Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Adds New ‘Dream Events’

While most of the mini-games you’ll find in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, coming this November, are (relatively) grounded in reality, three new “Dream Events” are being added to the rotation.

The new Dream Events include “Dream Shooting,” “Dream Karate,” and “Dream Racing.”

In Dream Shooting, you’ll run around a Japanese manor shooting targets and giant flying kites to score points. In Dream Racing, you’ll grab a hoverboard (much like Sonic Riders) and hurtle your way downhill while doing aerial tricks, grinding rails, and collecting Mario Kart-style powerups. In Dream Karate, you’ll try to take down opponents on a large platform that lights up in individual sections. Whenever an enemy falls by your hand, that section of the platform will light up with your team’s color, and whoever dominates the most space on the platform wins.

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Where and How to Sign Up for Nintendo Online to Start Playing Super NES Games

The latest Nintendo Direct was packed with surprises, among them was the announcement of Super NES games coming to the Switch Online service. The list of games is pretty excellent, to be honest, and you can only play these Super NES classics on Switch if you’re a Nintendo Switch Online Member. The Super NES games on Nintendo Switch Online will be available sometime today.

Signing up is a snap. You can even try a free Nintendo Switch Online trial for 7 days to get a feel for it AND play all the NES games currently available for Switch Online, too.

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Nintendo Highlights 29 Games in Indie World Showcase

Nintendo’s Indie World showcase, held just as Gamescom 2019 kicks off, featured over two dozen indie games, confirming release dates, revealing new games coming to the Nintendo Switch, and more.

Here’s the full list of games highlighted during the showcase, as well as their respective release windows or dates (seasons are based on North American release windows):

  • Risk of Rain 2 – Summer 2019
  • Eastward – 2020
  • Freedom Finger – Fall 2019
  • Röki – Winter 2019
  • Torchlight II – September 3
  • Skater XL – 2020
  • Youropa – Winter 2019
  • Superhot – Available today
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Splatterhouse, 7 More Games Announced for TurboGrafx-16 Mini

Konami announced it’s sweetening the TurboGrafx-16 Mini even further, adding an additional seven games to the retro-mini console, including fan-favorite Splatterhouse.

  • Preorder the TurboGrafx-16 Mini – at Amazon

The remaining six, non-Splatterhouse games are the Japanese-language Galaga ‘88, Dragon Spirit, The Legend of Valkyrie, The Genji and the Heike Clans, Seirei Senshi Spriggan and Spriggan Mark 2. The full list of games now includes 25 English-language games and 32 Japanese-language.

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Microsoft Sale on Xbox Games, PC Hardware, Xbox Game Pass Deal and More

Since Xbox has been playing catch-up this generation, it’s made for some really excellent chances to save. Microsoft extended this climate of savings to include more than just Xbox One games and accessories: its current deals event has Surface and accessories, too, along with PC games and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Deal

There are two great opportunities to get on board with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate right now. For those not in the know, Game Pass Ultimate takes all the goodness of Game Pass and mashes it together with the goodness of Xbox Live Gold. You can try it out for just $ 1 for 1 month right now and download and play over 100 different games. Or you can get 3-months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $ 14.99 (normally $ 44.99), but that deal runs out in 6 days.

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Until Dawn Developer’s Dark Pictures Anthology Is Planned for 8 Games

The Dark Pictures Anthology, which opens with Man of Medan this August, is currently planned for eight games, with a release schedule of two per year.

Dark Pictures is a multi-game horror anthology created by Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games. Every game in the anthology will be a new story in a new horror genre, with the only major aspect tying them together being The Curator, a mysterious figure cut from the same cloth as Rod Serling in the Twilight Zone, or the Crypt Keeper in Tales from the Crypt.

In an interview with Supermassive CEO Pete Samuels, I asked what the plan for the Curator is: “We have an arc in mind that plays out over eight games. He’s really the only consistency across the Anthology. Everything else from a story, character perspective, we want to be a surprise.”

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Here’s When 2019’s Biggest Games Are Coming Out

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It’s been a good year for video games so far, and the back half is looking might fine itself. Whether you play PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch, you have a lot to look forward to before 2019 draws to an end. A number of great games are already out on each system, and many more are slated for release between now and the end of December.

