In case you were wondering

How Should YOU Play in the Xbox Ecosystem?

It is now clear more than ever that the Xbox brand is not just targeting traditional console players. The vast majority of their marketing, infrastructure investments, capability efforts, as well as many other things have all pointed to a general “we want everyone to play on Xbox.” To play “on Xbox” doesn’t necessarily refer to the literal box under your TV anymore, it refers to the Xbox ecosystem; it’s games, it’s social interface, and other connectivity and integration. There are more ways than ever to access the Xbox library of games. There is the current console generation, Xbox One which includes the One S, One S All-Digital, and One X versions. There is the next-gen hardware, Xbox Series S and Series X. There is PC gaming, since all Xbox Game Studios releases now come to Steam and Game Pass for PC on release day of the console versions. Starting this week, there is now Cloud Gaming, available through a Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

Microsoft has given the gamer options. For people like me, that’s a good thing. Let me decide what’s best for me, my lifestyle, and most important to many people – the wallet. Let’s examine these options and do our best to determine what’s the best fit for the gamer inside of you. These options I’m about to discuss are not ranked in any particular and are my genuine best attempt to use people’s general behaviors, tendencies, and financials to decide what is best for them. There’s always circumstances that can come up that are unique to only you and your exact scenario may not be covered here, but I trust you’ll use this information to make the best decision regardless. Let’s get started!

Current Generation Gaming (Xbox One) – This is a little trickier to explain than you might think. The original Xbox One by most estimations is going to run like potato the further we get into next-gen games. If this is all you got, then it’ll work, but I’d recommend saving up for a new console. However, if you’ve got an Xbox One S or One X, both consoles should perform fine for the next couple years. The One X in particular is currently seen as the most powerful current gen console, so it’s not unthinkable that it can still hold its own for the next 2-3 years, or more. If you’re short on funds currently, have a gigantic backlog of current generation games, or just don’t feel all that hyped for any of the announced upcoming next-gen games, by all means, try and squeeze a few more dollars of value out of Xbox One. If you’ve got Game Pass, surely you’ve not played every game on there just yet so feel free to take your time upgrading. Keep in mind that the more time goes by, the less your current console will be worth via a trade in at a place like Gamestop. The upside to that is you can hold out for a good discount, perhaps a good Black Friday deal over the next 2-3 years and probably save more money on the purchase that you would’ve lost by not trading in your older console sooner. All indications are that Microsoft will be doing their best to keep Xbox One viable for as long as possible.

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Next Generation Gaming (Xbox Series S and Series X) – Alright, so if you’re paying close attention here, you’re probably someone that is fairly certain or heavily considering the console upgrade for next generation. If that’s not you, then go back a section and see if you can be content sticking with Xbox One for a bit longer. For people that are certain they want that “next-gen experience” which of course is somewhat of a grey area based on the current games announced you know you want the new shiny thing, it’s just a matter of which shiny thing essentially. You’ve got two choices – Series S and Series X. These consoles are very clearly for different audiences. This is not to say that some people won’t be on the fence between the two systems, but the masses shouldn’t be if Xbox’s customer education and marketing is on point (which can be a big if sometimes).

