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How to play the ‘ARMS’ Global Testpunch on Nintendo Switch this weekend

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While Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2 are sure to hog the spotlight on the Switch in the second half of 2017, there's another first-party game from Nintendo that has piqued our interest. ARMS -- a fighting game that utilizes motion controls -- will be the first big Switch game to launch after E3 2017 and will serve as the bridge to Splatoon 2, which doesn't come out for the Switch until late July.

If seeing the game in action during the latest Nintendo Direct wasn't convincing enough, Nintendo is holding a stress test for the game this weekend which any Switch owner can participate in.

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May 26th

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I am absolutely addicted to this idiotic online claw game

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I really don't need to explain to you the appeal of the classic "claw game," and even if I tried it would probably just sound silly. Navigating a flimsy toy crane over to some cheap trinket and then praying that the weak little arms actually make it move is an exercise in frustration, and paying a dollar or more for every attempt is downright stupid. That being said, there's something extremely addictive about the entire exercise, and now that I can play dozens of different claw game machines from the comfort of my a browser, iPhone, or Android device, someone might need to stage an intervention.

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May 26th

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This is your best chance to play Overwatch for free

Overwatch Anniversary event: free trial

If you haven't already tried out Blizzard's insanely popular online FPS, this weekend could be your best bet. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the game's launch, Overwatch is free to try from 2PM EST today.

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Our 5 favorite Nintendo Switch games that aren’t Mario Kart or Zelda

Nintendo Switch Games List

It’s still not easy to get your hands on a new Nintendo Switch video game console, but if you do have one there are two games you obviously have already. The first is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which launched last month and is an absolute blast to play. The second is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and it truly is a masterpiece. Those two titles are more than enough to keep you busy for a while, but you’re going to want a little more variety than that after a while. Below, you’ll find our five favorite Switch games available right now that aren’t Breath of the Wild or Mario Kart.

LEGO City Undercover

Join the Chase! In LEGO CITY Undercover, play as Chase McCain, a police officer who's been tasked with going undercover to hunt down the notorious - and recently escaped - criminal Rex Fury and putting an end to his city-wide crime wave. With two player co-op, friends can explore the sprawling open-world metropolis that is LEGO City, with more than 20 unique districts to investigate, car thieves to bust, hilarious movie references to discover, vehicles to drive, and hundreds of collectibles. LEGO CITY Undercover brings together witty, original storytelling with signature LEGO humor to create a fun-filled experience for players of all ages to enjoy.

LEGO City Undercover - Nintendo Switch: $39.99

FAST RMX

Jump into the driver's seat of your anti-gravity vehicle and put your skills to the test in high octane competitions. Play locally with three of your friends in splitscreen or online against 7 other players from all around the world. Drive through abandoned mines in the depths of the earth, to dense jungle areas, futuristic cities, crossing vast deserts and finally up into the stratosphere and beyond. Become a legend and master all courses on even the highest speed! Features: Race anti-gravity vehicles in this lightning-fast arcade racer Play with anybody, anywhere you like Zoom through 30 tracks set in canyons, alpine peaks, futuristic cities and much more 15 futuristic racing machines Master the art of boosting and phase switching to stay ahead of the competition Splitscreen-multiplayer with up to 4 players Local play against up to 7 players Online play against up to 7 players Non stop adrenaline pumping action at 60 frames per second in 1080p Unlock the HERO MODE to play with new rules and new challenges!

FAST RMX - Nintendo Switch [Digital Code]: $19.99

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the full and complete edition of Shovel Knight, a sweeping classic action adventure game series with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic! Become Shovel Knight, wielder of the Shovel Blade, as he runs, jumps, and battles in a quest for his lost beloved. Take down the nefarious knights of the Order of No Quarter and their menacing leader, The Enchantress. But that's not everything! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove also features three additional campaigns that are games all unto themselves! Take control of Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight on adventures of their own! Together, they form a grand and sweeping saga! With a fully cooperative campaign, a full-featured challenge mode, a 4 player battle mode, and body swap mode, you'll be digging for a long time. With Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, you get it all. Uphold the virtues of Shovelry, earn relics and riches, and discover the true meaning of shovel justice!

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove - Nintendo Switch [Digital Code]: $24.99

