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Diablo 3 Switch Bundle Available Only at GameStop

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Many big blockbusters from the last few years are getting Switch ports, but not all of them are getting their own Switch bundles. November 2 sees the release of Diablo 3 on Switch, as well as the Diablo III: Eternal Collection Switch bundle. The bundle will be available exclusively at GameStop.

The Diablo III: Eternal Collection Switch bundle includes a download code for the game as well as Diablo-themed Switch, dock, and carrying case. Diablo III: Eternal Collection on Switch includes Diablo 3 as well as the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion packs for a total of seven character classes, five acts, and seasonal content.

Unique to the Switch version are several pieces of Zelda-related content: a Cucco pet, Triforce portrait, and a transmogrification armor set to don Gannondorf’s black steel armor.

Diablo 3 originally launched on PC in 2012, making the jump to current gen consoles in 2014. Despite a history of PC-only gameplay, the console version was very well received. The Reaper of Souls expansion also helped redefine the gameplay structure as Blizzard added the excellent Adventure Mode and seasonal content to increase replayability over the years.

Diablo 3 remains one of the go-to definitive cooperative games on the market, with both local and online multiplayer. Local players can join forces on a shared-screen with a single Switch, or with multiple Switch handhelds. Up to four people can battle the evil forces in Sanctuary together.

The Diablo III: Eternal Collection will launch on Nov. 2 along with the Switch bundle. It’s rated M for Mature for Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, and Violence.

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Skybound Games to Finish Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season

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The sudden drama surrounding Telltale Games’ massive layoffs and game cancellations continues. This time it’s a glimmer of hope for fans of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series. At New York Comic-Con, series creator Robert Kirkman announced that the game arm of his company, Skybound Games, will pick up the pieces of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

Details are still forthcoming. According to Variety, Skybound Games “will work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story, though nothing has been finalized.”

Last month Telltale shocked the industry when it laid off over 200 employees, effectively canceling nearly all ongoing projects, including The Walking Dead: The Final Season, which had just launched its second episode (out of a planned four episodes).

A skeleton crew remained to finish some contractual work and keep the lights running. But recently, according to one of the employees who remained, they too were laid off. The drama has been a hot topic within the industry, highlighting problems of worker’s rights, severance pay, and a poorly managed company.

Telltale recently announced that they were shopping around for a partner to continue the unfinished final season of The Walking Dead, which fans have been clamoring for.

Skybound Games picking up The Walking Dead makes a lot of sense. Obviously it’s Kirkman’s company, and they have the license to make The Walking Dead games. Skybound Entertainment was founded in 2010 by Kirkman, while Skybound Games launched earlier this year, and has published The Long Dark and Slime Rancher.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season is available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch. The first two episodes are available, with the final two handled by Skybound Games. They’re rated M for Mature.

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Win a Nintendo Switch with Specially Marked Lunchables

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For the upcoming launch of Super Mario Party, Nintendo has partnered with Oscar Mayer’s Lunchables brand food packs for a promotional sweepstakes. The grand prize is an entire Nintendo Switch console. The promotion kicks off October 5 and lasts through December.

“This partnership with Lunchables is another exciting way for us to expose even more people around the country to the world of Nintendo,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “This program is a perfect opportunity to kick off the celebration of Super Mario Party by combining the game’s love for unpredictable fun with Lunchables’ love of letting kids make their own fun with their favorite foods.”

Every box of specially marked Lunchables packs will include a unique code that can be entered online. Only 500 codes will result in a winning prize. Prizes range from an entire Switch system to extra Joy-Con controllers, a carrying case, My Nintendo Points, and a copy of Super Mario Party.

Super Mario Party is launching October 5 on Switch. It features dozens of minigames in the classic board game structure, as well as new cooperative modes.

For a series first, players can also play sets of minigames online. Toad’s Rec Room is a new feature that allows two owners of Super Mario Party and their own Swithc systems to pair them up, combining the two screens for some specific minigames. Super Mario Party is rated E for Everyone.