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- Nintendo won't be offering any major deals on the Nintendo Switch, even though the video game console is likely to be one of the most searched-for items this holiday season.
- The company's best Black Friday deal is a new bundle, which includes the console and a copy of "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" for $300. A new Switch console is usually $300 alone, so the deal is essentially for a free copy of "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe," which normally sells for $60.
- Some stores, like GameStop and Kohl's, are offering additional cash back with the purchase of a new Switch — but those are limited to Black Friday doorbuster deals, so be advised.
- Nintendo also sells refurbished Switch consoles year-round for $275, a slight discount.
- "Creed II" is a worthy companion to the 2015 original movie thanks to its focus on fathers and sons.
- Newcomer Steven Caple Jr. takes over as director and does an impressive job continuing the franchise that Ryan Coogler started with the first movie.
- "Robin Hood" is now in theaters, the latest iteration of the classic tale to receive poor critical reviews, and it's on track for a horrible week at the box office.
- It's the latest example of Hollywood being obsessed with the medieval stories of Robin Hood and King Arthur, despite negative response from audiences and critics alike.
- Last year's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" could be an indicator of how poorly "Robin Hood" will do at the box office, and it didn't even make back its production budget.
- Sony is developing a "Robin Hood" spin-off starring Margot Robbie that focuses on the love interest, Marian, and more "Robin Hood"-inspired projects have been in development in recent years.
- "Creed II" beat out the first movie in the franchise ("Creed") in Tuesday night Thanksgiving preview screenings.
- The sequel took in $3.7 million, while the original had $1.4 million.
- Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" just edged out "Creed II" with $3.8 million to be the biggest earner for Thanksgiving preview screenings ever, also beating 2015's "Creed," which previously held the record.
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- The Nintendo Switch is a bonafide hit, and a great console on its own merits.
- But the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems might be a better bet for younger Nintendo fans, especially.
- The consoles are cheaper — the Switch costs $300; the most expensive 3DS is $199.
- The games are plentiful — the 3DS boasts some all-time great games in the "Super Mario" and "Legend of Zelda" franchises, plus lots and lots of others.
- For the holiday season, Nintendo is selling an $80 2DS console, which can play just about every 3DS game, bundled with "Super Mario Maker." It's an amazing deal.
- LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter formed SpringHill Entertainment years ago to get involved in show business.
- James' move to Los Angeles has seemingly helped SpringHill Entertainment, which has taken on several projects in recent months.
- Below is a list of James' current projects, from documentaries to scripted comedy series.
- Many stores have already launched their video game sales for Black Friday and the holiday season.
- Sony's main offerings are a discounted PlayStation 4 bundle with "Marvel's Spider-Man" and a big price drop on PlayStation's virtual-reality headset.
- Plenty of PlayStation 4 games will be on sale during the weekend too, including PS4 exclusive titles like "God of War" and "Horizon: Zero Dawn."
- PlayStation VR "Astro Bot Rescue Mission" and "Moss" bundle — $199 at GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Newegg.
- PlayStation VR "Creed: Rise to Glory" and "Superhot VR" bundle (comes with two PlayStation Move controllers) — $249 at GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Newegg
- PlayStation VR "Doom VFR" bundle — $199 at GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Newegg
- PlayStation VR "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR" bundle (comes with two PlayStation Move controllers) — $250 at GameStop and Target (available only in stores)
- "Assassin's Creed Odyssey" — $27 at GameStop
- "Call of Duty Black Ops 4" — $38 at GameStop
- "Dragon Ball FighterZ" — $17 at Walmart
- "Fallout 76" — $40 at GameStop
- "Far Cry 5" — $20 at Best Buy
- "Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition" — $20 at Best Buy and GameStop
- "God of War" — $17 at GameStop
- "Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition" — $20 at Best Buy and GameStop
- "Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition" — $10 at GameStop
- "Injustice 2: Legendary Edition" — $20 at GameStop and Best Buy
- "Marvel's Spider-Man" — $39.59 in the PlayStation Store
- "Madden 19" — $27 at GameStop
- "Middle Earth: Shadow of War" — $10 at GameStop
- "Monster Hunter: World" — $17 at Walmart
- "NBA 2K19" — $30 at Best Buy, Walmart, and Target
- "No Man's Sky —$25 at Best Buy
- "Onrush" — $20 at Best Buy
- "Overwatch: Origins Edition" — $15 at Target
- "Persona 5" — $20 in the PlayStation Store
- "Red Dead Redemption II" — $60 with $10 gift card at GameStop
- "Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Gold Edition" — $17 at Walmart
- "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" — $27 at GameStop
- "Soulcalibur VI" — $35 at Walmart and Target
- "Star Wars Battlefront II" — $7.99 at Best Buy
- "Starlink: Battle for Atlas — $34.99 at Best Buy
- "Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection" — $19.99 at Best Buy and GameStop
- "We Happy Few" — $35 at Walmart and Target
- "WWE 2K19" — $27 at GameStop
- On Wednesday, Warner Bros. confirmed it had reached a settlement with The Satanic Temple in a lawsuit over a statue that appears prominently in the Netflix "Sabrina" reboot (which Warner Bros. made).
- The Temple sued Warner Bros. and Netflix for $50 million earlier this month, claiming the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" copied its statue of a goat-headed deity, called "Baphomet with Children."
- Microsoft thanked a Navy veteran for his service by having a Battlefield V Xbox One X bundle delivered to his house by a skydiver.
- That skydiver was Travis Pastrana, a former NASCAR driver and professional stunt performer from the action-sports collective Nitro Circus.
- The giveaway coincides with Microsoft's #GiveWithXbox campaign, which donates Xbox products to video-game-related charities.
- Sony announced two new release dates for Marvel movies in 2020, and one is likely a "Venom" sequel.
- "Venom" exceeded expectations and has made nearly $780 million worldwide.
- Other Spider-Man projects Sony has in development include "Morbius," "Black Cat," and "Kraven the Hunter."
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic is only allowed to hang one photo of himself at home.
- This is because his wife says there is "already enough talk" of him and it is enough that she sees him in real life, so she does not want him on her walls.
- The picture Ibrahimovic chose to hang was not even of his face, and there is a good reason why.
- "Creed II" director Steven Caple Jr. explains what led to the emotional ending.
- He also shares the line Sylvester Stallone came up with on the spot at the conclusion of the final fight.
- The latest entry in the "Call of Duty" franchise is a massive hit.
- "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" was the best-selling game of October and the best-selling game of 2018.
- "Call of Duty" is always a popular franchise, but this is a special achievement given the competition from "Red Dead Redemption 2."
- For the first time, Netflix decided this year to release some of its movies exclusively in theaters before making them available to watch on its streaming service.
- One of those titles is "Roma," Alfonso Cuarón's critically acclaimed movie that has become an Oscar frontrunner.
- But getting the movie into theaters turned out to be a major challenge because of numerous factors, including the terms Netflix had for theaters to play it.
