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Pokemon GO Plus Accessory Set For September Debut

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Following the runaway success of Pokemon GO, Nintendo has announced that the upcoming Pokemon GO Plus accessory for the game will officially be released in September. The accessory will retail for $34.99 at launch.

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The accessory is a small device that lets you enjoy Pokemon GO while you’re on the move and not looking at your smartphone. The device connects via Bluetooth low energy and notifies you about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokemon nearby—using an LED and vibration. Once a Pokemon is close, press the button on the device to throw a Poke Ball, though you’ll only be able to throw a Poke Ball using Pokemon GO Plus if you’ve previously caught the Pokemon before. The Pokemon GO Plus will flash and vibrate to let you know if you were successful in catching the Pokémon.

The Pokemon GO Plus will also begin to blink and vibrate whenever you’re within range of a PokeStop. Players can press the device’s button to search the PokeStop for items.

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The Official Batman The Telltale Series Trailer Is Here

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Telltale Games has officially revealed the official trailer for Batman The Telltale Series ahead of their panel at San Diego Comic-Con. In addition, they’ve confirmed the official release date for the first episode, titled “Realm of Shadows,” is August 2.

Batman The Telltale Series will be available for digital download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, iOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac. The series will be available to purchase at retailers starting September 13th in North America as a special Season Pass Disc, which will include the first of five episodes in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. The series will then be available to purchase at retailers across Europe on September 16th.

Telltale Games CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Bruner had this to say about the upcoming series: “We’ve been hard at work at Telltale creating an all-new iteration of the iconic Batman story that puts players in the suit of billionaire Bruce Wayne, just as much as it will put them behind the mask, deciding how to carefully navigate a complex drama, rich with action, crime, corruption, and villainy lurking around every corner of Gotham City. The complex life and fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne has lent itself to becoming a bold evolution of the signature ‘Telltale’ role-playing experience, and we couldn’t be more excited as we prepare to debut the series to players across the world this summer.”

Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman will feature an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Additional cast and characters will be revealed as the season progresses.

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Xbox One S Release Date Set For August 2, 2016

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At E3 last month, Microsoft officially announced that two new versions of its Xbox One console were on the way, one a little smaller and one a little more powerful; now, it has been revealed that the forthcoming petite version, the Xbox One S, will be released on August 2.

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The console is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, and includes a built-in power supply and is the first and only console that allows you to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR). With HDR support for video and gaming, Xbox One games like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Scalebound will look even better thanks to a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, bringing out the true visual depth of your favorite games.

Xbox One S also comes bundled with the new Xbox Wireless Controller featuring textured grip, improved Xbox Wireless signal and added Bluetooth support (requires Windows 10 running the Windows Anniversary Update). The controller can be purchased as a standalone item for $59.99 USD and will also be available on August 2. All Xbox One games, accessories and Xbox Live services will work with Xbox One S.

Two versions of the console will be released with options including a 1TB hard drive for $349 and a 500GB hard drive for $299 USD.

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Nintendo Announces Mini-NES Console With 30 Games Coming In November

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Nintendo of America has announced today that come November, you’ll be able to walk into a store and by a brand-new Nintendo Entertainment System. That’s right, the original NES. The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, launching in stores on November 11 at a suggested retail price of $59.99, is a near-identical, mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console and plugs directly into your high-definition TV using an included HDMI cable. The console comes complete with 30 NES games built in, including:

Balloon Fight
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario
Excitebike
Final Fantasy
Galaga
Ghosts N Goblins
Gradius
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Mario Bros.
Mega Man 2
Metroid
Ninja Gaiden
Pac-Man
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
StarTropics
Super C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

“We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.”

Each console will come packaged with a NES Classic Controller, though a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro can also be used. When connected to a Wii Remote controller, the NES Classic Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii system.

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Batman: Arkham VR

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Straight from Sony’s E3 Press Conference comes the reveal that Batman: Arkham VR will be debuting exclusively on PlayStation VR in October.

Batman: Arkham VR immerses players into the Dark Knight’s universe as they experience Gotham City through the eyes of the World’s Greatest Detective. Delving deep into an all-new Batman: Arkham mystery, those who enter this virtual reality world must think like Batman and utilize his legendary gadgets to unravel a plot that threatens the lives of his closest allies.

“Virtual reality is expanding the video game space and entertainment overall, so it is extremely exciting to have our incredible team at Rocksteady Studios dive into this new storytelling medium with the Batman Arkham franchise,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Rocksteady is one of the best at creating story-driven content, and Batman: Arkham VR will deliver a more immersive experience than anyone could have imagined only a few years ago.”

“Rocksteady is always looking for new ways to further engross players into the worlds we create and Batman: Arkham VR is an example of how we’re taking advantage of the latest technology to do that,” said Sefton Hill, Game Director, Rocksteady Studios. “The team is committed to delivering a Batman experience that stays true to the character and allows players to fully immerse themselves in the role of the World’s Greatest Detective.”

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Watch The Injustice 2 Trailer

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced Injustice 2, the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us. The newest game in development from the award-winning NetherRealm Studios features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Injustice 2 will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017.

