Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Nerfs Controversial “Fire-Hopping” Technique Apparently

It appears that Nintendo has nerfed the controversial “fire-hopping” technique for Mario Kart 8's upcoming Deluxe version for Nintendo Switch.
The video below from GameXplain (via Eurogamer) appears to show that fire-hopping, a technique that lets you extend a power slide boost, is significantly less effective in Deluxe. It may even slow you down, the video explains through a comparison to the Wii U version. This is not 100 percent definitive proof that fire-hopping, or whatever else you might call it, has been nerfed, but the video is compelling.
GameSpot has contacted Nintendo in an attempt to get more details on fire-hopping's role in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28 for Nintendo Switch. A re-release of Mario Kart 8, the game has more characters, carts, and tracks unlocked from the beginning than any other Mario Kart game ever. If you want to download it to your console, it will take up 6.75 GB, apparently.
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You Can Play As Ariana Grande Again In This Final Fantasy Game Right Now

If you missed out on playing as Ariana Grande in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, there is good news today, as Square Enix has announced that her character is coming back.
Right now, you can again play as the “Dangerous Ariana” character, whose look is inspired by the world-famous pop singer's trademark bunny ears outfit. You need to complete the “Dangerous Woman Tour” stage to unlock the special character.
There are also “various pieces of equipment” for the Ariana Grande character that you can use in battle.
On top of that, a new “elite difficulty” stage has been added to Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. According to Square Enix, this will provide a new challenge for “veteran players.”
Like the first event, this one is also only available for a limited time, Square Enix said.
Additionally, Square Enix and developer Gumi have announced a special promotion where players who post screenshots from the boss battles in the Dangerous Woman stages can get in-game rewards.
Additionally, you can wi..

Xbox Boss Teases New “Future Work” On Minecraft

Xbox boss Phil Spencer spent a part of his day today with the team at Minecraft developer Mojang, he said on Twitter. While he didn't get into specifics about what he saw, Spencer said it was a “Great day with the team [at] Mojang seeing the future work on Minecraft.”
He added: “Very cool to see the new ideas the team has come to life.”
Great day with the team @Mojang seeing the future work on Minecraft. Very cool to see the new ideas the team has come to life.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 19, 2017Microsoft acquired the Minecraft franchise and developer Mojang in September in a big deal worth $2.5 billion. Since then, the massively popular sandbox game has gotten even bigger, with Microsoft announcing 121 million sales and 55 million monthly players earlier this year.
The game is regularly supported with new DLC and updates, including Power Rangers content that came out at the end of March. More recently, Microsoft announced a real-money marketplace for Minecraft, while the gam..

An Office Space Video Game Is Out Now, 18 Years After The Movie Came Out

18 years after the release of the the workplace comedy Office Space, a video game based on the Mike Judge film has arrived. Called Office Space: Idle Profits, the free-to-play game is out now for iOS and Android.
Idle Profits features characters from the game such as Michael Bolton, Bill Lumbergh, Samir, Peter, and Milton (with this red stapler, of course). You play as a “lowly Initech corporate drone” who is about to lose their job to a recent college grad. Just like in the movie, you'll work with your fellow disgruntled employees to install a virus on the company's mainframe to steal money.
As the money piles up, players will unlock new departments of Initech and new characters.
“Everyone, at least once, has felt underappreciated at their job,” developer Ultrabit GM Cooper Bachman said in a statement. “When we started working on Office Space, everyone on the development team knew we were onto something special. Even 18 years later, the film's themes are still relatable..

Diablo 2 Speedrunner Beats The Game Without Attacking

A successful new speedrun of Diablo II manages to distinguish itself from existing ones in a very significant way: the game was beaten without attacking any enemies.
This pacifist run by streamer DrCliche can be watched in full in the video below. The game is completed on Normal difficulty through Act V's Baal boss in just over 7 hours and 41 minutes (though the video continues on for a bit after that point). Put simply, the strategy involves equipping gear that causes attackers to suffer damage, leaving the player to consume health potions that allow them to tank their way through fights.
DrCliche said in a post on Reddit that this is the second time they've done a run like this. With it being a new concept, they laid down some ground rules for a Diablo II pacifist run. These include not hiring a mercenary (an AI companion that fights for you), disregarding actions taken by NPCs you have no control over, and not taking advantage if you attack due to a bug.
“There's a bu..

