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Giant Bomb Quick Look - Darksiders Genesis

DARKSIDERS: GENESIS gives players their first look at the world of DARKSIDERS before the events of the original game. Furthermore, it introduces the fourth and last horseman STRIFE, as well as Co-op gameplay for the first time in the history of the franchise.

Pokemon GO Community Note: Pokémon can now be found in more places around the world

Over the last three and a half years, we’ve continued to evolve and enhance the Pokémon GO experience. We have launched an array of major feature updates and some smaller changes to help increase the quality of gameplay for many Trainers. While listening to community feedback, we look for ways to improve our game and strengthen the relationship that Trainers have with the world around them. Most recently, our focus has been dedicated to improving the experience of Trainers who live and play in areas of the world that may not have as many PokéStops or Pokémon to encounter as others.

Pokémon are now appearing in more locations worldwide

To ensure that all Trainers around the world have an exciting experience and improved access to gameplay, Trainers may now encounter Pokémon in more places than before. There were also some areas of the world where Pokémon may have been more densely populated. In these places, Pokémon should now be more spread out. This migration of Pokémon has nearly doubled the number of locations where Pokémon can be found in the wild around the world.

As a result, Trainers might be seeing more Pokémon in places where few Pokémon encounters occurred previously—or even in places where Trainers didn’t encounter Pokémon at all. This Pokémon migration should help encourage Trainers to get out there and explore, as exploration is one of the core principles that drives everything we do at Niantic.

Continuing to improve Trainer experiences worldwide

As a mobile augmented-reality game with a global audience, a lot is considered when we update the game for Trainer communities around the world.

The world around you is always changing and evolving, and to reflect that, we make sure that the Niantic gameboard always feels fresh and new with exciting surprises waiting around every corner. This is why we have enabled Pokémon GO Trainers to review nominations for PokéStops and Gyms. Remember: Just as key landmarks of Pokémon GO—like PokéStops and Gyms—arrive in new locations worldwide, Pokémon may continue to migrate in the world around you. We look forward to keeping you informed on these changes as we continue to evolve the Trainer experience!

Thank you for exploring with us, and as always, let’s GO!

Hundreds of knock-off consoles with Nintendo ROMs seized by North Carolina's Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force

Game over

We've all see the mall kiosks that are selling knock-off Nintendo platforms that are supposedly filled with hundreds upon hundreds of games. Those consoles almost always have the same few games duplicated over and over, and are filled with nothing but ROMs and ROM rip-offs.

The Triangle shopping center in Raleigh, North Carolina played host to one of those booths, and word quickly spread to the North Carolina Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force. The task force has been working for two weeks straight to pull off the seizure, and sellers ended up voluntarily surrendering them. 340 units were seized, with a street value of around $800k.

EMEAA charts for the week ending Dec. 8th, 2019

Luigi's Mansion sees a boost

Time to take a look at the top 10 software chart for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Check out where Nintendo titles landed this week via the full chart below.

Bravely Default II teaser site open, fact sheet released

Be brave!

Two more tidbits for Bravely Default II to share following last night's reveal at the Game Awards. First up, we have a fact sheet for the game.

A new world, a new story, and all-new Heroes of Light await in an original RPG experience arriving on the Nintendo Switch system in 2020! This successor to the original Bravely Default game comes from the team that brought you the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler, and features music from Revo (Sound Horizon/Linked Horizon), acclaimed composer of the Bravely Default soundtrack.

– Brand-new entry in Square Enix’s Bravely Series
– Travel the world in search of the four Crystals with the latest incarnation of the brave band known as the Heroes of Light
– Latest creation from Team Asano, creators of the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler
– New world filled with new characters, but with the atmosphere and excitement the Bravely series is known for

Second, the official Japanese teaser site for the game has opened, which includes some gorgeous music to enjoy. Check out the site here.

Check out the next round of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order's DLC costumes

Old man Wolverine, baby!

