Fire Emblem Heroes’ most popular legends have been crowned

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Fire Emblem Heroes’ most popular legends have been crowned

Nintendo has revealed the results of its Fire Emblem Heroes election, which saw fans voting on their favorite characters from across the series. Based on the response to the poll, the company will introduce not just two special fan-voted characters as promised, but an additional pair as well.

Based on the final tally that the company tweeted last night, Ike from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Lyn from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade won by a landslide. Both heroes maintained their leads throughout the voting period, based on a midterm ranking Nintendo published last week.

Is the Switch indie friendly? One developer’s take

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Is the Switch indie friendly? One developer’s take

Nintendo’s never had the best reputation when it comes to being welcoming to independent developers. While a few tiny developers have managed to release games on Nintendo platforms in recent years, the total numbers are a fraction of what you’d find on an Xbox or PlayStation.

Is that likely to change with the Switch? We spoke with Tyrone Rodriguez, the president of Nicalis, whose company has three Switch games planned, including one launch title, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+.

NBA 2K maker teaming up with NBA for esports league

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NBA 2K maker teaming up with NBA for esports league

The NBA is taking a major step into the world of virtual sports, forming its own esports organization. Known as the NBA 2K eLeague, the organization is a partnership between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of 2K Sports, which publishes the popular NBA 2K series of basketball video games.

Take-Two and the NBA said in a news release that the NBA 2K eLeague will be the “first official eSports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.” The five-person esports teams in the eLeague will be run by real-life NBA clubs, although it’s unclear if each of the NBA’s 30 franchises will operate its own squad in the eLeague.

Puyo Puyo Tetris drops on Nintendo Switch, PS4 in April

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Puyo Puyo Tetris drops on Nintendo Switch, PS4 in April

Sega’s mash up of the Tetris and Puyo Puyo series, the aptly named Puyo Puyo Tetris, will come to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on April 25 in North America. Sega will release the game in Europe a few days later on April 28.

The Switch version of Puyo Puyo Tetris will be available to purchase digitally for $29.99 and physically — on a Switch game card — for $39.99. PS4 owners will only have the option to buy the game on disc, however. That version will cost $29.99.

Big changes for Overwatch’s Bastion are here

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Big changes for Overwatch’s Bastion are here

A new update for Overwatch is now available in the game’s public test region on PC and with it comes promised buffs to one of the game’s most contentious heroes, Bastion. Those balance changes, which could evolve as Blizzard tests them in the PTR, are substantial.

“The goal of these changes is to move some of Bastion's power from Configuration: Sentry to Recon, while keeping its sentry mode a strong option, especially versus tanks and barriers,” Blizzard said in patch notes posted to the official Overwatch website. “Overall, Bastion should feel stronger and more flexible with these changes.”

Overwatch mouse-keyboard support is vital for players with disabilities

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Overwatch mouse-keyboard support is vital for players with disabilities

Last week, Overwatch’s director spoke out against console players going out of their way to use mice and keyboards with the multiplayer shooter. But for Overwatch players with disabilities, eliminating those control options means they could be unable to play.

Jeff Kaplan, the game’s director, wrote on Battle.net to clarify his position against using mouse-and-keyboard setups on console. It’s an issue of fairness, he explained, as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One don’t currently allow players to use those controllers without purchasing special convertors. If Sony and Microsoft aren’t going to let everyone use keyboards right out of the box, then they should bar anyone from using them.

Project CARS 2 revealed, coming in late 2017

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Project CARS 2 revealed, coming in late 2017

The sequel to 2015’s Project CARS, the “community-assisted racing simulator” from Slightly Mad Studios, is in development on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One for release in late 2017, publisher Bandai Namco announced today.

Known as Project CARS 2, the game will offer more than 60 tracks and 170 cars to race on them. Its first trailer and screenshots (see below) focus on powerhouses like the Acura NSX, Nissan GT-R GT3 and McLaren 650S GT3, and courses such as the Fuji Speedway and the famous street circuit in Long Beach, California. Project CARS 2 will be playable in 12K resolution — three 4K monitors side by side for a panoramic view — but if that’s not immersive enough for you, the game will also support virtual reality headsets.

Spending $1,000 in Fire Emblem Heroes still won’t guarantee you every character

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Spending $1,000 in Fire Emblem Heroes still won’t guarantee you every character

In what may be a community first, a Fire Emblem Heroes player spent $1,000 to max out their barracks, hitting the 500-fighter limit in the process. While that sounds like an exorbitant amount of money to spend on Nintendo’s new free-to-play game, it turns out that dropping a grand on the grab bag still didn’t win Reddit user Kookoo22 every available character.

Kookoo22 posted their full collection in an “Ask Me Anything” thread on the Fire Emblem Heroes forum. Other players mostly asked about character stats (Takumi “is great,” obviously) and what kind of job the user must have to maintain that level of disposable income (“Chemical analyst/software developer”), but what’s most fascinating is how many characters they still doesn’t have. Even with 500 heroes in their arsenal, Kookoo22 needs seven more characters to have them all. These include popular heroes like Hector, Leo and Nowi, all of whom are axe-wielders. (Kookoo22 hypothesized that this character class shows up far less often than the others, for whatever reason.)

E3 tickets on sale to the public this year

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E3 tickets on sale to the public this year

For the first time in its history, E3 will be open to anyone who buys a ticket to the annual video game show.

Starting on Feb. 13, the Entertainment Software Association will open sales on 15,000 tickets to consumers. The first 1,000 of those tickets will sell for $149 each, the rest will sell for $249. All tickets are for all three days of the show and grant the owner full access to the show floor.