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Mario Kart 64 Hits Wii U Tomorrow

Nintendo's got some good surprise news today for those who enjoy the Nintendo 64 rendition of Mario Kart. The game will be available on the Wii U via Virtual Console starting tomorrow.

The Virtual Console version of Mario Kart 64 will cost $ 9.99. You can find out more details here on Nintendo's listing for the game.

Be sure to check out review of the latest Mario Kart.

Our Take
Well, if you were hankering for this particular slice of nostalgia, yay. 

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Mario Party 2 Hits Wii U As A Virtual Console Game

Nintendo announced today that Mario Party 2 is now live on Wii U as a Virtual Console game. If you want to take a trip down Mario-memory lane with some pals, it'll run you $ 10.

You can find out more details on the official virtual console page.

Be sure to check out our review of the latest Mario Party here.

Our Take
Just in time for the holidays, where many of us will be in search of party games to play with family and friends. How about that?

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Super Mario Run Hits 40 Million Downloads In Four Days

Super Mario Run has been downloaded 40 million times in four days, which Nintendo claims is the fastest something has been downloaded in App Store history.

The game broke other records as well, like topping the App Store charts in more than 140 countries and regions, and rising to the top-10 highest-grossing charts in more than 100 countries. Nintendo did not reveal how many players paid for the game after downloading it for free, but its spot on the highest-grossing charts implies that it has been selling very well.

For our review of Super Mario Run, head here.

 

Our Take
You can find my full thoughts on Mario Run by following the link to my review above. Condensed though, it's a good platformer, but there is simply not a whole lot there. The price is also a little high at $ 9.99, but I love the micro-transaction-free model, though, and I hope more games use it.

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Races and Car Customization Patch Hits Mafia 3

For those of you either still milling about in New Bordeaux or looking for reasons to come back: here's some enticement. Hanger 13 has just released a patch for Mafia III that includes races as well as car customization and new outfits.

You can check out the trailer for the update here:

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Those are some nice looking cars, eh?

Our Take
Our review of the base game dinged it for not having enough content so it's nice to see Hanger 13 fixing that hole a little bit.

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Final Fantasy XV Holiday Pack DLC Detailed, Hits With Free Update Next Week

As previously reported, Final Fantasy XV has free updates and DLC coming. Some of that is hitting just in time for the holidays, and Square Enix detailed more of what that entrails today. 

 Starting December 22, you can get a holiday themed photo framed for Prompto's holiday to ring in the festivities during your road trip. The holiday DLC is free for those who purchased the game, but those who purchased the Final Fantasy XV season pass or premium edition get some bonuses.

The free holiday DLC includes the following:

 

  • Warrior's Fanfare – A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Offense outside of training.
  • Nixperience Band – A device that stops experience points from being tallied, preventing the party from leveling up for an added challenge.
  • Carnival Passport – An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a fun-filled carnival for a limited time.
  • Choco-Mog Tee (available late January) – An exclusive T-shirt featuring everyone’s favorite fluffy and feathery friends. Colorful, comfy and appropriate for any carnival-goer.

 

Those with the season pass or who own the premium edition get everything below:

  • Ring of Resistance – A protective piece of jewelry that renders the entire party to be resistant to magical friendly fire.
  • Tech Turbocharger – A device for Noctis that accelerates the tech bar replenishment rate, but freezes the Armiger bar.
  • Armiger Accelerator – A device for Noctis that accelerates the Armiger bar replenishment rate, but freezes the tech bar.
  • Blitzer's Fanfare – A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Time outside of training.
  • Tactician's Fanfare – A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Finesse outside of training.
  • Key of Prosperity – A lucky charm that increases the rate at which fallen foes leave behind items of value.
  • Stamina Badge – A device that enables Noctis to sprint and hang without expending stamina.
  • Carnival Passport – An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a fun-filled carnival for a limited time.
  • Festive Ensemble (available late January) – A fancy and fun outfit perfectly suited for enjoying the festivities. The darling design puts all who see it in high spirits.
  • Holiday Pack + Exclusive Photo Frames (available late January) – Additional themes the player can add to Prompto's photos when sharing over social media.

A free update for all will also be available which Square Enix says, which adds a New Game +, "allowing those who have completed the game’s main line story to start a new game with all previous gameplay data intact."

