Final Wii U models discontinued in Japan

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Final Wii U models discontinued in Japan

Production on new Wii U sets has ended, according to Nintendo’s Japanese website. A page detailing the models of the console that are currently in production indicates that the final two sets have been discontinued, officially marking the end of the system’s lifespan.

Following the release of its third quarter earnings financial report this morning, the company’s website updated to show that the remaining Wii U models have been discontinued in Japan. These include the 32 GB Splatoon bundle and the standard 32 GB Deluxe model.

Nintendo announced last November that it planned to cease production on the console by the end of the year. Rumors flew that Nintendo would stop making new Wii U units ahead of the Nintendo Switch’s full reveal, which came in October. The Wii U’s follow-up does away with many of its predecessor’s features, including the tablet controller’s second screen and the Miiverse social community.

Charting which Nintendo systems got the most games

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Charting which Nintendo systems got the most games

Stuffed in amidst Nintendo’s quarterly earnings report was an interesting, updated look at the number of games released for every system going back to NIntendo’s first.

I grabbed the numbers, which are broken down into three regions for each platform, and built a little chart with them for easier comparison.

Insomniac Games speaks out on ‘deplorable’ US immigration ban

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Insomniac Games speaks out on ‘deplorable’ US immigration ban

Developer Insomniac Games today joined the growing ranks of game developers and tech executives who are speaking against U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order that bars immigrants and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

In a YouTube video posted by the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance studio, CEO Ted Price called the order a “deplorable, discriminatory act.”

Play Rainbow Six Siege for free this weekend

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Play Rainbow Six Siege for free this weekend

Ubisoft is holding a free weekend for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege between Thursday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 5, the publisher announced today.

Players on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One will be able to take part in the free weekend. Ubisoft says the free trial will offer “access to all of the maps, modes, and Operators present in the full version, giving you the full Siege experience over the free weekend.” PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will be required to play the game on consoles.

Intense John Wick VR game arrives just before the film sequel

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Intense John Wick VR game arrives just before the film sequel

John Wick Chronicles, the virtual reality game that ties into the John Wick film franchise, will be released Feb. 9 exclusively on Steam for the HTC Vive, Lionsgate and Starbreeze Studios announced today.

That’s one day before John Wick: Chapter 2, the sequel to 2014’s John Wick, hits theaters. John Wick Chronicles is now available for pre-order on Steam for $19.99; pre-order customers will receive a free copy of Payday 2. The game is being co-developed by Starbreeze, Grab Games, Big Red Button and Gamecostudios.

Resident Evil 7 speedrunners can finish the game in 90 minutes

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Resident Evil 7 speedrunners can finish the game in 90 minutes

For sensitive or easily scared players, the horrifying Resident Evil 7 biohazard may be tough to stomach for even its first hour. Speedrunners are proving that they don’t need to play for much more than that to finish the game, however, with the latest record holder beating the whole campaign in just about 90 minutes.

Above, Twitch streamer uhTrance races through the New Game Plus mode in what he calls record time: one hour, 34 minutes. The Any% run — that is, a speedrun where players just have to finish the game by any means necessary — lasts about as along as a horror film, and it doesn’t compromise the scares. Instead, it just compresses the 10-hour campaign into a much shorter timeframe, with the use of shortcuts and expert knowledge of Resident Evil 7.

Overwatch’s Bastion is finally getting some much-needed buffs

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Overwatch’s Bastion is finally getting some much-needed buffs

One of Overwatch’s most contentious and easily misunderstood heroes, Bastion, is in the process of getting an overhaul, Blizzard confirmed on the game’s forums today. Overwatch game designer Geoff Goodman addressed player concerns about Bastion’s viability and outlined how Blizzard is buffing the ‘bot.

Goodman responded to player “Rarithlynx” — who has spent more than 90 hours of his Overwatch career playing as Bastion — who posted that the hero was long overdue for a buff.

As ‘Muslim ban’ rattles nation, game developers take action

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As ‘Muslim ban’ rattles nation, game developers take action

This weekend saw protests break out across the United States, as citizens gathered to voice their concerns about what’s become known as the “Muslim ban.” Among those speaking out publicly against the highly controversial legislation were game developers, many of whom used their work and stature within the industry to advocate for those affected by the ban.

Dissent first broke out Saturday morning, hours after the president signed an executive order barring nationals and refugees from a group of seven Middle Eastern, heavily Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for a period of time. The timing of the ban meant that those traveling while officials signed the paperwork were detained at airports or, in extreme cases, sent right back to their home countries.