Super Mario Party’s first patch in 2 years adds classic modes to online play

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Super Mario Party’s first patch in 2 years adds classic modes to online play

A new update to Super Mario Party, its first in two years, finally adds the main board-game modes to its online options. The update went out Tuesday, so you and your friends can now enjoy all the rage of Mario Party together from anywhere in the world.

Of course, to play online, players must have a subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online premium service. But the update lets them play both the classic Mario Party and Partner Party modes online in Super Mario Party. When playing online, players will have access to all 20 of Super Mario Party’s characters, as well as all of the game’s maps, regardless of their progress toward unlocking them in the regular game.

Pokémon Go adding Xerneas and Yveltal in new Luminous Legends events

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Pokémon Go adding Xerneas and Yveltal in new Luminous Legends events

Two new Legendary Pokémon are coming to Pokémon Go: Xerneas and Yveltal. Both Pokémon hail from the Kalos region and will make their debut in Pokémon Go five-star raids — Xerneas will be first, starting on May 4.

Xerneas (aka the Life Pokémon) will be released as part of Pokémon Go’s Luminous Legends X event, which will also bring Spritzee, Swirlix, and Goomy to the Pokémon mobile game. Niantic will also release a new item, the Rainy Lure Module, which will attract Water-, Bug-, and Electric-type Pokémon, and can be used to evolve Sliggoo (the evolution of Goomy) into Goodra. Sliggoo can also be evolved when the in-game weather is rainy.

The Luminous Legends X event will run from May 4 at 10 a.m. to May 17 at 10 a.m. local time. Pokémon Go players starved for Dragon-type Pokémon will also find Dratini and Bagon more often in the wild during the event. Similarly, Dragonite and Salamence will be able to learn certain attacks through evolution or a Charged TM during this event: Draco Meteor and Outrage, respectively.

Legends of Runeterra’s new expansion will add 42 new cards and has a gorgeous trailer

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Legends of Runeterra’s new expansion will add 42 new cards and has a gorgeous trailer

League of Legends card game Legends of Runeterra is getting a new expansion called Guardians of the Ancient, and Riot Games released the add-on’s first trailer on Monday. The new expansion will be part of the Empire of the Ascended set and will introduce 42 new cards in total, including three new champions, and a few new mechanics to the online card game.

The trailer is narrated by Zilean, the Chronokeeper, who is watching over the nations of Runeterra as they threaten to tear each other apart. In one of Zilean’s vision we can see a living mountain — who looks a little like Malphite — rise to defend its lands, while in another we see Irelia preparing to defend Ionia from Noxian invaders. Things in each vision seem to get dire, but before all hope is lost, Zilean seems to turn back time to give the defenders a second chance.

The Noid gets back into video games with Crash Bandicoot crossover

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The Noid gets back into video games with Crash Bandicoot crossover

Did you know The Noid is officially old enough to run for president? Well, he is, which might explain why Domino’s Pizza execrable imp returns to public life with the Crash Bandicoot infinite runner that launched on mobile platforms last week.

The Noid, whose last video game appearance was 1990’s Yo! Noid for the NES, comes courtesy of another title with a thing for exclamation points: Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! In the game, Noid is a mini-boss opposing Crash, who is only old enough to run for the House of Representatives. Players can avail themselves of in-game pizza-themed skins if they like.

Resident Evil Village’s second demo has been extended to a week

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Resident Evil Village’s second demo has been extended to a week

Resident Evil Village is almost here, and Capcom has allowed players to sample the mysterious game through a series of time-limited demos, in which 60 minutes of gameplay is limited to a 24-hour window. Fans haven’t been happy about these restrictions.

Understandably so: It can be tough enough to schedule in a new game at the best of times, and having to plan around a single, arbitrary day isn’t great. Capcom has heard the feedback and is now making the demo available for a full week. Players in North America will have access from May 1 through May 9.

Second Extinction’s dinos and guns: Two great tastes that go great together

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Second Extinction’s dinos and guns: Two great tastes that go great together

The elevator pitch for Second Extinction might sound like a kid’s breakfast cereal ad, wherein two awesome, yet disparate things unite to form one big, even more awesome thing. In the case of this game, it’s dinosaurs and a first-person shooter.

Give developer Systemic Reaction some credit, though; Second Extinction, originally announced for Xbox Series X a year ago, is not formulaic. It matches the how-am-I-still-standing relentlessness of Doom and Left 4 Dead with production values just as strong, an emphasis on cooperative play, and a larger meta-game affecting the world’s sizable map. Developers Simon Vickers and Anaïs Palm took me on a tour this past Wednesday, with a rather meaty mission chapter that provided 60 minutes of fast-paced action, and multiple firefights that ended thigh-deep in dino remains.

Tom Nook and Isabelle Build-A-Bear stuffed animals back tomorrow

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Tom Nook and Isabelle Build-A-Bear stuffed animals back tomorrow

The Animal Crossing Build-A-Bears — featuring Tom Nook and Isabelle — are coming back in stock soon, and fans will be able to reserve their favorite character on Tuesday. The Build-A-Bear Workshop will host an online queue for the Animal Cross: New Horizons collection.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday on Build-A-Bear’s website, Animal Crossing fans can join the pre-waiting room. This will give stuffed animal hopefuls a chance to purchase either Tom Nook or Isabelle, complete with a summer outfit (including Nook’s rockin’ leafed cabana shirt) and either a musical sound effect or phrase of dialogue. Each animal costs $51.

Xbox Games with Gold offers Lego Batman, Armello in May

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Xbox Games with Gold offers Lego Batman, Armello in May

Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will get four free games in May as part of Microsoft’s Xbox Games with Gold program. Next month’s games will roll out on May 1 with Traveller’s Tales’ kid-friendly action brawler Lego Batman: The Video Game for Xbox 360 and League of Geeks’ “grim fairy tale board game come to life” Armello for Xbox One. All of May’s Games with Gold games are playable on Xbox Series X through backward compatibility.

Also coming in May are Dungeons 3, Realmforge Studios’ dungeon-building real-time strategy sim, and Tropico 4, Haemimont Games’ political strategy game in which players take on the role of El Presidente. Here’s the full May 2021 lineup for Games with Gold:

Apex Legends’ new Arenas mode is a blend of tactical shooter and battle royale

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Apex Legends’ new Arenas mode is a blend of tactical shooter and battle royale

Apex Legends is already one of the most popular battle royale games, but its new mode proves it can be a whole lot more than that. On Monday, developer Respawn Entertainment revealed Arenas, the first permanent Apex Legends mode to move outside the battle royale format.

Arenas takes all of the characters, weapons, and fantastic shooting mechanics from Apex Legends fans are used to and fits them into a package that feels a little bit like a tactical shooter. The mode pits two teams of three against each other in a round-based competition. The only way to win a round is to kill every member of the opposing team. Arenas matches take place on specifically designed maps, including a few that repurpose some of Apex Legends’ most popular locations.