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Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back DX Coming to Netflix January 23, 2020

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Since the first film was released in 1998, The Pokemon Company has released a new animated Pokémon movie every year like clockwork. The first few films would get theatrical releases, but after the initial wave of Pokemania died down, later films would get released as direct-to-video or straight to television. With Pokemania resurging during the mid 2010s more recent films, received a limited theatrical release. These last two animated features were more intended to be franchise reboots opposed to sequels to the previous films.

The Pokémon Company’s most recent film was a CGI remake of Pokémon: The First Movie called Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back DX. Sadly, last year’s film did not get released in the US, and no explanation was given as to why. Now, we have an answer. This trailer was just released on Netflix’s official YouTube Channel. The next Pokémon film is nearly here.

The trailer may not announce just when this film is coming to Netflix but I will tell you that information. You’ll be able to watch Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back DX on Netflix starting February 28th, 2020.

Halo: Outpost Discovery – How They Did The Ring Experience January 22, 2020

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One of the most unique attractions at last year’s Halo: Outpost Discovery event was called The Ring Experience. Located next to the event’s Hall of History, the Ring Experience gave a detailed look at Halo’s environment. We got to see several components of the Halo rings including Delta Halo’s Index, a preserved Flood spore, and a full sized sentinel. We were able to take plenty of photos and video of those items. The dome attraction that concluded the ring experience, however, was not allowed to be filmed.

Thankfully the guys over at the Falcon Creative Group, who worked on the Ring Experience, published this video of it. This not only shows some of the best quality footage of the Ring Experience, it also talks about the attention to detail that went into it. Check it out.

If you’d like to see more from Halo: Outpost Discovery you can view our playlist here. If you’re interested in seeing some of our 4K B-Roll from the Philadelphia show, please post a comment below.

Ninja Theory Reveals Project: MARA January 22, 2020

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Not content with simply revealing Hellblade 2 for the Xbox Series X, the guys over at Ninja Theory (who I loved for games like Heavenly Sword and Enslaved) released this developer diary for something they’re working on called Project: MARA. Let’s take a look.

Here’s the official teaser:

Maybe it’s just how the teaser was revealed but I’m getting Majestic vibes from this thing. Am I the only one who remembers that game?

Next Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC Announced January 16, 2020

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the father of Super Smash Bros and Kirby, Mr Sakuari.

You’ll be able to get this character on January 28th and it will be included at no additional charge if you already purchased the first fighters pass. If you want more fighters, worry not. Nintendo has revealed a second fighters pass will be announced soon, and the five MORE characters will be offered in it that.

Super Smash Bros is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Pokemon: Twilight Wings Episode 1 January 15, 2020

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The Pokémon Company has just released the first episode of what they promise is going to be an all-new limited series. The new series is called Twilight Wings and it will focus on characters from the Galar region. Give the first episode a watch but be prepared for the chance that you may cry.

More episodes are on the way and should be released over the course of the year.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

DOOM: Eternal Trailer 2 January 15, 2020

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It may have recently been delayed but delay or no, DOOM will always have a big place in our hearts. Let’s take a look at this game’s latest trailer.

DOOM Eternal is coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4 March 20th, 2020. It is also coming to Google Stadia.

Super Nintendo World Japan Opening This Summer January 14, 2020

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Many years ago, Nintendo announced they were teaming up with Universal Studios to open a Super Nintendo World in Universal’s parks! They promised you’ll be able to feel like you’ve traveled into your Nintendo game and interact with many of Nintendo’s iconic characters. Since that announcement we have officially heard NOTHING about the project, although leaks have been trickling out about the project on a regular basis. Now, we have an official video about the land with an official announcement at the end. Super Nintendo World is opening in Japan this summer. Universal Studios have officially promised Super Nintendo World is also coming to their parks in Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore, although Japan’s will open first.

Crank up the sound because this one is going to rock!

Now this is just the beginning of Super Nintendo World as we know it. More will probably be revealed as plans for the park’s rides are shown to the public. While the video is CG you can clearly see Peach’s Castle, Mario Kart, and some kind of augmented reality gaming with the help of special wristbands.

If you want to know my deeper thoughts about the video I will say I have far too many to fit in just this article. I have to admit they used a pretty catchy tune for the video’s soundtrack. However, that’s only because the music is a remix of the classic Super Mario game soundtracks. I am disappointed the song’s actual original composer Koji Kondo did not receive a credit anywhere in the video. He is certainly more deserving of credit than the remixers the video chose to credit instead.

