John Cena is WWE 2K23 cover: Price, editions, what’s new

The champ is here!



WWE 2K23

WWE 2K23 has finally been announced for a March release, and no less than 16-time World Champion John Cena will grace the cover of all three editions of the video game.

Coming soon for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Steam, the WWE 2K23 Deluxe and Icon Editions will arrive on March 14 via Early Access, while the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen will be available on March 17.

Bad Bunny, one of last year’s most streamed artists globally, will also be making his WWE 2K debut with a Bad Bunny Bonus Pack.

This year’s installment of the flagship WWE video game franchise will feature several advancements, including a new take on the 2K Showcase, the introduction of WarGames, and expansions to several game modes.

The deep roster of WWE superstars and legends is headlined by the likes of Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes, Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and more.

While waiting for its release, let’s dissect what’s new from WWE 2K23 one by one.

2K Showcase starring John Cena

In a brand-new twist on 2K Showcase, players will have the chance to step into the boots of several of Cena’s toughest competitors throughout his 20-year career – and try to beat Cena himself.

This interactive documentary within the title uses 2K’s unique slingshot tech for a seamless transition from gameplay to live-action footage, narrated by Cena himself.

WarGames makes debut

A fan-favorite, the chaotic and action-packed WarGames will make its debut on WWE 2K23.

This will offer heart-pounding 3-versus-3 and 4-versus-4 single or multiplayer mayhem inside two side-by-side rings surrounded by a double-steel cage

MyGM: Be the boss

For this year, MyGM is going to feature more GMs to choose from. Players may also create their custom GM.

There will also be additional show options, multiple seasons, expanded match cards, and more match types for up to four players.

It will all up to players to draft rosters, manage budgets, sign free agents, choose various match types, arena locations, and more, managing everything while trying to beat rival GMs in weekly battles.

MyFACTION: Online multiplayer action

This online multiplayer team-building mode will let players collect, manage, and upgrade an array of WWE superstars and legends to create their ultimate four-person factions.

Players can now take their faction online and compete for global dominance, or compete in Weekly Towers and Faction Wars.

Themed card packs and goals roll out regularly throughout the year, too.

MyRISE: Immortalize your name

In this game mode, aspiring WWE superstars shape their career as they vie for their WWE debut.

Featuring distinct men’s and women’s division storylines and the ability to import custom created superstars, players journey from Rookie all the way to WWE Legend.

Creation Suite

A signature feature of the franchise, the creation suite returns with cross-platform community creations, including the ability to design custom superstars, GMs, arenas, entrances, move sets, championships and more.

Custom arenas are now playable online, and advanced customization has been added to created entrances.

Pricing, editions, pre-order bonuses

WWE 2K23

Standard Edition (physical, digital)

  • US$ 59.99 for previous-gen consoles and PC
  • US$ 69.99 for current gen consoles

Cross-Gen Edition (digital)

  • US$ 69.99 for PlayStation, Xbox consoles
  • Includes Standard Edition across previous and current-gen platforms within same console family and same account

WWE 2K23 features four editions of the game: Standard Edition, Cross-Gen, Deluxe Edition, and Icon Edition:

Deluxe Edition (physical, digital)

  • US$ 99.99 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One (physical and digital), PC (digital)
  • Includes Standard Edition, Bad Bunny Bonus Pack, Season Pass to all 5 post-launch DLC content packs
  • MyRISE Mega-Boost and SuperCharger
  • Ruby John Cena MyFACTION Evo Card
  • Gold Edge MyFACTION Card
  • Emerald Bianca Belair MyFACTION Card
  • Gold Asuka MyFACTION Card
  • 3 Basic Premium Launch MyFACTION Card packs

Icon Edition

  • US$ 119.99 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC
  • Features original cover art by Rob Schamberger
  • Includes Standard Edition and all bonus content in Deluxe Edition
  • Ruthless Aggression Pack – John Cena’s early “Prototype” character, “Leviathan” Batista, rookie versions of Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton, John Cena Legacy Championship, and WrestleMania 22 Arena
  • Additional bonus content: Emerald Paul heyman MyFACTION Manager Card and 3 Deluxe Premium Launch MyFACTION Card packs

Bad Bunny Bonus Pack pre-order offer

Players who pre-ordered the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital bundles will receive the Bad Bunny Bonus Pack. It includes Bad Bunny as a playable character, as well as a Ruby tier Bad Bunny MyFACTION card.

