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Mario Kart Tour Android beta gets rolling with lotsa IAPs

Mario Kart Tour Android beta gets rolling with lotsa IAPs

Nintendo has a bit of a dilemma when it comes to its mobile games. After years of denying its profitability, it has finally accepted reality, especially when Fire Emblem Heroes net it half a billion in revenue. That was, however, thanks to microtransactions that it loathed to use initially, as evidenced Super Mario Run. It has also taken a rather strong and almost controversial stance on gaming addiction and expenses and yet it upcoming mobile title, Mario Kart Tour, seems to be loaded with the latter.

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Fortnite Polar Peak activity hints at anticipated dragon uprising

Fortnite Polar Peak activity hints at anticipated dragon uprising

Questions remain over Epic's dragon plans for battle royale hit Fortnite. The company heavily teased the presence of these large, mythical beasts during Season 8, including the presence of dragon eggs in the volcano and a final Battle Pass skin with dragon themes. The end of Season 8 arrived without any dragon activity, but it looks like things are about to change in Season 9.

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Panic reveals Playdate, a pocket-size game console with hand crank

Panic reveals Playdate, a pocket-size game console with hand crank

Panic, the company best known for its Mac and iOS software, has revealed a new pocket-size handheld game console that features a tiny hand crank, D-pad, and black and white display. Called Playdate, the small device resembles a short, wide Game Boy, though there's the obvious exception of a hand crank used as a type of joystick during gameplay.

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GOG Galaxy 2.0 wants to change the way we play PC games

GOG Galaxy 2.0 wants to change the way we play PC games

Today, GOG made an ambitious announcement: it wants to fix the problem of fractured game libraries and friends lists with a new service called GOG Galaxy 2.0. On PC, there are multiple storefronts and (often) accompanying clients that launch the games we've purchased - be it Steam, Origin, GOG, UPlay, and now the Epic Games Store, the games we buy on PC are often split between multiple libraries, and that can make it difficult to keep track of them all.

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League of Legends may finally make the jump to mobile

League of Legends may finally make the jump to mobile

Despite the ups and downs the MOBA genre has experienced in recent years, League of Legends is still going relatively strong. These days, however, it isn't merely competing with other PC-based games like DotA 2, but also mobile MOBAs that are particularly popular in Asia. Perhaps, then, it's not a surprise to hear a new report that claims Riot is working on a mobile version of League of Legends with parent company Tencent.

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The Sims 4 free on PC for a short time, via Origin

The Sims 4 free on PC for a short time, via Origin

It's no secret that Electronic Arts likes to give away free games through Origin. Usually, these games are classics from way back in the day, making these giveaways good for a hefty dose of nostalgia. This week, however, the free game is quite the whopper, as EA is giving away copies of The Sims 4 to anyone who wants them.

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Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10 just got a lot more useful

Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10 just got a lot more useful

Of all the gaming features present in Windows 10, the Xbox Game Bar doesn't seem to get a lot of attention. There are, after all, a lot of programs that can capture screenshots and gameplay video like the Game Bar can, so when the tool was first introduced in Windows 10, a lot of players probably stuck with what they were already using. Nevertheless, Microsoft has been improving the Game Bar over time, and the new features it's introducing today might make it worth another look.

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Pokemon GO Raid Week guide: Shiny Bronzor and 4 more updates

Pokemon GO Raid Week guide: Shiny Bronzor and 4 more updates

This is Extraordinary Raid Week in Pokemon GO, and there's a whole lot of quantifiable data through which we must sift! Much like our previous guides for special weeks in Pokemon GO, we've got the shiny Pokemon of the week: Bronzor - as well as some new rates on Shiny Pokemon popping up as result of the raids themselves. All five tiers of Pokemon Raid Boss are in the mix too!

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Steam Chat Android and iOS apps released

Steam Chat Android and iOS apps released

When one thinks of Steam, its chat capabilities aren't often the first thing that comes to mind. Still, it's clear that Valve considers chat to be an integral part of Steam, as it now has its very own app. Valve has launched a new Steam Chat app on iOS and Android, allowing you to always have that aspect of Steam at your fingertips.

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Fortnite x Jumpman crossover event detailed in v9.10 patch notes

Fortnite x Jumpman crossover event detailed in v9.10 patch notes

Fortnite's next crossover event is here, and it's an interesting one. Instead of a crossover that ties into a movie, like the recent ones for Avengers: Endgame and John Wick 3: Parabellum, this crossover ties into a brand. Specifically, this new event is a mash up with Nike's Jordan brand, and it's appropriately named Fortnite x Jumpman.

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Overwatch Anniversary 2019 now live: Here are all the new skins

Overwatch Anniversary 2019 now live: Here are all the new skins

As teased over the weekend, Overwatch's big anniversary event is back and it's kicking off today. The update containing the anniversary event went live a little while ago, so from today until June 10th, you'll be able to play through seasonal brawls from events past and unlock a ton of skins and other cosmetics. In that way, these anniversary events are something akin to a greatest hits rundown for Overwatch.

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Nintendo gives games the boot over loot box concerns

Nintendo gives games the boot over loot box concerns

Loot boxes have been a hot button issue lately, and as governments around the world are implementing rules on then or starting to look into the effects of loot boxes, we're seeing publishers begin to respond. Today, Nintendo did just that, announcing that it will stop offering two mobile games in Belgium in response to its legislation regarding loot boxes.

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