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Pokemon Legends Z-A Release Date Window, Gameplay, And Everything We Know So Far

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 07:34

Game Freak and The Pokemon Company are in an interesting place with the Pokemon series ahead of the launch of Pokemon Legends Z-A. Pokemon Legends Arceus was a fresh take on Pokemon set in the far past that was well received, if not fully realized, and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet brought a fully realized open-world to the mainline series for the first time, along with massive performance problems. Now Game Freak has announced Pokemon Legends Z-A, the next entry in its experimental Pokemon Legends series. The announcement of Pokemon Legends Z-A comes two years after the release of Pokemon Legends Arceus, the first game in the Legends spin-off series.

Pokemon Legends Z-A is taking players back to Lumiose City in Kalos from Pokemon X and Y. While the announcement trailer didn't feature any gameplay, it did provide some insights into the setting and story. The Pokemon Company also shared a few details after the announcement, proving some surprising information about the game. Here's everything we know about Legends Z-A so far.

Table of Contents [hide]When Will Pokemon Legends Z-A Be Released?

While an exact date was not revealed, it was announced that Pokemon Legends Z-A will release in 2025. Pokemon Legends Z-A was announced in late February as part of the Pokemon Day Pokemon Presents livestream. Nintendo has offered no further specifics regarding a release date, but Pokemon Legends Arceus released in January of 2022 instead of the typical holiday release that most Pokemon titles get, so it's possible that Pokemon Legends Z-A could follow in its footsteps and release in the early part of 2025.

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Godzilla X Kong And Godzilla Minus One Were Both Heavily Influenced By Cats

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 06:51

Despite both being Godzilla movies, the recent Japanese flick Godzilla Minus One and the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Godzilla X Kong have dramatically different vibes. Godzilla Minus One is a very somber and brooding rumination on the trauma of World War II, and Godzilla X Kong is more focused on spectacle.

But Godzilla X Kong director Adam Wingard, who also directed the previous movie in the MonsterVerse franchise, says the two films have a crucial piece of DNA in common: He and Godzilla Minus One director Yamazaki Takashi both used cat behavior as influences for Gozilla's mannerisms.

"With Godzilla himself in this movie, it's funny, like, one of my biggest influences is my cat Mischief. She was, on Godzilla vs Kong, a lot of the mannerisms of Godzilla," Wingard said during a presentation for press at IMAX headquarters, where they had a "war room" full of things from and related to the movie, with the walls covered with what Wingard called his vision board for Gozilla X Kong. "And a couple weeks ago, I had a great conversation with Yamazaki who did Godzilla Minus One. And I was thrilled to find out that he too finds a lot of his influences from his cat as well. So I don't know what it is about Godzilla. But somehow, in the creator's mind, at least the current ones, we're taking a lot of inspiration from our cats."

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Babylon 5 Blu-Ray Box Set Is Nearly 50% Off At Amazon

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 06:03

Last year saw the release of Babylon 5: The Complete Series on Blu-ray, just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise. If you missed out on it, you can grab the entire sci-fi epic now at Amazon for $75, saving almost 50% when compared to its original launch price.

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Babylon 5: The Complete Series

This Blu-ray collection features all 110 episodes of the series, as well as the 1993 feature-length pilot, Babylon 5: The Gathering. If you're looking to complete the collection, you can also pick up last year's CG-animated feature film, Babylon 5: The Road Home, for $18 at Amazon.

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Grab A Pair Of Great Bluetooth Earbuds For Only $30

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 05:56

JLab's JBuds Mini wireless earbuds are 25% off at JLab's online store as part of the retailer's "Mini Madness" promotion--a reference to college basketball's March Madness tournament, which begins next week. The discount drops the price to $30 (normally $40) and applies to all five color options. Each model includes a charging case with keychain loop, a USB-C charging cable, and multiple silicone earbud tips in different sizes.

