Nintendo Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Nintendo RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com http://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap -- Collecting Coins Guide http://www.gameskinny.com/us1si/wonder-boy-the-dragons-trap-collecting-coins-guide http://www.gameskinny.com/us1si/wonder-boy-the-dragons-trap-collecting-coins-guide http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/o/n/wonderboy-8e51f.png us1si/wonder-boy-the-dragons-trap-collecting-coins-guide Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:56:15 -0400 Craig Snyder

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a unique and action-filled title that hit the Switch eShop recently. It's another game that follows the trend of Nintendo taking classic games and putting a fresh spin on them. I wrote about how they've done this for many of the Switch's fighting games here

After picking it up about a week ago, it took me quite a while before I felt like I could put it down and continue on with life. I'm still playing through the game today, but I've managed to come across a massive tip on how to progress through (arguably) the game's most tedious task.

Collecting coins is a big part of this Metroidvania title. The game is kept fresh and set apart from being a vanilla platformer by introducing RPG-esque mechanics, like acquiring armor and weapons. However, the way you get these armor and weapons isn't by farming mobs -- it's by visiting the many shops set throughout the game. They're not cheap though, so you effectively are farming mobs… except you get to pick your "drop" by spending the coinage you get from them on whatever you want. It's a nice touch and gives some freedom of choice to the user.

That being said, no one wants to spend day and night grinding for coins. Let me show you the optimal strategy.

Farming at the Sphinx

From the hub world, you want to go to the windmill and then jump up to the second door. Go through that door and continue right until you reach yet another door. Go through it and then you should find yourself in a desert level.

When you get to the desert, keep going left until you find the pyramid. Make your way over to the pyramid, avoiding the clouds on the way, and on the left side (at the bottom of the pyramid) you should find a Sphinx.

Get comfortable, because you're probably going to be here for a while.

There's a single pig-like enemy here that you're going to farm over and over. He should drop a bag of anywhere between 25 and 68 coins per kill, which is massive compared to anywhere else in the game. He's the only enemy that spawns here, so you can chill and listen to some music without feeling like you're under the stress of constantly dying while you beat this guy up. Once you've killed him, you can enter the door and exit it again to instantly respawn him.

If you're doing this efficiently, you should be able to make well over 1000 coins in an hour. With some of the best items in the game being just over 3000 coins, that's a small time investment to pay to get completely decked out with the game's best gear!

Let us know in the comments below if you manage to find a better place to farm in Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap. If you need any more help finding the spot, just ask and we'll get back to you.

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9 Pokemon That Are Too Kinky for a Kid's Game http://www.gameskinny.com/5gzfe/9-pokemon-that-are-too-kinky-for-a-kids-game http://www.gameskinny.com/5gzfe/9-pokemon-that-are-too-kinky-for-a-kids-game http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/c/r/screen-shot-2017-42816-be59b.png 5gzfe/9-pokemon-that-are-too-kinky-for-a-kids-game Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:00:01 -0400 tofuslayer

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9. Palpitoad
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Pokédex Entry (Omega Ruby): "When they vibrate the bumps on their heads, they can make waves in water or earthquake-like vibrations on land."

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NSFW Moves: After You

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Palpitoad is literally a "vibration Pokémon." It is clearly a personal massager. Aside from the tail, there is nothing tadpole-like about this Pokémon. No child should see this in a Pokémon game. It's just too weird.

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If you've made it this far, hopefully it means you aren't curled up in a ball, crying over your lost innocence. Unfortunately, now that you've seen this, you'll never be able to unsee it. Still, I don't think any of us can say that we never got a slight inkling that some of these Pokémon weren't the best idea to put in a kid's game.

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Have we ruined your childhood yet? Are there any Pokémon we missed in this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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8. Lopunny
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Pokédex Entry (Alpha Sapphire): "The ears appear to be delicate. If they are touched roughly, it kicks with its graceful legs."

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NSFW Moves: Baby-Doll Eyes, Mud Sport

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There's something about Lopunny that I think is just too "come hither." That plus the whole "bunny" thing makes this Pokémon a little too sexually charged for my comfort level. Maybe kids don't understand the innuendo with rabbits and their rate of procreation, but I still feel like this one could have been toned down a little.

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7. Sudowoodo
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Pokédex Entry (Gold Version): "Although it always pretends to be a tree, its composition appears to be closer to a rock than a plant."

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NSFW Moves: Harden, Slam, Head Smash

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Sudowoodo looks like a flasher trying to expose itself to unsuspecting children. I also feel like any Pokémon with the word "wood" in its name shouldn't have the move "harden." It just seems wrong on so many levels. No one wants to get "slammed" by this hardened rock-like Pokémon.

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6. Jynx
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Pokédex Entry (Red/Blue Version): "It seductively wiggles its hips as it walks. It can cause people to dance in unison with it."

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NSFW Moves: Lick, Pound, Draining Kiss

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I remember specifically never keeping Jynx on my team as a child because it freaked me out. Still, Jynx is unique in the fact that it might have the most well-endowed chest of any Pokémon. However, it also doesn't understand the meaning of consent. With its seductive wiggle of the hip, Jynx is undoubtedly the most overtly sexual Pokémon there is.

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5. Cloyster
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Pokédex Entry (Gold Version): "Once it slams its shell shut, it is impossible to open, even by those with superior strength."

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NSFW Moves: Hydro Pump, Rapid Spin

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I feel like there are a lot of problems with this one. What sea creature is a sideways clam with two sets of lips? Despite the fact that Cloyster is not an accurate representation of a sea-dwelling mollusk, it does closely resemble a part of human anatomy.

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4. Lickitung
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Pokédex Entry (Red/Blue Version): "Its tongue can be extended like a chameleon's. It leaves a tingling sensation when it licks enemies."

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NSFW Moves: Lick, Me First, Power Whip

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I was always under the impression that "tingling sensation" was a phrase exclusively used in ads for personal lubricants, but apparently Lickitung is just that skilled. Still, its abilities seem better suited for the adult industry rather than assisting an 11-year-old in becoming a Pokémon master.

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3. Cubone
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Pokédex Entry (Red/Blue Version): "Because it never removes its skull helmet, no one has ever seen this Pokémon's real face."

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NSFW Moves: Bone Club, Bonemerang, Bone Rush

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If you've read any of the articles about dark Pokédex entries, you'll know that Cubone has some pretty severe mommy issues. (If you don't know, he wears his mother's skull on his head and cries a lot because he misses her.) What no one seems to be talking about is the fact that he's a masked sadist who wants to hurt others with his bone.

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2. Weepinbell
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Pokédex Entry (Yellow Version): "When hungry, it swallows anything that moves. Its hapless prey is melted inside by strong acids." 

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NSFW Moves: Wring Out, Growth

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When its hungry, Weepinbell swallows its prey whole and lets it melt in its mouth. I have so many questions. It seems like Weepinbell is the indiscriminate type, but why does it look so surprised then? Does it like to pretend like it usually doesn't swallow anything that moves? Judging by how wide it can open its mouth, I'd say Weepinbell knows what its about to get itself into.

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1. Diglett
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Pokédex Entry (Yellow Version): "It prefers dark places. It spends most of its time underground, though it may pop up in caves."

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NSFW Moves: Astonish, Fissure

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It's been a widely held belief that Diglett looks...well...phallic. In Pokémon Go!, its animation features the "mole Pokémon" bobbing up and down in its hole. If that isn't innuendo, I don't know what is. I don't even want to know what's going on with Dugtrio.

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Have you ever played Pokémon and thought, "This is for kids?"
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Based on appearances alone, one would assume that Pokémon is a game for kids. Still, I think we've all had moments where we looked at certain Pokémon and thought, "who approved this?" If you've ever had these thoughts, you're not alone. And if you haven't, we're about to ruin your childhood.

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Whether it was an intentional choice from Game Freak or a series of unintentional slip ups, people decided that these Pokémon were great additions to the children's game we all know and love. We at GameSkinny have compiled a list of 9 Pokémon that no child should have been exposed to.

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5 of the Most Intense Video Game Drinking Games http://www.gameskinny.com/wgzzq/5-of-the-most-intense-video-game-drinking-games http://www.gameskinny.com/wgzzq/5-of-the-most-intense-video-game-drinking-games http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/r/i/drinking-game-list-banner-1918d.jpg wgzzq/5-of-the-most-intense-video-game-drinking-games Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:00:01 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

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If you made it through these games and are looking for more then congratulations; you have a problem.

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Seriously though, pace yourself out, and give these modifiers a try the next time you decide to host a house party, and if you know of any other ones that aren't listed here, then be sure to list them and their respective rules in the comments below!

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Note: GameSkinny advices you drink in moderation, does not condone underage drinking, and asks you to know your limit, and stop when reached.

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Mario Patron Party

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 What you’ll need to play: A 750ML bottle of Patron Silver Tequilla, and any copy of Mario Party entry from the console lineup of games.

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When the Mario isn’t shifting gears with his mushroom cohorts on the race track, he’s punching dice blocks and moving spaces in a bid get all the power stars that he can. Mario Party is exactly everything that the name promises it to be as every game is chock full of twists and tumbles that’re crazy enough to change tides of war within a single turn. While one half of Nintendo’s trademark party game is chance, and the other is skill, those lines can become quickly blurred (along with your vision) as you pass around some glasses filled with Mexico’s finest until only one of you is left standing.

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Here’s how you’ll Play: During each round on the board, players will need to drink a shot of Patron anytime one of these things occurs.

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That’s not all though, as you may have to suck down two shots of Patron for the following occasions.

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Repeat until you either reach the end with the most stars in hand, or get party pooped and pass the hell out.

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Beerio Kart

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What you’ll need to play: Any beer of your choice, and any Mario Kart game Mario Kart 64 and up (bonus points if you play Mario Kart Wii using those stupid plastic steering wheel add-ons for your Wiimotes.)

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Mario Kart is a household multiplayer game that only gets better the moment you and your friends turn 21, and it may just be the best drinking game that you can jump into with anyone that’s familiar with the Italian plumber. Also, before we go on, I have a disclaimer that may seem like a no-brainer to anyone reading this list, but I’m just going to go ahead and throw it out there anyway for posterity’s sake; please do not drink and drive.

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Here’s how you’ll Play: Before the start of each race, each player will need to open their can of beer and have it close by within arms-reach. Once the green light is flashed everyone in the race will have need to finish their beer before they complete their three laps and finish the race, with one huge catch; players aren’t allowed to drink a sip of the good stuff while driving. Anytime you’re ready to drink, you’ll need to pull over to the side of the track, and drink however much you like before you’ll back into the road to rejoin the contest.

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This game is the only one that actually focuses more on strategy than skill as you’ll have to determine whether or not one full out chug before you continue on the race is the smartest way to go, or pacing yourself out throughout the circuit in order to keep your motor skills in tact is the wiser move.

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You don’t know Jack, or your limit.

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What you’ll need to play: Any liquor of your choice, and any copy of You Don’t Know Jack (preferably The Jackbox Party Pack if you can manage that.)

