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Loki and the Green Goblin introduce Marvel Villains to Disney Infinity 2.0

As promised at Comic-Con 2014, here is the video introducing the first three baddies in the Marvel Villains lineup that will join the Marvel Heroes in Disney Infinity 2.0 this fall. Loki, the Green Goblin and Ronan the Accuser (main bad guy of Guardians of the Galaxy) are playable figurines in the game. Disney Infinity 2.0 will bring more than just a roster of Marvel superheroes and villains when it launches Sept. 23 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. A slew of changes are also coming to the game's popular Toy Box mode; read more about them here.
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Bravely Default outshines modern Final Fantasy titles by selling one million units

Nintendo 3DS role-playing game Bravely Default has sold one million copies worldwide, placing it ahead of most recent titles in Square Enix's long-lived Final Fantasy RPG series, Dengeki Online reports. Bravely Default launched in Japan in 2012, in December 2013 in Europe and in North America this past February. The game's lifetime sales, including downloads, exceed one million copies — 400,000 copies in Japan and 600,000 copies overseas, Square Enix told Dengeki. While the game is not a true Final Fantasy title, the game does borrow many elements of the 27-year-old JRPG franchise: a focus on narrative and character development, different job classes players can develop — such as mages, warriors and thieves — and a storyline focused around crystals that protect and power the earth. A...
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Hulk, Tinkerbell and a flying bed make Disney Infinity's 'Toy Box' a whole lot weirder

Disney Infinity 2.0 may still be seen as a kids' game, primarily — but it will also let you put Tinkerbell and The Incredible Hulk in bed together. "That's the bed from Bedknobs and Broomsticks," said John Vignocchi, the game's executive producer, just so we were both clear. It's a vehicle, OK, in Disney Infinity's "Toy Box" mode, where gamers take all of their virtual toys and play with them together, regardless of what continuity or movie or product line they come from. (Bedknobs and Broomsticks was a Mary Poppins clone from 1971 starring Angela Lansbury. It featured a flying bed.) Disney Infinity is the latest money-printer in the toys-to-life genre, in which players bring heroes and other characters into the game by stacking a cool little figurine on a special controller. With...
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Twitch Plays Pokémon starting Pokémon X on July 27 thanks to modded 3DS

Twitch Plays Pokémon, the gaming phenomenon that took the internet by storm earlier this year, is moving to the most recent generation of Pokémon titles this weekend with a playthrough of Pokémon X. The Twitch channel and its viewers are set to begin playing Pokémon X at midnight ET on Sunday, July 27. In the meantime, the channel is streaming Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Once Pokémon X is completed, Twitch Plays Pokémon will return to Pokémon Stadium 2 as the main interstitial game between other specific titles, according to the channel's description. Twitch Plays Pokémon essentially works as a massively multiplayer co-op playthrough of a Pokémon title. Viewers type into the chat, and the channel parses certain commands into game inputs. It only works through an emulator for the...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham's Comic-Con trailer shows the Justice League in action

Warner Bros. shared a new Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham trailer in honor of San Diego Comic-Con this week, and boy there sure are a lot of super heroes in this game! The trailer above shows the famous Justice League in action against Batman's nemesis the Joker and a legion of other baddies hailing from the DC Comics universe. Of course, everything has been given that special Lego games-flavored brand of humor, so while the situation may look dire, it's not too dire for a few silly jokes. In addition to getting hands-on time with the game at Comic-Con this week, attendees of the show can stop by the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham panel on Sunday, July 27 at 1 p.m. PT and get posters signed by the game's voice actors at 2:30 in the DC Comics booth. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch...
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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will include a Tomodachi Life stage

The Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will feature an exclusive stage from quirky sim Tomodachi Life, game director Masahiro Sakurai announced via Miiverse. Sakurai posted the following photo and explained that the front walls of the apartment will disappear, allowing players to see the area when a fighter overlaps with the room. "The rooms are randomly placed and selected from among several types," he wrote. "Planting an X Bomb behind a wall might be an effective tactic." Sakurai added that players could encounter Mii characters in different rooms. "The Mii characters are taken from the data in your 3DS system, so you could find your friends living in the apartments," he wrote. Super Smash Bros. launches for Nintendo 3DS Oct. 3. The Wii U version of the game will be...
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    • Platforms: Win, 360, PS3, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Ubisoft
    • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
    • Release Date: 2014-05-27
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    • Platforms: PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One
    • Publisher: Activision
    • Developer: Bungie
    • Release Date: 2014-09-09
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    • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
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    • Publisher: Namco Bandai
    • Developer: From Software
    • Release Date: 2014-03-11
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Tour the next great Metroidvania with its developer

