Wreck-It Ralph features Nintendo characters like Bowser, but Mario and Luigi are absent. Director Rich Moore indicates that if the franchise has a future, Mario and characters like Link and Samus might just appear.
“I think to them that those are like their Mickey Mouse and I don’t know that they are, like Clark [Spencer, producer] said, if they are legally kind of bound by another project that they are working on or something . . .” said Moore. “I don’t know if they were like ‘No, we don’t want them in there. We are against them being in it,’ I just think that there are other things they are doing with them that made it difficult or impossible to get them in there and maybe it will be a situation like Barbie not being in the original Toy Story and then maybe after they see it, if all goes well, they will say ‘If you’re doing a sequel, we would like to have these guys in it,’ which we would love to have.”
Gree CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka believes that the iterative pace of smartphones is higher than that of PC, leading to a merger of the two platforms in the future. Also, he sees the importance of localization to an increasingly global audience.
“The line between PC and mobile has blurred, and that’s a trend for this year,” said Tanaka in his Tokyo Game Show keynote. “The traditional PC will disappear, and smartphone and PC will converge to become a new platform.”
“As time goes on, localized services will be required,” he said. “In three years time, local development of games will be bigger. That’s why we engage in worldwide development activities. Global participation will help us come up with new ideas.”
Find out more about Gree in this exclusive [a]list video interview.
Pepsi famously worked with Michael Jackson to promote its soft drinks over the years. Pepsi recently promoted the 25th anniversary of Bad’s release with a concert late August with Billboard and singer Ne-Yo.
Pepsi famously sponsored Jackson’s Bad world tour back in 1988, following the successful “New Generation” ads of 1983 and the incident where Jackson’s hair was accidentally set on fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. Now they are airing a 15-second ad spot to continue its 25th anniversary tribute to Bad.
Significantly, the BAD25 deluxe collectors’ edition album/DVD box set is set to release on September 18. Expect to see the new ad with its kaleidoscope of images of Michael dancing during BET’s two-hour special, BAD25: The Short Films of Michael Jackson.
Nothing equals this ad that rolled out in China earlier this year, however, where the visuals are bombastic and surreal. Pepsi, the Jackson Estate, and Sony ensure that the legend of Michael Jackson continues, making him into an even bigger marketing success in death than he even was in life.
Popular children’s TV programing comes to life with Kinect Sesame Street TV and Kinect Nat Geo TV. Children are able to engage, interact and learn with TV shows like never before.
Look forward to an interview for these Kinect TV 2-Way offerings coming soon!
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is on the home stretch after a long and sometimes troubled development. It’s looking good now, however, even if there’s no way to understand what’s being said!
Those that ‘like’ the Resident Evil page on on Facebook can now access Shared Nightmare, an interactive video created by Capcom to promote the October 2 release of Resident Evil 6.
Facebook application that allows users to share their the experience of global chaos as the ‘C-Virus,’ is unleashed. Users can personalize the video by including their friends, and even send them a final message in the middle of the video.
The iPhone 5 is now available in eight more countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany, the U.K., Canada and the U.S. The anticipation is so high, it is believed that as many as 10 million iPhones could be sold during the weekend sales rush, according to Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray.
“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Digital Business. “It used to be that with tech products the nerds got them, obsessed about them, and talked about them, and the cool kids wanted no part of that conversation. That’s just not true anymore.”
Apple is introducing the iPhone across the world faster than any of the device’s five previous debuts. The iPhone will go on sale in 22 more countries on September 28, and it will be in more than 100 countries by the end of the year.
Three brands took it on the nose this past week on social media for getting caught up in politics. Dr. Pepper, Dos Equis and a local Midwest theme park all spurred online firestorms between politically left and right leaning consumers, adding to a recent trend of companies jumping in or inadvertently caught up in the politically charged pre-campaign environment in the US.
Dos Equis parent company Heineken is dealing with a real pickle, where the actor who portrays its mega-popular spokesman The Most Interesting Man Alive exposed his political leaning as a Democrat. In Dr. Pepper’s case, where the beverage maker released an image equating discovering Dr. Pepper with human evolution, the fallout could mean the end for the iconic image of monkey-to-man evolutionary progress in sponsored messages.
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Valve employee Jeri Ellsworth says that the company is working on its first hardware product and that it is looking to enter beta in the next year. Working with the Steam “Big Picture Mode” team, the hardware people are looking to create a solution for those that want mouse and keyboard controls in the living room and those that want to primarily use a game pad.
“[Our goals are] to make Steam games more fun to play in your living room,” said Ellsworth.
This latest DmC trailer for Tokyo Game Show demonstrates how far the game has come. It’s not due for a few more months, but it looked pretty ready right now!