You Can Play As Luigi In Super Mario Bros. 35 After All

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Super Mario Bros. 35--a multiplayer battle royale take on the original Super Mario Bros.--is one of the strangest games Nintendo has released in a long time, and it's garnered quite a bit of attention recently. Now, some clever players have discovered that you can play as Luigi in the game, just like in the original Super Mario Bros., though they haven't quite agreed on how to unlock him.

The original Reddit post claimed that you had to reach Star Rank, which is progress level 100 in the game, before you could play as Luigi. Follow-up posts and replies from fans seem to indicate that you have to complete every stage in the game at least once, including the final Bowser in 8-4. It's unclear if Star Rank is also required. Players simply hold L during the matchmaking process, and they'll play as Luigi instead of Mario.

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Please Stop Slowing Doom Down

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For what my money's worth, the new Doom games are some of the best of this generation. Doom (2016) and its sequel, Doom Eternal, don’t try to be something they're not. They know exactly why you're playing: to rip and tear. 

I think that's what makes them fantastic games. They're pure and focused experiences, self-aware enough to get away with their should-be-gross-but-so-ridiculous-it's-actually-funny levels of gore. But also technically solid enough to be some of the best-playing games in recent memory. There's never any mystery or surprises when loading up a new Doom game. Once I hit start, I'm going to go fast, I'm going to kill everything in front of me, and it's going to feel amazing. That's all I need right there. I'm skipping all that story. I'm not considering whether Doom has a grand message it's trying to convey. I'm just running and gunning through the hordes of demons in front of me. 

Developer id Software knows this is what you want to do. There's plenty of story and lore there, but it's unobtrusive and easily skipped. If you want that story, go wild. But I couldn't care less about why Doom Guy is doing Doom Guy stuff. For me, paying attention to Doom's story feels like reading the phonebook before calling your crush. It's a lot of unnecessary work before doing what you actually want to do. The fact that Doom caters to this, I think, is what makes the game excel. At almost every point, it never wants to get in the way of your fun. At almost every point.

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Blake Hester

2020 Halloween Gaming Events To Enjoy This Month

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It's October, which means fun Halloween gaming events to enjoy. From shooters like Call of Duty and Overwatch to more niche games like a/review/among-us/among-us-review-better-late-than-never and Pokemon GO; here are some of the biggest gaming events to enjoy for Halloween 2020. 

Borderlands 3 | Bloody Harvest 

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The Bloody Harvest event is back for Borderlands 3 players, but don't expect too much to be different from last year's event. Meet up with Maurice in Sanctuary III, get as much Hecktoplasm as you can get your hands on, and kill Captain Haunt in Heck (yes, Heck). Just like last time, there will be specific challenges to complete to unlock timed-loot. Another bright side to this year's event is that Gearbox listened to fans, and made the necessary adjustments to make the challenges more of an enjoyable experience and less of a grind. 

This event is available now and runs until November 5. 

 

Overwatch | Halloween Terror

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Liana Ruppert

Which Stardew Valley Character Is Your Soulmate? This Quiz Will Tell You!

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There are many nice bachelors and bachelorettes to choose from in Stardew Valley, and you have likely made the decision before– if not multiple times on different saves.

However, the question is, which one of these lucky singles would be the perfect match for you, really? We’ve created a Stardew Valley quiz that will let you know who you should truly be choosing to marry in the game.

Will it be the elusive Elliott or the shy Sebastian? Take the Stardew Valley quiz below to find out who your pixel soulmate is! We also have more quizzes here if you up liking this one.

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Anna Koselke

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How to Complete the Latest Fortnitemares Challenges

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Set to run from October 21 to November 3, players will have the chance to jump into the popular limited-time Halloween event, Fortnitemares, and score themselves several free cosmetic items before the event ends. To kick off the release of Fortnitemares 2020, an all-new game mode has been introduced. This game mode will see all eliminated players across Solo, Duos, and Squads return to battle as a Shadow. Working with other eliminated teammates, players will receive access to otherworldly abilities that will allow them to possess the body of vehicles, phase through obstacles, and even perform a deadly combat swipe attack as players attempt to earn themselves a Nitemare Royale.

