Fan Creates The Functional GameCube Mini We've Been Waiting For

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Fan Creates The Functional GameCube Mini We've Been Waiting For

It's no secret that fans have been clamoring for an N64 Classic to follow Nintendo's popular NES and SNES Classic consoles. However, YouTuber Madmorda has skipped the 64-bit console and jumped right to the following generation with a "GameCube Classic."

The miniaturized console actually uses a Wii motherboard, since it's smaller than the GameCube's and has backward compatibility. Madmorda then trimmed the motherboard down to the size of a GameBoy Color cartridge, which she details on her blog. The four controller ports are compatible with GameCube controllers through a headphone jack adapter, but the console is also compatible with the Wii U and Switch GameCube adapter through a USB port. There's also a USB port for game data, serving as the memory card. For the console's shell, Madmorda found an old gummy candy case in the shape of a GameCube.

The project took around nine months, and the work to fit all of the necessary components into this tiny gummy case is insane. Even the Wii motherboard wasn't small enough to neatly fit in the case, so Madmorda had to cut parts of it and reassemble it like Frankenstein's monster.

Overwatch Introducing Replay Feature

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Overwatch Introducing Replay Feature

When Overwatch first released, there was a big problem people who didn't play Bastion had where getting Play of the Game was actually pretty hard. Blizzard explained it's really hard to fix what a computer thinks is cool, so it had to mostly go by numbers. Now it seems like Blizzard is putting the power in your hands by giving players camera tools and the ability to do a replay of the match they were just in.

Announced by Blizzard today, the new feature is given the greatly simplistic name of "Overwatch Replays." The tools will let you speed up, slow down, change camera angles, spectate specific players, and more. It seems a lot like their spectator tools for the Overwatch League, but now in your hands.

This could be useful if you wanted to know exactly how you managed to die in the chaos of that last match, you're analyzing your competitive play for weakness, or perhaps you just did a cool or funny thing and want to show your friends using the in-game editing tools. The blog post says not to abuse dramatic slowdown, but I think you should use it as much as you want and set it to a singing chorus. Other people will just have to deal with your creative vision.

Report: Star Wars Game Knights Of The Old Republic Getting A Movie Adaptation

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Report: Star Wars Game Knights Of The Old Republic Getting A Movie Adaptation

Of all the Star Wars licensed titles in video game history, Bioware's Knights of the Old Republic might be the most venerated. The 2003 RPG put players into a Star Wars universe 4,000 years before the movies and was well-loved for its strong character writing and exploration of the Star Wars mythos. The game is so well-liked that it reportedly influenced director J.J. Abrams during concept meetings for bringing the series back with The Force Awakens.

It makes sense, then, that Disney and Lucasfilm would consider adapting the title as a Star Wars movie. According to a report from BuzzFeed, that's exactly what they're doing.

BuzzFeed's sources report that the movie is currently being written in preparation for next steps. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, has told reporters that an adaptation is being looked at, but BuzzFeed's report states that it is currently in active development. The same story identifies Laeta Kalogridis as the writer, who is best know for her work on Shutter IslandAlita: Battle Angel, and the Netflix show Altered Carbon.

Dead Cells Releases Rise Of The Giant DLC On Consoles With New Animated Trailer

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Dead Cells Releases Rise Of The Giant DLC On Consoles With New Animated Trailer

There aren't enough animated game trailers out there and I genuinely appreciate that Dead Cells provides them at weirdly regular junctures that are pretty fun. This one is to celebrate the release of the Rise of the Giant DLC, a free semi-expansion that has been available on PC for some time. It's now on PlayStation 4 and Switch, so players can enjoy the new bosses and new areas it provides.

You can check out the animated trailer below.

In addition to the trailer and the DLC, Motion Twin has confirmed that Dead Cells has sold two million copies across all systems. This is a pretty unqualified success for Motion Twin, which functions somewhat experimentally as a developer with a flat structure in terms of hierarchy. In absolute terms, two million in the indie market is huge, and speaks to how a critically successful idea can take off.

