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Moonlight Wins Best Picture In The Weirdest Way Possible

The 89th Academy Awards was nothing but smooth sailing up until the final moments of the telecast. During the presentation for Best Picture, it was announced that La La Land won the Oscar for Best Picture. The problem was that Moonlight actually won.

Check out the video below to see it all play out.

WATCH: 'La La Land' announced as #Oscars Best Picture winner, but only until a mistake is realized with 'Moonlight' being the real winner.

— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017

La La Land was announced as the winner by Faye Dunaway, who presented with Warren Beatty. Jordan Horowitz, the producer of the film, stated there had been a mistake and Moonlight had won. Horowitz showed the piece of paper that was originally inside the envelope displaying Moonlight as the winner.

To make things even more confusing, Beatty returned to the mic and said, "I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelop, and it said, 'Emma Stone, La La Land.' That's why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn't trying to be funny." It was unclear whether they were given the wrong envelope or Beatty just wanted La La Land to win.

The cast and people behind Moonlight accepted the award, and director Barry Jenkins said "Even in my dreams, this could not be true. But to hell with dreams. I'm done with it because this is true." He went on to give his love to La La Land.

In total, Moonlight won three awards that evening: Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Mahershala Ali), and Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Find out all of the winners for the 89th Academy Awards here, which includes a Suicide Squad win.

New Cars 3 Trailer Arrives, Watch It Here

Today during the Daytona 500, Pixar aired a new "extended look" for Cars 3, which opens in theaters on June 16 and features the voices of a lot of NASCAR drivers and personalities.

The new trailer shows off some of the "next generation" racers that Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) will have to go up against. It looks like that will be a tall order; here's the trailer:

The first teaser for Cars 3 showed the character McQueen getting into a horrible wreck, somersaulting through the air, and crashing down back onto the track, pieces of the car flying every which way. "From this moment, everything will change," the video said. This new trailer shows some of that, too.

The movie's official description reveals the first story details, suggesting the plot will be about McQueen's recovery after this horrible crash.

"Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves," reads a line from the description. "To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!"

New Cars 3 characters Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez were revealed earlier this year--you can read more about them here.

Directed by Brian Fee (Cars 2, Ratatouille), Cars 3 opens on June 16, 2017.

New Samsung Gear VR With Controller Announced

Tech giant Samsung today announced the newest Gear VR model--and it comes with a controller.

Samsung says the controller should make the Gear VR headset "easier [and] more enjoyable," thanks to its ergonomic design for one-handed control. The new headset + controller bundle is called Gear VR with Controller. Pricing was not announced.


Here is a rundown of the controller's features, as written by Samsung:

  • Various Motion Input for a Better VR Experience – The Touchpad provides quicker selection and interaction in VR apps, enabling various forms of motion, including the ability to point, drag and drop, tilt, shoot, among other actions, while the Trigger allows for enhanced gaming experiences.
  • Minimized Movement for Long-time Use – The Home, Volume and Back keys located on the Controller give users everything they need in easy reach so that they can keep their focus on immersive content.
  • A Secure Grip for Comfortable Play – Even during the most active movements, the Controller’s wrist strap offers a secure grip for comfortable and secure play.

"The Gear VR with Controller expands our VR ecosystem to help consumers get more engaged and immersed in VR content--whether it’s games or videos," Samsung exec Younghee Lee said in a statement.

The new headset sports 42mm lenses with 101-degree field-of-view support, as well as "advanced distortion correction technology to minimize motion sickness."

This new Gear VR headset works with the following Samsung devices: Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6, and S6 Edge.

The Mortal Kombat Movie Could Have Featured Danny Glover As Raiden

It's always interesting to hear about movie casting ideas that didn't come to be. We now know that New Line was initially looking at Lethal Weapon's Danny Glover to play Raiden in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie, according to NetherRealm boss Ed Boon.

" They had some pretty wild suggestions for characters," Boon told IGN about his discussions with New Line. "I remember them saying they wanted Danny Glover to be Raiden."

The part ultimately went to Highlander actor Christopher Lambert.

