Play the SNES Classic wirelessly with 8Bitdo’s SN30 controller

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Play the SNES Classic wirelessly with 8Bitdo’s SN30 controller

8Bitdo has made a name for itself delivering some of the best wireless controllers for systems ranging from the NES Classic to the actual NES and SNES. Now, it’s releasing the SN30 wireless controller and adapter — along with the Super Famicom-themed SF30 — for $25, shipping just in time for the holidays. And they support the coveted Down + Select home screen shortcut!

That’s $10 less than its existing SNES30 and SFC30 Bluetooth controllers, and $15 less than last year’s NES30 and Retro Receiver ... but there’s a catch. While the existing Bluetooth receivers are capable of using controllers from 8Bitdo’s own to the PS4 and even the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons, this SNES package uses a 2.5 Ghz connection and is “SNES Classic exclusive,” according to a spokesperson.

PUBG team will spin off as subsidiary company

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PUBG team will spin off as subsidiary company

South Korean developer Bluehole, the makers of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, is spinning off a subsidiary company focused exclusively on that game. A report published yesterday by Bloomberg also reveals it is in talks with Tencent, China’s biggest game company, which is interested in purchasing an equity stake.

The new subsidiary company will be called PUBG Corp. and will focus on “accelerating overall business development and managing global operations” for Battlegrounds. Its chief executive officer will be Chang Han Kim, who worked previously as the executive producer for that game.

Nintendo restricts livestreaming games for YouTubers in Nintendo’s partners program

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Nintendo restricts livestreaming games for YouTubers in Nintendo’s partners program

YouTube creators who participate in Nintendo’s Creators program will not be able to livestream Nintendo games from the YouTube account tied to Nintendo’s Partner program, the publisher has confirmed.

Nintendo issued an update today outlining its livestreaming policy, which now states that YouTube channels linked to Nintendo’s partner program can not stream any Nintendo game either for monetization or non-monetization purposes. Instead, YouTubers have a couple of options. The easiest, albeit disadvantageous option, instructs YouTubers to stream from a different account not associated with Nintendo’s program.

How to find aliens in Elite: Dangerous

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How to find aliens in Elite: Dangerous

The latest update for Elite: Dangerous has been out for about two days, and players are stumped.

Update 2.4 (also called The Return) features the Thargoids, an ancient alien race that commanders have been chasing around the Milky Way galaxy for the better part of a year. It all began in January when massive, flower-shaped spaceships began pulling players out of hyperspace — that game’s version of faster-than-light travel — seemingly at random. Things escalated in June after a series of massive alien structures were discovered in multiple star systems.

YouTube’s policy on Patreon, external links will hit new creators hardest

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YouTube’s policy on Patreon, external links will hit new creators hardest

YouTube has come under criticism from creators who say they can’t link out to their Patreon accounts on video end slates anymore.

A YouTube representative confirmed to Polygon that links to Patreon and other external websites — merchandise shops, websites or crowdfunding platforms — aren’t being removed entirely, but changes are being made. To help combat inappropriate and abusive content, YouTube is asking all of its creators to join the YouTube Partners Program in an attempt to better protect the content on its site.

My Nintendo gold coins are finally good for free retail games

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My Nintendo gold coins are finally good for free retail games

My Nintendo members can now spend those gold coins they’ve racked up since the rewards program on something much nicer than discount coupons: full game downloads. As part of a limited-time promotion, Nintendo is offering users a handful of indie games in exchange for their Gold Points, the first time the company has thrown download codes for retail games into the giveaways mix.

A quartet of “Nindies” for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are available to choose from, which might be a disappointment to Nintendo Switch owners. Still, beggars can’t be choosers — and besides, Nintendo still hasn’t set up its Nintendo Switch rewards category.

Dead Rising 4 will get gameplay updates based on fan feedback

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Dead Rising 4 will get gameplay updates based on fan feedback

This December, Capcom will release Dead Rising 4 on PlayStation 4 with all of the game’s downloadable content to date and a new game mode, Capcom Heroes. That content is also coming to the Windows PC and Xbox One versions. But that’s not all; Capcom Vancouver is also working on brand-new content and improvements to the game experience as part of a free update for Dead Rising 4.

One of the bigger updates coming to the game involves Dead Rising 4’s human enemies, also known as maniacs (and something we criticized in our review of the game). According to a post on the Capcom Unity blog, the development team is working to make the game’s maniac encounters “feel more meaningful and rewarding.”

You can now gamble on Pac-Man

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You can now gamble on Pac-Man

A slot machine manufacturer wants to put Pac-Man into a casino near you. No, it won’t be a one-armed bandit eating nickels in a smoke-filled corner. Pac-Man Battle Casino is a multiplayer machine and comes complete with the blessing of Bandai Namco.

Developer and manufacturer Gamblit Gaming bills itself as “the leading publisher for real-money and skill-based gaming for land based casinos.” Battle Casino was developed in partnership with Bandai Namco, and seems to be loosely based on Pac-Man Battle Royale, a four-player version of the classic arcade game released in 2011.

Shenmue 3 now has facial expressions

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Shenmue 3 now has facial expressions

When Yu Suzuki and Ys Net showed off the latest footage from Shenmue 3 in August, fans of the revived adventure series expressed concern over how stiff and expressionless the game’s characters were. Protagonist Ryo Hazuki’s face was distractingly blank throughout the game’s first teaser trailer.

Reaction to Shenmue 3’s mannequin-like faces prompted a response from Yu Suzuki, who told Game Watch that facial animations had been removed from some of the footage, but would eventually be replaced.

Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer has bows and arrows, after years of requests

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Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer has bows and arrows, after years of requests

Good news for Red Dead Redemption fans: Red Dead Redemption 2 will let players use bows and arrows, a weapon type that was sorely missing from the previous game. Red Dead Redemption 2’s new story trailer shows off hero Arthur Morgan drawing an arrow while hunting in the Wild West, something we never got to see John Marston do in the previous game.

This may seem like a small addition for those unfamiliar with the series, but diehard fans of the earlier game have reason to be excited. The bow and arrow was a popular choice for players of Red Dead Revolver, the 2004 action Western that went on to inspired Red Dead Redemption and its follow-up. When Red Dead Redemption launched and lacked the weapon, it left some who were into it disappointed.