Dota 2 Battle Pass has a feature which should be free.

Dota 2 is a free to play MOBA where you have the option to pay for a battle pass in order to get a better experience. I don’t mind this business model at all as it lets the most players play the game, and helps the developer make money. That is unless the battle pass includes something that should be free.

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Who’s to say what should be free? Well, its my website so I guess me. You’re free to disagree with me if you want, in fact I welcome the debate. But what Valve is doing here is just wrong in my opinion.

MOBAs are famous for two things. Intense player vs player action, and toxicity. Now to be fair, in the MOBAs that I’ve played you can mute the offending players, and I’m sure that you can mute players in DOTA 2, though I haven’t tested this myself. However there are ways that players can ruin your fun that muting them won’t help with. For instance they could “feed” which is where they intentionally get killed by the opposing team. This makes the other team level up faster and makes them more powerful, This makes it more difficult for your team to win, for one you’re one team-mate down, and secondly the other team has outleveled you. Enjoy your loss!

You might ask why someone would do that? Probably because they are a basement dwelling jerk nose, and they think its funny when you complain about it in chat. The game is free after all, so they can just make an account and do this without any repercussions.

So what’s valve doing about this? Well you now have the option to avoid this player in the future. Which is awesome. Great solution, but its only available to people that have the battle pass. Which is very bad. Now if you want to avoid troll players its going to cost you money. I get that Valve needs to make money on their game, but to lock such an important feature behind a paywall is pretty lame.

Let’s play devils advocate for a minute. Why would valve make this unavailable to free players. The only reason I can see this is if it can be abused in some way. Perhaps if enough players say avoid xxSepiroth756xx then that player gets banned? Then the trolls can use the feature to ban players they don’t like, just for fun. That would be a bad idea, and the only wait to combat this would be to put the feature behind a paywall. I think the better solution is just let everyone avoid players, but don’t do anything with that data. Simply create the matchmaking system that says oh, Bill doesn’t want to play with xxSepiroth756xx any more. We’ll not match them up.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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MarioKart Tour Beta Screenshots

Some resetera users are posting screenshots from the beta. It looks like the game uses a Gacha mechanic to unlock characters, here you can see that Luigi is a rare character.

Each character has a special ability, based on the map. For instance Toadette being used on 3DS toad circuit gives her 3 item slots in the race, but 1 in other maps. Luigi gets the 3-item bonus on the Luigi’s mansion map.

200cc is in the game.

Will update as more information becomes available.

Here is some gameplay footage

Confirmed courses:

  • SNES Chocolate Island 2
  • GCN Dino Dino Jungle
  • DS Luigi’s Mansion
  • 3DS Toad Circuit
  • 3DS Mario Circuit

Confirmed characters are:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Toad
  • Toadette
  • Rosalina
  • Waluigi
  • Baby Peach
  • Baby Daisy
  • Baby Rosalina
  • Metal Mario
  • Larry
  • Lemme
  • Ludwig
  • Dry Bones
  • Dry Bowser
  • Baby Mario
  • Baby Luigi
  • Wendy
  • Morton
  • Donkey Kong
  • Koopa Troopa
  • King Boo
  • Shy Guy <– Best
  • Roy
  • Wario
  • Yoshi
  • Bowser
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Nintendo Download, May 16, 2019: Zombies, Hedgehogs and Kongs

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

• Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

Resident Evil 4 – Step into the shoe of Leon S. Kennedy as he shines a light on the grim transformation of a European village while searching for the President’s abducted daughter. Resident Evil 4 introduced an over-the-shoulder camera and responsive action mechanics that continue to influence the series. This version of the game also contains Separate Ways, a scenario that was included in other HD rereleases. The Resident Evil 4 game is available May 21.

Resident Evil – Experience the remaster that brought the 1996 horror classic back to life. The original 2002 remaster not only featured reimagined HD environments and characters, but also enhanced vocal performances to create an even more terrifying retelling of the original story. This HD remaster features all of the chilling moments and claustrophobic tension of the original release, and also includes the Wesker’s Report and Wesker’s Report II video features. The Resident Evil game is available May 21.

