Blizzard gives Battle.net a social makeover

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Blizzard gives Battle.net a social makeover

Blizzard is giving its Battle.net desktop app a makeover. The gaming portal now has a tab dedicated to chats and groups, while the service is also introducing personal profiles and avatars for players to customize to their liking. It seems Blizzard wants to bring Battle.net's social and personalization more in line with Xbox Live, PSN and Discord, which is in line with the social-heavy mobile app they released last month.

What's on TV: 'Stranger Things,' 'Wolfenstein' and 'Mario'

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What's on TV: 'Stranger Things,' 'Wolfenstein' and 'Mario'

This week the World Series gets rolling, but we're just killing time until Friday morning when the Stranger Things season two binge begins. For gamers, the big question will be what they want to play first, as Destiny 2 makes its PC debut before Super Mario Odyssey, Assassins Creed Origins and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus arrive on the same day. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime is premiering is series Fearless, and The Emoji Movie is arriving on Blu-ray. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

'Destiny 2' is 2017’s best-selling game after just one month

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'Destiny 2' is 2017’s best-selling game after just one month

If you have friends who own video game consoles, chances are you heard a lot about Destiny 2 in the last month. But anecdotal evidence that the game was everywhere just got backed up by some astonishing sales figures. Just one month after launching on PS4 and Xbox One, Destiny 2 is already the best-selling game of 2017, according to an NPD Group report -- which was released a day before the game comes out on PC.

Relentlessly witty 'Night in the Woods' comes to your phone in 2018

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Relentlessly witty 'Night in the Woods' comes to your phone in 2018

If you haven't played Night in the Woods, you're frankly missing out. The made-partly-in-Michigan indie adventure melds witty (and often silly) dialogue with iconic visuals, varied gameplay and discussions of weighty subjects. It's a good thing that the game will soon be available anywhere you go, then. Infinite Fall has revealed that Night in the Woods will be coming to mobile devices sometime in 2018. The studio hasn't offered details yet, but it's safe to say that the interface will have to change if you're going to prank shoppers and get into knife fights on your phone's touchscreen.

Don’t bother playing ‘South Park’ unless you’re a die-hard fan

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Don’t bother playing ‘South Park’ unless you’re a die-hard fan

'South Park used to be a lot funnier,' I catch myself thinking as I play through the franchise's latest game, The Fractured But Whole (TFBW). Maybe I'm just too old, or has the world moved on while South Park stayed the same? Humor is crucial to the success of the game, which relies on superficial mechanics and an overload of fetch quests and collectibles to pad its length; It's TFBW's jokey tone and writing that hold the game together. But if you aren't already a fan of the show, there's little reason to play the game.

Nintendo's next Direct is all about 'Animal Crossing' on your phone

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Nintendo's next Direct is all about 'Animal Crossing' on your phone

Nintendo is ready to spill the beans about its upcoming Animal Crossing mobile game. On Wednesday tat 11 PM Eastern / 8 PM Pacific he company will hold one of its trademark Direct events where it'll spend 15 minutes talking about the upcoming life-sim and nothing else. Last time Nintendo mentioned the game, it was to announce a delay. In January Nintendo said that the planned mobile incarnation would arrive sometime between this April and next March. Now we have two days to speculate exactly when Tom Nook will start negging us about our house's feng shui.

The US is getting a SNES-themed new 3DS XL too

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The US is getting a SNES-themed new 3DS XL too

Turns out that SNES-themed 3DS XL isn't a Europe exclusive after all. As Twitter user @Wario64 (who else?) points out, the handheld is currently available for pre-order in the US for $199.99. It will ship a whole two weeks after the Europe release on November 27, but that's better than never, right? It also follows in the footsteps of the Super Famicom-inspired 3DS XL, which landed exclusively in Japan in March of last year. Okay, we'll stop rubbing it in. To add to the nostalgia, Nintendo is packing a download code for Super Mario Kart with the variant.