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Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 5:25 PM

Nerdy conventions and concerts can be a lot of fun, a great way to meet like-minded people and share your love of something with others. They also have a reputation for smelling bad, as certain people attending may not be taking care of themselves as much as you would hope…or even bathing at all, in some cases. So it…


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 4:44 PM


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 4:20 PM

The planet's dirty, Cloud! Well, actually you're not Cloud. But, uh, you're good with a power washer, right? Great! 'Cause, uh, we got some high-tech experimental weaponry and a few locations that need a good deep clean. Who knew Midgar was such a filthy place?


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 4:17 PM

North of the Border is a YouTube channel that creates the most astonishing, often horrendous clay models, depicting scenes or characters from some of your favorite video games. Whether it's Elden Ring, Breath of the Wild, or Pokémon, the site's creator, Adam, aims to produce outstandingly realistic models. Sometimes,…


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 3:55 PM

After about 40 hours of hellish action and sitting around level 95, I'm stuck on Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty's last boss. I guess that makes sense. This is the end of the game, after all, so of course the finale would be difficult. But reaching this point was perilous for one specific reason: Despite being one of the most…


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 3:53 PM

There are different kinds of "scary" things. There's what I'd call "haunted house scary," anything that immediately elicits a sharp scream, like a plate falling on the kitchen floor, that you forget about as soon as it's over—you gather up the shards and move on.


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 3:50 PM

Welcome to the first edition of Exp. Share, Kotaku's new Pokémon column in which we dive deep to explore notable characters, urban legends, communities, and just plain weird quirks from throughout the Pokémon franchise. This week we're taking a look at one of the breakout characters from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.…


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 2:41 PM

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet launched in an incredibly rough state last November, and it seems that the latest patch has introduced an even bigger problem for its players. Fans on Reddit have reported that connecting to the Pokémon Go app or downloading the DLC has caused them to lose their entire save files.


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 2:05 PM

In Lincoln County, Tennessee a Last Of Us-like situation is happening as a strong, heat-resistant fungus is spreading across trees, homes, cars, signs, and decks. And you can blame all of it on Jack Daniels and its warehouses full of whiskey, which this particular fungus feeds off of. Residents are so mad that at…


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 1:15 PM

Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson, the biggest YouTuber in the world, recently asked fans to do him a favor: patrol the shelves of their local big box retailer to make sure his Feastables chocolate bars weren't a huge mess. Some appear to have happily enlisted in his effort, while others lampooned the brand activation psy-op…


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 1:07 PM

Last week, Final Fantasy producer Yoshida Naoki objected to the label "JRPG," stating that the term felt "discriminatory." His comments kicked off a round of discussion about whether or not the term "JRPG" was racially problematic. Some couldn't understand how JRPG could be pejorative, especially given the genre's…


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 12:05 PM

There are a lot of tough jerks in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. I'm talking warriors like the infamous Lu Bu (Dynasty Warriors fans know), demons such as the four-horned cow monstrosity Aoye, electric dragons, fiendish porcupines, and so many more you'll probably want to dig your own grave instead of engaging in the game's…


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 11:40 AM

Today, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon released the first trailer for the upcoming animated film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. And it's not only a cute trailer that promises a fun, teen-focused TMNT story, but it also looks amazing. Just ignore the weird Seth Rogen stuff.


Kotaku Monday, March 6, 2023 11:10 AM

You think Elden Ring is hard? Try painstakingly recreating one of the game's iconic locations out of paper, that's hard. But that's also what artist Sky Burkson did when he made a miniature model of the Leyndell Royal Capital out of paper, toothpicks, wool, and other components.


PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 4:47 PM
     Genshin Impact's new 3.6 weekly boss is Apep, another giant serpent

A recent Genshin Impact leak suggests that HoYoverse will be adding another weekly boss to its anime game - a giant serpent named Apep. In the world of Teyvat, Apep is known as a friend of King Deshret, and the parent of the Wenut serpents found all across the Sumeru desert. The lore is undeniably interesting, but if Apep is anything like the existing snake bosses, we should expect an unnecessarily long battle.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 1:00 PM
     Life By You is the perfect Sims 5 competitor ahead of Project Rene

Former The Sims boss Rod Humble has announced his newest game, as Paradox Tectonic is making simulation game Life By You, with an in-depth announcement show coming very soon.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 1:06 PM
     Cities Skylines 2 is real, and Paradox is dropping it very soon

That's right, Cities Skylines 2 is coming from the original game's developer Colossal Order, after the immense success of its city-building game and a constant stream of DLCs and expansions. Oh, and Cities Skylines 2 is also out this year, too.

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 12:31 PM
     Europa Universalis 4 DLC to overhaul some of the most popular nations

The colossal Europa Universalis 4 DLC Domination has been announced, as yet another round of extra content is set to come to the grand strategy game soon. You'll be rediscovering the greatest powers in the game, as developer Paradox expands and improves upon many of the nations to choose from.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Europa Universalis IV DLC guide, The best Europa Universalis 4 mods, Play Europa Universalis 4

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 12:30 PM
     Crusader Kings 3 DLC adds Tours and Tournaments, hence the name

New Crusader Kings 3 DLC is on the way from Paradox this year, as announced in the developer's showcase. The strategy game will get Crusader Kings 3: Tours and Tournaments in spring, which adds exactly what it says it does, alongside better ways to keep an eye on your nations and more general improvements too.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Crusader Kings 3 DLC guide, The best Crusader Kings 3 mods, Crusader Kings 3 review

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 12:30 PM
     Paradox reveals Lamplighters League, a tactical RPG set in the '30s

The developer of the Shadowrun Trilogy, Harebrained Schemes, has announced a brand new game at the Paradox Interactive Showcase. The Lamplighters League and the Tower at the End of the World is a tactical RPG game that sees you embarking on a pulp adventure in an alternate 1930s, outrunning an evil global cult.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: best RPG games, best strategy games, best turn-based games

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 12:35 PM
     Best Canadian VPN for gaming, streaming, and more 2023

Do you want to know which the best Canadian VPN? Well, we have what you're looking for. Whether you're someone who wants a service that happens to have some good servers in Canada, or someone who wants to sign up to one whose headquarters are located in Canada, we've got a list of recommendations for you.

