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Play Wii Sports Club for free this weekend photo
Play Wii Sports Club for free this weekend
by Jordan Devore

As announced last week, Nintendo is giving Wii U owners the opportunity to play Wii Sports Club for free today through Sunday, March 23 at 11:59 PM Pacific. There are three games available currently -- Tennis, Bowling, and Golf -- and the latter just got a new nine-hole Resort Course.

Outside of promotions like this, these sports are $9.99 each to own, or $1.99 to rent all of them for 24 hours on the Wii U eShop. Nintendo is offering this particular free weekend in the United Kingdom as well, by the way. Too bad Baseball and Boxing aren't out yet!

Now all I need is to hire a bunch of actors to portray my family. I like the look of those old folks.

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Get your WildStar beta keys here! photo
Get your WildStar beta keys here!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Beta weekend over! Hope you had fun.]

NOTE: The rest of the codes are loaded and live! Click here to snag yours before they're all gone!

Our friends at NCSoft and Carbine Studios have hooked us up with 5,000 beta keys for their hot new MMO WildStar, and we've got the first 1,000 reserved just for our Huge members!

The beta weekend starts tomorrow at 7am and ends on Sunday at 11:59pm Pacific. To snag your code, just head on over to your Huge member perks page and click the button! Once you've got your key, go sign up for an NCSoft account if you don't already have one, then click the "Apply A Code" button at the top of a page. If you like what you see, head on over to the WildStar pre-order page and secure yourself early access to the full game in late May.

Have fun! Not already one of our Huge members? You should really consider signing up! They get automatic entry into all contests, early access to beta keys like this, ad-free browsing (that's also guilt-free), and more. It's pretty great!

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Day-one patch for inFamous: Second Son adds 19 missions photo
Day-one patch for inFamous: Second Son adds 19 missions
by Jordan Devore

As Chris mentioned in his review of inFamous: Second Son, Sucker Punch is expanding the core game with the Cole's Legacy and Paper Trail story arcs. The first of this content will be playable tomorrow as part of a day-one patch alongside difficulty balancing and technical improvements.

Paper Trail is a free set of 19 missions which are said to extend the game by approximately five hours and tell the "full story behind the [Department of Unified Protection's] occupation of Seattle" both in-game and online. This content was co-developed by alternate-reality game maker 42 Entertainment and also includes "web-based investigations."

As for Cole's Legacy, that's also free -- if you have a Limited Edition copy of Second Son. Sucker Punch says this is spread across four story missions, providing another hour of gameplay.

As much as it can be a pain to have day-one updates prevent you from immediately diving into a game you just cracked open, this will be a welcome sight.

InFamous: Second Son's day one patch adds 19 new missions, 5 hours of additional gameplay [VideoGamer]

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Contest: Win a code for Strider! photo
Contest: Win a code for Strider!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners will be PM'd their codes ASAP.]

Our friends at Capcom have given us a bunch of codes for the incredibly awesome Strider to hand out to lucky Dtoiders!

We have three codes each for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One to give out. For a chance at one, just leave a comment below telling me why you want the game! Please also include the system you'd prefer to win for. Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Sunday, March 23 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone in the world who can redeem the codes.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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PvZ: Garden Warfare is getting substantial new DLC and it's free photo
PvZ: Garden Warfare is getting substantial new DLC and it's free
by Jordan Devore

I've been pleasantly surprised by the way Electronic Arts and PopCap have handled Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. First, the game itself is loads of fun -- the foundation is solid. But more than that, they don't have paid microtransactions yet even though they absolutely could have had those ready for day one, and the game's upcoming DLC is not only free, it's worthwhile.

Detailed today ahead of its March 18, 2014 release on Xbox One and Xbox 360, the Garden Variety Pack offers a new map, Chomp Town, and the eight-on-eight Gnome Bomb mode in which both plants and zombies try to destroy the other team's base.

There are also 24 new character ability upgrades -- three for each of the eight primary classes -- providing some additional (and much-needed) variety. Examples listed include a Super Goop attack for the Chomper which cements zombies, an Ultra Tackle for the All-Star, and a Solar Flare Beam for the way-too-happy Sunflower. Also be on the lookout for Pirate Zombies in the existing Sharkbite Shores and Port Scallywag maps.

