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Kirby’s Epic Yarn And Mass Attack Heading To Wii U Tomorrow

Two Kirby games form two different platforms are heading to the Wii U's Virtual Console tomorrow.

Kirby's Epic Yarn came out in 2010 for the Wii and was one of the first Nintendo games to adopt a yarn aesthetic. Kirby Mass Attack released for the DS in 2011 and tasked players with controlling a large group of Kirbys (Kirbies?) using the stylus.

Both games will be available on Wii U tomorrow. Epic Yarn will be $ 19.99 and Mass Attack will be $ 9.99.

[Source: Nintendo, (1)]

 

Our Take
I never had a chance to play Mass Attack, but I've always felt Epic Yarn is too simple. I love its art style, but remember it being a chore to complete as I rarely felt challenged. I love its art style, though.

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King Of Fighters XIV Is Getting A Demo Tomorrow

Atlus announced today it's bringing out a demo for King Of Fighters XIV tomorrow, July 19. Players will have access to seven of the game's characters.

Along with news of the demo, Atlus released a story trailer for the game (shown below). The demo will be available via the PlayStation Network. Check out the link to see a full breakdown of all the characters available tomorrow.

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For more on King Of Fighters, make sure to check out the newest team coming to the series, Team Kim

[Source: PlayStation Blog] 

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TurboGrafx-16 Games Heading To Wii U Virtual Console Tomorrow

The Wii U is getting a handful of games from a classic(?) console tomorrow.

The Wii U is host to Nintendo, Super Nintendo, DS, and Game Boy Advance games with its Virtual Console, but this is the first time it will offer TurboGrafx-16 games.

Tomorrow you will be able to download R-Type ($ 7.99), Bonk's Adventure ($ 5.99), and New Adventure Island ($ 5.99) for the Wii U. We recently dove into the depths of the often forotten 16-bit console's library on Replay. You can check out that episode below.

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

 

Our Take
The TurboGrafx-16 was such an odd console. I'm happy to see some of its games making its way to WIii U. Hopefully some of its stranger games, like the ones we played on Replay will see release, as well.

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Evolve’s Free-To-Play PC Beta Starts Tomorrow

Turtle Rock posted a big letter on its Evolve forums tonight announcing the PC version of Evolve will be going free very soon.

You can find the full letter here. In it, Turtle Rock co-founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb reveal that Evolve is going free (though they don't use the term free-to-play) and a beta for the new free version of Evolve begins tomorrow, July 7. The letter also says rewards will be available for those who bought the game at launch, and a number of big balancing changes and performance updates are on the way, too.

Update: Turtle Rock has already pulled the game from Steam. You can find the product page here, but you won't be able to buy the game.

The countdown that was teased yesterday is still going with about 14 hours left until expiration. There is more to this announcement, and we will have full details tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT.

[Source: Turtle Rock]

 

Our Take
This is a big change for Evolve, but it has the potential to be the right change. I'm curious to see if it boosts player count and gets more people playing.

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Story Mode For Street Fighter V Available Tomorrow As Free DLC

A July 1 update for Street Fighter V includes a cinematic story mode, two new fighters, stages, costumes and other features. The update is free to download, with the additional content included available to purchase in-game with either the game's currency Fight Money or real currency.  

The story mode, entitled A Shadow Falls, will be divided into five acts and takes place between the events of Street Fighter III and Street Fighter IV. In the battle between the
evil Shadaloo organization and the heroic World Warriors, players enter battles using each of the original Street Fighter V characters as well as the 6 additional DLC characters both released and unreleased. A Shadow Falls is free to download. You can check out the cinematic trailer for A Shadow Falls below. 

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The two new challengers joining the roster are Balrog and Ibuki. Balrog is a familiar face to the Street Fighter franchise, first appearing as a boss in Street Fighter II and a master in the art of boxing. It was announced earlier this week that he would making his way to Street Fighter V, and he got his own reveal trailer too. 

Ibuki first appeared in Street Fighter III: New Generation, and a combination of her tactical martial arts and ninja bombs makes her a deadly foe. At the start of June it was announced that she would be joining Street Fighter V alongside the anticipated story mode when she got her own reveal trailer as well showing off her battle mechanics. 

In addition to the new characters and story mode, the update will also include Balrog’s
Las Vegas stage and Karin Kanzuki's family private beach stage and three new alternate stages. Premium battle costumes are obtainable for all 20 characters along with a
 premium summer costume for Karin and story costumes for both Balrog and Ibuki. 

The in-game currency store will be updated with the PlayStation 4 and Steam real currency options, and the update includes better matchmaking systems to improve online play. 

