2021 NFL Pro Bowl will take place in Madden NFL 21 instead of real life

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2021 NFL Pro Bowl will take place in Madden NFL 21 instead of real life

The 2021 NFL Pro Bowl will take place entirely on the virtual gridiron in Madden NFL 21, bringing together this season’s top performers and other current players with celebrities, NFL legends, and Madden streamers for a weeklong series of events, the NFL and publisher Electronic Arts announced Tuesday.

All participants will play Madden NFL 21 using the Pro Bowl rosters during the week, and the games will culminate in an AFC-NFC matchup featuring 2021 Pro Bowl players. The Pro Bowl, the NFL’s all-star game, traditionally takes place one week before the Super Bowl, which would put this season’s Pro Bowl week from Jan. 25-31, 2021.

Animal Crossing players are eager to sit down with their villagers

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Animal Crossing players are eager to sit down with their villagers

One of the very best things about Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the villagers themselves. Players spent hours (and sometimes real money) to invite the perfect lineup of animals to their islands, curating a guest list defined by cuteness, personality, and decor. There’s always been a lot in New Horizons for players to do with their villagers, whether that’s visiting them in their homes or giving them gifts. But what about those of us who just want to chill with our villagers? Soon, Nintendo will let us sit.

New Horizons players have wanted the ability to just hang out with their villagers. You know ... just vibe? To sit on the beach with Pietro. To take in the river sounds with Raymond. To stare into the void with Coco. People have been asking for this since New Horizons was released. Sure, you can place a cushion on the ground and sit with a villager. But why can’t we just sit on the ground?

Super Mario 3D All-Stars gets GameCube controller support

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars gets GameCube controller support

Nintendo’s new update for Super Mario 3D All-Stars, the Switch collection that features Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, gives players the option to invert camera controls in each game. Better still, that same update also adds support for Nintendo’s GameCube controller (but only for one of those games: Super Mario Sunshine).

GameCube controller support is limited to playing Super Mario Sunshine in TV mode, which means you can’t use one on a Nintendo Switch Lite. It also requires the GameCube controller adapter, which was originally released for Wii U but is supported on Nintendo Switch.

New Cyberpunk 2077 video shows Xbox One X and Xbox Series X differences

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New Cyberpunk 2077 video shows Xbox One X and Xbox Series X differences

In a Night City Wire video presentation, CD Projekt Red gave fans of Cyberpunk 2077 a glimpse at the difference between the game on Xbox One X and Xbox Series X, where it is running via backwards compatibility. The goal was to make it crystal clear to consumers that the game will be compatible with new and old video game consoles alike when it launches. The Polish company promises an even more impressive upgrade is headed out when the actual next-generation version launches as a free upgrade “sometime in 2021.”

The video highlights several sections of a single, extended quest while clipping out most of the spoilery bits of narrative. It shows the player moving through dimly lit alleys, confronting both friendly and hostile non-player characters, and using every tool in their arsenal to make it through to their objective. You’ll see pistols, shotguns, explosives, and even a futuristic katana in action.

Lego expands the Mario Bros. line of building sets with seven new products in January

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Lego expands the Mario Bros. line of building sets with seven new products in January

Lego is expanding its line of Mario Bros. themed building sets. The announcement was made Tuesday, in advance of the formal kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with a video that we’ve embedded above. Unfortunately, you’ll need to hang on to your gift cards until next year. The new kits won’t be available until January 2021.

The Mario Bros. line was announced in March and launched in August. It features an electronic Super Mario that reacts to different bricks. When combined, the different playsets allow kids and adults alike to recreate their favorite levels, while a smartphone app keeps track of the points and provides building instructions. While the original line included four biomes (water, fire, sand, and grass), this new line adds the Soda Jungle, representing poison with its purple hue.

Animal Crossing finally improves its hair options

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Animal Crossing finally improves its hair options

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ upcoming winter update packs a ton of features and additions, including a number of new cosmetic options on for anyone looking to adjust what their villager looks like. While the trailer only features these tweaks briefly, they’ll make a notable difference for Black fans, or players of color.

You can now, for instance, give your character dreadlocks or an afro, or a fade. There’s also a new curly natural hair option, and some extremely cute puffs. You can also just opt out altogether and go bald now too. Choices! There are six new hair options in total.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will soon let you transfer your island to another Switch

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons will soon let you transfer your island to another Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players will soon get the option to transfer their game’s save data to another Nintendo Switch — and that includes both transferring an entire island and the ability to move a single resident to a new Switch.

Save data transfers for Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be added to the game on Nov. 18, according to Nintendo’s support website. The upcoming option is good news for players who would like to transition to a different model of Switch, and for players who are looking to move a secondary player (i.e. the person who is not the island resident representative) to their own island.

Animal Crossing’s big winter update adds new holidays events and more home storage

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Animal Crossing’s big winter update adds new holidays events and more home storage

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ next update is coming on Nov. 19 — and it’s adding seasonal festivities, like Turkey Day and Toy Day, to the game. The free update will also add a few new Reactions, hairstyles, and the ability to transfer saved data. There’s plenty to be excited for in this update, with another scheduled for late January. (New Year’s-themed, naturally.)

Players will be able to partake in the Turkey Day activities on Nov. 26, with Toy Day coming on Dec. 24 — aligned with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion players report corrupted saves

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion players report corrupted saves

Some Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion players say they are getting corrupted-save errors on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game, wiping out hours of progress, and, in some cases, forcing them to start all over.

The problem is especially severe for Watch Dogs: Legion, which maintains only a single campaign playthrough — that is, no manual saving, and no multiple game saves from earlier points. A thread on Ubisoft’s official forums for Legion has several players describing lost progress, with community managers acknowledging that developers are looking into the problem.

Minecraft’s new Star Wars DLC adds The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda

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Minecraft’s new Star Wars DLC adds The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda

Minecraft is heading to a galaxy far, far away. New Star Wars-inspired skins, planet dioramas, and more are now available in Microsoft’s sandbox game.

Shortly after the return of The Mandalorian for Season 2, a whole host of Star Wars skins have finally arrived in one of the world’s most popular games. The pack is 1,340 Minecoins — between $15-20 — and includes a new map, skin pack, texture set, UI, soundtracks, and reskins.