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Infamous: Second Son patch adds Photo Mode, subtracts bugs

Infamous: Second Son lead Delsin Rowe might be able to shoot burst of smoke from his hands and run up walls as a streak of light, but he’s not perfect. Hence, developer Sucker Punch has outlined plans for a patch that it hopes to release as soon as…
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NES Remix 2 to get ‘Championship Mode,’ releasing April 25th on Wii U

Nintendo has announced a sequel to their downloadable game NES Remix. Aptly titled NES Remix 2, which must have taken marketing weeks to come up with, the title will launch April 25th on the Nintendo eShop, with a bonus for those gamers who also own the original NES Remix.

Players who own both Remixes will unlock a special ‘Championship Mode,’ inspired by the iconic Nintendo World Championship event which took place in the US in 1990. Gamers must attempt to achieve the highest cumulative score in three specific games using a multiplier-based scoring system in ‘Championship Mode,’ and they can post their scores to Miiverse to compete with friends and complete strangers. The three games that comprise the ‘Championship Mode’ are Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario.

Like the original NES Remix, NES Remix 2 is basically a whole bunch of old NES games mixed together in a blender of madness. Challenges and modified stages that feature new elements not found on your ancient CRT television keep the titles feeling fresh and not dated. Some titles featured in NES Remix 2 include Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, and Metroid (I absolutely adore Kirby’s Adventure and own it on my 3DS in stunning 3D).

More information on the retro title for the Wii U can be found on its website. There is a debut trailer for NES Remix 2 below, which mentions Super Luigi Bros. (it looks like the original Super Mario Bros. in reverse with a high jumping Luigi, which I am all over like nobody’s business).


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Hearthstone’s Single-Player Mode Announced At PAX East

If you’ve wanted a single-player mode in the digital trading card game Hearthstone, then we have some good news. Blizzard announced Curse of Naxxramas, a single player adventure mode, at PAX East today.

Naxxramas is a floating cemetery from Warcraft's extensive lore, and players can use their favorite deck to battle the creepy bosses in the five different wings of Naxxramas. Similarly to the arena mode, there is a cost to entering Naxxramas’ wings, which can be paid with either in-game gold or real money, though how much it will cost is currently unknown.

The wings unlock one week at a time, over the course of five weeks, and entry into the first wing is free. At the end of each wing, Players earn a new legendary card. Curse of Naxxramas is adding a total of 30 new cards to Hearthstone. 

The bosses themselves have new abilities, minions, art, and speech options from the already established characters in Hearthstone. There is also different challenges for entering as specific heroes that earns players class-specific cards.

There is no word yet on when Curse of Naxxramas is going to release, but it is coming out simultaneously for PC, Mac, and iPad. If you're interested in the free-to-play TCG, then check out our review of Hearthstone here.

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NES Remix Volume 2 Trailer Reveals Challenges and Championship Mode

In anticipation of NES Remix Volume 2’s release later this month, Nintendo has given us a trailer looking at some of the challenges included in the game. The new volume includes Punch-Out, Kirby’s Adventure, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Dr. Mario, and more classic NES Games.

Some of the challenges are goal oriented, like having to counter a fighter in Punch-Out, while others are crossovers that have you playing games like Kirby as ghosts from Mario invade the screen. Other challenges are based on visual trickery, like playing Mario with two clones to either side of you or having parts of the stage disappear.

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NES Remix 2 also includes Super Luigi Bros, a version of Super Mario Bros played in reverse as the high-jumping Luigi, as a bonus. Those who own both Volume 1 and 2 unlock a Championship mode, which is a challenge to obtain the highest accumulative score in Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, and Dr. Mario. 

NES Remix is releasing April 25 for the Wii U through the eShop. We had some issues with the first volume, and you can check out our review of it here.

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Fulgore, Arcade Mode arrive in Killer Instinct’s latest title update

Microsoft has deployed a 6.8 GB title update for its free-to-play Xbox One fighting game Killer Instinct, adding a number of significant features and a new character to its playable roster.

