Legend of Zelda TV series

For decades, video game fans have been clamoring for some kind of big media translation of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda. We’ve dreamt of movies, TV shows and everything in between. The closest we’ve come is a brief animated series from the late ’80s. Now, those dreams may be about to come true on a bigger scale.

Netflix is reportedly out to writers for a live-action Legend of Zelda TV series. Nintendo is on board and working closely with Netflix but can ultimately scrap the idea if it doesn’t fit in with their vision of the series. Apparently, the streaming provider sees this as kind of a more family-oriented version of Game of Thrones. Read more about the potential Legend of Zelda TV series below. Read More »

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Star Wars Battle Pod Review

Last night, I flew the Millennium Falcon. And an X-Wing. And a Snowspeeder. And a Speeder Bike. And even Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter. You can play as all of those ships too in the brand new arcade game, Star Wars Battle Pod, which is currently in Arcades nationwide.

Battle Pod is basically just that. It’s a sit down flying/shooting game with a screen that covers your entire plane of vision, over 180 degrees, making it feel like you are inside your favorite Star Wars ship. There are then five different missions you can play. Fly an X-Wing at the battle of Yavin and try to destroy the Death Star. Fly a Snowspeeder on Hoth, protecting the Rebel transports. Man a Speeder Bike on Endor to destroy the shield generator. Take the Millennium Falcon into the second Death Star. Or, in the game’s most challenging and exciting battle, play as Darth Vader against the Rebels immediately after the destruction of the first Death Star.

Below, read our Star Wars Battle Pod review and see some official videos and photos. Read More »

Star Wars Kylo Ren Neon

Star Wars Bits is back with some great casting rumors, game information, behind the scenes stories and more. Below, read about the following:

  • The latest rumor is Tatiana Maslany has won that role in the Star Wars Standalone.
  • An iconic alien race may be appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Why is May 13, 2015 a significant date in Star Wars history?
  • George Lucas talked about The Force awakening in his early treatment to Star Wars.
  • Watch The Force Awakens teaser trailer in Neon.
  • The Force Awakens will do some additional shooting February in Los Angeles.
  • A rumor says Michael Fassbender is a front runner to play Boba Fett.
  • A possible origin for Poe Dameron’s name is revealed.
  • Find out how to make your own BB-8.
  • See Star Wars Battlefront concept art and read about its connections to The Force Awakens.

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Pac Man

Pac-Man eats. That’s just what he does. No matter what iteration or spinoff of the classic game you play, the circular yellow guy opens and closes his mouth incessantly and ingests everything in his path, from fruit to dots and even ghosts. So if ever there was a video game character to theme a restaurant around, it’s him. And that’s exactly what’s happening in Chicago in early 2015. A new restaurant called Level 257 is scheduled to open at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. Read more about the Pac Man restaurant below. Read More »

STAR WARS: BATTLE POD

I mentioned the Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game in the last edition of Page 2, but now that we have video of the game in action, I think this is worth a stand-alone post. As far as I can tell, Star Wars Battle Pod is the first Star Wars arcade machine in 14 years (Sega released a podracing arcade machine called Star Wars: Racer Arcade in 2000 following the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace). Probably like many of you who grew up in the 1980’s, I spent tons of quarters at the arcade (Fun n Games in Framingham, MA) on the original 1983 Star Wars arcade machine produced by Atari or (more so) 1993 Sega’s Star Wars Arcade and the Star Wars Trilogy Arcade which was produced alongside the original trilogy special editions.

Now-a-days arcades are few and far between, but the Barcade revolution is playing upon nostalgia and giving arcade games a small renaissance.  So I was a little surprised when Bandai Namco Games announced they would be making a new Star Wars arcade machine. Star Wars Battle Pod made its debut in a preview during New York Comic Con and looks INCREDIBLE. After the jump you can see the trailer, some video of the new game in action and read some more information about the Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game.

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interstellar game app

Paramount Pictures has released an app to promote Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar:

The app takes players on a journey through solar systems designed by players, featuring realistic physics conceptualized by Kip Thorne, the film’s scientific advisor and noted theoretical physicist. Players create their own unique solar system with planets, moons, asteroids and more, and travel through other player-created systems in the Endurance, the ship from the film. See how far you can pilot the Endurance without running out of fuel or losing time relative to Earth. Sling-shot through solar systems using real-world physics and gravitational forces. Use wormholes to jump to new systems and survive the ultimate challenge of traveling past a black hole.

Sounds cool right? Find out more about the new Interstellar game app, after the jump.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that Bungie released their latest video game last week: Destiny. Gamers of all ages have been buying the game, tweeting about it, posting images and their praise.

In fact, it sounds a lot like what happened six weeks ago when James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was released. People went nuts for the wacky, fun, Marvel adventure leading it to become the highest grossing film of the year.

Now, some intrepid souls by the name of Somewhat Awesome Games has recreated the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy in Destiny. And it’s kind of amazing. Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy Destiny mash-up video below. Read More »

Pikmin Movie

Back in 1993, Nintendo officially released their first, and last, live-action movie. Super Mario Bros. was a critical and financial disaster and since then, almost everyone agrees the experience of that film (which you can read about in full, incredible detail right here) has soured the company on licensing their other iconic characters – besides Pokemon –  to Hollywood.

Now, however, Nintendo is working on some kind of secret “research project.” The first result of it is a Pikmin movie, produced by gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto. Titled Pikmin Short Movies, it’s an animated anthology, comprised of three different short films, and will debut next month at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Unless you’re a Pikmin fan, that alone isn’t particularly exciting. I’m more curious of the subtext. The creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda is producing movies now? What could that mean for the future of Nintendo movies? Read More »

Joseph Kosinski Destiny ad

Bungie and Activision are teaming for the “living game world” of the next-gen game title Destiny, and now Joseph Kosinski has directed a live-action ad/trailer for the game. While “live-action” might at first seem a bit generous in this context, as so much of the ad is CG, eventually you’ll see stunning environments pulled from real life. And there are definitely real human actors in there, wearing actual costumes — at least one of which looks like it might have been borrowed from Star-Lord’s wardrobe.

You’ll hear the voice of Peter Dinklage as Ghost, the game’s helper AI, and the stuff heard here has been nicely chosen, as it sounds a lot better than the early snippets of his voice work that drew criticism for a flat affect. The improved audio, together with Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song,’ keeps things moving here. Read More »