Fortnitemares Weapons, Rewards, and Afterlife Event

As usual, Fortnitemares brings with it a set of unique Halloween themed weapons that can be found randomly across the map. This year's weapons will include the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher, the Fiend Hunter Crossbow, a Witch Broom, and even Shadow Midas' Drum Gun, which can be found upon killing Midas at The Ruins. What's a Fortnitemares event without rewards? Throughout the event, players will have the chance to complete a set of challenges to unlock all-new rewards such as Midas' Shadow Wrap, the Smash O'-Lantern Pickaxe, Bobo Back Bling, Loading Screens, and more. fortnitemares-challenges-and-rewardsAlong with the announcement, Reggaeton Global ambassador and four-time Latin GRAMMY winner J Balvin is set to present Afterlife Party, an exclusive Halloween music event. Debuting a brand new song featuring Sech, Balvin will take to the main stage in Party Royale on October 31, at 6 pm PT and 9 pm ET.
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That Mansions of Madness video game adaptation is now an Arkham Horror game

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Asmodee Digital's video game adaptation of the hugely popular Lovecraft-inspired Mansions of Madness board game series has had something of a rejig, and will now launch on Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC under the banner of a different hugely popular Lovecraft-inspired board game series; say hello to Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace.

Mansions of Madness: Mother's Embrace was originally announced back in 2018, with an anticipated release date of Q1 2019. Evidently, that did not come to pass, but it'll now arrive - with its new name and with a new developer, Artefacts Studio, at the helm - next year.

Despite the name change, Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace still very much resembles the game that was announced back in 2018 on the surface, although, given the scant gameplay details revealed previously, it's impossible to tell how much has altered under the hood.

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Can You Name These 10 Side Characters from Friends?

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Naming the six main characters from Friends is the easiest thing in the world if you’re a fan of the show. Well, what if there was a quiz that had you guess the name of the best side characters from the sitcom?

We have one ready for you to take down below that’ll show you 10 characters, and you just need to choose the correct name –very simple.

And if you end up liking this quiz, we have many more like it right here. If you couldn’t tell, we’re big Friends fans here at Twinfinite, or maybe just me…

Anyway, good luck!

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AOC's Massive Twitch Stream Has Even Greater Implications for US Politics

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“Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote?” New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to ever be elected to congress, asked out of the blue on Twitter. She added the parenthetical “I’ve never played but it looks like a lot of fun.”

Within seconds, Twitch’s top streamers filled the congresswoman’s mentions. “It would be an honor,” Pokimane, who has an audience of 5.9 million followers, tweeted. Illhan Omar, a Minnesota Representative closely associated with Ocasio-Cortez, also joined in. Several popular streamers and personalities came together to play the massively popular Among Us, a multiplayer murder mystery game that has taken Twitch by storm in recent months, in an effort to encourage voting efforts a few weeks before the U.S. election in November.

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Darkest Dungeon 2 Coming To Epic Games Store in 2021

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Being terrorized in an underground reliquary might not sound fun to everyone, but the stout RPG Darkest Dungeon has managed to garner a lot of players since its release in 2016. Now, after a barrage of DLC packs, developer Red Hook--note the Lovecraft reference--have announced that Darkest Dungeon 2 will be available in Early Access on the Epic Games Store in 2021.

Based on the trailer, players can expect a lot more in the way of darkness and plenty of dungeons in the sequel. Several of the pre-release materials reference your party of characters going on a "journey" rather than staying in one location, as they did in the first game. When Darkest Dungeon 2 was revealed in February 2019, the developer also noted that the team has increased from five to 14 in order to increase the game's scale and quality.

In GameSpot's Darkest Dungeon review, critic Daniel Starkey called the game an expertly-balanced take on the roguelike genre.

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Pokemon Go Is Adding Galarian Ponyta Soon

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Galarian Yamask is making its Pokemon Go debut later this week as part of the game's Halloween 2020 event, but it appears it isn't the only new Galarian form being introduced soon. Developer Niantic shared new images on Twitter today teasing the arrival of Galarian Ponyta.

The first image, which you can see below, shows Galarian Ponyta's distinctive pastel mane peeking out from behind a tree. A follow-up tweet, meanwhile, shows the Pokemon's tail, further confirming that the monster in question is indeed Galarian Ponyta.

