Project Giant Robot lingers on Wii U release schedule, sight unseen

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Project Giant Robot lingers on Wii U release schedule, sight unseen

The scrappy little demo that could ... maybe

Nintendo reported its third quarter earnings Wednesday morning, outlining both its financial forecast for the year ahead and its calendar of expected game releases. As expected, the list of Wii U software runs short, with just two titles dated for 2017: There’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and ... Project Giant Robot, a Wii U demo that we haven’t seen since 2014.

We’ve contacted Nintendo about the future of Project Giant Robot and await response. In the meantime, we’re left to question the curious, Shigeru Miyamoto-helmed project. It was a work in progress when we checked it out at E3 2014. Shown alongside what became the underwhelming Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard, Project Giant Robot came across as “a slow-moving, clumsy and amusing affair.”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild borrows a lot from the original Zelda

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild borrows a lot from the original Zelda

Here’s some side-by-side comparisons

Nintendo’s big E3 2016 trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild hinted at some classic inspiration for Link’s next adventure. A new post on the company’s Topics blog gets overt about the references hidden — or not so hidden — within the game, with comparison shots spelling it out for those of us who didn’t immediately catch onto the sights borrowed from the NES classic.

The old man who urges Link not to go alone in The Legend of Zelda makes a reappearance in Breath of the Wild, although you’ll be forgiven for not recognizing him. He’s still posted by a bonfire, but the old man looks more gruff than we remember. We first saw him during Nintendo’s E3 demonstration in June, where the old-timer gave Link a tour of the game’s expansive world, which sets him on his quest.

Final Fantasy 15 turns the series' most adorable creatures into sacrificial objects

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Final Fantasy 15 turns the series' most adorable creatures into sacrificial objects

Is this what Moogle fans were fighting for?

Final Fantasy 15 will indeed include the beloved Moogle, one of the series’ cuddliest mascots, after a legion of fans voted in favor of their last-minute inclusion. Square Enix revealed in the video above just how these characters will be implemented in the game, however, and it may just make those same fans reconsider their party lines.

Unlike other Final Fantasy entries where Moogles serve as dispensaries of items and information kept out of harm’s way, Prince Noctis and his bros bring the creatures straight into battle. Dolls crafted in the Moogle’s image are included in the boys’ arsenal, and they can be thrown at enemies mid-battle to cause a distraction. That means that, instead of Noctis’ pretty face getting torn apart, a Moogle can suffer the consequences of upsetting a monster in his place.

Shadow of the Colossus and Ico’s non-terrible box art now prints for your home

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Shadow of the Colossus and Ico’s non-terrible box art now prints for your home

Signed, limited-edition, “museum-grade” prints of two Team Ico classics

Team Ico’s PlayStation 2 classic adventure, Ico, is widely recognized as having one of the worst cover art downgrades compared to its Japanese counterpart. When the game came to North America, game creator Fumito Ueda’s stark, beautiful painting of Ico and Yorda was dropped in favor of new artwork featuring a waxy, puffy-faced Ico looking dazed while holding a stick.

Today, however, Team Ico fans everywhere can enjoy Ueda’s original Ico artwork as an official, museum-grade giclee print from printmaker Cook and Becker. The company is releasing Ico’s original cover and the first piece of artwork from Shadow of the Colossus, back when it was known as Nico, as a pair of high-quality prints. The artwork from Shadow of the Colossus originally appeared on a promotional DVD cover for the game and was not used as the game’s official box art.

Destiny players are fed up with the state of Trials of Osiris

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Destiny players are fed up with the state of Trials of Osiris

DDoS attacks and message spammers ruining competition

Players of Destiny’s most competitive mode, Trials of Osiris, are becoming increasingly frustrated with what they describe as a growing lack of competitive balance. In threads and comments on the Destiny subreddit, die-hard players paint a picture of an experience in which bad actors are sapping the fun out of the mode, playing dirty with tactics such as blocking opponents’ in-game radar or even sending DDoS attacks their way.

"I am just worn out," wrote Reddit user OdysseyWolf on Monday. "So much lag and being purposely DDOS’d made me walk away and work on the yard with the wife."

Overwatch’s third competitive season is coming back early with skill rating tweaks

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Overwatch’s third competitive season is coming back early with skill rating tweaks

The countdown is on

Season two of Overwatch’s Competitive Play mode is ongoing, but Blizzard Entertainment is already prepping for the third round. Ahead of season three’s kickoff on Dec. 1, principal designer Scott Mercer took to Battle.net to shed light on some of the upcoming changes players can check out on the public test realm right now.

One of these involves how skill ratings are determined. In the interest of keeping things fair at the start of each season without completely wiping players’ records, Blizzard will have players begin with a slightly lowered rating that remains more consistent as the season continues on.

The next Hearthstone World Championship won’t happen at BlizzCon

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The next Hearthstone World Championship won’t happen at BlizzCon

Blizzard will be syncing Hearthstone’s competitive calendar to its new release calendar

Hearthstone is moving swiftly toward its 2016 World Championship event — group stages begin today, culminating in a series of finals matches during BlizzCon next week. BlizzCon finals for esports based around Blizzard games has become standard, but this may be the last year that will happen for Hearthstone.

That’s because Blizzard has announced a new yearlong format to its Hearthstone Championship Tour beginning in 2017. With the new system, each competitive season of Hearthstone will be tied to a specific content release. As such, the season as a whole will more closely follow the game’s new standard format, where certain card sets rotate out of play at the beginning of each new year.

Microsoft demonstrates VR, mixed reality and HoloLens at Windows 10 event

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Microsoft demonstrates VR, mixed reality and HoloLens at Windows 10 event

Take a look at HoloTour and 3D Paint

The progression of mixed and virtual reality were the two biggest takeaways from Microsoft's HoloLens presentation during its Windows 10 and Surface event in New York today.

During the company's presentation, Microsofts general manager Megan Saunders showcased more of what the company's augmented reality (AR) headset, the HoloLens, was capable of.

Next major Windows 10 update hits early 2017, focuses on 3D and creation

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Next major Windows 10 update hits early 2017, focuses on 3D and creation

3D print your Minecraft creations, straight from Windows

Microsoft will release its next major update for the Windows 10 operating system sometime next spring, the company announced at an event today. The update, which is bound for all Windows 10 devices and called the Creators Update, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson said, will be free.

As part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft will release a major revamp of its infamous Paint program. The new creation tool, Paint 3D, will feature an emphasis on three-dimensional painting; Myerson said the next generation Windows users is growing up making things in 3D in Minecraft, and 3D creation will be their norm.