Adorable Splatoon 2 Toys Hit in Japan Today

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Later this coming month, July 21st, to be exact, Splatoon 2 hits the Nintendo Switch. To say people are excited would be a bit of an understatement. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Nintendo has partnered with Bandai Namco for several lines of toys and merchandise, the first of which are these adorable little miniature ink guns.

You can get a taste of them above, but hit the the jump for a look at the full line of surprisingly detailed miniature toys. The line releases in Japan today.

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SNES Classic Edition Launches in September

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Nintendo has confirmed that the Super Nintendo: Classic Edition is not only a real thing, but is launching later this year, on September 29th, for $79.99! In the box, you get an AC Adapter, HDMI Cable, and two wired SNES Classic Controllers. The system features 21 titles, including the previously unreleased StarFox 2, which is an absolute shock to the system.

The miniature console also includes: Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, Super Mario Kart, Zelda LTTP, SF2 Turbo, Super Metroid, Super Punch-Out, Castlevania IV, Mega Man X, Kirby Super Star, Final Fantasy III, Kirby’s Dream Course, StarFox 1, Yoshi’s Island (First official re-release EVER by Nintendo), Super Mario RPG, Contra 3, Secret of Mana, EarthBound, and Super Ghouls n Ghosts.

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First Look at Taiko No Tatsujin on PlayStation 4

Bandai Namco has released a first look at the newest Taiko game: Taiko No Tatsujin: Session de Dodon ga Don! The newest entry in the rhythm series is being released on PlayStation 4 later this year, with a new local multiplayer function to give the game a classic arcade-feel, as well as multiplayer “ghosts” to compete with your friends when they’re not there.

The trailer above also gives us a look at the new drum controller from HORI for PlayStation 4. The latest title features over 70 tracks, including Your Name’s theme song “Zenzenzense” by RADWIMPS, and more.

Metroid: Samus Returns Gets Legacy Edition in Europe

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Be prepared to despair, and throw a fit, and be very disappointed with the world. While North America is getting a Collector’s Edition of Metroid: Samus Returns, Europe will be enjoying the spoils of this newly announced Legacy Edition.

The version of the game includes the game, soundtrack, art-book, collector coin, morphball keychain, and a retro-inspired steelbook. Look at that steelbook! I would spend at least $80 on this edition. Metroid: Samus Returns releases on September 17.

NCSoft Launches MasterXMaster

NCSoft just surprised everyone by releasing their own take on the MOBA that’s been made popular by games such as Heroes of the Storm, and League of Legends. They’re taking a Blizzard approach to the game, allowing players to select Champions from various NCSoft titles, such as Blade & Soul, and even the older City of Heroes.

The game features a unique tag-system allowing players to select two Champions, and includes WASD movement. You can hit the jump to watch a video overview on full gameplay for MasterXMaster, or check out the Official Website to download the game for free.

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Introducing Sega Forever

SEGA has announced its continued efforts at a full re-brand, and attempt back at their past glory, with a new mobile endeavor called SEGA Forever. SEGA is bringing its entire back catalog of games to Android and iOS, completely free. The games will include controller support, and be Ad-free for a small fee of $1.99.

That selection isn’t just limited to Genesis games, either. Dreamcast, and Saturn games have also been kicked around. WiFi Multiplayer connectivity will be included in certain titles at launch, but SEGA is also looking into 3G and 4G options.

 

The Ataribox is a Real Thing

It would appear that Atari truly is on the verge of a comeback. At least, an attempt at one. E3 has come and gone, but that didn’t stop Atari from announcing that they’re re-entering the hardware business with a new secret console, currently dubbed the Ataribox. Let that sink in for a moment.

It’s hard to fathom, and with no details to speak of, it’s also hard to gauge interest. The system will most likely be PC-based, similar to the Steam Box, which has already come and gone. It’s also rumored to most likely feature Atari’s trademark wood grain paneling to some extent.

Diablo 3’s Necromancer Finally Hits This Month

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The Necromancer class in Diablo 3 has been teased for what seems like ages, and now, we’re finally getting it on June 27. The Necromancer will be priced at $14.99 and will require the Reaper of Souls expansion on PC to play. The pack will also grant access to additional character slots, a portrait, banner, sigil, accent and pennant, a brand new pet and some items for your pets.

Blizzard also revealed the new Eternal Collection for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, that will give console players full access to the game and all of its DLC, including the Necromancer.

WWE 2K18 Cover Revealed

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This morning, on SportsCenter, WWE superstar Seth Rollins revealed that he’s the new cover star for this year’s WWE 2K18. He did so with a kick-ass reveal trailer for the game, calling back to many of the games past classic cover stars and DLC characters.

You can hit the jump to get a full look at this year’s cover, and cover star, Seth Rollins, along with the announcement trailer.

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IO Interactive Now Independent

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After entering negotiations last month into a management buyout, things have quickly reached a satisfying conclusion, with Hitman developer IO Interactive now being an Independent studio again, while also retaining the rights to the Hitman series. Square Enix decided to divest itself of the developer and the franchise for unknown reasons, but it seems things have happened for the best with the studio now able to freely operate with partners and publishers in the future.

IO Interactive is best known for its Hitman series of games, as well as Kane & Lynch.

Killer Instinct Coming to Steam

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It was announced last night during the Top 8 battle at CEO 2017, that Killer Instinct is officially headed to Steam in the near future. No price or launch date was given, but it marks the first time the game will be available outside of the Windows 10 Xbox Store.

Killer Instinct has been one of the more faithfully updated titles of this generation, with fighter pack releases, and new gameplay content coming out at a steady rate for fans of the fighter franchise.

Mistwalker to Announce New Title

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Mistwalker head, and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi is set to announce a new title from his acclaimed studio Mistwalker. Mistwalker hasn’t released a core console title since The Last Story on the Wii, and even further with Lost Odyssey on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The new title will be announced on a Famitsu live stream on June 22. You can check it out on NicoNico LIVE at 8:00pm JST (Japan Standard Time), with a special guest appearance by Nobuo Uematsu.

New Xbox Avatars Unveiled

Part of me always hoped that Microsoft wouldn’t give up on Xbox Avatars. I loved the customizability they had, and they did well to make the Xbox a bit more fun. Plus, with tons of ways to express yourself, you could always make your Avatar look more like you than your Mii ever could.

Now, Microsoft has announced that they’re coming back to the forefront after disappearing since the release of the Xbox One. The new Avatars are definitely suited for 4K, with new options for hair customization, clothing, and even prosthetics, and vehicles.

Super Mario Odyssey Theme

Nintendo has released the endlessly-catchy theme song that present in the new gameplay trailer for Super Mario Odyssey, and it’s something else. A big brass band plays, with some fantastic meta vocals by Pauline, the damsel-in-distress from the original Donkey Kong game, who just so happens to also be the mayor of New Donk City, the home of Odyssey.

Metal Gear Survive Delayed

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Normally, I wouldn’t really post about this, as this game is a complete cash-grab and mockery of all that makes this series so memorable. But, it’s pretty damn hilarious. Konami has stated to Polygon that Metal Gear Survive has been “pushed back a few months” to allow for more polish on the game.

Metal Gear Survive was announced in 2016, and will have a mysterious single player mode, as well as multiplayer that will pit teams of players against zombie-like enemies. The game is set an alternate universe after the events of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the prequel to Phantom Pain.