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Nvidia is launching the $400 RTX 3060 Ti tomorrow, another GPU you won’t be able to buy

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Nvidia is launching the $400 RTX 3060 Ti tomorrow, another GPU you won’t be able to buy

Wouldn’t it be nice?

Nvidia has been relentless in its quest to launch a brand new line of graphics cards over the past few months, and that pursuit sees its most sudden addition tomorrow. With exactly one day between announcement and release, Nvidia has introduced the lowest-end (and cheapest) RTX 30 series card that’ll still give the 20 series a run for its money.

On December 2, Nvidia will launch the RTX 3060 Ti at a price of $399. In its announcement post, Nvidia says the 3060 Ti is faster than both the RTX 2080 Super (barely) and the 2060 Super (by 40 percent). Like all the 30 Series cards, the 3060 Ti makes use of the new Ampere architecture. It features: “second generation ray tracing cores, third generation tensor cores for AI, Nvidia DLSS, Nvidia Reflex, and Nvidia Broadcast.”

Predictably, the initial reviews for the 3060 Ti are coming up all positive. PC Gamer’s benchmarks found that it’s a great 1440p monitor, can hit some rather high framerates at 1080p, and is capable of doing 4K at 60fps under the right settings. Ars Technica found it to be a quite competent card, especially at the price point. It obviously can’t outperform the 3070 (although it’s close), the 3080, or the 3090.

Like the other 30 series cards, the 3060 Ti will make good on two of three important factors. They’re all powerful and fast. They’re all priced competitively. And it’s impossible to buy any of them. The 3060 Ti goes on sale tomorrow morning and no one think it’s going to be easy to get one. Considering it’s the cheapest of the cards, it’s expected to see the highest demand. Best of luck ’cause you’re gonna need it.

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Coming December 2nd. Faster Than RTX 2080 Super, Starting at $399 [Nvidia]

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Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 18:00:00 +0000

Mega Man X and Battle Network live on in these new official models

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Mega Man X and Battle Network live on in these new official models

From Kotobukiya

Mega Man merch may never die.

The Mega Man series died at one point. Then it came back to life! It may die again. But we will always have merch. Merch…never changes.

Like the George Lucas of the video game world, Capcom has more merch SKUs each year than there are Mega Man games at this point. Many of them are figures and the like, ranging from the most casual blind box packages to the discerning hobbyist models. Manufacturer Kotobukiya has been partaking in that latter line for a while, and this past week, they just unveiled a few more beauties.

Shown off via their new livestream (the model talk for Mega Man X starts about 35 minutes in, timestamped here, with the Battle Network model talk kicking off around an hour and a half), Mega Man X and Battle Network non-painted models are incoming. The Mega Man X version will be more posable, even including an option to make him look like he’s jumping through a boss door, or squinting while holding in a charged buster shot.

The Battle Network model has its own flair, with cuter more casual poses, as well as the option to wield his signature sword. You can find more info on the figures on this landing page. At this time, release dates and pricing are “undecided,” as per a listing on the site.

Mega Man [Kotobukiya]

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Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:00:00 +0000

Planet Zoo is getting penguins, otters, and a new ‘animal talks’ activity on December 8

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Planet Zoo is getting penguins, otters, and a new ‘animal talks’ activity on December 8

Teach your zoo-goers some animal facts so they’ll feel guilty about the state of things and donate money

Whether you’re here for the penguins (please read that in Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice) or you’re just sticking to the ongoing free content updates, December 8 will be a busy day for Planet Zoo players.

The next slice of DLC for Planet Zoo is the Aquatic Pack, and in terms of new species, it’s adding the king penguin, giant otter, diamondback terrapin, Cuvier’s dwarf caiman, and grey seal (please sing that like Elton John). For $10, you’re also getting 170-ish scenery customization pieces (these numbers always sound inflated) and a challenge scenario set in Oregon that revolves around a “drained riverbed.”

On the free-content front, Planet Zoo is getting update 1.4 on December 8. Apart from access to the new Water Temperature Regulator and Underwater Feeder (to coincide with the DLC theme), the update will add a summary screen for transport rides, informational “animal talks” that you can organize with newly-hired Educator staff members, and a multi-select option for animal storage in Franchise mode.

