Valorant Closed Beta Starts Next Week

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Valorant Closed Beta Starts Next Week

Riot Games has announced the start date of the upcoming closed beta for Valorant, the studio's recently revealed tactical hero shooter. Select players will be able to test out the FPS ahead of its planned summer launch beginning April 7.

To register for the closed beta, you must connect your Riot account to your Twitch account, then watch highlighted Valorant streams for the chance to receive closed beta access. While your progress will not carry over into launch, any Valorant Points – the currency used to buy skins and other store items – you purchase will be given back to you at launch with a 20 percent bonus. Riot is currently planning on keeping the closed beta as short as possible, but may reevaluate if it hears unexpected feedback from participants.

The closed beta will initially be limited to the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Turkey, but could expand to additional regions depending on how the current COVID-19 pandemic progresses. "Our plan was to bring the Valorant Closed Beta to as many players around the world as quickly as possible, but the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted those plans, compromising a wider global rollout," executive producer Anna Donlon said in a statement. "For now, we have to focus on the regions where we feel most ready, with more regions following in the months to come."

Report: Super Mario Galaxy Could Be Coming To Switch

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Report: Super Mario Galaxy Could Be Coming To Switch

Mario is one of the most iconic characters in video games, so every one of his birthdays is worth celebrating. If recent reports are to be believed, Nintendo may be planning an impressive celebration that includes Switch rereleases of many of Mario's best games. 

Eurogamer and VideoGamesChronicle reported that Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy will all get rereleases sometime this year. Additionally, Nintendo is working on a new Paper Mario title and a deluxe version of Super Mario 3D World that includes new levels. 

If true, these details are very exciting, but we may also soon hear new details on Nintendo/Universal's upcoming Mario-themed park as well as the upcoming animated Super Mario Bros. movie.

Report: Remaster Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Coming Soon

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Report: Remaster Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Coming Soon

This morning the German PlayStation Store briefly leaked a listing for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, and PC), with a release listing of tomorrow, March 31. Website Call of Duty Tracker captured screenshots and a trailer before they were taken down.

The remaster features the 2009 title's campaign – including the infamous "No Russian" mission (click here to read what developer Infinity Ward told us about it), and there is also a Classic Ghost bundle with the recent Warzone mode.

A COD: MW 2 remaster has been rumored for quite a while, and as COD Tracker points out, Warzone was recently leaked and released in a similarly quick manner.

Upgraded Nier Replicant Heading To PlayStation 4, Xbox One, And Steam

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Upgraded Nier Replicant Heading To PlayStation 4, Xbox One, And Steam

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Nier series of games, Square Enix today announced an upgraded version of Nier Replicant (the original Japanese PlayStation 3 release) is heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. The port is being developed in conjunction with Toylogic and is spearheaded by director Yoko Taro and producer Yosuke Saito. Square Enix also revealed a new mobile game called Nier Incarnation is in development at Applibot (you can see the trailer below). No release information was provided for either game.

Nier Replicant will feature rerecorded music along with a new tracks by Keiichi Okabe, and will introduce new characters and potentially one more ending. The full title for the game is "Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139..." Nier Replicant has had many names outside of its PlayStation 3 release. In Japan, the Xbox 360 version is called Nier Gestalt and it featured an older man as the protagonist instead of the teenage boy. The older protagonist was also in the western releases, which were just called Nier. I think I got all of that right. Confusing, no? 

Square Enix says the sequel, Nier: Automata, has "shipped/downloaded more than four million units worldwide."

Surprise Nintendo Direct Drops Bevy Of Details For The Switch

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Surprise Nintendo Direct Drops Bevy Of Details For The Switch

Nintendo released a surprise Nintendo Direct presentation offering a shotgun blast of details for various Switch games.

Apart from 2K's Switch collections for Borderlands, XCOM 2, and BioShock, and a release date for the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition (May 29), the presentation also dropped a variety of news on a bevy of titles.

If you don't want to wait for those titles, Nintendo has announced Switch games and content available now: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order expansion pass content featuring the Fantastic Four, Shinsekai: Into the Depths, Good Job!, A Ring Fit Adventure update featuring a rhythm mode with music from Splatoon 2, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey, Star Wars: Jedi Knight Academy, Panzer Dragoon: Remake, and the Bravely Default II demo.

Next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Character Comes From Arms

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Next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Character Comes From Arms

Back in January, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai announced a second Fighters Pass, which will bring six more downloadable fighters to the biggest crossover battlefield in gaming. While we still don't know the details of who the first character of Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will be, we do know that the character will hail from Arms, the 2017 fighting game from Nintendo.

Arms features 15 characters, each of which has a distinct style and arsenal of moves. While it would make sense for Spring Man or Ribbon Girl to appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate thanks to their mascot statuses for the game, Twintelle garnered quite the fan base when the title launched. Also working against the idea of Spring Man as a playable character is the fact that he's currently an Assist Trophy. 

Whichever character the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate development team chose from the Arms roster will be both announced and released in June. For more on Arms, check out our review.

Bravely Default II Demo Available Now On Switch

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Bravely Default II Demo Available Now On Switch

During today's Nintendo Direct Mini, Square Enix and Nintendo showed off a lengthy trailer for Bravely Default II (which you can see above). The trailer details the journey ahead, which begins with a character named Seth washing ashore on the continent of Excillant, which is occupied by five kingdoms.

Seth, a sailor, is one of the new Heroes of Light, and will be joined by princess Gloria, traveling scholar Elvis, and mercenary Adelle.

The trailer walks through the Brave and Default combat powers, job system, and abilities. Nintendo announced a demo for Bravely Default II is now available. No exact release date for the full game was given, but it is confirmed for a 2020 release.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Hits Switch In May

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Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Hits Switch In May

Nintendo has announced the original Xenoblade Chronicles, which debuted on Wii in North America in 2012, is coming to Switch. This game serves as the debut of Shulk, who has continued on to appear in the two most recent Super Smash Bros. titles.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition brings enhanced controls and visuals, as well as a brand new epilogue story called Future Connected for fans to play through. This version also brings easy-to-read and easy-to-use menu screens and HUDs, and some of the music tracks have been remixed. 

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition launches for Switch on May 29. On the same day, you can also pick up the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Works Set, a 250-page artbook, which you can see below.

Check Out What You Can Unearth During Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Bunny Day

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Check Out What You Can Unearth During Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Bunny Day

Zipper T. Bunny is heading to your island on April 1 to hide eggs as a way of celebrating Bunny Day. You'll need to hunt for the eggs, and either dig them up of fish for them. Your efforts reward you with the chance to craft limited-time items, such as a festive table, clothing, and more.

The event runs from April 1 to 12 and is free to all players. Later in April, Nintendo is ushering in another free update with Earth Day festivities. Animal Crossing: New Horizons received a glowing 9 out of 10 review from Game Informer's Jeff Cork, who called it "an all-inclusive package that takes the best of what’s come before and adds meaningful upgrades for returning visitors and curious newcomers alike."

2K Releasing Switch Collections For Borderlands, XCOM 2, And BioShock On May 29

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During today's unexpected Nintendo Direct Mini, 2K Games announced collections for Borderlands, BioShock, and XCOM 2 are all coming to Switch on May 29.

The Borderlands Legendary Collection consists of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Borderlands 3 is not included or on Switch yet. BioShock: The Collection, which was aleady revealed, contains BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition. Finally, the XCOM 2 Collection holds XCOM 2, the War of the Chosen Expansion, and four DLC Packs.

Here's hoping the pandemic is over by the end of May, but if not, 2K Games is delivering hundreds of hours of great entertainment to make our days a little easier.