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Nintendo Planning Fire Emblem Direct Presentation Tomorrow

Nintendo has announced that it will hold a Fire Emblem Direct presentation tomorrow to run through upcoming titles in the series.

The Direct takes place on Wednesday, January 18 at 2 p.m. Pacific time, and can be seen at this site.

It was recently announced that the Nintendo Switch is getting a Hyrule Warriors-esque Fire Emblem title called Fire Emblem Warriors, so we imagine we'll hear more about that title. A mobile app is also in the works, so that's a good candidate for the presentation as well. Hopefully there are some more surprises in store for fans.

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Mass Effect Andromeda Producer Teases “Info” For Tomorrow Morning

Michael Gamble, producer on the Mass Effect series and the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda, tweeted out a tease for "info," presumably new, is happening tomorrow for Mass Effect.

Gameble's full tweet reads, "Tomorrow morning. ~10 am PST. Got some info for you," followed by a link to masseffect.com. What exactly that information will be, is currently unclear.

For more on Mass Effect Andromeda, click the banner below for all of our features from when the game was on our cover.

[Source: @GambleMike]

 

Our Take
A new informational trailer, or release date news both seem like pretty good bets, but it could also be wider fiction details. As long as it is not an outline of DLC plans, or something similarly unspectacular, I will be happy.

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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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Gravity Rush 2 Demo Coming Tomorrow, Anime Adaptation Coming After Christmas

Ahead of the release of Gravity Rush's sequel next month, Sony is offering a demo of the game, which will be available tomorrow. It also has plans for an anime, which will bridge the narrative gap between the two games.

The demo has two parts which Sony ambiguously describes with one being for Gravity Rush veterans, and one being for newcomers.

The anime will launch on YouTube on December 26 at 8:00 a.m. PT. You can check out a teaser for it below.

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Gravity Rush 2 will be available on PlayStation 4 on January 20. For more on Gravity Rush 2, head here.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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Zelda: Majora’s Mask And Breath Of Fire II Coming To Virtual Console Tomorrow

If you missed out on Nintendo 64 classic, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Nintendo has given you ample opportunities to make amends. Between re-releases on GameCube and Wii Virtual Console, as well as a full-on remake for 3DS, Nintendo hasn't been shy about bringing its unique follow-up to Ocarina of Time forward. Now, players have another chance to experience the classic entry in the franchise, as it is listed for release on Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow.

In addition, Breath of Fire II is set to hit New Nintendo 3DS tomorrow. This comes on the heels of the release of the original Breath of Fire, which hit 3DS Virtual Console in late October. Oddly enough, it was released alongside another Zelda Virtual Console release, Spirit Tracks, when it hit last month.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is set at $ 9.99 on the Wii U eShop, while Breath of Fire II is $ 7.99 on the 3DS eShop.

[Source: Nintendo (1), (2)]

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Our Pokémon Sun & Moon Review Goes Live Tomorrow

The newest Pokémon games don't come out until later this week, but you can get our full review on November 15 at 6:00 a.m. PST (8:00 a.m. CST).

As usual, Nintendo is being restrictive about certain topics prior to the game's full release – including story spoilers and specific numbers (and names) of various Pokémon. Those details must be held until Friday (when the game is released), but we are confident that these nitty-gritty details do not impede our ability to share our thoughts about the game's successes and/or shortcomings in full. 

So come back tomorrow morning for the review, and in the meantime, check out the latest trailer for Pokémon Sun & Moon.

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Mega Man X3 Available Tomorrow On The 3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man X3, one of the Super Nintendo's rarest games, is making its way to New 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow.

The game will be $ 7.99, which is significantly cheaper than its projected value on PriceCharting.com, which places even loose copies of the cartridge without a box above the $ 200 mark. It's a good game, and until recently, it has been hard to come across. It was the first Mega Man X game to let you play as Zero, which is odd considering the series began with Zero as the star playable character before shifting to starring a different take on Mega Man.

[Source: Nintendo]

 

Our Take
I love the Mega Man series, but I have only completed Mega Man X3 once. It may be my least played Mega Man X game. It will be nice to have it on the go.

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Killing Floor 2 Open Beta For PS4 Starts Tomorrow

PlayStation 4 owners will be able to try out the zed-fueled carnage of Killing Floor 2 in an official open beta starting tomorrow.

Tripwire Interactive announced today that the beta will start at 10 a.m. PDT Friday and run through Sunday, Nov. 6. It will feature only select content from the full game, including:

  • Two multiplayer modes, survival and versus survival
  • Three maps: Burning Paris, Biotics Lab, and Evac Point
  • One offline training mission
  • Nine perk classes
  • 14 characters

Players can sign up for the open beta via the game's official site.

Tripwire also released a new trailer showing off Killing Floor 2's PlayStation 4 Pro-enabled 4K graphics. Check out the 4K YouTube video below.

