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Mario Has His First Movie in 24 Years

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Mario Jumpman Mario, star of the mario game franchise might be getting a fully animated movie courtesy of Illumination Entertainment. According to The Wall Street Journal there is a major agreement wrapping up between the Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment that could lead to not only a Mario movie but possible also more, whether that be from the Mario franchise or maybe even some of Nintendo’s other franchises like Zelda or Metroid.

Illumination Entertainment, makers of movies such as, the Despicable Me franchise, and The Lorax, have been talking to Nintendo for more than a year about the movie. The potential deal follows an agreement Universal Studios made with Nintendo two years ago to build attractions based on Mario and other characters.

Nintendo CEO, Tatsumi Kimishima had said in an interview with the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun that the company was talking with several Hollywood studios about making movies based on its games. Mr. Kimishima had said that the company is making theme-park and movie deals less for the potential profits from licensing than for the additional sales revenue that could come from “synergy with the dedicated video game business.”

While Nintendo has been highly cautious about making movies based on their different franchises after the disastrous 1993 live action Super Mario Bros. movie, mostly sticking to making the pokemon movies. video game movies have had more failures than successes, like the Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed movies, Shigeru Miyamoto has apparently been part of the talks and will likely be a producer on the movie, along with Chris Meledandri.

While rumors of Zelda and Mario movies have existed for years this may be the closest we’ve gotten to a proper  and successful video game movie. If this Mario movie ends up being profitable it could pave the way for more good movie adaptations. Let’s all wish for this movies success

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PAYDAY 3 Developer Announces D&D Live Service Multiplayer

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The Starbreeze cooperative multiplayer game Project Baxter is expected to follow PAYDAY. The official Dungeons & Dragons logo is on Starbreeze. However, we do not expect the studio to revere RPG settings like Larian did with Baldur’s Gate 3.

Starbreeze will develop and publish Project Baxter in 2026 for all major platforms. The company says it “will carry the signature Starbreeze game cornerstones of cooperative multiplayer, lifetime commitment through a Games as a Service model, community engagement, and a larger than life experience.”

Forgive the skepticism, but PAYDAY 3, Starbreeze’s latest release, lagged behind due to server issues that the CEO had to apologize for, taking two months to release the heist shooter’s first patch. It’s a disappointing story that may have gone unnoticed in a year with The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Kong: Rise of Skull Island, and The Walking Dead: Destinies.

Would you like a Starbreeze multiplayer live service D&D game? Is this to capitalize on the setting’s moment between Baldur’s Gate and the surprising good Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves?

 

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Free Soccer Simulator Finally More Single Player on eFootball, But Not Like League

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Konami promised that free-to-play soccer sim eFootball would add PES’ massively popular Master League mode, but while this month’s v3.20 update will add more solo content, you’ll have to wait. My League lets you play full seasons as a single player with changing weather and exclusive rewards to reduce the wait.

You’ll replace a real team from your league, like England or Italy. The gacha system unlocks players that you’ll use to fight the AI and win the table. Play through the mode as many times as you want, with custom cutscenes and other features to track your progress. It all seems like a way to make dream team gameplay appealing to offline players.

Online play is also getting better. A new tier system will match you with players of similar skill levels, and co-op will soon let you join strangers instead of friends. You can use emojis to discuss your matches’ successes and failures or strategize with new allies.

We assume new cards with perks will allow Konami to create “rarer” versions of players when they perform certain real-life feats. A new login feature will include a penalty-taking minigame where you must score a goal to climb a ladder and unlock in-game rewards like virtual currency. For now, that’s it.

The critically panned game improves, but not as fast as former PES fans would like. The gameplay is good, and there are more things to do, but without that meaty single-player mode, old-school franchise fans will always rank it lower. Konami should revive one of the best solo sports game modes soon.

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Despite Leak, GTA 6 Trailer Reaches 50 Million Views in 10 Hours

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We expected it to be big, but this big? Only ten hours after Rockstar unceremoniously released GTA 6’s trailer after an unexpected leak, it has over 50 million views. This video is the top trending video on YouTube worldwide, ignoring mirrors from IGN and Gamespot.

Instead of waiting until later today, the developer released the first footage of the latest Grand Theft Auto after a watermarked version leaked on Twitter. The team is understandably upset, but the video’s overwhelming response will reassure it. It has 50 million views and 6.5 million likes.

This could reach 100 million by the end of the day as it’s shared worldwide and fans search for Easter eggs and secrets. How many times have you seen the new trailer?

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