Super Mario Party shines in low-key week for Switch eShop

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Super Mario Party shines in low-key week for Switch eShop

It’s a party up in Nintendo Switch eShop this week, thanks to Mario Party’s first Nintendo Switch game. Super Mario Party is the biggest name in a lineup that consists of few in-demand titles, although it’s actually not the only party game hitting the storefront.

Fun fact: There are three different “parties” on the eShop as part of this latest update. We’ve got Hardway Party, which is a bridge-building party for cars. It’s an arcade racing game, based on its description, although there are also missions involving dragons and zombies. This sounds like a party with a certain kind of attendee in mind.

Capcom’s making a live-action Mega Man movie

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Capcom’s making a live-action Mega Man movie

Capcom and 20th Century Fox are making a Mega Man movie. The live-action film, tentatively titled Mega Man, was officially announced by Capcom today, more than three years after the project was initially rumored.

Mega Man will be written and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the duo behind the films Catfish and Nerve. Chernin Entertainment, the producers of the Planet of the Apes series, is co-producing with actor Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii Five-O). Capcom said it “aims to appeal to a diverse audience, including not only game players but action movie fans as well, with an adaptation that maintains the world of the Mega Man games, while incorporating the grand production and entertainment value that Hollywood movies are known for.”

November’s PlayStation Plus games revealed in brief, early leak

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November’s PlayStation Plus games revealed in brief, early leak

Just days into October, Sony has already revealed what November’s PlayStation Plus games will be. But this appears to have been a clear mistake, with the announcement already gone less than an hour after it went live.

Early this morning, the PS Plus page on the PlayStation website showed not this month’s games for members, but the two headlining PlayStation 4 titles for November. Those games are Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition and Yakuza Kiwami — which are considerably more exciting than October’s offerings. It’s since gone back to normal, however; the link directs to a basic subscription purchase page.

Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime stepping down after 27 years

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Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime stepping down after 27 years

Mike Morhaime, co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment and the studio’s longtime president, has stepped down from his position effective immediately. While Morhaime will stay on as a strategic advisor, World of Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack has taken over as president of Blizzard Entertainment, the company announced Thursday afternoon.

Brack has been with Blizzard for 12 years, and has led the World of Warcraft team for that duration. Alongside Brack, chief development officer Ray Gresko and Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham have also joined the studio’s executive leadership team.

Head of E3 operator and lobbying group, The ESA, steps down

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Head of E3 operator and lobbying group, The ESA, steps down

The Entertainment Software Association, the organization behind E3 and the group that lobbies on behalf of U.S. video game publishers, announced a change in leadership today. ESA president and CEO Michael D. Gallagher, who joined the organization in 2007, has resigned.

In his stead, Stanley Pierre-Louis, ESA’s senior vice president and general counsel, will serve as interim president and CEO. The ESA said it will search for a permanent replacement.

Spider-Man’s lead writer on what to expect in the upcoming DLC

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Spider-Man’s lead writer on what to expect in the upcoming DLC

Spider-Man lead writer Jon Paquette tells Polygon that lots of original ideas were thrown away in the creation of Insomniac’s latest game. But the upcoming DLC hasn’t been cobbled together from the extra bits left on the cutting room floor. Quite the opposite, in fact.

The web-slinging action game was released on Sept. 7 and quickly garnered rave reviews. We called it “the most polished entry to date” in a series that dates back all the way to the 8-bit era. Pauquette said Insomniac’s goal was to put its own spin on Peter Parker. Job one? Avoiding making another origin story.

Hero builds Nintendo Wii into an Altoids tin

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Hero builds Nintendo Wii into an Altoids tin

A hardware modder, who goes by the handle Shank, claims to have crammed a fully functional Nintendo Wii into an Altoids tin. Called KillMii, photos show a portable device bound in a curiously strong tin can with a rough cut-out for its two-inch screen.

Why create such an abomination? For the memes, Shank said.

Twin Peaks VR will take us into the Red Room

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Twin Peaks VR will take us into the Red Room

A virtual reality version of TV classic Twin Peaks is in the works for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, with series co-creator David Lynch pitching in on development. Collider announced that its gaming arm, Collider Games, is producing the experience, and a special preview of the surprise project is only a week away.

Twin Peaks VR draws on Showtime’s 2017 revival of the 1990s’ two-season wonder, according to Collider. Instead of taking on the role of possessed Agent Dale Cooper, whose true body and soul were trapped in the ominous Red Room of the even more ominous Black Lodge, players will suffer through his same trauma. (All of this will make at least a little more sense to you if you’ve seen Twin Peaks; and if you haven’t, you should probably do that. Especially if you’re here, reading this.)