New Pikmin AR game coming from Pokémon Go developer Niantic

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New Pikmin AR game coming from Pokémon Go developer Niantic

Pikmin Bloom, a new augmented reality app from Nintendo and Pokémon Go creator Niantic, is coming to mobile devices starting Tuesday. The new app will be released in Australia and Singapore first, and will roll out globally over the coming days on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, according to a news release. It will be available to download for free.

“For both me and everyone at Niantic, helping this app take shape has been a new experience and lots of fun,” Shigeru Miyamoto said in a new trailer for the game. “My hope is that everyone will be able to create lasting memories together with Pikmin.“

Pokémon Unite developer explains why scores are hidden

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Pokémon Unite developer explains why scores are hidden

Pokémon Unite, the free-to-play MOBA from The Pokémon Company and Tencent Games’ owned TiMi Studios, continues to chug along. The game, which was released to the Nintendo Switch in July, came to mobile devices in September and has gotten seasonal updates bringing welcome additions like Gengar a spacesuit and a rather dapper Blastoise.

But the outfits are only part of the fun. With the game comes an intense competitive scene fitting for a top down competitive arena game.

Returnal’s latest update fixes the game’s biggest problem

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Returnal’s latest update fixes the game’s biggest problem

Returnal, Housemarque’s PlayStation 5 exclusive about a woman trapped in a timeloop on an alien world, is meant to be challenging. At launch, it was also largely meant to be tackled in one sitting. Unlike most roguelikes, a reasonably successful Returnal run could take a few hours, and barring the use of the PS5’s suspend feature, there was no way to save your run to finish later — at least, not without sacrificing your ability to play another game, or risking disaster should the power cut out or the game update while the console was in rest mode. Six months after its release, there’s finally a way to save your game.

Live today, Returnal’s 2.0 update brings two major features to the game: the first is a photo mode, because frankly any game that doesn’t have one should be embarrassed. The other is a suspend cycle option, which allows players to save their runs wherever they are (provided they are not in combat or in one of the game’s narrative first-person sequences) and close the game. It’s not a full-on save system — you only get one file, and it’s erased once it’s loaded up again, much like how bookmarks function in a game like Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ cutest new Pokémon feeds on your terror

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ cutest new Pokémon feeds on your terror

Aw! Look at that sweet, baby Pokémon. It’s so fluffy and has big puppy dog eyes. Of course, The Pokémon Company couldn’t just leave it at that. No, Pokémon Legends: Arceus cutest new Pokémon form for Zorua is powered by pure hatred of humans. Yes, that’s in the official description for Hisuian Zorua, released Tuesday by The Pokémon Company.

Of course, we knew Hisuian Zorua and its evolved form, Zoroark, would have semi-dark backstories when we first saw them revealed last week. But these two Pokémon really hate humans, and, honestly, for good reason.

New Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl trailer shows the baddies up close

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New Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl trailer shows the baddies up close

The Pokémon Company released a new trailer for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl on Tuesday that gives a deeper look at Team Galactic, two more gym leaders, and the region’s legendary Pokémon. It also announced a limited-time outfit and Manaphy egg fans can redeem if they purchase the game early.

Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are remakes of the 2006 Nintendo DS games, and are developed by The Pokémon Company and ILCA. While the developers have already revealed a lot about the game, including more information on niche features like beauty contests and the Underground — this trailer is focused mainly on characters.

Horizon Forbidden West developers share details on new tools, weapons, and climbing mechanics

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Horizon Forbidden West developers share details on new tools, weapons, and climbing mechanics

Guerrilla Games shared specifics on Horizon Forbidden West and main character Aloy’s new capabilities in a new Playstation developer’s blog. Her toolkit expands to include free climbing, swimming, melee weapons upgrades, more traversal methods, and she’ll use them to fight new machine enemies.

Horizon Zero Dawn is known for its lush and climbable open worlds, stealth and archery based gameplay, and fearsome robotic enemies. In Forbidden West, Guerrilla looked to expand these elements, keeping an eye on how players will journey through an overgrown world of ruins. The dev blog, published Monday, provided context for a lot of the play footage that showed up in a 14-minute gameplay reveal first shown during Sony’s State of Play in March. The latest blog is chock full of fun details and play footage.

Mario Party Superstars resurrects palm-shredding minigame from 1998

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Mario Party Superstars resurrects palm-shredding minigame from 1998

Mario Party Superstars is bringing back a 23-year-old minigame — and a warning that harkens back to the old N64 controller’s analog stick.

Tug o’ War, a one-on-three game where players rotate an analog stick to pull the rope, is among the 100 minigames launching with Superstars next week. Back in the day, kids would use their flattened palms to wind the sticks even faster, which ended up simulating a rope burn.

Let’s break down that Halo Infinite campaign trailer

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Let’s break down that Halo Infinite campaign trailer

A new trailer on Monday for Halo Infinite showed off a ton of exciting details about 343 Industries’ latest game, launching Dec. 8. But the overview also moves pretty fast, and it’s easy to miss some of the biggest reveals. We’ve gone through the trailer multiple times to pick out all the details.

Here are the seven biggest reveals we found in the Halo Infinite campaign overview trailer, which includes vehicle garages, the new Cortana, and Master Chief’s upgrade systems.