Nintendo Switch’s Binding Of Isaac Might Get This Amiibo Figure

The next game to get an Amiibo figure might be the Nintendo Switch version of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+.
Publisher Nicalis teased the possibility on Twitter, sharing the image below of what looks like a mock-up of an Amiibo figure of Isaac.
The tweet reads, “What's that? You really want an Amiibo from The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ on Nintendo Switch?” Given the phrasing, Nicalis may simply be trying to drum up support for such a figure rather than confirming one is officially on the way.
The vast majority of Amiibo figures on the market come from first-party Nintendo games, though some third-party options have also emerged, including Shovel Knight. Highly anticipated Bayonetta and Final Fantasy VII Cloud figures, announced back in 2015, recently went up for preorder ahead of a release in July.
While Nintendo has obviously since allowed the game on its platforms, a Binding of Isaac Amiibo would be funny to see considering Nintendo blocked the game from release on 3DS ba..

Street Fighter 5’s Next DLC Character, Balance Update Delayed

A new character and balance changes for Street Fighter V that were intended to be out by the end of the month have been pushed back, as Capcom intends to conduct another beta test for the new Capcom Fighters Network.
In March, the company announced plans to revamp Street Fighter V's online component. These changes were put to the test earlier this month during a PC-only beta, which showcased both these improvements–like a new penalty system for rage-quitters, better matchmaking, and faster load times for ranked and casual matches–and new balance updates. (The latter are detailed here.)
“We are happy to announce the test has allowed us to make further adjustments to optimize the new CFN,” Capcom said in a blog post today. “We know you're all very eager for the new CFN but we also want to ensure it meets all of our expectations before it officially launches. In order to help us get the new CFN to where it needs to be, we are looking into conducting an additional beta test soo..

Will Smith Might Play The Genie In Live-Action Aladdin Remake

Aladdin is one of several live-action remakes of animated Disney classics that are currently in development. Guy Ritchie was announced as director back in October, and it has now been reported that Will Smith is in talks to play the Genie.
According to Deadline, discussions with Smith about the role are “early.” The part was played by the late Robin Williams in Disney's original 1992 animated hit.
This isn't the first time that Smith has been in linked with one of Disney's live-action remakes. In January it was reported that he was in talks to appear in Dumbo, but ultimately nothing came of this.
Ritchie is best known for Snatch and the Sherlock Holmes films, with his big-budget fantasy movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hitting theaters in May. The new Aladdin film has a script from John August, who wrote the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.
Other live-action Disney remakes in the works include Mulan, The Lio..

Watch A Full Dawn Of War 3 Match Ahead Of The Open Beta

With an open beta kicking off in just a few days, Dawn of War III developer Relic has released a lengthy new video of it in action.
Rather than merely show off gameplay, the video features commentary from director Philippe Boulle and designer Carolina Mastretta talking through a full 3v3 multiplayer match. The two provide some analysis of how things play out.
The tips they share should come in handy soon, as an open beta for the game takes place this weekend. All three factions will be available, and you'll be able to customize both their look and play style with a limited selection of Doctrines. Not all Elite units or maps are included, and you'll be limited to playing against other humans–AI matches and the campaign will have to wait for the official release. Any progress made in the beta won't carry over to the full game.
Dawn of War III's open beta begins at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET/6 PM GMT on Friday, April 21, and concludes at the same time on April 24. The full game..

Digital Games Make 3x As Much As Physical In US, Says Report

Digital sales made nearly three times as much money as physical sales in the US during 2016, according to a new report by the Entertainment Software Association.
More precisely, NPD figures say 74% of sales in the US came via “subscriptions, digital full games, digital add-on content, mobile apps, and social network games,” while 26% came from traditional boxed titles. Together, the categories generated a total of $24.5 billion, with an extra $3.7 billion coming from hardware and $2.2 billion from VR.
Digital is making up a larger proportion of video game sales each year; its share has risen every year since 2010, when the digital:physical split sat at 31:69. Total spend has also increased every year over the same period.
By comparison, physical makes up “almost 50% of all the revenue generated from games and games-related items” in the UK, according to GamesIndustry.
In November 2016, EA's CFO, Blake Jorgensen, said he believes buying physical games from a bricks-and-mortar store..