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Fan Creates Playable Version of Breath of the Wild’s 2D Prototype

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is great for many reasons. One of its standout features is how different mechanics react to one another. Shoot a tree with a fire arrow, and it’ll burn. Chop that same tree down, and it’ll topple over, setting anything it touches ablaze. Thanks to these reactive systems, the game encourages players to be creative when approaching its various challenges. To demonstrate how different game elements would interact with each other, the game’s developers created a 2D prototype in the style of the original Legend of Zelda. Though it looks exactly like the NES classic, it had a lot of Breath of the Wild‘s DNA. Anyone who saw footage of this prototype probably wished that they could play the game. Now, thanks to a dedicated fan, people can. As you can see from the video below, Breath of the NES is very much like the Breath of the Wild prototype. It features a day/night cycle, food you can harvest, and more. Using Game Maker Studio, it has taken developer Winter Drake several months of work to get up to this point. [embedded content] Speaking with Kotaku, Winter Drake said that “this project is…

Nintendo May Release an SNES Classic Edition This Year

One of the most sought-after gaming items from last year was Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition. Despite the mini console’s popularity, many wondered if Nintendo would eventually release a SNES Classic Edition. Though the NES is a beloved system in its own right, the SNES is arguably the most popular (and best) Nintendo system of all time. If a new report turns out to be accurate, we may indeed get a SNES mini this holiday. Sources within Nintendo have confirmed to EuroGamer that the company is set to release the SNES Classic Edition in late 2017. According to these sources, the system is already in development. Interestingly enough, Nintendo’s plans for the SNES mini are the main reason why the NES mini was discontinued in the first place. Nintendo always intended the NES mini to be a limited run system. The console became more popular than the company anticipated, with shortages being reported all throughout its brief lifespan. Unfortunately, Nintendo couldn’t extend the run of the NES mini since it already had plans to release the SNES mini. Like the NES mini, the SNES mini will be a plug and play device that comes pre-installed with a number of games. The…

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Sony Will Release a 1TB PlayStation 4 in North America Later This Month

If you’re interested in a PlayStation 4 but don’t feel the PS4 Pro is right for you, there is always the standard PlayStation 4. Since it was launched last year, the new PS4 (affectionately called the PS4 Slim) came with a 500GB hard drive. As any serious gamer will tell you, that isn’t nearly enough storage space (especially after this insane first quarter). Thankfully, Sony is about to release a PS4 with a generous amount of storage space. Over on Twitter, the official PlayStation account announced that North America will soon be getting PlayStation 4 units with 1TB of internal storage space. This model will replace the current 500GB SKU. Best of all, this updated system will still retail for $299.99. Players will essentially get an additional 500GB for free. Arriving on store shelves this month: new slim PS4 system featuring a 1TB internal HDD for $299.99 MSRP! Details: https://t.co/8FZov0rqde pic.twitter.com/khdncXuSmT — PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 18, 2017 As listed over on the official PlayStation site, the new PS4 will come with a 1TB HDD, a DualShock 4 controller, HDMI cable, wired mono headset, and a USB charging cable. Basically, it contains READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Nier Automata DLC Lets You Fight Square-Enix and Platinum Games CEOs

Nier: Automata isn’t afraid to break the fourth wall if the occasion calls for it. To that end, the game’s upcoming DLC will allow players to face off against two real-life bosses: Square Enix president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda and Platinum Games president and CEO Kenichi Sato. As pointed out by EuroGamer, these two executives aren’t canon to the game. The quest giver tells players “What you’re about to see may end up destroying your sense of immersion. Are you okay with that?” Players can choose either “Immersion schmimmersion!” or “I most certainly am not.” If they choose the first option, they’ll get this. Yosuke Matsuda unleashes a flood of harmful purple orbs when players are far, and a series of lightning-fast kicks when they get in close. Kenichi Sato appears out of thin air when Matsuda’s health is around fifty percent. The Platinum Games president has similar attacks to that of the Square-Enix CEO. Both are formidable on their own, but when they combine their powers, they give players one hell of a challenge. [embedded content] Having the bosses of each of the companies behind Nier: Automata be in-game bosses READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Uber Driver Has NES Classic in Backseat

