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Coffee Time News 23/03/15

Mission: Impossible trailer, new clips from Arrow and a look at the Sand Snakes from Game of Thrones, and a Halo 5 investigation.

Film

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation gets a teaser, with a full one coming out later today, the reports were right, it seems like we’ll be getting a lot more Simon Pegg in this one than we did in Ghost Protocol, at the very least he’ll be getting his hands dirty.

A new trailer for Mr Holmes starring Ian McKellen has surfaced as well, it seems they’re not focussing on his degrading memory in the marketing just yet. It also seems a little ominous for the footage that we’ve seen thus far.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, CHAPPiE director Neill Blomkamp has said that he’s already had to make changes to his Alien 5 script (which has a title, but he’s not disclosing yet) due to meetings with Ridley Scott and Fox and things that come to light in Prometheus 2.

Television

Agents of SHIELD has a new clip for this weeks episode, it features Skye (Daisy?), Fitz and Simmons talking about Skye’s new found powers and their potential. There’s also a lot of Avengers name dropping in there too.

A wedding in the Arrow Universe is bound to end well right? Well, Diggle is due to marry in the next episode Suicidal Tendencieand, as the name might suggest it marks the return of the Suicide Squad, and there’s also a fight between Arrow and ATOM, which, you know, should end well. Click the link for the trailer.

Game of Thrones is introducing more characters this year. Ones of particular note are the Sand Snakes, daughters of the Red Viper who was smooshed in the facial area by the Mountain last season. Check out this feature which focusses on the three Snakes we’ll be seeing.

Games

Mewtwo is coming to Super Smash Bros for the 3DS and WiiU ‘pretty soon’ it will be free for people who subscribe the games to Club Nintendo before May 31st this year. Then it will go on sale.

A new Xbox One update is rolling out in April which will bring improvements to Party Chat, Achievements as well as a string of improvements after the fact.

Halo 5 is revving that hype train with this new teaser/investigation series. It’s audio only, and the first episode features a journalist who’s hired to do a piece on the Master Chief, finds more than he bargained for and is inviting you to join the hunt for the real story. All in all, it sounds pretty cool.

An Afternoon with the New 3DS

In the past I have written against both the notion of pre-ordering games and buying consoles at launch. Today however I broke both those rules, as my pre-order for the new New 3DS XL along with The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D special edition from the official UK Nintendo store arrived surprisingly early.

Yet if it was going to be any company that I would break my own rules for, it would be Nintendo. Although with Nintendo’s new new (sorry this joke is going be drawn out very thin by the end) console, it is an iterative version of its very successful handheld console series. Therefore so far with the exception of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (although there will be at least a few more likely to be revealed) this version of the 3DS won’t be required to play a whole new library games.

On the surface, for the XL model at least, there hasn’t been a radical overhaul to separate it from the predecessor, the screen sizes are the same and it sports the same flushed corners. When you actually hold it in your hands though, it is then that you notice the difference. Firstly is that Nintendo have returned to using a gloss finish for the exterior, therefore the outside is a fingerprint magnet no matter how careful you are. It’s also actually ever so slightly wider than the original XL and also, somehow, lighter. Not dramatically but it does add to the comfort of playing with the new new system, and for those who have the choice between the XL and the “normal” size (although this has seen its screen increased over that of the original 3DS and the 2DS) can take this into consideration. Sure it won’t fit into your pocket, but be honest, how often were you actually carrying around handhelds in your pocket.

Regardless of which version you go for you’ll notice an improvement regarding the 3D pretty much straight away. This is because Nintendo has add what it calls “Super Stable 3D” which means the 3DS now tracks your head movements using infrared which now removes the irksome issue of losing the sweet spot for the 3D to work. This works wonderfully in Super Smash Bros, a game that previously I had to turn the 3D off because it was not the easiest of games to maintain the sweet spot. I’ve always been a fan of the 3DS’ namesake feature and it is great that now more people will hopefully start to use it. Although I do need to point out that it is of course somewhat dependent on each game and the extent to which it pushes this. It adds a nice layer of depth in Majora’s Mask but during my time with the Monster Hunter 4 demo I was tempted to turn the 3D off because it was barely effective and at times suffered from ghosting that no other software I have tried has suffered from. I recall making a similar observation when I tried the Monster Hunter 3 demo on a previous 3DS as well.

It’s not just the top screen that has seen improvements as the bottom touch screen now has added NFC support, meaning that Amiibo can now be used on a handheld. This follows a recent update for Super Smash Bros bringing Amiibo support for the handheld version, and it works just like it does on the WiiU. Nothing more, nothing less. Smash is the only game to support writing data to an Amiibo, but Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ will have unlockable plane themes dependent on the Amiibo, and the upcoming new IP Codename S.T.E.A.M. will have unlockable playable characters from Intelligent Studios other series Fire Emblem.

