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Nintendo Releases Strange “Can You Guess The Game” Video, Prompting Speculation

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Nintendo fans are always eagerly anticipating the next Nintendo Direct, but the YouTube account of the Japanese company delivered something offbeat today: a minute-long video challenging fans to “guess the game.” The games are introduced with blurry footage that slowly resolves to reveal a first-party Nintendo game.

Needless to say, some fans have expressed their confusion over this video, with many of the YouTube comments speculating that new content might be revealed soon for one or more of these games. The games listed were (spoiler warning) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

As most Nintendo fans know, a sequel to Breath of the Wild was first teased in June 2019 at that year’s E3. Since that reveal trailer, we haven’t heard anything about it, which would seem to suggest a 2021 release at the earliest. We also haven’t heard anything about a hypothetical Mario Kart 9 or a sequel to Three Houses, though the latter did get new DLC this February. The latest Nintendo Direct introduced the newest fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Arms character Min Min.

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Mobile game controllers without buttons are monstrosities you can buy now

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Ask almost anyone you know and they’ll probably agree: all good controllers have at least one button. Who might disagree with that? No one you should trust — plus the several manufacturers, including well-known brands like Anker and HyperX, that have started making controllers for your phone that don’t have any buttons at all.

These strange new gadgets won’t make controlling games via on-screen controls any easier, though they’re not completely pointless for people who play PUBG and some other mobile hits that don’t have official controller support.

Anker’s PowerCore Play 6K controller is essentially a $36 6,700mAh power bank that’s molded into the shape of a controller grip. Look all you want and you won’t find a single button. But Anker, having gotten its start making affordable power banks, leans in on the battery side of things, so you don’t have to worry about running low while you game.

That 6,700mAh of extra juice should give your phone two to three refills’ worth of charge, and it supports up to 15W output to Android phones via its USB-C port and up to 12W to iPhones or any other device you’d want to charge with its USB-A port. Given that playing games can make your phone run hot, it has a built-in fan to pull the heat away. That’s neat, but I think I’d like some buttons please.

HyperX’s ChargePlay Clutch supports Qi wireless charging, and it has a removable 3,000mAh battery.
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HyperX’s ChargePlay Clutch is another controller-shaped device that is only concerned with keeping your phone topped up and making it more comfy to hold while you game. Unlike Anker’s, this one supports Qi wireless charging in addition to wired charging.

Plus, the 3,000mAh battery on the ChargePlay Clutch is attached magnetically and can be removed, which is a nice touch since I can’t imagine too many people would want to carry around a boomerang-shaped battery when they aren’t gaming. This one is $59.99, and that’s a lot for a controller without buttons. But, if you value its removable battery in place of Anker’s built-in fan, it might be worth checking out.

As I mentioned before, these grips do have different designs that prioritize more than just battery life, especially for those who mainly play games that don’t have solid native controller support. If you want to see some of the other monstrosities on Amazon, just search “radiator gamepads” and prepare to see some amazing art renders, like this one below that shows your phone blasting off.

Hopefully, the gamepad grip doesn’t actually do this.

Granted, some of these options from brands I’d never heard of actually go a step further than Anker or HyperX’s grips by bundling in a power bank, a cooling fan, and triggers on each side that press on your phone’s screen for you just by clicking them in. (Buttons, what a concept!) As fundamentally limited as some of these faux controllers with few, or no, buttons are, there’s currently no other controller on the market that can match the intensity of this model that features realistic pistol grips and triggers.

These grips seem like they were made for a different time. This sort of thing would have been a delight 10 years ago when phones started ballooning in popularity and console-like games first started to legitimize Android and iOS as gaming platforms.

They make less sense now, when Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud are poised to bring true console-quality experiences with complex button schemes to phones that work with controllers like the Xbox One and DualShock 4 via Bluetooth. Plus, gamepads like PowerA’s XP5-X attach to your device with a sturdy phone clip, supply a comprehensive button layout, and provide extra juice all at the same time. If you want elegance, Razer’s Kishi has you settled there, though admittedly at a higher cost.