The submersible feeding station will only be compatible with the saltwater crocodile at first, but Frontier Developments says it “will be adding [support for] more animals in the future.”

Beyond those free-for-everyone quality-of-life features, there’s also a free challenge scenario tucked into update 1.4 – it’s set in the Philippines, and you’ll design your zoo around “disused rice terraces.”

The Aquatic Pack might not go far enough for marine-loving players who have been plotting out the aquarium of their dreams, but I’m here for baby otters and penguins any day of the week.

Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:30:00 +0000

Control is the biggest get for Xbox Game Pass in December

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Control is the biggest get for Xbox Game Pass in December

One of the most impressive offerings so far

This morning, Microsoft let it slip that Doom Eternal would be hitting Xbox Game Pass on PC. But as it turns out, December is getting at least one other big release; and a few good ones.

As revealed today, Control is hitting Xbox Game Pass for consoles (and Android devices via xCloud) on December 3: the same day as Doom Eternal on PC. That’s followed by Haven, Rage 2, Slime Rancher, Va-11 Hall-A, Yes Your Grace, and Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Okay so where to begin with this?! I see you, Bethesda-Soft! With your Rage 2 addition, like all Bethesda games won’t eventually end up on daddy’s system. Also, Control! That’s like, pretty recent, as far as AAA goes, and a nice get for the system that helped bring Alan Wake into this world. Oh, and Va-11 Hall-A, Yes Your Grace are fine indie editions, with Dragon Quest XI serving as one of the more interesting big budget JRPGs in recent years. It’s a huge month for the service.

Nearly a week after that starting on December 8, you’ll find Call of the Sea, Monster Sanctuary, Starbound, Unto the End, Assetto Corsa, Gang Beasts, GreedFall, Superhot: Mind Control Delete (!), and Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair. Again, it’s a good spread! Racers, first-person puzzle shooters, cute mascot puzzle platformers. Game Pass is getting even better.

You can find the full schedule below. Happy holidays!

Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Control, Doom Eternal, Holiday Offer, and More [Xbox Wire]

 Week of November 30:   

  • Control, December 3 (Android and Console)
  • Doom Eternal, December 3 (PC)
  • Haven, December 3 (Console and PC)
  • Rage 2, December 3 (Android)
  • Slime Rancher, December 3 (Android and Console)
  • Va-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action, December 3 (PC)  
  • Yes, Your Grace, December 3 (Android, Console and PC)  
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, December 4 (Console and PC)

 Week of December 7:   

  • Call of the Sea, December 8 (Android, Console and PC)
  • Monster Sanctuary, December 8 (Android and Console)
  • Starbound, December 8 (PC)
  • Unto The End, December 9 (Console and PC)
  • Assetto Corsa, December 10 (Android and Console)
  • Gang Beasts, December 10 (Android and Console)
  • GreedFall, December 10 (Android, Console and PC)
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete, December 10 (Android and Console)
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, December 10 (Android, Console and PC)

 

 

 

 

 

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Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 12:45:00 +0000

The ultimate guide to earning My Nintendo points quickly and easily

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The ultimate guide to earning My Nintendo points quickly and easily

Bookmark this for when you want a new reward

With My Nintendo physical rewards popping up like daisies every week, I’ve had a ton of requests from readers to explain what Platinum Points are, and how to earn them quickly.

Good news! This is that guide. It’ll walk you through the entire process comprehensively, from starting a My Nintendo account to some of the more advanced ways of earning digital bread.

Make an account, then grab all the easy missions first

As a recap, “Platinum” is basically a make-believe currency that lets you earn small rewards in mobile titles (don’t do this, it’s a waste) or digital rewards, like 3DS themes and game discounts for non-Switch systems. As you can clearly see, the latter use is outdated, and has been for some time, basically putting My Nintendo in a dormant state. But with physical rewards arriving recently, it’s given the service a second wind.

So this step is the easiest. Go make a My Nintendo account, then link your proper Nintendo account. Head to the “missions” section: this is your dashboard, where you’ll start making notes of what to do to earn Platinum Points.

Make a few quick changes to get some easy points. Link your Nintendo account, turn promotional emails on (and keep them on for recurring points), and link various social accounts (Facebook/Google/Twitter) for more points. If you’re uncomfortable with this prospect, link bogus accounts. Also don’t forget to tour the Mario 35 site and click around for more easy points.

