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Nintendo lets indie studio make a Zelda game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 mins ago

Brace Yourself Games, the devs behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, are making a groovin' action game in the Zelda series.

 

 

Nintendo is typically fiercely protective over its IPs--sometimes to a fault--so when it lets an indie studio create a game in something as big as the Zelda series, it says a lot. Introducing Cadence of Hyrule, a new spritely beat-based adventure set in the mystical land of Hyrule. The game is very much like Crypt of the Necrodancer but with a fantasy twist: not only does it take place in that beloved world of yore with its castles, moblins, armos knights, and fearsome bosses, but Link and Zelda are playable characters. And they both have some serious moves.

 

Cadence of Hyrule features 25 randomly generated dungeons and a shifting overworld to match, complete with unique movesets, weapons, items, and content found in The Legend of Zelda franchise. Since indies are a huge hit on the Switch, this move lets Nintendo earn some cash via licensing, create more brand awareness for its core franchises, and help promote a strong indie in the process. The game is set to release in Spring 2019 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

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Intel teases its graphics card in prototype renders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 hour, 13 mins ago

Intel hosted some members of a newly-formed graphics card community, a group of people surfing the hype wave of Intel's upcoming launch of graphics card for both the professional and gaming markets.

 

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The Odyssey event was held during GDC 2019 in San Francisco, with a few different concept designs teased that fans have submitted. Intel being this confident showing off concept designs leads me to hoping that they actually use them, even if we get a launch of a few different SKUs, the same card/specs but different designs would be cool.

 

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They look very similar to the shown-off-but-never-released Radeon Vega Nano, which Chris Hook showed off leading up to the launch of Vega. Hook is now working at Intel in pretty much the same role he held at RTG, and now we're seeing Vega Nano-like designs from Intel's upcoming graphics cards. Funny that.

 

We can see the designs showing off a traditional blade fan design which has lots of people sighing in relief, with some slick textures used on one of the designs. The main Intel Xe graphics card prototype looks identical to the designs from Cristiano Siqueira that was teased in 2018.

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Nintendo shows off Switch VR kits in action

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 2 hours, 52 mins ago

Nintendo's handheld-console hybrid is getting virtual reality support...but it's not a dedicated headset. VR will be a constructive Labo kit with many transforming iterations.

 

 

Nintendo recently announced its Labo VR kits for the Switch, showing a refreshing new take on a rather niche market. Switch Labo VR kits see gamers building their own interactive toy-like peripherals including a bazooka blaster, an elephant faceplate with flexible trunk, and even a bird. JoyCons are slotted into the tough cardboard creations for motion tracking, and the Switch gets combined with a VR goggles attachment that slots into each Toy-Con creation.

 

Each cardboard creation is a kind of makeshift controller that has its own game, complete with 360-degree viewing and interactivity. As demonstrated in Nintendo's recent Labo VR deep dive video, the Toy-Cons do some nifty and rather goofy things to bring small slices of delight to consumers. There's a wind pedal you stomp on to jump as a frog in a puzzle game. There's a bazooka you use to shoot fruit into hippos mouths with. There's even a bird creation that has you soaring the skies.

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Anthem made $3.5 million in microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 23 mins ago

BioWare's big new IP sold quite well on PS4 and Xbox One at launch, but its long-term monetization could falter.

 

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To survive, all live service games need to correctly monetize their audiences. Whether it be with lootboxes, cosmetics or even subscriptions (or a combination of all three), these online-only experiences need continual funding to make them worthwhile in publishers' eyes. Companies like EA and Activision-Blizzard put up tens of millions to create the games and they expect profits over time. Anthem follows this same requisite path, but BioWare's new game may have a have a longevity problem.

 

According to latest stats from analyst firm SuperData, Anthem made $100 million in digital revenue on PS4 and Xbox One. But only $3.5 million, or 3.5% of that sum, is earned from its optional cosmetic microtransactions on two platforms that are specifically geared towards monetization. This is actually impressive for launch figures. But the real problem these earnings probably won't remain consistent. They're likely the result of the launch-hype spurt. Anthem's litany of problems have pushed gamers to other titles like The Division 2, and the game is already at a critical re-engagement point--most service games take 3-5 months before big issues arise.

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Nintendo's top 10 best-selling Indie titles on the Switch

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 23 mins ago

During 2019's Game Developers Conference, Nintendo revealed the top 10 best-selling indie games on the Nintendo Switch.

 

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If you own a Nintendo Switch then you understand that Indie titles at absolutely imperative to the handheld console. The portability of the console makes for some of the games mentioned here to be just that much better, as Nintendo Switch users can enjoy them whenever and wherever they so choose.

 

The list is in no particular order, nor do we have any confirmation to how many copies each of the titles mentioned have sold. The list consists of the following titles; Stardew Valley, Hollow Knight, Overcooked 2, Undertale, Dead Cells, Enter the Gungeon, Graceful Explosion Machine, Celeste, Golf Store, Overcooked!. Each of the titles mentioned here come with their own respective merits and certainly have lived up to expectations from the community.

