Contest: Get strange with a Switch copy of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD

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Contest: Get strange with a Switch copy of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD

In today's contest, we're giving away copies of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD for Switch!

I remember trying to play Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey back on PS1. I totally didn't get it lol. I couldn't figure out the gameplay, got frustrated, and wound up going back to Blasto or something. As a result, I never really got into the Oddworld series. Pathetic, I know, but look -- I was 10 when it came out. I just didn't have the patience for it.

Well, here's my chance to atone for my sins by giving you the chance to check out one of the series' most lauded titles! Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD just hit Switch, so we're giving some copies away so you don't make the same mistake I did.

Super Monkey Ball cheat codes turn the ball into a cube (or a triangle or a star)

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Super Monkey Ball cheat codes turn the ball into a cube (or a triangle or a star)

Monkey's gonna keep a'rollin, just not as smoothly as usual. Some new Super Monkey Ball shapes add rough edges to the fun.

The PC version of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD has been updated with some cheat codes that put the titular monkey inside different geometry. Entering "cube" on the character select screen will replace the tried-and-true sphere with a cube. Likewise, "triangle" unlocks a triangular prism, and "star" unlocks a many-pointed star-like shape. The code phrases do not earn points for creativity, but they certainly get the job done.

Here's a small snippet of how they look in action:

It'll be tough to resist Rune Factory 4 Special on February 25

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Rune Factory 4 Special is going to be a hell of a good time on Nintendo Switch. Who's with me?

The wait for this game – an expanded remaster of a 3DS favorite – won't be too much longer now. XSEED Games has set Rune Factory 4 Special's North American release for February 25, 2020. Just a few days later on February 28, the role-playing simulation title will launch in Europe and Australia.

There's a $40 digital version on the Switch eShop, a standard physical edition that'll fetch the same price, and also a $60 limited-run Archival Edition that comes with a 160-page art book and soundtrack. If you pre-order, XSEED will toss you a bonus: Swimsuit Day DLC "decreeing that all marriage candidates wear their swimsuits." I don't know about all that, but the game mechanics – the real draw – are bliss.

Steam has a huge four-day Lunar New Year sale

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Steam has a huge four-day Lunar New Year sale

Steam's latest sale is mostly standard fare for this sort of thing: A massive discount extravaganza where thousands of games have had their prices slashed, and it's on you to sift through it all to figure out what's worth your time. However, time is sort of precious. Unlike the other Steam sales that stretch on for weeks, this one lasts a scant four days.

This Steam sale is in celebration of the Lunar New Year, and it has all the appropriate bells and whistles. Visiting the store each day gives you the option to unlock a gift -- some rat coins and part of a story. Those coins can be used to pick up event-exclusive items like "profile backgrounds, mini-profile backgrounds, chat room effects, chat stickers, and more."

As for the main attraction -- you know, cheap games -- here's a small selection of some decent-looking deals:

I really hope Housemarque's new game is a PS5 launch title

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I really hope Housemarque's new game is a PS5 launch title

2017 was rough, but don't count Stardust, Resogun, and Nex Machina developer Housemarque out yet.

While the studio is no longer making the iconic arcade-style games that defined its first 25 years – they just aren't selling enough to provide long-term stability – the team isn't going anywhere. Last we heard, Housemarque was focusing on Stormdivers, a hopeful but admittedly anxiety-ridden battle royale title.

There's been a change of plans – and I'm feeling a lot more confident about Housemarque's future.

Review: Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind

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Review: Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind

After many, many years Kingdom Hearts III finally arrived in early 2019, and it was a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Who would have guessed! Just because a project is gestating for a long time, it doesn't make it impervious to criticism.

I think no matter what end of the spectrum you were on though, you probably wouldn't turn down more of it if you actually saw it through until the end. The Re Mind DLC seeks to explore both new and old ground, giving us a posthumous quasi "Final Mix."

The Bridge is free on Epic, and it's gonna turn your world upside-down

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The Bridge is free on Epic, and it's gonna turn your world upside-down

Another week, another Epic freebie. This time, it's a topsy-turvy puzzler, a science-themed game that evokes the name of M.C. Escher because of all its perspective shifting.

The Bridge is free on the Epic Games Store until January 30. Patrick reviewed it seven years ago when it first released. That might as well be three lifetimes ago as far as these things go. He gave it a 9, an impressive score for an impressive game. If words won't help wrap your head around this concept, maybe motion picture will:

Review in Progress: Silver Falls: 3 Down Stars

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Review in Progress: Silver Falls: 3 Down Stars

The road to release for Silver Falls: 3 Down Stars has been anything but smooth. Since I profiled the developer more than a year ago, it's gone to hell and back again trying to get this game onto the 3DS eShop. According to Twitter posts and YouTube videos posted by Sungrand's Jerrel Dulay, it was ready for release early in 2019 but Nintendo wouldn't sign off on it. Approval finally came in November of last year and 3 Down Stars hit the eShop the first week of January.

Unfortunately, due to a massive hard drive failure (according to the developer), it launched with some serious game-breaking bugs, including random crashes, looping events, and disappearing items. Today, more than 20 days after it first became available for purchase, 3 Down Stars remains in the same state.

Get free stuff in Magic: Arena through voting for upcoming World Championship contenders

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Get free stuff in Magic: Arena through voting for upcoming World Championship contenders

The Magic: The Gathering World Championship XXVI (this game has been around for a while!) is happening in Hawaii from February 14-16 once again this year, and now Wizards of the Coast is adding a nice bit of synergy with Magic: Arena for good measure.

You've probably seen this type of thing before in various esport-oriented games: you vote on your favorite personality to win it all, and you can get free digital stuff as a reward. It's all pretty simple. You go to this site here, select your champion, enter your email; and depending on what place they win, you get different tiered rewards (everyone will get a Worlds XXVI digital card sleeve).

The real prize is for those who predict the winner, which will reap the reward of a "trophy pet." For those of you who don't play Arena, pets are basically cosmetic creatures that hang out on the sides of the screen, but in this case it'll be a fiery static trophy. And that's it! You have 16 choices, get to it.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r] releases overview trailer, details upgrade pack

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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r] releases overview trailer, details upgrade pack

We're just under a month away from the release of the updated edition of niche anime fighter Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], which will upgrade the game to its new, but no less annoying title of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r].Arc System Works has released a new Japanese "overview" trailer, looking at some of the changes that [cl-r] will bring to the artistic fighting game. We already know of the addition of new character Londrekia, but the [cl-r] update will also make adjustments to Under Night's menus, game mechanics, UI and fighters, with some 1000 overall tweaks planned across the board.