Coming To America 2: John Amos Returning As Cleo McDowell

John Amos is returning for Coming To America 2. Amos, who played a pivotal part in the first film, is one of several actors already announced for the anticipated sequel.

Released in 1988, Coming to America stars Eddie Murphy, arguably at the height of the star’s popularity, as the idealistic Akeem. A prince of the fictional African nation Zamunda, Akeem lives an undoubtedly coddled life. But when he finds out that his parents have arranged a marriage for him, to a woman he doesn’t know, Akeem rebels. Along with his aide, played by Arsenio Hall, the prince travels to the United States in search of a woman he can truly fall in love with. Directed by John Landis (National Lampoon’s Animal House), the story drew a lot of its humor from the dichotomy of placing pampered royalty in a far less hospitable environment. The film was a box office success and talks of a follow-up have continued, on and off, for years.

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Deadline reported the news that Amos will be returning as Cleo McDowell, Akeem’s employer. He joins Arsenio Hall and Shari Headley, who played Cleo’s daughter and Akeem’s love interest. James Earl Jones will be reprising his role as King Jaffe Joffer (Akeem’s father) and Paul Bates will be appearing as Oha, a royal servant in the original film. Notable names like Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones and Kiki Layne, star of If Beale Street Could Talk, have all either joined the cast or are in talks to do so.

While details about the plot for Coming to America 2 are not yet fully known, the sequel is set to revolve around an unexpected interruption in Akeem’s life. Soon to assume the throne as King of Zamunda, Akeem learns that he has a son that lives in New York. Urged on by his father’s dying wish, Akeem has to return to America to meet his son and bring him back as the new prince of the African nation. It’s also been revealed that Murphy will play an additional, villainous role. This is in line with the original film, which received praise for the fact that Murphy and Hall played multiple characters.

A follow-up to the hit comedy has been shopped around for years. At one point, a pilot was in the works for a television spin-off though that never came to fruition. Coming To America 2, announced in 2017, and pushed back to a December 2020 release, will have the team of David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein collaborating on the screenplay once more. Craig Brewer, who worked with Murphy on the upcoming Dolemite Is My Name, is slated to direct.

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Source: Deadline

2019-08-10 09:08:43

Abdullah Al-Ghamdi

Everything We Know So Far About Coming 2 America | ScreenRant

At the height of Eddie Murphy’s popularity as an actor and comedian, he came out with a hilarious, outrageous and sweet comedy classic called Coming to America. The movie told the story of Prince Akeem, a member of African royalty who travels to New York to find his queen.

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The movie was a massive success, further elevating Murphy’s star status and after over 30 years, fans will finally get the sequel they have been waiting for. News has been ramping up about Coming 2 America with anticipation continuing to build. While there’s still a long wait for the film, there are plenty of details already. Here’s everything we know so far about Coming 2 America.

9 Long Development

It would be an understatement to say that this sequel has been a long time coming. The first film came out in 1988 and given how immensely popular it had been, it is surprising a follow-up was not more immediate. Whispers of the movie had been around for years, but Murphy’s involvement seemed to be what held the project up.

With such a long wait in between films, there is a question of whether the sequel has come too late. We’ve seen plenty of long-delayed comedy sequels fail to match the originals. But in this era of nostalgia-obsession, this might be the perfect time for the film.

8 Eddie Murphy Returning

It’s hard to believe that there were once rumors that the film might actually go forward without Eddie Murphy’s involvement. During the long development history of the film, the sequel was announced before Murphy was even confirmed to return.

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Luckily, Murphy will be returning in the lead role, making the movie much more of a safe bet. Murphy’s recent film work hasn’t been the same as his heyday, but this sequel could be a return to form for the wild and electric Eddie Murphy we know and love.

7 New Director

The first film was made by John Landis who Murphy had previously worked with on Trading Places. Despite Landis being hired at Murphy’s insistence, the two reportedly clashed frequently while making this film. Though they reteamed for Beverley Hills Cop III, it’s no surprise a new director was brought in for the sequel.

The man helming the sequel will be Craig Brewer who has directed a number of high-profile films like Hustle & Flow as well as the 2011 remake of Footloose. He recently collaborated with Murphy on the upcoming Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, suggesting the two might work well together.

6 The Plot

The first film found Prince Akeem traveling to America to find his queen, so where could the sequel go from there? While the official plot details have not been announced, it has been reported that the film will focus on Akeem discovering he has an heir back in America and he travels back to meet his son.

This idea does have a lot of potential and is a fun path to take the franchise. The first film proved to be a fairly effective love story so it will be interesting to see if they can bring the same heart to a father-son relationship in this film.

5 Original Cast Members

Though Eddie Murphy was clearly the star of the show in the original, there were plenty of supporting players who helped make the movie that much better. The most notable co-star was Arsenio Hall as Akeem’s loyal friend, Semmi.

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Also returning is Shari Headley as Lisa, Akeem’s new queen as well as John Amos as her father. It was recently reported that Louis Anderson will reprise his role as Maurice, the fast-food employee. And of course, James Earl Jones will return as Akeem’s father, King Jaffe Joffer.

4 New Additions

As exciting as it is to see so many familiar faces returning for the sequel, the movie is also bringing along some great new cast members. Rounding out Akeem’s new family are KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) as his daughter and Jermaine Fowler is rumored to play the long-lost son.

Some more famous names joining the cast include Saturday Night Live‘s Leslie Jones who is rumored to play the mother of Akeem’s son. Also, Wesley Snipes was recently cast as the leader of another fictional African nation.

3 Multiple Roles

One of the most memorable aspects of Coming 2 America is the fact that Eddie Murphy played multiple roles in the film. While this is not the first or last time an actor has done this, Murphy proved to be uncanny in his transformations and gave the movie several outrageous and hilarious characters.

While it’s not confirmed if Murphy will reprise some of those secondary roles, it does look like he will be playing multiple characters yet again. Most intriguingly, it was rumored that Murphy will actually be playing the movie’s villain. Though that role seems to have been filled by Snipes, Murphy could still be playing one of the film’s antagonists.

2 Stand-Up Return

Murphy has been keeping a relatively low-profile in the movie world as of late so the prospect of him revisiting one of his most popular movies is a real thrill for his fans. But even more exciting is the possibility that Murphy will return to his roots in stand-up comedy.

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On a recent appearance on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Murphy expressed his desire to take to the stage again. Not long after, it was reported he made a lucrative deal with Netflix for future comedy specials. It could be that Murphy’s return to stand-up will be set-up to coincide with his return to his popular film.

