Super Mario Odyssey Adds Holiday Outfits, And More

After celebrating the one-year anniversary of Super Mario Odyssey with a little dancing routine, Nintendo decided to also celebrate the holiday season by adding some cheerful Christmas gear to get gamers in the holiday spirit. They also added a few other accessories and outfits you might want to get your hands on.

Shacknews is reporting that right now you can get some brand new outfits in Super Mario Odyssey. The first outfit is an 8-bit throwback Mario skin from Super Mario Bros., for the Nintendo Entertainment System from back in the 1980s. Except, instead of being a blob of digitized blocks based on hand-drawn sprite-art, he’s a blob of digitized voxels formed together to look like hand-drawn sprites.

You’ll probably instantly draw parallels to Mojang‘s Minecraft given the way Mario is designed, even though technically the characters in Minecraft actually have fewer blocks and don’t look as disturbing as the 8-bit 3D Mario.

Alternatively, you can get your hands on another free outfit that has been added to the game, which includes the Santa getup. The pudgy plumber is donned in a red suit with white gloves and a fake white beard stretched across the lower half of his juicy, round jawline. He has some matching white eyebrows to go along with the fake beard, and a red and white Santa hat to top it off. He keeps his old brown shoes on just so you know that it’s still him.

Now the Santa outfit and the Santa hat can actually both be acquired separately, so you can mix and match when it comes to that aspect of the holiday update. You’ll need 500 coins to purchase the Santa hat, and an extra 1,000 coins to purchase the Santa outfit. The 8-bit gear will be a little bit more difficult to acquire, as you’ll need to lay down the very hefty sum of 9,999 coins to get your hands on the retro gear.

As described by Shacknews, the outfit also ties into Nintendo’s own retro Amiibo figure for the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., which is designed to look just like the outfit featured in Super Mario Odyssey.

These obviously aren’t the only outfits in the game. If you already own the title then you’ll know that there are tons of different costumes to unlock throughout Super Mario Odyssey, including outfits from previous Nintendo games, or outfits designed specifically for Mario’s odyssey across the various kingdom planets.

If you were bored with the game, you can scrounge up a few coins and attempt to purchase the outfits by heading to the shop owners in-game and picking them up to wear at your own leisure.

It might be best to get in game-time with Super Mario Odyssey right now, because in December Nintendo is releasing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate exclusively for the Switch. You probably will want to set some time aside for the big drop. Thankfully, you can grab the outfits right now if you have a copy of Super Mario Odyssey.

Tom Baker Is Publishing A Doctor Who Novel, Based On His Old Movie Script

Doctor Who fans hungry for more adventures with the classic Doctors are in luck, as another novel highlighting a former Time Lord’s adventure is on its way to bookstores. This time, however, the novel will be written by former Doctor actor Tom Baker, and will be based on a movie script he’d written long ago. Scratchman will finally see the light of day thanks to Baker’s efforts — along with Penguin, which secured what sounds like an exciting story.

Scratchman will take Doctor Who fans back to the time of the Seventh Doctor, as he and Sarah Jane Smith travel to a remote Scottish island for some time on holiday. Their vacation is cut short when they realize the locals are being attacked by scarecrows. It turns out things are much worse than that, as the whole adventure turns out to be a trap by the “Scratchman” who claims to be the devil.

The story synopsis (via Radio Times) then says The Doctor will go up against the Scratchman and engage in a battle that will bring out some of his greatest fears. Tom Baker first created the concept during his run on Doctor Who with actor Ian Martin. Baker has attempted to bring the story to the screen over the years, but has only found success recently with his publishing deal with Penguin. The book is scheduled for release Thursday, January 24.

Scratchman will not be the first time Doctor Who has tackled evil scarecrows, or the devil. Killer scarecrows haunted a school in the episode “The Family of Blood,” which was itself based off the 1995 Doctor Who novel Human Nature. The episode where the Doctor squared off with a creature claiming to be the Devil was “The Satan Pit.” Both of these adventures happened during the David Tennant run, and don’t seem to be inspired by Tom Baker’s original concept.

Scratchman is the latest collaboration between Doctor Who and Tom Baker, who lent his voice to help complete an unfinished episode in 2017. Prior to that Baker had a cameo role in the 50th anniversary special for the series, which he didn’t appreciate as much as some fans may have. Baker is one of the more celebrated Doctors, among the classic actors to portray the character, and was known for his long scarf and overcoat, among other things.

Doctor Who airs on BBC America Sundays at 8 p.m. ET. For a look at what else is coming to television tonight, tomorrow, or in the weeks ahead, be sure to visit and bookmark CinemaBlend’s handy fall and midseason premiere guides.

