The SNES Classic’s ’90s-tastic trailers shows off its built-in rewind feature

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The SNES Classic’s ’90s-tastic trailers shows off its built-in rewind feature

The mini SNES Classic Edition pre-orders have started at some retailers, and Nintendo has released an official trailer for the console that shows off some of its many neat features.

The trailer’s style mimics the ’90s feel of classic Nintendo advertising, which was an unfortunate stylistic choice even at the time. At least it feels nostalgic if you grew up in the era. You can also check out features like the ability to rewind your game and user-selectable borders that frame the image on widescreen televisions if you keep the games’ original 4:3 aspect ratio.

Star Wars: Legion stole the show at this year’s Gen Con

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Star Wars: Legion stole the show at this year’s Gen Con

Star Wars: Legion is a brand new hobby miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games that was unveiled for the first time at this year’s Gen Con in Indianapolis. Two-player demos took place on stunning, hand-made dioramas that were the talk of the show.

Legion is a points-based wargame. The boxed starter set will come with 33 unpainted miniatures, about enough for two 500-point teams of Rebels and Imperials, as well as a collection of eight barricades for cover. Tournament play will feature 1000-point teams, and Fantasy Flight has plans for more factions down the line.

We’ve played Monster Hunter: World, and it rules

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We’ve played Monster Hunter: World, and it rules

We were excited when Monster Hunter: World got announced during Sony’s press conference at E3 2017. After all, this is the first proper Monster Hunter for consoles since 2013’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and that was an upgrade to a non-HD game.

We were even more excited when we got to see Monster Hunter: World in action during a live demo at E3. But hands-off demos can be full of tricks. To fully believe in what Capcom is selling here, we needed hands-on time, and now we’ve got that.

Ni no Kuni 2 is aimed at Western fans, and it’s better for it

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Ni no Kuni 2 is aimed at Western fans, and it’s better for it

Ni no Kuni was one of those games I desperately wanted to like. But Level-5’s collaboration with Studio Ghibli missed the mark for me, largely due to its anarchic JRPG trappings. Its combat was indirect, slow and tedious, borrowing from the genre’s worst-paced tendencies.

That doesn’t seem to be the case with its sequel, which feels more like a spiritual successor than a direct continuation. As director and studio CEO Akihiro Hino told Polygon during a Gamescom interview, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is looking westward for inspiration — much to its improvement.

Level-5 wants another Dark Cloud as much as you do

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Level-5 wants another Dark Cloud as much as you do

We’ve seen the return of several beloved — and not-so-beloved — series in recent years, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to revive one. As Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino reminded Polygon during an interview at Gamescom, sometimes there’s too much red tape around something to bring it back, no matter how much fans and developers love the game.

That seems to be the case with the Dark Cloud franchise, which saw two entries on PlayStation 2 in the early 2000s. The fantastical action role-playing games met particular critical and commercial success in North America. When Sony introduced PlayStation 2 emulation to PlayStation 4 in fall 2015, Dark Cloud was one of the first to join the library, winning back old fans and attracting new ones to the short-lived franchise.

Here are your best chances at getting a mini SNES Classic Edition (update)

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Here are your best chances at getting a mini SNES Classic Edition (update)

Nintendo announced the Super NES Classic Edition today, and the company is adjusting its strategy by allowing retailers to accept pre-orders for what’s sure to be one of the hottest gaming items this year.

The NES Classic Edition was stocked sporadically throughout the year, and we already know that the Super NES Classic Edition is a limited release as well. Nintendo has already stated that it’s making more units to hopefully meet demand, and we’re hoping that enthusiasts in the US will be given a chance to pre-order before launch. The NES Classic Edition was handled on a strictly first come, first served basis.

Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition for mobile looks creepily cute

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Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition for mobile looks creepily cute

Final Fantasy 15 heads to iOS, Android and Windows 10 mobile devices with Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition this fall. The retelling of the original console game will be an episodic release — but that and its new platforms aside, Pocket Edition has another huge change. The game’s cast of characters get pocket-sized, too, turning Noctis and his buds into big-headed, chibi cuties.

Since much of the charm of Final Fantasy 15 was how adorable its guy gang was, the change in art style makes some sense. At least, it makes sense in theory, as Pocket Edition’s first trailer shows that Noctis, Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis maybe don’t make the transition to chibi super well.

Arms’ new fighter is a human balloon animal

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Arms’ new fighter is a human balloon animal

Call Arms — Nintendo Switch’s premier fighting game — what you want, but you can’t call it lacking in creativity. The game’s next free update introduces a new playable character, the inflatable Lola Pop.

Lola Pop looks like a cross between a pop star and a walking balloon which isn’t us being judgmental; Nintendo describes her as a “street-performing pugilist” and a “well-traveled clown” in a press release. She’s all bright colors and inflatable limbs, with a color scheme reminiscent of candy. It helps that her debut trailer is set on Arms’ cookies- and candy-filled arena, which is also coming in the game’s new update.