During the E3 event Arcade1Up announced that it will be releasing new 3/4 scale gaming arcade cabinets this fall.
The three big announcements included cabinets for AtariStar Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel Super Heroes.
Let’s take a look at each of these.
Atari Star Wars
This new arcade cabinet will use the original arcade software and will feature the X-wing pilot controller, which is super exciting!
The official press release says: “This is the only at-home arcade cabinet that uses the original arcade software and features the X-Wing pilot controller! On this new addition to our line-up, will be the original arcade versions of Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi!”
It will contain three Star Wars games
Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Of course because it’s the classic arcade system. It only stands to reason it would be those games.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Kneon is super excited about this one! It will feature two games:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989)
Turtles in Time (1991)
There will be 4 control sticks on this one, just like the original.
The estimated price will be around $349.
Marvel Super Heroes
This cabinet will contain three games
Marvel Super Heroes
X-men: Children of Atom
It’s expected to cost $299, which is what most of them usually cost.
I believe they are all supposed to be out later this year. The Star Wars cabinet was mention for Fall of this year for sure.
Remember that there is some assembly required on these. If you have seen the boxes they are tall but relatively shallow. Keep that in mind.
These would make fantastic holiday gifts!
What do you think? Which one(s) are you most excited for?
Do you own any of these cabinets? What do you think? Comment and let us know!
Syfy has just released the trailer for the new horror take on The Banana Splits.
The movie is based on the 60s live action Hanna-Barbera live-action show by Sid and Marty Krofft. Bringing back the original characters Fleegle the Beagle, Drooper the Lion, Bingo the Gorilla and Snorky the Elephant in a very different way.
I’m sure this is all due to the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s games and other similar spin off games like it. The Banana Splits fit the genre pretty well. I mean, if we’re being honest, they have always been a bit creepy.
Here’s the write up “The beloved children’s show is back… with a vengeance, a horrible, bloody vengeance. Starring Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, and Romeo Carere.”
Look for this movie to premier on the Syfy Channel later this year and then it will come exclusively to Blu-ray and Digital after.
June 8, 2019 marked the 35th Anniversary of the first Ghostbusters film and a lot of information was released during the Ghostbusters Fan Fest in Culver City, California.
I will try to summarize a lot of the information into this one article.
First off Sigourney Weaver has confirmed that she, along with Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray will be returning for the Ghostbusters 3 film, during an interview with Parade Magazine.
Another interesting piece of news is announcement by Jason Reitman that they’ve retrieved the old dailies from the 1984 film.
“In making this movie, we found something kind of extraordinary. We went to Sony, and we said, ‘We’d really love to get back into the original dailies from 1984. Do you still have them?’ And we found them. They were in a mine in Kansas, and we shipped the boxes to Burbank. We’ve been going through the footage for reasons I cannot tell you, but along the way we found some really cool stuff.”
Reitman also indicated how important it is to him to make a film that is true to the original. Even putting together a “think tank” of people who created the first movie. “Going into making this film, we wanted to make a love letter to the original movie,” he said.
Yet another interesting tidbit that has come out of the interview with Reitman during Ghostbuster Fan Fest is his desire to return to feel of the 80’s and make the film scary for kids.
““I do [want this to be a scary movie]. That’s one of my favorite things about the original, and one of my favorite things about movies of that time in the ‘80s, that a movie could be really funny and really scary. Particularly for young people, scaring young people. I want to scare children, I think that’s where I’m heading to.”
This is a smart move. In a time where things seem to be more and more sanitized I would love to see a movie like this. I think Stranger Things has proven there is definitely a market for this and with young people as well. My kids absolutely love Stranger Things. They also love the original Ghostbusters. I still remember how I felt when I was a kid, sitting in the theater, and the librarian started to change and scream. That was really memorable to me.
But wait, there’s more!
Ghostbusters fans hold onto your butts because there’s even more to get excited about!
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the original movie, Sony Pictures is launching Ghostbusters 35th, a year-long celebration leading up to the new film in 2020!
Jeffrey Godsick, Executive Vice President of Brand Strategy and Global Partnerships for Sony Pictures explained:
“Ghostbusters has been entertaining and delighting audiences of all ages for the past 35 years, and this milestone provides the perfect opportunity for a celebration of the franchise and the impact it’s had on popular culture, The level of interest from our divisions within Sony Corporation as well as our external partners is a testament to the enduring power of the Ghostbusters brand. Together we’ve curated a year-long event that has something for everyone, from long-time fans to those new to the Ghostbusters universe.”
What can fans look forward to during the Ghostbusters 35th Celebration?
New Products will be coming out like toys, collectibles, apparel, gaming with brands like Playmobil, Footlocker, Funko, K-Swiss, Bixler Jewelry and more.
Why have just one incredible property when you can have two? Transformers and Ghostbusters will cross over as both a toy and a comic series!
