Sony says it will “probably be some time” before we see the PS5

originally at: http://www.vg247.com/2017/06/26/sony-says-it-will-probably-be-some-time-before-we-see-the-ps5/

But it’s definitely a thing and you should try to contain your surprise.

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It’s hardly a surprise to hear that Sony has plans for a PlayStation 5, but it’s always nice to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.

In an interview with German site Golem.de, Sony President and CEO Shawn Layden was asked whether we would ever see any PS4 Pro only titles.

“That will never happen!” was his emphatic response.

For anyone who was worried that consoles would follow the smartphone business model of releasing a new iteration on a regular basis, rather than working on a brand new architecture and releasing it a number of years later, you’ll be relieved to hear that your fears are unfounded.

“With the Playstation 4 Pro we have for the first time implemented this kind of innovation within the life cycle of a console,” said Layden, according to a rough translation in Google Translate.

“The Pro is really only to offer advantages such as 4K resolutions and HMD for players who can and want to use that. Add to this a more stable image rate and larger hard disk space. But [PS4 owners have] no real disadvantages. Each of our games will continue to run on the classic PS4 and possibly slightly better on the Pro.”

Layden said it would “probably be some time” before the reveal of the PS5, but Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong – who has a good track record of being on the nose with his predictions – thinks the PS5 will be released before the end of 2018.

There was no mention of a new console at Sony’s E3 press conference and it’s been less than year since the PS4 Pro’s release, so Thong’s prediction seems a bit off, but who knows.

Do you think the PS5 is already being worked on? When do you think it’ll be revealed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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SNES Classic Edition controller cords to be 5 feet long

originally at: http://gonintendo.com/stories/283821-snes-classic-edition-controller-cords-to-be-5-feet-long


Nintendo tells me the SNES Classic controller cable is five feet (NES Classic controller was three feet)

— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) June 26, 2017

NES Classic Edition controller cords were 3 feet long, so there’s a definite improvement here. I’m sure people were hoping for even longer, but at least we’ve gotten the number upped a bit.

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Metroid: Samus Returns Collector’s Edition for Europe is bloody marvellous

originally at: http://www.vg247.com/2017/06/26/metroid-samus-returns-collectors-edition-for-europe-is-bloody-marvellous/

Finally Europe gets a decent special edition.

metroid samus returns legacy edition

Metroid: Samus Returns was announced during E3 for the 3DS. The game is a re-imagining of Metroid 2: Return of Samus and will use 3D renderings and environments which Samus can explore in two-dimensions.

We already know the release date, and now we have a peek at the collector’s edition for Europe.

The Legacy Edition makes the North American special edition look a bit crap by comparison.

According to Nintendo’s UK website, it contains:

Physical version of the game
Download code for the original Game Boy game Metroid 2: Return of Samus
Steelbook case shaped like a Game Boy cartridge
CD featuring 25 tracks from across the Metroid series
Gold “S” pin badge
Morph Ball 3D keyring
40-page artbook

The North American special edition comes with the CD, but we’ll have to see if they get something on a similar scale.

Metroid: Samus Returns is set for release on September 15 for the 3DS.

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Nintendo's Japanese amiibo website source code has a mystery listing

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If you check out the source code for Nintendo’s amiibo website in Japan, you’ll find something interesting. When you look at the lineup of images, the Super Mario Odyssey-style Bowser amiibo comes up as “Release-05.jpg”.

The next listed amiibo in the source code is the Goomba above, which is named “release-07.jpg”. Wondering where “release-06.jpg” went? Here’s the image that pops up when you manually search it.

A little bit strange, isn’t it? Is this just a mistake? Is there another Super Mario Odyssey amiibo incoming that’s yet to be revealed? Is this another amiibo altogether? Go ahead and place your bets now!

