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Back in May, Microsoft announced that a free Battle Mode for Minecraft would be heading to consoles, "with tailor-made rulesets, so you can have fun straight away without having to fuss around with manual count-downs, laboriously prep loot chests or keep score." In Battle Mode, players fight in a last-minecrafter standing death match where you battle over resources and weapons in giant arenas. The mode was created with consoles in mind, so it is super easy to pick up and play online or with your friends in your living room.

Battle Mode comes with three free maps, but Microsoft plans on releasing more maps at $2.99 each. The Battle Mode update was officially released this past week across Xbox, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and Wii U.

The iconic Star Wars franchise is back with a whole new saga kicked off by The Force Awakens. Episode VII was a hit with critics and a dominant force in the box office, and now it's getting the LEGO treatment! LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens launches in just a few days on June 28th, and you can preorder it right now by clicking here. To raise hype for the game, Warner Bros. has been releasing character trailers, showing off the film's memorable cast in LEGO form. The latest character vignette stars Rey, and you can check it out by clicking below!

The first episode of Mighty No. 9's documentary series has been released by 2 Player Productions, and it shows off some early stages of the game's development. Famed developer and Mighty No. 9 project lead Keiji Inafune takes center stage in the episode, as he discusses various aspects of the game and can be seen playtesting different stages. Mighty No. 9 recently launched to mixed reviews after a series of delays, and it has faced scrutiny even after its release. Make the jump to see the full episode.

A few days ago, Infiniteer Adventures revealed a figure of Doctor Strange that was in the works for Disney Infinity. This was likely to coincide with the release of the Marvel character's upcoming movie that's releasing this November. Meanwhile, Disney was also planning to release a figure of the popular Spider-Gwen, who is not yet confirmed to be getting a film adaptation of her own.

You can see what Spider-Gwen would have looked like for Disney Infinity by watching the video after the jump!

Today marks 25 years since Sonic the Hedgehog released on the Sega Genesis. To celebrate this, SEGA has released a retrospective video that briefly outlines each major release in the series. SEGA even poked a little fun at the infamous Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

You can check out the video after the jump!

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was an extremely disappointing week. After debuting at number one last week with nearly 200,000 sales, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice saw its sales plummet to just over 25,000 this week. Beating it out for the top spot was Taiko Drum Master: Doko Don! Mystery Adventure, also on 3DS, with just 32,369 sales in its debut.

Japan's hardware sales were underwhelming last week as well. PlayStation 4 saw a slight sales boost to just over 20,000, making it the top-selling individual device. 3DS sales were down from last week, but the combined sales from its various models topped 22,000 for the week, making 3DS the top overall platform. Wii U and Vita both saw their numbers decline from last week. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

Yacht Club Games is working on a ton of free DLC for their incredibly popular game, Shovel Knight. This includes two new campaigns for Specter Knight and King Knight, which will come with their own feats and challenges, a Battle Mode, and a Body Swap Mode. Battle Mode is a single-screen multiplayer experience that is currently not being planned to release on handheld systems. Each of these modes will release alongside one of the new campaigns.

Hit the jump for more details!

Disney has stopped creating new content for Disney Infinity, but now we have caught a glimpse of what they initially planned to appear in Disney Infinity 3.0, since Infiniteer Adventures has shown us the Dr. Strange figure that could have been. Benedict Cumberbatch (the actor who plays Dr. Strange in the upcoming movie) could have graced our figure shelves, but alas, it was not meant to be.

Head inside for the video where Infiniteer Adventures showcases this unreleased figure!

Though Kylo Ren isn't lauded as Star Wars' most imposing villain, I think he is an interesting character. Not only does he have the ability to stop a blaster shot in mid-air, he also managed to keep fighting after tanking a shot from Chewbacca's mighty Wookie Bowcaster, and all that while being a tantrum-throwing teenager. For those of you who also love Kylo Ren, there now is a new LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer which highlights this character, voiced by the actor Adam Driver himself.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens launches on June 28th on all platforms. Check out the trailer after the jump!

After multiple delays and years of being in developmental hell, Mighty No. 9 was finally released today, though the reviews and launch for Mighty No. 9 have been less than stellar. To celebrate the release, Comcept streamed a bit of the game and had Keiji Inafune answer some questions asked by the viewers. When asked about the reception that Mighty No. 9 had gotten from critics and fans, Inafune told the translator that the game was "better than nothing."

Read more after the jump!

During Mighty No. 9's Kickstarter campaign, Deep Silver promised that backers would receive two kinds of DLC upon release of the game. Mighty No. 9 was released today, and the launch day has certainly gotten off to a rocky start. Some people are reporting that they have not gotten their promised DLC codes, while others report that their PlayStation Network codes aren't working or have yet to ship. The Mighty No. 9 thread on Steam has a multitude of posts from people who have received a pair of codes for one DLC pack, instead of getting the two that were promised. Earlier today, Mighty No. 9's Twitter account acknowledged the issues, stating that they are "looking into it."

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Spike Chunsoft has released Mighty No. 9's Japanese launch trailer, which showcases the game's different modes and features. Mighty No. 9 is a side-scrolling action-platforming game that takes influence from the classic NES Mega Man titles. The trailer highlights its campaign, boss rush mode, challenge mode, and online functionality in a combination of cutscenes and gameplay. Mighty No. 9 launches on June 21st for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, and PC. Make the jump to see the full trailer!

It's been a long, long wait with multiple delays along the way, but Mighty No. 9 is finally set to launch in North America and Japan tomorrow, with a European release following on June 24th. The Kickstarter-funded game is a spiritual successor to Mega Man from famed developer Keiji Inafune, but does it live up to its predecessor? If early reviews are to be believed, the answer to that question is a disappointing no.

Mighty No. 9 is pulling in lots of mediocre reviews (as well as a few positive ones), and it currently has average scores of 62/100 (on PlayStation 4) and 58/100 (on Xbox One) on aggregate review site Metacritic. Mighty No. 9 is drawing heavy criticism for its subpar visuals, lack of polish, and occasionally poor level design. While many reviewers noted that it is still a fun game, the general consensus is that it falls well short of the quality you'd see in a Mega Man game. You can check out a round-up of some reviews by clicking below.

Earlier in the month, Warner Bros. announced their latest lineup of LEGO Dimensions toys, which included Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventure Time, and Harry Potter. While Disney may have cancelled Disney Infinity, Warner Bros. believes that the toys-to-life genre is still very important. WB Games president David Haddad recently spoke with IGN and explained the company's current strategy.

Read more after the jump!

Bungie announced their latest Destiny expansion, Rise of Iron, earlier this month, bringing with it the news that the latest expansion would not be coming to previous-gen consoles Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Bungie has since offered their explanation as to why they're moving on exclusively on current-gen consoles.

Find out more after the jump.