Nintendo Switch Eshop Adds A Ton Of Games This Week

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Between the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online service and a new sale in the Eshop, it's been a busy week for Nintendo's hybrid console. That applies to its newest batch of game releases as well. Nearly 30 titles have been released for Switch this week, from retro classics to some indie gems and the big DLC expansion for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Here are some of the highlights.

On the indie side, this week saw the Switch release of the quirky, beloved RPG Undertale. The well-received roguelike platformer Risk of Rain is now available in the Switch Eshop as well, as is Reigns: Kings & Queens, a compilation of the Tinder-like RPGs Reigns and Reigns: Her Majesty, in which you swipe left or right to make decisions on how you'll rule. The fast-paced sci-fi shoot-'em-up Velocity 2X also made its Switch debut, and early adopters can pick it up on sale for a limited time.

In addition to those titles, a bunch of retro games arrived on Switch this week, including the Capcom Beat 'em Up Bundle, a compilation of several of the developer's classic arcade beat-'em-ups. Sega also released the first two entries in its Sega Ages line, Sonic the Hedgehog and Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar. Rounding out the retro releases is a new pair of Arcade Archives games: the Neo Geo beat-'em-up Cyber-Lip, and the rare arcade version of Excitebike.

Pokemon Go: September Community Day Is Today, Here Are All The Details

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The next Pokemon Go Community Day is here. This month's event takes place today, September 22, and as usual, it'll give players a chance to capture rare Pokemon and take advantage of other in-game rewards for a brief window of time.

Live previous Community Days, this month's event will be held around the globe, but it will only run for three hours, and its timing will vary depending on which part of the world you live in. You can find the full schedule for each major region, as taken from the official Pokemon website, below.

Every Community Day stars a special "featured Pokemon" that will spawn much more frequently in the wild than it typically does for the duration of the event. This month, the featured Pokemon is the Gold and Silver starter Chikorita. On top of appearing in greater numbers than usual, you'll also have your first chance of encountering a Shiny Chikorita during the event.

Here's How To Play Nintendo Switch's New NES Games Online

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Here's How To Play Nintendo Switch's New NES Games Online

Nintendo's online subscription service for Switch has arrived, and along with online play and cloud save backups, one of the benefits it provides is access to NES - Nintendo Switch Online, a library of classic NES games exclusively for subscribers. There are 20 titles available in the library right now, with more to come every month, and they all feature modern amenities such as save states, HD resolution, and even online play. If you're interested in trying out the latter, however, it may not be readily apparent how exactly to play NES games online with a friend.

If you subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online service, you'll be able to download the NES app from the Switch Eshop or Nintendo's website for free. You'll have unlimited access to this app for as long as your remain a subscriber, and the NES games can be played offline for up to seven days, but you'll need to "check in" periodically to verify that you still have an active subscription.

Once you've installed the NES app, you'll be able to play any of the included NES games either solo or with another player. Many of the titles in the initial lineup feature a dedicated two-player mode, but some, such as The Legend of Zelda, only support one player; in these games, you and your friend will be able to share the same screen and switch between who is controlling the game at any time.

Devil May Cry 5 Takes Dante To His Peak

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Looking in from the outside, Devil May Cry's Dante doesn't seem like anything unique. He's another roguish and charming anti-hero, firing off cheesy one-liners and making light of the latest big bad looking destroy this, that, and the other. But for fans of the character, and the series at large, Dante is also a character that is defined by gameplay.

While the earlier entries in Capcom's action series focused heavily on his attitude, with some added spice thanks to a set of stylish abilities and moves, it wasn't until Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening that the character really came into his own. In this game, Dante was at his most complex and interesting. This wasn't because of some narrative revelation, it was ultimately still a game about slicing and dicing demons, but because doing this effectively was an incredibly involved, demanding task. But those that managed to put the pieces of DMC3's combat systems together discovered a character that felt exciting, nuanced, and thoroughly satisfying to control.

Devil May Cry 5 Lets You Spend Real Money To Upgrade Characters

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We recently had the opportunity to play Devil May Cry 5 at TGS. The demo shown behind closed doors featured Dante, the original star of the series who is now considered a secondary character to Nero in the new sequel. During our demo we encountered the Divinity Statue, which acts as a shop where you can trade in orbs collected during combat and exploration, and in that menu we discovered that players will have the option to spend real money to accrue more orbs if they wish to expedite the upgrade process and beef up Dante earlier than usual.

