Reminder: Today's The Last Day To Grab Two Free Xbox Live Games With Gold

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Reminder: Today's The Last Day To Grab Two Free Xbox Live Games With Gold

We're midway through January, which means that a couple games will exit rotation from Xbox Live Games With Gold. If you're a Gold member, today's your last chance to grab Outlast and Double Fine's The Cave.

Outlast is available on Xbox One, and The Cave is playable on Xbox 360. These two titles will be replaced with Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition (Xbox One) and Rayman Origins (Xbox One, Xbox 360). You can view the entire January 2017 line-up here.

[Update] Nintendo Switch Supports SDXC Memory Cards Up To 2TB

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[Update] Nintendo Switch Supports SDXC Memory Cards Up To 2TB

Update 1/14/2017: In a statement to Game Informer, a Nintendo representative clarified that the Switch will be compatible with SDXC cards, allowing the system to hold up to 2TB of memory. You can find the full statement below.

“Nintendo Switch is compatible with the SDXC standard, which supports up to 2TB. (Note that 2TB cards are not yet on the market, but the system will support them when they are.)”

1TB SDXC cards are still a ways off for most consumers as well, having been unveiled as recently as last September. Currently, the largest available SDXC cards hold 512GB of storage and retail for $200 on the low end.

Grasshopper's Switch Game Will Be The First Suda 51-Directed Title In 10 Years

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Grasshopper's Switch Game Will Be The First Suda 51-Directed Title In 10 Years

Suda 51 had a bit of an odd presentation at this week's Nintendo Switch event. He said he wanted to make a game with No More Heroes protagonist Travis Touchdown in it, but didn't say it would be a new entry in the No More Heroes series. He talked about what he wants to do with the Switch, but didn't show anything.

In an interview with 4Gamer, however, Suda shed some light the game's release date, as well as his role in the game's development. When asked if the game will be No More Heroes 3, he declined to answer, but said that, "the script will be completely written by me, and for the first time in 10 years, I’m also doing the direction.” As to how far he is in directing and writing up the game's plot he says that "while I haven’t written it down to the plot, the overall picture and essential parts have been solidified."

Also involved with the game is Yuusuke Kozaki, who designed the characters for No More Heroes 1 and 2: Desperate Struggle (and who drew the image of Travis seen at the Switch presentation). Finally, Suda mentioned the game will not release this year, and that's still very early on in development.

Reader Discussion – How Do You Feel About The Switch?

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Reader Discussion – How Do You Feel About The Switch?

Okay, so we have a better picture of what the Switch will end up being. We know the basics. We have a good idea of what Nintendo's first-year lineup for the console looks like. Here at Game Informer, we've talked about it, got our hands on it, and played Breath of the Wild, what looks to be the only standout title in the launch lineup.

How do we all feel? For me, it's complicated. I was probably going to get one for work anyway, but I think even if it wasn't part of my job, I still would have stayed up way too late waiting for pre-order pages to load. I really only need one game to tide me over until the next comes, and Zelda looks like it will do that just fine. But, I can't say I'm a little disappointed by the lineup the features otherwise. The joycons don't look fun to hold, the Pro Controller is a bit overpriced, and, I'm still concerned that it will once again be up to Nintendo to make sure I'll have something to play on the thing regularly, which hasn't worked out as well for the company in recent years. I was this close to being on board with Nintendo's paid online service until I saw that you won't be able to keep the NES and SNES games the service offers for free.

Arc System Works Developing Guilty Gear Update For Arcades, Two Games For Switch

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Arc System Works Developing Guilty Gear Update For Arcades, Two Games For Switch

Announced at this year's Arc System Works Fighting Game Award event, Guilty Gear: Xrd's "Rev 2" (Revelator 2) update should give fans of the series something to get excited for in 2017.

The update will add two new characters, Answer and Baiken. "Business Ninja" Answer is a previously unplayable character who appeared the Xrd's story mode, while Baiken is a returning character who wields a Katana while wearing an eyepatch. Both will receive their own episodes in the story mode, as will Jam, Raven, Kum, and Dizzy, who were previously added in the first Revelator update for Xrd. 

