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New Art and Posters for the Mario Movie have Leaked

You'd think a plumber would have less leaks

29 November 2022
by jmaldonado 3

As reported earlier, a new trailer for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Movie will be released tomorrow but it seems like some new images of the film have leaked via 4chan. We won’t share the images here, but we will discuss what’s in them, and provide you with a link to see them as well.

If you’re trying to avoid spoilers for the movie then turn back now.


Nintendo of America has tweeted that a Nintendo Direct will air tomorrow, November 29th, to reveal the second trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The original Tweet can be seen below along with a teaser image of Princess Peach’s throne room.

Nintendo confirms that there will be no game news announced during the direct, and the teaser image seems to suggest we might be getting a look at how Princess Peach will look and sound in the movie.

What things are you hoping to see in the trailer tomorrow? We will of course keep you updated when the trailer drops.

UPDATE: It seems the Mario Movie’s Twitter Account has followed Charles Martinet (The original voice of Mario) on Twitter. We knew Martinet would have a role in the movie before but maybe this could hint that we might see him in the trailer tomorrow.

Thanks to alecandstuff for the heads up!

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have been out for about a week now and you’ve no doubt heard of all the technical problems the game suffers from. One of the most unfortunate you might run into when playing is the game crashing, especially when you have autosave turned off.

If that happens to you don’t worry as you can see in the above GameXplain video there exists a secret button combination that allows you to access a back up save which should help you reclaim some of your lost progress.

To access the back up just hit the X button, B button, and up on the D-pad at the same time on the game’s title screen. Hopefully a patch will come soon to address these stability issues, but until then be sure to remember this in case the game crashes on you.

Every new Pokémon generation comes with new version exclusives for fans to try and gather up, but it can be hard to complete the dex if you lack the friends or resources to enable these trades. Thankfully, YouTuber Austin John Plays has put together a handy list of trade link codes for fans to get the Pokémon they need.

As you can see in the above Tweet, Austin John Plays has organized codes for you to get starters, legendries, version exclusives, and even foreign language dittos for Masuda-method breeding. If you want a full explanation on how this works we highly suggest watching Austin John Plays’ video on the codes which we have posted at the top of this article, but to explain the process in it’s simplest terms.

Step 1: Connect to the Internet

Step 2: Access the Poké Portal

Step 3: Select “Link Trade”

Step 4: Enter desired code from the above Tweet and begin searching

Step 5: When paired with someone be sure to check and see if they have the Pokémon you want, if not, repeat until desired result.

And there you have it! These should be a great way for the community to rally together to share some of their Pokémon with others who need them.

Speaking personally, I’ve used the codes to nab myself the other starters and version exclusives so it does work with a little patience.

Austin John Plays encourages people to share the codes around and we do as well! The more people engaging with these codes the more useful they will be.


If you’re not familiar with the deeper mechanics of the Pokémon games you may be confused to what Pokerus even is. Pokerus was a mechanic introduced in the Generation 2 Pokémon games where the Pokémon center nurse would sometimes tell you your Pokémon had caught a contagious virus called Pokerus after healing your Pokémon.

While that may sound bad the nurse is quick to assure you that Pokémon under this sickness seem to grow stronger than those not affected. What this means is that Pokémon infected with the virus would gain boosted Effort Values or EV’s with no ill side affects, you could even pass the sickness on to other Pokémon on your team or in your boxes to really give yourself a boost.

As for what Effort Values are well… That’s a bit too complicated for this article to get into but just know they are something competitive Pokémon players want to raise to get their teams up to snuff for competition.

This long prelude was all to tell you that it seems that this mechanic has been cut from the latest Pokémon releases, Scarlet and Violet. This news comes to us from @mattyoukhana_ on Twitter, you can check out their Tweets below.

It seems Pokerus is not in the game’s code whatsoever, even when hacked in. @mattyoukhana_ then goes on to add that Pokémon will not receive EV’s from defeating Pokémon in the auto-battles feature.

This has of course risen to speculation as to why this feature was cut, some speculate that it may just be unneeded as simpler ways to raise a Pokémon’s Ev’s have been added since Gen 2 so it may have been seen as redundant, others think that it may have been done to avoid connection to the Covid-19 pandemic, as having a mechanic where you WANT to catch a disease might have been seen as being in poor taste.

It’s hard to know if we’ll ever get an official word on why this was removed. Pokerus is so obscure it’s hard to believe that Game Freak would ever feel the need to comment on it. If word does come though we’ll be sure to report on it.



Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are out now and if you’ve been online you’ve no doubt heard about the game’s performance issues. The game suffers from frame drops and glitches that really bog down the experience for many players. However, it’s possible a fix to the framerate issue has been discovered.

@CentroPokemon has posted on Twitter that the issue may stem from a memory leak that uses more and more of the Switch’s memory than necessary. According to Centro the issue should fix itself after forcing the game to reset, we’ve not had the opportunity to test this ourselves but any solution is welcome.

