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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge digital release delayed to April 14th, 2020

A bit more patience is needed

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge was originally set to release digitally on April 12th, 2020, but that date has been shifted. The good news is that the move is a very slight one.

While we're not sure of the reason why, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge is now going to launch on April 14th, 2020. As far as we know, the 4K Ultra HD / Blu-ray / Digital combo pack is still slated to release on April 28th, 2020.

RUMOR - Universal working on another DOOM movie, John Cena being considered for the lead

Bringing the series back to its roots...with a wrestler

The first DOOM movie came out all the way back in 2005, and it featured The Rock in the lead role. Then we had 2019's DOOM: Annihilation, a direct-to-dvd/streaming movie that was received extremely poorly. Even after that disaster, it seems Universal isn't done with the franchise.

Rumors have come out stating that Universal is once again working on a DOOM movie, but this one will be a reboot for the franchise. Expect this film to see a theatrical release, and it will focus on the events of the original DOOM game from 1993. Also, while not locked in yet, Universal is interested in landing John Cena for the lead.

LEGO Super Mario preorders open, Aug. 1st, 2020 launch confirmed, Starter Course/Expansion Sets detailed, free app coming

BIG details on Mario's LEGO tie-in

The LEGO Group today announced pre-order availability of the LEGO® Super Mario™ Adventures with Mario Starter Course. Fans can now secure their own set of this upcoming and highly anticipated new product line, the result of a unique partnership with Nintendo. The new LEGO Super Mario product line features an interactive LEGO Mario figure that collects coins in real-life game levels created with LEGO bricks. Neither a video game nor a traditional LEGO brick-based set, it promises to change the way people interact with Super Mario in the physical world and engage in LEGO experiences.

Disclosed for the first time today by LEGO Design Lead Jonathan Bennink, fans will be able to begin exploring the fun-packed LEGO Super Mario universe with the Adventures with Mario Starter Course. This entry point set to the world of LEGO Super Mario is needed to unlock expansion sets and features seven action bricks for different interactions with the LEGO Mario figure that are only included in this set.

The LEGO Mario figure itself has LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display a wide variety of instant reactions to movement, color and action bricks. Also included is a speaker that plays iconic sounds and music from the video game series.

“Super Mario has continued to appear, always in a form adapted to the current hardware of the time.” said Takashi Tezuka, Executive Officer and Game Producer of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “I am thankful that in this project with the LEGO Group, Mario is jumping out of the digital world of game consoles and smart devices, and we are able to bring him into the world with a new, physical type of Mario play. It's very exciting to think of LEGO Mario becoming a real friend to children and to picture them playing in their very own Mario world that they imagined themselves.”

Kids aged 6+ can build levels and play their own way, with action-packed challenges having lots of creative fun in a highly interactive experience. LEGO Mario is used to collect virtual coins as he runs and jumps from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole via LEGO bricks, cloud platform, and clashes with the Goomba figure and Bowser Jr. figure.

The Starter Course can be combined with LEGO Super Mario Expansion Sets, which each unlock unique challenges and characters to play with and against friends. The first Expansion Sets, also revealed today, include the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set. And because the products all include modular builds, fans are fully in charge of creating exactly the LEGO level course they want to see Mario come to life in.

Fans will also love the free LEGO® Super Mario™ app by the LEGO Group, a supporting feature to further enhance the physical play experience. It keeps track of scores to encourage continuous rebuilding, as well as it provides digital building instructions with zoom and rotate viewing tools to make building easier, suggests other creative ways to build and play, and is a safe forum to share ideas with friends.

“We were thrilled to see the global reaction to news of LEGO Super Mario,” said Jonathan Bennink, Digital Design Lead on LEGO Super Mario, the LEGO Group. “Fans have been keen to learn more, so I am pleased that today we were able to reveal more details about this exciting new collaboration that has led to a reimagination of the LEGO building experience and an entirely new way to play inspired by the beloved video game icon, Super Mario. We can’t wait to see fans get creative and challenge each other with this highly engaging and social play experience.”

The full LEGO Super Mario assortment will launch Aug. 1st 2020, but fans can now pre-order the LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course on
www.lego.com/supermario-startercourse and from select leading retailers around the world.

The recommended retail price for the Starter Course is 59.99 EUR/USD, while the recommended retail price for the two expansion sets will be 29.99 USD/EUR for the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set and 99.99 USD/EUR for the Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set.

Niantic sending out Pokemon GO virtual gift packages for those who can't visit PokeStops

A present for you!

