Nintendo Is Reviving the NES Classic for 2018

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Nintendo

The past year has been an emotional roller coaster for fans of old-school video games still waiting to get their hands on an NES Classic Edition. After hitting stores, selling out, and repeating that process several times before it was discontinued in April, Nintendo now plans to revive the NES next summer.

First released as an 8-bit console in the mid-1980s, the Nintendo Entertainment System made its comeback as the NES Classic in November 2016. Packed with 30 retro games, the NES quickly became one of the most sought-after purchases of the holiday season. After the palm-sized item disappeared from shelves this past spring, the only place to find it was through online retailers like eBay, where it could sell for four times the market price. Now customers who missed the first few waves of NES Classics will have another chance to grab one when it returns to stores in 2018.

Along with the return of the NES, Nintendo shared that it's extending shipments of the upcoming Super NES into next year “due to incredible demand.” When the updated version of the early-1990s console launches on September 29, more units will be delivered to the U.S. than were shipped of the NES classic all last year. And there’s no need to camp outside the store to get one: SNES inventories will be restocked regularly in the coming months.

“Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves,” Nintendo said in a press release.

The NES Classic retailed for $60 in 2016, and more details on the newest release are on their way. The SNES Classic will sell for $80 when it hits stores later this month.

Possible Star Wars: Episode IX Leak Predicts a Traitor Within the First Order

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Lucasfilm

by Natalie Zamora

A rumored leak circulating the internet recently is a fresh take on most theories for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, as it has nothing to do with Rey's true ​parentage, how Luke Skywalker will ​come back, or Poe Dameron's ​sexuality. Instead, this new bit of possibly real information is about the First Order.

An unknown source has revealed to ​​Express.co.uk that there is a traitor within the First Order, as part of the Episode IX storyline will involve Kylo Ren trying to find a mole in his team, after becoming suspicious someone is giving out information to the Resistance.

This plot point "will have a cat and mouse element to it, similar to Revenge of the Sith where the Jedi were trying to find out who the Sith lord is—which turned out to be Palpatine.”

Domhnall Gleeson in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)
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The report also references a different leak from May 2018, which claimed General Hux would be a mole inside the First Order. This wouldn't be too surprising, as Kylo and Hux have had quite the rivalry since The Force Awakens. Both parties competed to be Supreme Leader Snoke's favorite, and now with Snoke gone, the relationship between the two men should be interesting. It wouldn't be hard to see Hux turning on Kylo.

However, Hux obviously despises the Resistance. Would he help them just to betray someone who has more power than him? It might be more believable to think he would find other ways to steal the power away
from Kylo rather than disturbing the First Order. Hux wants to defeat both Kylo and the Resistance, and we don't see him compromising.

This is an interesting "leak" to keep in mind as we get more details about Episode IX, however. At the moment, we really don't have much information about the final film in the Skywalker Saga, so any rumors are worth exploring.

Star Wars: Episode IX hits theaters December 20, 2019.

LeBron James Enlists Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler to Produce Space Jam Sequel

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Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

by Dana Samuel

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is teaming up with LeBron James to finally make a Space Jam sequel. The original, released in 1996, starred Michael Jordan, with cameos from other NBA stars and characters from Looney Tunes; it grossed more than $250 million worldwide (making it the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time, according to THR).

THR reports that the film is reportedly going to begin production in 2019, during the NBA off-season; Coogler will be the producer of the sequel and Random Acts of Flyness creator Terence Nance will direct.

Coogler's work on Black Panther was not only groundbreaking, but the film broke several box office records and it has become the highest grossing film by a black director.

James is a huge Black Panther fan. “I loved his vision," he told THR, "so for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing. ... The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie ... I'd just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don't just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

This project has been highly anticipated for years, and we have our fingers crossed for more details to be revealed soon.

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