January 25, 2017

Tank Troopers dated for eShop on February 16th

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has announced the release date of their new Nintendo 3DS eShop title Tank Troopers. The game, which feels reminiscent of the GameCube title Battalion Wars, will be released exclusively in the eShop on February 16th.

This game lets players customize their tank through special characteristics of tank-pilot Troopers, enabling abilities such as hitting enemies with a freeze attack, launching paint balls to block the opponents’ views or using electric shocks to stall rival tanks where they stand.

The game will offer a six-person multiplayer mode, along with Download Play as well.

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Xbox One’s Snap Mode Is No More

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Microsoft’s Xbox One console will lose its once touted Snap feature in the next major dashboard update in order to streamline performance. Snap allowed users to use a minimalized version of apps such as a live television guide while watching TV, bring up internet explorer or bring up friend lists or other social functions.

Explaining on twitter, Xbox honcho Mike Ybarra stated that this move will lead to overall system performance and speed by freeing up resources.

Microsoft is currently testing the next version of the Xbox Dashboard Software via the recently implemented Xbox One Preview program. The next version of the system is currently being rolled out in waves, meaning that even if you sign up right now you might not get access right away. This new major version of the Xbox One’s OS is expected to become available on retail consoles when the Windows 10 Creators Update be released to mainstream PC users this coming April

In addition to the new multitasking support the new OS also includes a new guide that includes recently played games, recently used apps and online contacts. Here’s a look:

Image via PCGamer

If you are wondering how the Snap feature works on current retail Xbox One consoles check out the original trailer for it, released back in 2013:



Pikachu New Nintendo 3DS XL set for release in February

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo announced a new Pokémon inspired New Nintendo 3DS XL today. The Pikachu Yellow Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL will be released on February 24th.

The electrifying new design for the New Nintendo 3DS XL hardware will hit store shelves with the colorful yellow system sporting a charming drawing of popular Pokémon Pikachu on the cover.

The sysyem will be available at a suggested retail price of $199.99 USD.


Mario Sports Superstars amiibo on the way

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Jason Nason

Mario Sports Superstars will launch for the Nintendo 3DS on March 24th and offers five full-featured sports like Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and, for the first time in a Mario sports game, Horse Racing.

Newly announced today is the arrival of Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards. By tapping one of these new amiibo character cards while playing Mario Sports Superstars, players will get a variety of bonuses. The Mario Sports Superstars amiibo cards will be available for purchase in blind packs of five at a suggested retail price of $4.99 USD each, starting on March 24th.

Plus for a limited time, the Mario Sports Superstars game will include one amiibo card packed in.

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Unreal Tournament’s January 2017 Patch Is Here

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

The Unreal Tournament franchise might not have the staying power it once had – dominating the team based arena combat genre alongside Quake Tournament III in the early 00s but a dedication group of fans & a small time of developers at Epic Games have been hard at work on the next entry in the franchise for several years. The latest patch for the currently in development free to play online shooter brings a collection of community created maps, some huge weapon changes and a brand new prototype weapons.

Here is a summary of some of the biggest changes coming to the new Unreal Tournament. Full patch notes and a detailed developer blog is also available.

Community Maps

The following fully meshed community made maps are available via the Unreal Shop for free. These maps have seen some tweaks and changes since their initial launch:

  • DM-Salt
  • DM-Bartrankus
  • DM-Unsaved
  • DM-Backspace
  • CTF-Polaris

Audio Changes

New footstep sounds as well as a whole bunch of new weapon sound effects have been added.

Weapon Changes

  • The flak canon is currently a work in progress and still requires tweaking in terms of its firepower according to the developer video. It has had its base damage increased and the speed of bouncing projectiles also increased however these projectiles will not apply knock back to opponents.
  • Rocket launcher’s rocket spread has been increased by 33%. The time needed for a player to lcok onto a target with the lock on mode has been increased the icon was changed from yellow to red. Using the locked on seeking rocket is only effective for 20 meters in front of the player now.
  • Link guns’ pull mechanism no longer requires a complicated two button press – instead it is now linked to the alt fire button to alleviate confusion. The default ammo count for the Link gun and the amount of ammo picked up from boxes for this gun have been increased.
  • Field of view on the Sniper Rifle’s scope has been modified, it is also not possible to get a head shot off on a player while they are sliding now.

New Weapon Prototype – The Lightening Gun

This long-range scoped sniper rifle returns from Unreal Tournamnet 2003 – here is how the official dev blog that explains the basic of this new weapon.  a lot of the prototype weapons including the Lightening Gun & grenade launcher

“The Lightning Rifle prototype is a long range hitscan weapon with clearly defined advantages and disadvantages; a sniper weapon feared when used at long range but limited at closer range. It has two very different fire modes depending on whether the weapon is zoomed in.”


Razer Announces Successor To The Popular Black Widow Chroma Keyboard

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Peripheral manufacturer Razer has announced the successor to their very success BlackWidow Chroma keyboard with the introduction of the aptly named BlackWidow Chroma V2, which will replace the original at retail. This improved keyboard brings with it some smaller improvements that may entice existing owners to upgrade as well as one larger one – a brand new line of switches underneath the keys!

In addition to the orange and green switches which were part of the original BlackWidow Chroma razer has added the brand new yellow switch option which are targeted specifically at MOBA and First Person Shooter players with their reduced travel design and much more silent key-press with compared with the other two types of available switches.  For extra comfort the BlackWidow Chroma V2 also includes a magnetic wrist cushion which looks a lot more comfortable than the plastic wrist rest that shipped with the original version.

The BlackWidow line of keyboards was originally introduced more than half a decade ago in 2010. The original Black widow Chroma was released to retail in March of 2015 and was met with several positive reviews.  Chroma technology – also featured in several Razer products like the Razerblade Stealth Laptop – allows users to light up individual keys with custom programmed patterns and when playing supported games like Overwatch and Black Ops III key functions like special abilities and reloading weapons.

BlackWidow Chroma V2 will retail for the same MSRP as the original $229.99 CDN or you could pick up the original version for a bit of savings at $199.99 CDN.


Pokémon Bank updated to support Sun and Moon

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Jason Nason

Pokémon Bank was updated late today and now supports Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, making it easy to transfer Pokémon from multiple copies of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon — including the downloadable versions — to a single game!

Also updated is the ability to transfer Pokémon you’ve caught in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow into your Sun or Moon. Pokémon from Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y can also be brought into Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon in the same way.

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