As the name implies, the JBuds Minis are tiny earbuds that are smaller and more compact than many other brands, weighing just over three grams. For comparison, Apple's AirPods weigh about 4.5 grams. The earbuds support Bluetooth Multipoint, which lets you connect to multiple devices, and have integrated noise-cancelling microphones for phone calls and voice controls. The earbuds offer around 5.5 hours of battery life, and can be extended to 20 hours total with the included charging case. The charging case also support USB fast charging, and can restore up to 45 minutes of battery life after just 10 minutes of charging.

While the JBuds Mini discount is one of the standout sales available at JLab's online store, there are also deals on other JLab audio devices, including over-ear noise canceling headphones, headsets, and more. It's worth noting JLab's online store lets you checkout with Amazon Prime, which gets you free two-day Prime shipping. JLab also offers 30-day returns on all orders.

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CoD's New Warhammer Mode Is Better Than You Might Expect, Even For Non-40K Fans

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 05:44

Season 2 Reloaded has introduced a Warhammer 40,000 crossover into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, bringing a limited-time mode called Juggermosh. This was initially described as a juggernaut suit mode played in third-person perspective, but this Warhammer 40,000 mode is more like fun-filled Space Marine chaos than just fighting in traditional Call of Duty-style juggernaut suits.

Before getting hands-on with Juggermosh, I wasn't immediately interested in the playlist. I'm not someone who is a super fan of the Warhammer 40,000 franchise, and juggernaut suits in Call of Duty can often feel sluggish to use and a pain to fight against. However, Juggermosh doesn't feel anything like you'd expect from Call of Duty's jugg suits and offers a distinct style of fun that's worth trying even if you're not a fan of hefty juggernaut armor.

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Among Us Animated Series Cast Adds Randall Park, Elijah Wood, And More

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 05:41

CBS Studios has revealed the first members of the voice cast for its upcoming animated series adaptation of the hit game Among Us. As reported by Variety, Randall Park (Always Be My Maybe and Fresh Off the Boat), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), and Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) will lend their voices to the project. Ashley Johnson, from The Last of Us video games and Blindspot, rounds out the cast.

The animated series, first announced as in development in June 2023, is a collaboration between CBS Eye Animation Productions and Innersloth, the studio behind the game. Owen Dennis, known for his work on the Cartoon Network/Max series Infinity Train, will serve as the creator and executive producer of the project.

The Among Us animated series.

The series will mirror the game's premise, as crew members conspire to identify the imposter lurking in their midst while ensuring their spaceship operates smoothly. Animation will be managed by Titmouse, known for Big Mouth and Star Trek: Lower Decks.

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Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor's First Update Releases Soon After Hitting 1M Sold

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 05:22

Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor continues to mine its way to success following its Steam early access launch in February, with developer Funday Games announcing the auto-shooter recently passed 1 million copies sold.

It previously took Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor a week to hit 500,000 copies sold, a result Funday Games at the time said exceeded the studio's "wildest imagination," and that the team was "humbled, grateful, and very, very busy working on the game."

That work is about to come to fruition, as Deep Rock Galactic: Survivor's first content update is set to arrive on March 20. The update will introduce a fourth biome, the Salt Pits, and will allow for players to use the environment to their advantage by dropping stalactite clusters on hordes of enemy bugs. Two new enemy types, Huuli Hoarders and Q'ronar Younglings, are also being introduced, with the former dropping a load of minerals when killed.

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Magic: The Gathering Assassin's Creed TCG Preorders Are Officially Open

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 04:25

Fresh on the heels of a crossover with Fallout, Magic: The Gathering is teaming up with another popular video game franchise for a new expansion this summer. As announced in February, Assassin's Creed MTG cards are arriving on July 5. Whether you're looking to add a few new cards to your existing deck or want to check out Magic: The Gathering for the very first time, there's an Assassin's Creed product for everyone.