The Cold Stone code is an odd one, but an option. You can get 100 points if you order a Mario-themed menu item, and the best way to do that without incident is online. Make a Cold Stone account, then order an item ahead of time for pickup. Make sure the “My Nintendo” promo is enabled. Some folks are reporting that it works online for all menu items as long as the code is applied (even the cheapest menu items possible, like sides), but do this at your own risk. My wife ordered a Mario shake online, and we were able to do curbside pickup: the point code was emailed to me a few hours later. Enter it here.

Another source of recurring points is the “monthly Nintendo newsletter.” Note that sometimes you’ll be required to locate a number code in the actual email, which can be redeemed for points on this page. Emails can appear sporadically or not at all, so keep an eye out for them.

When you actually use the points, you’re basically “buying” a digital code. You use that code to make the item free: then pay shipping (which is around $5). Use this opportunity to stack items together, as one purchase only incurs one flat shipping fee. In other words, you can amass points through this guide and spend them all at once.

Know the weekly resets

Every Monday, My Nintendo will allow you to click on your avatar on the homepage to earn a quick 30 Platinum Points. You can also net 30 more by signing into the eShop on a Wii U or 3DS.

My Nintendo resets are on Mondays at 12AM. Only Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp resets on Sunday mornings.

Dig for hidden platinum

Occasionally, you’ll get the opportunity to find hidden Platinum Points. One of the easiest ways to identify them is with the “balloon” minigame on the home screen: where your avatar will be floating around. Normally the balloons are innocuous, but sometimes a Platinum Point coin will be stuck inside one. Pop them all to earn them. You can also find secret coins through the fishing animation: just click your avatar to potentially pull one up.

Alternatively, there are “hidden Miis” in certain parts of the site. The mission page sometimes hides them, as well as the “news” page, or individual articles within that news landing. Or, in the very top right, the little pulldown menu that appears when clicking on your avatar.

Don’t get too hung up on these, but if you’re fiddling around on the internet, hunting for these is an option.

Get the browser points

This is the simplest way to get quick points, just know that none of these are repeatable. All you have to do is follow the guides below and click on certain parts of the site and you’re good.

Here are all of the current browser quests, and the solutions:

Spam Fire Emblem Heroes for a treasure trove of points

Fire Emblem Heroes is by far the easiest way to earn a massive amount of points quickly, and the simplest way to “bank” them. Here’s what I mean.

Given that there’s 5400 potential points, you could unlock 1000 right now for use for a reward, then “bank” the rest. Remember, Platinum Points expire in six months, so if you don’t want anything right now, just “save” Fire Emblem Heroes‘ campaign mission rewards until later. When a new reward hits, go spam more missions, get the points, and bank the rest.

You can find a full guide for earning Heroes points here.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is next

Pocket Camp is your next step because it’s free, though it takes a lot more effort than spamming Fire Emblem.

For this one, you’ll need to do a bit of work. Pocket Camp points are accrued at a rate of 180 per week, with a weekly reset on Sunday mornings. I’ve gotten it down to where I can earn all 180 by Monday with minimal effort.

Follow our full guide here for more info.

Super Mario Run is your last resort, as it costs money to buy

So this one is at the very bottom of the guide because it costs $10 to farm. Weekly runs will net you 120 platinum per week (seven daily rewards of 10, with a weekly bonus of 50).

If you do decide to get Super Mario Run though, you’ll net 300 platinum just for finishing the game, as well as 300 more platinum for adding 10 friends. You’ll also get 100 points for registering the game.

Follow our full guide here, which explains how to game the friend system and find sites that allow you to instantly add all 10 within a matter of hours.

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Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:00:00 +0000

Doom Eternal Switch is about 18GB, and with no physical release, good luck with space

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Doom Eternal Switch is about 18GB, and with no physical release, good luck with space

May the force be with your memory card

As a reminder, Bethesda canned the physical release of Doom Eternal on Switch at this juncture. The same Doom Eternal port that’s due out in a few days on the eShop. Now that everything is all set, a Switch eShop page just opened for the game, which showcases a few more bits of key information: namely, the file size.