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Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Pokemon Go', 'Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre', 'Vainglory', 'TypeShift', and More

originally at: http://toucharcade.com/2017/06/26/best-iphone-game-updates-pokemon-go-burrito-bison-launcha-libre-vainglory-typeshift-and-more/

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the most noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some awesome games got 64-bit compatibility in the last week! But besides that, some other games got some pretty cool content updates, too. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

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TypeShift

TypeShift, Free There are lots of different ways to enjoy TypeShift. The daily puzzles are a nice regular reason to visit the game, for example. But if you like the puzzle packs, then your fun with the game is finite in that once you’ve cleared them all, there’s no strong reason to go back. Well, lucky for you, this game seems to be getting new packs monthly. This month sees two packs of clue puzzles and one bundle of standard puzzle packs added to the game, along with one free booster pack. This update also allows you to use hints on the daily puzzles, at the cost of not being able to post your final score. Sounds good!

Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO, Free Last night when I was out for my nightly walk with Mrs. Musgrave, we happened across a few cars parked in odd places. My wife suspected they were up to nefarious ends, but I had an inkling and took out my iPhone. Turns out there were some new gyms in the neighborhood, which is kind of the biggest point of the latest Pokemon Go update. In addition to the changes made to gyms, the other big update to the game is the new Raid Battle feature. High level trainers can now work together to tackle big battles. There’s more to it than all of that, but one paragraph isn’t going to be able to cover the details. Strange to see this one still kicking with such force.

Heroes of Steel RPG Elite

Heroes of Steel RPG Elite, $3.99 Some good content got added to Heroes of Steel this week, bringing the game a little closer to its conclusion. There are two new dungeons to conquer in the final Ember area of Episode 4. Speaking of Ember, it’s no longer a point of no return. You can now exit and head back to the War Camps if needed. Aside from that, there are a couple of little UI tweaks and bug fixes, which are welcome but not terribly exciting to fill a feature with. Come on, where are the ninjas and dry ice?

MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL

MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL, $2.99 Multimash Potato Galaga got a sweet update this last week. It adds a brand new mission that everyone can play with no additional purchase, lengthening the game by a significant chunk. Mulholland Tab Bagel Girl also received an auto-save feature, a quick restart button, a new leaderboard and some new achievements, and more. Check it out! I am not writing its name with all the dots because even I have my limits for stylized naming, sorry. But I will offer Muumuu Marble Tubby Grill the coveted UMMSMotW award for this week, which I hope its developers always cherish.

This War of Mine

This War of Mine, $1.99 This War of Mine is celebrating its second anniversary with the release of This War of Mine: Anniversary Edition, a free add-on that adds new characters, new places to check out, and a completely new ending. Hey, I wonder if it’s a happy ending? Well anyway, as I said, it’s a free DLC. The game itself is also on sale for an absurdly low price at the moment, so there’s never been a better time to depress yourself.

Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers, Free Friends, how rich are these Subway Surfers kids? They’re going to a new country like every two weeks and it’s pretty much no bigs. I’m guessing those coins they pick up are made from real gold or something, which makes me wonder who is leaving all that laying around and why it hasn’t destabilized the world economy? Oh right. Um, the kids go to Morocco this time. Collect tajines, ride on a Cobra board, and score a Nomad outfit for Snake Charmer Salma. Deserts, secret gardens, and more await these tiny, adorable gazillionaires. Have fun DESTROYING THE GOLD STANDARD, you decadent little hooligans!

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Dashy Crashy

Dashy Crashy, Free Game design is an art form where there are few universal truths, but one old creative axiom continues to hold true: you can never go wrong by adding dinosaurs. This week’s example is Dashy Crashy, which has added a playable dinosaur to the roster. It’s only a temporary addition unless you eat enough meat, but whatever. Dinosaur. It can crush cars with its spin attack and become a megosaur by smashing three in a row. It’s also easier and cheaper to get chances at new cars, and some systems have been added that make the chances of pulling duplicates lower. DINOSAUR.

