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Month: February 2015

Sonic Runners Released for Smartphones in Japan and Canada

Out of all the existing console-based gaming icons, it seemed like Sonic the Hedgehog was the one that’s meant for an endless runner spin-off. In fact, you can even say that Sonic Heroes and Sonic Rivals were both precursors to the genre. Now, the blue blur finally makes his way to the genre via Sonic Runners, which has been released as a free to play game for iOS and Android devices in Japan and Canada.

As for quality, Sonic Runners is developed by Sonic Team themselves, so this is as good as it’s going to get when it comes to Sonic Team’s standards, and definitely not a rushed cashgrab (although there’s nothing wrong with games being made for profit, if they’re good.) In Sonic Runners, you are given control of Sonic at first but will also be able to unlock Tails and Knuckles. Like any endless runner game, you control the direction and make your character jump and roll by tapping. There’s also some light upgrade mechanics that are done via the little Chao dudes.

You can check out the gameplay video below:

One Animation Launches New CG Shorts Series: Oddbods

Singapore’s One Animation has recently launched their award-winning CG comedy shorts series Oddbods on key broadcasters in the U.S. and Europe. The broadcaster that has joined from the U.S. side is Disney XD, while France’s side has Canal+ Kids channel Teletoon+. Teletoon+ has aready aired the series in December as a trial, and it proved successful enough that they will be presenting the shorts all throughout February and March this year.

New One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 Clips Feature Gekko Moriah, Magellan, Others

Bandai Namco Games has just released a new batch of clips for the upcoming 3D crowd-brawling game, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3. As expected of the series, Pirate Warriors 3 will feature a ton of playable characters from both the protagonist and the antagonist side, and the new batch of clips certainly pick some choice characters to feature, including the scary Gekko Moriah, Impel Down’s terrifying warden Magellan, the always beautiful Nico Robin, and the awesome Brook. You can check out the clips below:

CLIP: Teen Titans Go! – Tamaranian Vacation

Ever wondered what vacation was like in Starfire’s homeworld? The next episode of Teen Titans Go!, titled “Tamaranian Vacation,” might give you the answer. We’re just not sure if it’s the answer that you expect or want. The episode is scheduled to air this coming Thursday, March 5 at 6:00/5:00c on Cartoon Network.

In Tamaranian Vacation, the spotlight shines on the group’s resident alien as we finally get a chance to see the culture behind all of her quirks and naiveté, when the team makes a plan to visit her homeworld.

Warner Bros. Animation has released a new preview clip and a bunch of images, just to give you a peek at what’s in store. You can check out them out after the cut:

Star Wars Rebels Releases Sneak Peek Video

A new video clip has just been released for Star Wars Rebels, this time intended to provide a sneak peek at the exciting season finale of the hit CG animated action series. Titled “Fire Across the Galaxy,” the season finale will premiere this coming Monday, March 2nd, at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Disney XD.

In Fire Across the Galaxy, the Rebels try to save Kanan by infiltrating an Imperial fleet over Mustafar. With the Imperials bearing down on them, they get much-needed help from an unexpected ally.

New First Look Trailer for Frozen Fever Short

Disney has just released a new first look trailer for the upcoming short Frozen Fever, which promises to bring back the lively gang from the CG animated hit Frozen. According to the official description, the short will follow Elsa and Kristoff as they discreetly try to plan the best birthday party celebration (ever) for Anna, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers go awry and threaten to put the party and her friends at risk.

You can watch the trailer below:

VIDEO: Dragon Ball Z – Light of Hope Pilot

It’s a good time to be a Dragon Ball Z fan. First, we got the release of Dragon Ball Xenoverse (which is coming out on Steam as well), then we got word of a new Butouden game for the 3DS. Now, we can finally watch the pilot episode for Robot Underdog’s fan adaptation of the history of Trunks TV special, titled Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope.

We’re not going to bother harping on about how much better Light of Hope is compared to Evolution, because it doesn’t matter. Robot Underdog’s Light of Hope stands out on its own, and easily your best option for seeing the intense action scenes from Dragon Ball Z play out in live action (and if you’re, like me, a fan of Amy Johnston – it’s also another chance to see her kick butt as she plays Android 18.)

You can watch the fifteen-minute pilot below:

First Screenshots for Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butouden

A few days ago, the first news regarding a new 2D Dragon ball fighting game for the Nintendo 3DS were published all over the net. Titled Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butouden, the game is notable because it’s being developed by Arc System Works, which is known as the company behind the highly competitive 2D fighting franchises Guilty Gear and BlazBlue.

Assuming that they’re going to apply the same combat mechanics to Extreme Butouden means that we may get a tournament-friendly DBZ game. However, it’s all speculation for now, as gameplay details are still sparse.

What we do have on hand are a couple of screenshots that were posted all over the net, showing the game itself in action. You can check the screenies below:

Planeta Junior to Launch Animated Series Based on Mutant Busters Toys

Planeta Junior and Spanish toy company Famosa have recently joined forces in order to launch a brand new animated series based on the Mutant Busters toy line, which originally debuted to strong reception last 2013.

Targeted towards kids aged 6 to 8, the Mutant Busters toy line also supplements its physical toys with a digital strategy that includes a real game, an app, and an augmented reality application.

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