Nintendo was the last, and arguably most anticipated, of the big three publishers to present at E3 2012. With a new console on the way, did they manage to live up to fan expectations? See what we thought of Nintendo’s big E3 push.

The presentation began with a bit of humor and an introduction to Pikmin 3. What could be better. Miyamoto is always a fan favorite at the conference and Pikmin looked really great on the Wii U. Ironically though, as Pikmin moves into HD finally, the game had less color than other entries in the series, with a more concentration of brown. Hopefully this only pertains to the demo shown, but either way, it will be nice to finally see it in a higher resolution.

The presentation then moved to the Wii U system itself. Nintendo already described the Wii U GamePad a little at it’s pre-E3 Nintendo Direct show. I’m fine with more clarification, but mentioning face buttons and other basic features seemed to slow down the pace.

Super Mario Bros. U brought the excitement level right back up again. The game looked beautiful on the Wii U, especially the “Starry Night”like stage shown briefly in the demo. Really looking forward to seeing more of what Nintendo has planned for level design with more power under the hood.

The Scribblenauts announcement was also a good one. That series will make good use of the Wii U’s touch screen and 5th Cell is a great studio.

I’m troubled by Nintendo’s reliance on year old titles to sell their system, though. Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition may have been enough to see a system if the game was coming out this year when the system launches, but not after a year on the market. The same goes for Mass Effect 3 and many other titles shown during the presentation. It’s not like they didn’t have titles to show. Epic Mickey 2 and an apparent Platinum Games developed title were both absent from the show.

How will consumers react when they see full-priced Wii U games next to the same titles for other systems that are half that?

I think the system will also be plagued  by gimmicks shoved into games to make use of the controller early on in the system’s lifecycle. For every title that uses it affectively, there will be more that will incorporate elements just because that are a nuisance.

Though its not my kind of game, I have to admit that if anything sells the Wii U other than Mario, it will be Sing. Not a lot of prestige comes with it, but sales are likely if Ubisoft can deliver on the concept.

The 3DS continues to look healthy with the addition of a new Mario, Paper Mario and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. I’m interested to see what else they add to that with their next Nintendo Direct on Wednesday.

Lego City and ZombiU look like they could be great titles, as well. I’m a bit worried ZombiU will be one of those games that shoehorns in Wii U mechanics just because the developers feel they need to.

The close to Nintendo’s presentation was a bit disappointing with NintendoLand. It really just looks like another minigame collection that is trying to match up to Wii Sports‘ success.

Bonus points are awarded, however, for Reggie’s “I feel like a purple Pikmin,” and “My body was ready,” lines.

I don’t know if my expectations were just too high for Nintendo’s E3 presentation, but I came away feeling it was weak. There were some solid titles shown, but it lacked a signature, blockbuster announcement you want with a new console incoming.

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?