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The Splatoon hype is in full force today, as the Global Testfire returns this afternoon and the game's launch is just six days away. Nintendo Minute has been promoting the game all month, and they're back with another video. This time, they get up close and personal with the game and its Amiibo in an unboxing video. Click below to check it out!

Devil May Cry 4 was a hit when it launched back in 2008, selling nearly 3 million copies worldwide, and now Capcom is looking to capitalize with the game's Special Edition. With three new playable characters (Vergil, Trish, and Lady) joining Dante and Nero, the game's re-release will be jam-packed with replay value. If you're wondering how Dante will look and handle in the Special Edition, Capcom has released a combat introduction video, and you can check it out by clicking below!

The past few weeks have been an exciting time for Kickstarter, as two major developers have taken to crowdfunding to create spiritual successors to their former franchises. Koji Igarashi is reviving the Castlevania formula with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and Playtonic Games (composed of ex-members of Rare) are reviving the glory days of 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie with Yooka-Laylee. Both games quickly smashed their targets and have each raised over $2.5 million, but they're not just helping themselves. They're helping other indie developers as well. Hit the jump for more!

When Playtonic Games first unveiled Yooka-Laylee, the gameplay they showed off was in a small are designed as a sort of "playground" for the game's characters. The first and foremost element of Yooka-Laylee that Playtonic wanted people to experience was how the characters move, and how good it feels to control them. 

Playtonic's Chris Sutherland was recently interviewed, and he explained the thought process behind focusing on how movement feels, even more than how the characters look as they move, and the development steps taken to get Yooka-Laylee where it is today. Click below to check it out!

Splatoon, Nintendo's  inky third-person shooter, launches in less than a week now, but review copies have already gone out. We're using ours to answer your questions in an upcoming video, and our friends over at GameXplain are doing one of the things they do best and investigating it for hidden secrets. As it turns out, Splatoon has a few Easter eggs hidden away, referencing some classic Nintendo games! Click below to check it out.

Bandai Namco Entertainment and Hipster Whale, developer of Crossy Road, have just announced that they're partnering up to create a new Pac-Man game. Pac-Man 256 is inspired by the infamous level 256 glitch which filled the screen up with random characters and made the game unbeatable. 

Pac-Man 256 features staples like Pac-Dots, Power Pellets, and the notorious ghost ensemble: Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, as well as coins, power-ups, and more. The game is slated to launch on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets this Summer. Check out a trailer and screenshots by clicking below!

It looks like Sony may have some sort of game/TV series combo in the works. On May 18th, Sony filed a trademark for "The Player" under the categories of "downloadable electronic game software" and "entertainment services in the nature of a dramatic television series." Unfortunately, no other details could be gleaned from the trademark, but it's possible that we'll find out more at E3. Sony will be holding its E3 press conference in Los Angeles and broadcasting it in theaters across the US and Canada on June 15th at 6:00 pm Pacific. 

Last month, EA officially unveiled Madden NFL 16 with an August 25th release date. The newest iteration of Madden looks better than ever, featuring improved player likenesses and lighting. Additionally, there are more two-man interactions than ever before, allowing for more realistic battles between receivers and defensive backs. Body-relative passing has been improved as well, allowing you to throw the ball where only your receiver can reach. You can check out a new batch of screenshots by clicking below!

Nintendo of Europe has announced the latest in the Art Academy series, Art Academy: Atelier. The game will include 30 "comprehensive lessons" as well as the use of charcoal as an available tool for the first time. Each lesson, categorized as Beginner, Advanced, or Tools, will have step-by-step tutorials for either drawing or painting techniques. There is also a mode to paint or draw freely with the wide range of materials and tools.

Head inside to find out more!

The latest patch for Cities: Skylines — 1.1.0 — has brought with it 72 European style buildings, all of which can formed into terraces. The buildings, however, are part of a European biome and will only appear if a game is started on that particular themed map. 

According to Fire Emblem If developers Yokota Kenki and Maeda Kouhe, some characters will be able to use a new ability to alter the map during battle.

This ability, called "Dragon Pulse", will allow the avatar, Aqua (the blue-haired dancer), and eight other characters to alter the terrain of the battlefield. According to Kenki, characters can use this "special power of Dragons" to transform deserts into grassy plains, draw water from oceans, and more. Kouhe also added that not all characters with this ability will be controlled by the user; certain enemy units will also have access to this power.

Kojima's Silent Hills has been cancelled and P.T. has been removed from the Playstation Store, and if you're a horror fanatic like me you are devastated. Well, concept and environmental artist Chris Kesler is leading a team of six in the development of a survival-horror game influenced by P.T.: Allison Road. The game, which looks stellar, runs on Unreal Engine 4 and will include full Oculus Rift support. Not only have Kesler and his team been building a creepy atmosphere based off of Kojima's concept for Silent Hills, but also another sinister influence.

More information after the jump (scare)! 

Last month Nintendo announced plans to bring DS and Nintendo 64 games to the Wii U Virtual Console, and they've steadily been adding to the library since then. The latest addition to the DS Virtual Console library is none other than New Super Mario Bros., the critically acclaimed game that sold nearly 30 million copies. You can pick up this gem on Wii U right now for $9.99.

According to the developers of Fire Emblem If, the ability to create a custom avatar is now a core mechanic of the series.

In a recent interview with Famitsu, developers Yakota Kenki and Maeda Kouhe talked about the custom avatar in the game; according to Kenki, customizable avatars have "become a staple of the series", which influenced the decision to make If's main character the avatar. Kouhe added that the customization options for the avatar have been improved since Fire Emblem Awakening. Head inside to take a look at their full quotations!

The popular Puzzles & Dragons series recently got a Nintendo makeover in the form of Puzzles & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. Bundled with Puzzles & Dragons Z, this dual pack just launched today in North America. Earlier today we posted footage of the game, courtesy of Nintendo Minute, but if you'd like to see more, Nintendo has released an accolades trailer. What do people like about this game? Click below to find out!