Have you already pre-ordered your copy of Super Mario Odyssey? It’s not too late to pre-order to get that sweet Amazon discount.
This is going to be the first full open-world Mario game since Super Mario Sunshine was release on the Gamecube in 2002. Overall, the buzz seems to be pretty positive for the most part. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild blazed a path on the Nintendo Switch with the massive landscapes, story and world. So far it seems like Odyssey is up to the task, and just might be following that up with it’s own spin, and the charm we’ve come to love in modern Mario games.
After 15 years, a spectacular Mario open-world platformer is far overdue if you ask us. Most of that were kids when Sunshine came out are now adults with jobs, and real responsibilities, and dare I say it? Kids of our own! Though it’s not as grave as it seems. Bringing Mario into a whole new generation with a stellar game is exactly what Nintendo needs to do right now. Give something to the old fans like us, give something to the even older fans, and also bring something to engage the youngins.
It’s very interesting to see how deeply set Super Mario games are set in popular culture. As we saw with the massive success of the NES and SNES Classic, Nintendo and Mario are deeply rooted into the hearts and minds of many generations of gamer. It’s going to be interesting to see if the Switch and Odyssey are one of the things in 20 years time that people feel nostalgic about. Nostalgic enough to wait in long lines, and drop large amounts of cash on at the drop of a…red hat. I personally am very interested to see what sticks and what doesn’t in 20 years time. Will there ever be another NES or SNES that really captivates the hearts of players or is that a time long gone in an industry that moves so fast in can hardly keep up with the attention spans of its players? Can’t say for sure right now, but it will surely be interesting to see when the time comes.
Sources are reporting that the upcoming Justice League movie is coming in at a run time shorter than all the previous DCEU films. After months of back-and-forth, and a wealth of unreliable, seemingly random times we might have finally gotten the final run time. AMC and Regal are reporting that the movie (credits and all) is going to be screen with a run time of 121 minutes or just over two hours.
As most of us know, this film has had it’s own fair share of issues since pre-production. So a film that was initially set to be near or over three hours is now just over two. Some optimistic fans think this “shorter” version will be a lot more concise and compact, and will be a much better movie as a result. Others think this shorter run time is the result of production issues and other personal issues with those working on set is the reason for the shorter time.
What do you think of the shorter run time? Better for the film or very concerning?
Here’s my review and analysis of Twin Peaks: The Return part 7! We learned a little more about Diane played by the incomparable Laura Dern, and her sordid, dark history with Evil Cooper. Hawk talks about the missing pages from Laura Palmer’s diary. We learn a couple things about the decapitated corpse of (possibly) General Garland Briggs. Then we have the unnerving blackmail scene between Evil Cooper and the Warden. So much to discuss…always so much.
Nintendo just announced and displayed a trailer, which you can watch below, for the new Super Mario Odyssey which takes Mario on a global adventure. Will this be the invigorating vacation Mario needs? Probably not. But here’s hoping it’s a great game anyway. The Switch comes to us March 3rd, Super Mario Odyssey comes to us some time during the holidays later this year.
Stick to Nerd Hall for more video game news as we get it.
This is merely a work in progress, the finer points I assure you will come as I sit and toy with the idea, but below you will find a list of songs and a basic outline of the story I’d like to tell. Thanks for checking out what I assure you is 100% worth your time.
CRJ Jukebox Musical (Title Coming Soon)
by Anthony Wetmore
Run Away With
When I Needed You
I Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance
Hurt So Good
I Really Like
Call Me Maybe
Carli: Bright-eyed 20 something. Short dark hair, pale complexion, radiant eyes, very laid back unless provoked. Growing more cautious with each new piece of information.
Jeremy: A sandy-haired late teen who enjoys the simple things; skating, girls, music. Very non-descript. Could be anyone.
Vicki: A vibrant young woman in her late 20s, she wears loud colors and sports a short bob cut with a shock of pink hair dye. Caring and kind, but can be turned off just as fast.
Lights up on a young girl, Carli, sitting on a stoop outside of what appears to be a house,
looking down, at her shoes, deep in thought over the huge fight she just had
with Jeremy, her boyfriend of six months, when suddenly her cell phone rings. [Song: Boy Problems]
After the conversation with Vicki, she hangs up, feeling a
little better now that the two have made plans for the following Friday. Carli
reflects on her friendship with Vicki, and finds herself grateful. [Song snippet: Run Away With Me]
As she makes her way
home, she is over come with a sudden chill and a rough itchy black patch on her
wrist which she can’t help but scratch at constantly. She vomits a small amount
on a corner before disappearing off-stage and back to her home.
Upon entering her room, Carli immediately collapses on the bed, falling asleep. Waking a short time later
she notices Jeremy has called her a
number of times, in addition to texts, in a fit she throws her phone across the
room, shattering it with an eerie strength. [Song: First Time] Overcome by some new power, Carli spitefully pictures what a return to Jeremy would be like,
laughing off the image of him tearful and sorry.
