Super Mario Maker 2 includes slopes, night mode and 3D World levels

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Super Mario Maker 2 includes slopes, night mode and 3D World levels

Today’s Super Mario Maker 2 Direct was a 15-minute deep dive into the details and features that would be coming to the Switch sequel this June. The game is being dramatically expanded for its sequel to include level features from a variety of classic and modern Super Mario Bros. titles that weren’t in the original.

Some of these changes are subtle, like slopes and the return of the infamous Angry Sun. On/Off switches and snaking paths are also making their first appearance in a Mario Maker, allowing for more variety for players (and the opportunity for builders to create nefarious traps).

Super Mario Maker 2 multiplayer brings Luigi, Toad and Toadette to the fun

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Super Mario Maker 2 multiplayer brings Luigi, Toad and Toadette to the fun

Super Mario Maker 2 will support four-player multiplayer, which means more playable characters will join the game: Luigi, Toad and Toadette.

This evening’s Nintendo Direct showed those three and Mario barreling through created levels in a four-way race to demonstrate the Nintendo Switch game’s new multiplayer features. Fans had already expected an expanded playable roster, thanks to a (somewhat) leaked Japanese poster for the game featuring those characters.

Sci-fi heist adventure Void Bastards launches at the end of May

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Sci-fi heist adventure Void Bastards launches at the end of May

Void Bastards, which blends strategy, shooting, roguelike elements and sardonic humor, is coming on May 29, Humble Bundle announced yesterday. The game is launching on Windows PC as well as Xbox One, where it will make a same-day appearance in the Xbox Game Pass library.

Void Bastards was revealed in November at X018, and developer Blue Manchu showed off a sci-fi adventure with echoes of FTL and System Shock. (Blue Manchu was founded by Jon Chey, who worked on System Shock 2 at Looking Glass.) The comic-booky visuals and campy tone are supplemented with weird sound effects and bizarre characters.

Thomas the Tank engine mod got Skyrim player in legal trouble

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Thomas the Tank engine mod got Skyrim player in legal trouble

The tradition of adding Thomas the Tank Engine to video games started with Skyrim back in 2013, when Kevin Brock put the blue locomotive to Bethesda’s fantasy game. While the cameo has become a meme now, the joke’s explosion apparently put the modder in hot water with Mattel, the toy giants who own Thomas’ image.

The Face has published a fascinating look at why people keep adding Thomas the Tank Engine to video games, and embedded in this report is a tidbit about how the iconic joke created problems for the original creator. According to Brock, the Skyrim mod got him in “so much trouble,” and that attention followed him across other Thomas the Tank Engine mods that he made.

Riot Games forces Echo Fox to take action regarding alleged racist abuse

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Riot Games forces Echo Fox to take action regarding alleged racist abuse

Earlier this month, Rick Fox was reported to be selling his shares and departing Echo Fox, following alleged racist abuse.

Following this, a Dexerto report noted that the person in question was Amit Raizada, a founding partner of Echo Fox investor Vision Venture Partners group. Twin Galaxies custodian Jace Hall got into an email debacle with Raizada, resulting in Raizada allegedly using a racial slur. When Dexerto reached out to Raizada, his law firm said “Mr. Raizada has never used or made a racial epithet or statement towards Mr. Fox or anyone in his family. Moreover, Mr. Raizada has never threatened Mr. Fox or anyone in his family. Any allegations or suggestions to the contrary are simply false.” Later, another Dexerto report revealed emails where Raizada used threatening language towards Rick Fox and his family.

There’s a new world record for sleeping with everyone in Fallout: New Vegas

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There’s a new world record for sleeping with everyone in Fallout: New Vegas

Where to even begin with this incredible play-through of Fallout: New Vegas, where an intrepid speedrunner manages to sleep with every single eligible bachelor in record time? It’s the best thing I’ve seen all week, for one.

Runner tomatoanus has uploaded a heavily commentated video of his play-through on YouTube, and it’s absolutely worth a watch. Tomato walks you through every single glitch he uses to sleep with all eight sleeping partners available in Fallout: New Vegas. You might be thinking to yourself — wait a minute, how is this possible? Don’t some of these characters have sexual preferences? The answer is yes. However, speedrunners have discovered a glitch that allows you to change gender midway through your game through the manipulation of menus. Normally, you can only alter your character at the start of the game, during the Doc Mitchell segment.

World of Warcraft’s “Safe Haven” cinematic shows the return of Thrall

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World of Warcraft’s “Safe Haven” cinematic shows the return of Thrall

Blizzard recently revealed its newest World of Warcraft cinematic. Safe Haven details how Horde insurrectionist Varok Saurfang found and recruited Thrall to the Horde’s cause.

The cinematic starts with Saurfang showing up in Outland — the destroyed remnant of the original Orc homeworld, Draenor. Despite the scars of the battles in World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, the land is green and growing. Saurfang finds Thrall, who is sharpening a blade in his own makeshift Orc village.

Watch today’s Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo Direct stream

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Watch today’s Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo Direct stream

Super Mario Maker 2 was announced back in February for the Nintendo Switch, and it’s due out in June of this year. Before the game drops, we’re getting a Super Mario Maker 2 Direct from Nintendo. The global presentation is set to last about 15 minutes, and will go live on Wednesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.

You’ll be able to watch the Direct on Nintendo’s official YouTube and Twitch channels.

The biggest changes coming to Borderlands 3

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The biggest changes coming to Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is still a few months away, but players already have a good idea of the major changes coming to the game. In its gameplay reveal stream earlier this month, Gearbox showed off a few new features for players to try out in the series’ third entry.

Some changes are slightly altered takes on previous features in Borderlands, while others bring something completely new to the table.