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All told, five unique Magic: The Gathering: Assassin's Creed items are up for grabs. You can preorder all of them right now, though they won't be released until July 5. Here's a look at what's available at Amazon and Best Buy. We've outlined each product below. If the price changes between the time you order and the release date, you'll get the lowest price offered at Amazon.

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Breaking Bad Cast Reunites In The Best Way

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 04:03

Breaking Bad actor Dean Norris, who played Hank Schrader on the show, has shared a fantastic video of members of the cast enjoying a nice dinner together and singing songs.

In the video, which appears to be filmed by Norris, we see Walter White actor Bryan Cranston serenading Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut, to Frank Sinatra's "Stranger in the Night." It's quite a sight to behold. Cranston ends the song by planting a kiss on Banks' head. The song is being performed live by a person on a piano in the room.

Then Betsy Brandt (Marie Schrader) chimes in with, "This is gonna be just a shitty party, isn't it?" Norris replies, "And we just started drinking." Aaron Paul, who played Jesse Pinkman, was also in attendance at the dinner party and can be seen smiling widely.

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Where Is Xur Today? (March 15-19) Destiny 2 Exotic Items And Xur Location Guide

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 04:02

While we're still a few months away from Destiny 2's The Final Shape expansion, new story content is on the way in April. Content that you'll probably want to prepare for by paying a visit to Xur and stocking up on Exotic gear. Here's where you can find Xur this weekend and what the Agent of the Nine has for sale.

This week you can find Xur in the EDZ, in the Winding Cove area. For his weapon, Xur is offering Vigilance Wing. Hunters can pick up the Graviton Forfeit helmet; Titans can grab the Ursa Furiosa gauntlets; and Warlocks can buy the Karnstein Armlets.

Xur LocationXur's location in the EDZ.

Spawn in at the Winding Cove transmat zone, then hop on your sparrow and go north. Take the collapsed overpass on the left and look for a cave near the bend in the road. Follow the tunnel through the cliff face to reach a higher ridge where a Fallen dropship has crashed; you'll find Xur waiting there.

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Best Buy Weekend Deals: Save Big On Video Games, Monitors, Lego Sets, And More

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 03:35

Best Buy is running a nice sale this weekend, giving you a chance to score hundreds of electronics with some of the best prices we've seen in months. From laptops and desktops to video games and headphones, a bit of everything is discounted right now. There are even a bunch of Lego sets on sale for big discounts in Best Buy's clearance section. The event ends on Sunday--so we've put together a list of our favorite deals to help you sift through the massive catalog and make the most of this limited-time event.

Side note: If you've been looking for Disney Lorcana cards , Best Buy has booster boxes for the new Into the Inklands set in stock. You can also snag Disney Lorcana starter decks for $17 each. These are the only two Into the Inklands products Best Buy still has in stock online, and we wouldn't be surprised if they sold out soon. Amazon also has Disney Lorcana cards in stock right now.

See all deals at Best Buy Video games and accessoriesMarvel's Spider-Man 2 PS5 Slim bundle

Tons of great video game deals are available this weekend, including the PS5 Slim Console + Spider-Man 2 Bundle, which is just $450 and carries a retail value of $570. If you don't mind sticking to digital-only gaming, the PS5 Slim Digital Console + Spider-Man 2 Bundle is even cheaper at $400. Both of these bundles were available prior to the weekend for this price, and it seems like they'll stick around for the rest of the month (while supplies last, of course).

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Pokemon TCG Classic Collector's Set Is Over $100 Off This Weekend

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 02:37

Pokemon Trading Card Game Classic launched late last year for the high price of $400. Sure, this nostalgic throwback to the original 151 Pokemon is elegantly designed and certainly looks like a high-end collector's item. But $400 is a lot for three 60-card decks, a premium game board, and everything you need to enjoy head-to-head battles. If you've been waiting for a price cut, you can pick up Pokemon Trading Card Game Classic for $288 this weekend at Best Buy. Alternatively, you can grab it for $293 at Amazon or Walmart. It's still expensive, of course, but at least you're saving over $100.

