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Star Wars Ep. I: Racer updated to Version 1.0.2

Star Wars Ep. I: Racer has received its second update, bumping the game up to Version 1.0.2. Unfortunately, we don't know any details on what this update includes. If that information is released, we'll be sure to share it via this post.

Thanks to ArmoredFrog for the heads up!

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga getting multiple LEGO sets

10 new sets to collect!

We are thrilled to reveal several new LEGO Star Wars sets which feature in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga, the highly anticipated new console game featuring all nine Skywalker saga films.

Consumers can enjoy interacting with the same LEGO Star Wars vehicles, starships, and characters in real life and in the game! With a code found inbox, fans can command characters and ships from the following sets.

LEGO® Star Wars™ 501st Legion™ Clone Troopers (75280)
Stage an epic battle between elite 501st Legion Clone Troopers and the Separatist Army’s Battle Droids. Look out for the droids from the AT-RT cockpit using the electrobinoculars. Launch into attack with the BARC Speeder and fire the stud shooters. Fight back with the Battle Droids’ blasters. Who will triumph in this exciting LEGO® Star Wars™ adventure? You decide.
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Anakin’s Jedi™ Interceptor (75281)
Team up with Anakin Skywalker to pilot his awesome LEGO® Star Wars™ Jedi Interceptor! Place trusty droid R2-D2 on the wing, jump into the cockpit and launch into galactic battle. Flip up the wing flaps to attack at speed. Fire the spring-loaded shooters and reload. And when you land remember to grab Anakin’s Lightsaber from under the wing to defend against enemy forces!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Armored Assault Tank (AAT™) (75283)
Join forces with Jedi hero Ahsoka Tano and Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper against the Battle Droids. Beware! The Droids’ Armored Assault Tank has powerful weapons. Dodge missiles fired from the spring-loaded shooters. And watch out for the AAT’s cannons. You will need to use all your Jedi skills to win this epic Star Wars: The Clone Wars battle!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Knights of Ren™ Transport Ship (75284)
Danger! The Knights of Ren are chasing Rey in their transport ship! This awesome hover vehicle moves at lightning speed and the Knights can see everything from the cockpit. Take cover to dodge the spring-loaded shooters. Fight back against Kylo Ren’s heavily armed soldiers with Rey’s Lightsaber. You will need to use all your Jedi skills to avoid capture by these bad dudes!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ General Grievous’s Starfighter™ (75286)
Get set for an epic clash between General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi! The powerful warlord Grievous is flying into battle in his awesome starfighter. Look out for the spring-loaded shooters. When the starfighter comes in to land, use Obi-Wan’s Lightsaber and the Airborne Clone Trooper’s blaster to challenge the warlord. Who will win this thrilling Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith battle? You decide!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ AT-AT™ (75288)
Join Luke Skywalker on the Hoth battlefield and challenge General Veers in the mighty AT-AT. Stay clear of the legs of this huge combat walker. Dodge the spring-loaded shooters. And watch out for the Snowtroopers attacking on the speeder bike with their tripod gun. Use Luke’s Lightsaber to fight off other Imperial troopers. Then throw the thermal detonator into the AT-AT to try to topple it!
Release: August 1, 2020
Additionally, unlock codes come with the following LEGO Star Wars products to let fans play with a character or ship from those sets in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. The Razor Crest and Resistance I-TS Transport codes are the only way to get these special playable ships in the game.

LEGO® Star Wars™ Death Star™ Final Duel (75291)
Help Luke Skywalker tackle Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in an epic Death Star battle! Overpower the Imperial Royal Guards and enter the Emperor’s throne room. Challenge Darth Vader to a Lightsaber duel. Force-jump onto the bridge, but watch out – it may collapse in battle! And stay well clear of the reactor shaft. Will Darth Vader save his son Luke when Emperor Palpatine attacks? You decide! Look for a code to unlock the Emperor character from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game.
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ The Razor Crest™ (75292)
Fly to the outer reaches of the galaxy in The Mandalorian’s armored transport shuttle, The Razor Crest! It’s got everything you need for a mission – a big cargo hold for carbonite bounty, spring-loaded shooters, escape pod… and even a bed to get some rest! When you land, grab the weapons and prepare for battle. Protect the Child and defeat Scout Trooper to prove you are the ultimate warrior! Look for a code to unlock the Razor Crest vehicle from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game.
Release: September 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Resistance I-TS Transport (75293)
All aboard the awesome Resistance I-TS Transport to begin another exciting mission with Lieutenant Bek and Vi Moradi. Put the Astromech Droid and GNK Power Droid in the cargo hold. Jump in the cockpit, power up the engines and blast off! You never know what you might encounter at Galaxy’s Edge. If enemy starfighters attack, fire the 4 rotating stud shooters and 4 rear shooters to take them down! Look for a code to unlock the Resistance I-TS Transport vehicle from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game.
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar (75279)
Get set for daily festive fun with this LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar! There is a surprise, buildable gift behind each door. Find popular characters in Christmas gear, plus starships and locations. Look out for a code to unlock the holiday-themed Snow Gonk character from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga video game.
Release: September 1, 2020

More information on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will come this summer.