As stated on the eShop, it’s estimated at 17.5GB, base. But Bethesda’s site says differently, noting that it’s around 18.8GB (TBD), which could account for first-hand information of the day one patch. The first DLC campaign isn’t arriving on time on Switch for the launch of the port (it’s already available elsewhere), but that will pack even more on, not to mention all of the free updates Bethesda and id provide for Eternal as a whole.

It’s getting to the point where even with a larger SD card, I’m constantly deleting games to make space. One of the biggest selling points of the Switch is that physical games do not require users to install the entire thing to the HDD/SSD from the disc: a great way to save a lot of space that Xbox and PlayStation games otherwise take up.

While I completely understand the logistical nightmare of launching a physical product right now, I hope it does enter production eventually.

Doom Eternal [Nintendo]

Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 08:30:00 +0000

The new Switch firmware adds Mario avatars for a celebration that basically expires in March

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The new Switch firmware adds Mario avatars for a celebration that basically expires in March

Oh, and there’s a way better way to get screenshots off your Switch now

So a new Switch firmware update is out, and it’s not just “stability!” Like, there are actual features!

Version 11.0.0 adds a few new things into the mix, including automatic cloud save data download, a Switch online app, a “trending games your friends are playing” feature on the user page, a new way to transfer screenshots, a download prioritization feature (finally!), button mapping alterations, and 12 more icons (we’ll get to that).

Easier, non-social-media-or-sd-card screenshot transfering is probably the biggest addition. But in natural Nintendo fashion, it’s not as simple as say, Xbox or PlayStation make it with their apps. With this process you need to scan a QR code on your Switch, then scan it again to create a URL that allows you use download the picture. Obtuse, but it does work: I just tried it to capture the header image above. You can also transfer them directly to your PC via USB.

Nintendo also added a few Mario 35th anniversary avatars…which…are a little late given that on March 31, 2021, a lot of what they’re celebrating is going away.

Ver. 11.0.0 [Nintendo]

Ver. 11.0.0 (Released November 30, 2020)

Nintendo Switch Online was added to the HOME Menu.

  • Access all Nintendo Switch Online services, from getting the latest information to checking your membership status.
    *This feature is not available in some countries/regions.

A new feature that automatically downloads backed up save data was added to the Save Data Cloud.

  • When using software with the same Nintendo Account linked to multiple systems, save data backed up from one console will automatically be downloaded to your other system(s).
    *To use this feature, it must be enabled under System Settings > Data Management > Save Data Cloud.
    *Save data will not be downloaded automatically unless save data for that software exists on the console. The first time only, users must download the save data manually.
    *A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the Save Data Cloud service.

A new Trending feature was added to the User Page.

  • Users can check what software their friends are playing or have started playing recently.
    Information will not be displayed for friends who have their online status set to display to no one.

Users can now transfer screenshots and videos from Album to their smart devices.

  • Users can wirelessly connect their smart devices to Nintendo Switch to transfer the screenshots and videos saved within their Album.
  • For screenshots, users can transfer a maximum of 10 screenshots and 1 video capture at once.
    *To connect, users must use their smart device to scan the QR Code displayed on the Nintendo Switch screen.
    For more information, please refer to the Nintendo Support website.
    *“QR Code” is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.

A new Copy to a Computer via USB Connection feature was added under System Settings > Data Management > Manage Screenshots and Videos.

  • Users can use a USB cable to connect Nintendo Switch to their computers to copy the screenshots and videos saved under Album.
    * A USB charging cable [model HAC-010] or a USB-IF certified USB cable that supports data transfer is required to connect to a computer.
    For more information, please refer to the Nintendo Support website.
    * Connection via the Nintendo Switch dock is not supported. Please connect the Nintendo Switch system directly to the computer.

Users can now select what download to prioritize when there are multiple downloads in progress.

  • When there are multiple software, update data, or downloadable content downloads in progress, users can now select which they want to download first.
  • You can set this under Download Options by selecting the icon for the software you want to download first on the HOME Menu.

User icons were added.

  • 12 user icons that commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. series were added.

Users can now name preset button mappings with the Change Button Mapping feature.

Brazilian Portuguese was added as a supported language.

  • When users set their region to the Americas and their language to Português, the language used on the HOME Menu and in certain software will be displayed in Brazilian Portuguese.

