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Three new 2DS Mario Kart 7 bundles race toward retail

Following Nintendo's earlier announcement of a new 3DS model, the Japanese gaming giant has also unveiled three new bundles headed to North America, including the 2DS handheld and a copy of Mario Kart 7.

According to Nintendo, at some point in "early October," retailers will begin to offer bundles including a download voucher for Mario Kart 7 and one of three new 2DS colors: Electric Blue, Crimson Red or Sea Green. Unlike standalone 2DS handhelds, which are priced at $100 and do not include a mascot racer, these new bundles will feature a price tag of $130.
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Castlevania producer Dave Cox leaves Konami after 17 years

Today is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow producer Dave Cox's final day at Konami, he announced on Twitter. Signed with the hashtag "#endofanera," Cox wrote the following:

"After 17 years I have decided to leave Konami to explore new opportunities. Today is my final day with the company."

In follow-up messages, Cox provided a personal highlight reel of his time at Konami, starting when he joined the company in 1997 as the UK product manager. His first project was Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. He then managed some of Konami's "biggest titles," including Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Pro Evolution Soccer and Suikoden. With a Castlevania: Lords of Shadow hashtag, Cox discussed his final bow.

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Soak up five minutes of Japanese Smash Bros 3DS footage

Image Though the commentary accompanying the above gameplay footage from the handheld Super Smash Bros. will only be understood by those who speak Japanese, the international language of an Italian plumber uppercutting a giant turtle monster speaks to all of humanity. [Image: Nintendo] ... Continue Reading

Joystiq Deals: Elite Android Hacker Bundle

This edition of Joystiq Deals brings you "over 52 hours of elite instruction" on how to build your own apps for the Android operating system.

The Elite Android Hacker Bundle includes seven courses from online learning platform Udemy that cover the gamut of skills necessary to create new apps under Android. From basic programming essentials to working with Java and online app security, the Bundle should bring neophyte programmers up to speed on the widespread mobile OS in a relatively short time.

Normally, purchasing all seven of these courses piecemeal would set you back $503, but for the next three days, Joystiq Deals if offering the bundle for $39. Pay a visit to the official Joystiq Deals website for full details and information on how to order a Bundle of your own.
Joystiq Deals is a partnership between AOL and StackSocial. A portion of sales goes to funding this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial independently of the Joystiq editorial team.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection revitalizes Halo 2's Lockout

One of the most beloved maps from Halo 2, the twisty-turny Lockout, is getting an extreme makeover in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Apart from looking much, much better, the new-and-improved Lockout will feature a few new gameplay twists, notably some extra cover near the grav lift and "a dynamic element that should help counter an entrenched group of enemies."

See it for yourself in new screens and a trailer after the break.

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Costume Quest 2 treats players to Oct. 7 launch on Steam

Costume Quest 2 launches on October 7 on Steam, with pre-orders live now and ripe for the picking – or tricking or treating. Pre-order the game across Mac, Linux and PC in two ways: Costume Quest 2 plus four classic costumes for $15, or pay $20 for the "Pre-Purchase Costume Quest 2 Bundle," which includes Costume Quest 2, Costume Quest, the Grubbins on Ice DLC and those four classic costumes.

The four included costumes are the Robot, Unicorn, Eyeball and Pumpkin. Each costume comes with its signature ability, Double Fine says: "Mow through Kronys with the Robot's 'Missile Barage' or bring back KO'd friends with the Unicorn's 'My Pretty Panacea.' Pumpkin can devastate groups with an 'All Hallows Eve' wind attack, while the Eyeball unleashes tears of fury via the 'EYE-agra Falls' ability."

This holiday season, Costume Quest 2 allows everyone to partake in the most sacred of all tasks: Saving Halloween. It's due out on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac and Linux, published by Midnight City and developed by Double Fine.

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Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell reveals its colors at PAX Prime

Volition has announced a new Saints Row 4 standalone expansion, titled Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, during its panel today at PAX Prime 2014. A trailer shows Kinsey, Johnny Gat and other Saints delving - and this is not a metaphor - into Hell to rescue the Saints Row boss who was promoted to President of the United States during Saints Row 4.

Hell is said to be roughly 50 percent the size of Steelport - the city from Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row 4 - and players will be able to fly around the city using demonic wings. Volition is also including weapons themed after Biblical curses and stories, including a gun that fires a plague of locusts, a gun that fires a plague of frogs, and a chair with machine guns and rockets strapped to it, representing sloth - one of the seven deadly sins.

There will also be a musical number.

The expansion will feature 2-player co-op where one partner plays as Kinsey while the other takes control of Johnny Gat. The expansion will be released January 27, for $19.95.

