Nintendo Switch and Mario Maker 2 Dominate June NPD

According to Mat Piscatella from NPD, Mario Maker 2 destroyed it in June as the top selling game for the month. Crash Racing came in second and MK 11 was no3.

The Nintendo Switch was the top selling console for June, but the steep drops in PS4 and X Box One sales offset the Switch’s growth. July will be interesting, will Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance go no1? Will Mario Maker 2 hang onto no1 or will Fire Emblem debut at no1? I got my money on FETH debuting huge and MUA3 coming in a close second. We shall see.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3nPe3QVv64

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Will Hugh Jackman Ever Win the Oscar?

Look at the great performances that Hugh Jackman has put on, from Wolverine, to PT Barnum, Jackman is a diverse actor who can sing, dance and act to perfection. The really sad fact is, he has never won the Oscar. Not for Prisoners, the Fountain, Prestige, or Logan. This is criminal! He is so diverse and good at playing each part. He should have won for Logan. That is one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. He didn’t even get a nomination!

Some of the best actors have never won an Oscar. Cary Grant, Harrison Ford and Johnny Depp. It is so weird how the academy picks their winners. I hope they give Jackman the Oscar one day. He is easily the best actor working in Hollywood today. Let’s hope Hollywood doesn’t make a mistake and not give Jackman the Oscar he rightfully deserves.

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The Lion King is Getting Great Reviews

The premiere of the Lion King happened and according to early reviews from critics and fans, it’s a hit. A lot of people praised the CGI, saying it was a game changer, while others praised the movie for remaining true to the original.

With early word of mouth being great, I can see it opening at 180 million over the July 19-21st weekend. As for me, I have zero interest in seeing this movie. If I want to see the Lion King, I will watch the original. End of story.

Link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2019/07/10/lion-king-first-reactions-hail-film-a-visual-masterpiece/1688570001/

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Critical and Sales Predictions

I was a little off on Mario Maker 2, but it ended up with an 89 on Opencritic. It also sold great, so I wasn’t far off. Now, I am turning my attention to Nintendo’s next big title, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. I am going to predict how many copies it will sell and how good the critics will like it.

Critical reception

The first Marvel Ultimate Alliance got an 82 while the second one got a 75 on Metacritic. I think this one will get better reception. I am going with an 83-86 on Opencritic. With critics raving about the combat, amount of characters, gorgeous graphics, and the sheer amount of content. I think some will find problems with fighting enemies over and over, while others won’t mind. I also think critics will love the look of MUA 3. The cell-shaded look is getting rave reviews with a lot of fans and critics preferring MUA3 look over the Square Enix Avengers game. I can see a few 7s, but it will get mostly 8s and 9s with a few 10s.

Sales figures prediction

The first MUA was a big hit on both the 360 and PS3 the second one did not do that great, so I am gonna be a little conservative. I am gonna predict a nice 600-800 thousand in the first 3 days. I think by the end of the year MUA 3 will be at 2.4 million and by the end of it’s run it will pass 3.5 million copies, which is great. I think the appeal of Marvel heroes plus the appeal of action RPGs on the go will help this game sell.

The Summer of Switch continues with another big hit for the Switch. MUA 3 will be huge for the Switch and it will move systems as well. Team Ninja did a wonderful job on the game and it is only 11 days away from release. Are you ready? I am.

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Part 5 of My Top 100 Favorite Movies of All Time

60: The Little Mermaid, I know this is a glossed over version of the horrific fairy tale, but I don’t care. I still love the Little Mermaid. Catchy songs, wonderful characters and glowing animation light the screen up like the 4th of July. I’ve seen this movie over 30 times and I don’t get tired of it no matter how many times I’ve seen it. A family classic for all.

Rating: 4 Stars

59: The Cell is an underrated cult classic that deserves more respect. Some people are put off by the dark subject matter. I love this movie for being daring. It is chock-full of wild images, and it was one of the first movies to dig into the mind of a killer. It asks the audience to care about a killer. Jennifer Lopez is sparking as the protagonist giving a human touch against the darkness. I admit this movie is not for everyone, but if you give it a chance you may like it. The directing is on point and the actors are game. An original and terrifying movie. This is one of the most original and horrifying movies I’ve seen.

Rating: 4 Stars

58: Working Girl, Harrison Ford, you were my schoolgirl crush. His charm and sarcasm make him appealing for comedies. He adds greatly to this classic comedy. Weaver knocks it out as the ice boss, and Griffin is charming as the title character. An adult comedy that is a grown-up look at relationships how the workplace treats women and how sexism still rears its ugly head. A winner.

Rating: 4 Stars

57: X2: X-Men United is one of the best comic book sequels of all time. X2 stars the incredible Hugh Jackman who runs through every scene like 20 bulls in a china shop. The X-Men contend with 2 villains this time, Striker and Magneto. The incredible scene of Nightcrawler at the white house and the police standoff are just a taste of the greatness this movie has to offer. X-Men was great, but X2 took the series to another level.

