Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Your Piranha Plant DLC Code May Already Be in Your Inbox

For those who have purchased Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, you may want to check your email as your DLC code for Piranha Plant may be there waiting.

Owners of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and those who purchase a copy by January 31, 2019, will be rewarded with an unexpected brand-new fighter, Piranha Plant, in February of next year.

However, you will need to redeem a code that Nintendo will send to the email linked to your Nintendo Account to receive the new character. The problem? The email’s subject line doesn’t indicate a code is inside and simply says “Thanks for your purchase of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game.”

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Vote For Your 2018 Games Of The Year

Now is your chance to sound off on your favorite games of 2018. Do your part and vote to make sure your favorite games make our Reader Games of the Year section in the February 2019 issue of the magazine.

Between Nintendo releasing a new console with Mario and Zelda games and the introduction of the Battle Royale genre, we really thought 2017 was a tough year – but the competition is just as fierce this year, and maybe even more so. Cast your vote in assorted categories (including Game of the Year) to help us show what you think was the best.

You may notice that some seemingly obvious picks aren’t on the list. That could be because of our eligibility requirements. Remasters and remakes are restricted to that category. Also, if a game is episodic, but the final episode didn’t releasing in 2018, that keeps it off our list for this year.

You can find the survey below, or click here to submit your choices. Did we miss one of your favorites in the poll? Let us know in the comments and we can add it to the field. And if your having trouble making decisions, you can …read more


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Turn-Based Retro RPG ‘QuestLord 2’ Hits the App Store Next Week

The original QuestLord (Free) hit the App Store in 2013, which we reviewed not long after release. The neat thing about QuestLord is/was that for genre which typically is the crème de la crème of hardcore RPGs, QuestLord is oddly approachable. When I see one of these first person retro turn-based RPGs, my first thoughts are along the lines of, “I’m sure someone will love this, I probably won’t.” That wasn’t the case at all for QuestLord, which I always really liked. Shaun also dug into the game in an RPG Reload, we’ve got a tips article, and even did an RPG Reload Replay. You could say we liked QuestLord quite a bit around here.

Well, we’ve got fabulous news. You can add one more massive game to look forward to next week as QuestLord 2 also hits the App Store on the 18th. From everything we can tell from its web site, QuestLord 2 looks to be exactly what we like to see out of a sequel: Taking everything that was great about the original and vastly expanding it. It’ll be $6.99 when it launches, and hopefully …read more


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Fortnite developer Epic Games to release SDK for cross-platform profiles

Epic Games unveiled plans for a new developer framework for online services. This framework will let other game developers add cross-platform support into their games. The SDK will be free and roll out in multiple parts over 2019.

Fortnite has been one of the best examples of cross-platform gameplay. A single player can install Fortnite on a console, a PC and a phone and find their profile on all platforms. Many games support multiplayer matches between players on multiple platforms, but very few games “port” your profile from one platform to another.

That’s why Epic Games wants to make that easier. The SDK will work with all game engines (not just Unreal Engine) and support many identification methods (Facebook, Google, Xbox Live, PSN, Nintendo accounts and Epic accounts).

After you sign up, you can customize your profile, add friends and win items. Everything you do on one platform shows up on another. User data is stored in the cloud and you can track achievements across platforms.

And of course, you can create parties with players on different platforms and start playing together. Epic has also developed its own voice communications service.

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Farfetch bets on sneakers with $250M Stadium Goods acquisition

The lines between streetwear and luxury fashion have blurred in recent years, especially as excitement around sneaker brands like Yeezy and Off-White has soared.

A marriage between a luxury fashion marketplace and a sneaker and streetwear reseller seems like a natural way to wrap up M&A in 2018. With that said, Farfetch has acquired New York-based Stadium Goods, opting to pay $250 million for the sneaker startup in a combination of cash and Farfetch stock. Headquartered in London, Farfetch went public on the New York Stock Exchange in September, pricing its shares at $20 apiece and raising $885 million in the process.

What’s more impressive is Stadium Goods’ journey to exit. The company, which sells new and deadstock products online and in a brick-and-mortar store in New York’s Soho neighborhood, was founded in 2015 by John McPheters and Jed Stiller and had only raised $4.6 million in venture capital funding from Forerunner Ventures, The Chernin Group and Mark Cuban, who is an advisor to the startup.

