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Random: The Internet Is Dunking On Space Jam 2’s Game Boy Cameo

LeBron plays Game Boy

Pedants and mega-nerds, look away now: Space Jam: A New Legacy had a lovely Game Boy cameo, and in a shocking turn of events, people on the internet are up in arms about it.

In the first five minutes of the movie, amid the usual setup of “young boy has a dream, but also, is sad”, a miniature version of LeBron James is given a Game Boy by a friend, who then walks off, apparently not worried about leaving an expensive console in the hands of another child, or hanging out with his friend.

*squints* Is there even a game cartridge in there?
*squints* Is there even a game cartridge in there?

Lebron’s friend says, as he hands the original DMG Game Boy over, “my dad got me the new color one,” and good lord, is the internet not happy about that. “That is not a f**king Game Boy Color,” says Fanbyte; over on Twitter, people are annoyed that Warner Brothers “couldn’t even bother actually making it a Game Boy Color”.

Now, we’re not averse to yelling at the screen when movies and TV get video games all wrong, because they certainly do it a lot, whether it’s not plugging the controller in or somehow playing a PS4 game on a NES. Hmm. But in our interpretation of the scene, the kid is saying that his dad got him a Game Boy Color, and therefore LeBron can have his old, crappy, non-color one. That’s still rather generous, but not the egregious error that it first seems.

The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle label is white, not blue. CANCEL THIS MOVIE IMMEDIATELY
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle label is white, not blue. CANCEL THIS MOVIE IMMEDIATELY

Shortly after receiving the Game Boy gift, young LeBron starts playing the game that’s also apparently been gifted to him: The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle, which ties nicely back into Space Jam‘s Looney Tunes-heavy storytelling (LeBron also has a Looney Tunes backpack, because of course he does). As he plays, the game projected behind him slowly turns into full-color detail, which, of course, is way fancier than a Game Boy game would look.

Again, people seemed a little peeved at this, although mostly because the game doesn’t exist and they very much wish it did. Developer Kemco still exists, though; maybe this could become reality.

But don’t we all remember our childhood games through the hazy lens of nostalgia, just as people who grew up with black-and-white television imagined bright, vivid colours? In our interpretation, which is admittedly to be taken with a few grains of salt, little LeBron is seeing the game come alive in his imagination. We’ll give it a pass.

Somebody call the police! That child is using his imagination to create visual storytelling!
Somebody call the police! That child is using his imagination to create visual storytelling!

But the final straw that broke the bunny’s back is what happens to the Game Boy next. LeBron’s coach gets angry disappointed that LeBron’s head wasn’t in the game, and tells him that video games are but a distraction, something that will get in the way of him having a lucrative basketball career. The kid’s about ten, but sure, let’s make him feel guilty for not helping his single mother put food on the table and having one single hobby outside of basketball.

LeBron takes this to heart, of course, and puts the Game Boy in a desk drawer to keep safe THROWS IT IN THE BIN. LeBron! That was a gift! You awful, awful child.

You apologise to Gunpei Yokoi right now, young man
You apologise to Gunpei Yokoi right now, young man

We have to assume that the remaining 110 minutes of the film are dedicated to LeBron atoning for his crimes against video game preservation.

Did this scene bother you? Did you even watch Space Jam: A New Legacy? Are you just upset that the original Space Jam is 25 years old and time is slipping through your fingers? Let us know in the comments!

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Random: Team Xbox Has A Bit Of A Soft Spot For Paper Mario On GameCube

Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door

The GameCube era might not have been anywhere near as successful as certain other Nintendo generations, but it was home to a lot of fantastic exclusives.

It’s got such a legacy, in fact, that the official Xbox social media account on Twitter recently went to the extent of suggesting why it’s “more than a worthy pick” as the “best console” – when it’s got great games like Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Eternal Darkness and the fan favourite Paper Mario entry, Thousand-Year Door.

As you can see above, this whole conversation actually stems from an Xbox tweet responding to the “PS5 is better” comments. Xbox thinks the best console is the one you choose to play, and well, that’s how the conversation turned to the GameCube…

In a separate tweet, the same account showed its love for the Thousand-Year Door character Vivian:

While you might not be able to play The Thousand-Year Door on the Nintendo Switch, you can always settle with last year’s release, Paper Mario: The Origami King. We gave the latest entry eight out of ten stars and said it was one of the funniest games in the series.

What would you consider the best console of all time? Do you agree with what team Xbox has to say about this ongoing debate? Leave your own thoughts down below.

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Random: The Switch On Phil Spencer’s Shelf Was A Gift From Nintendo

Phil Spencer© Nintendo

Remember the Nintendo Switch that showed up on Phil Spencer’s shelf a while ago? Well, the Head of Xbox has now revealed it was actually present from Nintendo of America’s president, Doug Bowser, and the rest of the team.

