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Pornhub's 2019 report reveals traffic by game platform, most popular game/franchise (Zelda leads the way)

Shout out to you 3DS users

Pornhub has released their year-end report for 2019 to show what game platforms people are visiting their site with, and also to reveal the most popular game characters and franchises. Check out the relevant data in the gallery below.

I think the real shocker here is Zelda taking the lead above all other characters for the year. I'm not quite sure what caused that! Perhaps it was the Breath of the Wild 2 reveal trailer? Whatever the reason, plenty of game fans clearly have their eyes on Zelda.

Nintendo celebrates 1 million Switch units sold in Spain by giving away bundles of free games

Good luck!

Nintendo is doing some incredible giveaways over on their Nintendo España Twitter account! To celebrate the milestone of 1 million Switch units sold in Spain, Nintendo is raffling bundles of Switch games to one lucky winner every two hours. Six games are included in each bundle, which is a really great value. Don't miss your chance to enter.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom 50% off sale leads to more copies sold on Switch in 5 days than in the last 5 months

A monster success!

FDG Entertainment has a major reason to celebrate. They recently launched a 50% off sale for Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom on Switch, and it brought in customers in droves. FDG has confirmed that they sold more copies of the game in the last 5 days than they did in the last 5 months combined! Talk about a well-timed sale!

Tetris 99 Hard Drops a Free Update With Team Battle Mode and Additional Features in Lead-up to 10th MAXIMUS CUP

New content dropping in!

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The fierce and frenzied 99-person multiplayer matches of the Tetris® 99 game just got even more intense with the addition of Team Battle Mode. Typically, it’s every tenacious Tetrimino twirler for themselves, but now Team Battle Mode allows for a group of friends and competitors to play together as a squad. And with the addition of a new password-based matchmaking feature, it’s easy to find and gather your friends for matches in the Tetris 99 and Team Battle modes.

In Team Battle Mode, players choose their favorite of four teams at the start of each game. Some teams may end up with many more members, but smaller teams receive a boost in attack power when being attacked, adding an unexpected element to each match. As players get eliminated through the course of battle, the final team standing with at least one player remaining wins. And even better, all members of the winning team can share in the victory! Players who are K.O.’d early in the game will go into spectator mode and can send “Likes” to cheer on their teammates. Players will want to stick around until their team has obtained a rank to receive their XP points. Or, if Team Battle is the active mode for a MAXIMUS CUP event, stay for their event points.

Additional features available in the update include new button configuration options and new user emblems, as well as the option to redeem 30 in-game tickets for some of the elusive Special Themes that were featured during earlier events. The following in-game Special Themes, which were inspired by games and favorite franchises, are now available: Tetris® from the original Game Boy™ game, Splatoon™, Fire Emblem™: Three Houses and Super Kirby Clash™.

The addition of Team Battle Mode also brings a new twist to the Tetris 99 10th MAXIMUS CUP, which runs from 11 p.m. PT on Dec. 12 to 10:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 16. The Tetris 99 10th MAXIMUS CUP will be available to all Nintendo Switch Online members* and will take full advantage of the new Team Battle Mode. Points will be awarded based on placements during each match, and at the end of the event the top 999 players will each win 999 Gold Points** that can be used to help purchase games in Nintendo eShop.

Tetris 99 features online competitive modes exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members. Players who have the free digital version of the game can purchase the optional Big Block DLC, which adds several offline modes.

A physical version of Tetris 99 is also available. For a suggested retail price of $29.99, the physical version includes the game, all DLC and a 12-Month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership.***

DOOM/DOOM II being updated to include Final Doom, No Rest for the Living, Sigil, and community WADs for free

This is one hell of an update

Some major news about DOOM and DOOM II has been shared during a Bethesda live-stream celebrating the franchise's 26th anniversary. Some big content is coming in the near future, and you can check out the rundown below.

- updates for both DOOM and DOOM II
- Final Doom, No Rest for the Living, and Sigil are coming
- Sigil is a new campaign created by John Romero, creator of DOOM
- community WADs are being added as well, which will be available via an internal storefront for free
- aspect ratio tweaks and 60fps coming

Just incase you're wondering, DOOM WADs contain sprites, levels, and game data. In other words, brand-new content to enjoy in DOOM or DOOM II!

Indie World Nintendo Switch - Press release


In a new Indie World video, Nintendo, accompanied by independent developers from around the world, previewed an extensive variety of indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch system in 2020. They also surprised fans with a pair of games that will be launching later today. The diverse lineup of games highlighted in the video includes Axiom Verge 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Axiom Verge; Sports Story, from the creators of the popular Nintendo Switch exclusive Golf Story; and retro-inspired beat-’em-up Streets of Rage 4. Launching today, The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition and Dauntless round out 2019’s strong lineup of indie content for Nintendo Switch.