Classic Killer Instinct combatant Fulgore joins the fray in…
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Frantic Smash Run Mode Comes Exclusively To Super Smash Bros. For 3DS

The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is getting an exclusive multiplayer mode for up to four players. Smash Run will set players on a race to power their characters up before engaging in final throwdown when time is up.

Smash Run puts players on a huge stage filled with enemies that drop power ups when they die. These enhance one of six stats: speed, jump, attack, special, arms, and defense.

During the first five minutes of the match, players will race around the stage as they try to make themselves as powerful as possible. Once the timer runs out, it’s a battle to the death in a more traditional Smash Bros. arena. Players will also be able to pick a loadout of items before they enter the fight.

Director Masahiro Sakurai says that the final battles won’t last too long, so players will be able to have a winner declared and start anew. For more on Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, which is coming this Summer, and the Wii U version slated for Winter, check out our rundown of today’s Nintendo Direct and the list of newly announced fighters.  

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SimCity offline mode update in ‘final testing’

SimCity’s Update 10, a patch that will allow for offline play, is in “final testing,” according to a tweet posted on the game’s official Twitter account. Update 10 was revealed back in January, shortly after publisher EA and developer Maxis announced…
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DICE explains Battlefield 4 ‘Carrier Assault’ mode

Haven’t played Battlefield 2142? If that’s the case, the upcoming ‘Carrier Assault’ mode in the Naval Strike DLC for Battlefield 4 will feel like a fresh experience. Inspired by 2142′s ‘Titan’ mode, Carrier Assault challenges opposing sides to sink…
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Peggle 2 is making its way from the Xbox One to the Xbox 360 on May 7th, with DUEL MODE

PopCap Games, makers of Peggle and Peggle 2, has announced today that the latter is making the jump from current gen to last gen, releasing on the 360 this coming May 7th, in North America and Europe. The game will include the lovable Peggle Masters that grant players fantastic magical power-ups and also multiplayer Duel Mode so gamers can challenge their buddies on the couch or online.

“Duel Mode? That was missing in the Xbox One version of Peggle 2! How come my brand new, powerful system is missing something so basic and fundamental to puzzle games?! GRAHHHH,” exclaimed everyone on Earth just now. No worries; the Xbox One Peggle 2 is getting Duel Mode today as free DLC! Destroy your friends with your special balls and take them down a peg or two.

John Vechey, General Manager at PopCap Games, had these words to share about Duel Mode and the upcoming release of his company’s game on the 360:

“With all the excitement from our fans in December at launch we knew we wanted to continue growing the Peggle universe starting with more content and then expand onto the Xbox 360. By offering the addition of Duel Mode, our fans will be able to challenge their friends continuously to find out who is ultimate ‘Peggle Master’.”

Check out Peggle 2‘s website for more information on the title. I had some frantic fun with Peggle some years ago and might try this new one out; anyone else happy to hear this news?


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Next-Gen Edition Of Dead Nation Gets Broadcast Mode That Lets Viewers Affect Gameplay

Originally a downloadable PlayStation 3 title, Dead Nation is getting quite an update for its PlayStation 4 debut. Dubbed the Apocalypse Edition, this new and improved version of the twin-stick zombie shooter boasts a number of improvements and additions over its last-gen predecessor.

Apocalypse Edition will feature improved textures and effects and can be played in full 1080p HD. Controls have also been improved upon with the introduction of a quick weapon select function. The Road To Devastation expansion for the original PS3 version of the game comes included with Apocalypse Edition, featuring two extra game modes, Arcade and Endless.

Brand new to the PS4 version of the game is Challenge mode. Now upon the completion of a level you can send your score to a friend for them to beat.  When the friend accepts the challenge and attempts to beat the score, your avatar will appear in-game, allowing your friend to see how you achieved your score and inspiring them to keep up.  The game will also come with a Broadcast+ feature which allows for some interesting dynamics between the person playing the game and all the people watching. Viewers of the stream can actually influence the difficulty of the game by voting on various options, like spawning ammo packs for the player or creating a mob of zombies. Viewers will appear in-game for the player to kill as named zombies.

The game is to be released tomorrow on the PlayStation Store and will retail for $ 15. However, if you are a PlayStation Plus member you can download the game for free. You can check out the game's announcement trailer below.

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