Phil revealed this information during a recent appearance on the Kinda Funny Gamescast. As we all know, Microsoft and Nintendo live down the road from each other in the US and maintain good relations. Here’s exactly what he had to say courtesy of Pure Xbox:

“The Switch was a gift from Nintendo. Doug Bowser and the team, they’re obviously right up the hill from us – we’re both in Redmond, Washington – and it was a gift from them. I have another one that I use to play at home, but that was one that they gave me early on when it launched. So, that’s what that’s from.”

While there’s no saying it’s some sort of teaser, past comments have suggested that “pretty much everything” on Phil’s shelf is a hint of some kind.

Although there seems to be nothing in the works, the most recent collab between the two companies would be Bethesda’s Skyrim character Dragonborn (now owned by Xbox) appearing in Smash Ultimate at the end of last month as a Mii Fighter costume.

Would you like to see Nintendo and Microsoft work together in the future? Do you think this Switch on Phil’s shelf could be teasing anything? Share your own thoughts down below.

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Random: Smash Fan Celebrates Shantae Mii Fighter Costume With Custom Lighthouse Stage

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate© Nintendo

One of the highlights in the world of Nintendo this week was the arrival of the Tekken fighter Kazuya in Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Alongside him, Masahiro Sakurai revealed four brand new Mii Fighter outfits – one of them was Shantae, a character who has been requested by her respective fanbase for a long time now. If you missed it, co-creator Matt Bozon thanked fans everywhere for showing their support:

“BIG NEWS!! Shantae returns to Super #SmashBrosUltimate, this time as a downloadable Mii Fighter Costume + music track!! A huge thank you to @Sora_Sakurai, and to Shantae Fans everywhere for supporting your favorite Half-Genie Hero!!”

The celebrations of the Shantae Mii Fighter costume in Smash haven’t stopped there. It seems one fan on Twitter known as @miiyouandmii2 has now gone to the extent of creating a Shantae-themed level. It’s based on the lighthouse, which is Shantae’s home. It’s apparently even better with the included music tracks that come with this DLC Mii Fighter costume:

The ID code you’ll need to download this level from the Smash Bros. online menu is: Q7M12YPL. And here’s what the lighthouse looks like in the Shantae games, in case you were wondering:

We’ve also seen a cool recreation of Scuttle Town and a few other levels. Have you enjoyed playing as a Shantae Mii Fighter since her arrival earlier this week? How about the new fighter Kazuya? Leave a comment down below.

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Random: Pokémon Fans Are Making Themed Xbox Design Lab Controllers

Go. Original© The Pokémon Company

As you might have seen over on our sister site Pure Xbox, earlier this month the Xbox Design Lab returned. The player designs the controller on the official Xbox website and then Microsoft builds it.

Since its return, Xbox fans have been creating all sorts of themed Xbox Series X controllers and now Pokémon trainers have joined in on the fun with their very own pocket monster-inspired designs. One individual in particular – who goes by the username ‘mandoo12345’ on the Xbox One subreddit – has come up with 20 different designs.

There are Pokémon like Charizard, Totodile, Tepig, Ivysaur, Galarian Slowpoke, Gengar and many more:

Charizard© Microsoft / The Pokémon Company
Totodile© Microsoft / The Pokémon Company
Ivysaur© Microsoft / The Pokémon Company
Slowpoke© Microsoft / The Pokémon Company
Tepig© Microsoft / The Pokémon Company
Gengar© Microsoft / The Pokémon Company

Although you can’t create your own themed controllers in the land of Nintendo, you can actually purchase officially licensed Pokémon ones. There’s been quite a lot in the past. More recently we got the 25th anniversary Pikachu Power-A Pro Controller.

You can see all 20 of the themed pocket monster Xbox controller designs over on Reddit. What do you think of them yourself? Would you like to see Nintendo do something like the Xbox Design Lab? Do we need even more Joy-Con colours? Share your thoughts down below.

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Random: Internet Goes Wild Over One Incredibly Small Detail In Metroid Dread

Not only will we be seeing the return of Samus very soon but also MercurySteam – the same Spanish studio behind Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS. Metroid Dread Producer, Yoshio Sakamoto, recently noted how this team is “extremely talented”, technically skilled, and has an “incredible understanding” of Metroid games.

It seems the Spanish-based studio is also rather impressive when it comes to attention to detail – with eagle-eyed fans discovering how the famous intergalactic bounty hunter will hold onto a wall in Metroid Dread to help her balance while shooting her arm cannon:

The reaction to this eventually got the attention of one of the senior gameplay/player programmers at MercurySteam – who was glad to see fans had spotted the small detail. The developer’s post about this has since blown up – with over 18K Likes.

