Nintendo Teases More Switch Reveals — “We Haven’t Shown Everything Yet”

Not impressed with what you've seen from the Nintendo Switch so far? Nintendo has more surprises to share about the console in the future.

"We haven't shown everything," a spokesperson for Nintendo told the Wall Street Journal. The person added that Nintendo will announce more details about the console next year, ahead of its release in March.

A report from earlier this week stated that Nintendo would announce the Switch's price and system specifications in 2017, which could be the details referenced in the statement.

We learned on Friday that Nintendo's stock value dropped by 6.5 percent, one day after revealing the console. That's a bigger drop than when Nintendo announced the Wii U in June 2011, when the company's share price fell by 5 percent. Some analysts have doubted the Nintendo Switch's ability to appeal to a wide audience.

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For lots more on the Nintendo Switch, check out GameSpot's recent coverage in the links below.




Amazon’s Lime-Green 3DS Out Now, Comes With Super Mario World

Retailer Amazon's exclusive lime-green New Nintendo 3DS XL has arrived.

As announced previously, the $200 bundle comes with a pre-installed copy of SNES game Super Mario World. The Virtual Console game normally sells for $8 on its own (via Polygon). Click through the images in the gallery below to get a look at the new system. Go to Amazon to order one for yourself.

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In other news about Nintendo hardware, the company finally announced its new console, the Nintendo Switch, earlier this week. As reports had suggested, the system is a console/mobile hybrid that you can play at home or on the go. Pricing has not been announced, and might not be until 2017.

The Nintendo Switch comes out in March 2017. After Nintendo announced the console, its stock price dropped significantly and some analysts said they doubt the console's ability to reach a wide audience.

For lots more on the Nintendo Switch, check out GameSpot's recent coverage in the links below.




Next PS2-on-PS4 Game Might Have Been Revealed

It looks like Red Faction might be the next PS2-on-PS4 game.

European ratings group PEGI has rated the 2001 PS2 game for PS4 (via DualShockers), which suggests publisher THQ Nordic may be planning to launch the game on the new console. The ESRB, which rates games in the US, has not published a rating for a PS4 version of Red Faction.

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The newest addition to the PS2-on-PS4 catalog was Rockstar's Red Dead Revolver, which came out earlier this month. You can see all the games in the program here on the PlayStation Store website.

In other news about Red Faction, THQ Nordic announced last week that the game has been removed from Germany's "index" of games deemed to be harmful to youth.

Nordic Games acquired THQ brands like Red Faction, Darksiders, and MX vs. ATV during the company's bankruptcy auction. In August, Nordic Games announced that it had rebranded itself as THQ Nordic.


Here’s How You Can Play Star Citizen’s Alpha Free All Month

Interested in Star Citizen but not sure if you want to pay for it? You're in luck, as developer Cloud Imperium Games has announced that the game's alpha is free to play all month long.

To get into the game, enter the promo code "Fall2016" at this page. Do that and you'll get access to the game's alpha and the F7C-M Super Hornet ship (pictured below).

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According to DualShockers, Star Citizen's alpha comes with features like dogfighting and some of its persistent universe. It's not everything the game has to offer, but it should give you a taste.

Star Citizen remains officially unreleased almost four years after its crowdfunding campaign first began, though modular components of it have been offered to the public, including this alpha. One backer recently received a refund after complaining to California's Attorney General.

In other news, the game's single-player standalone game, Squadron 42, has been delayed out of 2016.


Get a 55″ 4K TV With an Xbox One S and Free Game for $850

In search of a 4K TV and an Xbox One? Best Buy has launched a new deal you may want to consider.

The store is now selling a 55" Samsung 4K TV with your choice of Xbox One S bundles for $850. Xbox One S bundles available in this deal include the 500 GB Halo Collection bundle (includes Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection), 500 GB Battlefield 1 bundle, and the 500 GB Minecaft Favorites bundle that comes with Minecraft's Xbox One edition and DLC.

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Go to Best Buy's website here to buy the TV/console bundle. The offer is good through this coming Saturday, October 29.

Microsoft's Xbox One has been the top-selling console in the United States for three straight months, starting in July and running through September. This is the first time this console generation that the Xbox One has been the No. 1 console in the US for three months running.


Deadpool Director Exits Sequel Amid “Creative Differences” With Ryan Reynolds – Report

The Deadpool sequel is moving forward without director Tim Miller, according to a report.

Deadline reports that Miller has exited the movie after a "series of creative differences" with star Ryan Reynolds. "He hadn't formally signed a deal to continue, but he was developing the script and by all accounts had planned to return behind the camera for a film Fox will release in 2018," Deadline said. The nature of the creative differences was not specified in the report.

