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Gold Mario amiibo tipped by Walmart banner

Gold Mario amiibo tipped by Walmart banner

Rumors of their demise have been greatly exaggerated, apparently. Nintendo's amiibo figures have proven wildly successful even if a few among them did fail to strike the fancy of gamers' hearts. We recently got a look at the sales numbers, which show that Link was the most popular (Mario was #2) and that Nintendo has sold about 5.7 million of the figurines. Not content with letting demand wane, and in light of recent rumors about spruced up amiibos, a new Mario figurine has surfaced.

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Kanye West says he’s making a video game

Kanye West says he’s making a video game

Kanye West, whether you love him or hate him, is nearly everywhere these days. The places one can escape West's ever-growing presence are shrinking, and now it's time to cross video games off the list of safe zones. During a radio interview with Power 105.1 on Saturday, the hip-hop star snuck in a mention about making his own video game, and get this, it's based on one of his own songs. The untitled game is said to be inspired by Only One, the recent single West wrote about his daughter with Kim Kardashian.

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PS4 to top Xbox One in sales through 2018, analysts predict

PS4 to top Xbox One in sales through 2018, analysts predict

It's no secret that thus far the PlayStation 4 is winning the current game console war against the Xbox One. The muddled announcements of the latest Xbox with restrictive features and the previous requirement of the always listening camera meant from launch the system was playing catch-up to Sony's PS4. However, some analysts are predicting Microsoft's system to continue to sell fewer numbers all the way into 2018, and by a margin of over 20 million units.

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Marion Cotillard joins cast of Assassin’s Creed movie

Marion Cotillard joins cast of Assassin’s Creed movie

News on the forthcoming movie adaptation of the hit video game series Assassin's Creed has been slim for some time now, but a new cast member has just signed on, and it's none other than Marion Cotillard. The French actress had prominent roles in the films Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, and will be joining lead actor Michael Fassbender, who will soon be known for playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic based on the Apple co-founder.

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Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo still isn't taking the plunge into mobile games, which is as disappointing as ever. It is, however, looking to dabble with mobile platforms, revealing that it will be creating a Mii app in the relatively near future. The information comes straight from Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata from an interview he recently had with The Nikkei. Amidst talks of the company's financials when asked about plans for smartphone games, he said using Mii characters as social avatars would be "fun".

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Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Consumer attitudes toward so-called freemium games are growing increasingly sour. Many mobile games are available for free, but upon downloading one finds that it was only free to download -- the content itself requires money, or the game is designed in such a way that you eventually have to pay to keep playing, otherwise you're stuck in an endless cycle of losing and then waiting a long time for another life. This has prompted a slow shift to games that have a charge to download and no additional in-game charges.

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Dying Light’s March update to bring ‘Hard Mode’

Dying Light’s March update to bring ‘Hard Mode’

Dying Light, the zombie survival game that has only just recently been released, is set to get an update in March, and with that update the entire thing will be taken up a notch: Hard Mode is inbound. This comes after some gamers have finished the game, and are looking to start again in an apocalypse world that's a bit harder the second time around. The feature will be part of a free update that any Dying Light gamer can grab.

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8-Bit Philosophy makes you existential using retro games

8-Bit Philosophy makes you existential using retro games

Maybe you glossed over your philosophy homework in college, or some of the concepts were a bit too heavy to stick properly the first time around. Regardless, there's a better way to get your feet wet with all things existential and ponderous, and it's called 8-Bit Philosophy. Fans of 8-Bit Cinema will be familiar with the style and nature of the videos -- each one is short and styled after a retro game, but rather than recreating popular movies, the series sets out to simplify philosophical concepts.

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Gamer swatted in Minnesota, calls out prankster

Gamer swatted in Minnesota, calls out prankster

Despite the increasing number of individuals getting in trouble for it, some disgruntled or otherwise less-than-wise individuals are still swatting others -- calling in fake threats to have law enforcement and/or a SWAT team set to a gamer's home. One such 'prankster' was recently arrested for swatting, but already another incident has happened to fill the void, this time against gamer Joshua Peters, a USAF veteran living in Minnesota who goes by the handle "Koopatroopa787". After the incident, Peters called out his prankster.

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Destiny Expansion II confirmed for Q2, something more coming this fall

Destiny Expansion II confirmed for Q2, something more coming this fall

Players of Bungie's online FPS Destiny have been finished with Expansion I, The Dark Below, for some time now, having been released in early December. But the game developer has shared new info about when Expansion II, House of Wolves, will be available for download, as well as teasing something for this fall. Unfortunately for those in the thrall of Destiny addiction (ahem, this writer included), the second expansion is now on track for release sometime in the second quarter of 2015, pushed back from an expected March debut.

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