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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nintendo will team up with Netflix to produce a television series based on The Legend of Zelda.
Allow me to pause while you momentarily freak out. Ready? OK. The source of the rumor appears to be an insider within Netflix, who the Wall Street Journal quoted as saying that a Legend of Zelda adaptation would be like “Game of Thrones for a family audience.”
While there’s nothing impossible about Nintendo working with Netflix on a Legend of Zelda series, the game publisher has been notoriously protective of their characters ever since the Super Mario Bros. movie bombed back in 1993. Though this wouldn’t be the first television show based on The Legend of Zelda. DIC Entertainment produced an animated adaptation back in 1989 and I’m totally onboard with the Netflix show borrowing as much from the cartoon as they want (especially “Excuuuuuuse me, Princess!”)
Almost a year ago, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told investors that the company wwants to increase the amount of licensing deals they make for the use of their iconic characters. These deals would take Nintendo’s characters to areas the company has never worked with before and a live-action television show would certainly fit the bill.
Neither Nintendo nor Netflix had any comment on the Wall Street Journal’s report.
“Gronk, use your bumblebees!”
Another segment of Conan O’Brien’s “Clueless Gamer” aired Thursday night, guest starring Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. If you’re anything like me, you don’t really know who they are and don’t really care. Evidently, there’s some sort of important American Football match this weekend that their two teams are playing, and as sort of a preamble to such frivolities, Conan invited them to square off against each other playing the soon-to-be released Mortal Kombat X.
While not as amazing as some previous “Clueless Gamer” segments, this one had its moments. See what horrific thing made Lynch briefly walk off the set and which allegedly gave Conan “a sexual thrill”! See what made Conan curl up on the floor in the fetal position! See one female character punch another in her downstairs lady-nuts!
Mortal Kombat X is set to be released April 14. Until then, enjoy this clip featuring Ferra-Torr, Kano, Cassie Cage, D’Vorah, Quan Chi, Raiden, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero.
The Mythbusters will meet their Doom this weekend. On Saturday, January 31, the popular Discovery Channel show will devote an hour to several myths based on video games, or more specifically, questions related to Doom 3: 3 BFG Edition. Hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage will receive an assist from id Software’s Tim Willits as they attempt to discover if it’s really possible for the Doomguy to carry all those “health packs, guns, and even a chainsaw.” I’m sure a few longtime Doom players already see a problem with this scenario (Hint: Doomguy never carries health packs).
The preview trailer above needs a bit more first-person action, but I’m thinking this will be a pretty fun hour of television. Here’s hoping we get to see a Gelatin Man Imp made out of ballistic gel.
Budweiser isn’t waiting for Super Bowl XLIX to debut the next commercial in their “#UpForWhatever” series… and that’s alright with me. Titled “Real Life Pac-Man,” the commercial hands a giant quarter to a random Bud Light drinker and then drops it (and him) into the coin slot of life-sized simulation of the greatest arcade game of all time. There’s neon aplenty, pulsating techno music, and it looks like a good time was had by all.
I know it’s too early, but I think we may have already found the best commercial from this year’s Super Bowl.
Capcom and Crackle have released the first trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower, the first English-language film adaptation of the popular game series. Watchtower will star Rob Riggle as a more comedic version of journalist Frank West. He’ll be joined by Virginia Madsen as “Women Driving Away From Zombies,” Jesse Metcalfe as “Reporter Who Isn’t Frank West,” and Dennis Haysbert as “Army General Who Tells People Not to Panic.” I’m sure they’ll have actual names in the film, but that’s the best I can do from a few seconds of screen time in the trailer. More screen time was devoted to the makeshift weapons that the game series is known for, proving that the filmmakers have at least some idea what the fans want.
Dead Rising: Watchtower will be available to watch exclusively through the Crackle streaming service on March 27.
Duke Nukem is back as Devolver Digital and 3D Realms have teamed up to bring Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition to the PlayStation Store as a PS3/Vita Cross-Buy game. The Megaton Edition includes the original game and three expansion packs (Duke It Out In D.C., Duke Caribbean: Life’s a Beach, and Duke: Nuclear Winter) for all your Duke needs. Who wants some?
Also available this week is Woah Dave!, a Mario Bros.-like arena platformer for the Vita. A PS4 version of Woah Dave! is in the works and will be offered as a Cross-Buy bonus to owners of the Vita version once its given the OK by Sony. If you’re signed up for PlayStation Plus, you’re in luck, both Woah Dave! and Duke Nukem 3D are available for free as part of the Instant Game Collection.
Finally, Sony has added The Interview, the movie that North Korea doesn’t want you to see, to the PlayStation Store’s Video Unlimited service.
First issue of Mortal Kombat X comic available today
DC Comics has announced (via their Read DC Entertainment portal) that the first issue of the Mortal Kombat X miniseries will be available digitally beginning today.
The comic series will serve as a bridge between 2011’s Mortal Kombat and this April’s Mortal Kombat X. Old favorites (Scorpion, Raiden, Kenshi), new friends (Cassie Cage), and characters that fit into neither category (Hsu Hao, Daegon) will all appear within its pages. Hopefully this is a hint that Kenshi will soon be announced as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X, but we know the comic series will include non-playable characters as well.
Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon recently shared a few preview images from the comic through his Twitter account.
The movie that Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s Supreme Leader, doesn’t want you too see can now be viewed on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One. The Interview, which will open in theaters tomorrow thanks to a successful petition from a group of independent theater owners, is now available to watch through the Xbox Video service for $5.99 (to rent) or $14.99 (to buy). The film can also be viewed for the same price at other streaming services such as YouTube, Google Play, and SeeTheInterview.com (which is hosted by Sony Pictures).
Oddly, the film is not available through the PlayStation Store, which is owned and operated by Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony’s video game division. Apple has also come out and said the film will not be available through iTunes, though that may change in the future.
The Interview was at the center of the recent Sony hacking scandal, which the FBI believes was prompted by the North Korean government’s dislike of Kim Jong Un’s portrayal in the movie. Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, the movie stars Rogen and James Franco as two journalists who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate the dictator.
Rogen said on Twitter that “The people have spoken!” and “Freedom has prevailed!”