Intellivision Amico reboot delayed to next year

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Intellivision Amico reboot delayed to next year

The Intellivision Amico, a reboot of the 1980s console meant to appeal to families and casual audiences with modern games, will be delayed to an April 2021 launch. It was originally given an October 2020 launch window.

Intellivision chief executive Tommy Tallarico announced the delay in a broadcast Wednesday afternoon to fans and backers of the crowd-funded console. Tallarico attributed the delay to the production challenges imposed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, despite Intellivision’s best efforts to hit their promised launch date. This is the project’s first delay.

Call of Duty now lets you kill people with a crow

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Call of Duty now lets you kill people with a crow

If you’ve ever wanted to take somebody out by telling a crow to scratch at their face, you can now do exactly that in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

As part of the season five update, players will be able to use the “Nevermore” execution, which launches a crow at the enemy player. The crow then scratches the ever-loving hell out of the enemy’s face. Dope!

If you’re itching for the delightful bird companion, you’ll have to buy the pass for 1,000 COD Points, which is a little less than $10. After buying the pass, you’ll be able to unlock the execution just from playing games and earning progress. The move unlocks at tier 20 and can be used by any operators.

Smash Bros. gets a ‘small battlefield’ and the internet is delighted

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Smash Bros. gets a ‘small battlefield’ and the internet is delighted

Surprise! A new update dropped for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which reportedly improves some part of the online experience along with some tweaks to Elite Smash. But the biggest addition has to be yet another version of Battlefield, the hardcore stage anchored by a few platforms.

What’s the difference? Well, this one is smol. Also, Nintendo saw fit to remove the top platform, which gives players less mobility overall. This addition swings in the opposite direction of Nintendo’s last Battlefield remix, which made the iconic Smash Bros. stage big.

Street Fighter 5 will bring back Dan, Rose, and Oro for season 5

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Street Fighter 5 will bring back Dan, Rose, and Oro for season 5

Street Fighter 5 is getting five new characters, four of which were announced on Wednesday as part of Capcom’s summer update for its flagship fighting game. Season 5 for Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition will bring back Dan Hibiki, Rose, and Oro from past Street Fighter games, as well as introduce Akira from Capcom’s Rival Schools series.

Dan, who debuted in the Street Fighter Alpha series, will be the first new character coming to Street Fighter 5 in season 5. He’ll be released sometime this winter. Street Fighter 5 game director Takayuki Nakayama showed off in-development footage of Dan in a mirror match, throwing his trademark feeble fireballs and performing other underpowered moves. Nakayama and his co-host, producer Shuhei Matsumoto, talked up Dan’s taunt move several times during a livestream, teasing something humorous to look forward to.

Madden NFL 21’s big new mode is backyard football

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Madden NFL 21’s big new mode is backyard football

Madden NFL’s all-new mode this year is called “The Yard,” and it’s an homage to backyard games that EA Sports says will feature the kind of “fast-paced, small-sided gameplay” football fans have found in NFL Street and other arcade-style titles.

The Yard will offer more than just six-man football with trick plays and rule variations. Players will create an avatar, take them through a progression system earning XP and rewards, and customize their looks and gear in a constantly refreshing “Style Zone.” This character is the star of a narrative mode, called “The Yard: Underground,” which is available today in the Madden NFL 21 Mobile app.

FIFA 21 drops two goal celebrations to curb player toxicity

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FIFA 21 drops two goal celebrations to curb player toxicity

FIFA 21 will lose two goal celebration animations — the “Shush” and “A-OK” movies — in a bid to curb toxic player behavior, EA Sports developers told press at a July preview event.

Eurogamer reported on Wednesday that the two celebrations are gone, and more may be pulled before FIFA 21 launches in October. In online matches, players who have given up a goal are forced to watch the celebration; the “Shush” celebration was aggravating as it was performed with a running player, which goal-scorers would use to prolong the moment and antagonize their opponents.

Fortnite’s new Joy Ride update adds drivable cars and a fantastic radio playlist

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Fortnite’s new Joy Ride update adds drivable cars and a fantastic radio playlist

Fortnite’s changing things up with a big, themed update right in the middle of the season. The new update is called Joy Ride, and it brings cars to Chapter 2’s island.

This is the first time cars have ever been drivable in Fortnite. Previously, cars were just scattered around the world so players could destroy them for resources, but now a few models will be usable vehicles.

Pikmin 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch in October with all DLC and a new co-op mode

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Pikmin 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch in October with all DLC and a new co-op mode

Pikmin 3, originally released for Wii U in 2013, is coming to Nintendo Switch on Oct. 30. Titled Pikmin 3 Deluxe, the $59.99 game will include options for cooperative play and all previous downloadable content, Nintendo announced on Wednesday.

As in previous iterations of the franchise, players take control of a whole bushel of tiny critters and help them to navigate a series of puzzles. The game includes plenty of (comparatively) oversized monsters and multiple themed biomes including Distant Tundra, Twilight River, and Garden of Hope.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s season 5 patch updates Verdansk with an open stadium and a train

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s season 5 patch updates Verdansk with an open stadium and a train

Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare’s new season has arrived, and it brought the first new map changes to the game’s battle royale mode. But those aren’t the only changes that came with this latest patch, there’s also new Warzone weapons, bug fixes, and a whole season’s worth of additions.

Season 5 marks the most changes Infinity Ward has ever brought to Warzone in just one update. The Verdansk map now has two bustling new — or renovated — locations with the train station and the stadium, which players can now go inside.