Humble Bundle raises more than $6.5M for charity

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Humble Bundle raises more than $6.5M for charity

Humble Bundle’s recent charitable effort, the Humble Freedom Bundle, was a major success. The company announced yesterday that it sold more than 200,000 units of the package, which included several acclaimed games and books, with a final tally of $6.43 million going straight to organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union.

All proceeds of the weeklong sale will benefit the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee. Humble will also match $300,000 of customers’ dollars, adding onto the size of the donation.

Nintendo tag teams with John Cena for living room-inspired Switch demos

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Nintendo tag teams with John Cena for living room-inspired Switch demos

After a multi-city tour, to show off the capabilities of the new Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo has one more publicity stunt up its sleeve. The Big N is bringing a portable living room (seen above) to pop-up locations in the California desert, a Colorado ski slope, and Manhattan’s Madison Square Park.

To showcase this unprecedented new style of console gaming on the go, Nintendo is showcasing the versatility of Nintendo Switch across the country with highly visual, interactive living room-inspired spaces in places you would never expect, bringing surprises to every stop.

Atari’s bringing back its Swordquest comics

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Atari’s bringing back its Swordquest comics

More than 30 years ago, Atari and DC Comics teamed up to release a series of video games for the Atari 2600, Swordquest, that tied into comic books published by DC. The Swordquest series was memorable for two main reasons: Atari held a competition through the games, promising $150,000 in prizes to players who solved their puzzles, and the fourth game in the series never came out, due to Atari’s financial problems.

But Swordquest is coming back, at least in comic book form, thanks to Dynamite Entertainment.

Unown is in Pokémon Go, but good luck finding it

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Unown is in Pokémon Go, but good luck finding it

Pokémon Go now has an additional 80 Pokémon roaming around in-game, culled from the second generation of monsters. Just like the initial set of 150 Pokémon, this latest group of monsters ranges from common to not-so-common — to the downright impossible-to-find.

Among these is Unown, an especially rare monster that comes in multiple versions. There are 26 Unown to collect in total — one for each letter of the alphabet — but so far, players have rarely seen even one of them.

Nioh is getting harder missions and PvP

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Nioh is getting harder missions and PvP

Nioh is getting high-difficulty missions and a player-versus-player, Koei Tecmo Games announced during a recent livestream.

The stream, translated and distilled by Gematsu, said that high-difficulty missions would arrive in late March. There will be 10 types, some of which will feel like boss rushes. In late April a PvP mode will be added.

Final Fantasy 15’s PS4 Pro patch does more harm than good

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Final Fantasy 15’s PS4 Pro patch does more harm than good

Final Fantasy 15’s latest patch, released today, adds PlayStation 4 Pro support to the long-in-development action game. But for PS4 Pro owners, the version 1.05 update not only falls short of Square Enix’s goal of a frame rate as high as 60 frames per second — it actually removes the one option the game previously offered for stable performance, reports Digital Foundry.

Prior to the 1.05 patch, Final Fantasy 15 gave players two choices for performance on a PS4 Pro: “Lite” and “High.” Digital Foundry recommended the former, in which the game ran in 1080p resolution at a “rock-solid” 30 fps. The High mode boosted the resolution to 1800p via checkerboard rendering — offering better texture filtering and shadows — but Digital Foundry felt that the visual upgrades weren’t worth the inconsistent frame-pacing, which produced a jittery experience.

Nintendo Account IDs now up for grabs

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Nintendo Account IDs now up for grabs

Nintendo refreshed its account system’s landing page this week, adding new functionality to prep for the Switch’s launch on March 3. That includes the introduction of the Nintendo Account ID, yet another username that Nintendo fans need to go set up and link to their systems.

The Nintendo Account ID is different from the Nintendo Network ID, a similar but separate account name used on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. To choose your Nintendo Account User ID, log into the Nintendo Account website, where User ID is now included under the User Info section.

An N64 classic is finally coming to Virtual Console, just in time for Wii U to die

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An N64 classic is finally coming to Virtual Console, just in time for Wii U to die

Harvest Moon 64 is heading to Wii U Virtual Console this week, publisher Natsume confirmed on its community forum. The game will be available for the first time on Nintendo eShop this Thursday, Feb. 23 — just eight short days before the Nintendo Switch arrives.

While the game’s release is a major cause for celebration for Harvest Moon fans, it’s also a strong reminder that the Virtual Console’s future remains unknown. Nintendo has said little about what the service will look like on the Switch, or whether previously purchased Virtual Console games will carry over to the new console.