Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about video games, movies, books and Dallas-based sports teams. Every week he watches a random film from his collection of several hundred DVDs and live tweets about it @RogueWatson. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla. He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, some hermit crabs and a bookshelf full of Transformers.

Save on Digital Games with Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers

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Nintendo unveiled a new limited time offer to Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers. From now until July 31, subscribers can purchase a pair of Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers from the Nintendo eshop for $99.

These two vouchers can be redeemed for two full-price Nintendo Switch games on the eShop, such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Maker 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Many of the eligible games are listed at $59.99, (despite games like Zelda being two years old) making this a savings of about $20.

The vouchers can only be redeemed on select games. Here is the full list of eligible titles:

  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 1-2-Switch
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • ARMS
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Splatoon 2
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
  • Super Mario Party
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Pokkén Tournament DX
  • Fitness Boxing
  • Ocotopath Traveler
  • Go Vacation
  • The World Ends With You: Final Remix

Though the deal ends July 31, vouchers are valid for a year after purchase. Nintendo has hinted that more titles will be eligible as new games are released. The offer is only available to active Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

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World of Warcraft Classic Out this Fall, Closed Beta Running Now

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In a stirring example of “ask and you shall receive,” Blizzard Entertainment is launching World of Warcraft Classic on August 27 worldwide. It’s out a day earlier in the US, August 26, at 3 pm Pacific/6 pm Eastern.

The launch will be preceded by a “small-scale, focused closed beta test” to help stress test the servers. Active WoW subscribers can opt into the closed beta via Blizzard account management. The closed beta will run from May 15 through July. Players will have a greater chance to join during the three stress test periods that run throughout the summer.

  • Stress Test 1: Wed May 22–Thurs May 23
  • Stress Test 2: Wed Jun 19– Thurs Jun 20
  • Stress Test 3: Thurs Jul 18– Fri July 19

Opting into the closed beta does not guarantee a spot. Participants will be chosen based on different factors, including how long they’ve subscribed to World of Warcraft, with Blizzard seeking “the right mix of players.”

WoW Classic is a uniquely retro version of the behemoth MMO that brings the gameplay, world, and progression back to the year 2006, just before the launch of the Burning Crusade expansion. Also referred to as Vanilla WoW, fan-created emulated servers of the classic MMO had been previously shut down by Blizzard. After claiming that it was impossible to do, Blizzard has now reversed course due to fan demand.

Wow Classic servers will use the 1.12 patch, and gradually roll out new content and features similarly to the original schedule over a decade ago. This includes the gradual roll out of the PvP and Battlegrounds systems.

Active subscribers will be able to claim their character name in WoW Classic beginning on August 13, when character creation becomes available. WoW Classic will be freely included in regular World of Warcraft subscriptions, which remains $15/month.

Wow Classic will launch on August 26 on PC (Blizzard Launcher). It’s rated T for Teen.

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Free-to-Play Monster Hunter Dauntless Launching Next Week

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After a year-long stint in open beta, Phoenix Labs have announced the official release date for Dauntless. It will launch as a free-to-play game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (Epic Games Store) on May 21.

Dauntless is a free-to-play Monster Hunter-like online co-op action game where players team up to take down large creatures called behemoths. Like Monster Hunter, players can utilize different weapons and styles, and craft new gear from monster parts. Unlike the Monster Hunter series, Dauntless is a free-to-play, supported by seasonal battle passes, called Hunt Passes.

Every season you can purchase (with real money) a new Hunt Pass to unlock 50 levels of cosmetic rewards. If that sounds like Fortnite, you’re exactly right.

The launch of Dauntless on May 21 will also end Hunt Pass Season 4 and begin Season 5: Hidden Blades. Hidden Blades adds the Moon Blossom Festival to the Shattered Isles. Slayers can look for ninja-themed gear in the Hunt Pass.

The official launch will also add various improvements, updates, and a campaign rework. Missions will provide a new End of Hunt screen to help provide details on Mastery Card quests, quest rewards, and monster parts. The new Master System lets Slayers earn experience, unlock achievements, and acquire new rewards from weapons and Behemoths.

Dauntless, and Season 5, launches on May 21.

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Fortnite Summer Block Party Will Feature Two Days of Streamer Competitions

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Epic Games is hosting a Fortnite Summer Block Party next month. The two-day celebration event will take place June 15-16 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. Fans can purchase tickets to watch popular streamers and celebrities like Ninja, KittyPlays, and Brendon Urie (Panic! At the Disco) compete in Fortnite tournaments.

The Fortnite Summer Block Party will be operated by sports and entertainment company Endeavor.

“As gaming solidifies its position as one of the fastest-growing consumer trends globally, we are excited to work with Epic Games to provide Fortnite’s 250 million-player fan base the opportunity to get even closer to the action,” said Stuart Saw, SVP of eSports, Endeavor. “The Summer Block Party will demonstrate the collective power of the Fortnite community and the strength of the brand, building on the success of last year’s record-breaking Pro-Am Charity Tournament.”

The first day of the event will feature popular Fortnite streamers competing in the first-ever Fortnite Creative tournament. They’ll compete in new player-made games made specifically for the event. The following day will feature the return of the Celebrity Pro-Am for Fortnite Battle Royale.

Pre-sale registration is available now through Ticketmaster, until Monday, May 13 at 10 pm Pacific/1 am Eastern. Presale tickets will run from May 15 to 16. Tickets will become available to the general public beginning Friday May 17 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. Tickets start at $35 for both days.