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NES Remix Pack coming to stores this holiday

NES Remix and NES Remix 2 will be released at retail in a physical compilation called NES Remix Pack, Nintendo announced during its San Diego Comic-Con livestream. The two-in-one pack will arrive during the holiday season, though a price point was not mentioned.

Though images were not shown during the announcement, it's possible NES Remix Pack will be comparable to Famicom Remix 1 +2, which was released in Japan on April 24, as reported by Destructoid. Famicom Remix was priced at 2,858 yen at release, which converts to about $28 in the US.
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Rob Zombie's Assassin's Creed short is ultra-violent - surprised?

Betcha didn't see that coming, did you? Who in the world could have guessed that a digital short about the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, directed by Rob Zombie (House of 1,000 Corpses) and illustrated by Tony Moore (The Walking Dead comic), would be so violent and horrifying? Thanks for sharing, UbiBlog!

Okay, we kid. Right from the announcement that Zombie and Moore would debut an animated short at Comic-Con this year, anyone could have guessed that the flick would be anything but puppies and rainbows. Still, things get seriously M for Mature here, as the short features plenty of decapitations, grisly injuries and a close-up eye stabbing. Maybe don't watch if you've just eaten.
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Trailer for Xbox's Atari E.T. documentary phones home

Remember when a bunch of people hung out in a landfill for a weekend and it didn't end in total disappointment? In April, the devoted among us choked on dust in Alamogordo, New Mexico while Xbox Entertainment Studios and Lightbox Entertainment dug for an answer to the E.T. Atari cartridge legend. The rest of us slackers didn't get to witness the pivotal moment of the lot's unearthing, so we'll just have to find a way to live with Atari: Game Over, the incoming documentary you can preview with the above trailer.

Game Over is part of the Signal to Noise documentary series, one of the few projects to survive Xbox Entertainment Studios' recent closure, joined by the Ridley Scott-produced Halo: Nightfall. Xbox Entertainment Studios was announced to the public in 2013 and focused on creating television programming, which could have included shows related to the Gears of War or Fable series. Its closure was announced just over a week ago beside 18,000 layoffs, which involved Xbox's European division as well as Microsoft's Nokia Devices and Services division.
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Halo 2: Anniversary's new cinematics are a Blur of beauty

Halo: The Master Chief Collection made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this week, bringing with it new screenshots of the re-imagined "Zanzibar" map and a trailer showcasing Halo 2: Anniversary's revamped cutscenes.

Blur Studio, which has had its hand in many of today's most visually spectacular cinematics and commercials - including those for Halo 4 and Batman: Arkham Origins - is the company to thank for Master Chief and friends' high-res makeovers, while 343 Industries and Certain Affinity can claim responsibility for the new Zanzibar.

Scope out the map and concept art below to prep yourself for the battles waiting for you on November 11.
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Joystiq Weekly: Battlefield delay, Dark Souls 2 DLC review, Dragon Age preview and more

Welcome to Joystiq Weekly, a "too long; didn't read" of each week's biggest stories, reviews and original content. Each category's top story is introduced with a reactionary gif, because moving pictures aren't just for The Daily Prophet.
This week hosted a smattering of high-profile release date changes. You thought you'd be playing Dragon Age: Inquisition in October? Nope! Figured you'd prowl through Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor on that same day? Wrooong. What about upholding the law in Battlefield: Hardline sometime in October? Sorry, criminals will go unchecked until next year.

We suppose we'll persevere through the frightening uncertainty that is this dose of video game release dates, but we're not sure our frail hearts can handle any more excitement in this crazy life. Actually, we're fairly certain that frailty would combust into a five-story blaze if Destiny or Super Smash Bros. slip out of 2014.

There was plenty more to this week than release-date musical chairs, though! There's details on how to get The Last Of Us: Remastered for cheap, when we can next expect Sonic Boom to break our hearts go fast, a review for Dark Souls 2's first bout of DLC, a video preview for DA: Inquisition and much more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Arya Stark has met with The Last of Us movie producers

Maisie Williams - or as fans of HBO show Game of Thrones might know her, Arya Stark - has met with Neil Druckmann (of Naughty Dog) and Sam Raimi (of Sam Raimi) regarding the in-development film adaptation of The Last of Us, /Film reports. The 17-year-old actress was not in attendance for the Comic-Con panel where she was mentioned, but thankfully there was more to share, including the teaser poster you see above.

Raimi, who is set to produce the film, said he's confident in Druckmann's vision and script. It was also revealed that Druckmann was originally planning to write opening and ending scenes that differed from the game, but Raimi convinced him to stick closer to the source material. "I started this process thinking I'd have to protect the story from producers," Raimi said to Druckmann. "And then I had to protect it from you."

The film is still quite a ways off, but things seem to be moving at a good pace, with crew and potential cast all sounding confident and excited.
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Pre-order Lords of the Fallen for bonus weapons, story DLC

Square Enix announced a "Day One Edition" for Lords of the Fallen, the third-person action RPG developed by Deck 13 Interactive and CI Games. The limited edition version grants pre-order buyers exclusive story DLC as well as extra weapons and the game's official soundtrack. Those pre-ordering the game through GameStop will receive a free upgrade to the Day One Edition while supplies last. While there's no clear indication that the special edition of the game is limited to GameStop customers, the game's official pre-order page sure makes it seem that way at the moment.

