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Blue Exorcist the Movie US screening

The long awaited Blue Exorcist The Movie is hitting select theatres in the United States this August. For one Saturday only, catch Rin and Yukio Okumura as they defend their school and the world from Satan’s forces on the big screen. The movie will be dubbed in English.

Every eleven years, True Cross Academy celebrates a festival with the town that encompasses the school. While everyone is setting up for the carnival, the barriers protecting the town and school are being repaired at the same time. A ghost train seizes the opportunity to cause havoc and in turn, brothers Rin and Yukio Okumura are ordered to investigate, but find a demon posing as a young boy. Joining the Okumura twins is Cheng-Long Liu, an exorcist from Taiwan, but the mission begins to change for those involved.

Blue Exorcist The Movie was originally released on December 28th, 2012 in Japan.

Source: Blue Exorcist

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD promo video

When Nintendo shared images from the Wii U re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, we only got to see a brief glimpse of what was in store. Now that E3 is here, Nintendo produced a nearly two-minute trailer giving us a greater view of the enhanced game. Gone are the days of mindlessly sailing between islands — you can now speed across the water by holding the A button. While the graphics look nice, it seems they should have left the bloom in the water (algae bloom, okay, that was terrible) and not in the sky which gives the outdoor scenes a pale haze.

Aside from that, improvements include:

  • Re-done graphics at 1080p for those with HD televisions.
  • Better inventory management and maps with the Wii U GamePad.
  • The “Tingle Bottle” lets players connect through Miiverse to share comments and screen shots that will appear on friends’ shores akin to a message in a bottle.
  • The Pictograph Box can hold more pictures which can be shared through the player’s Miiverse.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD can be played on the Wii U GamePad if someone else is using the television.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is expected for release sometime in October 2013.

Source: Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The hero, Link, in both of his forms.

Nintendo has revealed the title of the latest Nintendo 3DS adventure: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. As part of the E3 festivities this week, the latest incarnation in the Legend of Zelda series serves as a follow-up to the Super NES favourite The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

With all new game play and abilities, Link must traverse the vast world of Hyrule that remains infested with hostile creatures. The visuals released so far bring a mix of the 16-bit classic with some of the newer games — Link’s Hylian Shield, for example, takes its design from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, where as his drawing form is reminiscent of the historical artwork in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

No official date of release has been made available.

Source: Nintendo

A smashing good time! New Super Smash Bros.

During this morning’s Nintendo Direct, the Japanese gaming giant announced the release of the next Super Smash Bros. game for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles.

Game director Masahiro Sakurai of Sora, LTD began the demonstration with the Nintendo 3DS version. To help distinguish the characters more easily, their colours and outlines are adjusted to make them more visible on the smaller screen. On the Wii U version, the characters will be in greater detail and have fluid movements with effects to show their speed and attacks.

Stages will vary based on the console used to play the game: the Wii U version will utilize levels from television-based consoles, whereas the Nintendo 3DS version will highlight levels from hand-held consoles.

Returning characters include Mario, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Kirby, Fox, Pikachu and Pit. Three newcomers were also unveiled: Villager from Animal Crossing, Wii Fit Trainer and, most excitingly of all, Mega Man. Don’t expect the all of the attacks to be regurgitated from previous Super Smash Bros.: new moves and items keep the game exciting and fresh. Mega Man has some pretty awesome features if you watch the video below.

The gamers over at Kotaku have discovered that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be released sometime in 2014.

Source: Nintendo, Kotaku

Kingdom Hearts III trailer

Kingdom Hearts III logo

Kingdom Hearts III logo

It’s official — Kingdom Hearts III is coming to the PlayStation 4, and in a surprising move, to the recently announced Xbox One console.

A brief trailer advertised at Sony’s E3 press conference shows the spikey-haired hero Sora on both the Destiny Islands and in Twilight Town versus a storm of Heartless wielding a different themed keyblade that isn’t the traditional Kingdom Key. The upgraded graphics in the video gives Sora a more refined look while utilizing some cel-shaded effects to preserve some of the animated qualities form the series. The menus and health icons retain their positions on the bottom corners of the screen and with the same data in the previous two games (Goofy and Donald included). As this is only intended to whet our appetites, expect many more changes to come before the final release.

No release date for Kingdom Hearts III was made available at press time.

Source: Square Enix

Sword Art Online English Trailer

If you weren’t able to catch the two episode English dubbed premiere of Sword Art Online this past Sakura-Con, Aniplex USA has posted a nearly 3 minute trailer on YouTube. Here, you can get a taste of Bryce Papenbrook as Kirito and Cherami Leigh as Asuna. Additional cast members are also mentioned in the promo: Cassandra Lee as Leafa, Christine Marie Cabanos as Silica, Sarah Williams as Lisbeth and Patrick Seitz as Agil.

No official North American launch date has been announced. The original Japanese release can be viewed on Crunchyroll (Canada and USA) and Hulu (USA only).

For more information on Sword Art Online, visit Aniplex of America’s web site.

Source: Aniplex USA

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Trailer

Nintendo unveiled a new game that combines the universes of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem together. Atlus and Intellegent Systems are working on this crossover that’s tentatively titled Shin-Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem for the Wii U.

The 40-second trailer is eye candy only – no game play, just artwork of characters from the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series. In addition to the popular Marth, Roy and Lilina from Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi make an appearance, along with Eliwood from Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken and Ike from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

The Shin Megami Tensei series is a role-playing game that originally was released in 1993 on the Super Famicom system in Japan. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey was recently published for the Nintendo DS in 2010.

Inazuma Eleven GO Strikers 2013 intro video

Level-5 has uploaded the opening video to their YouTube channel revealing the latest Inazuma Eleven game for the Nintendo Wii. Inazuma Eleven GO Strikers 2013 contains a mixture of elements of role-playing and sports-based games. On-field, players can use special techniques to help boost offence and defence.

Considering the vast universe of available characters, Inazuma Eleven GO Strikers 2013 draws upon teams from Inazuma Eleven, Inazuma Eleven GO and Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stone games and anime series – quite an impressive selection.

Of course, it’s no surprise that J-Pop group T-Pistonz+KMC returns to perform the opening theme Shin Jidai Tsukuriiyo! for the game.

Inazuma Eleven GO Strikers 2013 went on sale in Japan on December 20th, 2012 at a price of ¥4,980 JPY ($58.74 CAD). The game carries a CERO rating of A for all ages.

Link the pot smasher

It’s not very polite to enter someone’s house or property uninvited, much less smashing up their pottery and opening chests. However, it’s one of Link’s obsessions; breaking crockery and collecting the colourful rupees from the shards.

You might have recognized the Link in this video, as Lindsey Stirling, the violinist from another popular short. In this instance, the Hero of Time excitedly unleashes hell for the pots in the guardhouse on the edge of Hyrule Castle Town.

It’s My Life cosplay video

Check out this great video of cosplayers in the United Kingdom who came together to make a music video lip-dubbed to It’s My Life by Bon Jovi (with additional songs by Rage Against The Machine).

The video was shot in the London suburb of Camden and at MCM Expo in October of 2011. Cosplay Fever has similar videos on their Facebook page.

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