Vainglory

Vainglory, Free Vainglory’s update has no dinosaurs, unfortunately. But it does have a new character named Grace. She can protect her allies with shields and drop some serious healing magic, making her a useful member of any group. Besides the new (non-dinosaur) character, there are some new (non-dinosaur) skins, some balance adjustments to a few characters and items, and some (non-dinosaur) bug fixes and quality of life improvements.

Telepaint

Telepaint, Free Adding more levels is usually the sort of thing everyone can agree is good. Telepaint just added 40 new levels, so how about that? They are not free, though. They’re available through a $0.99 IAP, which is a pretty darned good price. Still, some people are angry. Such is the way of the world, and why we need things like cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, and alligators. And dinosaurs. Telepaint will also give you the warm and fuzzies if you let it. Allow it into your hearts, friends.

Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre

Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre, Free Let’s finish this off with a look at the smashing update that Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre got last week. It includes a tough new opponent to unlock, a new stopwatch mode that sees you racing as far as you can with a time limit, a new gummy boost, and Facebook integration. Everyone just loves that last one. So now you can share with your family, friends, co-workers, and all those other people who don’t really care what silly app you’re playing and would rather not get notifications about it. Well, good update anyway.

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

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Card Pack Changes, Token Shaman Guide, Kripp and Kibler Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #103

originally at: http://toucharcade.com/2017/06/26/card-pack-changes-token-shaman-guide-kripp-and-kibler-videos-and-more-hearthstone-weekly-news-on-touchstone-103/

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best stories and videos from last week. As you’ve probably heard by now, we got some great news last week about changes in the card packs, changes that should help free-to-play players build better collections for cheaper. We also had some issues with the upcoming Wild Open. You will also read a Token Shaman guide, take a look at the good and bad Un’Goro card designs, and more. And, of course, we have the best videos from the past week. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s begin.

 

 

No More Duplicate Legendaries

Big changes are coming to card packs in the next expansion. Card packs will no longer give duplicate legendaries—instead you’ll get another legendary from the same set. This is a huge change that will allow players to freely craft legendaries without worrying that they’ll get that same legendary in the next pack they open. In addition, you will no longer get more than 2 copies of a card in a pack, which will also be great. Finally, starting with the next expansion, you will be guaranteed to get a Legendary in the first 10 packs of the new set. Great changes that should help F2P players build stronger collections.

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When Going All-In Goes Wrong

Check out this really cool moment when Thijs buffed up his Tirion Fordring as much as he could and tried to take out Pavel, who had Vaporize loaded up and ready to go. The result? Well, instant misery, of course, and a cool Hearthstone moment. Check out the story and the video below.

Firebat’s Deck Doctor is Great Content

Firebat, the first Hearthstone world champion, has a new series where he plays any deck submitted by his viewers, as long as there’s something interesting going on. He plays the deck and then tweaks it as it goes, which makes for great teaching moments for all watching. Check out the story here and watch the Deck Doctor go to work on an Elemental Priest deck.

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Token Shaman Guide

Token Shaman is one of the strongest Shaman decks right now, and one you’ll probably face on ladder. This guide includes a decklist and advice on how to go about piloting the deck. It also talks in detail about the various parts of the deck and how it fares against the competition. A solid guide for a strong deck.

 

Visa Problems Jam China’s Participation in Wild Open

The big Wild tournament is coming soon, but it looks like most of China’s players have been denied visas to travel to the US for the event. Both of the top Chinese players were denied, with one of them eventually getting a visa. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth best players, who would normally fill in for the one player not able to attend, were also denied visas. So, we’re still not sure who will be the second Chinese player in the Wild Open. Read the rest of the story here.

 

The Best and Worst Un’Goro Cards

 

This article looks at the best and worst Un’Goro cards as it tries to figure out what should be replicated and what avoided. Defensive cards like Tar Creeper, which got +2 attack on the opponent’s turn, worked great, but cards like Golakka Crawler, which destroy Pirates, don’t work well at all. Then there are well-designed early minions like Fire Fly and bad ones like Vicious Fledgling, quests that can bring class flavor into the game, card advantage tools, Discover cards, and more. It’s an interesting article that I think many of you will agree with. What kinds of mechanics and card designs would you want repeated and which avoided?