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The Pokemon Trading Card Game Classic collection includes three 60-card decks featuring the original first partner Pokemon inspired by the Pokémon TCG Base Set and several other iconic cards from the game's history. Charizard, Blastoise, and Venosaur are presented as shiny foil cards. In addition to the vintage favorites, six new cards are included as well. Fans can expect Ex versions of Suicune, Lugia, and Ho-Oh to headline these new releases.

On top of that, the collection also comes with a foldable two-player game board, stackable damage counter cones, two sets of condition markers, and a toolbox case that keeps everything conveniently stored.

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Nintendo Switch Exclusive Endless Ocean: Luminous Is Up For Preorder

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 02:04
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Endless Ocean: Luminous was revealed last month during a Nintendo Direct, and it'll be launching later this spring on May 2. The Nintendo-published exclusive is the third title in the Endless Ocean series and the successor to Blue World from 2010. It'll see you diving into mysterious waters as you explore thriving ecosystems filled with more than 500 unique creatures and countless secrets to discover. What makes it most exciting, however, is that you can go exploring with up to 29 other players, which should make it a unique multiplayer experience.

Endless Ocean: Luminous preorders are now open at most retailers--and as you'd expect for a Switch exclusive, there aren't any bonuses and only one edition to choose from. Here's a quick look at everything you need to know before reserving a copy.

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Nintendo Seems To Have Changed Something About Its Game Releases

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 01:53

For years, anyone looking forward to a new Nintendo game in the US could generally plan on digging in (or calling in sick) on a Friday. Be it a major release like Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom or a smaller one like Everybody 1-2 Switch, Nintendo has set the release dates for most games it publishes on Fridays. Not anymore, it seems.

With the Switch heading toward what's reportedly the last full year as Nintendo's current-gen console, the company has hit fast-forward, at least for its next set of games. Whereas its most recent games, including Another Code: Recollection and Mario vs. Donkey Kong, as well as its next one, Princess Peach Showtime, were all scheduled for Fridays, the recent Mario Day batch of release dates now has Nintendo-published games releasing on Thursdays (as first noticed by Knoebel).

Both Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (May 23) and Luigi's Mansion 2 HD (June 27) are slated for Thursday releases. This follows suit with Endless Ocean Luminous, which had a Thursday, May 2 date revealed during February's Nintendo Direct, though at the time, that appeared like it could have been a one-off exception for something that may not be considered a marquee Nintendo game. Even during the years-long run of Friday releases, there have been exceptions, such as Kirby's Dream Buffet or Pikmin 1+2 launching on Wednesdays, though the latter was a surprise "out today" launch.

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Unicorn Overlord Is Already Discounted For Xbox

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 01:41

Vanillaware's new tactical RPG, Unicorn Overlord, just launched earlier this month, but it's already seeing a nice discount at Amazon and Walmart. Swing by either retailer, and you can pick up the new release for just $52.78 (down from $60). This is the first price cut we've seen since the game arrived on March 8, making it a great time to check out the adventure.

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Vanillaware is known for creating unique experiences that combine elements from multiple genres. The studio's previous games include critical hits such as 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Dragon's Crown, Odin Sphere, and Muramasa: The Demon Sphere.

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James Bond's License Is To Kill, Not Mill About Yellowstone National Park

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 01:32

Sometimes, going off the beaten path will land you in hot water. That's what happened to former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, who recently pleaded guilty to entering an off-limits area in Yellowstone National Park last year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brosnan will pay a $500 fine along with donating $1,000 to a nonprofit called Yellowstone Forever. The former 007 apparently left a trail in a thermal area this past November and shared photos of being in the off-limits area on social media.

On Instagram, Brosnan expressed "deep regret" for the incident. "As an environmentalist, I have the utmost respect for and love of our natural world. However, I made an impulsive mistake--one that I do not take lightly--when entering a thermal area covered in snow in Yellowstone National Park to take a photograph."