Preorder LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga at Best Buy and get a free SteelBook Case

What a steel!

Well here's a great reason to preorder your copy of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga from Best Buy. The retailer is offering a special SteelBook Case along with your purchase, and at no additional cost either! The case, seen above, pays tribute to the infamous moment when Han Solo was encased in carbonite. A fantastic idea for a SteelBook case, and you can snag yours here.

Dutch Funko POP! website lists an Epic Mickey-themed shirt, leading to all sorts of speculation

Why now, of all times?

Epic Mickey was a short-lived franchise that debuted on the Wii, and then saw a follow-up on the Wii U. That second game came out in 2012, and we really haven't heard anything about Epic Mickey as a brand since. That's what makes today's listing so odd.

A dutch Funko POP! website has added the t-shirt listing you see above. It certainly seems odd to add a new Epic Mickey-themed bit of merch in 2020, after so many years of radio silence. Some people are taking this as a hint at something more to come from the Epic Mickey brand, be it a new game, a re-release, or something else. Of course, that's all speculation for the time being. We'll just have to hang tight and see if Disney has anything to announce.

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

Cable, Psylocke, and Domino join Deadpool in Fortnite's X-Force collab

The gang's all here!

Deadpool has decided it’s time to move out of The Agency. As his “best friend” — at least for now — it goes without saying that it’s your responsibility to help him pack. In his Week 9 Challenges, collect his unmentionables and salute his pants to unlock the X-Force style of the Deadpool Outfit!

You don’t have to worry about driving him to the airport, though, for the X-Force has arrived to rally the infamous Merc. Wreak heroic havoc and squad up the X-Force, including:

Cable, the time-displaced, battle-hardened leader of the X-Force.
Psylocke, the telekinetically-enhanced master martial artist.
And Domino, the elite mercenary with luck always on her side.
All three and their gear are now available in the Item Shop!

If you haven’t completed Deadpool’s previous two Challenges, there’s still time!

To unlock Deadpool’s Outfit, make sure you have the Chapter 2 - Season 2 Battle Pass and complete his Week 7 Challenges: finding 2 of his Pistols and bringing them to him.

And for the Maskless style of Deadpool, make sure you complete his Week 8 Challenges: finding his pool floaty and taking part in his Yacht Party.

All of Deadpool's Challenges will be available until the end of the Season.

GoNintendo Thought: The April Fools' Day joke that hurt the most

Let's solve the mystery and rewrite history

We're taking a break from Mario today to discuss the House of Mouse. Man, this one really stings. Let's hope something happens to right this wrong. As always, thanks for reading!

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Come Hell or high water, game companies are going to release their attempts at April Fools' Day jokes on April 1st. It seems devs and pubs just can't resist goofing on gamers, be it with an obviously fake announcement or something that blurs the lines. There's always winners and losers in the April Fools' rush when all is said and done, with some jokes that landed and others that didn't. Then there's the special case of an April Fools' that stings a little bit more when it's revealed as fake. That's exactly what FDG Entertainment shared yesterday.

FDG Entertainment took to Twitter on April 1st to share a look at one of their latest projects. The team announced DuckTales Quackshots in collaboration with Game Atelier, the team that worked on the gorgeous Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. A brand-new, 2D, hand-drawn Disney affair that brought Donald, Scrooge, and the nephews together for a bit of daring, do-bad-and-good adventuring. What's not to like about that?

Well, the only thing to not like is the fact that it was an April Fools' Day joke. After receiving an overwhelming response on Twitter, FDG sent out another tweet confirming that the project wasn't actually in the works. Unfortunately, the truth behind the situation was even worse. It turns out FDG and Game Atelier actually did have their hearts set on creating the game, and they even pitched it to Disney. For whatever reason, Disney turned down FDG and they never got the DuckTales license. Instead of a joke that was 100% fake, we got a behind-the-scenes look at something that almost was.