1 Release Date

After all these years, it’s likely very surreal for some fans to hear the sequel to Coming to America finally has a release date. Now more than ever, the film feels like it is really going to happen.

The film was first set for an August 2020 release but now has been pushed back to December 18, 2020. The delay might worry fans who have been tricked before, but such a move is not uncommon, especially for a movie that has just begun its production. We can all mark our calendars that the film seems to really be on its way this time.

NEXT: Everything We Know About Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

2019-08-10 07:08:57

Colin McCormick

Here Are The Best TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In August 2019

Netflix may be far from the only choice when it comes to streaming these days (and it shows in the number of subscribers leaving the service), but it’s still the big daddy of streamable viewing – and while other companies are allowing fans a greater choice in what to watch, Netflix continues to ramp up the original content to bridge the gap. July saw the end of one of the first big Netflix Original hits: Orange Is The New Black, and now August sees the return of some of the newer Original series, like Glow and Dear White People. These are joined by plenty of great comedies and classic films, and we’ve got the best of the new content for you to enjoy.

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10 Four Weddings And A Funeral

Hulu has just released a new series based on this classic ’94 rom com, but Netflix is where you will find the original. Starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, this movie takes a group of friends through (you guessed it) several weddings – and one much sadder occasion – as they talk about love, life, and everything we’ve come to expect from romantic comedies. Some of the film may be a bit dated at this point (and the clothing most certainly is), but Four Weddings And A Funeral is still worth a re-watch.

Arriving: August 1

9 Horns

Daniel Radcliffe stars in this unusual horror story, in which a man wakes up with literal horns on his head… and a new superpower – the ability to make people confess to the terrible things that they have done. Having lost his girlfriend (and as the prime suspect in the case), he decides to use this power to try and figure out what happened that night. A blend of horror, comedy, and a murder mystery, Horns is an interesting take on the genre that horror (and Harry Potter) fans will likely enjoy.

Arriving: August 1

8 Rocky (1-5)

In need of a little underdog inspiration? Netflix has you covered with a Rocky movie marathon, sure to inspire anyone to get back to the gym, follow their dreams… or just run up a lot of stairs. Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV and Rocky V are all joining Netflix this month. Sadly, the more recent additions to the franchise (Rocky Balboa, Creed, and Creed 2) are not available to stream, but five out of eight ain’t bad. Get ready for classic action and inspiration with these – even if you just watch the original.

Arriving: August 1

7 To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar

This cult classic is the perfect watch for anyone who has already binged the latest season of Queer Eye and is missing RuPaul’s Drag Race. Known as one of the iconic LGBTQ films of the ’90s (and very similar to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), it centers on three New York drag queens on a road trip through the US.

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While it’s certainly not all fun and fluff, and there are aspects that would be handled very differently today, it remains a cult classic, and a whole lot of sparkly fun. Plus, it stars Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo as the queens themselves.

Arriving: August 1

6 Dear White People (Season 3)

Another Netflix Original, Dear White People made headlines when it was first released as some viewers were unhappy about such a Black-focused series with this title. It’s an outrage that would no doubt make lead character Samantha White (Logan Browning) extremely happy, as this college radio host loves to tell it like it is, whether her white classmates like it or not. She’s not the only fascinating addition to the show, however. Dear White People switches focus from character to character, exploring multiple different experiences as a Black student, from different backgrounds, and with very different goals.

Arriving: August 2

5 Derry Girls (Season 2)

This hilarious Irish comedy enjoyed a brilliant first season, and the second looks like it will be just as funny. Set in Northern Ireland in the ’90s, during the Troubles. The political tension is only the background, though, as this group of Catholic schoolgirls have far more pressing concerns – like what to wear, who to date, and how to get through one of the most awkward times in life without going completely bonkers.

Arriving: August 2

4 Glow (Season 3)

The Glamorous Ladies Of Wrestling are back for a third season, and this time, the ladies are headed to Vegas! After their television show was canceled, they were offered a different kind of show, but that doesn’t mean that everything is sunshine and rainbows.

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Instead, the women are still struggling with their own personal issues, relationships, and mistakes, and the third season may have changed location, but it will keep the magic of the show alive.

Arriving: August 9

3 Gangs of New York

Nominated for a whopping ten Oscars, Gangs of New York is a definite must-watch. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the film takes place in the 1860s in New York, as Catholic/Protestant tensions in Five Points explodes. The film was twenty years in the making, and while it’s not perfectly historically accurate, it’s phenomenally moving, and the kind of film that everyone should se at least once.

Arriving: August 20

2 Working Moms (Season 3)

Back to comedy, with this Canadian series about the highs and lows of motherhood. Workin’ Moms looks at the lives of a mommy-and-me style group, whether the moms are working mothers trying to balance the world’s expectations of them or stay-at-home moms feeling the pressure of not doing enough. Previous seasons have looked at post-partum depression and other more serious topics as well as some of the lighter moments, and although it will appeal most to those with kids of their own, childfree viewers may still find something to love in the friendships, romances, and work issues in these women’s lives.

Arriving: August 29

1 The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance

Jim Henson’s 1982 puppet-animated film gets a new lease of life in this prequel series that will send viewers back to his world. Set long before the events of the original Dark Crystal, Age Of Resistance is about a group of Gelflings leading a rebellion against the Skeksis. If that makes no sense to you, you can also check out the original film on Netflix, and have a Dark Crystal marathon in a single day.

Arriving: August 30

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2019-08-05 05:08:37

Rose Moore

Snowpiercer Bug Bars With Real Crickets Coming To Comic-Con

You can see a lot of odd stuff available at San Diego Comic Con, but protein bars made from crickets like those featured in Snowpiercer are right up there. The post-apocalyptic story began life as French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, and in 2013 was adapted as a movie that was a Korean production with mostly English dialogue. Snowpiercer is currently being turned into a TV series set to air on TBS next year and has already been renewed for a second season.

Snowpiercer is set in the near future where a man-made ice age has wiped out all life on Earth. The remnants of humanity live aboard a gigantic serpentine train powered by a perpetual motion engine that continually circumnavigates the globe. Society has become rigidly stratified, with the lower classes existing in cramped squalor at the tail end while the upper classes live in hedonistic decadence at the front. Snowpiercer is a story of vast inequality, and as often happens when such situations exist, a revolution starts brewing.