- Here's an inside look at how Netflix has inched closer to playing by Hollywood's rules.
- Becky Lynch has said she could break Conor McGregor's arm in "three short seconds."
- Lynch is one of the biggest names in WWE right now, and a key part in a flourishing women's wrestling scene.
- The tough-talking Irishwoman speaks in the third person and has naturally been likened to McGregor.
- Lynch tweeted about the comparisons in a typically abrasive fashion, and McGregor himself responded.
- It is unclear where this relationship is heading but one thing is certain — WWE stars have populated the UFC roster before, and a former UFC champion is currently one of the WWE's best-known stars.
- As for a McGregor appearance in WWE? Stranger things have happened.
- Sylvester Stallone wanted to show the ghost of Apollo Creed in one scene of "Creed II."
- But director Steven Caple Jr. didn't know how to pull it off in a way that would work with the tone of the movie.
- Caple also wondered, would actor Carl Weathers reprise the role as the way he looks today, or would he have to be de-aged to look like he did in the "Rocky" movies?
- Instead, Caple tried to include the voice of Creed talking to his son at a dramatic point in the movie.
- Caple told Business Insider why he ended up scrapping the whole idea.
- Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige wrote a tribute to Stan Lee for Entertainment Weekly this week.
- Feige described his final meeting with Lee, in which the two reminisced about Lee's cameos in Marvel movies.
- "He talked about the past more than I had ever heard him talk about the past," Feige wrote. "So maybe on some level, he knew."
- Feige also said that Lee always joked about needing more lines in the movies.
No matter who you are, there are great deals to be found on every model of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this holiday — from the base level PlayStation 4 "Slim" and Xbox One S to the super-powerful/super-expensive Xbox One X.
Here's everything you need to know to be ready for this year's biggest Black Friday video game console deals:
1. The PlayStation 4 with a free copy of "Spider-Man" is maybe the best deal of all this holiday.
The PlayStation 4 usually costs somewhere in the ballpark of $300. You can find them with games included for a slightly better deal, and you can buy used PS4 consoles that cost less — but the general price for a new PlayStation 4 is about $300.
During the week of November 18 to November 26, that price is dropping by $100 outright.
To be clear: You can buy a PlayStation 4 for just $200 during the week of Black Friday.
That alone is a super good deal; that it comes with one of the best games of 2018 is a huge bonus. "Spider-Man" on PlayStation 4 is excellent— a game that anyone with a PlayStation 4 should play regardless of their interest in the comic books/movies of the same name.
There are a bunch of other great deals from Sony, from game discounts to PlayStation VR bundle discounts. Check out the full video from Sony right here:
2. The Xbox One X for $400 is the first major discount on the most powerful home game console available.
The Xbox One X — the beefed-up version of the Xbox One released just last year — is a powerhouse. It's whisper quiet, capable of producing 4K visuals, and shockingly tiny. It's also very expensive, starting at $500 without any games included.
But during Microsoft's Black Friday sales week, November 18 to November 26, the console is getting its first major price drop: You can snag the Xbox One X for just $400.
Still expensive? Yes! But significantly less expensive than it once was.
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For the second year in a row, the Nintendo Switch is expected to be one of the most sought-after tech gifts of the holiday season — but Nintendo still isn't ready to start offering deep discounts on its newest video game console.
For Black Friday 2018, Nintendo is offering a new Switch bundle with the console and a copy of "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" for $300. The deal essentially offers the Switch at its regular price of $300 and adds a free game, which would normally cost $60. For most Switch shoppers, this will be your best bet.
That's not a bad deal. But the main competitors to the Switch, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, will be on sale for $200 with a free game during the holidays. For $200, you can get a PlayStation 4 console with the sensational "Marvel's Spider-Man" or an Xbox One S console bundled with "Minecraft" and some extras. Those bundles are available now.
Nintendo is known for its reluctance to drop prices. But after a relatively slow year for the Switch, which didn't see many big-ticket exclusive releases, a juicier Black Friday sale could've perhaps brought even more attention to the young console in the holiday season.
Of note: Nintendo is also offering a $360 bundle consisting of the Switch console as well as copies of "Mario Tennis Aces" and the party-game oddity "1-2-Switch." Given that the console is $300, "Mario Tennis Aces" is $60, and "1-2-Switch" is $40 or so, it's a decent deal — but by most reports, "1-2-Switch" isn't necessarily worth your time.
Nintendo doesn't appear to be offering sale prices for any of its first-party Switch games either, including best-selling titles from last year like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" and "Super Mario Odyssey." That said, Nintendo is known to introduce last-second sales on digital-download games on Black Friday itself, so stay tuned.
For those still interested in buying a Switch, GameStop and Kohl's are offering some additional cash-back sweeteners on new Switch bundles purchased only on Black Friday — so get ready to brave the crowds if you want these offers.
GameStop is offering a $50 gift card with a purchase of the "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" bundle, which is almost enough for a second game. Kohl's is selling the Nintendo Switch on its own with a Turtle Beach headset and carrying case for $329, with $90 in Kohl's Cash as a bonus. The Kohl's Cash functions as a gift card but cannot be used on the same day of the purchase, making it a good deal for the frequent Kohl's shopper.
If you're willing to buy a used system, Nintendo offers refurbished Switch consoles for $275, plus shipping. Refurbished Switch consoles come with a guarantee from Nintendo and carry a one-year manufacturer's warranty. One Business Insider reporter, Antonio Villas-Boas, ordered a refurbished Switch in September and was thoroughly satisfied with his experience.
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When director Ryan Coogler gave us “Creed” in 2015, it was a perfect continuation to the “Rocky” franchise and most of us couldn’t wait for him to continue the story of Adonis Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan) — as he rises up the boxing ranks with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) by his side to try and be as great as his father, Apollo Creed.
But Coogler threw a major curveball when he decided to make “Black Panther,” leaving a question mark for a “Creed” sequel.
Fast forward three years and here we are with “Creed II” (opening in theaters November 21), and a new director at the helm, Steven Caple Jr. (“The Land”). And I’m happy to say that Caple pulled it off.
Essentially hand-picked by Coogler to take on the sequel, Caple orchestrates a worthy sequel that still has those needed references to the “Rocky” franchise the fans crave, but makes a point to build up Adonis’ own story.
From a screenplay by Stallone and Joel Taylor, “Creed II” picks up six fights after Creed lost to “Pretty” Ricky Conlan in the first movie. Having won them all, he’s now up against the champion Danny “Stuntman” Wheeler (Andrew Ward) for the title. Creed takes the belt (and the keys back to his car that Wheeler took from the brief fight they had in the first movie) and closes the night by proposing to his girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson). All seems to be going right for Creed.