Several issues were fixed, and usability and stability were improved.

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Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 09:00:00 +0000

I’m stoked to close out 2020 with some PixelJunk Eden 2 co-op

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I’m stoked to close out 2020 with some PixelJunk Eden 2 co-op

It’s coming to Switch on December 10 according to Nintendo UK

I’ve quietly been stoked to play PixelJunk Eden 2, the sequel to Q-Games’ underappreciated atmospheric platformer about zipping through abstract gardenscapes while chill Baiyon tunes work their magic.

After missing its initial summer 2020 window, it seems that PixelJunk Eden 2 is on track for a December 10 launch on the Nintendo Switch eShop. The new release date showed up on a Nintendo UK store page, and while the equivalent listing for North America still says fall 2020, I’m choosing to believe.

Gameplay-wise, I’d expect a similar experience – you’ll explore “gardens of psychedelic sights and sounds” to collect pollen, expand the flora to reach new heights, and generally melt into your chair.

As the studio puts it, you’ll be able to “swing and spin from silk threads, in both single and cooperative play as you and a partner pirouette around one another in brush-strokes of light and color in the world on your journey to collect the all-important ‘Spectra,’ the source of all life in the world.” It’s a trip.

“More PixelJunk Eden” would’ve been fine by me, but co-op? That’s the secret word.

[Via Gematsu]

Published at Mon, 30 Nov 2020 18:00:00 +0000

Contest: Win Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? for consoles and PC

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Contest: Win Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? for consoles and PC

Two chicks at the same time

In today’s contest, you can win Who Wants to be a Millionaire? for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, or Steam!

It’s that time of year where sales are going on for everything you want. Also for everything everyone else wants. Essentially, people want things and you’ve only got a limited amount of money. Wouldn’t it be nice to be rich?

Well, you can be, with a brand new copy of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?! I mean, not really, but you can pretend in video game form!

You know the classic game show! I remember this thing was at the arc of its zeitgeist back when I was in middle school. We’d come into class, and our teacher would start each week asking who watched it, and used it as a jumping point for the lesson. What a world. RIP Regis. Anyway, for those of you who don’t know, it’s the iconic television game show where knowledge of random shit could win you up to one million dollars! Use your lifelines if you get stuck, or do like that IRS agent did all the way back in 2000 or whatever and call your mom and brag about how you’re about to win a cool $1m. You know, whatever.

My wife and I have been playing this, and we’re awful at it. Haven’t banked any more than $1,000 on run, so you know, maybe we shouldn’t go on TV with this one.

Enter to win by entering in the widget below. Be sure to specify your platform of choice, and check back in daily to earn additional entries. Click around for bonus entries!

We have five copies for each Switch (NA), PS4 (NA), Xbox One, and Steam. We’ll draw winners this coming Friday.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is available now for consoles and PC.

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Published at Mon, 30 Nov 2020 18:30:00 +0000

Finally, an excuse to write about John Mulaney on a video game site

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Finally, an excuse to write about John Mulaney on a video game site

There’s nothing accidental about this post!

Look, so the good news is that John Mulaney is in a video game. The bad news is that it’s Marvel Contest of Champions: a multi-currency free-to-play mobile game.

Look I’m just the messenger, don’t sue me! Unless, as that messenger, I improperly serve you legal papers…then it’s fair game!

Yes, the beloved writer, comedian and brief sitcom star (I’m SO sorry) is reprising his role from the universally liked Into the Spider-Verse film as Spider-Ham. There’s even a quick clip below to get people hyped up about his appearance as Peter Porker.

The bad news (there’s MORE bad news?!) is that he’s only part of an Event Quest, called Framed by Fame. Pretty great title though! The update is out today and will run through December 31, which will grant players a “two-star Spider-Ham” if they participate. Gacha-like mechanics: can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Oh, and you also get to fight against a team of super heroes and villains “hand-picked” by Mulaney. If that’s real — and not a series of hasty choices by a highly-paid intern, I’m sure —I’m not gonna lie, I kind of want to experience that.

You totally read this entire post in Mulaney’s signature voice, didn’t you? That’s no accident.

Published at Mon, 30 Nov 2020 19:00:00 +0000