Gabe Newell: Valve is Going To Start Shipping Games Again

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Gabe Newell: Valve is Going To Start Shipping Games Again

At a reveal event for Artifact, the upcoming digital card game set in DOTA's universe, Valve CEO Gabe Newell talked about his company and made a statement that will surprise (and possibly excite) those who have followed the company's output:

Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us. So that's sort of good news. Hooray! Valve's going to start shipping games again.

According to PC Gamer, Newell chalks up Valve's sluggish release of games, with 2011's Portal 2 being the last non-VR singleplayer game the company put out, to "investing" in the company's future with its digital storefront Steam as well as hardware innovation. Newell didn't talk about what kinds of games would be coming, but  we know at least three upcoming titles are VR-based

Crash N.Sane Trilogy Also Coming To Xbox One And Steam In July

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Crash N.Sane Trilogy Also Coming To Xbox One And Steam In July

Nintendo happily reported that the remade trilogy of Crash Bandicoot's first few games is coming to the Switch, but Activision has announced that the collection is also coming to Xbox One and PC, as well.

The trilogy, which is the best selling remaster on the PlayStation 4 bar none, has been long-rumored to come to other systems. A year later, Activision announced that the other platforms will be releasing on the other consoles on July 10.

The port comes to other systems with all the content in place. While the Crash Bandicoot license eventually transferred to Activision, players familiar with the games in the N.Sane trilogy might remember the days when Crash was the fierce-fighting mascot who stood outside Nintendo headquarters with a megaphone calling out Mario.

Epic Announces Fortnite Battle Royale Coming To Mobile

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Epic Announces Fortnite Battle Royale Coming To Mobile

Determined to keep on top of the wave of popularity Fortnite has been enjoying, Epic has announced that it is bringing the battle royale mode to mobile platforms.

According to Epic, this is far from a compromised version – in fact, it's the same version as everything else. 

"On phones and tablets, Fortnite is the same 100-player game you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac," Epic wrote. "Same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates... We believe this is the future of games. The same game on all platforms. Console quality graphics and action. Play when you want, where you want."

Catch What You Missed In Today's Nintendo Direct

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Catch What You Missed In Today's Nintendo Direct

Nintendo livestreamed a Direct today, their first since January, showcasing 3DS and Switch titles for the first half of 2018. While a lot of the announcements were detailing things they have previously announced, a few big and small announcements also came through. Didn't have time to watch it? We got you covered.

WarioWare Gold Announced – The 3DS compilation brings together all a number of microgames from the series' history in all different styles.Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers Comes West May 24 – The newest 3DS Dillon game is more action-and-speed focused.
Luigi's Mansion Coming To 3DS This Year – A 3DS remake of Luigi's Mansion arrives later this year.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Coming To 3DS – The third Mario & Luigi title is being remade with new content for 2019.

Report: Here's How President Trump's Meeting With The Video Game Industry Transpired

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Report: Here's How President Trump's Meeting With The Video Game Industry Transpired

Today, President Donald Trump met up with several politicians and video game industry leaders to discuss the impact of violent games on children and whether it is connected to gun violence. This roundtable discussion included company representatives from Bethesda, Take-Two, Rockstar, and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), as well as vocal critics of violent media like founder of the Parents Television Council Brent Bozell, and Representative Vicky Hartzler, a Republican Congresswoman from Missouri.

According to Rolling Stone, the hour-long meeting began with Trump demonstrating a video reel to the group. These clips depicted violent scenes from games that no one in the room could name. The videos were "so violent it shocked some in the group to silence," writes Rolling Stone. Following these clips, Trump asked all in attendance for their thoughts. Attendees say the meeting was more of a listening session than anything else. Future meetings are a possibility.

Kirby Star Allies Will Receive Updates With New Playable Characters

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Kirby Star Allies Will Receive Updates With New Playable Characters

One of Nintendo's announcements during the Direct today was that the upcoming Kirby Star Allies won't be limited to just normal enemies for your multiplayer buddies.

Throughout the base game, you can add King DeDeDe, Metaknight, and Bandana Waddle Dee to your team. Future updates will add more characters, with the first update adding the animal pals from Kirby's Dreamland, Ricky, Kine, and Coo; Marx from Kirby Super Star; and Gooey from Dream Land 2 and 3.

Future updates will add more characters to the mix.

ARMS Online Tournament This Month, Another Global Test Punch Coming

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ARMS Online Tournament This Month, Another Global Test Punch Coming

During today's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced a tournament for their fighting game ARMS, as well as another Global Test Punch coming later.

To participate in the preliminaries, players go through the game's online Ranked Match mode March 8 - March 18. The top players then move on to the online finals on March 31, which will be streamed live from Nintendo of America headquarters. All finalists get official art from the game sent to them, as well.

Starting on the same day as the finals, Nintendo will also be hosting a three-day Global Test Punch for the game. The Test Punch acts as an online demo for players without the game to test it out and see if they like the game.

Super Smash Bros. Announced For Switch In 2018

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Super Smash Bros. Announced For Switch In 2018

At the end of today's Nintendo Direct, the company revealed a short teaser video announcing a new Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch.

The video featured Inklings shooting and swimming through ink in a white void-like area mirroring the original Splatoon announcement trailer, though this eventually grows dark. The female inkling takes notice of the burning Super Smash Bros. logo – a circle with two intersecting lines – as a large crowd gathers in front. Quick flashes seem to show Breath of the Wild's Link and a quick cut to text.

In an email, Nintendo said "The Super Smash Bros. series comes to Nintendo Switch in 2018. The teaser trailer featured recognizable faces like Mario, Link and the Inklings from the Splatoon series." 

Splatoon 2 Gets Paid Single-Player Expansion, Plus Free Multiplayer Update With Stages And Gear

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Splatoon 2 Gets Paid Single-Player Expansion, Plus Free Multiplayer Update With Stages And Gear

The first paid DLC for Splatoon 2 has been announced. The single-player Octo Expansion puts you in the shoes of the mysterious Agent 8 as you work to regain your memories.

The expansion features 80 test facilities connected by a subway. If you complete the expansion's content, you can join the base game's multiplayer matches as an Octoling. In addition, Nintendo promises that the expansion will dive deeper into the lore of Splatoon's world. Those who preordered Splatoon 2: Expansion Octo on the Switch eShop will receive Octo Headgear and clothes to use immediately in multiplayer.

In addition to the paid expansion, Splatoon 2 is getting version 3.0 update. The update adds 100 new, as well as three new stages: Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish, and Wahoo World. Competitive players will also be able to earn a new rank: Rank X.

Hyrule Warriors Arrives On Switch Later This Month

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Hyrule Warriors Arrives On Switch Later This Month

Following on the heels of Fire Emblem Warriors, a port of the popular Zelda X Dynasty Warriors crossover Hyrule Warriors will be arriving on Switch sooner than expected. You'll be able to rumble with Linkle, Ganandorf, and the rest of the gang on the go (but probably better than the 3DS version) on March 25.

You can check out our review of the original version of Hyrule Warriors here.