But in the Ukraine, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) has dreams of a hero’s return to Russia by shaping his son, Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), into an even more powerful boxer than he was. In exile since losing to Balboa in “Rocky IV,” the Dragos wake up every morning with a singular goal: beat Creed like Ivan did his father. This leads father and son to Philadelphia to challenge Creed and Balboa to a title fight. With footage from “Rocky IV” used in ESPN highlights, Creed can't look away from footage of his father dying in the ring at the hands of Drago over 30 years ago. Of course, the two sons are going to fight.
The movie then turns to the deep-rooted drama that happens in all the “Rocky” movies: why fight? With the guilt of not calling off the Apollo Creed-Ivan Drago fight still hanging over him, Balboa doesn’t want any part of it. But of course, Adonis wants to avenge his father. This leads to an impasse between the two that causes some soul searching for both men.
“Creed II” gives us the intense training montages and incredible fights that are a trademark in the “Rocky” franchise, but what really stands out are the things that happen outside of the ropes. What starts out as a revenge tale slowly evolves into a story of fathers and sons and the building of new legacies. At its core is the work of Jordan, who again as Creed delivers a performance that shows why he’s a movie star. His charisma matched with his talent is a total package that any franchise dreams of. Then there’s the chemistry between Jordan and Thompson that adds another powerful layer. Stallone, who earned an Oscar nomination for playing Balboa in “Creed,” once more delivers in the role that has defined his career — especially in the movie’s powerful ending.
What Coogler did with “Creed” was special: taking a beloved franchise like “Rocky” and reshaping it for a new generation. But Caple took on an even riskier assignment by doing the sequel. Thankfully he succeeded, and he did it by focusing on the characters and not the legend of the intellectual property.
Audiences don't care about them and critics despise them, but Hollywood is still obsessed with the medieval tales of Robin Hood and King Arthur.
The latest iteration of the former, Lionsgate's "Robin Hood," starring Taron Egerton, came to theaters on Wednesday, and the odds of success look slim. The movie has a dreadful 13% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes as of Wednesday morning, and it's tracking between $13 million and $15 million for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend.
Even by Robin Hood and King Arthur standards, that's poor.
The last "Robin Hood" in 2010, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe in the title role, made $36 million in its opening weekend and went on to earn just $105 million in the US. It performed better internationally, ending up with a total $321 million worldwide off of a $200 million production budget. Still, it didn't quite warrant another reboot.
2004's "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen, made $51 million in the US and $203 million worldwide. It has a 31% Rotten Tomatoes critic score.
But a better comparison to the newest Robin Hood might be last year's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," which made $15 million in its opening, a normal three-day weekend. It also took an age-old story and "updated" it for modern audiences with a younger actor in the lead.
"Legend of the Sword" also received a 31% Rotten Tomatoes critic score, and made only $148 million worldwide. Its production budget was $175 million, meaning it was a certified bomb. If that's any sign of what "Robin Hood" can look forward to, the movie is dead on arrival, especially with so much competition in theaters right now ("Creed II" and "Ralph Breaks the Internet" also debut this week).
The previous iterations of both "King Arthur" and "Robin Hood" performed modestly, and the follow-ups even worse (at least, that's what "Robin Hood" is on track for this week). Despite that, another "Robin Hood" movie is in development from Sony, this time focusing on the love interest, Marian, played by Margot Robbie, who takes up Robin Hood's cause after he dies.
In 2014, Disney acquired a Robin Hood-inspired spec script called "Nottingham & Hood," which had a "a 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' tone," according to Deadline. And The Hollywood Reporter reported in 2016 that the producers of "300" were developing a futuristic movie with the working title of "Robin Hood 2058." Updates have been quiet since on both projects, but it highlights a strange attraction to this product.
It's no surprise that Hollywood glues itself to a franchise once it performs well with audiences. We have five "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Transformers" movies because they're massive hits worldwide despite abysmal reviews. But there's nothing about the "Robin Hood" and "King Arthur" brands that make them uniquely appealing considering the performance of the most recent examples.
Maybe Hollywood will finally get the hint after this week.
"Creed II" is on its way to having a big Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the box office.
The sequel to the 2015 spin-off of the "Rocky" franchise — which focuses on Adonis Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan), the son of Rocky Balboa's rival-then-friend Apollo Creed — has already bested the first "Creed" movie in its Tuesday night preview showings.
MGM reports that the movie took in an estimated $3.7 million, according to Deadline, which tops the preview showings for 2015's "Creed," which took in $1.4 million.
That $3.7 million will be added to the box office earned by "Creed II" on Wednesday, its first full day in theaters.
And in a photo finish, Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" just edged out "Creed II" with $3.8 million to now hold the record for biggest Thanksgiving previews box office ever. The previous record holder was the first "Creed" movie.
The first "Creed," which also opened on Thanksgiving, took in $42.1 million over the holiday weekend in 2015. Industry projections have the sequel earning around $55 million this weekend.
"Creed II" has been powered by the fans of the "Rocky" franchise and given a late push by an 80% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And Business Insider thinks the movie is a "worthy sequel that still has those needed references to the 'Rocky' franchise the fans crave, but makes a point to build up Adonis' own story."
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A mustachioed Italian plumber with a penchant for jumping on the heads of his enemies is, unbelievably, one of the most popular video game characters in the world. Hell, he's one of the most popular characters in the world period.
Of course I'm talking about your friend and mine: Super Mario!
It's been over 35 years since Mario first appeared in 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong," and, since then, he's been in a lot of games (the Mario Wiki estimates somewhere in the neighborhood of 170). These range from classics like "Super Mario World" on the Super Nintendo, to more esoteric fare like "Hotel Mario" and "Mario's Time Machine."
He's even on smartphones!
Perhaps you have kids at home who fell in love with Mario games through "Super Mario Odyssey," the latest in the franchise? Or maybe you did?
Good news: That's a ton of history to dig through!
That's where this list comes in: We put together the 10 best Mario games ever made and where to find them (excluding spin-offs like the "Mario Tennis" franchise, "Mario Kart," "Mario Party" and "Paper Mario"). Let's begin!
10. "Super Mario Bros. 2"
It may seem like an unlikely place to start, given that it's not a "real" Mario game, but "Super Mario Bros. 2" is fantastic. Notoriously, it's a re-branded, slightly altered version of a game that was already out in Japan at the time, called"Doki Doki Panic." Whatever.
"Super Mario Bros. 2" is an excellent Mario game.
It's the first to allow you to play as Mario, Luigi, Toad or the Princess. Each of them has their own special attributes. Princess can float mid-jump for a moment or two. Luigi has a slightly higher jump than anyone else. More importantly, it's a surrealist adventure full of crazy landscapes, crazier enemies, and a bird that shoots eggs out of its mouth. It may not be the first Mario game you should start with, but it's one that you absolutely should not miss.
Where can I play this game?
"Super Mario Bros. 2" is available for purchase on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Virtual Console. It's also one of the 30 games on the NES Classic Edition console.