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According to Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr., the split was over "mutual creative differences" and is described as amicable in nature. Fox isn't saying goodbye to Miller altogether, as he is expected to direct Fox's Influx, based on the Daniel Suarez novel, that could be the first in a trilogy.

Released in February, the R-rated Deadpool was a smash hit. It made $782 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $58 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

In June 2016, Deadpool 2's script was nearing completion from writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who are returning from the first film. The movie was at one time expected to start shooting in early 2017, though it remains to be seen if that's still the case now that Miller has reportedly dropped out.

"We don't want $150 million to go make the next movie; that's not Deadpool," Wernick said earlier this year. "Deadpool doesn't lift cities up into the air or battle aliens coming down to earth; that's just not Deadpool. So we're happy in that little small budget range that they have us in; we don't wanna blow this next one out."

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn weighed on the report today.

Honestly bummed about Tim Miller leaving Deadpool. He did an amazing job with the first one; I’d like to have seen where he’d go next.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 22, 2016

Recently, a report listed off the actresses who are apparently in the running to play Domino in the film. For more on Deadpool 2, check out GameSpot's feature, "7 Things We Want to See in the Deadpool Sequel."


New Wonder Woman Image Revealed for Justice League Movie

Justice League director Zack Snyder has shared a new photo of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in his upcoming movie. The shot is a fiery one, with flames burning behind the Amazonion warrior.

#JusticeLeague #WonderWoman75

— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) October 21, 2016

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Wonder Woman character. Gadot and Lynda Carter, who played the character in the '70s TV series, appeared at the United Nations on Friday where Wonder Woman was named honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls.

"In some magical and mystical way, there lies within each of us Wonder Woman," Carter told an audience, according to Entertainment Weekly. "She is real. She lives and she breathes. I know this because she lives in me, and she lives in the stories that these women tell me, day in and day out. I see it in the letters and in the stories. I read it on social media. I see it in the tears that fall from the eyes of the women who say it saved them from some awful thing that they endured–because they saw that they could do something great."

The USPS is releasing Wonder Woman stamps this year to celebrate the character's 75th anniversary. Wonder Woman made her debut in October 1941 in the All Star Comics #8 issue, though she was not the focus of it.

Snyder's Justice League also stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. It opens in November 2017. Gadot will be seen next as Wonder Woman in the standalone Wonder Woman movie, which opens in June 2017.

This story has been updated and corrected.


The Order: 1886 Dev — “There Are Legs to This IP”

Something new in Ready at Dawn's The Order: 1886 franchise could happen, the developer has teased. According to DualShockers, creative director Ru Weerasuriya told Game Informer that "the IP has a future," though it remains to be seen if this could be a new game or something else.

"The best way to answer that without giving anything… how can I say this… Is there a future? Yes. That IP has a future. It's definitely built in that IP," he said. "That future is already something that was built from the very get go, from the first day we started working on it. As you know, since you played the game and for the ones who played out there… there is a larger storyline. There is a macro story that keeps going, it's an IP that is actually bigger than the storylines that we have created. So there are legs to this IP, definitely."

As for whether Sony would remain the publisher for any new game installments, Weerasuriya said, "Well, you'll have to ask Sony that." Watch the full Game Informer interview in the video above, featuring Weerasuriya and Andrea Pessino, the co-founders of Ready at Dawn.

This is not the first time Weerasuriya has talked about the future of The Order: 1886. In May 2015, he explained that the PlayStation 4 game was "never written as a one-off story."

"We feel that The Order showcased the fruits of our labor on technology. That was one of the biggest focuses for the team having come from PSP and jumping directly to PS4," Weerasuriya said at the time. "The first game was more than anything a launch platform to build upon."

"The Order was never written as a one-off story," he added "There is a lot more to tell as you can see from the way the game ends."

GameSpot's The Order: 1886 review scored the game a 5/10, saying the title is "at best, perfectly playable, and lovely to look at and listen to. But it is also the face of mediocrity and missed opportunities."

Ready at Dawn has multiple new games in development, including DeFormers for consoles and PC (made in partnership with GameStop) and Lone Echo for Oculus Rift.


Make A Halo Pumpkin Carving With These 12 Stencils [UPDATE]

[UPDATE] In 343's latest Halo weekly blog post, the developer revealed one more stencil, this one themed around the Halo Championship series logo. The stencil was designed by 343 graphic designer Charles Ramos.

