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When The Next Three Classic NES Games Will Arrive On Nintendo Switch Online

Part of the Nintendo Switch’s premium online membership comes with the ability to play classic NES games through an emulator on the Switch that enables online play through these classic 8-bit titles. It’s not the sort of thing that would instantly make most gamers jump up for joy when it comes to paying real money to play Switch games online, but Nintendo is sticking to its guns and running with the ball like a wide receiver toward the end zone while attempting to dodge all the incoming competition. If you actually enjoy the prospect of playing classic NES games on your Nintendo Switch, and if you’ve already laid down the $20 or so to access the online component for a year, then you can look forward to three classic games that will be made available for the Switch’s premium online service.

The news was posted on the official Nintendo of America Twitter account. It features a very quick rundown of the three games that will be available on October 10th via the Switch online membership service. This includes Open Tournament Golf, a game called Solomon’s Key, and one of the most iconic NES games of all time, Super Dodge Ball.

I remember playing Super Dodge Ball quite a bit back in the day because it was from Technos Japan and it was based on the Kunio-kun series, also known as River City Ransom. It featured the characters from the Nekketsu series playing dodge ball against other characters from rival schools. If you were a fan of beat-’em-up games then you probably had your eye on Technos’ releases given that the company was also responsible for Double Dragon and another favorite of mine, The Combat Tribes. If you enjoyed the simplistic style of gameplay featured in Technos titles, but you also wanted to challenge your friends (or rivals) to a friendly game of dodge ball, when you can do that with Super Dodge Ball.

As for Open Tournament Golf… the game probably looks familiar to some gamers given that it’s very similar to the golf game that was included in the Nintendo Switch’s firmware for a time as an homage to Satoru Iwata.

Solomon’s Key is a side-scrolling platformer, almost equivalent to the old versus mode in Super Mario Bros. It’s not the sort of game that will set the world on fire but it’s there for you to play.

The response to the games hasn’t been the most positive from the gaming community. Many of them were hoping for online multiplayer-enabled SNES games, or a few N64 games. There were some who were hoping that Nintendo would make GameCube titles backwards compatible for the Switch through a Virtual Console-style service.

I think Nintendo might be able to garner more excitement for the online service if the games were a little more tempting, and if they were from newer generations… preferably the SNES or N64 era.

For now, the three NES titles will join the 20 other classic games as part of the Nintendo Switch’s premium online service, starting October 10th.

Bryce Dallas Howard Is All-In On Original Characters Returning In Jurassic World 3

In this summer’s blockbuster hit Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, fans were struck with an ending that has undoubtedly raised the stakes going into the Jurassic World franchise. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) now have a significantly more challenging role that expanded past keeping attendees at a theme park safe. Earth as we know it will be dealing with the consequences of the power rich scientists who have brought dinosaurs back into the world. Since the upcoming Jurassic World installment is set to close out the trilogy, the pair might need some help from some of the original characters from Jurassic Park, and Howard is hoping to work alongside them. Here’s what the actress is would like to see from Jurassic World 3:

Any chance to work alongside the likes of the now iconic Jeff Goldblum is certainly a dream come true. While Goldblum was technically in Fallen Kingdom, his role was more of a cameo that had him schooling the media on the gravity of the situation at hand. Many fans would love to see Goldblum back in action with the new characters as dinosaurs charge at their feet. Dr. Ian Malcolm is best known for his hilarious quips, and considering the drama to come, we might need a few doses of it in Jurassic World 3. With a new generation of dinos out in the wild, some of which created specifically to be stealthy killing machines, the film will definitely won’t be anything like the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride, that’s for sure.

Along with her words to Brit + Co, Bryce Dallas Howard has already said that the plan for Jurassic World 3 is to bring the entire saga together, including the first trilogy, hinting at the potential return of more original characters. Besides seeing more of Dr. Ian Malcolm, Howard also previously threw out her desire to see Laura Dern come back as Dr. Ellie Sattler. The actress is also an iconic Hollywood legend thanks to her performance in Jurassic World and to see her character return to help out and bring closure to her character would be a movie not to miss.

Jurassic World 3 is set to be released on June 11, 2021. As for what’s coming to theaters a little sooner, look through our 2018 and 2019 release schedules to find out.

Bungie Files Trademark For Undisclosed Title

Bungie is keeping plenty busy these days with Destiny 2, but it looks like they may have also been working on a secret project. The developer recently filed a trademark application for what appears to be a game called Matter. Details are extremely limited, but, given the fact that they’ve gone through the whole trademark process, we wouldn’t be surprised if some official information surfaces soon.

The folks over at Eurogamer recently picked up on a trademark application filed by Bungie with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The application was filed on Sept. 28, which means it managed to stay under the radar for nearly a full week. That equates to approximately 2.5 years in terms of games gossip, which is pretty impressive.