Niantic hasn't announced when Galarian Ponyta will actually be available in Pokemon Go, but the autumn foliage in the teaser images suggests it'll arrive sometime soon.

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League of Legends: Wild Rift Gameplay Reveal Set For This Thursday

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Verizon has announced that it will hold a League of Legends: Wild Rift livestream on October 22 from 6:30 - 8 PM PT / 9:30 - 11:00 PM ET in collaboration with Apple and Riot Games. The broadcast will provide the first look at the mobile League of Legends spin-off, which goes into open beta across most of the Asian Pacific on October 27 for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

The broadcast goes live on Twitch Rivals and Verizon's official Twitter account. It includes celebrities and pro streamers, like singer-songwriter Chrissy Costanza and FaZe Clan co-owner FaZe Apex, playing against each other to showcase the capabilities of 5G mobile gaming on the newly announced iPhones. There are no prizes on the line: They are just coming together to play League of Legends: Wild Rift, which drops in North America in Spring 2021.

Riot Games unveiled a brief teaser of Wild Rift gameplay during Apple's iPhone event earlier this month, where the product company unveiled the new iPhone 12 lineup. The studio confirmed that the League of Legends mobile title will take advantage of iPhone 12's A14 chip. This new processor, coupled with 5G network speeds, should make League of Legends: Wild Rift feel reminiscent of its PC counterpart while providing console-quality responsiveness.

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Here's a fresh gameplay look at supervillain strategy management hybrid Evil Genius 2

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If you've been eagerly awaiting news of Evil Genius 2, the follow-up to the cult classic strategy management hybrid, then today's your lucky day; Rebellion has just released a new six-minute look at some of the new features to be found when it launches in the first half of next year.

The original Evil Genius was the work of developer Elixir Studios (founded by former Lionhead and Bullfrog alumni Demis Hassabis) and released back in 2004. As you'd hope, Rebellion's sequel takes its predecessor's delicious central conceit, in which players are cast as supervillains hellbent on global domination, and aims to expand on it in interesting new ways.

One of Evil Genius 2's new additions takes the form of cover operations, enabling players to disguise their villainous lair as a legitimate business. It's a feature Rebellion has outlined previously but there's some extended footage of one cover operation type - a bustling casino - to be found in the developer's latest gameplay trailer.

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Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales: New Crimson Cowl Suit Revealed

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With just a few more weeks until Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is released on PS5 and PS4, Insomniac Games has revealed yet another new spider-suit for Miles dubbed the Crimson Cowl Suit. Since the debut of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, we've been given quite a few glimpses at Miles' main spidey suit and his recently-revealed T.R.A.C.K. suit. Insomniac revealed the new Crimson Cowl suit today on Twitter and it's one of Miles' most fashionable suits yet. You can check it out in the tweet below.
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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Gets New Video & Details About Suits and Miles’ Friend Gank Lee

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Today Insomniac Games took to Twitter to share interesting new assets of the upcoming open-world game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

First and foremost, we get to take a look at Miles’ new suits (the Crimson Cowl Suit and the T.R.A.C.K. Suit), providing more information about their design.

Secondly, we get to meet Miles’ friend Gank Lee, who apparently is working on the suits themselves and has a very clear idea on how to improve them, even of the artistry is likely not at the same level as the engineering.

You can check them out below.

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Spelunky 2's Hired Hands will now stop dropping stuff on your head

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Whenever I read the patch notes for Spelunky 2, I picture myself dying in bizarre and obtuse ways. Each bullet point – every balance change and quality-of-life improvement – is a cautionary tale about how a run could end. "Bomb bags and bomb boxes now react to lava," you say? Yeah, I'm gonna die to that!

If you're chipping away at a brick wall (and let's face it, no matter how skilled you are in Spelunky, there are always new challenges to strive for), then every little adjustment can make a difference.

We recently told you about an update that rebalanced the first zone, Dwelling, so that the creatures wouldn't be quite so out of control. Now, here's another one: a just-released update with a lot of great tweaks. I'll recap some of my favorite odds and ends, or you can read the whole spoiler-y list over here.

