Monthly Archives: November 2013

Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor Official Trailer

doctor who day of the doctorThe BBC has released the official trailer for The Day of The Doctor, the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who. You can watch it below:

A full synopsis of the episode has also been released as follows:

The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th Anniversary Special: in 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion.

All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

The moment is coming…

The episode will broadcast simultaneously around the globe on 23 November, starting at 7.50pm GMT.



Star Wars Episode VII To Open in December 2015

Star_Wars_LogoLucasfilm has announced the official release date for the new Star Wars sequel. Episode VII, yet to receive a full title, will arrive in cinemas on December 18 2015.  This will be the first time a Star Wars film has shown during the Christmas period, with all previous installments premiering in May. The announcement comes despite apparent problems with the script, with J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan recently taking over writing duties from Michael Arndt, although it is unknown how extensive their changes to the story will be.

Alan Horn, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios (owners of Lucasfilm) released the following statement:

We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture.

N7 Day 2013: Bioware Thanks Mass Effect Fans

n7dayToday is N7 day, Bioware’s now annual celebration of all things Mass Effect, and the Edmonton based developer has created a special video thanking fans for their dedication to the series featuring voice-overs from some of the games cast.  It’s definitely worth a look if your a fan of the franchise, you can see it below:

Bioware has also been celebrating the occasion in many other ways which you can read about on their blog here.

Four New Marvel TV Series Announced Exclusively For Netflix

marvel+netflixMarvel and Netflix have agreed a deal to create four live action series based on characters from Marvel comics. The first series to hit the popular online TV service will be based on Daredevil, followed by shows focusing on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Each series will be intertwined, with all four taking place in “the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York”, eventually leading up to a miniseries entitled “The Defenders” where the four heroes will team up.

The first series will begin in 2015 and Netflix has committed  to a minimum of thirteen episodes for each series, meaning we have a whole lot of Marvel TV to look forward to.

The project will be produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios. Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment said:

This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty. This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos added:

Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels. With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.

Marvel has wasted no time in working on a new Daredevil project after they got the rights to the character back from 20th Century Fox in 2012. The most recent filmed version of the character was the 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck.


Assassin’s Creed: Rising Phoenix Teased in AC4

An image has been discovered in Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag potentially revealing the development of a new game in the series. Read on for details of where the image can be found but beware of SPOILERS if you have not yet played the game.


IGoGaming spotted the image in one of Black Flag’s modern day sections, specifically after sequence 6 in the level 2 security areas of Abstergo offices.

rising-phoenix-photoThe logo is the same as one which was leaked in March, seen at the top of this page, and was reportedly listed as a Playstation Vita game by a Spanish retailer but the listing was soon removed and dismissed as false by Ubisoft. So is this image confirmation that the game is in fact real or simply an easter egg? We will be sure to bring you more details once Ubisoft has commented on the matter.

Miyamoto to Step Away from Mario Games

Miyamoto & MarioLegendary video games designer and creator of Super Mario Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that it is unlikely that he will be directly involved in the creation of future games in the franchise, preferring instead to work on new ideas for Nintendo. It is likely however that he will continue to oversee important projects. Speaking to French website Gamekult he said:

Creating a Mario of 3D World’s calibre demands enormous energy and there is little chance that I’d be able to take the time necessary to work on the next Mario. Instead, I want to get involved more heavily in the development of new, smaller-scale projects, but that doesn’t necessarily mean just modest downloadable titles. It’s not impossible that I’ll present a new game as principal creator in the future, but even though I’m not directly in charge of a project, I’m always keeping an eye on what the teams are doing in terms of gameplay and I have confidence in them.

Don’t worry about Mario!

You can find the full interview in which Shigeru Miyamoto, Yoshiaki Koizumi and Kenta Motokura talk at greater length about Super Mario 3D World here. Super Mario 3D World is set for release on Wii U on November 22 in North America and November 29 in Europe.

Mario Party: Island Tour Teaser Trailer

Nintendo has released a new trailer for the latest entry in the Mario themed minigame collection franchise. The game promises to feature 7 new game boards, 80 new minigames as well as motion control and AR card play. Mario Party: Island Tour will be released for 3DS/2DS in North America on 22nd November but a firm release date has not been decided on for Europe, with Nintendo stating simply that it will arrive in 2014.

Watch the trailer above and see what you think.

Nintendo Suspends 3DS’ Swapnote/Letter Box Service

nintendoletterboxendedNintendo has disabled the spotpass function of Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in Europe), preventing 3DS users from sending messages or drawings to each other. Nintendo explained that this was done out of concern that “offensive material” had been sent to minors through the service. Nintendo is well known for being extremely cautious when it comes to the online functionality of it’s consoles, this is one of the reasons why it’s friend system is much more complicated than on other systems, however the company is clearly not satisfied that parents are making proper use of the 3DS’ parental controls. The following statement was released via Nintendo’s official website:

Thank you for your support.

Nintendo has learned that some consumers, including minors, have been exchanging their friend codes on Internet bulletin boards and then using Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in other regions) to exchange offensive material. Nintendo has been investigating ways of preventing this and determined it is best to stop the SpotPass feature of Swapnote because it allows direct exchange of photos and was actively misused.

Nintendo always wants to provide a positive experience for all consumers and limit the risk of any inappropriate activity or misuse of a service. We feel it is important on this occasion to take this action.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly; however this decision was made considering the point that many minors also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.

Nintendo will continue to work to ensure more consumers are aware of our Parental Control features, which allow parents to manage their children’s experience on our systems. For more information, please click here.

Service stop date: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 7 p.m. PT

Service being stopped: Nintendo 3DS software Swapnote – Sending and receiving notes using SpotPass

Affected regions: All regions where the service was offered

Special Notes services are also stopped

Nintendo has not yet stated whether the service will return at a later date.