Epic says it ‘messed up’ and removes overpowered Infinity Blade from Fortnite

Epic announced this morning that its new and controversial Infinity Blade “mythic” item has been removed from Fortnite, following widespread criticism over the item’s overpowered nature and game-breaking position as a pinnacle, late-game weapon. The reversal, while not the first time Epic has changed course on an unpopular design decision rather quickly, is notable for the language the developer used to announce it, as well as how much Epic hyped up the item in marketing and promos for the recently released season 7. “We messed up and rolled out the Infinity Blade overpowered / without good counters, especially in the end game,” reads the company’s tweet publicizing the change. “The Infinity Blade has been Vaulted and we are… Read the full article…

Nintendo’s NES Classic and SNES Classic are going out of production

Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic consoles are going away after the holidays — probably for good this time. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this week, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé said that the mini-consoles will be going out of production, and once the holiday season stock sells out, they won’t be restocked. Nintendo isn’t new to supply issues. The NES Classic immediately sold out when it was first released in November 2016, with resellers charging hundreds of dollars for the popular product. Initially discontinued in April 2017, Nintendo rereleased the $60 NES Classic this past June, and it has been fairly easy to come by ever since. The company corrected its mistake with the SNES Classic, its second… Read the full article…

Discord’s game store tries to top Steam and Epic by offering developers more money

Discord is looking to make its fledgling game store the most developer-friendly option around. Today, the company announced that it will offer developers a 90 percent share of revenue when its PC game store opens up to all creators starting next year. The store first launched in October with a heavily curated selection of indie games, including Into the Breach and Dead Cells as well as a handful of timed exclusives. Currently, it operates under a fairly standard 70 / 30 revenue split. “Turns out, it does not cost 30 percent to distribute games in 2018,” Discord CEO Jason Citron explained in a blog post. “After doing some research, we discovered that we can build amazing developer tools, run them, and give developers the majority of the… Read the full article…

Every IGN Mortal Kombat Review

Mortal Kombat has been gruesomely dismembering fighters since 1992 – four years before IGN was around. With the announcement of Mortal Kombat 11 (which, shockingly, is not actually the 11th Mortal Kombat game) we’re looking back over all 30 reviews IGN has published. Interestingly, the series contains such a wide range of games that it’s one of the few that’s earned almost every score in the book, except the very highest and lowest available. Which MK games stand out to you as the best and worst? Dan Stapleton is IGN’s Reviews Editor. You can follow him on Twitter to hear gaming rants and lots of random old-school Simpsons references. Read the full article…

Players Can Now Buy Gold in Red Dead Online with Real Money

Along with Rockstar’s most recent update for Red Dead Online, they have now released microtransactions in the game, which come in the form of gold bars. There are six different bundles of gold bars available for players to purchase, ranging from $4.99 USD to $99.99 USD. The US prices for gold bars are as follows: One-time offer: 25 gold bars – $4.99 25 gold bars – $9.99 55 gold bars – $19.99 150 gold bars – $49.99 245 gold bars – $74.99 Read the full article…

These Are the Best Deals on Nintendo Switch Ahead of Christmas

If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. The Nintendo Switch is one of the hottest items of the 2018 holiday season, and as such, there aren’t many Nintendo Switch deals happening right now. At least, there’s nothing approaching the excellence of the Black Friday Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle. That doesn’t mean there aren’t still some great chances to save, though. We’ve scoured the internet to come up with the best deals on Nintendo Switch consoles and bundles, and if you’re after a new Nintendo Switch, the good news there’s still time to get one before Christmas. Read the full article…

Online ads and games would benefit from more rewards, according to UCLA survey

A new study from Versus Systems and the MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports) Center at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management examines how gaming and advertising are evolving, and how one influences the other. As Versus Systems CEO Matthew Pierce put it, the goal was to study, “What is the impact on advertising as interactive media grows, and as more people consume interactive media?” The individual findings — People like rewards! Not everyone who plays games calls themselves a gamer! — may not be that shocking to TechCrunch readers. And because Versus Systems has built a white-label platform for publishers to offer in-game rewards, the study might also seem a bit self-serving. But again, this was conducted with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and both Pierce (who’s a lecturer at the school) and UCLA MEMES head Jay Tucker pointed to the size of the study, with 88,000 Read the full article…

Pokémon GO trainer battles are now live (for some players)

Last week we did a deep dive on how Pokémon GO’s new (and long overdue) player-versus-player battle system would work. The only thing we didn’t know at the time was when, exactly, it would actually start rolling out. The answer: tonight. Just a few days ago, Niantic started shipping an update to the app that contained everything required for PvP, but they’d yet to actually flip the switch to turn it on. According to a tweet that just went live from the Pokémon GO account, it seems said switches have just been flipped: Calling all level 40 Trainers. Your time has come to #GOBattle Trainers of lower levels, please stand by, as we will be rolling Trainer Battles out to more levels soon. pic.twitter.com/Rf6NmFygE6 — Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) December 13, 2018 One catch (but one noted as likely in our initial post) is that it’s not available to everyone right Read the full article…

After a decade, MapleStory players finally get to fight their biggest villain

For 15 years, the massively multiplayer game MapleStory has foretold of a great evil at the heart of its story. Everything was great until the Black Mage arrived in town, tainting everything with his dark magic. During that time, players have never actually been able to fight the guy. For years, MapleStory fans have leveled up their characters through long, complex quest lines, coming to the rescue of non-playable characters, fetching them important quest items, all without ever actually coming into direct contact with the Black Mage. Instead, most of the main bosses in the game are minions sent by the Mage, while he watches on, always above it all. But that has finally changed. In an update that arrived in Korean MapleStory in the… Read the full article…

Nintendo’s NES controller for the Switch is a great but pricey way to play 8-bit games

The best part of Nintendo’s Switch Online subscription service is the included classic games. Since launch, Nintendo has steadily added more NES titles, including some enhanced additions; just this week came a version of Metroid that starts you out with a huge array of powers just ahead of the big battle with Ridley. But what’s the best way to play these 8-bit classics? The Switch Joy-Con and Pro Controller are both passable, and there are also a few solid aftermarket controllers as well. Now, Nintendo has a different solution: a wireless recreation of the original NES gamepad. I’ve been testing them for a few days, and while they’re just about perfect for Switch Online NES games, there are a few hangups that will make you question the… Read the full article…

Sega brings Genesis classics like Sonic and Streets of Rage to Amazon’s Fire TV

It’s hard to believe, but Gunstar Heroes is actually playable using an Amazon Fire TV remote control. Sega is announcing a new collection of Sega Genesis classics that’s available on Amazon’s Fire TV family of devices starting today. And while it’s in no way the ideal way to experience these games, the bundle represents perhaps the most accessible way to play retro games on your television without the need for gaming-specific hardware. The collection is available now for $14.99, and it includes the following games: Alien Storm Altered Beast Beyond Oasis Bio-Hazard Battle Bonanza Bros Columns Comix Zone Decap Attack Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine Dynamite Headdy ESWAT: City Under Siege Gain Ground Golden Axe Golden Axe II Golden Axe III … Read the full article…