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Dr. Mario Amiibo Confirmed As Target Exclusive In The US

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Dr. Mario Amiibo

Several amiibo figures are going to be released in North America in less than a month, as Nintendo confirmed a few days ago. Among the amiibo figures launching during September in North America are new entries of the Super Smash Bros line such as the Ganondorf and Dr. Mario amiibo figures, the 8-bit Classic Mario figures and more. No store exclusivity has been mentioned in the past few days, with the exception of the GameStop exclusive Retro 3 Pack, but many suspected that the Dr. Mario amiibo was going to be a Target exclusive, considering the figure didn’t appear on any other retailer website.

A few minutes ago Nintendo has confirmed through its official website that the Dr. Mario amiibo is going to be only available in Target stores at launch. As previously announced, the Dr. Mario amiibo will become available for purchase on September 11th alongside other new Super Smash Bros line figures.

Yesterday some new details have emerged on the GameStop pre-orders for some of the figures launching next month. According to a note that’s been sent to GameStop management, it won’t be possible to pre-order the Ganondorf, Zero Suit Samus, Olimar and 8-bit Classic Mario amiibos. Each store will receive each figure in limited quantities. Apparently it will also be possible to purchase these figures on the GameStop website but quantities will be limited.

Among the store exclusive amiibo figures launching next month is the already mentioned Retro 3 Pack, which includes the Duck Hunt, R.O.B and Mr. Game & Watch figures. The pack has been available for pre-order online until earlier today but we will let you know if pre-orders are opened again as soon as possible.

More on upcoming amiibo releases and restocks are always coming and we will keep you updated on them as soon as possible so stay tuned for all the latest news on the successful Nintendo figures.

 

As a long time gamer, Francesco has survived more zombie invasions, meteor strikes, magic spells than he can count. He still keeps fighting today to bring hope into countless gaming worlds. Or destruction, depending on his mood. Writing about video games was only the natural step for such a dangerous life.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Embracer Job Losses Continue as New World Interactive is Hit

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New World Interactive, the developer of the Insurgency series of tactical first-person shooters, has laid off an unknown number of employees as part of Embracer Group’s comprehensive restructuring plan.

Saber Interactive, which acquired New World in 2020, told Eurogamer that the studio had not closed. However, it confirmed an unknown number of layoffs.

Embracer says it is “actively working to fill existing open roles” with impacted employees and will provide severance packages. “Saber also assures that development will continue on Insurgency: Sandstorm, as well as on unannounced future projects,” it said.

Over 900 employees were laid off in an “agonizing” but “necessary” process. As always, we hope all victims recover.

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Sony: We Need Non-Gamers to Access Our Content

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Sony wants non-console owners to access its content beyond its PlayStation-walled garden. This strategy has been slowly implemented: the company has commissioned TV and movie adaptations of its biggest franchises, ported select software to the PC, and launched a mobile gaming division.

In an interview with Nikkei, head Hideaki Nishino explained how this strategy can boost console sales: We want to use movies and dramas to get non-gamers to try PlayStation games. Sales of The Last of Us increased during the live-action drama.

When HBO’s adaptation aired, our The Last of Us content skyrocketed, so we can understand its impact. As a PlayStation fan site, we support this strategy because we want to reach as many people as possible, so if Sony can appeal to non-console owners, that’s a win-win.

More PlayStation users is better, in our opinion.

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