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As part of the promotion for the upcoming Snowpiercer TV show, bars made from insect protein powder are being made available at SDCC. The bars are mimicking those of which the train’s tail dwellers receive daily rations to survive, unaware of what they’re made from. Far from the gelatinous lumps seen in the film, however, these bars are more like those you would find in the supermarket, with ingredients like peanuts, strawberries, coconut and honey, albeit with nutrition derived from specially farmed insects. The bars will be available throughout the whole long weekend at booth 4215 in the Exhibit Hall via special vending machines where fans will enter their email address in order to receive one. Anyone with seafood or nut allergies is advised to steer clear, though, as the ingredients may trigger them.

The bars themselves are a creation of Exo, a subsidiary of Aspire Food Group, a food production company with a mission to normalize the consumption of insects in the West – something that two billion of the world’s people already don’t consider strange or disgusting. Aspire’s CEO Mohammed Ashour said that this kind of customized partnership is not something he would typically consider, but made an exception in this case, stating “the alignment of Snowpiercer with Aspire’s own path of radical technology solutions to the real-world challenges of food insecurity and climate change made for a perfect partnership.

One aspect of Snowpiercer that made it stand out from other action movies was the streak of sociopolitical commentary running throughout that was just as important to the story as its battle sequences. The film acts as a microcosm of human society, and the challenge of feeding a population with dwindling resources is one very real problem that’s relevant to the modern world and needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. The Snowpiercer TV show will most likely address the same issues, and highlighting to people that eating insects need not be as revolting as they have been conditioned to believe. Plus, it could be one step towards solving the problem.

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2019-07-13 07:07:25

Andrew Marshall

COD: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Gameplay Reveal Coming On August 1

A multiplayer gameplay reveal for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is coming on August 1, 2019. The silence surrounding Modern Warfare has been very odd considering the game is coming out in just a few months before the end of 2019, and this will be the first time fans will have the chance to see the core multiplayer playlist in action.

Activision and Infinity Ward recently revealed the first gameplay of a new game mode coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare called Gunfight, which is perfectly suited for players on a tight schedule; however, it’s completely separate from the main multiplayer playlist. While it may be different from the regular multiplayer, Gunfight shows the very familiar user interface, as well as the fast and fluid gameplay that fans have come to expect from the series. There were also some cool surprises like quick execution animations shown off for the first time.  Infinity Ward has said in the past that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will increase the player count with 20-player matches.

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Activision announced that the full multiplayer reveal will be coming on August 1 via Twitch, and Gunfight was just a small piece of the bigger picture. Players can likely expect the staple Call of Duty game modes to make a return, like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Search and Destroy. As of right now, though, no other new modes have been revealed outside of Gunfight. The gameplay itself looked very promising, and it’ll be exciting to see it for the first time in large-scale battles.

Infinity Ward is making big changes to the multiplayer offerings in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with full cross-play support and the absence of a traditional season pass. The changes will ensure that every player is able to have access to the latest content and multiplayer updates without being restricted by any sort of paywall. Everyone will also be able to play together across PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and there’s a new cross-progression system being included in the game, tying together each mode more closely. Hopefully, players will hear more about how that works when the full multiplayer reveal comes on August 1.

So far, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare looks to be making more meaningful and thoughtful changes to the series as a whole. It’s a breath of fresh air considering the newest change to the annual first-person shooter came in the form of a shoehorned battle royal mode in last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This looks to be a more connected Call of Duty title, and it’ll be interesting to see how the game tackles cross-progression, as well as if these changes carry over into the inevitable entries that will follow.

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Source: Activision, Twitch

2019-07-12 03:07:57

Jordan Boyd

Joker: KILLER SMILE is Coming To DC’s Mature Black Label

Everybody’s favorite Batman villain is getting an all-new miniseries with Joker: Killer Smile, a mature, dark, and “horrifying” new story released under DC’s prestige Black Label this Halloween.

The series has just been announced from writer Jeff Lemire (Green ArrowGideon FallsEssex County) and artist Andrea Sorrentino (Green ArrowGideon Falls). The clown prince of crime is already hands-down one of the darkest characters of the Batman mythos, if not all of comic book history. And with Killer Smile, Lemire and Sorrentino are ready to tell their version of his story.

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In this new series, the Joker is locked away in Arkham Asylum (no surprise there). With his infamous partner in crime Harley Quinn getting her own HARLEEN series from Black Label, this new tale finds Joker under the care of not Dr. Harleen Quinzel, but a new mental health professional doctor, Dr. Ben Arnell. As we’ve seen in the past, Joker will do anything to get his way, and it doesn’t seem like things will be different in this miniseries. As the series’ plot synopsis warns, “as he gets his hooks deeper and deeper into the mind of his prey, Joker sets off a chain reaction of mayhem that will threaten to tear down not only Gotham City but the soul of this idealistic man, and his young family, too.” The Joker knows his best chance at getting out of Arkham Asylum is to get his doctor on his side. Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?

However, rest assured this is a whole new story, and a new interpretation of the Joker. One intended to show the true depths of his depravity, promising a version that is “new” and “horrifying” which, for the Joker, is saying something. Letting him into your life is always a bad move, so what story will pull Dr. Arnell in when everyone in Gotham knows Joker is an unsolvable problem? Will he go to bat (pardon the pun) to protect, or possibly even free the Joker? And if so, will this new character’s story be cut short as quickly as seems likely?

Getting to work with my long-time collaborator Andrea Sorrentino on a Joker story is very exciting,” shares Lemire. “The Joker is an iconic character and we wanted to create something that challenges readers to look at him in a new and horrifying way.

Sorrentino adds, “This story has pushed me as a creator to aspire to new heights in storytelling. That little spark of madness in the Joker gives me an opportunity to play with the pacing, the layouts and the storytelling in a way that few other characters would allow.

The fact that this story is being released as part of DC Black Label means it can go places normal Batman comics can’t, going even darker and more twisted than some readers may expect–thanks to the books being targeted squarely at mature audiences. Joker: Killer Smile is a three-part story that will debut October 30, 2019, releasing every other month following.

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2019-07-11 04:07:09

Tessa Smith

DC Universe is Coming For Marvel Unlimited With 21,000+ Comics

DC has rolled out a big update for its DC Universe streaming service, adding over 21,000 comics for subscribers’ reading pleasure. The service is now a big competitor for Marvel Unlimited, as Unlimited only features comics while DC has both comics and original shows.

