Netflix Announces Castlevania TV Show!

There’s been quite a few video game related TV shows and films announced recently. From the Tetris trilogy to Nintendo’s work in TV shows and many more besides, it seems like both Hollywood and the TV networks have taken an interest in adaptating video games to other mediums.

And today, it turns out that Castlevania has joined the queue! Why? Because in today’s Netflix announcement, guess what this series was listed on the paper?

Yep, a 2017 Castlevania TV series!

So what’s it going to be like? Well, Netflix isn’t giving anything away just yet. There’s nothing in the announcement talking about the characters or storyline or cast that are part of the show, nor how it connects to the rest of the series.

Well, unless we look at other related stories that is! Because about a year ago, Adi Shankar posted a very interesting message about a Castlevania series on Facebook.

Here it is:

Breaking News: I’m producing a super violent Castlevania mini-series with my homies Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. It’s…

Posted by Adi Shankar on Tuesday, 25 August 2015

As you can see, it’s talking about a ‘super violent’ Castlevania mini series involving Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. What’s more, this series was previously mentioned on a Nick Animation podcast, where he talked about making a series based on a ‘world-famous video game of the last 30 years’.

And that’s not all. Oh no, he also mentioned a few details about the adaptation earlier today as well. There he described it as a Netflix Original Series with a season 1 in 2017 and a season in 2018. As well as the ‘western world’s first good video game adaptation’.

Here’s the post about that in case you haven’t seen it:

BREAKING:
Castlevania is a Netflix Original Series with Season 1 launching in 2017 and Season 2 in 2018. Furthermore,…

Posted by Adi Shankar on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

So yeah, it seems we’ve got a real interesting series coming up here. Let’s hope it lives up to all the hype!

Valentine’s Day Event Begins in Pokemon GO

As you know, there have already been a fair few seasonal events in Pokemon GO. First there was the Christmas event with the Santa Pikachus last year. Then the New Year’s one, with generation 2 baby Pokemon being more common.

And now there’s another one for Valentine’s Day! This time, cute pink Pokemon are more common than before, with the likes of Chansey and Clefable being encountered in the wild more often. Eggs are also affected here, with Cleffa, Igglybuff and Smoochum being more commonly obtained from eggs as well.

Other additions are Buddy Pokemon gaining double candy, Lure Modules lasting for six hours instead of 30 minutes and double candy being additionally obtained for catching, hatching and transferring Pokemon GO. In other words, lots of useful changes for Pokemon GO fans.

Either way, it’s an event that lasts from 11AM on February 8th to 11AM on February 15th, so you’d better get playing the game again if you want to make use of it.

So what do you think about this? Is this event enough to get you back playing Pokemon GO again? Or are you done with the game for good by this point?

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Us (Pokemon GO official site)

E3 is Open to the Public This Year

When it comes to events in the gaming world, nothing tops E3. Seen as the most important one in the entire calendar, this summer event in LA has been the location of everything from new console reveals to trailers and demos of games as big as Zelda Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Galaxy among many others. It’s the event pretty much every gamer dreams of attending.

And this year, it seems they’ll get their chance! Because as the title suggests, E3 2017 will now be open to the general public as well as the press. Here’s the official post about it via the official E3 Twitter account:

So how does it work anyway?

Well to put it simply, it works as you’d expect. There’s a limited amount of tickets (15,000 of about 50,000) that are now available for anyone to buy. These cost $250 in total (or $150 with an early bird discount), and let the holder enter the convention and try out whatever games are available there.

Either way, everyone does well now. The media still go and get information about new games for their sites and magazines. The industry still have a way to advertise their wares. And now Average Joe can go and enjoy the new games and presentations. Everyone’s happy, right?

Not quite. As you can probably guess, some parts of the media are a little… upset that their event is now open to everyone. After all, why should they mix with the hoi polloi? It’s like we’re treated as gamers rather than ‘insiders’ now!

But still, these are minority views expressed by a couple of folks on Twitter. For the most part, people are happy with E3 being open for the public to attend. It’s just another fun event for the gaming community calendar.

So what do you think? Are you happy that E3 is now available to the public? Or do you wish it was still a press only deal like it was before?

Animal Crossing Mobile Delayed Till April

A while ago, Nintendo announced that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing would be getting apps based on them released for smartphones.

Which is all well and good for Fire Emblem. We’ve got a name for it (Fire Emblem Heroes). There’s been a trailer as part of a recent Fire Emblem themed Nintendo Direct. Plus a release date has been set for February 2017.

But what about Animal Crossing? What happened to that smartphone game?

Well, here’s the answer. Basically, Nintendo have delayed it to the next fiscal year. Which for people who don’t follow finance, means the earliest release date will be sometime in April 2017.

However, that’s not likely to happen. Why? Well, have much Animal Crossing Mobile information have you seen?

Yeah, I thought so. Nintendo hasn’t even posted a name for the game, let alone a logo or trailer. So unless this is coming in the next month or so, it seems most likely that the game will be a Summer or Autumn release. Heck, maybe even later if Super Mario Run is to be taken as an example.

But still, the delay is the only thing we know about so far. So what do you think? When do you expect that Animal Crossing get to be released for smartphones?

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Nintendo’s Q3 Financial Results

Super Mario Run Updated to Version 1.1

Well, this is a bit unexpected! Seems Nintendo has released an update for Super Mario Run, complete with a few new features and fixes!

Most notably, a new Easy Mode! This interesting addition lets players race through levels without the risk of ever dying, since Bubbles are now unlimited and the time limit has been removed altogether. That’s good news for people who aren’t so good at Mario, since they can now literally force themselves through the game without risk of messing up.

But that’s not the only change here! Oh no, difficulty has also been decreased in Toad Rally too. Why?

Because you both gather more Toads as you play and lose less when you lose the race. This means completing Kingdom Builder is much quicker and more convenient, and a lot more people will be able to hit the 9999 Toads mark this time around.

Other additions include the ability for the game to display Korean text, a bit of groundwork for future event releases (like the recent Christmas one) and the ability to download Toad from My Nintendo multiple times. So hey, if you lose your phone or want to move Mario Run to a new one, you can get Toad back really easily now.

And finally, you’ve got the usual bug fixes. Nothing more to say there really. Probably just tweaks to fix issues like the sound sometimes not playing in the app.

So that’s the new Super Mario Run update for you. Do you like it? Could the new features be interesting to use?

Or do you think Nintendo may have toned it down a tad much?

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Super Mario Run Updated (Japanese Nintendo)