The 1995 original Mortal Kombat from Paul W.S. Anderson made $70 million, while 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation did not do as well, with plans apparently scrapped for more installments. The series was eventually revived, with the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series being the latest installment.

A new Mortal Kombat is currently in production, with Saw director James Wan set to produce. Simon McQuoid, who directed an amazing video game commercial, might direct the new film.

Wan said last summer that the producers will not rush the film out at the expense of quality.

The latest Mortal Kombat game was 2015's Mortal Kombat X.

Weekly Recap: Halo 6 Has Split-Screen, Overwatch Wins Game Of The Year, Mass Effect 4: Andromeda Goes Gold

It's the weekend again. Here is a recap of some of the week's biggest stories and others you may have missed.

The Big Stuff:

Halo 6, or whatever Microsoft decides to call the next Halo FPS game, will have split-screen support. 343 boss Bonnie Ross made the announcement during a speech at DICE 2017 this week. Rejoice! [Full story]

The 2017 D.I.C.E. Awards were held on Thursday. Blizzard's hero shooter Overwatch took home overall Game of the Year. You can see a list of all the categories, nominees, and winners here. [Full story]

After years of development and multiple delays, BioWare's Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold, meaning the studio has completed initial development on the game. It comes out on March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. [Full story]

The Other Stuff:

The Elder Scrolls Online's first free add-on of 2017, Homestead, has arrived on Xbox One and PS4. Check out the video below to see what it's all about.

Here's a bunch of new Dead or Alive costumes. What looks good to you? Go to EventHubs to see all the new costumes.

The crowdfunding campaign for Pillars of Eternity 2 wrapped up on Friday night, ending its run with more than $4 million. The game is due out in 2018 for PC.

No more 30-second ads on YouTube, according to a new report. The change will go live in 2018, reportedly. Get all the details here at CNET.

A handful of Telltale Games veterans have joined Ubisoft, the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry publisher announced this week. Read this blog post to get a full rundown of the news.

The fifth free story Operation for Battleborn, "Phoebe and the Heart of Ekkunar," launched this week on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Read this blog post to get a full rundown of what to expect.


Polygon has a big, in-depth interview up with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata. He talks about the future of the game and more; read the interview here.

Hey, this is pretty cool. NetherRealm's Ed Boon has revealed that Danny Glover was almost cast in the Mortal Kombat movie as Raiden. Get the full story here at IGN.

Square Enix has announced a brand-new RPG IP called Project Prelude. Get all the details here from DualShockers.

Nioh is getting extra content in March. Read this story at IGN to see a full rundown of what's on the way.

Here is the first gameplay footage for the dino game Ark Park, which is a spinoff from Studio Wildcard's Ark: Survival Evolved. Looks pretty cool!

Nintendo Switch digital games cannot be shared on multiple systems, it seems. Read the story at Ars Technica to find out more. The report comes just a week for the console arrives on March 3.

The Double Jeopardy section of a recent episode of Jeopardy was all about video games. That's pretty cool. If you missed it, here's a recap on Reddit.

Nintendo is hosting a video broadcast next week where it will celebrate indie games. The "Nindies Showcase," as it's being called, takes place February 28 at 9 AM PT. You can stream it here.

Mass Effect Andromeda has no level cap and lets you respec--that's pretty cool. You can learn more about that here at PC Gamer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

EBay Flash Sale Takes $10 Off $50 Purchases For A Limited Time

An eBay flash sale is underway for the next few hours that essentially lets you create your own deal.

Using the promo code CFEBFLASH10OFF, you can take $10 off any purchase of $50 or more when you pay with PayPal. There are some restrictions outlined here, but you're free to use this on games, systems, and more.


Alternatively, you can put that $10 off toward something like an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership. With their prices already discounted from some sellers, 12 months for either of those will run you about $41 with the promo code.

As a flash sale, this offer runs for only a very limited time--the promo code expires today, February 24, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET.

Sony Interactive Entertainment's Australian Managing Director Made Redundant

Michael Ephraim, managing director of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Australia and New Zealand, has been made redundant after nearly 25 years with the company.

According to Kotaku's source, SIE management broke the news to Ephraim last week. The redundancy will come into effect at the end of this week.