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The benchmark of the trivia genre in video games ends at You Don’t Know Jack, and for good reason, it’s one of the most complete packages to challenge your wit, and an experience that become especially harrowing when you involve alcohol into the mix. This one might just be the most complicated of the bunch but believe me when I say that it’s really satisfying to slur your way through the cerebral triathlon.

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Here’s how you’ll Play: There are many iterations of the YDKJ series that have their own distinct rules, but these conditions will still apply to all of them. For every question that Player chooses a wrong answer for, they’ll need to take a shot to teach themselves a valuable lesson. Whenever a Dis or Dat round occurs, those who choose less than half of the right answers in the segment will have to push two shots down their gullet. Any time a special round comes up that isn’t a Dis or Dat event, every player will be obligated to take a shot. Finally, anytime a player decides to screw another player, they can force the target of their attack to drink 2 shots if their attempt to screw them works, or drink 3 shot themselves if the other player fire back at the attempt with a correct answer.

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Super Smashed Bros.

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What you’ll need to play: Any beer of your choice, and any copy of Super Smash Bros in the series (even Brawl in case you also happen to hate yourselves.)

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The Nintendo-centric mascot fighter is one of the most hectic competitive games in existence, with the most recent entry allowing up to a dizzying number of eight players to get rough with one another. While the format has expanded its various modes of play over time, the tried and true Stock mode makes for an excellent way to tally up a bar tab between you and your amigos.

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Here’s how you’ll Play: The guidelines here are pretty simply; players will set the number of stock for each fighter entering the match, where the round will go on until all but one have depleted their inventory of lives within their stock. Each time a player is tossed out of the arena, they’ll need to grab for their beer, and chug it down while their character return on the sanctuary pad where they’ll stand at the top of the screen until the game eventually forces them back into the match.  The winner of the match will then have to add an extra life to their stock in the next round, which isn’t exactly the edge you’d imagine when you consider the factor of it potentially being an extra risk to chug their brains out that the other players aren’t burdened with.

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 Irish Car-Bomberman

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What you’ll need to play: 1L bottle of Baileys Irish Crème Liqueur, 750ML bottle of Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey, a 6 Pack of 11.2 oz bottled Guinness Draught Beer, and literally any Bomberman game from Super Bomberman and up.

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Hudson Soft’s iconic party game has had players blowing each other up for years, and while some people have become disenchanted with a 33-year-old formula that’s hardly changed, you can’t argue that the game offers a perfect setup for those who want to play with a round of drinks on the side.

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Here’s how you’ll Play: Matches can be anywhere from two to eight player bouts, where the standard rules of elimination in Bomberman still apply with the exceptional caveats of drink distribution among certain conditions. The winner of each match will be given the option to exempt themselves from any required drinking for that game, while the losers will drink a number of Irish Car-bomb shots that’s relative to their placement within the match standings.

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For example, if you play a round between 4 people, and you’re the first one eliminated, then you’ll be pounding down 4 shots, if you’re the second to get blasted out of the arena, then you’ll slam 3 shots back, the last person to lose will only be poured 2 drinks to consume. The winner of the match will get the option of either taking their one and only drink, or the opportunity to pass it off to one of the other losers as they sit back and revel in their victory.

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One last rule, if you somehow screw up a bomb placement, and explode yourself out of the match like a dingus, then you’ll have to serve yourself double of whatever you’re obligated to drink from the placement that you knocked yourself out in -- so try to be careful with where you drop your bombs!

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No matter how far video games have come in the last 30 some odd years or so, there are still a few things that you just simply can’t get out of online multiplayer session across the web with your friends -- no matter how convenient of an outlet it may be in this busy day and age.

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The comradery of your buds crowding up beside you on the couch is an experience that’ll never compare to a friendly voice blaring out of the other end of a headset, and one of the many reasons that local multiplayer still lives on to this day.

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Well that, and it’s also the best way to get shit-faced drunk with your crew in front of a TV screen! *Cue the waving fist pumps and righteous wailing of “whoooooooooooooa” until your lungs give out!*

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What better way to spend a Friday night than cracking open a few 24-packs in the comfort of your own home, where you and a group of your pals can party with a beer in one hand, and a controller in the other. These are the five best drinking games that you can play with a video game and some friends!

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Also, this should go without saying but this list is only intended for readers of the age of 21 and older (unless you are in one of those places where you can get hammered at 18).

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8 Characters Who Should Be Added to Mario Kart http://www.gameskinny.com/ruk13/8-characters-who-should-be-added-to-mario-kart http://www.gameskinny.com/ruk13/8-characters-who-should-be-added-to-mario-kart http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/r/mariokart-deluxe-9d290.jpg ruk13/8-characters-who-should-be-added-to-mario-kart Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Kart Racing in Style

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There have been no additional DLC characters or new titles for the franchise announced yet, so it's hard to determine if any of these or other characters will be added in the future.

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With plenty of unique tracks  and vehicles to be included alongside these wanted characters, it would be a shame if Nintendo didn't add at least a few of them to their popular kart racing franchise.

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What characters do you think should be added to Mario Kart? Let us know in the comments!

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Shigeru Miyamoto

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Former Respesentative Director/Current Creative Fellow of Nintendo
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Honorable Mentions: Satoru Iwata, Reggie Fils-Aime

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Shigeru Miyamoto is perhaps one of the most well known video game creators of all time. From games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Star Fox, as well as a plethora of other games, Shigeru Miyamoto has become a household name for most gamers.

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Of course, you could just make a Mii character of Miyamoto to use in the game and call it a day, but that would be a missed opportunity. At E3 2015, the Nintendo Direct presentation included puppets for Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata, and Reggie Fils-Aime, created by Jim Henson Studios. Muppet Miyamoto would fit right in as a Mario Kart character, and would easily translate to the games more cartoon like graphical style.

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It may be a long shot, but it would be cool to see this acclaimed video game creator appear as a playable character.

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Captain Falcon

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Character in the F-Zero Series and Popular Super Smash Bros. Character
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The Falcon Punching, anti gravity racing pilot may not have a new game in his own series to star in at the moment, but he could at least have a cameo in Mario Kart.

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Putting Captain Falcon in Mario Kart also actually makes a bit more sense than it does for other characters. How does Link even know how a Kart works? There were never any cars in Hyrule. At least Captain Falcon is from a racing game, and he'd fit right in on any course in a 200 CC circuit, although that still may be too slow for him.

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Hopefully Captain Falcon will show us his moves in Mario Kart someday soon.

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Don-Chan

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Character Mascot for Taiko Drum Master Game Series
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This adorable Japanese mascot has recently had some cameo appearances in other Nintendo games, such as appearing in the most recent Super Smash Bros. as one of the characters Pac-Man can call upon at random when using his Namco Roulette taunt, and as a befriendable Yo-Kai in Yo-Kai Watch 2 for the Nintendo 3DS. Don-Chan has also appeared as a playable character in the Japan exclusive Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.

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Don-Chan should be added to Mario Kart proper because of his cuteness, and as a way to gauge interest in the Taiko no Tatsujin (Taiko: Drum Master in English) video game series. If Don-Chan became more popular and recognizable to gamers in the west, maybe a guest a appearance in Mario Kart could help the next game in the Taiko series get a western release.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

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Main Character of the Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise
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Mario and Sonic seem to have plenty of fun in Super Smash Bros. and at the olympic games, so why not put the blue blur in Mario Kart as well?

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Sonic himself has already been in two kart racing games, Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing, as well as the sequel, Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed, so he would be a welcome addition to Mario Kart.

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With how fast the Mario Kart series has become, Green Hill Zone and Emerald Coast would be great additions to the selection of race tracks, especially with the addition of the 200cc mode introduced in Mario Kart 8.

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Like Pac-Man, the Sonic Amiibo unlocks a Sonic Mii Oufit, but it's about time for the real blue hedgehog to start racing again.

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Pac-Man

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Main Character of Pac-Man Franchise
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After appearing in a racing game of his own, known as Pac-Man World Rally, as a playable character in the most recent Super Smash Bros. title, and in the Mario Kart Arcade GP series, it's about time for Pac-Man to be added to Mario Kart proper. There are even race tracks in the Arcade GP series that can be added alongside Pac-man, such as the Pac Labyrinth and Pac Mountain tracks.

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In the original Mario Kart 8, the Pac-Man Amiibo can be scanned to obtain a special Mii outfit featuring Pac-Man's classic sprite. But its time for fans to get the real thing.

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Professor E. Gadd

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Character in Luigi's Mansion Series
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This popular character from the Luigi's Mansion series is long overdue for his appearance in Mario Kart.

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This ghost hunting old man could have his own unique variation of the Poltergust 4000 kart and a special ability when getting the Boo item stealer.

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There is apparently evidence in a prototype demo that the gibberish speaking inventor was to be a playable character in Mario Kart DS, but was replaced by Dry Bones in the final version, a character also returning in Mario Kart 8 DX.

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Paper Mario

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Main Character of the Paper Mario Video Game Series
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Fans of the Paper Mario series haven't been as fond of the franchise in recent years, with the latest entry, Paper Mario Color Splash, releasing near the end of the Wii U's lifespan and releasing to mixed reviews.

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The Paper Mario series may be on the decline, but maybe putting the titular character in Mario Kart will help satisfy some fans, if only temporarily.

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They could even have his kart turn into a paper airplane when jumping off of ramps for long jumps.

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Paper Mario may not be the most likely addition to a game in which several different versions of Mario are already playable, but maybe the paper plumber will make an appearance one day.

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Goomba

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Well Known Enemy in Super Mario Franchise
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Yeah Goombas don't have hands, so what? It's about time they get the upgrade from obstacle to driver. How will it drive? Who knows? You're already playing a game where turtles, mushrooms, and squid people are kart racing, so is that really the question you should be asking?

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Goombas are the first enemy encountered in the very first Super Mario Bros., before Koopas or ParaKoopas and long before King Koopa Bowser himself. As such, Goombas have become some of the most well-known and iconic enemies in the entire Mario series, appearing in almost every title.

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Maybe Goombas don't have hands, but that just adds humor to them driving a kart.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the definitive edition of Mario Kart 8 released this week for the Nintendo Switch, and has been a highly anticipated title for most Nintendo fans.

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Mario Kart 8  for the Wii U was the first game in the franchise to introduce new characters as DLC, which will all be included in Mario Kart 8 DX, along with a few added characters exclusive to the game.

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Although Mario Kart 8 DX contains all the previous DLC from Mario Kart 8 and at this time no additional DLC has been announce for the DX version, here are 10 characters who should either be added to the next Mario Kart title or added to Mario Kart 8 DX as extra DLC.

