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Nintendo’s 8GB Wii U Basic set to be discontinued in Japan

Nintendo’s 8GB Wii U Basic set to be discontinued in Japan

Things have been somewhat quiet for Nintendo in the Wii U market lately, what with several of the system's big games delayed until later this fall, and it being unclear what the company might show off at E3 this year. Now, that doesn't mean the console is in dire straits at this point, but Nintendo has revealed that it's killing off one of the Wii U models in Japan, which may be a sign of what's to come for other regions.

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Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm open beta arrives

Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm open beta arrives

Blizzard's anticipated Heroes of the Storm game has arrived, at least in its open beta iteration. Back in early April 2014 the Alpha invites were going out, and since this past January the game has been in a closed beta. Right on time, that closed beta has flipped the sign over to "open", and it comes only a short while before the planned June launch of the game. Anyone can play now under the beta, but there might be some snafus.

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EA’s Star Wars Battlefront falls victim to 4chan trolls

EA’s Star Wars Battlefront falls victim to 4chan trolls

Star Wars. It's a popular franchise, incase you didn't know, adored by millions of fans around the world. Among those fans are a large number of people who also love video games, and the Star Wars Battlefront game series has a special place in their heart. That's why the new, upcoming Star Wars Battlefront from publisher EA has stirred up controversy among some loyal fans, who argue the new game is sorely lacking features the last entry, released in 2005, had. That why the infamous trolls at imageboard site 4chan have taken to domain squatting to show EA what's what.

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‘Cities: Skylines’ update: some mods lost, but tunnels arrive

‘Cities: Skylines’ update: some mods lost, but tunnels arrive

The game that lets you create your own cities, aptly named Cities: Skylines, has received a pretty big update today, and with it comes the addition of a bunch of new buildings and oft-requested tunnels. For some, though, it’ll also bring some bad news as some mods will be disabled as a result. Version 1.1.0, which is the latest version, will require “many” mods to be updated by whomever created them, otherwise they’ll be relegated to one’s memory and those who refuse to update.

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Unreleased footage of cancelled Doom 4 shows why they restarted

Unreleased footage of cancelled Doom 4 shows why they restarted

By now you've probably heard all about that new Doom teaser that was released yesterday as a build-up to Bethesda's full unveiling at E3 next month. But did you know that developers id Software completely restarted the project back in late 2011? Prior to that, they had gotten pretty far on what they were then calling Doom 4, but eventually realized it just didn't have the "soul" of a Doom game, and needed to be scrapped. A brief, unreleased video of that old version has surfaced today, and it's pretty clear they made the right call.

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Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

Mojang trolls Minecraft player with crude handle

When you choose a username in certain places — like Minecraft, for example — it’s expected that you abide by certain decency rules. No crude or offensive names and such. Many people don’t listen to such rules, of course, and so there are also word filters into place to weed out many of them. Humans are a creative lot though and so word filters can only do so much; many times offensive and crude names squeak through and enter into the wild, living on until spotted or tattled on. Such was the case with one Minecraft player who spent years playing with a particular crude name before getting hit with a light-hearted jab from Mojang itself.

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GoT ‘Sons of Winter’ screenshots arrive before game’s launch

GoT ‘Sons of Winter’ screenshots arrive before game’s launch

Telltale Games' upcoming title "Game of Thrones Episode 4: Sons of Winter" will be arriving very soon for a handful of devices, and ahead of that the company has decided to tease gamers with several screenshots, some of which tease actions and others that tease landscape -- and that, as far as we can tell, don't spoil anything too big about the game. This is the fourth installment in the series, and before all is said and done there will be two more episodes arriving in the future.

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NPD: Mortal Kombat X was April’s top game, 3DS sales spiked

NPD: Mortal Kombat X was April’s top game, 3DS sales spiked

The NPD Group has released its numbers for April, and overall things looked good for the gaming industry. As you might have expected, Mortal Kombat X (check out our review) took the #1 slot in terms of bestselling games (GTA V came in second), and things were looking particularly good for portable console sales — Nintendo’s 3DS saw a large jump in sales over the first four months of this year in comparison to last year, with a 65% or so increase.

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GTA 5 “Angry Planes” mod and more tipped as viruses

GTA 5 “Angry Planes” mod and more tipped as viruses

If you're a Grand Theft Auto 5 fan who plays on the PC, you better think twice before you download mods...even if they're popular and widely known. Reports from upset users are stating that some of the most popular GTA 5 mods are installing malware of various sorts on users computers, including keyloggers and other programs. The "Angry Planes" mod is cited as one malicious GTA 5 mod, as well as "NoClip" and a mod manager. One user in particular has gone so far as to publish removal guides.

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LEGO Jurassic World game release date drops aside new trailer

LEGO Jurassic World game release date drops aside new trailer

Earlier this year, we detailed the upcoming LEGO Jurassic World video game. As the movie itself nears, we’ve finally gotten information on when we’ll be able to get the game itself: June 12. Alongside the announcement comes another trailer, as well, giving a further look at the game which we’ve previously seen in past trailers. As we previously heard, the LEGO Jurassic World video game will be based on all four movies in the franchise, including the new one that will be in theaters next month.

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