Ephraim has worked with Sony Australia since 1992, having previously worked with Sega Ozisoft as sales director. He is currently a member of the board at the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association.

We have reached out to Sony representatives for comment.

New Horizon Zero Dawn Trailers Show Off Its Open World, Crafting, And More

With the launch of Sony's Horizon Zero Dawn coming up very soon, the publisher has now posted three new trailers for it. Two of the new videos show off the action-RPG's open world and crafting system, while a third showcases 4K gameplay on a PlayStation 4 Pro.

You can see all the new Horizon Zero Dawn videos below (via DualShockers).

Horizon Zero Dawn's launch trailer was released last week--watch it here.

Reviews for Horizon Zero Dawn started to show up last week. The game is receiving a lot of praise, including a 9/10 score from GameSpot.

Earlier this month, Sony talked about how Horizon Zero Dawn has the potential to become a new franchise for the company. A report from SuperData this week said the game could sell as many as 6 million copies by the end of 2017 and up to 8 million for its lifetime, bringing it close to Uncharted 4. This would be a particularly notable achievement, as Horizon Zero Dawn is a brand-new franchise.

In other news, developer Guerrilla Games has announced everything that's in Horizon Zero Dawn's day one update. For more on the game, read all of GameSpot's previous stories and watch every video here.

Shadow Of Mordor Sequel Leaked, Revealed As Shadow Of War

We've known for some time that a sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was likely in the works, and today new details regarding the follow-up were leaked.

Revealed in a listing on Target's international website (as discovered by NeoGAF member DeathByBacklog), the new game is called Middle-earth: Shadow of War. The page itself features box art for it and a brief description.


"Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses, and dominate Mordor from within," it reads. "Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth."

PS4 and Xbox One versions are both listed. The original Shadow of Mordor was also available on PC, though the absence of a PC version on Target's website doesn't preclude it from also being in development.

A release date is stated as August 22. That might prove to be true, but early release dates on retailers' websites don't always pan out.

In addition to the standard version of the game, a Gold Edition will also apparently be available. Here's what that includes, based on the description:

  • Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion
  • Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion
  • The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion
  • The Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion
  • Gold War Chest
  • Over $125 in total value

The two Nemesis expansions feature "a new Orc Tribe featuring new enemies, followers, missions, abilities, weapons, Fortress, and wilderness updates, and a Mythic Gear Set." The story expansions, meanwhile, have "a new campaign, playable character, and abilities, side missions, enemies, allies, and more."

The Gold Edition page also reveals slightly more about the game itself, teasing the ability to "[f]orge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles, and dominate Mordor with your personal Orc army."

We'll have more on Shadow of War as it's announced.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Will Have Day One Patch, Full Game's File Size Revealed

With Mass Effect: Andromeda due to launch in just a few more weeks, developer BioWare has now confirmed more details about it. According to DualShockers, BioWare's Ian Frazier said on Twitter that a "good portion" of the development team is still at work on the day-one patch. The game went gold on Friday, meaning the studio has completed the initial development on the game.

This patch should be up and ready by the time Andromeda launches for EA Access and Origin Access, five days before the game comes out on March 21. Producer Michael Gamble cautioned that nothing is set in stone as of yet, so plans could change.

BioWare also confirmed that Andromeda's file size on PS4 and Xbox One (at least 45, not more than 60" gigabytes. On PC, the file size is apparently 55 GB. You can see the PC requirements here.

Andromeda launches on all platforms on March 21 for all platforms. You may not have to wait that long to play, however, as a multiplayer beta is expected to launch at some point before then.

In the meantime, check out our latest preview of Andromeda and chat with BioWare about the size of the game.

Elder Scrolls Online Sells 8.5 Million Copies, Director Says

The Elder Scrolls Online has 8.5 million players, according to a report from The figure, which was revealed by game director Matt Firor, is based on copies sold, not just registered accounts.

According to MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online has 7 million players as of June 2016, so it's added 1.5 million new players in less than a year.


