WWE 2K18 Hitting The Switch

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WWE 2K18 Hitting The Switch

Seth Rollins broke the news that after a Wii U-sized hiatus, the WWE series is finally coming back to a Nintendo home system. WWE 2K18 is coming to the Switch the same day as the other systems – October 17.

WWE 2K18 introduces a host of features, including 8-person matches, an extensive customization suite (including for matches, superstars, arenas, and videos), full stories for your MyCareer and MyPlayer, and more. The game is also bringing on new systems for grapples and carries, weight reduction, and a new rendering engine.

Comparing the features mentioned in the Switch press release (source link below) and this earlier official blog, it looks like so far the Switch version has all the features of the PS4 and Xbox One editions.

Oculus Rift Bundle On Sale For $399

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Oculus Rift Bundle On Sale For $399

If you've been interested in checking out VR but the price has given you pause, you're in luck. Oculus has put a Rift bundle on sale, featuring the unit, Touch controls, several games, and more, for about $200 off the regular price.

The bundle is available for $399, both on its official store and via participating retailers. The promotion is part of Oculus' Summer of Rift, which will feature daily deals on games for Rift and Gear VR.

On the software front, the bundle includes Dead and Buried, Lucky's Tale, Medium, Quill, Robo Recall, and Toy Box. If you do pick up a unit at retail, you also get $100 in Oculus Store credit.  

Limited Edition Destiny 2 PS4 Pro Bundle Coming

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Limited Edition Destiny 2 PS4 Pro Bundle Coming

Sony has announced a limited edition PS4 Pro bundle for Destiny 2 in sparkling glacier white.

The bundle is available when the game launches on September 6, and includes the system (with a 1TB HDD), a white controller, the game, and a voucher for a digital content pack that includes the expansion pass and premium digital content.

The bundle runs at $449.99, and can now be pre-ordered.

Nioh's Defiant Honor DLC Coming This Month

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Nioh's Defiant Honor DLC Coming This Month

Developer Team Ninja has announced the second DLC for Nioh, entitled Defiant Honor, and it's coming on July 25.

The DLC features William as he sets upon the forces of the Toyotomi clan, who have built a stronghold to attack Osaka castle in the winter. The plot sounds like a continuation of the events in the Dragon of the North DLC.

Naturally, Defiant Honor contains new weapons, missions, difficulty levels, guardian spirits, yokai, and more. It's available for free with the season pass or for $9.99 alone.

Did You Know Gaming Talks Castlevania Trivia This Week

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Did You Know Gaming Talks Castlevania Trivia This Week

Hot on the heels of the new Castlevania Netflix series and an important revelation about the series fans uncovered, Did You Know Gaming delves into all things Castlevania this week.

The video details how the name of the protagonist in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow came from a canceled Dreamcast Castlevania game, how some of the Symphony of the Night's characters came from another canceled Castelvania game, and which Castlevania game had to undergo the most changes before coming to the West from Japan.

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Nintendo Leads Game Industry Spending On TV Ads For June

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Nintendo Leads Game Industry Spending On TV Ads For June

Nintendo's first-year strategy for the Switch having at least one major title every month (Breath of the Wild in March, Mario Kart 8 in April, MineCraft and Ultra Street Fighter II in May, etc.). And as the Summer ramps up and more original first-party titles like Arms and Splatoon 2 begin to hit, that plan also involves spending more money on TV ads than any other video game publisher.

GamesBeat and iSpot.tv have partnered to release a report detailing which game companies spent the most on TV advertisements in June, and Nintendo is far and away the leader. Making up 29.6 percent of the industry's spending on TV ads, the company spent an estimated $6.6 million on ads that aired that total of 2,500 times, across the NBA finals, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, and Comedy Central. PlayStation products took second, making up 16.5 percent of total spending on ads with an estimated $3.7 million across adds spend 494 times. Bethesda, Machine Zone (creators of Game of War) and King make up the rest of the top five, while other companies made up a total of 29.6 percent (the same as Nintendo's share).

For a more detail breakdown, make sure to read the full report.

