Nintendo is removing its Mario celebration games in March — here’s why

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Nintendo is removing its Mario celebration games in March — here’s why

If you haven’t purchased Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy from the Nintendo Switch eShop yet, you’re going to want to get on that. Nintendo is removing Super Mario 3D All-Stars — the bundle of those three games — on March 31, 2021. Folks who purchase those games before then will still have access to them, but there’ll be no way for anyone else to buy them afterward. Physical copies may still linger at retailers, but Nintendo said it will stop shipping out new units.

Also, the multiplayer Mario battle royale Super Mario Bros. 35 will disappear in its entirety on March 31.

Destiny 2’s director on the issues with putting expiration dates on weapons

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Destiny 2’s director on the issues with putting expiration dates on weapons

With Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Bungie introduced a mechanic called Infusion Capping — more commonly known as sunsetting. This essentially limits the number of weapons players can use per season, phasing old weapons out of viability as Bungie introduces new ones. Overall, it’s a critical system for the health of Destiny 2, although we’ve had our concerns about it in the past. Thankfully, Bungie has some concerns as well, as game director Luke Smith told Polygon the studio isn’t done tweaking the system just yet.

Smith made one thing very clear, which is that Bungie will not revert Sunsetting any time soon. “In the Legendary tier, for now, we’re not making things that you can keep forever,” said Smith. “That is ultimately a path to not having anything to pursue.” Bungie will continue to remove weapons from viability every three months, and unless a major philosophical shift in the studio happens, that will continue.

Death Stranding gets free Cyberpunk 2077 content

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Death Stranding gets free Cyberpunk 2077 content

Kojima Productions is celebrating the release of Cyberpunk 2077 in its own game, Death Stranding, with free content and an all-new hacking mechanic inspired by CD Projekt Red’s open-world action game. That new content is available now in the Windows PC version of Death Stranding through Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Death Stranding’s surprise new DLC includes cosmetic items, like a Cyberpunk 2077-inspired (Akira-inspired) Reverse Trike vehicle, a new arm for Sam Bridges that’s modeled after Johnny Silverhand’s robotic arm, “several fashion items” including Johnny’s sunglasses, and new holograms. You can see those cosmetic items in the trailer above.

Modern Warfare’s Double XP tokens no longer work in Call of Duty: Warzone

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Modern Warfare’s Double XP tokens no longer work in Call of Duty: Warzone

If you played enough Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Warzone, it’s likely that you unlocked at least a few double XP tokens, or 2XP tokens as the game calls them. These were mostly available in the games’ seasonable battle passes which they shared progress in. These tokens used to give double experience rewards for periods of time like 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or even up to an hour. However, after Wednesday’s season 1 update none of these tokens work in Warzone anymore.

When Warzone players logged into the game after the update went live, many were surprised to see that the 2XP tokens they had accumulated from previous seasons had simply vanished from their menus. As it turns out, the tokens weren’t technically gone, they’re just only usable in Modern Warfare now, but not in Warzone. Players weren’t pleased.

Among Us fans are playing the airship map early on Switch

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Among Us fans are playing the airship map early on Switch

Among Us developers InnerSloth teased a new map in mid-November, which then got revealed in detail during The Game Awards. We now know that the upcoming airship map will be added to the game properly in early 2021, but fans enjoying the recently-released Nintendo Switch version of the game have managed to access it early.

According to a video by ProsafiaGaming, to access the new map, you’ll have to do the following:

Warframe’s next operation is a big battle between mechs and evil AI

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Warframe’s next operation is a big battle between mechs and evil AI

The best part about playing Warframe is using your titular Warframe to ninja jump, slash through scores of soldiers, and flip past security measures to steal secret artifacts. The free-to-play game’s next Operation puts a twist on that usual formula by forcing players to abandon their Warframes, and instead pick up big stompy, skull-adorned Necramech to fight back waves of Sentient AI enemies.

The Sentients are coming, Tenno. And your Warframe is offline.

Fight off the Orphix with your Necramech and earn Lavos in Operation: Orphix Venom, coming soon to PC! #Devstream150 pic.twitter.com/3OvzUp3k7g

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s season 1 patch brings back a fan-favorite map

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s season 1 patch brings back a fan-favorite map

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s first season is here and Treyarch has added quite a bit of content to help keep the game fresh. The new patch delivers changes to both zombies and competitive multiplayer including new maps, weapons, and modes.

The new maps are likely the biggest addition of the new season. There are three new 6v6 maps coming in season 1. There’s The Pines, which is set in a 1980s New Jersey mall, Raid, a fan favorite from Black Ops II, and Nuketown ‘84 Holiday, a festively-themed version of Nuketown ‘84. Each of these maps will be available in matchmaking as well as special playlists.

Call of Duty: Warzone season 1 patch adds Rebirth Island, the mode’s first new map

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Call of Duty: Warzone season 1 patch adds Rebirth Island, the mode’s first new map

The first season of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has arrived and ushered in an entirely new Call of Duty: Warzone season as well. While Black Ops Cold War has been updated with new weapons and maps, Warzone went through its biggest shake-up ever: There’s a new map, a totally new arsenal, and even some changes to Verdansk.

Warzone’s new map is called Rebirth Island and it drops players into a smaller, more intense battle royale mode than they may be used to. Rebirth Island is the site of a former Soviet weapons manufacturing plant, and is dotted with dozens of buildings, factories, and small crevices and secrets. Thanks to its small size, Rebirth Island will feature a smaller player count: only 40 players in each match. But its size should also make for faster-paced matches.

Destiny 2’s older subclasses could get an upgrade, eventually

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Destiny 2’s older subclasses could get an upgrade, eventually

Destiny 2’s latest expansion, Beyond Light, introduced Stasis. This power set is the first of what we expect to be three planned Darkness classes, which would compete against the existing Light classes (Arc, Solar, and Void). But the older classes feel a little stale compared to Stasis and its completely new modular customization system. According to Bungie, the studio would love to bring this new customization system to the old subclasses — it’s just not clear if or when that’ll happen.

“We only want to have one central system for supers,” Destiny 2 game director Luke Smith told Polygon. But as Bungie sets out to add new content, keep up with seasons, eventually add new Darkness powers, and improve Stasis over Year 4, there isn’t a planned release date for updated Arc, Solar, and Void Supers. But, “on a long enough timeline,” it’s something Smith is passionate about.

Censored horror game Devotion to be re-released on GOG

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Censored horror game Devotion to be re-released on GOG

Red Candle Games’ Devotion received critical acclaim for its intimate, familial horror — but it was only available on Steam for six days before it was removed from Valve’s storefront, meaning tons of people never got to play it. Devotion may never come back to Steam, but it is getting a re-release through GOG.com on Dec. 18, Taiwanese developer Red Candle Games announced on Twitter Wednesday.

“Thank you for your trust and support,” Red Candle Games wrote. “We wish you a happy end of the year.”