Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss really love the Super Mario Bros. movie. The pair has run Super Mario Bros.: The Movie Archive since 2007 and they held a special 20th anniversary screening of the film this past weekend at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles. They even managed to convince John Leguizamo (he played Luigi) to deliver a recorded message to fans. But what they plan to do next tops even that.
Do you remember the final scene of the movie? Of course you do… Princess Daisy rushes in with a big gun requesting the Mario Brothers’ help for another big adventure! Applebaum and Hoss certainly remember and they’ve recruited the movie’s original screenwriter, Parker Bennett, to help them flesh out where the story would have went next. And it’ll all be published as a multi-part webcomic… Super Mario Bros. 2!
The first chapter, “Return to Dinohattan,” is available now. Which has to be proof that nothing’s impossible. Improbable… unlikely… but never impossible.
Even though Microsoft’s Xbox One presentation was three days ago, my emotions still feel like they’re on a roller coaster. Using Microsoft’s own MS Paint program, I think I managed to capture my reaction in comic form.
The full comic, “Not The One,” is posted after the break. (more…)
What a week it’s been! So many crazy things have happened. I can’t wait to get home later, put on my pajamas, and play Borderlands 2 until I pass out. I’ve got a date with my boyfriend and our two Kriegs – Bebop and Rocksteady. And maybe some ice cream. Who knows! Let’s get crazy.
According to GameZone, you can get a copy of Tomb Raider for PC right now for just $13.60. Follow their directions and do it fast because it’s for today only. The only other deals going on today are over at the Irrational Games store, where a bunch of shirts are 50% off for their Memorial Day sale. Scoop ‘em up!
Just one shirt today, kids! (more…)
Ryan Miller’s day job is being the lead singer of Guster, one of the greatest bands you will ever hear. When he’s not performing with Guster, Miller likes to spend his time composing film scores. His latest soundtrack is for the coming-of-age story The Kings of Summer.
The Kings of Summer is about a group of teenagers who run away from their parents and camp out in the woods. But rather than get all heartfelt and emotional, Miller saw the courage in it and looked to legendary Nintendo composer Koji Kondo for inspiration, specifically his work on Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. The film’s director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, even acknowledges this debt in the soundtrack album’s liner notes:
“The idea was that if kids from this generation were running away into the woods, the closest experience they could draw upon would be playing an adventurous [video game]. So the sounds that are guiding an audience should reflect that.”
The Kings of Summer soundtrack is now streaming (for free) at Paste Magazine and I highly recommend giving it a listen. It will be available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital stores this Tuesday, May 28. The film will open in theaters next Friday, May 31.
It’s almost impossible to get through a single refresh of my Twitter or Facebook feed without listening to people freaking out about the Xbox One reveal! I’m going to wait and see what Microsoft has to say at E3 before making any judgments about it. Here’s hoping they show some of those games they were talking about!
There are a bunch of new weekly deals at Amazon going on right now. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is $39.98, Diablo III is $34.99, Gears of War: Judgment is $39.99, the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition is $34.99, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown is $29.99. Scoop ‘em up!
There are tons of shirts today! (more…)
Well, it’s been a crazy week, but things are finally slowing down! Saturday was GameLoop Philly, then Sunday was a surprise 80th birthday party for my grandmom, and Monday I was on a panel about video game writing with Chris Grant, Amanda Lange, and William Stallwood! It was amazing, but I am now amazingly tired. It’s time to get back to playing video games again! Oh, and moving into my new apartment, which feels like it’s taking an eternity. I can’t wait until it’s all finished!
Today’s deal is the new Humble Weekly Bundle, featuring Alan Wake. If you opt for the Collector’s Edition, you get extra content, including “special episodes ‘The Signal’ and ‘The Writer’ as well as developer commentary videos, an illustrated PDF book, and soundtrack.” These bundles only work on Windows, and you’ve only got seven days to buy it. Scoop it up!
Also, those awesome Penny Arcade Monaco prints are finally for sale! Go buy them all!
Lots of great t-shirts available today! (more…)
Phil Spencer closed his part of the “Next Xbox Reveal” with the news that Microsoft plans to release 15 exclusive Xbox One games during the system’s first year. He also confirmed that eight of them are brand new franchises.
But enough of this games stuff, Nancy Tellem, President of Xbox Entertainment Studios, and Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, have just announced that they’re teaming up to create a live-action television series based on Halo… and it’ll be produced by Steven Spielberg. Take that, Peter Jackson!
Halo: The Television Series will be available on Xbox Live as a “premium television series” (read: it’ll cost extra above and beyond your Xbox Live subscription price).
So Krieg is finally out! And we haven’t gotten a chance to play him yet! NOOOOOO!! And tonight we have free tickets for an early screening of the new Star Trek movie. So there are going to be some difficult decisions to make tonight… or maybe they won’t be so difficult. Anthony and I are planning on playing double Kriegs, so hopefully that’s either twice the fun, or twice the team kills!
Just one interesting deal today, and that’s over at Play Asia. Their daily deal right now is God of War: Ascension Steelbook Edition for $39.90. This is a pretty good deal, so if you’re into the series and just haven’t had the chance to pick this one up yet, at 50% off, this might be worth it.
There are some really good shirts available today! (more…)