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Elijah Wood Animal Crossing Visit Is As Delightful As You Would Expect

Actor Elijah Wood is known for many of his movie roles, none more memorable than Frodo in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, his best role is Elwood in Animal Crossing. Elijah Wood is clearly a big player of the game, and according to an Entertainment Weekly story, even took to Twitter to find the best turnip prices out there. Elijah Wood ended up replying to a tweet of Jessica Kovalick, who took snapshots of her Twitter exchange with Elijah Wood long with the time he spent on her island.

Elijah Wood didn’t just come to make a profit off of his turnips. He spent time chatting with Kovalick, and was incredibly polite, asking if he could pick some fruit.

Kovalick’s joy of the encounter and Elijah Wood politeness in one of the most charming game worlds out there makes for one of the best feel-good video game stories of 2020. Gotta love how his Animal Crossing character looks just like him Elijah Wood.

 

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New Seasons Of Pokémon Anime Coming Exclusively To Netflix

Netflix is the new exclusive home for upcoming seasons of the Pokémon animated series in the United States. The announcement comes alongside a trailer for the next season, titled, “Pokémon Journeys: The Series.”

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You may recall earlier this year, Netflix served as the home of Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution, a CGI remake of Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back.

Pokémon Journeys follows longtime protagonist Ash Ketchum and his loyal partner Pikachu as they embark on a new adventure across multiple regions of the Pokémon world.

The series is set to debut on Netflix on June 12. You can get an idea of what to expect from this season in a trailer released today.

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Microsoft Says We’ll Learn About Xbox Series X Games Soon

Through Xbox Series X, Microsoft is launching its next-generation of video games later this year. We know of the Series X’s power and base capabilities, but we don’t know much about the games that will be adapted for this high-end hardware.

From Microsoft’s first-party efforts, Halo Infinite will launch with the Series X, and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is in development for it.

In terms of ports, Microsoft showed off a little bit of how Gears 5 and other titles will be improved on the platform. From third-party developers, Ubisoft has a slate of games moving to next-gen machines, and CD Projekt Red says a next-gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 is also on the way. That’s all we’ve really heard thus far.

If system launches of old are a guide for Series X, there should be plenty of other games ready for launch day and even more within the launch window.

On Twitter today, Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, said that we’ll learn about the games soon. Whether he’s referencing first-party, third-party, or both remains to be seen. “Reviewed plans yesterday for continued sharing through launch,” Spencer wrote.

“Team is doing great work and adapting. I’ve never been more excited about Xbox plans. We’ve heard you, you want transparency/authenticity. We plan to keep showing that way, the next step is not too much of a wait (games).”

We don’t know anything in terms of the timing for these reveals, but with E3 2020 no longer happening in June, a show Microsoft likely would have used to usher in more Series X details, there’s a chance a digital showcase could occur around the same time. This is just speculation, but if wheels were in motion for E3 and the Series X does indeed release this year, the announcements should happen soon.

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Nintendo Confirms Breach Of 160,000 Nintendo Network ID Accounts

Nintendo has acknowledged the breach of approximately 160,000 Nintendo Network IDs earlier this month, resulting in the possible exposure of some users’ personal data such as their nickname, date of birth, and email.

As a result, Nintendo has disabled the ability to login to Nintendo accounts via a Nintendo Network ID for the time being.

Although credit card information was not a part of the breach, some users have reported unauthorized purchases through the linked payment methods associated with their accounts.

Nintendo is currently investigating the matter, and it has no evidence that Nintendo’s databases, services, or servers have been breached.

The company says it will contact people with affected accounts to reset their passwords, and recommends that all users use two-factor authentication on their account to notify them of any unauthorized access.

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Get Total War: Shogun 2 For Free On Steam

Sega and developer Creative Assembly are offering the classic Total War: Shogun 2 as a free Steam download Monday, April 27 (6:00 pm BST/noon central) until Friday, May 1 (same time). Once you download the title, it is yours to keep.

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During a similar timeframe (April 27-May 4), Creative Assembly is holding a Steam sale of other Total War games.

“The past few weeks have presented unimaginable challenges for many of us,” the developer wrote on its website, “but the remarkable collective effort being made by the global community to overcome this moment of adversity has been truly inspirational.

“With this in mind, we want to continue to encourage you all to stay home and save lives by extending a gift to everyone to help make this difficult situation a little bit easier.”

For more information on the free-to-keep offer, head over to the official FAQ.