Along with the new characters, (which you can check out in the trailer below), Rev 2 will offer a host of balance changes. The update will release in Japanese arcades in Spring of this year, but will come to the West on consoles eventually, according to Arc System Works' Twitter account.

Capcom Talks Ultra Street Fighter II's New Characters, Gameplay On Nintendo Treehouse Stream

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Capcom Talks Ultra Street Fighter II's New Characters, Gameplay On Nintendo Treehouse Stream

Unveiled at this week's Nintendo Switch event in New York, Ultra Street Fighter II will bring the most iconic fighting game ever made to Switch. But a lot of that legacy has to do with its place in history, and it's been a long time since the game's original 1992 release. During yesterday's Nintendo Treehouse livestream showcasing some of the Switch's key titles, producer Yoshinori Ono and a panel of Capcom and Nintendo representatives offered a few details about makes this version of the game so "Ultra."

First, they mentioned that although the game looks reminiscent of Street Fighter 2's last version, HD Remix, that latter's changes to gameplay in HD Remix, making the game play more like the Super Turbo iteration instead (whether this means players have the option to turn of the HD Remix changes or if the game foregoes them entirely is unclear). However, in keeping with modern fighting games, the game will have online multiplayer.

More Concept Art, Holographic Signs Emerge For Canceled Star Wars Darth Maul Game

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More Concept Art, Holographic Signs Emerge For Canceled Star Wars Darth Maul Game

Back in 2014, Game Informer unearthed the story of a canceled Darth Maul game from Red Fly Stuido (now Gaming Corp Austin), including early prototype footage, art, and concepts. The game was set to be a bloodier, darker approach on third-person action of the Force Unleashed series, but never came to be due to a number of practical and business issues.

Now, new artwork for the game has emerged on art community website ArtStation showing what the game could have looked liked, courtesy of Thomas Szakolczay, who worked on the game. Along with the usual concept art and character renders are a few videos of some of the neon signage from the game. You can find videos and art below, and find more on the ArtStation post.

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Nintendo Will Not Bring Miiverse, Streetpass To Switch

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Nintendo Will Not Bring Miiverse, Streetpass To Switch

Add one more thing to what we know about the Nintendo Switch: It won't have Miiverse or Streetpass support.

Speaking with GamesBeat at yesterday's Switch event in New York, David Young, assistant manager of public relations for Nintendo of America, confirmed the Wii U and 3DS' most prominent social features (which let users post about their favorite games or earn coins by encountering other players) will not be crossing over to the new console. "I can answer that we're not going to be using Miiverse for Nintendo Switch," Young said.

Instead, the Switch will be using established social media networks to share images and video. It will also be using an app to manager friends lists, party and game invites, and parental controls.

Bandai Namco To Bring Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Tales Series, More To Switch

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Bandai Namco To Bring Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Tales Series, More To Switch

Amidst the numerous announcements of games coming to Switch, Bandai Namco announced it will be bringing a number of previously-announced and new titles to Nintendo's new console.

First, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will be coming to Switch. Though the anime fighting game released last November on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, the Switch version will include local co-op (previous version only had the option to play local competitive multiplayer).

No official release date was given, but the company did mention it plans to bring a few other series to the console, specifically mentioning the Tales and Taiko Drum Master series, though it did not specify whether this would mean these would be ports of existing titles or new entries.

What To Watch This Weekend: Games Done Quick, Counter-Strike, And Street Fighter II

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What To Watch This Weekend: Games Done Quick, Counter-Strike, And Street Fighter II

This may be the last week we have before games start hitting on the regular. Next week we have a bevy of new releases, and the release calendar doesn't look like it'll be slowing down for a while. In the meantime, though, there's plenty of stuff to watch this weekend.

Awesome Games Done Quick will have its finale today, but that still means we have hours and hours of speedruns left before the concluding Undertale speedrun. (Stream / Schedule)

Later today marks the return of 2 Old 2 Furious, a tournament series highlight older Capcom fighting games like Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 2, and Street Fighter EX2 Alpha Plus. So if you bemoan the state of modern fighters and want to see some retro fighter action, the action starts at 5pm Central. (Stream)