Nintendo World Championship Finals On October 7

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Nintendo World Championship Finals On October 7

Nintendo has finished all the qualifying rounds for 2017's Nintendo World Championship and has finalized details for the, uh, finals.

On October 7 at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom New York, Nintendo will be hosting and live streaming the sixteen last contestants that qualified via Mario Kart 7, including 2015 Champion and professional speedrunner John Numbers. In addition to the sixteen qualifying contestants, eight hand-picked contestants made up of online personalities, speedrunners, and tournament players will be joining them. Two of the confirmed guests are Smash Bros. tournament player and actor Asa Butterfield (most well known for the starring role in Ender's Game) and WWE Superstar and former Raw Women's Champion Bayley. 

The event,  hosted by Andrea Rene and football player Jordan Kent, is made up of multiple Nintendo games for the finalists to compete in, though Nintendo hasn't made it entirely clear what those games will be. They have, however, revealed that the recently released Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS will be one of the games, presumably for players to speedrun some small part of the game.

Nintendo World Championship Finals On October 7

about X hours ago from
Nintendo World Championship Finals On October 7

Nintendo has finished all the qualifying rounds for 2017's Nintendo World Championship and has finalized details for the, uh, finals.

On October 7 at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom New York, Nintendo will be hosting and live streaming the sixteen last contestants that qualified via Mario Kart 7, including 2015 Champion and professional speedrunner John Numbers. In addition to the sixteen qualifying contestants, eight hand-picked contestants made up of online personalities, speedrunners, and tournament players will be joining them. Two of the confirmed guests are Smash Bros. tournament player and actor Asa Butterfield (most well known for the starring role in Ender's Game) and WWE Superstar and former Raw Women's Champion Bayley. 

The event,  hosted by Andrea Rene and football player Jordan Kent, is made up of multiple Nintendo games for the finalists to compete in, though Nintendo hasn't made it entirely clear what those games will be. They have, however, revealed that the recently released Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS will be one of the games, presumably for players to speedrun some small part of the game.

A Hat In Time Launching On PC Next Week

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A Hat In Time Launching On PC Next Week

A Hat in Time, a 3D platformer that is designed to hearken back to the Gamecube era of the genre, is releasing on October 5 on PC.

The game was Kickstarted on in 2013 as a response to the lack of traditional 3D platformers on modern systems. Developer Gears for Breakfast was surprised that the game doubled its goal in two days, wondering if the collectathons of the N64 era left people too burned out on 3D platformers for them to make a proper comeback.

A Hat in Time releases on Steam and Humble on October 5 for $29.99, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One following in the fall.

A Hat In Time Launching On PC Next Week

about X hours ago from
A Hat In Time Launching On PC Next Week

A Hat in Time, a 3D platformer that is designed to hearken back to the Gamecube era of the genre, is releasing on October 5 on PC.

The game was Kickstarted on in 2013 as a response to the lack of traditional 3D platformers on modern systems. Developer Gears for Breakfast was surprised that the game doubled its goal in two days, wondering if the collectathons of the N64 era left people too burned out on 3D platformers for them to make a proper comeback.

A Hat in Time releases on Steam and Humble on October 5 for $29.99, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One following in the fall. You can check out a trailer below to get a good handle on the game.

Killer Instinct Now Out On Steam

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Killer Instinct Now Out On Steam

Killer Instinct, Iron Galaxy's Xbox One and Windows 10 fighting game, is out on Steam today.

The fighter first launched in 2013 under Double Helix on the Xbox One, but was shifted to Iron Galaxy for seasons two and beyond once Double Helix joined Amazon Games Studio. Under Iron Galaxy's development, characters like a giant stone guardian, a Japanese ghost, and Rash from Battletoads have been added. A PC version launched in 2016 alongside season 3, but exclusively for the Windows 10 App store, which disappointed a lot of potential buyers, leading Microsoft to announce that the game would come to Steam sometime in 2017.

While the game is free to play on Xbox One with additional purchases for seasons and costumes, the Steam version launches with seasons 1-3 included. The Steam version has cross-play with both Xbox One and Windows 10 versions, as well. 

Killer Instinct Now Out On Steam

about X hours ago from
Killer Instinct Now Out On Steam

Killer Instinct, Iron Galaxy's Xbox One and Windows 10 fighting game, is out on Steam today.