If you're a Canadian citizen, these VPNs will be really useful for connecting from your native region while travelling abroad. If you're overseas, and want the most private VPN with Canadian servers to access your internet banking account, we have a recommendations that can help stop a suspicious activity alert. Additionally, if you just fancy using the fastest VPN to prevent your internet service provider (ISP) from slowing things down, then we have a recommendation for that too.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 12:20 PM
     The best games like Fall Guys on PC 2023

Looking for some games like Fall Guys? Equal parts infuriating and addictive, Fall Guys is the brightest, bounciest battle royale game we've ever failed repeatedly at - and we have failed at a lot of battle royales. Even though Fall Guys itself is now free to play, after one too many gleeful hours toddling around and bouncing out of the competition, you may be wondering what other fun-yet-competitive party games you can pick up and play with friends, family, or even strangers. Well, wonder no more, my wobbly bean.

As we gush about in our Fall Guys review, the 'original' - as it were - is a fun, mindless jaunt through colourful rounds, and it's as enjoyable as it sounds. Thanks to that flawless formula, a couple of controversial games have tried to directly imitate the aesthetic and Takeshi's Castle-esque gameplay of Fall Guys. This list, though, encompasses a variety of multiplayer games - from those with a similar eye-burning colour scheme, to rage-inducing battle royale games, and strategic puzzle games with hilarious and mind-bending limb physics, rather than exact rip-offs. So, whatever aspect of the Mediatonic battle royale you find most appealing, there's sure to be something in this list of games like Fall Guys that you'll love just as much.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Fall Guys review, The best battle royale games, Play Fall Guys

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 12:32 PM
     How to deflect in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

When learning how to deflect in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, practising on the weaker enemies where the consequences aren't as serious is important. You'll likely get hit a few times as you learn, perhaps even die, but you must learn the perfect moment to deflect attacks - or parry, riposte, counter, if you like - to make it far in the Soulslike game. It's also worth experimenting with the types of attacks you can deflect, as each time you successfully do so can make all the difference when taking down monstrous foes.

Of course, you've read the tutorial that explains that pressing the dodge button once while holding a movement direction has you deflect an oncoming attack. However, there's a big difference between knowing how to deflect in principle and executing it consistently, especially against the Wo Long bosses. These are the types of attacks you can deflect and why deflecting is essential to getting far in the RPG game.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty demo impression, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is The Witcher meets Sekiro, Best RPG games

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 12:14 PM
     Destiny 2 Lightfall raid release date – Root of Nightmares start time

What is the Destiny 2 Lightfall raid release date? If you're looking for information about The Root of Nightmares raid launching with the Lightfall DLC, we've got all the latest info that you and your fireteam need to properly prepare for the raid and earn rewards for completion in the Contest Mode timeframe.

While we don't know all the details on the Lightfall raid in Destiny 2, we do know it will be an all-new raid in the free PC game, as opposed to Vault of Glass in 2021 and the King's Fall raid last year, which were both remakes of raids from the original Destiny. However, there are some clues as to what we might expect. Here's everything we know about the Destiny 2 Lightfall raid release date, start time, Contest Mode details, and more.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 12:06 PM
     All Destiny 2 Lightfall Exotics, listed

Wondering about the new Destiny 2 Lightfall Exotics? No need to fiddle through your collections - we have a full list of all the new Exotic guns and armour pieces that await you in the latest expansion.

If you're wondering where you'll find these golden goodies, we can help with that too. Generally, new Exotic armour pieces are earned through completing Destiny 2 Legendary Lost Sectors, while newer Exotic guns tend to be linked to quests - more on all that below. Older Exotics, both weapons and armour, can be bought from Xur, drop from certain activities or, if you're very lucky, just while you're out in the world. Read on for a full list of every new Exotic in Destiny 2's Lightfall expansion - on which point, note that you'll need to own the Lightfall expansion to have access to these.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:56 AM
     The best FPS games on PC 2023

What are the best FPS games on PC? From the classic physics chaos of Half-Life 2 to Halo Infinite's beautifully rendered worlds, these are the finest FPS games. For more than two decades, FPS games have been the driving force of the PC games industry. They've let us travel from the depths of Hell in Doom to the outer reaches of space in Titanfall 2. Others have taken us on a detour through the likes of Half-Life 2's zombie-infested Ravenholm, while some have embraced futuristic cities.

Some of these games are old, others are new, and all are great. Wolfenstein 2's amazing campaign; Rainbow Six Siege's tight tactical multiplayer; Overwatch 2 and its vast array of amazing heroes. No matter what sort of virtual gunplay you're after, the following titles will satisfy your itchy trigger finger. So crack those knuckles, and get ready to make all the headshots. These aren't only just the best FPS games, some of these entries are included in our best PC games too.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:53 AM
     Best Destiny 2 Hunter builds for PvP and PvE

The best Destiny 2 Hunter builds are more potent than ever. The game's introduction of aspects and fragments means players have tons of tools in their toolkits to customise their builds to conform with their playstyles.

Our Destiny 2 Hunter build guide takes a deep look at the numerous ways players can develop their characters, culminating in the most powerful builds possible in the free PC game. We've developed the strongest builds based on the tools we have at our disposal this season, perfect if you're going to take on the Iron Banner challenges. It also wouldn't hurt to have a look at the best PvP weapons you can equip right now.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds

PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:45 AM
     Best Destiny 2 Titan builds for PvP and PvE

The best Destiny 2 Titan builds have changed significantly since subclass overhauls let players completely customise their builds. Aspects and fragments now let players stack builds in creative ways that astronomically impact damage, health, ammo drops, orb output, and more.