Rating: 4 Stars

56: LA LA Land, Yes I love movie musicals. Wonderful charm, sweetness, and bright colors make me want to dance in the street. Emma Stone is perfect and Ryan Gosling is charming their chemistry comes off the screen. The cinematography is gorgeous and the songs are toe-tapping perfect. La La Land will put you in a good mood it does me. A glorious return to old school musicals.

Rating: 4 Stars

55: My Neighbor Totoro, my goodness, this is one of the best-animated movies I’ve ever seen. This isn’t the only Japanese Anime movie you will see on my list. What a thrill ride of joy, innocence and how children deal with a sick parent. The gorgeous images and adorable characters will make you fall in love with this movie.

Rating: 4 Stars

54: The Shinning, Kubrick’s gorgeous horror movie is one of a kind classic. It easily makes my top 5 favorite horror movies of all time with great scares and great directing. The stellar performances and the innovative directing make this an instant classic. Some people gripe (cough Stephen King), this isn’t like the book. WHO CARES! Shelly Duvall carries the heart of the movie, Jack Nicholson is terrifying and the cinematography is simply stunning. Kubrick’s use of wide-angle lenses changed horror movies.

Rating: 4 Stars

53: Dr. Strangelove, Another Kubrick masterpiece. The quintessential cold war comedy that still has a bite. Peter Sellers is the best comedy actor of all time. I dare anyone to find an actor with a better resume of movies and performances. Kubrick’s stark black and white colors pop, the pacing is incredible, and the music soars. I know a lot of people who haven’t seen this movie, what are you waiting for? Check out this perennial classic now.

Rating: 4 Stars

52: The Abyss, James Cameron, you really know how to direct great movies. This is one of his best movies. Abyss was overlooked at the box office when it came out. Thankfully, it became a hit on home video. Ed Harris and Michael Bein put on great performances. The Abyss is like an 80s version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind the last 20 minutes are simply stunning. Cameron is a master of visual and emotional storytelling.

Rating: 4 Stars

51: Night of the Living Dead, this still the best of Romero’s zombie opus. This classic dealt with subjects like racism and classism. Romero’s directing gives you a claustrophobic feel the characters are real and relatable which helps the scares matter. A bulls-eye for horror movies. Still the best zombie movie I’ve ever seen. This is based on the original version, not the disaster of a remake.

Rating 4 Stars

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Gremlins Secret of the Mogwai Is Going to Be An Animated Series.

Gremlins was one of my favorite movies growing up. I loved the mixture of dark humor and scares. I loved tthe character Gizmo so much, I bought a stuffed Gizmo and he was my sleeping buddy for 12 years. I also loved the sequel, so I am a fan and I have high expectations for the show.

Oh I hope this new animated show is good. They could add to the mythology and make the Gremlins world much richer, or they could ruin this and put a stain on the Gremlins name. Let’s hope it’s option no1. Good luck!

Link: https://bloody-disgusting.com/tv/3570354/animated-prequel-gremlins-secrets-mogwai-ordered-series-warnermedia/?fbclid=IwAR0-dvYXU-UfgBNMFfjdqEVsEt3K1DAltWWz97s_iGYAnIWgN8wPOzJy_Fw

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Nintendo Switch Lite Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

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The Nintendo Switch Lite is real. It is coming this September on the 20th and it will retail for $200 dollars. That’s not too bad. This review is based only on the video presentation and not actual time playing it.

Design

Sleek, compact and cute by design. Koizumi did a great job with the aesthetic for the Switch Lite. It has a d-pad now for everyone who wanted a d-pad and 3 attractive colors.

Rating for design: 4 stars

Games

You can play 95% of the Switch games on the Switch Lite. Since the Switch has one of the best line ups in gamimg. That’s good enough for me.

Rating: 4 Stars

Features

This is the weakest part of the Switch Lite. No detachable Joy Cons, HD Rumble, or IR camera. This is a dedicated portable and doesn’t have too many features.

Rating: 2 Stars

Price

200 bucks is 100 dollars cheaper than the mainline Switch. This is a great price point for anyone who wants a Switch, but can’t afford 300 bucks for one. With a great screen, controls and library of games, the Switch Lite is worth every penny.

Rating: 4 Stars

This is a great addition to the Switch line. Remember, this is a name brand recognition, you can’t Switch it from handheld to dock mode. But, you get to play Switch games, which in my eyes, makes it a Switch system.

Regardless of what Nintendo says, this is the 3ds replacement, and it’s a great one. This is not for people who already own a Switch. This is for kids and families who are buying Pokemon, also people whose job takes them away from home too much. They’ll have something to play. The Switch Lite launches on September 20th for 200 dollars. Is it worth it? Yes.

Over all rating: 4 stars.

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Mario Maker 2 is a Smash! Debuts No1 in the UK!

The UK is not Nintendo’s biggest market, so when a Nintendo game debuts huge, it’s something to talk about.

Super Mario Maker 2, had one of the biggest debuts of the year in the UK, and the biggest Switch debut period.

What’s more, it helped other games, Bloodatain went up in sales, with the Switch version outselling the PS4 and X Box combined! All of this is from Nintendo Everything.

