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Detective Pikachu Producers Made Test Footage With Danny DeVito’s Voice

Ever since Detective Pikachu first released for 3DS in Japan, fans have been obsessed with the idea of Danny DeVito being cast as the English voice of the titular detective. A petition gained over 50,000 signatures, and the news eventually reached DeVito himself, who famously asked, “What the **** is Pokémon?

As it turns out, the team behind the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie also had DeVito in mind as a candidate for the crime-solving Pokémon. Detective Pikachu Producer Cale Boyter recently had a chat with Game Informer, and when the topic of DeVito came up, he confirmed that it was considered.

“We definitely thought about it and how it might inform the spirit of it. Danny is incredible by the way. I am a huge fan of Danny DeVito.”
— Cale Boyter

VFX Producer Greg Baxter went even further, stating that the team actually animated Pikachu synced to voice clips of Danny DeVito from past roles. DeVito was one of several actors given this treatment during a testing phase, and the test footage was apparently quite funny. Like Boyter, Baxter talked about the “spirit” of a DeVito-voiced Pikachu impacting the movie.

“It was really very funny, so I couldn’t speak to all the reasons why it wasn’t Danny DeVito cast. I love Danny and some point maybe after the movie comes about, we can share those early tests. It’s absolutely hilarious.”
— Greg Baxter

“I can’t give away too much, but in terms of where the story goes and how it evolves, we had to sort of look at everything, including what fans weren’t seeing yet to make the decision. But that spirit of Danny DeVito, I promise you, is still inside of Pikachu.”
— Greg Baxter

Eventually, it was decided that Ryan Reynolds, not Danny DeVito, would be playing Pikachu. Baxter joked with Game Informer’s Kyle Hilliard that Reynolds would love the idea of Danny DeVito’s spirit living on in Pikachu. Now if only we could get a look at those test videos…

Source: Game Informer

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Kingdom Hearts III’s Ending Might Be “Difficult to Grasp”

Square Enix debuted playable demos of Kingdom Hearts III last week to a special number of guests. During that event, series director Tetsuya Nomura had a chance to talk about Kingdom Hearts Union χ (Cross) and how its story will impact the upcoming game, foreshadowing an ending that players might find “difficult to grasp:”

“The series as a whole has had a serious storyline so it’d make sense if you think Kingdom Hearts 3 will have a serious storyline as well. But because it is a resolution of things that have been happening until now, I think there will be many surprises that you may not expect to happen.

“If you have been playing Kingdom Hearts Union X[Cross] on your mobile platform, you would know that we have foreshadowed that light will be defeated by darkness. So you may see what happens with that being foreshadowed. I actually do believe it may have some kind of a “difficult ending” that you may find a bit difficult to grasp.

“It depends on whether or not everyone can go against all odds and overcome what’s being foretold.” — Tetsuya Nomura

Many fans have analyzed this quote to death. Some think he’s talking about the ending to Union χ since the game is still being updated. Others believe he’s talking about the events of Kingdom Hearts III specifically.

While Nomura references both titles, I think he’s talking more about the upcoming conflict in Kingdom Hearts III. The prophecy in Union χ states that “on that land shall darkness prevail and the light expire.” This same quote is used in the reveal trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, and Nomura has commented in the past that it is not about the events of Union χ.

But what do you guys think? Will Kingdom Hearts III have a less conventional ending? Will the light be extinguished? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: KHInsider

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Shadow of the Colossus for PS4 is a Full Remake with Updated Controls

Sony shocked plenty of gamers when they announced Shadow of the Colossus was coming to the PlayStation 4. While they didn’t give away many details at the time, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has since explained that this new version will be a complete remake of the original game with updated graphics and even improved controls.

“It is a remake. The game content is the same as the original version, but all the assets are being remade. I figured we could use such tech to make if we’re going to make Shadow of the Colossus in the PS4 era. Bluepoint is the development company behind the PS3 remaster versions of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. So we know them rather well.

“It’s the same, but player preferences for controls and such change over time, so we’re working on implementing a more modernized way to play,” Yoshida stated. “And of course you can play with a feel of the original version, but what we’re doing is showing how great the original work is, using today’s technology.” — Shuhei Yoshida

What do you guys think? Will Shadow of the Colossus be more enjoyable with better controls and graphics, or do you prefer the charm of the original PS2 version? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Famitsu (via Siliconera)

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Amazon is Now Selling a Lime Green New Nintendo 3DS XL with Super Mario World Pre-Installed

Nintendo spontaneously launched a Galaxy-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL just two months ago, and it seems that not even the reveal of the new Nintendo Switch will prevent new iterations of the popular handheld from appearing on the gaming market.

Exclusive to Amazon, a brand new Special Edition New 3DS XL is up for grabs at the standard price of $199.99. This model is colored in a lime green hue and comes with a pre-installed copy of Super Mario World for the Virtual Console. The best part? It’s available now!

You can purchase the new system today on Amazon US, or on Amazon Canada for $239.99 CAD.

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Amazon Prime’s 20% Discount on New Games and Preorders is Now Available in Canada

Earlier this year, Amazon announced that Amazon Prime subscribers can purchase the latest games with an impressive 20% discount, applicable to all preorders and new games up to two weeks after launch. While this gave Americans more incentive to shop online, their Canadian neighbors have been left out of this great deal, on top of gaming up north becoming a costlier luxury with the lowered dollar.

However, that changed as of this morning, with Amazon announcing that this same offer is available at last in the Great White North. Gamers in Canada can now net the latest and upcoming hits such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for $64 compared to the suggested retail price of $80, plus the free shipping Amazon Prime already offers.

If you’re a Canadian and a frequent online shopper for games, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime and take advantage of this incentive starting today. Those attending college or university can also apply to Amazon Student should they wish, where the first six months of Prime are completely free.

Source: Amazon.ca

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