Our guide to the best Destiny 2 Titan builds highlights character strengths, addressing specifically what players need to succeed in PvP or PvE in the free PC game. They're based on the Arc 3.0 meta, but given that many players find the Arc 3.0 overhaul notably weaker than its Void and Solar precursors, the builds are not necessarily in the Arc elemental subclass. Here are the best Destiny 2 Titan builds for PvP and PvE in Arc 3.0.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:29 AM
     Starfield release date window, latest news, and gameplay

When is the Starfield release date? It was officially going to be in November 2022, but Bethesda announced a Starfield delay into 2023. Thankfully, we still got a pretty decent showing of the new open-world game at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase over the summer.

Whenever the Starfield release date ends up being, it has the potential to be one of the best PC games ever, so should be well worth the wait. We haven't really heard much about the game since, which has left the Starfield community a bit thirsty for new information, but we're confident Bethesda won't keep us in the dark for too much longer.  Here's what we know about Starfield so far.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:24 AM
     Destiny 2 season 20 release date, story, raid, leaks, and more

The Destiny 2 season 20 release date has finally arrived, and now that the sun has finally set on the Season of the Seraph, players are still excited to dig into all the new adventures that season 20 will bring.

Destiny 2 season 20 launched at the same time as the Destiny 2 Lightfall release date and the Strand subclass, bringing players an abundance of content, while the Destiny 2 Lightfall raid release date will come a little later on. If the storyline so far has you wondering what Destiny 2 season 20 has in store for the free PC game, here's everything we know.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:15 AM
     Redfall release date, trailers, gameplay, story, and news

If you're looking for the Redfall release date, we've got you covered. The co-op vampire shooter comes from developers Arkane, best known for building rich, very deliberate worlds, and weaving intricate stories around their fascinating creations. This time, instead of a space station, or the clockwork city of Dunwall, they've focused on a small tourist town in the eastern US.

There are vampires, sure. A sniper with an undead eye? Check. They even have a cryptozoologist, because why not. The cast of Redfall characters is varied enough, but how will this co-op game fare when compared to Arkane's other creations? Many have likened Redfall to co-op shooters like Left 4 Dead, although it's allegedly going to be more like Far Cry than the aforementioned zombie shooter. Whatever happens, Redfall is shaping up to be one of the best PC games this year, here's what we know about its release date, all the trailers, gameplay, and more.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:26 AM
     The Elder Scrolls 6 release date speculation and rumours

Looking for information on the Elder Scrolls 6 release date? We finally have our first official look at the game courtesy of a short teaser trailer. The video opens with the classic musical motif from the series and a panning shot of some mountains before the logo appears, confirming that The Elder Scrolls 6 is real, at least.

We might have been spoilt by excellent games in the series already, but, frankly, we're ready to dive back into the Elder Scrolls universe - they're still some of the best PC games ever made, and it's likely that Elder Scrolls 6 will follow suit. Bethesda director Todd Howard says we'll be sinking our teeth in The Elder Scrolls 6's gameplay "for a decade at least". Here's everything we know about The Elder Scrolls 6, from settings and gameplay features, to when we might be able to get our hands on it.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:06 AM
     Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 release date speculation and leaks

Want to know everything about the Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 release date? Now a fragmented husk of its former self, the island was destroyed following the invasion of The Nothing and their Chrome herald. It seems that, for now, at least, relative peace has returned. However, the map wasn't the only thing to change, with new mechanics altering how to win the game.

If Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 is anything like the free PC game's current season, then get ready for some mega new mechanics, such as Fortnite augments that give players perks in the heat of battle. Of course, you can also ride Fortnite dirt bikes, slurp on Fortnite Slap Juice, and open Fortnite Oathbound chests for all the current game-breaking weapons.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:11 AM
     LoL tier list 13.4 – the best League of Legends champions 2023

Metas change, the LoL tier list will fluctuate, and your favourite champion might not be in a great place right now. While you can absolutely win games and climb the ranked ladder with nearly anyone in the lower ELOs, the changes that come via champion and item balancing can tip the scales enough that some picks are almost mandatory.

We've put together a few picks for each lane that have become especially overpowered in the 13.4 patch for League of Legends. Whether it's due to a buff, kit change, or item change, these are safe picks if you're looking to climb the ranks in the free PC game. If you do want to play something else, keep every one of these champions in our LoL tier list in mind for your ban, as they all have the potential to go on and dominate Summoner's Rift in one of the best MOBAs you can play right now.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 12:29 PM
     League of Legends Milio release date, abilities, and lore

The League of Legends Milio release date is right around the corner, and we have a rundown of everything you need to know, including his abilities and background lore. It's been a while since Riot has graced the League of Legends community with a new enchanter support champion; a true team player who exists to enrich the lives of everyone around him - unless you're on the opposite team, that is.

The free PC game has had a lot of new champion releases over the past two years, from the top lane bruiser K'Sante to the moodiest little mid laner, Vex. It's been a long time, however, since we got a true support character in the popular MOBA - something that the release of Milio is going to rectify. This young boy from Ixtal has managed to master the fire axiom, which he can use to aid his team through range-extending abilities and a game-changing ult.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:39 AM
     Apex Legends tier list – the best Legends to use in season 16

Want to know who tops our Apex Legends tier list? With the release of Catalyst, Apex Legends players now have 23 Legends to choose from when taking on the Apex Games. Each Legend has their own set of skills, playstyle, and personality, with plenty of choice for every type of player, whether you like to be aggressive, defensive, or offensive to the senses (cough – Caustic – cough).

Your ideal Apex Legends pick could depend on your own strengths and weaknesses – experience, game sense, movement skills, and aim all factor in, as does your squad composition and whether you're playing with friends or a team of strangers. That said, although all the characters are relatively balanced, there are some Legends who have pulled away from the pack due to their powerful abilities, and some who are more niche, as you can see if you look at the pick rates. Our Apex Legends tier list aims to give you a quick look at the current Legend meta in one of the best free PC games.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 6, 2023 11:17 AM
     Sons of the Forest review in progress – hungry for more

Our Sons of the Forest review finds this long-awaited sequel to The Forest full of the kind of spooky atmosphere that's enough to make even the most iron-willed among us squirm in our seats. We've played more than 30 hours and survived through day 12, having experimented with different starting strategies across multiple playthroughs in both single- and multiplayer. It's a fantastic game — though not for the faint of heart, and albeit not without its flaws. There's a nagging feeling that Sons of the Forest may have bitten off slightly more than it can chew.

