A Copy Of Super Mario Bros. Just Sold For Six Figures At Auction

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A Copy Of Super Mario Bros. Just Sold For Six Figures At Auction

Every few phone calls with my mom, I usually have to explain why throwing away all my old video games left in a box in my childhood home is a bad idea. I tell her things in there might sell for quite a bit of money one day and she scoffs and tells me there's no way a dusty old cardboard box full of games will sell for a significant amount. While there may be nothing in there that will sell for $100,000, a recent auction proved for the first time that video games can indeed hit numbers that high.

The game in question is Super Mario Bros., the 1985 original platformer that helped launch Nintendo into the realm of being a household name in the west. As Nintendo tried convincing test markets in America to carry the Nintendo Entertainment System, most retailers were skeptical after the Atari crash. This meant that the company would try things in Los Angeles and New York City that wouldn't really get out to the larger continental United States. One of these things was packaging a reprint of Super Mario Bros. without shrinkwrap and instead using an official Nintendo sticker to seal the box for an extremely limited time in those two cities.

Yes, Rian Johnson Is Still Directing The Next Star Wars Trilogy

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Yes, Rian Johnson Is Still Directing The Next Star Wars Trilogy

In 2017, Disney hired Rian Johnson to direct the next Star Wars trilogy after this year’s Episode IX. Johnson, director of the polarizing Episode VIII, professed his excitement in a now deleted tweet: “Obviously, I hope you like The Last Jedi. But, man, now I REALLY hope you like The Last Jedi.”

Recently, rumors have been circulating around the internet about Johnson’s apparent separation from the project. He quickly took to twitter to dispel the confusion, referencing the SuperBroMovies news outlet, where these rumors are believed to have originated. 

News on Johnson’s upcoming trilogy is limited, but JJ Abram’s Episode IX hits theaters everywhere on December 20. 

Yes, Rian Johnson Is Still Directing The Next Star Wars Trilogy

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Yes, Rian Johnson Is Still Directing The Next Star Wars Trilogy

In 2017, Disney hired Rian Johnson to direct the next Star Wars trilogy after this year’s Episode IX. Johnson, director of the polarizing Episode VIII, professed his excitement in a now deleted tweet: “Obviously, I hope you like The Last Jedi. But, man, now I REALLY hope you like The Last Jedi.”

Recently, rumors have been circulating around the internet about Johnson’s apparent separation from the project. He quickly took to twitter to dispel the confusion, referencing the SuperBroMovies news outlet, where these rumors are believed to have originated. 

News on Johnson’s upcoming trilogy is limited, but JJ Abram’s Episode IX hits theaters everywhere on December 20. 

New Smash Bros. Amiibo Are On The Way In 2019

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New Smash Bros. Amiibo Are On The Way In 2019

Amidst the many announcements during last night's Nintendo Direct, the company slipped in the news that there will indeed be new Amiibos based on the new and returning fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There are eight in total but they are coming in waves. Take a look below:

On April 12 we'll get:

And later in the year:

You Can Get Fortnite's Season 8 Battle Pass For Free

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You Can Get Fortnite's Season 8 Battle Pass For Free

Epic Games has a valentine for you, and it's a free Fortnite Battle Pass.

While players wait for Season 8 to begin, they can complete 13 Overtime Challenges to nab next season's Battle Pass for free. The Battle Pass gives players two Season 8 outfits instantly, with the potential to earn up to five more. Make sure to complete those challenges soon – the giveaway ends February 27.

Patch v7.40 also brings back gifting for a limited time, from now until February 22. As an extra Valentine's Day bonus, players can send the Heartspan Glider to a friend for free until February 15 at 7 p.m. EST.

You Can Get Fortnite's Season 8 Battle Pass For Free

about X hours ago from
You Can Get Fortnite's Season 8 Battle Pass For Free

Epic Games has a valentine for you, and it's a free Fortnite Battle Pass.

While players wait for Season 8 to begin, they can complete 13 Overtime Challenges to nab next season's Battle Pass for free. The Battle Pass gives players two Season 8 outfits instantly, with the potential to earn up to five more. Make sure to complete those challenges soon – the giveaway ends February 27.

Patch v7.40 also brings back gifting for a limited time, from now until February 22. As an extra Valentine's Day bonus, players can send the Heartspan Glider to a friend for free until February 15 at 7 p.m. EST.

Ubisoft Planning Up To Four AAA Titles Before March 2020

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Ubisoft Planning Up To Four AAA Titles Before March 2020

During a financial earnings call today, Ubisoft confirmed that the company has three to four more AAA games to release between April 2019 and March 2020. This means games in the same budget area as titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Far Cry 5, or The Crew.

Ubisoft wouldn't comment on what those games are, but it should be pretty easy to at least narrow down what those games are not. The Division 2 releases before the end of the fiscal year and thus would not be counted among the games releasing in the next fiscal year and obviously it's a little too soon for The Division 3. The publisher has confirmed that Assassin's Creed will be skipping 2019 as they focus on providing updates and content for Odyssey in the interim. With Far Cry: New Dawn releasing this month, another Far Cry isn't out of the question, but would buck the trend of releases in the series. Coincidentally, you can find our review for Far Cry: New Dawn right here.

Anthem Conviction Is A Live-Action Trailer From The Director Of Elysium

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Anthem Conviction Is A Live-Action Trailer From The Director Of Elysium

In a collaboration with Academy Award-nominated director Neill Blomkamp, BioWare released Anthem Conviction this morning, a live-action short film that reads better as a live-action trailer.

The YouTube video's description says that Anthem Conviction is set "decades before the events of the game." However, the video doesn't offer much in the way of a story, but it features some cool special effects, produced by Blomkamp's Oats Studios. According to EA, Blomkamp, who directed films like District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, founded the studio in 2017 as a platform to practice creating visual effects and to create experimental short films.

Anthem launches February 22 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can check out the official launch trailer here, or discover Anthem's endgame offerings here.

Hollow Knight DLC Campaign Transformed Into Full Blown Sequel

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Hollow Knight DLC Campaign Transformed Into Full Blown Sequel

While Hollow Knight got loads of free DLC, Team Cherry had been working throughout development on a larger expansion of paid DLC starring Hollow Knight's Hornet. A few days ago, the developers indicated there would be news on the DLC expansion on Valentine's Day, which most assumed to be a release date or new trailer. Instead, Team Cherry announced that the DLC has expanded massively in scope and will instead be a full blown sequel to Hollow Knight.

Dubbed Hollow Knight: Silksong, the new game features a new world, 150 new enemies, a new town, new bosses, and new quests. You can check out the trailer for the game below.

Two of Team Cherry's three developers talk in this video about the decision to expand the game.

Big Dead Cells Update And Switch Performance Fix Is Out Now

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Big Dead Cells Update And Switch Performance Fix Is Out Now

Dead Cells is great, but last year's action rogue-like received a wave of criticism for its performance on the Nintendo Switch. A recent update claims to have fixed those problems and added several great new features.

The patch released today for all consoles and includes a new game mode that allows players to customize their runs. For example, players now have the ability to unlock and re-lock items, enable special gameplay adjustments, and change other rules of play.

Another bonus is that Motion Twin has removed Dead Cell's “mob auto-scaling” mechanic so each level now has a fixed difficulty. The amount of health that players have on higher difficulties also been re-balanced so players at higher levels will have more HP.