Did Stephen Amell Just Tease A Smallville Arrow-verse Crossover?

The Arrow-verse has done some pretty crazy things with its crossovers, but what Stephen Amell is teasing on social media just might be the craziest thing the franchise has done yet. The actor shared a photo on his Twitter of Smallville stars Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum taste-testing some wines. The picture, and the fact that Stephen Amell is in the same room as these guys, has us questioning if a Smallville crossover is on the horizon.

So, why are Stephen Amell, Tom Welling, and Michael Rosenbaum hanging out together and taste-testing wines? The business shown on the screen, Nocking Point, is actually a winery that Stephen Amell has a stake in. The business is based out of Walla Walla, Washington, and has been producing products since it officially started in 2012. This picture looks to be Amell letting Welling and Rosenbaum sample the products, while everyone in the room wears their best ball cap.

A scenario like that sounds innocent enough until one wonders how this meeting came together. Is it possible this meeting was a result of Stephen Amell chatting up Tom Welling and Michael Rosembaum on the set of the “Elseworlds” crossover or Arrow? It’s certainly possible, especially when considering the amount of other classic superhero show actors that have appeared in the Arrow-verse so far.

Case in point, we already know John Wesley Shipp will be appearing in “Elseworlds” as The Flash. Granted, Shipp does play the Earth-3 Jay Garrick occasionally on The Flash, but set photos of Garrick suited up more closely resembled his 90s outfit from when he portrayed the hero on a separate series. “Elseworlds” might be trying to keep this theme rolling, and will feature a scene or two with Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum portraying Clark and Lex from Smallville.

If that were true though, why wouldn’t Stephen Amell share a photo from the “Elseworlds” set? It’s possible this was a secret Amell was barred from sharing, and this wine tasting photo is a way for Amell to skate around any liability for leaking secrets while still keeping up his reputation for revealing secrets to fans. This also could have nothing to do with “Elseworlds” and the men were hanging out after meetings for some other type of Arrow-verse collaboration.

Having said all of that, Stephen Amell’s Nocking Point has collaborated with celebrities in the past to create their own wines. Colton Haynes has his own custom wine available through the winery, as does Emily Bett Rickards. That makes it very likely Michael Rosenbaum and Tom Welling are sampling wines in a business room to discuss a future wine they had a hand in creating, and maybe not to discuss future crossover plans.

Arrow airs on The CW Mondays at 8 p.m. ET. For a look at what else is happening on television in the coming weeks and in 2019, visit our fall and midseason premiere guides.

Venom Just Passed Wonder Woman At The Box Office

Wonder Woman‘s Lasso of Truth has revealed a cold hard fact: Venom just beat her at the box office.

Venom is apparently not done crushing other superheroes. Sony’s Marvel Universe movie opened in early October, and it is slowing down on the domestic front — only taking #15 on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend box office chart. But that was enough to push it past Wonder Woman in terms of total gross.

Wonder Woman came out in June 2017 and earned a total of $821,847,012 at the worldwide box office. That came from a fairly even split between the $412.5 million domestic gross and the $409 million foreign gross. It worked differently for Venom, which has seen HUGE foreign numbers, giving it the overall edge.

Venom currently has a worldwide total of $822,507,620. That is from “only” $211.7 million at the domestic box office and a massive $610.8 million at the foreign box office. Whatever Tom Hardy is doing, they are L-O-V-I-N-G it around the world, especially in China. Seriously, more than $205 million of the foreign gross was from China alone. That nearly rivals the entire domestic gross at this point.

It was only two weeks ago that Venom passed Wonder Woman’s other DC film, Justice League, at the box office. Since we’re talking DC, could there be more ahead? Could Venom threaten Batman v Superman‘s worldwide total of $873,634,919? Eh. Maybe?

Venom easily passed the MCU’s Ant-Man and the Wasp in worldwide grosses, but it’s still nowhere near 2018 heavy hitters Avengers: Infinity War or Black Panther. That said, Venom could top Black Panther at the foreign box office, since Black Panther made $646.8M there vs. Venom‘s current $610.8M. But Black Panther has a worldwide total of $1.3 billion, and that is out of Venom‘s reach.

It’s clear, though, that the North American box office wasn’t as charmed by Venom as the rest of the world. Wonder Woman, on the other hand, appealed pretty equally in that respect. Director Patty Jenkins, star Gal Gadot, and — somehow — co-star Chris Pine will return for the sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently scheduled to open in theaters on June 5, 2020.

There’s a very good chance Wonder Woman 1984 will be in theaters competing against one of Sony’s upcoming Marvel projects, which is scheduled for July 10, 2020. Maybe a rematch is in order?

