Former Sonic Team Members React To Sonic Movie Design

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Former Sonic Team Members React To Sonic Movie Design

With a recent poster for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie showing proportions and fur that many fans didn't exactly expect, people have been talking about the new take on the cartoony mascot character. After an alleged leak of a cardboard standee in a movie theater popped up showing Sonic's legs and little else, not only have fans been posting their thoughts, but so have former developers on the Sonic Team.

Thanks to the Twitter account @SonicJPNews, which has been cataloging and translating these tweets.

From Shiro Maekawa, a former writer at Sonic Team:

Ninja Gaiden, Wario's Woods, And More Join Switch's Online Service

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Ninja Gaiden, Wario's Woods, And More Join Switch's Online Service

Starting today, Adventures of Lolo, Ninja Gaiden and Wario's Woods are available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Nintendo launched the service in September with 20 NES games, and promised more every month.

The Adventures of Lolo follows the titular character trying to rescue his love, Lala, after she is kidnapped by King Egger. In Ninja Gaiden – which launched a long-lived series – you play as a promising young ninja who travels to America to avenge his father's death and prevent his enemies unleashing an ancient demon. Toad's adventure in Wario’s Woods plays like Dr. Mario – but instead of pills, you try to align monsters and bombs. You can get a better feel for each game by watching Nintendo's announcement trailer below. 

Beyond adding a trio of new games into the mix, Nintendo has also offered SP versions for Dr. Mario and Metroid which lets you skip straight to the endgame. For Dr. Mario, that means being throwing into level 20 at Hi speed, and for Metroid you'll drop into the game with all of Samus' abilities fully upgraded just before the battle with Ridley.

Netflix’s The Punisher Is Still Getting Its Second Season

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Netflix’s The Punisher Is Still Getting Its Second Season

In a teaser trailer today that showcased its January lineup, Netflix revealed a glimpse into The Punisher’s next season.

Last month, Netflix gave nearly all their original Marvel series the chop beginning with Iron Fist, followed by Luke Cage, then ending with the critically-acclaimed Daredevil. As it stands, only Jessica Jones and The Punisher have been left breathing. 

The new teaser for the ruthless vigilante comes exactly one year after The Punisher was officially confirmed for a second season. So far, there is no official premiere date for when the series will air.

The Game Awards Doubles Viewership In 2018

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The Game Awards Doubles Viewership In 2018

The Game Awards has become a surprisingly big show in the years since it split off from Spike TV's infamously crass version that nonetheless commanded attention due to a TV audience. In order to get big reveals, the show had to prove itself, and it had to prove itself by getting big reveals. Now it seems host and creator Geoff Keighley can point to this year's numbers whenever he wants to convince a major developer or publisher to bring announcements to the annual award show.

For the 2018 event, over 26 million people streamed the show over the internet, counting restreams and recorded broadcast views after the show itself was over. That number is up 128 percent from 2017's already fairly large number of 11 million. If you were asking yourself why there were so many Super Smash Bros. Ultimate commercials during the show, that's why.

During the actual live broadcast, The Game Awards hit four million peak concurrent viewers.

Epic Offering Services To Further Cross-Platforming Gaming

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Epic Offering Services To Further Cross-Platforming Gaming

Epic has announced that throughout 2019 it is launching a suite of cross-platforming services for developers across seven platforms (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch) as allowable on each.

The services were originally developed for Epic's Fortnite, and will be "free for all developers, and will be open to all engines, all platforms, and all stores." These can be mixed-and-matched as the developer sees fit.

Epic has released a 2019 roadmap for the services, which involve cross-platform login, ID-ing of friends, voice comms, parties, matchmaking, data storage, achievements, and more.

ZeniMax Settles Its Lawsuit Against Oculus

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ZeniMax Settles Its Lawsuit Against Oculus

ZeniMax has settled its lawsuit against Oculus and Facebook which claimed that Oculus took ZeniMax's proprietary tech for Oculus' Rift VR headset. Terms of the settlement are undisclosed.

Back in 2017 a jury found Oculus guilty and awarded ZeniMax a $500 million settlement based on a breach of a non-disclosure agreement and misuse of copyrights and trademarks. This was later reduced to $250 million this summer.

"We are please that a settlement has been reached and are fully satisfied by the outcome," said Robert Altman, ZeniMax chairman and CEO. "While we dislike litigation, we will always vigorously defend against any infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property by third parties."

Smash Bros. Ultimate Update Coming Soon, Convert Replays To Videos Now

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Smash Bros. Ultimate Update Coming Soon, Convert Replays To Videos Now

A message popping up for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today confirms that a new update coming in the next few days. The version 1.2.0 update is the first since the game's release last week and will be making actual balance changes to the game's fighting. While it's not clear what exactly the update will contain, that does mean the existing replays you have saved will become unusable.

Luckily, unlike previous games in the series, this time Nintendo is giving warning that that an update is coming and you can convert your replays into videos, keeping them from being affected by balance changes.

The way Super Smash Bros. saves replays is by recording the timing and order of button presses. So it knows when you punched Samus as Little Mac, but it doesn't save an exact image of that moment happening. Thus, when a balance change happens like nerfing that punch to do 10 percent instead of 12 percent, it breaks the log. Now that recorded button log playing out in the actual game can't keep up with the way it was supposed to work.

Indie Survival Game Overland Fully Releasing Next Year

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Indie Survival Game Overland Fully Releasing Next Year

Overland, a survival game and roguelike we highlighted as one of the best indie games coming out of E3 back in 2017, will fully release sometime next year.

Overland is currently in "first access" on PC (though it's over at the developer's official website and not on Steam), where players can play the game and offer developers feedback.  However, developer Finji recently tweeted the game was "real close to getting out of first access," and would release next year.

Back when played Overland, we thought "the road trip themes and aesthetics are reminiscent of Kentucky Route Zero mixed with XCOM-style gameplay," a concept we thought worked well.

Here's Our First Look At New Shadow Of The Tomb Raider DLC, The Pillar

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Here's Our First Look At New Shadow Of The Tomb Raider DLC, The Pillar

The Tomb Raider Twitter page officially announced the second DLC for Shadow of the Tomb Raider called The Pillar.  The tweet encouraged players to "venture into the Path of the Huracan to discover the truth behind the legend of the Maya apocalypse."

Only fifteen minutes after the initial announcement, a second tweet gave us a four-minute long video on the making of The Pillar. The video tour was lead by associate producer Jonathan Dahan and showed off some of the DLC's concept art, gameplay, and development. 

The Pillar will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 18. If you missed out on the first DLC, we wrote up some early impressions of The Forge alongside the announcement trailer back in November. 

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Gets 11 Free New Games Today

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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Gets 11 Free New Games Today

The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection gets 11 complete new games today, and they're all free if you've already bought the game.

Today's update for the game is split across three downloads, but you get nearly a dozen games out of the deal. They are:

You get nine games at first from the initial patch out now. However, due to ESRB guidelines and the content of Beast Busters and SAR, you'll have to download those as DLC separately, but they're both also free.