It’s always nice when you get into an Uber car, and the driver offers you snacks and beverages (or wildly inappropriate personal stories). One driver went above and beyond by adding something extra special to his car: a fully functional NES Classic Edition. A Reddit user by the name of Okdiv posted a picture of this sweet set up late yesterday. As you can see from the picture below, a small monitor is set up right behind the passenger seat next to the driver. In between the driver and the passenger seat rests the NES Classic console (with a tip jar on top!). The set up is a bit on the messy side with all of the wires sticking out, but that’s not really important. Okdiv said that the driver was deaf, so communication was limited. It would have been nice to know how he got the driver hands on the NES Classic Edition. The miniature system was always difficult to get one’s hands on. Now that it has been discontinued, it will be nearly impossible to find (at a decent price). This NES Classic Edition is literally one of the few READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Mass Effect Andromeda Pirates Will be Stuck With Sleepy-Faced Characters

It only took pirates ten days to crack Mass Effect Andromeda. Bioware quickly took action and has now updated the game’s Denuvo anti-temper technology to stop piracy entirely (according to DSOG). Those with pirated copies of the game will not be able to upgrade to patch 1.05. This means that thieves will be stuck with the questionable-looking human and Asari facial animations that plagued the game before the patch. It isn’t only improved faces and facial animations that pirates will miss out on. The recent patch expanded the inventory limit and made it possible to travel to different planets faster. There are also a number of other updates that make the game much better than it was at launch. All of these improvements will now be inaccessible to pirates. According to DSOG, this version of Denuvo has yet to be cracked. The PC versions of Dead Rising 4 and Nier Automata also employ this same security technology. I’m sure this won’t stop pirates from trying to bypass the updated security measure (they are a clever bunch), but for now, this is one of the best anti-piracy measures out there. Piracy is an issue READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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First Images of Project Scorpio Dev Kit Give Us an Idea of What System Will Look Like

Back when Microsoft first announced Project Scorpio at E3, the only image it showed was that of the system’s motherboard. Last week when the console’s specs were revealed, we were shown more pictures of that same motherboard. Now, we’ve gotten an idea of what the final system may look like thanks to recently released pictures of the Project Scorpio dev kit. These images come to us via Gamasutra, who visited Microsoft in Redmond and spoke to the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. As you can see, the dev kit bears a strong resemblance to the original Xbox One, albeit with some key differences. The front of the unit has an OLED screen with a navigation button and five programmable buttons. This screen shows developers information like frames per second. Very useful indeed, though it is unlikely that this will be in the consumer version of the system. This dev kit has the same amount of ports that the retail Scorpio will. Its vents are located on the sides and not the top. This way, devs can stack Scorpios on top of each other (like the image below) without any overheating issues. The READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Nintendo Has Discontinued the NES Classic Edition

Ebay prices of the NES Classic Edition are about to skyrocket. Nintendo has just announced that it will discontinue the always-in-short-supply miniature console in North America. After the company ships the final batch of systems to retailers at the end of the month, the retro-tastic machine will be no more. “Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year,” said a Nintendo representative to IGN. “We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that, we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.” The source went on to add that the NES Classic Edition was always intended to be a limited-run system. Along with canceling the NES Mini, the NES Classic Controller will also be discontinued. Nintendo said that while it is discontinuing the sale of accessories for the NES Classic, that third party manufacturers may continue to produce products for the now READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is Now Backward Compatible on Xbox One

The day many Xbox fans asked for has finally arrived. Microsoft announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is now available on the Xbox One via backward compatibility. Being that it is a backward compatible title, anyone who owns a copy of Black Ops 2 for the Xbox 360 can play it for free. These folks can simply insert the disk into the Xbox One and then let the console download and install the game. Those who do not own Black Ops 2 can buy it for 50% off during the Xbox Spring Sale. Xbox Live Gold Members can buy the game for 60% off through April 17. Black Ops 2 is $24.99 standard, so those discounts will definitely save users some money. Your tweets have been answered.@CallofDuty: #BlackOps2 [M] is now on #XboxOne via #BackwardCompatibility. https://t.co/TkWO47ybbM pic.twitter.com/ultysZ5ASL — Xbox (@Xbox) April 11, 2017 For those who may not know, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was one of the biggest entries in the franchise. It arguably distils everything audiences love about the post-Modern Warfare Call of Duty into one perfect package. The series took somewhat of a downturn after Black READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Creators Will Soon be Able to Earn Real Money on Minecraft