In the meantime, there’s still plenty ahead to watch in theaters in 2018, plus a ton of good stuff coming in 2019.

Looks Like Valve Is Discontinuing The Steam Link

If you were hoping to get your hands on a Steam Link and bring your PC gaming seamlessly into the living room, you appear to have officially run out of time. The devices are now officially sold out and, based on a recent statement from Valve, it doesn’t sound like they plan on producing additional stock.

As part of Valve’s annual Autumn Sale, an insane 95 percent off discount was offered for the Steam Link. That meant that the miniscule gaming device that typically sells for 50 bucks was going for $2.50. At that price, it should come as no surprise that the things sold out with a quickness, as it is currently listed as “Out of Stock.” The sale was meant to continue for another 48 days. But if you were hoping to wait until after the holidays to spend some cash from Grandma on a Steam Box, it looks like you’re out of luck.

While this story would normally be good news for Valve and gamers alike, a message from the developer has folks worried that this was actually Valve’s not-so-subtle way of cleaning out the warehouse and calling it quits with the Steam Link. To be clear, they have not announced that the Steam Link has been discontinued, but the writing between the lines seems to be in extra-large bold font in this case.

This message was obviously posted shortly before the Steam Link disappeared from stock and has left the community wondering if perhaps a few additional details should be offered as well. As noted in Valve’s statement, the Steam Link app is still available and they plan on supporting it, but many folks preferred having Steam’s dedicated box running the software and streaming their games from their computer to their television.

Then again, Valve has never been super great at the hardware business, so maybe this shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Their game-focused partnerships to create Steam Machines fizzled, and their own Steam Controller seems to be flopping about, so the fact that they could very well be calling it quits with the Steam Link should have seemed inevitable, really. So if you’re looking to play your PC’s copy of The Witcher III or Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey from the couch, it looks like you’ll have to rely on another device (or a standard console) moving forward.

Or, if folks are outspoken enough with their frustration, maybe Valve will decide to give the Steam Link another go. Yeah … that’ll totally happen.

R.I.P., Ricky Jay: Hollywood Mourns Actor and Magician

Famous entertainer Ricky Jay has passed away. The magician, actor, and consultant died Saturday in Los Angeles of natural causes. In addition to having a long career as a magician, Jay also appeared in several films and TV shows such as Magnolia (as the narrator), Tomorrow Never Dies, Boogie Nights, The X-Files, and Deadwood. Jay left a big impression on those he met, and several figures in Hollywood have shared their condolences over Twitter.

Ricky Jay was probably best known as a magician. Performing his first trick at the age of four, Jay was an expert at sleight of hand, deception, and card tricks. Jay and his long career were the subject of a 2012 film, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay. He also served as host and narrator for the A&E documentary mini-series, The Story of Magic. Fellow magician and actor Neil Patrick Harris shared his condolences on Twitter, writing about Jay’s vast knowledge and appreciation of magic.

In addition to being an actor, Jay was the consultant on films such as Ocean’s Thirteen, The Prestige, and The Illusionist. He also provided insight on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and director Christopher McQuarrie shared a story about how a simple comment from Jay served as inspiration for the climax of the excellent opera sequence.

Brian Koppelman had the opportunity to work with Ricky Jay on a few different projects. Koppelman was a writer on Ocean’s Thirteen and a producer on The Illusionist, two films that Jay consulted on. The Hollywood filmmaker took to Twitter to share his thoughts and sadness over Jay’s passing, writing that Jay was one of his heroes and he exceeded expectations when they met.

Ricky Jay was 72 years old, and we here at CinemaBlend share our condolences to Jay’s friends, family, and loved ones.

Zack Snyder Shares A Photo Of Darkseid From His Justice League Cut

When it comes to his take on Justice League, Zack Snyder remains a leaky faucet whose consistent “drip, drip, drip” keeps pleasing DC fans while simultaneously driving them nuts about what could have been. Snyder routinely uses his Vero social media account to share details about his famed #SnyderCut of the superhero team up. This, however, is his biggest reveal yet. Behold: Darkseid!

This is no secret that Zack Snyder was building to Darkseid, a classic Justice League villain, to be the ultimate antagonist for the heroes in his DC ensemble. But after unleashing Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Snyder made the decision to start with Steppenwolf, and lead to Darkseid.

The quote that he includes in his Vero post, about a bell being unrung, is a direct reference to Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) at the end of Dawn of Justice, warning Batman (Ben Affleck) that bigger threats exist in the universe, and once they knew that Superman (Henry Cavill) had been killed, they’d be coming.

Insomniac Designer Heads Over To Microsoft

Microsoft continues to build toward the future of Xbox by adding new talent to its ever-growing stable of first party studios, most recently hiring former Insomniac game director Drew Murray to join The Initiative.

