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Nintendo announces Mario Maker for Wii U, arrives in September

Nintendo has announced Mario Maker during its presentation today, with the do-it-yourself Mario level creation game hitting the Wii U in September.

 

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The Japanese gaming giant revealed Mario Maker back at E3 last year, but we haven't heard much about the game since. Mario Maker for the Wii U will let gamers design their own 2D Mario game levels in the varying styles we all know and love from Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World.

Report: Mobile games for Nintendo could generate millions in sales

Nintendo's decision to fully support mobile gaming could have major financial results for game studios, as there are millions of dollars at stake. The first DeNA-Nintendo mobile title will be available before the end of the year, while Nintendo continues to outline its strategy into mobile gaming.

 

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"We want to create games that will be played by hundreds of millions of people," said Isao Moriyasu, CEO of DeNA, in a statement to Reuters. "We haven't talked to Nintendo about targets, but at DeNA, our best-selling game brought in 3 billion yen ($25 million) a month, and we want to surpass that."

 

DeNA will diversify and focus on releasing a catalog of game titles it hopes will be popular among mobile gamers - and hopes DeNA will be able to generate massive revenue for itself and Nintendo in the future.

MMO shooter 'Survarium' from ex-STALKER developers launches on April 2

STALKER holds a special place in most gamers' hearts, with some of the developers who worked on the open-world first-person shooter now teasing their next game: Survarium.

 

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Survarium has been announced for a release of April 2, just hours away from now. Survarium will launch with North American-based game servers, as well as "exclusive starter packs that will go on sale for a limited time" reports Polygon. Survarium is a free-to-play MMO shooter set in a post-apocalyptic eastern Europe, from developers Vostok Games.

See the Grand Theft Auto 5 PC trailer with 60fps later this week

Rockstar Games promises a new game trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5, so PC gamers can enjoy the 60 frames per second (FPS) video. It will be available starting on April 14 for the PC.

 

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GTA 5 runs at 1080, 30 fps for both the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles.

 

Rockstar Games is apologetic to PC gamers, as there have been multiple GTA 5 delays. It has been delayed three times alone in 2015, but those who pre-order seem excited. The console versions of the game sold 45 million units worldwide, after being released September 2013.

Raptr launches Plays.tv for regular video gamers to share pics, videos

Raptr has officially launched Plays.tv, a new video-centric service so casual gamers can share and browse gaming video clips and photos. The service is now out of beta, so gamers are able to capture, edit, and share gameplay clips and post them on their own Plays.tv feed - and for other social networks.

 

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"Dedicated to celebrating the pro in every gamer, Plays.tv gives all players a new way to memorialize their epic wins and fails as well as a community centered on reliving those moments with others," a Plays.tv blog reads. "New site features added in our latest update make it easy to find the most interesting videos. Browse by game, player, or hashtag to see all the #CSGO #ace clips, for example."

 

Raptr already works closely with Intel and AMD to make sure its software is optimized for PC gamers - and is looking for new strategies so they can cater to casual gamers. For gamers that don't have the Raptr and AMD Gaming Evolved GVR capture features, a standalone Plays.tv client is available to download for free.

ESL announces CS:GO Pro League group draw - 8 teams, 2 groups

The first finalists have now been placed into groups and are set to duke it out from April 10-12 in Cologne at ESL's TV studio in front of a live audience.

 

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EnVyUs has been placed in group B and are one of the favorites to take out the event after coming off the back of a StarSeries XII win last weekend. However, they have been put up against three other international professional teams all vying for the top spot in their group of four alone.

 

Thanks to HLTVorg we have been provided with the information on the two groups, which we have included below.

 

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UK wants to attract game developers, offering tax breaks

Digital game developers are being enticed to head across the pond and set up shop in the UK, with millions of dollars in possible tax breaks. Up to an estimated £115 million ($171 million) could be at stake over the next four years, though the government hasn't set a tax break cap yet.

 

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To qualify for the tax break, however, developers will be required to take a "cultural test," in an effort to verify they are creating games directed to Europe. Games in the English language, made by European developers, in-game locations in Europe, or with characters with European influence, will earn more points of the test.

 

"I remember when people were first talking to me about this," said Jason Kingsley, chairman of the London-based game industry group Tiga, in a statement published by the Wall Street Journal. "They were saying, 'Are we going to have tons of games based on double-decker buses and people with bowler hats?" The answer is no. But you could have games like that, and they would probably qualify very easily."

Is capitalism killing video games?

Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning wonders how capitalism is impacting the current state of video game development. Many independent or smaller game studios have a tough time fighting off larger game studios, able to dump millions of dollars into each title - even so, it's not uncommon to see game studios close, with mass layoffs or terminations.

 

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"As craftsmen, our opportunity lies in finding the niches where we know our audience, we focus on it, we listen to it, we respect it, we treat it with some grace." said... So the budget's going up, and now [publishers are] saying, 'Now we're spending $20 million on a title and not $5 million, and at $20 million, we need better terms."

 

Lanning thinks studios should focus more on shifting development focus towards titles for niche audiences - which would give gamers more entertaining titles, while also providing developers the chance to show their creative side more.

Dead or Alive 5 on the PC won't have online play for three more months

Team Ninja has just released Dead or Alive 5: Last Round for the PC, but it is missing some of the key components of the game. For example, it doesn't have online play right now, and won't for another three months. But there's more:

 

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  • It's not getting online play for another three months. THREE MONTHS.
  • There are no achievements.
  • Steam Cloud is not supported.
  • There's no rumble support for gamepads.
  • The in-game visual effects are equivalent to the PS3 version, not the PS4 version.
  • Two stages - The Danger Zone, The Crimson - are not included.

 

Team Ninja hasn't hidden the fact, but it does make you question why they released it onto the PC in this state. I'm sure that PC gamers would rather wait a few more months to get a better version, something that has better graphics than the PS4 version - as the PC version currently looks like the PS3 version. Not to mention the lack of online play.

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