Although it may feel like DC Universe just launched, the streaming service has been available since September of last year. Content is expanding, and what’s already there has been liked by fans. Titans was the first show to be featured. Although the first trailer was controversial, a number of subscribers have enjoyed the show and are eagerly anticipating season 2. Doom Patrol is very well liked. Arguably, the most popular show is Young Justice: Outsiders, the sequel to the canceled Cartoon Network series. Upcoming shows include a Harley Quinn animated series, Swamp Thing (though it had its episode count diminished), and Stargirl.

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After an announcement in March, DC Universe now features a complete selection of comics from throughout DC’s history. According to a press release, DC Universe has digital access to over 21,000 individual issues. Although you can’t use the service to keep up with the current weekly issues, as there has to be one year of release from any given issue, it’s still a very useful resource for subscribers. Except for current issues, users should be able to find any DC comic. Plus, issues will be added monthly. (An issue that’s releasing tomorrow will be available one year later, as an example of how releases work.) As for reading features, the service will have page mode, an auto-play by panel, and cloud bookmarks to remember where one left off. Also, subscribers can download issues for offline reading similar to downloading movies on Netflix.

Comic recommendations will be given to subscribers based on current and upcoming movies, series, and DC’s original streaming content. So, users can probably expect some essential stories with The Joker to tie into the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix film, for example. Of course, subscribers will be able to create their own playlists as well.

DC’s digital comic lineup is impressive. A person who may only be a casual comic reader now has a chance to read a multitude of issues instantly. It’s also a great resource for reading material that movies and shows are based on. Maybe someone is watching the final season of Gotham and wants to see how No Man’s Land went down in the comics, for example. Those concerned that DC Universe would see a price hike due to a large catalog of comics can rest easy. DC Universe is still $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year. For some DC fans, the price is worth it just for the comics alone.

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Source: DC Universe

2019-04-23 05:04:04

Daniel Alvarez

Every Single Original TV Show & Movie Coming To Disney+

Disney is joining the streaming game with new service Disney+, set to launch on November 12, 2019, and the studio is bringing a big lineup of original TV shows and movies to the table. From Star Wars shows like The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars to Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoffs such as Falcon and Winter Soldier, Disney is planning to spend $500 million on original Disney+ content in 2019 alone.

With established competitors like Netflix and Amazon Prime to contend with, Disney is planning to draw Disney+ customers in with a low starting price point of $6.99 a month, and a large library of archived Disney content at launch. However, in order to succeed in the streaming game, Disney+ will also need to offer a wealth of exclusives within its first few years.

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Though the launch of Disney+ is still months away, Disney already has shows and movies lined up through to 2021. Here’s what’s coming to Disney+, and when to expect it.

  • This Page: Original TV Shows & Specials Coming to Disney Plus
  • Page 2: Original Movies Coming to Disney+

Release: First year of launch.

Two of Captain America’s best buds will be teaming up for Falcon and Winter Soldier, a live-action series starring Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. Not much is known about the series yet, most likely because Marvel wants to avoid spoiling the events of Avengers: Endgame. However, Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson made a formidable (and funny) team in Captain America: Civil War, so it should be fun to see them exchanging banter and covering each other’s backs in their own show.

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Release: Second year after launch.

Thor’s trickster brother is getting his own live-action series in Loki, which will see Tom Hiddleston reprise his role. Rick and Morty writer Michael Waldron is in charge of developing the series and scripting the pilot, and according to an official synopsis the series will “follow Loki as the trickster and shapeshifter pops up throughout human history as [an] unlikely influencer on historical events.” This prequel approach gets around the rather sticky problem of Loki being killed off at the start of Avengers: Infinity War.

Release: Second year after launch.

The rather bizarrely titled WandaVision will follow romantic pairing of Scarlet Witch and the Vision, who are connected via the Mind Stone (it gave Wanda Maximoff her powers, and resided in Vision’s head until being rudely pried out by Thanos). Little is known about this series so far, except that Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to star and that, like the other series, it will intersect with the movie side of the MCU.

Release: First year after launch

An animated series inspired by the “What If…?” Marvel comics, Marvel’s What If…? is exactly what it sounds like – a series of stories based in alternate versions of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where one major element has been changed. The first episode of the series will explore what might have happened if Agent Peggy Carter became Captain America instead of Steve Rogers. Not to be left out, this universe’s version of Steve becomes the first ever Iron Man, with a suit built by Howard Stark.

Release: Episode 1 available at launch

Pedro Pascal leads the cast of The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars series, which is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The main character is a bounty hunter of questionable morals, whose identity will be a mystery at the start of the series. The Mandalorian will also star Gina Carano as Kara Dune, an ex-Rebel shock trooper, and Carl Weathers as Greef Marga, head of a branch of the Bounty Hunters Guild.

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Release: First year after launch

Animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars is being revived for Disney+, with a trailer unveiled at Star Wars Celebration. The series focuses on Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, and also features other characters from the movies like Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Maul. In season 7, Ahsoka has left the Jedi and is attempting to start a new life in the underworld of Coruscant.

Release: Second year after launch

Diego Luna’s ruthless Rebel spy Cassian Andor, who made his debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will return in a live-action series alongside sardonic robot K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk). The Americans‘ Stephen Schiff will both produce the show and serve as showrunner. Set prior to the events of Rogue One, the show will explore Cassian’s history in espionage at the height of the Empire’s power.

Release: Available at launch

As you can possibly decipher from the tongue-in-cheek title, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is about a high school production of High School Musical. This is a ten-episode series set in East High, the real high school where High School Musical was filmed, and where students are now preparing to put on their high school’s first production of High School Musical. Got it?

Release: Second year after launch

Set six months after the end of Pixar classic Monsters, Inc., Disney Television Animation series Monsters at Work will follow a new monster character, Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), who works as a mechanic at the revamped Monsters, Inc. Tylor dreams of moving from his humble position up to the main team on the Laugh Floor (formerly the Scare Floor). The voice cast will feature several returning actors from the original movie, including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, John Ratzenberger, and Jennifer Tilly.

Release: First year after launch

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez will be producing Diary of a Female President, a new series from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend writer Ilana Peña. The show will follow a 12 year-old Cuban-American girl with big dreams, “as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.”

Available at launch:

  • Encore! – Former high school musical castmates recreate their original performance.
  • Forky Asks a Question – 10 shorts featuring Toy Story 4 character Forky.
  • Marvel’s Hero Project – Show celebrating young real-life heroes.
  • SparkShorts – Short animated films from Pixar.
  • Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series – Docuseries about the history of Walt Dsney Imagineering.
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Show hosted by Jeff Goldblum, offering his unique view on the world.

