Nintendo World Rides

You can learn a lot about theme park patents. Or nothing at all.

Like with any industry, Disney and Universal Studios (as well as their various competitors) tend to file many patents for technology that they don’t even intend to utilize in the near future. They just want to make sure they have a particular ride system or show mechanic or aerial entertainment drone in their library, just in case. But we do know that Universal is bringing Nintendo characters into their theme parks and that the Universal Studios Japan version of Super Nintendo World is expected to open its doors before 2020. With this knowledge in mind, a few of the company’s most recent patents start to look very, very interesting.

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Assassin's Creed clip

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be sucking up all the attention right now, but it’s not the only game in town this month. A few days later, Michael Fassbender will be launching himself off of a roof in 15th century Spain to land in a theater near you, with his video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed. 20th Century Fox has just shared a new clip from the film, and you can check it out below. Read More »

nintendo land concept art

Two weeks ago, one of the most un-secret secrets in the theme park industry was officially pushed into the spotlight: Universal Studios is teaming up with Nintendo to bring the iconic video game publisher’s characters to Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan. Specific details were scarce, but there were promises of “expansive, immersive and interactive” attractions that would make you feel “as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life.” Today, we still don’t know too much more than that, but the first piece of concept art for Nintendo Land has arrived, offering an early look at what the expect as well as the area’s full and proper name.

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Assassin's Creed Trailer - Michael Fassbender

While most of the excitement for blockbusters this month is going to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story next week, 20th Century Fox wants to make sure you don’t forget that Assassin’s Creed is coming the week after that, just before Christmas. So to make sure you’re on board, they’ve released a new trailer, and it’s actually the best one yet, providing a much better idea for the story, including an artifact for Michael Fassbender‘s character to track down during the time of the Spanish Inquisition.

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‘Tomb Raider’: Walton Goggins Joins Alicia Vikander

Tomb Raider Walton Goggins

Alicia Vikander is finally getting some company in the Tomb Raider reboot, though her Lara Croft may not be so thrilled about it. Walton Goggins is closing in on the villain role in the video game adaptation, which is being directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave).  Read More »

death stranding trailer mads mikkelsen

Few game video game designers have managed to blur the line between interactive gaming and cinema quite as effectively as Hideo Kojima, so is it any surprise that the trailer for his latest project, the oddly titled Death Stranding, features characters played by Mads Mikkelsen and director Guillermo del Toro in motion capture performances? We still don’t know how this game plays or what it’s about or when it’s expected to hit shelves, but these actors (and the sensibilities on display in this footage) suggest that Kojima is trying to draw as many cinephiles into his web as he is gamers.

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assassin's creed clip

The 2016 edition of The Game Awards were held last night (Blizzard’s Overwatch was the big winner, for the record) and 20th Century Fox used this celebration of the best in video games to advertise Assassin’s Creed, their upcoming video game movie adaptation starring Michael Fassbender. This extended clip from the film was preaching to the choir last night, but it’s now arrived online, ready to win the hearts and minds of non-gamers looking for a big movie that will allow them to escape their family for two hours this holiday season.

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star wars battlefront rogue one

Since its release last year, Star Wars Battlefront has been awash in bonus DLC, keeping players coming back with new map and new playable characters to the keep the game fresh. And since there’s a new Star Wars movie in theaters this month, they have reacted accordingly, planning a new map based around characters and locations from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The map is the tropical planet of Scarif (home to the Empire’s construction yards), the playable hero characters are rebels solider Jyn Erso and Imperial commander Orson Krennic, and a new trailer has arrived to show everything off.

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Pokemon movie director / Great Detective Pikachu

Legendary Pictures is wasting no time capitalizing on the Pokémon craze. Over the summer, they announced plans to make a live-action film based on Great Detective Pikachu, and a few weeks later they locked down a pair of screenwriters to get the ball rolling. Now they’ve caught themselves a director. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) has just been hired to direct the film.  Read More »

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Assassin's Creed Featurette

This holiday season, Hollywood will get yet another attempt at proving they can turn a video game into a decent movie. Warcraft wasn’t the hit that Legendary Pictures hoped it would be, even if it was the most successful video game movie of all time, so now 20th Century Fox is hoping Assassin’s Creed can do the trick.

Michael Fassbender stars in the movie about a man who is hooked up to a machine called The Animus that allows a team of scientists to tap into the experiences of his ancestors. A new Assassin’s Creed featurette dives into the science of the machine’s genetic time travel and explains how the concept of the video game is being adapted into a movie. Read More »