NetherRealm's mobile games get new characters for Mortal Kombat's 25th!

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NetherRealm's mobile games get new characters for Mortal Kombat's 25th!

You'd think that touch screen controls and fighting game inputs wouldn't go together well, but somehow NeatherRealm Studios managed to pull off multiple fighting games on mobile devices. While they are basically heavily compromised versions of their console counterparts, WWE Immortals is actually a fairly original take on tag battles with outlandish approximations of WWE superstars. What more could you ask for?

More characters? Well, ask and you shall receive. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mortal Kombat, Klassic Scorpion will be heading to Injustice, Xavier Woods will be getting a Raiden costume in WWE Immortals, Raiden will be heading to Injustice 2 and Shao Khan will be heading to Mortal Kombat X alongside two versions of Goro (Klassic and Tigar Fury). That may not be a large amount of characters, but having Scorpion in more games is never a problem. Also, Xavier Woods looks pretty bad ass as Raiden.

Eye-candy adventure Monument Valley 2 hits Android in November

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It won't be much longer now for Android-owning fans of Monument Valley awaiting more illusionary puzzle landscapes. Come November 6, 2017, the sequel will shed its iOS exclusivity at last.

"These single screen labyrinths aren't supposed to break my brain, but rather prove to me just how clever the level designers at ustwo games are," CJ wrote in his iOS review. "Each twisting, turning puzzle is not a race but a victory lap, a celebration of a complex idea presented in a simple manner. I smile and slap my forehead as a slight twist of a nob constructs a pathway moments earlier I thought impossible. Of course the point Monument Valley 2 is doing just that, to make the impossible, possible."

If you're the forgetful type, feel free to pre-register for Monument Valley 2 on Android.

Nintendo Switch firmware 4.0 finally allows video capture

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Nintendo Switch firmware 4.0 finally allows video capture

When Nintendo unveiled the Switch, one of the promised features for the system was the ability to capture video. Nintendo never gave a specific date for that update, but it looks like it has suddenly appeared out of nowhere! With the Switch's 4.0 firmware update, you can now record 30 second clips (in select games) to your system which can then be edited and shared online without having to use external software!

inXile is now 'exploring ideas' for Nintendo Switch

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inXile is now 'exploring ideas' for Nintendo Switch

Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera developer inXile Entertainment doesn't have any Nintendo Switch announcements to make quite yet, but we're one critical step closer to that happening.

According to inXile CEO Brian Fargo, the developers have been "approved" for Switch.

We are now approved Nintendo Switch Developers.... stay tuned for future news. We are fans of the Switch and our devs are exploring ideas.

— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) October 18, 2017

Those mini PS4 controllers are coming to North America

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Those mini PS4 controllers are coming to North America

We touched on Hori's upcoming Mini Wired Gamepad for PlayStation 4 and a number of you fine folks expressed interest in the device for either yourself or your little loved ones. While these controllers were originally announced for Europe, they've since been confirmed for North America, too.

The gamepads are 40 percent smaller than the standard DualShock 4 and they have a 10-foot cable. Sony notes that they do lack a touch pad, light bar, stereo headset jack, speaker, vibration, and motion sensing, but apparently "certain touch pad inputs can be simulated via the left or right sticks."

The Mini Gamepads will be out in the US and Canada "this holiday" for $29.99 USD and $39.99 CAD.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle's new DLC is intimidating

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Every week or so I feel like I hear someone else casually mention they've full-cleared Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. If that describes you and you have gaming time to spare before Super Mario Odyssey monopolizes your Nintendo Switch for the foreseeable future, hey, this might be relevant!

The season pass continues this week with the Ultra Challenge Pack (available standalone for $6.99), which adds eight Ultra Hard challenges and a five-map cooperative campaign. If you're ready and willing, you'll be able to take on these new challenges in each world's secret chapter.

The next batch of DLC -- some "unexpected" new story content -- is scheduled for 2018.

Five Hit Fighters - A card game I have been dreaming up

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Five Hit Fighters - A card game I have been dreaming up

[Taterchimp has been working on a card game called Five Hit Fighters, and he’d like to hear some feedback from the Destructoid community. It’s a really cool concept, and I’d love to give it a shot some day! It's always fun hearing about the crazy projects that folks can cook up. – Kevin]

If you follow my quick posts lately, you can tell that I have been obsessed with the strategy RPG genre. I started with SteamWorld Heist - a game that I picked up on some Steam sale (irony) and finally got around to playing. I quickly found myself devoting all my time off work to playing it. After I beat it, I knew that I wanted to play more and more but didn’t want to jump right back into a NG+ or higher difficulty, so I looked in my library for similar games, and oh, hey XCOM. How you doing? So I started XCOM: Enemy Unknown and quickly became engrossed in that. See, I love games where I have to learn. A proxy for education, I guess. I researched every facet of that game and beat it in a short 20 hours. Then I picked up XCOM 2 which went on sale, literally, the day after I beat the first one. I’m now 50 hours into XCOM 2, so I have a passion.

LawBreakers lands ranked mode and multi-region queuing tomorrow

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Despite a dwindling player base, Boss Key Productions is still coming out with updates for LawBreakers.

The latest one, the All-Star Update, centers on a new competitive ranked mode called Boss Leagues. After making it through ten placement matches, players will fall into one of six tiers (from Bronze all the way up to Boss). The first season is actually Beta Season 0, allowing the developers the time needed "to collect feedback from participants to help improve the mode." Ranked is all well and good, but you can't talk about any of this stuff without acknowledging how few people are playing right now.

Worth noting: Boss Key is adding "improved tutorials" and "multi-region queuing."

Destiny 2's first Prestige raid spruces things up, but doesn't fix fundamental issues

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Destiny 2's first Prestige raid spruces things up, but doesn't fix fundamental issues

Today marks the launch of Destiny 2's "Prestige" mode for its sole raid -- Leviathan. If you're confused it's because this new hard version was delayed for a week and a day due to exploits, and it lives up to its namesake.

It's definitely tougher and more fun for those who are seeking a bigger challenge, but there's one major problem: the rewards are still unsatisfying.

South Park: The Fractured but Whole shuts down cheaters by clowning on the New England Patriots

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South Park: The Fractured but Whole has a way of deflating the spirits of shortcut-takers. There's a rudimentary puzzle early on where you're supposed to find a keycode by looking through Cartman's diary. It's memorable enough in that the password is "Fuck you, mom."

But, as Kotaku notes, the game isn't going to let you get by without a trip upstairs. Try it and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick comes to degrade you for being a cheater like Tom Brady. (Kind of ironic given that Belichick himself is a documented cheater.)

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are no strangers to dunking on the Patriots. Brady's cheating is a motivating factor in the season 19 premiere where Cartman tries to overthrow PC Principal. Everyone broke the rules.