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The original story is below.

With Halloween right around the corner, you might be thinking about carving a pumpkin. If you want to try your hand at a Halo design, 343 Industries has now released a number of stencils to help you out.

The developer posted 11 stencils on its blog, ranging in difficulty from Easy to Legendary. Some of the designs are for Halo items like the energy sword, Master Chief's helmet, the UNSC logo, and a Guardian. That last one is listed as being of the Legendary difficulty variety–and it certainly looks like it.

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Check out all the stencils in the blog post or in the image gallery above. Print them out and then apply to your pumpkin to get started. You can then post your creation on Twitter using the hashtag #HaloLantern for a chance to have it featured in an upcoming post by 343. #HaloLantern is the same hashtag that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim used in the past for their own pumpkin-carving promotion.

Last year, someone made a frightfully good Halo pumpkin carving that depicted the Master Chief vs. Locke showdown that was the focus of Halo 5's story.

When gutting your pumpkin, you can save the seeds and easily roast them for a very tasty snack.

Keep checking back with GameSpot for more in the days ahead on how video games are celebrating Halloween. For now, check out the stories below.


Weekly Recap: Nintendo Switch Announced, Red Dead Redemption 2 Confirmed

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It was a big week in gaming news. Here's a roundup of the big stories and others you may have missed.


Nintendo finally announced its new console this week. Once codenamed NX, Nintendo revealed that the console is called Nintendo Switch, and as rumored, it's a console/mobile hybrid. You can play it at home in a docking station or take it on the go to play wherever you want. We still have a bunch of unanswered questions, though, and Nintendo has not said anything about price. Nintendo Switch comes out in March.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally official. After years of waiting and lots of rumors, Rockstar Games this week officially confirmed the western, slating it for a fall 2017 release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The first trailer has also been released–and it looks gorgeous.

What games sold the best in September 2016? Now we know, as the NPD Group this week announced the Top 10 best-selling games for the month in the US, including physical and digital in some cases. Without further ado….

  1. NBA 2K17
  2. Madden NFL 17
  3. FIFA 17
  4. NHL 17
  5. BioShock: The Collection
  6. Destiny: The Collection
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Overwatch (no PC sales included)
  9. Forza Horizon 3 (no digital sales included)
  10. Call of Duty: Black Ops III


Here's a cool new video in which Final Fantasy XV's voice actors discuss the process of lending their voices to the long-awaited RPG.

The professional gaming squad Team Dignitas announced this week that Jonathan Kemp, a video game industry veteran who worked on Tomb Raider, is joining the team as its new CEO. As announced previously, the NBA's Philadelphia Sixers own Team Dignitas.

Star Wars Rogue One's lead, Jyn Erso, will be played by three different actresses, according to Mads Mikkelsen, who plays her father in the movie. There will be a young Jyn, a teenage Jyn, and then an adult Jyn. The younger Jyns will show up in flashback sequences, presumably. Read the full GQ interview here.

Double Fine and iam8bit announced the fourth annual Day of the Devs event this week. It's a "festival that brings together the gaming community to celebrate the indie games that inspire and delight fans of all ages." Some of the games playable at the event this year include Knights and Bikes, Moblets, and Yooka Laylee. There will also be food trucks, art exhibits, and musical performances. The event takes place on Saturday, November 5 in San Francisco. Learn more about it here.

Here's something pretty cool. The live-action/CG movie Space Jam is coming back to theaters–but only for two days in November. Get all the details here at Cartoon Brew.

A Candy Crush TV show is on the way. CBS, which owns GameSpot, has announced it's working with Lionsgate and King/Activision to produce a game show based on the popular mobile game.

Ubisoft's Beyond Good & Evil 2 has been in development for a loonnnng time. What's the holdup? Designer Michel Ancel offered an explanation of sorts this week in a post on Instagram.

Here is a wicked cool vidoc for Halo Wars 2, covering the RTS game's new Blitz multiplayer mode and more. Not hyped for Halo Wars 2? Watching this video may change that.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn really wants a Nebula spinoff to happen. He talked about it recently on Twitter. Sound like a good idea?

I have a few favorites myself, but I agree that Nebula should lead her own film – it's something I've thought about from the beginning.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 16, 2016

Twitch streamer Rudeism is at it again. He's known for playing games with odd objects and that's exactly what he does in this new Overwatch video–he plays the game with a bow controller. Really. See the incredible video and get more details at Kotaku.

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, a collectible card game based on the popular tower defense series, launched this week on iOS and Android. Here's the launch trailer:

Have a wonderful weekend!