Days Gone Collectors Edition Unboxing January 13, 2020

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We are way behind on releasing some of the videos we had planned for this site and one of the videos we ended up shooting a while back was an unboxing of the PS4-exclusive game Days Gone. We first got interested in the game Days Gone after previewing it at E3 2017, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on the game’s official collector’s edition. Let’s take a look at what’s in the box!

Days Gone is out now exclusively for the PS4.

Gaming History You Should Know – Pokemon Center NYC January 12, 2020

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It’s Sunday! Welcome back to the first Gaming History You Should Know of 2020, where we highlight some of the best original gaming documentaries from across the web! Today, we’re going to take you back nearly twenty years (which sadly doesn’t seem as long ago as it should for someone like me) to take a look at something that sadly we will never have the chance to experience ever again.

Pokémon Centers have always been a staple of the Pokémon games. They’re a haven in nearly every town where players can take their characters to heal their Pokémon, swap out their Pokémon party or activate their link cables (or wireless adapters later on) to communicate with other trainers. In essence, they’re the coolest place for a Pokémon Trainer to hang out and I’m sure that many kids (and some adults) wished places like that existed in the real world. Well, did you know that Pokémon Centers do actually exist in the real world?

That’s right, there are actually Pokémon Centers all across Japan, they just function differently than they do in the games. They are decorated from top to bottom in awesome Pokémon decorations including original statues and art. In them, customers can buy tons of exclusive Pokémon merchandise ranging from plushes, figurines, snack food, clothing and a lot more. Players could also (depending on the location) interact with original Pokémon games you couldn’t find in stores OR eat incredible Pokémon-themed food at the in-store cafe. If I ever earned enough money to afford a vacation in Japan, you can be darn sure I would try to visit as many of these places as I could!

But these Pokémon Centers, while completely awesome, only exist in Japan. I’ve heard there are a few vending machines in the Seattle area that sell a limited selection of their merchandise, and a website also exists online which ships a limited selection of their wares to the US, but that’s it. No actual physical Pokémon Centers exist in the United States. However, that hasn’t always been the case.

What if I told you that a Pokémon Center used to exist in the US? One did. Located near the heart of Rockefeller Center in New York City, Pokémon Center NY was a Mecca for all Pokémon Trainers on this side of the planet. Here’s the actual television commercial for the store which contains some rare footage of its interior.

Doesn’t that look incredible? Sadly, I never was lucky enough to visit this place while it operated. It lasted only from 2001-2005. Video and photographs of it are rare and hard to come by due to the fact the store had a no cameras policy (for SOME reason that escapes all logic). However, we’re not here to talk about what the store looked like, we’re going to be featuring the hard work of an entire group who made it their mission to preserve the history of this magical place.

YouTube Channel Hard4Games, which specializes in finding and preserving extremely rare game content hit the gold mine with this video. After what must’ve been a MASSIVE undertaking by a group of some of the best preservationists and Pokémon Enthusiasts in the world, they succeeded in finding and resurrecting a major original component of Pokémon Center NY, the store’s Pokémon distribution machine. Take it away, Hard4Games.

The location previously used as Pokémon Center NY now serves as Nintendo NY (formerly Nintendo World NYC), which sells exclusive Nintendo and Pokémon merchandise you can’t find anywhere else (however Japan’s Pokémon Centers certainly have a bigger selection). I have actually been to Nintendo NYC (twice) and can’t recommend visiting it enough. While they no longer are a Pokémon Center, they do have a history of Nintendo museum on the second floor with some rare and classic items on display from the company’s history.

Special thanks to Hard4Games and the team of preservationists including Retro Ali for making this video and letting me feature them on this site! Without their work I would have never been as informed about this incredible store as I am now. If you’d like to know more about Pokémon Center NY, check out this preservation website: pokemoncenternewyork.com

Pokémon Direct 1-8-2020 January 9, 2020

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The first Nintendo Direct of 2020 has just been broadcasted and it is a Pokémon Direct! If you missed it or want to watch it again, here it is (uncut)!

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX is coming March 2020 exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon Home is coming February 2020 to the Nintendo Switch and Smartphones.

UPDATE: The free demo for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX was released on the Nintendo eShop. Sword and Shield have also been patched and you can preorder your game’s Expansion Pass right now.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.