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Remember 1993’s flop, Super Mario Bros.?  It seems Nintendo can’t seem to forget about it.  The film made back less than half what was spent to make it, starting a trend for video game film adaptations that would last until 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.  Movies based on video games have essentially been a laughing stock in Hollywood, and few studios want to risk making them.  This year may change all that.  Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed both come out in theaters later this year.  It seems actress and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is eager for a Metroid movie to be made, and she wants to star in it as Samus Aran. (more…)

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In what might equate to a slap-hands girl-fight in the nerdy business world, today video game retailer GameStop has bought GeekNet – ThinkGeek‘s parent company – even though GeekNet had previously agreed to be bought by fashion/pop-culture retailer Hot Topic.  The deal, as reported in a press release this morning on GameStop’s website, is for $20.00 per share, a sizable increase from the $17.50 per share that Hot Topic had offered.  The difference in price may have been done in order to give GeekNet enough funds to pay the termination fee they’ll owe to Hot Topic in order to void the first contract. GameStop says the deal has a “total equity value of approximately $140 million.”  (more…)