Monthly Archives: April 2017

Reggie Fils-Aime Reveals How Many NES Classic Editions Shipped to Retailers Worldwide

Following the NES Classic Edition's discontinuation earlier this month, Nintendo has revealed just how many units of the specialty hardware were shipped around the world.

Speaking to IGN, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that Nintendo "sold in 2.3 million units" worldwide since the system's launch on November 11, 2016.

For those unfamiliar, "sell in" means units shipped to retailers to be sold through to consumers. In January, Nintendo revealed it had sold through 1.5 million NES Classic Edition units, which means at least 65 percent of that current worldwide shipped number was sold through as of February 1, 2017. Fils-Aime did not offer updated sold through numbers, however, but did say note the "NES Classic was originally planned to be a product for this past holiday."

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Thor: Ragnarok’s Hela Explained

Cate Blanchett is set to appear as the most alluring and menacing incarnation of Hela we’re ever likely to see when Thor: Ragnarok comes out on November 3, 2017. But who is Hela exactly?

Well, we could easily go down the Asgardian rabbit hole on a subject like this, since Hela is one of many characters based at least initially on a figure from Norse mythology. But here we’ll only deal with the Hela of the Marvel Comics Universe, and that takes us first to…

Hela is the Goddess of Death, ruler of the realms of Hel -- where the dead that fall in the middle ground between honor and dishonor dwell -- and Niflheim -- where those that are dishonored must go. An Asgardian with an often-complicated approach to a simple goal -- get as much power as you can as often as you can -- Hela has constantly crossed paths with Thor, his family and friends, and many other heroes of the Marvel Universe. As a cosmic being of great power, she is a formidable threat beyond that of a typical Earthbound entity, but her fortunes have nevertheless waxed and waned over time.

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You Can Transfer Data From Nintendo 3DS to New 2DS XL

For those looking to purchase the recently announced New 2DS XL, Nintendo has confirmed you'll be able to transfer your data from any Nintendo 3DS to the New 2DS XL.

“Yes. It is possible to perform a system transfer from any system in the Nintendo 3DS family to New Nintendo 2DS XL," a Nintendo representative told IGN.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL will hit store shelves in the U.S. on July 28 and in Australia/New Zealand on June 15 and will cost USD $150/AUD $200. According to Nintendo, the new handheld will have a list of features that sits between the Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. All New 3DS software (including the Super Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console games announced last year) will work to New Nintendo 2DS XL.

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Overwatch Passes 30 Million Players

Overwatch has now seen over 30 million players.

Blizzard announced the major milestone on the official Twitter account for Overwatch. The team-based shooter has added 5 million people over the past three months, since Overwatch passed 25 million players back in January.

"Thanks for grouping up with us, heroes," Blizzard tweeted out. "We couldn't ask for a better team."

There's more to celebrate for the game as well. Overwatch is nearing its first anniversary, and IGN has looked back over the shooter's past year.

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The Best and Cheapest Fidget Spinners and Cubes

If you can't seem to keep yourself still and need something, anything, to occupy your hands, the sudden explosion of fidget toys is just what you need. While they make somewhat dubious claims about their therapeutic benefits, there's no denying the satisfaction of spinning a tiny toy, or clicking and fussing with switches and buttons, while you're otherwise idle. It just feels right. Below we've compiled a list of the best fidget spinners and best fidget cubes you can buy right now. And if you aren't interested in dropping $20 or more on a simple fidget toy, we've also included a few ultra-cheap fidget spinners and cheap fidget cubes that will still get the job done (and likely make a little but more noise while doing it).

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Outed

If a rating in Korea is any indication, a second Mega Man Legacy Collection is on the way.

As reported by Gematsu, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 has been rated in Korea for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The collection will reportedly include Mega Man 7-10.

Capcom has yet to officially announce Mega Man Legacy Collection 2. IGN has reached out to Capcom for comment and will provide an update when we receive a response.

Mega Man Legacy Collection, which includes Mega Man 1-6, released for PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2015, and 3DS the following year. Read IGN's Mega Man Legacy Collection review to find out why it's an "object lesson for how game compilations should be engineered."

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Jon Bernthal Loved That His Walking Dead Character Was Doomed

It’s been five years since actor Jon Bernthal walked away from the AMC show The Walking Dead, or rather since his character Shane Walsh met an untimely fate in the penultimate episode of Season 2.

Since then, Bernthal has remained fairly active, appearing in last year’s The Accountant opposite Ben Affleck and on the 2013 TV series Mob City, and he had two movies at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival: the 13th Century religious epic Pilgrimage and the crime-drama Sweet Virginia.


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American Gods Explores Faith in the Age of iPhones

American Gods is a story that is massive in scope as it explores a war brewing between old gods and new for control of America, but it tells that story through a centralized focus: the journey of a recently released ex-con named Shadow Moon with a capricious, mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday.

The relationship between Shadow and Wednesday is at the core of Bryan Fuller and Michael Green's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel, which means there needed to be great chemistry between the two actors who play them. Fortunately sparks fly between Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane from the first moment they share screen time together in American Gods' pilot, and their dynamic is much of what makes the series so interesting. Make sure to read our full spoiler-free review of the series premiere.

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Nintendo Not Hosting ‘Large-Scale’ E3 Press Conference

Nintendo has confirmed it will once again forgo a traditional press conference at E3 2017.

The company shared the news at the end of its latest financial results briefing. "Again this year, we will not be hosting a large-scale press conference for institutional investors, analysts and the media," Nintendo said of its E3 plans.

With regard to what Nintendo has planned for this year's expo, the company didn't specify, only saying, "Nintendo of America will present further information on our plans at a later date." So far, we know that both Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey will appear at E3 2017.

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