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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 10:41 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The Nintendo Switch has been a success so far for Nintendo, exceeding the company’s expectations and shattering records. It has gone on to have one of the best system launches ever, but how has that affected the retailers selling it.

Bloomberg is reporting that both Target and Best Buy have a experienced a notable surge in business and that is thanks to the Nintendo Switch and its sales.

Best Buy Co. got a boost from Mario and Luigi in the first quarter, as demand for Nintendo Co.’s new Switch game console helped the retailer post a surprise sales gain.

The Switch, which debuted March 3, has emerged as a bright spot in a lackluster retail industry. Last week, Target Corp. said its electronics sales “leapt forward” thanks to the Switch, which it promoted in stores and online. In April, the electronics category overall posted its first monthly gain in almost two years, according to government data cited by RBC Capital Markets.

This is good news for everyone involved, as it shows that Switch can have a positive effect on sellers. This is in direct contrast to the Wii U ( especially in the UK), and therefore bodes well for the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo did everything right in this situation and now will reap the rewards.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 09:26 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Pokemon developer Game Freak is recruiting for a new game. The company has put out an official job listing for a programmer who will be involved with some sort of RPG on 3DS.

We have no  further details, and nothing more is included in the listing. Could this be a new Pokémon game? We know a new entry in the series is supposed to come to Switch, so could this be something new instead?

We will have to wait and see.

 

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 25 May, 2017 At 09:20 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Here is the Nintendo Download for the week of 5/25/17 in North America

 

Switch Retail

Astro Duel Deluxe – $14.99 (available Tuesday)
Disgaea 5 Complete – $59.99
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers – $39.99 (available Friday)

Switch Download

ACA NeoGeo The King of Fighters ’99 – $7.99

Wii U Download

Block Zombies! – $4.99
The Girl and the Robot – $9.99

3DS Download

Drone Fight – $3.99

3DS DLC

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia DLC – All DLC packs, as well as the individual components included in each pack, can be purchased separately, giving players the flexibility to buy as many or as few as they want. The full version of the Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia game is required to use downloadable content.

Season Pass ($44.99, 22 pieces of content): The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Season Pass includes all five DLC packs as they release. By purchasing the Season Pass, fans who want to receive all DLC will save more than 30 percent compared to purchasing all 22 pieces of content on their own.

DLC Pack #2 – Undaunted Heroes Pack ($9.99, three pieces of content): In addition to a new dungeon (The Inner Sanctum), this pack also includes two challenging new maps that stronger, more seasoned heroes will want to tackle.

DLC Pack #3 – Lost Altars Pack ($14.99, 10 pieces of content): The mysterious dungeons included in this pack hold the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes that don’t appear in the main game.

eShop Sales

Great deals this week! Check out the full list of deals on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Activities

New Pikmin My Nintendo Rewards: Celebrate all things Pikmin with these fun rewards:

Adorable Pikmin Working Together Nintendo 3DS theme (Nintendo 3DS)
30 percent off on the original Pikmin game (Virtual Console for Wii U)
15 percent discount on the Nintendo Selects: Pikmin 3 game for the Wii U console
Online access to Pikmin 3: Prima Official Game Guide
Three Pikmin 3 DLC Packs*:
Pikmin 3 Map Pack 1 Collect Treasure! Stages 7-10
Pikmin 3 Map Pack 2: Battle Enemies! Stages 7-10
Pikmin 3 Map Pack 3: All-New Mission Stages 12-15

Source: Nintendo PR

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 May, 2017 At 08:21 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Larian Studios sent out the following

Larian Studios has announced that Divinity: Original Sin 2 will launch on September 14, 2017. Much larger than its highly-awarded predecessor, Divinity: Original Sin, the game gives players tabletop RPG-like freedom to complete quests and explore a world like no other. Divinity: Original Sin 2’s critically celebrated Game Master and PvP modes will also be available at launch, giving players a toolbox to create their own tabletop-style adventures, as well as an arena where they can compete in strategic multiplayer combat against each other.