Resident Evil 0 – Resident Evil 0 details the events aboard the Ecliptic Express, which led up to the Mansion Incident depicted in Resident Evil. This ambitious prequel featured various mechanics that were new to the series, including the partner zapping system, which allows players to switch between the two protagonists on the fly. Wesker Mode lets you experience the game in a different way by introducing series antagonist Albert Wesker as a playable character, complete with his superhuman powers. The Resident Evil 0 game is available May 21.

Team Sonic Racing – Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of arcade and fast-paced competitive-style racing. Face off with friends in intense multiplayer* racing, race together across stunning worlds and work together as a team by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Take control of your racing style: Choose from three distinct character types and unlock game-changing vehicle customization options to suit your racing style. The Team Sonic Racing game is available May 21.

Fortnite – Season 9 – The future is yours in Season 9! In this new Fortnite season, the volcano has erupted and forever changed some long-lasting locations. Grab the squad to explore the bright lights of new attractions like Peely’s Banana Stand and Nugget Hut. Catch a ride and quickly traverse areas by flying in and out of the new Slipstream wind transportation system. Use the new Air Vents to quickly navigate from building to building. You can even take a glide over to the new Mega Mall to do some shopping before the storm hits. A new season also means a new Battle Pass. More than 100 new exclusive rewards are ready for you to unlock, and it still costs the same 950 V-bucks. This season, you’ll get the Sentinel Outfit and Rox progressive Outfit instantly when you purchase the Battle Pass.

Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online**

• Donkey Kong Jr. – Based on the popular arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the immensely successful Donkey Kong game. Play as Donkey Kong’s son, and rescue your dad who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a cage by Mario. Use jumping and climbing abilities to clamber up vines and chains, gather vital fruit and keys, and open the cage to free your father. Make sure you avoid the pesky birds, nasty electric sparks and creepy chompers. Four different worlds filled with numerous climbing and jumping puzzles await you in this timeless classic.

• VS. Excitebike – Fans love the Excitebike game for its frenetic races, high stakes and sweet jumps. With this game, you can take it to the next level with the Famicom disk version of VS. Excitebike – complete with two-player split screen. Create tracks from 20 classic Excitebike track parts, and go for a best time or take on friends. Racing is even more exciting when the rivalries are real. You can also try out the single-player mode in VS. Excitebike. It adds tracks, music and the ability to save your high score.

• Clu Clu Land – The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land’s gold bars and buried them in a series of mazes. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you’ll set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze. With 20 stages to complete and increasingly complex conditions (like having to pass over the gold bars twice to uncover them), you might just want to bring along a friend for help.

Nintendo eShop sales:

• Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

• Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Activities:

Pokémon My Nintendo Rewards – You can redeem your My Nintendo points*** for new Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield wallpaper featuring the game’s three partner Pokémon. Which one is your favorite? You can also redeem your My Nintendo points to get 30% off the Detective Pikachu and Pokémon Art Academy games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. For more info, visit https://my.nintendo.com/news/67e29f7f01f2c3f4.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

39 Days to Mars

Akane – Available May 17

Arcade Archives NINJA GAIDEN

Assassin’s Creed III: Remastered – Available May 21

Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ – Available May 21

Blades of Time

Chicken Rider – Available May 17

Darkwood

Devious Dungeon 2 – Available May 17

GUILTY GEAR XX ACCENT CORE PLUS R

Gunlord X – Available May 22

KORAL

Octogeddon

Pocket League Story

Project Nimbus: Complete Edition

Super Life of Pixel

Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

TerraTech

The Last Door – Complete Edition – Available May 22

Thief Simulator

*Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.

 

**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required. Not available in all countries. For the latest list of countries, please visit Customer Support. Internet access required for online features. The Nintendo Account User Agreement, including the Purchase and Subscription terms, apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

 

***A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem My Nintendo points. Terms apply. https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point.

 

For Nintendo 3DS systems, use Parental Controls to restrict 3D mode for children 6 and under.

 

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop, which offers a variety of options for the Nintendo Switch console, the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

 

Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in any Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Account.

 

Customers in the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older can also link a PayPal account to their Nintendo Account to purchase digital games and content for the Nintendo Switch system both on-device and from the Nintendo website. Once the accounts are linked, users may also use PayPal as a payment option when buying digital content for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems from the Nintendo website.

