Nintendo announces NES Classic Edition, launching this fall

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Nintendo announces NES Classic Edition, launching this fall

Units will sell for $59.99

Nintendo is set to launch its next console, the NX, in March, but the company is also giving fans of its retro games something to look forward to as well: a new, mini Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic console packed with 30 original NES games.

The miniature version of the console uses an HDMI cable to plug directly into a television set and is described by the company as a "near-identical, mini replica" version of the original NES console which was released in 1985. The mini-console will come with a replica version of the original NES controller, as seen in the image below, and packed with some of the most iconic Nintendo games, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, and Kirby's Adventure.

Nintendo announces mini NES, launching this fall

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Nintendo announces mini NES, launching this fall

The NES Classic Edition will sell for $59.99

Nintendo is set to launch its next console, the NX, in March, but the company is also giving fans of its retro games something to look forward to as well: a new, mini Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic console packed with 30 original NES games.

The miniature version of the console uses an HDMI cable to plug directly into a television set and is described by the company as a "near-identical, mini replica" version of the original NES console which was released in 1985. The mini-console will come with a replica version of the original NES controller, as seen in the image below, and packed with some of the most iconic Nintendo games, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, and Kirby's Adventure.

YouTube star responds to charges he concealed pay-for-promotion deal with Shadow of Mordor

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YouTube star responds to charges he concealed pay-for-promotion deal with Shadow of Mordor

PewDiePie says he disclosed WB sponsorship, and is unfairly singled out

A popular YouTube video gaming personality who found his name involved in a federal complaint over deceptive advertising responded on Wednesday, maintaining he had been unfairly associated with the controversy and that he'd properly disclosed the sponsorship of the video in question.

"A lot of YouTubers were involved in this sponsorship," says Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, in the video above, "but since my name is the biggest YouTuber, my name is the only one that pops up."

Valve says it's going after gambling sites that use Steam

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Valve says it's going after gambling sites that use Steam

Counter-Strike GO gambling sites asked to cease operations

Valve is cracking down on third-party websites that use Steam to facilitate gambling, the company said in a statement today. Valve's announcement that it will begin sending cease-and-desist notices to such sites comes after weeks of controversy in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community surrounding several popular item-gambling services.

"Using the OpenID API and making the same web calls as Steam users to run a gambling business is not allowed by our API nor our user agreements," Valve's Erik Johnson said in a statement. "We are going to start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam, and further pursue the matter as necessary. Users should probably consider this information as they manage their in-game item inventory and trade activity."

Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition coming this September

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Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition coming this September

Three seasons, one package

Microsoft and developer Iron Galaxy Studios will release Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition, a collection of all the game’s fighters and other content to date, Sept. 20 on Xbox One.

The Definitive Edition release includes 26 Killer Instinct characters from the fighting game’s first three seasons, 20 stages, Killer Instinct Classic 1 & 2, the Killer Instinct original soundtrack and an exclusive Gold Gargos skin. The package, which will be sold as a disc and digitally, costs $39.99.

Boston has an absurdly detailed Pokémon Go map

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Boston has an absurdly detailed Pokémon Go map

Bean Town is catching ‘em all

Today marks a full week since Pokémon Go’s release, and Boston’s Pokémaniacs have been hard at work mapping out all the Pokémon in Bean Town.

Google maps for Pokémon Go have been popping up around the country, with most showing locations for Pokéstops and Gyms. But Boston’s map, called "Gotta Catch’em All," is the densest map we’ve seen specifically for catching Pokémon.

Bit Bash indie game festival is back for another year showcasing Chicago game devs

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Bit Bash indie game festival is back for another year showcasing Chicago game devs

More than 40 games, music and libations at a new venue

The Chicago game development community is back for another year of Bit Bash, the festival celebrating everything weird and wonderful about indie games. Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13th tickets are on sale now for $25.00.

Now in its third year, Bit Bash is a non-profit organization with roots in the Chicago game dev community. Its goal is to create public-facing events that showcase local talent, while also creating a spectacle that will introduce people to new genres. Last year’s event attracted thousands, and this year’s new venue will hopefully hold even more.

Everybody is playing Pokémon Go, including these celebrities

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Everybody is playing Pokémon Go, including these celebrities

"There's no fuckin Pokemon here?!"

Pokémon Go hasn’t even been out for a week yet, and it’s already a smash hit and a veritable pop-culture phenomenon. Seemingly everyone and their mother is playing it, and that includes plenty of celebrities. (See, they’re just like us!)

If you haven’t seen your favorite famous person posting about Pokémon Go, there’s a chance you just aren’t paying attention; Twitter users sent 4.7 million tweets about the game in the week from July 4-11. So here’s a compilation of social media posts from stars of all stripes, as an indication of just how mainstream Pokémon Go is.

The Walking Dead board game hits Kickstarter, asks premium price for pre-order

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The Walking Dead board game hits Kickstarter, asks premium price for pre-order

Miniatures will feature the likeness of Andrea, Daryl and others

Cryptozoic Entertainment, makers of the successful series of Ghostbusters-themed board games and other licensed products, have a new game on Kickstarter. Based on AMC’s The Walking Dead, a pre-order will run you a steep $125. However, the game promises top-quality miniatures based on the actors themselves and a quality game design pedigree.

Called The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary, the campaign is running until Aug. 1 and seeking $250,000. The co-operative, scenario-based board game was designed by Adam and Brady Sadler, formerly full-time designers for Fantasy Flight Games and part of the development team on Star Wars: X-Wing Miniature Game and Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition.

Pokémon Go players, historical sites are asking people to have respect, put the game away

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Pokémon Go players, historical sites are asking people to have respect, put the game away

Some players are even asking to have areas removed from the game

Pokémon Go has brought players to a variety of places around their cities, including libraries, parks and notable landmarks. Being able to catch Pokémon wherever and whenever has also led to some questionable instances, including people using the game to snap photos of Pokémon they've caught at historical sites like Arlington Cemetery and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Now, both players and organizations are asking Pokémon Go players to have some respect and common courtesy when playing the game.

The National Holocaust Museum issued a statement to the Washington Post yesterday after employees noticed that people were using their phones inside the building to catch Pokémon. In one photo, a player posted a picture purporting to show Koffing, a gas/poison-type Pokémon, available for capture inside the building, but this could not be verified as real. As Pokémon are computer-generated, developer Niantic Labs may not have been aware that specific Pokémon would spawn at that specific location, but the fact that this could happen has upset quite a few people.