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We had the opportunity to play an early version of Super Smash Bros for 3DS which included playable characters such as Pac-Man and Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles. In this nearly completed build, we were able to try out these new characters as well as a majority of stages that were going to be included in the final game. Unfortunately, the characters featured in the recent leak were not playable at this time.

I can confirm that all of the menus were functional including the functionality that allows you to use the 3DS as a WiiU controller for the upcoming Super Smash Bros for WiiU. The main menu was very clean and easy to navigate as it followed the same menu patterns that was shown in Kid Icarus 3DS or Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Needless to say, Super Smash Bros for 3DS plays very smooth and I surprisingly got a good handle of the circle pad – One of my many complaints from when I played Super Smash Bros for 3DS at Best Buy. While I still experience difficulties playing with the 3DS control style, one of the Nintendo Reps mentioned thatyou can fully customize the control scheme, meaning jump can be moved from the X button to the Y button and so on.

Based on the couple times I have played the games, I would strongly recommend that 3DS owners pick up Super Smash Bros for 3DS. It packs everything that was good about Super Smash Bros and crams it in to a handheld for on-the-go gameplay.

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UPDATE: We have just confirmed that Bowser Jr. will also be one of the playable characters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Super Smash Bros for WiiU.

The user ‘hamayama‘ from Twitch has confirmed that the Duck Hunt Dog, Dr.Mario, Dark Pit, Ganondorf, Falco, Jigglypuff, Mr. Game & Watch, Ness, Wario, and ROB are all available characters in Super Smash Bros for 3DS via a live stream. It appears that he was playing a copy of the full retail game as Super Smash Bros for 3DS is set to launch on Saturday, September 13th in Japan.

This also confirms that these characters will also be playable in Super Smash Bros for WiiU when it launches later this year. Unfortunately, it is also very unlikely that characters such as Wolf, Lucas, Snake, Ice Climbers, Ivysaur & Squirtle from Super Smash Bros Brawl have been cut from the game.

Last month, Nintendo confirmed that Lucina, Robin, Captain Falcon and Shulk would be playable in the next iteration. Super Smash Bros for 3DS is expected to launch on October 3rd, 2014 while Super Smash Bros for WiiU is slated for release this holiday season.

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UPDATE: Nintendo has announced via press release that the red Super Smash Bros 3DSXL (Shown above) will be exclusive to EBGames and Gamestop while a blue version of the same 3DSXL will be exclusive to Futureshop and Best Buy. This means that the handhelds will launch in Canadian markets as well.

Original: Nintendo and Gamestop have partnered up to bring three new 3DSXL designs to the North American Gamestop stores. Nintendo announced at the Gamestop Expo today that the European exclusive Super Smash Bros 3DSXL will make its ways overseas next week and will launch on September 19th, 2014.

Nintendo also revealed that a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) themed 3DSXL and a Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DSXL will be made available later this year as well. The NES-styled 3DSXL will be released on October 10th, 2014 and the Persona 3DSXL will launch on November 25th, 2014. Unfortunately, the Super Smash Bros and Persona 3DS’s will not include their respective games.

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All three handhelds will retail for $200 at Gamestop Locations across the US and is available for preorder starting today. There is currently no word on if these handhelds will retail in EBGames locations throughout Canada.

Source: IGN

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According to reports by The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft may be planning to purchase the popular Minecraft developer, Mojang, for an estimated $2 billion. The deal could be signed as early as this week however no additional details regarding this buy-out have been shared at this time.

Mojang has successfully sold over 50 million copies of Minecraft since it launched back in 2009 on the PC. Since then, Mojang has earned over $100 million in profit across the Xbox, Playstation and PC platforms. Recently, Minecraft launched on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 for $19.99. Users who have already purchased Minecraft on the Xbox 360 or PS3 can purchase the next-gen versions respectively for $4.99.

The Wall Street Journal has reached out to Microsoft and Mojang but both parties declined to comment on the rumor.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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PAX Prime: Atari’s Alone In The Dark

by Skyler Edgar on September 5, 2014

in General Gaming News Bits

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PAX Prime has come and gone and while we enjoyed a lot of what PAX had to offer, we had the opportunity to go off-site and check out Atari’s new survival horror title, Alone in the Dark.

Alone In The Dark takes place in Lorwich, Virginia, a dark and gloomy place in which demons and goblins have taken over. There are three different campaigns included with the release of the game, with each campaign consisting of four levels. Each level takes about 20 minutes to complete depending on the difficulty you play on and your experience with fast-paced action shooters such as Valve’s Left 4 Dead Series.

There are four playable characters included with the base version of the game; each with a different skilltree. Upon first booting up Alone In The Dark, players will start out with the Hunter. As you progress through the game, you will encounter a variety of different creatures from Demons to Hellhounds and eventually come to the end game boss, which holds one of the other three playable characters captive. After you defeat the boss, you will rescue either the Priest, Engineer or Witch who will then be playable throughout the game’s story.

There will also unlockables to hunt down while playing through the campaign. By completing specific tasks or achievements, players will be able to unlock specific outfits to customize their character. While Atari didn’t go into detail regarding the specifics of the content, we would expect to see a healthy mix of easy-hard challenges.

Atari also announced that the game will be fully Steam Workshop compatible and will contain zero micro transactions. This means that community members will be able to customize their own outfits and release them to the public to try out. The Steam Workshop support may branch out to different customization options such as weapon skins down the road.

Alone In The Dark is expected to launch on Steam by the end of November 2014.  Additionally, there is downloadable content planned to launch the month after providing everything goes well with the games development.

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