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Super Smash Bros.

PSA: Today is the last day to register for the free Super Smash Bros. soundtracks


Go to Club Nintendo
Jan 14
// Darren Nakamura
If you are anything like me, you put off registering products on Club Nintendo until months (or years) later, when they aren't worth as much. If you bought both the 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and you have...
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PSA: If you're looking forward to Ground Zeroes, don't watch The Phantom Pain's trailer


Tactical Public Service Announcement Action
Mar 05
// Max Scoville
No new Metal Gear Solid V spoilers or details here, I promise. Earlier today, I put up my preview for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and in it, I wrote a lot about the game. I was careful to steer clear of any s...
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GTA V app

Don't download this GTA V app on the Android store


Shady bastards
Sep 19
// Brett Makedonski
With the immense and predictable popularity of Grand Theft Auto V, it's not exactly surprising that there are some less than reputable characters that are looking to piggyback on its success. That's the case with an imposter ...

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Halo 4

PSA: Halo 4 weapons and playlist updates now live


Weapon and power-up spawns tweaked as well
Jun 04
// Abel Girmay
Yesterday's Halo 4 War Games update has brought more than a few new additions. From weapons, maps, and gametypes, there's a good amount of tweaking here. Chief among them has to be the laundry list of overhauls to the weapon ...
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PSA: Free Soul Sacrifice DLC now available


Quite a bit of content on offer
May 30
// Abel Girmay
Despite less than stellar system sales, the PlayStation Vita does have a fair amount of gems, not the least among them them being Soul Sacrifice. Live on the PlayStation Network store is a key for eight new quests to run thro...
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Pre-owned consoles

Want a used console? Buy directly from the manufacturer


You could score a better deal with refurbished units straight from the source
Apr 30
// Tony Ponce
The biggest argument against pre-owned game and hardware sales is that the publisher or manufacturer doesn't see a single cent of that revenue. One solution is for the original companies to start selling used goods themselves...

PSA: Pandora's Tower has a game-freezing bug

Apr 18 // Tony Ponce
THE BUG: After Tower 13 opens, you'll be unable to return to Towers 11 or 12. When you choose either level from the stage select menu, the game will lock up at the loading screen and you will have to hold the power button on the console to force shutdown. The game will also freeze if you try to enter 11 or 12 from the side doors at the base of Tower 13 rather than from the stage select menu. THE SOLUTION: The game will refuse to load Towers 11 or 12 until you visit Tower 13 at least once, but as I said above, simply entering 11 or 12 via the Tower 13 base is not enough. You have to step through one of the doors leading to the Tower 13 outer wall staircase first; once outside, you can use the Shard of Divinity item to teleport back to the Observatory. Now you should be able to enter 11 or 12 from the stage select menu without locking the game. To confirm if your visit to Tower 13 was registered, highlight its entry on the stage select menu. If a preview image of the Tower 13 environment appears, it means you've been there at least once. Conversely, if no preview image appears, it means you have not. Again, here are the steps: Choose Tower 13 from the stage select menu. Enter one of the doors leading to the Tower 13 outer wall staircase. Use a Shard of Divinity to teleport back to the Observatory. Towers 11 and 12 should be accessible from the stage select menu now. There may be other methods, though I haven't tested anything else yet. One other possible method is stepping out to the outer wall, going back inside via the same door, then trying to open either side door leading to 12 or 13. This alternative would be useful if you don't have a Shard of Divinity in your inventory, but again, I've yet to confirm its effectiveness. Once you've visited Tower 13, you can enter 12 or 13 at your leisure. However, should you have completed the game once already and chosen to reload a past chapter instead of reloading from a save point, you'll have to repeat these steps.
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And here's how to avoid it
[Editor's note: I used an NTSC copy of Pandora's Tower on a launch Wii unit. As I mention further down, it's very likely that this bug won't affect everybody. I merely want to play it safe and alert those people who will run ...

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Depression Quest

Depression Quest is about life, will evoke real feelings


Escape into the world of what it's like to feel pretty bad
Feb 16
// Jonathan Holmes
Depression Quest is a game that "aims to show other sufferers of depression that they are not alone in their feelings, and to illustrate to people who may not understand the illness the depths of what it can do to people." Un...
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Zelda deal

PSA: Skyward Sword is $20 at Target until this Saturday


Go buy it, fools!
Jan 29
// Brett Zeidler
You know how Nintendo is known for never reducing the price of their first-party titles until years later under a re-release line of games? Well, this week is one of those extremely rare cases where a retailer is significantl...
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PSA: Doritos Crash Course DLC is out today


It's only $2, guys
Jan 02
// Brett Zeidler
The biggest achievement in free simulation obstacle course games featuring Xbox Live Avatars, Doritos Crash Course, has received its very own downloadable content today. Doritos Crash Course City Lights adds two new area...
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YouTube on Wii U's browser is all kinds of amazing


Beats the pants off the standalone YouTube app
Nov 24
// Tony Ponce
It's been about a week since the Wii U launched, enough time to run the system through its paces. I've had my fair share of problems, and I really hope Nintendo addresses those matters sooner rather than later. However, there...
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PSA: Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run is ready fo' yo ass


Download and drink that sweet, free nectar
Nov 17
// Tony Ponce
Guys. Guys. It's out. Shinesparkers' arrange album Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, which we reminded you about a mere two days ago, went live earlier today. If you haven't snagged the free three-disc release already, head on o...
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PSA: Place your Wii U layaway order at Walmart ASAP


This might be your last chance to pre-order the console
Oct 15
// Tony Ponce
If you didn't claim a Wii U while pre-orders were still being accepted at retailers nationwide, this may be your last chance to acquire the console on launch day. Walmart recently kicked off this year's Layaway program, in wh...
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PSA: Fractal is free for iPad users until Friday


Feb 16
// Brett Zeidler
Back on the iTunes store today is Fractal, an interesting music puzzle game for the iPad. Even better for us, it's back at a reduced cost. How reduced, you ask? Well, it's free! But only until this Friday. After that, the pri...
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Freddie Wong's heart-wrenching inverted aim PSA


Oct 15
// Tony Ponce
We recently learned that inverted aim was removed from the Splinter Cell Trilogy. That's most likely for the best, as its inclusion may have led to some rather unfortunate scenarios. Freddie Wong is perfectly aware of the po...
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Nathan Fillion addresses a serious issue in new PSA


Jul 06
// Victoria Medina
Nathan Fillion, current star of the show Castle, is a genuinely funny man but even he can set aside the comedy to address important issues that society faces today. The above video is a public service announcement about a co...

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