Sonic the Hedgehog’s new energy drink tastes like chili dogs

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Sonic the Hedgehog’s new energy drink tastes like chili dogs

Sonic the Hedgehog has a new energy drink, one that only he could appreciate. Energy drink maker G Fuel’s newest flavor is Chili Dogs, inspired by Sonic’s favorite food — and Sanic Hegehog, the meme-ified version of Sega’s mascot. And, yes, this too is a real product, despite today’s date.

“Seriously, it’s true,” G Fuel said in a news release Thursday. “If you’ve ever wanted to drink a chili dog from a G FUEL shaker cup, now’s your chance.” Taking that chance will cost you $39.99, and you’ll have to get on G Fuel’s waitlist. The flavor will launch in June, and is available for pre-order from G Fuel’s website.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s Verdansk map getting an ’80s makeover, according to leak

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s Verdansk map getting an ’80s makeover, according to leak

Call of Duty: Warzone’s Verdansk map is headed to the 1980s, according to some leaked footage. While the clips did first emerge around April Fools’ Day, VGC reports that the footage is authentic, and that the retro reskin “will replace the current Verdansk at the end of the season, with an in-game event marking the transition on April 22.”

Leakers had posted the clips to social media platforms such as Twitter, but they’ve since been taken down due to copyright claims from Activision — which is further evidence that the leak is accurate. The footage is still available on Reddit for now, although it’s just the gameplay clips from the original leaked trailer.

PlatinumGames is making a shmup called Sol Cresta, no joke

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PlatinumGames is making a shmup called Sol Cresta, no joke

Nier: Automata and Bayonetta developer PlatinumGames’ latest project is a vertical-scrolling shoot-’em-up called Sol Cresta. It’s a sequel to the 1985 arcade game Terra Cresta, and yes, apparently it’s real, despite today’s date.

PlatinumGames announced Sol Cresta Thursday with a trailer that reveals the game is currently in development for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. The developer actually “announced” Sol Cresta on April 1, 2020, a reveal that was widely presumed to be an April Fools’ Day goof. But Sol Cresta is apparently real, and being developed in collaboration with Hamster Corp. — maker of the Arcade Archives brand of retro games — which owns the rights to the Cresta series.

Knives Out 2 and 3 are now Netflix exclusives

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Knives Out 2 and 3 are now Netflix exclusives

Knives Out, the hit 2019 whodunnit from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, is getting two sequels, and they’re now Netflix exclusives.

According to Variety, Netflix bought the sequel rights at the absolutely staggering price of $450 million. The aggressive sum locks down the streamer as the home for two more mysteries starring Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc, with writer-director Rian Johnson staying on board. The next film is expected to shoot in Greece later this year.

Evangelion got its own Tamagotchi game, and you can play it in English now

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Evangelion got its own Tamagotchi game, and you can play it in English now

There was a Neon Genesis Evangelion Tamagotchi-like video game for the Bandai WonderSwan, and if that sentence makes sense to you, then I have good news: An English-language translation of that game, Neon Genesis Evangelion Shito Ikusei, is now available to download.

The English-language release, dubbed Neon Genesis Evangelion Angel Raising Project, was released this week as a patch available from Romhacking.net. It’s the work of a fan group known as the Anime Game Translations Team, which also put together a full walkthrough FAQ for new players.

Securing the vaccine shouldn’t be harder than buying a PS5

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Securing the vaccine shouldn’t be harder than buying a PS5

When vaccine appointments opened up in my state, I knew exactly what to do. After all, I’ve spent the past year hunting down things like Sanrio Animal Crossing cards and Pikachu-themed Happy Meals.

The fact these two experiences can be compared at all is bewildering, but it’s true. The skills I learned during my online endeavors helped me maximize my odds of getting a vaccine appointment. First, I compiled a long list of links connecting me to places distributing the vaccines. I turned on notifications for a Twitter account and joined a Facebook group that buzzed me every time new appointment spots opened up. And, to top it all off, I made sure my PC was wired, so I had the fastest internet speed possible. Some of these things might have never occurred to me without my hobbies, where subcultures have developed intricate strategies to secure things that sell out in the blink of an eye.

Among Us airship update has a new art style and bigger lobbies

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Among Us airship update has a new art style and bigger lobbies

There’s murder aboard the flying vessel! The highly anticipated Among Us map, the Airship is available to play now, an announcement from the developers shared. The update brings the biggest update since the game went viral in fall 2020 with a new map and fully revamped art style. It’s Among Us’ biggest ship yet and will allow for a whopping 15 players to jump in at once.

In addition the large map size, the update introduces new tasks, new ways sneak around, and also includes a feature that allows players to pick where they start from after an emergency meeting from one of three spots.

Card grading company halts service during Pokémon, sports card rush

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Card grading company halts service during Pokémon, sports card rush

Retailers can’t keep Pokémon cards on their shelves. Rare cards are selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. McDonald’s is overwhelmed with nostalgic adults buying up Happy Meals to collect card packs steaming with hot fries inside a cardboard box. The Pokémon card industry, which has existed since 1999, has boomed over the past year, right alongside sports trading cards.

The rush is part pandemic-induced interest and 25th-year nostalgia for the Pokémon franchise.

Is Mario dying on March 31?

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Is Mario dying on March 31?

Nintendo fans will never forget today’s date: It’s the day that Mario dies. Nintendo’s beloved mascot will head to that great castle in the sky on March 31, 2021, ending a four-decade-long career that began with the original Donkey Kong in 1981. He will be survived by his brother Luigi and, thanks to a time paradox, Baby Mario.

Look, Mario isn’t really going to die. But some Mario games will no longer be sold or playable after March 31, and Nintendo hasn’t explicitly said that Mario’s not going to die, so people are a little weirded out.

But as Nintendo ends its 35th anniversary celebration of Super Mario Bros., released in September 1985 on the NES (and Famicom), Mario fans are saying goodbye to the character, mostly in jest.