Metroid Dread is the fifth entry in the original Metroid series and it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch this October.
As already detailed, this is the first Metroid game with a new story in roughly 19 years and continues the tale of the interconnected fates of the famous bounty hunter Samus Aran and the Metroids. It also happens to be the conclusion to this particular story arc.
There’s no need to worry about this core series potentially ending, though. Not long after the E3 reveal, producer Yoshio Sakamoto told Japanese publication Famitsu how there was more to come – teasing “future episodes”, while at the same time reiterating how this is the “final chapter” in this particular story arc for Samus.
Here’s the full translation, courtesy of Nintendo Everything:
“This is the last chapter in the series so far, the final chapter about the shared fate and adversarial relationship Samus shares with the Metroid. This isn’t the end of the Metroid series. We don’t want that, I’m sure fans don’t want that, and we hope you’ll look forward to what’s coming in future episodes.”
Sakamoto previously mentioned how the team hoped players would “wonder” what exactly the end of the story arc meant as they played through Metroid Dread:
“The series has chronicled the uncanny relationship between these Metroids and the heroine Samus, but this game will mark the end of that story arc.
“We’re hoping fans of the series will wonder “what does ‘mark an end to the story arc’ mean?” as they play the game.”
What do you think Samus’ future adventures might be like when this current arc comes to an end? How would you like to see the core Metroid series evolve in the future? Leave your thoughts down below.
Boris Johnson says he is ‘deeply sorry’ for coronavirus losses
All the UK approved vaccines dramatically decrease the chances of someone dying, or being hospitalised, with Covid-19. However there are concerns younger adults, who may be less at risk from the virus, are failing to get vaccinated.
Experts warn most adults, of all ages, need to get vaccinated if Britain is to achieve herd immunity.
This would prevent another surge in coronavirus infections, especially when England’s remaining restrictions end on July 19.
According to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), vaccine uptake amongst young people was raised at a meeting of the North West London health overview committee, on Wednesday.
The publication reports Pippa Nightingale, chief nursing officer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said they have enough doses but are struggling to attract younger people.
There are reports some young people are failing to come forward for vaccines (Image: GETTY)
A queue for coronavirus vaccines in London (Image: GETTY)
She commented: “We’ve got all of our vaccination centres only really operating at about 30 percent of their capacity because that’s the people that are turning up.
“So we’ve got staff there, we’ve got vaccines there, but we are really struggling.
“That’s the picture across London, it’s also a picture across the country.”
Ms Nightingale warned some young people think they “don’t need the vaccine” because, if they catch Covid they are less likely to end up in intensive care.
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57 percent of 18-24 year olds have had their first Covid jab (Image: GETTY)
All adult age groups are now able to get coronavirus vaccines, with the youngest becoming eligible in June.
NHS England figures show 56.7 percent of those aged 18-24 have received their first dose, along with 64.8 percent of those aged 25-30.
There are reported to be particular difficulties persuading young people to get vaccinated in London.
Speaking to HSJ an insider said: “First doses are really off the wall low in London, huge numbers of under-40s, and especially under-30s not coming in.
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The Government believes vaccination is the best way to beat coronavirus (Image: GETTY)
A queue for coronavirus vaccines at the Arsenal stadium (Image: GETTY)
“They’re just not interested and it’s not sinking in.
“Lots of supply available in London, it’s all demand based.
“When we raise that it’s a public health issue to weigh in on, we get told to just keep offering appointments.”
More than half the UK’s adult population has now received two coronavirus jabs.
Coronavirus: GP calls for daily figures to ‘not be published’
From July 19, in England, the remaining legal restrictions on gatherings will be removed.
On Wednesday another 49 deaths were reported, across the UK, of people who tested positive for Covid-19 over the last 28 days.
Another 42,302 coronavirus cases were reported, the highest figure since January.
New cases across the UK have now exceeded 30,000 for eight days in a row.
The UK has recorded over 128,000 coronavirus related deaths (Image: GETTY)
On Tuesday 158,276 people received their second coronavirus vaccine in the UK, with another 59,073 getting their first dose.
Speaking to Express.co.uk an NHS spokesperson said: “Take up of the Covid-19 vaccine remains high with more than 85% of adults having their first jab, including three in five people aged 18-24 and thousands still coming forward each week.
“Local teams have been working hard to ensure it is as easy as possible for young people to get their jab offering both appointments and walk-ins at convenient locations.”
Former Celtic forward Charlie Gallagher, part of the squad who won the European Cup in 1967, has died at the age of 80.
