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Visit the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience at Select Malls

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If you live near a major city in the US (or make an annual mall holiday shopping pilgrimage), chances are you can visit the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience. The pop-up Nintendo booth is free to the public and will feature several playable Switch games, including the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

“With the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience, we wanted to give families a place to take a break and play some fun games during their holiday shopping,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Being able to play games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before they launch is a great way to inform shopping decisions and educate people about what Nintendo has to offer this holiday season.”

Featured games at the Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (releasing Dec. 7), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee (releasing Nov. 16), and Overcooked 2.

Visitors can also check out the Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit as well as a Fortnite-themed photo booth. My Nintendo rewards members will be able to scan a QR code to receive a special holiday gift.

The Nintendo Switch Holiday Experience will be available between 4pm and 9pm Monday-Thursday, 3pm to 9pm on Fridays, 10am to 9pm on Saturday, and 11am to 6pm on Sundays. The event booth will be located at the following malls and shopping centers around the country, beginning November 10 (Nov. 11 for Houston).

  • Mall of Georgia in Buford, Georgia
  • Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois
  • Memorial City Mall in Houston, Texas
  • Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, California
  • The Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida
  • Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Queens Center in Elmhurst, New York
  • King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
  • Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, Arizona
  • Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, California
  • Tysons Corner Center in Tysons Corner, Virginia

The event will last over a month, closing up shop on December 16.

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Dreamworks Dragons Dawn of New Riders Swooping In Next Year

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On the heels of releasing a licensed Paw Patrol game, UK publisher Outright Games has announced a partnership with Dreamworks and Universal Games to produce a home console game based on the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, also known as the Dreamworks Dragons universe.

Dreamworks Dragons Dawn of New Riders is coming February 2019, to coincide with the release of the third feature film, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Feb. 22, 2019).

As indicated by the title, Dawn of New Riders is a spin-off adventure that features new Viking hero Scribbler and his dragon, Patch. Patch is apparently a new hybrid dragon species called a Chimeragon. Scribbler sets out to recover his memories while exploring locations in the series, such as Valka’s Mountain and Havenholme.

“The first feature film How to Train Your Dragon debuted eight years ago and has since sparked a beloved franchise that has captivated audiences around the world, inspiring additional films, television shows and more,” said Terry Malham, CEO of Outright Games. “DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders gives us a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Dragons history by partnering with Universal to create an original story introducing two new, very special characters. We look forward to unveiling more details soon!”

The original story and characters should allow for far more flexibility. It should be noted that both Hiccup and Astrid (and their dragons) are featured on the box cover, and Astrid can be seen in one of the official screenshots. It’s safe to say they’ll at least make cameo appearances.

Dreamworks Dragons Dawn of New Riders is coming Feburary 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

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Sony Reveals All 20 Games on the PlayStation Classic

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The wave of pre-packaged retro consoles has begun. Last month Sony announced the PlayStation Classic, a miniature replica of their first 90s era console. The announcement only teased five of the 20 included games. Instead of teasing out the rest, they revealed the full library this morning.

The bolded games were the five that were previously announced.

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

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The result is a bit disappointing. No Tony Hawk, Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot, Castlevania, and the only other JRPG is the first Persona game. Licensing is always a major hurdle with older games, which is why Nintendo has such a big advantage releasing its mini-console replicas.

There’s also some overlap with newly released and upcoming ports. In the case of Castlevania, a bundle including new ports of Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night was recently launched on PlayStation Store. A similar situation can be applied to the Crash and Spyro remakes, hence their exclusion here.

The good news: Metal Gear Solid, Twisted Metal, Oddworld, and Resident Evil are all solid inclusions.

Comparing the official list to our wishful speculation, only two games made it (Metal Gear Solid and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee), yikes!

The PlayStation Classic includes 20 pre-loaded games and two classic controllers (NOT the iconic, but later released Dual Shock design). It’s out December 3 for $99.99.

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God of War Director Will Deliver Keynote for PAX South 2019

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Sony Santa Monica Studios game designer Cory Barlog will deliver the Storytime keynote address at PAX South 2019. PAX South takes place Jan. 18-20, 2019 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Barlog is best known for the God of War series. He was lead animator for the original God of War in 2003, then directed the sequel God of War 2. He left in 2009 to pursue other game design companies, including LucasArts and Crystal Dynamics. He recently returned to Sony in 2013 to direct the God of War reboot that released earlier this year.

God of War (2018) has enjoyed critical and commercial success, becoming one of the best-selling games of the year.

PAX began life as the Penny Arcade Expo. It was launched in part by the gaming webcomic due of Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik.

“Doing a sequel to a beloved game is a unique challenge, and so is rebooting a franchise for a modern audience – Cory Barlog has done both,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “We’re overjoyed to have him join us at PAX South. If I get the chance, I’m gonna tell him about this place I know in San Antonio where they make the guacamole with Orange Juice instead of Lime. It sounds crazy, but it works.”

PAX South 2019 will mark the fifth PAX South convention. Like most PAX conventions it features a large expo hall of new and upcoming games, geeky vendors, concerts, tournaments, and gameplay stations.

Tickets are still available. Three day passes are $85. Single day tickets are $42. Special Sunday Kid Badges (ages 7-12) are available for a reduced price of $10.

The next PAX event is in Australia with PAX Aus, which takes place this weekend, Oct 26 – 28 in Melbourne. The next US-based PAX is the board game focused PAX Unplugged, which runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Pennsylvania, PA.