Speaking to Hideaki Itsuno, director on the game from Capcom, we asked why this system is necessary in a game like Devil May Cry 5, and the reason given was a familiar one: it's about giving players options to play the game as they wish. "With giving people the ability to purchase Red Orbs, it’s something we want to give people as an option. If they want to save time and just want to get all the stuff at once, those people can do that. But on the other hand I don’t feel you have to get all the moves, " said Itsuno. "You should be able to play it the way you want to play it."

It was a bit surprising to discover that such a feature exists in Devil May Cry 5, but it's not the first game in the series to feature them--they were also a part of Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition.

Devil May Cry 5 Has Our Attention, But We Aren't Without Concerns

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With both Resident Evil 2 Remake and Devil May Cry 5 at TGS, Capcom had a lot to share with fans and press alike. During our behind-closed-doors time we had the chance to play as Nero and experiment with his arm-swapping Devil Breaker ability--which grants him access to a range of attacks based on items collected within stages--as well as fan-favorite Dante.

In the video above we outline everything we enjoyed about the demo, and discussed a few elements that caught us off-guard. In particular, we were surprised to discover microtransactions within the game. They are used in a similar manner as Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, where orbs used to upgrade abilities can be purchased with real world money.

By and large, however, the same attitude and style that defines Capcom's Devil May Cry games is present and accounted for. There's still an additional character, V, that we've yet to play, and Capcom promises that he'll play quite differently from the other two characters. We know he uses a cane to get around and thus, relative to Dante and Nero, is potentially lacking physicality, but anything is possible in the over-the-top world of Devil May Cry.

New For Amazon Prime Video (US) In September 2018: New Movies And TV Shows

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Are you running out of things to watch on Amazon Prime? September is here to remedy that with a slew of new TV shows, movies, and Prime Originals for you to binge in your free time this week and beyond. Here is what you have to look forward to throughout this month.

There are five new Prime Original series debuting. The most notable is King Leer, which stars Anthony Hopkins playing the iconic titular role based on the work of William Shakespeare. Additionally, there is Six Dreams, a documentary series which follows a Spanish soccer league and three of its players: Atletico de Madrid's Saúl Ñíguez, Athletic Club Bilbao's Iñaki Williams, and Real Betis' Andrés Guardado. On the comedy side of things, Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph star in Forever, a series about a couple who have hit a slump after years of repetition.

For new movies coming to the service that you may have missed in theaters, September 29 marks the arrival of the horror movie Jigsaw, which is part of the gruesome Saw franchise. There is also Escape Plan 2--which wasn't in theaters--and while the movie's focus isn't on Sylvester Stallone as much as we'd thought it would be, it's still a solid action movie.

Telltale Anounces "Majority Studio Closure;" Walking Dead And Other Series' Fate Unknown

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Update: Telltale has issued a statement in which it confirms fears that the studio is at least partially shutting down. It does not address the specific fate of its games, only saying more details will be shared in the coming weeks. It reaffirms that 25 people remain with the studio for the time being, but it's unclear how long they will be employed. The full statement follows.

Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company's employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company's obligations to its board and partners. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement:

"It's been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.

Telltale Announces "Majority Studio Closure;" Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, And Other Series' Fate Unknown

about X hours ago from

Update: Telltale has issued a statement in which it confirms fears that the studio is at least partially shutting down. It does not address the specific fate of its games, only saying more details will be shared in the coming weeks. It reaffirms that 25 people remain with the studio for the time being, but it's unclear how long they will be employed. The full statement follows.

Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company's employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company's obligations to its board and partners. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement:

"It's been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.

Telltale Confirms "Majority Studio Closure;" Walking Dead And Other Series' Fate Unknown

about X hours ago from

Update: Telltale has issued a statement in which it confirms fears that the studio is at least partially shutting down. It does not address the specific fate of its games, only saying more details will be shared in the coming weeks, but reaffirming that only 25 people remain with the studio for the time being. The full statement follows.

Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company's employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company's obligations to its board and partners. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement:

"It's been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.