The game is certainly fun and engaging, and for only $30, it feels worth the price of admission, especially since the developer promises continuous updates. But it's important to note just how much it feels like The Forest. Sure, there's more vegetation, a bigger map, new build mechanics, more variety in crafting and weaponry, and creepier mutants — but it sort of feels like you've seen it all before. Perhaps that's the point: to take what worked and build from there, literally and figuratively.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 6, 2023 5:33 PM

We've seen 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs under the £100 mark before, but never have we see one for a clear £5 below - and never this model either. The Adata Legend 800 has been steeply discounted at Ebuyer, where £92 plus £3 shipping gets you this new model capable of 3500MB/s reads and 2800MB/s writes.

Yes, this isn't the best gaming SSD in terms of raw speed, but its PCIe 4.0 design means that it uses less power and fewer lanes than PCIe 3.0 alternatives of the same speed, a nicety for desktop use and a big deal for laptops.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 6, 2023 12:50 PM

For a long time, Super Auto Pets used a strange and clever (and cheap!) source of artwork for its attacking animals: emojis, scaled up far larger than they appear in WhatsApp messages from your mum. The super auto-battler did eventually start making custom artwork for its later expansions, but much of the furious fauna was still emojis. That has now changed with today's patch, going back to replace all the old emojis with new animal pictures. Goodbye, old friends.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 6, 2023 12:30 PM

Harebrained Schemes - the folks behind BattleTech and Shadowrun - have announced their newest strategy game, but this one's quite the mouthful. The Lamplighters League And The Tower At The End Of The World is set in an alternate version of the 1930s where "the best of the best are all dead… so you'll need the best of the worst." The game launches on PC, next-gen Xboxes, and Game Pass later this year.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 6, 2023 12:30 PM

Cities: Skylines turns 8 years old next week, so Paradox are celebrating with a special announcement: a new Cities: Skylines. As part of today's Paradox Announcement Show, the publisher revealed their urban management sequel Cities: Skylines 2, coming from the studio behind the first game, Colossal Order, is coming later this year.

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Twinfinite Monday, March 6, 2023 5:09 PM
     You may never go to another world, but these isekai anime will let you imagine you did.

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     Regidrago's body is ready.

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     It feels like Christmas all over again.

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     Hopefully he'll be more durable than the real thing.

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     Did somebody say pizza?

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     The city of dreams.

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     SicK was arrested for criminal trespassing.

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     Tell your friends that you played all these games before they were cool. That will really impress them.

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     Players don't think Dehya stacks up compared to other high-rarity characters.

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     Bloody good details.

Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 6:00 PM

Bayonetta Origins Cutscene Shows Cereza Meeting Cheshire

The Nintendo of Europe Twitter account offered another look at the new Bayonetta spin-off. A video clip shows off a cutscene in which Cereza meets the demon Cheshire for the first time in Bayonetta Origins. It also explains why the demon looks like the stuffed animal her mother made her and offers a look at how the story is conveyed throughout the game.

The video is set in the Avalon Forest. In Bayonetta Origins, Cereza heads off there after a dream of a young boy telling her she can find the power to save her mother inside. Once there, she ends up summoning the demon that becomes Cheshire. They end up inhabiting the body of the stuffed cat her mom made for her.

In this Bayonetta Origins cutscene, we see Cereza and Cheshire properly introducing themselves to each other. The demon that will become known as Cheshire noted that it didn't have a name prior to that. Cereza then asks if she call them by the same name as her toy. The interaction sets the stage for their relationship as they follow the white wolf deeper into the forest.

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon will release on March 17, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch.

The post Bayonetta Origins Cutscene Shows Cereza Meeting Cheshire appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 5:00 PM

Nintendo Account Linking

Nintendo announced that the service that allows users to link Nintendo Network IDs, used on the 3DS and Wii U, with Nintendo Accounts will stop functioning in March 2024. This service allows users to consolidate the balance of the 3DS and Wii U eShop accounts to be usable on the Switch's eShop. This service also makes it so Nintendo eShop purchases are linked to the email used in the Nintendo Account. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

As Nintendo will stop 3DS and Wii U eShop service on March 27, 2023, any unused balance on a 3DS or Wii U console will no longer be usable on either one. However, by linking a Nintendo Network ID with the Nintendo Account required to access the Switch's internet features, the remaining balance on a 3DS or Wii U console can be transferred to the Switch.

This feature will no longer be possible on March 2024, as Nintendo will halt the service. The official Nintendo support website offered instructions on how to link a Nintendo Network ID with a Nintendo Account so that the funds can carry over to the Nintendo Switch eShop.

As a reminder, the 3DS and Wii U eShops will close down on March 27, 2023. Users won't be able to make purchases on the online stores, but already purchased games are still accessible to download.

The post Nintendo Account and Nintendo Network ID Link Service Ends Next March appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 4:00 PM

FFVII Remake Nero

Square Enix shared some new information through the FFVII Remake official Twitter account about the song that plays during the fight against Nero the Sable, the final boss of the Episode InterMISSION DLC campaign in FFVII Remake Intergrade. The theme is composed using three different methods. All of them feature the double bass as a common instrument, one associated with him throughout.

You can listen to the song used during the fight against Nero the Sable, named in English after the character, here:

The three different musical pieces that make up Nero's boss fight in FFVII Remake are composed using different techniques. The first part of the song has a heavy emphasis on its use of the synthesizer, the second one predominantly features fast and passionate chamber music, and the third type of composition uses an orchestra and choir. The double bass is a constant throughout all three compositions.

Nero the Sable is one of the Tsviets, an elite group of soldiers from Deepground, which first made his appearance in Dirge of Cerberus: FFVII.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available for the PS4. Meanwhile, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is available for the PS5 and Windows PC, and it includes Episode InterMISSION, a DLC campaign lead by Yuffie and in which Nero the Sable makes an appearance.