The site reported that Firor said the Elder Scrolls Online player population is split "fairly evenly" among all platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

In other news about The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda this week released a new gameplay trailer for the game's upcoming Morrowind expansion. For more, check out GameSpot's preview:

Mass Effect: Andromeda Goes Gold, As New Weapons Training Video Is Released

Mass Effect: Andromeda has reached "gold" status, meaning BioWare has completed its initial development on the highly anticipated action-RPG. The developer confirmed this on Twitter today with a picture of a golden Pathfinder character.

Andromeda will not have a DLC pass, though BioWare will support it with extra content down the road, so the studio is not completely finished with the game just yet. Still, some developers are now taking some deserved time off and enjoying a vacation.

Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold.

— BioWare (@bioware) February 24, 2017

In other news, BioWare has released a new video that goes over the basics of weapons and combat. The video below talks about the four main types of weapons (pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, and sniper rifles), as well as melee items, special abilities, and more.

In other news about Andromeda, BioWare has announced the PC specs and revealed that Game of Thrones actors Natalie Dormer and Gethin Anthony are voicing characters in the game.

Andromeda launches on all platforms on March 21. You may not have to wait that long to play, however, as a multiplayer beta is expected to launch at some point before then.

In the meantime, check out our latest preview of Andromeda and chat with BioWare about the size of the game.

Suicide Squad Is Now An Academy Award Winning Film

At the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, Suicide Squad, the David Ayer directed DC Entertainment film, walked away with an Oscar for "Makeup and Hairstyling."


Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson accepted the award. This was the first award for each of them. Bertolazzi, who is Italian, dedicated the award to all immigrants during his speech.

While the film wasn't a huge hit with mass audiences or critics, only scoring a 40 on GameSpot sister-site Metacritic, it did win over many people with the practical makeup on characters like Killer Croc, Enchantress, Harley Quinn, and El Diablo. It was one of the few things the film did exceptionally well, and now, they have an Oscar to prove it.

From the start, the film had a troublesome production. However, Suicide Squad broke some box office records, including making more than $200 million over a weekend in August.

Star Citizen Adds New Ship, As Funding Passes $144 Million

Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games has announced the newest ship, the A4A Hurricane, which is described as a "fighting spacecraft that packs a deadly punch into a slight fuselage."


It boasts a "powerful armament," the studio said in a blog post (via DualShockers). The ship features six guns that are apparently "capable of blasting their way through nearly anything."

The ship is not for beginners, however.

"Mastering her unique ratio of heavy weapons with little armor requires a particular mix of marksman and dogfighter," Cloud Imperium said. "Naval pilots serving with Hurricane squadrons have fallen in love with the exclusively offensive design; their peers' constant refrain of, 'Are you having a little ship with your guns?' has served only to further distinguish the flights of 'Six Shooters.'"

You can read more about the Hurricane here.

You can buy the Hurricane right now for $160 and up as part of a "limited concept sale." What this means is that "the ship design meets our specifications, but it is not yet ready to display in your Hangar, fight in Arena Commander, or fly in the Alpha."

So basically you can't use it yet.

"The sale includes Lifetime Insurance on the ship hull and a pair of decorative items for your Hangar," the developer added. "A future patch will add a Hurricane poster and then, once the in-game model is finished, you will also be given an in-game Hurricane mini ship model."

In other Star Citizen news, the crowdfunded game has now passed a whopping $144 million.

Ubisoft Hires Telltale Veterans Who Worked On Walking Dead, Minecraft, And More

Ubisoft has announced that it's hired a number of Telltale Games veterans who will bring a "wealth of storytelling expertise to Ubisoft San Francisco future projects."

Among the new hires are senior design directors Dennis Lenart (The Walking Dead, Minecraft: Story Mode) and Nick Herman (The Walking Dead), alongside narrative director Pierre Shorette (The Wolf Among Us, Tales From The Borderlands), and creative producer Adam Sarasohn (Tales From The Borderlands).

"We are excited to welcome these strong industry veterans to our skilled team at Ubisoft San Francisco," Ubisoft San Francisco executive producer Francois Pelland said in a statement. "As we continue to expand our portfolio of games, we look to hire the best talent in the industry and infuse team members with a shared passion for development."