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Xbox Series S is basically the budget console. It’s the new car with the automatic windows, power steering, good gas mileage and a few other things but it doesn’t have the 4-wheel drive, the sunroof, the reverse camera and things like that. It is priced at $300, which is $200 less than the Xbox Series X, and $100-$200 cheaper than the PS5 depending on the model. It’s also the same price as the portable Nintendo Switch, but very much more capable for higher end games. Whatever criticisms there are for this console can always be shrugged away with “but still, look at that price!” The cons are no disk drive for physical games, less internal memory, and weaker graphics capabilities than PS5 and Xbox Series X, namely 4K resolution. It’s pro’s are that is does everything else the same as those systems but at a greatly reduced price. It’s processing power is the same as Series X and technically on paper is faster than the PS5. It will have same next gen features such as faster loading times and quick resume. It’s a great bargain for anyone trying reign in that monthly family budget or not trying to break the savings account for Christmas this year. If you only play a handful of games, such as Fortnite (or any battle-royale), annual versions of FIFA, Madden, Call of Duty and don’t care about playing movies or physical media, this is probably your guy right here. If you don’t have a 4K TV or more importantly don’t care about playing games in 4K because something like framerate is more important to you, well then the reasons for Series S are piling up. Even if you don’t play any of those games but largely just stick to 2-3 games for long periods of time, then the system will still have plenty of storage for you to manage with. Casual gamers will love this system. New gamers will love this system. Veteran gamers that don’t consider the Xbox brand their preferred method of gaming might still pick one up as well. There’s a good amount of value, intrigue, and marketability for the Xbox Series S.

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Xbox Series X is the heavy weight. Using our car analogy from before, it’s the Cadillac Escalade. All the bells and whistles for next-gen consoles. It boosts the highest graphical power, targeting 4K as it’s baseline and reportedly 8K ready (assuming that ever becomes a thing in the next 10 years). It will handle 60 frames per second with ease and do quite nicely for those developers wishing to push up to 120 fps. It has the most built in storage space out of all the next-gen options. The only metric on paper that it isn’t the best or tied for best is it’s SSD speed, which is a smidge slower than the PS5. That’s it. It’s a straight up beast. This beast does cost $499 and includes a physical disk drive. It’s a big chunk of change, but it is boasting performance that on it’s launch day is more than most people’s gaming PC’s (for now). If you’re an enthusiast and have got the disposable income set aside, and perhaps don’t want to worry about storage space (by comparison), graphical capabilities, or having to upgrade anytime soon, this is likely your best match. People with an already build PC that has a 2080ti or better graphics card could elect to put that $499 into improving their PC rig if they wish. If you don’t have a PC to speak of for gaming, you’re talking about spending roughly $1500 on a new PC build just to match the Series X performance. The Series X is only a third-ish of that cost. Some people have a great gaming PC, but just prefer console. The people that have that kind of disposable income for a great PC but prefer console gaming will probably want Series X as well. We’ll talk more about PC in a moment.

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In summary for next generation systems, if you’re looking to squeeze the value out of every last dollar and don’t give a rip about 4K resolution, go with the Series S. If you want the best and you don’t mind opening up the wallet a little, go with the Series X. The affordability argument for each console gets another layer to it however. Microsoft has it’s All-Access program for new consoles. The reader’s digest version is that you can finance your new console (and the Gamepass subscription) into 0% APR monthly payments over 24 months. Personally speaking, I’m not a fan of using credit to purchase something that is purely of entertainment value. With that said, the concept is basically the same as every time most people get a new cell phone. The monthly payment for the phone is lumped into your monthly service bill. At the end of the 24 months you own the console outright. You can get Series S and 2 years of Xbox Gamepass Ultimate for $25 per month, Series X and 2 years comes out to $35. If you don’t want the big lump some payment but have decent to good credit, you could go this route for Series S. If you are trying to be cost efficient but can see the long-term benefits to investing into the beefier console, Series X, because you perhaps want that extra storage or you plan on getting a 4K TV eventually, then you could go this route as well.