The Initiative is shaping up to be something of a dream team in game development, with big names from several other studios signing on to make games for Microsoft. It was announced during E3 2018 that The Initiative would be a Microsoft studio, though the team would work independently to create whatever games it is passionate about. Drew Murray should be a nice addition to the roster, as he’s a 10-year veteran of Insomniac, departing from the studio almost exactly three years ago.

You’ve most recently heard the Insomniac name being thrown around because that’s the team that developed Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4. It doesn’t appear Drew Murray was involved with that mega-hit, but he was certainly hands-on for many of his former studio’s biggest projects.

During the previous generation, Insomniac was sort of an unofficial PlayStation team. They got along really well with Sony, so most of their games went exclusively to the PlayStation 3. As highlighted by Gamespot, Drew Murray had a hand in many of those games, beginning with a stint as junior designer for the launch FPS, Resistance: Fall of Man. He went on to work on the Ratchet & Clank series before taking up the title of senior designer and lead designer for Resistance 2 and Resistance 3, respectively. Since the third of the lot was easily the best, that speaks highly for Murray’s leading role.

Drew Murray’s relationship with Microsoft really got rolling when he took on the position of director for the criminally overlooked Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One. He exited the company following the game’s launch and has now been scooped up by Microsoft to join its patchwork team of some serious talent. Other team members include Tom Shepherd and Christian Cantamessa of Rockstar Games, Brian Westergaard (Senior producer for God of War), Crystal Dynamics’ Dan Neuburger, Annie Lohr of Respawn, and more.

While I have no idea what these folks are working on at the moment, I feel pretty confident in two things. First, it’s probably going to be a pretty ambitious game. You don’t bring on all of that talent and then put out a safe first effort. Second, if you want to play whatever game they’re developing, you’re probably going to need to pick up whatever new console Microsoft currently has cooking.

The Initiative is just one of more than half a dozen studios Microsoft has pulled together this year, once again proving that they’re going to be swinging for the fences with the next generation of consoles. Also added to the roster in recent months was Hellblade team Ninja Theory, State of Decay‘s Undead Labs, the Forza Horizon team at Playground Games and, more recently, two big RPG studios in Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment, who made Fallout: New Vegas and Wasteland 3, respectively.

Zack Snyder Shares A Photo Of Darkseid Drom His Justice League Cut

When it comes to his take on Justice League, Zack Snyder remains a leaky faucet whose consistent “drip, drip, drip” keeps pleasing DC fans while simultaneously driving them nuts about what could have been. Snyder routinely uses his Vero social media account to share details about his famed #SnyderCut of the superhero team up. This, however, is his biggest reveal yet. Behold: Darkseid!

Would Bianca Ever Let Adonis Back Into The Ring Again After Creed II?

SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Creed II are in play. If you haven’t seen the film, please bookmark this story and come back once you’re current.

After taking a massive beating at the hands of Viktor Drago in the earlier half of Creed II, Adonis Creed was lucky to be able to take him on in the film’s victorious third act rematch. The reason that final bout was such a lark is the fact that, after seeing her fiancé and father of her child pummeled into such a frail state the first time, Tessa Thompson’s Bianca really didn’t want to see it happen again.

Since Creed II ends on such a victorious high note — and the box office results of this weekend show some strong, competitive numbers — one has to ask: Would Bianca even let a Creed III happen where Adonis gets back into the ring? CinemaBlend asked Tessa Thompson that very question during the Creed II press day, and she had the following response:

That answer epitomizes that crucial scene in Creed II, where Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis asks Bianca for, basically, her blessing to fight Viktor for a second time in Russia. In lesser hands, or even a less progressive movie, Bianca might break down in tears and reluctantly yield to Adonis’s wishes. Luckily for the audience, Creed II isn’t that type of movie. Bianca barely approves of the rematch, telling Adonis in essence that he’d better win this rematch, or else.

It’s one of the many reasons that watching a relationship like that of Bianca and Adonis is such a treat in the Creed series. The two characters are seen as equals, and their relationship is one of the healthy, adult variety. So while Bianca might not want Adonis to ever fight again, for her sake and the sake of their child, if there’s a good enough reason, she’s not going to hold him back. It’s even felt in the tone of Tessa Thompson’s answer, which we’ve provided below:

Should there be a Creed III, there was some light talk about potential directions to take that film. But at the moment, there’s no immediate plans to push the franchise into a third round. That’s probably for the best, because it’s basically agreed by all involved that there needs to be a good enough story for a return to happen. After all, Bianca and Adonis are such a good pair that to spoil their love with a subpar sequel would turn fans off like a light bulb.