Blizzard Releases New Animated Shorts

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It’s always a treat when Blizzard decides to break out their incredible animation crews, and put together some wonderful storytelling. Their animation is always so crisp and fluid. Movie-quality filmmaking from a team of video game animators, and proof that these guys know what they’re doing.

At GamesCom they decided to drop two new animations. One of them, is a musical number about a young girl that finds herself transported to Harth Stonebrew’s tavern for warmth, where she discovers the wonders of the whimsical card game and its denizens across Azaroth. The second is the long-awaited animation featuring Mei’s heart-breaking origin, that leads into the events of Overwatch. Hit the jump to check out both animations, and let us know your thoughts!

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Splatoon 2 Switch Bundle to Walmart in North America

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It looks like we’re getting that epic Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch bundle after all! Nintendo has revealed it is a Walmart exclusive and will be available for $379.99 on September 8, 2017. The price increase is thanks to the included bonuses. The Joy-Cons in the Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch bundle are lime green and pink, to match the colors used in the game. The bundle also includes a download code for Splatoon 2, as well as a themed carrying case.

While a bit late, it’s nice that we’re getting this bundle at all, as it looks great, and Splatoon 2 has gotten nothing but great reviews. Splatoon 2 is available now on the Nintendo Switch.

Gal*Gun VR Now Available

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If you already know what Gal*Gun is, then this story won’t surprise you. Gal*Gun VR is now available on Steam for use with the HTC Vive. Gal*Gun is a popular Japanese rail shooter, that involves you, the protagonist, shooting a pheromone gun gifted to you by Cupid at various anime girls in an attempt to make them fall in love with you. It’s just as ridiculous as it sounds.

Now, the addition of VR adds an entirely new level of ridiculous, as in addition to the standard rail shooter VR experience, you can also move your head around in an attempt to look up their anime skirts, as well. Japan… you’re crazy. I love you.

Overwatch Reveals Doomfist

After being teased since before the game’s release, Blizzard has finally revealed that Doomfist is coming to Overwatch. Doomfist is Akande Ogundimu. A cybernetic offense character whose hand cannon gauntlet knocks opponents down. Blizzard writes, “In addition to dealing ranged damage with his Hand Cannon, Doomfist can slam the ground, knock enemies into the air and off balance, or charge into the fray with his Rocket Punch. When facing a tightly packed group, Doomfist leaps out of view, then crashes down to earth with a spectacular Meteor Strike.”

Doomfist is considered a legendary villain in the world of Overwatch, and the ringleader behind much of the villainy in that world. He’s available for play now in the Overwatch Public Test Region.

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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PhE3: Xbox Recap

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Microsoft took the stage of E3, and blew its doors off, with numerous world premieres of blockbuster titles, a lineup of 42 games shown, with half being Xbox One and Windows PC exclusive, and the worldwide reveal of the Xbox One X. It was a massive show for the tech giant, and with a heavy focus on 4K Ultra HD as the future of the industry currently, they did their best to showcase beautiful visuals, and gorgeous looks at a varied library. My best moment is undoubtedly when Phil Spencer reveals to the crowded hall that original Xbox games will be making their way to the Xbox One with backwards compatibility.

This was, admittedly, one of the most exciting and surprise-filled keynotes that Microsoft has ever done, with a lot of great moments and fantastic looking games shown. Hit the jump for the full breakdown of the keynote with trailers for everything shown.

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