Greetings, football fans! Before we enjoy the NFL opening weekend, let's dive into a new round of news, memes, and entertainment. This is the Friday edition of Evening Reading!
In case you missed it at Shacknews:
- Return to Monkey Island's Ron Gilbert & Dave Grossman PAX 2022 Interview
- Bare Butt Boxing preview at PAX West 2022: Cheek-clappin' good time
- Tesla eyes Texas for potential lithium refinery location
- Hrushikesh Sagar is the new Tesla VP of Gigafactory Operations following management shakeup
- Why Temtem came to Nintendo Switch, the home of Pokemon
- Wil Wheaton will reprise his role as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek Online: Ascension
- Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection store page update points to October release date
- Tron: Identity revealed for 2023 at D23 Expo
- Marvel Snap gets October release date at D23 2022
- Disney's Illusion Island coming to Nintendo Switch in 2023
- Untitled Captain America & Black Panther game revealed at D23 Expo
- Niantic's Marvel World of Heroes mobile game revealed at D23 2022
- Shack Chat: What's your favorite third-person shooter?
And, because it's the weekend, go find yourself something to play!
- Weekend Console Download Deals for Sept. 9: Kicking off with Madden
- Weekend PC Download Deals for Sept. 9: Humble Starlight Bundle
Around the gaming horn
Let's catch up with a few of the other reveals from D23!
Marvel's Midnight Suns has been pushed back from October to December, but Marvel will look to make up for it with some animated shorts. They'll premiere on Halloween.
Red Hulk is coming to Marvel Strike Force!
Take a look at the Monsters Inc. track and racers coming to Disney Speedstorm.
The Toy Story Realm is coming soon to Disney Dreamlight Valley. (By the way, I've been rapidly falling down this rabbit hole, so send thoughts and prayers.)
Disney Mirrorverse has recruited some bad guys for its next update.
In non-D23 news, here's another peek at the campaign for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
And lastly, we're so focused on what Halo Infinite doesn't have and isn't getting, I guess we should look at something it is getting with this up-close look at Forge.
And now... Other Stuff From The Internet!!!
Scenes from D23 2022
The big Disney expo is this weekend, so I guess it's time to look at what we're missing!
We start on an emotional note, as we see Derrick Boseman accept the Disney Legend award on behalf of Chadwick Boseman, who left us way too soon.
JUST ANNOUNCED: During the Legends Ceremony at #D23Expo, CEO Bob Chapek shared that Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure is expanding with a third attraction with a brand-new story that will bring guests into battle alongside their favorite Super Heroes. pic.twitter.com/5CBkJTJUHV— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) September 9, 2022
Disney is about to go even bigger with Disney California Adventure's Avengers Campus.
And in more park news, here's a look at what's in the works for the eventual Splash Mountain replacement!
Plus, a look at some Moana integration for Epcot.
Second Dinner's Ben Brode is out there representing Marvel Snap!
If you can't get to the Dumbo ride, allow the Dumbo ride to come to you!
Disney celebrates its animation legacy.
And we wrap on a quick scene from Friday's Simpsons panel.
Oh, we got trailers, too!
Yeah, we should probably check out some of the new trailers, starting with Hocus Pocus 2!
Here's Disenchanted! (Not to be confused with Disenchantment, which is a great Netflix show from Matt Groening.)
And the first teaser for the live action version of The Little Mermaid.
Splatoon 3: Week 1
One of the biggest days of the year for Switch owners is here! Let's take a look at the first day of Splatoon 3 in the wild.
My first battle in Splatoon 3: Someone on the other team disconnects, text box says the fight is cancelled, and then the tutorial says “Wow! So that’s what battles are like!!” pic.twitter.com/jZ1t8bFc3l— Chuggaaconroy (@chuggaaconroy) September 9, 2022
Ok, that's not an ideal start. Let's see if we can find something better.
The Lab is happy to report there’s a stylish banner celebrating the launch of Splatoon 3 that you can claim for free!— Splatoon North America (@SplatoonNA) September 9, 2022
Scan the QR code on SplatNet 3 via the Nintendo Switch Online app and you’ll receive a free banner you can use to customize your Splashtag! pic.twitter.com/mBI37kBohh
If you have the Nintendo Switch Online app, you can score some free stuff!
Kit & Krysta are here to show you the way in single-player.
the first day of splatoon 3 is going fantastic pic.twitter.com/zs47OWDwaQ— moe (@moe9times) September 9, 2022
the Splatoon crowd weighs in pic.twitter.com/yeYFKeI5Gv— André (@AndreSegers) September 9, 2022
the messages on splatoon are so amazing pic.twitter.com/jzVep5mAF4— karina (@solarkarii) September 9, 2022
Just in case you missed the news yesterday.
What better way to start the ranked grind than running into the North American Champions of Splatoon 3? pic.twitter.com/3HO6GMB0nn— Magic8Ball (@Magic_Octo) September 9, 2022
So much for any skill-based matchmaking.
