This week’s news and content roundup includes a closer look at some of the games you can play this April, what you can watch on Netflix this month and some of the juiciest breaking news stories you might have missed.
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All The Games of April 2023!
We might already be (almost) halfway through April but if you’re looking for something new to play we covered the entire release calendar for the month. Game releases this April include some anticipated titles such as Dead Island 2, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Minecraft Legends and the Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores DLC.
There are also some family-friendly games headed your way too such as the launch of Disney Speedstorm, Mia and the Dragon Princess and Tin Hearts. Check out the entire release lineup here.
What About Netflix in April?
If you don’t feel like spending money on games and are simply looking for new stuff to watch, the Netflix April lineup is also packed. We have the final season of Workin’ Moms, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the newest season of Seven Kings Must Die and a new season of Sweet Tooth.
I am personally excited to watch the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Once and Always. It sees the return of the classic Power Rangers from the original series 30 years ago. Rita Repulsa has returned and the Rangers need to gather up once again to take her down. Read the full list of new content here.
Newest Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Trailer
One of the most anticipated comic book movies of the year is out in June and it just got a new trailer last week. Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse shows Spider-Man leaping through the dimensions, escaping virtually everyone and loads of cameos we can expect in the film.
You might need to watch the trailer a few times over just to spot everything packed into it. It is definitely one film we can’t wait to see. Read more about Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse here.
Monster Energy is Suing Games With “Monster” in Their Name?
In one of the stranger news articles we have covered of late, Monster Energy says it is issuing legal papers to a handful of video game studios that use the word “monster” in their games. At first, everyone thought it was a joke but it seems the energy drink company is serious about it.
This week, the company claimed it would go after The Pokemon Company which blatantly uses the word “monster” as “Pocket Monsters”. In addition, Monster Energy is going after Capcom who uses the word in its highly successful video game series Monster Hunter. You can’t make this stuff up. Read more about it here.
Diablo 4 Gets Post-Game Focus
Blizzard has detailed the content you’ll be able to enjoy when you finish Diablo 4 in June. The developer put out a 6-minute dev diary where it touched on the post-game content for the upcoming RPG. The content includes new seasonal events, a deep post-game level system, loot and over one hundred dungeons to replay.
Diablo 4 recently had a successful beta weekend where the game was played by millions of players worldwide. The post-game content is a large focus for the Diablo community who enjoy participating in seasonal ladders, loot grinds and much more. You can find out everything you can do after Diablo 4 here.
EA Terminates Distribution in South Africa
In one of the sadder news listings this past week, EA Games announced it would be pulling support out of South Africa. While gamers can still purchase new Electronic Arts video games digitally, the company will no longer sell any physical games in the country.
The moves come after EA Games listed new game releases at an all-time high of R1,499 at retail stores in SA. This was much higher than the digital price of R1,099. As a result, gamers shifted their focus to digital games. EA Games then decided to cut its workforce down in March which means South African logistics are no longer being considered. You can read more about this story here.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a Success
Even though its current Rotten Tomatoes critic score is sitting on 56%, The Super Mario Bros. Movie has been a huge success for Nintendo and Universal Pictures. Within its first five days at the box office, the film has raked in $377 million worldwide.
This has beaten Frozen 2 which previously brought in $358 million during the same period. The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now the fastest-grossing animated film of all time. Read more about its success here.