 

My Nintendo members can earn Gold Points on eligible digital purchases. Already have Gold Points? Redeem them toward your next digital purchase of Nintendo Switch games and DLC on Nintendo eShop, or on discount rewards for select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/reward_categories for more details.

Remember that Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 2DS XL and Nintendo 2DS feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. Nintendo 3DS players who register a Nintendo Network ID gain access to free-to-start games and free game demos from Nintendo eShop, and also get the latest news and information direct from Nintendo. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch, http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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Nintendo Download, May 9, 2019: The Saints Go Marching In … to Nintendo eShop

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD – THE FULL PACKAGE – Put the wildest chapter of the Saints Row saga in the palms of your hands for the first time on Nintendo Switch. You bring the fight to Steelport, a sordid city of sin, drowning in sex, drugs and (a lot of) guns. This is your City. These are your rules. This is the definitive release of Saints Row: The Third, playable on a Nintendo system for the first time ever with new features for Nintendo Switch. The Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package game is available May 10.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Activities:

  • My Nintendo Splatoon 2 Relationship Chart – The Squid Research Lab has compiled a pretty-easy-to-understand (sort of?) printable Splatoon 2Relationship Chart. Redeem your My Nintendo points* and download this high-resolution PDF file to reacquaint yourself with friendly faces and find out how they are all connected.
  • My Nintendo May Rewards: My Nintendo is supporting Nintendo fans with a BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! wallpaper and discount coupons for up to 30% off fun games. Redeem your My Nintendo points to receive rewards including a discount on intense games like Metroid: Samus ReturnsKid Icarus: Uprisingand Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems**.  To learn more, visit my.nintendo.com/news

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

*A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem My Nintendo points. Terms apply. https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point.
 **For Nintendo 3DS systems, use Parental Controls to restrict 3D mode for children 6 and under
 In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop, which offers a variety of options for the Nintendo Switch console, the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
 Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in any Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Account.
 Customers in the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older can also link a PayPal account to their Nintendo Account to purchase digital games and content for the Nintendo Switch system both on-device and from the Nintendo website. Once the accounts are linked, users may also use PayPal as a payment option when buying digital content for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems from the Nintendo website.
 My Nintendo members can earn Gold Points on eligible digital purchases. Already have Gold Points? Redeem them toward your next digital purchase of Nintendo Switch games and DLC on Nintendo eShop, or on discount rewards for select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/reward_categories for more details.

Remember that Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 2DS XL and Nintendo 2DS feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. Nintendo 3DS players who register a Nintendo Network ID gain access to free-to-start games and free game demos from Nintendo eShop, and also get the latest news and information direct from Nintendo. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switchhttp://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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Nintendo Announces Tetris® 99 Big Block DLC and Upcoming 3rd MAXIMUS CUP

Starting today, Tetris® 99 offers paid DLC that allows players to enjoy two new modes, both of which can be played offline. Nintendo also provided info about the next MAXIMUS CUP online event.

Big Block DLC
Players can get additional modes for Tetris 99 as they are released with a one-time purchase of just $9.99 for this DLC*. The initial included game modes are:

  • CPU Battle – Play Tetris 99 offline against 98 CPU players.
  • Marathon – Challenge yourself in this offline mode to clear the most lines and score big.

Information about additional upcoming game modes will follow at a later date.

As noted above, the CPU Battle and Marathon modes are played entirely offline. This means that any Nintendo Switch player without a Nintendo Switch Onlinemembership who wants to play Tetris 99 can do so by purchasing the Big Block DLC. Playing the game’s Tetris 99 online mode, however, still requires Nintendo Switch Online.

3rd MAXIMUS CUP
Starting on May 17, the next MAXIMUS CUP online event is available for all players with a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Like the last MAXIMUS CUP, this free event awards various points for each match played during the event period, even if they don’t come in first place.

The 3rd MAXIMUS CUP runs from 12 a.m. PT on May 17 to 11:59 p.m. PT on May 19. The higher that players place at the end of each match, the more event points they earn. Any participants who earn 100 event points during the three-day period will unlock an in-game theme inspired by the original Game Boy game. For more details about the game and the 3rd MAXIMUS CUP, visit https://tetris99.nintendo.com/.**

*The Tetris 99 game on Nintendo eShop is required to play.

