 11! That's right, everyday there will be a new episode featuring the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, as well as video interviews and character artwork! All this and more comes from, as the new animated series, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, starts here!

Check out the first episode of the new Micro-series - "Iron Man Is Born"!

Avengers: Earth's Mighties Heroes - "Iron Man Is Born"!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Resident Evil: Afterlife Actors Take On RE 1 Acting!

The first Resident Evil/ Bio Hazard was a classic for its time, but it was also notorious for delivering one of the worst and most hilarious B Movie voice acting in video game history. I can attest to the game's silliness, and the lines were so memorable that I'd actually find myself mumbling them on random situations! Take for instance these scenes from Jill's scenario of the original game:

Resident Evil 1 Jill Scenario Scenes

Ah yes. A true classic at work. Now we come to the main dish.

Kotaku has a post that features Resident Evil Afterlife star Milla Jovovich and her fellow co-stars actually reading lines from the original RE! You gotta see it for yourselves to believe it, and laugh away on how these stars give their take on things!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Meet the new "Heroes For Hire"!

Marvel and Newsarama have unveiled the latest incarnation and return of the superhero group lending their services to the public... The Heroes For Hire!

Iron Fist. Moon Knight. Elektra. Ghost Rider. Punisher. These five, together with Misty Knight, Paladin and The Falcon, will start teaming up and dealing with the baddies together after the events of Shadowland. The book will see its first issue out this December, so get ready to pay dues when these costumed heroes come!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Space Battleship Yamato: The Movie Trailer!

Another classic Japanese anime/ manga story has been reborn as a live action mmovie!

The legendary intergalactic adventure by famed anime and manga creator Leiji Mastumoto comes to life this December 1 2010. In a futuristic story that details the Earth in the brink of destruction, the crew of an immense and powerful space battleship must travel to an alien planet to obtain a device that will save their dying planet. This is the story of the Space Battleship Yamato... Let the adventure begin anew!

Space Battleship Yamato Trailer

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Marvel Kitties Are Adorable!

Pretty much the cutest thing I've seen, and there's more to see over at Io9. A good way to cap this Sunday.^^

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tokyo Game Show 2010: WESKER IS IN MvC3!

I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! You can't keep a cool badass guy like him away from the return of the greatest crossover battle of the century!

Albert Wesker, the main antagonist of the Resident Evil/ Bio Hazard series, and former captain of S.T.A.R.S Alpha team, has been revealed as the latest addition to Capcom's fighting roster in Marvel Vs Capcom 3! I called that his appearance would be confirmed eventually, since Chris Redfield is MvC 3, and wherever Chris goes, Wesker is always sure to follow! Spider-Man is also confirmed, but he was bound to be there anywayz. Check out the new trailers as posted in Kotaku and Gamespot, or see it here via You Tube!

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Albert Wesker Gameplay Trailer

Tokyo Game Show 2010: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unveiled!

Yes sir, Katsuhiro Harada-san, the executvie producer of the Tekken series, promised us a big announcement, and he delivered alright!

Announced at this year's Tokyo Game Show showfloor, The Tekken series is set to be tagging once again, with Bandai Namco's unveiling of Tekken Tag Tournament 2! It's been over 10 years since the last one, and now the sequel has been confirmed! As seen in Kotaku, Check out the trailer and see the action commence!

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 TGS 2010 Trailer

Tokyo Game Show 2010: Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Trailer!

It was bound to show up sooner or later, but now Capcom and SSFIV producer Yoshinori Ono have just unveiled the first official trailer of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition on the Tokyo Game Show 2010 floor! Check out the new tweaks, and the official introduction of Street Fighter III veterans Yun and Yang into the Super Street Fighter IV roster!

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Tokyo Game Show 2010 Trailer

Marvel's Illuminati returns this December...

The teaser poster released by Marvel and posted by Newsarama says it all. Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, Dr. Strange, and Professor X will band together once more to form the Illuminati, joined by Black Bolt's wife and Queen of the Inhumans, Medusa. It's hard to imagine what would cause this group of the greatest minds in the superhero community to form up again. After all, the last time the Illuminati officially met together was before the Skrull's "Secret Invasion", and that meeting didn't turn out well, forcing them to disband because of trust issues and paranoia. Well, now that they're coming back, how will their presence affect the current members of the Avengers? Find out this December when Avengers #8 hits comic book stores.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tokyo Game Show 2010: A very long Castlevania Lords of Shadow trailer!