To help you keep track of what’s coming down the pipeline and when, we’ve assembled the list below to track release dates for all of the biggest games of 2019 across all consoles. And if you’re ready to lock down your copy of any of the games you see, click the links to preorder where available.

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The Best Selling Games of E3 2019

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While E3 2019 wasn’t the earth-shattering spectacle of previous years, we did get a slew of release date announcements and windows, as well as the brief availability of some of the coolest collector’s editions to flash in and out of stock at major retailers.

This list of the most preordered games of E3 2019 is compiled from our own traffic data, making this the official list of “IGN’s most popular games at E3 based on preorders.” No one else can say that!

E3 2019 Most Popular Games

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Cyberpunk 2077, Control, and More Games Get RTX Ray Tracing – E3 2019

Cyberpunk 2077 just keeps getting into the news this week with its release date and Keanu Reeves joining its cast, and now confirmed support for Nvidia’s RTX ray tracing technology.

Nvidia and CDProjekt Red confirmed the game will come with real-time ray tracing when it releases on April 16, 2020. In terms of what type of ray tracing the game will feature, users can expect ray-traced ambient occlusion, which means the game will render more realistic shadows by calculating how the light is interacting with objects in the environment.

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Here’s What Games Are Arriving Next Week

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April has been a pretty slow month for big releases so far, but that ends next week. Get ready for a handful of big game releases heading your way on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. So if you’re in the market for a new game to play, you’ll probably find something worth your while. Here’s what’s coming the week of April 22, 2019.

Mortal Kombat 11 on April 23

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Fortnite: World Cup Creative Announced by Epic Games

Epic Games has added a new event to the $ 100 million prize pool Fortnite World Cup event – Fortnite: World Cup Creative, which will run specifically from April 29 to June 7.

The World Cup Creative will consist of five showcase events and five different trials – all from community creators. Each event will focus on a new Creative game, with fifteen participants then being selected to compete in the Creative competition at the Fortnite World Cup Finals.

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Games Launching Next Week: Final Fantasy X, World War Z, Cuphead, and More

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While no major new AAA titles are launching next week, we’ll see a nice smattering of ports and smaller games landing on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. So if you’re looking for a new game play, you’ll probably find something to fit the bill. Let’s take a look at what games are releasing the week of April 15, 2019.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster on April 16

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All the Biggest Games Launching Next Week

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No huge games are launching next week, but a few higher profile ports, indie titles, and major expansions are heading our way. So if you’re in need of a new game play, you’ll probably find something that will fit the bill. Whether you do your gaming on PS4, Xbox One, PC, or Nintendo Switch, let’s take a look at what to expect the week of April 1, 2019.

Dangerous Driving on April 9

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Dangerous Driving is an arcade racer from a studio founded by some of the folks responsible for the beloved Burnout series. It has the same unreasonably fast speeds, vicious takedowns, and pretty much everything you’d expect from a modern-day Burnout game — except the name. The physical version comes with a copy of the developer’s previous game, Danger Zone 2.

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Sega Announces Four New Games Based on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Sega has announced four new games based on the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The first of these is titled Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game, which will be released in Japan and Asia this summer for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and worldwide in 2020. Sega describes this as “a fun-filled sports action game where you can create your own avatar and compete in Olympic Games events with people around the world.” Rather than featuring Sonic or other characters, it appears to have a more realistic – if simplistic – art style.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will then hit Nintendo Switch during winter 2019. From the footage and screenshots released, it appears to be similar to previous Mario & Sonic titles release by Sega at previous Olympics, with a collection of mini games themed around different sports, and will make use of the Joy-Con features. As with the Rio Olympics title, there will also be an Arcade Edition launching at a similar time, which will use physical inputs such as jumping.

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Diablo III, Skyrim, and More Switch Games on Sale

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon 2 are no longer on sale, but that doesn’t mean the chances to save on Nintendo Switch games are over. There are plenty of other games discounted right now to help build your collection, including the excellent Octopath Traveler and Pokemon, Let’s Go: Eevee, among others.

There’s also one of the best Nintendo Switch deals going since the Black Friday bundles. You can still get a new Nintendo Switch bundle at Walmart for the Mario Day-sale price. That’s your choice grey or neon Nintendo Switch, plus one of five Mario games, plus a carrying case and Mario enamel pin.