Bodie Lee has had an idea since he was a child — a strange, fantasy world where playing with time is just a part of every day life. Now Lee is bringing that idea into reality in the form of a gorgeous, exploration-heavy action-adventure game.Lee joined me to record a playthrough of his demo for Timespinner, which you can watch above. While the game is far from done — he's currently aiming for a November 2015 release — Lee already has the basics of gameplay down and a strong art style as demonstrated in the demo. If you like what you see, you can check out the Timespinner Kickstarter, which has just over a day left until completion.
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How to join Nintendo's roving band of Smash Bros. players at Comic-Con

Nintendo is bringing Super Smash Bros. to San Diego Comic-Con, and attendees will have the chance to play the 3DS version of the game with a roaming group of Nintendo employees, the company announced. The "Smash Bros. on Demand" service works like this: after an alert from Nintendo's official Twitter, people tweet their location with a photo to the account. Those selected will then be direct messaged on Twitter and joined by a group of employees carrying the game, who will be moving throughout the convention center to play. Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U is also at the show, for anyone interested in the console version. The game is expected to launch Oct. 3 for Nintendo 3DS and this winter for Wii U. Nintendo will have almost 20 games at the convention, which takes place today...
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Attention: we now have dates for your Sonic Boom launch party

Sega's upcoming Sonic Boom games are coming this November, according to a post on the Sega Blog. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS will be available on Nov. 11, while Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U will hit one week later on Nov. 18. The games, announced earlier this year, as part of a new spin-off branch of the main Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, in which Sonic and friends take on a new villain that isn't Dr. Eggman and dress like Nathan Drake. Accompanying the games will be a new cartoon TV show, featuring almost a dozen additional characters new to Sonic's world. The games are also part of a deal with Nintendo, in which the publishing giant has exclusive platform rights to Sega's Sonic games.
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These Pokemon GIFs are good enough to replace comments

Like practically everyone who earns their bread off the internet, I have mixed feelings about comments. The relationship is at best love/hate, similar to my feelings for Twitter, Facebook and any other social network really. Comments introduce me to interesting and challenging people. And they also, sometimes — OK, relatively often — suck the life force from my very core. Negativity is like deadly radiation, and I won't last long when exposed. Sometimes I prefer to just use GIFs in comments. They're lighthearted. It's easy to sense the emotion of the message, which I can't always say about text. Today, I came across these GIFs of Pokemon evolving, and giddily imagined a world in which Pokemon GIFs were the de facto method of communicating online. Everything would be happy and sweet and...
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In the face of recent wins, Nintendo's lack of online functions is no longer forgivable

Nintendo is a company that, for better or worse, is completely blind to the trends and innovations of the gaming world around it. This allows the company to make interesting and bold leaps with its software and hardware, but it also means that Nintendo is often laughably behind the rest of the gaming world when it comes to basic features. Small steps are being made to fix this issue, but the baffling lack of competitive online or account-based features make the Wii U feel like a prior-generation console. At this point we're not mad at Nintendo, just disappointed. Especially after the release of games like Mario Kart 8 that help breathe new life in the hardware, and a wonderful slate of games shown at E3. The problem A recent update to the Wii U allows you to move your content to...
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Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth launches Nov. 25 in North America

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus' Etrian-style dungeon crawler featuring Persona characters, will launch in North America for Nintendo 3DS Nov. 25, the developer announced today. In Persona Q, players team up characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4 to explore Etrian Odyssey-like dungeons. Players will use their own maps and explore the game's world from a first-person perspective while battling monsters. The game will be available as a regular retail edition, which includes a collection of Tarot cards from Persona 4, and a special "The Wild Cards" Premium Edition. This collector's edition includes the Tarot card set, an art booklet, hardcover case and the game's soundtrack. Persona Q was announced for a North American release, alongside Persona 5 and several other spin-off...
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Tetris Ultimate is also coming to Nintendo 3DS

Tetris Ultimate, this generation's hi-fi answer to the classic block-stacking puzzle game of yore, is coming to Nintendo 3DS this fall with a handful of exclusive modes, publisher Ubisoft announced. In addition to a single-player challenge mode, the 3DS version will feature seven different modes for between one and four players: Marathon: Complete up to level 15 racking up as many points as possible. Endless: Quickly clear lines until the stamina bar runs out. Ultra: Players have three minutes to complete as many lines as possible. Sprint: Clear 40 lines as fast as possible. Battle: A one- to four-player brawl. Battle Ultimate: The above, but with power-ups that allow players to shift opponents' screens in different directions, dump garbage on their lines and rapidly clear...
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How the next Harvest Moon is making it easy for newcomers to play with virtual farm tools