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5 Video Game Mothers So Bad They'll Make You Thankful For Your Own http://www.gameskinny.com/x6evk/5-video-game-mothers-so-bad-theyll-make-you-thankful-for-your-own http://www.gameskinny.com/x6evk/5-video-game-mothers-so-bad-theyll-make-you-thankful-for-your-own http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/e/7/me7439593-happy-mother-day-greeting-long-shadows-4096x2304-a-a3e81.jpg x6evk/5-video-game-mothers-so-bad-theyll-make-you-thankful-for-your-own Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Thank Your Mom For Not Being Like Them

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Luckily, these Moms are all fictional, so you don't have to worry about being their child unless you're a videogame character. 

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So when you celebrate your wonderful mother(s) this Mother's Day, make sure to thank them for not being obsessed with a strange perception of beauty, a grotesque giant trying to kill you, or an evil queen.

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Also make sure to thank them for having a better fashion sense than Jimmy's mom, because let's be honest, none of our moms fashion senses are that bad.

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Ex-Mrs. Hopkins

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Bully
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Sure, main character Jimmy Hopkins isn't the most stand up guy, but can you really blame him? His mother does seem pretty terrible after all.

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She leaves her son at private boarding school, Bullworth Academy, so he'll behave better, although compared to some of the kids and even adults there, Jimmy's almost a saint. She may only appear in the opening scene of Bully, but just from that brief appearance we can tell that she would be the kind of mother who doesn't listen to her child even when he has something important to say.

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Jimmy is a teenager dealing with his parents divorce and a stepdad he doesn't like, so of course he would act out. Instead of actually sitting down to have a conversation with him, she'd rather let someone else deal with him so she can go on a year long honeymoon vacation.

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Perhaps the most realistic bad mother on this list, if we were shown more of her as a character, she would surely be one of the adult bosses in Persona 5.

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Queen Brahne

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Final Fantasy IX
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Mother of the real Princess Garnet and foster mother to her lookalike of the same name.

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Before the events of the game, Brahne was known as a peaceful ruler, but she seemingly changed after the death of her husband.

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Throughout the course of the game Brahne gains weight, turns evil due to manipulation by Kuja -- the main villain of the game -- declares war on neighboring countries and even destroys a few rival kingdoms, orders her henchmen to extract powerful beings from her daughter due to her daughters special ability -- a  rather painful method -- and later repents and dies in her daughter's arms.

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Queen Brahne may not have been the best mother to either of her daughters after her husband died, but at least she was able ask for forgiveness, die, and be remembered by her people as the woman she once was.

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The Queen

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Ico
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The Queen is Ico's main antagonist and the mother of the character, Yorda. She intends to sacrifice her own daughter as a spiritual vessel so that she can avoid death.

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Her plan seemingly fails once the titular horned boy protagonist of the game escapes, frees her daughter, and goes to find a way for them to escape the castle.

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The Queen only appears a few times in the game, preferring to have her minions do her dirty work for her, but it's her intentions which make her one of the worst mothers in video games.

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Mom

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The Binding of Isaac
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This final boss of the acclaimed roguelike may not have much in terms of characterization, however she is the main reason for all of the horrors Isaac has to face throughout the course of the game.

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Due to her massive size, we don't get to see that much of her, but she still proves to be terrifying nonetheless.

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There isn't much more detail about her, but she is definitely one of the worst, as well as worst looking, moms you have to deal with in a video game.

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Lusamine

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Pokemon Sun and Moon Version
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At first, Lusamine seems like a kindhearted individual, but in reality, she is obsessed with things she finds "beautiful". This obsession comes after her husband mysteriously disappeared into the world of the Ultra Beasts, after years of trying to find him with no hope in sight.

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Due to her strange obsession, she neglected both of her children, although she falsely believes that hey are ungrateful and that she always gave them the attention they needed. She even made her daughter Lily dress in a fashion similar to the Ultra Beast, Nihilego, which she had been obsessed with ever since catching a brief glimpse of it in the past.

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Not only does Lusamine neglect her own children, but she manipulates others as well. Lusamine takes advantage of Guzma, the leader of Team Skull, and convinces him to work for her as a hidden mercenary for the Aether Foundation which she founded.

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Eventually, she wishes to be in a world where only her and Nihelgo exist, which she views more as family than her own children, since it's more obedient. She's eventually driven insane, but retains some sanity after being defeated by the player and goes into a coma.

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With some disturbing obsessions and a terrible hairstyle, Lusamine is definitely one of the worst video game mothers in recent memory.

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And you thought the world of Pokemon Sun and Moon was all happy.

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The Mothers No Child Could Love

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Video games have had plenty of notable mothers over the years, from the mothers of the Pokemon series to the Cooking Mama of many talents who can babysit, make crafts, go camping, and enjoy gardening in addition to cook, and everything in between. Ranging from smaller parts to more significant roles, Mothers are everywhere in video games, whether they be good, evil, or indifferent.

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But not all video game mothers are created equal, some are sick,  twisted,  and even downright despicable. Mothers aren't villains in video games as often as they are in other media -- such as anime -- but when video game Mothers are bad, they are some of the worst characters around.

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Here are five video game mothers so bad you'll be thanking your own this Mother's Day for not being like them.

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What's New and Different in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? http://www.gameskinny.com/up2u4/whats-new-and-different-in-mario-kart-8-deluxe http://www.gameskinny.com/up2u4/whats-new-and-different-in-mario-kart-8-deluxe http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/e/s/resize-6962e.jpg up2u4/whats-new-and-different-in-mario-kart-8-deluxe Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:21:54 -0400 David Fisher

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is here, and now that we finally have the game on hand the question arises of whether or not it's worth shelling out the extra koopa coins on Nintendo's definitive Switch edition of the original Wii U title. Today, we'll look at everything Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has to offer to help you make that decision for yourself -- assuming you've had the chance to get your hands on the elusive Nintendo Switch in the first place!

New Characters and DLC Tracks

One of the benefits of playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe over its predecessor is the massive character roster. Whereas the original Mario Kart 8 had you slowly unlock its 30 character roster -- while 6 others were later released as DLC -- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has its entire roster of 42 characters unlocked from the start. The only exception to this rule is Gold Mario (highlighted on the right) who acts as a reward for completing all 12 cups in 1st place in 200 cc.

Otherwise, all the DLC characters, as well as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe exclusive characters (Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, King Boo, Baby Bowser, and Dry Bones) are all unlocked from the start. DLC tracks and karts such as the Mercedes-Benz DLC are also included.  As such, this is certainly the definitive version to buy if you don't have the DLC on the Wii U version or never got it to begin with.

Battle Mode Returns

"Out with the new, and in with the old" is the sweet irony of the revamped battle mode for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. While the original Wii U title had its own battle mode in the form of a race track balloon battle, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brings back the chaotic feelings of old school battle modes. The modes reintroduced (among a couple of new ones) in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe include:

  • Balloon Battle: Pop your opponents' balloons to win.
  • Bob-omb Blast: Collect Bob-ombs and blow your opponents to smithereens.
  • Renegade Roundup: One team tries to capture the enemy team by biting them with Piranha Plants.
  • Coin Runners: Collect as many coins in the stage as possible.
  • Shine Thief: Hold the Shrine Sprite for 20 seconds to win.

With these modes comes 8 dedicated battle mode maps consisting of:

If battle mode is important to you, then it might be worth trading in your old copy of Mario Kart 8 for the Switch version. After all, Battle Mode is a great causal game mode for friends or family who don't necessary have their racing legs grown in yet. This is particularly true of the Bob-omb Blast game mode as the chaotic fun of throwing Bob-ombs all over the map in an attempt to defeat your opponents is something everyone who loves Mario Kart should experience.

If you're not interested in Battle Mode, then you're not missing out on much as the racing is where most players will spend the bulk of their time, and at the time of this article's release Nintendo has not announced any plans for Switch exclusive DLC tracks.

60 FPS Done Right

While players most likely never noticed this during gameplay, Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U was actually locked at a strange 59 frames per second. This was due to a bug that went completely overlooked by Nintendo -- even to this day -- where the game would run a duplicate of a previous frame every 60 frames. Most people would likely never see this in their own title since you're immersed in the action, but as GameXplain puts it in their own coverage of the issue: "once you know about it, there's no going back."

What's more, the Nintendo Switch version of Mario Kart 8 will run at a native 1080p while docked instead of the Wii U's 720p. Once again, this won't seem like much to someone who doesn't note these things easily; however, the crispness of a native 1080p resolution is difficult to turn down once you've experienced it. Impressively, the game still runs at 720p on the Switch when used in handheld mode. As such, it's the perfect on-the-go game if you want to play while on the road.

Balance Changes

Shown above are the stats screens for Mario's standard Kart setup with Mario Kart 8 on the left, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the right.

Changes to individual character stats have been made in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well. In the original Mario Kart 8, characters were divided into 3 classes that contained a total of 9 subclasses. While the divisions weren't the source of the reason for change, the Heavyweight class was particularly unbalanced since the distribution of acceleration, weight, and speed between classes was skewed to slightly favor Heavy racers.

This was primarily due to the fact that Lightweights -- which are supposed to have the advantage of near-instant acceleration to make up for their lack of speed and weight - had acceleration speeds that were far too low to warrant their use. This was doubly true for the medium class whose acceleration in some cases was low enough to be considered as a heavy class, but top speed was far too low to compensate.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, characters have been further divided into 16 different subclasses. In the chart below I have compared the stats of the lightest, median, and heaviest classes to show just how much has been changed in terms of point distribution:

Lightest Racers

Speed

Acceleration

Weight

Handling

Traction

Mario Kart 8

2.25

3.25

2.25

4.75

4.5

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

2.25

4

2

5

4.25

Middle Racers

Speed

Acceleration

Weight

Handling

Traction

Mario Kart 8

3.25

2.75

3.25

3.75

4

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

3.5

3.75

3

3.75

3.75

Heaviest Racers

Speed

Acceleration

Weight

Handling

Traction

Mario Kart 8

4.75

2

4.75

2.25

3.25

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

4.75

3

4.5

2.5

3

As clearly seen, there is a great difference between classes and their statistics now. There's also quite a bit of variety in between the extremes, so if you're interested you can check out the Mario Wiki for both Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to see not only these stats, but also various "hidden stats" ripped out from the game's code.

Fire Hopping

While Nintendo has done a good job of telling everyone what's new in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, what they haven't been so transparent about is what has been removed. This feature is none other than what the competitive Mario Kart scene refers to as: "fire hopping" or "bunny hopping."

Often used in time attack and higher MMR brackets of Mario Kart 8, fire hopping is the exploit where players can abuse the game's physics to gain extra momentum while boosting. This was done by hopping into left and right drifts in rapid succession as it holds the player in the air just a bit longer, and thus makes the most of the short boosts. This exploit has been removed from Mario Kart 8, most likely to lower the skill ceiling in a game that isn't originally intended to be highly competitive.

That's it Folks!

If you have a Nintendo Switch, it's hard to turn down Mario Kart 8 Deluxe since it's got everything you'd want from Mario Kart and more. That said, I personally wouldn't recommend picking up a Nintendo Switch based on this game alone unless you have other games in mind. I racked up hundreds of hours in Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, and I imagine it will be just as easy to do so in the Switch release -- if not easier due to the game's portability.