Released in first year after launch:

  • Be Our Chef – Cooking competition show.
  • Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies – Anthology show looking at the making of famous Disney movies.
  • Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 – Behind the scenes look at Frozen 2.
  • Magic of Animal Kingdom – Behind-the-scenes look at the Animal Kingdom theme park.
  • Lamp Life – Animated short film featuring Toy Story 4‘s Bo Peep.
  • Marvel’s 616 – Docuseries about the history of Marvel.
  • (Re)Connect – Series where families work out the issues dividing them.
  • Rogue Trip – Travel series with journalist Bob Woodruff.
  • Shop Class – Competition series with teams creating contraptions.

Released in second year after launch:

  • Earthkeepers – Docuseries about conservationists and the animal kingdom.
  • Ink & Paint – Docuseries about the history of animation at Disney.

Page 2: Original Movies Coming to Disney+

Release: Available at launch

Disney’s trend of making live-action adaptations of its animated classics gets a smaller-scale venture in Lady and the Tramp, a new take on the 1955 film featuring real live doggies. The film was written by Andrew Bujalski and directed by Charlie Bean, and features Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as the voices of Lady and the Tramp. The film tells the story of a pedigree house dog from a wealthy family who crosses paths with a cheerful street mutt, and the romance that blossoms between the two of them. Also featuring the voices of Kiersey Clemons, Yvette Nicole Brown, Thomas Mann, Janelle Monae, and Sam Elliot.

Release: First year after launch

Bill Hader stars in Disney+ original movie Noelle as Nick Kringle, the bumbling heir to the mantle of Santa Claus, who lets the pressure of Christmas get to him and vanishes in the lead-up to the holiday. The only hope to get Nick back and save Christmas is his little sister Noelle (Anna Kendrick), who has thus far lived a carefree life as a member of the Kringle family, but will have to take on some serious responsibility for the first time in getting her brother back. Also starring Kingsley Ben-Adir, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty and Shirley MacLaine.

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Release: First year after launch

Based on the book by Jerry Spinelli and directed by Julia Hart, Stargirl is about a teenage boy called Leo (Graham Verchere) whose life is changed by the arrival of a girl called Stargirl Carraway (Grace Vanderwahl) at his high school. Stargirl’s unusual, conformist behavior baffles the student body, who are at first charmed by her weirdness but then start to turn on her.

Release: First year after launch

Disney cartoon series Phineas and Ferb is getting the movie treatment in The Phineas and Ferb Movie (though that’s only the working title), executive produced by show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. The movie will see stepbrothers Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb (David Errigo Jr.) go on a galactic mission to rescue their sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale), who has been kidnapped by aliens and taken to a far-away planet.

Release: First year after launch

Based on Stephan Pastis’ book Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made and directed by Tom McCarthy, Timmy Failure is about a young boy called Timmy (Winslow Fegley) who runs a detective agency with the help of his imaginary polar bear friend and his sidekick, Rollo Tookus. The film also stars Craig Robinson, Wallace Shawn, and Ophelia Lovibond.

Release: First year after launch

Directed by Ericson Core, Togo is based on the true story of a diphtheria outbreak that threatened the lives of children in the remote town of Nome in Alaska in 1925. The movie follows musher Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) and his sled dog, Togo, as they travel almost 700 miles through the harsh Alaskan landscape to bring medicine to the children. The film is based on the same story as 1995 animated film Balto, with Balto and Togo being the two most famous sled dogs in the team that saved the children.

More: Everything Available On Disney+ At Launch

2019-04-22 04:04:33

Hannah Shaw-Williams

All The Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Movies Coming To Hulu

During their peak in the late ’90s, The Olsen twins were arguably the most famous child actresses around, starring in widely known films such as It Takes Two, Billboard Dad, Passport to Paris, and Switching Goals as well as numerous direct-to-video movies. The twins also did their fair share of work in television, grabbing starring roles in beloved TV series such as So Little Time, Two of a Kind and animated series Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action!. With their long list of acting credits, along with their ownership of entertainment company Dualstar, its no wonder that the Olsen Twins were some of the wealthiest child stars of their generation.

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The Olsen Twins absence from mainstream film and television for many years, along with their formal retirement from acting in 2012, have left many an Olsen fan nostalgic, particularly over their earlier work. Fortunately, streaming service Hulu took on the task of bringing back a few of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s most successful works so that die-hard fans can reminisce over their glory years over and over again. It’s not many, and it’s certainly not their entire back catalog, but these three fan-favorites are definitely worth a nostalgic re-watch. Let’s take a look at each of the Olsen Twin’s movies that are coming to Hulu on May 1.

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3 Billboard Dad

In this 1998 classic, Ashley and Mary-Kate star as surfer Emily Tyler and her high-diver twin sister Tess respectively. Set in Los Angeles, California, this film follows the girls as they look to find their widowed Dad a girlfriend. To do so, they team up with their friend Cody to paint a gigantic advertisement on a billboard looming over Sunset Boulevard for everyone to see (hence the title of the film).

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Surprisingly enough, this billboard attracts the attention of many women throughout the city, who answer the twins’ call by sending letters to their dad, Max, who himself is a talented artist. As chance would have it, Max decides to answer the letter of one woman, and this is the moment from when all the action ensues. The twins come across a range of more interesting characters including the lucky woman’s best friend, who may just yet be a better fit for Max, as well as her unbearable son and Max’s conniving business manager.

While not a critical success, this film is easy going with its fair share of laughs and zany interactions between characters. It is also family friendly, having received a “Family-Approved” rating from the Dove Foundation.

2 Passport To Paris

Released only a year after the above title, this film follows yet another set of twins, Melanie and Allyson Porter, who travel all the way to Paris for their Spring Break vacation. Here, their parents hope that the girls will learn to broaden their outlooks on life by spending time with their Grandpa Edward, the United States’ ambassador to France.

While the girls expected a thrilling trip with non-stop action, they were soon disappointed, with their Grandpa putting them in the care of his stern secretary Jeremy, who lives by a strict itinerary which includes only taking the girls to museums and fancy restaurants rather than exploring the city as they wished. To make matters worse, Melanie and Allyson must adhere to strict rules whilst living in their grandfather’s mansion, including not jumping on the bed and no loud music – and who wants that on Spring Break?

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This lifestyle certainly does not sit well with the girls, who soon embark on their own adventure in what proves to be a trip of a lifetime, in which they befriend a beautiful French model, catch the eye of two charming French boys, and of course soak up the sights and sounds of the breathtaking city that is Paris.