According to the report, the trademark is for a property simply called “Matter,” and it was filed for categories 9 and 41, which are specifically for computer game software and online entertainment services.

Outside of the name, the application also includes a single image, which appears to be a logo of some sort. I’m not being intentionally vague, this is just literally all of the information available from the application at this point. I hesitate to flat-out call it a game simply because “online entertainment services” could mean just about anything at this point. Sure, the application also includes “computer game software” but, for the sake of keeping expectations at the appropriate level, I don’t want to assume anything just yet. You can take a look at the logo below:

As the original report notes, Bungie is rolling hard with NetEase these days, the Chinese publisher that handles various Blizzard titles (World of Warcraft, Overwatch, etc.) in the territory. NetEase joined Team Bungie only a few months back, but it seems plausible that Matter would have something to do with that new partnership. Equally plausible is that Matter is a new battle royale game, but I’d say that no matter what developer filed a trademark under just about any name these days, as that seems to be the unavoidable trend.

In other Bungie news, the Forsaken update launched for Destiny 2 about a month ago and fans and critics alike seem to be loving it. What’s interesting is that, while another year’s worth of content is planned for the game, new story missions aren’t part of the current roadmap. In other words, it seems like Bungie may have already moved its main team onto the third game, allowing the current Destiny 2 team to worry about fun new activities, modes and maps while any narrative focus is being funneled into a third campaign.

This is just speculation, but wouldn’t it be a rad combo if Bungie showed up at an event like December’s The Game Awards and were like, “Here’s what you can expect out of the next six months of Destiny 2, yes, we’re working on a third game and, boom, here’s a little something called Matter.

Rihanna Is Here to Convince You That Blue Highlighter Actually Looks Amazing

Fenty Beauty is dropping products so quickly, it’s impossible to keep up. After surprising fans with four new shades of Stunna Lip Paint, the brand just announced its new-new for the holidays, and—well—it’s a doozy. Fenty is releasing its first highlighter palette.

Last night, Rihanna made an appearance in Sydney, Australia where she revealed the first (in what’s sure to be much more to come) of Fenty’s #\CHILLOWT holiday collection. The seven-pan palette includes just about every shade of highlighter under the rainbow, which we mean quite literally. The Killawatt Foil Palette contains metallic purple, pink, white, red, orange, bronze, and blue (yep) options available to aid in your glow-up. And, like all of Fenty’s products, they can be used pretty much however you deem fit.

Fans, as you can imagine, have been going rightly bonkers over it online. “OH HELL YES!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE MINE,” one user commented on Instagram. “Ri Ri really out her got me buying more highlighter ok goodbye wig, goodbye bank account,” shared another.

The palette is launching at midnight on October 4 (so basically tonight) for anyone who lives in Australia or New Zealand. The rest of us have to wait until October 12 when it start rolling out in Sephora stores in the U.S. and online. According to the brand, this is only just the beginning from the collection. So buckle up, Rih-mas is looking good this year.

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Could Criminal Minds Be Ending With Season 14?

Criminal Minds is one of the longest-running dramas on network television, and it hits the incredible 300-episode milestone with Season 14. Fans have a lot of reasons to be excited about what’s to come in the upcoming season, especially considering the crazy killer brought back for the 300th episode. That said, fans may also want to consider the possibility that Season 14 will be the last for the BAU.

As viewers will undoubtedly remember in the wake of the wild Season 13 cliffhanger, CBS actually took its time in renewing Criminal Minds for Season 14, leading to some concern that the show would get the axe and we would never learn what happens next after the cliffhanger. At the time, showrunner Erica Messer stated that Criminal Minds frequently got a late renewal due to a variety of reasons, and they were simply waiting for the official go-ahead with the actors, producers, and writers already lined up. She specifically mentioned delays sometimes due to actor renegotiations and issues between CBS and production studio ABC. Now it seems her confidence may not apply to the show beyond its fourteenth season.

CBS reportedly has limited interest in keeping Criminal Minds on the air due to the fact that ABC is the lead studio and Criminal Minds isn’t delivering the kind of ratings that necessarily justify the costs of production. According to Variety, the ratings that have been steady may not be enough to compensate for the cost inflation as the show aged and has now hit its fourteenth season. Although Criminal Minds did land a deal that took reruns to a cable channel, value for syndication is arguably unlikely to grow. The window for streaming video on demand growth is allegedly unlikely to grow as well, and that’s a problem now that we’re in an era of streaming popularity.

