Animal Crossing players count down the days ‘til the white picket fence

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Animal Crossing players count down the days ‘til the white picket fence

It’s been 860 days since Nintendo revealed its first Animal Crossing: New Horizons trailer at E3 in 2019. And that means it’s been 860 days since devoted Animal Crossing fans — and future New Horizons players — first caught a glimpse of a white picket fence that turned out to be a white whale.

In desperation to the lead up of New Horizons’ release date in March 2020, eager Animal Crossing fans tore apart the existing trailers for any clue about what was to come. And so, players were surprised when New Horizons didn’t have the white picket fence shown in the trailer. Of course, players didn’t go fenceless: There were a lot of other options in the game, including a brown version of the highly desired white picket fence.

Pack your cheeks alongside Greedent in Pokémon Unite’s new Halloween event

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Pack your cheeks alongside Greedent in Pokémon Unite’s new Halloween event

Pokémon Unite is gearing up to celebrate the macabre, just like the rest of us. While the event runs from Oct. 20 to Nov. 10, fans can jump into Pokémon Unite and pick up some ghoulish skins and costumes for their Pokémon in the game’s first Halloween Festival. Most notably, Greedent, the squirrel Pokémon, will join the game’s growing roster.

While we’re light on exact details for the Halloween Festival, the event’s new trailer shows off a host of skins and effects. First, we see the arena covered in pumpkins carved after Pokémon, and there’s a variety of moves that come with new pumpkin effects. It’s unclear if these are special effects for the festival itself, or if they’ll play year-round while wearing Halloween skins — some skins say they come with special effects, so it’s likely tied to the costumes themselves.

Gotham Knights shows off the mysterious Court of Owls at DC FanDome

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Gotham Knights shows off the mysterious Court of Owls at DC FanDome

The creators of Gotham Knights, the open-world action RPG set in a wayward Gotham City without its Batman, offered a new, longer look at their game at the 2021 DC FanDome on Saturday. It’s our first peek at the game in more than a year, revealing what Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and the Red Hood will get up to in 2022.

The FanDome preview showed off a brief look at the game where Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood are captured by the Court of Owls. After the short cinematic trailer, there was a special behind-the-scenes preview that gave fans a look at the history of the Court and let its creators, and the developers behind Gotham Knights, explain the secret society’s history in Gotham City and how it will fit into the new game.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League got a new trailer at DC FanDome

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Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League got a new trailer at DC FanDome

Rocksteady Studios, the team behind the groundbreaking Batman Arkham games, is taking on the Suicide Squad in its next game. That team of lovable misfits is tasked with taking down the Justice League, who have been brainwashed by the supervillain Brainiac. Logically, that game is called Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, and Rocksteady revealed more about the open-world action game at DC FanDome on Saturday.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will star four (now) well-known anti-heroes — Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark — on a mission to take down not just Brainiac, but evil versions of DC heroes like Superman too. The Squad will fight in across an open-world Metropolis that’s set in Rocksteady’s established “Arkham-verse.”

AnalogueOS bring save states, screenshots and more to Pocket

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AnalogueOS bring save states, screenshots and more to Pocket

Analogue, the boutique retro console manufacturer, has made a tradition out of pinning announcements to today’s date, October 16. First there was the Super NT, the company’s FPGA-based Super Nintendo clone, in 2017; then, the Mega SG, its Sega Genesis clone, in 2018; the still-unreleased Analogue Pocket in 2019; the similarly unreleased TurboGrafx 16 clone, the Duo, in 2020, which gets us to this year’s announcement which, for the first time is not hardware.

AnalogueOS is the underlying software that will run the upcoming Pocket and Duo, and other “future” consoles, the company says. (And no, the existing Analogue consoles “are not planned to be updated with AnalogueOS at this time” we’re told.) In addition to a very welcome visual refresh, which should better align the company’s excellent hardware design with its software experience, come some really significant enhancements, most notably “save states.”

Free RPG Day is this weekend, here are 5 games you should check out

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Free RPG Day is this weekend, here are 5 games you should check out

Free RPG Day is this Saturday, Oct. 16. While it doesn’t get nearly as much attention every year as Free Comic Book Day, it’s potentially the more interesting of the two events. Not only is this your chance to head out to your friendly local game store to grab some free stuff, it’s also a great opportunity to play a game and meet new players from your community as well.

Polygon had the opportunity to preview everything that will be available this year. Here’s our top five picks for what to grab. You can find the full listing at the official website.

Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct: The biggest announcements

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Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct: The biggest announcements

Well, now we know why Nintendo wanted to save Animal Crossing: New Horizonsnew content announcements for their own, special 20-minute Nintendo Direct: There’s a lot that’s coming to the game, both free and premium, on Nov. 5.

Several longtime favorite characters will make their New Horizons debut; players will get even more customization and decoration items; and they can go to work planning new vacationers’ dream homes with the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC. That also included the first announcement of pricing for the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack the company announced at the end of September.

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription launches Oct. 25, costs $49.99

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Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription launches Oct. 25, costs $49.99

Nintendo revealed pricing details and launch date for its premium-tier subscription for Nintendo Switch Online, the service that lets Switch owners play multiplayer games online and offers access to a library of classic NES and Super NES games. The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which Nintendo announced in September, will cost $49.99 for an individual membership and $79.99 for a family membership (which includes up to eight accounts) for 12 months. Nintendo will launch the service Oct. 25.

In comparison, the standard Nintendo Switch Online subscription tier costs $19.99 for a year for an individual account and $34.99 for a family pack.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now Wii Fit

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now Wii Fit

Prep your sweat bands and yoga mats. Nintendo will add community stretching to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Frankly, it’s adorable, and something I never knew I needed. It’s one of many features being added to New Horizons with its major Nov. 5 update.

Soon, we’ll be able to kick up stretching classes using a tape deck placed in front of the Nook Services building. That’ll call over a bunch of community members to the plaza to stretch together while some chill music plays. Your character can stretch along, but you can too — using Joy-Cons, you’ll be able to do the motions along with your villagers, à la Wii Fit.