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Nintendo Announces Return of Nintendo World Championships After 25 Year Hiatus

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Nintendo World Championships Returns After 25 Year Hiatus

After dropping out of the limelight for 25 years the Nintendo World Championships will make a triumphant return at E3

During a 3 day event in 1990 Nintendo held their last Nintendo World Championships event in Dallas to kick off a 30 city promo tour. Players went head to head in games like Chip & Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Astyanax, Batman, Robocop, and Super Mario Bros. 3. All fighting for the coveted Nintendo World Championship Cartridge. The event was a precursor to the esports championships we know and love today. A part of the gaming world Nintendo has been sorely lacking in over the last 25 years and something they are ready to change.

Today Nintendo announced that the Nintendo World Championships would be coming out of their 25 year hiatus, returning at E3 on Sunday June 14th. On their E3 website the company said “For the first time in 25 years, some of Nintendo’s biggest fans will get to go head-to-head in a gaming showdown for the ages. Join a worldwide audience by watching the live stream on Sunday, June 14,” The qualifying competitions will kick off on May 30 with Nintendo promising details on how to enter soon.

Unfortunately there was no word from the Big N about what games players will be competing in during the Nintendo World Championships. Although Super Smash Bros. is sure to be at the front of the line, especially with how popular it’s become in esports. No matter what games are up for the championships the event is sure to draw in thousands of participants and finally bring Nintendo into the esports world. The Big N has been oddly absent from the competitive gaming scene, with its fans making a stronger push to create a competitive scene for Nintendo’s games.

The Nintendo World Championships are also going to rev gamers up for Nintendo’s E3 press conference on Tuesday June 16th where they plan to reveal details on upcoming games and more. They plan on keeping that momentum going on the trade show floor through its “Treehouse” stream all they way through June 18th.

 

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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