Nintendo Hanging Out at Jim Henson Studios is Unbearably Endearing

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See where Nintendo's E3 puppets were created and watch Mr. Miyamoto be adorable while touring Jim Henson Studios.  I mean, it doesn't make up for their lack of E3 news, but it made me smile.

Nolan North Reveals The Last of Us 2 is in the Works

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At a Q&A session at MetroCon, voice actor Nolan North confirmed the existence of a second The Last of Us game. He also stated that his character won't be in it, which, without spoiling things, makes sense given that character's arc, and that it seems unlikely that The Last of Us 2 would be a direct sequel to the first game. The plot of The Last of Us wrapped up nicely, and it would take one hell of a new story (or some kind of prequel) to have bringing Joel and Ellie back make sense.

Meanwhile at Indy PopCon, Joel's voice actor, Troy Baker, claims ignorance on the topic. Someone asked what Baker thought a sequel would be about, and he prefaced his answer by saying "I know nothing. I don't know if we're gonna do another one or not" but that he trusts Naughty Dog to tell a worthwhile story. If you're wondering, Baker would like to see Joel's story during the 20 years between the prologue and the main game.

Troy Baker's comments certainly don't mean Nolan North is wrong; Baker might just be better at keeping a secret, or way less informed than North. Are you excited for another The Last of Us game?

Holy Shiitake Mushroom Kingdom, Mario Created in Unreal Engine 4 Looks Absolutely Incredible!

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3D artist Aryok Pinera made this stunning recreation of everyone's favorite video game plumber in Unreal Engine 4.  Imagine if the next Nintendo console looked like this!

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Previously in Unreal Engine 4... 

Don't Forget to Use Your Club Nintendo Coins

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Club Nintendo shuts down tomorrow (RIP), so it's your last chance to use your coins for rewards.  If you've got the coins, get games like Paper Mario, Metroid II, Kid Icarus, Super Smash Bros, and Mario Party while you can.

Watch This Competitive Gamer Enter a Match Like a Pro Wrestler

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This weekend at CEO 2015, the fighting game tournament got a little intense. Not the actual gameplay, mind you, but the pre-show.  Watch competitive player Kenneth "Stone Cold" "K-Brad" Bradley enter the, er, ring for an Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 match. I kid you not, he knocks a dude out.


Another player, Dieminion, took a much stealthier approach to his entrance:


Dude's like a ninja!
 

Pokémon Shuffle is Going Mobile

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Pokémon Shuffle, the freemium Pokémon matching game, is coming to Android and iOS mobile devices later this year.  Pokémon Shuffle Mobile will be free to download and play, though if it follows the 3DS version, some levels and items will require payment to play.

A New Community Made Mod for Portal, "Portal Stories: Mel" is Now Available on Steam

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Portal Stories: Mel aims to bridge the gap between Portal and Portal 2 in over 10 hours of gameplay, with 22 new puzzles to solve.  This free, community made mod tells the story of test subject Mel, who meets a new personality core in the Aperture facility:

Mel unfortunately took part in a faulty test called the Aperture: Science Innovators Short-Term Relaxation Vault, falling asleep for years. When she finally wakes, there is a fake Cave Johnson telling her she needs to escape the facility and a new device called the Aperture Handheld Portal Device, her mind races with questions. “Who is this imposter Cave Johnson?” “What happened to the facility and its staff?” 

“What happened to me?”


You can download it on Steam right now!