The New 3DS also marks the first time new inputs have been added to the hardware itself without the need for an add-on. Next to the existing L and R buttons are now two new buttons ZL and ZR providing extra functionality for games that need it. This is potentially the reason why the slot for the game cartridges has now been moved to the bottom, which seems strange at first, but is quickly forgotten, in addition the stylus has also been moved and is now found on the bottom right and is slightly smaller as a result of this placement. This is not quite as convenient as being on the right hand side, but it is still better than being next to the shoulder buttons as it was with the Original 3DS.

The most important and noteworthy addition to the inputs is the inclusion of the C-Stick. After years of complaining Nintendo have finally provided a second analogue stick. Except this does not function like the circle pad, nor does it control like the one found on the GameCube where it got its name from. Others have compared it to the nubs that used to serve as a mouse on certain laptop models. This is essentially correct, and it is good to realise this straight away. At first I actually thought it was broken as it wasn’t making any noticeable movements. It was only until I was at the home screen and I gave it a nudge that I noticed it was in fact working. It requires a subtle yet deliberate push, and whilst it is no circle pad it is a very effective means of camera control that uses minimal real estate from the console. In addition like the C-Stick on GameCube controllers in Smash it also enables smash attacks, making the game feel even more like its console sibling.

Underneath a new faster processor has been added, which is why the previously mentioned Xenoblade Chronicles 3D only works on this iteration, and whilst this is only beneficial for a couple of games the main benefit is for the system itself. Recently the 3DS has received a healthy number of updates from Nintendo such as Miiverse integration and themes. However these features were never considered when the console first came out and have since put additional strain onto the previous processing capabilities. This was most evident with Smash as Miiverse can not be loaded when the game is running. The faster processor fixes this as well as dramatically reducing the load time for Smash as well as improving download times from the eShop. This is not something that makes purchasing a New 3DS essential, but it does make the whole experience a more pleasurable one.

If you are now considering upgrading (if you own an original 3DS or, for some reason, a 2DS) then you really should. There is one thing you’ll need to keep in mind, and that is the transfer process. Whereas before all previous version of the 3DS family used standard SD cards, the new new consoles only use Micro SD cards. This in itself is not much of an issue, but I strongly recommend that you get your self a Micro SD card adaptor if you don’t already have one and move the files on your current SD card to a larger Micro SD card. Then when you do move to the New 3DS the transfer process is slightly easier in practise (as the video below demonstrates [except for step 8 press NO]). It is a shame that Nintendo has the most convoluted transfer process of anything, although it is still easier than moving data from a Wii to a WiiU.

In just the short time I’ve had so far with the New 3DS XL I already feel that upgrading was a valid decision. The 3D now feels like it has reached its intended goal of ‘glasses free’ 3D rather than a proof of concept. The extra processing power adds to the overall usability of the system and the C-Stick feels like something that should have been included long ago. Furthermore as someone with three Amiibo (and will likely purchase more, although I am impressed by my self control) the inclusion of NFC is a great addition and helps demonstrate Nintendo’s commitment to the series of figures. This is likely to be the last iteration of the 3DS, but should have at least a couple of years before anything is even announced, let alone released. It might even be the last handheld only console Nintendo releases, not that they will exit the market, rather the hope is that with the merging of the two console divisions at Nintendo the next console will be just that. For now though I hope you enjoy Nintendo’s best handheld console, as it is feature packed but still remembers that everything is about playing excellent games.

 *You will have noticed that I haven’t mentioned much at all about the non-XL New Nintendo 3DS. I haven’t had a chance to play with one, nor have I seen one in person. Obviously we all know how cool the changeable faceplates are, which aside from that and the smaller screen sizes are the only differences, in terms of functional hardware everything is the same. It’s a shame that the XL models are fixed in their design, but this seems to be an aesthetics decision in that the XL is the more “mature” version. For those in North America, Nintendo has yet to make a decision to bring the smaller model to the continent, although New Red is currently an exclusive colour (or should that be color), but maybe your bank account might thank you for not spending more on new covers.

Coffee Time News 24/10/14

Film

Not that there’s a person on earth who hasn’t seen this trailer yet, but Avengers Age of Ultron has had its first trailer released. Check it out here, and if you scroll down you’ll get a breakdown of the whole shebang.

Into the Woods has a host of new images as well, which shows off the cast and their very fancy costumes.

You guys like science? You guys like Christopher Nolan? You guys like the SCIENCE behind Nolan’s new film Interstellar? Well how do you know if you don’t try this featurette.

Television

Morena Baccarin (Firefly’s Inara) has been cast as a recurring role in Gotham as the psychologist Dr Leslie Thompkins.

Last week in Agents of SHIELD we met Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird) and next week we’ll get to see her costume, but you can see it early right here.

Halo: Nightfall, the prologue of sorts to Halo 5: Guardians, has a new trailer, coming in at over 2 minutes, it’s worth a watch.

Games

There’s a new four player co-op game mode coming to Titanfall for free on Xbox One and PC (360 will be later) which looks to be a horde mode of sorts.

A new new version of GTA San Andreas is coming to the 360 XBL Marketplace, with new achievements and an updated coat of graphics. It will be live October 26.

Super Smash Bros for the WiiU will have up to 8 players on some stages. Imagine that. The Chaos.