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The Next X-Men Relaunch Will See Marvel's Mutants Rise From The Ashes

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 01:05

The Krakoan Age of X-Men Comics are coming to an end, as Marvel's mutants find themselves on the run and hated more than ever by humanity. Fall of the House of X and Rise of the Powers of X will officially conclude an unprecedented age of triumph and tragedy for the X-Men this summer and leads directly into From the Ashes. Marvel has revealed more details on the three core comic books leading this initiative and the creative teams behind them.

X-Men: From the Ashes

First up is X-Men by Jed MacKay and Ryan Stegman, which features Cyclops in charge as he leads a team dedicated to safeguarding the mutant species. Beast, Magneto, Magik, Psylocke, Juggernaut, Temper, and Kid Omega will be on this team, and they'll be fighting for the destiny and philosophy of the mutant species.

Uncanny X-Men is billed as a more traditional comic book from Gail Simone and David Marquez, and this one sees an X-Men team led by Rogue in New York City. The roster features Wolverine, Jubilee, Gambit, and Nightcrawler as they set off to save the day in uncanny style. Finally,

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Get One Of The Greatest Gaming Bundles Ever For $1 Today On Steam

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 00:38

2007's The Orange Box, which includes five games, is remembered for being one of the greatest gaming bundles ever, and today you can get it for only 99 cents on Steam.

The bundle includes Valve's beloved games Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. Sure, these games are not new, but they are timeless classics, and for 99 cents, why not add them to your Steam library if you don't have them already? You could also gift The Orange Box to a friend to earn some good karma.

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The Orange Box normally sells for $20, so this is a very good deal at 95% off. The deal expires on March 21, so be sure to act quickly before the offer runs out.

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Palworld Developer Responds To Microsoft Acquisition Rumors

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 00:29

One of the biggest surprises this year is the smashing success of Palworld, from a little developer named Pocketpair. The game--known as "Pokemon with guns"--has seen a lot of Xbox marketing because of its inclusion on Game Pass, but that doesn't mean Microsoft is eyeing to acquire the studio. In fact, Pocketpair CEO Takuro Mizobe says no discussions have even taken place with the company.

Bloomberg talked to Mizobe about Pocketpair possibly being purchased or even partnering up with other companies. While the Pocketpair founder is open to these ideas, he said formal talks aren't happening. Instead, Pocketpair is focusing on staying small--the developer has 55 employees–and exploring new platforms for Palworld. PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch would be the most obvious destinations, but no specifics were given.

"We are and will remain a small studio," Mizobe said. "I want to make multiple small games. Big-budget, AAA games are not for us." In fact, Mizobe revealed that Palworld cost under $6.7 million to make, which is a fraction of the reported budgets for games like The Last of Us Part II and Horizon Forbidden West.

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Nicolas Cage Confirms Live-Action Spider-Man Noir Rumors, Says Talks Are Underway

Sat, 03/16/2024 - 00:22

It's been rumored for some time that Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage might reprise his Spider-Man Noir character from Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse in the upcoming live-action series for Prime Video. But will it actually happen? Cage confirmed to Collider that conversations are underway for him to come back.

"Well, I can say that we have been talking. It's no secret that I love the character. I think the character provides another mash-up of sorts. I can combine my favorite golden age performances, i.e. Robinson, Cagney, Bogart, with a character that is, I guess, widely considered [to be] Stan Lee's masterpiece," Cage said. "I see it as a kind of foray into a pop art mash-up of, sort of, a [Jungian] Lichtenstein, mash-up by way of Bogart and Cagney, but nothing's definitive yet. It's just conversation."

As Cage said, it's "just conversation" right now, and this sort of thing is typical in Hollywood. Nothing is official until contracts are signed, but this seems to be a positive development for those who want to see Cage play Spider-Man Noir.

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