The mini NES Classic controller works with your Wii U Virtual Console games

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The mini NES Classic controller works with your Wii U Virtual Console games

Now you're playing with power

One of the more exciting parts of Nintendo’s mini NES announcement this morning was the availability of an NES Classic Controller, which will be sold separately for $9.99. If you've already got a Wii U and a collection of NES games on the Virtual Console, you may not be interested in the (adorable) mini NES ... but don't ignore its controller. The mini NES console has two unique controller ports that, if you’ve never used a Wii Remote somehow, may not be familiar to you.

Of course, these are the same ports that appear on the bottom of the Wii Remote, used to attach anything from a Nunchuck controller or a Wii Motion Plus dongle to the Classic or Classic Pro controllers.

Pokémon Go data usage will be free on T-Mobile for a year

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Pokémon Go data usage will be free on T-Mobile for a year

Woah, a free Frosty too?

T-Mobile is jumping on the Pokémon Go craze in a big way. As part of T-Mobile’s weekly promotion "T-Mobile Tuesdays," the cell carrier is giving their customers free unlimited data usage for Pokémon Go through the end of August 2017.

If that wasn’t enough, T-Mobile customers will also receive a free Lyft ride for up to $15 as well as a free Frosty from Wendy's. Select accessories will also be 50 percent off at T-Mobile stores.

CSGO betting sites close in the wake of Valve's crackdown

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CSGO betting sites close in the wake of Valve's crackdown

But one big site is standing in defiance

Several Counter-Strike: Global Offensive betting communities have shut down in response to Valve Corporation's threat to issue cease-and-desist orders to those which allow players to earn real money for in-game items. The company announced yesterday that it would soon go after sites that enabled Steam users to gamble their items like casino chips, an activity that's been met with controversy in recent weeks.

Among those shutting down are CSGO Double, which announced that it would close in response to Valve's statement.

The new, mini NES Classic Edition includes games not on Wii U Virtual Console

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The new, mini NES Classic Edition includes games not on Wii U Virtual Console

Six titles that may sell you on this cute, cheap console

Nintendo’s re-releasing its very first console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, in pint-sized form. The NES Classic Edition hits retail Nov. 11 for $59.99, packing in 30 retro favorites — some of which aren’t currently available on Wii U, Nintendo’s most current system.

Wii U Virtual Console NES games typically cost $4.99 each. If you were to buy all the games included in the NES Classic Edition, it would cost you almost $150, so the NES Classic Edition could save you up to $89.71.

How one pro CS:GO player profited from gambling, and how it all went terribly wrong

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How one pro CS:GO player profited from gambling, and how it all went terribly wrong

Earlier scandal reveals the murky relationship between gambling and Twitch streamer

During the week of E3, nearly a month ago, a small scandal broke out in the Counter-Strike: Go community. Before popular personalities were found to actually be the owners of a gambling site they promoted, and before Valve made efforts to ban the industry entirely another high-profile pro player and CS:GO streamer was being put through the ringer. His story, and his alleged interactions with the gambling site called CSGO Diamonds, reveals more about the shady world of online gambling in games.

Some time ago professional Counter-Strike player and popular Twitch streamer Moe "m0E" Assad entered into an advertising relationship with CSGO Diamonds. That relationship soured in mid-June, and both CSGO Diamonds and Assad went to Twitter to accuse the other of improprieties.

Fallout Shelter is out on Windows PC, new quest update live

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Fallout Shelter is out on Windows PC, new quest update live

You can finally leave the vault!

As promised in June, Bethesda’s underground vault simulator Fallout Shelter is now available for Windows PC. A new update which adds quests to the game is also available, allowing players to leave their vaults for the first time.

Previously, players taking on the role of vault Overseer could send their dwellers outside on supply runs, but could not follow those dwellers on their journeys. Update 1.6 adds the option to take control of vault dwellers to explore areas that Fallout players will be well-acquainted with, like Super Duper Mart, Red Rocket Fuel Stop and other neighboring vaults. The update also adds new enemies and weapons, as well as a revamped combat system.

Pokémon Go players can now submit PokéStop, gym location requests

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Pokémon Go players can now submit PokéStop, gym location requests

You'll soon be able to get rid of that gym on your lawn, too

The Pokémon Go website will now allow users to submit requests to create and remove PokéStops and gyms. A submission form includes several categories for players and businesses to choose from, including reporting PokéStops on personal property and transforming a storefront into a noted location for trainers.

The form, dug up by Kotaku, requires that players input their email addresses, the type of request they're making and a reason for that request. Among the reasons for users can choose from are the presence of dangerous PokéStops or gyms, a lack of local stops and creating a new marked location.

CSGO Lotto stops taking bets

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CSGO Lotto stops taking bets

All game modes have been down for nearly a week

CSGO Lotto, one of the biggest, most controversial gambling sites in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community, stopped taking bets the day after it was named in a lawsuit, nearly a week ago. A pop-up notification on the site indicates that the shutdown was to avoid heavy Steam traffic during the the ESL One Cologne 2016 major event, but that has since ended and bets are still not allowed.

"All game modes will be shut down due to the high Majors traffic expected on Steam over this weekend," the notification, dated July 8, reads.

Twitch pulls the plug on CS:GO gambling broadcasts

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Twitch pulls the plug on CS:GO gambling broadcasts

DOA skin gambling

Twitch is warning streamers not to broadcast or promote Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin gambling on its service.

The warning comes in the wake of Valve’s announcement yesterday that it is cracking down on third-party websites that use Steam to facilitate gambling. The issue came to a head when the company was sued for helping to create, sustain and facilitate a market that allowed players to bet CS:GO weapon skins as if they were casino chips.

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.