Where to buy the Nintendo Switch

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Where to buy the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3, 2017, and it’s likely going to be very hard to track one down. This list will give you a good idea about what retailers may have the units, and which retailers are a waste of time.

The system has been out of stock when it comes to pre-orders for some time, but companies like Nintendo love that photo-op with long lines of smiling fans waiting for their chance to buy the hardware, and we already know that some of the launch units are being held back for walk-in customers on the day of release.

Overwatch fans speculate on who the new hero really is

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Overwatch fans speculate on who the new hero really is

The Overwatch community was taken aback yesterday by the introduction of a new character to the series’ lore: Efi Oladele, an 11-year-old scientist from Numbani. Although many speculate that Efi could be the game’s 24th playable character, fans have also dug up plenty of evidence that she’s not the new hero — but the creator of them.

The character — or thing — that’s actually playable may be one that fans have glimpsed several times before, according to several pieces of evidence dredged up by Reddit users. The popular fan theory goes like this: New hero Efi invented a spider-like, quadrupedal tank that players will control, and it’s the same one that’s made a few appearances in videos and concept art.

Towerfall developer’s next game, Celeste, heading to the Nintendo Switch

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Towerfall developer’s next game, Celeste, heading to the Nintendo Switch

Celeste, a hardcore mountain-climbing platformer developed by the creators of 2013’s Towerfall, will be available to play on the Nintendo Switch.

Developer Matt Thorson made the announcement via a new gameplay trailer on YouTube today. Thorson and co-creator Noel Berry announced the game in July 2016, using Twitch to stream a bit of the game’s development. Celeste is based on an earlier game from 2015 called Celeste Classic, which Berry and Thorson created for the PICO-8 in four days.

H1Z1 tournament to air on The CW in primetime

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H1Z1 tournament to air on The CW in primetime

H1Z1: King of the Kill is headed to primetime television. The finale of a $300,000 tournament series is set to air April 20 on The CW Network at 9 pm ET.

Daybreak Game Company, formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, launched H1Z1 into Steam’s Early Access in February 2015. The zombie-themed online multiplayer survival game was originally expected to be free-to-play, but it eventually split into two gamesH1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill — both retailing for $19.99. Throughout its lifespan the competitive mode, originally called Battle Royale, has been incredibly popular. It remains among the most-played games on Steam and the most-streamed games on Twitch.

Hot and heavy Mass Effect pack comes to Cards Against Humanity

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Hot and heavy Mass Effect pack comes to Cards Against Humanity

The massive Mass Effect nerds at Cards Against Humanity have teamed up with developer BioWare to produce an expansion pack for the vulgar card game — a small card pack themed around the beloved video game franchise that’s all about boning aliens in space, Cards Against Humanity announced today.

The 14-card Mass Effect Pack is now on sale for $1, with free shipping available to U.S. customers. If you want a pack, you should buy it sooner rather than later — “once we are sold out on the site, we are done forever,” Trin Garritano, director of events, emotions and various promotions at Cards Against Humanity, told Polygon.

Getting banned from Club Penguin is now a competitive sport

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Getting banned from Club Penguin is now a competitive sport

Speedrunners have found their new favorite game: Club Penguin. But players aren’t just jet-setting from igloo to igloo at record speed; they’re actively getting themselves banned as fast as possible.

PC Gamer first picked up on the trend, which has exploded in speedrunning communities over the course of the week. The Banned from Club Penguin subreddit, which formed as a place for deviant players to share their funniest ban stories, is currently overloaded with videos from record-setting successful attempts at getting booted from the kid-friendly online multiplayer game.

Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind has its first gameplay trailer, new screenshots

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Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind has its first gameplay trailer, new screenshots

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind dropped its first gameplay trailer today, and it’s custom built to send your nostalgia into overdrive.

The video, which is included above, is set to a motion-picture style orchestral soundtrack. You’ll see familiar locations from the 2002 classic, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, recreated in the modern MMO engine. We recognized Seyda Need, that games’ backwater swamp town, as well as Balmora where its first major quest line took place. There’s also a smattering of giant mushrooms, dwemer ruins and more bone armor than you can shake a stick at.

Pokémon’s 21st birthday is gonna get wild

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Pokémon’s 21st birthday is gonna get wild

Pokémon Day, which commemorates the franchise’s birthday, is Feb. 27, and this year’s looks to be a big one. Pokémon is finally of drinking age this year, and The Pokémon Company is holding several events to honor the big 21.

The whole list of Pokémon Day festivities is on the official Pokémon website, including things to buy and special items appearing in games like Pokémon Go. Here’s the round-up of how fans should spend Feb. 27:

Xbox Games With Gold brings you Borderlands 2, Evolve in March

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Xbox Games With Gold brings you Borderlands 2, Evolve in March

March will be a 2K Games-heavy month for the Xbox Games With Gold lineup, with both Borderlands 2 and Evolve on the list, Microsoft announced today.

Gearbox Software’s open-world shooter will be available free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers from March 1-15 on Xbox 360 (and Xbox One, via backward compatibility). The backward-compatible Xbox 360 game for the second half of the month is 2008’s Heavy Weapon, a retro arcade shooter from PopCap games.

More huge Hearthstone changes incoming with Arena mode tweaks

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More huge Hearthstone changes incoming with Arena mode tweaks

It’s been a big month of long-anticipated announcements for Hearthstone, including card nerfs, changes to the ranked mode ladder format and some cards shifting out of standard as the game enters the Year of the Mammoth. Blizzard isn’t done with the news, however, as it hits players with another big announcement today.

This time the changes are focused around Arena mode. In this mode, which has existed mostly unchanged since before Hearthstone’s full launch in 2014, players must pay either 150 gold or $1.99 to buy in to a run. Once you’re in, you choose one card from a set of three over and over until you have a full deck of 30 cards. Then you play against others who put together their deck the same way until you lose three times or manage to get the maximum of 12 wins. A reward is doled out based on the number of wins you eked out.