Gallagher played for the club from 1958 to 1970, making 171 appearances and scoring 32 goals.
His corner set up Billy McNeill’s winner in the 1965 Scottish Cup final against Dunfermline as Celtic claimed the first of what would be a glut of trophies under Jock Stein.
Two years later, the same two players combined for the decisive goal when Stein’s men beat Vojvodina in the European Cup quarter-finals, en route to the Lisbon final against Inter Milan.
While Gallagher was not in the starting XI for the 2-1 win over Inter, Celtic said in a statement on their official website on Sunday: “He celebrated that triumph with his team-mates and has always been rightly acknowledged as part of the Lisbon Lions squad.”
Everyone at Celtic Football Club is extremely saddened at the death of a true Celtic great, Charlie Gallagher.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s wife Mary & the entire Gallagher family.
Rest in peace, Charlie. You’ll Never Walk Alone 🦁🍀
Gallagher won a clean sweep of Scottish honours with the club, including three league titles, and was the first Scottish-born player in history to play for the Republic of Ireland, winning two caps.
Celtic said: “Everyone at Celtic Football Club is extremely sad to hear of the death of Charlie Gallagher, who has passed away at the age of 80, and the thoughts and prayers of the whole Celtic family are with Charlie’s wife, Mary, his children and grandchildren, and all his family and friends.
“Charlie’s contribution to his beloved Celtic over 12 years was immense. [He] was a hugely popular figure amongst the Celtic support, who always recognised him as one of their own. His many achievements for Celtic Football Club will always be remembered.”
Celtic’s players will wear black armbands for Wednesday’s friendly against Bristol City as a mark of respect for Gallagher.
After leaving the Glasgow outfit, Gallagher went on to play for Dumbarton, scoring 40 goals in 95 games, before retiring in 1973.
Dumbarton said in a statement on their official website: “The thoughts of everybody at Dumbarton FC are with Charlie’s family and friends at this very sad time.”
In a series of presentations delivered in the fall and winter of 2020, residents were shown slides titled “why we have to do all this now” and told that the driveway on top of the building’s garage had “very poor drainage (design flaw).”
“There is no waterproofing layer over the garage in the driveway or any area except the pool deck and planters. This has exposed the garage to water intrusion for 40 years. Where there is waterproofing, it has failed. Water has gotten underneath and caused additional damage to the concrete,” one presentation, from October of that year, reads.
“The drainage problems must be corrected so that water drains off to the sides (code issue),” says another December 2020 presentation, the first half of the sentence underlined for emphasis.
The documents, which were first reported by NPR, provide a further window into the information being received by decision-makers at the condominium as they struggled to move forward on the costly repairs required by local law.
It was not clear who delivered the presentations, but in some of them an official with the building’s management was listed as a point of contact for any questions.
The language used to describe the structural problems in the 40-year-old building has varied since an engineer brought in by the condominium board first reviewed the tower in 2018.
In a report that year, the engineer, Frank Morabito, wrote that “failed waterproofing” below the pool deck and the entrance drive was “causing major structural damage to the concrete structural slab below these areas” and warned that failure to replace it in the near future would cause “concrete deterioration to expand exponentially.”
But an inspector from the town of Surfside, Ross Prieto, told residents at a November 2018 meeting that building was “in very good shape,” according to minutes obtained by CNN earlier this week.
By April 2021, the president of the condominium’s board, Jean Wodnicki, was warning that “the concrete deterioration is accelerating.”
“The observable damage such as in the garage has gotten significantly worse since the initial  inspection,” Wodnicki wrote in a letter to building residents.
Infighting among the board members over the repairs, which had jumped in price from an estimated $ 9 million to $ 15 million by 2021, had led in part to the resignation the majority of the condominium’s board by the fall of 2019, The Washington Post reported.
The rancor among residents was made clear in one of the new presentations obtained by CNN on Saturday.
“Complaining Or Shouting At Each Other Doesn’t Work! Voting Is The Best Way To Understand What The Majority Wants,” the November presentation reads.
The by-election victory over the Conservatives in the Chesham and Amersham constituency has been hailed by Lord Adonis as a sea-change in attitudes. In the June 17 by-election, Liberal Democrat candidate Sarah Green took 56.7 percent of the vote and the Tory candidate Peter Fleet lagged behind with 35.5 percent. The chair of the European Movement UK, Lord Adonis, was referring to the Liberal Democrats shock win in the Chesham and Amersham by-election when he tweeted: “The campaign to rejoin the EU just took a big step forward after last night’s by-election.”