We’ve seen a lot of imaginative things come out of the Minecraft community over the years. Some of the work produced by fans has definitely been on the professional level. Now, the best of the best will be able to make money from their creations. With the next game update, Mojang will introduce a marketplace on Windows 10 and mobile. Approved creators will be able to sell maps and texture packs to other users. Mojang will take a cut, but creators will get to keep a certain amount for themselves. Folks can purchase these creations with Minecraft Coins. These will function the same as currencies found in other mobile games. If you play Minecraft on Xbox, you’ll need an Xbox Live Silver or Gold account in order to make purchases on the new marketplace. There will be two partner creators when the marketplace launches. One partner is Blockworks, which is a group known for creating RPG-themed maps. The other is pixel artist Eneija Silverleaf, who has made several different skins for the game. As the marketplace grows, there will no doubt be more partner creators who are signed up — especially if they READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Gets a Release Date and a New Trailer

People have eagerly awaited additional news on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy ever since it was announced at the PlayStation Experience event last year. Audiences at the event and those watching at home were told that the stand-alone follow up to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End would be released sometime in 2017. Today, Sony announced that the game will be released on August 22 in North America and August 23 in Europe for $40. For those not in the loop, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will not feature the series protagonist, Nathan Drake. Instead, the ever-popular Chloe Frazer will get the spotlight as she searches for treasure in India. She won’t be alone during this adventure, as she’ll be joined by Uncharted 4‘s Nadine Ross. Along with this announcement, we’re also treated to a brand-new trailer. Like the previous video, this one is another cinematic from the game. We see Chloe and Nadine talking about the treasure they’re after. You can see the new trailer just below. [embedded content] Those who pre-order The Lost Legacy will get the upcoming Jak and Daxter PS2 Classic games for free. The collection includes the first three READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Microsoft Bans Emulators From Windows Store

Emulators aren’t exactly legal, but they are popular among a certain segment of the gaming community. They can be found at various places online for a multitude of different programs and devices. One popular emulator, the NESBox, was listed on the Windows Store last September before quickly being unpublished. Now, Microsoft has completely disallowed emulators on its digital storefront. This information comes to us from the Twitter account of NESBox, whose free universal emulator (which emulated systems like the NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis) is no longer available on the Windows Store. Universal Emulator has been unpublished 🙁 Apps that emulate a game system are not allowed on any device family. https://t.co/tmgw7K6l2q pic.twitter.com/B3pyDZ0IDW — NESBOX (@nesboxcom) April 4, 2017 In its policies document, Microsoft states: “Apps that emulate a game system are not allowed on any device family.” This includes not only the Windows Store (on Windows 10), but also the Xbox One, and Windows phones and tablets. As PC Gamer notes, it is unknown when this policy concerning emulators was first added. According to them, the document was last amended on March 27. NESBox put the above tweet out last READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Project Scorpio is an Impressive Mid-Gen Console Upgrade

Revealed during last year’s Xbox E3 event, Microsoft’s Project Scorpio has been on the mind of many gamers for months now. Considering how it was billed as “the most powerful console ever,” it’s understandable why folks were excited. We expected to learn about the system’s specs during this year’s E3. However, thanks to Digital Foundry, we are treated to an early look at Project Scorpio. From what was revealed today, it appears that Microsoft will indeed deliver the most technically superior system yet seen. Digital Foundry’s Rich Leadbetter was invited to Microsoft’s Redmond campus last week to get a first-hand look at the tech behind Project Scorpio. As Leadbetter pointed out, this type of spec reveal is unheard of. This displays the confidence Microsoft has in its upcoming system. It also means that Project Scorpio could be running ahead of schedule. [embedded content] Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. As posted on EuroGamer, Scorpio’s CPU has eight custom x86 cores that are clocked at 2.3GHz. The GPU has 40 customized compute units that are clocked at 1172MHz. This enables the console to hit the six teraflops Microsoft promised last year. There is 12GB of GDDR5 RAM and a READ FULL…

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These Are the Games You Should Be Checking Out in April

I don’t know about the rest of you, but this year seems to be going by insanely fast. Maybe it has to do with the fact that so many amazing games have been released in the past three months. When you have to put games on hold in order to play other games, you know you have a good problem on your hands. “Gameageddon” wasn’t messing around during the first quarter of 2017. After a whirlwind three months, April’s game offerings give us a bit of a reprieve. This month may not be as flashy as some of the others, but there are still a number of incredible titles begging for our attention. Whether you’re looking for engrossing JRPGs, tactical military shooters, or fun retro titles, you’ll find something great to play in April. [embedded content] Persona 5 Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3Release date: April 4 It has been a long time coming, but Persona 5 has finally been released. Considering how much love fans have for Persona 4, the hype for this game is understandable. Since it is on the more powerful PS4 and PS3 systems (sorry, PS Vita), Persona 5 can add more content while looking flashier READ…