Has Been Heroes

Has-Been Heroes is a roguelike action game featuring a band of heroes on a quest to escort the King's twin princesses to magic Academy. The game combines strategy and action into a mix where you control three characters and focus on combining spells and items for devastating combo effects! Has-Been Heroes features a young rogue, a wishful wannabe hero, who stumbles across a pair of old, battle-worn heroes. They receive the ultimate quest from the King - escort his precious twin princesses to Princess Academy, on the far side of the world. Eager for heroics, the young rogue joins the band of heroes and the trio put their best foot forward. As the heroes travel across the world, they come across a wide variety of enemies - ranging from bad-breath skeletons and zombies to evil spirits, the meanest of all enemies (100% evil!). Each enemy type (and enemy subclass) has specific attributes and immunities - evil spirits cannot be hit by melee attacks, for example, so the player needs to make them hittable by using spells of a certain type. New characters are unlocked during the course of the game. The new heroes are each unique with custom attributes and a set of different starting items/spells that give the player an edge in combat - or a vulnerability. Each run is unique with random encounters, spell and item drops, as well as regions. The game features 200 items and 100 spells to unlock. Only a fraction of these are available in the first run, and obtaining new items and spells is a game changer for the player. Death in Has-Been Heroes is a common occurrence and permanent, and the player has to start over. However, death comes bearing gifts, literally! Over 100 hours of gameplay Has-Been Heroes has a story that keeps on growing as the player plays and completes the game. New story layers are added with each playthrough. 2D art style with visually stunning spell effects.

Has Been Heroes Nintendo Switch: $37.79

Puyo Puyo Tetris

Two puzzle game juggernauts collide as Tetris, one of the largest-selling and recognized brands in gaming history, and Puyo Puyo from SEGA have combined to create a fun-to-play, fast-paced, competitive party game like no other! Up to 4 players will get to choose whether to play the classic Tetris or Puyo modes to compete against each other, or they can try any of the game's inventive fusion modes, including one where players have to master both Puyo AND Tetris together! And whether it's trying to top the online leaderboards of worldwide competition or just being the best player on your couch, Puyo Tetris is chock full of puzzle action!

Puyo Puyo Tetris - Nintendo Switch: $39.50

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The Nintendo Switch game we’ve been dying for was finally just released

Nintendo Switch Games List 2017

Look... Breath of the Wild is an amazing game. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offers unlimited fun. But it we're being honest, there's only so long that two hot titles can keep you entertained — even if they are as epic as Zelda and Mario cart. If you're a Switch owner and you've been itching for something new, today is your lucky day. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is a game we've been dying for ever since we heard it would be launching on the Switch, and on Friday it was finally released. Best of all, Prime members who order it on Amazon right now will save 20%!

Here are some highlights from the product page:

  • Choose between classic pixel-art graphics for a retro nostalgia trip, or enjoy a refined new modern look!
  • Team-up with a friend to take on the CPU opponent in a new co-op mode. Create new two-character combos and attack the CPU on both sides!
  • Battle it out with a friend in local multiplayer or take the fight online in Ranked and Casual matches.
  • Browse through a beautiful 250+ page digital art book featuring over 1,500 illustrations throughout Street Fighter's 30-year history.

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers - Nintendo Switch: $39.99

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It’s pretty crazy how good Nintendo Switch sales have been so far

Nintendo Switch Sales Numbers

This time last year, people would have laughed in your face if you merely suggested that Nintendo was about to launch the hottest home video game console in the world. The Wii U was in its death throes, its position cemented as one of the most disappointing gaming machines in recent history. While PS4 sales continued to soar, it seemed like Nintendo had precious little chance of a comeback. Fast-forward to today, and it's still impossible to get your hands on a new Switch console unless you're willing to pay a premium to order one right now on Amazon.

We've seen evidence time and time again of just how impressive Switch sales have been so far, but now there's a single new data point that will really put Switch sales into perspective.

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May 26th

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The Microsoft-owned Twitch competitor you’ve never heard of has a new name

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You're forgiven if you've never heard of Beam, the Twitch competitor bought up by Microsoft last year. Compared to its primary foe, it's a tiny fraction of the size in terms of channels and viewership, and it's largely flown under the radar since the acquisition. Today, Microsoft is hoping to change that by rebranding the service and rolling out some new features that its Amazon-owned peer currently lacks.

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May 25th

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You can try Xbox One’s ‘Netflix for games’ right now

Xbox One Game Pass Service

What if you could pay a monthly fee and consume as much Xbox One digital content you’d want to? Microsoft already thought of that. It’s called Game Pass, a Netflix-style gaming service that Microsoft announced a few months ago, and which is getting ready for mass consumption. In fact, you can try it right now as long as you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

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May 24th

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Xbox Game Pass launches June 1 with over 100 titles

 Xbox One owners get a new reason to fire up their consoles on June 1: Xbox Game Pass, the download service Microsoft created to deliver subscription-based gaming with a library of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games in an all-you-can game model. The service is similar to PlayStation Now, Sony’s PlayStation 4-based equivalent, and also to Nivida’s GeForce NOW streaming service for its… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

May 24th

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‘Overwatch’ Anniversary event brings new skins, maps and emotes to the game

Overwatch anniversary event

Overwatch is one of the most popular competitive first-person shooters on the market, and to celebrate its first birthday, Blizzard is going all out with a massive Anniversary event. Blizzard says that it has added over 100 Anniversary rewards to the game, including new skins, dances, voice lines, sprays and player icons. Plus, you can get a free Anniversary Loot Box just for logging in while the event is active.

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