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Nintendo Announces the New Shovel Knight Amiibo 3-Pack

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As if I didn’t spend enough money on amiibo (curse you Player 2 Corrin and your Amazon exclusivity), Nintendo and Yacht Club Games have announced the latest wave of Shovel Knight amiibo. This time, three of the villainous — and playable — members of The Order of No Quarter will made available: Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight.

So, yea, the announcement trailer is weird, but it gives plenty of information on the functionality of these three amiibo. But, those of you who can’t stand the narrator’s comically sultry voice can also find this information in Yacht Club Games’ online article. As with the first Shovel Knight amiibo, the three dastardly statuettes will only function with the Nintendo Switch, 3DS, and Wii U versions of Shovel Knight. Each Order of No Quarter amiibo unlocks unique (cosmetic) armor for their respective knights, new challenge stages that…ahem…challenge players’ mastery of various knightly skills, and cute little helper fairies — well, if you can call a ghastly little imp wielding a big ass scythe cute. Oh, and as for why King Knight is in this pack, it’s simple: to hype the final Shovel Knight DLC pack that features the unscrupulous and arrogant knave.

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Why am I making such a big deal out of the production of these new Shovel Knight amiibo? Well, first, we need to examine what makes amiibo such a big deal. Toys-to-life have become rather popular thanks to a small but impressive collection of games. Skylanders might have popularized the concept of toys-to-life, but Nintendo almost perfected it with its line of Super Smash Bros. amiibo, because unlike SkylandersLego Dimensions, and Disney Infinity’s (RIP) toys-to-life figures, amiibo usually have functionality outside their respective games. However, that brings us back to the question of why Shovel Knight amiibo are important, especially since they only have functionality within Shovel Knight. Because, Shovel Knight is the only third-party, non-Nintendo game to receive amiibo and amiibo support. Sure, non-Nintendo characters such as Mega Man, Pac-Man, Sonic, Cloud, and Bayonetta have their own amiibo, but these characters appear in the first-party Nintendo free-for-all known as Super Smash Bros. and their amiibo are designed primarily to function with that game. Shovel Knight is not a first-party Nintendo game but instead an indie game available on every modern console and PC. That’s why these three new amiibo are so important: because they buck Nintendo’s trend of making amiibo for first-party games. If these new Shovel Knight amiibo prove popular, perhaps we can expect more third-party character amiibo. Or is Nintendo only making an exception for Shovel Knight since it’s a celebration of the classic 8-bit platformers that made the Nintendo’s NES console famous?

While we do not know when these amiibo will be released (the trailer only states “coming soon”), I’m already hyped, and I want them.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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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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