The Lords of the Fallen limited edition includes the Monk's Decipher DLC and Demonic Weapons Pack. The latter features three items: The Margyr daggers, a Thehk hammer and the Ihir sword. The game was first shown off at Gamescom 2013 this past August and is scheduled to arrive on October 28 for PS4, Xbox One and PC courtesy of Bandai Namco. It can't seem to escape comparisons to From Software's Dark Souls series; at least that was a main takeaway from our time with the game at E3.
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Titanfall's next DLC heads to the Frontier's Edge on July 31

Respawn and EA will march titans and pilots alike to the digital frontier on July 31, when the second piece of Titanfall DLC drops for Xbox One and PC. The map pack, dubbed "Frontier's Edge," includes three new battlegrounds for you to turn your opponents into mincemeat: Haven, Export and Dig Site.

Respawn revealed the release date for Frontier's Edge on a livestream earlier this week, during which they also gave a preview of the impending maps and answered fan questions. You can watch the whole thing above, or skip to 58:15 if you just want to hear "July 31" over and over, as if to soothe yourself until the prophesied date arrives.

Frontier's Edge will cost $10 standalone, or you can purchase the Season Pass for $25 and get not only Frontier's Edge, but the previous DLC, Expedition, as well as a third, unannounced DLC down the line.
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Wii version of Skylanders Trap Team includes Wii U digital copy

The Wii edition of Skylanders Trap Team will include a download code for the Wii U version of the game, the series' official Twitter account revealed this week. Fans can pre-order the Wii version (seen above) for $75, which includes a Traptanium portal, two traps, two Skylanders figures and, well, two copies of the game.

Activision announced Trap Team in April as a follow-up to last year's successful Skylanders game, Swap Force. Developed by Skylanders Giants lead studio Toys For Bob, Trap Team will launch on October 5 for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U and 3DS. The game has players trapping 40 different enemies into trap crystal, turning them into usable characters. Trap Team will usher in 60 new Skylanders as well, including a new class known as the Trapmasters. The developer showed off a Dark Edition of the game at the San Diego Comic-Con event this week.
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Barely Related: Comic-Con envy, Hello Kitty convention

Happy San Diego Comic-Con week, everyone! To the lucky few (thousand) that are actually there, pick up some swag for us, yeah?

Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have been talking about over the past week. And no, we're not stopping our focus on industry and gaming news. Think of this as your casual weekly recap of interesting (and mostly geeky) news, presented just in time to fill your brain with things to discuss at all of those weekend shindigs.

Grab a fresh drink, lean back in your armchair, and get ready to talk nerdy with us.

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Journey, Until Dawn, more from Sony heading to PS4

A now-removed post at Sony's Gamescom landing page revealed a handful of new PlayStation 4 games ahead of the publisher's planned Gamescom showing, IGN reports.

Sony's full Gamescom lineup, reprinted at NeoGAF, includes PlayStation 4 versions of Thatgamecompany's Journey, Supermassive Games' long-dormant PlayStation Move horror game Until Dawn, and Q-Games' newest PixelJunk series entry Nom Nom Galaxy.

Other highlights include PlayStation 4 ports for Hustle Kings, Pix the Cat, and The Unfinished Swan, which was recently outed by a content ratings submission in Korea.

The leaked lineup follows Sony's recent announcement that it would court an audience of lapsed gamers with PlayStation 4 ports for several high-profile PS3 games. None of the list's previously unannounced games have been confirmed, but many will likely make their first showing at Gamescom next month.

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That Destiny logo sure does look familiar ...

When you're an artist, inspiration can strike from anywhere. A beautiful scene of nature. An abstract form of clay. The crotch of a cybernetic super-soldier.

Okay, so we highly doubt that whoever came up with the logo for Bungie's Destiny was purposefully channeling SPARTAN-II pelvis in their design, but Reddit user Starboy11 nonetheless noticed a striking similarity between the armor plating over Bungie-created hero Master Chief's groin and the logo for the studio's upcoming Destiny earlier today. And now, much like Bomberman making a cameo on the cover of BioShock 2, we cannot unsee what has been seen.
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Report: China Telecom opens Xbox One sales in September

Microsoft's Xbox One console will go on sale in China this September, thanks to a newly-announced agreement with the country's third-largest telecommunications firm China Telecom Corp Ltd.

According to Reuters, this arrangement will make the Xbox One the first gaming machine to be officially sold in China since the country lifted its long-standing ban on foreign consoles earlier this year. There's currently no word on what price point China Telecom will attach to the Xbox One, but the company plans to reveal more details on this arrangement at some point next week.

Shadowgate opens the doors August 21 on Steam

Shadowgate, the Kickstarted and revamped first-person adventure game, launches on August 21 on Steam for PC and Mac, and it's due to hit iOS and Android devices in the fall.

The shiny new Shadowgate comes from the creators of the original MacVenture game, and it features updated and new puzzles, hand-painted illustrations, fresh cutscenes, and a Retro Mode that turns the game into its 1989 NES version. There's also a dynamic soundtrack and more than 50 Steam achievements to unlock.

Shadowgate is up for pre-order at three reduced-price tiers, ranging from $15 to $25.
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WRUP: It is your Destiny

How's the Destiny beta going for you? Don't forget to play Saturday for an extra goodie.

What's everyone playing this weekend?

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