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow originally wasn't intended to be a Castlevania game. However, Konami shifted gears and eventually made it a part of the series, installing famed director of the Metal Gear series, Hideo Kojima, as executive producer. With less than a month to go before the game's release, Konami is promoting every bit of their new vampire slaying title at this year's Tokyo Game Show, with a new trailer that reveals just how much the game wasn't meant to be tied to the lore involving Belmonts and Dracula. Check it out in Kotaku, with english subtitles.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Tokyo Game Show 2010 Trailer

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tokyo Game Show 2010: Ryu Ga Gotoku/ Yakuza: Of The End Debut Trailer!

SEGA's Ryu Ga Gotoku/ Yakuza series has been one of my favorite action adventure games in recent years. Getting to explore the streets of Japan as a tough as nails Yakuza never gets old, especially when you get to beat up bad guys and date girls in hostess bars. That formula never gets old, and I'm sure glad a new installment is coming to the PS3.

However, this installment isn't going to be an ordinary one. All the elements of a typical Yakuza game are intact... but SEGA is adding zombies to the equation! Yes, a new game featuring undead monstrosities and creatures straight out of a Bio Hazard/ Resident Evil game are here, and things just get even more crazier when other gangsters, namely Ryuji Goda, Shun Akiyama, and Goro Majima, come to join main protagonist Kazuma Kiryu in defeating the ghouls, armed with bad ass weaponry and all! Check out this awesome trailer to "Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of The End"!

Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of The End Tokyo Game Show Debut Trailer

Tokyo Game Show 2010: Plenty Of Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Trailers and X-23 Revealed!

Capcom has quite of number of games to show off at this year's Tokyo Game Show, but what probably has a big following is its next upcoming fighting game, Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds! Gaming blogsite Neo Seeker has revealed a slew of trailers showing off more gameplay and action, including the appearance of the recently revealed Tron Bonne (seen in the MvC 3 Episode 2 trailer) in action! Not only that, it appears Marvel has gained a new fighter in their side in the form of X-23, the female clone of Wolverine! Check 'em out!

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Tron Bonne and X-23 Gameplay!

There's more trailers to check out in Neoseeker's post, but check out the MvC 3 TGS trailer itself!

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 TGS 2010 Trailer

Tokyo Game Show 2010: Ninja Gaiden 3 is COMING!

Looks like there's plenty of good news from the Tokyo Game Show, and one of them can only be explained by a simple teaser poster:

Words cannot describe my excitement. TEAM NINJA IS MAKING NINJA GAIDEN 3! Add that to one of the best news I've heard and read thus far from TGS 2010, and I find it more exhilarating than Dante's new prequel and look in DmC!

For more on the story and Team Ninja's other new game, Ni-Oh, check out the post in Kotaku!

The New Man Without Fear... Revealed!

This post contains SPOILERS for those following Daredevil and Shadowland, so it would be wise to turn your heads away now upon reading this. Yes, something's going to happen come November, but the aftermath is BIG NEWS to behold. Got it? Still here? Don't say I didn't warn you, because this will be the LAST WARNING before the reveal.

After Shadowland concludes this November, a new Man Without Fear will be taking over the position held by Matt Murdock, known better to the world as Daredevil. Something will happen to DD within the pages of the crossover that will require a new guardian of Hell's Kitchen to be selected... and that man is none other than T'Challa himself... THE BLACK PANTHER!

Yes, via Newsarama and announced on G4's "Attack Of The Show", the king of Wakanda will be taking over Matt Murdock's role as the new Man Without Fear, beginning with "Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513" this December! Yes, the title won't end, and the name change does sound a bit strange, but this is not Marvel's first attempt at such an act, as they have done a similar routine to the Hulk when they changed "The Incredible Hulk" to "The Incredible Hercules" after the World War Hulk crossover event. For more info, check out Newsarama and the "Fresh Ink" video below!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tokyo Game Show 2010: Plenty of new games coming up!

This year's Tokyo Game Show has finally gone underway, and it's bringing out all the heavy gun announcements that game lovers are dying for! First up, there's a slew of new games coming from none other than the company that created the Street Fighter and Megaman series - Capcom! They've announced new titles like Asura's Wrath (a God Of War style game), a new Dead Rising game featuring the return of the original game's protagonist, Frank West, and a new Devil May Cry game, simply titled DmC! Developed by Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword), the new installment features Dante once again, showing him with a younger look complete with black hair. Kotaku has the scoop, and a trailer of a game via their link here, or see it here right below.

DmC announcement trailer TGS 2010

Dante looks way different... I don't know if it's a good thing or bad thing. We'll just have to wait for more updates and see.