A new DLC trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order aired during the Game Awards yesterday, but it turns out the Japanese version actually had more content to check out. The end of the trailer featured the next wave of costumes for numerous characters, as you can see above. Free costumes for Colossus, Cyclops, Psylocke, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Elsa Bloodstone, Magneto, Loki, Scarlet Witch, Ghost Rider, and Doctor Strange are on the way.

GDC 2020 to host an Untitled Goose Game dev session

What's good for the goose...

Untitled Goose Game has been a hit in so many ways, and has spread far and wide. Would you like to learn more about how the in-game locations were built? A special session is going to be hosted at GDC 2020 with the dev team, which you can read up on below.

Google Maps, Not Greyboxes: Digital Location Scouting for 'Untitled Goose Game'

Jake Strasser (Developer, House House)

During the creation of Untitled Goose Game, Jake developed a level design practice informed by his filmmaking background. Rather than sculpting levels with greyboxes and working an environmental context onto them, he went location scouting (with the help of Street View) for real world places that fulfilled the game's design needs. Using this method, the level design of the goose game is a collage of real-world spaces - an interplay of requirements set by chosen source locations, level affordances, and aesthetic restrictions. Come and hear about this process and its benefits, and find out which village in England the goose game is based on.

Nintendo Minute - 'Anything You Can Carry' Nintendo Shopping Spree CHALLENGE (for donation)

Got a minute?

Nintendo Minute is never a minute! Today we’re getting into the holiday shopping spirit by doing a fun challenge at Best Buy. We each take turns and carry as many Nintendo items as possible. The person with the highest dollar amount at the end wins! All the items we purchase will be donated to the Starlight Foundation so we hope it brings some joy this holiday season. As always, thank you so much for watching and we’ll see you next week!

What the Golf? developers pull golf ball prank at The Game Awards because "it's a boring show"

Foul ball

What the Golf was nominated for Mobile Game of the Year at the 2019 Game Awards. This nomination secured TribandProductions, the developer of What the Golf?, a section of seats at the show that was for nominees. The gang sat a few rows behind big names in gaming like Hideo Kojima and others. What did they do while at the show, waiting to see if they'd take home a win? They decided to pull a prank with golf balls.

As the show went on during the night, the What the Golf? team opened up a big box of golf balls and started rolling them on the floor down to the front of the stage. One by one, they kept sending the balls on their journey past the feet of countless other nominees. You might think the move was some kind of viral marketing for What the Golf?, but according to a Kotaku interview with What the Golf? creative director Tim Garbos, that wasn't the case.

“There was a tiny chance for us to make a few more people hate golf, but also, we just wanted to make a thing happen. To be honest, it’s a boring show. We wanted to just have a little bit of fun ourselves.”

Many people find the Game Awards boring, as they do with most awards shows. I am not one of those people, but I do believe last night's show felt a bit off for reasons I can't put my finger on. That said, I think doing something like this just shows a lack of respect and maturity on the part of the TribandProductions gang. Even if you find the show to be boring, show a little respect for your fellow nominees, and the countless people who worked their asses off to put the show together.

I get that rolling golf balls is a rather minor way to show disapproval, but that doesn't make it any less disrespectful. There's nothing wrong with thinking the awards are boring. If that's how you feel, just don't go. There's no reason to try and disrupt the show or show attendees in some way.

As far as we know, the team who put together The Game Awards is yet to respond to the matter. If they do release a statement, we'll be sure to share.

Yacht Club details the amount of work that went into Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Not as easy as you'd think

Yacht Club was, at one point, working on both the Specter Knight and King King DLC expansions for Shovel Knight at the same time. This worked for a little bit, but eventually became impossible due to how different the expansions would play. In an interview with Kotaku, Yacht Club's Sean Velasco talks about just how much work was involved with creating the King of Cards expansion.

“As Specter Knight progressed, we realized his unique mobility set was just too specific. Tonally, Specter Knight and King Knight were gonna be so different, it just didn’t make sense anymore. We went back to the drawing board and said, ‘Okay, well, if we’re going to do all this extra stuff for King Knight, what are we talking about doing?’ And so we ended up making all new levels. There’s a whole new world map system. … The scope of that got crazy.”

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