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SDCC 2019 Diamond Select Reveals – DC, Marvel, Mortal Kombat, Rocketeer & More

Diamond Select brought the goods to SDCC 2019 and revealed plenty of new statues, busts, and action figures across the many licenses under their umbrella.

Let’s take a look at some of the new debuts of characters from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Predator, It, Star Wars, Disney properties like The Rocketeer, Tron, and The Black Hole, and a surprise reveal at the end of the video!

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“Diamond Select Toys” Toy Fair 2019 Walk-through

Zach Oat from Diamond Select gives us a tour of the new products seen at NY Toy Fair 2019.

This includes figures, statues, and minimates for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Bruce Lee, Nightmare before Christmas, Castlevania, Sonic the Hedgehog, Westworld, John Wick, and more.

We also learn how their acquisition of Gentle Giant has affected their offerings, with DST having the Star Wars license for the first time ever.

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Meet The Man Who Drew Konami, Tom Dubois

The best thing about buying video games in the 80s and 90s was the box art. Before the internet, you only had magazines if you were lucky to see what a game actually looked like. Most of the time, all you had was the artwork on the packaging, and often times those illustrations were better than the actual game.

Meet Tom duBois, an illustrator who created the elaborate paintings used on North American Konami box art and magazine ads from 1988 to 1994. This is his story, courtesy of My Life in Gaming:

It’s very interesting to hear the process behind every illustration, and how he had to figure out the appearance of these characters based on a tiny pile of pixels.

Tom was responsible for illustrating the covers for Contra 3, Lethal Enforcers, Castlevania Bloodlines, Metal Gear, Blades of Steel, and many many more as you will see in the video. His personal favorite was Sunset Riders:

My favorite was Sunset Riders (1993; Alkyd/ colored pencil) because I was able to have some fun developing the characters and didn’t overwork the art as much as I usually did. Off the top of my head, I remember the first actual box art I did was Blades of Steel (1988) and then Bayou Billy (1988). I’m pretty sure the last thing I did for Konami was Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters (1994). For a while it seemed like every week they had a new one they wanted me to do along with a lot of illustrations for the ads.

Konami went to another agency in New York around 1993, something like that, and it was over. Nothing lasts forever, sadly! Too bad, it was fun work but really hard because they never gave me enough time to really do a good job.

These days, Tom does a lot of Christian art, and you can see his current portfolio of work on his personal website.

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Castlevania:Lord of Shadow Demo Version and more now in Nintendo 3DS eShop

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – Demo Version – Set 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, this new game reveals the story of Gabriel Belmont’s descendants, as they battle their own destinies to discover their true, shocking fates. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate allows players to select their own character as they battle massive bosses and traverse tricky obstacles. The game combines classic side-scrolling game play with unrivaled 3D visuals only possible on Nintendo 3DS. The full version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate will be available in retail stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on March 5.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U™

BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – Runner2 is a rhythm-based, auto-running platformer with five exciting worlds, 125 tantalizing levels and five death-defying boss battles. Play as eight different characters and find secret areas to unlock new and zany costumes. The full and demo versions of Runner2 are now available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

Nintendo eShop Sale – Fractured Soul

Fractured Soul is a classic side-scrolling platform game with a twist: It is played across both screens at once. For a limited time, you can download this game from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at a discounted price of $7.99.

Last Chance for Free Downloadable Map

Fire Emblem Awakening DLC – The Champions of Yore 1 map is available as a free download only through March 6, so be sure to visit the “Outrealm Gate” in the game soon to take advantage of this special offer. You can also keep the adventure going with the new EXPonential Growth map, the second installment of the Golden Pack and said to grant tremendous experience to those who defeat the Entomed, a rare variety of Risen soldiers. The EXPonential Growth map is now available for $2.50.

Also new this week:

Mahjong Mysteries – Ancient Athena (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Coaster Creator 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Easter Eggztravaganza (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi™ Shop on Nintendo DSi)

Retro City Rampage™ (Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii)

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS™ system, to the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and to the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursdays.

The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service and features games, applications and videos in both 2D and 3D. Users can add money to their virtual wallets using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Wii Points Card™ and Nintendo DSi Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii, http://www.nintendo.com/3ds or http://www.nintendo.com/ds.

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