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Nintendo launches a free Pokémon game that looks like Minecraft

Will also launch more Pokemon games by next year

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For all its popularity, the Pokémon series has taken its sweet time entering the current-gen market. The series’ latest games, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, are still exclusives for the Nintendo 3DS. Finally, Nintendo is breathing new life into the series with a flurry of Switch exclusives.

To start, Nintendo has quietly launched a free-to-play Pokémon game today for the new console. Called Pokémon Quest, the game mixes our favorite critter catcher with the graphics of Minecraft and the elements of an RPG.

Set in Tumblecube Island, Pokémon Quest offers a unique experience for those new to the series. Players create their own camps where they can attract and befriend Pokémon from the Kanto region (Pokémon Red and Blue). From there, they can take Pokémon expeditions to explore the cube island. Every expedition ends with a gaggle of loot, which you can use to upgrade your Pokémon or spruce up your camp.

While the game itself is free-to-play, players can boost their experience with a set of paid DLCs that upgrade their abilities.

Regardless, the game uses mechanics that are simple enough even for more casual users. Nintendo’s latest push for more Pokémon aims to draw newer users to the series.

To complement this, Nintendo is also launching a couple more games this November. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee will link the new current-gen exclusives with yesteryear’s smash hit, Pokémon Go. Despite the AR integration, both games are essentially remakes of 1999’s Pokémon Yellow. As such, they will feature only the Pokémon from Kanto.

Additionally, all three games will herald the series’ first major release on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has not revealed any details on these games yet. However, they promise that they will launch sometime in 2019.

SEE ALSO: Pokémon might release its eighth generation on the Nintendo Switch

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Marvel’s Spider-Man Limited Edition PS4 Pro bundle coming September 7

This can’t come soon enough!

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We were already overwhelmed by the three pre-order versions of Marvel’s Spider-Man announced back in April for the PS4, but little did we know that a limited edition PS4 Pro bundle is going to swing by, as well.

Launching alongside the game on September 7, the special bundle is going to retail for US$ 399. It’ll include a Spider-Man-themed PS4 Pro console and matching DualShock controller. Of course, it’ll ship with the game itself.

See for yourself:

Are you as hyped as we are? Consoles designed after specific titles often go for a more subtle look, but this version absolutely nails the Spider-Man logo and glossy red hue.

If you haven’t gotten yourself a PS4 Pro yet, September 7 may be the perfect time.

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3 reasons why the remastered Spyro should get you excited

PlayStation’s lovable purple dragon gets his college bloom

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20 years ago, Insomniac Games revealed PlayStation’s newest mascot since 1996’s Crash Bandicoot himself: Spyro the Dragon. Much like the dragons you’ve seen in movies, Spyro spits fire and charges at his enemies head on. He goes around different worlds, saving its denizens from evil monsters, egg-stealing thieves, and powerful bosses. For the typical 90s kid who owned a PlayStation from 1998 to 2000, the Spyro trilogy was an instant classic.

Now, Spyro returns in his bold, new self in Activision’s remaster of the popular Spyro trilogy: the Reignited Trilogy. The lovable purple dragon gets the nod for a full-blown remaster, and 90s kids couldn’t be any happier!

Here are three reasons why this remaster should get you excited:

Remastered from the ground up

By this time, you have seen a glimpse of the remastered Spyro from major gaming sites and at E3 2018. According to Activision’s press release, the remaster almost comes close to that of a remake. All elements found within the game, from the terrain in the different worlds to the creatures in each stage, have been given the high-definition treatment.

It’s not just all aesthetics, however. Video game developer Toys For Bob made sure that the remaster did justice to the original trilogy, while adding a full-blown cinematic feel to it. All of Spyro’s friends across the three games received their own enhancements, partnered with improvements in reward sequences and updated controls. It’s as if the entire trilogy had gone through a college bloom!

New controls, same old Spyro

One of the things that Toys For Bob emphasized for the remaster is how it stays true to the original games. The old PS1 trilogy had very sticky controls for a 3D platforming game, and there was no immediate use for the right analog stick before. Back then, you needed to use the trigger buttons to look around, and the camera made it difficult to jump from one spot to another.

In the Reignited Trilogy, these problems are addressed with full use of the right analog stick. The controls provide a smoother experience to complement the various visual enhancements. However, Toys For Bob enhanced the original background music in all the games, and also kept Spyro’s abilities intact. Toby Schadt, Design Director for Toys For Bob, focused on keeping Spyro’s movement metrics as close as possible to the original’s.

Expanded availability

Obviously, the original trilogy was a PlayStation-exclusive in 1998. But Activision made the move to make the remastered trilogy available for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One simultaneously. This was a move the company had not done with the remastered Crash trilogy, as the Xbox release was a year after the PlayStation release. This game’s release date has been set to September 21, 2018 — 20 years and 11 days after the original release in 1998.

While there are no reports yet for its availability for the PC and Nintendo Switch, you can guarantee that it will happen. Following the release of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for the PC and Switch, there’s good reason for Activision to do the same for Spyro. For reference, Toys For Bob worked on the Crash remake for the Switch.

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Singtel introduces PVP eSports Championship

The telco’s next step in the world of gaming

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Singaporean telco giant Singtel has announced its latest eSports initiative, the PVP eSports Championship. It will be a multi-title regional eSports league from October 5 to 7, 2018 with a prize pool of US$ 300,000. For executives, the tournament is part of their efforts towards gaming within the Asia-Pacific region.

The tournament is done in partnership with industry players Razer, MET, Garena, and Blizzard. It will feature the popular PC game Dota 2 and Garena’s popular mobile game Arena of Valor. The Singapore leg of Blizzard’s global tour will also feature their popular game Hearthstone during the tournament.

Teams from Australia, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines will compete in local qualifiers organized by Singtel. The winning teams will then move on to the Grand Finals in Singapore, where they will compete against professional teams from North America, Europe, and China. The tournament also serves as Singtel’s opportunity to scout for Singapore’s own eSports team, which they wish to sponsor for future competitions.

Singtel hopes that the tournament builds upon current gaming initiatives from telcos like Globe in the Philippines and Telkomsel in Indonesia. Singtel CEO Arthur Lang recognizes the power of mobile gaming within the region, with smartphones being the main gaming device. “Telcos have every right to play in the growing gaming ecosystem,” Lang said in a statement.

To know more about the upcoming tournament and how to get there, you can visit its official website or MET’s official post. Singtel will provide details on streaming services for the tournament in the future.

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