**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

Tetris ® & © 1985~2019 Tetris Holding. Tetris logos, Tetris theme song and Tetriminos are trademarks of Tetris Holding. The Tetris trade dress is owned by Tetris Holding. Licensed to The Tetris Company. Tetris Game Design by Alexey Pajitnov. Tetris Logo Design by Roger Dean. All Rights Reserved. Sub-licensed to Nintendo. Certain new content developed by Nintendo, and any characters, sounds and video games originally owned by Nintendo. Nintendo Switch is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2019 Nintendo.

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Oniken and Odallus updates add extra options, including new control scheme

When I first played Oniken and Odallus, I wasn’t a huge fan of the control schemes, but I thought the games were pretty cool. Well I just got this in my email and I thought I should share.

Indie publisher Digerati is pleased to confirm that Oniken, which was released earlier this year on Nintendo Switch, has been updated and now features an additional control scheme for players to choose from.

Accessible via a new Settings menu, the recently released patch brings the following extra options to the title:

  • Extra control scheme for a more intuitive set-up (Jump is mapped to B button on new input setting)
  • TV Filter (On/Off)
  • Screen Size/Ratio (Full 16:9 / Window 4:3)
  • Music (On/Off)
  • SFX (On/Off)

A number of reported bugs and text glitches have also been fixed as part of the update.

A similar patch has also been released for Odallus: The Dark Call.

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Nintendo Download, May 2, 2019: Aloha!

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

• Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

Shakedown: Hawaii – Shakedown: Hawaii follows three protagonists through a 16-bit open world. Build your own “legitimate” corporation by completing missions, acquiring businesses, sabotaging competitors, “re-zoning” land and shaking down shops for protection money. Explore the island by foot, by car or by boat. It’s filled with arcade challenges, side quests, stores to shop at, houses to burgle, civilians to interact with and secrets to discover. The Shakedown: Hawaii game is available May 7.

Puyo Puyo Champions – Easy to learn, but tough to master. Jump straight into fast-paced puzzle action with features fit for both friendly rivalries and competitive tournaments in Puyo Puyo Champions. Challenge your friends and family in local multiplayer* or compete against other players through online** matchmaking. Built for all ages, this classic puzzle game comes with a surprisingly competitive edge. The Puyo Puyo Champions game is available May 7.

Nintendo eShop sales:

• Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

• Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

Arcade Archives PSYCHO SOLDIER

Attack on Titan 2 – Demo Version

Bird Game + – Available May 3

Black Paradox – Available May 3

Car Mechanic Manager – Available May 7

Defend Your Castle

Duck Game

European Conqueror X – Available May 7

GIGA WRECKER ALT.

Gyro Boss DX – Available May 3

Hellmut: The Badass from Hell – Available May 3

HexaGravity

Impossible Mission

Isoland

Isoland 2 – Ashes of Time

James Pond Codename Robocod

Meow Motors – Available May 8

Panty Party

Preventive Strike – Available May 3

Rollin’ Eggz

Shadows of Adam – Available May 3

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut

Super Star Blast

The Little Acre

The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

Venture Kid

Xtreme Club Racing – Available May 3

*Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode; sold separately.

 

**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

 

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop, which offers a variety of options for the Nintendo Switch console, the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

 

Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in any Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Account.

 

Customers in the U.S. and Canada ages 18 and older can also link a PayPal account to their Nintendo Account to purchase digital games and content for the Nintendo Switch system both on-device and from the Nintendo website. Once the accounts are linked, users may also use PayPal as a payment option when buying digital content for the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family systems from the Nintendo website.

 

My Nintendo members can earn Gold Points on eligible digital purchases. Already have Gold Points? Redeem them toward your next digital purchase of Nintendo Switch games and DLC on Nintendo eShop, or on discount rewards for select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U software. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/reward_categories for more details.

Remember that Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 2DS XL and Nintendo 2DS feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. Nintendo 3DS players who register a Nintendo Network ID gain access to free-to-start games and free game demos from Nintendo eShop, and also get the latest news and information direct from Nintendo. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch, http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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