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A New Fire Pro Wrestling game may be on the horizon

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Sweaty man drama


One of the oldest wrestling video game series (and one in which famed Suda 51 got his start making games) appears to be getting its first installment since 2012, as Spike Chunsoft has launched a teaser site and video titled "Pro Wrestling." Not only that but it appears to be just the fifth game in the long-running series's history to officially be localized in the west, as the "Pro Wrestling" Twitter account name is "3/2 in San Francisco."

Whatever they plan to show on March 2 in San Francisco (cough cough GDC), they likely wouldn't bother doing in the states if they had no plans to release it there. The first games in the series to be localized were Fire Pro Wrestling A localized as Fire Pro Wrestling, and Fire Pro Wrestling 2 for the Game Boy Advance, followed by Fire Pro Wrestling Returns on PlayStation 2. That really bad avatar-based Xbox Live Arcade title was the last we saw of the franchise until now.

 
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Is Breath of the Wild the horniest Zelda?

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The Legend of Zelda: Wild Breathplay


We're a week out from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and most of what I've seen (and played) is somewhat context-free open-world gallivanting. For a series remembered fondly for its oddball characters and personality, gallivanting is only part of the equation. Enter all the folks currently playing Breath of the Wild and discovering a treasure trove of...horndoggery?

If that second dialogue choice adopted the modern parlance of "really tho?" it would be 100% the thirstiest line ever written in a video game. Link really needs to follow some sagely advice: "always horny, never thirsty."

Nock me up, daddy! Jesus. This is Fire Emblem-levels of lewd. I'm supposed to let my beautiful round son Tadley play this game?

So here's what I'm asking from you, dear reader. You have a week before Breath of the Wild comes out and presumably nothing to do in the interim. No children to pick up from school. No coursework to do. No owed wage-slavery to an exploitative system. Just thumb twiddling. So let's go back throughout the Zelda canon and find some examples in the series of horniness. Let's get prepared to definitively declare in one week's time whether Breath of the Wild is or isn't the horniest Zelda game in series history.

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Pokemon's 21st Anniversary is near, Niantic plans small 'festivities' for Pokemon Go

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Pikachu Party!


Next week marks the 21st anniversary of the Pokemon franchise. To celebrate, Niantic is holding a small event to commemorate "Pokemon Day." From February 26 until March 6, every Pikachu in the game will be wearing a festive party hat. There's a photo below for anyone interested in what they look like.

Players will be able to keep this special Pikachu forever. There was no mention of whether or not Raichu or Pichu will have hats, but I would assume at least Raichu does (since the Christmas variation did).

Pokemon Day is on February 27, which is the date that Red and Green were released in Japan.

Pikachu Parties in Pokémon GO! [Pokemon]

 
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Cheapest Dishonored 2 in Intel and Bethesda PC games sale

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More Bethesda title in your Steam library? Why not.


Its sales week over at Bethesda as the publisher is scattering their catalog of games at a discount across multiple retailers, with some PC titles hitting respectable pricing. The biggest deal of the bunch should be Dishonored 2, which has hit a new historic low price of $26.99. Mixing in with the Bethesda is also an "Intel Core i7-inside" sale, where select popular titles are discounted at GMG. We suspect as AMD's Ryzen 7 gets introduced more to the market, Intel will continue with more marketing promotions like these to keep PC gamers in their ball court.

Noteworthy of the other group of Bethesda deals are Fallout 4 and Doom - both now $19.99 a piece for the Steam copy over at DLGamer. If you want the Season Pass, Fallout 4's Season Pass is $30 at GMG, while Doom's Season Pass is $24 at Bundle Stars.

While Bundle Stars pricing on their group of Bethesda titles are so-so at best, you can pick up The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited for a cheap $13, making it a potential springboard if you ever want to upgrade to the Morrowind expansion, releasing later this summer.

All the deals below are running through Monday the 27th at 9AM Pacific.

Bethesda Sale at DLGamer

  • Fallout 4 (Steam) — $19.99  (list price $60)
  • Doom (Steam) — $19.99  (list price $60)

Intel Sale at GMG

Bethesda Sale at Bundles Stars

 
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Marvel says it wants developers to tell new stories with its characters

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Letting the chefs run the kitchen


New media that's based on existing characters from another medium almost always runs into something of a stumbling block. Even though it's a new project, it's often beholden to the canon of the original. Those stories caught on for a reason and it's understandable that the property holder doesn't want someone coming in and mucking that all up.

In an interview with IGN at DICE, Marvel says that it has a looser mindset with its video games that are currently in production. According to Marvel Games creative director Bill Rosemann "We want to give [developers] freedom to tell their story and we want to make it an original story." He cited Insomniac's Spider-Man having a white chest piece as a deliberate move to message that these developers don't have to paint by the numbers.

Elaborating with a pretty good analog, Rosemann said "We want to give our partners...freedom to look at all of Marvel history and to pick from what interests them. It's a bit like we're saying, 'Hey you're the chef, you're going to make this meal. Here's all of the ingredients. You pick the ingredients that you like and make a new meal."

Marvel hasn't let go of the reins entirely, though. Rosemann explained that while Marvel wants developers to execute their own vision, everyone also needs to be aware that an audience is going to best relate to what's popular now. For instance, Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy game is going feel like the movie because that's what has been tremendously successful in recent years.

That being said, Rosemann also insists that Marvel isn't aiming for day-and-date video game launches to coincide with film releases. "We're also not going to try to do the very tricky balancing act of trying to make a game that adapts a movie and get it out in the same window as the movie," he said.

It's a commendable approach, one that feels like it could be both commercially viable for Marvel and creatively fulfilling for the developers. It might be risky to give someone else control of your property, but it probably also has the most upside. You just need to have faith in the ability of your partners, and it seems like Marvel certainly does.

DICE 2017: Marvel Games To Tell Original Stories, Not Held To Canon [IGN]

 
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