New Nintendo 3DS will be just $99.99 on Black Friday

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New Nintendo 3DS will be just $99.99 on Black Friday

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 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.

DICE general manager leaves studio after 14 years

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DICE general manager leaves studio after 14 years

Patrick Bach, general manager of EA DICE’s Stockholm studio, has left the company. Electronic Arts confirmed to PlayStation Lifestyle in statements from both Bach, who was employed at DICE in varying capacities over the course of 14 years, and EA itself that the studio veteran was out, marking Battlefield 1 as the former manager’s last project.

“I’ve had an epic ride at DICE and EA, filled with amazingly creative and passionate people, and unforgettable experiences with our player community,” Bach told PlayStation Lifestyle. “I’ll certainly be playing Battlefield 1 for a long, long time to come, and I look forward to seeing what’s next from the incredible team at DICE.”

Pokémon Go’s latest update references Ditto, second-generation Pokémon

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Pokémon Go’s latest update references Ditto, second-generation Pokémon

The latest version of Pokémon Go has arrived, and dataminers at The Silph Road say code references generation two Pokémon for the first time, possibly portending their inclusion later.

The code contains mentions of Pokémon numbered 152 (Chikorita) to 251 (Celebi) in the Pokédex. Another update will be necessary to bring them into the game. There's no telling when that would happen, but the latest version at least lays the foundation for bringing them in.

Pokémon Go’s nearby tracker is making a comeback

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Pokémon Go’s nearby tracker is making a comeback

A revamped version of Pokémon Go’s in-game Pokémon tracking system is making its way to other territories, developer Niantic announced in a blog post over the weekend. Beta testers in the Arizona, Seattle and San Francisco Bay areas can now try out the new nearby feature, which gives players a more detailed way to find Pokémon around town.

The nearby Pokémon feature’s return has been high on players’ wishlists since Niantic removed it from the game in July. Upon Pokémon Go’s original release, players found the in-game mapping system for finding Pokémon to be glitchy and unreliable. Since then, the developer has promised that a reworked version of the tracker would be available to all players eventually.

Legacy World of Warcraft project to return, say fan devs, despite Blizzard’s silence on the topic

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Legacy World of Warcraft project to return, say fan devs, despite Blizzard’s silence on the topic

Those behind Nostalrius, an unofficial legacy version of World of Warcraft, say they will give their source code to another legacy project after BlizzCon 2016 came and went with no word from Blizzard on its intentions, if any, to bring out an official legacy version of the MMO.

The release was detailed in this blog post by Nostalrius' administrator, who expressed frustration with a lack of communication from Blizzard several months after the two sides met and the publisher indicated some openness to supporting legacy editions.

World of Warcraft: Legion players will journey to the demon planet of Argus in Patch 7.3

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World of Warcraft: Legion players will journey to the demon planet of Argus in Patch 7.3

During a World of Warcraft: Legion panel at BlizzCon this weekend, Blizzard detailed everything players could expect from two upcoming patches for the game, Patch 7.1.5 and Patch 7.2. But the developer also ended the panel with a hint about the future, suggesting that players will be journeying to another planet called Argus.

In an interview with Polygon later in the weekend, World of Warcraft game director Ion Hazzikostas reiterated that Argus is coming and confirmed that it will take place as part of patch 7.3, not as a new standalone expansion.

Modern Warfare Remastered pays tribute to old map glitch

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Modern Warfare Remastered pays tribute to old map glitch

Remastering and updating a classic like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare also gives developers a chance to clean up any goofs from the original, charming though they may still be.

Redditor DaJeroen happened across this wet-floor signage in Modern Warfare Remastered, and immediately got the joke. This is a part of the map where users could glitch out of the play area altogether, falling endlessly through a distorted alternate universe.

Left 4 Dead's original developer releases final, unfinished campaign

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Left 4 Dead's original developer releases final, unfinished campaign

In the eight years since it launched, some may need a reminder that Left 4 Dead's original developer is Turtle Rock Studios. Well, that reminder has come this weekend with the release of an unfinished campaign for Left 4 Dead, free to anyone with a copy of it on PC.

The final mission is called Dam It, and Turtle Rock's Chris Ashton says it's a "gray box" work, meaning some features are incomplete "but it's playable from beginning to end." Dam It also packs in two standalone survival-mode maps that never shipped with the game.

How does Diablo 3’s new Necromancer differ from its Witch Doctor?

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How does Diablo 3’s new Necromancer differ from its Witch Doctor?

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls’ next class, the Necromancer, is coming to the action role-playing game as part of a character pack due sometime next year. Bringing that character class forward from Diablo 2 represents something of a challenge for the designers at Blizzard Entertainment, as Diablo 3 already has a class that summons monsters and casts spells and curses: the Witch Doctor.

"One of the biggest things for me [in designing the Necromancer] was how do we distinguish this from the Witch Doctor," designer Travis Day told Polygon in an interview at BlizzCon 2016, "because the Witch Doctor somewhat cannibalized some of this design space.

Xbox One onesie now available for your avatar

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Xbox One onesie now available for your avatar

Back in August, Microsoft Australia unveiled the Xbox Onesie, loungewear optimized for playing the console. It was a big hit but, outside of Australia and a giveaway run by Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, no one really knows where or how to get one.

Well, that’s solved — kinda — with the Xbox Onesie for Xbox Live avatars — available free to anyone who asks.