9. "Super Mario Land"
The first portable version of "Super Mario" came with "Super Mario Land," an excellent standalone Mario game that took the concept of the original NES game and created something entirely new.
It's still a standard "platformer" game — you start on the left side of a level and traverse it by moving to the right, killing enemies and avoiding your own death along the way — but "Super Mario Land" is full of delightful additions, like an underwater vehicle you get to pilot. It's a bizarre, thrilling Mario game that, admittedly, was especially impactful on my very young brain when it was first released back in 1989.
Where can I play this game?
"Super Mario Land" is available for purchase on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
8. "Super Mario 3D World"
"Super Mario 3D World," simply put, is the best Mario game that's been made in the last five years (before "Odyssey," that is). It's gorgeous, fresh, and perfectly designed. Like the best "Super Mario" games of the modern era, it seamlessly blends nostalgia-laced gameplay with fresh twists.
As a nod to "Super Mario Bros. 2," players can choose to play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, or Toad — each has the same special ability that they had in the original NES game. "Super Mario 3D World" also borrows the overworld map concept from "Super Mario World" (the SNES game) and evolves it to its next logical conclusion: as an explorable world unto itself, full of secrets.
Each level in "Super Mario 3D World" feels like a gift waiting to be unwrapped, and playing it co-op with friends and family is a true delight. It may very well be the best game Nintendo made for the Wii U.
Where can I play this game?
"Super Mario 3D World" is available for purchase on the Wii U, digitally on the eShop and in-store on disc. Buy it on Amazon right here.
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Nintendo is on one of the hottest streaks of its 128-year history: The new Nintendo Switch console is a bona fide smash hit, with lots of amazing games available and more to come.
But while the Nintendo Switch is super-great, I'd urge you to at least think twice about picking one up.
While all eyes are on the Switch, the 8-year-old Nintendo 3DS has quietly become one of the best deals in video-game history. You can get started with the Nintendo 3DS for a lot less than the Switch, and play some of the very best games of this or any other generation. It's especially great for the younger generation — the consoles and games are both cheaper, and there are so many timeless classics for them to enjoy.
Here are a few reasons why the Nintendo 3DS might be the console to pick up for the young Nintendo fan in your life this holiday season.
The Nintendo Switch costs $299. Meanwhile, the cheapest member of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems costs $79.
Wait, "family" of systems? Stick with me here, because this is where it gets a little complicated. Nintendo offers a selection of consoles, in different shapes and sizes, all of which can play Nintendo 3DS games.
The lineup, as you'll see on store shelves today:
Nintendo 2DS ($79)— Not only is it the cheapest option, but it comes with a game pre-installed. You can buy a 2DS bundled with "Super Mario Maker," a great game that lets you design your own "Super Mario" levels. The drawbacks: It doesn't offer Nintendo's neat glasses-less 3D feature (if that's what you're into), you can't scan Nintendo's Amiibo figurines without a dongle, and it doesn't support buying and downloading classic Super Nintendo games like "Super Mario World," as the others do.
New Nintendo 2DS XL ($150) — The most recent addition to the line, and probably the best balance between power and price on the menu. It boasts a clamshell design, so you can fold it up and shove it in a pocket or backpack without worrying about damaging the screen. The only real trade-off is that you lose that same glasses-less 3D feature. But honestly, you won't miss it. It comes bundled with "Mario Kart 7."
New Nintendo 3DS XL ($199) — The best of the best, the tip of the top. It has all the same specs as the 2DS XL, but also offers that 3D feature. It's not strictly necessary, but the 3DS XL is for those who don't want to limit their options.
Props to Nintendo for letting users customize their Nintendo Switch consoles — you can buy the system's Joy-Con controllers in an expanding range of colors, adding some flair.
But if you want something that really stands out, the 3DS family might be right for you.
The Nintendo 2DS comes in a slick yellow-and-red that matches the construction zone aesthetic of the included "Super Mario Maker" game.
There's also a $159 version of the New Nintendo 2DS that comes in a flashy "Legend of Zelda" motif, to match to included copy of "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D." Otherwise, the "Mario Kart 7" bundle comes in a slick black-and-blue design.
3. Battery life
The Nintendo Switch gets three, maybe four hours of battery life when it's not connected to power, depending on what you're playing.
Meanwhile, the New Nintendo 2DS XL and New Nintendo 3DS XL both get around 7 hours of playtime — though you'll get less if you use the 3D effects on the 3DS. The 2DS tops out at around 5.5 hours, which is still better than the Switch.
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LeBron James has been involved in Hollywood for some time, and though he says his move to the Los Angeles Lakers wasn't about the entertainment business, it didn't hurt.
James and his business partner Maverick Carter founded SpringHill Entertainment together and have already produced several projects, from "The Wall" to "Survivor's Remorse" to "Cleveland Hustles."
Now that James is in LA, though, the production company has taken off, with James producing and co-producing several documentaries, docu-series, and scripted series, from dramas to comedies. He's even had some time to be involved in the filmmaking.
1. "Space Jam 2"
Release date: Unclear; filming begins in 2019
What to know: The long-awaited sequel to Michael Jordan's 1996 hit is finally here, with LeBron starring in the movie. James' business partner Maverick Carter has said it won't be a sequel to the first film.
2. "The Shop"
Release date: On air now
What to know: James and company brought "The Shop" over from Uninterrupted to HBO this year, with two episodes airing this fall. Set in a barbershop, James, other athletes, musicians, and celebrities discuss sports, politics, race, and more.
3. "Shut Up and Dribble"
Release date: Out now
What to know: The three-part documentary, directed by Gotham Chopra ("Tom vs. Time") came out on Showtime in October and has received praise for its examination of the effect of the NBA on race relations and politics.
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With Black Friday just a few days away, early video game sales have begun.
Sony recently announced that it had sold 86 million PlayStation 4 units worldwide, making it the most popular video game console on the market. That number is certain to grow during this year's holiday sales, with a special bundle dropping the PlayStation 4 to its lowest price ever and steep discounts on the console's virtual-reality headset, the PlayStation VR.
Here are the lowest prices for PlayStation consoles and games this holiday season:
This $200 PlayStation 4 bundle is the cheapest the system has ever been.
The bundle will be one of the most sought-after video game gifts this holiday season. Sony is offering the redesigned slim model with the year's most popular PS4 exclusive. "Marvel's Spider-Man," an open-world adventure for gamers of all ages, broke sales records with a massive launch in September.
PlayStation VR bundles are $100 cheaper for the holidays.
The PlayStation VR, one of the best-received virtual-reality headsets, has reached its lowest price point so far.
There are a few PSVR bundles with different games, but I'd recommend the "Astro Bot Rescue Mission" and "Moss" bundle, pictured above. Both games came out this year and offer a wonderfully immersive VR experience.
If you're willing to pay a bit more, the "Creed: Rise to Glory" and "Superhot VR" bundle comes with two PlayStation Move controllers, a slightly better value for the price. "Superhot VR" is also one of the most exciting VR games I've played, making full use of the motion controls and VR headset.