Hopefully an official fix will come sooner rather than later, we will of course keep you updated should that news arrive.

We recently reported that Conan O’Brien’s series “Clueless Gamer” would be coming back and on their newest episode Conan and Aaron Blair take a look at Deathloop, PowerWash Simulator, and A Plague Tale: Requiem.

As the title implies “Clueless Gamer” involves Conan being shown recent games by his co-host Aaron Blair and reacting and riffing on them. As you can imagine he had a lot to say about the odd PowerWash Simulator and the creepy Plague Tale.

You can watch the full episode above.

A Plague Tale: Requiem is available now on Nintendo Switch via a cloud version and PowerWash Simulator arrives later this year.

Nintendo highlights Switch games with farming elements

*September 2022 Direct Flashbacks*

14 November 2022
by jmaldonado 0

Nintendo has gotten in the habit of compiling lists of Switch games that fall under a certain theme and sharing them for people to peruse, today we have one all about games about farming or with farming elements.

The full list will be available through a link below but some of the highlights of this collection include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Disney Dreamlight Valley, HARVESTELLA, Minecraft, and Stardew Valley.

If you’ve played and liked any of these games then consider giving the list a look through, you may find a new favorite!

Supergiant Games has just announced via twitter that the official Hades collection of Merch at Fangamer is being expanded with new items just in time for the holiday season!

You can get ahold of some sleek new pin and shirt designs, a stylish administrative desk mat, and a talking Skelly plush!

If you want a better look and details on all the new products then you can follow the link below to check out the collection in the Fangamer store!

(Note: for European fans these new items won’t be available in the FangamerEU store until next week, so hold on until then!)

This new Super Mario Bros 3 mod adds new characters and moves to the NES classic

A heaping helping of Mario madness for Thanksgiving!

14 November 2022
by jmaldonado 1

It’s always incredible to see what dedicated fans are able to do to older games with modding and Super Mario Bros 3 + is no exception.

As the name implies, Super Mario Bros 3 + is an expansion on the original NES game with new characters and features, a short teaser trailer was posted to developer @infidelity_nes’s Twitter which you can watch above.

While full details on the mod aren’t yet known, we can see from the short teaser that it will feature playable Peach and Toad as well as new moves like the ground pound and wall jump. We’ll have to wait and see all the surprises the mod has in store for us when it releases this Thanksgiving.



As you’ve no doubt heard, Ash Ketchum has recently accomplished a major victory in the Pokémon anime. Since the episode has yet to air in English we won’t be giving specifics on the victory until after the jump for people who wish to remain unspoiled. If you’re fine with spoilers or are aware of the news already than read on!

Cult of the Lamb Animated Short Released

Talk about a Cult following!

07 November 2022
by jmaldonado 0

Cult of the Lamb has tweeted out an animated short entitled “Cult of the Lamb - ReAnimated”. It’s a delightfully fun, action-packed 4 minutes for fans of the game that you can watch above.

What’s even more interesting is what Cult of the Lamb had to say in their tweet which you can see below.

They seem to be playfully toying with the idea of an animated series, even the description for the YouTube upload of the short asks “Do you want a Cult of the Lamb animated series?”

Obviously, we shouldn’t take this as a definitive sign that a full series in the works but it is possible that the waters are being tested. Lots of films and TV shows are being made out of games these days (even indie darlings like Cuphead) so it’s not impossible, but we’ll have to wait and see.

For now, we can enjoy this short and the Cult of the Lamb game which is available now for Nintendo Switch.

Pikmin Bloom updated to version 57.0

A new update has bloomed!

07 November 2022
by jmaldonado 0

Pikmin Bloom has been updated to version 57.0. You can read the full patch notes below.

  • You can take your Mii Avatar’s photo and share it with others (only applies when the Mii is wearing items that have already been purchased)
  • Now you can see notification badges when new tasks are added to the activity list
  • Improved the look of the event tasks


Despite it’s bumpy start, Overwatch 2 seems to have made quite the splash in the gaming market, if Blizzard’s latest reports are anything to go by. The game has managed to have 35 Million players try the game in the first month of it’s release.

Blizzard also says that the average daily player numbers for the first month were double that of the original Overwatch, which makes sense given that it was the game’s launch month.

Blizzard attributes the games success to the games new free-to-play model which attracted many players who never tried Overwatch before. Blizzard also adds that player investment is strong, but only time will tell if the player base maintains.


Sonic Frontiers is coming out very soon and the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter has detailed how to get the content players would receive for purchasing the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game.

If you’re unaware, purchasers of the Digital Deluxe Edition of Sonic Frontiers would receive a digital artbook and mini soundtrack as well as extra collectibles and shoes for Sonic at the start of the game.

You can see the tweets about how to claim your bonuses down below.

The most important thing to gleam from this is that it is very important to update your game and download the DLC before starting a new game, as the DLC will not be valid once the tutorial is complete.

Keep that in mind before you speed into Sonic Frontiers on November, 8th.