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Day: February 2, 2019

Game review: ‘Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe’ for Nintendo Switch offers a lot of Mario for the money – GeekWire

Game review: ‘Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe’ for Nintendo Switch offers a lot of Mario for the money – GeekWire

Games Review
Back in 2013 when it was released, New Super Mario Bros. U got kind of a complex reaction from fans. On the one hand, it’s a classically styled Mario game that you can play with up to three of your friends locally and simultaneously, cooperating to hop and bop your way across the Mushroom Kingdom. It’s exactly the kind of couch co-op for which the Wii-U, and subsequently the Nintendo Switch, seemed to be designed. On the other, it’s also a good way to start a fight. In NSMBU, players can scoop up extra lives and power-ups before anyone else can get to them, bounce off each other, punt one another into pits, or on certain stages, scroll up or right so quickly that your slower partners get crushed in the level geometry. It’s still fun with the right amount of pati...
Apple's rumored gaming subscription could be a big change for mobile gaming – AppleInsider

Apple's rumored gaming subscription could be a big change for mobile gaming – AppleInsider

Mobile Games
  The suggestion that Apple could launch a subscription service for gaming is an interesting proposition, but is there much weight to the idea? AppleInsider examines ways the service could exist, and whether the rumors make sense at all. Clash Royale on an iPad ProA recent rumor suggested that Apple is planning to create a Netflix-style gaming subscription service. In theory, users would basically pay a monthly fee to gain access to a selection of games, most likely made up of paid titles on iOS, instead of paying the equivalent in in-app purchases for free titles. [embedded content]Money is a motivatorMobile gaming on the iPhone and iPad is already extremely profitable for developers producing popular titles, and even for Apple itself. Neil Campling of Mirabaud...

Why Joe B. Hall has been missing some UK home games this year – Lexington Herald Leader

Games News
If you are like me, your pregame ritual before each Kentucky Wildcats contest in Rupp Arena is always the same. Before the ball is tipped, I unfailingly look across the court to see if former UK coach Joe B. Hall is in his familiar front-row seat across from the visiting team’s bench. Hall, 90, was in Rupp Arena to see John Calipari’s 2018-19 Cats polish off fellow college basketball blue blood Kansas 71-63 two Saturdays...
PlayStation's Largest Threats Are Free-to-Play and Cloud Gaming, Says CFO – Game Rant

PlayStation's Largest Threats Are Free-to-Play and Cloud Gaming, Says CFO – Game Rant

PlayStation Games
report this adSony and PlayStation have released their latest quarterly financial report, marking down 2018 as another year of PlayStation 4 dominance. The console sold over 8 million units, 18 million in all of 2018, and is set up strongly for the next-gen transition. While offering comments on the report, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki discussed that future transition and the competition PlayStation could face. According to Totoki, the largest threats to PlayStation will be free-to-play and cloud gaming. With regards to free-to-play gaming, Totoki doesn’t specify exactly what makes the service a threat to PlayStation. He simply cites it, as well as the “open platform” market of free-to-play games, as a potential risk. Open mark...
Teen Unknowingly Spends $13000 on Xbox, Can't Refund – Game Rant

Teen Unknowingly Spends $13000 on Xbox, Can't Refund – Game Rant

XBOX Games
report this adA teenager playing games on Xbox One unknowingly spent over $13,000 across 13 months using his parents’ credit card and as a result won’t be able to refund. The teenager’s parents believed they had disabled in-game purchases without approval and so weren’t actively monitoring the credit card associated with the account’s statements. Because of Xbox’s firm 14-day limit for refunds, the family is officially stuck with the bill. According to NBC New York and the teenager’s parents, there’s no indication that this teenager simply went on monthly spending sprees and is now trying to get away with it. Rather, the parents believe that their son “repeatedly pressed a button while ...
Nintendo just revealed its top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games, and you'll never guess what's in first place – Business Insider