Keep in mind that the headset must be hooked up to a PlayStation 4 to work, and games with motion controls may require the PlayStation Move controllers, which are not included in every bundle.
Here are the available PlayStation VR bundles:
You'll find deals on PlayStation games new and old in stores and online.
Hundreds of PlayStation games will be on sale for Black Friday and throughout the holiday season, including new games released in the past few months.
Here are more than 20 discounted games to look out for, at the cheapest prices we could find — keep in mind that most major stores will have sales on the same games, even if the prices are a few dollars apart:
If you're interested in getting digital copies of your games, Sony is also offering a bunch more sales in the PlayStation Store.
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The fight over a goat-headed statue that pitted Satanists against media giants has ended.
On Wednesday, Warner Bros. confirmed to Business Insider that it had "amicably settled" a lawsuit brought by The Satanic Temple against Netflix and Warner Bros. earlier this month, which alleged that the "Sabrina" reboot copied its statue of the goat-headed deity Baphomet and implied it stood for evil. Warner Bros. did not comment on the terms of the settlement.
The Temple confirmed the settlement to Business Insider Wednesday, saying "the unique elements of the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue have been acknowledged in the credits of episodes which have already been filmed," but that "the remaining terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement." The Temple had told Business Insider last week that it was "in the process of finalizing an amicable settlement" with Warner Bros.
The Temple had sued Netflix and Warner Bros. for $50 million and accused the companies of "copyright infringement, false designation of original, false description; and forbidden dilution under trademark dilution, and Injury to Business reputation under New York General Business Law."
In the suit, the Temple argued that "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" copied its specific iteration of the "Baphomet with Children" statue, which it created from 2013 to 2014 for $100,000 in response to a statue of the Ten Commandments being donated to Oklahoma City.
The lawsuit cited an interview with Vice in which "Sabrina" production designer Lisa Soper said any resemblance between the show's statue and the Temple's statue was a coincidence. But the Temple argued that "Baphomet has never been depicted with two children gazing reverentially at the Sabbatic Goat head" like its statue depicts the deity.
The Temple said in its lawsuit that it views Satan as a "literary Satan," "meant to be a rebel against God's authority, rather than an evil being." And it stressed the show's implication that the statue stands for evil is in "stark contrast" to that view.
"Among other morally repugnant actions, the Sabrina Series' evil antagonists engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity," the lawsuit said.
Below is a comparison provided in the lawsuit:
Satanic Temple's 'Baphomet with Children' statue
'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' statue
To celebrate the release of Battlefield V, Microsoft and Electronic Arts partnered to give a Florida veteran a limited-edition Xbox One X bundle, delivered via an outrageous skydiving stunt.
Motorsport driver and stunt performer Travis Pastrana of Nitro Circus dove from a height of 13,000 feet to deliver the first Xbox One X Gold Rush Special Edition Battlefield V bundle to retired Navy Corpsman Jeff Bartrom, who lives in Paisley, Florida. Pastrana hit a peak speed of 140 mph during the dive, and the jump took less than 55 seconds.
The giveaway was meant to thank Bartrom for his service, and it coincides with Microsoft's #GiveWithXbox initiative. The company pledged to donate $5 worth of Xbox products for every picture shared to social media with the hashtag showing the importance of gaming. Microsoft will donate up to $1 million to be split between four charities, Child’s Play, Gamers Outreach, SpecialEffect, and Operation Supply Drop. The social-media campaign is running through December 9th.
Love these #GiveWithXbox photos of the awesome Chase & family who we have been able to help on his gaming journey. See & RT how you can get involved & support @SpecialEffect and 3 other good causes! 💚💚💚https://t.co/Uzz08vURC5pic.twitter.com/5GzZwmwLGp— SpecialEffect (@SpecialEffect) November 20, 2018
World War II shooter Battlefield V officially launched on November 20 and is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The Xbox One X version of Battlefield V also features enhanced visuals. EA Access members can play a free 10-hour trial of the game on their platform of choice as well.
Sony isn't wasting any time capitalizing on the success of "Venom."
The studio announced two release dates for yet-to-be-titled Marvel movies on Wednesday: July 10, 2020, and October 2, 2020. The latter is described as an "untitled Sony/Marvel sequel." All signs point to that being a second "Venom" installment, as the movie broke the October box-office record for an opening weekend with $80 million. It has grossed nearly $780 million worldwide.
Another possibility would be a sequel to the upcoming animated movie, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." It's gotten positive buzz, including from Business Insider's Jason Guerrasio, who called it the "best animated movie of the year" in his holiday movie preview. But even if Sony is confident in the movie, it has not yet been released.
Meanwhile, "Venom" has already shattered expectations at the box office and set the foundation for a sequel in its after-credits scene. It seems inevitable.
Sony's unique deal with Marvel Studios, which it struck in 2015, allows the latter to use Spider-Man in its Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Sony retains distribution rights and creative control. Sony owns the film rights to hundreds of Spider-Man characters and can continue making its own movies using those characters (and Spider-Man) under the deal.
"Venom" was Sony's first Spider-Man spinoff since the commercial and critical failure of 2014's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." While reviews tore apart "Venom" (it has a 29% Rotten Tomatoes critic score), its success with audiences revitalized Sony's Spider-Man universe, according to box-office experts.
"If they consistently make films audiences want to see, Disney will have to buy Sony to get 'Spider-Man' back," Exhibitor Relations senior box-office analyst Jeff Bock told Business Insider earlier this month.
That's good news for Sony because it already had several other Spider-Man spin-off movies in development before "Venom" was a hit. The July 10, 2020, release date is likely "Morbius," starring Jared Leto as the vampire Spider-Man villain.
Other possibilities include "Black Cat," based on a frequent Spider-Man love interest, or "Kraven the Hunter," based on another longtime foe of the wall-crawling superhero. But since "Morbius" has already cast its lead actor, that's probably the best bet.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his wife only lets him hang one picture of himself at home, and it's not even of his face.
The LA Galaxy striker is renowned for scoring other-worldly goals and wants you to think he is omnipotent on the pitch as he previously compared himself to God.
But a recent interview with BBC Radio 5 suggests his powers are nullified at home.
This is because his wife, Helena Seger, does not allow him to hang too many self-portraits — one is more than enough for the Ibrahimovic house.
"My wife does not allow me to have pictures of myself," he said. "She says, 'There is already enough talk of you and I don't want to see you on the walls. It is enough that I see you in real life.'"
The one photograph Ibrahimovic chose to have at home, was one that showed his feet — the two things that made him one of the most famous people in his sport.
This is the only photo of Zlatan on display in his home. pic.twitter.com/HOpECoGQmS— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 22, 2018
"There is one of my feet on the wall. That is what has given us what we have, it is a reminder for the family, not for me, of what we have."