However, some analysts say that voters were swayed to side with the Liberal Democrats in the by-election because of local issues, rather than Brexit.
One major issue debated in the by-election was the Government’s plans to build the new HS2 rail link through the areas’ Chiltern Hills.
Other analysts point to deeper sentiments, because of the fact that Liberal Democrat Sarah Green secured a majority of 8,028, which overturned a seat held by the Tories since 1974.
Polling guru Professor John Curtice reacted to the Chesham and Amersham win by pointing out that most citizens in the constituency voted to stay in the EU.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he said: “The result was a combination of the Remain inclination of the constituency and a number of local issues, HS2, planning.”
He added: “Labour voters, who of course the majority are Remain voters, were quite happy to switch to the Liberal Democrats.”
Lord Adonis was derided with suggestions that he was over-reacting after the Chesham and Amersham Liberal Democrat win.
One Twitter follower of Lord Adonis responded with a sarcastic tweet and said: “Yes, The Lib Dems rocketing from 11 to 12 seats is going to make all the difference.
Ubisoft Forward showcased several of the latest and greatest games coming to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, like Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Riders Republic, along with some major updates for some of our currently available games, including Watch Dogs: Legion, The Crew 2, Brawlhalla, and For Honor. Missed the show? Don’t worry. Below you’ll find a recap, along with trailers to help get you caught up.
For Honor’s Heathmoor has been stricken with drought in Year 5 Season 2, titled Mirage, which has kicked off with the in-game Visions of the Kyoshin event. As the landscape dries out, the water and vegetation that hid the Myre’s Kyoshin Temple have withered away, leaving it unprotected. During the limited-time event, the temple will become a battleground for warriors from Chimera and Horkos, who’ve gathered to fight for resources – only to find themselves fending off mirages of Samurai with unknown capabilities.
The Crew 2
The Crew 2 is celebrating itsthird anniversary by giving players the opportunity to acquire the Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray 2020 for only one Crew Credit until June 30. In addition, a special Live Summit will be organized from June 23 to June 29. A new season is also coming for The Crew 2, with Season 3 Episode 1, US Speed Tour East, releasing on July 7.
Cowabunga! Today at Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft, in collaboration with Viacom, announced that Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello from Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be available in Brawlhalla as Epic Crossovers starting June 16.
On June 16, the arrival of the heroes in a half shell kicks off an in-game event that features a new game mode called Crew Battles, a new K.O. Effect featuring Shredder and the Foot Clan, and new Signature attacks by the Turtles with appearances by Master Splinter and Casey Jones.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline is coming July 6, and its first story trailer unites two familiar faces – or, well, one familiar face and one familiar mask. Set before the events of Watch Dogs: Legion, the expansion introduces a new storyline that tasks original Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pearce with stealing a robot-controlling device from Broca Tech – only to see the job go south as Watch Dogs 2’s Wrench interferes. Check out the trailer above to see how Aiden’s carefully laid plans unravel, and what he now risks as a result.
Rainbow Six Extraction
Rainbow Six Extraction, formerly known as Rainbow Six Quarantine, made its gameplay debut during Ubisoft Forward, giving a taste of what to expect when the game launches on September 16. With development being led by Ubisoft Montreal, Rainbow Six Extraction is a PvE co-op experience where you and up to two other players can form a squad composed of Rainbow Six Operators who have joined Ash, Mira, and Thermite to form the Rainbow Exogenous Analysis and Containment Team (REACT).
If you’ve been wanting more Rocksmith or have yet to pick up that guitar you’ve been meaning to practice, get ready to start your music journey. Rocksmith+, a new subscription service that teaches users how to play electric and acoustic guitar and bass through their favorite songs, will be available this Fall.
Prepare to defy gravity and show off your wildest tricks in Riders Republic when it launches on September 2 for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. The new trailer for the massive multiplayer outdoor sports playground, revealed during Ubisoft Forward, shows off the new Riders Ridge social space, where you can learn how to do tricks, manage your career, access a variety of multiplayer modes and share your in-game creations with other players. Plus, right now you can register for a chance to play in upcoming betas.
Just Dance 2022
Get ready to dance with your family and friends, level up your dance skills, or even get a workout in with Just Dance 2022, the newest installment of the #1 music videogame franchise of all time, which launches on November 4 for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Three songs have been revealed from the upcoming game, one of which is a collaboration with singer, dancer, actor, and choreographer Todrick Hall.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Viking adventure made a huge splash in 2020 – so huge, in fact, that in a first for the series, it’s getting a second year of DLC content. And before that happens, there’s still plenty on the way for Year 1, with today’s Ubisoft Forward presentation revealing the first gameplay footage of The Siege of Paris expansion, as well as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s own Discovery Tour.