Looking at the high-quality art and surmising gameplay details from the screens, you have to wonder how in the world Disney could have passed on this. DuckTales Quackshots seems like an absolute no-brainer! The revamped DuckTales cartoon is going strong right now, with Season 3 debuting this weekend. Wouldn't a video game to pair with the third season make an absolute ton of sense? A bit of cross-promotion for the brand that would reach out into areas that the TV show might not, and woo people to get interested in the animated series.

That's not to mention the insane nostalgia that's at play here. Disney, the kings of playing on nostalgia, somehow didn't see that DuckTales Quackshots could have made a big splash with gamers. It's been a long time since we've seen a brand-new DuckTales game, and plenty of fans still have fond memories of DuckTales on the NES. That game was so beloved that it even got a remake in 2013 as DuckTales Remastered, courtesy of Capcom and WayForward. To follow that up 7 years later with a brand-new DuckTales platformer seems like a dream come true. How in the world did Disney not jump on this?!

I'm sure the House of Mouse has a TON of data that I don't have access to that makes them believe DuckTales Quackshots wouldn't be a good idea. Perhaps DuckTales Remastered wasn't a big financial success, or a success at all. Maybe there's some sort of licensing issue at play with whoever Disney has deals with in the game industry. It might have something to do with Disney, time and time again, having a really rough go of things in gaming altogether. They've tried to bring their expertise into the world of video games, but in recent years, they've had more misses than hits. Big misses at that, with expensive endeavours like Disney Infinity failing to make a dent in the market. Whatever their reasoning is, it doesn't make the end result any less heartbreaking.

FDG shared the artwork on Twitter as an April Fools' Day joke because they said it would be a "shame to bury the material." I have to agree with them on that, because there's some really gorgeous stuff there, and the game looks like it would be a blast. FDG also said that maybe one day Disney will reconsider, which is another reason why I believe they shared the tweet. I can't blame FDG and Game Atelier for wanting to stir the pot and get some grassroots support. Being able to team with Disney on any brand would be a feather in the cap of both companies, but furthermore, I can only imagine that both are extremely passionate about the project. They never would have put the pitch together if they weren't. Having it not go through must have been killer, but at least sharing the pitch with the world has some chance of sparking interest at Disney.

I'm going to keep all fingers and toes crossed that DuckTales Quackshots gets greenlit some day. FDG and Game Atelier have proven that they know how you bring a franchise back to life with painstaking care and absolute expertise. I have no doubt DuckTales would be in good hands with them. I just hope the April 1st antics and the groundswell of support that followed will somehow make their way back to Disney. This game deserves a chance to shine.

Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy - more gameplay

The online multiplayer classic comes to Nintendo Switch™ with modernized controls. Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy - more gameplay

The online multiplayer classic comes to Nintendo Switch™ with modernized controls. Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

Star Wars Episode I: Racer to include LAN multiplayer on Switch

My lord, is that legal?!

We shared news of Star Wars Episode I: Racer coming to Switch earlier today, but the official rundown of the game on StarWars.com includes a more complete list of features. Among the details is a mention of LAN multiplayer support on Switch, which is definitely a welcome feature. Check out the full breakdown below.

The ’90s classic Star Wars Episode I Racer is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 complete with modernized controls, Lucasfilm and developer Aspyr announced today. A beloved racing title based on the podracing sequence from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode I Racer puts you behind the controls of your favorite podracers as you speed through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels, and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish line. Features include:

25 playable racers including: Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, and Ratts Tyerell
Race tracks spanning 8 unique worlds including: Tatooine, Baroonda, and Malastare
Work with pit droids to upgrade your podracer for higher top speeds and acceleration
Discover short-cuts and secrets to master your lap times
Split-screen multiplayer (Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4) and LAN multiplayer (Nintendo Switch)

Thanks to Mimewithoutacoz for the heads up!

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Version 4.0.0 patch notes shared, play part of the new story mode for free

A bit of free fun for everyone

Marvel Ultimate Alliance: The Black Order is being updated to Version 4.0.0 tomorrow. Check out full patch notes for the update below.

Downloadable Content

- Now supports paid DLC, Fantastic Four: Shadow of Doom. Purchase to enjoy the following content:
- New story mode, that depicts the events after the battles of the main game.
- Added new Fantastic Four playable characters:Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing, & perhaps more!
- Higher training levels added to DANGER ROOM.
- New gauntlets added to GAUNTLET.

Free Update

- Play part of the new STORY MODE for free.
- Added new outfits to unlock.
- Added new voice lines to unlock.
- New ISO-8 effects added.
- Level cap for heroes raised to 300.
- Added new slots where you can equip ISO-8.
- Added new nodes to unlock in Alliance Enhancement.
- You can now play new limited-time events.
- Fixed various other issues to improve game experience.

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