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A new ‘Kirby’ game is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018

Nintendo wasn’t going to let E3 pass without making some announcements of its own and today the company is doing just that. One of those revelations is that everyone’s favorite wobbling round hero is coming to Nintendo Switch in a new game. That’s right, Kirby will arrive on the console next year.

Sure, we’ll have to wait a while to actually play it, but the parts Nintendo showed off during its E3 livestream look very good. And yes, it will include all of the sword wielding and fire breathing your heart desires. Nintendo didn’t offer a ton of info in the trailer, focusing instead on the gameplay. From that brief look at the action, you can expect to play along with up to three other people while you hop, flip and rumble. For now, have a look at the trailer for the new Kirby game down below.

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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ comes to the Switch October 27th

When Nintendo announced Super Mario Odyssey alongside the Nintendo Switch reveal, it felt like a breath of fresh air. Sure, the Wii U had New Super Mario Bros U, Mario Maker and the excellent platforming of Super Mario 3D world — but the open-world exploration mechanics of Sunshine, Galaxy and Super Mario 64 skipped Nintendo’s last console. When Nintendo teased Odyssey as a refreshing return to form, it didn’t give us a lot to go on. We knew Mario would explore a earth-like metropolis named New Donk City. We knew he could dance. We knew he had a magic hat. Now, we know when we’ll be able to play it all: Today at E3, Nintendo announced that Super Mario Odyssey would launch on October 27th.

Nintendo revealed a lot more than just a release date, too. Remember that living hat that popped up at the end of the game’s reveal? It’s named “cappy,” and it’s actually a magic, white top-hat that takes the form of Mario’s iconic headwear and gives him new powers. Using the hat’s abilities on telephone wires in New Donk City, for instance, transforms Mario into a bolt of electricity to travel across power lines. It can also be used to possess enemies, turn Mario into a rocket, control dinosaurs and much, much more.

Naturally, the hat is a weapon, too. Mario can throw Cappy at enemies or boxes, and players can ‘hold’ the hat in a fixed position in the air for a few moments, which lets you use it as a impromptu platform. If you try and land on that floating hat and miss, don’t worry about it — there are no lives in Super Mario Odyssey. Instead, failure deducts just ten coins from Mario’s wallet.. and there are plenty of coins to go around.

Coins are good for more than just lives. Mario can use the mushroom kingdom’s golden currency to buy different items and outfits at the game’s shops — ever wanted to see Mario dressed up in a poncho and sombrero? Well, now you can. The costume changes aren’t just for aesthetics: certain tasks in the game can’t be completed unless Mario is properly dressed. Better still, the costumes stick around. If Mario takes a pipe that feeds directly into a wall, he sometimes transforms into an 8-bit sprite reminiscent of how he looked on the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES, complete with his new duds. Nice!

All of these costume changes, retro action and magic hat business serve to support the traditional “3D Mario” gameplay: exploring vast worlds and collecting items. Moons, specifically. Like the power stars from previous games, these items are earned by completing challenges, collecting coins, finishing stages and beating boss enemies. They also power the Odyssey of Super Mario Odyssey — a hat-shaped ship that transports the hero between different “kingdoms,” or playable worlds.

The game’s story is about as cliche as you’d expect from a Mario game — Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach yet again, and is hoping to force him to marry her. This time, however, he’s hired what Nintendo is calling “evil wedding planners” to make sure the marriage happens. The upside of the weird, forced wedding motif? We get Amiibo of the game’s main characters dressed up for the ceremony.

Nintendo says the Amibo will unlock specific outfits in the game and willl also have some kind of assist function, but didn’t get into specifics. Previous Mario Amiibo (from games like Smash Bros. and Mario Party) will work in some capacity as well.

At a glance, it looks like a fun, creative twist on the old “3D Mario” formula. The full game will be available on October 27th, but we’ll be back with our hands-on impressions from the E3 showfloor soon!

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Compete with Xbox friends when ‘Rocket League’ arrives on Switch

Rocket League is coming to the Nintendo Switch. That alone is big news, but bigger yet? When it’s released this holiday, you’ll be able to play against folks on Steam and Xbox One. That’s right: When developer Psyonix said that they had cross-platform multiplayer figured out, the studio wasn’t bluffing. If it sounds familiar, that’s because Microsoft announced that Minecraft would offer cross-play between Nintendo’s portable/home console hybrid earlier this week. The port will have Mario and Luigi hats and a few battle cars exclusive to the platform as well. What’s more, it’ll offer local multiplayer and support up to eight people playing together online.