She picks a new phone out of her dresser drawer, powers it
on to call Vicki, invigorated, but
genuinely curious about her spreading black rash. They research together, but
come up with little information, much to Carli’s dismay. Vicki offers to spend the night as a comfort,
but Carli declines, nervous about her growing strange violent urges. Vicki has
finally left and Carli has shed more skin, revealing a fine thin layer of hair
on what appears to be a strong, shiny insect-like limb. The fingers completely
fallen away, Carli smiles, the lights go dark. [Song snippet: The chorus of Good Time plays over a PA, fading in and
out, almost inaudible]
Several Months Later
[Song: Warm Blood] Lights
up on Carli, further transformed by the strange illness, half of her face is
covered in that fine shiny black hair, the eye has gone red and swollen, but
her demeanor is that of a rejuvenated Olympian. In her basement, an utter disaster
in terms of debris and blood splatter, a few body parts can be seen in odd
places, and there are piles of blood clothes. Carli is beginning to embrace her
true nature. A phone call; it’s Jeremy.
She coughs, clearing her throat and answers, after some minor back and forth
she agrees to meet him for coffee. [lights
Carli, now appears to be her normal self, with some
inconsistencies in make-up and bone structure to a particular side of her face,
arrives at a gas station only to meet Jeremy, who is also on route to their
scheduled date. They trade awkward greetings with vague displays of casual
affection before actually talking. Carli convinces him to come back to her
place instead. Alone. [Song: Body Language]
[Song: Black Heart]
Upon arrival, Carli is quick to
show Jeremy the basement and even faster, she tears away her faux face, taking
more of her original skin off with it and showing him what she has become, a
spider hybrid, bugging, bulging red eyes spin in place as an odd number of
large legs jut out and attempt to find purchase in opposite directions. Jeremy
falls backwards and is overcome by her form, only to end in muffled screams.
Satisfied, Carli collects herself and reassumes her human form slowly,
eventually nailing his pants to the wall alongside a series of other various
clothing along the wall.
[Song snippets: When
I Needed You]
Vicki has all but disappeared from Carli’s life since she
has developed her new abilities and in a rush of blood and viscera, Carli is
struck with a longing for that sort of natural easy relationship she’d shared
[Song: Your Type]
After lamenting and several attempts to call Vicki that end
in failure, Carli drops the notion and grows angrier still. She camouflages
herself and sets out for the night.
[Song: I Didn’t Just
Come Here to Dance]
We find Carli at a club, dancing with anyone and everyone,
drinking and genuinely having a good time at first. The club is small and
packed, she sees an opportunity. Carli, silently extends her rear two insect
legs and begins to tear apart the legs of the men who come up to dance with
her. Amid the chaos of music lights and alcohol, no one notices the slow
decline in club goers, and certainly not the pool of blood filling out the
dance floor. Once a patron slips in the mess, Carli takes this as her cue to
slip out the back door, satisfied with her work.
That night, the body count is totaled on the news to be in
excess of 15, the authorities having lost count due to the complicated nature
of counting pieces of many bodies in strewn on one location. [Song snippets: LA Hallucinations]
Surprised by a text from Vicki, Carli spirals into joy and
ruminates on her future, friendless, or forgiving, she finds herself torn
between two worlds. [Song: Hurt So Good]
The two meet and ultimately
reunite after mulling over the minor details and the trajectory of their time
together as close friends. [Song:
Time passes and life calms down, Vicki and Carli grow closer
and develop something more than friendship, neither willing to fully address
the situation, it is an understood comfort. [Song snippet: I Really Like You into Gimme Love]
The situation finally comes to a head one day when Vicki finds
what she assumes to be an engagement ring hidden in Carli’s laundry. Carli
seems hesitant at first, but then is over come with joy as they celebrate their
coming nuptials. [Song: Call Me Maybe; snippet
of E*MO*TION; snippet of The One fading in and out at the finish] Vicki goes home to spread the good news and
just as she leaves, Carli runs to the bathroom to get sick. [lights fade]
The lights come up on an apartment some months later, it is
lived in and there is a mingling of styles, evidence that the wedding has taken
place and the nesting has begun. Carli and Vicki share a meal in the evening that
ends abruptly when Carli claims to have gotten an urgent phone call. After
disappearing to the bedroom shortly, she dashes for the door without a word. As
she reaches for the knob, we see her insect appendage and a busting seam where
Carli’s make-up is wearing away. [Song:
Store, snap to black]
All feedback is welcome. Thanks!
One of our own has started to craft a musical. Do share this with all your famous music friends for us please!
We have just been treated with a brand new teaser trailer from the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, and boy is it fun. There’s so much fantastic Rocket Racoon and Baby Groot action, and it’s totally irresistible. It’s really difficult to the deny the tiny, adorable badass that is Baby Groot. Aside from the miniature, lovable arbor we see a whole lot of action bundled up with the iconic humor we can to love in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is set to release May 5th 2017 so it maybe a little while before we see a full trailer, but keep your eyes peeled. There’s also no indication of The Avengers just yet, but with Infinity War on the horizon something is bound to happen.
Follow NERD HALL for Guardians of the Galaxy news, and more!