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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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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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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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Yoshi amiibo made out of yarn is inbound

Yoshi amiibo made out of yarn is inbound

Nintendo is in the middle of its latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, and among all the details (and there's a lot coming), the company has announced big plans for the amiibos. Many new varieties will be coming over the next few months, but most notable among them all is a new Yoshi amiibo...made entirely of yarn. That yarn Yoshi teases the upcoming arrival of Yoshi's Wooly World game, which will be launching later on this year. In addition, it will complement your gaming activities.

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Limited Edition PS4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle unveiled

Limited Edition PS4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle unveiled

Sony has announced the new Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle. With the bundle comes a Steel Grey PS4 console decked out with a partial silhouette of Batman and a subtle emblem reading out the name of the game. A controller with the same steel grey color is included with the bundle, as well as the expected game. That's not the only bundle Sony will be offering, however; it has a second similar one up its sleeve, only for a lower price point and with less flashy designs for those who find that option more preferable.

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New Jersey swatting victims tricked into escalating situation

New Jersey swatting victims tricked into escalating situation

Swatting is a "prank" that involves calling in a threat or something of that nature to a local police department, with the goal being to get SWAT teams and law enforcement deployed. Such a prank happened recently in New Jersey, but on a larger scale than we typically see, and with a plot twist: the prankster called the unwitting victims and tricked them into escalating the situation. Fortunately they realized that something was wrong before doing anything drastic and that lead to the situation being resolved without anyone getting harmed.

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Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 available for free

Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 available for free

Here's a deal for Xbox gamers that will appeal to fans of either the Fast & Furious movie series or the Forza racing game series. As a way to promote the release of the new Furious 7 movie next week, a Fast & Furious-themed expansion for Forza Horizon 2 has just been released on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles. The best part of all? It's completely free, even if you don't already own the full game.

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Legend of Zelda for Wii U delayed, won’t be at E3

Legend of Zelda for Wii U delayed, won’t be at E3

At The Game Awards this past December, The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma said that the game would be arriving this year for the Wii U gaming console. Fans have been eagerly awaiting, but unfortunately that hope will need to sustain gamers for a while longer. Today on Nintendo's Miiverse gaming website, Aonuma gave a status update -- the game has been delayed, and won't be arriving this year as originally planned. As a result, the game also won't be showcased at E3 this year, as there's little point given the delay.

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Xbox One April update brings voice messages

Xbox One April update brings voice messages

March isn’t even over yet and we are already looking towards next month and the updates that Microsoft will offer up for the Xbox One game console. The April system update for the Xbox One will bring some nice new features to the mix including voice messages, party chat updates, and other new features. A preview of these features that will land in April will start to roll out tonight.

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