One Of 2016's Best Anime Movies Is Finally Getting A Home Release (US)

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Eleven Arts has announced that A Silent Voice is finally getting a physical disc set release in North America. The anime movie is releasing in a deluxe package that includes the Blu-ray, DVD, and digital versions.

First premiering in Japanese theaters in 2016, the home release of A Silent Voice will be available for purchase in North America on April 2, according to Crunchyroll. The disc set includes both the original Japanese version of the film and the English dubbed version.

A Silent Voice rapidly gained popularity in Japan when it first released, and its emotional story captured American audiences when the film released internationally the following year. The movie is a condensed version of the story told in the seven volume manga of the same name--titled Koe no Katachi in Japan--that was created by Yoshitoki Oima. A Silent Voice follows the changing relationship between Shoko and Shoya, a girl who's deaf and the male peer who used to cruelly bully her in elementary school. Shoya reaches out to Shoko when the two are in high school in an effort to make amends, as well as come to terms with his own guilt, and the two eventually spark an unlikely friendship that begins to grow into something more.

Super Bowl 2019: What Movie Trailers Are We Expecting?

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Super Bowl 2019: What Movie Trailers Are We Expecting?


While there are plenty of people excited to see the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams go head-to-head in the final NFL game of the 2018 season, there are also lots of folks who can't wait to see what's going to happen during the commercial breaks of the Super Bowl.

The big game is now known for trailer reveals just as much as its known for American football. When you have the eyes of the nation glued to the TV for over three hours in one sitting, it's easy to see why movie studios would drop trailers for their biggest upcoming releases.

Last year, we got a trailer for Avengers: Infinity War and Netflix released The Cloverfield Paradox, which was pretty terrible. With the Super Bowl airing on CBS on Sunday, February 3, we're breaking down some of the biggest film studios' upcoming slates and speculating what movie trailers we could see during the big game.

If you're looking for more on the Super Bowl, check out all the commercials that have been released so far, other halftime options for this year, and the best and worst commercials from past Super Bowls.

While there are plenty of people excited to see the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams go head-to-head in the final NFL game of the 2018 season, there are also lots of folks who can't wait to see what's going to happen during the commercial breaks of the Super Bowl.

Hearthstone Balance Changes Nerf Classic Mainstays

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Hearthstone Balance Changes Nerf Classic Mainstays

Blizzard has announced the next set of balance changes coming to Hearthstone, and they'll have a big impact on the mainstays of multiple classes. This update is aimed almost entirely at the Basic and Classic sets--that is, the cards that never go out of Standard play rotation--and the company says it's because they've just proven too persistent over multiple expansions.

"We're changing these particular cards because each one has been highly prevalent, regardless of what strategies have been popular or what other cards have existed around them," the note on the Hearthstone blog states. "When Basic and Classic cards become this ubiquitous, they take away some of the flexibility players have when building decks, ultimately stifling the diversity of decks we see when playing Hearthstone."

These sweeping changes impact four class cards: the Rogue's Cold Blood, Shaman's Flametongue Totem, Paladin's Equality, and the Hunter card Hunter's Mark. Each one is having its mana cost raised by one, except for Equality, which is being raised by two. The actual card effects are going unchanged in each instance, but Blizzard hopes that by raising the mana cost they'll be less "auto-include" cards and encourage more diversity in those decks.

Persona Q2 Is Coming To The West, Special Edition Confirmed

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Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth has been confirmed for a western release, heading to the US and Europe on June 4, 2019. The 3DS exclusive will cost $40 at launch, and like its predecessor, it crosses over the casts of various Persona games.

Persona Q2 is a spin-off featuring the Phantom Thieves of Persona 5. The heroes have to battle their way out of dungeons, each themed after a movie genre with its own set of tropes. They'll join up with both original characters and notable names from the Persona series along the way. Those will include characters from Persona 3, Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4, and Persona 5. Clever team-ups between characters will grant special rewards through a new "Unison" battle system. It will be Japanese-only with subtitles.

Atlus paired the announcement with word of a special "Showtime Premium Edition" for $70. That will include a Koromaru plush, art book, four buttons featuring the four protagonists, and a deck of playing cards with characters across the Persona series. Pre-orders also include the buttons set.

Persona Q2 Is Coming West, Special Edition Confirmed

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Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth has been confirmed for a western release, heading to the US and Europe on June 4, 2019. The 3DS exclusive will cost $40 at launch, and like its predecessor, it crosses over the casts of various Persona games.