That said, will you be picking up a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below!

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Nintendo Announces the New Nintendo 2DS XL http://www.gameskinny.com/nncct/nintendo-announces-the-new-nintendo-2ds-xl http://www.gameskinny.com/nncct/nintendo-announces-the-new-nintendo-2ds-xl http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/9b08376b11864cb8b019757382ee071b.jpg nncct/nintendo-announces-the-new-nintendo-2ds-xl Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:13:13 -0400 Erroll Maas

Nintendo has just announced its newest, and possibly last console in the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the New Nintendo 2DS XL.

President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, claimed:

"This new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the handheld market -- New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance.”

The newest iteration of Nintendo's popular handheld console boasts a new ergonomic folding design, XL screens, a C-Stick for enhanced controls, built in amiibo functionality, faster processing power, and a deep library of games playable in 2D. As of right now, the New Nintendo 2DS XL will only come in two different colors: black with light blue trim and buttons, and white with orange trim and buttons.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL will be available July 28th in North America for the suggested retail price of $149.99. It is the sixth iteration of the Nintendo 3DS console, succeeding the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Nintendo's brand new handheld home console hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, released on March 3, 2017 and so far has sold 2.7 million units since launch, but it looks like it hasn't replaced the 3DS/2DS line.

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Dragon Quest Heroes 2 Guide: Main Character Classes and How to Change Them http://www.gameskinny.com/50bs1/dragon-quest-heroes-2-guide-main-character-classes-and-how-to-change-them http://www.gameskinny.com/50bs1/dragon-quest-heroes-2-guide-main-character-classes-and-how-to-change-them http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/0/1/20170425190154-c7919.jpg 50bs1/dragon-quest-heroes-2-guide-main-character-classes-and-how-to-change-them Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:15:38 -0400 Autumn Fish

The main characters of Dragon Quest Heroes 2, Lazarel and Teresa, are able to freely swap between five different classes, though you wouldn't know it from the basic character creation. They're both stuck fighting as a Warrior until you unlock the ability to change vocation after your first major battle.

Once you defeat Cesar, the Prince of Donisia, head to the Accordia inn and speak with the holy man in the corner to change Lazarel's and Teresa's classes and even reallocate skill points the entire party.

Before you dive right into the class of your dreams, however, there are a couple of things you should know first.

Facts About the Class System

All five classes are completely independent of each other. This means that all of the progress made in one vocation is essentially meaningless when you play another. When you switch away from Warrior for the first time, everything starts at from the beginning..

Classes have their own levels, stats, skills, weapons, spells, and abilities. Weapon proficiency is virtually the only thing other classes really benefit from. Figuratively everything is reset to square one and you must grind it out again if you hope to stand a chance during your story missions. Keep this in mind before you decide to change your class.

Main Character Classes of Dragon Quest Heroes 2

The five character classes offer unique skills and abilities that make them distinct even though some of them share weapons.

  • The Warrior, as you'd expect, is an up-in-your-face powerhouse that wields Dual Swords, Swords, and Axes. It has crowd control abilities and skills that increase its defensive prowess. No other class shares any of its weapons.
  • The Martial Artist is an agile harasser that lays on the heat with spears and claws. Its skills and abilities focus on maximizing damage and self-healing.
  • The Mage is a ranged caster that focuses on blasting enemies with their Wands, Heavy Wands, and Whips. They debuff and destroy enemies with spells and abilities and quickly replenish their mana for another barrage.
  • The Priest or Priestess is a healer that assists in the onslaught with Wands, Spears, and Staves. Their spells and abilities focus on buffing and healing the party in critical situations.
  • The Thief is a swift trickster that tears through the enemy with Claws, Whips, and Bows. Its skills and abilities focus on stealth and evasion in order to continue fighting another day.

Go ahead and give your new classes a whirl in the newbie Wild Zones. You're sure to find something you like among the mix. Make sure to buy any weapons you don't have from the vendor in town.

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 Classes Character Creation

Now that you know how to customize your character in Dragon Quest Heroes 2, what classes are you playing? Share your builds in the comment section below.

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The Top 20 Laziest Designs in the History of Pokemon http://www.gameskinny.com/4lq9m/the-top-20-laziest-designs-in-the-history-of-pokemon http://www.gameskinny.com/4lq9m/the-top-20-laziest-designs-in-the-history-of-pokemon http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/k/pokemon-list-header-image-60d5e.png 4lq9m/the-top-20-laziest-designs-in-the-history-of-pokemon Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:01 -0400 Dan Roemer

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#1 - Electrode
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Why not Voltorb you ask? Simple, Voltorb was designed with the gimmick and idea that it basically tricks players into thinking it's a pokeball or item within the game, despite the simple design -- it was intentionally simple. But there is always that benefit of the doubt that perhaps it will evolve into something more complex...

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Nope! Instead it evolves into a slightly larger ball that defeats the purpose of its original design by flipping the colours around and giving it a mouth -- FANTASTIC!

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The only notable thing about Electrode is that it blows up a lot, hence why it is my personal #1 pick for the most laziest designed Pokemon.

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But what are yours? I'd love to know, so comment down below! And for everything Pokemon related, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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#2 - Ditto
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Ditto is simplistic to a whole new level in terms of design, he's literally just a pink blob with a poorly drawn smiley face (at least Grimer had an expression and proper eyes!)

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If it weren't for the fact it has an extremely interesting hypothetical history in potentially being a botched Mew clone, which then explains why it can transform and take the shape of any Pokemon, I'd say this is possibly the absolute worst designed Pokemon of all time.

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It's so basic in design, I even drew it in MS paint!

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But as I mentioned, I hate inanimate objects becoming Pokemon, so the #1 spot is the absolute peak of this... 

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#3 - Dugtrio
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One upping Diglett for this list in lazy design, Dugtrio is literally three Digletts but now with angry eyes! Diglett and Dugtrio are so bizarre and simplistic in design, it has left many people wondering what exactly is beneath the ground?

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The anime hasn't been able to answer this, but fans have come up with their own theories!

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True horror waits below the surface.

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#4 - Grimer
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So how do you get worse than a pile of literal trash? A pile of purple ooze! Grimer is basically a pile of toxic waste and clearly nobody wasted time in its design.

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I'd like to imagine if Ivan Ooze was a Pokemon trainer, this is all he would have -- Grimers and Muks!

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#5 - Garbodor
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Garbodor is the biggest offender in my opinion so far in inanimate objects becoming Pokemon, Garbodor is literally just a pile of garbage...

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As I've already mentioned prior, I don't like the idea of inanimate objects becoming Pokemon. So when a pile of trash is one -- I honestly don't see how anyone could genuinely like that Pokemon. But at least they gave it arms and ears... I guess?

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#6 - Unown
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If I wanted to be a real ass, I could have made this whole list Unowns! From inanimate objects to basically the English alphabet itself, Unown is possibly one of the oddest designs, but still very uninspired in my opinion.

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I always liked capturing "K" so it seemed like it was partially spelled "Unknown" -- just the K itself was the actual Pokemon, welcome to my brain.

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In general it was also a very useless Pokemon, it was basically there for puzzle solving and had no real purpose other than this.

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#7 - Klefki
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Some designer or artist at the Pokemon Company was parking there car one day, dropped their keys, and suddenly said: "I'VE GOT AN IDEA THAT WILL GET ME OUT OF WORK EARLY TODAY!" -- Then again knowing Japanese worth ethic this is extremely unlikely.

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On the topic of Klefki, once again another example of inanimate objects being turned into Pokemon. It doesn't even have the excuse of being a ghost type either, it's a steel/fairy type!

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#8 - Vanillish
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This Pokemon gets a ton of flack from Pokemon fans for just how uninspired it is. Because once again it is just an inanimate object being turned into a Pokemon, in this case an ice-cream cone.

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Not really much else to say, I think it's a step below Honedge simply because it's ice cream instead of a sword. 

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#9 - Honedge
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The concept of a Ghost/Steel type Pokemon is really cool, but instead we got a floating sword for a Pokemon. At least the design of the sheath is kind of cool, but the idea of inanimate object becoming a Pokemon always just seems so lazy to me. However it does have the excuse of "it's a ghost though!" -- so I guess it got a pass?

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#10 - Sunflora
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In my opinion Sunflora is the absolute laziest designed grass type in the entire franchise so far. It's literally just a sunflower with a face on it... I wonder if it has sunflower seeds though?

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...And can you eat them?

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#11 - Seel
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♪ But did you know? That when it snows my eyes become ♫ -- Oh wait, wrong Seal. Unfortunately, Seel is nothing more than a seal with a horn on its head. Nobody likes to admit it, but first generation Pokemon had some really questionable designs, we'll be tackling more of them soon enough.

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As a Canadian, I'm not allowed to have a Seel in my Pokemon party.

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#12 - Poliwrath
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When you take a good look at Poliwag you automatically assume or think "Oh sure a tadpole, I bet its final evolution is a frog or toad" -- well you're not wrong (Politoed) -- but if you decide to give Poliwhirl a water stone instead, you end up with a slightly more angry looking Poliwhirl in the form of Poliwrath...

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INCREDIBLE!

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#13 - Krabby
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Fun fact, the episode in which Ash caught Krabby was the very first episode of Pokemon I ever watched. So in a weird way he holds a special place in my heart, but I can't deny just how lazy the design concept of Krabby is.

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It's literally just a crab -- named Krabby.

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#14 - Bunnelby
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Bringing it back to animals -- this Pokemon almost looks like a fan-design, it's just so uninspired in concept.

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It's literally just a rabbit, the only remarkably unique thing about it is the ear design, like really? You have this gorgeous 3d environment and designs for your Pokemon in Pokemon X and Y and one of the new Pokemon you add is this? ANOTHER RABBIT DESIGN?

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At least it's not another Lopunny.

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#15 - Pineco
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Now we enter the territory of inanimate objects becoming Pokemon, in this case a pine cone...

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I know creator Satoshi Tajiri came up with the basic idea and design of Pokemon by catching and collecting bugs when he was a child. But damn his backyard now as an adult must be really boring if all he could think up or find was a pine cone and then slapped some eyes on it and named it Pineco.

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#16 - Luvdisc
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"Hey so we designed this fish shaped like a heart, can we go home now?"

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Yeah unfortunately Luvdisc is easily the laziest designed fish Pokemon in the entire series so far, it doesn't even have fins!

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#17 - Wailord
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Another example of a slightly re-designed animal concept that the boys over at the Pokemon Company seemed to really latch onto.

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At least its prior evolution was slightly different by being round, but Wailord itself in terms of overall design was just lazy. Wailord's only notable feature is that it's really big...

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#18 - Noctowl
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Here is where we start entering the territory of slightly redesigned animals and Noctowl is a prime example of it. From the name simply combining the words nocturnal and owl and to its over all design.

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A boring brown colour pallet (no wonder Ashs's was a shiny one) -- Noctowl is the prime example of a straight up real-life bird knock off. But at least he has those cool eye brows to make up for it, hence his placement on this list.