PC Gaming – It’s been standard now for a few years that Microsoft’s 1st Party games now release on Steam the same day they are released on console. PC performance all depends on your PC itself, but you have the same access to mostly the same library of games. PC has it’s own slice of the Game Pass subscription as well, you can use Game Pass for PC on it’s own, or use Game Pass for PC as part of your Game Pass Ultimate subscription. If you’ve already put a ton of cash into a PC fairly recently or you just prefer PC gaming in general, you still have significant access to the Xbox ecosystem. “But wait, doesn’t Microsoft want me to buy their console instead of playing on PC?” Not really, at least not in the traditional sense. Their business strategy as well as how they measure success is not in outdated console war metrics, but in software sales, active users, and total subscriptions. These three things bring the company more profit than console sales. Yes, they still need to sell some consoles because not everyone has a PC and if they don’t have a PC or a console, then it’s harder to sell software and the only thing left is a subscription service, which we’ll cover below. Consoles are generally sold at a loss, software is sold with as much as a 30% piece of profit to the bottom line. So if they can get you to buy software, getting up to 30% a pop without also having to take the loss on a console sale, why wouldn’t they? Anyway, that doesn’t matter to you. What matters is, if you like your PC, it runs great, you like playing games on PC, and you really don’t feel like buying another box for under your TV (or monitor), then by all means, use your PC to join the Xbox eco system through Steam purchases or Game Pass.

Cloud Gaming – Cloud gaming capabilities, formerly known as Xcloud, launched this week for those individuals with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Currently android devices, mostly cell phones and tablets are set and ready to go with over 150 games to choose from. In it’s current state, Cloud Gaming with Game Pass is likely to be more of a supplemental service for people in the United States and more developed countries. There’s no doubt large audiences in places like India and elsewhere around the world where a cell phone device that streams games is more accessible for the average person that console or PC hardware, will think of it as their primary means. Until Cloud Gaming has more time to solidify itself, this is just speculation on my part. However, it’s unlikely that Cloud Gaming will just be an android cell phone and tablet service forever. Expect PC and Laptop browser capabilities to follow later on down the road. If you’re tired of different generations of hardware, dozens of game cases laying around and perhaps just want something to take with you to play when you’re bored at the doctor’s office, waiting for your flight at the airport, or various other situations of that nature, consider Cloud Gaming with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Those examples are just referring to phone and tablet usage. A really old laptop or PC can become your cloud gaming device if the browser support comes along. With cloud gaming, no downloads or patches, cords, cables, etc etc; you essentially game on someone else’s computer in a galaxy far far away, well not a galaxy, but you get the picture.

What Option Is Best For YOU? – As mentioned at the beginning, there are many options. If you’re like me, you might have one of these options as your primary but still use other secondary avenues to stay engaged in the eco system. Microsoft is determined to get people from all corners of the world, many varying economic backgrounds, and gaming backgrounds into their ecosystem. How are they doing that? Multiple entry points into the ecosystem. Older console, newer console, PC, and Cloud. We have more options to play games than ever before. The best part of more options is, YOU DECIDE!

Joel Mead is a gaming enthusiast since 1990 when he got an NES for Christmas. He occasionally streams on Twitch and you can find him talking about Xbox, Nintendo, and gaming in general in the RunJumpStomp discord community. Follow him on twitter @meadiocregamer.

New Exclusive Outcasters Screenshots. Oh, and they answered some of our questions.

Before you get started reading the interview, you should check out the official Outcasters TwitterOutcasters Instagram, and Outcasters Discord!!!

Oh, and if you didn’t know, we’ve got a podcast all about Stadia! You should definitely listen to it, or watch it. Totally up to you!


Q: Can you describe for our community what kind of game that Outcaster is? 

A: Outcasters is a fast-paced, competitive, and chaotic shooter for up to 8 players. It’ll test your speed, skill, and creativity if you want to win.

Q: How long is the average match? Will the game be quick to pick up and play, or require a long time investment in each match?

A: Matches can be short if you’re really good! But we want you to be able to enjoy Outcasters no matter how much time you have. You can pick up and play for a few matches, or play it for ages with your friends.

It’s why Stadia is the perfect platform for Outcasters; it’s so easy to jump in with your friends straight away.

Q: Do your characters level up at all with play, or are any drops or unlocks just cosmetics?

A: You unlock abilities over your first few levels as you learn the game, but everything else is up to you!

Q: With support for both Keyboard/Mouse and controller (as well as touch controls on mobile) are you planning to separate people using different input methods for matchmaking?

