A celebration of Toad, for no real reason at all

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A celebration of Toad, for no real reason at all

Imagine waking up one morning to find that one of your favorite Nintendo characters — say, Toad — is being discussed at length on social media. That would be a pretty good morning! It’s the sort of thing that can brighten your day, especially when the character is not generally well-known in mainstream society. It can feel like other people are finally catching onto a small thing that makes your world seem a bit more friendly.

It’s possible that, upon further review, the character (you may call him “Toad”) is being discussed for reasons that complicate your happiness about their newfound popularity — or maybe notoriety. That can happen! But it has nothing to do with why you loved that character to begin with, nor is it likely to lead to changes in how that character is portrayed in the future.

5 things to know from Fortnite patch v5.41

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5 things to know from Fortnite patch v5.41

Fortnite’s newest patch is here, and this time around, nothing too major is changing, but there are a few additions that are worth looking at.

There’s a new way to create a giant structure in the blink of an eye, thanks to a new throw-able item. Also coming to the game is a pre-built structure for players to experiment with in Playground Mode, as well as some console-specific changes.

What time will Nintendo Switch Online launch?

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What time will Nintendo Switch Online launch?

Nintendo had previously announced that Nintendo Switch Online would launch today, Sept. 18, but the company has now stated that the service might be going live after much of the United States is asleep.

Nintendo Switch Online will launch later this evening,” the company stated in a tweet. “In preparation, Nintendo Switch eShop is scheduled for maintenance starting at 5 p.m. PT and will be unavailable for up to three hours. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.”

Classic Sega Genesis games headed to Nintendo Switch in a single, massive bundle

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Classic Sega Genesis games headed to Nintendo Switch in a single, massive bundle

Today, in advance of the annual Tokyo Games Show, Sega announced the release of Sega Genesis Classics for the Nintendo Switch. The 50-plus game bundle will include fan favorites such as the Golden Axe, Phantasy Star, Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage series as well as cult classics like Kid Chameleon and ToeJam & Earl.

This is the first time that most of these Genesis title will be playable on Nintendo’s hybrid console. Many titles will include their original local co-op modes, which will be enhanced by the novel Joy-Con controllers that ship with the Switch. Sega said that the collection will include many modern upgrades, including online multiplayer, achievements, mirror mode, rewind and save functionality.

Nintendo Switch Fortnite bundle to launch with exclusive items, in-game cash

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Nintendo Switch Fortnite bundle to launch with exclusive items, in-game cash

Another Nintendo Switch bundle is hitting stores in October, and this one is aimed at Fortnite fans who have yet to grab the console. The Fortnite “Double Helix” bundle will include numerous extras for the free-to-play game, including what Nintendo and Epic Game are calling “unique” weapons and outfits.

Launching Oct. 5, the package comes with the Double Helix set of items, including an outfit, back bling, glider and pickaxe. Based on the image on the box art, the Double Helix collection has a classy red-, black-and-white color scheme going — kind of a cyberpunk vibe. You tell me, though:

Fortnite patch v5.41 brings the Port-a-Fortress

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Fortnite patch v5.41 brings the Port-a-Fortress

Today’s Fortnite patch is pretty interesting, bringing the additions of the Port-a-Fortress item and a new item for the Playground that allows you to spawn your own Spiky Stadium that’s enclosed by damage traps and bouncers. You can see an image of what it will look like at the top of this post, and there’s a video of the Port-a-Fortress in action below.

The Port-a-Fortress is basically a Port-a-Fort that spawns a much more imposing structure when thrown. It’s the ideal item if you need the high ground very, very quickly.

Sega’s Puyo Puyo series is getting an esports version

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Sega’s Puyo Puyo series is getting an esports version

Sega’s long-running puzzle game series Puyo Puyo is getting a competitive version that’s recognized by Japan’s official esports union. The game, straightforwardly titled Puyo Puyo eSports, is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in October. An arcade version is also planned.

Puyo Puyo eSports looks very similar in presentation to 2014’s Puyo Puyo Tetris, minus the Tetris component. The esports-focused spin on the blob-dropping puzzle game takes its rules from two previous entries: Puyo Puyo 2 (first released in 1994) and Puyo Puyo Fever (first released in 2003). Puyo Puyo eSports will feature 24 characters from across the franchise.

Resonance of Fate remaster coming to PS4, Steam

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Resonance of Fate remaster coming to PS4, Steam

Star Ocean developer tri-Ace will re-release its role-playing game Resonance of Fate for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC via Steam this October, the developer announced today. The “4K/HD Edition” of the RPG promises a full remaster of the 2010 game.

An announcement trailer for Resonance of Fate 4K/HD Edition shows off the game’s “acrobatic gun combat.” The firearms-focused RPG lets players take control of three protagonists (Zephyr, Leanne, and Vashyron) who use flamboyant, turn-based attacks in battles against monsters and machines. The game is set in a futuristic civilization known as Basel, a refuge for humanity in a polluted, steampunk world.

New Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer shows off Big Hero 6 world, Sora’s selfies

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New Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer shows off Big Hero 6 world, Sora’s selfies

Square Enix released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 ahead of this week’s Tokyo Game Show, revealing new details about Sora, Donald and Goofy’s trip to the world of Disney’s Big Hero 6.

The Kingdom Hearts 3 Big Hero 6 trailer — which follows a shorter trailer released during a PlayStation press event last week — shows our heroes journeying to San Fransokyo, the futuristic home of Baymax and friends. Sora, Donald and Goofy, calling themselves the Keyblade Hero 3, team up with Hiro Hamada, Honey Lemon, Go Go Tomago, Wasabi No-Ginger, Fred and Baymax to battle big robots and fly over San Fransokyo’s cityscape. Our heroes also take time to visit Kingdom Hearts 3’s Frozen, Tangled and Pirates of the Caribbean worlds, while bits and pieces of the game’s story play out.

Call of Duty’s Blackout experimented with more players at the end of the beta

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Call of Duty’s Blackout experimented with more players at the end of the beta

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new battle royale mode Blackout concluded its beta on Monday afternoon, but not before trying to squeeze a few more players into every game first, bringing each match’s total players up to 100.

During the beta’s initial release on PlayStation 4, the number of players that could be in any one Blackout match was capped at 80. After the first day, and happy with the game’s performance, the developers at Treyarch increased the limit to 88 players and stayed there when it was released on Xbox One and PC on Friday, Sept. 14. This max capacity held until the beta reached its official end point, 1 p.m. ET, on Monday.