The post Learn More About Nero the Sable's FFVII Remake Boss Music appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 3:30 PM

What to Know About Agnea the Dancer in Octopath Traveler 2

Agnea is great dancer in Octopath Traveler 2 for two reasons. One is that her story is refreshing, compared to darker and heavier tales like Osvald's and Throne's. There's still corruption and you'll meet villains, but she's a very positive and lighthearted figure. The other is that it's very clear going in what kind of role she'll play in a party. This can help a lot and make it easier when deciding who to bring along on adventures.

How Do You Recruit Agnea in Octopath Traveler 2

If you didn't start with Agnea in Octopath Traveler 2, you'll find her in her hometown of Cropdale.

How Does Agnea Work in Octopath Traveler 2

Agnea is around to make your party stronger and your enemies weaker. Can you have her attack? Sure. I mean, at that point, give her a mage-type secondary job like cleric or scholar. But you really want to take advantage of her ability to make others better or worse, especially since her All Together Now Latent Power "limit break" can make single target skills, with limitations, affect all allies or enemies instead of just one.

Here is the full list of dancer skills Agnea can learn in Octopath Traveler 2. Keep in mind All Together Now will spread ones that aren't designed to only hit her or are divine skills like Sealticge's Seduction.

  • Lion Dance: 4SP to increase an ally's attack temporarily.
  • Ruinous Kick: 10SP to attack an enemy and lower their shield points by 1 regardless of weaknesses.
  • Peacock Strut: 4SP to increase an ally's magic attack temporarily.
  • Sweeping Gale: 7SP to deal wind damage to an enemy.
  • Stimulate: 5SP to move up an ally's next action in the turn order.
  • Dagger Dance: 9SP to deal dagger damage to every enemy.
  • Bewildering Grace: 25SP to inflict a status effect.
  • Sealticge's Seduction: 30SP to basically give one ally the All Together Now ability for three turns.

Try to ensure you learn Peacock Strut, Stimulate, and Bewildering Grace as soon as possible!

As for support skills, all of the ones for a dancer help make buffs last longer or increase her Latent Power gauge. Which is good, because you want both things. So definitely get The Show Goes On by learning four job skills to extend the duration of effects and Invigorate and Inspire to fill the Latent Power gauge by learning seven.

Also, always make sure Agnea has an NPC with her! Her talent is Dance Session. This means the NPC she recruited will offer an additional buff with her dance skills. That NPC buff will be given to an ally wit skills like Peacock Strut or to Agnea herself with one like Dagger Dance.

What to Know About Agnea the Dancer in Octopath Traveler 2

What About Agnea Octopath Traveler 2 Path Actions?

Agnea has two. Both are pretty good, but I found one more useful than others. The Octopath Traveler 2 dancer can Allure or Entreat.

During the day, you have a percentage-based chance of getting an NPC to follow Agnea with Allure. This is the "good" one! Sometimes, telling Partitio to Hire someone can be expensive, you won't have the food to make Ochette Befriend them, or Temenos could be at too low of a level to Guide. So a percentage-based one can get someone way too strong or expensive to join.

Now, Entreat isn't a "bad" item acquisition skill! It's a guaranteed way to get items for free from NPC inventories. However, it is a level-based one. So if you don't focus on Agnea enough, she won't be as useful as Throne or Partitio for taking things.

Which Secondary Jobs are Good for Agnea in Octopath Traveler 2

Agnea is basically here to help. This means ideally putting her in a position where she can do even more good. Since she already access to a dagger, I'd avoid the thief role. So instead, pair up Agnea and her dancer skills and abilities with the hunter, cleric, or scholar. (Though if you do have access to the secret arcanist job, that's good for her too.)

The hunter works for Agnea very well. It gives her access to the axe and bow, just in case. It also means more buffs and debuffs. Take Aim and Leghold Trap especially are a big help, especially if she uses All Together Now to make them hit every enemy.

I'd almost suggest the cleric over the scholar, just because it goes with her whole "helping" nature. Her having access to a heal ability, as well as the ability to apply Prayer to the Flame or Sacred Shield to every ally instead of just one is fantastic.

But since she is good with magic, giving her a scholar role to let her occasionally deal damage isn't a bad idea either.

Octopath Traveler 2 is available for the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC. A demo is available.

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Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 3:00 PM

street fighter duel

While steadily waiting for June so I can mangle folks with Marisa in Street Fighter VI, I needed something to fill the hole in my life. Street Fighter: Duel has been an interesting trip into the Street Fighter universe in the meantime, although my opinion of the game keeps shifting back and forth as I play it. As an RPG, it brings a (not unexpectedly) different feel to the franchise that rubbed me wrong at first. Even so, I found myself continually returning to the game to play a little bit here and there. It's not something for all Street Fighter fans, but if you're interested in something a bit more managerial, it will keep pulling you back in.

Starting with Ryu or Ken (your choice), you'll assemble a roster of fighters from all over the globe to beat up a nigh-endless supply of other world warriors and thugs. You'll do this in three-on-three matches (with one fighter in reserve). The group will auto-attack with basic blows as your special bar builds up. Once you have a single bar, you can use a Super move that will slam foes or cause one of several different effects depending on the character. Once you use one of these moves, you can get your other characters to do a free special follow-up (combo) with several different levels of attacks or abilities. These attacks have different levels (1, 2, or 3), so you'll have to pick the moves you want in numerical order.

This encourages you to think about the interplay between your characters to an extent in Street Fighter: Duel. Poison has a solid level 2 attack early in the game that smashes multiple targets. Mad Ryu has a level 2 attack that just slams a single foe, though. So, after you've done your special and your level 1 follow-up, you'll need to choose whether you want the big single hit or the party-wide strike from Poison. Having both in your party gives you some good options on what you CAN do, though. This isn't just about attacks, either, as Elena has a level 1 ability that heals, so there are lots of options you will want to weigh while making your team.

street fighter duel

That interplay between characters gets deeper in several ways. Your backup fourth character brings their powers into a fight even when they're not active in combat and can use their leveled specials in your combos. I keep Elena as my backup so I can call for her healing whenever it's needed while keeping my attack-based characters in the front. Characters also have passive abilities, like Elena's ability to buff the character with the highest Attack power at the start of the fight. Again, she can do this from the backup slot, giving further boosts and powers to think about.

