The Spider-Women Are the Stars of Marvel’s Spider-Man

Last year, Marvel turned heads by ending the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man and quickly following it up with a brand new series, Marvel’s Spider-Man. Many questioned the purpose of replacing one Spider-Man cartoon with another, especially given that both shows focus on a high school-age Peter Parker. However, with time it’s become clear that there’s more distinguishing Marvel’s Spider-Man than simply its rebooted continuity and overhauled animation style. Marvel’s Spider-Man is the first animated series that truly feels like an ensemble project. For the first time, Spidey is on equal footing with heroes like Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy and Anya Corazon.

That ensemble approach has really become evident with the show’s current five-part storyline, “Spider-Island.” A loose adaptation of the comic book storyline of the same name, “Spider-Island” explores what happens when millions of Manhattan residents suddenly develop spider powers. That plot twist has allowed for both Spider-Gwen (voiced by Laura Bailey) and Spider-Girl (voiced by Melanie Minichino) to join Peter and Miles in the superhero game, effectively transforming Spider-Man from a solo player to a member of a full-fledged superhero team.

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The Best Portable Projectors

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Nothing quite matches the experience of playing games and watching movies as they’re projected on your living room wall. I became a projector disciple over 15 years ago and have never looked back. But projectors can be bulky, aren’t very attractive, and need to live on a stand in the back of your room, or mounted on the ceiling (which introduces a whole bunch of installation issues).

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Every World Confirmed for KH3 So Far

Square Enix has slowly unveiled the suite of Disney worlds set to appear in the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III. And if you’re worried you may have missed a reveal or two throughout all those years, IGN has you covered.

Check out the gallery below for a look at every Kingdom Hearts III world — and a couple of key locations — we know of so far. And stay tuned for more updates as Square Enix inevitably reveals more in the coming months.

Stay tuned to IGN as more Kingdom Hearts 3 worlds are announced, as well as other new details about the game in the lead-up to its release. For the latest on the upcoming sequel, check out IGN’s roundup of KH3 world rumors and whether we think they’re likely to come true.

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Nintendo Switch’s Metroid Prime 4 Being Developed By Bandai Namco–Report

Earlier this week we discovered that Bandai Namco is seemingly working on an unannounced first-person shooter exclusive to Nintendo Switch. Now, it appears that FPS is in fact Metroid Prime 4.

Eurogamer states “multiple sources” have confirmed to the site that the exclusive game is indeed Metroid Prime 4. Eurogamer also says the game’s lead developer is Bandai Namco Studios Singapore–a studio formed in 2013–in collaboration with Nintendo. GameSpot contacted Bandai Namco regarding the report; the company simply stated it had no comment to make at this time.

Metroid Prime 4 was announced at E3 last year, though no lead developer was revealed, and no gameplay or trailer was shown. The only other details we know about the game is that it may not be released in 2018 and that series producer Kensuke Tanabe is overseeing the project. The original trilogy was developed by Retro, which most recently made Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U.

During a Bandai Namco earnings briefing in November last year, the company talked about how the it’s adding more resources to Switch game development. President Mitsuaki Taguchi said, according to the Wall Street Journal, “It’s a shame, but we didn’t think the Switch [would] be accepted this fast.”

Bandai Namco Singapore’s jobs page shows at least five open positions. However, none of the listings say what kind of game the candidate would be working on. The job ads call for people with experience working on AAA games.

One high-profile upcoming Switch release from Bandai Namco is Dark Souls Remastered, which is due out in May. It will include the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, along with a better frame rate and improved resolution.

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Disney’s Streaming Service To Exclude R-Rated Content, Marvel Shows To Remain On Netflix–Report

It wasn’t especially surprising news when in November last year Disney announced it was planning to launch its own streaming service in 2019,, but it was a big deal. The studio has such a wealth of content that it made sense that it would want to monetize the streaming potential of properties such as Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and its classic animated catalogue. It was however less clear what content would be available on the service, and what would remain on platforms such as Netflix and Hulu.

A report in Deadline has now revealed some more details as to what subscribers can expect when it launches. The platform is currently untitled and the subscription cost is unknown, but it will launch initially in the US only, before a later expansion overseas. The service will remain family-friendly, which means no R-rated content; R-rated movies and shows will instead end up on Hulu, in which Disney holds a stake.

