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OnLive game service is shutting down April 30

OnLive game service is shutting down April 30

OnLive, a gaming-centric company offering a cloud platform, among other things, has announced that it will be shutting down later on this month. The move isn't surprising, given the company's financial troubles and recent layoffs, and according to a statement from the company, Sony will be swooping in to "acquire important parts" of the company. Unfortunately for those who use it, one of the important parts isn't its continued operations, and so all will be going dark on April 30.

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‘Pacapong’ game cobbles together Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pong

‘Pacapong’ game cobbles together Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pong

Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Pong...all games that have been entertaining gamers for a long while, and are now the source of a new game that has cobbled them all together in a masterful way. The game is called "Pacapong", and largely revolves around a modern Pac-Man board with Pong paddles on both sides, Space Invaders dropping down around them, and Pac-Man being flung through the board -- between the ghosts -- into the paddles. It's a wonderful way to put your skills to the test, and a refreshing twist on the long-standing classics.

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LEGO may jump in on Amiibo craze soon

LEGO may jump in on Amiibo craze soon

The gaming universe and LEGO aren't unfamiliar with one another. A whole barrage of LEGO-themed games have been released over the past several years, and there doesn't appear to be any end to the releases well into the future. There's even an online role-playing game you can play where (some) figures you collect in real life can be brought into the game. Until now, this was all done with simple, rudimentary code-entering. The next step should be rather obvious to those familiar with Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Amiibo figures.

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Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

There's no shortage of mobile game pads, and likewise there's an emulator to meet every nostalgic gaming need. Form is as important as function, however, and Hyperkin's latest concept -- the SmartBoy -- is an exciting prospect, one that the maker is teasing plans to actually produce. The SmartBoy is a device that houses one's smartphone, providing Game Boy-like controls with a similar design, while providing compatibility with existing Game Boy cartridges -- meaning you'll be able to play classic games sans ROMs and hassle, and with a pleasantly retro twist.

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Diablo III becomes MMORPG with a camera angle change

Diablo III becomes MMORPG with a camera angle change

Behold, the one way in which you're going to come back to the Diablo franchise without hating yourself for dropping all those SOJs in a huff. A new camera angle! A demonstration of a new camera angle has been released to the public by innovator Monstrousd3, one in which you'll find yourself face to face with your enemies, in a way you've only ever once experienced before - back when you dropped D3 for the first time and went back to World of Warcraft.

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Attack on Titan game is coming to Nintendo 3DS in May

Attack on Titan game is coming to Nintendo 3DS in May

We're psyched! The Attack on Titan manga and anime is getting the video game treatment ahead of the live-action movie which is in production. Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be made exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. You can attack the vicious giants in a single-player campaign and play co-op with up to four players. For players who are using the new Nintendo 3DS XL, the game is designed to support the new C-stick which controls the camera, giving you optimal angles for swooping in to attack the giants.

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Mario Kart 8 gets a new DLC pack and a speed boost at 200cc!

Mario Kart 8 gets a new DLC pack and a speed boost at 200cc!

Mario Kart has gone through innumerable incarnations, and Nintendo Wii U's Mario Kart 8 is about to get even more fun. Nintendo is adding a slew of new features in its latest paid DLC Pack 2, including new race tracks, new bikes, and more. There's also a free software update for the game coming soon. Also incoming are nine additional amiibo figures like Sonic, Pac-Man, and Mega Man. Tapping the amiibo figure on the Wii U touchpad unlocks new Mii Racing Suits themed accordingly.

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Old-school N64 and DS games hit Nintendo Virtual Console for Wii U

Old-school N64 and DS games hit Nintendo Virtual Console for Wii U

Nostalgia overload! Nintendo is adding N64 and Nintendo DS games to its Virtual Console for the Wii U. Now you can play Super Mario 64 without having to dig a dusty N64 console out of the closet, you can play it right on your Wii U! The Wii U Virtual Console service lets you play a range of games from other consoles, especially consoles that have been long gone. It's particularly great for those of us who don't have the luxury of space or money to keep a library of consoles from the "glory days" of 90's and 2000's gaming.

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Mario Maker delayed, will drop for Wii U in September

Mario Maker delayed, will drop for Wii U in September

During the Nintendo Direct broadcast today, Nintendo announced its Mario Maker software has been delayed, and will be coming in September of this year. With the software, gamers are able to create their own Mario levels by placing bricks and other items into the game -- making for all the fun of Mario alongside completely new and customized levels. It's not that crushing of news, considering that many people were unaware of when it was originally going to release, and so this comes across more like a launch announcement than anything else.

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Nintendo outs its amiibo plans: next wave starts May 29

Nintendo outs its amiibo plans: next wave starts May 29

Nintendo has seen rampant success with its amiibo lineup, something we've detailed at various times including earlier this year. That momentum has encouraged the company to keep going, and so it will be dropping loads of new amiibo, including the Yarn Yoshi we saw this evening. The first wave of new amiibo, which include PacMan and Wario, will be arriving on May 29, and they'll be followed up with two more waves, one taking place in July sometime, and another on an unspecified day in September.

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