Street Fighter: Duel also lets you set up assist fighters that connect to your main party characters. These folks won't join you in a fight, but their connection to the main party character can give them huge damage and HP bonuses (especially if you've spent some of your currencies to level these extra characters). You're also able to connect the EX Moves of other characters to your party so that you can use them in a fight even if that character isn't there. Cody is a million miles away from the fights I'm doing, but I can still call on his Chains of Guilt move to smack a foe around and make them move slower.

What I like about these systems is that it gets you to think a great deal about who you bring and how your characters' moves will play off of one another. It also makes you think about which characters you should grow so that they can boost your main party even if they won't be joining it. It also encouraged me to unlock abilities and strengthen them even if I had no intention of using the character, as their abilities could be brought into combat in all kinds of interesting ways.

street fighter duel

All that said, you may not feel like you have to think about these things for a good few hours while playing Street Fighter: Duel. The early fights are all pushovers for a good while. I didn't feel challenged at all until I was nearing the end of the fourth chapter in Challenge Mode, which took a decent amount of time to reach. You can involve yourself in the combat by hitting the buttons for the special moves yourself, or you can tell the game to auto attack and it will make fairly decent decisions on what special moves to use. I just told the game to play itself for a long time and didn't feel much involvement in whether I won or lost.

These first few hours were when I felt a bit lost playing the game, as I didn't feel much connection to fight outcomes. I just watched the little interpretations of the characters beat on one another while I played or worked on something else. I didn't really care because I seemed to win all of the matches without trying. I just had to stop to Promote (level up) a character here and there using fighter experience and cash (and sometimes Breakstones) that I unlocked for winning matches and for literally doing nothing (you idly build up currency and items whether you're playing or not). I felt utterly detached from the game at this point.

As the challenge level increases, though, the systems start to matter more and Street Fighter: Duel becomes more compelling. As you start losing more frequently, you pay more attention to the systems mentioned above so you can keep winning. You also start focusing more on the other glittering, shiny activities and unlocks you can take part in.

street fighter duel

Most important of these is the character unlock system where you can get new fighters graded C, B, A, and S (naturally, there is also C+, B+, etc.). You do this by spending one of several types of currencies to pull characters one at a time or ten at a time (ten at a time gives you a guaranteed decent character). Getting a fistful of low grade fighters for your hard-earned Gems (which take a fair amount longer to get, but you can accrue in many, many ways) can be irritating, but the game lets you combine these low-tier fighters to make better ones. You do this with the Awaken feature, which lets you combine 3 of the same fighter and letter grade character into one letter grade better. Take 3 B Dans and you'll make a B+ Dan. It doesn't always have to be three of the exact same, but usually you need a few similar ones. In this way, you can slowly make a better fighter out of the clutter you unlock, and can possibly get something really useful even if you get a bad pull.

If you suddenly get a really neat character you want to try, Street Fighter: Duel lets you reset your previously-leveled characters so you can use their upgrade items to improve your new fighter. It doesn't have any special cost and you can do it as much as you like, allowing you to frequently shuffle your party to try out new characters. It's slightly annoying that you have to take a few minutes to level up your new character instead of having them just instantly switch to the level of the character they're swapping with, but it's not terrible.

Then again, you can also just use the game's Limit Break feature to have a handful of backup characters reach the same level as your best fighters for free. This feature unlocks later on, but it lets you take a handful of fighters and instantly (but temporarily) slot them into this feature to get them to the same level as your top-shelf fighters. This is great for getting big boosts out of your Assist Fighters and also so you can play with your roster a bit easier. You can only swap someone in those Limit Break slots once every day or so (unless you want to pay out some gems), but I found I could easily get a lot of experimentation out of the basic slots.

That was good, because once the game got hard, it got HARD. You will eventually reach a point where you just get slammed in Challenge Mode and no amount of fiddling with let you move on. You can wait to pick up enough items while idling, but the game has a bunch of other modes to play with instead of puttering around doing nothing. There is the VS Arena that lets you fight against other teams online, the Supreme Fist mode where you fight floors worth of enemy groups, Bounties where you can slot characters to do little side quests for items, Global Operations that have you exploring and solving puzzles as you fight, and more. There's lots of folks for you to beat up most of the time.

Street Fighter: Duel has all kinds of fiddly little unlocks to keep you loaded with items as well. You get login gifts, missions with daily and weekly rewards, events that give you stuff, a 7-day growth chart that gives items and characters, a little roulette that lets you win items for play time, and a minigame where you tap items as they parachute down. Most of these unlock or give you items for stuff you'd do anyway, so they're a nice bonus when you're running out of upgrade items. Plus, you're always accruing something from the idle items as well.

Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what's an unlock on the screen, though. Lots of pictures of treasure chests and piles of cash feel like they're just background elements or decorations, but they're actually how you unlock items in the game. I kept wondering where my stuff was, only to find that I had to tap on a header that just looked like some nice art to show my progress. Be sure to tap around, as you may have tons of free stuff just waiting for you to take. The game does try to indicate that there's something for you to grab with little exclamation points, so just be sure to tap on everything.

All of that said, I still had a hard time getting into the game until I realized it was more of a management game than an RPG. Inputting the attacks felt like I was just doing the same rote actions over and over again, only with different button orders depending on my party. I didn't feel very invested in the combat because I wasn't thinking much about it during the actual fight. This feels so counter to fighting games where the moment-to-moment play demands every ounce of your focus. It didn't feel right for Street Fighter, and I started to drift away. It didn't help that I came to this game due to my Street Fighter 6 itch, but this title seems to exclusively draw from Street Fighter 4.

When I thought of it as a management game, Street Fighter: Duel began to click with me. I liked checking in on my unlocked items and possible upgrades, dabbling in the various modes to see if my character adjustments were enough to push forward a bit farther, and then logging off for a while. Treating it like this and working within the items the game gave me (I haven't spent any money in the first fifteen-some hours) has been interesting and just the right amount of fun diversion while goofing off on my phone on a break.