Far Cry 6
Vaas Montenegro. Pagan Min. Joseph Seed. These three villains built a reign of terror across Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4, and Far Cry 5, but in the Far Cry 6 Season Pass, you’ll be the one taking the reins. In each of the three DLC Episodes included in the Season Pass, you’ll play as one of these major antagonists as you delve inside their minds to uncover their backstories, encounter familiar faces, and find out what it’s like to become the villain.
Also, be sure check out the big discounts on the latest Ubisoft games in the Deals Unlocked and Ubisoft Forward sales, where you can save up to 90% on select games.
Author: Giancarlo Varanini, Editorial Director, Ubisoft
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire
Gaming fans are counting down to the start of the Ubisoft Forward E3 event.
The live Ubisoft Forward E3 event takes place on June 12 at 8pm BST in the UK.
With E3 organisers ditching the crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference will be an online-only affair.
The 2021 Ubisoft Forward event will be broadcast in all the usual places, but you can watch it live by clicking play on the YouTube embed below.
Of course, as is the case with these kind of events, some games have leaked ahead of time.
This includes Mario and Rabbids Sparks of Hope, which is the sequel to turn-based Switch game Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.
“Team up with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, and their friends on a galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark companions,” reads the official description.
“Explore planets throughout the galaxy as you uncover mysterious secrets and compelling quests!”
According to the official Nintendo blurb, players will be able to build a team of three heroes from a roster of nine different characters.
The Ubisoft Forward event will be preceded by a pre-show featuring games such as For Honor, Trackmania, The Crew 2, Brawlhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion and more.
The main show, on the other hand, features a look at some of Ubisoft’s biggest new games.
This includes Far Cry 6, as well as Rainbow Six Extraction, and the exciting MMO Riders Republic.
Ubisoft is also expected to unveil new content for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and maybe even a new game or two.
“The main show kicks off at 8:00 PM (UK TIME), featuring big announcements, updates on some of Ubisoft’s live titles, and some surprises that you won’t want to miss,” Ubisoft continues.
“Catch all the details about the next mainline entry in the Rainbow Six franchise, formerly known as Rainbow Six Quarantine, with world premiere gameplay and trailers revealing this brand-new co-op title for the first time.
“Dive into the island paradise of Yara with Far Cry 6, and discover the action-packed adventures that await you in a nation under the heel of dictator Antón Castillo, played by Giancarlo Esposito.
“Prepare for an avalanche of extreme sports with Riders Republic, the upcoming massive multiplayer open-world playground that will see you shredding your way through beautiful and sprawling North American landscapes.
“You will also receive updates from live titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Rainbow Six Siege on their upcoming content, as well as the Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest and soon-to-release movie Werewolves Within, both from Ubisoft Film & Television, plus a few additional surprises.”
Check back later for all the updates from the Ubisoft Forward E3 event.
Family members of a man, hospitalized with horrific injuries after a driver hit him and fled the scene, are asking people to do the right thing and come forward with information.
“You know who you are,” said Delfina Ortiz, the sister of Alexander Ortiz, the victim. “This person who hit my brother should have stopped.”
Ortiz, 54 and a father of 6, has been unconscious since Sunday night when a vehicle hit him. The driver kept going. His family says he had just left a convenience store in the 7400 block of Long Point Road in northwest Houston. Someone spotted him lying in the road and called for help.
“He’s fighting for his life right now,” said Jessica Castillo, his daughter. “His legs are broken. He’s on life support. His heart is not functioning. He’s not even recognizable.”
Ortiz’s close knit family have spent days at Ben Taub Hospital, not wanting to be far from the man they describe as gentle, loving and generous.
They are offering a $ 5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. They hope someone does the right thing and calls police.
“If anyone has information, come forward. If anyone knows anything let the police know. My brother is fighting for his life,” said Ortiz.
Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477) and can remain anonymous.
DULUTH, Ga. — It was already 1 p.m. when Randy Park tumbled out of bed one miserable March day. It had been another long night of TV and video games to distract himself from the emptiness swirling through the townhouse where his mother had once cooked meals between her shifts at a spa. He padded down the hallway, past her vacant bedroom, and nudged his younger brother, Eric, awake.
It was past time to face another day on their own.
