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Nintendo’s amiibo sales neared 2.6 million last year

Nintendo’s amiibo sales neared 2.6 million last year

Some found Nintendo's amiibos to be an oddity when they were announced, but high demand soon followed and the small figurines garnered quite a bit of attention as a result. Collectors have swooped in to buy up the more rare amiibos, for example, and rumor that some would be discontinued caused a mini revolt across the Internet. Fast-forward and 2014 has officially reached its ends, and now that the new year is underway we've gotten a look at numbers showing just how popular Nintendo's small characters are.

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Harebrained goes to Kickstarter to expand Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Harebrained goes to Kickstarter to expand Shadowrun: Hong Kong

If you haven't had your fill yet of cyberpunk computer games, particularly from the Shadowrun setting, then it's time to do a happy dance. Harebrained Schemes has once again taken to everyone's favorite crowdfunding platform to help extend its next game's scope. Taking place in a magically awakened Hong Kong of 2056, Shadowrun: Hong Kong is the third Shadowrun-based computer game from the developer and its second to hit Kickstarter. And despite some negative feedback, it seems that this will be a funding success as well.

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Steam on Linux bug can delete all user’s files

Steam on Linux bug can delete all user’s files

No software bug is more egregious than one that can potentially wipe out users' precious files without warning or indication. Some Linux users are finding this out the hard way when they discovered that their Steam client was silently deleting files starting from the very root directory all the way into the deepest folders. While the system's files might remain intact because of how Linux security policies work, user data are left unprotected, making this serious flaw even more personal and frightening.

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Sony PSP receives random firmware update

Sony PSP receives random firmware update

Sometimes something odd catches us off guard -- like Sony releasing a new firmware update for the PSP after years of nothing at all. Such is really the case, with the PlayStation Portable being on the receiving end of a new firmware version that improves stability and not much else. It is somewhat of a head-scratcher that Sony has decided to release new software for the handheld, particularly in light of the fact that gamers haven't seen an update since August of 2011.

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Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Monument Valley stole the hearts and minds of many in 2014, and with good reason. the fluid gameplay and solid graphics lent way to a delightful storyline that made you want to play. Though the game has little replay value, it’s been valuable. The development team behind Monument Valley, Us2Games, have released a breakdown of their year. As you can see below, it was a monumental year for Us2Games. It’s also a good look at how much manpower and time go into great apps and games.

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Simpsons Minecraft pack headed to Xbox

Simpsons Minecraft pack headed to Xbox

Just in case you wanted to up your game in the malformed Simpsons character universe, Minecraft and Xbox are about to have you covered. Both the Minecraft Xbox 360 and Minecraft Xbox One builds of the Minecraft universe will be receiving access to this pack - just as long as the user pays their $1.99 fee, that is to say. "We are thrilled to partner with Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films to bring THE SIMPSONS to life on Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, "I can’t wait to see what the community creates."

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Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

Is the smaller New Nintendo 3DS coming to the US?

The New Nintendo 3DS was dangled before fans' eyes but kept beyond reach for a while, later surfacing in a leak earlier this week and, finally, being officially announced for the US market. Only, there was an unexpected oddity. Those who watched Nintendo Direct yesterday morning and kept tabs on the announcements would have noticed that only the New 3DS XL, the larger of the two units, was promised to be arriving next month for US buyers. Nintendo is being vague about why.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

New Nintendo 3DS XL confirmed for US on Feb 13

Yesterday a flier surfaced indicating that the New 3DS will be arriving in North America on February 13. The leak was just ahead of the Nintendo Direct session held this morning, and during it the company confirmed that the rumor was true, giving some additional details about what its North American fans can expect. Interestingly enough, it looks like only the New 3DS XL -- the larger of the two -- will be launching in the US, with the regular-size version being conspicuously absent.

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Wii U full-sized original Wii games launching this month

Wii U full-sized original Wii games launching this month

Starting immediately, Nintendo is releasing several of the most classic of original Wii games to the Wii U. They'll be doing this with full-sized releases of said games, starting with Super Mario Galaxy 2 - available right this minute. Starting on the 22nd of January you'll be able to roll with "Punch-Out!!", then on the 29th of January you'll find the Metroid Prime Trilogy hitting the Wii U in original Wii format. At this time it's not entirely clear how high-quality the delivery of these games will be - hopefully ready for slightly larger screens than the original Wii was prepped for.

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