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Contest: Win a custom Lighting Returns PS3! photo
Contest: Win a custom Lighting Returns PS3!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Scary Hair Studios!]

Everyone's favorite corgi lover Dale North has in his possession a beautiful, hand-painted Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII PS3 slim, and he wants to give it away to one of you amazing Dtoiders!

For a chance to win, we want you to dress up in your best Final Fantasy cosplay and post a pic of yourself in the comments! Any cosplay inspired by the FF universe is fair game, but you MUST be holding a Dtoid sign in your photo (so we know it's you). It's time to show your creative side!

You have until Sunday, March 16 (hey, that's our birthday!) at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to anyone in the U.S. Good luck!

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We've got 5,000 keys for this weekend's Elder Scrolls Online beta! photo
We've got 5,000 keys for this weekend's Elder Scrolls Online beta!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Beta weekend over! Hope you had fun.]

Bethesda is kicking off another massive beta weekend today for their upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, and we've got a bunch of codes to hand out to lucky Dtoiders!

The beta starts up again today and ends on Sunday, March 16 at 11:59pm Eastern. If you've previously joined in on another beta weekend, then you're already registered! For the rest of you, visit our beta code redemption page to snag your code before they're all gone! Then you just need to head on over the The Elder Scrolls Online site and sign up.

So what are you waiting for? DO IT NOW! Word on the street is this is a pretty fun game.

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Contest: Win The Art of Castlevania photo
Contest: Win The Art of Castlevania
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Titan Books have passed down five copies of The Art of Castlevania through the Destructoid bloodlines, and we're giving them away to you sexy Dtoiders! This beautiful hardcover features never-before-seen concept art, game stills, and more from both Lords of Shadow games, and we've got three copies for US and two copies for UK readers to hand out.

To enter, just tell me about your favorite moment from any Castlevania game in the comments below. Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Sunday, March 16 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone with a US or UK mailing address.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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Microsoft's Phil Spencer talks improving Games with Gold photo
Microsoft's Phil Spencer talks improving Games with Gold
by Jordan Devore

Comparisons between Microsoft's Games with Gold and Sony's PlayStation Plus cannot be helped. The two services may be set up differently, but on the surface, they both offer free games (some much newer than others) with a subscription. Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer spoke about the program during a Q&A session at SXSW, reports Polygon.

"One of our issues with Games with Gold -- not 'issues,' but differences between the other system we get compared to, is the fact that with Games with Gold, you get to keep that game, regardless of whether you continue to subscribe," he said. "And the business around Games with Gold, for us, is just fundamentally different from some of the other programs that are out there, which does put a different financial picture on a -- you're gonna go buy a game that's brand new, the cost of putting that in, just to be kind of blunt about it."

For its part, Microsoft appears to be listening to feedback even if it might not seem that way at all based on the service's offerings as of late. Continuing, Spencer said "I have been sitting down, monthly now, with that team -- some of the earlier months were already programmed -- and playing a more active role in picking franchises that show up in Games with Gold, and I think you'll see at least something that feels, at least, more true to what I think Games with Gold should look like with the constraints that are there."

Those darned constraints. At this rate, I'm more interested in seeing how Microsoft approaches Games with Gold on Xbox One where there isn't a library of years-old titles to fall back on.

Phil Spencer: Games with Gold will feel 'more true' to what consumers want in the future [Polygon]

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Contest: Win The Art of Thief! photo
Contest: Win The Art of Thief!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Thief to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! This sexy hardcover includes a ton of never-before-seen concept and development art from the new game, and I hear if you look hard enough you can find Garrett on every page just like Where's Waldo!

To win a copy for yourself, just tell me in the comments what you would steal if you could. (Please don't actually steal anything.) Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Sunday, March 9 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. The contest is open to anyone in the U.S.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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Contest: Win a limited edition Infamous: Second Son statue! photo
Contest: Win a limited edition Infamous: Second Son statue!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is skywes27!]