In the immediate aftermath of the deadly shootings in the Atlanta area, the faces of Randy and Eric Park, now 22 and 21, seemed to be everywhere, their winsome images linked to a GoFundMe page established after their mother, Hyun Jung Grant, was killed. They were overwhelmed by financial donations, care packages, reporters at their door, and so many calls that Eric’s cellphone froze.
But in the months since, on the cusp of adulthood, the Park brothers have been largely left to navigate the world by themselves.
Sorrow takes many shapes after a mass shooting. Those left behind in the Atlanta area include Mario Gonzalez, whose new wife, Delaina Ashley Yaun, was a customer at Young’s Asian Massage. They include the grandchildren of Suncha Kim, who immigrated from South Korea in 1980. And they include Randy and Eric Park, whose anguish is compounded by the knowledge that their single mother was killed doing a job she disliked, part of her life that they knew little about and that kept her away from home for many hours.
“She died working for us,” Randy said. “It’s just unfair. She already didn’t have much of a life to begin with.”
The path forward for Ms. Grant’s sons is now murky, the questions before them both mundane and profound. Will they return to college or to work? What will they do with the money — nearly $ 3 million in all — that poured in to support them? What will they make of the rest of their lives?
Before all that, though, they are simply trying to learn to sustain themselves through their grief, recreating familiar rituals, imperfectly, to comfort themselves through long days.
The Park brothers live in a Korean enclave in suburban Atlanta. Until recently, Randy worked full-time at a nearby bakery and cafe. Eric was struggling in remote courses at Georgia Gwinnett College. The pandemic and their mother’s death put an end, at least temporarily, to those pursuits.
Growing up, the brothers believed they knew how to get by on their own because their mother was often at work. But the past few weeks have revealed all the ways in which Ms. Grant parented from afar: cleaning the house between shifts, cooking large meals that could last for days and calling every night from work to check in.
A Rise in Anti-Asian Attacks
A torrent of hate and violence against people of Asian descent around the United States began last spring, in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Background:Community leaders say the bigotry was fueled by President Donald J. Trump, who frequently used racist language like “Chinese virus” to refer to the coronavirus.
Data: The New York Times, using media reports from across the country to capture a sense of the rising tide of anti-Asian bias, found more than 110 episodes since March 2020 in which there was clear evidence of race-based hate.
Underreported Hate Crimes: The tally may be only a sliver of the violence and harassment given the general undercounting of hate crimes, but the broad survey captures the episodes of violence across the country that grew in number amid Mr. Trump’s comments.
In New York:A wave of xenophobia and violence has been compounded by the economic fallout of the pandemic, which has dealt a severe blow to New York’s Asian-American communities. Many community leaders say racist assaults are being overlooked by the authorities.
And without the guidance of their mother, who immigrated to the United States before her sons were born, their neighborhood can feel foreign. She was their connection not only to the community but also to their Korean heritage.
Without her, even the most basic tasks can become baffling ordeals.
On a recent evening Randy researched a recipe for the sort of kimchi stir fry his mother once made for them and set out for supplies: green onion and seaweed, red pepper powder and a tin of sesame oil. Shopping at the Korean grocery store H Mart evoked fond memories. As a young boy, he would hover over the live crabs, poking at them with tongs until his mother stopped him. They picked produce together, chatting about his love interests and future plans.
But the store where he had frequently accompanied her now felt like an unsolvable maze. Which aisles? Which brands? He tried to avoid eye contact with other shoppers who recognized him from the news.
Back home, he and Eric puzzled over the recipe.
“Do we have a skillet?” Randy asked.
“Well, a skillet is basically a pan,” Eric replied.
Randy looked inside a cabinet and pulled out a large pan: “Is this a skillet?”
“No that’s more of a wok.”
Was a teaspoon the same as a tablespoon? Why had all the onions rotted?
Randy mixed the red pepper paste with sugar and, realizing he had miscalculated, sighed deeply. “I should’ve thought this through.”
They ate beside each other at the dinner table, staring at the third chair where their mother once sat.
Truth be told, there was a lot about Hyun Jung Grant that her sons did not know.
She had told them she was a teacher in South Korea and briefly lived in the city of Busan before moving to Washington State, where she found work as a waitress. She married and divorced, but the Park brothers never had a relationship with their father. Ms. Grant and the boys moved to Atlanta more than a decade ago to live among more Korean families, first in an apartment and more recently in a rented townhouse.
