Pikachu-themed Pokkén Tournament controller announced, duke it out with the electric mascot

To help Pokémon Pikachu trainers across the globe leap into the rough and tough action of Pokkén Tournament, HORI released the Pro Pad controller. Now that players have gotten the chance to break in the arcade-like gamepad, a new design has been announced. The company is releasing a special edition Pikachu version of the fight pad because who doesn’t love Pikachu?

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Based off of the series mascot itself, the new controller’s design is particularly interesting. Instead of using the same encompassing yellow and blue pattern from the Pikachu themed Nintendo 64 controller, HORI’s fight pad takes on Pikachu’s actual color scheme. It is dominantly yellow, but it also features borders of brown, black and red. Most importantly, the controller still features the same button layout as HORI’s original Pro Pad for those who want to step away from the Nintendo Wii U’s traditional Pro controller layout.

Unfortunately, there is no word regarding the controller’s release outside of Japan. It is compatible with Wii U consoles from anywhere in the world for those who are willing to import to get their hands on another Pokémon-themed collector’s edition peripheral. HORI’s Pikachu Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad is set to launch in Japan sometime in June.

FAN-MADE ZOOTOPIA WEBCOMIC TAKES THE STORY FURTHER

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Disney’s Zootopia is arguably the studios’ biggest animated hit since Frozen, and justifiably so — the film is wonderful, and although the term “instant classic” is thrown around rather loosely these days, Zootopia happens to be just that. The movie — which revolves around anthropomorphic animals living together in a giant metropolis — works on so many levels that you can fall in love with its characters and world for one reason if you’re five years old, and quite another reason if you’re thirty.

Now the movie’s fans are beginning to show their love for all things Zootopia. There’s already a Facebook community for Zootopians, where fans can post their own art and ponder whether or not Mr. Otterton was cheating on Mrs. Otterton at the animal nudist colony and other aspects of his double life (yes, really).

Of course, the timeless way some fandoms celebrate the thing they love can be found there, too… I’m talking about good old-fashioned fan fiction. One artist in Korea created a webcomic featuring main characters Judy the bunny and Nick the fox that serves as a kind of sequel to the events of the movie. Although I have to say, they took it in a decidedly darker direction than I think Disney ever would (and mind you, the actual Zootopia deals with some pretty adult themes already).

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Although the webcomic was originally written in Korean, thankfully another fan managed to translate the whole thing into English. You can see the entire English translation of the further adventures of Judy and Nick right here, or check it out in our gallery below. And by all means, if you haven’t seen Zootopia yet, what are you waiting for? Seriously, it’s that good. Go see it.

What do you Zootopia fans think of this webcomic? Is it a worthy successor till the inevitable Zootopia 2 hits theaters? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

First-Ever Live Tour for Nick’s PAW Patrol

NEW YORK: Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group are prepping the first-ever live stage show for the preschool series PAW Patrol.

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PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue will feature characters from the Spin Master Entertainment-produced animated series. The international touring production is due to visit more than 90 cities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, starting in October. The TV series follows a group of heroic rescue pups named Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest, who are led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder. Together, they help the people of Adventure Bay. In the live show, it’s up to the PAW Patrol to rescue Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and help her finish the race against Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. Tour stops for the live show will be announced later this spring.

“PAW Patrol Live! will be an exciting extension of our top-rated, CG-animated TV series for preschoolers,” said Gerald Raines, the senior VP of global recreation at Nickelodeon. “Chase and the pack of the show’s beloved characters will take audiences along on their heroic adventures, challenging their imaginations and senses while teaching the importance of teamwork.”

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“We’re delighted to partner with Nickelodeon to bring the PAW Patrol Live! experience to fans across the U.S., Canada and Mexico,” said Eric Grilly, the CEO of VStar Entertainment Group. “This is the first time we’ve had the honor to work with the Nickelodeon brand on a live tour. We look forward to the opportunity to bring our expertise to this show, and are excited to showcase the strength of our two entities in a production that’s certain to engage with audience members of all ages.”