In other news, Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami is collaborating with No More Heroes creator Goichi Suda and EA, creating a new action game in the form of Shadows of the DAMNED! The premise sounds a lot like DMC, with a guy hunting demons and all, but he rides a motorcycle, and the game will be played in a third person, over the shoulder style, similar to RE4. There's also a trailer up courtesy of Kotaku, or you could see it right below. Check it out if you dare!

Shadows of the DAMNED announcement trailer TGS 2010

More games and plenty of other surprises still await as the TGS rolls forward!

Yakuza/ Ryu Ga Gotoku has Zombies?!

Once I popped online to check on the gaming news, I see this eye-opening post over at Kotaku:

It appears that newest game in Sega's action crime Ryu Ga Gotoku/ Yakuza series is adding zombies to the mix... yes, ZOMBIES! This must be why the latest entry is called "Yakuza: Of The End", since it has hordes of the undead roaming around the streets of a destroyed Kamurocho. As Kotaku states, this pic was confirmed and shown in the latest issue of Famitsu, and several other scans show the Japanese Self Defense Force trying to contain the situation as best they can. The plot sounds a lot like Resident Evil 2 and High School Of The Dead to me. But hey, even if it's far-fetched, if you have Kazuma Kiryu beating up zombies senseless and dating/ saving hot hostess girls at the same time, I'm in!

No release date has been given for the new Yakuza game yet in Japan. Expect more details to arise (pun intended) soon.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Resident Evil goes from Degeneration to Damnation!

Now that Paul W.S. Anderson's latest Resident Evil flick, RE: Afterlife is making the rounds in theaters, news and interest on Capcom's survival horror franchise has spiked up, and yours truly couldn't be any happier with the results. In addition to the fact that there definitely will be a sequel to Afterlife, it looks like Sony and Capcom have decided to make a sequel to their 2008 CG Animated movie, Resident Evil: Degeneration!

For those who don't know about that movie, it was set in the same universe as the games, and featured Resident Evil 2's main stars Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield reuniting once more to fend off zombie attacks and bio hazard threats. While the film may have had mixed reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and at least it retained the spirit and continuity of the games, which was big plus factor for me as an RE fan. Now, the people behind that flick are making the next CG installment, RE: Damnation. According to the post featured in Kotaku, the new movie will star Leon once again, and we can only guess who else will star and what the plot will be. Since RE: Degeneration took place between Resident Evil 4 and 5, maybe Damnation will take place after those events, with Leon taking on another mission backed by U.S Government... and running into Ada Wong once more. We can only dream for now... but I'm happy that a new flick is coming. Stay tuned for more updates as they come.

Monday, September 13, 2010

One amazing cover to Batman: The Dark Knight #2!

I have high hopes and expectations for the Bat-universe once Bruce Wayne comes back into the saddle and resumes his activities as The Dark Knight, but as noted in recent posts and comic book related websites, he won't be alone in his crusade anymore. Dick Grayson, his first ward and the original Robin, will still continue on as Batman, and while he watches over Gotham and his mentor's young son Damian, Mr. Wayne will be tackling his mission on a global scale, conducting his adventures within the pages of Batman Inc. and Batman: The Dark Knight. The latter title will be penned and illustrated by comic book talent David Finch, who's no stranger to drawing excellent superhero visuals thanks to his early works and exposure via Marvel's Avengers and Moon Knight titles. Now that he's exclusive to DC, Finch will be taking the challenge of writing and penciling a new Batman title, and for those wondering how it's gonna look, DC has released the cover to issue #2 of Batman: The Dark Knight via The Source. Get a load of great art here!

Well, looks like the Penguin's gonna strike at Bruce when he returns, in a new costume and all! This already looks interesting from the get-go, and I hope Finch's writing capabilities draw me into this new title, as it looks promising from the visuals alone!

Batman: The Dark Knight debuts this November!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Movie Review: Resident Evil: Afterlife

As a longtime follower of the Bio Hazard/ Resident Evil series, I wasn't the biggest fan of Paul W.S Anderson's movie adaptations. Right from the start of the first movie, the plot strayed away greatly from what was established by the games, instead giving moviegoer folks a shoddy "Hollywood treatment" of the game that was more survival action than survival horror. Yes, I didn't think of it as a true Resident Evil movie, and I'm still waiting for the day Capcom will actually commission a true adaptation to made.

