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Tokyo RPG Factory’s LOST SPHEAR is a JRPG spin on a familiar plot

Tokyo RPG Factory’s LOST SPHEAR is a JRPG spin on a familiar plot

Although it has had its fair share of loyal fans and players all over the world, JRPGs, a genre that pundits argue is a misnomer, have recently experience a resurgence in popularity. That's partly due to the wealth of "retro" indie games as well as a sort of counter-culture against the graphically sophisticated but sometimes mind-numbing button-mashing of modern games. Sensing a potential lucrative market, Square Enix formed Tokyo RPG Factory to blend JRPG tropes with modern gaming systems, as can be seen with the studio's second title: LOST SPHEAR.

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Nintendo unloads more juicy ARMS tidbits for the Switch

Nintendo unloads more juicy ARMS tidbits for the Switch

As promised, Nintendo just held a Direct livestream divulging more details about ARMS ahead of its launch on the Nintendo Switch this Spring. In addition to a more concrete launch date next month, the stream was packed with too much information that could fit in the short stream. Whetting Splatoon fans' appetites, Nintendo unleashes more information about ARMS' weapons, playing modes, and characters. Whetting Splatoon fans' appetites even more, Nintendo shared a short trailer for the upcoming Splatoon 2 as well.

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Rovio still has game, launches Battle Bay sans birds

Rovio still has game, launches Battle Bay sans birds

Rovio made a fortune out of its Angry Birds franchise and, for a time, it seemed that that was all that it could do. Sure, there are a lot, and we mean *a lot* of Angry Birds games of different types, even a Transformers crossover. But, at the end of the day, they are still about agitated avians. Trying to prove that it isn't jut about birds, divas, or nibblers, Rovia has, somewhat quietly, launched a completely new title called Battle Bay that has no birds in sight. But, don't worry, you still get to fling stuff at your foes.

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Zelda Breath of the Wild’s first DLC detailed, second still a mystery

Zelda Breath of the Wild’s first DLC detailed, second still a mystery

Breath of the Wild has cemented its place in history with record-breaking success and rave reviews. If Nintendo's numbers are to be believed, it's the best Zelda installment yet. It doesn't hurt that it is, for all intents and purposes, the Nintendo Switch's launch title. Riding on that success, Nintendo is now teasing some of the things players can expect from the game's first DLC, which seems to revolve around giving players a harder time.

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Breathe of the NES pays tribute to Breath of the Wild 2D prototype

Breathe of the NES pays tribute to Breath of the Wild 2D prototype

Back at GDC in March, just before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched, Nintendo made an unprecedented revelation. It showed the tool it used to quickly prototype some of Breath of the Wild's gameplay mechanics and ideas. To make a long story short, it was practically a recreation of BotW's 3D world in the 8-bit 2D aesthetics of the original Zelda game. The developers should have expected that someone would be inspired by this. And, of course, it did happen. And so Breath of the NES was born.

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OpenLara lets you play the first Tomb Raider in your browser

OpenLara lets you play the first Tomb Raider in your browser

Tomb Raider's Lara Croft is easily one of the most iconic females in the gaming industry. And although she started out as a rather inappropriate icon, she eventually matured into something more befitting a modern female lead. But despite the advancements in the game's series and lore, the original Tomb Raider game still holds a special place in fans' hearts. And now you can relive those experiences, or live them for the first time, right on your web browser, thanks to the open source OpenLara project.

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StarCraft gets its first patch in 8 years, finally goes free

StarCraft gets its first patch in 8 years, finally goes free

It isn't that uncommon for software to stop receiving updates years after it has been launched. After all, even Microsoft just recently did that with Vista. That is even truer for games, whose lifespans are a lot shorter than operating systems. Unless you're talking about StarCraft, which many loved and still love to play. While the game, which launched in 1998, formally stopped getting updates more than 8 years ago, Blizzard has restarted the development machine as it re-launches the real-time strategy game, this time for free.

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NVIDIA’s Spring Game Sale has come into full bloom

NVIDIA’s Spring Game Sale has come into full bloom

What better way to welcome the new season of life than by bursting into a spending spree, right? While gamers probably wished there were no need to wait for seasons to have sales, we'll take what we can. NVIDIA has just kicked off Spring with a SHIELD-centric sale. And while the titles are admittedly on the thin side, at least one game comes with a PC code as well.

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The 1996 Tamagotchi is back, but in a smaller egg

The 1996 Tamagotchi is back, but in a smaller egg

Wish you could raise a virtual pet that didn't need to be involved in fights? Jealous of the portability of the Nintendo Switch? Have a thing for all things retro and pixelated? If you answered a resounding "Yes!" to all three, then this new Tamagotchi is probably perfect for you. Actually, it's the old Tamagotchi, the original 1996 model, in fact. Just re-released in a smaller package to give fans a heavy dose of nostalgia and to give today's younger generation a chance to learn some old-school patience and responsibility.

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Cult classic Planescape: Torment is getting an Enhanced Edition

Cult classic Planescape: Torment is getting an Enhanced Edition

Planescape: Torment has always been an odd duck even when it was released back in 1999. Although set in the universe of the popular Dungeons & Dragons RPG, Planescape is one of the franchise' most alien campaigns. And even among story-centric RPGs of its generation, Torment's dialogue-heavy flavor almost makes you feel like playing a choose your own adventure game. It's exactly because of those factors that Planescape: Torment has become one of the most notable titles in gaming history, and is now being honored with its very own Enhanced Edition.

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Nintendo Switch’s Arms “boxing game” gets roster, weapons reveal

Nintendo Switch’s Arms “boxing game” gets roster, weapons reveal

Although the Nintendo Switch has quite a number of games available for it now, Zelda: Breath of the Wild is by far its still most popular title. That said, it isn’t one that’s exactly designed to take advantage of the Switch’s unique features, like the detachable Joy-cons. That distinction will probably belong to Nintendo’s somewhat odd Arms game. The game isn’t due until Spring, however, so we’ll have to make do with some videos that reveal the characters and weapons available for this game.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends card game lands on PCs, mobile soon

The Elder Scrolls: Legends card game lands on PCs, mobile soon

Well-seasoned gamers will probably remember The Elder Scrolls, particularly Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, as first person fantasy RPGs. Getting with the times, however, TES, as it is fondly known, has branched out to other types as well, first with a still-running MMORPG and, now, a digital card game. In the same vein as Hearthstone, which is set in the world of Warcraft, Legends brings the lore, creatures, and unique flavor of the Elder Scrolls to a less adrenaline-rushing battle of wits on the PC and, soon, on tablets, Macs, and phones.

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