The Ecto-1 Ectotron will be a combination Transformer and Ecto-1 figure. This will be available at GameStop for $49.99 this summer (the site says the release date is 7/1/2019)
The other crossover project is the 5 issue comic series called Transformers/Ghostbusters. It will debut this month and is written and illustrated by Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening and Luis Antonio Delgado. It will be published by IDW Comics.
What else can you think of that is very 80’s? How about the Sony Walkman?
Ghostbusters and Sony Walkman are making Limited Edition Ghostbusters 35th anniversary-themed Walkman. How can you get one? Well only 100 units have been created, and they will be used for promotional events and prizing. I will be looking for those contests for sure!
Missed the 1984 film in theaters?
If you did you will now get your chance to see it on the big screen, or like me, see it again on the big screen. Sony Pictures is collaborating with Fathom Events to bring the original Ghostbusters back to select theaters on October 6 and 10, 2019.
Another totally awesome Ghostbusters themed event is the upcoming Ghostbusters in Concert live orchestra tour. This tour will visit over 40 cities worldwide and feature a screening of the 1984 film accompanied by a local symphony performing the score live!
My son’s favorite announcement was that Saber Interactive HD will re-release the Ghostbusters game as Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered! If you have never played this game you need to. It was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and is widely accepted as a sequel to the first two films. It will release later this year and will be available on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC.
And if all that wasn’t enough you can even order your own “Terror Dog”
Spirit Halloween has a “life sized” Terror Dog inspired by Ghostbusters up for pre-order. At $499 this is a pricey static figure, but it’s eyes do glow red! I can see some people wanting to buy one. Personally, I think it’s a bit expensive, but it is cool. If you would like to order one you can do that via this LINK. They will ship on or before 8/21/2019.
So there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year leading up to Ghostbusters 3!
We talk about all of these announcements and Feig’s comments regarding his Ghostbusters film on our Clownfish TV YouTube Channel.
According to Warner Bros. Studio chairman Toby Emmerich and Warner Bros. president and chief content officer-TV Peter Roth, they are considering pushing back the release of next year’s Godzilla Vs Kong film.
They are siting “fatigue” as the reason they feel Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters is “tanking.” 1. Stop blaming fatigue. It’s been years since the last one. 2. The new film was good and a lot of fans really liked it. 3. Godzilla is popular, but it isn’t going to perform as well as a movie from Star Wars or the MCU as they have a much larger fan base.
According to Emmerich next year’s movie “will deliver for fans in the way they were looking for” in the latest Godzilla. It might come out later in the year, so we can deliver an A+ movie.”
I’ve talked to a lot of Godzilla fans and they enjoyed Godzilla: King of the Monsters quite a bit. I really hope they do not go and ruin the film to appease the “critics.” Hollywood needs to stop focusing on what “critics” think and focus on what the fans think. Rotten Tomatoes is not a site I would use to make decisions about anything and even there it’s an 85% audience score (with over 16,000 reviews) compared to the 40% critic score (with under 300 reviews.) Some of the critics gave it a bad review simply because they felt Godzilla is a low brow franchise to begin with.
I am very worried where they are going to go with the next movie to make it “deliver for fans” because I honestly feel the this one mostly did that. If anything, the last film turned people off from King of the Monsters as it was more about people and barely had Godzilla in it. Godzilla fans aren’t there to see a human interest story with a tiny bit of monster action.
Doing $179 million on opening weekend (world-wide) isn’t a great number and it did only debut at $49 million domestically, but if there’s “fatigue” it was from the 2014 film’s lack of monsters. This film did open to higher numbers internationally, and still did better than Kong: Skull Island’s opening.
So far no official change has been made to the current March 13, 2020 release date. I’m sure there will be one coming based on what was stated. I just hope they don’t ruin it to appease “critics” like Hollywood tends to do.
Yesterday, June 8 Electronic Arts (EA) and Maxis announced a new expansion pack for the Sims at EA Play 2019.
This new pack called Island Living, will allow Sims to venture on the island of Sulani. There they can swim, get tanned or burnt, canoe, build sandcastles, and even meet a mermaid!
Check out the Trailer:
Here are the Key Features according to the EA Site:
Sit Back and Relax – Welcome to Sulani, where the sun shines bright and the nights are totally chill. Set sail on the glistening water in your island canoe, swim to your heart’s content, and explore the scenery on a watercraft. Build a spectacular sand castle, catch some rays, and even meet a mermaid!
Pitch In or Help Out – Become a conservationist, clean up the beaches, and watch your Sims’ impact bloom all over the island. Take to the waves in a fishing or diving career or become a lifeguard to keep the locals safe under the sun. No career? No problem! Sims can do a few odd jobs or fish for their next meal.
Engage in Local Culture – Tradition runs deep on Sulani, and your Sims get to experience everything it has to offer. Immerse Sims in their newfound lifestyle by attending a pit barbecue event, learning about local folklore, tasting tropical delicacies, and chatting with ancestors from the island.
