New Super Mario Bros. And Mega Man Battle Network 3 Now Available On Wii U Virtual Console

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Handheld games from the past take over the Wii U Virtual Console this week. In addition to Nintendo bringing the classic platformer New Super Mario Bros. from the Nintendo DS, Capcom's Mega May continues with two of Mega Man's simultaneous Game Boy Advance releases.

You can now grab New Super Mario Bros. for your Wii U for $9.99, while Mega Man Battle Network 3 White and Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue are available for $7.99 each. New Super Mario Bros. was released in 2006 on Nintendo DS and served as a throwback to the original style of Super Mario Bros. games with several visual and gameplay enhancements. The game was so successful that it spawned successors on Wii and Wii U, and a true sequel on the 3DS in 2012.

Mega Man Battle Network 3 White/Blue are two real-time tactical RPGs released at the same time in 2002 on Game Boy Advance. The two versions are the same in terms of gameplay and content, but each version presents players with different items within the game.

With Mad Max: Fury Road Out Now, Get Caught Up On Our Coverage Of The Upcoming Mad Max Game

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With Mad Max: Fury Road Out Now, Get Caught Up On Our Coverage Of The Upcoming Mad Max Game

Mad Max: Fury Road is currently enjoying as much praise as any action movie has received in quite some time, so if you count yourself among those who loved Max's most recent adventure, now is the perfect excuse to get caught up on the upcoming video game. Mad Max, which releases on September 1, was one of our recent cover stories, and we featured a full month of exclusive coverage.

Within the below hub, you'll find articles that answer questions regarding the Mad Max lore, how the game fits in with the films, and much more. You can also feast your eyes on some screens of the game, and watch multiple video features such as the one below. You can check out all of our coverage from our Mad Max month by clicking here, or by visiting the hub below.

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TriForce Shows Off Infamous Second Son Sackboy Statue

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TriForce has announced the LittleBigPlanet: Infamous Second Son Premier Scale Statue. The statue, which stands at 12" tall and weighs 8 pounds, is available for pre-order now.

Based on the Infamous Second Son DLC for LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet Karting, and LittleBigPlanet for PS Vita, the statue features Sackboy sporting Delsin Rowe's signature outfit from 2014's Infamous Second Son. The statue will only feature a worldwide run of 500 units.

The LittleBigPlanet: Infamous Second Son Premier Scale Statue will set you back $200 total, but to pre-order, you'll need to throw down a $50 deposit right now. If you want to pre-order, you can do so on TriForce's website.

Reader Discussion: How Much Experience Do You Have With The Witcher Series?

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Reader Discussion: How Much Experience Do You Have With The Witcher Series?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt topped several "most anticipated" lists going in to this generation of consoles, including a mental one I made prior to the launches of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The strange thing for me, however, is that I haven't played any of the previous games in the Witcher series.

Is anyone else in the same boat as me, or are most of the people who are excited for The Witcher 3 seasoned veterans of the franchise? Did the glowing reviews or our recent Test Chamber push you even more into the realm of excitement?

Let us know how much experience you have with the Witcher series and what your temperature is on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If you have as little experience with the series as I do, be sure to read up on the important characters you'll want to know about going in.

PSA: Sony’s Having Another Flash Sale With Deals Under $5

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Sony is having another flash sale this weekend. This time out, all the deals cap out at $5, and some of them are worth your attention.

Some highlights include the entire Mass Effect trilogy for $4.80, Ni No Kuni for $4.80, and Freedom Wars for Vita for (you guessed it) $4.80. The sale runs through Monday, May 18 at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern.

You can check out the full list of offers here.

Nevada Will Allow Skill-Based Gambling, And Konami Approves

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Nevada Will Allow Skill-Based Gambling, And Konami Approves

Nevada has passed Senate Bill 9, which opens the door for new technology to be incorporated into slot machines. The bill allows skill-based gaming to be incorporated into the design of gambling devices.

As an example, all players would receive a base payback amount. Skill-based “bonus rounds” would increase the amount of winnings. This could incorporate elements of driving games, first person shooters, space-based shoot-em-ups, sports titles, and more.

Senate Bill 9 gives video game creators the ability to bring their brands into casinos in modified form. While this opens the door for publishers, it's unlikely any will have new plans in place right now to make a move toward populating Las Vegas casino floors.

Costume Quest Is Getting A Cartoon From The Adventure Time Studio

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Frederator Studios, the company behind Adventure Time and Fanboy & Chum Chum, has announced it is working on a video game tie-in project. Double Fine’s Costume Quest is being made into a cartoon.

The project was all but outed on the Frederator Facebook page, with Double Fine’s Greg Rice confirming the news on Twitter. "Wooooo super excited to finally talk about how we're making a Costume Quest cartoon with Frederator!" he writes.

Costume Quest stars children that fight RPG-style battles using powers bestowed upon them by their costumes. The original title was released in October 2010, with a follow-up in October 2014. For more on the games, check out our reviews of the first and second entries in the series.

Try Out Mortal Kombat X’s Jason Voorhees For Free This Weekend

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Try Out Mortal Kombat X’s Jason Voorhees For Free This Weekend

Warner Bros. and NetherRealm are giving you a chance to check out the first of the four announced Mortal Kombat X DLC characters. Jason Voorhees, of Friday the 13th fame, has his own challenge tower this weekend.

The Premiere tower allows you to take the Crystal Lake killer out for a spin. The six-match tower will give you two chances with each of the three styles.

Jason’s Slasher moveset focuses on his machete. The other two, Relentless and Unstoppable offer more nuanced play. Both are based on physical attacks and grapples, but Relentless allows you to teleport in a cloud of mist. It also has a “pursuit” move that robs opponents of the ability to dash and run (while also reversing their controls).

You’ll Have Another Chance To Try Out Splatoon Before It Launches

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You’ll Have Another Chance To Try Out Splatoon Before It Launches

Did you miss the Splatoon Global Testfire last week? Are you upset that you didn’t get to make an inky mess with your friends? Good news! You have another chance.

Nintendo has announced that it’s running another event next week. If you’re interested in playing in the next session, you’ll want to download the software from the eShop.

You’ll be able to play on Saturday, May 23, for an hour starting at 3 p.m. Pacific / 6 p.m. Eastern. Splatoon will be out on May 29 for Wii U.

Oculus Rift Won’t Require You To Break The Bank On A Compatible PC

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Oculus Rift Won’t Require You To Break The Bank On A Compatible PC

Oculus has shared details regarding required specifications for the first consumer Rift display. The good news is that the list is reasonable, though you may need to upgrade if you haven’t in a while.

Oculus chief architect Atman Binstock posted a detailed analysis of what the Rift needs and why it requires it. For those looking to line up their specs against a Rift-ready system though, this is what you need:

You’ll also need Windows 7 service pack 1 or later, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI 1.3 video output. The requirements above are in place to ensure that frame rate remains stable. Dropped frames lead to simulation sickness and other discomfort. In other words, you don't want to experience VR with hardware that can't adequately support it.