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Nintendo announce Metroid: Samus Returns tie-in Samus Edition 3DS XL

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So it seems like Samus is having a bit of a revival in 2017. After the announcement of the upcoming Metroid II reboot, Metroid: Samus Returns, Nintendo has designed a lovely Samus Edition 3DS XL to go along with it.

The limited edition 3DS will drop on September 15th this year and it stands out, sporting a striking orange and yellow case with a print of the woman herself on the front. Even better, it’ll only set you back $200, exactly the same as the current standard model. While to some it might feel like yet another slightly different 3DS cash-grab, there’s no denying that it looks amazing, with the orange and yellow instantly evoking the classic suit.

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The system’s launch coincides with the release of Metroid: Samus Returns, a reimagining of Metroid II that released in 1991. Originally released on the Game Boy, Metroid II ditches the ‘Metroidvania’ style found in the likes of Super Metroid and Fusion. It instead opts for a more open-ended style that sees you collecting Metroids as you progress through the map. Thankfully, Nintendo has seen fit to remake it, with a shiny new art style and functional 3D.

Unfortunately, the new console doesn’t come with the game so you’ll have to buy your own copy if you’re looking to jump back into the Metroid universe.

As with most first-party Nintendo releases, Metroid: Samus Returns is also launching with several Amiibo. The first is a new style Samus while the other is a 1 part cute, 1 part creepy Metroid. Owning both of these will unlock exclusive art, in-game items and an extra difficulty mode called “Fusion”.

We’re assuming pre-orders for the Samus Edition 3DS XL will start soon and as with any limited edition run of a console, it’s a good idea to act fast because these won’t be around forever.

 

 

 

UK based gaming writer, raised on a diet of Street Fighter and Isometric RPG's. I enjoy playing every game I can get my grubby little hands on.

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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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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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