Mario Kart8 jumped from 8 to no5 with a 39% jump. Smash bros went u0 by 14%, but the biggest jumper was Breath of the Wild which jumped an amazing 66% and moved from no22 to no11. It missed the top 10 by only 28 copies.

The Switch system was no1 as well. The Nintendo Switch onslaught has begun. You’re ready for this ladies and gentleman. Sony put out a comment saying they don’t cosider the Switch big competition, they’re more worried sbout Microsoft. That little statement could come back to bite Sony in the butt. Links below,

Links: https://nintendoeverything.com/uk-mario-maker-2-is-biggest-nintendo-launch-of-the-year-bloodstained-first-week-switch-sales-more-than-ps4-xbox-one-combined/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/sony-positions-next-playstation-for-hard-core-gamers-11561800603

https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch/Super-Mario-Maker-2-1514009.html

Why I AM Not Excited For Spiderman Far From Home!

Maybe it has to do with how Sony has rebooted the series twice already. Between the first set, to the new ones. There are seven Spiderman movies now, counting the first Sam Raimi and Amazing Spiderman Movies. Maybe I have developed Spiderman fatigue. I loved the first 2 Spiderman movies and the Amazing Spiderman, but 3, Amazing Spiderman 2 and Homecoming I didn’t like. Why is that?

Who is the real Spiderman?

Who is the real Spiderman? This is confusing. This is were Marvel is getting into dangerous territory. When Disney reboots the X-Men and recasts Wolverine (NOOOOOOO)! Are they gonna forget about Hugh Jackman’s wonderful journey as Wolverine? They don’t even acknowledge the other Spidermen in the new one. It makes no sense. Don’t give me the alternate universe excuse, it makes it more confusing.

Writing

The writing seems too amateurish for me. Oh, look at someone called Peter a d*ck wad. Oh, I am laughing so much. He doesn’t know he was bragging on Spiderman, then he calls Peter a name. Oh, I am in stitches, someone calls the doctor, I need my side sewn back up, (that is sarcasm in case you couldn’t tell). I know they are college kids but look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The writing was intelligent. I don’t feel like my intelligence was being insulted as I do with the new Spiderman movies.

Nothing New

It is the same song and dance. There is nothing new in these Spiderman movies. If you are going to do new Spiderman movies, why not touch on stories the other movies didn’t? It makes the newer movies seem pointless. They come off like a cash grab instead of a piece of art with something to say.

I know Spiderman is not my favorite superhero, but I have liked some of his movies. I guess I am worn out on ol Spidey right now. I am gonna pass on Far From Home. I hope all of the Spiderman fans enjoy it, but I will stick with the first 2 Sam Raimi, and the first Amazing Spiderman. Have fun everyone, the movie is getting a lot of good reviews, but I am burnt out on Spiderman. Too many movies without doing anything interesting for me.

Link: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spider_man_far_from_home

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The Buzzies Are Coming! Be Ready For a New Franchise!

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

The Buzzies has been a passion of mine for over 30 years. Why did I take so long to finish this book? Well, I was 8 years old when I thought of the idea, so I wasn’t close to being a writer yet. Secondly, I have been dealing with confidence issues my whole life. Now it seems I am getting over that and I am breaking through. It is time to meet the Buzzies! They are a great group of unique personalities who you will fall in love with. I love the action, drama and story elements of the book, but what I am most proud of is the characters.

The characters sparkle with crackling dialogue and stand out personalities. Meet, Pyrose, Lady Bug, Big Wazzy T, Hornet and Rockbuster B. They are unforgettable characters who you’ll fall in love with and relate to. I made it a point to make the characters and their problems relatable. I knew I had a challenge since none of the characters are human. The Buzzies are humanoids who evolved from Bumble Bees.

Why you should read the Buzzies?

It is an exciting, funny, dramatic and original book. This has it’s own mythology, which I am proud of. I mean, what are the big entertainment icons right now? Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and DC heroes. I grew up on those! Young people don’t have their own original creations they can call their own. I hope when you read the Buzzies, you will look at Rockbuster, Lady Bug, Hornet, Big Wazzy T and Pyrose as your versions of Luke, Han and Leia. I want a new pop culture icon to happen. I am that ambitious with the Buzzies. I want them to be as memorable as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I am gonna show photos that my bestie drew so you can see them and tell me what you think.

Early drawings from my friend who drew Rockbuster, Lady Bug and Pyrose.
This is Arorya, who is the strong princess of the Thee-Lax people. She is courageous and helps Pyrose reach his potential.
Rockbuster, who I affectionately call the Han Solo of the group. He tells it like it is, but he has a heart of gold.
This is Myoia, who is an important person to Pyrose. She is apart of the Hey Leenas. Who are they? Find out.
This is the ferocious Theraxodrone. It is the apex land predator of Harmonia. It has a lethal horn on it’s head that can gore anything to make an easy kill.
The one and only Lady Bug B who has a strong heart and strong personality. She holds her own with anyone and will go mamma bear on anyone who messes with her family.