Telltale Games is located in San Rafael, California, which is not far from San Francisco.

Ubisoft did not say what the new hires will be working on. One of Ubisoft San Francisco's current projects is South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which was recently delayed again.

Oscars 2017: See All The Winners Here

It's almost time for the 89th Academy Awards. ABC will air the event at 5:30 PM PST / 8:30 PM ET. Throughout the show, we will be updating you with the full list of winners. Right now, you can check out all the nominees for the ceremony below. We will be highlighting the winners in bold as they happen.


The musical La La Land leads the way this year with 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, and Actress in a Leading Role. It's up against Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, which received 8 nominations, including Best Picture, Cinematography, and Directing.

We will be updating and rearranging the list as the winners are announced live.

89th Academy Award Nominees (Winners in Bold)

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Updating... Nominees below.

Best Picture

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Animated Feature Film

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia


  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

Costume Design

  • Allied
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie
  • La La Land


  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Documentary (Feature)

  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • 13th

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 Miles
  • Joe’s Violin
  • Watani: My Homeland
  • The White Helmets

Film Editing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight

Foreign Language Film

  • Land of Mine
  • A Man Called Ove
  • The Salesman
  • Tanna
  • Toni Erdmann

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

Music (Original Score)

  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Passengers

Music (Original Song)

  • "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land: Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • "Can't Stop The Feeling" from Trolls: Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
  • "City Of Stars" from La La Land: Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • "The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story: Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
  • "How Far I'll Go" from Moana: Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Production Design

  • Arrival
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • La La Land
  • Passengers

Short Film (Animated)

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

Short Film (Live Action)

  • Ennemis Intérieurs
  • La Femme et le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • Sing
  • Timecode

Sound Editing

  • Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

Sound Mixing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Visual Effects

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • The Lobster
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • 20th Century Women
You Can Still Get A PS4 Or Xbox One For Only $250

The temporary price cuts on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were announced with end-dates of February 25. That day has come and gone and you can still get either console for only $250.

Amazon still has the consoles for that price, the lowest-ever price, matching the Black Friday deals.

Here are links to the Amazon product pages for the consoles:

There is no word on when these deals may expire, so if you're interested, you may want to act sooner rather than later.

Keep checking back with GameSpot for more gaming deals all the time.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Opens Bigger In China Than Newest Star Wars

After premiering in the US and Europe in January, the newest Resident Evil movie, The Final Chapter, opened in the massive Chinese market this weekend--and it did very well.

It made $33 million on its first day and $70 million after just two days ,according to Deadline. By comparison, Star Wars: Rogue One made $31 million for its opening weekend in China (a three-day tally).

Another comparison to make is to the Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin's Creed, which made no more than $7 million for its opening in China, according to Deadline.

The Final Chapter has now made around $175 million worldwide.

Like Warcraft, The Final Chapter is faring much better internationally than domestically. The movie made only $26.5 million in the US for its lifetime, a figure that the movie surpassed in China on its first day.

The Final Chapter, the sixth movie in the series, is apparently the last one from director Paul W.S. Anderson and franchise star Milla Jovovich. Across six movies, the Resident Evil film series has passed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, making it far and away the most successful video game movie franchise ever.

As for the Resident Evil video game series, Resident Evil 7 has shipped 3 million copies. The game's newest DLC, Not A Hero, is coming out this Spring.

In other movie news, we'll report back with a box office report for the US later today. Additionally, we'll have a roundup of all the winners from the 89th Academy Awards tonight.

Former Harvest Moon Dev Shows Off Mario Costumes In New Story Of Seasons

Ahead of its release next week, publisher XSeed Games has provided a look at the Mario crossover content in Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.

As seen in the video below, players can obtain four different Mario-themed costumes to wear: Mario himself, Luigi, Peach, and Toad. Each provides its own unique buff when worn, as detailed below.

  • Mario - running speed boost
  • Luigi - fishing boost
  • Peach - become friends with other characters faster
  • Toad - stamina recharge boost

Trio of Towns is the latest game in Marvelous Entertainment's Story of Seasons series, which is known as Bokujo Monogatari in Japan. The series was previously localized in western markets as Harvest Moon, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year. The Natsume-published games under that name are now developed by a separate team, with Marvelous's games coming to the West as Story of Seasons.

