Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may have a big learning curve for modern fans

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may have a big learning curve for modern fans

On May 19, Nintendo will release a version of Fire Emblem Gaiden, the series’ second installment, stateside for the first time on Nintendo 3DS. But the newly dubbed Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia may look pretty unfamiliar to Fire Emblem fans who cut their teeth on other recent 3DS Fire Emblem entries.

Based on the trailer Nintendo debuted during yesterday’s Fire Emblem livestream, Shadows of Valentia harkens closely to the 1992 original Fire Emblem Gaiden. As the Japan-only Famicom title’s name implies — “Gaiden” means “side story” in Japanese — the game deviates from the formula that more recent fans. Some of the most devoted Fire Emblem fans have detailed the most significants changes that this so-called experimental role-playing game brought about from its predecessor, many of which never returned in future games.

In Sonic Forces, fans can play as their own original characters for the first time

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In Sonic Forces, fans can play as their own original characters for the first time

Sonic Forces is introducing a new feature to the franchise that is aimed squarely at hardcore fans: the ability to create, and play as, their own original hero.

Most exciting are the customization options. There are seven different kinds of animals that players can choose from, including wolves, rabbits, cats, dogs, bears and birds. (There’s also a hedgehog, of course.) Each one comes with a particular ability to complement their arsenal of gadgets.

Tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct is all about Arms

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Tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct is all about Arms

A Nintendo Direct presentation will air tomorrow at 3 p.m. PT, bringing new details about the upcoming Nintendo Switch game Arms.

Dubbed an “Arms Direct,” this may be the last batch of new details we get about the game before it launches. The unique fighting game, a new property for Nintendo, will launch on June 16. It’s the next big title heading to Nintendo Switch, although its arrival at the tail-end of E3 2017 means we may have plenty more exclusives to be excited about by the time Arms arrives.

Project Rap Rabbit team pulls Switch stretch goal, with plans to ‘reexamine’

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Project Rap Rabbit team pulls Switch stretch goal, with plans to ‘reexamine’

Just one day after it opened for crowdfunding, Project Rap Rabbit’s Kickstarter campaign is going under a major revision. Its Nintendo Switch stretch goal, set at a steep $4.95 million, has been pulled so that the team can figure out how to lower the ask.

“Over the last 24 hours we’ve been taking the time to digest all your comments, wishes and feedback, and one request stands out above all others: a significantly lower Nintendo Switch goal,” wrote the development team in a Kickstarter update, headed up by designers Keiichi Yano and Masaya Matsuura.

Harvest Moon is heading to Switch and PC for the first time ever

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Harvest Moon is heading to Switch and PC for the first time ever

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is Natsume’s next game in the 20-year-old farming simulation franchise, and it’s a milestone. Not only is the title heading to PlayStation 4, but it’s also bound for two other consoles: Nintendo Switch and Windows PC, both new territory for the series.

In a press release, company president Hiro Maekawa hinted that Light of Hope would be both an evolution and a return to Harvest Moon’s roots.

Pokémon Go’s new event sends adventurers out looking for fossils

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Pokémon Go’s new event sends adventurers out looking for fossils

A new special event begins in Pokémon Go this week, and it’s all about the rock-type Pokémon. “Adventure Week,” as developer Niantic has dubbed the campaign, encourages players to get outdoors and start digging around for Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl and other uncommon, fossil-based monsters.

These Pokémon, along with the non-fossilized Onix and Sudowoodo, will be more common than usual throughout the week. The entire event runs from May 18 at 1 p.m. PT until May 25 at 1 p.m. PT, giving players the full seven days to fill out their rock-type collections.

GTA Online’s biggest role-playing streamers make for must-see Twitch viewing

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GTA Online’s biggest role-playing streamers make for must-see Twitch viewing

Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto 5, has apparently evolved into a wild and woolly place since it debuted more than three and a half years ago. The latest shenanigans that people are engaging in? Play-acting as members of the San Andreas State Police.

All the people participating in this adventure play the game as if they’re real people in real life — for instance, they stop at red lights. The group in question is led by the character Eli “Sheriff Eli” Thompson, who runs what he calls “Sheriff Eli’s Digital Law & Order.” Thompson plays the role of a badass, gives-plenty-of-guff-but-takes-none sheriff, and he plays it incredibly well.

ZeniMax: Samsung’s Gear VR tech conceived at id

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ZeniMax: Samsung’s Gear VR tech conceived at id

Former id Games execs John Carmack and Matt Hooper formulated an “attack plan” for mobile VR that would eventually lead to the creation of Samsung’s Gear VR, while secretly working in id’s offices late one night, according to a new lawsuit filed by ZeniMax last week in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Carmack, who would later go on to work for Oculus, snuck Hooper — recently been fired from his role as id’s creative director — into the id offices in July, 2013. That’s where the two worked up a plan, according to the suit. Later that night, Hooper emailed his contacts at Oculus disclosing that he and Carmack formulated an “attack plan” for the mobile VR work that they would undertake together at Oculus, according to the suit.