– Want to know how the Warcraft movie did? Well, Paul Tassi of Forbes.com has a piece on it, and the headline probably says it all: “The ‘Warcraft’ movie is a crushing disappointment in almost every way.” Well, then. On Rotten Tomatoes, it’s sitting at 27 percent with critics, but surprisingly, 82 percent with the audience. However, shockingly, the movie opened up to $156M in five days in China, which beats out the opens of the latest Star Wars and Fast and Furious franchises. For more on that, read this piece from Wired.
– Also on blastr, Dany Roth has another good list, this one on 10 SNES games that deserve a comeback. Spoiler alert: Two are on the schedule for future YPB episodes.
– Simon Parkin of Ars Technica has a good, long read on the history of Team17, makers of the Worms series.
– In honor of E3, Nintendo has deeply discounted some older games, like $5 for A Link to the Past. Check out the full list on their site.
– This week’s James and Mike Mondays game is Kung Fu Heroes for the NES. Check it out here.
ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…
– In 2002, Neverwinter Nights was released for the PC on June 16, 17 or 18, depending on the source you use. The BioWare RPG was the company’s follow-up to its Baldur’s Gate series, and it was both well-reviewed and well-bought by consumers. Elements of the game engine were used later for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Dragon Age.
This week in Your Parents Basement, we are faster than a speeding bullet and also, the dark knight! From 1995, we’re playing Batman Forever by Probe Entertainment, and from 1999, unfortunately, we’re playing Superman 64 by Titus Software. Joining us, calling in from Krypton, is special guest Mattyboy!
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- 0:00 – Intro, which is the title theme from the 1966 Batman with Adam West. It’s real and incredible. We’re joined this week by friend of the show and frequent emailer Mattyboy!
- 6:15 – We have some technical difficulties, and have to reboot.
- 27:15 – We switch from Batman Forever to Superman 64 talk!
- 47:45 – It’s another installment of Vidya Game Theatre!
- 54:00 – Emails! This week, Mattyboy introduces them, and participates even more than usual.
- 1:07:45 – Snifferoo. Oh hell yeah! It’s Wrestlemania season!
– According to Price Charting, Superman 64 only costs $6.95 for just the cart, but the price swells to $38 for the cart, box and manual, and $41 for a new copy. Batman Forever has a similar swing, at $3 to $7 for the loose cart, up to the $26 to $30 range for new copies.
– As mentioned on the show, TV Funhouse and Saturday Night Live had a spoof of Superman called Wonderman. It’s semi-NSFW, but viewable here.