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Official Assassin's Creed III Remastered PC specs revealed

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 22 mins ago

Ubisoft has issued out the official Assassin's Creed III Remastered PC specifications, detailing what is required to run the coming remastered title.

 

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The requirements have been released onto the official Ubisoft blog through a post that details the minimum and recommended PC specifications. Since the Assassin's Creed III Remastered features a new graphics engine that can support HDR and 4K textures, players may need more higher-end PC components to enjoy the title in all its glory.

 

In the entirety of this post I have provided both the minimum and recommended PC requirements for hitting certain resolutions at specific framerates. Assassin's Creed III Remastered will be released on March 29th for PC and consoles. The Nintendo Switch version is planned for about a month later, will release on May 21st. For more information, visit the official Ubisoft website here.

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Streamer beats 5 Soulsborne games with no hits by enemies

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 23 mins ago

A Twitch streamer posed a monumental task to himself, 'beating all the Soulsborne games without taking a single hit'. Long story short, he did it and hugged his dog shortly afterwards.

 

 

Fancy deciding to not only beat one Souls game without taking a hit, but instead taking on five of them, and if you take any form of damage that isn't self-imposed you restart back at the first game. Well, that is exactly what The Happy Hob decided to do in what he has called the "God Run" of all of the Dark Souls games, Demon Souls and Bloodborne.

 

The Happy Hob beat the games in this order; Bloodborne, Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls, Demon's Souls and Dark Souls 3. The full five-game roulette took the streamer over 16 hours to complete, the final moments are captured in the above video. We can see the last remaining 47 seconds of the Dark Souls III final boss fight, after Hob beats the boss he lets out a well deserved cry "Soulsborne no-hit run! We did it!". Shortly afterwards he begins to cry with happiness and hugs his dog. Now that is pure a mechanical god if I have ever seen one.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Cuphead's should join the roster

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 21 hours, 23 mins ago

Cuphead, the indie hit success has had its co-creator voice his desires of having both Cuphead and Mugman joining the Super Smash Bros Ultimate fighting roster.

 

 

After yesterdays announcement of Cupheads coming to the Nintendo Switch with Mircosoft's Xbox LIVE features, some more information has come out from the games co-creator. While at 2019's Game Developers Conference, GameInformer got a chance to speak with Nintendo's Manager of Publisher and developer relations, Kirk Scott. Scott was also joined by Cuphead's co-creator, Jared Moldenhauer and they begun to discuss the possibility of Cuphead's joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster.

 

Here is what Moldenhauer had to say about the matter; "I've dreamed of Smash Bros. [Cuphead and Mugman] belong in there. So basically if fans want it, I couldn't see how Nintendo wouldn't want the fans to get what they wanted. I think they would because they support their fans a lot . . . So if Nintendo was keeping their fans happy, then I'd be more than pleased to make that the easiest transition. Just a piece of paper, we don't need anything. You can have those characters make an appearance."

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Mortal Kombat 11 paid beta features 5 fighters, no Sub-Zero

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 22 mins ago

The official beta trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 has been released, it showcases what playable fighters will available in the beta and the dates for how long the beta will be.

 

 

Mortal Kombat 11 developers, NetherRealm Studios have released the beta trailer onto their official Mortal Kombat YouTube Channel. Beta access will only be available to those who have pre-ordered a full copy of Mortal Kombat 11. From the above video we can see that 5 fighters will be available for those get to get their hands-on the next legendary fighting game.

 

Players will be able to step into the shoes of the following 5 fighters; Scorpion, Skarlet, Jade, Kabal and Baraka. Each of the characters will have many custom character variants. My first thought after watching this was where is Scorpions counter-part - Sub Zero? And why did they leave him out? A shame really, as I assumed these two always come as a pair. Beta players will also have access to the Klassic Tower mode. The Mortal Kombat 11 closed beta will be running from March 28th - 31st. To pre-order a copy of Mortal Kombat 11, check out the official website here.

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Digital-only Xbox One has 1TB HDD, includes three games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Microsoft is making a digital-only Xbox that's designed as a low-cost gateway to its lucrative services, and sources say it'll release in May.

 

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Sources tell Windows Central that Microsoft's digital-only Xbox One S (dubbed the rather awful Xbox One S All-Digital Edition) will release May 7, 2019. The system will come with a 1TB hard drive and three first-party games that're all designed for long-term monetization: Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, and Minecraft. The games won't be pre-loaded and must be downloaded with codes.

 

The new disc-less system is Microsoft's attempt to push gamers permanently into its billion-dollar digital empire. The console isn't an underpowered box though: it has the exact same slim frame as the retail Xbox One S, and the exact same specs. It's not a hardware refresh. The only thing that's different is its missing disc drive, and a lower retail cost. Nothing's been confirmed, but we expect the digital-only Xbox One S to retail for $150 or thereabouts.

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