[Source: Capcom]

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PSA: Contra III & PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure Coming To 3DS & Wii U Tomorrow

An awesome, challenging Super Nintendo game and a Wii game you probably forgot existed is coming to 3DS and Wii U respectively tomorrow.

Contra III: The Alien Wars is the fantastic Super Nintendo follow-up to the NES Contras. It originally released in 1992, and tomorrow, it will be available on the 3DS Virtual Console. To watch us play Contra III: The Alien Wars, check out the second segment of our Contra episode of Replay below.

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PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure released in 2010 and we gave it a four in our review. Tomorrow, you will be able to play it on Wii U.

[Source: Nintendo, (1), via NeoGAF]

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PSA: Contra III & PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure Coming To 3DS & Wii U Tomorrow

An awesome, challenging Super Nintendo game and a Wii game you probably forgot existed is coming to 3DS and Wii U respectively tomorrow.

Contra III: The Alien Wars is the fantastic Super Nintendo follow-up to the NES Contras. It originally released in 1992, and tomorrow, it will be available on the 3DS Virtual Console. To watch us play Contra III: The Alien Wars, check out the second segment of our Contra episode of Replay below.

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PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure released in 2010 and we gave it a four in our review. Tomorrow, you will be able to play it on Wii U.

[Source: Nintendo, (1), via NeoGAF]

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Sega: We Would Love To Release Shenmue 1 And 2 HD ‘Tomorrow’

With Shenmue 3 funded via Kickstarter and in development right now, fans have been wondering about revisiting the older titles. Unfortunately, Sega (which is not directly involved in the Shenmue 3 project) doesn’t have anything definite to share right now.

The good news is that the company says it wants to release HD versions of the first two games in the series. However, there are some complications.

“With regards to Shenmue 1 and 2 HD, we would love to release these tomorrow,” says Sega Europe community manager Dan Sheridan. “Sadly, it’s not as simple as porting the games to the current platforms, as we would need to ensure that the quality of any HD remaster lives up to the quality of the original titles. With games as immersive as Shenmue 1 and 2, there are further complications from licensed products that were included in the original games. That said, we’d love to do it and are currently investigating how to make it a reality.”

So, no promises, but Sega clearly hears your cries, Shenmue fans. Not sure what all the fuss is about? We played all of Shenmue just for you. Check it out.

[Source: Sega Europe on YouTube]

 

Our Take
Whether listening turns into doing is in part up to fans. Tackling the HD remakes needs to make financial sense, especially given the licensing complications.

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A New Dawn Of War Has Been Announced, Details Tomorrow

A new Dawn of War is coming, though details begin and end right there for now. A full reveal is planned for tomorrow, at which time we’ll find out more about what Sega (and presumably Relic) have in store.

Dawn of War, a Warhammer 40K real-time strategy series, has had two distinctly different incarnations. The first game was a traditional base-building RTS, that eventually gave birth to three substantial expansions.

The sequel dropped the base-building in favor of a smaller, squad based approach (akin to the Company of Heroes series). It spawned two sizable expansions and the Last Stand standalone pack that serves as a co-op horde mode. New DLC for the Retribution expansion was just released in March, which now seems to have been designed to whet appetites for this announcement. The Dawn of War franchise was acquired from THQ (along with Relic) in bankruptcy proceedings. 

While there is no mention of Warhammer 40K or Games Workshop yet, the series has been exclusively associated with that franchise. We’ll have more tomorrow at 7 a.m. Pacific / 10 a.m. Eastern when the game is unveiled.

[Source: Dawn of War on YouTube, pictured: Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II - Retribution]

 

Our Take
Both Dawn of War games hold up extremely well. I just finished playing the first one, and I’ve started in on the second in earnest. If you have the slightest interest in Warhammer 40K, there are a lot of great games to sink your teeth into, but these are a great starting point.

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Gears Of War 4 Trailer Reveal Happening Tomorrow Night On AMC

During Fear The Walking Dead's second season premiere tomorrow on AMC, at 9 p.m. EST, a new trailer for Gears of War 4 will be revealed.

The news comes to light from Gears of War 4's Twitter, where a couple short teasers have been posted in preparation for Sunday night. Gears of War Community Director Adam Fletcher tweeted about the reveal saying, "You guys have no idea what is coming… but it is going to be amazing!" Additionally, a countdown on Gears of War's official website has initiated in anticipation of tomorrow's reveal. You can view the two teaser trailers down below.

The most recent teaser, which was revealed today, shows Gears of War 4's main characters surrounding a statue of Marcus Fenix. 

The second trailer teases JD Fenix, Gears of War 4's main character, running through the woods along with the title "The Nightmare Reborn" flashing on the screen.

Gears of War 4 is scheduled to release on October 11 for Xbox One. For more on the game, click the banner below to view our complete hub of exclusive content, including features, videos, and more.

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