Pokemon GO players are doing a lot of playing from home during self-quarantine, and Niantic is thrilled to see so many people doing their best to flatten the curve. That's why they want to reward players who are stuck at home, unable to visit real-life PokeStops.

If you happen to be one of those players, Niantic wants to send you a special virtual gift package for Pokemon GO. All you have to do is add them as a friend (9484-2295-3675), and they'll make sure you get one of their packages. You'll have 24 hours to open the package, so don't wait too long to see what you got!

For 1 PokéCoin in the Pokemon GO shop, you can get the following: Ultra Balls × 20, Pinap Berries × 15

Can't beat that deal!

The following changes have been made to Pokémon GO until further notice.

Rotating 1 PokéCoin bundles in the shop! New 1 PokéCoin bundles will be available in the shop each week as one-time purchases. The contents of these bundles change weekly, so be sure to get what is available each week. Right now, a new 1 PokéCoin bundle is available for you that contains the following.

Ultra Balls × 20

Pinap Berries × 15
You can access the above bundle from now until Monday, April 13, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

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Hacker discovers and fixes Super Mario 64 smoke glitch nearly 24 years after the game released

Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa!

Did you know that Super Mario 64 had a glitch that caused Mario's smoke animation to display incorrectly? We've all seen the animation of Mario running around with smoke pouring out after touching fire, but none of us knew we were seeing a glitch in action. Turns out the smoke that comes billowing out wasn't being displayed properly.

Hacker BlazeHedgehog has been snooping around Super Mario 64's code and noticed that something was a bit off with the smoke animation. With a one-line fix, he managed to get the results that Nintendo originally intended for the game. You can see the before and after comparison in the tweet above.

Power A Minecraft-themed Enhanced Wireless Controller for Switch due out April 10th, 2020

Creeping up this week

Play your favorite Nintendo Switch games like a pro with this officially Licensed POWER A enhanced wireless Controller featuring Minecraft grass Block design. Built for comfort during extended gaming sessions, this Bluetooth wireless Controller includes motion controls, mappable advanced gaming Buttons, and standard ergonomic layout. Enjoy up to 30 hours of gameplay with new alkaline batteries (other variables affect playtime) or add your own rechargeable batteries. Can be used when Nintendo Switch is docked or undocked. Does not support HD rumble, IR, or amiibo NFC.

As you probably figured out, this controller from Power A is the same as all their other enhanced wireless Switch controllers, just with a Minecraft theme. You can grab this one on April 10th, 2020 for $50. Snag yourself a preorder here.

Planet Entertainment says Cooking Mama: Cookstar isn't on the Switch eShop yet because "the whole world is upside-down with delays"

The mystery isn't over yet

Earlier today, a developer from the Cooking Mama: Cookstar team said that the game disappeared from the Switch eShop due to a legal dispute between the IP holder and Planet Entertainment, the publisher. Planet Entertainment is singing a different story on Twitter.

We know that Cookstar fans are anxiously awaiting for the game to appear in the eShop. As everybody is aware, the whole world is upside down with delays right now. At Planet Entertainment, we are as anxious as you for the digital download to be available!

The message above seems to point to the impact of the coronavirus having something to do with the game's digital release. This obviously flies in the face of what a dev team member said. Now we don't know what to believe.

On a personal note, I will say that I hope Planet Entertainment is telling the truth. If they're using the coronavirus as a cover story for the game's legal issues, that's absolutely disgusting. I sincerely hope that's not the case.

Anodyne developer makes the game open-source

Make the game your own!

Anodyne hit the Switch back in 2019, but now players can see the game in a whole knew way. The developer behind the title has made the entire project open-source, which means you can dig into every nook and cranny to see what's hiding inside.

The developer is hoping that by bringing the game's source code, art, level editor, and music to Github, players will be encouraged to sift through the content and make their own. Game mods, remixes, comics, and more are all encouraged by the developer. Let's hope people take him up on the offer! You can check out all of the game's assets here.

Using Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con to play Dark Souls III leads to quite a workout

Ring Fit Adventure's Ring-Con only works with Ring Fit Adventure officially, but modders/hackers made sure you could use the controller to play whatever the hell you wanted pretty much from day one. That paved the way for the video above, where someone decides to take on Dark Souls III with a Ring-Con.

While Ring Fit Adventure is designed to make you sweat, it seems other games are more than capable of doing the same thing. Dark Souls III already has you sweating during every boss battle, so why not through in some physical exercise to go with it?!

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