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Yoshi’s Woolly World Gets Adorable Cosmetic Amiibo Support

It looks like your Amiibo collection is going to have an adorable (but purely cosmetic) purpose when Yoshi's Woolly World arrives later this year. A new, brief trailer shows off the concept.

While Yoshi doesn't speak English, we are interpretting his gestures to mean that when you tap an Amiibo during Yoshi's Woolly World, you'll see the results on-screen. Yoshi will take on the appearance of the character whose Amiibo you used.

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Eurogamer reports that this feature won't work for all figures. The Pokémon are left out, as is Toad. If you tap a Yarn Yoshi or regular Yoshi amiibo, you'll get a Double Yoshi on screen.

Yoshi's Woolly World still doesn't have a release date in North America, but it's due out at the end of June in Europe. The most recent Nintendo financial report suggests the game will be out during the fall season.

[Source: Nintendo on YouTube via Eurogamer]

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Sheltered Puts A Human Face On A Post-Apocalyptic World

We're fast approaching a post-apocalyptic overload, with more and more games turning toward the hopeless setting. Sheltered offers something a bit different, however, focusing on a family and their simple goal of staying alive.

Your family consists of two parents and their children, which makes them vulnerable to both natural hazards such as radiation, as well as attacks from fellow survivors. Of course, you can also try to avoid conflict and try to convince the people you meet to join you in your shelter. That comes with its own set of problems; do you have the supplies to keep them fed and alive, too?

Take a look at the trailer below to see some of the game in action. As it says, nothing lasts. You'll have to deal with the consequences of death, as it affects the mental stability of those left behind.

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Ubicode's game was successfully Kickstarted last year, and Team17 signed on as publisher a while later. It's due out for a 2015 release on PC and consoles.

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Latest Torment: Tides Of Numenera Trailer Shows Off Its Weird World

With Torment: Tides of Numenera, developer inXile Entertainment is working to deliver an RPG cloaked in mystery. Your hero arrives in the game's Ninth World without any memories of who they are or how they got to this strange new place. As a new trailer shows, "strange" might be a bit of an understatement.

The setting is based on Monte Cook's tabletop game Numenera, and it's not your typical fantasy romp. The Ninth World is actually Earth in the distant future, and a medieval-like culture is flourishing. There are remnants of the high-tech past in this world, and priests and intellectuals are working to understand the significance and functionality of these ancient devices.

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Torment: Tides of Numenera is set for a PC release sometime later this year.

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Rules And Locations Set For Nintendo World Championships Qualifiers

 

The Nintendo World Championships return this year after a 25-year hiatus, and you can earn yourself a spot in the finals. On May 30, you can compete in one of eight locations to win a trip to Los Angeles to compete in the final field of sixteen players.

Qualifiers will take place at the following Best Buy locations from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. local time on May 30.

1717 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA

3675 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA

10760 NW 17th St.
Miami, FL

900 E. Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL

12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N
Maple Grove, MN

5001 Northern Blvd.
Long Island City, NY

9378 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX

2214 S. 48th St.
Tacoma, WA

The competition will involve the championship mode from Ultimate NES Remix, with score challenges culled from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario. You can practice at home before the event with a copy of the Wii U game.

In addition to the top scorer from each location, Nintendo will be selecting eight additional competitors for the finals. The Los Angeles event will include multiple rounds.

The Nintendo World Championships will be held on June 14 at the Nokia Theatre.

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Blizzard Is Hosting A Selfie Contest In World Of Warcraft

Do you want to go to Blizzcon this November, but don’t want to pay for the trip? Blizzard is giving you that chance, but you’ll need to take some pictures first.

If you’re a World of Warcraft player, you can start participating in a weekly Selfie Scavenger Hunt. Each week, Blizzard will post a new image, and all you need to do is figure out where the picture was taken in-game.

Head to that spot, take a selfie (either with the camera awarded by completing the level 100 garrison mission) or with your “print screen” button. Then, submit the image on the contest page.

In addition to the grand prize, Blizzard is giving out weekly awards, including branded merchandise, money for your Battle.net account, and an iPhone 6. Complete rules and details are available here.

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Katy Perry’s Left Shark Dances Into World Of Warcraft

World of Warcraft isn't going to let us forget about Left Shark. It appears that the inferior shark is now a battle pet in the popular MMORPG.

Left Shark became an icon for its antics, er, bad dancing with Katy Perry during this year's Super Bowl half-time show. The poor Left Shark just couldn't keep up with Right Shark, and suddenly it felt like everyone on the internet had a Left Shark meme. 

Blizzard's World of Warcraft PTR for patch 6.2 revealed this addition. PTR stands for public test realm and this is how Blizzard tests out upcoming additions in a live setting. This is when Wowhead discovered that Left Shark is a battle pet. Left Shark has fitting abilities like the rain dance and the dazzling dance. Did you ever expect to see this shark do battle? Me neither, but it's nice to see Blizzard have some fun with players. 

Unfortunately, this patch still isn't officially live, so we won't know if Left Shark actually makes the cut. 

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Teaser Trailer Paints A Modified Futuristic World

A new teaser trailer promises a full Call of Duty: Black Ops III reveal for April 26, and runs down the history of its future world.

The trailer is, unfortunately, bereft of gameplay, but it sets the stage for the events Black Ops III. It's a world where robotic body modification has extended well beyond the military and into the consumer world, recalling science-fiction stories like Ghost in the Shell, and the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

The teaser also promises a full reveal for the game this Sunday, April 26. For more on the game, head here and here.

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