Kung Fu Panda 3:The biggest phothole ever

One of the other anticipated movies of 2016, which surprisingly didn’t fall under the “Superhero” category was the third installment of ‘the-ever-so-popular’ Kung Fu Panda Franchise.

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Though ‘Kung Fu Panda 3‘ was in the making right after the previous installment had hit the screens, but it is now that we finally get to watch it. I would start off by saying that I did enjoy it and it was thoroughly entertaining. Though it’s not quite in the ranks of it’s two predecessors, it does not disappoint.

Well we’re in an era, where it’s quite clear that animation movies are not necessarily only for “kidos”.

With the recent likes of ‘Frozen‘, ‘Inside Out’ and the quite recent ‘Zootopia‘, Disney has clearly shown that animation movies can completely be in the adult realm without actually having to lose it’s ‘kid-factor’.

The one fundamental component that these movies had in common and literally was the mainstay of these movies was it’s writing.

The writers’ carried out their job with such finese that the infamous term ‘plothole’ didn’t find any base.

But that’s not the case in ‘Kung Fu Panda 3‘!

I’m not sure if it was a result of lazy writing or the product of lack of determination, there was a huge plothole in ‘KFP 3′ that actually altered my whole peception. So here it is:

So quite in the beginning of the movie, after Po and his father’s reunion, Po’s father (Li) proudly states that he is coming from a secret Panda village, which quite obviously means that no damn person knows the whereabouts of the secret village.

Then eventually Li takes Po and Ping to the village, and Po himself didn’t know where the village was, so there was no possible way that Po could have said the whereabouts of the village to Tigress, and since there was no much words exchanged between Li and Tigress there was no way Tigress could have known where the village was.

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But after Kai attacks the Jade Palace, Tigress conveniently finds out The Secret Panda Village just in time to inform Po and the other Pandas’ that Kai was coming for them. This was not at all possible and was a result of extremely lazy writing. If Tigress would have not been able to find out the village then Kai would have easily dealt with the pandas’ and things would have turned out quite different, but this plothole conveniently works out in favour of the Pandas’.

This is simply one of the biggest plotholes I’ve ever seen in a movie.

But if you don’t mind this heck of a plothole and if you’re quite okay with an overly melodramatic climax, then you’ll surely love this movie.

Have you watched ‘Kung Fu Panda 3‘? What is your opinion about it?

“Despicable Me” and “Minions” for Easter family fun

Easter is coming up soon. If you’re a parent who puts presents along with eggs and candy in Easter baskets, you can’t go wrong including the Blu-rays and DVDs with those lovable Yellow Minions and the three little girls that stole our hearts from the “Despicable Me” movies.

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When the 2010 movie “Despicable Me” came out, there was a conversation online about who was the cutest little animated girl. It came down to Boo from “Monsters, Inc.” and Agnes from “Despicable Me.” Let’s face it, they are both adorable.

Despicable Me” struck a chord with viewers young and old and introduced the world to the little fun-loving and good-hearted Minions. As soon as the studio realized how much audiences loved their characters, they were quickly working on “Despicable Me 2” which was released in 2013. That was another success, and “Despicable Me 3” is tentatively scheduled for release in 2017.

However, before another film with Gru and his three adorable adopted daughters, the studio decided to make a film dedicated to the Minions who became overnight sensations with viewers. “Minions” came out last year and was another ratings success. It seems viewers cannot get enough of the yellow guys.

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The discs all come with bonus features including mini-movies which are cute short antics with the characters. There are also cookie recipes and more fun with the cast and characters.

If your kids love Agnes, Edith and Margo along with Kevin, Stuart and Bob, you can’t go wrong with these Blu-ray combos in an Easter basket. And kids will love decorating their eggs to look like the minions. With “Despicable Me,” “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions” movies, eggs, yellow die, blue dye, markers and imaginations, this Easter will be a fun and creative one for the entire family.