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Brand loyalty study shows Nintendo trailing Microsoft and Sony

How loyal are you?

The gang at Best SEO Companies have put together a study on Generational Brand Loyalty. The study included over 1,000 people, and they were asked which brands they consider themselves the most loyal to or purchase from the most often. The results for the gaming category are above, and as you can see, Nintendo comes in third place overall.

The brand loyalty between Microsoft and Nintendo is extremely close, but Sony easily trumps both platforms. I honestly thought that Nintendo would be at the top, but I guess with a wider/expanded audience, you get customers who pick up a generation or two of Nintendo hardware, and then don't feel particularly attached to the brand overall.

Early estimates see $20-$30 million dollar opening for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

Will this forecast ring true?

How big of a hit will the Sonic the Hedgehog movie be? The prognosticators over at Box Office Pro have sat down in front of their magic ball to see what lies ahead, and their data shows an opening 4-day total in the range of $20 to $30 million. See what lead to that decision below.

PROS:

Older fans of the iconic video game franchise may turn out, particularly parents who will want to introduce the series to the current generation of young ones.

Social media metrics have been increasingly positive as sentiment has improved in recent months thanks to the studio’s decision to “correct” Sonic’s design after online outcry earlier this year.

The holiday weekend should be conducive to strong family play, and getting a three-week jump on Pixar’s Onward provides fair breathing room.

CONS:

In general, video game adaptations have quite a sorted history at the box office. It remains to be seen whether or not word of mouth and reviews can carry this in the way they did for Detective Pikachu.

UPDATE - Deadline has shared a report with a different set of figures. Their data shows the film pulling in $41M-$47M during the same 4-day period. Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

The Batman screenwriter picks up writing duties on the Mega Man movie

The Mega Man

Many were worried that the Mega Man movie was dead after Disney scooped up Fox's film division, but Capcom was quick to reconfirm the movie's status. That said, something have been shifted around behind the scenes, and that has lead to the announcement of a new writer.

Mattson Tomlin is going to be writing the script for the film, and he's certainly got the chops to do so. Tomlin has penned the script for The Batman, which is hitting theaters in 2021. He's also been involved with films like Planet of the Apes, Ford v Ferrari, Hidden Figures, Oblivion, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Drop, Underwater, and more. Seems like a very high-caliber get for Mega Man!

Netflix confirms The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf anime film

The rumors were true!

Well, well, well...the rumors turned out to be true. Netflix has confirmed that they are indeed working on animated feature for The Witcher, and shared a few details.

The project, entitled "The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf," is going to be an anime film that showcases a new threat facing the Continent. The Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich is involved with the film, as is the previously-announced Beau DeMayo. As for the animation itself, that's behind handled by Studio Mir, the team behind Legend of Korra.

Watch Ash’s Greatest Triumphs in Pokémon the Series on Pokémon TV

Ash has been through a lot!

Pokemon.com is taking a look back at Ash's history in the Pokemon anime by remembering some of his finest moments. Check out a snippet from the feature below, and then click over for the full piece.

A couple months ago, we discussed some of the many failures of Ash Ketchum, the beloved hero of the long-running Pokémon the Series. We were having a bit of cheeky fun, but admittedly, that article doesn't tell the full story of our hero's incredible journey through the world of Pokémon. After all, Ash is a devoted Pokémon Trainer whose skills have grown considerably since he first left his home in Pallet Town.

This is the perfect time to reflect on Ash's talents, too. After all, he just competed in the very first Alola Pokémon League in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Legends on Disney XD. So why not look back on some of the many victories that got him to that point?

Full blog here

Nintendo not required to offer eShop refunds based on recent court ruling in Germany and Norway

All sales are final

Nintendo has taken the victory in a recent legal case against Norway and Germany. A lawsuit from the VZBV (German Consumer Protection Authority) claimed that based on the Norwegian and European law, Nintendo should be required to offer refunds for digital eShop purchases. The court has made their decision against the VZBV, and Nintendo will not be required to make any changes to their refund system.

Taishi Nakagawa to provide the voice of Sonic in the Japanese release of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie

Meet Sonic!

The official voice actors for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie in Japan have been revealed. Taishi Nakagawa is taking on the titular role, handling the voice of Sonic himself. Nakagawa is best known for his role in Kaseifu no Mita. We also learn that Yuichi Nakamura will voice Tom, Kōichi Yamadera will voice Doctor Eggman, and Marina Inoue will voice Tom’s wife, Maddie.

Doug Bowser looking forward to staying at Nintendo's former HQ that's being turned into a hotel

Are there rooms big enough for Bowser?

Nintendo's Doug Bowser caught wind of Nintendo's former headquarters being turned into a hotel, and it seems he's quite eager to spend a night or two there. Bowser took to Twitter to share some pictures of the location, and share his excitement for staying in the hotel once it's open. If you want to get the full story on how this all came about, you can check out our original post here.

Multi award-winning composer handling the score for the new Mortal Kombat movie

The man behind Blade Runner: 2049 takes on Mortal Kombat

While we have to wait until Jan. 2021 to see the new Mortal Kombat movie, details on the project have been trickling in recently. Today we learn just who will be tackling the score for the film, and it's an impressive name.

Composer Benjamin Wallfisch confirmed the news via his official Twitter account, and people have plenty of reason to be excited. Wallfisch has won a Golden Globe, two GRAMMY awards, and been nominated for both a BAFTA and an Emmy for his musical scores. He's provided tunes for notable projects like IT Chapter Two, Shazam, Blade Runner: 2049, Annabelle: Creation, and Hidden Figures.

"The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf" project spotted, once again fueling rumors of an animated feature

Could this be the long rumored animated feature?

Earlier today we shared comment from Netflix on just how big The Witcher has been for them. Season 2 is already underway as far as filming goes, and there's sure to be other promotional efforts from Netflix that tie into the franchise. There's been a long-standing rumor that Netflix actually has a supplemental series in the works as well, and today we get a bit more evidence of that.

The Writers Guild of America website has added a listing for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, which they have listed as a film. That may be a generic category though, and could apply to any number of features. Beau DeMayo is listed as a writer on this project, and he was the writer for episode 3 of the Netflix series, and is coming back for the second season as well.

Along with that mention, voice actress Harriet Kershaw seems to be tied to the project as well. With her inclusion, we once again have reason to revisit the original rumor of this project. We've heard for months now that Netflix has an animated Witcher feature in the works, and this could very well be it.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

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