Fire Emblem Echoes is getting a limited edition release

about X hours ago from
Fire Emblem Echoes is getting a limited edition release

Nintendo is giving Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the Nintendo 3DS remake of Famicom game Fire Emblem Gaiden, the deluxe treatment when it releases in May.

The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia limited edition bundle includes a copy of the game, a hardcover art book, a soundtrack CD and a pin set featuring pixelated versions of characters Alm, Celica and Marth. The package will also include a “reversible cover sheet that looks like the packaging for the original Famicom game,” Nintendo said in a release.

Troublesome Nintendo Switch Docks spawn cottage industry

about X hours ago from
Troublesome Nintendo Switch Docks spawn cottage industry

The industrious community on Etsy will take any opportunity to fill a perceived need, and friends do we ever need the Dock Sock.

The Nintendo Switch is not even a month old, and already reports are coming in that the new console has a potentially serious flaw. Some new owners say that their Switches are arriving with a warped dock, which could potentially scratch the screen. That’s contributed to a shortage of dock kits just about everywhere. Of course, just putting the console in the wrong way could do the same thing.

Bloodstained’s Wii U version canceled, now coming to Switch

about X hours ago from
Bloodstained’s Wii U version canceled, now coming to Switch

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the “Igavania” game from Koji Igarashi, is no longer coming to Wii U, Igarashi announced today in a Kickstarter update. That version has been canceled in favor of a Nintendo Switch version.

Igarashi cited the impending death of the Wii U as the main reason for the decision. He pointed out that developers looking to make games for Nintendo platforms are in a very different situation now than they were two years ago, when Bloodstained’s Kickstarter campaign closed with $5.55 million in pledges.

Square Enix releasing Mana collection for Nintendo Switch

about X hours ago from
Square Enix releasing Mana collection for Nintendo Switch

Square Enix is bringing the first three games in the Seiken Densetsu series — aka the Mana series — of role-playing games to Nintendo Switch. The collection, which is currently announced only for Japan, will ship this June.

The compilation will include three titles: Final Fantasy Adventure, originally released for Game Boy in Japan as Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden; Secret of Mana, originally released for SNES in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 2; and Seiken Densestu 3, a Super Famicom game that never made it stateside.

Xbox server issues affecting sign-in, digital purchases and more

about X hours ago from
Xbox server issues affecting sign-in, digital purchases and more

Xbox Live users are currently having trouble accessing major parts of the service, including signing in and buying items, according to anecdotal reports and Microsoft’s own status page.

As of 1:43 p.m. ET today, Microsoft’s status page mentions “limited” access to Xbox Live “core services” — including sign-in, creating or recovering an account, and search — as well as making purchases, redeeming codes and downloading items. The problems are affecting all platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox on Windows 10 and Xbox on devices such as smartphones.

Xbox server issues affecting sign-in, digital purchases and more (update)

about X hours ago from
Xbox server issues affecting sign-in, digital purchases and more (update)

Xbox Live users are currently having trouble accessing major parts of the service, including signing in and buying items, according to anecdotal reports and Microsoft’s own status page.

As of 1:43 p.m. ET today, Microsoft’s status page mentions “limited” access to Xbox Live “core services” — including sign-in, creating or recovering an account, and search — as well as making purchases, redeeming codes and downloading items. The problems are affecting all platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox on Windows 10 and Xbox on devices such as smartphones.

Overwatch’s new hero arrives today, but not for competitive play

about X hours ago from
Overwatch’s new hero arrives today, but not for competitive play

Overwatch’s 24th hero, Orisa, goes live in all versions of the game today, but she won’t be available to play in Competitive multiplayer mode. Blizzard says it wants players to spend some time with Orisa to familiarize themselves with her abilities before they take her into Competitive games.

“When patch 1.9 releases tomorrow, Orisa will not initially be available for Competitive Play,” said Scott Mercer, principal designer on Overwatch, in a post on the game’s forums. “We want to give players some time to learn about and play Orisa before she's placed into the crucible of Competitive Play.

G2A signed up 100 developers to its game key marketplace. How's that working out?

about X hours ago from
G2A signed up 100 developers to its game key marketplace. How's that working out?

Earlier this month, at Game Developers Conference 2017, an employee from the G2A game key marketplace confronted a game developer during a panel, creating a very awkward scene. It was the latest chapter in G2A's effort to clear its name of fraud and money laundering accusations.

The feud begins with G2A and developer and publisher Tiny Build, whose CEO, Alex Nichiporchik, accused G2A of selling $450,000 worth of their games without their knowledge, and that some of the keys were bought with stolen credit cards. G2A's own CEO vehemently denied this last summer, but the allegations seem to have stuck.

YouTube’s restriction rules are impacting gaming channels

about X hours ago from
YouTube’s restriction rules are impacting gaming channels

A number of YouTube creators who belong to site’s gaming and LGBTQ communities have noticed many of their videos are hidden in restricted mode, despite not violating any of the rules that would lead to videos being undiscoverable.

YouTube came under fire over the weekend for restricted mode, a seven-year-old content filtering system, after many members of the LGBTQ community discovered their videos were hidden by its algorithm. With new attention for the issue, creators from across YouTube began to check whether their videos were discoverable in restricted mode.

Overwatch makers know you want a map editor, but it’s not coming anytime soon

about X hours ago from
Overwatch makers know you want a map editor, but it’s not coming anytime soon

Overwatch's development team has heard the pleas for a map editor and is open to granting them, the game's director said, but it's not a simple or fast process.

Jeff Kaplan, posting in the game's official forums, noted that Overwatch was made with an entirely new engine. That makes releasing a map editor a long-term goal rather than a more immediate add-on. "We are extremely open-minded about releasing a map editor for Overwatch someday," he said.