Smash Blowout.

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Yesterday Nintendo not only held a Smash Bros. themed Direct but they blew the lid off the Wii U edition of the game revealing new modes, features and characters. The biggest surprise came with the news that Mewtwo would once again be joining the brawl next year as a free DLC fighter, free at least to all those who register both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the game before Spring 2015. 8 Player local multiplayer was also outted, as was a Stage building mode, Smash Tour mode (similar to Mario party), voice chat features before and after online matches and the ability to use your 3DS as a controller should the mood take you.
Along with that little lot above this Nintendo Direct featured loads of other Smash news, far too much to list here but just enough to fit into a thirty-five minute video right here.

Smash Blowout.

Mortal Kombat Returns To TV.

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The Mortal Kombat franchise is no stranger to branching out beyond the world of video games, there have after all been a number of films, cartoons and TV shows released over the years under the Mortal Kombat logo and according to Warner Bros. there’s a brand now one in the pipeline. Refereed to as a “live-action digital series” this iteration of Mortal Kombat is said to follow closely behind Mortal Kombat X and will feature both well-known Mortal Kombat characters, as well as “a new generation of fighters”. Not much else to report on Mortal Kombat Live just yet but expect to hear plenty more about in and around the launch of Mortal Kombat X next April.

Mortal Kombat Returns To TV.

A New Direct Approaches.

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With Super Smash Bros Wii U just around the corner (November 21st for North America and December 5th in Europe) Nintendo want to convince all you fence sitters out there to invest in the Wii U’s biggest title to date with a Direct event dedicated solely to the Nintendo themed battle royal. If you fit such a description or maybe just want to get a closer look at Smash U before release be sure to tune into Super Smash Bros Direct this Thursday, October the 23rd from 11pm UK time or 3pm PST/6pm EST US right here.

Super Direct Coming.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Dated.

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Sega have confirmed that Arc System Works’ Persona flavoured brawler, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is to be released across Europe this November 21st. The game itself which is a sequel to the well received Persona 4 Arena has already received a number of positive reviews in America where it’s been available on both the XBox 360 and Playstation 3 since September this year.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Dated.

Guilty Gear Xrd Sign.

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Arc System Works’ Guilty Gear series is to make its next gen debut this December 16th (North America) according to publisher Aksys Games. Dubbed Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, the newest instalment of the classic brawler will, for the first it in the series history, feature 3D character models on 2D backdrops as opposed to 2D sprites on 2D backdrops, a change Arc System Works insists won’t alter the unique feel of Guilty Gear. Xrd Sign itself will also come in two flavours on both the PS3 and PS4, a standard edition and a limited which includes a special embossed box; the Guilty Gear Xrd Sign Vocal Collection, a 10-track song disc, the Guilty Gear Codex art book and a keychain designed as a replica of Sol Badguy’s belt buckle.
No European release date as of yet but given that the PS3 and PS4 are both region free, importing is always and option as is checking out Guilty Gear Xrd Sign’s new trailer here.

Guilty Gear Xrd Sign.

Advanced Warfare Specs.

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In case it’s somehow passed you by, this year’s instalment of Call of Duty (Advanced Warfare) is almost upon us and with that comes a launch trailer for the game as well as the minimum system requirements PC owners will need in order to play the game.
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is scheduled for release on the PC, PS3, PS4, 360 and XOne this November 3rd.

Minimum system requirements.
OS: OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit.
Processor: Intel CoreTM i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD PhenomTM II X4 810 @ 2.80 GHz or better.
Memory: 6 GB RAM.
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 5870 @ 1GB or better.
DirectX: Version 11.
Network: Broadband Internet connection.
Hard Drive: 55 GB available space.
Sound Card: DirectX-compatible.

Advanced Warfare Specs

Shovel Knight Digs His Way To Europe.

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Its been available State-side since May but due to localization requirements Shovel Knight’s European release has been delayed, frustratingly, time and again, however that wait at long last seems to be coming to an end, as developers Yacht Club have confirmed
Shovel Knight is nearly done and dusted and should in all likelihood arrive on both the 3DS and Wii U eShops this November. Upon it’s North American release Shovel Knight was praised by both critics and fans alike for not only offering a fresh spin on some classic gameplay mechanics but for being a down right fun game to play.

Shovel Knight Digs His Way To Europe

Steam’s Big Free Weekend.

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Log onto Steam on a Friday and you’ll almost always find a game free to download for the weekend, this Friday however there’s not just one game up for download but a whooping 10 up for grabs, all of which, should you decide to purchase, are on sale with up to 80% off. A full list of the games on offer can be found below.
Awesomenauts.
Blade Symphony.
Company of Heroes 2.
Don’t Starve.
Grid 2.
Injustice.
Killing Floor.
Payday 2.
Trine 2.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Steam's Big Free Weekend.

Pokemon Snap 2?

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Back in 1999 the Pokemon craze was at an all time high and Nintendo were releasing spin-off after spin-off in an effort to cash in. One such spin-off, while only moderately successful in regards to some of the others (read Pokemon Stadium), went on to establish itself as a real fan favourite and that game was Pokemon Snap.
Over the last few years calls for a Pokemon Snap 2 have really picked up and it seems even reached the ears of Junichi Masuda, director of Pokémon X and Y who’s said.
“As a player I definitely want to play a cool new version of Pokemon Snap, but at the same time I also think if it was just a remake with better graphics I don’t think it would be as interesting as a lot of people are imagining. If someone was to end up developing it they’d have to come up with some cool ideas to really make it a good game for the current generation.”
Mr. Masuda want on to say the only thing holding a new Pokemon Snap back at this point is limited resources and the moment that changes so will the delay in getting the sequel.
In other Pokemon news Game Freak have revealed that a special Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire demo will be made available to any and all 3DS owners who either attend any one of the special Pokemon events being held in the run up to the game’s release (details can be found here) or anyone who Signs up for a Pokémon Trainer Club account here.

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Captain Toad European Treasure Tracker.

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While the Wii U owners of Japan ready themselves for November 13th and those State side do the same in anticipation of December 5th, European Wii U owners have to hold on for a little longer to see the arrival of Captain Toad Treasure Tracker which has finally been dated for release January 9th. Along with the game’s release date Nintendo also revealed that Toadette, a pink capped toad, who made her debut appearance in Mario Kart Double Dash, will also be playable alongside Captain Toad himself, why not check out the pair in action in the latest trailer.

Captain Toad European Treasure Tracker.