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Daily Deals: Amazing Mario Day Sale on Nintendo Switch Bundles and Games

Welcome to IGN’s Daily Deals, your source for the best deals on the stuff you actually want to buy. If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.

We bring you the best deals we’ve found today on video games, hardware, electronics, and a bunch of random stuff too.Check them out here or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest deals.

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Video Games Releasing Next Week: Division 2, One Piece, and More

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Anyone on the lookout for something new to play has a few appealing options coming out next week. So whether you do your gaming on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or PC, let’s take a look at what games are slated for release the week of March 11.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – March 15

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Devil May Cry 5 And Other Games Releasing Next Week

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Next week isn’t particularly busy in terms of video game releases, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find anything new to play. PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch/3DS, and PC owners will find games that might be worth a look, including Devil May Cry 5 and Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn. If you’re itching for a new game, read on to see what games are set to release the week of March 4.

Devil May Cry 5 – March 8

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Quantic Dream Teams Up With NetEase Games

Chinese giant NetEase has acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream, the developer behind Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain.

The official announcement states that this is to “…further the development and distribution of global online games. Quantic Dream will continue to operate independently under the direction of industry veterans David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière… This strategic investment aims to support the studio’s vision of becoming a global, multi-franchise entertainment company, and to develop advanced technologies and games for the future.”

How the “global online” aspect of this statement applies to Quantic Dream is currently unknown, as while its games have incorporated some online social elements in the past (such as showing how many players chose specific decisions in Detroit) they are largely offline, story-based, single-player experiences.

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 Raised $2.39 Million for Prevent Cancer

Charity fundraising organization Games Done Quick raised over $ 2 million dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in an event that concluded on Sunday, according to a press release. Games Done Quick (GDQ) raises money through speedrunning, which is when players complete video games within seemingly impossible time constraints in an attempt to break records.  Many […]

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‘The New Childhood’ and How Games, Social Media Are Good For Kids

Jordan Shapiro’s new book “The New Childhood,” was released on December 31.  Shapiro, an influential columnist, thinker, and teacher, dedicated many years to exploring and writing about education in the digital age and how it impacts children and families. I know Shapiro’s work through my time at Games for Change, where he proved an active […]

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Daily Deals: PureVPN for £1.04 per Month, 50% off Xbox Game Pass for 12 Months, Xbox One X with Six Games under £400

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The IGN UK Podcast’s Alternative Games Awards 2018

As the end of the year approaches, we’ve become remarkably introspective, and retrospective, on this week’s IGN UK Podcast.

Yes, lots of people will be dishing out award over the coming month, including IGN’s proper ones, but these right here are real awards. Don’t worry no one will read this, so that’s a little secret between us and you.

Don’t tell.

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IGN UK Podcast #465: The Alternative Games Awards 2018

IGN UK Podcast #464: The Games Awards Got Got

Anyone who’s anyone in games media were at The Games Awards in LA this week.

Except us.

But fear not, we got in early this morning and watched all the trailers because we’re professionals, and so we could go through them all on this week’s podcast.

We’ve also been playing a brilliant game called  Don’t Get Got, and there’s a brief Coverwatch update, which let’s face it – that’s why you’re here.

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Epic Games Announces Store Launch, 88% Revenue Share with Developers

Epic Games announced Tuesday the launch of their new online store, which will have an 88 to 12 percent split for developers.

A date for the store opening has not been released, but a statement from Epic said it will launch soon and will include, “a hand-curated set of games on PC and Mac and will open up more broadly to additional games and other open platforms throughout 2019.”

Games developed with any game engine are allowed in the store, but the first releases include Unreal, Unity and others.

Epic has stated they will not take a profit from any of the games made with Unreal Engine.

“As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players,” Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney, said. “Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers.”

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THQ Nordic Has 35 Unannounced Games in Development

Gaming publisher THQ Nordic has several big-name titles on the way, including Darksiders III and Metro Exodus, but the company hasn’t played its whole hand just yet. In fact, it has 35 unannounced games currently in development.

During a Q3 financial report on November 14, THQ Nordic founder and CEO Lars Wingefors shared that 55 total games were being produced by the end of the most recent quarter, of which only 20 have been revealed thus far.

THQ Nordic has also continued its recent spree of buying up developers by acquiring Coffee Stain Studios (Goat Simulator) and Bugbear Entertainment (Wreckfest).