Super Joystiq Podcast 110: The Walking Dead, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, NHL 15

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This week's Super Joystiq Podcast is totally into judging people for no reason. It learned it from YOU da... Sinan!

Anthony continues his reign of terror in the host seat this week. Xav, Jess, and Sinan fill out the roster for a look back at the now-concluded season two of The Walking Dead, thoughts on Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, the missing features of NHL 15, and the continued sadness that is big publishers.

(Please excuse the hitching issues with Anthony's audio this week, sometimes technology is not our friend.)

Listen to the Super Joystiq Podcast: Podcast timestamps and relevant links are available after the break.

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Saints Row 4 re-elected, will serve terms on Xbox One, PS4

Saints Row 4 is coming to Xbox One and PS4 as Saints Row 4: Re-elected, Volition has revealed. Developer High Voltage is helping with the port, which will contain all the game's released DLC. This updated version of the game will release January 27 - the same day as the newly-announced Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell - and will cost $29.99.
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Nariko rescues villagers in footage from Heavenly Sword film

Image Here in 2014 most people have forgotten about Ninja Theory's seven-year-old PlayStation 3-exclusive action game Heavenly Sword, but not Blockade Entertainment, who plan to launch a straight-to-DVD CGI film based on the game on September 2. [Image: Sony]... Continue Reading

New Super Meat Boy is an endless runner for PC, tablets

Super Meat Boy Forever is an endless runner heading to PC and tablets, coming directly from Super Meat Boy crew Team Meat. The Team Meatheads are Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, and they're showing the new game off at PAX Prime 2014.

Super Meat Boy Forever is playable at the show, but there's no set launch date just yet. "When it's done," is the timeline for now. See a Vine of Super Meat Boy Forever straight from the PAX Prime 2014 show floor below.

Earlier in August, Team Meat teased something called "A Voyeur for September," which conveniently anagrams to "Super Meat Boy Forever." That's about the only resemblance the teaser has to this new game, since the accompanying video was a live-action stealth(?) thing.

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Splatoon could have been a Mario game

When we got our hands on Nintendo's new IP, Splatoon, during E3 this year, we compared its charm to Super Mario 3D World or Mario Kart 8 – and according to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, that was more on the nose than even we knew. Splatoon was nearly a Mario game, Miyamoto told Edge (via MCV).

"There were heated debates over who the main character should be," Miyamoto said. "Whether it should be Mario, or the squid. When we talked about the possibility of it being Mario, of course we could think of the advantages: Anybody would be willing to touch it as soon as we announced that we had a new Mario game. But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn't be able to create a new IP."

Splatoon stars a series of squid kids with ink guns, battling in contained areas to not only hit other players, but to paint the map in their team's color. The kids turn into squids to swim through their team's paint and fill up their ink supply, or to out-maneuver rival players.

Deep Down-time for Capcom's RPG, public beta delayed to 2015

Japanese PS4 owners won't try out online RPG Deep Down until next year, after Capcom pushed back its open beta into 2015. As Siliconera reports, director and producer Kazunori Sugiura said Capcom needs more time to test things out before launching a public beta. Remember, this beta was originally due around the time of Japan's PS4 launch in February.

Capcom released new footage of the free-to-play online RPG, showcasing teams of two and four players taking on all manner of enemies including one huge monstrosity that looks a bit like a cross between a turkey and a crab - a crurkey, perhaps. Give it a crurk in the video below the break.

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How to Survive lures the horde to Xbox One, PS4 this fall

How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition is on its way to Xbox One and PS4 in fall 2014, packing in all of the crafting and zombies (and crafty zombies) you never knew you wanted.

Storm Warning Edition includes a lineup of DLC, including the Heat Wave DLC, which dresses the three original characters in fireproof suits and gives them the ability to craft incendiary ammo, and the Barricade DLC, in which players attempt to protect survivors by throwing down traps and obstacles. In total, the Storm Warning Edition comes with six pieces of DLC, as outlined by developer Eko Software below.

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Tamriel Infinium: Five reasons to return to Elder Scrolls Online

Today seems as good a time as any to mention returning to Elder Scrolls Online. I'm not talking personally, mind you, as I've been playing pretty consistently since early access. The winds of MMO change are doing their thing, though, and I'm seeing a bunch of thinking-about-returning-but-have-some-questions threads at my usual ESO forum hangouts.

Maybe this is due to all the fail trolls glomping onto WildStar while eyeing the fast-approaching North American version of ArcheAge. Or maybe it's because ZeniMax has added quite a bit of post-launch tastiness to its ESO recipe.

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