New Nintendo 3DS Black Friday deal, only $99 (update)

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New Nintendo 3DS Black Friday deal, only $99 (update)

Nintendo is offering a terrific Black Friday deal on the New Nintendo 3DS: The handheld will be available in the U.S. for just $99.99 in two new special-edition designs, the company announced today.

This is the first time that any 3DS model — aside from the Nintendo 2DS, which got a price cut to $79.99 in mid-May — has been available for less than $100.

Dishonored 2 getting New Game+ and custom difficulty next month

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Dishonored 2 getting New Game+ and custom difficulty next month

Dishonored 2 will be updated in December with two new ways to play: custom difficulty settings and a New Game+ mode, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today.

Bethesda didn’t provide any further details on the features themselves or the timing of the content update. But a week since the release of Dishonored 2, a New Game+ mode has been a common request from critics and players. In our review, we called the lack of New Game+ “a truly bizarre omission for a game so clearly designed for multiple playthroughs on escalating levels of difficulty.”

Hideo Kojima, vindicated, set to grace The Game Awards stage this year

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Hideo Kojima, vindicated, set to grace The Game Awards stage this year

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima will attend this year’s The Game Awards, where he’ll receive the 2016 Industry Icon Award live and on-stage. Host Geoff Keighley revealed Kojima’s special appearance on Twitter yesterday, where he expressed excitement for his longtime friend’s honor.

He finally gets his trophy! @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN to receive Industry Icon Award live at @thegameawards 2016 on Dec 1. https://t.co/JhGKOCSGza pic.twitter.com/RHXNbyp9Py

Are Pokémon re-releases worth waiting for?

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Are Pokémon re-releases worth waiting for?

The Pokémon Company previously confirmed plans to release a game in the series on Nintendo’s next home console, and a new report from Eurogamer suggests that it could be coming next year. Anonymous sources told the website that the mid-2017 Switch release would be a third version of the just-released Sun and Moon pair, called Pokémon Stars.

The report is unconfirmed, but it isn’t surprising: Nearly every generation of Pokémon games has included a third, definitive iteration of the originally released pair. That we’re hearing about a possible companion release on the same day of Pokémon Sun and Moon’s release is poor timing for Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, even if it’s reportedly not due until late next year. But those buying Sun and Moon often hold out hope that there will be a another version of the game in the works, whether it’s again for Nintendo 3DS or the new Nintendo Switch console.

Google, HTC and Oculus are all betting on mobile VR

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Google, HTC and Oculus are all betting on mobile VR

In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson's seminal book based on a future world driven by consumerism and warped by privatization, people seek escape through a game-like metaverse using a variety of virtual reality rigs. The sophistication and cost of the VR gear impacts the way a person appears in the virtual universe and how they perceive things.

Cohen’s view of Snow Crash as a predictor of VR things to come isn’t about the fictional world’s hyperinflation, cybernetic pitbulls or the growing social importance of massively multiplayer online games. It's about the broad variety of VR devices used in that fiction. He sees the future of VR as being not experiences delivered to a singular sort of device, but something more akin to television, where a wide variety of devices will all be able to access the same sorts of content.

Hear Red Dead Redemption’s rejected song from Animal Collective

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Hear Red Dead Redemption’s rejected song from Animal Collective

Anyone who played Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption to completion will remember the game’s very effective use of two songs — Jose Gonzales’ “Far Away,” as John Marston rides into Mexico, and Jamie Lidell’s “Compass,” as he journeys home — to mark major narrative moments. Apparently, the game’s creators had another song at their disposal, one from experimental indie pop band Animal Collective, that went unused.

This week, Animal Collective released the song it recorded, titled “Mountain Game,” for Red Dead Redemption on its YouTube channel. The band didn’t have a whole lot to say about the experience or why it wasn’t used in the final game, however. “Here’s an unreleased track we recorded in 2010 for Red Dead Redemption and it never got used,” the band wrote on YouTube. “Enjoy.”

Why do people keep making fake Nintendo consoles?

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Why do people keep making fake Nintendo consoles?

No one outside of Nintendo has their hands on a Nintendo Switch console quite yet, despite recent attempts by a popular YouTuber to convince people otherwise. Etika, star of the Nintendo-focused Etika World Network channel, came under scrutiny after uploading two separate videos featuring what he said is his very own Nintendo Switch.

The first video, a livestream where Etika whips out a device resembling Nintendo’s hybrid handheld, has been taken offline since its weekend airing. But an archive made the rounds on social media, creating mass confusion and, eventually, frustration.

Destiny’s most frequent cheaters are having their consoles banned

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Destiny’s most frequent cheaters are having their consoles banned

Destiny developer Bungie is issuing permanent console bans to the game’s most unrepentant cheaters today, following a crescendo of complaints from players regarding the use of unfair tactics in the game’s high-stakes Trials of Osiris mode.

"Console bans are being issued today for devices with a history of banned or restricted accounts," said Chris "Cozmo23" Shannon, community manager at Bungie, in a tweet. "Cheaters beware."

Star Wars Battlefront gets Rogue One content just ahead of movie premiere

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Star Wars Battlefront gets Rogue One content just ahead of movie premiere

Star Wars Battlefront’s final expansion pack, Rogue One: Scarif, arrives Dec. 6. A free PlayStation VR mission for the game will also launch that day, Electronic Arts announced.

Both sets of downloadable content, based on the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, launch nearly two weeks ahead of the spinoff film’s release on Dec. 16. As the last release in Battlefront’s season pass, Rogue One: Scarif adds four new maps set on the titular tropical planet. Rogue One hero Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones) will also join the game as a playable character, as will the villainous Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn).

Warner Bros. acquires full control of Machinima

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Warner Bros. acquires full control of Machinima

Today Warner Bros. announced that it had signed a deal to acquire full control of Machinima, the online company best known for its gaming and fandom-related videos.

Machinima will join Warner Bros. Digital Networks, a division dedicated to building the company’s digital and over-the-top video services, which launched back in June. In a statement obtained by Deadline, the division’s president, Craig Hunegs, said that acquiring Machinima made the most sense for the company because of the overlap between Machinima’s fanbase and the studio’s.