Unsurprisingly, Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen already seems to have this down.
Learn how to use that Reefslider, because you can do a lot of damage with it.
Similarly, start laying out your Salmon Run strategies now.
The #Splatoon3 demo going strong at our arenas! Stop by all weekend long starting RIGHT NOW to try out the game and get some swag!— Esports Arena (@EsportsArena) September 9, 2022
📍Visit us: https://t.co/B02uy84YB4
🎮Buy the game: https://t.co/0LWFWdtkde
Splatoon 3 about to be esports.
To celebrate the release of Splat 3, Splatoon 3— Archdan (Lonely Roy Comic) (@ArchdanMiiverse) September 9, 2022
I made a✨Free Vtuber model✨ for anyone that wants it!
be sure to credit if you use it on stream.
Has 8 skins and you can draw your own easily!
Share it around. Would love to see it get used.#Splatoon3 #Vtuber
Link below ⬇ pic.twitter.com/TspKQMrZLP
Lastly, anybody looking to get in on the VTuber craze, consider giving these a try.
EZRA'S BACK! (No, not Ezra Miller...)
‘Star Wars’: Eman Esfandi Joins ‘Ahsoka’ as Fan Favorite Ezra Bridger https://t.co/UKVGdh35B9— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 9, 2022
Star Wars Rebels hero Ezra Bridger is finally going to be found alive after that show's series finale and they've found someone to play his live action counterpart.
Ezra Bridger is officially headed to live-action, with Eman Esfandi playing the Star Wars animated character in Ahsoka, the Disney+ series toplined by Rosario Dawson.
Esfandi’s credits include the Robert Rodriguez horror film Red 11, which screened at Cannes in 2019, as well as a small role in best picture nominee King Richard. He also appears in the upcoming gay military drama The Inspection, which is getting strong early reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival this week.
Ezra Bridger debuted in 2014 in the animated Star Wars Rebels, where he was voiced by actor Taylor Gray. The character grew from an orphan with a knack for the Force into a Rebel who trained in the ways of the Jedi. The geek culture-focused site Cinelinx first reported the news.
So there we all have it! We have an Ahsoka, we have an Ezra...
...all that's missing is a Thrawn.
Nothing but the Hotfix
Once again, I feel the need to say that I love the idea of randomizers! Running through a familiar game where everything's totally different than where it normally is greatly appeals to me and is a lot of fun to watch. So let's watch Rosecurel run through Kingdom Hearts 2 on Critical Mode where various elements are randomized.
GDQ's Hotfix shows air every week and you can catch them all at the Games Done Quick Twitch account.
Under the learning tree with Masahiro Sakurai
Masahiro Sakurai started a YouTube channel! Let's learn from his decades of experience together by looking at one of his latest videos. Tonight, we take a very fascinating look at the making of Kirby's Adventure, where Sakurai gives us first-person insight on why the game was made for the NES, where the idea for Copy Abilities came from, and the bizarre preamble to the game's development.
This week in Shaqnews
Kobe Bryant and Shaq in this NBA 2K commercial 😂 pic.twitter.com/MN2zy1bA4R— Kobe Highlights & Motivation (@kobehighlight) September 6, 2022
With NBA 2K23 about to come out, we look back at the leadup to the game from five years ago. It's also yet another reminder of the fun dynamic that Shaq had with the late, great Kobe Bryant.
IT'S STILL REAL TO ME, DAMMIT!
You guys, I have to tell you, I started incorporating this into my Evening Reading posts, because professional wrestling is fun.
Professional wrestling was not fun this week. "IT'S STILL REAL TO ME, DAMMIT!" is supposed to be a fun, facetious title, but it got way too real this week.
Having said that, how can I not touch on the elephant in the room?
We don't know what the situation is in AEW with CM Punk, Kenny Omega, and the Young Bucks. Everyone's suspended and it's possible that CM Punk probably isn't coming back. It sucks. I hate that this happened. Drama in pro wrestling isn't fun for anybody and everyone's calling this, without hyperbole, the biggest story in pro wrestling since Montreal... or at least they would if the Vince McMahon story didn't literally happen not even 45 days ago.
Having said all of this, God bless everyone on Wednesday for trying to have a good show.
And God bless Jon Moxley.
A celebratory Jericho Appreciation Society update us on their massive week coming up in the wake of #AEWAllOut! And apparently, they don't like turtles.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 8, 2022
Tune in NOW to #AEWDynamite LIVE on TBS! pic.twitter.com/qSo4lNsZGD
And also Chris Jericho.
Tonight in video game music
We're doing something a little different for this feature this week. Let's watch this behind-the-scenes look from Bandai Namco on the making of the orchestral soundtrack for Elden Ring.
That's your Evening Reading to send you into this second weekend of September! Keep the spirit of the classic Evening Reading alive by jumping into the comments about whatever you see here or whatever randomness you'd like to discuss. Join the conversation and dive into the Shacknews Chatty comment thread below. I'll see you all next week!