What's New To Netflix This Week: Movies, TV, And Originals (US)

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Netflix tends to dump the majority of its new offerings of movies--ones that already had a theatrical release--right at the beginning of the month. So what about the rest of the March? Well, this is when Netflix drops its original series and movies, and there are a few you'll want to check out.

On March 12, part six of Terrace House: Opening New Doors comes to the service. Japan's reality TV series is completely different than any reality show that is made in America. Terrace House is soothing, relaxing, and there aren't your traditional reality show staples like fights, loud arguments, or delusional singers. It's a group of people living in a house, going to work and school, and creating relationships with each other--and no, they're not all sexual in nature. Then, a group of famous Japanese folks comment on what's going on, and everything about this series is the best. You have a lot to catch up before you get to the latest installment, so get cracking.

Best Buy Sale Includes Huge Deals On Mario Games, Red Dead Redemption (US)

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The start of a new week means we'll have a brand-new batch of game deals at Best Buy--but this isn't just any old week. Sunday, March 10--also known as Mario Day--kicked off a week of celebration for Nintendo's lovable mustached plumber, and as a result, several retailers are running major discounts on Mario games all week. That includes Best Buy, where you can save 50% on a select Mario game when you buy a Nintendo Switch. Best Buy has four games left to choose from as part of this deal: Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces, and Super Mario Party. This deal is only available through Saturday while supplies last, so if you've been planning to buy a Switch, now's a good time to pick one up.

For those who already own a Switch, you can still get Mario games at a discount this week. Like other retailers, Best Buy is selling digital downloads for various Mario games for just $40; however, the codes seem to be unavailable as of this time. We'll update this post if that changes.

What Matters From WWE's Fastlane: Shield, Kofi Kingston, And Ronda Rousey

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WWE's Fastlane is a bit of a troublesome PPV. The show is limited in what it can do, since the biggest wrestling event of the year, Wrestlemania, is right around the corner. However, no matter what the results for the show were, Fastlane had a few important moments you know before heading into this week's WWE programming.

We're taking a look at the PPV as a whole and getting down to the nitty gritty of what really matters. If you're looking for something a bit more in-depth, we have a full review of every match from Fastlane for you to check out as well. Here's what you need to know about Fastlane.

After The Usos defeated Shane McMahon and The Miz in a battle for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship, the two celebrated at ringside with Miz's ever-present father. However, Shane turned on the Miz, beating him up and putting him in a choke. Shane also got in the face of Miz's father, grabbing his head. It's safe to say that this tag team is done, and Shane will face Miz at Wrestlemania.

Pokemon Go Dev's Harry Potter Game Opens Pre-Registration For Some

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After months of silence, Niantic and Warner Bros. have revealed some new details on their upcoming Harry Potter mobile game, Wizards Unite. The title is scheduled to launch for Android and iOS devices later this year, but some prospective wizards are able to sign up for it right now.

Pre-registration for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is now open for Android users on Google Play, giving those who are interested in the title a chance to sign-up and potentially receive early access. Pre-registration is not yet available on the App Store, but the developers tell iOS players to "stay tuned for more updates" on that front.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a Pokemon Go-like take on J.K. Rowling's beloved series. As a member of Statute of Secrecy Task Force, players must explore the real world and locate Foundables--important people and items in the wizarding world--and dispel the Confoundable magic that's trapping them.

Doom Annihilation Is A Direct-To-Video Doom Movie, And Looks Exactly Like What You'd Expect

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Doom has already had a big-screen adaptation, starring none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. That 2005 movie was panned and essentially disavowed by Johnson, but now another movie is on the way: Doom Annihilation.

This film is not destined for the multiplex, though. It's a direct-to-video movie, not connected to the other film, written and directed by Tony Giglio (who was also behind the direct-to-video movie S.W.A.T.: Under Siege). It follows the lore of Doom relatively closely, as a group of Marines respond to a distress call from a Martian moon base, only to discover it crawling with demons. Chaos ensues.

It's a concept that lends itself to camp. Check out the brief teaser-trailer below for a look at the marines, a demon or two, and some hellish dialogue.

Game Of Thrones Season 8's First Two Episodes Aren't Extra Long

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It's been known for a long time that the upcoming eighth season of Game of Thrones will be much shorter than previous ones, comprising only six episodes. There was some suggestion that each episode would be extra long, possibly movie-length. We now have confirmation on the running times for Episodes 1 and 2, and it seems that both will be of regular duration.

The running times were revealed on HBO's schedule, and were spotted by fan site Winter is Coming. Episode 1, which premieres on April 14, will be 54 minutes, while Episode 2 the following week is 58 minutes. Game of Thrones' episode lengths always vary, but these are very much in line with the sub-60 minute running time of previous seasons.

However, fans expecting some epic-length episodes shouldn't be too disappointed. There's every reason to expect that the remaining four episode will be much longer. In January, Entertainment Weekly reported on a leaked report from a TV conference in France. The report stated that while Episode 1 and 2 would be around 60 minutes each, the next four will be approximately 80.

Harry Potter Game Wizards Unite Mixes Pokemon Go With RPGs

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After a teaser trailer late last year, Pokemon Go developer Niantic has revealed more about its next AR game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Co-developed by WB Games under the Portkey Games label, Wizards Unite takes Pokemon Go's foundation and puts a wizarding world spin on it. But where Pokemon Go is largely about collecting, Wizards Unite is focused on immersing you in its world, from a voice-acted story to involved RPG-like skill trees.

We recently went to Niantic's San Francisco office to learn more about Wizards Unite, which included a hands-on demo of the game. The Pokemon Go parallels are front and center; instead of PokeStops, for example, Wizards Unite has greenhouses and inns where you can get various items. The map works the same way, but to fit the theme, crooked buildings dot the map as owls fly overhead. It also includes some of the quality-of-life features that Pokemon Go got over time: AR Plus, a photo mode, and at least the promise of better battery life optimization.

Niantic's Harry Potter Game Mixes Pokemon Go With RPGs

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After a teaser trailer late last year, Pokemon Go developer Niantic has revealed more about its next AR game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Co-developed by WB Games under the Portkey Games label, Wizards Unite takes Pokemon Go's foundation and puts a wizarding world spin on it. But where Pokemon Go is largely about collecting, Wizards Unite is focused on immersing you in its world, from a voice-acted story to involved RPG-like skill trees.

We recently went to Niantic's San Francisco office to learn more about Wizards Unite, which included a hands-on demo of the game. The Pokemon Go parallels are front and center; instead of PokeStops, for example, Wizards Unite has greenhouses and inns where you can get various items. The map works the same way, but to fit the theme, crooked buildings dot the map as owls fly overhead. It also includes some of the quality-of-life features that Pokemon Go got over time: AR Plus, a photo mode, and at least the promise of better battery life optimization.

Halo Infinite Could Adopt Games As Service Model

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Halo Infinite appears primed to get its big debut at E3 2019, but it may be a very different kind of game. Comments from Kiki Wolfkill, the head of Halo trans-media at 343, has added more reason to believe that the studio is imagining this as an ongoing game or live service.

"We have to be able to change content quickly," Wolfkill said at Fortune's Brainstorm Design conference. "We can't afford to wait three years every time we drop a new product and have it be a black box because the games kids are playing are changing every week."

The reference to a three-year development cycle as outdated, paired with the title of Halo Infinite itself, would seem to suggest that Microsoft and 343 are planning this entry as an ongoing game of some sort. That would also make sense alongside her reference of games that kids are playing currently. It sounds like a reference to games like Fortnite, which issues regular challenge updates and new equipment between its large seasonal updates.