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Killing Floor 2 comes out on PlayStation 4 on Nov. 18.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Cloverfield 3, Edge Of Tomorrow 2, Star Trek Vs. Aliens, Exile’s End

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is this week's big science-fiction
release. As strange as it is to link Call of Duty to the science-fiction
genre, I sadly can't go into specifics regarding its quality just yet.
Infinite Warfare hits store shelves (and digital spaces) on Friday, and
our review, penned by the brilliant Dan Tack, will be released soon. I
stand by my claim that Infinite Warfare is my most anticipated game of
the fall. A small sliver of my anticipation comes from the simple fact
that I'm a fan of this series, but I mostly want to dive into this entry
because Activision is taking a real chance on it, something we rarely
see from established and annualized series. Activision may alienate fans
with the hard science-fiction angle, but I believe rocketing into the
cosmos and leaving the past behind is the best thing that could happen
to Call of Duty. This move shakes things up, and also gives us nice
separation between Call of Duty and Battlefield. This year's batch of
shooters all have unique stances in the first-person shooter field, and
that's a great thing.

Other than Infinite Warfare, this week is light on game news and
releases. If you are into old-school action-platformers or Metroidvania
games, you may want to check out Magnetic Realms' Exile's End, available
now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and PC. Exile's End takes place
in the far future, and follows a corporation called Ravenwood, which
has a stronghold on commerce throughout the galaxy. Ravenwood is also a
threat, with its own army and rules. The game begins with Ravenwood's
president disappearing on a mining planet. A mercenary team is sent in
to investigate. This expedition doesn't begin on the best note; an
electrical malfunction leads to the drop ship crashing on the planet's
surface. The mercenaries thankfully make it to escape pods, but now find
themselves separated on the planet. The game follows Jameson, who
awakens with no weapons or means of communicating with this crew.

I only had time to check out about 30 minutes of Exile's End, but
want to dive back into it after I finish up Titanfall 2. Exile's End is
deliberately slow, to a fault even, with little happening other than the
player jumping over space snakes and leaping across chasms in the
opening moments. As repetitive as these actions are, exploration has a
nice Metroid-like vibe to it, and is backed by the hook of discovering
what happened to your crew. You can check out the trailer below for a
brief look at the play style and direction of Exile's End. I wish I had
time for a more thorough breakdown of this title, but if you want to
know more, please leave a comment below, and I'll do my best to play it
this weekend.

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Most of this week's news is tied to the motion-picture industry in
some capacity. I am a huge fan of Bad Robot's science-fiction efforts,
namely anything bearing the Cloverfield name. While I wouldn't mind
seeing a proper Cloverfield 2 some day, I can't recall any other series that has given us such different looks into an established universe. Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane
are dramatically different in set up and tone, yet  are strongly
intertwined by the time the credits role. The third Cloverfield film may
be hitting sooner than expected. A report from The Wrap states that the J. J. Abrams-produced God Particle may be the next film in this series. God Particle releases on February 24, 2017, and follows a team of astronauts who make a startling discovery. The Wrap
also reports that Abrams and Paramount Pictures hope to annualize the
Cloverfield property. That sounds like overkill to me, but I can never
say "no" to more science fiction, especially if the intent is on making
each installment unique.

If God Particle's plot sounds familiar, you may be confusing it with the recently announced Life.
This film, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rebecca
Ferguson, follows a team of astronauts who make a startling discovery.
Uh. Yeah, that's the same hook as God Particle. I won't go into
any other specifics, other than a flamethrower is used at some point.
You can check it out in action in the trailer below.

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The most exciting film news is tied to the forthcoming Edge of Tomorrow sequel. I didn't see the original Edge of Tomorrow
in theaters, mainly because my friends deemed it "okay" and "passable."
I obviously wasn't going to avoid seeing a new sci-fi film, and
eventually got around to watching it a few months after it released on
Blu-Ray. I loved it so much that I immediately watched it again, and
proclaimed it to be my movie of the year. I can't even begin to wrap my
brain around the idea of a sequel with Tom Cruise in the lead role
again, but director Doug Liman apparently thinks it's the coolest thing
in the world. In an interview with Collider,
Liman is spitting out hyperbole like it's going out of style. "[Edge of
Tomorrow 2] is the only sequel that I’m considering doing, and it’s
because the story is so amazing—much better than the original film,
and I loved and loved the original film—and it’s a
sequel that’s a prequel," Liman says. He went on to say that it will
"revolutionize how people make sequels." A sequel that's a prequel that
will revolutionize sequels? Someone call Dr. Seuss. Sounds awesome. Now
the bad news. No release date or filming schedule have been revealed
yet. We're going to have to wait for this one, folks.

Comic books allow for a high level of storytelling experimentation.
One such experiment is mashing two properties together for the sake of
fan-boy joy. Judge Dredd took on Batman, Robocop once battled the
Terminators, and now we're going to see xenomorphs invade the Enterprise
in a Star Trek: The Next Generation vs Aliens story. The first issue of
this limited comic series is due out next spring, and is published
jointly by Dark Horse and IDW. The story is penned by Scott and David
Tipton, with art by J.K. Woodward. Yes, there's a chance this comic will
be terrible, but keep an open mind. The examples I listed were damn
good, and since these stories exist outside of their respective
continuities, writers don't have many parameters to follow. Death and
chaos should be expected aboard the Enterprise. We just have to guess
which crew member will reveal the chest-burster. My gut says it will be
Wesley Crusher. Get that punk out of the way within the opening pages.
He's better fodder than a red shirt.

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