Four New X-Men Coming To Marvel Strike Force

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Four New X-Men Coming To Marvel Strike Force

Update: The X-Men rollout to Marvel Strike Force has begun. FoxNext has also shared a new trailer showing off the abilities of the X-Men characters, as well as various pieces of new art. You can see those below.

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All Remaining Telltale Titles Being Removed From GOG Next Week

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All Remaining Telltale Titles Being Removed From GOG Next Week

The saga of Telltale's closure, which was done abruptly and without paying severance to its 500 employees, seems to be as episodic as the developer's games were when they were operating. This time, it looks like expiring licenses have caught up to Telltale's library and the games are likely to disappear from digital shelves soon, with GOG already announcing this to be the case.

In a statement on GOG's forums today, the digital distribution store did not mince words about what is happening.

"Sadly, we need to inform you that, due to company’s closure, all the remaining Telltale titles will be delisted from our catalog on Monday, May 27, 10am UTC. The titles are as follows: the Wolf Among Us, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Hector: Badge of Carnage, the Batman series, Sam & Max series, Puzzle Agent series, Tales from the Borderlands, and Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People. For everyone who purchased any of said titles prior to delisting, the games will remain in their GOG library."

The Division 2's Raid Difficulty Is Not Going To Be Tweaked

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The Division 2's Raid Difficulty Is Not Going To Be Tweaked

Controversy sparked in The Division 2 community when it came to the game's raid difficulty. PC players managed to beat it five hours after Operation Dark Hours' launch, whereas it took console players three days. 

Though the group overall is persevering, it is still taking console players much longer to finish the raids. The numbers vary heavily between the amount of PC players and console players that have completed them. PC currently stands at 7,000 while PS4 and Xbox remain under 200.

The community remains divided between players embracing the challenge and console players demanding tweaks. But the developers have no plans of touching the difficulty at the moment despite the difference in numbers.

Loot Box Bill Officially Introduced To U.S. Senate

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Loot Box Bill Officially Introduced To U.S. Senate

Two weeks ago, U.S. senator Josh Hawley of Missouri announced an intention to bring legislation against video game loot boxes being allowed in games for minors. The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, or PCAGA, has been formally filed today and the text of the bill has been made available to the public for the first time, answering some questions but leaving a lot of wiggle room for many others.

You can find the full text of the bill here and a FAQ for it here. As it has not been formally read on the floor, it does not yet have a senate bill name, but it does have support from Republicans like Hawley as well as Democrats such as Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn). The bill does set out to do what Hawley described a few weeks ago, in that it establishes fines for any video game containing loot boxes or pay-to-win mechanics and even defines what those things look like.

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Grand Prize Winner Of Pokémon T-Shirt Contest Disqualified

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Grand Prize Winner Of Pokémon T-Shirt Contest Disqualified

This Monday, the Japanese apparel retailer Uniqlo revealed the winners of their annual T-Shirt design competition, with 2019's theme being Pokémon. The winner, Li Wen Pei with his totem Magikarp and Gyrados design, would see his design in-game as a wearable T-shirt within the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield. However, following news that Li had previously made the design for phone cases before the contest, his design has been disqualified.

The contest's rules state that submitted designs must be made specifically for the contest, which Li's design unfortunately breaches.

Furthermore, no other contestants will receive the grand prize or see their designs in-game. The second prize is still second, third is still third, and so on.

Jessica Jones Season Three Gets June Release Date

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Jessica Jones Season Three Gets June Release Date

Netflix's Marvel era is coming to an end, and Jessica Jones will be its last hurrah. After the cancellation of Luke Cage, Daredevil, and The Punisher, Netflix has confirmed in a YouTube promo that Jessica Jones' third and final season will be coming in the first half of June. 

While very few details have been shared about what is to come, Rachel Taylor (Trish Walker), Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse), and Carrie Anne-Moss (Jeri Hogarth) will be returning alongside Krysten Ritter as the titular super-powered private eye. It's safe to expect a trailer to drop sometime in the coming days. 

Netflix has been cancelling its Marvel shows in anticipation of Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, taking over Marvel TV production. Disney has already confirmed shows about Loki, Scarlet Witch and Vision, and Hawkeye. More shows in the Marvel universe are planned for the next few years.