Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is skipping the stereoscopic 3D

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Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is skipping the stereoscopic 3D

3DS games don’t have to enter the third-dimension, y’know

GameStop has the box art up for this December’s Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and there’s a tiny message at the bottom that could alarm some 3D-lovers: The game will only play in 2D.

Like all Nintendo 3DS games, the Super Mario Maker port will be playable on both the 3D-less Nintendo 2DS and all versions of the Nintendo 3DS. Either way, the game will only output in 2D.

Blizzard is dropping the Battle.net name

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Blizzard is dropping the Battle.net name

Just call it “Blizzard tech”

Say your goodbyes to "Battle.net." Blizzard Entertainment said today that it will be "transitioning away from" using the Battle.net name when referring to its online multiplayer game service. In a post on the World of Warcraft website, Blizzard said it’s dropping the term Battle.net over occasional confusion cause by the name.

"When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored online-gaming service together with your game was more of a novel concept, so we put a lot of focus on explaining what the service was and how it worked, including giving it a distinct name," Blizzard wrote. "Over time, though, we’ve seen that there’s been occasional confusion and inefficiencies related to having two separate identities under which everything falls — Blizzard and Battle.net. Given that built-in multiplayer support is a well-understood concept and more of a normal expectation these days, there isn’t as much of a need to maintain a separate identity for what is essentially our networking technology."

Microsoft touts Xbox Scorpio’s ‘native, true 4K’ over PS4 Pro’s 4K ‘caveats’

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Microsoft touts Xbox Scorpio’s ‘native, true 4K’ over PS4 Pro’s 4K ‘caveats’

Throwing down the gauntlet

With the PlayStation 4 Pro, Sony is beating Microsoft to market when it comes to a mid-cycle console upgrade to deliver 4K gaming, but Microsoft’s position is that Project Scorpio’s undeniable power advantage will make a difference to discerning gamers when the console arrives next year.

The PS4 Pro, which launches Nov. 10 for $399, will be unable to run the vast majority of PS4 games in native 4K resolution. (So far, only one has been confirmed: The Elder Scrolls Online, a massively multiplayer title that is not known for being graphically intensive.) Instead, most developers we’ve spoken with are planning to render at a resolution north of 1080p — the standard for games on the current PS4 — and then use a technique such as "checkerboard rendering" to essentially upscale the image to 4K.

Sniper Elite 4's kill cam looks sorta like Mortal Kombat's

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Sniper Elite 4's kill cam looks sorta like Mortal Kombat's

Melee kills will trigger the gruesome x-ray vision camera

Sniper Elite 4's first gameplay trailer shows fans of the series some significant differences between the game coming in February and the ones that have preceded it.

Running-and-gunning seems more viable, for starters, though that's not the point of a game titled "Sniper Elite." Also, the "kill-cam" showing shattered bones, torn organs and ruptured cojones will trigger Mortal Kombat-style on melee kills, too.

VR pioneer, Palmer Luckey mentor moves to Microsoft

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VR pioneer, Palmer Luckey mentor moves to Microsoft

Mark Bolas founded influential MxR Lab and Studio

Microsoft just nabbed one of the most influential people in virtual reality.

Mark Bolas, virtual reality researcher and mentor for folks like the creator of the Oculus Rift and the team behind VR shooter Raw Data, recently left his job as a researcher and professor at the University of Southern California for a job at Microsoft, Polygon has learned.

Here are your Xbox Games With Gold titles for October

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Here are your Xbox Games With Gold titles for October

Step up to the plate

Microsoft’s Games With Gold lineup for October is a sports-heavy one, with two of the four games on offer being sports titles, the company announced today.

The highlight of the bunch is Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings, the re-release of the baseball game from indie studio Metalhead Software that debuted to critical acclaim on PlayStation in late 2014. That year, we gave it our Sports Game of the Year award, and this port offers additional content. Regularly priced at $19.99, Super Mega Baseball will be free on Xbox One all month long.

Dark Souls 3’s DLC will be the end of the franchise ... for now

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Dark Souls 3’s DLC will be the end of the franchise ... for now

From Software’s president gives a more direct answer about the popular series’ future. Sort of.

On Oct. 25, Bandai Namco and From Software will launch Ashes of Ariandel, the first of two planned downloadable content additions to Dark Souls 3. But since the game’s initial announcement at E3 2015, where a press release referred to it as "the final episode," fans have wondered if this is really the end for Dark Souls.

Polygon had the chance to speak with From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki, who also directed both the original Dark Souls and Dark Souls 3, at the Tokyo Game Show. We asked him directly if the two DLC packs from the latest game will mark the conclusion of the series as a whole, and he responded with an immediate, no-hesitation "Yes," before laughing.

Dragon Ball Fusions coming to 3DS this December

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Bandai Namco's Dragon Ball RPG is making the trip stateside

Nintendo 3DS action role-playing game Dragon Ball Fusions is coming to North America, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. Developed by Ganbarion, best known for developing games based on One Piece, Dragon Ball Fusions will be released Dec. 13.

Dragon Ball Fusions focuses on fighting, character customization and collection elements. Players can create their own custom avatar, build teams of warriors and fuse their fighters together to create all-new characters. Bandai Namco promises "hundreds of different combinations," thanks to the game's titular fusions.