Persona Q2 is a spin-off featuring the Phantom Thieves of Persona 5. The heroes have to battle their way out of dungeons, each themed after a movie genre with its own set of tropes. They'll join up with both original characters and notable names from the Persona series along the way. Those will include characters from Persona 3, Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4, and Persona 5. Clever team-ups between characters will grant special rewards through a new "Unison" battle system. It will be Japanese-only with subtitles.

Atlus paired the announcement with word of a special "Showtime Premium Edition" for $70. That will include a Koromaru plush, art book, four buttons featuring the four protagonists, and a deck of playing cards with characters across the Persona series. Pre-orders also include the buttons set.

Final Fantasy VII Coming To Switch "Soon"

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Nintendo has indicated that we may not have long to wait before beloved RPG Final Fantasy VII is available on the Switch. In a new, rather short commercial, the game is shown on the handheld hybrid console, with the video's description reading: "Final Fantasy VII coming soon!"

Final Fantasy developer and publisher Square Enix originally revealed its intention to bring the game to the Switch in September 2018, when it was announced for the platform alongside Final Fantasy IX, the X and X-2 remaster, and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. However, they only gave a vague "2019" release window. While "coming soon" doesn't exactly give us a specific release date, at least we know we won't be waiting until the end of the year for it.

Square Enix previously confirmed that these versions of the Final Fantasy games will be based on recent ports either to other consoles or PC--obviously, this is not the in-development Final Fantasy VII remake. Final Fantasy VII was released for PC in 2013, with the game also available on the PlayStation Store digitally. Along with the Switch release, these games will also be making the jump to Xbox One, which is a first for a number of them.

Anthem Open Demo: Dates, Start Time, And What's Included

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This weekend, Anthem has its second and final demo before the game officially launches. Below, we've outlined every bit of information you need to know about the open demo, including how you can participate and what you'll be able to do.

Anthem is an upcoming multiplayer-focused, third-person shooter RPG developed by BioWare. You take control of a Freelancer, one of the disgraced heroes who protect the inhabitants of Fort Tarsis, who ventures out into the world to fulfill contracts, explore uncharted territory, and handle threats for others. You do this with the help of Javelins, powerful exo-suits that grant their pilots superpowered strength, reflexes, and abilities and come equipped with flight jets and deadly weapons.

Xbox One Adds 2 More Backwards Compatible Games

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Two more Xbox 360 games are joining Xbox One's growing backwards compatible library. Major Nelson has announced that Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants will both be playable on Microsoft's current-generation console beginning today, January 31.

Both of this week's BC games originally released in 2012. Lego Batman 2 is a humorous open-world adventure that sees the Caped Crusader team up with other DC heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman to save Gotham from the combined threat of Joker and Lex Luthor. Port Royale 3, meanwhile, is a simulation game that cast players in the role of a sea captain.

As usual, if you have a physical copy of either game, you can pop the disc into your Xbox One, which will initiate a download allowing you to play them on the console. On the other hand, if you've previously purchased either game digitally, you'll find them automatically waiting in the Ready to Download section of the console's My Games and Apps tab.

Play Multiplayer Games On Xbox One For Free This Weekend

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Microsoft has announced that this coming weekend will be a Free Play Days For All event on Xbox One. So whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership, you'll be able to play with your friends online in whichever game you want.

The Free Play Days For All event begins on January 31 and continues until February 3. Microsoft's advertising for the event leans heavily on Fortnite, but you'll be able to play any game you own. Whether that means you jump into another battle royale game, such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or into something else, like Titanfall 2 or Dark Souls III, is up to you.

If you do jump into Fortnite, you'll be able to cross-play with friends on other systems, including Switch and PS4. The game is currently experiencing a DJ Marshmello-themed mini event, with an in-game challenge to track down Showtime posters. Two more challenges are expected to open up on February 1, just in time for the Free Play Days For All event.

Toy Story 4 Sneak Peek Coming After Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is going to be chock full of ads and movie trailers, but if you stay tuned after the game you'll get an extra treat. Disney Pixar has teased in a short clip that a sneak peek of Toy Story 4 will follow the big game.

The clip features the new characters Ducky and Bunny, who debuted in their own teaser in November. That could signal that the sneak peek will revolve around them, though we'd expect to see at least an appearance from more well-known characters like Woody and Buzz.

Just recently, a separate teaser announced the return of Bo Peep, Woody's love interest who went missing in the third movie. We've also met a new character named Forky, who is exactly what he sounds like: a plastic fork with a make-shift face. Pixar has said that this movie is about the gang discovering how big the world is for a toy.