A: We aren’t, but we’ve made sure that the different control methods all feel amazing to play.

Q: What Stadia specific features have you included in the game, any planned support for crowd play?

A: We aren’t talking about this just yet, but keep your eyes peeled!

Q: Why did you bring this game to Stadia in particular?

A: I don’t need to tell you, but Stadia is a really cool platform! Having no downloads, minimal load times, the ability to play anywhere and on any device is revolutionary. We thought Outcasters was the perfect fit.

Q: How has the development process been so far on Stadia? 

A: The team have been amazing to work with, but I won’t embarrass myself by trying to talk about the technical stuff! We’ll be talking more about that sort of thing in the future.

Q: Do you have any plans for post-release content you could share with us?

A: Not just yet! But Outcasters fans will have plenty to look forward to

Q: What is the coolest feature of the game that you can’t wait for people to play with?

A: Honestly, I’m just so excited to see people get their hands on it! Obviously, we’ll see some crazy customisations, but I want to see just how good people are going to get at it, and some of the amazing plays people will be able to pull off!

Q: What question do you wish that we had asked about Outcasters?

A: Where to find out more! Here’s Twitter and here’s the Splash Damage website!

Scarefest Kholat Gets Limited Quantity Physical

Red Art Games is pleased to announce that online pre-order for the physical boxed version of Kholat on Nintendo Switch are available now, with a limited edition of 3800 copies with a price of €29.99/£27/$35.

·         Pre-Order Link  www.redartgames.com 

Billed as the most terrifying journey of your life, Nintendo gamers can experience this epic adventure game, which was created by Polish indie developer IMGN.PRO and narrated by famous British actor Sean Bean.

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“We are very proud to announce the physical version of Kholat on Nintendo Switch – one of the best titles to usher in the new school term!” – Michael Binkowski – CEO of Red Art Games.

Kholat was previously released on PC /PS4 /XB1, where it sold over 700,000 units across those three platforms and accumulated over 3.5M users, becoming one of the most popular indie horror games. Kholat is an exploration adventure game with elements of horror inspired by the event known as Dyatlov Pass Incident. The player will plunge directly into the boundless scenery of the inhospitable Ural Mountains with the task of finding out what really happened. Controlling the main character you trace the steps of a group of nine Russian college students who went missing in February 1959 on Kholat Syakhl.

Kholat is told through a first-person horror adventure framework and presents an atmospheric storyline of intrigue and mystery. With standard survival equipment including map, compass and flashlight, the player must balance their health and well being with the challenges that unfold. A sense of unease will wash over the player as  periods of time pass,  the cold winds and wintery conditions that prevail as you move from location to location. Limited information in the form of notes and cryptic voiceover as the player journeys through the world add to the experience of feeling lost as ghostly figures roam looking for their prey!

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Features

·         Narrated by Sean Bean 

·         immersive exploration experience 

·         Chilling atmosphere and tension 

·         Self made story inspired by true events 

·         Non-linear open world 

·         Challenging exploration

·         In-game navigation by map and compass 

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About Red Art Games

Founded in January 2018, Red Art Games is a French video game publishing company offering physical versions of video games only available in digital and in limited edition. The games presented on Sony PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Switch, very retro gaming oriented, are, therefore, particularly aimed at collectors. Today, Red Art Games has published no less than 30 video games, all platforms combined, and does not intend to stop there! 

For more information, visit www.redartgames.com and follow us on Twitter (@REDARTGAMES)

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Launches Exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 20

A century before the events of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, the Great Calamity occurred. Hyrule was plunged into darkness, devasted by an evil force which transformed the kingdom forever. While the Great Calamity is touched on in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch system, fans have never experienced what happened before that catastrophic event … until now.

In the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity game, which launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 20, players will be transported to the time before the Great Calamity happened, participating in epic battles against a backdrop of familiar locations in Hyrule before they were destroyed. The game stars recognizable characters from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild like Link and Zelda, as well as other characters like the four Champions, who will be playable for the very first time in the Hyrule Warriors series.