It’s worth noting that multiple members of the Criminal Minds crew reportedly stated that they believe the fourteenth season to be the last. Although neither the showrunner nor CBS has given an official statement to this effect, Season 14 is shorter than all those that came before, even though there were signs that the order for 15 episodes could be bumped up. It’s also possible that members of the cast are ready to move on. Two stars took their time to sign on for more episodes following Season 12. They did eventually negotiate new deals that kept them around.

We’ll have to wait and see. CBS has managed to keep NCIS going strong into 16 seasons, so Criminal Minds surviving past Season 14 and beyond doesn’t sound too ludicrous. It’s not like NCIS is the only other example of a long-running CBS series. NCIS: Los Angeles just kicked off its tenth season, and The Big Bang Theory will end after its twelfth. For now, you can catch new episodes of Criminal Minds on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

Fantastic Beasts 2 Will Address Dumbledore’s Sexuality After All, According To The Director

If you had Fantastic Beasts 2 in your ‘What 2018 movie will be a surprising source of controversy?’ pool, you’re doing quite well for yourself. The second film in the Harry Potter spinoff series has received a fair bit of backlash even though it doesn’t even come out for another month. Some of that backlash springs from the film’s approach to Dumbledore’s sexuality. Earlier this year, director David Yates said that the film would not explicitly address the fact that Dumbledore is gay, leading to a belief among some that this aspect of the character’s identity and an opportunity for that kind of positive representation was being brushed over. David Yates has now clarified that point, affirming that the film will address Dumbledore’s sexuality, as he explained:

David Yates makes it clear here that he never said that Dumbledore wasn’t gay, and his story in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald isn’t an instance of making him straight or ignoring/hiding that aspect of the character. It just sounds like there won’t be some flashing magical banner that says he is gay, but it will be very obvious to anyone who sees the film that Dumbledore is gay. There will be some scenes that he shares with Grindelwald, and when you see them, the reality of the character’s sexuality will be undeniable.

The other thing that stands out to me about what David Yates told Empire Magazine is that “This part” of J.K. Rowling’s story does not focus on Dumbledore’s sexuality. As he says, this is a huge narrative, and The Crimes of Grindelwald is only the second film in a five-film series. Just because this film may not really focus on Dumbledore’s sexuality does not mean that none of the other three upcoming films will. Heck, Dumbledore wasn’t even in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Maybe the Dumbledore-Grindelwald relationship plays out over multiple films. Dumbledore could just be crushing from afar right now; we don’t know till we see it.

The obvious problems of backlash against a film before anyone’s seen it aside, we don’t yet know what happens in Fantastic Beasts 2. Maybe Dumbledore isn’t out yet or maybe he is still coming to terms with his sexuality. The Wizarding World isn’t the most enlightened place during the Harry Potter story, with students shouting racial slurs like ‘Mudblood’ in school halls and Death Eaters palling around with Ministry of Magic officials. So who knows what this world was like in 1927 when the film takes place.

In truth, if you are familiar with the Harry Potter universe and its magical objects, Dumbledore’s sexuality is even apparent from the trailers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. We see Dumbledore staring in the Mirror of Erised, which, by his own words in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone novel, “shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.” For Dumbledore in this film, that is Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives at Platform 9 3/4 and in theaters on November 16. For all of this fall’s biggest movies, check out our release schedule.

When Overwatch’s Halloween Event Is Coming Back

Blizzard has made it an annual tradition to bring Overwatch fans seasonal events. Every Christmas you can expect something festive and cheerful, just the same as when we enter the sweltering swirl of heat produced during the middle of the year with the Summer Games. Well, for those who prefer something a little spookier, and a little edgier to round out their entertainment needs, Blizzard has the frightfully fun Halloween events held each year for the first-person team-based shooter. This year, the Halloween event is making a return and some of the details of said event have spilled out for public consumption.

The news dropped on the first of October during the drawing close of dawn, with the official Overwatch Twitter account posting the news. Attached to the tweet is a quick seven second video of a haunted mansion on the hill. It starts off during the day but after lightening strikes, it switches over to night and the dark abode becomes lit only by the lights on in the upper rooms and a glowing green portal at the base of the stairwell near the entryway. We then get the splash screen revealing that starting next week on October 9th and running through October 31st, the Overwatch Halloween Terror 2018 event will be making a return.

For those of you who don’t remember, Blizzard also launched the Halloween Terror event last year, which centered around brand new player-vs-environment brawls. It lasted around the same time, from October 10th to November 1st. The event came with a number of new skins for several characters based on popular horror-themed icons, such as a Corsair skin for Ana, a Van Helsing skin for McCree, a Dragon skin for Symmetra, and a Cultist skin for Zenyatta.