Nintendo just revealed its top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games, and you'll never guess what's in first place – Business Insider

Games News
Super Mario stays stacking coins.Nintendo Nintendo's Switch is outrageously popular, and Nintendo's games on the Switch are selling like gangbusters. Several games have already sold over 10 million copies, including December's "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." In a surprise twist, neither a "Super Mario" nor a "Legend of Zelda" game is the best-selling game on the Switch. Nintendo's Switch console is less than two years old, yet it's already moved over 32 million units as of December 31, 2018. For some quick context, it took Sony two full years for the PlayStation 4 to top 30 million units sold. Even crazier: The company has a staggering five games with over 10 million copies sold. In the latest financial filing from Nintendo, we got a closer look at the 10 best-selling games Ni...
Yale, Duke, Maryland: 9 can't-miss 2019 men's college lacrosse games – NCAA.com

Yale, Duke, Maryland: 9 can't-miss 2019 men's college lacrosse games – NCAA.com

Games News
The 2019 NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse season is here.Yale is looking to defend its title, while Maryland, Denver, Duke and others are looking to get back to the top. For two teams, Utah and St. Bonaventure, 2019 will mark their first seasons in Division I lacrosse. There will be lots of fun games on tap during each week of the season, but these games are the ones you need to circle on your calendar. These are the nine games you can’t miss. Saturday, Feb. 9 — Virginia at Loyola (Maryland), 12 p.m. This is a rematch of the first round of the NCAA tournament a year ago, when Loyola beat Virginia 14-12. Loyola would go on to fall in the next round to eventual champion Yale. Both teams are ranked in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll — Loyola at No. 4 and Virgini...
Pokemon is Looking for Game Designers for New Mobile Game – Comicbook.com

Pokemon is Looking for Game Designers for New Mobile Game – Comicbook.com

Mobile Games
The Pokemon Company is seeking out a game designer for some sort of new mobile game. Earlier this week, the Pokemon Company posted a job listing for a game designer on its US website. The posting was notable as it stated that the game designer would be working on an upcoming mobile game. "The Principal Game Designer will work within a team of designers, engineers, artists, producers, and tester to create an upcoming mobile game," the job listing read. "We are looking for a creative individual that not only understands the secret sauce to fun games but also can communicate that vision to others. This candidate will spend a lot of time coordinating with both Studio leadership and individual contributors and must have fantastic people skills." The game designer will be working out of Bel...
James Harden extends 30-point scoring streak to 25 games with acrobatic late 3-pointer – USA TODAY

James Harden extends 30-point scoring streak to 25 games with acrobatic late 3-pointer – USA TODAY

Games News
Jace Evans USA TODAY Published 8:16 AM EST Feb 2, 2019 James Harden's historic streak of scoring at least 30 points was on the ropes, but he managed to extend it to 25 games Friday night. Barely.  With just over a minute to play in the Houston Rockets' blowout road loss to the Denver Nuggets, Harden nailed an acrobatic 3-pointer that landed him at exactly 30 points for the game. While having little impact on the contest, Harden's basket pulled him into a tie with the legendary Wilt Chamberlain for the third-longest streak of 30-point games in NBA history.&n...
Are the free Xbox Games With Gold titles for February 2019 any good? – TheXboxHub

Are the free Xbox Games With Gold titles for February 2019 any good? – TheXboxHub

XBOX Games
Many of us will no doubt still have plenty of games in the backlog from years past to be catching up on, but January 2019 was no shallow month in the releases department. In fact, any gamer worth their salt will know that some of last month’s biggest releases will surely be early candidates for 2019’s Game of the Year awards, even at this early stage. But with each new month comes yet more fresh titles being given away via the Xbox Games With Gold scheme – adding to that digital library and backlog even more. With February already upon us, it’s time to look into this month’s free Xbox One and Xbox 360 offerings to see just how good the latest batch of free titles are. Is it a good month to be an Xbox gamer? Bloodstained: Curse of the M...