The debut trailer can be viewed by visiting https://www.zelda.com/hyrule-warriors/.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a must-play for fans of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Roll up your blue tunic sleeves and get ready for a dramatic and surprising adventure through Hyrulean history this holiday season.”

Hyrule Warriors: The Age of Calamity features gameplay that will be familiar to fans of the Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors games. Focused on performing combos and over-the-top special abilities, the action-heavy gameplay is fast-paced and strategic, perfect for players looking for an intense, non-stop action game with direct ties to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In addition to all the action, the game is loaded with a robust story that depicts the events, relationships and dramatic moments of the Great Calamity in captivating detail.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity finds plenty of inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – not just in its visual style. Many of the most popular and fan-favorite characters from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are playable, including Link and Zelda. In addition to hacking and slashing their way through swarms of enemies to defend Hyrule, players will also solve environmental puzzles, unlock weapons and skills, craft materials, visit shops to obtain items and use the power of the Sheikah Slate, which fans will recognize from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

To pre-order Hyrule Warriors: The Age of Calamity and learn more about the game, visit https://www.zelda.com/hyrule-warriors/.

Nintendo Marks the 35th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. with Games, Products and In-Game Events

Mario has come a long way since jumping on that first Goomba in World 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros. game. Now, 35 years since the launch of that game in Japan, he is starring in new games on the Nintendo Switch system, lending his likeness to brands like LEGO®, PUMA and Monopoly, and watching as fans battle it out using Super Mario power-ups in Splatoon 2.

In a new video presentation released today, Nintendo detailed several games, products and in-game events that are all arriving for the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. This includes games new to the Nintendo Switch family of systems like Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a collection of three Super Mario games of the modern era, Super Mario 64Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario GalaxySuper Mario Bros. 35, a 35-player online battle in the world of the original Super Mario Bros. game; and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, an enhanced version of the Super Mario 3D World game which originally launched on Wii U.

Additionally, the video revealed other Super Mario experiences launching this year, like Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which brings the fun of the Mario Kart series to the real world using the Nintendo Switch system to control a real-life, physical Kart; the launch of the classic Super NES game Super Mario All-Stars on Nintendo Switch Online later today*; and a new Nintendo product called Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., a mini gaming device inspired by the retro Game & Watch systems that plays the original Super Mario Bros.Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and Ball games.

“We look forward to everyone joining us on a Mario journey 35 years in the making,” said Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser. “We are marking this significant milestone with a wide variety of games and experiences that all generations of Mario fans, from here to the Mushroom Kingdom, can enjoy together.”

The full video presentation can be viewed by visiting http://supermario35.com/. Highlights of the video include the following:

