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Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo detailed its latest quarterly financial details today, revealing a surprise upswing in revenue as quarterly sales increased more than 20-percent and net profit hit 8.28 billion yen (versus last year’s 9.9 billion yen loss for the same quarter). Nintendo largely has a combination of weaker yen and a sharp rise in new game sales to thank, the latter of which was led by the widespread success of Splatoon. As expected, amiibo — which gained several new figures over the past couple months — also helped the video game company.

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New Minecraft edition free for Windows 10 users

New Minecraft edition free for Windows 10 users

If you're a PC user, you likely already know that Microsoft's Windows 10 is now available, and it's a free upgrade for those already running Windows 7 or 8. Microsoft has been working hard for the last few months to make upgrading seem as appealing and painless as possible, but now it's relying on its acquisition of Mojang, the makers of Minecraft, for one last-ditch effort. Those who already own Minecraft and have purchased or upgraded to Windows 10 are now eligible to get the latest update for Minecraft for free.

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Dragon Quest XI announced as first Nintendo NX game

Dragon Quest XI announced as first Nintendo NX game

The makers of Dragon Quest, not only the most popular RPG, but the biggest games series of all time in Japan, earlier today announced the eleventh title in the main series. Developers Square Enix held a 90-minute long live-stream broadcast to announce Dragon Quest XI for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS, with a tentative release sometime next year. But even more shocking was the fact that the game was announced for the "NX," Nintendo's mysterious next game system.

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Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo is planning to push out a “massive” update for Splatoon on August 5, and with it will come a pair of new matchmaking modes, a level cap increase, new types of weapons, and more than three dozens new pieces of gear. The update will be provided for free for the Wii U; Nintendo is sure to point out that it has other updates planned, as well, saying it has additional updates in the pipeline for both this summer and the quickly approaching fall season.

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Fallout Anthology announced with 5 PC games in a mini nuke shell

Fallout Anthology announced with 5 PC games in a mini nuke shell

Are you starting to get caught up in the hype for the upcoming Fallout 4, but have never really played any of the original games? Or maybe you only played the previous entry, New Vegas, and want to experience the full series? Well, developer Bethesda has just dropped a bombshell — literally — for players in your situation. Late September will see the release of Fallout Anthology, which includes Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3, and Fallout New Vegas. Priced at only $50, the whole collection comes inside a mini nuclear bomb.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the PS4 and PC

Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the PS4 and PC

Rise of the Tomb Raider was snapped up as an Xbox offering, but as it turns out, it will be making its way to other devices as well: namely, the PlayStation 4 and PC. Square Enix announced that it will be available on Steam early next year, and that those on Sony’s gaming console will also get access, but will need to wait more than a year, as it won’t be arriving until 2016’s holiday season. Whether those with a PlayStation 3 will get access wasn’t mentioned, and therefore it isn’t looking likely.

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eSports league will start policing drug use among gamers

eSports league will start policing drug use among gamers

Drug testing athletes is nothing new, and the same sort of policy will soon apply to gamers. Earlier this month, pro Counter-Strike player Kory ‘Semphis’ Friesen admitted to using Adderall, along with others on his then-team Cloud9, during a big tournament. Some consider this cheating, as Adderall, much like Ritalin, can be abused to help improve concentration and focus for anything ranging from studying to playing video games. Adderall use among pro gamers isn't uncommon, and that's a problem.

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Hearthstone expansion “The Grand Tournament” inbound

Hearthstone expansion “The Grand Tournament” inbound

Today Blizzard announced the next expansion pack for “Hearthstone”, and it is called “The Grand Tournament.” The announcement was made at an event in San Francisco earlier, and was joined by a video showing off the upcoming expansion (available after the jump). The expansion will be arriving next month, and follows the Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion that has already been released. There will be a new board, new cards, and more.

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The Last of Us soundtrack will soon be on vinyl

The Last of Us soundtrack will soon be on vinyl

Think carefully and you might remember hearing mention of The Last of Us soundtrack being slated to eventually arrive on vinyl. Your memory isn’t playing tricks on you — mention of the plans were made way back in December 2014, and now we’re finally hearing more about the imminent release: the vinyl soundtrack will be available to buy this upcoming Wednesday, and it will feature a stunning new cover made by the same designer who made the originally teased cover for the release.

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Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle goes up for pre-order

Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle goes up for pre-order

Football fans, today brings good news: the Xbox One is arriving in a new bundle, and it’s bringing Madden NFL 16 with it. Called, most appropriately, the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle, it includes an Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive, offering ample space for all the downloads you’ve got planned, as well as a full download for Madden NFL 16 when it launches next month (August 25, to be precise). It is coming with a couple other perks, too, and you can pre-order it now.

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Modder heard you likes Doom, lets you play Doom while you play Doom

Modder heard you likes Doom, lets you play Doom while you play Doom

Yo dawg…, etc. We've seen the classic PC shooter Doom hacked and modded to run on everything from an ATM to an Android Wear smartwatch, but this tops them all. A modder going by the name The Zombie Killer on YouTube has managed to get Doom to run inside of Doom. Yes, really. You can walk up to a computer terminal while playing Doom, and from that in-game machine start playing Doom. No word yet on how deep the rabbit hole really goes.

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Twitch debuts Choice Chamber, first game encouraging viewer interaction

Twitch debuts Choice Chamber, first game encouraging viewer interaction

Studio Bean has just has just released the first game that uses Twitch's interactivity features as a primary feature. This project was funded in part by Twitch through KickStarter. At its core, Choice Chamber is a basic 2D side-scrolling game, throwing enemies and environmental hazards at players. But where things get really mixed up is in the fact that anybody watching the broadcast who can make live comments can have a direct impact on how the game unfolds.

UPDATE: This article previously suggested that Twitch developed this game when it was actually "Studio Bean." Twitch's role was to contributing money to their Kickstarter to help bring the game to final fruition.

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