This film was able to receive a better reception than that of Billboard Dad, and is an enjoyable thrill ride that all nostalgic Olsen twins fans can enjoy regardless of age.

1 Switching Goals

Released just a month after Passport to Paris, this film centers on yet another set of identical twins; which isn’t too surprising. After all, playing twins is pretty much the Olsen twins’ schtick! This film focuses on the Stanton sisters, who are incredibly different from one another. Sam is a tomboy and star soccer player while Emma is incredibly girly and loves fashion, however, Emma wishes that she too was good at sports like her sister. (The ’90s was definitely a fan of playing up the sports vs girly girl stereotypes.)

With the youth soccer league tournament underway, the girls’ dad Jerry is coach of the Hurricanes co-ed team, and picks Emma for this team due to pressure from his wife and the girls’ mother Denise. His selection of Emma allowed rival team, the Buzzards, to select Sam, much to Jerry’s dismay.

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Jerry is not the only one disappointed at this outcome, however, as while Sam is disappointed to be joining a weaker team, Emma finds life incredibly difficult due to being under constant pressure from her father. For this reason, the girls switch places so that they can better their situations, with Sam learning to share the spotlight with others while Emma is afforded the chance to bond with her father more than ever before.

While the plot may seem somewhat cheesy, this is a charming and endearing film that surely captured the hearts of movie-goers who eventually became fans of the Olsen twins, and helped stir up the demand that prompted Hulu to come up with the decision to provide the above three films to their many subscribers today. Who doesn’t love a good twin-switch movie from time to time?

Here’s hoping that Hulu gets to stream a whole lot more of the Olsen twins’ ’90s classics soon.

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2019-04-21 05:04:13

Mathew Cohen

20 Switch Games Confirmed Coming In 2019 (And 5 That Are Possibilities)

Following the Wii U, which, despite strong sales of a few of its titles, was ultimately a commercial flop by most standards, a lot of people were ready to write Nintendo’s eulogy as a hardware manufacturer. However, as anyone who has been around for awhile is well aware, Nintendo should never be underestimated and is always ready to bounce back from the brink of failure in spectacular fashion.

The Switch just celebrated its two-year anniversary and is showing no signs of slowing down, breaking sales records left and right and is in striking distance of the Xbox One to become the second best-selling console of the current generation. Much of that success has to do with the Switch’s software library, which not only contains the usual greatness from Nintendo itself but stronger third-party support than a Nintendo console has had in quite some time. The Switch also just has a large number of titles period for this point in its lifespan… and unlike the Wii, it isn’t padded out by an excessive amount of party game shovelware and lazy license-based garbage (yet.)

As we go into the Switch’s third year, the console continues to have a bright outlook in terms of both the quantity and quality of its upcoming lineup. Here, we highlight some of the most noteworthy titles that have been confirmed to be releasing sometime in 2019, though of course release dates are always subject to change. And just for fun, we’ve sprinkled in a few titles that don’t yet have a concrete release window but just might surprise us by showing up for the Switch before the end of the year.

25 Possibly Coming: Doom Eternal

The Switch port of the 2016 Doom reboot surprised a lot of people, not only because it existed at all but because it was a technically proficient version of the game— and playable on a portable system, no less. Best of all, the Switch version of Doom actually sold well, which meant that Nintendo console owners were finally wising up and learning to support third-party games to help ensure that they get more of them.

And getting more of them they did, first in the form of a Switch port of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, followed by the announcement that the upcoming sequel Doom Eternal would be coming to Switch alongside the PS4, XB1, and PC versions. It’s unclear if the Switch version— or any versions— will be out this year, but here’s hoping.

24 Confirmed: Yoshi’s Crafted World

While Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a bonafide classic that some people even call their favorite “Mario game,” subsequent attempts to keep Yoshi’s Island going as its own separate franchise have largely fallen short. It wasn’t until Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U that the usually-green dinosaur finally got to star in a decent platform game that wasn’t just another disappointing Yoshi’s Island remake/sequel.

Sticking with Woolly World‘s basic gameplay formula but going with an aesthetic that is more cardboard than yarn, Yoshi’s Crafted World looks like it’ll be another fun, visually-arresting platformer for kids and families when it hits the Switch later this month. We appreciate all these Switch ports of Wii U games and all, but we like it even more when a Wii U game gets an actual sequel on the Switch instead.

23 Confirmed: Mortal Kombat 11

A lot of people like to still retroactively rag on Nintendo for censoring the original Mortal Kombat when it came to the SNES, but that’s a pretty silly complaint given that every single subsequent MK that has come to a Nintendo platform has made the transition with all the mature content intact. In fact, the Wii U is the first Nintendo console to ever lack a Mortal Kombat game, something that won’t be repeated with the Switch.

Furthermore, unlike what often happens with MK games coming to a Nintendo system, Switch owners won’t even have to wait that long to get their hands on Mortal Kombat 11— the game is slated to hit Switch in May, only a month after the other versions. Just don’t hold your breath for any Nintendo-exclusive characters in the game!

22 Confirmed: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

One surefire way to know that a console is doing well is when third parties start bringing out AAA games exclusively for the platform. It’s easy enough for cynical people to say they don’t need a Switch because they don’t care about Mario or Zelda, but when games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 start showing up, it takes a lot more effort to objectively dismiss the Switch’s lineup.

The long-awaited sequel to the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series— which itself was the follow-up to the X-Men Legends games—  Ultimate Alliance 3 brings back classic characters from the franchise while also introducing ones that have gained popularity since the release of the last game thanks to the MCU. See the Guardians of the Galaxy mixing it up with the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, and more sometime in the summer/fall 2019 range.

21 Confirmed: Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age

When Squaresoft and Enix merged into Square Enix in 2003, it effectively brought an end to one of the biggest rivalries in gaming history: Final Fantasy vs Dragon Quest. Of course, Western territories had long since chosen Final Fantasy as the preferred franchise, while in Japan, Dragon Quest was and continues to be the bigger series. But one thing that can’t be disputed is that the DQ franchise has been far more consistent, and that tradition continues through the 11th installment, finally being released outside of Japan last September for PS4 and PC.

An enhanced version of DQXI is now coming to the Switch, and will be out in the U.S. by the end of the year. It features new orchestral music and the option to play in a special 16-bit graphics mode carried over from the Japan-only 3DS version.