Ibrahimovic, ranked the fourth most dominant soccer player in the world right now, is as famous for his outlandish quotes as he is for his thunderous goals.
When the veteran athlete was asked five years ago what he would buy his wife for her birthday, his answer was simple. "Nothing," he said. "She already has Zlatan."
Warning: Spoilers below if you haven’t seen “Creed II.”
“Creed II” has quickly become a critical and box-office success thanks to the movie touching on the “Rocky” franchise mythology — specifically Adonis Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan) facing the son of Ivan Drago, who was responsible for Apollo Creed’s death in “Rocky IV” — while also delving deeper into the storylines of Adonis and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).
That is especially evident in the movie’s ending, which doesn’t close with a dramatic fight, as many of the “Rocky” movies did, but with an emotional dive into the main characters.
For the Dragos, Ivan (Dolph Lundgren) and his son Viktor (Florian Munteanu), it’s the father burying the decades of hatred for Balboa and finally treating Viktor as a son instead of a tool for his revenge. For Adonis, it’s escaping the shadow of his famous father and building his own legacy with the family he’s having with Bianca (Tessa Thompson). And for Balboa, the time spent with Adonis makes him realize he has to finally reconnect with his son.
It’s a storyline that wasn’t addressed at all in the first “Creed” movie, but “Creed II” director Steven Caple Jr. said Stallone mentioned at their first meeting he wanted to bring back that storyline.
“He didn’t want to die,” Caple told Business Insider of how Stallone saw the Rocky character by the end of the sequel. “And we felt he needed his family, so Rocky had to leave Philly.”
But the reuniting of Balboa and his son Robert (played by “This is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia, reprising the role he played in 2006's "Rocky Balboa") isn’t the only shock “Rocky” fans find at the end of the movie. There’s also how Balboa celebrates Creed’s win over Drago. He never enters the ring.
Caple said that too was all Stallone.
“Sly was basically like, ‘I’ve run in and out of the ring a million times in these movies,’ and I agreed,” Caple said.
So they came up with a shot of Stallone sitting ringside as everyone celebrates in the ring. But how do Creed and Balboa enjoy the win if Rocky isn’t going in the ring?
Caple came up with a shot of Stallone touching Creed’s glove from outside the ring, and then Stallone delivered a line he came up with on the spot.
“That line Rocky says, ‘It’s your time now,’ that wasn’t even in the script,” Caple said. “I didn’t know what he was going to say.”
Caple doesn’t know where the “Creed” franchise will go from here, but he wanted to make sure to end this movie with an uplifting feel for all the characters involved.
“Creed, Drago, Rocky, they all realize something at the end of that fight, it isn't about the win anymore,” Caple said.
"Call of Duty" is a behemoth in the world of video games, and this year's entry is the latest proof: In less than a month of sales, it's already the best-selling game of the year and has made well over $1 billion.
"Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" is the latest entry in the long-running first-person-shooter series. It arrived on October 12 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC platforms.
In the half month it was available, the game quickly rose to the top of the charts. It's already the best-selling game of 2018, besting even "Red Dead Redemption 2" (which also launched in October, albeit weeks later). That's according to the monthly report from the NPD Group, a market-research firm.
"The 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' launch-month dollar sales represent the eighth highest in video game history since The NPD Group began tracking in 1995," NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. Sales were so strong, in fact, that "Black Ops 4" is retroactively the second-best-selling game since October 2017 — bested only by the previous "Call of Duty" game, "Call of Duty: WWII."
That's an especially impressive feat given the launch of "Red Dead Redemption 2" on October 26.
The long-awaited sequel to 2010's "Red Dead Redemption" from Rockstar Games, "Red Dead Redemption 2" was the most buzzed-about game in 2018. It's a critic's darling, having already cracked the top 20 highest-rated games of all time, and a blockbuster hit as well: The game made nearly $1 billion in its first three days.
Since the NPD Group tracked the four-week period ending on November 3, it captured nine days of "Red Dead Redemption 2" sales in its monthly report. Comparatively, "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" had 22 days of sales — a crucial difference.
Also of note: "Black Ops 4" is on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 — "Red Dead Redemption 2" has only been released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
This year's "Call of Duty" was a major departure for the series. "Black Ops 4" completely dropped a single-player, narrative-driven campaign in favor of all multiplayer.
In its place, a new mode named "Blackout" was added — a "Battle Royale" mode similar to "Fortnite." To the surprise of skeptical critics, the new "Blackout" mode is a fresh, smart take on a game mode that's already proved to be hugely popular. If nothing else, it's a strong added value to a package that is otherwise strong on its own.
Whether "Call of Duty" can maintain its momentum remains to be seen. With the addition of an online mode coming to "Red Dead Redemption 2" in the coming weeks, and an extremely enticing Black Friday sale that bundles the excellent "Spider-Man" with a brand-new PlayStation 4 for $200, things could quickly change. But, the newest "Call of Duty" seems to uphold the franchise's long reign of sales dominance.
In Netflix's letter to shareholders in October about its third-quarter earnings, the streamer dedicated an entire paragraph to its continued mission of doing "day and date" releases for its original movies, meaning simultaneously showing them in theaters and on its streaming service.
"We believe in our member-centric simultaneous release model for our original films and welcome additional theatre chains that are open to carry our films to provide the shared-viewing, big screen experience to their customers who enjoy that option," Netflix said.
But about a week later, the company did an unprecedented 180-degree turn.
Trade publications like Deadline and Variety reported that the streaming giant would for the first time do an exclusive theatrical release for three of its movies before their streaming dates: "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," "Roma," and "Bird Box."
Why would a company that has thrived on being the disrupter of the industry suddenly toe the line? Simple: Oscars.
Though the news was about three titles, one was clearly the motivating force for all of this: "Roma," Alfonso Cuarón's critically acclaimed semiautobiographical family drama and a bona fide Oscar frontrunner for the streaming giant.
Netflix changed course to make its talent happy
Like most Oscar campaigns, the one for "Roma" kicked off at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Following the movie's premiere at the festival, Cuarón could be found holding court at the after-party by a small table of hors d'oeuvres. He gave strong handshakes and said he was appreciative of the kind words about his movie.
One person went up to the Oscar-winning director and told him that everyone needed to see his movie on the big screen. Cuarón looked the person directly in the eyes and said, "Keep talking about that!"
There was never doubt that Netflix would show the movie in theaters. But at that point, Netflix had never given any of its movies an exclusive theatrical run. So the main topic that evening — after people recovered from the emotional roller coaster the movie puts you through — was whether the industry would recognize a movie that didn't play by the normal theatrical rules.
Though Netflix had just come off an Oscar win at the beginning of the year, it was in the documentary category ("Icarus," about the Olympics doping scandal linked to Russia). Meanwhile, its rival Amazon, which releases its original movies with traditional theatrical runs before streaming them, took home the best actor and screenplay Oscars for "Manchester by the Sea." It was also nominated for best picture.