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#19 - Spoink
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Ah yes, Spoink! Literally a pig with a spring tail that it bounces up and down and has a pink orb on its head, it's as lazy as is it cute -- very.

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Sadly Spoink's design is just kind of bad over all. The spring tail is a novel idea, but everything from the lack of a mouth and feet, to those dinky little arms, it just comes off being lazy to me personally. But still a novel idea none the less with the spring tail, hence why it's so high up on this list.

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#20 - Dedenne
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Kicking things off fresh and new with a sixth generation Pokemon, Dedenne is absolutely once again another Pikachu knock-off -- yet still no where near as interesting.

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From the orange brownish colour pallet, thin mouse-like tail, and the inclusion of whiskers he just comes off looking like a Pikachu and a Rattata had a one night stand and this was the end result once the egg hatched. (Maybe that's what actually happened?)

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Pokemon has been around for over 20 years and considering there are now well over 700 different species of Pokemon, it's shocking how diverse and creative some of the designs are.

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However, today I'll be breaking down the top 20 laziest designed Pokemon from passable to worst. Everything from Pikachu knock offs, to inanimate objects seemingly just being turned into Pokemon, to just straight up a pile of garbage.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris Guide: Cheats and Unlockables http://www.gameskinny.com/itts8/puyo-puyo-tetris-guide-cheats-and-unlockables http://www.gameskinny.com/itts8/puyo-puyo-tetris-guide-cheats-and-unlockables http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/u/y/puyopuyotetris-e04f4.jpg itts8/puyo-puyo-tetris-guide-cheats-and-unlockables Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:25:57 -0400 David Fisher

Puyo Puyo Tetris is a great party game with friends, but there's always room for customization. As with most party games with playable characters, Puyo Puyo Tetris has its fair share of unlockables. Among them are new voice packs, characters, and even new skins for Tetriminos and Puyos. Here's how to get them!

Cheat Codes!

So before we begin, I would like to open with cheat codes that actually work to unlock everything without any of the effort. While this does take away from much of the reason to play Adventure Mode (aside from the challenge of it) some of these are useful, while others are great to just get into the game immediately. All of these will require you to activate them from the title screen.

On Nintendo Switch

Enable win counter for Multiplayer:

Hold ZL and R. While still holding them, press Down, X, Y. If done correctly, a sound should play.

Permanently unlock all characters, skins, voice packs, and music:

Hold L1 and R1. While still holding them, press Up, Down, Right, Left, X, B, Y, Y. If done correctly, a sound should play.

Maximum difficulty CPU players for VS mode:

Hold L, then press Y before selecting a CPU player.

On PlayStation Consoles

Enable win counter for Multiplayer:

Hold L2 and R1. While still holding them, press Down, Triangle, Circle. If done correctly, a sound will play.

Permanently unlock all characters, skins, voice packs, and music:

Hold L1 and R1. While still holding them, press up, down, right, left, Triangle, Circle, Square, Square.  If done correctly, a sound will play.

Maximum difficulty CPU players for VS mode:

Hold L1, then press Circle before selecting the CPU player.

On Xbox One:

Enable win counter for Multiplayer:

Hold Left Trigger and Right Bumper. While still holding them, press Down, Y, X. If done correctly, a sound should play.

Permanently unlock all characters, skins, voice packs, and music:

Hold both bumpers. While still holding them, press Up, Down, Right, Left, Y, B, X, X. If done correctly, a sound should play.

Maximum difficulty CPU players for VS mode:

Hold L, then press Y before selecting a CPU player.

How to Unlock New Characters

Characters are unlocked via the game's Adventure Mode. You do not need to finish the missions with 3 stars to unlock them. However, the game will get progressively more difficult so be sure to check out the game's Lessons Mode for tips on how to get better at both Puyo Puyo, Tetris, and Puyo-Tetris modes. The character unlocks are as follows:

Schezo and Feli: Unlocked after completing Chapter 4

Draco and Witch: Unlocked after completing Chapter 5

Lemres and Dark Prince: Unlocked after completing Chapter 6

Ecolo and Ex: Unlocked after completing Chapter 7

Alternate Voice Packs

Alternate Voices for each character can also be unlocked via the in-game Store using points earned through playing the game or by completing the post-game Adventure Maps. Each character's unlock conditions are as follows:

Ringo: Purchase at the Store for 1000 points.

Maguro: Purchase at the Store for 1800 points.

Klug: Beat EX Chapter 9-4.

Arle & Carbuncle: Purchase at the Store for 2500 points.

Risukuma: Purchase at the Store for 1000 points.

Amitie: Purchase at the Store for 1800 points.

Sig: Beat EX Chapter 9-10.

Suketoudara: Purchase at the Store for 2500 points.

O: Purchase at the Store for 1000 points.

Tee: Purchase at the Store for 1000 points.

Ai: Purchase at the Store for 1800 points.

Ess: Purchase at the Store for 1800 points.

Zed: Purchase at the Store for 2500 points.

Jay & Elle: Purchase at the Store for 2500 points.

Rulue: Complete EX Chapter 8-1.

Raffina: Complete EX Chapter 8-9.

Schezo Complete EX Chapter 9-1.

Feli: Complete EX Chapter 9-7.

Draco: Complete EX Chapter 8-5.

Witch: Complete EX Chapter 8-4.

Lemres: Complete EX Chapter 9-9.

Dark Prince: Complete EX Chapter 10-4.

Ecolo: Complete EX Chapter 10-3.

Ex: Purchase at the Store for 2500 points.

Alternate Block and Puyo Skins

While not the highest priority on the list, Puyos and Tetriminos can also have their skins changed for all modes. To unlock them, simply buy them through the store after progressing through the Adventure mode. There are more than the ones initially in the store, and you can check them out for yourself in this handy video by ShiroBrawl on YouTube.

That's it Folks!

Puyo Puyo Tetris is a great game, and is even better with friends. Hopefully this guide will ensure that the process between your first boot of the game, and playing with everything unlocked will at least be a bit more streamlined. Also, be sure to also check out the game's lessons section for tips on racking up Puyo chains and Tetris stacks if you need extra help!

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Summer Games Done Quick (2017) Released Its Full Schedule http://www.gameskinny.com/38ahm/summer-games-done-quick-2017-released-its-full-schedule http://www.gameskinny.com/38ahm/summer-games-done-quick-2017-released-its-full-schedule http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/g/d/agdqq-abd2d.png 38ahm/summer-games-done-quick-2017-released-its-full-schedule Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:01:12 -0400 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

Twice a year Games Done Quick holds a speed running event, one in January called, “Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ)” and one in the summer, which is coming up known as "Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ)." The event runs for a week, starting on Sunday, July 2 ending Sunday, July 9. The full Schedule is on the official website.

Why do these speedrunners decide to do this event? Well, this event is to raise awareness and money for Doctors Without Borders (donate if can). Awesome Games Done Quick in January broke their record with $2.2 million raised and last year’s Summer Games Done Quick raised almost $1.2 million.

The schedule has many different types of games for everyone to enjoy. One of the newer games and first on the list is Nier: Automata. The speed runner Clint “Halfcoordinated” Lexa will attempt a two-hour run on normal difficulty. His nickname “Halfcoordinated” is due to his disability that limits the use of his right hand. We’re in for a treat watching this speed runner do the impossible.

On Tuesday, July 4  is the debut for Dishonored 2 on Games Done Quick. Blood_Thunder who has a knack for Bethesda games, completing Doom (2016) during AGDQ 2017 with a 54-minute run, Wolfenstein: The New Order at SGDQ 2016 which he finished with a time of 1:45:41 and at the same event Wolfenstein: The Old Blood with the time of 1:06:53. It’ll be great to see how he tackles the problems and difficulty of the world of Dishonored 2.

A game that is notably not on the list is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, don’t worry though there are many other Zelda titles in the main schedule like, Twilight Princess HD on Wednesday, July 5th, Majora’s Mask on Saturday, July 8th, and a triple threat on Thursday, July 6th with A Link to the Past, Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening DX to end out the day. Even though Breath of the Wild isn’t on the main list, it has been accepted as one of the six “bonus games” that will get an unscheduled hour demo that will be played on the Wii U.

Breath of the Wild is a weird situation when it comes to speed running. Once you complete the 30ish minutes of the Great Plateau you are given the freedom to fight the boss and complete the game, but there are DLC and Amiibos’ to factor in the speedruns. But it’s great to see the process of the speedrunners with Breath of the Wild.

Games Done Quick is an amazing organization, not only do they raise awareness and money for charity, but they also show another side of a gamer. The side that doesn’t just play for their own enjoyment, but also the happiness of others less fortunate. Games Done Quick does great things for this industry and it’s not just playing or talking about games, it’s the joy they spread around.

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Puyo Tetris Battle... START! http://www.gameskinny.com/9k0ff/puyo-tetris-battle-start http://www.gameskinny.com/9k0ff/puyo-tetris-battle-start http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/m/g/img-1789-a9d61.JPG 9k0ff/puyo-tetris-battle-start Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Steven Oz

Vacations in our family meant driving for hours on end to a mysterious destination. When that happened, it was time for a Tetris competition. My brother, mom, and myself would compete for the highest score. While I never won any these battles, I always enjoyed the time we spent doing this. As the gamer in the family, Tetris bonded all of us. Up until now, I haven't played a Tetris game for years but that changes today. I recently got my hands on Puyo Puyo Tetris.

Ohhh... it's as fun as you expect. If played a Puyo Puyo or Tetris, you know what head but combining both of them together make so much sense. You wonder why Sega did not do it earlier. Puyo Puyo Tetris blends both properties in a mixer and only the best comes out.

Gameplay

Puyo Puyo Tetris adventure mode pits you against a wacky single player campaign with characters from both universes. Did you know that there were characters in Tetris? Neither did I. Plus, there are some cool and fairly innovative challenges for you to try your hand at. Tetris and Puyo Puyo are similar in the ways they are played. Make a line with the tetriminos and they disappear. Matchup four or more puyos and they pop, which can cause a chain reaction with the others puyos. Simple as these game mechanics are they create such fun.

Where the game shines is the multiplayer mode. You have five modes: Versus, Swap, Fusion, Big Bang, and Party. Add to that online multiplayer which lets you put those skills to the test and challenge the best from around the world. 

  • Party mode has special items to help or hinder your opponent's progress.
  • Swap combines the best of both games when the Tetris and Puyo Puyo boards switch back and forth every thirty seconds.
  • If you need a challenge, play Fusion. You have to use both skill and strategy to play with both tetriminos and puyos.
  • Big Bang mode lets you play preset patterns as a sort of race against a CPU. I would say this is the best way to practice for the other modes.

There is only one problem with the game, the controls. I was playing on the Nintendo Switch, so the PS4 version may not have this problem. Rotating and setting the tetriminos or puyos fell into places I did not want them at. It seems the analog sticks cause this problem way too much for me. I would be moments away from victory and would mess it up due to this analog glitch. One wrong move and the whole thing is messed up. The only way I could rectify this was to play with the JoyCons attached in handheld mode or with the pro controller. While that is a good way to play, sometimes you want to play this on a bigger screen.

