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Nintendo Download: Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome Amiibo Edition, Metroid Other M, Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon, more

Nintendo is going retro with this week’s eShop update, as four games from the consolemaker’s past resurface in new locales or with new features.

Leading the way is a 3DS re-release for Animal Crossing: New Leaf that adds Amiibo functionality to the game. The appropriately-named Welcome Amiibo Edition adds new features and activities, as well as support for all Amiibo figures and cards in the Animal Crossing series. Players who’ve previously purchased Animal Crossing; New Leaf will be able to access all of the Welcome Amiibo content with a free update.

3DS fans might also be interested in Demon’s Crest, which is also now available to download for Nintendo’s handheld. Originally released for the Super NES in 1994, Demon’s Crest is the final adventure of Firebrand, a heroic gargoyle first glimpsed in the Ghosts N Goblins franchise.

Over on the Wii U eShop, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is now available to download for Nintendo’s home console. The strategy RPG is a remake of the first Fire Emblem game, and it was originally released for the DS in 2009.

Finally this week, the divisive Metroid: Other M makes the leap from the Wii to the Wii U. Developed by Team Ninja, Other M gives bounty hunter Samus Aran a very complicated backstory in a game that combines first-person and side-scrolling viewpoints.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Doom’s latest Free Update adds bots, new SnapMap options, and more

The imaginatively-named “Free Update 5” is now available to download for id Software’s Doom. This no-cost patch adds a new competitive game mode to Doom’s online multiplayer, as well as the option to play against bots and a higher level cap for your Echelon Rank.

You can check out the trailer above for a look at everything available in “Free Update 5,” or read on for an overview of the update direct from the developer:

Multiplayer Additions

  • Infernal Run: A new competitive game mode where teams fight for control of the ball and score in the opponent’s goal.
  • Bots: Available on original multiplayer maps in Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch game modes.
  • Echelon 11: Multiplayer rank now extends to Echelon 11. Once you reach the new highest ranking, you’ll unlock the signature Doom Marine Armor (Praetor Suit)!

SnapMap Additions

  • Play as the Doom Marine in the Doom Marine Armor (Praetor Suit).
  • More elements from the campaign, allowing you to play and create even more campaign-like experiences.
  • Lazarus Lab themed modules and props.

To get the most out of Doom’s newest update, players will be able to take part in a Double XP Weekend from now until Monday, December 12, at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time).

Finally, id Software also announced that Bloodfall, Doom’s third downloadable expansion, will be released on December 15. The final DLC Pack will include three new multiplayer maps and the invisible Spectre Pinky demon.

More information about “Free Update 5” and the Bloodfall DLC Pack can be found at Bethesda.net.

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Nintendo unveils new Super Mario Run trailer and live-action commercial

Jimmy Fallon got to show off his prowess at Super Mario Run on yesterday’s episode of The Tonight Show. But Nintendo also unveiled a brand new trailer for one of their first mobile projects yesterday, giving fans a look at the game’s three modes.

Players will guide Mario through the game’s main mode, collecting coins and bashing enemies before they reach the flagpole. But in “Toad Rally,” players will compete against each other to impress the most Toads and win the match. Finally, “Kingdom Builder” will give players the chance to spend their hard-earned coins and construct their own personal Mushroom Kingdom. It’s even possible to unlock bonus characters such as Luigi, Yoshi, and Toad in “Kingdom Builder.”

In addition to Super Mario Run’s new trailer, Nintendo also announced that fans can try it out early by visiting a demo kiosk at their local Apple Store all week. Finally, the company also revealed a live-action commercial to promote the game, and you can find it after the break.

Super Mario Run will be available for iOS devices on December 15. Android users will be able to download it beginning in 2017. (more…)

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Gigantic Open Beta (and the Founder’s Pack) is now available for Xbox One, Windows 10

The Gigantic Open Beta kicked off today on the Xbox One and Windows 10, and developer Motiga has unveiled the Founder’s Pack for players looking to get the most out of the free-to-play MOBA. Priced at $39.99, the Founder’s Pack will include access to every character, four post-launch characters, and various other goodies:

Gigantic Founder’s Pack

  • 16 Original Heroes
  • 4 New Heroes (Released at a Later Date)
  • 2 Limited-Edition “Imperial” Skins for Tyto the Swift and Charnok
  • 2 Exclusive Founder’s Profile Icons

Players who forego the Founder’s Pack will be able to play Gigantic for free by selecting one of the six heroes in the weekly rotation. Other characters can be unlocked through an in-game currency earned by completing matches, fulfilling Fortune Cards, or purchasing it with a credit card.

