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I saw a ton of new toy offerings from the usual suspects at Comic-Con, but one new line of toys -- and from a new toy company no less -- that caught my eye was Toy Notch's Lost Planet line. Based on a Capcom's series of third-person shooter video games (Lost Planet 3 is set to drop in August on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC) the line's full of roughly 3.75" soldier characters, two smaller vehicles and a huge mech.
When I was nine years old, I literally begged my parents for Capcom's Ducktales game for the NES. It was all I wanted for Christmas, and fortunately for me, it ended up being one of the greatest games of the era, to the point where it's still my gold standard for games built around running to the right and jumping on bad guys' heads. That said, you can imagine how thrilled I was when Capcom announced that they were doing a new "remastered" version for the current generation of consoles, and after getting a chance to play it at Comic-Con, I'm even more excited for it now.
Premiering this summer at Comic-Con in San Diego is Street Fighter Origins: Akuma, an original graphic novel feverishly anticipated by devotees of the enduringly popular Capcom Street Fighter franchise and UDON's decade-long line of fan favorite comics based upon it. First announced in 2010 and only the publisher's second original SF graphic novel (following Super Street Fighter: New Generation), Akuma will finally reveal the heretofore untold origin story of one of gaming's most beloved evildoers, a Darth Vader of the fighting game realm whose every appearance adds to a fearsome myth that, as I will explain, extends beyond the comic book page and into his fans' own distant pasts.
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Over the past 25 years, Capcom's Mega Man has appeared in just about every kind of game there is. Aside from his native genre of action platformers, he's shown up in fighting games like Marvel vs. Capcom, RPGs like Mega Man Legends, the almost mandatory kart racing spectacular, and even dabbled in sports with
Chris Sims: Welcome back to our review of 1994's universally reviled Street Fighter, everyone! When we last left off, Commander Guile and Kylie Minogue were setting off to Shadaloo in a stealth boat, while Ken and Ryu were buddying up to a bunch of maroon-suited pseudo-vipers. Truly, it is exciting times.
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You know, much as I love video games, I could probably stop paying attention to PAX East new the rest of the weekend and be content. Why? Twenty long years since the release of DuckTales 2 on NES and Game Boy, Capcom and WayForward (and Disney) have announced DuckTales Remastered. Set to arrive on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii U for roughly
TV: Host Kevin Hart and company lampooned The Walking Dead on this past weekend's Saturday Night Live.
Art: Michael Mateyko
Udon's been doing its best to satisfy Street Fighter fandom's craving for comics by posting its archive of its previously published material daily online, but given that it's been more than two years since the last printed SF title from the publisher, those cravings have been intensifying. Fortunately for the famished, Udon's delivering big time on January 30 with