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Meghan Markle Surprises Fans with Emotional Speech at Invictus Games’ Closing Ceremony

The Invictus Games concluded Saturday with a speech from its founder Prince Harry — and an unscheduled one from his new wife Meghan Markle.

The couple both addressed the crowd in Sydney, Australia, thanking the veterans and wounded service members whom the Paralympics-style competition honors for their strength and sense of humor.

For the occasion, the Duchess of Sussex, 37 — known for putting her own spin on classic style — wore an olive green custom tuxedo dress from Italian designer Antonio Berardi. She paired it with peach Casablanca pumps from her go-to shoemaker Aquazzura.

Meghan also wore statement jewelry, opting for large black and gold dangly earrings and bangles to play off the simplicity of her frock — a bold choice for a woman who usually prefers more minimalist accessories.

Pulled into an elegant updo, Meghan’s hair gently draped her face.

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Meanwhile, Prince Harry wore a smart grey suit and a white button-down with no tie.

During the closing ceremony, the mom-to-be (Meghan and Harry, 34, are expecting their first child in the spring!) took the stage as the crowd erupted in cheers.

“It’s such an honor to be here tonight with all of you and supporting my husband at the Invictus Games, which he founded four years ago,” she began. “In a short span of time, the games have evolved into an international platform of some of the best athletics and sportsmanship you could ever witness, coupled with a camaraderie and close-knit community, which can only be defined as the Invictus spirit.”

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Meghan also revealed that she has a special connection to the wounded and recovering service members and veterans who participate in the games.

“​I’m not sure if many of you know this, but a few years ago, before I had met my husband, I had the incredible honor of visiting troops deployed all over the world, from the U.K. to Italy and Afghanistan, and several other countries,” she recalled.

“In traveling to these military bases, I was given a very special glimpse into the lives of those who serve our countries. ​I was able to see the unshakable bonds between service men and women on the ground together, but at the same time to feel the palpable longing for family and friends while deployed,” she continued.

Then she shared how moved she was by one veteran who excitedly gave Harry and her a hug last week.

“The Novak family from Chicago is a prime example of this very thing,” shared Meghan. “When their son Ryan suffered a severe injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, doctors said he would never be able to walk again. But after speaking to his mom, Karri, it was clear that it was through Ryan’s strength of spirit, and with the unwavering support of his parents, that he was able to prove all of those doctors wrong.”

Meghan continued: “Not only has Ryan competed in sailing, swimming and athletics this week, but when Harry and I saw him at the finish line of the sailing competition, he literally jumped into our boat — with dexterity and ease, by the way — to give both of us a hug.”

“Seeing Ryan’s mom on the water that day, waving a flag to cheer him on was a moment I will never forget,” Meghan said.

RELATED VIDEO: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Get the Giggles As Choir Performs Comedic Mosquito Song

Earlier in the day, to attend the wheelchair basketball final, Meghan wore a maroon top by Australian brand Scanlan Theodore and black pants as Harry wore a black Invictus Games polo shirt.

The couple was greeted with roaring applause and seated with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Christopher Pyne.

Later, the couple presented gold medals to Team USA as they congratulated each player on their victory.


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The Rockstar Effect: How Mega-Budget Games Change Release Dates For Everyone Else

The fall video game release schedule is usually a non-stop sprint from late August until the first week in December. Titles large and small crowd into the busy holiday shopping season, fighting for a piece of the pie. According to market research firm NPD, an average 55 percent of United States video game hardware and […]

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Meghan Markle Effect Takes the Invictus Games! See How Host Channeled the Duchess with Her Ring

The Meghan Markle sparkle has taken the world by storm — even at the Invictus Games.

Just before Prince Harry‘s opening speech, presenters Kumi Taguchi and Nate Byrne took the stage, and viewers quickly noticed that the large, aquamarine ring Taguchi was wearing looked familiar.

The ring bears a striking resemblance to stunning aquamarine sparkler that Meghan wore when she stepped out in her evening ensemble after the couple’s royal wedding in May.

The emerald cut ring belonged to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, who famously wore it to an auction of her own clothes at Christie’s in 1997. The jewel is part of a set — the other piece is an aquamarine bracelet, where it’s connected by five strands of pearls. Diana wore both to a gala dinner in Australia in 1996.