  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Optimized versions of 3D Mario games Super Mario 64Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are coming to Nintendo Switch in one package. In addition to having higher resolutions than their original versions, the games have been optimized for a smooth gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch. Super Mario 3D All-Stars also includes an in-game music-player mode to play the music and songs from all three games. Players can also listen to music on their Nintendo Switch systems when the screen is off. A limited production of Super Mario 3D All-Stars launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of systems on Sept. 18 and will be available until approximately March 31, 2021.
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit: Created in partnership with Velan Studios, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit brings the fun of the Mario Kart series into the real world by using a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite** system to race against opponents using a physical Kart. The physical Kart responds to boosts in-game and in the real world, stops when hit with an item and can be affected in different ways depending on the race. Players place gates to create a custom course layout in their home, where the only limit is their imagination. Race against Koopalings in Grand Prix, unlock a variety of course customizations and costumes for Mario or Luigi, and play with up to four players in local multiplayer mode.*** Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which is available in a Mario Set or Luigi Set, launches on Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $99.99.
  • Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.: This new collectable device is inspired by the original Game & Watch systems first released in 1980. The original handheld device included a game, and could also be used as a watch to tell time. The original Game & Watch series sold more than 43 million worldwide. Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. features a modern +Control Pad. In addition to playing classic games Super Mario Bros.Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2) and a special version of Ball with a Mario makeover, Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. also functions as a clock, with 35 little touches to discover, including some guest appearances from Mario’s friends and foes. Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. launches on Nov. 13 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury: Multiplayer mayhem pounces onto Nintendo Switch! This enhanced of Super Mario 3D World, which originally launched for the Wii U system, features co-op gameplay both online* and through local multiplayer in a variety of creative levels. Additional details about what new things this game has to offer will be revealed later. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury launches for Nintendo Switch onFeb. 12, 2021. New amiibo figures Cat Mario and Cat Peach will also be released at the same time as the game.
  • Super Mario Bros. 35: Welcome to Super Mario Bros. … with 35 players! In this competitive online battle game, 35 players will compete to be the last Mario standing … or running. Enemies defeated will be sent to other players’ courses, but that also works the other way around! Players can activate special items to try and outpace their opponents. Super Mario Bros. 35 launches on Oct. 1 as a digital-only game exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members.* The game will be playable until March 31, 2021.
  • Super Mario All-Stars: The classic Super NES game that includes upgraded versions of Super Mario Bros.Super Mario Bros.: The Lost LevelsSuper Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3 with enhanced 16-bit graphics is joining the catalog of games available with Nintendo Switch Online … later today!*
  • Super Mario Events: From now until March 2021, there are many events to mark the 35th anniversary of Super Mario.
  • By completing Super Mario related missions on My Nintendo, fans will have an opportunity to earn rewards, including a special pin set. Pins are available while supplies last. This promotion lasts until March 31, 2021. Learn more by visiting the official website.
  • From Sept. 8 at 11 p.m. PT until Sept. 22 at 11 p.m. PT, Mario Kart Tour will have a Super Mario Kart Tour event, with special appearances by Mario (Super NES) and Donkey Kong Jr. (Super NES) from the original Super Mario Kart game.****
  • Historical Super Mario items and 35th anniversary-themed merchandise will be available for purchase at the Nintendo NY store and store.nintendo.com during the month of November.
  • A 35th anniversary-themed Ninji Speedruns course is coming to the Super Mario Maker 2 game in November.
  • Later this year, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have an in-game online tournament using Super Mario series fighters, stages and items.
  • Super Mario themed Splatfest is coming to Splatoon 2 in January 2021. Keychains will also be available as a My Nintendo reward closer to the Splatfest.***** In addition, physical Splatfest T-shirts will be available for purchase online later today.The upcoming Splatfest asks the important question: Which Super Mario power-up do you prefer? Supersize with a Super Mushroom or become invincible with a Super Star?
  • In March of next year, Super Mario themed furniture will be available in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game.
  • Super Mario Products: In addition to events, many different Super Mario themed products will be hitting store shelves this year.
  • The PUMA RS-Dreamer Super Mario 64 basketball shoes from our collaborative collection will launch tomorrow, Sept. 4. These shoes will be available exclusively at Foot Locker, Champs Sports, PUMA stores and Puma.com.
  • Monopoly Super Mario Celebration from Hasbro is now available at retailers worldwide.
  • Jenga Super Mario sets from Hasbro are now available at retailers worldwide.
  • The It’s-a-Me, Mario action figure from Jakks Pacific is now available at retailers worldwide.
  • Black Milk Clothing inspired by Super Mario will be available at BlackMilkClothing.com starting at 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 5. A lookbook sneak peek will be available on Sept. 29.
  • The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System set is now available exclusively at LEGO stores and LEGO.com, with multiple LEGO Super Mario sets now available at retailers worldwide, including the Adventures with Mario Starter Course.

Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase Returns with a Fresh Look at Games by Development and Publishing Partners Coming to Nintendo Switch

Nintendo featured a variety of different games coming to the Nintendo Switch system in the latest Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase video presentation, the second in a series of Partner Showcases made possible by the ongoing support of Nintendo’s development and publishing partners. Games include titles from Ubisoft, SQUARE ENIX and Harmonix, starring recognizable characters like Sora from KINGDOM HEARTS, an all-star cast of manga heroes and even boxing legend Adonis Creed himself!

“We appreciate the continued support for Nintendo Switch from our development and publishing partners,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Publisher and Developer Relations. “The diverse collection of games highlighted in these Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase presentations helps to deepen the already-rich library of games that Nintendo Switch owners can enjoy.”

To view the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/08-26-2020/. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

  • Just Dance 2021: The Just Dance series is back with its newest installment, Just Dance 2021! In this latest entry in the popular dance series, players can move to 40 hot new tracks, including songs from popular artists like “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa and “Feel Special” by TWICE. Players can even team up in co-op mode! Just Dance 2021 launches for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 12.
  • World of Tanks Blitz: In this epic free-to-play online multiplayer game, players pilot more than 350 unique and exclusive combat vehicles with thoroughly elaborate 3D models. Historically accurate vehicles, experimental tanks based on blueprints of famous engineers, armored monsters from popular alternative universes – here they fight together! World of Tanks Blitz is available now for Nintendo Switch. New players who log in to World of Tanks Blitz on the Nintendo Switch system prior to Sept. 9 can collect a special free gift from the in-game shop that includes a T2 Medium tank, three days of premium account access, 1,000 gold (in-game currency) and an exclusive avatar.
  • KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory: In this musical experience from SQUARE ENIX set in the world of KINGDOM HEARTS, players will match the rhythm with good timing and cast powerful magic spells to attack enemies. A variety of modes are available in the game, including Memory Drive, which involves matching past scenes from memory, and Boss Battle, in which players square off against fearsome bosses with special attacks. Clearing stages rewards players with cinematics and musical scores so they can relive memorable scenes from their journey. In addition to local* and online** multiplayer battle modes, a new mode exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game called Free-for-all features local multiplayer action for up to eight players. Plus, players can also experience a chapter of KINGDOM HEARTS from popular character Kairi’s perspective. KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory launches for Nintendo Switch later this year.
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2: Two legendary puzzle games reunite for the ultimate puzzle match in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2! This vibrant new entry includes all of the modes from the original game, including the popular Versus mode, which lets players play Puyo Puyo against Tetris, and the playful Party Mode with special items and challenges. The new Skill Battle mode introduces character-based skills and item cards that can be equipped to power up the team and quickly turn the tables on opponents! In Adventure mode, players will traverse space and dimensions never seen before in a new story, with a colorful cast of cute characters, bringing to life the power of Tetriminos and Puyos. An expanded Online Mode** will bring the ability to spectate matches, in which up to four players can compete against each other in worldwide battles for online rankings. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 drops onto Nintendo Switch on Dec. 8 – just in time for the holiday season!

  • TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: RHYTHMIC ADVENTURE PACK: Two games from the Taiko no Tatsujin series make their way to Nintendo Switch in one collection. Join Don-chan in two great RPG adventures by time traveling into the future or by saving the world from strange incidents. Face off against enemies in rhythmic battles by chaining combos with powerful taiko drums. Recruit monsters to become allies, check each monster’s personality and create a formidable party to take down fearsome foes. And if players enjoy just playing along to the music, a rhythm mode is also available. More than 130 songs are included in this collection, including new songs like “Gurenge.” TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: RHYTHMIC ADVENTURE PACK launches for Nintendo Switch in winter 2020.
  • Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions: Rise through the ranks in this knockout boxing game starring some of the most famous fictional boxers of all time, like Rocky Balboa, Adonis Creed and Viktor Drago. Experience a true underdog journey through story-driven interactions and fierce battles with intuitive controls and hard-hitting fighting techniques. Plus, players can hone their boxing skills in classic Rocky training montages. In Freeplay Mode, fight as Rocky Balboa, Adonis Creed and an entire roster of fighting legends from the Rocky and Creed franchises, including Apollo Creed, Ivan and Viktor Drago, and Clubber Lang. Local* multiplayer is also available so players can go head-to-head with friends in adrenaline-fueled matches. Step into the boxing ring in Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions, launching for Nintendo Switch in spring 2021.
  • JUMP FORCE – Deluxe Edition: Unite to fight a dangerous threat and save humankind in JUMP FORCE – Deluxe Edition. Choose from a roster of more than 50 powerful manga heroes from ONE PIECEDRAGON BALLNARUTO and more. Battle in various modes, including online modes and a local tag team mode exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version. JUMP FORCE – Deluxe Edition, which includes Characters Pass 1, punches its way to Nintendo Switch on Aug. 28.
  • FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition: A grand adventure awaits in this remastered version of the classic co-op action RPG. This new version of FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES features new high-level dungeons and weapons, updated graphics and much more. Team up online with friends far and near, or with other players in a party matchmaking system, to battle foes and discover new adventures. FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition arrives on Nintendo Switch on Aug. 27.

  • COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGENDOriginally released on the Game Boy system, the first three titles in the SaGa series – The FINAL FANTASY LegendFINAL FANTASY Legend II and FINAL FANTASY Legend III – are coming to Nintendo Switch in one collection! Navigate through fantasy worlds as you fight monsters, customize your characters, explore towns, dungeons and more. A high-speed mode and other helpful features have been added, while retaining the appeal of the original titles. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the series, a special anniversary song is included. And if players want a truly retro experience, they can detach the Joy-Con controllers and hold them vertically to replicate the original, beloved Game Boy system. COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGEND will launch digitally on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 15.
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  • FUSER: From Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band, comes FUSER, a non-stop digital music festival in which players control the music. In the next evolution of music gaming, players combine elements of songs from some of the world’s most popular artists to create amazing mixes, or partner with friends on epic collaborations. FUSER launches for Nintendo Switch this fall.

Sniff out some information going between you and Stadia

Discord community member AquaRegia created this script. I decided to post it here so people can play around and figure things out. I have not use Tampermonkey. I’m not endorsing it. I’m just letting people know its there.

A lot of the communication between the client (Chrome browser) and the Stadia servers happens through an API. The client sends a request for the games/achievements/friends/etc. and the server responds with the requested information in an easy-to-use structure. By intercepting these API calls you can look at the information in its rawest form, before the browser has decided how (or if) to show it to the user.

Tampermonkey is a Chrome extension that allows you to add, remove, and edit functionality on an existing web page.

The following Tampermonkey script intercepts every API call on Stadia, and neatly puts them together into an object called StadiaAPI. After installing (and refreshing the page), open the Chrome developer tools (ctrl+shift+j) and type “StadiaAPI” into the console. This will display everything the browser has received through the API:

They all have arbitrary names, but I’ve managed to figure out the content for some of them, here are some examples:

sis9oc – All of your achievements from the latest game you played
Z5HRnb – Friends list
LV6ate – All of your games

After typing “StadiaAPI” you can click on the arrows to expand every object. All values are unlabeled, so it takes som detective work to figure out what they represent. They’re always in the same order however, so once you’ve figured it out you’ll always know where to look. Here’s an example:

With just a little bit of coding knowledge you can then use this data any way you like. For example, you can type:

StadiaAPI.LV6ate_0[0].map(e => [e[1][1], e[4] ? new Date(e[4][0]*1000).toISOString() : "Never"])

to show a list of all of your games and the last time you played them:

Using a similar technique AquaRegia created another Tampermonkey script that intercepts game information and creates graphs that show you the game time on all of your games, it can be found here:

What can you figure out using this method. Tweet it at me @RunJumpStomp on Twitter