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Superhero fans wondering what will happen to the raft of Marvel shows produced by Netflix may be relieved to learn that they are to stay put. It is unclear if this means that Netflix will continue to produce new Marvel shows, or whether the existing ones will simply remain on the service.

The broader aim is for Disney to start producing its own movie and TV content. Deadline states that the plan in the first year is to make “four to five original movies, and five TV series.” Each show will cost Disney $25 million-$35 million for 10 episodes, but the site notes that “exceptionally ambitious” projects could be budgeted as high as $100 million.

Obviously one these more expensive series could be the Star Wars TV show, which we know the studio is planning. Earlier this week, Disney boss Bob Iger revealed that it was in fact working on several shows in the franchise. “We are developing not just one, but a few Star Wars series specifically for the Disney direct to consumer app,” he said. “We’ve mentioned that and we are close to being able to reveal at least one of the entities that is developing that for us. Because the deal isn’t completely closed, we can’t be specific about that, [but] I think you’ll find the level of talent on the television front will be rather significant as well.”

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Update Adds New Game Plus Mode

A new patch for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 adds a host of new features, including New Game Plus mode. Released next week, the mode is available to all players  and comes ahead of the DLC content drop this autumn.

Be warned, there are mild spoilers in the patch details: “This is a second playthrough element that everyone who cleared the game will be able to play,” said Monolith Soft director, Tetsuya Takahashi, via Gematsu, “but rather than it simply be a second playthrough, several new specifications have been added.”

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3 Awesome Ways to Play Far Cry 5 – IGN First

All month long IGN is diving deep into Far Cry 5, the next entry in Ubisoft’s massively open-world series set in a rustic slice of Montana. We’ve got a ton of great things planned for you over the course of February, but we’re going to kick things off today with a bang!

Well, actually, not just a bang. One of my favorite aspects of the Far Cry series is the option to play just about any way you want. Do you prefer quiet, stealthy kills from far-off vantage point? Maybe you’re a bazooka-toting madman that knows how to make an entrance. Whatever personal brand of liberation happens to be, you can bet you’ll find a place for it in the secluded mountain valleys of Hope County, Montana.

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Far Cry 5: All Our Newest Info – IGN First

Our IGN First game for February is none other than Far Cry 5, the highly anticipated open-world chaos shooter, developed by the Far Cry 3 team. As you may already know, this Far Cry is set in Montana, where a small-town cult clashes with the law and you’re thrust straight into the middle of the action. All of our coverage this month will be rounded up here, so be sure to check back on this page often to catch up on anything you might’ve missed or binge-watch your favorite videos.

To see our previous Far Cry 5 coverage, check this out.

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Monster Hunter World Sets A New All-Time Capcom Sales Record

Monster Hunter World is notable in a number of ways. It was the first new core Monster Hunter entry to appear on consoles in the better part of a decade and–while still challenging–it’s more welcoming of newcomers than previous installments. Through its first two weeks, those decisions have paid off.

Capcom announced last month that Monster Hunter World enjoyed the strongest first three days of any entry in the series, with 5 million units shipped worldwide across PS4 and Xbox One. As of February 9, that figure has now reached 6 million units–something it’s done faster than any game in Capcom’s history, according to the publisher. Bear in mind, this number accounts for digital sales and the number of units shipped to retailers (but not necessarily sold through to consumers).

The series record came as little surprise, given that the game launched for PS4 and Xbox One, the combined install base of which eclipsed 3DS, which recent entries were exclusive to. World also had the benefit of a simultaneous worldwide launch, thereby bolstering its launch sales figures. Nonetheless, it’s clear that interest in the new RPG has been strong.

As we’ve noted previously, Monster Hunter World is a great place for newcomers to jump onboard with the series. It’s also just a strong game in general, as you can read about in our Monster Hunter World review.

Meanwhile, a new Monster Hunter World update has been released that fixes some multiplayer issues and makes balance changes for Bowgun users. New playable content is on the way, with the first free monster being added this spring and more game-inspired gear also confirmed.

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