The Bad Bunny Bonus Pack is included in the Deluxe and Icon editions at launch.


Nintendo is shutting down Wii U and 3DS stores today

Shutdown imminent



Image source: Nintendo

Every device and digital service reaches an inevitable point when maintaining support becomes untenable. Basically, everything dies. Today, two beloved stores are coming to an end. Starting today, Nintendo is closing the online stores of the Wii U and the 3DS for good.

Last year, Nintendo warned users of the impending shutdown of the two stores. As the company dives deeper into the Switch generation, its older devices are getting tucked into the archive. Throughout last year, the company slowly cut off support by preventing users from infusing their accounts with more funds.

Now, the shutdown is all but complete. Specifically at 8PM ET (or a few hours after the publication of this article), users will no longer be able to buy games or DLC from the eShops of either console.

For now, users who bought anything prior to the closing will still be able to redownload any content they purchased over the years. Nintendo has not announced whether there are plans to cut off access to those as well.

Though most gamers have already moved on to the Switch, shutting down the stores of both consoles isn’t meeting a lot of fanfare. A good chunk of games, especially big ones, still have their physical releases. However, a larger chunk of titles are available only digitally. Getting these titles is now impossible, except for those who bought them already.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo will shut down digital stores for Wii U and 3DS

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LEGO 2K Drive to arrive on May 19

Build, explore, race



LEGO 2K Drive

2K and the LEGO Group has announced May 19 as the official worldwide release date of LEGO 2K Drive for multiple consoles.

The driving adventure game is developed by Visual Concept. It is the first title to be released as part of a multi-title partnership between 2K and the LEGO Group. They seek to evolve the LEGO experience in exciting new ways.

The game will feature a combination of open-world driving and competitive racing. Players can explore the vast world of Bricklandia, build any vehicle LEGO-style, drive anywhere, and become a racing legend.

The Sky Cup Trophy is the game’s coveted prize. Players will have to compete against a series of rivals across a broad range of tracks while taking advantage of unique power-ups that can guide them throughout a race.

LEGO 2K Drive also offers unique customization, with over 1,000 LEGO pieces available when building a vehicle. Color designs, stickers, flairs, and more are likewise customizable.

Players may also collaborate with others in a two-person split-screen mode or multiplayer mode.

There will be three editions for the upcoming game:

  • Standard Edition – US$ 59.99 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch; US$ 69.99 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S (both physical and digital)
  • Awesome Edition – US$ 99.99; includes new vehicle, flair, in-game LEGO minifigure, Year 1 Drive Pass (covers four individual post-launch seasons of Drive pass content)
  • Awesome Rivals Edition – US$ 119.99; includes multiple new vehicles, flair, in-game LEGO minifigures, Year 1 Drive Pass

Preorders are now open, and those who purchase before launch day will receive an Aquadirt Racer Pack.

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All TEKKEN 8 characters revealed so far

Get ready for the next battle!




Even though TEKKEN 8 is still miles away from being released, there’s no stopping the train on what you can expect. Starting off, no fighting game is complete without the list of fighters themselves. Of course, TEKKEN 8 is no exception to this. Several familiar faces have been revealed over the past few days, with more incoming.

Without further ado, here’s all the confirmed characters for TEKKEN 8 so far. Don’t worry, this list will be updated as more fighters and gameplay trailers are revealed.

Jin Kazama

Honestly, it wouldn’t be a modern TEKKEN game without the main protagonist himself, Jin Kazama. After spending most of TEKKEN 7 healing up and watching from the shadows, Jin is ready to strike back in honor of the Mishima Zaibatsu. Overall, he sports a much buffer look than before. Jin is now rocking the whites and reds compared to previous versions.

What makes Jin different this time around is how he’s harnessing the Devil Gene inside him to power his moveset. From the trailer alone, we see glimpses of the power he wields as he unleashes a barrage of attacks. Also, his character model even reveals one of his Devil’s wings, which most likely means he’s embraced the Devil in him.

Now, the one on our minds is, well, will the Devil Jin character from previous games also make its way onto this one?

