Minecraft: Story Mode Hits Wii U This Week

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Telltale Games' highly lauded The Walking Dead series appeared on most systems, but never made its way to Wii U. In fact, none of Telltale's games have been on Nintendo's console. That changes on January 21, when the first episode of Minecraft: Story Mode hits the Nintendo eShop.

Retailing for $4.99, Minecraft's first episode, The Order of the Stone, follows a male or female lead named Jesse, and the quest to retrieve a prized artifact to save the world. A season pass for all five episodes is available for $19.99, although Telltale has not outlined when the next four episodes will launch on Wii U.

This version takes advantage of the Wii U hardware, and offers off-TV play on the gamepad, as well as touchscreen control. In Game Informer's review, Brian Shea says that the first episode of Minecraft: Story mode "grabs your attention at a number of points and sets you down the path of actually caring about what’s going on in a story set in the player-driven Minecraft universe."

This Lego-fied BB-8 Is Almost As Awesome As The Real Thing

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Sure, it might not be able to roll anywhere, but this BB-8 built out of Lego bricks is still mighty impressive. Watch the video now to see how it was created.

Bright Bricks is a UK company that dubs itself "the professional Lego building company," and after checking out some of the awesome Lego displays it has created over the years, we're inclined to agree. The company's latest creation is a full-scale replica of BB-8 made for the UK premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not only did the blocky statue turn out great, but the time-lapse video below shows just how much work when into its creation. Before you AFOLers cry foul, Bright Brick says the steel support beam and adhesive used are required by law for any public display in the UK.

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2016 Video Game Release Schedule

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2016 Video Game Release Schedule

We've pulled together everything we know about 2016's video game releases in one handy location. This rundown of gaming goodness is a living, breathing list, and should help you plan out your gaming calendar for the next few months and beyond.

We promise you won't be sorry for bookmarking this and coming back to find out when your most anticipated games are scheduled to land on your PC, console, handheld, or mobile device. If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping (confirmed, but undated).

Metal Gear Solid Fan Remake Is Impressive, But Likely Not Long For This World

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Metal Gear Solid Fan Remake Is Impressive, But Likely Not Long For This World

Fans have many ways of expressing their adoration for their favorite games. Fan art, cosplay, lego models, and more are celebrated by developers and publishers. Unfortunately, there is a line in the legal sand, and a new Metal Gear Solid fan project has likely crossed it.

Shadow Moses is intended as a complete recreation in Unreal Engine 4 of the original PlayStation Metal Gear Solid. It’s also not at all sanctioned by Konami.

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Mortal Kombat X Moves To Improve Online Play

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NetherRealm Studios has announced a new closed public beta to test out the game's improved online experience, which ostensibly will cut down on lag.

Signups for the beta start January 19, and the improvements are aimed at preserving "the feel of an offline game more accurately while playing online, and maintains a consistent input response."

To be eligible for the beta, players must have accrued at least one hour of online play and can sign up starting tomorrow at beta.mortalkombat.com.

The Witness For Xbox One Appears On ESRB Listing

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The Witness For Xbox One Appears On ESRB Listing

The Witness is coming to the PS4 and PC on January 26, but an ESRB rating has popped up also mentioning the Xbox One.

The listing, which lists the PC, PS4, and Xbox One (but not the iOS version) does not give a specific date for any of the releases.

The game is a home console limited-time exclusive on the PS4 but no timeframe has been given for an eventual Xbox One release. The game's official website says that the title will come to other platforms "a bit later."

Xbox 360 Disc Scratching Case Heads To U.S. Supreme Court

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Xbox 360 Disc Scratching Case Heads To U.S. Supreme Court

Way back when the Xbox 360 launched, a number of console owners found out the hard way about a quirk of the design. They weren’t happy about it, and now a resulting lawsuit has reached the highest court in the United States.

The Xbox 360 is designed to sit vertically or horizontally. You just shouldn’t change position when the power is on. Doing that with a disc in the drive left many users with media scratched so badly that it became unusable. 

Microsoft has argued that the damage is due to user error and not a design problem. According to an Associated Press report, Microsoft claims that only 0.4 percent of the more than 84 million Xbox 360s in circulation (336,000) were affected.

New Releases This Week - January 17 Through January 23

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When you look at the release list below, you might be drawn to a couple of the entries. But this week also includes a few games you simply shouldn’t overlook.

Sure, you’ve got your Resident Evil 0 and your Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam. Those are solid offerings. But don’t pass up A Boy and his Blob (a return to an adorable NES classic that was remade for the Wii) and Darkest Dungeon (a tactical dungeon delver with fantastic art and smartly designed combat).

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[Update] Spike Chunsoft Confirms Danganronpa For PC

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[Update] Spike Chunsoft Confirms Danganronpa For PC

Update: Following our original story, Spike Chunsoft has responded to our request with some good news.

A representative from the company reached out to let us know that Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, the first game in the series, will be out in February. If you missed the game on Vita, this is your chance to play this quirky and sinister adventure game.

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PSA: Sony Sends Users PlayStation Plus Extension To Make Up For Outage Earlier This Month

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PSA: Sony Sends Users PlayStation Plus Extension To Make Up For Outage Earlier This Month

The PlayStation network went down  for nearly the entire day on January 4. Sony has issued a code to PlayStation Plus users containing a code that extends their PlayStation Plus coverage by a single day in order to make up for the outage. If you're a PS Plus user affected by the outage, you should receive this message including a redeemable code:

Due to the recent PlayStation®Network interruption we are giving you a 1-DAY extension to your PlayStation®Plus membership.  Please redeem the following voucher code by March 31, 2016, 11:59 PM PST: