Nintendo Confirms Wii U Launch Day Lineup for North America

On September 13, Nintendo of America announced that the Wii U would have more than 50 games released during the console’s initial launch window, November 18, 2012 through March 31, 2013.  This morning, Nintendo confirmed that 23 of those games will be available for the November 18 launch of the Wii U.  Also announced were 7 titles that could possibly be available on the Wii U eShop service in the month of November. Continue reading

Nintendo Reveals Release Date and Price for Wii U

At this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, many people were confused and alarmed that Nintendo of America gave no real details concerning the most important questions surrounding their newest home console, the Wii U : when will it be available, and how much will it cost?  Today, at a press conference in New York City, Nintendo President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime answered those questions.  As many in the industry (and many gamers) predicted, the Wii U will release in North America on November 18, 2012.  The price for the console will depend on which version consumers choose. Continue reading

Third Film in ‘Hobbit’ Trilogy Gets a Release Date!

Just over a month ago, we brought you news that director Peter Jackson’s upcoming feature, The Hobbit, originally intended as a two-film saga, would instead become an epic trilogy.  We are now thrilled to report that fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord Of The Rings will only need to wait a mere seven months between the second and third films! Continue reading

Nintendo Wii U Game Case Design Revealed!

Nintendo has been fairly tight-lipped concerning details about their newest home console, the Wii Uwhich is set to release later this fall.  However, Target and Amazon.com recently revealed box art for select titles on preorder.  Reminiscent of the design for Nintendo’s Gamecube titles, the new look  features a blue curve, trimmed at the bottom in yellow, on top of the game artwork.  The white Wii U logo is set in the center of the blue curve design.

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Spotlight: Wreck-It Ralph

This time of year is always an interesting one in the motion picture industry.  The year is half over, which means that studios will be cramming as many movies into theaters as they can. It’s an effort to part consumers with their hard-earned cash, building up to that most sacred of times..the Holiday Season.  Between now and the end of the year, approximately 165 films will debut on the big screen (including many “limited release” and “art house” films). Make no mistake, there are some real heavy-hitters out there: from Total Recall and The Bourne Legacy, to Taken 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, there’s literally something for everyone.  One studio in particular has this reviewer’s attention this fall, and that’s Walt Disney Pictures.  On November 2nd, Disney will release their latest computer-animated effort, Wreck-It Ralph..and my inner child is bouncing off the walls in anticipation.

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“Marvel’s The Avengers ” Demolishes All-Time Opening Weekend Record

The Avengers assembled this past weekend, and apparently so did audiences: Marvel’s The Avengers stunned the film industry, grossing a mind-blowing $207.4 million in ticket sales in just three days, a full $38 million more than the previous record-holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which grossed $169.2 million in its first weekend last summer.  The breakdown of this incredible accomplishment is as follows: $80.5 million on Friday (including $18.7 million from midnight screenings, good for second-biggest opening day ever), $69.7 million on Saturday (all-time record) and $57.2 million on Sunday, a full $7 million ahead of predictions, and also the all-time record.  Including overseas grosses, where the film opened a week earlier, The Avengers has amassed a total of $654.8 million worldwide, pushing it ahead of the $617.7 million earned by The Hunger Games, and making it the number-one film of 2012.  The film has received nearly universal praise from both critics and audiences, earning a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the rare “A+” from Cinemascore.  At this point, The Avengers could very well become the highest-grossing comic book film of all time, a record currently held by 2008’s The Dark Knight, which grossed $533.3 million in the U.S. and just over $1 billion worldwide.

Assembling the Avengers: Ranking the Five Films

In 2008, film fans with a small amount of patience were treated to an “after the credits” sequence at the very end of Iron Man Lasting less than thirty seconds, the scene featured Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) slowly entering the living room of his sprawling Malibu mansion to find an unknown man, facing away from him, gazing out of the large bay window overlooking the ocean.  “You think you’re the only superhero in the world, Mr. Stark?”, asks the stranger.  “You’ve become part of a bigger universe…you just don’t know it yet.”  Stark, looking both alarmed and confused, asks, “Who the hell are you?”  The man steps from the shadows.  “Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D.  I’m here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative”.  Four years and four (more) films later, the wait is finally over.  Marvel’s The Avengers opened in theaters across the nation this weekend, and shattered box office records, grossing a mind-blowing $200.3 million in just 3 days (estimated..final numbers will be in on Monday).  In celebration of the film’s release, I thought it would be fun to rank the movies that introduced the Avengers to audiences (I’ll keep this as spoiler-free as I can, just in case you may have missed one or two of these…). Continue reading