20 Possibly Coming: Shin Megami Tensei V

As one of the games first shown alongside the public reveal of the Switch itself, Shin Megami Tensei V has been one of the most-anticipated titles for the system. Two years on, Atlus still hasn’t committed to anything resembling an official release date, though they did at least finally confirm a North American version this past fall.

Part of the larger Megami Tensei brand that also includes the Persona and Devil Summoner offshoots, Shin Megami Tensei is technically the main series and goes all the way back to the 1980s. But in that time, there have only been four core numbered installments, making a new one a huge deal— and an even bigger one for Switch fans as it is exclusive to that platform. Maybe a 2019 release, especially in the West, is a long shot… but it’s not impossible.

19 Confirmed: Super Mario Maker 2

The original Super Mario Maker was one of the killer apps for the Wii U as well as perhaps the best example of a game that wouldn’t have been nearly as effective without a tablet controller. A sequel seemed like a foregone conclusion, but it was still exciting when Nintendo officially unveiled one in February— especially since it was also revealed that Super Mario Maker 2 was coming as early as June.

Among the confirmed additions to the game this time around are the ability to make sloped terrain, and the inclusion of assets and mechanics from Super Mario 3D World. Luigi is heavily featured in the promo art, hinting at a multiplayer component, but that has yet to be confirmed. Our fingers are definitely crossed that we’ll be able to create co-op levels.

18 Confirmed: Team Sonic Racing

There’s no denying that Mario is king of video game kart racing, but that’s not to say that his former rival, Sonic, doesn’t also know his way around a track. After a rough start with the Sonic Drift series, Sonic and company became legitimate contenders in the genre with the two Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing games— even if their titles are an awkward mouthful.

Abandoning the Sega fan service and focusing on just the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Team Sonic Racing is going to be a more story-driven affair but is still expected to have the same level of polish and fun on the track. While this means less character and level variety, that doesn’t mean the game itself won’t still be a blast. But we’ll all find out for sure when it hits the Switch this May.

17 Confirmed: Super Meat Boy Forever

One of the early success stories of the big indie gaming movement of the late-2000s, Super Meat Boy hearkened back to a time when games were easy to learn but difficult to master, humbling a generation of gamers who had gotten lazy with the the comparative easiness of modern gaming.

Original programmer Tommy Refenes is once again the sole credited programmer on Super Meat Boy Forever, which began life as a merely a mobile version of the original game but eventually evolved into a full-on sequel. Among the major differences this time around are randomly-generated levels said to be based on how the game is reading the player’s skill, and the ability to kick and punch. Nintendo proudly showcased the Switch version back in the summer of 2017, and it’s finally set to release this April.

16 Confirmed: Animal Crossing

It’s hard to believe, but the last traditional Animal Crossing game was New Leaf, released all the way back in 2012 for the 3DS. If you need proof that Nintendo had quickly lost faith in the Wii U, look no further than the company not even bothering to put a core AC game on the system.

Hopefully, that extra time has meant that the company has been working hard to finally reinvent the formula that they have essentially been recycling since the original installment when the AC series finally gets a new mainline entry for the Switch later this year. Though, after the insult that was Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival for Wii U, we’ll just be happy to play a good AC game again even if it is just more of the same ol’ Tom Nook servitude.

15 Confirmed: Astral Chain

While they sometimes have to take on ill-fated licensed fare to help keep the lights on, Platinum Games has largely developed a reputation for being one of the most consistent and reliable game developers of the last decade, especially in the realm of action games. And while they are also hard at work on the third installment of a certain trilogy starring a certain curvy witch— more on that later— for Switch, the always-busy team recently unveiled yet another Switch game that have in the pipeline that is slated for release this summer.

Little is known about Astral Chain beyond what can be culled from the debut trailer, but so far it looks like the typical stylish, over-the-top action that Platinum is best known for. We can’t wait to learn more about this promising title in the coming months.

14 Possibly Coming: Bayonetta 3

Nintendo did a lot wrong with the Wii U, but there are also some things they at least tried to do right— one of which was snatching up the sequel for cult hit Bayonetta and announcing it as a Wii U exclusive. From that point on, Bayonetta has essentially become a Nintendo-exclusive franchise, and we’re going to see more of her on the Switch beyond the ports of the first two games and her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

All we’ve seen so far of Bayonetta 3 is a very brief teaser, but there are few game characters that we’re content to be teased by. The lack of new footage means it’s likely still a ways off, but Bayo likes to keep us on our toes, so we wouldn’t count her out for a surprise return sometime this year.

13 Confirmed: Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night

With the launch of Kickstarter, Keiji Inafune and Koji Igrashi— key figures behind Mega Man and Castlevania, respectively— saw an avenue with which to leave behind companies they felt stifled by and create true spiritual successors to the franchises that were being mishandled by their parent companies. Inafune’s attempt, Mighty No. 9, fell far short of that goal. We can only remain optimistic that IGA’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night fares much better.

The much, much delayed game was originally supposed to have a Wii U port— that’s how long ago Bloodstained was meant to be released. But its Nintendo representation moved to the Switch, and all signs point to Bloodstained finally being released sometime in the next few months. Don’t let us down, IGA. Castlevania fans have been put through enough heartbreak already.

12 Confirmed: Dragon Quest Builders 2

It might seem like a really short lead time between Dragon Quest Builders 2 and the original game, the latter of which only just hit the Switch last February. So how can the sequel be promising a July release of this year already? Well, Dragon Quest Builders was actually first released for the PS4 and Vita in Japan way back in January of 2016, so the developers have already had three years to work on part two even though Switch owners only just got the first game.

If anything, Square Enix are probably taking a risk releasing the sequel while so many people are probably still enjoying the original, but we’ll never complain about too many DQ games getting localized for the West— sometimes, we don’t see one for years at a time.

11 Confirmed: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

One of the most unfairly overlooked games of Nintendo’s jam-packed February Direct was the Switch port of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, originally released for PS4 and PC in 2017. Considering that developer Ninja Theory took a year bringing it to Xbox One and then another year on the Switch port, it’s obvious that they want each version to be the best that it can be. And if any version has a lot to prove in terms of what it can accomplish from a technical standpoint, it’s the Switch version.

Like most Ninja Theory games, Hellblade is a fast-paced action game at its core, but the story also explores complicated themes of psychosis, the depiction of which earned the game praise from neuroscience experts. If you missed the other versions, give it a try on the Switch when it releases this spring.