About Gigantic
Teams work together to attack enemies while claiming points on the map to summon powerful Creatures. Players will power up their team’s Guardian by controlling the battlefield and defeating enemies. Victory is awarded to the team who can overpower their opponents’ Guardian.

Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will also be able to get in on the Gigantic Open Beta at a later date through Perfect World’s Arc platform.

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Nintendo brought Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (on the Switch) and Super Mario Run to The Tonight Show

Nintend of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, stopped by The Tonight Show last night to play Super Mario Run with host Jimmy Fallon. The mobile game will be available to download for iOS devices next week, on December 15, and Fallon showed some pretty impressive skills during his time with the game. However, players who want to try it out early will be able to play a demo at Apple Stores across the country beginning today.

However, before Fils-Aime left the stage, he handed Fallon a Nintendo Switch console and let him play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for a few minutes. Fallon, who constantly told the audience he was “freaking out,” also showed off many of the Switch’s features, including the detachable Joy-Con controllers and the kickstand for portable multiplayer gaming.

Finally, Shigeru Miyamoto sat in with The Roots to play a live version of the “Super Mario Bros. Theme.” Check it out after the break. (more…)

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Dragon Quest Heroes II will be released for PS4 on April 25

Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest Heroes II (no ridiculously lengthy subtitle this time) will be released exclusively for the PS4 on April 25, 2017. The sequel will include online multiplayer for up to four players for the first time, and it’ll also take the story in interesting new directions:

Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a long and terrible war. When the war finally ended, the people of the world made a solemn pact never to fight again. The world was divided into seven realms and peace reigned for a thousand years.

One day, cousins and fellow knights-in-training Lazarel and Teresa reunite in the Kingdom of Harba, far from their Dunisian home. Little do they suspect that the Dunisian army is about to invade, with their old friend Prince Cesar at the helm.

The long-kept peace is broken and the world descends into chaos. With the aid of High King’s envoy the cousins must travel to Accordia for a meeting with the Supreme Sovereign of the Seven Realms to find a solution and bring back peace to the world!

The first trailer for Dragon Quest Heroes II has been embedded above.

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Xbox Store Today: Dead Rising 4, Abzu, Her Majesty’s SPIFFING, more

Frank is back, baby! Capcom and Microsoft have teamed up to release Dead Rising 4 this holiday season, and its now available to download through the Xbox Games Store for the Xbox One. It’s Christmastime at the Willamette Mall and Frank is up to his eyeballs in zombies once again. Thankfully, he’s got a ton of new weapons (including a jolly EXO Suit) to deliver coal to the naughty undead hordes.

This week’s other big Xbox One release, Abzu, is a tad more serene than Dead Rising 4. The underwater exploration game was designed by Matt Nava, the Art Director on Journey and Flower, and it gives players the chance to visit a “vibrant ocean world full of mystery and bursting with color and life.”

Finally this week, Her Majesty’s SPIFFING asks players to go adventuring in outer space, though with a distinctly British flair. Players who gone SPIFFING, the Special Planetary Investigative Force For Inhabiting New Galaxies, will boldly go where no man has gone before (except for all those Brits who starred in Star Wars and Star Trek).

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Sony has sold 50 million PS4 consoles since its launch in 2013

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Have you heard about this PlayStation 4 console? I think it’s pretty popular. Actually, I know for a fact that it’s very popular, because Sony announced today that they’ve sold more than 50 million PS4 consoles, worldwide, since it launched in 2013.

“We’re truly delighted that the PS4 community continues to flourish since launch three years ago,” said Andrew House, the President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “With tremendous support from our fans and partners across the globe, this year we were able to deliver an unprecedented lineup of hardware, including the new slimmer PS4, PS4 Pro, and PlayStation VR. We will continue to provide the best gaming experiences available through our ground-breaking software lineup and network services, as we focus on accelerating our business and expanding the PS4 ecosystem.”

Sony added that more than 369.6 million PS4 games have been sold in retail stores and through the PlayStation Store. A little quick math confirms that this means each PS4 owner has purchased an average of seven games for their console.

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