Resident Evil: Afterlife Trailer

However, I must point out that despite all its inconsistencies and discrepancies, the universe Paul W.S Anderson has crafted for his vision of Resident Evil has remained remarkably consistent with each and every sequel chugged out in the market. His wife, actress Milla Jovovich, has remained the central figure throughout the movies, and although it's an original character put together for the movie, she does interact with the primary figures headlining the games, such as the Redfield siblings, Jill Valentine, and even main antagonist Albert Wesker. Their characterizations in the film universe are barely similar to their video game counterparts though, and I won't go into details on how they differ. All that I can say is that they're pretty unique for the movies, so they can be considered "alternate universe" counterparts to the ones fans know and love in the games, and that even includes the zombies and monstrosities created by the Umbrella Corporation, who continue to be pests and targets for a bullet regardless.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Guess who made it to New Avengers #4?!

Months after I joined, a contest where dozens of Marvel's fans could join a contest and submit mugshot photos of themselves, I found myself wondering if I'd be one of the true believers out there who'd be lucky enough to be get their pictures shown in a collage of photos collecting Avengers fans from around the world.

Well, the wait is finally over. After spotting several friends in past issues, my mug has appeared in the last few pages of New Avengers #4!

Yes, this very issue with Spider-Man in the cover is where I'm featured! Check out the page itself right here!

HOOZAH!!! SPOT AND FIND ME!!!XD Oh, and this issue was pretty interesting too in itself. Anybody who enjoys action, magic, and Luke Cage's group of Avengers dare not miss this one!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Video Game Review: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Sensational. Spectacular. AMAZING.

These words are famously paired and associated with Marvel Comics' flagship character and web-slinging superhero, Spider-Man. As it goes, everyone's friendly neighborhood wallcrawler has dedicated his life to using his powers responsibly by defending his fellow man from just about every little freak and evildoer out to terrorize society. His feats of strength, agility, and heroism have inspired and awed readers over the years, and more than once, the character has sprang over to several other mediums like movies and games where fans can see first hand how savvy a guy with radioactive spider powers can be when he goes toe to toe with the bad guys. Yes, Spider-Man is a hero and popculture icon throughout the entire world, and he continues to see publication and exposure to this very day.

All that being said, it should come as no surprise that ol' webhead has a new game out in the market today... and it's not an ordinary one at that. Oh no, this is a Spider-Man game that not only stars the main guy we all know and love, but his alternate reality counterparts as well! We're talking about 3 other Spider-Men from different worlds and universes, and some of these guys have their own cult following that's as large as the original's! They're not some mere palette swap colored freaks thrown in for variation. The three have their own distinct personalities and wit to share, and in fact one of them isn't even another Peter Parker! More explanations to that come as we progress with this review, but for now, here's a taste of the good stuff with the launch trailer to SPIDER-MAN: SHATTERED DIMENSIONS.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Launch Trailer

Looking good, noh? I've been enjoying this game too much, and as of this writing, I'm still playing and unlocking stuff as I go with things! Yes, it's been quite a wait, but finally, Activision's newest and latest attempt at making the definite Spider-Man game has come to pass... and it's pretty damn good to boot! I kid you not, true believers, this is the real deal here, and it's an experience no diehard Spider-Man fan should miss!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Captain America Update: First Photos Of Cap Costume in action!

Superherohype and The Daily Mail have just released photos online showing the full look of the costume Chris Evans will wear in next year's superhero flick - Captain America: The First Avenger. The man wearing the costume in this scene is NOT Mr. Evans however, but a stunt double who is participating in a scene where Cap, riding a motorbike, is being chased by agents of H.Y.D.R.A.

So far, things look mighty impressive in terms of the Cap costume's look, not to mention the iconic shield itself. True, the outfit bears a closer resemblance to the Ultimate Cap costume, but it looks pretty realistic, and it complies with the setting of this movie during the WWII era. Also, the"wing tips" will be making an appearance of sorts, painted on the helmet Cap wears while riding on his bike.

The H.Y.D.R.A agents also look impressive, along with their futuristic bikes. Not bad, but I'm still waiting to see Evans himself in the suit, as well as Hugo Weaving decked out in full Red Skull attire! For more pics, check out Superherohype or The Daily Mail!

Captain Ameerica: The First Avenger bursts into theaters July 22, 2011!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Super Street Fighter IV Update: The One Handed Ryu Playing Machine!

Seeing is believing... and I still can't believe my eyes after seeing this!

SSFIV: Ryu trials with one hand

Wow... that guy really practices a lot with his Ryu skills! Kudos to him and Kotaku for sharing this awesome video!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Celebrating 25 Years Of Mario!

It's been a while since I posted anything out of nostalgia, but with this post I just saw, now's the perfect time to talk about something I genuinely like and miss in relation to gaming:

I got wind of this beautiful new logo announcement for SMB via Kotaku. It seems the folks at Nintendo have taken notice that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. - a game that would forever make history as one of the most fun and genuine titles that people of all ages can play and relate to.