I can play Puyo Puyo Tetris for hours on end. It just shows that simplicity in games can bring the most enjoyment. I am impressed on the versatility and the variety that is in this game. There is no doubt in my mind that Puyo Puyo Tetris is a fantastic game that both gamers and non gamers will love.

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If Overwatch Heroes were Pokemon, They'd Be These http://www.gameskinny.com/8j7v5/if-overwatch-heroes-were-pokemon-theyd-be-these http://www.gameskinny.com/8j7v5/if-overwatch-heroes-were-pokemon-theyd-be-these http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-31476.jpg 8j7v5/if-overwatch-heroes-were-pokemon-theyd-be-these Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Jerline Justo

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Other types of Pokemon could match these eleven Heroes, such as Nidoqueen with Orisa or Ekans with Widowmaker. However, because of its nature, type, and abilities, these eleven Pokemon are the perfect matches for our favorite Overwatch Heroes.

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If other Overwatch Heroes, like Genji or Mercy, enter into the Pokemon universe, which Pokemon would they be? Let us know in the comments below!

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Zenyatta as Medicham
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Zenyatta's peaceful and spiritual personality makes this Overwatch character a favorite of fans. Similarly, Medicham acts spiritually through mediation in order to increase its energy and sixth sense. Not only do they look similar, but Medicham's body movements are both elegant and swift, making Zenyatta the perfect match for this Pokemon.

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Mei as Sealeo
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Mei may not have a cold personality, but she is definitely the ice queen of Overwatch. Just like Mei, Sealeo knows how to use ice attacks during a Pokemon battle with attacks like Hail, Blizzard, and Ice Ball. With this cute face and ice abilities, Mei would be the perfect Sealeo if entering the world of Pokemon.

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Symmetra as Gardevoir
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While wanting order in society, Symmetra alters hard-light to create her world. Gardevior can use psychic abilities to manipulate living and non-living things while being able to generate black holes. With its graceful movements and psychic abilities, Symmetra would be an awesome Gardervior by controlling reality. 

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Orisa as Kangaskan
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During Overwatch matches, Orisa uses her firepower against her enemies while keeping her teammates safe. Similarly, Kangaskan can perform hard-hitting attacks, such as Mega Punch and Hammer Arm, while protecting her own child. Orisa would be an awesome Kanagsakn with its heavy attacks and mother-like nature.

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D.Va as Venusaur
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Don't let the bright colors fool you -- D.Va's tank has high defenses, close range guns, and an ultimate ability that can obliterate the enemy. Just like D.Va, Venusaur has high special defense and attack stats, and by using its flower, this Pokemon can absorb energy from the sun to perform powerful attacks like Solar Beam. In the Pokemon Universe, D.Va would make an awesome Venusaur.

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Pharah as Skarmory
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Just by looking at Pharah's armor, any Pokemon and Overwatch fan would think Pharah should be Skarmory. With a protective steel armor, Skarmory's sharp-edged wings can cut through enemies, and although it may look heavy, this Pokemon can fly as fast as 190 mph. Like Pharah, this Pokemon performs deadly attacks from the air by relying on its steel armor

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Ana as Fearow
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Being the deadliest sniper in Overwatch, Ana neither never misses nor gives up. Like Ana, the all bird-type Pokemon Fearow holds a special ability called Keen Eye, which prevents this Pokemon from missing. Along with this ability, Fearow has high and strong stamina, just like Ana's spirit. Because of its strong character and high accuracy, Fearow is the perfect Pokemon for Ana.

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McCree as Marowak
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During his Blackwatch missions, McCree always trusts his Peacekeeper to get the job done. Similarly, Marowak trusts its bone as a key weapon when performing defensive and offensive abilities. Because Marowak is a skilled fighter with his bone, like McCree with his gun, this Overwatch Hero would become a cool Marowak.

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Lucio as Loudred
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Overwatch fans know how Lucio can drop mad beats in battle, and like Lucio, Loudred can too. Trainers know this Pokemon's ablity projects ultrasonic waves through the round speakers atop its head, causing its foes to become deaf. Although it isn't as quick as Lucio, both Pokemon and Hero know how to use sound as a deadly weapon.

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Bastion as Porygon 2
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Porygon2 was created by humans with a purpose to travel in space, and it can perform abilities such as Recover, Signal Beam, and Magic Coat. Like Bastion, it is programmed with artificial intelligence, so it can develop emotions and act on its own. A machine body with an emotional soul -- Bastion would become Porygon2 in the Pokemon Universe.

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Widowmaker as Umbreon
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When it comes to hunting their enemies, both Umbreon and Widowmaker know what's best. Umbreon preys with great stealth by hiding in the dark and waiting for the enemy's next move, just like this Hero. Once it sees an opportunity, Umbreon attacks, heading straight for the throat. This Pokemon takes Widowmaker's line, "One shot, One kill," to a whole new level.

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Pokemon and Overwatch are two huge franchises in the gaming industry -- and both have some the most unique, entertaining, and relatable characters of any franchise on the market today. Each Pokemon and Overwatch Hero hold a different set of personalities, abilities, and attributes that overlap. And fans have noticed.

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Because of these similarities, fans have begun imagining their favorite Pokemon as their favorite Hero, such as Pikachu Tracer and Gyarados Hanzo. But what if it was the other way around -- Overwatch Heroes as Pokemon?

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Based on abilities and instincts, these Heroes could very well be these Pokemon in the Pokemon Universe!

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Let's Compare Yooka-Laylee and Snake Pass! http://www.gameskinny.com/h0fzy/lets-compare-yooka-laylee-and-snake-pass http://www.gameskinny.com/h0fzy/lets-compare-yooka-laylee-and-snake-pass http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/a/d/fade-black-5b540.jpg h0fzy/lets-compare-yooka-laylee-and-snake-pass Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:59:20 -0400 Erroll Maas

Playtonic Game's long awaited collect-a-thon revival game Yooka-Laylee, recently released to mixed reception, while Sumo Digital's all new platformer, Snake Pass, released only a short time before with slightly better reviews than its kickstarted rival. Some expected Yooka-Laylee to be the better of the two due to its lineage and weren't sure what to expect with Snake Pass, while others thought Yooka-Laylee was a waste of time stuck in the past and were excited to see what Snake Pass had to offer.

While both fill voids in the genre, here are some comparisons between the two 3D platformers to help decide if one is truly better than the other.

Initial Concepts

Yooka-Laylee Plays It Safe

Yooka-Laylee could have been the game to make 3D collect-a-thon platformers popular again, but it offered nothing new in terms of gameplay. Instead, it took its gameplay straight from its predecessors, making it feeling outdated and derivative.

All of the features of older 3D platformers comprise its gameplay: jump, double jump, attack, drop attack. On top of that, other seemingly outmoded features such as on-rails sections, copious item collection, and just about everything players remember from games like Banjo Kazooie is found here. This would be fine if Yooka-Laylee expanded upon those mechanics, adding new unique twists to each one, but instead, it keeps them the way they are, making the gameplay rather ordinary and somewhat boring.

Snake Pass is a Similar Concept with a Twist.

On the other hand, Snake Pass does things a bit differently. Sure it has plenty in common with Yooka-Laylee: Both games star a reptile with a flying companion, both are inspired by 3D platformers of the past, both have great soundtracks, and both are available on just about all modern consoles.

But one of the reasons players may be enjoying Snake Pass more is because of its unique mechanics. The movement of the main character, Noodle, is based off of how real life snakes slither, rather than the usual running and jumping seen in other 3D platformers. Snake Pass focuses more on originality and figuring out how to get from one part of a level to the next while avoiding deadly obstacles in a novel and interesting way, rather than doing its best to be a proper spiritual sequel to an older game.

Differing Graphical Quality

Yooka-Laylee Fails to Deliver in the Graphical Department

Yooka-Laylee isn't the first 3D platformer to be in HD, but it is the first Banjo Kazooie spiritual successor to be -- unless you actually count the much-derided Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts as a successor for some odd reason.

According to some, Yooka-Laylee has poor graphical quality, which may be due to the graphics engine used for the game. Yooka-Laylee utilizes the Unity engine, which is commonly associated with affordability and smaller indie games. In his review for the game, Youtube personality and game reviewer Jim Sterling claims:

"While it’s bright and colorful, the game’s choppy framerate and wonky physics mitigate any pleasure one might derive from the graphics. Stages aren’t particularly detailed in their design, featuring lots of basic blocks, platforms, and ramps, while characters themselves are mildly endearing if somewhat forgettable. It’s the kind of game that looks far better in screenshots than when viewed in motion."

Despite having the colorfulness of games like Banjo Kazooie, it seems as if the graphics of Yooka-Laylee haven't improved all that much. 

Snake Pass Has Superior Graphics Over Its Rival

Snake Pass uses the impressive Unreal Engine 4 to power its graphics and as such, it has received few complaints about graphical quality. In GameSpot's review, Oscar Dayus says: 

"As you improve, the momentum you build in gliding up and over obstacles can lead to some wonderful sights -- there's something instinctively satisfying about seeing a snake's tail chase after its head, especially knowing you were the choreographer. And that's helped by the vibrant character and environment art, the latter of which accentuates each world's natural beauty, while the changing color palettes make each level appear distinct from the last.

This is a game whose sense of motion is palpable, with platforms whizzing by and moving reptilian stripes attracting the eye - -and yet I often found myself gazing at a distant treeline or glowing collectible orb."

A stark contrast to Sterling's comments on Yooka-Laylee, the smooth quality and vibrancy of the environments in Snake Pass help show another way it manages to keep the 3D platformer genre fresh, instead of sticking to the basics.

Review Scores

Yooka-Laylee is Never Quite Above Average

Working off that, the reviews for Yooka-Laylee have ranged from the low side of positive to astoundingly negative. Most reviewers agree that Yooka-Laylee succeeds in copying the framework laid down by games like Banjo Kazooie and Conker's Bad Fur Day, but at the same time, it doesn't bring anything new to the table, which narrows its key audience.

Due to its outdated gameplay mechanics, bringing nothing new or interesting to the formula, and its questionable graphics, Yooka-Laylee has not been able to reach its full potential.

Slithery Reviews for Snake Pass

Oddly enough, the best review scores for Snake Pass are only slightly higher than the review scores for Yooka-Laylee, and as of this writing, both games have the same metascore (Snake Pass does have a slightly higher user score, though).

This may be because players are not accustomed to the unique gameplay of Snake Pass, and reviews claim the game expects you to learn everything a bit too quickly.  But unlike Yooka-Laylee, players do actually learn in Snake Pass, rather than staying inside of their comfort zone.

Other Problems

Yooka-Laylee was also involved in a rather interesting, albeit short-lived, controversy where a Youtube personality was removed from the voice cast due to some controversial statements made prior to the game's release, which you can read more about here.