Kazuya Mishima

In every TEKKEN game, someone portrays the ultimate villain that holds all the power and will not yield for anyone. For TEKKEN 8, that man is Kazuya Mishima, the leader of the G Corporation and Jin’s biological father. After the events of TEKKEN 7, Kazuya seemed more poised to take over the world than ever before with the G Corporation continuously waging war.

By this point in time, he has fully embraced the Devil and has since showed flashes of its power since TEKKEN 7. It’s not to say that just him alone isn’t already a ton to deal with, as his moveset is just as hard-hitting as before. With the addition of his Devil form as he enters his Heat State, it turns him into a wrecking ball of chaos.

Nina Williams

Nina Williams returns to the roster and is one of the characters that has appeared in every TEKKEN game since its release. The silent assassin has made quite the list of alliances and enemies through the years, and is on the hunt for her next target. However, after the events of TEKKEN 7 and her failure to locate Jin, she’s taking an approach from the shadows.

From a design standpoint, she loses the wedding dress she had on from the previous game and goes back to the leather jacket and purple dress — something familiar and comfortable. Moveset-wise, she retains the cat-like reflexes she showed off in previous titles and can throw punches with the best of them. Also, she had dual pistols now, so be careful when going up against her.

Paul Phoenix

Another staple of the TEKKEN franchise is Paul Phoenix, one of the hardest hitting fighters in the game. In fact, the trailer literally shows off his power as he brings a brick wall with him when he enters the battlefield. Although in TEKKEN 8, he grew his hair out and didn’t really bother to fix it in an upright position as his previous character models showed.

In terms of his moveset, the trailer makes it look as hard-hitting as before, if not more than that. You can tell that the man aged like fine wine in his combat, especially with all the punches he’s thrown. As seen in the last few seconds of the trailer, he even threw a punch that had so much power in it, it resulted in a sleeve getting ripped.

Marshall Law

One of the franchise’s key returnees from previous games is Marshall Law, Namco’s tribute to the legendary Bruce Lee. As with his previous appearances, he is agile, likes to take the fight to his opponents, and has an arsenal of moves relying on quickess and dexterity. In TEKKEN 8, however, it looks like his body has grown significantly.

Law maintains most of his moves from the previous games, with a bit of fine-tuning and power added to them given his growth over the years. Also, this game shows off his nunchakus which make a comeback after appearing as an item move in TEKKEN 6. Unlike that game, however, he only gets to use the nunchakus on specific moves instead of wielding it infinitely.

King II

Yes, for all the wrestling fans out there, King is back! And he is in much better fighting shape than ever before. Of course, the man still dons the same jaguar mask as his predecessor, and is hungry for competition wherever he goes. If all goes well, the eighth edition of the tournament will give him the glory he seeks.

As one of the franchise’s elite wrestlers, his moveset only improved from the previous games. He still boasts a series of gut-wrenching blows and grapples that turn the tide on his foes in combat. Also, he uses a variety of wrestling moves that fans will recognize from a mile away. This time around, as the trailer suggests, he adds more to his kit with moves from WWE superstars, Triple H (Pedigree) and Randy Orton (RKO).

Jack-8, Lars Alexandersson, and Jun Kazama?!

BANDAI NAMCO also released a Story and Gameplay Trailer to help build more anticipation on the upcoming fighter game, and shows what the TEKKEN Saga has in store for us. Also, this particular trailer showed us a few more characters to watch out for:

From this trailer, we can find two familiar faces in Jack-8 and Lars Alexandersson. The former is the eighth iteration of the JACKs since the first TEKKEN. For Jack-8, the main objective remains the same: destruction at all costs; it’s design to learn its opponents and strike at their core. For Lars, coming from the events of TEKKEN 7, the protector of Jin Kazama must now help him in his plot to overthrow Kazuya and put an end to the war.

Perhaps one of the biggest returns for TEKKEN 8 is Jin’s biological mother, Jun Kazama. She was presumed dead prior to the start of TEKKEN 3. Jun reunites with her now all-grown up son to help Jin find some form of inner peace. Whether or not she reunites with Kazuya has yet to be shown.

Let us know who you’re most excited to play for TEKKEN 8!

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