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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Has Surpassed All Sales Projections

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Further proving how high fan demand has been for the first franchise entry on home consoles in 12 years, developer and publisher Nintendo has revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has already surpassed its total lifetime sales projections. That long-term target has been smashed within the game's first two months of availability, a feat made even more impressive by its complete out-performance of other notable top-sellers on the Nintendo Switch.

When players (and even the big N, itself) think of the series that sell Nintendo systems, the likes of MarioSuper Smash Bros., and Pokémon usually come to mind. That assumption's rung true for the Nintendo Switch since its 2017 launch through March 2020, at which point Animal Crossing: New Horizons summarily crushed its friendly first-party competitors on a scale that no one could have feasibly or accurately anticipated. It's not only the best-selling game in the Animal Crossing franchise, which has long held a unique place in Nintendo's wide library of IP with its dedicated but long-limited cult following, but it could very well go down as the single bestselling game of the Switch's lifespan at its current meteoric rate.

Related: Animal Crossing Players Can Get Paid To Be New Horizons Interior Designers

Translating and summarizing a Q&A session from the recent Nintendo Annual Financial Briefing, Robert Sephazon tweeted just how well Nintendo says Animal Crossing: New Horizons is doing 7 weeks after launch. In addition to the sustained popularity of Ring Fit Adventure internationally, the translated report states that "initial sales figures for Animal Crossing: New Horizons have been far higher than expected," explaining that the game's "current sales figure was what was forecasted as [its] lifetime sales" expectations. One of the rarest phrases to read or hear from publishers on sales reports and shareholder briefings is that a title has "exceeded expectations," so for Nintendo to so confidently announce the enormous extent of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' financial success shouldn't be taken lightly.

In addition to being perhaps the most-requested first-party sequel for the Nintendo Switch after the complete disappointment that was Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival on the Wii U, Animal Crossing: New Horizons largely owes its success to the completely circumstantial timing of its launch and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dire quarantine measures enacted by world governments and self-imposed social distancing practices observed by millions of individuals coincided with the game's timely release, giving millions of players with a sudden abundance of free time something to do and growing out the Nintendo Switch install base considerably in the process. It's unsurprising, then, that Animal Crossing: New Horizons' runaway success caught Nintendo as off-guard as series veterans were about Rover's return.

Nintendo's found itself in an unprecedented position with Animal Crossing: New Horizons that it hasn't enjoyed since the comparable boom of the Wii over a decade ago. In return, fans will be happy to know that they'll almost certainly be rewarded with years of quality support for the ever-changing game.

Next: Animal Crossing Player's 200 Villager Portraits Make Labeling Houses Easy

Source: Nintendo of JapanRobert Sephazon

KUWTK’s Scott Disick Plans to Sue Rehab for Leaking Photo, Facility Speaks Out

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Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, Scott Disick has been going through a lot recently. During the most recent episode of the show, Scott discussed his parents' death and how he is struggling to cope with his grief years later. Although that episode was filmed months ago, that significant loss has been on his mind lately, especially during the coronavirus lockdown. The stay-at-home order has given Scott more time alone with his thoughts and, as a result, that pain from his parents' passing has resurfaced in the forefront of his mind. In response, Scott ended up checking himself into a Colorado rehab facility.

Unfortunately, Scott wasn't able to seek treatment in private. Instead, someone leaked a photo of him during a group therapy session and claimed that he was at the facility to deal with "cocaine and alcohol abuse." However, Scott's lawyer spoke out on his behalf, insisting that wasn't the case and that he was actually at the facility to cope with his emotions surrounding his parents' deaths. As soon as the news leaked, Scott checked out of the facility. Additionally, it was reported that Scott's longtime girlfriend Sofia Richie noticed changes in his demeanor and shared her concerns with Kourtney Kardashian, Scott's ex-girlfriend and the mother to his three children. Reportedly, Kourtney had the same concerns and came to Scott with an ultimatum about getting help if he wanted to see their children.

Related: KUWTK: Scott Doubts Khloé Kardashian Hasn't Slept with Tristian While in Quarantine

Now, Scott is planning on suing All Points North Lodge, a Colorado rehab center, for this breach of privacy. His lawyer Marty Singer told TMZ, "In an effort to finally come to terms and deal with the pain that Scott has been silently suffering for many years due to the sudden death of his mother, followed by the death of his father 3 months later, Scott made the decision to check himself into a rehab facility last week to work on his past traumas." He referred to the photo as "an outrageous HIPAA violation." He also believes that the photo was taken by a staff member, which could lead to a criminal case.

Noah Nordheimer, the CEO of the rehab facility addressed the controversy with TMZ as well. He doesn't know who took the photo or leaked it and claimed that the rehab would take legal action when that person is identified. The CEO insisted, "The protection of our clients' personal and confidential information is of the utmost importance to us." He claims that he and the rest of the team is "sickened by any publication who would report on an individual’s life struggles without their consent."

Scott has been brave enough to admit that he is struggling and ask for help. The last thing he needed was another problem on top of the issues he has been facing. His privacy was violated when it became public knowledge that he checked into rehab. Not only that, but lies have been told about why he was in the facility to begin with. He thought that he was at in a safe place with competent staff members that he could trust, but, clearly, that was not the case. The breach of privacy is both immoral and illegal. Fingers crossed that the authorities will be able to determine who is responsible for leaking the photo and the false information and punish them appropriately. And, most importantly, let's hope the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has found another, more reliable, resource to help him during this tough time.

