Super Mario Maker Adding New Stage Elements And Super Expert Mode

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Super Mario Maker Adding New Stage Elements And Super Expert Mode

Super Mario Maker is adding even more elements to its arsenal. In a free update coming March 9, Nintendo will be adding new components including a favorite menace from Super Mario World, as well as pieces that look to help give creators even more control over how players progress through their levels.

The update is adding new alternative versions of course elements, which are obtained by shaking the elements with the Wii U stylus in the course-creation mode. If you shake a Thwomp, it will transform into the skewer trap from Super Mario World. Shaking a P-switch turns it into a key, which can be used to open key doors (obtained by shaking the door). Keys can also be planted on enemies, meaning you can set up enemy encounters that are mandatory in order to pass the stage. Finally, the update lets you shake the coin to turn it into the pink coin, which can add a collection aspect to levels.

The update also adds a new Super Expert mode to the online 100 Mario Challenge. This new mode unlocks after beating Expert mode in 100 Mario Challenge. Super Expert mode lines players up with six extremely challenging stages and awards them with new Mystery Mushroom costumes.

Nintendo Announces Plans For Three New Splatoon Updates

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Nintendo Announces Plans For Three New Splatoon Updates

Nintendo has announced that it isn't quite done updating Splatoon, its surprising third-person shooter hit from last year. To this point, all updates have been free to players, and Nintendo is continuing that trend with these new updates.

The first update seeks to improve lesser-used abilities to make them more appealing for players. It will also include tweaks to ranked battle matchmaking and new elements for the game's special Splatfest events. This first update will become available on March 8.

Nintendo will also be releasing new weapons through two separate updates. These updates will deliver new variants on popular weapons. The first part of these updates will be arriving in April. 

Watch Nintendo’s 41-Minute Direct Presentation Here at 2 PM Pacific

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Watch Nintendo’s 41-Minute Direct Presentation Here at 2 PM Pacific

Buckle up. We’ve got 41 minutes of hot Nintendo news about to drop.

You can watch the entire Nintendo Direct right here. The publisher says that we’ll find out about Wii U and 3DS games hitting from now through the summer.

Some of these games we already know about, including Star Fox, Pokken Tournament, and Hyrule Warriors Legends. But we suspect there may be some new announcements in the mix, too.

Riot And Activision Blizzard Make Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For List

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Riot And Activision Blizzard Make Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For List

If you’re looking for a good place to work in the video game industry, Fortune’s list of the 100 best places to work might offer some guidance. Two game companies appear on the list for 2016.

League of Legends developer Riot Games appears on the list at number 39. Riot placed 13 on the 2015 list.

Activision Blizzard makes a return appearance in 2016. The company that sits atop studios that make Call of Duty, StarCraft, and Skylanders was 96 in 2015, improving to 77 this year.

Steam Now Offers Bundles That Price Adjust Based On Items You Already Own

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Valve is in the process of rolling out dynamic pricing for some bundles on Steam. While there aren’t many of them yet, publishers should be able to begin implementing the feature soon, according to reports.

We investigated to find that most bundles on the service still work the original way. If you own an item in the bundle, you still have to pay the entire price, and you won’t get an extra copy to gift or trade.

With dynamic bundles, your price is scaled down for items you already own. One example is Valve’s own Half-Life Complete offering. You can see below how it looks for users that don’t own any of the items (left) and for those that own some of them (right).

Udon Releases Official Art Book For Shin Megami Tensei IV

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Udon Releases Official Art Book For Shin Megami Tensei IV

Udon Entertainment has announced the release of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks, based on the critically acclaimed RPG from Atlus. The art book contains all of the original art behind the 2013 3DS game.

That includes character designs and profiles, background art, early concepts, and an extensive glossary of terms. There are also breakdowns of in-game cutscenes, creator interviews and highlights of the demon and monster designs. You can sample the book with the six pages in the gallery below.

The book is headed by Masayuki Doi, lead artist for the Shin Megami Tensei games, along with a number of other guest designs by famed Japanese artists. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Official Artworks is now in stock at most bookstores and various online retailers with a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Metal Gear Solid V's Quiet Immortalized As 1/6 Scale Statue

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Metal Gear Solid V's Quiet Immortalized As 1/6 Scale Statue

Gecco will produce a 1/6 scale statue of the sniper Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V. The highly detailed figure stands at about 11 inches high and will be available this summer for purchase.

The Quiet statue comes with a handgun, knife, and a sniper rifle with a removable suppressor, as well as two interchangeable heads to simulate the vanishing butterfly pattern that adorns her face.

The statue will cost 34,800 yen, roughly $300. You can take a closer look at it in our gallery below.  

Watch The Pokémon Franchise Evolve In Nostalgia-Filled Animation

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Watch The Pokémon Franchise Evolve In Nostalgia-Filled Animation

Pokémon fever has run rampant surrounding the 20th anniversary of the series. Twitter user Memi encapsulates the transitions of the franchise throughout console generations in this adorable animation.

20年の旅。20周年おめでとうございます!#Pokemon20 #ポケモン20周年 pic.twitter.com/fhCpBEvZGQ

The animation begins with the date February 27, 1996, which is when Pokémon Red and Green originally released in Japan, and ends February 27, 2016, on Pokémon's 20th anniversary. The gif shows the series' humble beginnings on a monochromatic Game Boy and eventually brings it full circle with Red, Blue, and Yellow’s appearance on the 3DS eShop.

Hate Doom's Cover? Vote For Your Reverse-Sleeve Pick

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Hate Doom's Cover? Vote For Your Reverse-Sleeve Pick

Bethesda revealed the cover art for the upcoming Doom earlier last month, and to say that people were disappointed would be an understatement. The art, which featured a generic armored Space Marine against a hazy yellow backdrop with the Doom logo, became an online meme. Today, Bethesda is giving fans who weren't hot on the original box art a chance to pick their preference for what will be featured on the other side of the now-reversible cover art.

There are two options to choose from. Option A, which is the spooky skull and equally spooky demonic symbol, can be seen in the image above. Option B is directly below, and it features art clearly inspired by the original game's action-packed packaging. 

Click this link to visit the Twitter poll and to cast your vote. Bethesda says that voting will be open for four days, so get a move on. If you want to see what caused all of this in the first place, scroll down for the original art.