Our friends at Sony have given us two amazing Infamous: Second Son statues to hand out to the Destructoid community! These 12" Polystone behemoths feature Second Son's protagonist, Delsin Rowe, standing atop a diorama of destruction holding a real metal chain. Only 150 of these were made and their estimated retail value is $200, so these are true collector's items!

We'll be giving away one statue here on the site and another during our exclusive Infamous: Second Son playthrough with Chris Zimmerman of Sucker Punch tomorrow at 2pm Pacific over on Dtoid TV. To get your name in the hat for the first, tell us in the comments below what you're looking forward to doing most once you get your hands on Second Son! Being from the Pacific Northwest, I can't wait to get my feet wet on the rainy streets of Seattle... and then set them on fire with a blast of neon! What about you?

You have until this Sunday, March 9 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to anyone in the U.S. Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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Next time you need a free browser game, play Hotline Trail photo
Next time you need a free browser game, play Hotline Trail
by Jordan Devore

I'll admit it: the "Hotline" part of Hotline Trail is what got me to click. My brain must associate the word with good feelings after one too many hours spent playing Hotline Miami. Not that it really matters either way. This game is also worth playing, but for different reasons.

In Hotline Trail, you coast through the stars on a motorcycle (or a car; it's up to you) that must cling to a track with a mind of its own. Simple, yeah, but still skill-based. I especially like how you're given an audio-visual heads up when the course is about to introduce a new layout so your inevitable demise doesn't feel cheap, something that lesser endless runners struggle to avoid.

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Contest: Win the Art of Titanfall! photo
Contest: Win the Art of Titanfall!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are Themuad, Fawz, and THIRD NAME HERE.]

Our friends at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Titanfall to hand out to lucky Dtoiders!

Check out the gallery below to see some of the cool mech art in all its glory. To win a copy for yourself, just tell me the nickname you're going to give your own mech when you finally get one. (THE FUTURE IS NOW!) Limit one entry per person, and you have until next Tuesday, March 4 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. The contest is open to anyone in the US.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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Civ Rev and Dungeon Defenders are March's Games with Gold photo
Civ Rev and Dungeon Defenders are March's Games with Gold
by Brett Makedonski

Well, we're certainly at the point where we know exactly what to expect from Microsoft's monthly Games with Gold promotion. If you're new to the process, it typically features two games that are generally considered to be good, but a bit too old. That doesn't really change in March.

This month's offerings are Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders -- two games worth checking out if you hadn't gotten to them before. As is the case with these things, Civilization Revolution is free for Gold subscribers through March 16, at which point Dungeon Defenders takes over and is free for the remainder of the month.

Xbox Live Gold Members get Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders Free in March [Major Nelson]

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Get your Elder Scrolls Online beta keys here! photo
Get your Elder Scrolls Online beta keys here!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Update! Non-Huge members can now get in on this action. Click here to snag your beta keys before they're all gone!

Our friends at Bethesda are kicking off a massive beta weekend this Friday for their upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, and we've got a bunch of codes reserved just for our Huge members!

Throughout the beta weekend they'll be running special PvP events in Cyrodiil, so be sure to check those out of you're the fightin' type. The beta starts up again this Friday, February 28 at 12:00pm EST and ends on Monday, March 3 at 11:59pm EST, but you can get registered RIGHT NOW by visiting your membership perks page and clicking the button. Then you just need to head on over the The Elder Scrolls Online site and sign up. So what are you waiting for? DO IT NOW!

Not a Huge member? Why not try it out? For less than the cost of two liters of Mountain Dew Code Red you could browse Dtoid ad-free, get cool freebies, automatic entry into all contests, and more! I promise you won't regret it.

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Here, have a free track from the Monarch Arrangements photo
Here, have a free track from the Monarch Arrangements
by Darren Nakamura

Dale already told you about the soundtrack for Monarch: Heroes of a New Age by Goomin Nam. He even casually mentioned that he worked on a track for the Arrangements & Variations album. You lucky, music-loving Destructoid readers can now have that track, free of charge. Stream it below, or go straight to the Destructoid Soundcloud to download it.

"The Merry Village" is a variation of the original "Seaside Village." It has a smoother feel to it than the source material, and it sounds a bit brighter, despite having nearly identical instrumentation, with a focus on piano and strings. Check it out.

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