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I’m sorry, dear brothers and sisters, it seems that we’ve been fed a rupee pouch of lies. According to Nintendo, this was never going to actually happen and was built on rumors from untrustworthy sources. Odd, given the high-caliber, trustworthy sources that printed the story, but I guess someone they thought was an insider turned out to be a lying dick. Apologies for the language, friends, but this is upsetting. But what might be even more frustrating is the disjointed, roundabout way Nintendo broke this news. And it leaves us wondering…well, read on. (more…)

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In a gaming sea of rehashes, remasters, and disastrous launches, it’s great to know that we have Batman to pull us out of the gloom with a kickass new game. Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady’s finale to their critically acclaimed, much loved Arkham franchise, is one of the few releases carrying the 8th generation torch this year, almost single-handedly justifying a console upgrade. That said, it’s great to know that Rocksteady and WB Games weren’t afraid to throw some delays our way to make sure that they launch the best game possible and now, after announcing another 3 week delay, we’ve been given a final launch date and a look at some exciting new gameplay to wet our appetites. (more…)

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Thanks to a slip up on the Xbox Marketplace, the next guest fighter in NetherRealm Studios‘ highly anticipated new-gen brawler Mortal Kombat X may have been confirmed to be Predator. Given that Jason Voorhees, another classic horror icon, has already been confirmed for the game, it’s not too difficult to believe that Predator, the ultimate hunter, could be joining the expanding list of kombatants. The creature’s kick ass array of weapons and abilities would fit right in with Mortal Kombat’s brutal fighting style to be sure, and I can’t wait to see what kind of gameplay that translates into. (more…)

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In Honor of Women’s History Month (although I didn’t quite know it was Women’s History Month), Nintendo is highlighting some of everyone’s favorite female characters such as Samus Aran, Rosalina and Toadette.  Paving the way for diverse and interesting female protagonists in video games, Nintendo has picked a few of their popular leading ladies that merit this recognition for the month that honors outstanding women.

In a series of images invoking the World War II-era Rosie the Riveter posters, Nintendo calls our attention to seven leading Nintendo ladies. Tetra, Toadette, Bayonetta, Rosalina, Lucina, Samus and even Bombette each remind women that “We can do it!” (more…)

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Any button smashing fighter game is only as good as its story mode. With Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios’ next highly-anticipated installment in its legendary critically-acclaimed fighting game franchise, fans may feel indifferent.

On Friday, NetherRealm Studios presented its fifth “MKX Kombat Kast” live-stream in which they previewed story mode in Mortal Kombat X. You can now check out the gameplay footage from Episode 1, titled “Johnny Cage,” (skip to the 14:38 mark). (more…)

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I think that, if we were to rank the power fantasies of your average gamer, stepping into the metallic shoes of a giant mech and shooting idiots in the face with car-sized bullets would be quite high on the list. It should come as no surprise then that Titanfall, Respawn’s debut effort after the high-profile exodus from Infinity Ward, shipped a respectable 4 million units across all platforms. It should be even LESS surprising that these sales gave EA a robotic hard-on for more cold, hard cash in the form of a multi-platform Titanfall sequel.
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Minecraft, Mojang’s wildly successful EVERYTHING simulator, is one of modern gaming’s most profound success stories. It’s responsible for countless hours of creative, highly social fun for gamers of all ages and denominations and, for my money, is one of the greatest examples of what gaming can and should be. Turkey, at the completion of a month long investigation, begs to differ and may move to ban the game on their soil. Their argument claims that, with the need to combat mobs (on adventure mode), the game carries too heavy a focus on violence, despite its proven record as an educational and social tool. (more…)

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We’re all still coming to grips with the loss of Leonard Nimoy and people are celebrating his life and contributions in a number of ways. The day he passed away a number of fans and Star Trek Online players gathered on Vulcan to pay their respects. Cryptic Studios, the creative group behind Star Trek Online announced an in-game memorial and it went live today. (more…)

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Listen up you Kings and Queens of Simulated Rock & Roll. It would seem that it’s time to head to the landfill, or at least the basement, and collect the plastic weapons of rock you so long ago disposed of, Harmonix and Mad Catz have announced that they are bringing the dormant Rock Band franchise back from the dead. Promising that they won’t milk the franchise to death with a billion annual sequels and one-offs this time around, Harmonix intends to release Rock Band 4 as the singular entry in this console generation, calling it a new platform for their interactive music experience. (more…)

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Cryptic Studios, the creative group that runs Star Trek Online has announced the addition of an in-game memorial to both Spock and Leonard Nimoy. It’s being reported that throughout yesterday, about 1000 players traveled to the planet Vulcan in-game to pay their respects in an impromptu memorial service around the Fountain on Vulcan. (more…)