As Mario, a plumber who found himself in the strange and mysterious world of the Mushroom Kingdom, players had to guide him (or his brother Luigi) through a series of worlds in order to rescue a young maiden named Princess Peach from the evil clutches of Bowser, king of the Koopas. The game, directed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, would come to be synonymous with the brand Nintendo, and decades after the original game launched, Super Mario Bros. has evolved into a franchise that has spawned numerous sequels, spin-offs, and yes, even clones that were inspired by the game's simple yet addicting gameplay.

Even with the advent of next generation gaming and Mario's current home in Nintendo's latest gaming platforms (the Wii and DS), life can be funny sometimes, as it has a way of taking you back to the past when you least expect it.

Late last month, I picked up an old and used Nintendo Entertainment System over at a second hand shop. Unlike its colorful and shorter Japanese counterpart called the Famicom (which I owned, this baby was a white/ grey box that used longer and extended catridges (an early attempt at "regionizing" games based on the countrythe platform was released on). This system was home to many of the games I've cherished throughout my childhood, and yes, one of them was Super Mario Bros. Unfortunately, the system I picked up didn't come bundled with the game. Instead, it was packed along with this:

Thank the gods, I was blessed with the third and arguably most popular installment of the NES games - Super Mario Bros. 3! This game took a cue from Miyamoto's other games (namely Zelda), and added RPG styled elements that gave a new spin to the original Mario formula, which was still intact. Now, instead of just growing up in size courtesy of a mushroom, Mario could also fly with the help of a Raccoon suit upgrade he acquires with the help of a leaf! Several other unique upgrades and abilities were available as you progressed through this game, and it made SMB3 one of the unique NES titles to play and own. Still, that game wouldn't have made a buzz had it not been for the formula established by its predecessors. In my own way, getting a NES again was my way of paying tribute to the years I enjoyed playing games like Mario alongside cousins and friends, and those were experiences that shaped me into the gamer I am today. Coincidentally, this coming October marks the 25th anniversary of the US release of the NES. Talk about your nostalgia gaming trip come full circle!

Happy 25Th anniversary Super Mario Bros! Feel the power with Nintendo, peeps!

Super Street Fighter IV Update: The first arcade action screenshot of Yun!

Super Street Fighter IV Producer Yoshinori Ono is quite the tease. Not only has he been updating his Twitter account constantly with updates concerning the arcade release of Super Street Fighter IV, but he's also been showing off picture progress, and the latest one all but officially confirms the appearance of another SFIII veteran making his debut in the newest Capcom brawler! Who am I talking about, why none other than Hong Kong born fighter Yun of course! Check out the pic released by Ono-San and the folks from Fighter's Generation!

Ah Ono-San, you're a real teaser.XD Who knows what Yun's Ultra move will be? Also, now that he's here, can we expect his brother Yang to follow as well? Stay tuned for more updates!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Update: UDON's Cool Promotional Poster!

The folks over at Capcom-Unity have posted this sweet looking Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds poster, drawn by UDON's own Joe Ng! As you can see, Ryu and Wolverine highlight as the main dukers, with Iron and Morrigan following suit, and the rest of the revealed characters from both sides exploding around this eye-popping drawing! You can check out Capcom's Q & A interview with Mr. Ng via this link too, and learn what the artist has to say about his background and contributions!

Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds hits consoles next year!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Roommate No Street Fighter!

Ever wondered what it's like to have a Street Fighter as a roommate? Well, look no further. Be warned though - This video contains EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, so viewer discretion is advised.XD

Street Fighter: Roommates

I LOL'd at this one. Lesson of the story: Be careful when picking a dragon punching playboy as a roommate.XD

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ryan Reynolds goes Six Feet Under in "Buried"!

Actor Ryan Reynolds may be lacing his intergalactic boots to take up the role of Hal Jordan in next year's live action adaptation of Green Lantern, but first he has to contend with the fact that his latest movie sees him buried alive and six feet underground! As seen in Screen Rant, check out the trailer to his next upcoming film this month - "Buried"!

Buried International Trailer

Claustrophobia has never looked this scary.

How the heck can somebody survive an experience like that with nothing but a lighter, a cellphone, and a limited supply of oxygen? Well, Ryan Reynolds will show just how dire a situation like that can be, as his character, Paul Conroy, struggles to keep himself alive to find a way out of his tense predicament.

Buried will be released on theaters in the US September 24.