The only problems Snake Pass seems to have are awkward camera positions, the previously mentioned claims it expects you to learn its unique mechanics a bit too quickly, and that the main characters are (arguably) not as charming as the mascots of the platformers which came before them. These frustrating problems are likely the reason why its review scores aren't much higher than Yooka-Laylee.

The Verdict

Snake Pass is Cheaper & More Fun Than Yooka-Laylee

Despite having astoundingly similar reception, from this evidence it's clear to see Snake Pass is the better modern 3D platformer of the two, albeit only slightly. Snake Pass introduces a new interesting game mechanic, has the graphical advantage and better-looking environments, and is also half the price of Yooka-Laylee.

You can buy Snake Pass for $20 on the PlayStation Store, Xbox One Games Store, Nintendo Switch eShop, and PC.

However, if you're still interested in Yooka-Laylee, you can buy it for $40 on the PlayStation Store, Xbox One Games Store, and PC. It will be available on the Nintendo Switch eShop in the near future.

And if you're not quite sure about Yooka-Laylee, the game's publisher, Team 17, has a handful of other great games for players to enjoy -- such as 2016's multiplayer smash hit Overcooked!

Which platformer do you prefer, Snake Pass or Yooka-Laylee? Sound off in the comments below! 

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Yooka-Laylee Tonic Guide http://www.gameskinny.com/152s7/yooka-laylee-tonic-guide http://www.gameskinny.com/152s7/yooka-laylee-tonic-guide http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/7/4/5/7458fad276f2ad5.jpg 152s7/yooka-laylee-tonic-guide Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:54:16 -0400 ReverendShmitty

Yooka-Laylee, an old-school platformer in the vein of Banjo Kazooie, is a blast to play, for sure. But it can be even more fun if you use its Tonics. Vendi, an anthropomorphic vending machine, can be found in every world and offers these special Tonics, but at a price.

Unique potions that can only be unlocked through special means, Tonics can sometimes be difficult to unlock. Luckily, we've put this handy-dandy list together for you to do just that.

Let's take a look. 

Tonic

Cost

Description


64-Bit


?


Unlocks a 64-bit filter for the game


Athlete


Do everything in the game, including collect all 5 Pirate Treasures


Your Power Meter is much greater


Baller


Defeat 100 enemies


Your Roll Move uses less power


Bruiser


Collect 10 Pagies
in Hivory Tower


Gain extra health from butterflies


Butterthree


Finish the Yooka-Laylee story


Reduces your health to 3 butterflies.


Fallproof


Collect 10 Ghost Writers


You take no damage when falling from great heights


Helium


Finish the Yooka-Laylee story


Characters talk in much higher voices


Hoarder


Collect 300 quills


Collect Quills with Yooka’s Lizard Lash


Hunter


Find 2 Health or Power Extenders


Sense when rare items are near


Loaded


Collect 15 Ghost Writers


Get more ammo from berry bushes


Pants


Unlock every Pagie in the game


Yooka wears a pair
of pants


Peekaboo


Defeat 10 I.N.E.P.T. enemies


Yooka’s invisibility move lasts longer


Salmon


Defeat 10 Underwater Enemies


Hold your breath longer underwater


Super Slam


Stun 30 enemies


Gain a more powerful Buddy Slam

With awesome upgrades like those, who wouldn't want to load up on those Tonics? Good luck unlocking them all, and if you figure out how to unlock the mysterious 64-Bit, let us know in the comments!

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Target Gets Makeover In Time for the Release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe http://www.gameskinny.com/xhpml/target-gets-makeover-in-time-for-the-release-of-mario-kart-8-deluxe http://www.gameskinny.com/xhpml/target-gets-makeover-in-time-for-the-release-of-mario-kart-8-deluxe http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/r/mario-header-61e24.jpg xhpml/target-gets-makeover-in-time-for-the-release-of-mario-kart-8-deluxe Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:45:19 -0400 Amy Turnbull

If you ever wanted to experience a little Mario Kart mayhem in reality, you might want to pay a visit to your local Target store within the next few weeks.

The U.S. chain-store is currently promoting the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe by kitting out their 650+ stores nationwide in a range of Mario-themed decorations.

You'll find that a number of their shopping carts have been upgraded to "Super Target Karts" -- made to look like the the games' vehicles, which allow you to "play" as Mario, Luigi, or Princess Peach as you shop.

The promotion also decorates the stores' entrances, making them look like the starting line in the racing games. Rigged with a sensor system, the entrances set off flashing lights and play the infamous countdown timer from the Mario Kart games whenever customers walk through the door, followed by the Super Mario theme tune.

Outside the store, you'll be greeted by Mario and Luigi as Target's usual red bollards have been transformed into the likeness of the famous duo.

The promotion only runs for a few short weeks, so head to your local Target as soon as possible if you want to experience the fun for yourself!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is out on Nintendo Switch on April 28th.

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Super Bomberman R Just Got a Huge Update http://www.gameskinny.com/p1p8g/super-bomberman-r-just-got-a-huge-update http://www.gameskinny.com/p1p8g/super-bomberman-r-just-got-a-huge-update http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/u/p/super-34ad9.jpg p1p8g/super-bomberman-r-just-got-a-huge-update Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:03:22 -0400 Paige McGovern

Super Bomberman R just updated to version 1.3, and the changes are huge. Since this action-maze game was released for the Nintendo Switch on March 3, players have complained about latency and other control issues. Version 1.2 delivered on addressing these problems, and 1.3 continued with these game improvements -- as well as adding a lot more to the game.

Konami tweeted about the changes on Friday, one day after the patch's release: 

Here's what you can expect in Super Bomberman R v. 1.3
  • FPS doubled from 30 to 60
  • Less lag when every Online Battle participant has working Internet access
    • Other > Basic Settings > Network Settings to find those players
  • Beginner and normal modes are easier to complete
  • Adjusted map height and slope to improve visibility
  • Strength of COM can be chosen by the players in Multiplayer Battle Mode
  • Battle Point increase/decrease rate changed for League Battle 
  • Story Mode improvements
    • Use of L/R to change map inclination
    • Camera positioning fix through Other > Basing Settings
    • Strength adjustment of Five Dastardly Bombers
    • Free continuation after a certain amount of times paid
  • New additions to the shop
    • Four VS stages: White Cross, Lagoon, Max Speed, Power Zone
    • Two accessories: crowns, bombs
  • Slight adjustments to controls
  • Small bug fixes

YouTuber GameXplain spoke about the 1.3 update and showed viewers a before and after comparison of the game's FPS. Watch below:

New Characters Announced

Konami has also revealed that three new characters will be coming to Super Bomberman R for free:

  • Pyramid Head Bomber from Silent Hill
  • Vic Viper Bomber from Gradius 
  • Belmont Bomber from Castlevania

As for when you can expect to see these new characters, there's no announced date yet. Stay tuned to GameSkinny to be the first to know when that news hits. 

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Orion Releases New Game for Original Game Boy http://www.gameskinny.com/cz03t/orion-releases-new-game-for-original-game-boy http://www.gameskinny.com/cz03t/orion-releases-new-game-for-original-game-boy http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/s/c/escgb-35352.jpg cz03t/orion-releases-new-game-for-original-game-boy Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:38:01 -0400 tofuslayer

Orion, an independent retro video game developer, has just released Escape 2042: The Truth Defenders for the monochrome Game Boy devices. It's been a long time since we've seen new software for the original Game Boy, which debuted in 1989. Orion describes the new release as "a futuristic fast-paced platformer game in pixel art."

The game itself takes place in prison Bulor 24, where you must make your way through while avoiding the security cameras. Along the way, you collect grenades to defeat enemies and hack computers to unlock doors and deactivate security systems.

Users can also purchase Escape 2042 for Sega Megadrive/Genesis and MIL-CD compatible Dreamcast systems. The full-sized console game features three different game environments: prison, desert, and forest as well as two mini-games.

If you want to experience the retro gaming feel of Escape 2042 but don't have the proper devices, the new release is also available for PC on Steam -- so that's nice.

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12 Truly Bizarre Games That Will Make You Wonder WTF You're Even Playing http://www.gameskinny.com/m0853/12-truly-bizarre-games-that-will-make-you-wonder-wtf-youre-even-playing http://www.gameskinny.com/m0853/12-truly-bizarre-games-that-will-make-you-wonder-wtf-youre-even-playing http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/r/o/frontcov-a09ba.jpg m0853/12-truly-bizarre-games-that-will-make-you-wonder-wtf-youre-even-playing Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:12:04 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Which of these bizarre games are you going to try out first? Are there any truly WTF titles we missed that should have been covered? Let us know in the comments section!

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If you need even more insane games, be sure to also check out:

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Self Control

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A surprisingly innovative game developed in 48 hours for a contest, Self Control tasks you with getting your co-workers wrangled for a selfie -- but over time they become increasingly less helpful as the drinks start to flow. Download your own copy on Itch.io.

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Cat President: A More Purrrfect Union

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Its official: there's a visual novel more bizarre than Hatoful Boyfriend.

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Instead of trying to land yourself a bird, this time you play a teen girl trying to find love while running the presidential campaign of a kitty cat. Because why not? That's Cat President: A More Purrrfect Union...

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Fairytale Fights

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Unlike a lot of the other games on this list, Fairytale Fights is legitimately worth playing -- and you should absolutely be co-oping this with your best friend on the couch while downing shots.

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Take up the mantle of famous fairy tale characters who have to go on bloody rampages across a variety of amazing levels, killing with anything you can get your hands on. But just how messed up is this game? Well, there's an achievement for skating in the blood of your enemies for three minutes straight...

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My Summer Car

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And now for a totally non-sexual vehicular adventure! This one is the best and most ultimate "car owning, building, fixing, tuning, maintenance AND permadeath life survival simulator" out there.

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Keep yourself alive by eating (well, mostly drinking lots of beer) and trying to build a car from scratch, while residing in Finland, in this truly odd physics-based game currently in Early Access on Steam.

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My Summer Car is clearly not meant to be taken too seriously, with the developers stating that "severe car fever is required to play this properly due to it's autistic approach on car building". I mean, you wash yourself in a Sauna... now that is Finnish!

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Stick Shift

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Robert Yang strikes again. The mad genius (who I am truly and honestly concerned about because he clearly has some issues that need to be discussed at length with a therapist) behind dick pic simulator Cobra Club and gay bathroom simulator The Tearoom has released what may be his most bizarre concept yet.

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I'll let Robert's description tell you everything you need to know:

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"Stick Shift is an autoerotic night-driving game about pleasuring a gay car."

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The car apparently has a sexual preference, and it wants to be pleasured. Is there a name for this kind of kink where you want to get an automobile off? Are some cars more inherently sexual than others?

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Yang (wisely) disabled comments for the teaser trailer video. You can download your copy of the game here.

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Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ

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Is there a better concept for a game than this Nintendo DS entry? A fan service-heavy and "ready to rock" version of Little Red Riding Hood has to protect Storyland by... going on a killing spree.