@MetanoKid: “They noticed…Okay, this blew up! Inmensely thankful for your kind words everyone! We’re feeling your love”

Will you be checking out Metroid Dread when it arrives on the Nintendo Switch this October? Leave a comment down below.

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Random: Super Mario Sunshine's FLUDD Shows Up In The New Mario Golf Game

Mario Sunshine FLUDDNintendo Life

F.L.U.D.D. might not be a household name, but if you’re a longtime Mario fan, you’ve likely heard about this nifty device before.

It first appeared in the 2002 GameCube release Super Mario Sunshine and is an incredibly important tool for Mario throughout his adventure – a bit like the Poltergust 3000 in the Luigi’s Mansion series. You might have even gone hands-on with F.L.U.D.D. when Nintendo re-released Sunshine in the Super Mario 3D All-Stars anniversary collection last year.

To get to the point, it seems F.L.U.D.D. has returned, but not in a way everyone might have expected. In Nintendo’s latest game Mario Golf: Super Rush it makes a cameo as a corner post, and well, Mario fans online have of course taken notice:

As you can see above, it’s got people’s hopes up for a sequel of sorts to Mario’s 3D adventure on the GameCube. While it’s probably best to just treat this as nothing more than a cool easter egg, who knows what could potentially be on the horizon.

Have you spotted F.L.U.D.D. in Mario Golf: Super Rush yet? Do you think this is a sign of things to come? How are you finding Mario’s new golf game? Leave your own thoughts down below.

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Random: Sega Embraced Sonic's Mod Community During The 30th Anniversary Symphony

Whether you’re a fan of mods or not, they’ve become a big part of a lot of video game communities over the years. Some companies even choose to embrace and channel fan creativity.

We heard recently how Sega is still cool with Sonic fan games (in most cases) – as long as projects aren’t monetized, and it seems for the recent Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony, it borrowed a Chao Camera mod made by Sonic Adventure 2 modder Exant:

As you can see, Exant was overjoyed to see the mod featured during the anniversary symphony. The mod was featured during the intermission of the two-hour live stream. Below is what it looked like in action (see it around the 1:06:00 mark in the video):

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Sega openly embrace Sonic mod community like this. Perhaps the most famous case was the release of Sonic Mania, which was directed and developed by Christian Whitehead. He originally got his start making Sonic fan games before porting Sonic CD to mobile devices.

Did you notice this during the Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony livestream? Would you like to see more companies embrace the modding community? Leave a comment down below.

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Random: This Game Builder Garage Version Of VVVVVV Looks Almost Identical To The Real Thing

Game Builder Garage players have already been sharing plenty of impressive creations, but this latest project is perhaps the closest any has come to truly matching its original source material.

Over on Twitter, @CarsonKompon has shared a look at their recreation of VVVVVV, a 2D platformer developed by Terry Cavanagh that launched on Switch back in 2017. Amazingly, the project looks almost identical to the original game; the layout is instantly familiar if you’ve played VVVVVV yourself, and the custom sprites and music put the cherry on the cake. Check it out:

If you haven’t played VVVVVV, let us show you what we’re on about. Here’s the opening of the real game – you’ll spot that pretty much everything other than the text boxes is complete and present.

Oh, and don’t just take our word for it – even the original game’s creator seems impressed:

Consider this one well and truly added to our list of favourite creation so far, which already includes an F-Zero recreation, Masahiro Sakurai’s shooter game, a cool version of Super Mario Kart, and a recreation of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s 1996 prototype. People are too talented.

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Random: Did You Know EarthBound Creator Shigesato Itoi Had A Starring Role In My Neighbor Totoro?

My Neighbor Totoro

Shigesato Itoi is a name that Nintendo fans will forever be familiar with, and you may well have enjoyed some of his finest work, but we dare say there’ll be a few people out there who had no idea about this particular role of his.

You’ll likely know Itoi as the creator of the Mother series (known as EarthBound here in the west); he was the lead designer on the original game, and went on to serve as producer, director, and writer for EarthBound on SNES.

As it turns out, though, he also took on a voice acting role for none other than Studio Ghibli, voicing Mei and Satsuki’s dad in the hugely popular and hugely successful animated classic, My Neighbor Totoro.

A quick look through the replies to Studio Ghibli’s tweet shows that plenty of fans had no idea – and we’re not ashamed to admit that we’d never stumbled across this juicy little fact either.

Did you already know this? If not, at least you now have a new way to show off and sound wise beyond your years in front of your friends. You’re welcome.

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