“As we close out another year full of amazing indie game releases for Nintendo Switch, this new Indie World video offers a glimpse of what’s to come as we kick off 2020,” said Kirk Scott, Nintendo of America’s Indie Partner Manager of Publisher and Developer Relations. “We continue to be humbled by the innovative games our indie partners are creating around the world. You can bet our support for them will continue going strong into next year and beyond.”

To view the Indie World video in its entirety, visit https://indieworld.nintendo.com/showcase/. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Axiom Verge 2 from Thomas Happ Games: Discover the origins of the Axiom Verge universe in the long-awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed game. Axiom Verge 2 launches for Nintendo Switch in fall 2020.

Sports Story from Sidebar Games: From the creators of Golf Story comes a new adventure full of golf, tennis, dungeons, espionage, mini-games and plenty of friends – and enemies – to meet along the way. Sports Story launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch in mid-2020.


Dauntless from Phoenix Labs: Join millions of players in Dauntless, the fastest-growing online action-RPG, and explore a massive, free-to-play online world. Stand together and slay Behemoths with your friends from all over the world with true cross-play when Dauntless launches later today on Nintendo Switch. Exclusive to Slayers on Nintendo Switch, the Skyfighter Armor and Skymetal Weapon Set ensure that you look your best on the hunt. This cosmetic set includes weapon skins for all seven weapon types in Dauntless and a stylish armor set.

The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition from Croteam: Tasked to solve a series of more than 120 complex puzzles, players will divert drones, manipulate laser beams and replicate time to prove their worth. The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition will be available for Nintendo Switch later today!


The Survivalists from Team17: The Survivalists combines crafting, base-building and survival, along with a few surprises, in a new adventure set within the Escapists universe. And on Nintendo Switch, up to four players can play together in local wireless and online multiplayer. The Survivalists launches for Nintendo Switch in 2020.

Streets of Rage 4 from Dotemu / Guard Crush Games / Lizardcube: Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the legendary Streets of Rage trilogy’s beat-’em-up gameplay with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages with a serious crime problem. There will be plenty of braised chicken lying around on plates and bad guys to beat down when Streets of Rage 4 comes to Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2020.

Gleamlight from D3PUBLISHER: Using a stained-glass motif, this unique game puts players in the role of a sword (that’s right: a sword) in a terrifying, sad, but warm story drawn in a beautiful glassy world. From the developers of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night comes Gleamlight, launching for Nintendo Switch in early 2020.

SkateBIRD from Glass Bottom Games: Look at these cute little birds shred! Whether they’re grinding on bendy straws, kickflipping over staplers or carving lines through a park held together by sticky tape, skate birds always try their best – and look adorable doing it. SkateBIRD launches for Nintendo Switch in late 2020.

Bake ’n Switch from Streamline Media Group: In this party brawler that’s all about food, up to four players work as a team to punch, combine and bake dough before times runs out. Bake ’n Switch cooks up something special on Nintendo Switch in summer 2020.


SuperMash from Digital Continue: A love letter to video game culture, SuperMash is set in a game shop owned by a brother and sister who discover a mysterious game console. Players will never know what to expect in SuperMash as the game mashes together video game genres and creates a different experience every time. SuperMash will shake things up on Nintendo Switch in May 2020.

Sail Forth from David Evans: There’s nothing quite like a high-seas adventure combining classic naval action with exploration. In Sail Forth, the entire map is procedurally generated, with players discovering islands to explore, quests to take, sailors to rescue and pirates to loot. Sail Forth docks on Nintendo Switch in 2020.

Murder by Numbers from Mediatonic: From TV studios to glitzy award shows, players must uncover a tangled web of conspiracy, deception and, of course, murder, as they piece together the truth one pixel at a time. Featuring music from Masakazu Sugimori, the composer behind Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Viewtiful Joe, Murder by Numbers launches first as a timed exclusive on Nintendo Switch in early 2020.

Liberated from Atomic Wolf: Liberated blends the art of cyberpunk, hand-drawn graphic novels with interactivity and action to create a seamless experience. As players flip between pages, side-scrolling stealth gunplay and platforming action, they must view what transpires from many points of view to parse the truth. Liberated launches first as a timed exclusive on Nintendo Switch in 2020.

Boyfriend Dungeon from Kitfox Games: In this dating sim-dungeon crawler mashup, players forge precious memories with many different loves, and then use their individual combat styles to clear out monsters and uncover the dungeon’s secrets. Boyfriend Dungeon wants to be more than friends with Nintendo Switch in 2020.