Developer Sends Fan Real Copy Of Fake Firewatch Book

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Developer Sends Fan Real Copy Of Fake Firewatch Book

One of the frequently amusing parts of Firewatch was how dedicated it was to fleshing out the world of its late-80s tale. The game was littered with bits of worldbuilding such as fake novels, which developer Campo Santo later made into real notebooks fans could buy. In those notebooks were fake pages that contained fake order forms that had various other fake novel titles. One fan decided to actually fill out the (expired) order form and purchase of copy of Love at First Site with real money, so Camp Santo did they only thing it could: Make the book.

As Campo Santo details on its blog, the developer got the order from a fan (named Ryan) and set out to re-create the novel (save for writing the actual novel). "A few hours of illustration by Claire Hummel, a few more hours of design by Jake Rodkin and a little elbow grease in the form of creative writing by me," writes Campo Santo's Sean Vanaman, "and voilà, one copy of Love at First Site, ready for our friend Ryan."

The notebook includes the front cover for Love at First Site, a back cover with a short synopsis of the plot, and a letter telling Ryan his was the last copy in the warehouse, which means no other copies of the "book" will ever be made. "Unless you’re Stanley Tucci," writes Vanaman. "We would definitely do it for him."

Shadow Of War's Voice Cast Includes Kumail Nanjiani, Pollyanna McIntosh

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Shadow Of War's Voice Cast Includes Kumail Nanjiani, Pollyanna McIntosh

Warner Bros. has announced the major voice cast for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and it includes a mix of Hollywood and video game voice acting talent.

The headliners include Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick, Mass Effect 2) Pollyanna McIntosh (The Walking Dead, Dante's Inferno), and Alastair Duncan (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Westworld, Fire Emblem Fates), who returns as Celebrimbor. Troy Baker will also reprise his role as protagonist Talion, while Laura Bailey voices Eltariel, a new assassin character.

If these actors sound appealing, you can catch all of these actors (save for Duncan) at the San Diego Comic Con, where they'll be joined by Shadow of War director Michael de Plater and Critical Role's Matt Mercer.

Warframe's Open-World Expansion, Plains Of Eidolon, Coming Later This Year

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Warframe's Open-World Expansion, Plains Of Eidolon, Coming Later This Year

Warframe has come a long way since its initial launch back in November of 2013. Since then the game has seen a number of facelifts, updates and content that have transformed it into something bigger than its initial offering. But the game's latest expansion, Plains of Eidolon, sees it expand into something else entirely.

Instead of having players take on a series of procedurally-generated missions, Plains of Eidolons drops players into a larger open world (which developer Digital Extremes calls "Landscapes") where they can interact with up to 49 other players. From a central town, players can tackle missions and explore the world at their leisure, finding loot and new quests along the way. This makes the game look like less like a mission-based shooter and more of an MMO/shooter hybrid, similar to Destiny. The expansion is set to release in 2017.

Digital Extremes showed of an extended gameplay demo of Plains of Eidolon and their TennoCon event, highlighting the detailed new environments and all the things players will be able to do. You can watch the demo below.

Super Mario Run Surpasses 150 Million Downloads

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Super Mario Run Surpasses 150 Million Downloads

Seven months after its debut, Super Mario Run has been downloaded 150 million times, making it an incredibly successful app in terms of popularity. But as a free-to-play title, the real question becomes: How many of those downloads lead to actual purchases?

As Pocketgamer.biz reports, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed the game has been purchased by fewer than 10 percent of the people who've downloaded it. "This may be due to the price or the payment methods, so in the future we will consider not only a single set price, but other methods that incorporate a wider variety of elements to allow as many consumers as possible to play," Kimishima said.

Kimishima also notes Fire Emblem Heroes, the company's other major mobile franchise  has made more money for Nintendo despite its smaller 15 million download number. Rather than have players make a single larger purchase of $10, Fire Emblem heroes has players make several smaller in-app purchases in order to get better heroes for their army. The company will be applying the lesson it has learned from these to titles to its upcoming Animal Crossing mobile game, though it did not announce when that title would release.