Coffee Time News 16/09/14

Film

The Hobbit; the Battle of the Five Armies, has a new massive banner which you can check out here in the form of broken up pictures, it’s actually quite pleasant.

Dracula Untold, the newest attempt at making Vampires relevant again, by telling the story of the big man himself, has a new trailer.

The Mockingjay Part 1 has its first full length trailer, showcasing the rebels and their fight against the capital, it looks like they’re really focussing on the juxtaposition of Catniss and Peeta as the symbols for each of their sides.

Television

Sleepy Hollow season 2 has a host of new images for you, apparently these are slightly spoilerific, so only if you’re sure your sure.

Star Wars Revels shows off more cool stuff in this new clip, and it’s in the form of a spinning dual lightsaber. You’ve got to wonder what happened to all these wicked things in the original trilogy.

The pilot for Gotham isn’t even off of the runway yet, (the show doesn’t take off until September 25th) but we’ve already got a synopsis for the second episode for you.

Games

Microsoft purchased Minecraft creator Mojang yesterday for $2.5 billion, but that’s not the biggest news of the story as Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, as well as some more of Mojang’s staff have left the studio.

Nintendo’s Hyrule Warriors has its first TV advert, and it’s got deep voices and impending doom. 

The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros has sold over one million copies in Japan in its first week, which is hopefully a sign of things to come over here as well.

Coffee Time News 15/09/14

Film

Guardians of the Galaxy has made $600 million worldwide, and is the first film of 2014 to make $300 million domestically, (that’s in the US).

Robert Downey Jr could be playing Leonardo Da Vinci in the upcoming Assassins’ Creed film. A pretty good fit if you ask me, as Da Vinci was the funniest part of AC2, and definitely provided a lot of the game’s character.

The as yet unnamed Bond 24 will most likely start filming in December of this year, after the brilliance that was Skyfall, I’m optimistic about this next instalment.

Television

We’ve got a fair few promos for upcoming series and what not today, so here they all are in one big paragraph: We’ve got an Agents of SHIELD season 2 trailer, full of cheese but still exciting, a 30 second ‘next time trailer for Doctor Who Episode 5 and some new promo images for the next season of the Walking Dead.

Games

The newest trailer for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has hit, and it showcases the new Primal versions of the legendary trio as well as some new Mega Evolutions.

Lucky club Nintendo members have been given Super Smash Bros Demo Codes for their 3DS’. For those who didn’t, the demo will be available to all from September 18th.

GTAV for the PS4 and Xbox One will be released on November 18th, but the PC players won’t be seeing it until January the 27th. I guess making it good enough for the Master Race takes time.

Coffee Time News 12/09/14

Film

The fifth Rambo film now has a title, and it’s Last Blood. Which means we can probably expect to see Rambo Laster Blood in 2018.

Some follicle news for you now; after lasting 2 films so far without going full on bald, James McAvoy may finally be losing his hair for Xmen Apocalypse.

Looks like we’ll be seeing the Millennium Falcon as well as at least one X-wing in Star Wars episode 7.

Television

DC are taking another shot at the Television superhero industry with the announcement of the Teen Titans live action show. Click here for some more info but it could be a good chance to tell a coming of age story wrapped up in a superhero’s cloak.

In that vein, Arrow star Stephen Amell addresses, once again, the talk of the Justice League and says that they’re building their own,television universe league, which makes perfect sense.

And finally, Agent Carter has its logo, and doesn’t it look… Standard.

Games

Check this link out for some of the leaked Super Smash Bros unlockable characters, and you’ll see some new faces and old favourites amongst the hidden roster.

Here’s a trailer for the newest Resident Evil game, Revelations 2. Showing Claire Redfield, some shady surveillance, and gore.

Finally; are you a fan of Metroid? Especially the Soundtrack? Are you a fan of Orchestras and Orchestral music? WELL HERE’S A THING.

Coffee Time News 26/08/14

Good Morning everyone, hopefully your bank holiday was a little drier than ours, but nevertheless, here comes the news for today.

Film

Sadly Lord Richard Attenborough; director, producer and actor, passed away this weekend at the age of 90. He had been unwell since a stroke 6 years ago in 2008. In his memory Jurassic World will honor his beloved character John Hammond in the form of a statue.

The Ant-man movie may make more of an effort to tie in some previous Marvel movies to ease new viewers into the film, could the Hulk be one of them?

Speaking of the Hulk, Whedon has a little bit to say on the relationship between Banner and Stark and the Hulkbuster armour in Avengers 2.

Television

The Omen television series ‘Damien’ has been picked up by lifetime, and will air in early 2015.

I would like to present to you the first teaser trailer for season 3 of the Newsroom. Here it is.

Not to be outdone in the ‘was a film but now it’s a TV show’ front (because this is the way to go apparently) there will be a series based on Shutter Island, named Ashecliffe and will air on HBO.

Games

Earlier there were rumours of Youtube buying twitch, the livestreaming service, well Amazon has beat them to the punch.

More Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remake footage here, this time it’s evolutions and bikes.

A huge leak may have revealed all of the upcoming Super Smash Bro’s roster. Oops.