Mutant Football League launches with a throwback 67-page instruction manual

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Mutant Football League launches with a throwback 67-page instruction manual

Mutant Football League, the spiritual successor to the Sega Genesis hit from 1993, launched on Jan. 19, and it may be one of the last console video games to ship with an old-school, 67-page phat printed instruction manual.

Not everyone gets it (and the game’s launch at retail will come this summer). It’s part of the Retro Genesis Case premium offered to backers who pledged at the $65 or $85 levels of a supplementary Kickstarter back in February. Digital Dreams, the game’s developer, sent me a copy. It’s glossy, authentically sized, uses typefaces no designer would have dreamed of using in the past 15 years and stacked with original illustrations.

Namco Bandai’s build-and-battle Gundam game is coming to America

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Namco Bandai’s build-and-battle Gundam game is coming to America

Have you ever wanted to build a Gundam model, but don’t have the patience or mass amounts of disposable income? Good news: Bandai Namco’s Gundam Breaker series, which lets Gundam fans create and customize model versions of their favorite mobile suits and take them into battle, is coming to the Americas. The next entry in the Gundam sub-franchise, New Gundam Breaker, is heading stateside sometime in 2018.

Like other Gundam Breaker games, New Gundam Breaker will let players build and customize digital Gunpla (Gundam plastic model) kits of various sizes and scales. Those Gunpla can be used in battle, and players can harvest parts from enemy Gunpla to further personalize their models. According to Bandai Namco, players will be able to customize their Gundam models on the battlefield, thanks to “new real-time weapon and armor swapping.”

Microsoft acquires cloud-based gaming platform PlayFab

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Microsoft acquires cloud-based gaming platform PlayFab

Microsoft announced today that it acquired PlayFab, a provider of services for cloud-connected games. The terms of the acquisition are not known, but a statement from Kareem Choudhry, corporate vice president of gaming at Microsoft, said that the company is now part of the Microsoft family.

PlayFab describes itself as “the most complete back end platform built exclusively for live games” and touts its ability to support mobile, PC and console platforms. Choudhry said that the acquisition would extend “the investments and work [Microsoft] has done on Microsoft Azure to provide a world-class cloud platform for the gaming industry.”

Square Enix Montreal director leaves studio after game cancellation

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Square Enix Montreal director leaves studio after game cancellation

After a nearly two-year stint at Square Enix Montreal, co-creative director Teddy Diefenbach has left the studio. Diefenbach, who is best known for working on indie hit Hyper Light Drifter, announced on his personal website that he chose to vacate his position following the termination of his team’s project.

“My team were working on a game that I deeply wish we could have shared with you,” Diefenbach wrote. “But the business strategy of the studio shifted, and our project was sadly no longer compatible.”

Madden NFL 18 predicts Super Bowl 52: Patriots vs. Eagles

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Madden NFL 18 predicts Super Bowl 52: Patriots vs. Eagles

Madden NFL 18 predicts a 24-20 Super Bowl victory for the New England Patriots over the Philadelphia Eagles, which would give this year’s cover star, Pats quarterback Tom Brady, a sixth world championship ring.

In EA Sports’ simulation — which is a CPU-versus-CPU game with current rosters on All-Pro difficulty — New England is trying to salt away the victory when the Eagles’ Malcolm Jennings strips the ball from running back Dion Lewis. Philadelphia, trailing by four, gets the ball back with 1:44 left, apparently deep in its own territory.

The Xbox One has a serious exclusive games problem

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The Xbox One has a serious exclusive games problem

Microsoft has given Xbox head Phil Spencer a vote of confidence, promoting him to executive vice president of gaming. In return, Spencer will be expected to solve the company’s immediate problem: The Xbox One doesn’t have enough big-name exclusives.

As we tumble into the mass-consumer era of this console generation, the Xbox One is far behind the PlayStation 4 in terms of global install base. Microsoft refuses to release hardware sales numbers, but analysts we spoke to estimate the Xbox One at around 35 million, compared to the PlayStation 4 at more than 73 million.

New SNK Heroines trailer is heavy on fan service

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New SNK Heroines trailer is heavy on fan service

SNK released a new trailer for SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy at Evo Japan 2018 this weekend, and in case there was any confusion, that trailer makes it abundantly clear that the fighting game is all about the fan service.

Ostensibly, the trailer’s purpose was to reveal a new character, Nakoruru, who first appeared in Samurai Shodown in 1993 and more recently appeared in The King of Fighters 14. “With her lightning-quick attacks and loyal bird companion, Mamahama, she is looking to bring her brand of 18th century beatdown in SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy,” publisher NIS America said in a press release today.

Longest-standing video game record declared ‘impossible,’ thrown out after 35 years

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Longest-standing video game record declared ‘impossible,’ thrown out after 35 years

Twin Galaxies, the video game record keeper and official source for Guinness World Records, has declared one of the oldest gaming world records invalid after 35 years. Player Todd Rogers has been stripped of his world record for finishing the simple Atari 2600 racing game Dragster, after months of debate over his completion time.

“Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Todd Rogers’ scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards,” reads a post on the Twin Galaxies forum from the organization’s staff.

Eve Online developer says it’s committed to supporting bigger, better battles

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Eve Online developer says it’s committed to supporting bigger, better battles

So many people showed up to a fight last week in Eve Online that the developer had to slow down time in-game so the platform could keep up. Of course, time dilation isn’t at all unusual for Eve. Everyone shares the same universe, and even casual players can stop by to gawk at massive battles. But some fans suggest that the 15-year-old game — and the infrastructure that supports it — simply isn’t up to snuff. Developer CCP Games disagrees.

Eve’s community manager, who goes by the handle CCP Falcon, told Polygon that a lot of attention has been paid over the last several years to increase the game’s capacity to host thousands of players in the same place at the same time.