“There was a time not that long ago when you couldn’t wear sneakers and streetwear to nightclubs and restaurants,” McPheters, Stadium Goods’ chief executive officer, told TechCrunch. …read more


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David O’Reilly’s Mountain Simulator ‘Mountain’ Gets a New Update

We’re always joking around here at what a time paradox the world of mobile gaming is. So often we’ll be talking about a game and say something along the lines of “Oh yeah that came out a few months ago I think” only to look up the actual release date and be stunned that it was actually in fact many years ago. In my mind, it feels like only yesterday that artist and filmmaker David O’Reilly released his controversial iOS project Mountain ($0.99) to the App Store. In actuality it was more than 4 years ago in the summer of 2014. Wow! However, just because it’s been out for a while doesn’t mean Mr. O’Reilly hasn’t stopped working on Mountain and just today he’s released a big version 2.0 update which adds in all sorts of new features, all of which are on display in the action-packed trailer below.

So in case you aren’t in the know, Mountain is a weird interactive art experience where you don’t even really do anything. You’ll draw a few pictures after you fire up the app and then you’ll get a randomly generated mountain to call your …read more


Here Are Rage 2’s Pulverizing Powers

Rage 2 has a lot of great weapons, sure, but part of what makes the combat so satisfying are the nanotrite powers that protagonist Walker can use to stun, bamboozle, and otherwise decimate foes. Alongside movement-based upgrades (like double jump and dashing) these are the powers you’ll acquire during Rage 2 and use in combination with one another to wreak havoc on any group of bandits foolish enough to pick a fight with you. Avalanche teased that numerous upgrades will allow players to make these powers even stronger and demonstrated the fantastic ways in which they could be used to create combos.

Note: All the powers have in-development names and will possibly change in the final product.

Ground Slam
As powerful as its name is self-explanatory, Walker leaps into the air and plummets to the earth, smashing whatever is directly below. A direct attack on an unarmored bandit will turn them into a fine paste while those in the area will briefly be stunned, allowing you to zip to them and use another power or shoot them.

Shatter
Shatter is probably the power that grabbed our attention the most during the demo due to its dual usefulness. Shatter’s blast (similar to Star Wars’ Force …read more


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Game of Thrones, Metal Gear Stars Among Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Zombies Mode Cast

With Treyarch’s release of Operation Absolute Zero for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, dozens of changes have come to the game, with some new, familiar voices to the Zombies mode as well.

Helena Bonham Carter plays as Madame Mirela, Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance plays the Butler, Godfrey, and Metal Gear Solid’s Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Blessed voices Gideon Jones and “The Brigadier.”

The new Zombies Experience, Dead of the Night, takes place in 1912 with players stepping into new characters during an evening at a luxurious estate, owned by the relic-hunter, Alistair Rhodes.

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Overwatch League Announces 2019 Schedule, Including Away Games and Increased Prize Pool

The Overwatch League has announced its 2019 schedule, which includes away games and a $5 million prize pool.

The Dallas Fuel, Atlanta Reign and Los Angeles Valiant will all be hosting games in their home cities — a marked change from OWL’s first season, when every regular season game was played at Blizzard’s Burbank Arena. Tickets for those away games will be available at a later date.

OWL has upped its prize pool from $3.5 million in 2018 to $5 million for the 2019 season. The winner of the overall 2019 season will win $1.1 million, with the runner-up team walking away with $600,000, with decreasing amounts for lower-ranked teams.

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Fans React to Street Fighter 5’s in-Game Ads

Street Fighter 5’s optional in-game advertisements are now live, and fans are angry, saddened and in some cases just bewildered by Capcom’s implementation.

Announced by Capcom last week, there are three form the ads can take: “Ad Style” costumes with content pertaining to Capcom costumes, tournaments or the Capcom Pro Tour slapped on a character’s clothing or model, loading ads that appear in the versus screen prior to battles, and stage ads with the advertisements appearing on the floor or background of a stage. Though similar implementations have been done before, Street Fighter 5’s use of ads is particularly jarring.

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