10 Confirmed: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Even though Switch owners still haven’t been told for sure that they’re getting their own version of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy— though we have to imagine it’s a matter of “when” instead of “if”— Activision has at least confirmed a Switch version of their next PlayStation-era remaster coming this June.

Though they cheaped out a bit this time by only remastering one game instead of a collection of them, the original Crash Team Racing is the one that’s most worth having anyway. And as people are no doubt finally starting to get a little tired of Mario Kart 8 DeluxeCrash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a great way to keep busy until the Switch finally gets its first truly new Mario Kart installment. Still, Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing, while not amazing, would’ve been a nice inclusion…

9 Confirmed: Dead By Daylight

While the words “online shooter” in terms of a Nintendo Switch game typically conjures images of cute octopuses spraying ink and characters popping llama piñatas while dabbing, there are actually more hardcore shooters on the Switch already and even more on the way. And one of the most interesting upcoming games that hopes to change the way people think about online shooters on the Switch is Dead by Daylight.

Due out in the fall, the Switch port of the PS4, XB1, and PC game is an online-only multiplayer game where five people play asymmetrically in teams of one versus four, with the four having to hide from and escape the one. Reviews for the other versions have been somewhat mixed, but most agree it’s an intriguing concept and it might find a nice home on the Switch.

8 Possibly Coming: Digimon Survive

While Digimon fans take offense when the franchise is dismissed as a Pokémon rip-off, there’s no disputing that it has failed to maintain the popularity of Nintendo’s monster battling brand. But Digimon has never really gone away, at least not in Japan— it just hasn’t had as much of a presence anywhere else in recent years. Bandai Namco is hoping to turn that around, however, with the upcoming Digimon Survive.

Looking to reinvent the brand a bit with a different gameplay style and a darker tone, Digimon Survive, true to its title, is about trying to keep your creatures alive under harsh conditions rather than capturing and battling them. Not much else is known about the game, including when it is actually going to come out, but a 2019 release isn’t outside of the realm of possibility.

7 Confirmed: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series actually dates all the way back to 1990, but the franchise stayed mostly in Japan until Marth and Roy showed up in 2001’s Super Smash Bros. Melee and got non-Japanese gamers curious. Nintendo then decided to test the waters by localizing the next entry in the Fire Emblem series in the West, and the franchise has been a worldwide property ever since.

Unfortunately, that also began a period where the number of new Fire Emblem games began to slow significantly, with only three core entries released since 2012. This makes the upcoming Three Houses— due this summer— a really big deal, especially since it’ll be the first mainline game not released for a strictly handheld system since 2007’s Radiant Dawn for Wii.

6 Confirmed: Luigi’s Mansion 3

The GameCube marked the first time a new Nintendo console didn’t have a Super Mario game ready to go on the first day of its release in the U.S. The shock and disappointment of this revelation put an unfair amount of pressure on launch game Luigi’s Mansion, which people were too hard on because it wasn’t a sufficient replacement for a Super Mario game— even though it was never trying to be.

Luckily, most people have come around on Luigi’s Mansion since, and the game eventually earned enough retrospective love that Nintendo finally gave the game both a sequel and a remake on the 3DS. Now, after nearly 20 years, the series returns to consoles with the upcoming release of Luigi’s Mansion 3, which doesn’t have a firm release date yet but Nintendo assures us will be sometime this year.

5 Confirmed: The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Nintendo likes to save the biggest surprises for the end of its Nintendo Directs, and they certainly had a big one ready to cap off their February one— a full-on remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Switch. And coming by the end of this year, no less!

A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time get most of the love in terms of retro Zelda games, but everyone who has played Link’s Awakening—  which also saw a colorized re-release on Game Boy Color— knows that it deserves its place among the best and most unique Zelda adventures. It’s definitely a great candidate for a remake, especially since it essentially marks the return of classic 2D-style Zelda on a Nintendo home console for the first time since the series went 3D.

4 Confirmed: Oninaki

In between the latest new installment of Final FantasyDragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts, Square Enix have been releasing a bunch of smaller-scale RPGs that hearken back to their 90s heyday. Following in that tradition of games like Bravely Degault for 3DS and Octopath Traveler for Switch comes the upcoming Oninaki, which feels like something of a bridge between those two halves of Square Enix’s portfolio and is headed up by one of the directors of none other than Chrono Trigger.

Another of the more mysterious games on this list, all we really know about Oninaki at this point is that its an action/RPG with gorgeous visuals, and impressive pedigree, and is due to hit the Switch sometime in 2019. And, really, what else is there to know in order to be excited for this game?

3 Confirmed: Daemon X Machina

Not sure what to make of this game’s weird title that reminds us of what bounced-back emails used to say? Hop on Switch right now and download the free demo for yourself, as that’ll certainly tell you far more about the game and whether you should care about it than we possibly could.

That aside, it’s a third-person mech action game that is playable by up to four people at once and comes courtesy of the developers of the Senran Kagura games. Whether or not Dameon X Machina will have any “bounce” remains to be seen, but it thus far seems unlikely. Snarkiness aside, it’s a really cool-looking games that should scratch a lot of itches when it comes out later this year.

2 Confirmed: Pokémon Sword/Shield

For all of Pokémon‘s history up to this point, there has been a clear division between the console games and the handheld games. Most importantly, only handhelds ever got the real, core installments in the series, with consoles just seeing spin-offs and such. Well, with the Switch blurring the lines between what is a console and what is a handheld, a new mainline Pokémon game will finally technically come to a console this year with the release of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. And, no, don’t believe the rumors of a third game, Pokémon Gun— that was simply a joke that got taken too far.

Three brand new starters have already been shown for Sword and Shield, and we’re sure that’s just the start of the reveals that Nintendo will slowly dole out in the coming months.

1 Possibly Coming: Metroid Prime Trilogy

We wanted to mostly stick to games that have at least been officially announced for this list, but for the final spot, we couldn’t resist jumping on the speculation bandwagon for Metroid Prime Trilogy HD/Remaster/whatever it’s going to be called if and when Nintendo finally just confirms it.

Following the heartbreaking announcement that Metroid Prime 4 is likely still years away, Nintendo needs to do something to keep Metroid fans happy and the franchise in people’s good graces. What better way to do that then to release a remaster of the Wii’s Metroid Prime Trilogy, only in HD? The many supposed leaks of the game seem to point to there being a pretty good chance it’s in development, and maybe even coming fairly soon. Just make it official already, Nintendo— and for a 2019 release, preferably.

2019-04-20 08:04:24

Chris Hodges