That said, you do start to feel the diminishing returns after a couple of days. The items and experience you gain while idling don't get you very far. You start pulling worse characters. It all comes with the territory in this genre, but it's still  a bit of a drag to want to play more, but know that the game is limiting you to encourage you to spend money on it. Gems seem far too expensive to purchase alone (enough Gems for a 10-character pull is $65.99 CAN), although the shop does offer many bonuses and cheaper packs to pick up several different items. I want to play this game more, but I feel the diminishing returns and high cost are deterring me from enjoying the game as much as I could.

That's a shame, as I'm genuinely enjoying mucking around with this game. Street Fighter: Duel may not give you that hit of Street Fighter 6 while you wait for that main release, and it might not click with you if you come in with the wrong mindset, but it's a well-crafted idle managerial experience in making Ryu beat people down. The systems are tightly interwoven in ways that make all of its items and unlocks feel relevant even if they're not exactly what you want, and it can feel quite satisfying as a playful diversion to pick at here and there. Once you know what it is and what to expect from the game, it's a genuinely compelling experience (that I've honestly booted up about four times while trying to write this review).

Street Fighter: Duel is available now on iOS and Android devices.

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Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 2:30 PM

Dragon Ball Super Card Game

Bandai Namco revealed that a Dragon Ball Super Card Game Digital Version closed beta is on the way. Registration is already open at the official website. This announcement appeared during the Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour 2023 livestream, during which the company shared a teaser of the game.

Check out the trailer for the digital version of Dragon Ball Super Card Game. This digital version will feature the card designs from the physical game in a 3D battle arena. An in-game character will be in place to represent each player. There will also be animations for attacks and cards used.

12,000 slots for the closed beta will be available. The test will only be open to users residing in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Italy.

Only the "free match" game mode will be available during the closed beta. 100 cards will be available for players to make their own decks to play with during this build of the game. This test phase is mainly planned to get to know the behavior of players on the platform, make matchmaking adjustments, and test the servers for a later official launch.

A new installment of the Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi fighting game franchise was also announced during the stream. Goku Ultra Instinct appeared as a possible new playable character in the official teaser.

The Dragon Ball Super Card Game Digital Version closed beta will be available only for PC during March 25-26, 2023. The deadline to apply for the closed beta will be March 13, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 2:00 PM

Genji Dresses Up as Genos for Overwatch 2 One Punch Man Collab

Blizzard revealed another one of the Overwatch 2 One Punch Man character skins, and this time it involves Genji becoming Genos. The Associate Product Director Aimee Dennett and Art Director Dion Rogers discussed this latest costume on the PlayStation Blog. This also involved a look at some concept art for the skin, as well as confirming why this "cosplay" was picked.

Dennett specifically noted that Genji and Genos' background led to this skin appearing for the Overwatch 2 One Punch Man crossover. Both characters are cyborgs. Genji ended up nearly left for dead by his brother Hanzo after a fight. The Overwatch body augmentations ended up saving him. Meanwhile, as a teenager, Genos and his family were attacked by a cyborg, and he ended up becoming a cyborg after being the only survivor.

Both Rogers and Dennett both also noted that this skin is more of a hybrid. Rogers noted, "Genos's spiky blonde hair was an interesting challenge, the closer we matched the style the more we lost Genji in the process. Our concept artists were careful to combine the two heroes' main aesthetics without losing either character in the process."

Here's the concept art for it.
Genji Dresses Up as Genos for Overwatch 2 One Punch Man Collab

Past revealed skins include Kiriko as Tornado and Doomfist as Saitama.

Overwatch 2 is available on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC, and the One-Punch Man crossover will runs March 7, 2023 to April 6, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 1:30 PM

Street Fighter: Duel Monster Hunter Crossover Adds Gore Magala Ken

Worlds will collide when Capcom's popular Monster Hunter franchise arrives in Street Fighter: Duel for an event that will run from March 16-29, 2023. In this crossover, players can tackle new challenges as they battle Gore Megala, a powerful dragon-like creature that first appeared in Monster Hunter 4. It will also mark the debut of a new version of Ken called "Gore Magala Ken."

Gore Magala Ken can join players' team to lead the charge against the beasts from Monster Hunter. This new version of Street Fighter staple Ken belongs to the "Infernal King Faction" and boosts the power of your team based on the number of other characters you have with the same faction. He is a balanced-type fighter and has the Savage ability, granting him +25 attack. His most potent attack is Tetsuzanko, which deals a large amount of damage to a single target.

With Ken aboard, you can challenge Gore Megala. Fighting this monster will cause it to drop items based on those dropped in the Monster Hunter series. These include Gore Megala's wings, claw, and head. You can then take these drops and trade them for items at Wycademy Supply. These items include a new avatar frame, Arcade Coins, and fighters.

Gore Megala also can be challenged in two different modes, Normal State and Rage State, with Rage State being harder. You can make the fight easier by bringing Gore Megala Ken along to increase your damage output. The Shadaloo Invasion event will run alongside the Gore Megala hunt and gives items that can be used to unlock Gore Megala Ken, including monster bones and wyvern tears.

There's also a teaser trailer that shows how Gore Magala Ken will look in the game.

You can play Street Fighter: Duel now on iOS and Android devices.

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Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 1:00 PM

Hololive EN's Calliope Mori Makes Her Hologra Debut

Yet another member of Hololive English Myth appeared on the Holo no Graffiti (Hologra) "anime" web series. This time, Calliope Mori made her debut. Now that all five members of the group have their English models, they've been gradually making appearances in new episodes introducing them to the other Vtubers. It's the 198th episode of the series so far.

Here's the Calliope Mori Holo no Graffiti episode "Reaper What You Sow." English subtitles are available if you turn on closed captions. It begins with Lamy Yukihana and Aki Rosenthal collapsed. Calliope is holding her scythe and breathing heavily. Shion Murasaki happens upon the scene and declares her a murderer. A chase ensues, which results in Ayame Nakiri being summoned to the "fight." Noel Shirogane also makes a cameo appearance.

