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SNES Classic Edition confirmed, contains previously unseen Star Fox 2

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SNES Classic Edition confirmed, contains previously unseen Star Fox 2

As rumoured, Nintendo is releasing a mini version of its famous SNES console this year.

The Super NES Classic Edition follows on from last year's limited-run NES Classic, and comes with a pair of controllers, an HDMI cable, and 21 pre-installed games.

One such game is Star Fox 2, a title which Nintendo created for the SNES 22 years ago, but never released.

The game was 95 percent finished in 1995, but didn't compare favourably to 3D games available on other consoles at that time, and so was shelved.

"It was the summer of 1995 and the PlayStation and Saturn were suddenly doing very well in Japan," Star Fox 2 programmer (and PixelJunk series creator) Dylan Cuthbert told NintendoLife.

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Rugby League Live 4 to tackle consoles next month

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Rugby League Live 4 to tackle consoles next month

Rugby League Live 4 will release on July 28 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, publisher Tru Blu Entertainment has announced.

Those of you with good memories will recall that the game was announced earlier this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, but there was no mention of the latter platform in today's release date announcement.

According to Tru Blu, RLL4 builds on the strong foundation set by prior entries in the franchise. New features include a stadium creator, new face capture technology, and a more in-depth career mode. Controls have been refined as well.

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Blank Esports wins its way to the Overwatch Pacific Champs final in Taiwan

Blank Esports wins its way to the Overwatch Pacific Champs final in Taiwan

Australia's Blank Esports is through to the grand of the Overwatch Pacific Championship in Taiwan.

The Australian team topped the table in the first round of the regular season, and finished second in the second round to secure a second place finish and a playoffs berth.

Over the weekend, it defeated Taiwan's ahq e-Sports Club in 4-2, 4-1 to advance to the championship final.

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Crush Counter Capital fighting game tournament to rock Welly this weekend

Crush Counter Capital fighting game tournament to rock Welly this weekend

There will be a rumble in the capital this weekend, but not one that will close local cinemas and car park buildings (hopefully).

Crush Counter Capital (CCC) is a new fighting game tournament being put on by Expansion NZ.

According to Expansion, the event's focus is on providing a showground for fighting game players, but it will also give them a space to meet like-minded gamers and grow the community.

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Kanga Esports Paladins team to take on world's best at Dreamhack Valencia

Kanga Esports Paladins team to take on world's best at Dreamhack Valencia

Kanga Esports' dominant Paladins team is on its way to Dreamhack Valencia.

The reigning Oceania champions conquered all in the six-week AU$10,000 Path To Valencia tournament that concluded at the Hi-Rez Mid Year Finals in Adelaide over the weekend.

Kanga battled Kings in the final, and while Kings ended Kanga’s 160+ map winning streak, the latter triumphed easily, 4-1.

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Legacy gets its revenge in Smite OPL Split 2 grand final

Legacy gets its revenge in Smite OPL Split 2 grand final

Legacy Esports has taken sweet revenge on LG Dire Wolves in the second split of the Smite Oceanic Pro League.

Legacy fell to the Wolves in the Split 1 grand finals in April at IEM Sydney, but shocked the Wolves in Adelaide over the weekend to take the Split 2 grand finals, 3-1.

The grand final loss was only the Wolves' second in the six week split, and it saw Legacy go home with the lion's share of the event's AU$25,000 prize pool.

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Outcry sees Take-Two reverse stance on recently banned GTA V mod tool

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Outcry sees Take-Two reverse stance on recently banned GTA V mod tool

Grand Theft Auto V publisher Take-Two has relaxed its stance on single-player mods for the popular open world title, following an outcry from the game's community.

Cheating is a huge problem in the PC version of GTA Online, and as of late, Take-Two has been going after the creators of cheating tools such as Lexicon, Force Hax, and Menyoo, all of which allow subscribers to spawn infinite piles of cash, teleport other players to arbitrary locations, become invulnerable, and so forth.

However, in its haste to crush these services last week, Take-Two also lawyered up to shut down OpenIV, a popular modding tool that has run for 10 years supporting supported GTA IV, Max Payne 3, and GTA V.

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Modern Warfare Remastered gets pricey standalone release without DLC

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Modern Warfare Remastered gets pricey standalone release without DLC

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be available as a standalone game on PlayStation 4 from July 4, Activision has announced.

It will be available both on disc and as a digital download at a recommended retail price of NZ$80 / AU$70. In the States it is only US$40 (approximately NZ$55 / AU$53).

Activision said the game will come to other platforms in the future, and Mighty Ape has an estimated release date for the Xbox One version of November 4.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 gameplay shows insane scope, vaporware potential

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 gameplay shows insane scope, vaporware potential

There's feature creep, and then there's Beyond Good & Evil 2.

Ubisoft has released the in-engine demo shown to journalists behind closed doors at E3, and it shows the massive scope of creative director Michel Ancel's prequel.

The demo begins on the player's mothership. A home base that's 400m long, it can house several smaller ships, and also has an interior players can walk around (although this is not shown).

Thursday 22 June