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Nintendo details Splatoon’s big August update

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Nintendo has been talking about Splatoon‘s big August update since before the game’s May 29 launch. Today, they finally detailed exactly what’ll be included in the update (see below) and when it’ll be available (August 5).

Most importantly, the update will include two brand new matchmaking modes: Squad Battle and Private Battle. In Squad Battle, players can join up with their friends in all of Splatoon’s Ranked Battle modes. These two-to-four player Squads will then be randomly matched against other Squads. Private Battle is, as the name implies, a private battle between friends. Two-to-eight players can join up to battle it out on any map, in any game mode, and with any combination of players (1v1, 4v4, 4v1, 3v2, etc).

The August update will also add two new weapon types to the game for those looking for a fresh style of play. The Slosher is a grenade launcher-like weapon that will allow players to “hurl ink straight ahead at an impressive range” with a bucket. If you’d rather go “Full Arnold,” the Gatling-like Splatling can produce short blasts of “all-powerful ink” when its fully charged.

Finally, Nintendo will add more than 40 pieces of Gear to the shops in Arowana Mall and raise the level cap in both Regular Battle and Ranked Battle. Players can now reach Level 50 (raised from Level 20) in Regular Battle and S or S+ (both higher than A+) in Ranked Battle.

In case you missed it, Nintendo is still adding content to Splatoon ahead of the August update. This weekend saw the release of the Camp Triggerfish map and a pair of new weapons (E-Liter 3K Scope and Neo Splash-O-Matic). Not only that, but additional maps, weapons, and at least one new game mode (Rainmaker Ranked Battle) will be added to the game throughout the Fall.

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Mortal Kombat X was the best-selling game in the first half of 2015

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Fortune has scoured the last six months of data from The NPD Group to assemble a definitive list of the best-selling games from the first half of the year.

Surprisingly, or perhaps unsurprisingly when you realize just how few games have been released this year, NetheRealm’s Mortal Kombat X took the top spot. The latest game in the long-running series paved the way for WB Games’s complete domination of the sales chart. The publisher secured four spots in the half-year top ten including Batman: Arkham Knight (#6), Dying Light (#7), and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (#9). Arkham Knight’s appearance on the list is even more impressive as it was released in the last week of June.

Among the holdovers, Grand Theft Auto V (#2), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (#4), and Minecraft (#5) all broke into the top five. It’s likely that all three will stick around for the year-end list as well.

The complete top ten list can be found right here:

Bestselling Games in the First Half of 2015
1. Mortal Kombat X
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Battlefield Hardline
4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
5. Minecraft
6. Batman: Arkham Knight
7. Dying Light
8. NBA 2K15
9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
10. Super Smash Bros. For 3DS / Super Smash Bros. For Wii U

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New Releases: Lost Dimension, Legend of Kay, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend Vita

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We say goodbye to July 2015 with a trio of new retail releases this week…

  • Lost Dimension is the latest tactical RPG from Atlus. Set to be released for the PS3 and Vita, Lost Dimension asks players to join the ranks of SEALED, “eleven psychics with superhuman abilities,” who are doing battle with The End. But watch out, at least one of those psychics is a traitor!
  • Legend of Kay Anniversary resurrects the ten-year-old PS2 game for a new generation of players on the PS4 and Wii U. This new version of the game has received a graphical makeover, but the cat is still kung fu fighting.
  • Finally this week, Arc System Works’s latest fighting game, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, will be released for the Vita.

That’s it for retail releases, but a handful of additional games will be available throughout the week on the digital storefronts from Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, and Steam.

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Nintendo Download: Binding of Isaac Rebirth, 3D Streets of Rage 2, Dragon Fantasy, more

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, and its basement-ful of monstrous monsters, comes to the 3DS and Wii U as part of this week’s Nintendo Download. It’s joined by a variety of other titles, such as…

  • 3D Streets of Rage 2 (3DS), a portable remake of one of the best beat ’em ups from the Genesis era.
  • Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (3DS, Wii U), a retro-styled RPG that features “warriors, princesess, pirates, zombies, and crazy old woodsmen.”
  • Legend of Kay Anniversary (Wii U) will be available on July 28 and is a brand new remake of everyone’s favorite PS2 game to star a karate cat.

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

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Most retailers have removed Mighty No. 9’s September 15 release date… is it delayed?

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After signing a publishing deal with Deep Silver, Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 was given a September 15 release date by the publisher for its launch on the PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U Xbox 360, and Xbox One. But now it appears that that release date is in jeopardy as nearly every major video game retailer has changed the game’s release date to a placeholder date of “December 31, 2016″ instead.

The placeholder release date, which strongly suggests a delay for Mighty No. 9, is currently shown on Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, and Newegg. However, the game’s original release date is still listed at Target and Best Buy. So hope is not lost.

VideoGamer attempted to get to the bottom of this by contacting Deep Silver, but the publisher declined to comment. Uh oh, I think I lost that hope. Can someone help me find it?

Hopefully Deep Silver or Keiji Inafune and his team at Comcept will clear up Mighty No. 9’s release date soon.

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UK’s Super Mario Maker LE will include Mario 30th Amiibo; Wii U system bundle also revealed

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Nintendo has announced that the United Kingdom is going to receive a trio of amazing Super Mario Maker packages this September.

The game’s standard edition will include the Super Mario Maker game disc, which features an extensive course-making toolset along with 100 pre-built course, and a full-color hardcover guide. If you’d prefer to obtain Super Mario Maker from the Wii U eShop, Nintendo still wants to give you the guide and will make a PDF available to download.

The Limited Edition package will include the game and the guide, but it’ll come bundled with a 30th Anniversary Mario Amiibo in “Classic Colors.” The pixelated design of this massive figure depicts Mario as he was in his Super Mario Bros. incarnation.

Finally, the Super Mario Maker Wii U Premium Pack will include the game, the guide, the “Classic Colors” Mario Amiibo, and a Wii U console.

All three Super Mario Maker bundles will be available in the UK (and throughout the rest of the world) on September 11. If you’re uninterested in the game, but crave the the “Classic Colors” Amiibo, it’ll also be available to purchase by itself on the same day. We don’t yet know if these bundles will make their way to North America, but I’ve got my fingers crossed.

A second 30th Anniversary Mario Amiibo, featuring the plumber’s more familiar “Modern Colors,” will be released in the UK on October 23.

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Shaggy and Batman discuss vehicular weaponry in the latest Lego Dimensions trailer

Have you ever wanted to eavesdrop on a conversation between Batman and Shaggy about the offensive capabilities of a certain mysterious machine? Well, you finally get your chance in the latest Lego Dimensions trailer, which has been embedded above.

The crossover game will include characters from dozens of different franchises when it launches on September 27 for the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. A huge number of Lego playsets that’ll add new levels and content to the game will also be available throughout the Fall.

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Slightly Mad officially hits the brakes on Wii U version of Project CARS

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It looks like Slightly Mad Studios couldn’t coax enough horsepower out of the Wii U to properly port Project CARS to Nintendo’s console after all. Speaking to Nintendo Life, Studio Head Ian Bell confirmed the cancellation this morning:

The official line is that we’re awaiting an announcement from Nintendo on new hardware. As of now [Project CARS] is simply too much for the Wii U.

After a number of delays (and the cancellation of planned PS3 and Xbox 360 ports), Project CARS was released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in May. Nintendo plans to reveal more information about their next console, the “NX,” in 2016. Perhaps it will be powerful enough to handle Project CARS 2, Slightly Mad’s recently announced racing sequel.

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