Netflix has never been nominated in a major Oscars category.
But it has had chances. Its first original movie, 2015's "Beasts of No Nation," was an odds-on favorite to score a best supporting actor nomination for Idris Elba. It didn't happen. And many were shocked that "Mudbound" wasn't nominated for best picture earlier this year.
These snubs were certainly a factor in why Netflix suddenly changed course and decided to give "Buster Scruggs," "Roma," and "Bird Box" exclusive theatrical runs. But never underestimate the power of the talent. Cuarón didn't make it a secret that he wanted his movie to have a life in theaters, and it seems he finally convinced Netflix that if it played by the rules, "Roma" might bring home an Oscar for best picture — something that would give the company huge bragging rights in the business.
While "Buster Scruggs" had a very quiet theatrical release in early November, "Roma" follows with a select run in theaters that started Thanksgiving eve. And Cuarón couldn't be happier.
"Seeing 'Roma' on the big screen is just as important as ensuring people all over the world have the chance to experience it in their homes," the director said in a statement. "'Roma' was photographed in expansive 65mm, complemented by a very complex Atmos sound mix. While a movie theatre offers the best possible experience for 'Roma,' it was designed to be equally meaningful when experienced in the intimacy of one's home."
But selling theaters on making room in their schedules to show "Roma" in all its glory was not an easy task for Netflix.
Trying to get movie theaters to change their ways
The movie-theater business has always been stuck in its old ways, and with other options (streaming, video games) gaining more popularity than ever before, movie houses fight for every dollar — and that includes the biggest chains in the world.
AMC, Regal, and Cinemark all operate with studios and distributors with the understanding that the titles they are showing are exclusively theirs for a time. The standard is 90 days before movies can be available on video on demand, streaming, or home video.
So when Netflix came on the scene touting a "day and date" model a few years ago, there was an immediate hard pass by the big three. That left Netflix working with the smaller chains.
Over the years, the company has been welcomed by the likes of Landmark, Alamo Drafthouse, and iPic Theaters, the latter of which for the first year or two was the only theater to play Netflix movies. Netflix has also booked its titles in smaller art houses with one location. But Netflix's ask of bookers to show "Roma" tested many of the relationships the streaming giant had built.
Numerous art houses, including Alamo Drafthouse, one of the most popular, told Business Insider they passed on showing "Roma" because of the streaming giant's demands, which in some cases included playing the movie in 70mm and in theaters with Dolby Atmos sound — elements most theaters outside of the big three chains don't have.
In the case of Alamo Drafthouse's location in Brooklyn, New York, one of the few in the city that can play movies at 70mm, Netflix wanted to run the movie for three to four weeks before its streaming date. But that would have meant that for up to four weeks, the movie would fill the theater's biggest auditorium.
With Netflix not budging, Alamo Drafthouse passed, a source close to the negotiations between the chain and Netflix told Business Insider. ("Roma" is playing at a Landmark theater in New York and the IFC Center, as well as a Landmark in Los Angeles. It's set to expand to other theaters in the following weeks.)
And then there were some theaters that just couldn't place "Roma" or the two other Netflix titles because they were booked up with other movies.
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for movie theaters. Because of this, the big studios lock down releases years in advance. The smaller indie distributors like Sony Pictures Classics and A24 announce their dates in some cases a year in advance. And now Netflix was suddenly going to theater bookers to run its titles within a month?
According to one source, independent distributors were also turning up the heat on theater owners, saying if they made accommodations for Netflix, which could cause other distributors' titles to get fewer screens, those companies may be less accommodating with their titles in the future.
Another hard ask Netflix was pushing on some theaters was a one- to three-week run with all three movies. For numerous theater owners Business Insider spoke to, that wasn't a precedent they were OK with. Generally, theaters want to play popular movies for months. With Netflix asking that its movies play for a few weeks and then disappear, theaters would be taking a major risk, since it would open the door for Netflix to dictate the terms of the release window moving forward.
"I won't be playing it," one theater owner in the Northeast told Business Insider when asked about showing "Roma." "They offered us 12 to 14 day-and-date, I can't live with that. My booker has a client or two that wish to play it, and he's been trying to convince them that it's very short-sighted."
Business Insider also spoke to numerous theater owners and programmers who were ecstatic that they were getting "Roma."
A source at one theater in the Midwest said it had been trying to get Netflix titles shown since it played "Beasts of No Nation." Netflix had passed until "Roma." The theater will show "Roma" in December, once the movie is already available to stream on Netflix, for one week.
iPic Theaters will show the movie at its locations in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and Fort Lee, New Jersey, for one week in December. Its CEO, Hamid Hashemi, said his company continued to have a great relationship with Netflix but acknowledged that scheduling "Roma" was a challenge.
Of the time of year Netflix decided for the exclusive theatrical run, Hashemi said, "It really gets tricky and much, much harder."
"I'm a little surprised that they did this, because they have been sticking to their guns that their philosophy is you should be able to see a movie whenever and however you want to," Hashemi said. "This is a departure, and it's pretty obvious that they are doing it because they are trying to appease the talent. They are going after the big names."
It's clear Netflix is not going through all of this because of the added revenue it can take in at the box office — it's for Oscar gold and keeping the big-name talent happy. And this is just the beginning.
Netflix has more big releases with huge talent on the horizon, like "The Irishman," directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, set to come out sometime next year. Like Cuarón, Scorsese has always championed the theatrical experience. So expect the streaming giant to continue to tweak its approach to working with theaters to satisfy its talent.
It seems the theater business is open to this — if Netflix plays by the rules.
"The movie theater door is open to Netflix — to grow their revenues and improve their awards chances — if only they will give their best movies the time and attention they deserve, in cinemas," John Fithian, the CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, wrote in a column in November. "Filmmakers and movie lovers will appreciate Netflix so much more."
Netflix declined to comment for this story.
Forget about "Fortnite"— a massive new Nintendo game with dozens of Nintendo's most iconic characters beating each other senseless is just over the horizon. And it's only available on Nintendo's Switch.
Though there are plenty of games on all three major game consoles this holiday, a few blockbusters are exclusive to each. Starting with "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," we've put together the three heavy-hitter exclusive games for Sony's PlayStation 4, Microsoft's Xbox One, and Nintendo's Switch console this holiday season.
1. "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" on the Nintendo Switch
The biggest Nintendo game of the year still hasn't arrived yet. "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is expected to launch on December 7 for the Nintendo Switch — the biggest entry yet in the decades-old "Super Smash Bros." fighting game franchise.
For those unfamiliar, "Smash Bros." is all about beating up some of video game history's most iconic characters. Want Mario to duke it out with Sonic the Hedgehog? Or Solid Snake to take on Mega Man? "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is the game you've been waiting for.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Nintendo game without a twist: In the case of "Smash Bros.," that twist comes in the form of simultaneous multiplayer brawling. Fights aren't head-to-head unless you specifically choose them to be — up to eight players can battle for supremacy in a single round of the latest "Smash Bros."