Next: KUWTK: Sofia Richie 'Tipped Off' Kourtney Kardashian on Scott Disick's Health Concerns

Source: TMZ

 

Man of Steel 2 Fan Poster Pays Homage To DC Comics Superman Art

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New fan art for a potential Man of Steel 2 homages an iconic Superman comic book cover. Superman's future in the unofficially-titled DCEU is uncertain. Warner Bros.' upcoming slate of DC Comics films does not feature a Superman story. However, even though there is nothing confirmed to be in the works, Superman actor Henry Cavill said he isn't finished with the character.

Man of Steel released nearly seven years ago. It served as a modern take on Superman, the first theatrical film since 2006's Superman Returns. Director Zack Snyder brought a darker, more introspective look at the character in comparison to previous films. The film was not received too well, receiving a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. Nonetheless, Man of Steel has plenty of fans, with praise going to Cavill and General Zod actor Michael Shannon. The battles were also the grandest in a Superman film, and arguably any comic book film at that point. Zod's death at Superman's hands remains controversial, although Shannon defended it. Fans are wondering when Superman will show up after his return in Justice League, and a brief cameo in Shazam! A recent report stated the Supergirl film was being put on hold, and Warner Bros. will be centering on what to do with Superman instead. Fans would surely be ecstatic if a Man of Steel sequel were announced.

Related: Man Of Steel: What If The Wachowski's Had Directed The First DCEU Movie

Popular artist ultraraw26 has done a piece for a potential Man of Steel 2 posted to their Instagram. If the art looks familiar, that's because it pays homage to Superman (vol. 2) #204 from DC Comics. Jim Lee did the original cover, which has gone down as one of the more iconic pieces of official Superman art. Check out ultraraw26's homage below.

It's tough to say what Warner Bros. will do with Superman going forward. Just looking at the previous films, one would assume he will appear alongside the Justice League to battle the Injustice League led by Lex Luthor. But, at the moment, that doesn't seem to be happening based on the upcoming slate. Lois Lane actress Amy Adams believes the studio is moving away from Cavill's Superman. Sadly, all fans can do now is just wait and see.

It's always a fun topic discussing what could happen in a Man of Steel sequel. Would Brainiac finally be introduced into the world of live-action? Would Metallo appear, or a more recent creation? These are questions that will hopefully be answered in the near future. In the meantime, Superman fans can look forward to a new animated film.

Next: Man Of Steel Had An Original Character From Smallville Season 1

Source: ultraraw26 via Instagram

Man of Steel 2 Fan Poster Pays Homage To DC Comics Superman Art

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New fan art for a potential Man of Steel 2 homages an iconic Superman comic book cover. Superman's future in the unofficially-titled DCEU is uncertain. Warner Bros.' upcoming slate of DC Comics films does not feature a Superman story. However, even though there is nothing confirmed to be in the works, Superman actor Henry Cavill said he isn't finished with the character.

Man of Steel released nearly seven years ago. It served as a modern take on Superman, the first theatrical film since 2006's Superman Returns. Director Zack Snyder brought a darker, more introspective look at the character in comparison to previous films. The film was not received too well, receiving a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. Nonetheless, Man of Steel has plenty of fans, with praise going to Cavill and General Zod actor Michael Shannon. The battles were also the grandest in a Superman film, and arguably any comic book film at that point. Zod's death at Superman's hands remains controversial, although Shannon defended it. Fans are wondering when Superman will show up after his return in Justice League, and a brief cameo in Shazam! A recent report stated the Supergirl film was being put on hold, and Warner Bros. will be centering on what to do with Superman instead. Fans would surely be ecstatic if a Man of Steel sequel were announced.

Related: Man Of Steel: What If The Wachowski's Had Directed The First DCEU Movie

Popular artist ultraraw26 has done a piece for a potential Man of Steel 2 posted to their Instagram. If the art looks familiar, that's because it pays homage to Superman (vol. 2) #204 from DC Comics. Jim Lee did the original cover, which has gone down as one of the more iconic pieces of official Superman art. Check out ultraraw26's homage below.

It's tough to say what Warner Bros. will do with Superman going forward. Just looking at the previous films, one would assume he will appear alongside the Justice League to battle the Injustice League led by Lex Luthor. But, at the moment, that doesn't seem to be happening based on the upcoming slate. Lois Lane actress Amy Adams believes the studio is moving away from Cavill's Superman. Sadly, all fans can do now is just wait and see.

It's always a fun topic discussing what could happen in a Man of Steel sequel. Would Brainiac finally be introduced into the world of live-action? Would Metallo appear, or a more recent creation? These are questions that will hopefully be answered in the near future. In the meantime, Superman fans can look forward to a new animated film.

Next: Man Of Steel Had An Original Character From Smallville Season 1

Source: ultraraw26 via Instagram

Star Wars Director Taika Waititi Shares His Favorite Line from The Empire Strikes Back

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The latest episode of the Disney+ series, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, finds Taika Waititi discussing the Star Wars universe.
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