Players can already purchase Divinity: Original Sin 2 on Steam for $44.99 and play the game’s first act in Early Access here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/435150/Divinity_Original_Sin_2/ 

To celebrate this announcement, Larian Studios is releasing a new Early Access patch, featuring two never-before-seen areas and a new companion relationship system. Character creation and crafting have also undergone a serious transformation, and players will finally have a first glimpse of the upcoming new origin story, a pirate dwarf named Beast. For more information on this patch and all it contains, check out a new Kickstarter Update video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiWM2nuCTSQ

 

Divinity: Original Sin 2 promises a darker and more expansive story than its predecessor. Set a thousand years after the original, Divinity: Original Sin 2 puts players in the role of a renegade user of forbidden magic. Our heroes will decide who will be the next god of Rivellon and what that god will do with its powers.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 expands on the player freedom that made 2014’s Divinity: Original Sin so much fun. Divinity: Original Sin 2 features five playable races and a new tag system that lets players shape the background and motivations of their characters, from noble elven cannibals to swarthy dwarven outlaws. Each choice you make shapes the world, impacting how you complete quests, solve problems, and build relationships – go anywhere, take anything, and kill anyone, but be careful of the repercussions!

Divinity: Original Sin 2 breaks new ground in what players expect from role playing in their RPGs, featuring 4-player co-op through which players can compete or cooperate to reach their goals. The new relationship system provides more nuance to character interactions, as individuals will have their own objectives and priorities based on their background and race. Whether you choose to balance your party’s individual goals for the greater good or fight to make sure you always get your way, character relationships play a major role in determining how players advance through the world.

Tactical combat returns in Divinity: Original Sin 2, with even more elemental interactions and powerful skills opening up new strategic considerations. Divinity: Original Sin 2 introduces a new spellcrafting system that lets players combine spells to create powerful and unexpected results. New combat skills give the less magically-inclined plenty of strategic options to influence the fight. Also, for the first time in a Divinity RPG, it is possible to challenge other players to PvP combat in demanding arena battles.

There is more news to come from Larian Studios in the coming months – follow the studio on social media and  keep an eye on Twitch channel for more information on the biggest RPG of 2017!

Divinity Original Sin was an amazing throwback to the classic CRPG games of old, and provided a new generation of gamers with a different kind of challenge. Hopefully the sequel gets just as good of, if not better reception as it looks amazing. This is the type of genre throwback the RPG genre needs more of.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 May, 2017 At 08:50 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

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SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced the departure of their COO and President, Jurgen Post. Jurgen had been with SEGA for over ten years, serving as Managing Director and Senior Vice President before being elevated to the position of COO and President for SEGA Europe in 2012.

Jurgen instigated and oversaw a seismic shift in SEGA Europe’s business operation back in 2012, making the very difficult decision to streamline the company’s European setup, closing the European offices and doubling down on a newly formed pillar structure. The pillar structure was at the time Creative Assembly, Sports Interactive, Alien and Sonic the Hedgehog, and the aim was, and still is, to focus on quality consumer experiences instead of quantity.

Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, with SEGA Europe acquiring two new studios forming all new pillars in Relic Entertainment and Amplitude Studios, in addition to acquiring Crytek Black Sea (now Creative Assembly Sofia). Huge partnerships have been signed with the likes of Microsoft, Wargaming and Elex to license existing IP, release new IP and build new franchises. Additionally, a raft of fantastic best practice PC conversions have been released including Bayonetta and Valkyria Chronicles, much to the delight of fans.

“Jurgen leaving us is a huge loss, but he leaves SEGA Europe with the business in a fantastic position and in the capable hands of a superb team who will strive to keep moving it forward”, said Tatsuyuki Miyazaki, CEO for SEGA West. “We wish Jurgen all the very best for the future and in his new role and hope that his employees there will find him as inspirational and as motivating as we did here.”

The legacy Jurgen leaves behind is of a business transformed. A market leader in the PC strategy genre with one eye firmly on the console market and many exciting projects in the works. His tenure has seen Creative Assembly grow to become one the largest development studios in Europe, Sports Interactive to experiment with new ideas within the Football Manager franchise and nurtured the undeniable development talents of Relic Entertainment and Amplitude Studios. It’s a very different SEGA to the company many of us grew up with but it is once again, on the path to great things and SEGA Europe Ltd. would like to publically thank Jurgen for his leadership, his dedication to a vision and his tireless work to realise it.

SEGA Europe’s CFO, John Ward, will act as interim COO while Jurgen’s replacement is sought, with the full backing of the senior management team. For more information about SEGA, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or log on to www.sega.co.uk.

We will the best of luck to him in his future endeavors, and the best of luck to Sega on finding his replacement.
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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 May, 2017 At 08:21 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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CD PROJEKT RED sent out the following

 

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce the start of Public Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Gamers can start playing immediately by visiting playgwent.com on PC, or — on consoles — download the client directly through Xbox Store or PlayStation Store.

