Pokemon Go Update Makes Original Starter Pokemon More Likely To Be Encountered

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Pokemon Go Update Makes Original Starter Pokemon More Likely To Be Encountered

If you've been hoping to capture a Charmander, Bulbasaur,and Squirtle (or their various evolved forms) in Pokemon Go, now is probably the best time to get outside. An update just hit the app that makes it more likely to encounter the fan favorites.

Here's Niantic on the specifics:

In addition, from the afternoon of December 30, 2016, through the afternoon of January 8, 2017 (PST), the first partner Pokémon and their Evolutions, originally discovered in the Kanto region, are more likely to be encountered. This means a greater chance to catch Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur, as well as Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard, plus Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise! As a way to increase your chance to encounter one of these Pokémon, Lure Modules will also last for 60 minutes instead of 30 minutes.

Blizzard Celebrates 20 Years Of Diablo With Content For Current Titles

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Blizzard Celebrates 20 Years Of Diablo With Content For Current Titles

Diablo, one of the most universally beloved RPGs of all time, turns 20 years old on December 31. To celebrate, Blizzard is teasing goodies for all its current major release games.

Here's the rundown the developer gives on its blog:

You can check out our review of the latest Diablo 3 Expansion pack here as well as our review of Overwatch, Blizzard's latest release.

Celebrate The Year In Gaming In Under Two Minutes (2016 Edition)

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Celebrate The Year In Gaming In Under Two Minutes (2016 Edition)

2016 is a year many are happy to leave behind, but we can't deny that it was a stellar year for video games. From Overwatch to highly anticipated titles like Final Fantasy XV, we were treated to a slew of quality games.

Each year, YouTuber Malcolm Klock creates video tributes to the year's best games, by expertly editing footage of several of the biggest titles into two-minute compilations. Check it out this year's edition below.

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Devil's Third Multiplayer Servers Have Been Shut Down

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Devil's Third Multiplayer Servers Have Been Shut Down

If you were hoping, for whatever reason, to hop on to a couple of matches in the not-so-great Devil's Third, bad news: the multiplayer servers have been shut down. Nintendo made the announcement back in June, less than a year after the game's release, that it would support the multiplayer component until December 29.

Today players have logged in today to find that multiplayer is not available anymore:

RIP Devil's Third - The servers are officially offline #GAMEOVER #Nintendo #WiiU #DevilsThird #Gaming pic.twitter.com/L3Mk3sIMJD

Reader Discussion: Which Game Did You Spend The Most Time With In 2016?

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Reader Discussion: Which Game Did You Spend The Most Time With In 2016?

The year is finally coming to a close and everyone is beginning to reflect on everything that has happened over the last 12 months. If you're like us, you're thinking heavily about the games you played.

While most are looking back at the best releases they played (and we will be soon enough), I want to ask you about the game you spent the most time with. While those sometimes go hand-in-hand, they don't always. Sometimes, the games we love the most are compact experiences that don't overstay their welcomes, while other times, they're the games we can come back to after each long day at work. Personally, I probably spent the most time with Overwatch, Clash Royale, Pokémon Go, Final Fantasy XV, Dragon Quest Builders, and Pokémon Sun. I also spent a ton of time with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt early on in 2016 as I finished up my playthrough that started in 2015.

Which games consumed the most amount of your time in 2016? Were they long, sprawling RPGs, or were they multiplayer games with seemingly infinite replayability? Did these games end up being your favorites of the year, or did you favor some of the shorter experiences you played through this year?

Super Mario Bros. Movie Gets Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray Release

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Super Mario Bros. Movie Gets Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray Release

The Super Mario Bros. film has drawn the ire of many gaming fans for its oddball take on one of the industry's most beloved and enduring properties. Now, the Super Mario Bros. film is receiving a new Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray from UK retailer Zavvi

Released in 1993, the film stars Bob Hoskins as Mario, John Leguizamo as Luigi, Dennis Hopper as King Koopa, and Samanta Mathis as Princess Daisy. This reissue on Blu-Ray features an hourlong documentary titled This Ain't No Video Game, as well as behind-the-scenes special features, an electronic press kit, and subtitles. It comes wrapped in a colorful steelbook, which you can check out below.

The Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray is exclusive to Zavvi, and will set you back £15.99 (just under $20 plus shipping) when it releases on February 13. Just beware of region codes if you're hoping to actually watch this thing.

You Can Now Pre-Register For Super Mario Run On Android

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You Can Now Pre-Register For Super Mario Run On Android

Earlier this month, Super Mario Run launched with impressive download numbers considering it was temporarily exclusive to iOS devices. With the Android version on the horizon, Nintendo has set up a Google Play page for the auto-runner that will notify you when it's available to download.

The game puts you in the shoes of Mario and his cast of friends as they auto-run through 24 stages spread across six worlds. When it launched on iOS on December 15, players could try a small sampling of stages for free before needing to pay $10 to ulnock the full game.

To pre-register for the Android version, head to the Super Mario Run page on Google Play. For more on Super Mario Run, check out our review. To see it in action, head to our Super Mario Run episode of Test Chamber.

Thousands Of Players Pay Respect To Carrie Fisher In Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Thousands Of Players Pay Respect To Carrie Fisher In Star Wars: The Old Republic

Yesterday marked the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, a brilliant writer, activist, and actress also known for playing the character of Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. In the short span of time since the news broke, celebrities, fans, and gamers have found ways to pay respect to Fisher.

In Bioware's MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, countless players are making their way to Alderann's House Organa, which served as Leia's home during the long span of time between episodes III and IV in the series. PC Gamer reports that higher-level players have been battling the NPCs that roam around Alderann so that lower-level players can pay tribute.

Other users are creating video tributes to Fisher, like this one put together by Kerry-Aiden Nobbs:

Mario Kart 64 Hits Wii U Tomorrow

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Mario Kart 64 Hits Wii U Tomorrow

Nintendo's got some good surprise news today for those who enjoy the Nintendo 64 rendition of Mario Kart. The game will be available on the Wii U via Virtual Console starting tomorrow.

The Virtual Console version of Mario Kart 64 will cost $9.99. You can find out more details here on Nintendo's listing for the game.

Be sure to check out review of the latest Mario Kart.
Our Take
Well, if you were hankering for this particular slice of nostalgia, yay. 

PS Plus Games For January Include Day of The Tentacle Remastered

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PS Plus Games For January Include Day of The Tentacle Remastered

The lineup for next month's PS Plus games have been revealed over at PlayStation Blog. Here's the full listing:

Editor Elise Favis reviewed the remastered version of Day of the Tentacle and found it to be a worthwhile revisit, scoring it an 8.25 and saying "Day of the Tentacle is largely removed from the adventure genre’s shortcomings, such as obtuse puzzle design, though it lacks a certain depth to its story. Nonetheless, its strange premise, witty one-liners, and brain-teasing puzzles help it remain something special."

You can also check out our review for Titan Souls, which received an 8.5, here.