Since Prince William and Harry inherited their mother’s jewelry collection, very little of it has been seen in public. But some pieces have been given to the royals’ wives.

Prince William poignantly gave the diamond and sapphire sparkler that was Diana’s engagement ring to Kate Middleton when he proposed in 2010, a lovely reminder that she was with them on their royal wedding day.

Prince Harry was able to mirror that gesture by giving Meghan the aquamarine ring, which, it has now been revealed, was a gift for Diana to wear in place of her engagement ring after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996. Diana, who died in 1997, was given the square-cut beautiful piece by her good friend Lucia Flecha de Lima, the wife of the former ambassador of Brazil to the U.K.

Lucia, who died last year at her home in Brazil at 76, “bought it to replace the engagement ring Diana no longer wanted to wear once her marriage ended,” veteran royals journalist Richard Kay (who was a friend of Diana’s) writes in the Daily Mail.

According to Kay, Meghan has the inherited ring with her on the couple’s 16-day royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, so she may wear it again soon.

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Meghan has already worn a pair of butterfly earrings and a gold bracelet that also belonged to Diana on the first day of their tour in Sydney.

In addition, the Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring is made up of three diamonds, with one large stone in the center flanked by two smaller stones on the sides. The two side stones are from his late mother, Princess Diana‘s personal collection, while the center stone is from Botswana, a country that is close to Harry’s heart.


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Pearl Abyss To Acquire ‘EVE Online’ Developer CCP Games

Pearl Abyss, the Korean developer behind the successful massively multiplayer online role-playing game “Black Desert Online,” plans to acquire “EVE Online” creator CCP Games, it announced on Thursday. CCP Games will continue to operate independently as a developer with studios in Reykjavik, London, and Shanghai, Pearl Abyss said, but it will also bring its development […]

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3 Big Nintendo Switch Games Getting Packaged With Exclusive Strategy Guides

Nintendo has announced “Starter Packs” for Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Splatoon 2 that include the game, an exclusive strategy guide, and a cardboard sleeve.

Arriving on September 28, 2018, these Starter Packs will all retail for $ 59.99 USD and each of the three game’s strategy guides are uniquely named – Super Mario Odyssey’s is the Traveler’s Guide, Breath of the Wild’s is the Explorer’s Guide, and Splatoon 2’s is the Splategy Guide.

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Smash Bros. Fans Think the Game’s Single-Player Will Be About Saving Luigi’s Soul

During Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct last week, we saw Luigi kick the bucket, and now fans are speculating that it ties in to the game’s unannounced single-player campaign.

Luigi’s untimely death played out before our very eyes in the last week, but Nintendo has assured fans that the plumber is alive and well, despite his soul being cleaved from his body by the spectre of Castlevania’s Death. But Luigi’s apparent demise has led fans to believe the game’s unannounced single-player mode will see players rescue characters who have had their souls taken.

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Giant Bomb Still Changing Video Games Media Ten Years Later

What’s your favorite Giant Bomb moment? The bellicose “Mario Party” livestreams? The miraculous Persona 4 endurance run? The time Brad Shoemaker went knives out for “Destiny” to the shock and horror of his colleagues in the middle of one of those interminable Game of the Year deliberations? Maybe when the late, great Ryan Davis found […]

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Valve Temporarily Freezes Some Adult Games Headed to Steam

Valve is reportedly not publishing some adult games on Steam while it works on a new feature that will give users more control over what content they see on the platform, according to Gamasutra. Indie developer Love in Space tweeted last week their latest project, an idol anime-themed visual novel called “Shining Song Starnova,” is […]

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Germany Ending Pre-orders for Games Without Firm Release Date

German consumers won’t be able to pre-order products with vague release dates, according to a report from Heise found via Eurogamer. The Higher Regional Court of Munich ruled that vague release dates like “coming soon” aren’t offering enough information to consumers, after a consumer protection group raised a complaint over the pre-ordering of the Samsung Galaxy […]

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Nintendo Switch Isn’t the ‘Ideal’ Platform for Yakuza Games, Says Dev

Yakuza series producer, Daisuke Sato, says the Nintendo Switch is not the “ideal” platform to develop Yakuza games on.

Sato has said that while he might consider releasing the Yakuza games for the Xbox One, the Switch isn’t looking likely, and it’s partially down to the console’s user base.

