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One-of-a-kind ‘Super Mario Bros.’ copy sells for $100,000

Image: heritage auctions A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System has been sold at auction for over $100,000, Heritage Auctions announced on Thursday. That’s some serious coin. This copy of Super Mario Bros. not only contains one of the most popular games of all time, it also happens to be a pretty rare copy of said game. Not only is it in great condition, it is currently the only known copy of Super Mario Bros. that is sticker sealed. That explains why it broke the…

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Fortnite adds bluetooth controller support on iOS, Android

Image: Epic Games Fortnite is a video game, a meme machine, an occasional subject of controversy, and now… a concert venue. Marshmello set up shop on a virtual stage set up inside the game on Saturday. He was there to perform, and that’s exactly what he did. The proof is all over social media. Fortnite maker Epic Games treated the whole thing like an actual, real world event. Construction work on the stage began earlier in the week, as players discovered when they ventured into the Pleasant Park section of…

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Homemade Mortal Kombat trailer remake is just as fatal

'Mortal Kombat 11' is like a reckoning with the franchise's long and storied historyImage: warner bros. interactive entertainment Mortal Kombat tops the very short list of video games that have cemented themselves as permanent staples of pop culture. Whether it’s pro wrestlers, Wreck-It Ralph, Zayn Malik’s Met Gala outfit, or Lil Wayne and Skrillex tracks, its influence far exceeds the confines of a fighting game. You’d think after nearly three decades, it’d get old. But the hype for Mortal Kombat 11 is still just as fatal. SEE ALSO: Bloody ‘Mortal…

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This Nintendo Switch/GameCube mod is the pinnacle of gaming

This Nintendo Switch/GameCube mod is so good.Image: littlewolf128 / reddit The GameCube has a timeless design. That iconic, cubic form. That gray front panel that welcomes controllers. The handle on the back for east transport, for some reason. Well, Reddit user Littlewolf128 decided to pay tribute to the 2001 console by modding their Nintendo Switch dock to look like a spice orange GameCube. It looks so good. Gamecube Nintendo Switch Dock I made. from NintendoSwitch SEE ALSO: An engineer designed two Nintendo Switch controller adapters to help make gaming more…

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Bowsette is canceled, sorry horny Nintendo fans

Image: nintendo Nintendo made it official that Bowsette, a vivacious, fan-created character that melds together Bowser and Princess Peach, is not a thing. With the release of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe rapidly approaching on the Nintendo Switch, a sharp-eyed fan on ResetEra realized that Nintendo included a description on the official site for the game that makes the internet’s favorite gender-bent Super Mario character officially non-canon. SEE ALSO: Are Toad and Toadette bumping uglies? In case you missed the whole Bowsette thing, here’s a quick recap: There’s a…

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Netflix drops mysterious trailer for first ‘Black Mirror’ movie

Black Mirror is diving into the trend of ’80s nostalgia, but these aren’t the childhood pixel games you remember. This isn’t your mamma’s (or teen boys’) retro trip. It’s more like a journey into madness than the warm comfort of returning to simpler times.  “Bandersnatch,” the first Black Mirror feature film, will tell the story of a programmer creating a video game based on the fantasy novel of an unhinged genius. There are also some drugs involved — but unlike the cocaine popular in the 1984 of the real world,…

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Make a ‘Doom’ map with the help of your Roomba

Your Roomba can help clean up your enemies.Image: Bildquelle/ullstein bild via Getty Images Once your Roomba is done tidying the house, you can clean up your enemies in hell. Game programmer and designer Rich Whitehouse released a script on Christmas Eve which allows you to convert the robotic vacuum’s trip around your home into a playable Doom map. SEE ALSO: The creator of ‘Doom’ is releasing nine new levels for free in 2019 Naturally, the script is called Doomba, which works with Whitehouse’s Noesis software that allows developers to convert…

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Epic sheathes Infinity Blade after Fortnite fan backlash

Epic, the maker of the insanely popular, cross-platform third-person shooter online game Fortnite, has ‘fessed up to a gameplay misstep when it dropped a super powerful new weapon into the battle royale arena earlier this month — triggering a major fan backlash. Complaints boiled down to it being unfair for the overpowered weapon to exist in standard game modes, given the massive advantage bestowed on whoever happened to be lucky enough to find it. Earlier this month Epic had trailed the forthcoming Infinity Blade as “a weapon fit for a…

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The dark dungeon of ‘Below’ is mysterious and enticing: Game review

Image: capybara games / mashable The deeper I burrow into Below, the deeper it burrows into my mind. Below is a game of exploration, repetition, tenacity, and bravery. It exists at a crossroads of engrossing and off-putting; it’s enticing with its mysteries but can just as easily become so frustrating that it demands breaks. What makes Below special, though, is that it’s inescapable even during those breaks. Amid the big blockbusters of 2018 like Red Dead Redemption 2, Spider-Man, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, there sits Below. It feels so small,…

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Best Lego deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend

Shop the best Lego deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday all weekend long.Image: LEGO If there’s one toy that’ll be a hit on any kid’s holiday list, it’s a dope Lego set.  Lego is the brand we all know and love, and there’s a reason they never go out of style. (And hey, in a world where kids are essentially doing everything on iPads, it’s nice to bond over the same stackable wonders we too once enjoyed as kids.)  SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right…

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Facebooks gaming hub Fb.gg launches into beta on Android

This summer, Facebook launched Fb.gg, its online gaming hub and Twitch competitor, designed to attract game streamers and their fans to watch videos on Facebook instead of on rival sites. The destination shows videos based on which games and streaming celebrities users follow, plus Liked Pages and Groups, and other featured suggestions of what to watch. Now, Fb.gg is expanding to mobile with its launch on Android. The new app, first spotted by Sensor Tower, arrived just a few days ago and is currently in beta testing. According to its…

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Microsoft’s Project xCloud is basically Netflix for Xbox games

Image: microsoft At the annual E3 trade show in June, Microsoft hinted at some kind of streaming service. Now it has a name (albeit a seemingly temporary one): Project xCloud. The service is pretty much what you’d expect if you’ve been following all the chatter around game streaming. With xCloud, Xbox people will be able to play their games on a variety of different screens, from PC monitors to smartphones. SEE ALSO: This greaseproof Xbox One controller needs to become the standard It’s a streaming thing, to be clear. Don’t…

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Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most apps and games don’t have the luxury of making this choice – the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes its game is popular enough and has a strong enough draw to bring players to its website for the Android download instead. In the process,  Unlike Apple, which only allows apps to be downloaded from…

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