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Hyper Scape release date, PS4 and Xbox launch time news and cross-play latest

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Ubisoft is launching its latest team shooter this week, and it looks like there’s plenty of interest surrounding the Hyper Scape release date on PS4, Xbox One and PC. While still a new product, the development team have already run an open beta for the Battle Royale game on PC, offering an early look at gameplay. Since then, the beta has been shut down and now gamers who enjoyed the initial experience just have a few hours to wait until the full experience arrives.

HYPER SCAPE RELEASE DATE AND LAUNCH TIMES NEWS

The Hyper Scape release date has been set for Tuesday, August 11, across PS4, Xbox One and PC.

So while only PC players could enjoy the open beta, the full Hyper Scape launch will be available on a number of leading platforms.

The only downside to today’s release is that Ubisoft hasn’t provided much in the way of when the game will be available to play.

From what has been shared so far, the Hyper Scape release time has been set for around 9am EST in the United States, or 2pm BST, if you live in the UK.

There doesn’t appear to be a way to pre-load the yet on consoles, meaning that will be an extra step to complete on launch day.

It’s unclear if Ubisoft will be launching Hyper Scape after the usual PlayStation Store update or not, so gamers will want to keep an eye out for the latest news shared on the game’s official social media pages.

WILL HYPER SCAPE SUPPORT CROSSPLAY DURING SEASON 1?

August 11 will see the launch of Hyper Scape Season 1, which will contain new content and a fresh Battle Pass to unlock.

It will also feature cross-progression, meaning gamers will be able to use one account to play the game across PS4, Xbox One and PC.

All your items will stay locked to that one account, but it doesn’t look like Hyper Scape Cross-Play will be available in August.

According to Ubisoft Cross-play will be available in a later season of Hyper Scape, so there’s no release window for the feature yet.

A further guide on this week’s Hyper Scape release day launch can be found below, courtesy of Ubisoft:

“Season 1, titled “The First Principle,” will introduce new limited-time game modes, a new weapon and hack, new features for Crowncast (Hyper Scape’s interactive Twitch extension), and provide insight into the lore and universe of Hyper Scape.

“Season 1 adds a new gun, the Dragonfly, and new hack, Magnet, for a total of 11 weapons and 11 hacks, each of which can be fused up to four times into increasingly powerful versions.

“The First Principle will also introduce new limited-time game modes, a new in-game Melee event (which makes all melee attacks instantly lethal), and both a free and premium 100-tier Battle Pass.

“The game’s PC Open Beta runs until August 2, and thanks to cross-progression, any items you’ve unlocked – either through the in-game shop or the current 30-tier Battle Pass – will carry over to the console version when the game officially launches.

“Thanks to the Crowncast Twitch extension, you can progress your Battle Pass by watching Twitch streams even if you haven’t played the game on PC, and you will get any rewards you’ve earned when you sign in to Hyper Scape on console for the first time. Crowncast itself will see the addition of a new feature in Season 1: The Kudos feature will now allow viewers to react to exciting (POG) moments in chat by using Bits to generate a visual effect that appears in a streamer’s game.”

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FIFA 20 DOWN: EA server troubles hit reported on PS4, Xbox and PC

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EA Servers are down tongiht, according to gamers trying to play the likes of FIFA 20 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Issues started being flagged by fans at around 10pm BST and continue to affect online multiplayer experiences, like FIFA Ultimate Team.

No announcement has been shared yet via the official EA Help social media accounts, but a new update is expected within the hour.

For now, it’s unclear what has caused tonight’s outage or how long it might affect EA servers across PS4, Xbox One and PC.

One user reports: “Server is down in Switzerland. No notifications, no messages, nothing. Simply doesn’t connect. How odd…”

Another adds: “I love playing a single player game (ME Andromeda) and not being ABLE to play unless I want to risk NOT getting a trophy because you have to be connected to EA’S SERVERS for a trophy to pop.

“I can’t connect. Yet my PS4 and everything else is online.”

The good news is that reports of a server outage have started to drop, meaning that EA services could be back online very soon.

MFL…

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