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Source: Psyonix


Nintendo is releasing Amiibo for a ‘Legend of Zelda’ add-on

Nintendo doesn’t just want you to download add-on content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild… it wants you to snap up more figurines, too. The gaming giant has unveiled four Amiibo designed with the DLC (most notably The Champion’s Ballad) in mind. Each represents a champion from one of Hyrule’s races: Mipha (from the zora), Daruk (goron), Revali (rito) and Urbosa (gerudo). Nintendo hasn’t said when they’ll arrive or what they’ll unlock, but it’s safe to say they’ll be available in time to use with the DLC packs arriving this year.

#amiibo for Daruk, Mipha, Revali, and Urbosa are coming soon!

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 13, 2017

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Source: Nintendo (Twitter)


Facebook is making a reality show with a former ‘Ninja Warrior’ producer

Facebook has added a second show to its original TV programming lineup. The reality competition series Last State Standing has been greenlit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the show, one contestant from every state will compete in a series of games as they battle it out for a $500,000 prize. The reality series reportedly comes from American Ninja Warrior producer Arthur Smith and has already begun production in Los Angeles. It joins Loosely Exactly Nicole — an MTV castaway — on Facebook’s growing slate of original content.

Last month, Business Insider reported that Facebook intended to announce around two dozen new shows for their programming lineup. The push is being spearheaded by CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen and recent hire Mina Lefevre, previously of MTV.

There aren’t any details yet on a premiere date or episode count. But those two dozens shows were expected to be announced this month. So, we could be in for more programming news very soon.

Via: TV Guide

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Live from Engadget’s E3 2017 stage: Interviews, panels and more!

Every year at CES we build a stage, invite fascinating people to come chat with us, and take a closer look at what really matters at the show. It’s a blast! In fact, we have such a good time that we decided to do it again, only this time at E3 — the epicenter of the gaming universe for the next few days. Join us as we discuss the news of the day and issues facing the industry, accompanies by a mix of masterminds and developers. Oh, and don’t worry: We’ll have plenty of time to play some new games, too. You’ll find our full stage schedule below — be sure to stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 13 (all times are PT)

  • 12:05 – 12:45 PM: E3 daily recap
  • 1:00 – 1:30 PM: The evolution of violence in video games
  • 1:30 – 2:00 PM: An interview with Harvey Smith
  • 2:00 – 2:15 PM: Sponsored by Lenovo – Legion PC / Motorola
  • 2:15 – 3:00 PM: Overwatch gameplay (PS4)
  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM: The problems with virtual reality
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM: Where is VR headed? (panel discussion)
  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM: Game Theory gameplay exclusive: Duck Season Vive with a classic NES blaster
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM: VR, from video games to film: a chat with RYOT and Hulu
  • 5:00 – 5:30 PM: TowerFall gameplay (PS4)
  • 5:30 – 6:00 PM: Wipeout Omega Collection gameplay (PS4)

Wednesday, June 14 (all times are PT)

  • 10:05 – 11:00 AM: E3 daily recap
  • 11:00 – 11:30 AM: Funomena and the art of ‘play’
  • 11:30 – 12:00 PM: NES Classic E3 giveaway
  • 1:00 – 1:30 PM: A look inside Microsoft’s Xbox One X
  • 1:30 – 2:00 PM: Five things you should know about Ni No Kuni 2
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM: Indies in 2017 (panel discussion)
  • 3:00 – 3:30PM: How Built by Snowman became a mobile indie powerhouse
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM: Pro Evolution Soccer 2018: What’s new?
  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM: Rocket League and the future of eSports
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM: How video game soundtracks go from silicon to vinyl
  • 5:00 – 5:30 PM: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gameplay (Nintendo Switch)
  • 5:30 – 6:00 PM: MLB the Show 17 gameplay (PS4)

Thursday, June 15 (all times are PT)

  • 10:05 – 10:45 AM: E3 daily recap
  • 10:45 – 11:15 AM: Overcooked gameplay (PS4)
  • 11:15 – 12:00 PM: 1997 was the greatest year for video games
  • 1:00 – 1:30 PM: Game Jam: The Movie trailer premiere
  • 1:30 – 2:00 PM: Duck Season Vive gameplay with a classic NES blaster
  • 2:00 – 2:30 PM: TBD gameplay
  • 2:30 – 3:00 PM: Is female representation in gaming actually Improving?
  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM: Resident Evil gameplay PS4VR (PS4)
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM: Far Point gameplay on PSVR (PS4)
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM: E3 wrap-up with the Engadget staff

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is on leave from the company

Uber has been in some hot water recently, as their toxic company culture has been under the microscope after Susan J. Fowler, an engineer, wrote a scathing account of the sexual harassment she’d experienced at the company. Now, CEO Travis Kalanick is taking personal leave from the company for an unspecified amount of time. When he returns, he’ll have a stripped down role and more oversight from an independent chair.