 

Our Take
I have no issues with free updates and extra DLC, even if it's just more fun events and cosmetic additions. It will be interesting to see how much extra content comes to the game post launch. It seems like Square Enix wants to keep improving the game and giving players a reason to extend their road trip or relive it again.  

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey Of The Cursed King Hits 3DS In January

Nintendo has announced that Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – a remake of the PS2 game out originally here in 2005 – is coming to the 3DS in January.

The game comes out on the system on January 20, and features new story content, two new playable characters, more quests, an alternative ending, and more.

The title also includes a quick save function, a speed up feature to get through encounters quicker, and the ability to take photos outside of battles and cutscenes and share them via StreetPass.

[Source: Nintendo]

 

Our Take
It's been a while since the original, but these additional features seem pretty cool.

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Some Big Horror Hits Are Getting Spooky Sales On PSN And Xbox Live

If Christmas inching ever-closer wasn't enough to scare your bank balance then these Halloween sales might just do the job. There are some impressive deals on both consoles, with some multi-platform games seeing similar discounts. Resident Evil 4 which we recently finished a Super Replay on, is one of the highlights of either sale, though the PSN one is $ 3 cheaper at $ 11.99.

PlayStation users have plenty of frights to choose from. The newly remastered Dead Rising games are discounted up to $ 13.99 if you need some more interesting ways to kill zombies. There's even a few cross-buy delights with Grim Fandango:Remastered, Neverending Nightmares, Paranautical Activity, and Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror all getting their price tags trimmed. The wonderfully unique Oxenfree is also on sale, in three different flavors depending on if you want a theme or extra PSN avatars.

On the Xbox side of things, it starts off big with Mortal Kombat XL for $ 32.49. Dying Light is also reasonably priced if psychological horror is more your speed. The Resident Evil sales continue with 0, 5, and 6 available for both Xbox platforms. Finally, Dead Space is dirt cheap at $ 4.54 and is backwards compatible with Xbox One, which makes it almost perfect for the sale.

[Source: PlayStation Store via NeoGAFMajor Nelson]

 

Our Take
I'll take any excuse to get into the Halloween spirit, so I already bought some of these games when I heard they were on sale. It's super exciting to see Catherine for under $ 5, but now I remember that I still need to beat it. Mortal Kombat seems like an awesome pick for this sale as well, though I wish they would've added Gears of War 4 into the mix too.

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Acrobatic 2D Shooter Seraph Hits PlayStation 4 In November

Dreadbit's Seraph, a shooter/platformer hybrid that released for PC on Steam earlier this year, is making its way to PlayStation 4 on November 1. You play as an angel called Seraph, who aims to recover her lost power and escape a demon-filled prison. 

What's most interesting about the game is its twist on aiming. Seraph will automatically aim for you. She chooses who to target with her arsenal of firearms, and the player instead focuses on her moves and acrobats during combat.

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Seraph also includes an adaptive difficulty mechanic, where depending on your performance, the enemies will become harder if you do better. The more you improve, the better the rewards. All levels are procedurally generated with enemies and items, and you can also craft yourself new weapons, protective wards, and more.

You can check out Seraph on Steam by heading here.

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Revamped Slain: Back From Hell Hits Xbox One Today

After being released on PC then pulled then released again on PC and PS4, Slain: Back from Hell is coming to Xbox One today for $ 14.99.

Slain: Back from Hell is a gothic-tinted action-platformer with obvious Konami-inspired roots. But its original PC release in March was met with overwhelmingly negative feedback when players played a poor, "reckless" game instead of the game they thought they were promised. Developer Wolf Brew Games acknowledged the criticism and came back in August with a whole new game with an exhaustive but necessary changelist.

The combat, dialogue, difficulty, bosses, enemies, and more were all overhauled, improved, and streamlined for this Back from Hell release.

The PlayStation Vita version will be released on November 1 and will be Cross-Buy with the PlayStation 4 version that is already out.

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Our Take
Plenty of bad games stay bad so it's refreshing that Slain has gotten a second chance. Granted, it was funded through Kickstarter so if there's a base to please, it's the people that helped you make your game in the first place. But now that Slain looks to be a decent game, it's good to spread the love on more platforms.

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