In an interview with gameblog.fr (per Gematsu‘s translation), Sato said that he’s not convinced Nintendo’s console is the right platform on which to develop Yakuza, because “maybe people don’t expect this kind of game on Switch.”

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10 (Unintentionally) Terrifying Video Games

Video games can be plenty scary. I’ve thrown my controller in the air and screamed with unadulterated terror at survival-horror jump scares and felt my guts twist at the powerful manipulation of psychological terror in the hands of gaming’s storytelling masters. Games like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and PT all contain the stuff nightmares are made of.

But sometimes, games are scary not so much by design as by accident. Here are 10 games from well outside the horror genre that succeed far more than they should at being deeply disturbing.

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New ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Roadmap Offers a Glimpse at the Game’s Future DLC

Developer DICE shared a glimpse into the future of DLC for “Star Wars Battlefront II.” Ben Walke, the game’s community manager, tweeted out a development roadmap on Friday, offering greater clarity on when we can expect certain updates in the coming months. EA teased a fair amount of content support during their June 9 press conference […]

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Capcom Reportedly Exploring More Cloud-Based Games for Switch

Resident Evil 7 was the first but probably not last cloud-based game to come to Nintendo Switch from Capcom.

The Wall Street Journal reports Capcom is exploring other games to release as streaming titles on Switch. Last month, the company launched Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: Cloud Version for the hybrid system — check out IGN’s hands-on with the game — though the rental is only currently available in Japan.

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10 iPhone and Android games you should be playing right now

10 iPhone and Android games you should be playing right nowWith an astonishing 6 billion mobile devices expected to be circulating worldwide by 2020, there’s an exceedingly good chance you have a smart something or other a few yards away right now. The latest from iPhone game developer extraordinaire Zach Gage (“Spelltower,” “Typeshift”) is easy to pick up and impossible to put down.



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Chinese Games Firm iDreamSky Heads Towards IPO in Hong Kong

Chinese games developer and distributor, iDreamSky Technology is planning an initial share listing in Hong Kong. The company was responsible for developing “Temple Run” and “Subway Surfers.” Precise details of the flotation were not included in the early stage edition of the prospectus seen by Variety. These will be updated in future drafts. Financial industry […]

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Activision Says Its Drawing Inspiration From Battle Royale Games

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has said the company is “very good at being inspired” by trends in the industry, like the growing popularity of the battle royale genre.

During an investor call, GamesIndustry.biz reports that Kotick voiced his admiration for Fortnite for “attracting new gamers of all ages and genders.” He later added that “when we see people innovate in an interesting and impactful way, we are very quick to figure out how to capture inspiration from innovation.

“When we see things that appeal to our audiences, we are very good at being inspired by those.”

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11 Games You Didn’t Know About (But Should)

We cover a lot of games here on IGN, but amid all the noise it can be difficult for some of the most quietly creative games to be heard.

Here are 11 upcoming games you didn’t know about, but should absolutely be on your radar.

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Where Cards Fall is a coming of age story from some of the minds behind What Remains of Edith Finch. This too is a game about memories long past set in a dreamlike limbo world; here players build and collapse houses of cards in order to solve puzzles, navigate obstacles, and explore the concept of how we build our futures on the foundations of old memory.

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Most anticipated games of spring 2018: 12 reasons to stay indoors this season

Most anticipated games of spring 2018: 12 reasons to stay indoors this seasonSpring is a time of rebirth, and for the games industry, a great time to launch a huge product or three. ‘God of War’ is shaping up to be an early contender for Game of the Year. Now a father, Kratos must mentor his young son and manage his legendary temper as the two explore a strange Scandinavian world.



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The Best Indie Games You Didn’t Play in 2017

Dozens of games come out every week on Steam, itch.io, Game Jolt, and other corners of the web. With so many awesome indie games and such little time in the day, it can be hard to sort through it all to find the perfect one for you.

This year, we rounded up some of the coolest new indie games each month to ensure you never missed one worth playing. Below, you’ll find a compilation of some of the best games from the entire year.