Along with other Korean immigrants, she worked at Gold Spa in a stretch of strip malls in northeastern Atlanta. Giving massages was an exhausting job that required long hours. Sometimes she stayed overnight for days at a time. She aspired to something more — a better job, a home that she owned — and did not talk much about her work, preferring to tell some people she worked at a makeup counter. But she had bills to pay and was determined to put her boys through college.
Many nights Randy and Eric had found themselves home without her, awaiting her check-in call.
How was your day? Have you eaten? Is your younger brother home?
When Randy was young, a babysitter told him to consider himself Eric’s second “umma,” his substitute mother. Now, it is a role he fills in earnest.
After the shooting, he instinctively shielded his younger brother from the burden of decision-making. On his own, he shuffled from meeting to meeting, preparing his mother’s burial arrangements with the funeral home, sorting through finances with a newly hired financial adviser. He eventually forced himself to get his days going early, filling his mornings with the errands required of the head of the household.
Even now, he takes charge of meals and laundry, and the lingering logistics connected to their mother’s death. “I can’t just drop everything,” Randy said. “I have a responsibility.”
Eric often stays in his room, drifting in and out of sleep. Recently, he signed up for weekly driving lessons, but often he binge-watches shows like “Crash Landing on You,” a popular South Korean drama, waiting for his friends to finish class so they can play League of Legends in the evening. His room is littered with empty Starbucks to-go bags and smoothie cups.
The brothers were not close growing up, but their grief has drawn them to each other. Together, they saw their mother’s face for the final time at the funeral home. Together, they flipped through her photo albums in preparation for her memorial. They have discovered family pictures that their mother took and saved on her phone. They seek each other out when they are feeling lonely.
One April evening, Randy invited Eric to join him and some friends at Assa Tech Karaoke in Duluth, a rare night out for singing and conversation. It was Eric’s first attempt at karaoke, an activity he had hoped to enjoy with his mother.
Randy and his friends belted out a decent rendition of “Location,” by Khalid. And then, at Eric’s behest, the brothers tried one of the few songs they knew in their mother’s language. On opposite sides of the room, they kept their eyes glued to the lyrics on the screen, avoiding eye contact. Eric stumbled on some words, Randy held a few notes too long, but by the chorus, they got the hang of it.
They sang in sync in Korean until the very end. “Bogoshipda” — “I miss you.”
Slowly, the brothers are contemplating a future for themselves. Eric plans to return to college sometime next school year. Randy is considering finishing his last few semesters at Georgia State University or perhaps enrolling in a boot camp for computer science. They imagine a trip to South Korea to meet their mother’s family.
Among the most difficult parts of Hyun Jung Grant’s absence for the Park brothers is the long list of future trips and milestones they had hoped to spend together.
That reality sunk in on Eric’s 21st birthday, which would have also been his mother’s 52nd. For years, they had planned to share a drink when Eric was of age.
And so, on the morning of May 4, Randy and Eric tried their best to recreate the celebration their mother had in store. They purchased fruit cake from a nearby Korean bakery and searched the city for a bottle of Chamisul soju, a Korean distilled spirit, before driving to her grave.
It had been storming for days, but as the brothers walked across the field, the rain scattered and only clouds remained.
Randy led the way, having visited several times for burial arrangements. They spilled the liquor around their mother’s grave as an offering and ate their cake from paper plates.
They stayed, in silence, for half an hour, unsure what to say to each other. “Are you hungry?” Randy asked. Eric nodded yes, and they left.
At the moment, it apparently doesn’t have any information to share right now but says it maintains a good relationship with its fellow Japanese company. Additionally, it wants to make its already “good relationship” with Nintendo “even better” going forth. Here are the full questions and answers:
Question 10. What are the plans for the future, such as new titles, in the Nintendo alliance?
A10. We do not have any additional information to share at this time, but we continue to have a good relationship.
Question 13. Please share the significance behind the capital & business alliance with Nintendo.
A13. There has been no change to this important relationship. We will continue to make use of our strengths and make the good relationship with Nintendo even better going forward.
Although there’s not been much from Nintendo in recent times on the mobile front (that’s excluding an onslaught of Fire Emblem Heroes and Mario Kart Tour updates), earlier this year in March it announced a new partnership with the Pokémon GO creator Niantic to develop a “series of apps” together.
The first one will be based on the Pikmin franchise and will combine Niantic’s AR-tech with Nintendo’s beloved characters. It’s currently scheduled to launch globally later this year.
How would you feel about more Nintendo-themed mobile games and even apps? What series would you like to see adapted? Leave your thoughts down below.