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley wants to make harvesting more friendly to new players with easily upgradable, context-sensitive tools, developer Natsume Inc. announced today. Context-based tools mean that specific items will automatically be selected for the player to use. Approaching a tree, for example, will trigger an axe to chop it down, rather than the player having to open the game's menus to find it. Upgrades are accomplished through a faster way as well; players can seek out in-game characters to water crops or collect lumber. According to producer Taka Maekawa, the team wanted to maintain the "core value" of hard work ending with positive rewards. "We took a long, hard look at the tool system and decided to go back to the drawing board," Maekawa said. "We came to the...
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Move over Muppets, The Cat Mario Show is here to steal your thunder with puppets

Nintendo's kid-friendly puppet show hosted by a cat-suited Mario and Peach, The Cat Mario Show, is now available to watch on Nintendo 3DS, 2DS and Wii U, the company announced today. The Cat Mario Show features fun facts, quizzes and tips on different Nintendo games. The first episode is available on the European Nintendo eShop; releases in other territories have not been announced. "In the first video, the two hand-puppet hosts reveal insider secrets on becoming a Mario Expert and challenge kids to spot the hidden Luigi in Super Mario 3D World," the announcement reads, "while the show also delivers some top tips on becoming super powerful in the Kirby Fighters battle mode of Kirby: Triple Deluxe." The cat suit version of Mario is a play off the new power-up in Super Mario 3D World,...
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These are the free games available for Club Nintendo's Elite members

Club Nintendo is offering free Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games in lieu of physical rewards to its Gold and Platinum Elite Status members, according to its official website. Platinum members who have racked up 600 or more coins by registering products with Club Nintendo and taking related surveys can choose one of the following games: Dillon's Rolling Western — 3DS Dr. Luigi — Wii U Donkey Kong 3 — 3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D — 3DS Earthbound — Wii U Fluidity: Spin Cycle — 3DS Game and Wario — Wii U Ice Climber — Wii U Kid Icarus — Wii U Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move — 3DS Metroid — 3DS NES Remix — Wii U Super Mario Bros. — Wii U Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins — 3DS Wario Land 2 — 3DS Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link —...
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Nintendo bringing Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros., Shovel Knight and more to Comic-Con

Nintendo fans in San Diego during Comic-Con International 2014 will be able to get their hands on nearly 20 games from the publisher, Nintendo announced today. The lineup encompasses titles on Nintendo 3DS as well as Wii U, and includes recent releases along with upcoming games. Here's the full list: Nintendo 3DS Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo Pokémon Art Academy from Nintendo Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney from Nintendo Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal from Sega Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call from Square Enix Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games Siesta Fiesta from Mojo Bones Wii U Super Smash Bros. for Wii U from Nintendo Hyrule Warriors from Nintendo Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker from Nintendo Yoshi's...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham's Comic-Con panel will feature former Batman Adam West

This year's upcoming San Diego Comic-Con panel for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham panel features special guest Adam West, best known for his starring role in the 1960s Batman television series, Warner Bros. announced. The Warner Bros. Interactive-hosted panel will also feature game director Arthur Parsons, producer Phill Ring and several members of the voice class, including Troy Baker. The game will also be shown during the event in its first public hands-on. An image of Adam West recording dialog next to a portrait of his own Lego Minifigure was released on the official Lego Batman Twitter account earlier today. You can check that out below. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is due for release this fall. The puzzles-and-combat game will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4,...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham pre-order toys revealed

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced a list of retailer-specific pre-order bonuses for for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The game, due out on most platforms later this year, allows players to take on the roles of 150 DC characters including those from the Justice League and the Legion of Doom. It's the latest in a highly successful series of kid-friendly action puzzle games from developer TT Games. Here's the list of retail offers... Amazon: Lego Batgirl KeychainBest Buy: Digital Comic BookGameStop: Plastic Man toy (right image)Target: Batwing Miniset (top image)Toys R Us: The Joker Keychain Walmart: Lego Tumbler Miniset "Lego Batman 1 was all about Batman and Robin," explained game director Arthur Parsons in a recent Polygon interview. "Lego Batman 2 was...
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Meet Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire's Cosplay Pikachu, Mega Metagross and more

A trailer released today for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire introduces new creatures and features headed to developer Game Freak's upcoming Nintendo 3DS game. Pokémon League Champion Steven — a helpful character who doubles as the final Champion Pokémon Trainers face — will wield Mega Metagross, a beast that stands at 8 feet 2 inches tall, weighs in at 2,078.7 pounds and boasts upgraded attack, defense and speed statistics. Must Read What is the Pokémon Company? Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will also introduce Cosplay Pikachu, versions of the famous yellow critter dressed as Pikachu Belle, Pikachu Libre, Pikachu Pop Star, Pikachu Rock Star and Pikachu Ph.D. You can see them all in the gallery below. Pokémon-Amie, which allows you to play...
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