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There will be shell casings littering the ground and severed body parts galore in this rail shooter. God bless the developer of Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ for their contribution to society.

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Cat Evolution: Alpaca Zombie!

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Awww, cute, you've found an adorable cuddly kitty! Better feed him -- he looks hungry. Oh dear god, he's turned into something horrible with a dozen eyes and tentacles that sucks the blood from mice now! 

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Cat Evolution: Alpaca Zombie! is like a nightmare version of Tamagatchi, and all the while cutesy nursery room music is playing in the background. Get in on the unexpectedly disturbing action right here.

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Revolution X

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Arcade games used to be the greatest thing ever, and some of them were truly ridiculous with the most bizarre of premises. Take Revolution X for instance, where Steve Tyler has you battling a new world order with a CD-flinging machine gun.

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This game couldn't decide what it wanted to be (sometimes I destroy amps and blow up stages, and sometimes I'm protecting them?), but the end result was actually really fun in a tongue-in-cheek way. The game was ported to the SNES -- but it wasn't well-received, so the franchise crashed and burned as it was just getting started.

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Perhaps most ludicrous of all was the backstory and who was chosen to be the rebel leader. Something tells me that elderly, oversexed Republicans aren't going to be the ones fighting against censorship and saving us from brutal police state dictatorships through rebellious rock 'n roll...

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Tofu Hunter

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You know those pointless hunting arcade games that just sit there, forever unplayed, at any given movie theater or restuarant? The ones businesses buy so they don't have to put out legitimate games with actual violence or real fun in them?

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Now there's a tofu version of that, and you can get it on your mobile device! Mercilessly gun down some herds of rabid tofu, who for some reason bleed when shot. You can grab Tofu Hunter for Android on the Play Store.

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Everything

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In the weeks since first playing Everything, I've haven't been able to get it out of my mind. It's sort of like un-Katamari Damacy or reverse-Spore, melded with soothing New Age pseudo-science nonsense that will both make you a little sad and maybe give you some comfort about your place in the grand scheme of existence.

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It's easily as weird as Goat Simulator, but is also clearly trying to be more of a serious game. You kind of just have to experience Everything to get what's going on (or check out my full review of Everything).

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Night Trap

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For this little jaunt down gaming memory lane, we're going way back to 1992 and the super futuristic technology known as CDs -- which let consoles like the Sega CD hold entire live action video segments. Developers went sort of hog wild with the whole idea for awhile there, leading to full FMV movie/games like this one.

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Night Trap was almost certainly the inspiration behind Five Nights At Freddys, but don't expect any killer animatronic bears here. Instead the goal is to save girls at a slumber party from wandering bad guys by constantly switching between security cameras and closing off doors to block access points (sound familiar)?

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Somehow you are part of a secret government agency that has planted numerous cameras throughout this slumber party (ummm.... what?) and you need to keep these girls safe from intruders (kinda feels like I'm the intruder here).

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There are some truly unfortunate and hilarious elements at play, like the fact that S.C.A.T. is the name of your government agency. The bizarre vampire / burglar / ninja mashup enemies are hamming it up to the maximum like they know they are in a B-movie, so it's more likely you'll die of laughter than having your blood drained.

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The most bizarre part of this game is that it actually led to the creation of the ESRB itself through a campaign by upset mothers and concerned politicians. The outrage was more than a little misplaced, as there's very little actual violence here and no nudity of any kind. The most objectionable scene in the game is something you could easily view in any Sears catalog or Kmart flyer: a lady in a night gown (the horror, the horror!).

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Bertram Fiddle and the Inexplicable Meat Mound

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My first thought upon seeing some screenshots of this free browser game was that we were finally getting an AAAAAH! Real Monsters style dress up simulator. But I was so, so wrong. I started playing, and my whole world collapsed. Bertram Fiddle and the Inexplicable Meat Mound describes itself like this:

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Pleased to meet you, meat to please you. Grab pieces of meat from the trough and arrange them to create your very own inexplicable meat friends. Go on, have a good rummage! Get stuck in.

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There's something very distressing about this setup -- grabbing unidentified organs and mounds of meat to create your perfect unholy abomination.

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Want your crime against god and nature to have a parasitic twin? How about a genital face? Better give it a circle of broken lamb legs to spin around on. The sound effects really draw you in...and just serve as nightmare fuel.

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I seriously woke up in a cold sweat the morning after playing, with visions of meat-things still dancing across the back of my eyes. If you feel like you've got the fortitude to brave the meat grinder, go ahead and play here.

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Gaming has its fair share of WTF moments. Just look at games like Katamari Damacy, Hatoful Boyfriend, Goat Simulator, and many more, which were all clearly made to get the gaming populace scratching its collective head (or even falling down laughing).

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It's a wide, weird, wonderful world out there in the fringes of the gaming verse. So today we're going to round up 12 truly bizarre games that let you do everything from assembling nightmare-inducing meat monsters to taking snapshots of your co-workers while they evacuate the contents of their stomachs.

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Bonus: Several of these games are completely free, or are old enough that they can be found on ROM format if you do a little digging. Have fun getting weird!

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5 Wii and Wii U Games That Need to Be Ported to the Nintendo Switch http://www.gameskinny.com/twxb4/5-wii-and-wii-u-games-that-need-to-be-ported-to-the-nintendo-switch http://www.gameskinny.com/twxb4/5-wii-and-wii-u-games-that-need-to-be-ported-to-the-nintendo-switch http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/n/i/n/nintendo-switch-db70d.jpg twxb4/5-wii-and-wii-u-games-that-need-to-be-ported-to-the-nintendo-switch Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

The first set of Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch games has been released. Some of us were happy for new titles like Arms and Splatoon 2, while others cringed at the release of classics like Monopoly or RPG Maker Fes.

Either way, we all have games that we can't wait to see on the Switch. Heck, need to see on the Switch.

So, in order from least to most wanted, here are 5 Wii and Wii U Games that Need to be Ported to the Nintendo Switch!

5. Ping Pong

Ping Pong is a game that has been around for as long as I can remember, and for good reason. Ping Pong is a mix of physical work and strategy. It's the game of games (like pool, but less complicated). Ping Pong was popular enough to appear as a mini-game on Wii-Sports Resort. Now, I think it should be on the Nintendo Switch.

You have a confused look on your face now. Don't worry, I'll tell you why. It's simple: Ping Pong is fun, whether playing it in real life or on a console. And, since the Switch allows you to play with up to seven other people, Ping Pong would be a killer addition to the family -- both yours and the Nintendo's.

4. Xenoblade

Xenoblade Chronicles has a well-written story with graphics that are to die for. It tells the story of a character named Shulk (from the Bionis race), who is on a quest to find a sword known as a Monado in order to defeat a rival force of people known as the Mechonis.

If you want to get serious for a second, the game could be a comment on social injustices in general. I mean, if you think about it, there a million and one stories about one region, race, or culture dominating another all throughout history.

I think Xenoblade tries to explore that in a way. Although, I haven't played the game long enough to know for sure. The struggle between the Bionis race and the Mechonis is also fascinating because we live in the Digital Age, and might not be too far from a similar future. The point is, social commentary in video games is always a good reason to port it over to another system.

Other reasons that make this game great for the Switch is that the current version has a relationship-building system called Affinity.

The Switch is marketed as a console meant for creating interactions between people, and since Xenoblade is a multi-player game it makes sense to make a version for the Switch.

3. The Wonderful 101

Everyone loves a superhero, and The Wonderful 101 gives its audience a large selection of them.

The game has an interesting story mode, but it's essentially a classic alien versus humans invasion story where the "Uni-Morphs" fight against a space pirate named Prince Vorkken, and his first mate Chewgi, as well as a group of aliens called Geathjerks.

The protagonists of The Wonderful 101 all have corny names, I mean they're colors for god sakes, but their job descriptions are pretty cool. Will Wedgewood (Wonder-Red) is an elementary school teacher and the leader (why does red always get to lead?), Eliot Hooker -- whose name I'm sure some parent complained about -- is a police detective (he's Wonder-Blue, as if that's not obvious), Jean-Sebastain (Wonder-Green) is a guns expert, Mariana Kretzulesco (Wonder-Pink) is a fashion modeler, Ivan Istochinkov (Wonder-Yellow) is a Russian soldier, Momoe Byakkoin (Wonder-White) is a Samurai... I wonder how that works... and Krishna Ramanujan (Wonder-Black) is a video game player -- they must be the youngest in the group.

Essentially, these characters are the Power Rangers, but with adult jobs -- no offense Tommy.

Luckily, there's only one main villain whose name is Jergingha. He's the "supreme overlord of the GEATHJERK Federation" and "attempts to use Chi-Q to take back the galactic peace from humanity" (The Wonderful 101 Wikia said it, not me).

The original game, made exclusively for the Wii U, has a cooperative mode that supports up to five players. Considering people can connect their Switch's for extra gameplay, The Wonderful 101 is a perfect choice for a port.

2. Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 is a jaw-dropping, hack-n-slash game that takes place on a fictional mountain called Fimbulventr and in the town of Noatun -- both located in the Middle East.

The story is fairly simple to catch onto -- Bayonetta and Enzo are Christmas shopping when angels attack. In the middle of all the chaos, Jeanne, Bayonetta's friend, loses her soul. It is up to Bayonetta to find the Gates of Hell in order to save her.

Bayonetta 2 has a resurgence of characters from Bayonetta, as well as several new members. It also has a two player mode, which makes it a great fit for the Nintendo Switch. Just imagine for a second if you and your friends could team up on this journey while riding in an airplane! And, better yet, what if you could enjoy all that Bayonetta 2 has to offer without having to worry about using extra cables?

Sounds good right? This is why Bayonetta 2 should be ported to the Switch!

1. Injustice: Gods Among Us

With Injustice 2 coming out this month it's no wonder that people would want to see Injustice: Gods Among Us on the Nintendo Switch.

It would serve two purposes. First, if Injustice 2 were released on the Switch, then it would serve as a precursor game for those who decide that the Switch is the console for them. Having both games on the Switch would be a major play for Nintendo, and it would make fans of the game excited. The fan base for Injustice: Gods Among Us is HUGE and people LOVE it! By putting it on the Switch fans will flock to the console faster than you can say Superman.

The second reason to port Injustice: Gods Among Us to the Switch is because of its awesome game play mechanics. Players get an option between story mode (which makes it compelling) and combat mode (which makes it exciting).

In story mode you get to play as one of 45 DC Comic characters in an attempt to either conquer or aide evil Superman in his plans to take over the world. In combat mode, you are able to face off against your friends to see who deserves the title of baddest B**** in town. Both are good for the Switch as it could encourage a modern day version of a LAN party.

How's that for "Switching" it up?

Now You Have It...

These are the five top choices for games that should be ported to the Nintendo Switch (except Ping Pong, that was all me). With the most recent release of this years Nintendo Switch titles, there's no telling what we'll get next year. Let's hope it includes at least the most popular choices!

What games do you want to see ported to the Nintendo Switch?

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