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Superdry to Supply the U.K. Delegation at the 2018 Invictus Games

GAME CHANGER: Superdry has been selected as the official clothing supplier for the U.K. delegation to the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia from Oct. 20-27.
Founded by Prince Harry in 2014 in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion for wounded, injured and sick veterans, the multi-sport games started in London and traveled to Orlando in 2016 and Toronto in 2017.
The fourth edition of the games will involve 10 different adaptive sports including archery, paratriathlon, and paralympic swimming, with more than 500 competitors from 17 nations.
Superdry Sports will design full technical training and competition wear for the U.K. competitors, tailored to their specific requirements, as well as training and leisure clothing for competitors, their family and friends, staff and guests.
Chief executive officer of the SuperGroup plc, Euan Sutherland said the collaboration will help to build the brand’s credibility in terms of its technical expertise and design credentials.

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We Look Back at the History of Star Wars Games

Welcome back to our encyclopedic series Every Ever, where we take a deep dive into the most iconic titles, characters, and series in all of gaming, and break them down with expert analysis. If you’re looking to learn more about your favorite franchises, consoles, and the history behind them, you’ve come to the right place.

In anticipation for the launch of Star Wars Battlefront II on November 17, join us in Episode 5 to see a complete timeline that covers every Star Wars video game ever.

Also, be sure to follow Every Ever on Facebook to check out all of the previous episodes, which cover ever single Mortal Kombat fighter, Mario many, many game appearances, Metal Gear’s massive cast of unique characters, and a comprehensive look at Nintendo’s history as a console maker.

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Warner Bros. Sets Up Harry Potter Games Division, Portkey

Warner Bros. has announced that it will be publishing a range of mobile and console Harry Potter titles under a new label, Portkey Games.

Revealed today in a blog post on the Pottermore website, Portkey’s games “will feature both new characters and – excitingly – could feature familiar characters ‘at different points in their lives’ from the Harry Potter stories”.

President of Warner Bros. Interactive David Haddad notes that Portkey Games is “working with talented creators” and that the games “will live alongside the magical universe created by J.K Rowling”

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3 More Xbox 360 Games Being Enhanced for Xbox One X

Three additional backwards compatible Xbox 360 games — Gears of War 3, Skate 3, and Mirror’s Edge — are being enhanced for Xbox One X.

As noted by Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb on Twitter, this brings the total number of Xbox One X enhanced Xbox 360 games up to seven. Halo 3, Fallout 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion previously received Xbox One X-specific updates.

Xbox One X is officially available as of today, November 7. Be sure to tune in to IGN’s launch day livestream as we showcase Gears of War 4, Forza 7, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Call of Duty WW2, and more on the One X.

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7 Best Star Wars Tabletop Games

IGN is now covering board games new and old every week! If you enjoy these articles, let us know! Note that if you click on one of these links to buy the product, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.

Whatever kind of Star Wars fan you are, there’s something for you. Toys, LEGO sets, comic books, Space Slug oven mitts… you name it, and it probably exists. And this is especially true in the world of board games. There’s now a wide range of Star Wars board games for every age and experience level.

Tabletop miniature dogfights? There’s a Star Wars board game for that. Deck-building card game? Classic pen & paper RPG? There are tabletop Star Wars games for those, too. And plenty more.

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Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history

Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is historyHope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”



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PlayStation Now Lineup Adds PS4 Games

Sony has announced that today, July 6, a selection of PS4 games are being added to PlayStation Now.

A total of twenty PlayStation 4 titles, including Killzone: Shadow Fall and God of War III Remastered, join the game streaming service, which currently boasts a selection of over 500 PS3 games. This brings PS Now’s current total library count to 524 titles.

Here’s the full list of all twenty PS4 games that launch on PS Now today:

  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • God of War 3 Remastered
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
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This New App Let’s You Play Your Favorite Old-School Video Games on Your Phone for Free

Mega Drive, Master System, and Dreamcast at your fingertips.

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Play Sonic and Other Classic Sega Games on Your Phone

As convenient as modern smartphones have become, they’ve been lacking one feature: the ability to play Sega games for free. Thankfully, Sega has righted this wrong with the introduction of Sega Forever.

Sega Forever is a collection of free-to-play, ad-supported Sega games featuring offline play, “cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards,” according to Sega’s mobile division Sega Networks Inc.

Once downloaded, the games can be unlocked and ads removed for $ 2. The first round of games includes the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon and the Genesis port of Altered Beast. The games also include iMessage sticker packs.

Sega’s Mike Evans said the collection is first and foremost “a celebration of nostalgia.”

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