Watch today’s Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct right here

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Watch today’s Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct right here

Nintendo promises to reveal more about its upcoming Switch third-person shooter, Splatoon 2, during a dedicated Nintendo Direct livestream today. Splatoon 2 is just a few weeks away, so expect close to final details on the upcoming squid kid action game.

Today’s Nintendo Direct kicks off at 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET.

Super Mario Odyssey ditches the ‘game over’ screen completely

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Super Mario Odyssey ditches the ‘game over’ screen completely

Players will never have to worry about hitting “game over” in Super Mario Odyssey. While Mario can die in myriad ways throughout the game, he’ll never make the player sit through one of the iconic end screens.

A recent post from the game’s Japanese Twitter account confirms that Super Mario Odyssey has no game over screens. A rough translation of the tweet explains the game’s health mechanic, which sees Mario losing 10 coins every time he “plunges to the depths.” Coins replace the traditional lives system of other Mario games.

The best tabletop RPGs of 2017

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The best tabletop RPGs of 2017

The ENnie nominations for 2017 are out, and they include some of the best new products in the world of tabletop role-playing.

The EN World RPG Awards, a fan-voted contest that started over at the venerable EN World forums, have grown to become a fairly high-profile event in the world of tabletop RPGs. The ENnies, as they’re called, have been given out at every Gen Con since 2001 and they’re more than just a popularity contest. Games are nominated by a panel of experts selected each year from the gaming public. After all the entries have been winnowed down, just about anyone can vote on the ENnies. The awards are then handed out during each year’s Gen Con, the largest tabletop gaming convention in the country.

League of Legends point prices are going up abroad, and Brexit is to blame

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League of Legends point prices are going up abroad, and Brexit is to blame

Buying Riot Points for League of Legends is about to get costly for players in the U.K. A 20 percent increase in prices for the in-game currency will be effective starting later this month, and Riot Games is pointing to “Brexit” as the cause of the change.

“Last June, the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, triggering a drop in the value of the pound relative to other global currencies, particularly the US dollar,” explained Benshirro, who’s in charge of publishing in Riot’s Dublin office, in a post on the Western European League of Legends forum. “This change meant that while UK players were spending the same number of pounds on [Riot Points] as before, players elsewhere in the world were paying a lot more in comparison.”

Revisit the early days of Ash and Pikachu’s beautiful friendship in 90 seconds

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Revisit the early days of Ash and Pikachu’s beautiful friendship in 90 seconds

The 20th Pokémon feature film is out next week in Japan, which means it’s time for at least one more trailer. Our latest look at I Choose You revisits some of the most emotional beats from the start of Ash and Pikachu’s lifelong friendship, all scored with one heck of a heartbreaking song.

I Choose You serves as a reimagining of the Pokémon cartoon’s earliest episodes, and this trailer is full of memorable moments. It’s always strange to think that Ash and Pikachu took a while to warm up to each other, but the video makes sure to remind us of that. Pikachu shocked Ash on their first meeting; Ash dragged the stubborn Pikachu through Viridian Forest on a leash in another seemingly out-of-character scene.

Creative Assembly announces Total War Saga spinoff series

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Creative Assembly announces Total War Saga spinoff series

Total War developer Creative Assembly is expanding 17-year-old strategy franchise with “a new class of historical Total War game on PC” called Total War Saga. Creative Assembly’s new Saga games will be stand-alone spinoff titles that focus on “exciting pivotal moments in history rather than whole historical eras.”

Game director Jack Lusted said in a Q&A on Creative Assembly’s website that Total War Saga games “won’t be revolutionary new titles or introduce brand-new eras.” And they’ll still focus on real-time strategy battle tactics — this isn’t a return to the hack and slash style of Spartan: Total Warrior.

Crash Bandicoot remaster really is harder, fans discover

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Crash Bandicoot remaster really is harder, fans discover

Some players are finding the remastered Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy much tougher than the original games, and there may be a clear reason for that. Streamers have picked up on how jumping in the PlayStation 4 collection has changed significantly from the original PlayStation games, with a difference in how collisions work as the main culprit.

Complaints that the collection, which includes the first three Crash Bandicoot platformers, ramped up the difficulty came not longer after its release. Much of that criticism was pointed at Crash’s much more slippery, precise jumping abilities, compounded by the game design’s often “unforgiving” nature.

Fire Emblem Warriors trailer adds magic and axes to the fray

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Fire Emblem Warriors trailer adds magic and axes to the fray

Fire Emblem Warriors won’t only have swordsmen to play around with, and the game’s latest trailer gives us our first taste of how its diverse roster plays. Several heroes from Fire Emblem Awakening, like axe-wielder Lissa and black mage Robin, make their first appearance, diversifying the gameplay.

The Nintendo 3DS game’s roster has a large presence in Fire Emblem Warriors, reportedly due to the size and scope of its character classes. We see a few of those for the first time here: Robin uses spells to clear out enemy forces, while Lissa and the cavalry knight Frederick throw down their axes to intimidate foes.

DCS F/A-18C Hornet, for when the legendary Warthog flight sim just isn’t hard enough

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DCS F/A-18C Hornet, for when the legendary Warthog flight sim just isn’t hard enough

Eagle Dynamics, makers of the DCS World vehicle combat simulator and the legendary DCS A-10C Warthog flight simulator module, have announced their next product. It’s called DCS F/A-18C Hornet and it looks fantastic.

Eagle Dynamic’s Matt Wagner produced the video above, in which he called Hornet the first true sequel to Warthog. But it’s even more complicated than you might think. That’s because Hornet will be the DCS series’ first U.S.-made, multi-role attack aircraft.