Universal Studios Hollywood Previews Mario Kart Attraction

Universal Studios Hollywood began streaming a video previewing the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” attraction for its Super Nintendo World area on Thursday. The area will open in early 2023.     The interactive augmented reality ride is identical to the “Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge” attraction at Universal Studios Japan. Participants wear special goggles and compete […]

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Speed Racer Gets New Live-Action Series at Apple by J.J. Abrams

Entertainment news websites Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that the Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) anime is getting a live-action series at Apple by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars, Star Trek).   According to the sources, Hiram Martinez (Snowpiercer, Get Shorty) is serving as showrunner and co-writing the series with Ron Fitzgerald […]

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PlayStation Plus Announces Launch Titles

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Monday that its updated PlayStation Plus service will include Japanese-produced games such as Bloodborne, Death Stranding, Demon’s Souls, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition, Soulcalibur VI, and Resident Evil, among others.   The full list is below: […]

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Report: Netflix to Add Low-Cost Streaming Tier With Ads by Year’s End

The New York Times newspaper reported on Tuesday that Netflix may introduce its lower cost, ad-supported subscription tier between October to December later this year, citing an internal company memo. In addition, the memo also mentioned that the service is planning to “crack down” on password sharing between subscribers in the same time period.   […]

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Gundam Franchise’s Annual Sales Top 100 Billion Yen for 1st Time

Bandai Namco Holdings reported on Wednesday that the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise earned 101.7 billion yen (about US$783 million) across the entire holding group’s subsidiaries in the fiscal year ending in March 2022. This marks the first time the franchise has earned more than 100 billion yen (about US$770 million) in one fiscal year.   […]

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Bandai Spirits to Build New Hobby Center Factory

Bandai Namco Holdings’ toy and hobby subsidiary Bandai Spirits announced plans on Thursday to build a new Bandai Hobby Center factory, with the company planning to acquire 4,506 tsubo (approximately 14,895 square meters) of land, and a planned production launch in 2024.   The company is planning to prioritize workplace safety in the new factory. […]

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Gainax Co-Founder, Evangelion Creator Hideaki Anno Receives Japan’s Medal

The Japanese government announced on Thursday that director Hideaki Anno is receiving the spring 2022 Medal with Purple Ribbon. The medal is awarded to “individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments.”   Yasushi Akimoto, the founder of the AKB48 idol group franchise and the creator of the One Missed Call […]

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PlayStation Plus Relaunches with New Features, Tiers on June 1 in Japan

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced on Friday that it will launch previously announced new features and tiers for its PlayStation Plus service on May 23 in Asian markets excluding Japan, June 1 in Japan, June 13 in the Americas, and June 22 in Europe.   In addition, cloud streaming access will be expanded to the […]

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