“Public Beta is an important step towards GWENT’s final release,” said Marcin Iwi?ski, co-founder of CD PROJEKT RED. “We’re opening the gates to everyone who wanted to play, but didn’t make it into the Closed Beta, and — at the same time — we’re introducing some pretty significant content and gameplay changes like adding animated versions of cards for every card in the game, new starter decks, or how weather cards work,” Iwi?ski adds. “I’m extra curious how all of the community feedback we’ve incorporated will resonate with both current players and those who’re just starting. Please keep the feedback coming, we’re listening!”

More information about GWENT and the Public Beta is available in the FAQ section of playgwent.com.

You can watch the cinematic trailer below

It is great that even though the Witcher III has been out for a while, CD PROJEKT RED has been able to keep the franchise alive in new ways. Making GWENT a standalone game is a smart move, especially given games like Hearthstone and Elder Scrolls Legends.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 May, 2017 At 08:38 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

When you try to bring down your clan’s shaman by spilling a sacred “bowel bowl” filled with steaming guts that is being used to open terrifying windows into “The Other Place,” and you just get sucked through the windows into the Realms where you are doomed to spend eternity battling against cruel Champions in the name of glory… you’re having bad day.

 

That’s the story of Sorlag (read more at www.Quake.com), a vicious and prideful reptilian huntress from a post-apocalyptic alien planet. This Sorg flesh-trader stalks her prey in the Arenas armed with her deadly Acid Spit, coating the environment and enemies in a sticky toxic rank. This Active Ability deals direct damage to any Champions that are careless enough to pass through as well as additional poison damage over time as it seeps into their flesh.

 

Sorlag’s reputation as a hunter awards her two Passive Abilities, helping her nimbly move through matches and protecting her from her own – and other Sorlags’ — vile fluids.

 

CHAMPION PROFILE: Sorlag – Sorg Flesh-Trader

 

Starting Statistics:

  • Starting Health: 150
  • Starting Armor: 50
  • Speed: 280

 

Active Ability – Acid Spit: Have an enemy pinned in an corner or want to protect the Obelisk in Sacrifice? Sorlag’s Acid Spit is the perfect added weapon to finish off foes or help control key pathways and locations. Spray it on enemies, on the floor, or on the walls and anyone who passes through will take immediate damage as well as become poisoned, taking additional damage over time.

 

Passive Abilities: Sorlag has two Passives. First, Bunny Hop allows her to gain speed while jumping forward in a straight line and grants her a great deal of maneuverability while in the air. Second, her Acid Fiend ability means that she’s protected from her own Acid Spit, as well as the Acid Spit of enemy Sorlags.

 

Sorlag looks like a very interesting character in a truly unique game. Quake Champions is looking more and more impressive with each trailer. It should be a good fresh start for the series.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 May, 2017 At 04:54 PM | Categorized As Animation, News, ROG News, Television, Videos | With 0 Comments

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Netflix and Konami have released the first trailer for the upcoming animated Castlevania series. The series debuts on July 7 of this year.

 

The series looks dark and violent and like a Castlevania series should. Check out the trailer below

 

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 May, 2017 At 11:34 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 23 May, 2017 At 11:42 PM | Categorized As Uncategorized | With 0 Comments

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The following was sent out

Rest that lazy bum and turn on your consoles as Vile Monarch have manufactured another brilliant way to hurl insults through the power of technology! That’s right, Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator is coming to PS4 on May 30th, and Xbox One in June!

Take part in the smash hit that has sold over 250,000 copies, and magically cure all insult-related woes with the console release of Oh… Sir!! The Insult Simulator. You can purchase Oh…Sir!! The Insult Simulator for $2.99 USD on PS4 and Xbox One upon release!

We’ve explored all of our inner insults, but for those who can’t wait we’ve channeled the cosmos to create an unmatched insult board. For reference, mine was “Your mother wanted to be a muppet!”; I’ve since notified my mother of this news.

Game Features:
– Loner’s Insult Tournament Mode: Battle your way through numerous unique situations and verbally assault your CPU
– Real-Life Friends Mode: Beleaguer your actual friends on a couch, ottoman, or whatever else you like to rest your fanny on
– Imaginary-Friends Mode: Verbally take down strangers from all over the “Online world”
– 10 Hilarious Playable Characters: Each with their own unique voices, quirky traits, and hilarious “insult components”
– 5 Conflict Scenarios: Lay down some verbal jujitsu across 5 different trying situations and environments- Contentious Battle System: Employ combos, criticals, continuations and other new mechanics to outwit your argumentative opponents!

Oh…Sir!! The Insult Simulator is a truly unique game and is quite different from what most are used to. It is this kind of inventiveness that helps show just what is capable in gaming,

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