Digital Service Kartridge Partners With Indie Megabooth To Spotlight Games

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Digital Service Kartridge Partners With Indie Megabooth To Spotlight Games

Kartridge, the digital service lead by publisher Kongregate, has entered into a deal with Indie Megabooth to better surface and curate indie titles on the service. Indie Megabooth gathers indie titles and developers for major fan and industry shows to give indies that otherwise wouldn't get marketing attention some much-needed exposure. It appears they'll be doing roughly the same thing for Kartridge.

Indie Megabooth has a running list of alumni in their databases, indie developers that have worked with the organization before. Using this list, the company is working with Kongregate to spotlight those games for their service to show games people might otherwise not see.

"It’s no secret that I’m a firm believer in the power and importance of thoughtful curation," says Indie Megabooth CEO Kelly Wallick. "Not only is it important to address discoverability issues for indie devs, but diverse curation creates a welcoming environment for new fans to discover creatively accessible games and experiences."

Pokémon Go's Trainer Versus Trainer Combat Is Now Live

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Pokémon Go's Trainer Versus Trainer Combat Is Now Live

The long-promised feature of being able to fight against other trainers is now officially integrated into Pokémon Go.

#GOBattle ALERT: Trainers level 10 and up can now start their first Trainer Battles! pic.twitter.com/QnpDinKWM8

Niantic started rolling out the feature last night gating it based on player levels, but now it is fully integrated. You just have to have achieved at least level 10 to fight your fellow trainer.

NieR: Automata's 2B Joining Soulcalibur VI Soon

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NieR: Automata's 2B Joining Soulcalibur VI Soon

Bandai Namco has announced that killer android 2B from Square Enix's NieR: Automata is joining the Soulcalibur VI roster on December 18.

Not only is she another dangerous character for the fighter, but she's also bringing with her new parts for the character creation tool and new weapons and music.

2B is part of the game's season pass as well as a standalone add-on.

Spider-Man's Final DLC Coming Next Week

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Spider-Man's Final DLC Coming Next Week

Spider-Man's final chapter of The City That Never Sleeps DLC, entitled Silver Lining, comes out on December 21. Silver Sable is back to get her stolen tech from Hammerhead, and Spider-Man's in the middle.

The DLC also includes three new suits – Into the Spider-Verse (after the movie, naturally), Cyborg, and Aaron Aikman Spider-Armor. Silver Lining is going for $9.99 unless you already have the DLC bundle which costs $24.99.

For more on the game, check out Reiner's review as well as our impressions of the previous DLC chapters: The Heist and Turf Wars.

Tony Hawk Returns To Gaming With A Free-To-Play Mobile Game

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Tony Hawk Returns To Gaming With A Free-To-Play Mobile Game

After 2015's underwhelming Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, the iconic skateboarder is making a return to video games on a smaller scale. Tony Hawk's Skate Jam is available today for iOS and Android devices as a free-to-play mobile game. You can download it right here.

Tony Hawk was apparently involved heavily in the game's development helping to optimize the controls. Hawk also picked the game's soundtrack. In a press release for the game, Hawk was quoted as saying, “I think players of my older games will enjoy the nostalgic feel, while younger, mobile-first players will love the online competitive element. The goal is to connect generations of skateboarding fans, casual players, and competitive gamers, and this game is the ideal platform for that.”

The game includes a career mode with 15 skate parks across five different regions, boss levels, 10 unlockable characters, and more than 30 unlockable boards. The game can be played offline, but there will also be online modes, and online tournaments with rewards like signed skateboards, and real-life shoutouts from the eponymous Tony Hawk, himself.

Smash Bros. Ultimate's Next Spirit Event Is Themed After Glasses

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Smash Bros. Ultimate's Next Spirit Event Is Themed After Glasses

Before Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released, director Masahiro Sakurai talked a little bit about the spirit board, a bounty board for spirits that you could fight and then play a minigame to free. He advised checking back every so often as the spirit board refilled, but a notice in the game seems to better explain why: themed events happen sometimes.

The first theme is focusing on spirits wearing glasses of all kinds, including goggles and sunglasses. The way it is broken down still relies somewhat on random changes. Four spirits (James McCloud, Brittany, Jeff, and Brewster) appear at scheduled times. Other spirits, which I've listed below, will appear randomly and include the scheduled ones.

Most of these are available in the World of Light, but having extras lets you disassemble them for cores to feed to your spirits there.

The Crew 2 Free Weekend Starts Tonight

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The Crew 2 Free Weekend Starts Tonight

Vastly stretching out the meaning of the word "weekend," Ubisoft has The Crew 2 for free right now on all platforms that support the game. The free weekend will go through 12:00 a.m. PT on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and ends at various times on December 17. You could actually drive through America in the time The Crew 2 free weekend lasts.

The game is also on a deep discount while the free weekend is going on, so if you don't get your fill, you can also just pick up a copy at the end of it. Not all free weekends are available on all platforms, so you don't want to miss this one if you're on a console and have wanted to give the game a try. 

You can find our review of The Crew 2 here.

The Overwatch League 2019's Schedule Posted, More Games Per Night Than First Season

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The Overwatch League 2019's Schedule Posted, More Games Per Night Than First Season

Overwatch League, by Blizzard's metrics and most standards, was a pretty smashing success. The League made quite a bit of money and raised awareness of the game more than any marketing budget could have done with the same amount of money. In the follow up, Blizzard has added a number of new regional teams and added one more game per night than the first season had.

In the newly released schedule, Blizzard has revealed exactly when in 2019, as they originally said, the new season will begin. Unfortunately for those who have Valentine's Day plans, the first games begin on February 14 featuring eight of the teams. This means four matches per night, which is one more than 2018's season. Considering an extra eight teams were added this year, it makes sense that more games per night would be required.

The teams have a lot to compete for this year. Champions of the league get $1.1 million prize. So every time one of your turrets gets destroyed, that's basically like losing a car.

Star Wars TV Show Mandalorian Releases Cast List

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Star Wars TV Show Mandalorian Releases Cast List

The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars show since Disney took over the franchise, has been kind of a mystery since it was first announced. The Jon Favreau-headed series was quietly given a name and concept only a few months ago, followed by an update to announce guest directors including Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Now, Lucasfilm has released a cast list for the show and it's wild.

From the official Star Wars website:

"Pedro Pascal (Narcos) has been cast in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. He is joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Affliction)."

Star Wars TV Show The Mandalorian Releases Cast List

about X hours ago from
Star Wars TV Show The Mandalorian Releases Cast List

The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars show since Disney took over the franchise, has been kind of a mystery since it was first announced. The Jon Favreau-headed series was quietly given a name and concept only a few months ago, followed by an update to announce guest directors including Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Now, Lucasfilm has released a cast list for the show and it's wild.

From the official Star Wars website:

"Pedro Pascal (Narcos) has been cast in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. He is joined by Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Affliction)."