Dreamscaper from Afterburner Studios: Sometimes the only way to face a tough subject is head on … even if that means battling a nightmarish depression living inside a young woman’s subconscious. Combining a brawler, a top-down shooter and a dungeon crawler, Dreamscaper launches first on Nintendo Switch as a timed exclusive on consoles in early 2020.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath from Oddworld Inhabitants: In this classic action-adventure game, players will wield Stranger’s unusual crossbow that fires off rounds of literally live ammo – from rodents to bugs. With updated first-person shooter controls and gyroscopic aiming, the definitive version of this classic launches for Nintendo Switch in January, with pre-purchase available today.


Indie World Showcase 12/10/19 - Blog/recap, summary of events


- Sports Story, a sequel to Golf Story, announced (featuring golf, baseball, tennis, soccer, and more), exclusively for Nintendo Switch, coming mid-2020

- Streets of Rage 4 announced, coming in 2020

- Gleamlight announced, coming in Early 2020

- Bake'N Switch coming in Summer 2020

- SuperMash coming in May 2020

- The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition announced for Switch, available today

- Sail Forth announced for Switch, coming in 2020


- Dauntless receiving new expansion known as "Storm Chasers," and Sky Fighters costume exclusively available for Switch users, game available today

- Murder by Numbers announced, coming early 2020

- OddWorld: Stranger's Oddysey announced, coming in January 2020, pre-purchase currently available

- Liberated announced for Switch, coming in 2020

- The Survivalists announced for Switch, coming in 2020

- Axiom Verge 2 announced for Fall 2020

MLB The Show seems set for release on Switch in 2021

Play ball!

NEW YORK/SAN DIEGO, December 9, 2019 – Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and San Diego Studio jointly announced today that they have entered into multi-year extensions to continue development and distribution of MLB The Show, the award-winning officially licensed video game.

In addition, the historic expansion of the long-standing partnerships will bring MLB The Show, for the first time ever, to additional console platforms beyond PlayStation platforms as early as 2021. Complete details will be announced at a later date.

San Diego Studio has been creating officially licensed baseball video games enjoyed by millions of fans for more than 20 years. With MLB The Show 20, which will feature Chicago Cubs star Javier Báez (El Mago) as its cover athlete, the studio will be commemorating the 15th Anniversary of MLB The Show's franchise next year through a variety of unique promotions and new gameplay features.

MLB The Show is officially licensed by MLB and the MLBPA. Follow MLB The Show on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest information and updates.

While the above press release doesn't mention Switch specifically, Nintendo has retweeted this announcement on their official account. I'd say that means the series is a lock for Switch!

Thanks to Kolma, Neverunplaying, Dondom95, and Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Donkey Kong 64 originally had a realistic shotgun that horrified Shigeru Miyamoto

Donkey Kong's boom stick

Throughout the course of a game's development, numerous elements get added, tweaked, yanked, and changed altogether. That's what happened during the creation of Donkey Kong 64, but there was one early element in particular that apparently horrified Shigeru Miyamoto.

In an interview with GamesRadar, Donkey Kong 64's creative director George Andreas said that Miyamoto went to RARE's offices to see an early build of Donkey Kong 64. As he was running through the build, Miyamoto spotted an in-game weapon that just didn't fit with the universe.

"Miyamoto-san, Iwata-san, and Howard Lincoln – chairman of Nintendo America at the time – came to our new studio. We switched on the game, they saw the rap, and then I started running around as DK. I swung on some vines, collected bananas, and they were beginning to really smile. And then I pressed the button to pull out the gun. It wasn't a textured gun that you might expect but a realistic shotgun with bullets flying out and with horrifying sound effects. You get so used to things being in development, even if it is a placeholder, and I completely forgot that it was in there. I'm shooting beavers, turned to my side, and see this look of horror on Miyamoto's face! Then he smiled and, taking some paper and a pencil, drew a coconut gun in front of us. It had leaves on it and he handed it to me. I looked at it and said 'Oh yeah, that's cool, we'll put that in' and the coconut gun was put in after that."

I think Miyamoto was in the right here. A coconut gun, while absolutely silly, makes a lot more sense than Donkey Kong toting a realistic shotgun. I'm not quite sure how the team thought that was a good idea!

Reggie Fils-Aime to appear as a presenter at The Game Awards 2019

Reggie returns!

Reggie and Geoff Keighley's love affair continues at this year's Game Awards, as the official Twitter account for the show has confirmed that Reggie will be on-hand to present an award. It'll be interesting to see what he ends up presenting! You can check out Reggie in action this Thursday.

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