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Poll: Are You Disappointed With Mario Kart 8′s Character Roster?

The release of Nintendo’s latest iteration in the Mario Kart franchise for Wii U is only a few weeks away, which means you’ll soon be able to grab your Wii Wheel – presuming you’re a masochist – and take your favorite Mario-related character out for a spin on some of Mario Kart 8‘s all new tracks. This time around, however, it looks as though the game’s character roster will look substantially different from past games in the series (for a full recap on all of Mario Kart 8′s playable characters, click here), with seven of the 30 playable characters being Bowser’s Koopalings and another five making appearances as baby versions of their grown-up counterparts. Oh, and don’t forget the notorious Pink Gold Peach. With all of this in mind, are you disappointed with Mario Kart 8‘s full roster of playable characters? Cast your vote below!

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Test Drive Mario Kart 8 at GameStop Between May 17-18

Nintendo has announced that fans will be able to play Mario Kart 8 before its May 30 release date at over 2,700 different GameStop stores during the weekend of May 17-18 between 12 and 4 p.m. local time.

The promotion is part of Nintendo’s “Mario Kart Test Drive Days” and will allow players to experience “an action packed demo version of the Mario Kart 8 game for Wii U.” Additionally, anyone who pre-orders the game from GameStop will receive an exclusive double-sided poster.

Things Gamers Hate DLC

Things Gamers Hate: DLC

No matter how many things there are to love about video games, there will always be certain traits that just plain piss us off as consumers or as fans of a certain franchise. In order to address those issues, I’ve decided to start a new series of articles that analyze some of the things we hate as gamers. Every few weeks, I’ll be taking a closer look at some of the less popular elements of video games and how they affect us as fans and as players. This week, I’ll be talking about DLC or downloadable content for those unfamiliar with the term. Make the jump to see what I have to say about the topic.

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Zelda Inspired JRPG Coming Q1 2015

A life-long dream is finally becoming a reality for Samjin Rebib, who from the age of 9 created an amazing world. Inspired by titles such as The Legend of Zelda, XenoBlade and Final FantasyShiness will be available in the first quarter of 2015. The game has been in development for 3 years, being created by a team of 15. The RPG will feature unique battle mechanics, similar to the style of the Naruto: Ninja Storm games. Shiness’ rich universe, original and deep game play, and its substantial scenario is the realization of years of hard work, sacrifices and unconditional love, coming from a true passion for Japanese RPG. For more details including a trailer, click below.

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Microsoft Hiring Engineer Lead for “An established and well-loved strategy franchise”

Microsoft has a listing on Linkedin for an Engineer Lead for ‘an established and well-loved strategy franchise” which hasn’t been announced as of yet. This sparks two immediate ideas; Age of Empires, or Halo Wars. Age of Empires seems to have more weight to it, but Halo Wars could be a possibility as well. Age of Empires is more established and arguably more loved than Halo Wars because of it’s lengthier history but Microsoft has a lot of weight behind the Halo franchise. With the shutdown of Ensemble Studios after their completion of Halo Wars it’s hard to say who would directly work on the game as well. Here is the full job listing:

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Footage Released

It was announced yesterday that new details regarding Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire would be aired on ‘Pokemon Get TV’ this weekend. The time is upon us, and thanks to Youtuber ZephyrSonic we were able to watch the programme live. A tiny sliver of footage was shown, but here it is regardless. Click below to see the first footage of the brand new Pokemon games.

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Ex-Need for Speed Developers Working on 2 New Games

New developer, Three Fields Entertainment announced today that they are currently working on 2 games. The studio consists of 10 members, all of whom worked at Criterion Games. They revealed the news on Twitter, along with the announcement that they had recently hired Paul Ross as the Chief of Technical Officer. Ross is an industry veteran, previously working at Criterion for 18 years. He has great titles such as Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit under his belt. To see both tweets and the expected release window, click below.

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Industry Expert Says It’s Too Early to Give Up on Wii U

Hirokazu Hamamura, President of Enterbrain, Managing Director of Kadokawa Holdings, Kadokawa Group Publishing and Kadokawa Games and ex-editor in chief of Famitsu Magazine knows more about the industry than most, and he believes that the Wii U could still have a future. “The Wii U is in a slump, but has not yet reached the stage of giving up”. He truly believes that if Nintendo focuses on Nintendo games, it can revive the Wii U and make it a popular console. “Nintendo has no choice but continuing to release popular software”, he says. As obvious as it sounds, Nintendo aren’t acting upon this as well as they could be. Titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros, which are both coming out this year, are prime examples of the companies amazing first party games just waiting to be released. 

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The Elder Scrolls Online PS4/Xbox One Limited Editions

Following the recent announcement that The Elder Scrolls Online for consoles will be delayed around 6 months, the limited edition versions have been revealed today. 3 editions will be available, mostly featuring the same things, but with a different character on front of the steel-case. The 3 available will be the Ebonheart Pact Edition, the second is the Aldmeri Dominion Edition, and the third is the Daggerfall Covenant Edition. Each version includes a steelbook signed by key members of the Zenimax Online studios team and a bonus map. To see the Limited Edition advertisement, click below.

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Watch Dogs Runs at 1080p, 60FPS on PS4 According to PlayStation Website

The official PlayStation pre-order page for Watch Dogs details that the game will run at 1080p and 60fps on PS4. The page also boasts that the version is the “True Watch_Dogs experience” and that the game “comes alive on PS4″. The Xbox One equivalent page has no details regarding the resolution or frame rate, implying that it won’t be as high as its competitor. Click below to see the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the page.

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2 New Deep Down Screenshots and Beta Coming Soon

Upcoming PS4 exclusive, Deep Down received two impressive screenshots today, as well as details regarding the beta. Deep Down is set in New York, in the year 2094 but isn’t the futuristic, sci-fi title that the time-period suggests. Swords, magic and dragons will be the main focus of this real-time RPG by Capcom. To view the second screenshot (the first is above), as well as quotes by the games producer, click below.