NES Classic Edition sales reached 196K units in US in November

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NES Classic Edition sales reached 196K units in US in November

Nintendo sold approximately 196,000 units of the NES Classic Edition in the U.S. during the month of November, according to gaming industry sales tracking firm NPD Group (via GamesBeat).

The NES Classic, which includes one NES Classic Controller and 30 original NES games, retails for $59.99. The diminutive retro console debuted Nov. 11, meaning that Nintendo managed to sell nearly 200,000 units of the system in less than three weeks. For comparison’s sake, the 196,000 NES Classics that Nintendo sold in the U.S. last month is almost as high as the number of Wii U consoles — 220,000 — that the company sold in the Americas during the six-month period from April through September.

My Little Pony-themed Warhammer 40K army finds a surprising new owner

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My Little Pony-themed Warhammer 40K army finds a surprising new owner

Yesterday we brought you the story of a remarkable eBay auction, a My Little Pony-themed Warhammer 40,000 army built from Space Marine models and valued at nearly $2,000. Today, we’re pleased to introduced the proud new owner of the Emperor’s finest four-legged killing machines.

The auction was snatched up by none other than Marc Merrill, co-CEO and co-founder of Riot Games, makers of League of Legends.

Super Mario Run brings back Nintendo’s dreaded friend codes

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Super Mario Run brings back Nintendo’s dreaded friend codes

Super Mario Run is out now, and while the timed iOS exclusive doesn’t have much in the way of multiplayer, it does have something Nintendo fans have tried hard to forget: friend codes.

Unlike Miitomo, which dumped the archaic numeric system most recently used by the Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario Run asks players to share their 12-digit ID numbers in order to connect. There are a few other, more contemporary options available too, like linking Facebook and Twitter and finding “recommended friends” that way. Giving out and searching for friends codes, however, are the default choice.

Potential Nintendo Switch VR headset, touchscreen showcased in patents

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Potential Nintendo Switch VR headset, touchscreen showcased in patents

It might one day be possible to slot the Nintendo Switch handheld into a head-mounted unit for virtual reality gaming, according to newly published patents for Nintendo’s upcoming gaming system.

The patents, which Nintendo filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in June, were published today. They offer the closest look yet at the Switch and its possible uses, with detailed images of potential hardware configurations and schematic diagrams of the system’s innards.

The next Pokémon movie looks like a total nostalgia trip

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The next Pokémon movie looks like a total nostalgia trip

The Pokémon anime will be 20 years old next year, another milestone for the major media franchise. A big part of those celebrations will be the release of the series’ 20th feature film, whose debut teaser hints at a very familiar vibe.

Subtitled I Choose You, the movie looks like it’s set in the early days of Ash Ketchum’s Pokémon journey. That town the camera pans across? It’s most likely Pallet Town, the trainer’s hometown. Right after that, we see Ash adjust his trademark old-school hat. We haven’t seen him wear that particular piece since the earliest seasons of the Pokémon cartoons, and there’s another tipoff that the movie is a throwback on its official website.

When’s Super Mario Run coming to Android?

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When’s Super Mario Run coming to Android?

Super Mario Run is out now in hundreds of countries on iOS devices, which must be very nice for people with iPhones and iPads. Only own an Android phone? You’re out of luck: Nintendo hasn’t said when the game will be out on Android beyond sometime in 2017.

We’ve reached out to Nintendo to be just a little more specific about the Android launch window, but the company has yet to say a word. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear back.

Paragon’s Monolith reinvention reaps big rewards

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Paragon’s Monolith reinvention reaps big rewards

Paragon, Epic's ever-evolving MOBA-like action game, is suddenly seeing a jump in interest and play, the developers told Polygon this week.

The number of weekly active users is up 44 percent as is the number of new players, said John Wasilczyk, executive producer on the game. Existing player engagement, which the developer define as a person who plays more than four days a week, is up 13 percent. And the number of returning players is up nearly 200 percent.

Twitch goes back to its roots with vlogging content

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Twitch goes back to its roots with vlogging content

Game streaming platform Twitch is launching IRL, an additional programming category designed to “share content captured from [creators’] everyday lives.” They also plan to add the ability to stream video live from the Twitch mobile app.

IRL is a new Twitch category that will allow creators to simply turn the camera on themselves and the world around them. In a press release, Twitch said it was “inspired by creator feedback regarding the ability to interact with their viewers in more vlog-inspired personal ways not tethered to video games.”

Ubisoft offers seven PC games free this weekend

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Ubisoft offers seven PC games free this weekend

If you missed out on any of the Windows PC games that Ubisoft offered free as part of its 30th anniversary celebration this year, fear not: All seven are free again this weekend.

During this “Special Weekend,” which runs from today, Dec. 15, through Sunday, Dec. 18, the Ubisoft Club is offering the following seven titles free: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Rayman Origins, The Crew, Beyond Good & Evil, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Assassin's Creed 3.