Use Super Mario Odyssey's Hat Possession Ability In Super Mario 64

You’ll have to wait until October 27 to play Super Mario Odyssey, but you can experiment with Mario’s new hat abilities in the 1996 release Super Mario 64, thanks to a fan mod.

A clever YouTuber named Kaze Emanuar put together a mod for Mario’s first foray into 3D platforming, which allows players to use Mario’s hat to control enemies similar to how it’s used in Super Mario Odyssey. Check out the mod in action below.

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Move Over Netflix, Watch An Endless Stream Of Speedrun Videos Instead

No matter how long it normally takes you to beat a game, watching a pro speedrun the same title is entrancing. A new website offers up a nearly endless stream of speedruns for your enjoyment.

Speedrunwr will give you a brand new speedrun video every time you visit the site. Want to know how fast you can beat Ori and the Blind Forest? Less than 48 mins. Meanwhile, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’s world record is about 1 hour and 56 minutes, so you can watch that in less time than it takes to finish one of Peter Jackson’s film. The site pulls random records from the Speedrun.com API.

If you’ve got some time to kill, Speedrunwr will lead you down some fascinating rabbit holes. Check out the Shadow of Mordor run below.

[Source: Speedrunwr via Polygon]

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GI Show – Ever Oasis, E3 Mop-Up, Top Games Fans Demand

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! Well, we’ve all recovered from E3 2017 but there are still more games to cover. First up, we have Kyle Hilliard to talk about Nintendo’s new game on the 3DS called Ever Oasis. Then we have Dan Tack to share some impressions of Final Fantasy XIV’s new expansion and some interesting DLC for his beloved Darkest Dungeon. Then Matt Miller and Matt Bertz join the show to run down some of the biggest games that we haven’t discussed yet from E3, including Call of Duty: WWII. After some great community emails, I’m joined by Jeff Marchiafava and Jeff Cork to celebrate the announcement of games like Metroid: Samus Returns and Beyond Good and Evil 2 by running down and attempting to categorize the remaining legendary games that fans are asking for. 

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 352 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show’s intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

1:40 – Ever Oasis
11:50 – Xenoblade Chronicles 2
14:20 – Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
20:05 – Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court
24:30 – Housemarque and Nex Machina
29:45 – Call of Duty: WWII
37:45 – Hunt: Showdown
43:35 – VR at E3 2017
49:55 – E3 2017’s Best Indies
57:05 – Community emails
1:34:50 – Half-Life 3, Mother 3, and the games left to want

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 Prototype Demo Focuses On Scale

Yesterday, Michel Ancel teased that a video of the Beyond Good & Evil 2 prototype would be available the next day. That would be today – and you’ll never guess what popped up online! Check out the video for an early look at the game, which focuses on its impressive scale.

The video runs through the same demo we saw at E3 last week, but it’s worth checking out. It stars the same monkey from the reveal trailer, though he’s mercifully silent. Rather than focusing on the character’s personality and the seedy world in which he lives, the demo highlights just how big the environments are. It starts with a look at the character’s mothership, which houses a smaller individual ship. From there, we see a massive statue, and zoom out to get a better sense of just how massive it really is. Ancel pulls the camera back even further, showing off a nearby city, the continent it’s on, and eventually the planet where everything we’ve seen takes place.

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There’s no real gameplay to speak of – the game itself is still extremely early in development – but Ancel points out that when it begins, players will be able to do things like deliver pizzas to earn money. While you’re on a delivery, you can explore the ships you’ve been called to, potentially discovering things like slaves and human-trafficking operations in progress. The game takes place before Jade was born, but players will still have access to a camera and can take photos of these illicit activities to complete missions.

We’ll have more on the game in the coming months. In the meantime, take a look at our feature, which recaps our impressions from seeing this demo live.

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Four Things That Set Ever Oasis Apart

Ever Oasis releases tomorrow and it’s a unique game that doesn’t have a lot of direct comparisons. For a good sampling of what makes the game stand out, you can check out the video below where we outline four things that make the game an interesting experience. If the written word is more your thing, you can find our full review here.

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To learn more things about other games, in variables of four, follow think links for Injustice 2, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Prey, Dragon Quest Heroes II, Outlast II, Persona 5, Splatoon 2, Yooka-Laylee, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Nier: Automata, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by following the links.

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Thimbleweed Park's Content Update Adds Hints, New Dialogue

Thimbleweed Park is getting a big content update, and just in time for the Steam Summer Sale. 

The first big addition is a callback to the good old days, when we had to call help lines when we were confounded by ridiculous adventure-game puzzles. Now, from any phone in the game, you can dial 4486 (HINT) to get a little tip from the HintTron 3000™ about how to proceed. 