 

 

 

Kripp on Pack Changes

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Biggest BM in History

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Worst Un’Goro RNG Moments #5

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Kibler’s Honest Quest Mage

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Kripp on Best User Created Cards

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How to Shut Down a Mage

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25 Most Insane Weapon Combos

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Best of Disguised Toast

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Kibler’s Counter to Staleness

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Best of Top Decks #3

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Pros Lose to Rank 25

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As always, we have some good resources on the site for you in case you are new to the game or simply want to sharpen up your game. There’s never such a thing as too much help in Hearthstone, so check out our guides.  

Hearthstone Beginners’ Guide

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Nintendo announces SNES Classic pre-loaded with an incredible list of bangers, including the never-released Star Fox 2

originally at: http://www.vg247.com/2017/06/26/nintendo-announces-snes-classic-pre-loaded-with-an-incredible-list-of-bangers-including-the-never-released-star-fox-2/

Nintendo reveals SNES mini loaded with classic RPGs and a ton of other incredible titles.

super nes classic edition

At the end of last year, Nintendo rolled out the mini NES Classic Edition but stopped production in April.

If you missed the chance to grab one and are balking at the extortionate prices on eBay, you’re in luck. Well, kind of.

Behold! Nintendo has announced a mini SNES pre-loaded with 21 gems:

Contra 3: The Alien Wars
Donkey Kong Country
EarthBound
Final Fantasy 3
F-ZERO
Kirby Super Star
Kirby’s Dream Course
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Mega Man X
Secret of Mana
Star Fox
Star Fox 2
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Super Castlevania IV
Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario World
Super Metroid
Super Punch-Out!!
Yoshi’s Island

And what’s that, nestled halfway down the list? It’s only Star Fox sodding 2.

“The mini system, which contains 21 pre-installed classic games and can easily be plugged into any high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, will be available at a suggested retail price of $79.99.

“And for the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox game that was created during the Super NES era but never released…anywhere!” said Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser.

You won’t be able to play Star Fox 2 straight off the bat. The game will unlock after you beat the first level of Star Fox.

There are a bunch of classis RPGs on the list and some multiplayer titles to boot.

The SNES Classic hits shelves on September 29. Let us know if you’ll be ordering one in the comments below.

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Nintendo's 'Super NES Classic' Announced, Includes Star Fox 2 and 20 More Games

originally at: http://www.shacknews.com/article/100439/nintendos-super-nes-classic-announced-includes-star-fox-2-and-20-more-games

Nintendo has announced the SNES Classic Edition, another miniaturized plug-and-play console pre-loaded with a host of games from its 16-bit era. To sweeten the pot this time, the line-up includes some rare and never-released games.

It will come loaded with 21 games in all–venerated Nintendo classics like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario World right alongside third-party games like Mega Man X, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy 3. For fans of game history, the SNES Classic includes Star Fox 2, the sequel that was developed but never actually released during the SNES era. 

SNES Classic will launch on September 29 for $79.99. It will also come with not one but two Super NES styled controllers, to accommodate the two-player games included in the set like Contra 3: The Alien Wars and Street Fighter 2.

We had previously heard rumors of the SNES Classic Edition, which we concluded made sense as the explanation for Nintendo’s plan to discontinue the wildly successful NES Classic. Now we know it was true. Check below for the full line-up of games:

Contra III: The Alien Wars™
Donkey Kong Country™
EarthBound™
Final Fantasy III
F-ZERO™
Kirby™ Super Star
Kirby’s Dream Course™
The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™
Mega Man® X
Secret of Mana
Star Fox™
Star Fox™ 2
Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Super Castlevania IV™
Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts®
Super Mario Kart™
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™
Super Mario World™
Super Metroid™
Super Punch-Out!! ™
Yoshi’s Island™

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