Nintendo Publishes Free Digital Version Of Super Mario Maker Idea Book

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Nintendo Publishes Free Digital Version Of Super Mario Maker Idea Book

Those of you planning on purchasing Super Mario Maker at retail will also be coming home with a small booklet of level concepts. The rest of us can muse on our devilish level ideas digitally, though.

In advance of the game’s release on Friday, Nintendo has published a PDF version of the Super Mario Maker idea book. You can check it out here if you want to get the creative juices flowing.

If you purchased via the eShop, you can still get a physical copy of the book. Check your receipt for information on how to redeem.

Blade & Soul Enters Closed Beta In October

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Blade & Soul Enters Closed Beta In October

NCSOFT has announced that its next MMO, Blade & Soul, will be entering closed beta in October. Those that purchased founder’s packs will have access immediately, as the developer tests the game throughout the fall.

For everyone else, sign-ups are available on the NCSOFT website. If you’re not sure if you’re interested, there will be a live stream today at 10 a.m. Pacific on the official Blade & Soul Twitch channel

Blade & Soul will have at least five test weekends totaling a minimum of twenty days. Full release for the free-to-play game is planned for early 2016. Closed beta begins on October 30 in North America. 

Bethesda Reveals Fallout 4 DLC Plans, Mods Confirmed For PS4

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Bethesda Reveals Fallout 4 DLC Plans, Mods Confirmed For PS4

Fallout 4 is just two months away, which will likely speed by faster than we realize. With release approaching, Bethesda has revealed some of its plans for post-launch support.

As you might expect, there will be DLC coming down the road. Add-ons will start to appear in early 2016, but details are sparse right now. A season pass will be available for $30, with a guarantee that it will save at least $10 for those who purchase it. 

We’ve known that mod support is coming for PC, with curated selections coming to Xbox One after. We now know that PlayStation 4 users will be getting those same mods, but some time after they hit Xbox One. The creation kit won’t be available on PC until early in 2016, so don’t expect these to start flowing to console for a number of months.

Harmonix Secures $15 Million Investment In Advance Of Rock Band 4 Release

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Harmonix Secures $15 Million Investment In Advance Of Rock Band 4 Release

Filings with the SEC have revealed that Harmonix has recently received a $15 million investment. Those responsible for the influx of equity funding have chosen not to disclose their identities, though.

The filing lists that a group of 14 investors has made possible the funding, which comes just a month before the release of Rock Band 4. Harmonix is headed into a battle of the bands, as Activision is also bringing back its console music series with Guitar Hero Live.

Harmonix is also in the process of completing Amplitude, its first foray into crowdfunding. The title was recently delayed, with wide release planned for early 2016.

Neverwinter Gets Four Free Expansions, Classic Characters Minsc And Boo On Xbox One

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Neverwinter Gets Four Free Expansions, Classic Characters Minsc And Boo On Xbox One

Perfect World is playing catchup with the Xbox One version of its free-to-play MMO, Neverwinter. Four free expansions have arrived with a host of new features for those playing on console.

The add-ons include, Curse of Icewind Dale, Shadowmantle, Fury of the Feywild, and the most recent expansion, Elemental Evil. These bring a boost in level cap from 60 to 70, the Oathbound Paladin class, new adventure zones, and profession boosts.

For fans of the Baldur’s Gate franchise, you’ll have the opportunity to reunite with two classic characters. Minsc (a ranger) and Boo (a miniature giant space hamster) made their debut to the public in 1998, bring humor to BioWare’s epic adventure in the Forgotten Realms.

Here Are All Of The Tracks Confirmed To Appear In The Guitar Hero Live Song List So Far [UPDATED: 9/8/2015]

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Here Are All Of The Tracks Confirmed To Appear In The Guitar Hero Live Song List So Far [UPDATED: 9/8/2015]

With Guitar Hero making its big return this year, Activision is coming out swinging with the songs available at release. Back in April, the publisher told us that it will feature "hundreds" of songs at launch in the GHTV mode of the game alone, and with "Tracklist Tuesday" making it a weekly event to learn more about what we'll be shredding along to when Guitar Hero Live releases, the setlist is shaping up to feature a diverse collection of songs from a wide array of artists and genres.

If you haven't kept up with all of the announcements, you can check out the updated official soundtrack to this point below. If you'd like to compare this to what is appearing on Rock Band 4's disc, you can check out the running list dedicated to Harmonix's game here.

Activision and FreeStyle Games have not clarified which mode each of the songs will be available for, but these are the songs that will be playable at launch. If you'd like to learn more about how the newest Guitar Hero plays, you can check out our hands-on impressions.

Who’s A Wittle Big Boss? First Look At Adorable MGS V Venom Snake Nendoroid Figure

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Big Boss is bearded, gruff, and hellbent on revenge. He’s also entirely precious, even with that cute little horn.

The Good Smile Company, known for its line of adorable figures based on games, anime, and film, is teaming up with Konami again. The pair have previously cooperated on Raiden (Metal Gear Solid 2) and Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid) figures.

The Venom Snake figure pictured above doesn’t have a release date yet, as this is only the first color sample. If you want to bring him home to put next to your Collector’s Edition hand, you probably won’t have long to wait, though.

Destiny 2.0 Update Is 17 GB, So You Might Want To Get That Download Started

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Destiny 2.0 Update Is 17 GB, So You Might Want To Get That Download Started

If you’re hoping to dive back into Destiny today with the new 2.0 update, you’re going to want to make sure to get the download started. The 17 GBs include new audio files for Ghost (R.I.P. Dinklebot) and massive changes to the game’s core systems.

The 2.0 update (which is listed as Version 1.14 via PlayStation Network) paves the way for release of The Taken King. Destiny’s largest expansion, which introduces an entirely new area and fight against the terrifying Oryx is out on September 15.

For more on what to expect from Destiny’s second year, you can check out our coverage from last month. For more on what to expect in this week between the update and the expansion, check out our coverage from last week.

The Dark Souls III Digital Issue Is Live

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The Dark Souls III Digital Issue Is Live

If you have a computer or tablet, you could be reading all about Dark Souls III right now. Following last week's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live on web browser and will be coming to iPadAndroid, and Google Play throughout the day. You can download the apps for free. All four of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches tomorrow on our third-party subscription apps including ZinioKindle, and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your print subscription here or start a new subscription here.