Hasbro and Nintendo Announce Super Mario-Themed Monopoly

Hasbro and Nintendo have announced a new Monopoly edition, Monopoly Gamer, which mixes the traditional gameplay of Monopoly with a variety of characters, special abilities, and other themes directly from the Super Mario franchise.

Fan-favorites such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach, and Yoshi appear as character tokens, each bringing a unique Power-up ability that introduces new strategic elements to the game. For example, landing on the Super Star space activates Peach’s Super Star ability, allowing her to collect rent from the bank. Monopoly Gamer also adds the Power-up die which, when activated, provides boosts for players as they battle familiar bosses and compete against one another.

Check out a thorough explanation of the game below.

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The standard edition of Monopoly Gamer becomes available in August with a price point of $29.99. Additional character tokens like Luigi, Boo, and Diddy Kong will be sold separately in Power Packs for $2.99 each.

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PlayStation Plus July Line-Up Includes Until Dawn, Telltale's Game Of Thrones

Sony has announced next month’s PlayStation Plus freebies, and it looks like it’s going to be a mostly strong line-up. Some standout games include two choice-driven titles, Supermassive’s thriller Until Dawn and Telltale’s Game of Thrones.

You can view the full line-up below:

  • Until Dawn (PS4)
  • Game of Thrones (PS4)
  • Tokyo Jungle (PS3)
  • Darkstalkers Resurrection (PS3)
  • Element4l (PS Vita)
  • Don’t Die, Mr. Robot (PS Vita, cross-buy on PS4)

Telltale’s Game of Thrones includes the complete six episodes. Additionally, Sony noted that That’s You, a party game on PS4 about getting to know your friends better, will be available for free for all PlayStation Plus members from July 4 to October 24. To view June’s PlayStation Plus freebies, which are still available until the end of the month, head here.

[Source: PlayStation]

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Check Out Some Exclusive Heroes Of Skyrim Card Reveals

Tomorrow, The Elder Scrolls: Legends gets a new expansion featuring over 150 new cards from the legendary Skyrim universe. As you would expect, many familiar faces make an appearance alongside dragons and shouts! We’ve got some new cards to share with you before things get rolling tomorrow.

We’re talking Skyrim, so why not start  off with a dragon?

Not exactly the craziest card in the batch, but it hits so hard out the gate that you can just use it like a big removal spell if you have to. Otherwise, taking out something smaller and then resting in the shadow lane before you can attack with a significant punch looks pretty good!

Next up is a big one. Emperor Titus Mede II.

If this guy gets rolling (preferably played in the relative safety of the shadow lane), he can form his own lineup of beefed-up protective troops that will keep him safe, ensuring his effect keeps going off. Build up a huge army of guards!

Finally, we have an iconic shout. Shouts level up and change their effects each time they are played and are new for this expansion. There are other ways to level up shouts too, which should create some interesting strategic scenarios where you want to find the perfect effect for a certain situation.

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Pinball FX3 Plays Old Tables, Adds New Features

This summer Zen Studios is starting a new platform for its pinball tables on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC – Pinball FX3 – and along with it come your old tables you’ve already purchased as well as some single- and multiplayer features.

First off, the developer says that most of your old tables from Pinball FX2 and Pinball FX will migrate over for free, and these then integrate Pinball FX3’s new features. These include multiplayer matchups, leagues, user-generated tournaments, and more. There will also be single-player features designed to help you become a better pinball player.

More details on the platform, including its three day-one tables from a new IP partner, are coming in the future.

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Our Take
Very excited that the platform is also including tutorial-like features, as I could use some help beyond the already useful menu-based table guides.

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Inside & Limbo Retail Combo Releasing This Fall

Revered indie titles Inside and Limbo from developer Playdead are getting a retail combo pack this fall (courtesy of 505 Games), along with some extras.

The pack, priced at $29.99, comes out on September 12 for PS4 and Xbox One, and includes a limited-run poster and an art card.

In other recent, related Playdead news, Playdead co-founder and ex-CEO Dino Patti has started a new company that’s working on an original IP.

[Source: 505 Games]

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Resident Evil 6 & More Coming To Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has announced the next wave of games coming to the Xbox Game Pass subscription for July, including Resident Evil 6 and Dead Island Definitive Edition.

Joining them are F1 2015, The Flame in the Flood, Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition, Bard’s Gold, Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine, and Payday 2. Furthermore, from July 1 to July 16, all Payday 2 add ons are 25 percent off.

Today’s announcement did not specify if these July titles were replacing any existing titles in the service.

[Source: Microsoft]

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The SNES Classic Edition In Japan Has A Different Look And A Different Library

Yesterday’s big news was Nintendo’s announcement of the SNES Classic Edition and its inclusion of Star Fox 2. Coincidentally, the system is also coming out in Japan, and it will be a little different.

Unsurprisingly, the Japanese Classic Edition is modeled after the Japanese Super Famicom and it has a slightly different library. The Japanese versions loses EarthBound, Kirby’s Dream Course, Super Castlevania IV, and Super Punch-Out!! but gains Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Panel de Pon (Tetris Attack), and Super Soccer. Both systems will include Star Fox 2.

The SNES Classic Edition releases September 29 for $79.99.

[Source: Nintendo Japan]

 

Our Take
Makes sense that different regions will be getting different games. Personally, I am happy with the North America selection, mostly because of EarthBound. That seems like a big loss for Japan.

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The Pokémon Anime's First Season Is Now Available To Own Digitally For The First Time

The series has been available on DVD and through some subscription streaming services for some time, but now the show is available to purchase digitally.

You can buy it here, here, or here to watch the show from the very beginning.

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The next big Pokémon release, in terms of video games, will be Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon on 3DS, which you can read more about here.

 

Our Take
I always appreciate having more options for owning shows like this. I’m surprised it has taken this long for the show to be available this way, frankly.

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Overwatch League Ramping Up With 'Scouting Report' Of Top Players

First announced at last year’s Blizzcon, The Overwatch League has been in its developmental stages for a long time. But after slow ramp up and a few international leagues, the main event is one step closer to getting started.

Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer posted an update on the league’s official website, detailing a “scouting report” that hopes to survey and gather the game’s best talent into teams and compete in the league. Today the league sent out a survey to “a select group of top players from around the world,” who have the option to include their data in the scouting report. In order to qualify players for the survey, the league used a set of criteria:

  • “A top-500 finish in Competitive Play (based on Skill Rating) in Overwatch Seasons 3 or 4 for any region”
  • “A playoff finish in recent high-caliber tournaments such as APEX Season 2 or Premier Series 2017 Spring, or an invitation to Pacific Championship 2017 Season 1”
  • “Other distinguishing qualifications indicative of top-tier talent, including but not limited to membership on an established professional Overwatch team”
  • A Blizzard account in good standing
  • Legal requirements, including age and eligibility to participate in professional competition

Players in the survey are asked if they’re interested in participating in the league, about their experiences, and permission for the Overwatch League to share their info with the teams they’re working with to build the league. The league hopes to use this data to help teams have a good, workable roster to draft from. Teams are encouraged to use the information from the scouting report, but can draft players from other sources as well. Being part of the survey does not guarantee a player a spot in the league.

Nanzer ends the post by letting the community know the league is listening to fans, and promises more information on the league is “coming soon.”

 

Our Take
The scouting report is perfectly in line with Blizzard’s attempts to be as transparent with its esports titles as possible, and it’s good to see it detailing its process. That said, I’m offended that I wasn’t called to participate in the survey, even though I haven’t played an Overwatch match in about a month and a half.

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The Tone Of Anthem's Story Will Be 'Very Much Like Star Wars,' Says BioWare

Though we only know a few details about BioWare’s upcoming shooter/RPG Anthem (like that Mass Effect 1 and 2 leader writer Drew Karpyshyn is working on it), we at least know it’s a sci-fi game. What we didn’t know, however, was what kind of sci-fi it is.

In a recent interview with Canada’s CBC News, BioWare Edmonton general manager Aaryn Flynn mentioned the game would be a “science fantasy” game, leaning away from the harder sci-fi of Mass Effect and more into the fantastical tone of other sci-fi stories. According to Flynn, the Anthem is “very much like Star Wars, very much like the Marvel universe, where you see a lot of amazing things happening.”

“Mass Effect is more our real hardcore science fiction IP,” Flynn said. “This one is much more about just having fun in a game world that is lush and exotic and really sucks you in.”

Flynn also said much of the game’s inspiration comes from the people who made it. “We’ve had folks who have moved into Canada, who are immigrants, and so often those stories find their way in,” Flynn said. We have LGBTQ members, and those stories make their way into the game.”

[Source: CBC via PCGamer]

 

Our Take
I think I prefer Mass Effect’s harder sci-fi in general, but I’m okay with a change of pace if BioWare can pull it off.

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