Better still: The latest entry in the series is promising the largest roster of playable characters ever. In reality, that means over 70 playable characters.
Check out "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" in action right here:
2. "Forza Horizon 4" on the Xbox One/Xbox One X
Somewhere between racing giant trucks through a snowstorm and completing the "Forza Horizon 4" version of the end of the first "Halo" game, I realized how ridiculously versatile the series has become.
If you're interested in drag racing, "Horizon" has that. If you're interested in rally, or drifting, or street, "Horizon" also has all that. If you just want to smash the gas and the brakes in very pretty cars, "Horizon" is here for you.
"Forza Horizon 4" is the only racing game I've ever played that so brilliantly straddles the line between accessibility and depth. Whether you've never played a game or you've got a racing wheel setup, "Horizon" has you covered.
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Becky Lynch has said on Twitter that she could break Conor McGregor's arm in three seconds.
A two-time champion on the WWE brand Smackdown, Lynch plays a key part in a flourishing women's wrestling scene.
Women's wrestling in WWE has been galvanised by the antics of the former UFC champion Ronda Rousey and by WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon's statement that 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams would be the kind of signing that the company craves.
But another development creating headlines is the evolution of Lynch's character into a tough-talking Irishwoman who speaks in the third person. This new arc attracted comparisons to McGregor —himself an Irishman and a master of the verbal slapdown.
It was not long before Lynch discovered she had been likened to McGregor, and she tweeted about it in a typically abrasive fashion.
Lynch, who calls herself "The Man," said: "The Man channels no one. Conor McGregor and me are bonded as Irish brother and sister. But if I ever got within two miles of him I'd break that bond, and his arm, in three short seconds. I'd be too tempting; he'd completely understand too. Proper 12 after."
The Man channels no one. @TheNotoriousMMA& me are bonded as Irish brother & sister. But if I ever got within 2 miles of him I’d break that bond, and his arm, in three short seconds. 😂 I’d be too tempting; he’d completely understand too. Proper12 after.— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) November 22, 2018
If you think McGregor would get riled at the thought of a WWE wrestler claiming she could break his bones, you'd think wrong.
Perhaps overjoyed at the plug of his new whisky brand Proper No. Twelve, McGregor responded in a light-hearted fashion. And, depending on how you read his tweet, McGregor either offered Lynch a drink, or offered to be her security.
"Call me when you need Proper back up," he said.
Call me when you need Proper back up.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 22, 2018
This was not the end of their back-and-forth and it appears Lynch would accept that back-up in New York, in the spring, which is coincidentally the same time Wrestlemania 35, the biggest event in the WWE calendar, is held at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, eight miles from New York City.
"Cheers, Conor," Lynch said. "I'm carrying two divisions at the moment, but you know exactly how that is. I hear New York is nice in the spring, though."
Cheers, Conor. I’m carrying two divisions at the moment, but you know exactly how that is. I hear New York is nice in the spring, though. 🇮🇪https://t.co/51VSVCCG28— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) November 22, 2018
It is unclear where this crossover relationship is heading, but one thing is for sure — WWE stars have populated the UFC roster before, with alternating success (Brock Lesnar became a heavyweight champion for the ages, while CM Punk became a meme), while the former UFC champion Rousey grew into one of the marquee names in the entire WWE stable.
The WWE has even sent text messages to the UFC boss Dana White regarding McGregor. WWE promoter Vince McMahon reportedly told White that a McGregor appearance in professional wrestling "might be good someday," according to Bleacher Report.
McGregor is currently without a UFC opponent. He was most recently defeated by the UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in dominant fashion, and has been campaigning for a rematch by claiming he did not lose the battle and that the war goes on.
Warning: Minor "Creed II" spoilers ahead.
"Creed II" does an excellent job of paying homage to the original "Rocky" movies, but there's one aspect of the franchise both Sylvester Stallone and "Creed II" director Steven Caple Jr. wanted in the movie that sadly could not pull off in a way that satisfied them.
When Caple signed on to direct the movie a year ago, Stallone, who plays Rocky Balboa in the movie and is also a co-screenwriter on it, told Caple about an idea to get Apollo Creed in the movie.
"Sly had a ghost version at one point," Caple told Business Insider.
The idea Stallone had was that while Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is recovering in the hospital from his first fight with Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), for a brief moment while in and out of consciousness he would see his father, Apollo, standing in the corner of the room.
"In regards to tone, it wasn't on my level of where I was going with the film," Caple said. "Sly had it in just as an idea we could use, but I thought it might throw people off. And then I was thinking what does Apollo wear? Is it [actor] Carl Weathers today or from back in 'Rocky IV'?"
So Caple came up with another idea: Why not have Apollo's voice come up at an important moment in the movie?
Caple felt at a key point in the final fight, while Creed is trying to get up off the canvas, he would hear his father's voice say, "Get up, son."
"I felt that was going to be the moment," Caple said. He was going to have Weathers come in to deliver the dramatic line. But when he edited the scene and included the line (which at that point was recorded by someone else as temporary dialogue) it didn't work.
"It just felt like it came out of nowhere," Caple said. "At that point it's his own family that's making him get up, not his father anymore."
During "Creed II," Adonis and his now fiancée Bianca (Tessa Thompson) have a baby.
As a fan of the franchise, Caple was disappointed he couldn't get Weathers in the movie. He admitted that he even wondered if there was a clever way to get Mr. T (who was in "Rocky III") in "Creed II." But when it was time to lock picture, the best way to celebrate the myth of Apollo Creed was through pictures and old "Rocky IV" footage.
But you can't say Caple didn't try.
"Creed II" opens in theaters on Wednesday.
A modern Marvel titan shared a farewell to Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee this week.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who oversees the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), wrote a tribute to Lee for Entertainment Weekly, which can be found in the latest issue or online now. Lee, the former president of Marvel Comics who co-created Spider-Man, Black Panther, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and dozens of more characters, died earlier this month at 95.
Feige described his final meeting with Lee in his tribute, in which the two reminisced about Lee's cameos in Marvel movies.
"Did he know that his time was running out? I don’t know," Feige wrote. "In hindsight, he was slightly more wistful than I’d seen him before. He talked about the past more than I had ever heard him talk about the past. So maybe on some level, he knew."
Lee has appeared in every MCU movie in a brief cameo, and nearly all other Marvel movies, as well. He'll appear in two more movies before 2018 is over: Sony's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" next month, and Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet," which is in theaters now. He had also already filmed his "Avengers 4" cameo for next year.
Feige also said that Lee would always joke that he needed more lines for a cameo whenever he was on the set of a movie.
"He always would joke — but not really joke — about wanting more lines, although he understood why we couldn’t," Feige wrote.
He concluded, "God forbid he would start to overshadow the hero. That was something a character like Stan Lee could easily do."