  • Prevented Hired Hands from dropping held items from ledges
  • Mounts' hitboxes slightly widened so they should be harder to miss and easier to ride
  • Balance: Added gold on top of snap traps as bait so they're easier to spot

These are the big three right here. Hired Hands are a hilariously tragic nuisance. The fire-breathing Rock Dogs, in particular, can be weirdly finicky to jump on even when the coast is completely clear. And snap traps... oh, snap traps. They're arguably the sneakiest obstacles to watch out for in Spelunky 2.

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Jordan Devore

Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace brings cardboard spookings to PC next year

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An unholy fight in an Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace screenshot.

Iä! Iä! The great wurm turns again, the cosmos lurch uncomfortably, and we awake anew with new faces and only fleeting memories of who we once were. Why, here comes news of Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace, a video game inspired by a popular Lovecraftian board game, Arkham Horror. Yes, yes, it was based on a different Lovecraftian board game when it was initially announced in 2018, Mansions Of Madness, but what does that mean now? The past is swallowed and we can never recover ourselves.

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Alice O'Connor

Checking Up On The Nintendo Switch. | Final Checkpoint Podcast Ep. 59

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This week Joel and Ben discuss all things Nintendo Switch. They break down the current state of the hardware, exclusives, third party support and virtual console offerings. Then they cover the future and what features they desire from a 4k/HD Nintendo Switch. Each week, Joel and Ben discuss the biggest stories in gaming and games …

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Joel Ramirez

Tell Us: What Nintendo Franchise Could Make an Awesome AR Game?

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Hey, listen! We love hearing your feedback on Nintendo Voice Chat, and now you once again have the chance to make your voice heard on NVC. At the bottom of this article, you will find an option that lets you share a brief video with us and the IGN community, powered by audio and video commenting tool, Yappa. We want as many NVC fans as we can get to answer this question for next week's episode: We’ve had Pokemon GO and now Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit introduce Nintendo properties as AR games. What other Nintendo franchise could make an awesome AR game? How would it work? This question is inspired by a question sent in by listener Benedict Bond! Write to us at nvc@ign.com to ask your own questions.

Here's how you can participate:

  • Create a Yappa account or sign in with a Facebook, Google, Disqus, or LinkedIn account.
  • Look for the video commenting box at the bottom of our articles on both desktop and mobile web. Note that the feature is currently not available on our mobile apps.
  • Hit the green bar with the speech bubble icon, allow access to your mic and camera if your permission settings require that step.
  • You can choose between audio and video recording. We’d prefer video to see your face (and only your face, please -- although Samus and Master Chief helmets or God of War face paint, etc. are cool with us), but you can use the audio-only option if you’re having a bad hair day.
  • When you can see your face, hit record to start recording your video. Hit stop when you’re done. You can leave a message that's up to 45 seconds long.
  • You can rewatch your video and then choose to cancel or post.
  • If you'd rather upload a video you recorded separately, you can use the Upload Media function to do so. This'll be handy to show off your amiibo or classic games collections.
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Nintendo Releases Free Demo for Kirby Fighters 2; Includes Multiplayer

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While there hasn’t been a “mainline” Kirby game since Star Allies released in 2018, Nintendo has expanded the Kirby Fighters franchise with a sequel. A free demo, which is available now allows players to play the first chapter of story mode or play against others in battle mode either locally or online.

That last part, including the battle mode, feels quite significant for a demo as that is a large part of the draw of the game which normally costs $19.99. I’ll have to download it and give it a whirl to see if there are any limitations, or if the multiplayer portion is essentially free now.

Kirby Fighters 2 borrows elements Super Smash Bros. allowing players to duke it out using popular copy abilities from the classic franchise such as Hammer, Sword, and Archer either locally or online.

Kirby Fighters 2 also includes a story mode where you partner up and complete various battle-related challenges while leveling up your Kirby after each stage.

If you’ve never played any of two spin-off games, the gameplay is essentially Super Smash Bros. lite. If you’re a fan of brawlers, Kirby games, and enjoy messing around with copy abilities, you might get a kick out of it.

Kirby Fighters 2 was surprise released on Sept. 23 on Nintendo Switch and its new free demo is available now as well.

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