Reader Discussion: Which Nintendo Handheld Is Your Favorite?

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Reader Discussion: Which Nintendo Handheld Is Your Favorite?

With Nintendo officially detailing the North American release of the New 3DS XL, it got us thinking back to our favorite handheld hardware.

Whether you're talking the grey brick that was the original Game Boy or the sleek New 3DS XL, Nintendo has always been successful in the realm of handhelds. My personal favorite is the 3DS XL thanks to how it feels in my hands, the strong functionality of the touchscreen and other hardware features, and the excellent library of games, but when the discussion opened up to the rest of the editors, I heard everything from Game Boy Advance SP to DSi getting thrown around.

What is your favorite Nintendo handheld device? Do you go retro with the Game Boy or even the more manageable and functional Game Boy Color, or do you prefer one of the 3DS models? Was the hardware or software a more important factor in making your decision?

Free Month Of Xbox Live Headed To Halo: The Master Chief Collection Customers Now

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Microsoft has started applying a free month of Xbox Live to the accounts of some customers. This gesture is related to the problems that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has faced.

Users need not do anything, as the month of service has already been applied your account if you received the message. This move was revealed in December when Microsoft announced a package intended as an apology for the Collection’s problems. Note that you need to have played the title online on or before December 19, 2014 to be eligible.

Additionally, users will get an exclusive in-game nameplate and avatar. Players will be getting the entire Halo 3: ODST campaign and the remade map Relic in the future. No Firefight mode is planned for ODST.

Reach Out And Touch The Grey Goo Launch Trailer

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Reach Out And Touch The Grey Goo Launch Trailer

You might think that the name “Grey Goo” is an odd one for a science fiction real-time strategy game. We promise there’s a logical reason.

The concept of “grey goo” is an apocalyptic one, in which all life as we know it comes screeching to a halt at the hands of self-replicating nanomachines. If you’re a Stargate SG-1 fan, this concept will seem familiar, as the Replicators were a regular series nemesis in the later years of the show.

They are also one of the three factions in Petroglyph’s upcoming title, along with humans and an alien species known as the Beta. The sentient Goo will test both the beta and humans, all while those two races continue to wage war. 

Pre-Load The XCOM Board Game App Now Before The Game Arrives This Month

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Pre-Load The XCOM Board Game App Now Before The Game Arrives This Month

Back in August, Fantasy Flight Games announced a tabletop version of XCOM. The publisher is almost ready to release it onto an unsuspecting world, and you can get ready now.

XCOM tasks players in different roles across the XCOM organization. The Commander, Chief Scientist, Central Officer, and Squad Leader will need to work as a team to push back the alien menace.

At the heart of that is the companion app, which is available for download now on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. You’ll need it to play the game, which is due out around January 28 (tabletop games don’t often have the same specific release dates as video games).

Listen To An Exclusive Final Fantasy Track From Legacy Sessions Studio Album

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Listen To An Exclusive Final Fantasy Track From Legacy Sessions Studio Album

It’s always a joy when we can feature great adaptations of popular video game music. The latest is a studio album featuring 12 arrangements from the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 era.

Legacy Sessions: GAME Generation 5 features original arrangements by Casey Ormond, Nicole Brady, Tristan Coelho, and a guitar duo called With Ether. Selections include Super Mario 64, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Metal Gear Solid:

We have an exclusive track featuring a medley of music from Final Fantasy VII to share with you.

Harmonix Survey Asks What You Want In A New Rock Band Game

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Harmonix Survey Asks What You Want In A New Rock Band Game

With the recent release of Rock Band DLC for the first time in nearly two years, people are expressing interest in plastic instruments again. In response, Harmonix is circulating a survey inquiring what you’d want in a new Rock Band game.

The third and final page of the survey asks about a campaign mode, compatibility with the instruments you already have, DLC compatibility, and online multiplayer. Additionally, Harmonix is also floating the idea of weekly song drops, just like in the old days.

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Humble Store’s Weekend Sale Offers Huge Discounts On Warhammer Games In Support Of Special Effect

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Humble Store’s Weekend Sale Offers Huge Discounts On Warhammer Games In Support Of Special Effect

Earlier this week, reports of an upcoming Total War: Warhammer title emerged. Sega isn’t saying anything yet, but if that got you thinking about Games Workshop’s titles, this is your weekend.

The Humble Store is offering significant discounts on a number of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 games. Included on the list are action title Space Marine, real-time strategy games Dawn of War and Dawn of War II, and the recently released PC version of tabletop adaptation Warhammer Quest.

Here’s the entire list, including discounts:

The War Of The Action Figures: Disney And Activision’s Dueling Sales Stats

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The War Of The Action Figures: Disney And Activision’s Dueling Sales Stats

There is a war brewing in the gaming world, and it’s not the one you might think. Ever since last year, Activision and Disney have been duking it out in the growing “toys to life” market (also called “toy-loadable content”). Today sees dueling statistics about performance during 2014.[Ecxerpt]

In the United StatesAccording to the NPD Group, which released data on December 2014 as well as the full year yesterday, Disney Infinity outperformed Skylanders in total starter packs sold and total revenue. Disney points out that Infinity 2.0 is on three fewer platforms than Skylanders, and on those that they share, Infinity outsold Activision’s franchise by 72 percent in terms of starter packs.

However, Activision says that Skylanders is still the largest brand in the United States. This takes into account all sales across all years, of which Activision has two additional as the pioneers in the genre. Note that Disney’s statistic about starter packs doesn’t take into account the equally important figure sales (and this year, Skylander traps) that come after.

Rockstar Giving Free Game And Other Bonuses For GTA V PC Preorders

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The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V may have recently been delayed, but Rockstar is hoping to entice players into pre-ordering the game. If you do, you can score some in-game cash as well as a bonus download of another Rockstar title to keep you busy until March.

To get the goodies, you need to head over to Rockstar's Warehouse store and preorder the game. You'll be charged 15 percent up front, and you'll get a download code for one of the following PC games of your choice:

You'll also get $1 million of in-game cash for GTA V, divided equally between the single-player game and Grand Theft Auto Online. If that sounds like something that you're interested in, you have until February 1 to complete the pre-order process. For a look at the game's minimum specs, check out our earlier story.

Starbreeze Sells Ownership Of Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons To 505 Games For $500,000

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Recently, we’ve seen developers working to wrestle their intellectual property away from publishers. Double Fine, Harebrained Schemes, and others have worked tirelessly to reclaim rights to their previously published titles.

Today sees that story reversed. Starbreeze AB, developer of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has sold the intellectual property rights to the title. The publisher of the title, 505 Games, has agreed to purchase the game for $500,000.

“This acquisition reflects 505 Games’ stated strategy of owning and controlling its own IP, and, moreover, IP that can contribute something meaningful to the world of interactive entertainment,” said 505 Games president Ian Howe in the company’s press release.