Many fans of the first game thought it would have been fun if there were more conversations between the main characters when they were on the same screen together. The developers agreed, and they had the lead actors come back to record some more amusing dialogue. Now you’ll be able to talk to any of the living main characters.

The update is available now on Steam (where the game is now 20-percent off), and will be added to the Xbox version shortly. Android and iOS versions of the game are expected to be released later this summer.

You can read more about the new additions in a blog post from Ron Gilbert himself. 

 

Our Take:
Thimbleweed Park was a fun throwback to classic adventure games, and these new additions add to the fun. If you’re looking to scratch an adventure-game itch, I’d highly recommend it. 

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Free Titanfall 2 DLC Continues To Pack New Content

Today, Respawn announced its 6th installation of DLC for Titanfall 2, featuring new maps, a new execution, and other additional content.

The new War Games map takes players into civilian territory with a plethora of shops, high-rise buildings, and wide city streets. The map’s outskirts provide a perfect battleground for Titan conflicts, while Pilots can take to the interior, utilizing wallrunning routes and building windows for combat. A new Live Fire Map, called Traffic, is also becoming available, dropping players into a densely packed test site with two large thoroughfares for mobility.

The DLC also includes the Shadow Boxing [Holo Pilot] execution and gives Pilots a third weapon slot. Titan Brawl is becoming a permanent game mode, while a new featured mode, Free Agents, makes its debut.

For a full list of DLC additions, check here. For more Titanfall 2 DLC to come, click here.

The War Games DLC is available beginning June 27 on all platforms for free.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Could Still Come To PS4

A recent article from UK publication Daily Express has been making the rounds claiming that the game will remain an exclusive for the Xbox One. This is the quote in full:

“We also found out that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is NOT coming to PS4 but will instead remain an Xbox One exclusive.”

However, we reached out to Bluehole Studios and received a statement from the developer’s spokesperson that refutes that claim:

“We’re excited to announce that PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is coming to Xbox One. We’re always looking at various platforms to potentially introduce our game, but have nothing further to announce at this time.”

Obviously, this is not an ironclad declaration that the game will come to other platforms, but it is a refutation of the Daily Express‘s statement that the game will remain an Xbox One exclusive.

For more on Player Unknown Battlegrounds, check out our in-depth interview with the developer.

 

Our Take
Microsoft’s language about exclusives during its E3 conference was confusing, so it’s not surprising that the news of PUBG being an “exclusive” has sent mixed messages. Still, it’s good to know that a multi-platform console release is still on the table.

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Overwatch Gets Major Improvements To Loot Box And "Highlight" Systems

In a developer update, Blizzard addressed some of the gripes Overwatch players have had with the game’s loot box and highlight features.

The Overwatch team added a new “Recently Captured” tab to the Highlights menu, where players would previously go to see what the game thought were their best plays from their last five matches. Now, you can bind a key to record up to 32 of your own highlights.

On console, these clips can be downloaded to the system’s native media library. On PC, highlights can be downloaded and output in 4K, 60 frames-per-second on any computer, regardless of its specs.

Loot boxes are also seeing significant improvements. Blizzard has “drastically” reduced the rate of duplicates, and to compensate for the amount of currency players would earn from pulling the same item twice, the overall amount of credits players will draw from loot boxes will increase.

These changes are live now on the PTR.

And, if you want to empathize with our frustrations with the old loot-box system, watch us open 25 Anniversary loot boxes.

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Our Take
It’s ironic that these changes affect the least important systems to the overall Overwatch experience, yet seem like a bigger deal than some of the game’s major gameplay balance changes. Now when my calculated Reinhardt push gets snubbed for a D.Va ult triple kill for Play of the Game, I can record it and send it to my teammates to compensate.

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Hearthstone Update Aims To Keep Legendary Cards Fresh

Duplicate cards are one of life’s annoyances, at least for Hearthstone players. Blizzard has heard from fans and is incorporating some changes to the way cards are distributed, which will be a boon for those who are looking to add more legendaries to their decks.

Once the update goes live, any legendary card you own or gain from a new pack will be removed from the distribution pool until you have all the legendary cards from that set. You’ll also be guaranteed to get a legendary card within the first 10 packs of a new set, starting with the next expansion. 

Check out the video below for complete details.

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In addition to these upcoming changes, Blizzard has announced a deal for Journey to Un’Goro card packs. For a limited time, players will get bonus packs with purchased bundles – two extra packs with seven-pack bundles; five additional packs with the 15-pack bundles; and a dozen extra with the 40-pack bundles. The PC-exclusive 60 pack option gets a bonus 18 packs, too.

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