Whoops, some folks got an Xbox One instead of a Series X pre-order

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Whoops, some folks got an Xbox One instead of a Series X pre-order

Xbox Series X and S pre-orders opened on Tuesday morning, and while some folks struggled to complete their transactions, other fans might have found the process easy. Maybe too easy.

As noted by Andrew Alerts on Twitter, orders for the Xbox One X — that is, the current generation of Microsoft gaming hardware — have increased today. Now, some of these folks undoubtedly wanted exactly what they got; maybe they decided the hassle of spending hundreds of dollars on a next-gen console wasn’t worth it. But some others appear to have made a mistake.

Super Mario Galaxy’s cursed mushroom got fixed on the Switch

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Super Mario Galaxy’s cursed mushroom got fixed on the Switch

Meet Kinoko. Does it seem like a normal mushroom power-up in a Super Mario game? Well, it’s not. This little guy right here once determined whether or not Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 could properly exist and be played.

As The Cutting Room Floor documents, Kinoko is a mushroom that exists within the files of both Wii-era platformers, and while you never see the mushroom in-game, the titles both need it. “If the file isn’t present, the game crashes,” TCRF wiki entry states.

Chip’s Challenge is free on Steam

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Chip’s Challenge is free on Steam

Chip’s Challenge is now free on Steam, the developer announced on Twitter on Tuesday. The classic top-down puzzle game was originally published in 1989 for the Atari Lynx, but gained a cult following when it was ported to Windows in Microsoft Entertainment Pack 4.

The mechanics of Chip’s Challenge are simple. Each level consists of a tiled grid. One of the tiles will lead to the next level, but it’s guarded by a chip socket. In order to move on, the player character, Chip, must collect a number of computer chips to unlock the exit portal. Various obstacles hinder him, including enemies, movable blocks, locked doors, and difficult terrain (ice, fire, water, etc.). Along the way, Chip can pick up tools to help him, including keys, fire boots, ice skates, and flippers.

The new version of HeroQuest is a faithful remake of the classic board game

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The new version of HeroQuest is a faithful remake of the classic board game

HeroQuest, the classic tabletop board game, is being relaunched. On Tuesday, toy and game publisher Hasbro started a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising $1 million in pre-order sales. Polygon has an exclusive first look at the lavish remake, plus the first details on exactly what’s inside the box. Fans will be able to pre-purchase a copy of HeroQuest for as low as $99.99, which will get them a revised edition of the original game with all-new miniatures and scenery (if the project is fully funded).

“While the gameplay featured in the original 1989 version of HeroQuest will remain true,” said brand manager Patrick O’Rourke in an email interview with Polygon, “the game will be updated to deliver the high quality experience it deserves.”

Xbox Series X pre-orders are a mess despite Microsoft’s promises

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Xbox Series X pre-orders are a mess despite Microsoft’s promises

When retailers started pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 earlier than Sony said they would, it was pandemonium for customers trying to secure the hardware. The folks at Microsoft must have seen this as an easy dig, because the official Xbox account went on to post something about how they would let customers know the exact time of pre-orders, so they shouldn’t “worry.” Lo and behold, the time for Xbox Series X has arrived, and ... it’s still a mess.

Likely, knowing the specific time for pre-orders actually didn’t help much. GameStop implemented a “queue” that asked customers to stay in line and not refresh the page (this seems to have been a clever ruse), except after thirty minutes of waiting, I’m still staring at the same screen. It’s better than being told I’m blocked, but not by much!

Fortnite and Rocket League are hosting a crossover event with themed rewards

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Fortnite and Rocket League are hosting a crossover event with themed rewards

The new free-to-play update of Rocket League is coming to the Epic Games Store on Wednesday Sept. 23 and, to celebrate, Epic and Psyonix have teamed up for a crossover event between Fortnite and Rocket League called Llama-Rama.

The event will focus on challenges in Rocket League that will unlock cosmetics in both Fortnite and Rocket League. The cosmetics themselves will bring visual elements from both games into the other.

New Mike Bithell game is Solitaire with a spy thriller twist

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New Mike Bithell game is Solitaire with a spy thriller twist

If you ever thought to yourself “Hmm, I’m nostalgic for the days of playing Solitaire on my Windows XP laptop, but I’m a true gamer now so I need something a little more hardcore,” then you’re in luck.

From game designer Mike Bithell (Volume, Thomas Was Alone) comes The Solitaire Conspiracy, which takes everything you know and love about the solo card game and turns it into a tactical spy mission.

Peach sex game 8 years in the making hit with Nintendo takedown

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Peach sex game 8 years in the making hit with Nintendo takedown

In 2012, a developer named Ivan Aedler uploaded an erotic fan game starring Princess Peach to the internet. The hentai-inspired game, Peach’s Untold Tale, racked up millions of views on adult websites over the years. Aedler updated the game frequently, but it wasn’t until 2020 that the fan-developed game drew Nintendo’s ire.

As originally reported by TorrentFreak, Peach’s Untold Tale was recently hit with a copyright takedown from Nintendo, so it’s no longer possible to download and play the title. Instead, when you load up the former Github page that contained Peach’s Untold Tale, you are presented with a public notice letter that reads, “The copyrighted works are Nintendo’s characters and audio-visual works from its Super Mario video game franchise.” The DMCA notice says that Peach’s Untold Tale fell beyond fair use claims, despite the creator claiming it was a porn parody that could theoretically could fall under fair use.

Blue Xbox Series X controller revealed, coming at launch

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Blue Xbox Series X controller revealed, coming at launch

On Monday — just hours after it revealed its purchase of Bethesda and a day before Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pre-orders officially go live — Microsoft unveiled its line of controllers and accessories for the next-gen Xbox.

On Nov. 10, Microsoft will release the new Xbox Wireless Controller in Carbon Black (to match Xbox Series X) and Robot White (to match Xbox Series S). Microsoft will also sell a new variant, Shock Blue, seen in the image above. Those controllers will run players $59.99 each, the same price as Xbox One controllers.