The fighter first launched in 2013 under Double Helix on the Xbox One, but was shifted to Iron Galaxy for seasons two and beyond once Double Helix joined Amazon Games Studio. Under Iron Galaxy's development, characters like a giant stone guardian, a Japanese ghost, and Rash from Battletoads have been added. A PC version launched in 2016 alongside season 3, but exclusively for the Windows 10 App store, which disappointed a lot of potential buyers, leading Microsoft to announce that the game would come to Steam sometime in 2017.

While the game is free to play on Xbox One with additional purchases for seasons and costumes, the Steam version launches with seasons 1-3 included. The Steam version has cross-play with both Xbox One and Windows 10 versions, as well. 

Fortnite: Battle Royale Had One Million Players On Launch Day

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Fortnite: Battle Royale Had One Million Players On Launch Day

There seems to be a heavy thirst for battle royale style games, as Epic's Fortnite Battle Royale mode has proven, garnering a million players on the first day.

The game's official twitter account celebrating the number today, which just adds one more point of comparison between Fortnite's new mode and Bluehole's successful Battlegrounds. Of course, a direct comparison in numbers is impossible, as Fortnite's Battle Royale mode is free, while Battlegrounds is still a paid product.

Still, Epic has to be happy about the numbers, as a strong foothold in the genre early on will pay dividends for Fortnite later on. We made a video comparing both Fortnite and Battlegrounds below, so you can check it out if you're trying to decide between the two.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Had One Million Players On Launch Day

about X hours ago from
Fortnite: Battle Royale Had One Million Players On Launch Day

There seems to be a heavy thirst for battle royale style games, as Epic's Fortnite Battle Royale mode has proven, garnering a million players on the first day.

The game's official twitter account celebrating the number today, which just adds one more point of comparison between Fortnite's new mode and Bluehole's successful Battlegrounds. Of course, a direct comparison in numbers is impossible, as Fortnite's Battle Royale mode is free, while Battlegrounds is still a paid product.

Still, Epic has to be happy about the numbers, as a strong foothold in the genre early on will pay dividends for Fortnite later on. We made a video comparing both Fortnite and Battlegrounds below, so you can check it out if you're trying to decide between the two.

Report: Layoffs At Volition, Developers of Saints Row

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Report: Layoffs At Volition, Developers of Saints Row

Volition, the developers of Saints Row and the recent Agents of Mayhem, may be undergoing layoffs, according to a report today from Kotaku.

The article states that the 200-employee company is losing over 30 people, including general manager Dan Cermak. Kotaku's sources point to the poor sales of Agents of Mayhem as the key issue forcing the layoffs. While public sales data for Agents of Mayhem has not been released and is unlikely to be so for quite a while, available sources like Steamspy indicate the game is not doing particularly well so far.

Volition was a part of THQ before the publisher's bankruptcy and subsequent collapse in 2012. In the years before THQ folded, Volition was a feather in their cap, with Saints Row and Red Faction Guerilla being critical and and financial successes for the company. Publisher Deep Silver picked up the Illinois-based developer in 2013, producing Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and Agents of Mayhem, which did not fare well critically overall. You can read our review of Agents of Mayhem here.

Report: Layoffs At Volition, Developers of Saints Row

about X hours ago from
Report: Layoffs At Volition, Developers of Saints Row

Volition, the developers of Saints Row and the recent Agents of Mayhem, may be undergoing layoffs, according to a report today from Kotaku.

The article states that the 200-employee company is losing over 30 people, including general manager Dan Cermak. Kotaku's sources point to the poor sales of Agents of Mayhem as the key issue forcing the layoffs. While public sales data for Agents of Mayhem has not been released and is unlikely to be so for quite a while, available sources like Steamspy indicate the game is not doing particularly well so far.

Volition was a part of THQ before the publisher's bankruptcy and subsequent collapse in 2012. In the years before THQ folded, Volition was a feather in their cap, with Saints Row and Red Faction Guerilla being critical and and financial successes for the company. Publisher Deep Silver picked up the Illinois-based developer in 2013, producing Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and Agents of Mayhem, which did not fare well critically overall. You can read our review of Agents of Mayhem here.