“In Injustice 2, we are introducing new features that will change the way fans play fighting games,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “We’re always interested in pushing the genre forward and allowing players to customize and level-up their favorite DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains is a significant leap.”

“Expanding the DC Universe in games continues to be one of our top priorities, and Injustice 2 showcases amazing gameplay and an original story to bring the characters to life for players,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “NetherRealm Studios is offering fans an experience of customizing and battling with DC’s iconic characters in an entirely new way.”

Injustice 2 offers the latest DC fighting game experience that expands on the previous title’s larger-than-life showdowns. Every battle defines you in a game where players personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. For the first time gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime. In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature the classic LEGO gameplay elements fans love but also three all-new features including:

Blaster Battles – Players can now engage in intense Blaster Battles, seeking cover behind nearby objects and structures, which is a first for a LEGO game. Characters can then pop out from the safety of cover to fight enemies with blaster fire.

Multi-Builds – The enhanced Multi-Builds system allows players to choose from multiple building options to solve a puzzle and advance the game in different ways. For the first time, the same pile of LEGO bricks can be used in multiple ways, with the player building and re-building different objects for different purposes.

Flight Gameplay – Experience the thrill of high-speed, action-packed flight gameplay like never before, piloting iconic vehicles (including the legendary Millennium Falcon) through arena-based battles and dogfights in space.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. A Deluxe Edition of the title is also available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One featuring an exclusive Finn MinFig and access to the game’s season pass. PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 players will have access to exclusive downloadable content, the Droid Character Pack and the Phantom Limb Level Pack. The game will debut June 28.

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Assassin’s Creed Trailer

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! shared the action-packed world premiere trailer for Assassin’s Creed, an upcoming live action film directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth) based on Ubisoft‘s popular video game franchise. The new movie, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, is currently set to dive into theaters on December 21st, 2016.

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

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Disney Crossy Road

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Why should the chicken get all the fun?

From Hipster Whale, the makers of the original Crossy Road with over 120,000,000 downloads, and Disney comes Disney Crossy Road—an all-new take on the 8-bit endless adventure to cross the road without splatting!

Tap and swipe your way to a record-setting number of steps with 100+ Disney and Pixar figurines while dodging crazy and unexpected obstacles in the 8-bit worlds of Toy Story, Zootopia, The Lion King, The Haunted Mansion, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and more.

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– Collect over 100+ Disney and Pixar figurines, including Mickey, Donald, Buzz Lightyear, Rapunzel, Mufasa, Sadness, Wreck-It Ralph, Madame Leota, and other favorites (many with fun surprises)!

– Journey through 8-bit depictions of Al’s Toy Barn, the Pride Lands of Africa, the Haunted Mansion, San Fransokyo, and more while enjoying 8-bit versions of familiar tunes like “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King!”

– Master special themed challenges unique to each of the worlds, such as weathering blizzards, collecting cherries to earn special power-ups, avoiding thundering stampedes of wildebeest, staying clear of falling barrels, and then some!

Disney Crossy Road was released this week for iOS and Android devices.

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5 Classic Games You Can Still Play And Love Again

Retro gaming is a hugely popular industry and gamers old and new wanting to relive their classic gaming memories now have a better opportunity than ever of getting their hands on those forgotten titles from yesteryear. Whilst PC and console-based emulators did a grand job at being able to replicate the various console platforms and accompanying game titles it’s the smartphone gaming app market that has really helped boost this interest once more and here are just some of the classics you can play today.

Pac-Man

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You can’t get much more retro or indeed iconic than the classic arcade game Pac-Man. Its impact has been absolutely incredible and is often described as one of the most influential games of all time for a number of reasons. Now you can enjoy all the pellet munching, ghost dodging, cherry picking action you can handle right from your smartphone.

Super Mario Bros.

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Back in 1985 Nintendo quite literally changed the way in which we play platform-based video games by introducing us to an Italian moustached plumber named Mario. It was truly pioneering in its day and has heavily influenced platform games ever since. Since its introduction it has sold millions and seen Mario pop up in endless other Super Mario games and spin-offs.

Tetris

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This iconic Russian offering is still going strong today thanks to its simplistic gameplay which makes it thoroughly addictive. Due to its rather undemanding graphics and setup it’s a game that has been able to be redeveloped very easily for nearly every platform there has ever been making it highly versatile.

Sonic The Hedgehog

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Sega’s answer to Super Mario was of course the speedy blue hedgehog known as Sonic. He first appeared in the early 90’s and was the flagship game for the Sega Genesis. Now Sonic can continue battling the nefarious Dr Robotnik since the original games themselves have been redeveloped for the mobile market allowing you to enjoy those classic levels like the Green Hill, Spring Yard and Star Light Zones.

Online Slots

There are plenty of classic games built into online slots. You can Play Thunderstruck 2 online slot at Euro Palace as as well as other new and emerging slots. But you can now enjoy your favorite gambling pastimes anywhere and at any time since online operators have developed their most popular games for the mobile market into simple-to-use bite sized apps.

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