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New LEGO Marvel Avengers Will Have Characters From Adult Shows—In Disguise

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LEGO has a handy-dandy way of avoiding making kids want to watch Netflix’s more adult-oriented Marvel shows, like “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil.”

In games like the upcoming LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, they’re using the comic book hero versions of the characters, rather than the sad alcoholics from the Netflix shows.

Jessica Jones will be portrayed as her first superhero alter ego, Jewel, complete with spandex suit and purple hair. Luke Cage will be included as Powerman, and Daredevil will be…well, Daredevil, but more red. Read More

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Disney XD Wields Teams of Teens in Mario Kart 8 Tournament

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Disney XD will be airing a Mario Kart 8 tournament for YouTube gamers later this week. The program is called “A Clash of Karts: Mario Kart 8,” and the tournament will play out in front of a live studio audience.

The contestants are teenagers, who will join teams coached by YouTube stars like Strawburry 17Andre (Black Nerd Comedy), AtomicMari, and SethBling. There will be a total of eight contestants in teams of two.

“Esports is something that’s blossoming, but it’s still early days. How it’ll be covered for the kids’ audience is still something that remains to be seen,” Disney XD senior vice president of programming and general manager Marc Buhaj told Fortune Magazine. Read More

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Huge Guitar Hero Live Update Comes With 34 New Tracks

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Did you say you wanted new songs in Guitar Hero Live? Well someone must have, because Activision is dropping 34 new tracks on Wednesday, November 25.

28 of the tracks will be part of Guitar Hero TV’s on-demand tracklist, while the remaining six will be added to GHTV’s Premium Shows. The total tracklist will stand at 300 after the update. Guitar Hero TV mode is an always-on streaming channel of music videos that you can play along to.

Our reviewer Andrew Hayward loved Guitar Hero Live. It incorporates FMV footage of a crowd into your performances, and they react based on your performance. If you wanted a side of stage fright with your fun, Guitar Hero Live is where it’s at. On a serious note (ha!) he found Guitar Hero Live to have a deeply compelling single-player mode.

It’s rated T, which means some songs have audible expletives, sexual innuendo, or drug references.

The song list is below the cut.

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Nintendo Sells GamePads Separately For the First Time… In Japan

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Now if Japanese gamers break their Wii U GamePads, they won’t have to mess with refurbished models or replace the whole system. Nintendo is selling the GamePad on its own.

Though Nintendo has been selling Wiimotes and other accessories like the Wii U Pro Controller separately all along, the GamePad has been a little trickier. Since each Wii U can only pair with one GamePad at a time, extras just haven’t been available through official channels. The GamePad is crucial for playing Wii U games, even in cases where second-player options are available for the Wiimote.

The GamePad costs ¥12,800 ($104.55). Hopefully it will be coming to the U.S. sometime soon. In the meantime, there’s always eBay. This also likely means we’ll see resales of new GamePads through online retailers, which could make the GamePad replacement business more confusing than ever.

Courtney Holmes theorizes that maybe we’ll see the GamePad as an accessory to the Nintendo NX, whatever that is. Nintendo hasn’t confirmed whether such a link exists.