Kalanick himself suggested the leave, after his mother was killed in a boating accident last month. But this leave has larger implications for the embattled CEO. Earlier this year, Kalanick was caught on video colorfully arguing with an Uber driver about low pay. Indeed, many believe that his aggressive attitude is the root of Uber’s problems.

A few months ago, the embattled company asked former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to investigate the company’s culture; he provided a set of recommendations that the board has unanimously adopted. These include: increasing the profile of Uber’s VP of Diversity, Bernard Coleman (and more generally improving diversity efforts), holding senior Uber leaders accountable, bringing in a new COO who can address culture issues at the company, improving the process for filing employee complaints and increasing the board’s oversight. The company will also overhaul its employee practices and policies. Additionally, VP Emil Michael, a close friend and right-hand man of Kalanick, has left the company as a consequence of the investigation.

These changes are hopefully just the beginning. Uber’s culture issues are myriad and run deep; cosmetic alterations can’t fix a problem that goes down to the core of the company. While it’s encouraging that the board has taken these actions, many investors and employees wonder whether it will be enough to fix the serious problems at the company.

Source: CNBC


Instagram rolls out its Archive feature to all users

Last month, we reported that Instagram was trying out a new feature that allows you to hide old photos. Now, that feature, called Archive, has been rolled out to all Instagram users.

The feature is a middle ground between leaving your embarrassing photos for everyone to see and permanently deleting them. It allows you to hide, or “archive,” photos that you don’t want on public display. It won’t remove them from the service (and will retain all likes and comments), but only you will be able to access them. You also can restore archived photos back to your public profile, allowing you to change your mind (or hide certain photos during, say, job interviews).

Instagram is hoping that this feature will change the way its users interact with the service. According to The Washington Post, teenagers routinely delete the bulk of their pictures off Instagram, keeping their profile at 25 pictures or fewer. Presumably, the service hopes these users will archive, rather than delete, their pictures, so that they remain in Instagram for possible restoration at a later date.

Via: The Verge

Source: Instagram


The Xbox One X vs. the PlayStation 4 Pro: 4K and more

As Microsoft shows off its new Xbox One X at this year’s E3, Sony’s presentation focused primarily on its lineup of games. That’s because its own powered-up console, the PlayStation 4 Pro, already debuted last fall to good reviews (with one big caveat). While many players will base their purchases this holiday season on each system’s titles and online services, there’s still a lot to be learned in comparing the two system’s specs — especially if you want something to play on a 4K TV. Check out our chart below, and stay tuned for when we put the new Xbox through its paces closer to launch.

Xbox One X
PlayStation 4 Pro
300 x 240 x 60mm (11.81 x 9.45 x 2.36 inches)
295 x 327 x 55mm (11.61 x 12.87 x 2.17 inches)
3.81kg (8.4 pounds)
3.3kg (7.28 pounds)
Output resolution
720p, 1080p, 4K (HDR)
480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K (select titles), HDR
Custom AMD, 2.3 GHz 8-core
AMD Jaguar x86-64, 2.1 GHz 8-core
1.17 GHz, 6 TFLOP
911 MHz, 4.20 TFLOP
Internal storage
Physical media
4K Blu-ray, DVD
Blu-ray, DVD
Dual band, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Dual band, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wired network
10/100/1000 Ethernet
10/100/1000 Ethernet
USB 3.0 (x3), HDMI 2.0b, S/PDIF, IR blaster
USB 3.0 (x3), HDMI 2.0a, S/PDIF
Power supply
Redesigned wireless controller with Bluetooth support
DualShock 4

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‘The One Device’ Book Covering ‘Secret History’ of iPhone Available June 20

June 29 will mark ten years since the original iPhone went on sale in the United States. And just days before the anniversary, a new book detailing the smartphone’s so-called “secret history” is set to be released.

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, by technology journalist Brian Merchant, reflects on how the iPhone transformed the world and turned Apple into the most valuable company ever.

An excerpt of the book, which is said to contain exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone’s creation, has been published on The Verge today:

If you worked at Apple in the mid-2000s, you might have noticed a strange phenomenon afoot: people were disappearing.

It happened slowly at first. One day there’d be an empty chair where a star engineer used to sit. A key member of the team, gone. Nobody could tell you exactly where they went.

“I had been hearing rumblings about, well, it was unclear what was being built, but it was clear that a lot of the best engineers from the best teams had been slurped over to this mysterious team,” says Evan Doll, who was then a software engineer at Apple…

The book can be pre-ordered for $18.50 on Amazon in hardcover format ahead of its release on June 20. It’s also available to pre-order on the iBooks Store for $14.99 in digital format for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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