Last year’s event also featured two PvE brawls, one of which was a returning event from the previous year when Overwatch originally launched, including the Junkenstein’s Revenge map, which saw four players defending the castle from various waves of bots. The second PvE brawl was Junkenstein Endless Brawl, featuring several other playable characters who had to fend off the map from other robots.

Usually the events come with a smattering of new skins for certain characters. According to Dexerto, Doomfist will receive a Swamp Monster skin that’s akin to something out of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The skin will be available starting October 9th, and like many other Overwatch event skins it will be classified in the Legendary category, which means that getting your hands on one won’t be easy.

If you live in Belgium you won’t be able to get your hands on the gear through premium loot boxes anyway, given that loot boxes are banned in the region. But, you should still be able to unlock the skin by just playing the game normally.

You can look for more skins to pop up and more details on the event to emerge as October 9th draws closer.

Someone Gave Meghan Markle a Drawing of Her Dog Toppling the Patriarchy

What do you get for the duchess and women’s rights activist who has everything? Why, a painting of her dog toppling the patriarchy, of course!

During their visit to Sussex on Wednesday (October 3), Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stopped by the Survivors’ Network, a charity that works to support sexual assault survivors. While they were meeting with the group, someone gifted the Duchess of Sussex with a drawing of her own dog doing his part to stand up for women’s rights.

The picture, which was created by artist Henry James Garrett (who goes as @DrawingsOfDogs on social media), features a black-and-white moment of someone asking a dog, “Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good boy?” and the dog responding, “A boy who makes an effort to dismantle the patriarchy (whilst keeping in mind intersections with other forms of oppression).” Classic.

The work is done in a similar style to a piece called Patriarchy Boy in Garrett’s permanent collection, but for the version he gave Markle, he drew the dog to look like her beagle, Guy. “The wonderful @SurvivorsnetBtn asked me if I could do drawing for them to gift to Meghan and Harry during their visit today. So I drew Meghan’s beagle Guy talking about dismantling the patriarchy,” he wrote on Twitter. “A couple of weeks ago, they told me that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were coming to visit and that they’d like my help in giving them a gift,” he told Marie Claire. “I decided to customize my ‘Patriarchy Boy’ drawing. I redrew it to feature Meghan’s rescue dog, Guy. We also [gave] them two of my empathy pins.”

When Markle received the gift, she laughed out loud, obviously. See the cute moment, below:

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If you want to get your hands on a version of the work, it’s available online, and £5 of each sale are donated to Survivors’ Network Brighton.

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Venom’s Pre-Ticket Sales Are Beating Out Some Of The MCU’s Recent Movies

The critical reaction towards Venom may not be great overall so far, but on the commercial side of things, the movie looks like it’s going to be a powerhouse performer. Last month, it was estimated that Venom could kick off domestically in the $55-$85 million range, and as of yesterday, Eddie Brock‘s standalone adventure is predicted to have a global opening weekend haul of between $160-$175 million. Now word’s come in that Venom is also doing quite well with regards to advance ticket sales, so much so that it’s outselling recent Marvel Cinematic Universe movies Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

While the above three movies weren’t the heaviest of hitters in the MCU lineup, like most of their ilk, they nonetheless commercially successful, so Venom is outpacing them in pre-sales is quite the accomplishment. As if that weren’t impressive enough, Atom Tickets also noted in its report that among all Marvel movies, i.e. both the Marvel Studios entries and stories made by other studios that carry the Marvel banner, Venom ranks in third place, with Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther making up the top 2. Looking outside of the comic book realm, the majority of people buying Venom tickets ahead of time on Atom Tickets fall into the 18-29 age range, so clearly a lot of young’uns are itching for some big screen, symbiote-enhanced action. As for why Venom is killing it with pre-sales, Atom Tickets editorial lead Alisha Grauso noted that even though the movie has been getting mixed reviews, there’s still a lot of excitement to see this newest live action take on the character and how Tom Hardy handles the role.

Although every movie aims to be both critically and commercially successful, sometimes one doesn’t always lead to the other. In Venom‘s case, if the early reviews are any indication, it’s won’t go down in history as one of the best comic book movies, but on the money front, there won’t be any issues. I imagine another reason a lot of folks are eager to watch Venom is to see how Eddie Brock’s origin story is handled without Spider-Man being around. That, along with the other characters and plenty of action, provides numerous reasons for people to check out Venom this weekend, though it should also be noted that Venom‘s opening weekend competition, A Star is Born, is also doing well in pre-sales, outperforming Oscar contenders like The Big Sick, The Shape of Water, and Call Me By Your Name.

You can judge Venom for yourself starting on Friday (or even tomorrow evening, depending on where you live), but be sure to read CinemaBlend’s review of the movie now. As for what else 2018 has in store, look through our release schedule to learn what else is hitting theaters before the year is over.