This is marks the third appearance of a Hololive EN Myth member in the Hologra anime. The same day the Ina'nis Ninomae 3D model was reevaled, she showed up in the "Eat or Be EaTentacle" episode. The same happened for Kiara Takanashi. She showed up in "Forgetaburger" after the fact. If this pattern continues, then the next Holo no Graffiti should feature Gura Gawr. After that, we may see Amelia Watson make her debut.

This also recently happened for some members of Hololive ID as well. Risu Ayunda, Moona Hoshinova, and Iofi Airani showed up in episodes for the first time in 2023 too.

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Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 12:30 PM

Super Mario amiibo Return figures

The Super Mario amiibo NFC figures are back in stores. The Target ad for the week of March 5, 2023 showed the five available, including its "exclusive" Luigi. In addition, Best Buy also restocked the Mario, Peach, Bowser, and Donkey Kong ones. These aren't showing up at other retailers like Amazon or GameStop as of time of writing. They are $15.99 at each store.

These are actually reprints of some rather old amiibo. Back in March 2015, these Super Mario amiibo appeared alongside Mario Party 10 for the Wii U. The first "round" included Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Toad, and Yoshi. Donkey Kong showed up in a November 2016 batch that also included Wario, Waluigi, Rosalina, Daisy, Diddy Kong, and Boo.

First, here are the Target links to all five characters:

Meanwhile, here are the direct links for the Best Buy Super Mario amiibo.

This is part of a few Mar10 Day 2023 celebrations. Nintendo already announced that there would be a special Nintendo Switch bundle. It gives people a standard system with red Joy-Cons and the option to pick one of three Mario games for free. There are also digital and physical sales on Mario games running.

The Super Mario amiibo NFC figures are back in-stock at Best Buy and Target now.

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Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 12:00 PM

One Piece Three Sword Style Nami Figure Comes in Two Sizes

Back in 2021, Eiichiro Oda drew a "Three Sword Style" Nami for the cover of One Piece Magazine Volume 13. She was essentially "stealing" Roronoa Zoro's style for the pose. Now in December 2023, two figures inspired by the "dream scenario" design will be released. One is a more true-to-life Nami One Piece figure, while the other is a smaller, more cutesy World Collectable Figure (WCF). They can be pre-ordered through the Jump CS Shueisha storefront in Japan. Only a Japanese release has been confirmed.

First, here's how that One Piece Magazine Volume 13 by Oda looked.
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Here's how the One Piece "Three Sword Style" Nami full-size scale figure will look. She will be about 165mm/6.4in tall. She will cost 13,200円 (~$97).
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Next, here's the WCF version of this special version of Nami. Like all figures in this line, she'll be smaller and more affordable. She'll stand at 70mm/2.7in tall. She'll also be the more affordable of the two, as she'll only cost 2,640円 (~$19).
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This isn't the only new One Piece figures on the way. SH Figuarts of Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji are coming back.

The One Piece "Three Sword Style" Nami figure will be available in standard and WCF styles in December 2023 in Japan. Pre-orders are available until April 2, 2023. Viz Media is handling the manga localization and release outside Japan, while the anime adaptation is streaming on Crunchyroll.

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Siliconera Monday, March 6, 2023 11:30 AM

Genshin Impact Hilichurl's Treasure Trove Web Event is Back

There's a new Genshin Impact web event, and this time it is another round of the Hilichurl's Treasure Trove. This appeared four times now, once in every update since 3.2. This latest run is available until April 11, 2023.

To participate, players need to head to the official site and log in. If you are above Adventure Rank 10, you can begin taking part in the "treasure hunt." Your goal is to earn keys to open treasure chests. These are earned via completing quests, which can involve logging into both the game and HoYoLab, sharing the page, and checking different sites. When you get these keys, you can redeem them for rewards like Hero's Wit books, Mora, and Primogems. You can also take part in Prize Draw Zone pulls to earn more items.

This is the second recent Genshin Impact web event. When Dehya joined the roster as a playable character, there was also a Scarlet Sands web event. This involved Dehya and Dunyarzard going around Sumeru's deserts looking at points of interest, with players who participated getting Primogems and other rewards.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the Hilichurl's Treasure Trove web event will run March 2, 2023 through April 11, 2023.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, March 6, 2023 5:48 PM
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     The Lamplighters League Game Tactical CombatDuring the recent Paradox Announcement Show, publisher Paradox Interactive unveiled a new game by BattleTech developer Harebrained Schemes. This game, which goes by the full name The Lamplighters League and the Tower at the End of the World, comes with both turn-based tactical combat and a pulp story that takes place "in an alternate 1933." If you enjoyed 2018's BattleTech and the studio's other turn-based outings, you may want to give it some attention. As of right now, neither Paradox Interactive nor Harebrained Schemes have a concrete release date for The Lamplighters League. We only know that it will see a release on PC this year. The Lamplighters League is a game for pulp action fans The story of The Lamplighters League has players contending with the Banished Court, a nefarious cult that, naturally, aims to take over the world. For the longest time, a group of valiant scholars, the titular Lamplighters League, has managed to thwart the Banished Cour...

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     Genshin Impact Breezy Snapshot locations guide featured imageThe Genshin Impact Windblume Event is here and offers various minigames to participate in around the classic region of Mondstadt. A celebration of Mondstadt, its culture, and its characters, you'll get to interact with much of Mondstadt's cast and locations during these different minigames. One of the minigames you'll get to participate in is the Breezy Snapshot event, where you have to take landmark photos of areas found around Mondstadt. To participate in the Breezy Snapshot event, you'll first have to unlock the overall Windblume Festival. To do so, finish the quest 'A Gathering of Outlanders,' which is a simple quest consisting of mostly dialogue and interactions between characters. After this, you'll have access to all three minigames in the event. In 'Breezy Snapshot,' you have to take photos of different locations around Mondstadt. Each photo entry will give you a hint, and allow you to check the approximate location of each ...

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The game's official title and release date were not announced.

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From its April 4 release date to May 5

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