Rock the Island Vibes – Dress Sims in tropical garb inspired by sun, sand, and waves. Or, gear up for water activities like snorkeling and swimming. Decorate a rustic oasis with home objects and unwind at the tiki bar. Everything is chill (except for the occasional sunburn) when it’s Island Living.
My daughter is absolutely going crazy over this. She loves the Sims and this is completely up her alley!
The new expansion pack can be pre-ordered now for $39.99 and will be released on June 21, 2019 for Mac and Windows PC, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 16, 2019.
Some thought they might turn up in the DC Extended Universe, but it looks like they’re headed to Netflix.
For an anime.
Of Magic the Gathering?!
Here’s the official announcement tweet from Netflix…
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT TIME: Netflix and Wizards of the Coast are teaming up with Joe and Anthony Russo to make a Magic: The Gathering anime series and this teaser of Chandra has me asking QUESTIONS. pic.twitter.com/vljlEtl0Mq
According to new details about the series, Anthony and Joe Russo will executive produce the series. In a newly released statement, the pair shared how excited they are to work on the series and confirmed they are lifelong fans of Magic: The Gathering as well.
“We have been huge fans and players of Magic: The Gathering for as long as it has been around, so being able to help bring these stories to life through animation is a true passion project for us,” the duo said.
So far, there are few details out about the project, but it will focus on the expansive world of Magic: The Gathering and its Planeswalker, which are described as “Magic’s unique magic-wielding heroes and villains as they contend with stakes larger than any one world can hold.”
But is at actually anime?
Not to be a Debbie Downer here, but we do have some concerns about the project.
The first being the teaser image of Chandra Nalaar, which is obviously CGI… and very western looking. It might not be indicative of the final animation itself, but it’s clearly not what I would call “anime.”
The series is being animated by a company called Octopie Studios. Geeky has done some sleuthing (as she often does) and it seems that Octopie is now home to several former Machinima staffers.
Machinima created the Transformers: Combiner Wars “anime” that ran on their YouTube channel. It even shares some of the same staffers as Netflix’s Magic the Gathering.
Of course, Machinima got obliterated in the first wave of mergers and cuts at Otter Studios, which has now been rolled into Warner Media. Other Otter Media divisions include Crunchyroll, VRV and Rooster Teeth. (And the word on the street is more cutbacks are coming — possibly even to Cartoon Network.)
If you’re a small press comic book creator and thinking of crowdfunding a comics project, you might want to hear about a new initiative that Small Press Expo (SPX) is launching in conjunction with Kickstarter.
Here’s more details from their press release…
If you launch a Kickstarter campaign for a small press or self-published comic or zine in September, your project will be featured in the initiative.
You’ll also receive the following: Personal guidance and support on how to setup and run your project with Kickstarter’s Comics Outreach Lead, the fantastic Camilla Zhang
Potential promotion in newsletters, social media, and Kickstarter Magazine
Kickstarter balloons for your SPX table and your name called out in the Program Guide with a special color, bringing more visibility to you and your tablemates’ amazing work.
Bonus: If you’re selling books that you’ve funded with Kickstarter at SPX, email [email protected] by June 30 to get special (and useful) Kickstarter swag for your table!
The Small Press Expo has sort of become the “It Con” for indie comics publishers lately. I can honestly say it’s one of the few conventions where people actually go to seek out and buy new comic books. SPX has hosted the Ignatz Awards since 1997.
This year’s SPX takes place on September 14 and 15, 2019 at the the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center.
Good luck getting a table, however! Exhibitors are curated and tables are in high demand, with a lottery system being instituted in recent years.
According the Variety Robert Pattinson is officially the new Batman.
Warner Bros. has confirmed that a deal has been signed for the Twilight actor to play Batman in the upcoming film that will hit theaters on June 25, 2021.
Deadline has said that the new Matt Reeves’ trilogy will have no connection to the previous Ben Affleck Batman.
This film will in no way carry on the work that Ben Affleck did as the older Batman in Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League.
It seems that they are going to continue with more stand alone superhero movies going forward with the DC properties. Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Shazam! have all performed well.
I’m just not sure where this one is going to fall and who can cross over into it. Although I didn’t mind the one suggestion, on social media, about Batman Beyond with Bruce Wayne played by Michael Keaton and Terry played by Robert Pattinson. I doubt that’s where they would go, but I would have liked to have seen something like that.
The new film will be called The Batman and will be produced by Reeves and his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark. Fans can expect it in theaters 2021.
This new musical will be based on the Princess Kaguya story from the Sailor Moon S movie, the second Sailor Moon movie. This one follows the story of an ice villain named Princess Snow Kaguya comes to Earth to freeze it with the help of her Snow Dancers. The Sailor Scouts must fight and defeat the enemy.
What I really love about this story is the large part Luna plays and how Sailor Moon helps her take her human form as the Princess Kaguya. It’s always been one of my favorites!
Currently this musical is only planned for Japan, but there’s always a chance it will come over like other ones have in the past!