Trio of Towns launches for 3DS on February 28.

Patrick Stewart Announces Retirement From X-Men Series -- "I'm Done"

Earlier this month, actor Patrick Stewart teased that he might not join Hugh Jackman in retiring from the X-Men series after Logan, saying he might play Professor X again. Now, he confirmed that won't be the case. He is retiring from the X-Men series, the actor has officially confirmed.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Stewart confirmed the news during an appearance on SiriusXM alongside Logan director James Mangold and co-star Jackman. Jackman also said again that he will end his run as Wolverine Logan.

"A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, the three of us sat, watching the movie," Stewart said. "And I was so moved by it, much more moved than I had been the first time of seeing it. Maybe it was the company of these two guys, but the movie ended and--this is an admission--but at one point [Hugh] reached out, and he took my hand in those last few minutes, and I saw him go [mimes wiping a tear from his eye] like this, and then I realized I had just done the same thing.

"Then, the movie ended… and we were going to be taken up on stage, but not until the credits were over. So, we had some time to sit there and, as I sat there I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie. So, I told [Hugh] that same evening, 'I'm done too. It's all over.'"

Logan opens on March 3.

GameSpot's Logan review praised it for being brutal and grim, featuring outstanding performances by Jackman and Stewart.

"Logan continually subverts your expectations, but in its impactful ending, it still somehow feels like the only way the movie--and Wolverine's long journey--could end," GameSpot critic Randolph Ramsay said. "This is a film that elevates its genre, succeeding precisely because it's different, and because it strives to be the Wolverine movie fans have always wanted to see. Logan is a must-watch, and is not only a wonderful superhero movie, but a wonderful movie in its own right."

For more on the critical reaction to Logan, check out this roundup of reviews.

In other news, it was recently revealed that studio bosses were concerned that the film's more adult approach might turn fans off. "There was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film," Fox executive Stacey Snider said. "It's more of an elegy about life and death. It's not a wise-cracking, cigar-chomping mutton-sporting Wolverine, and the debate internally became, 'Isn't that freakin' boring?'"

Logan also stars Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, and Richard E. Grant. It hits theaters on March 3, 2017.

Deadpool 2 And New Mutants Movies -- Producer Shares New Updates

Producer Simon Kinberg has shared some new insight on Deadpool 2 and New Mutants.

Speaking to Collider, Kinberg said both should enter production sometime in 2017 and release in 2018. For New Mutants, the team is currently waiting on a new draft of the script. Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars is directing.


For Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds and the team have been "working hard on the script," Kinberg said.

"We have a really good script for that movie, and we're into the casting process right now for some of the new characters," he explained. "There aren't a lot of new characters, but there are some big ones, as I'm sure you can imagine. And the plan would be to shoot that movie this year as well and have it come out next year.

"So potentially next year you will have a surfeit of X-Men and X-Men-related movies in theaters."

You can read the full interview here at Collider.

In other news, a report this week claimed that Kinberg will direct the next X-Men movie, though no official announcements have been made as of yet.

The Overwatch Character Teases Continue In-Game

Blizzard continues to tease Overwatch's new character, this time by updating the public test realm version of the game.

There appear to be at least two significant changes to the Numbani map. The first comes in the spawn room for the attacking team. There, you can see the aftermath of the attack that was covered in a faux news report Blizzard shared earlier today.


Elsewhere on the map, the payload cart has been updated to reflect changes that were first discovered by dataminers earlier this month. The glass containing Doomfist's gauntlet has been smashed, with nothing left inside. We've verified this on the PTR for ourselves, and you can see some images of the two scenes in the gallery above.

The speculation for some time now has been that Doomfist would be the game's next playable character. Director Jeff Kaplan appeared to pour cold water on that theory recently when he said the character is "not who you think it is."

Blizzard began rolling out a new series of teases for the new character this week. The first was an in-world interview with an 11-year-old scientist, who may be the creator of whatever the character ends up being. That was followed by an update to the in-game arrivals board on Numbani, which in turn led to today's developments.

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