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Gaming: Luigi's Mansion for 3DS get release date, Pets go noir, more

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Aug 21, 2018

Haunted mansions, pets-turned-detective, zombies, and discounts collide in our latest roundup video game news. Insert 50 cents to continue for an extra life...


 

If you receive a letter saying you've won a very old house in a contest you can't remember entering, it's probably a good idea not to go and visit the place. On the other hand, your brother could be trapped in a painting by an army of ghosts, so maybe it does pay to go check out your newly acquired real estate. 

That's what'll happen when Luigi's Mansion becomes available for the 3DS on Oct. 12, Nintendo announced today. This is the first mobile release of the title that launched the GameCube all the way back in 2001. Since 17 years have passed, a few updates have been made.

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Credit: Nintendo

"This updated version of the game includes the same classic adventure, but with some added features perfect for Nintendo’s popular portable systems. Using the bottom touch screen on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, players can view the mansion map," Nintendo said in an official release. "In the new Gallery Battle Mode, exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Luigi will have the ability to re-challenge boss ghosts that were defeated in the game."

You'll be able to start sucking up ghosts this October for $39.99 a pop. 


 

What if your pet took a break from grooming itself and chasing its tail to become a private eye. That analogy not doing it for ya? OK, imagine if you placed Disney's Zootopia into a blender with Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Better? Good.

That's pretty much the premise of the noir-influenced Blacksad: Under the Skin, a game adapted from the comic by writer Juan Díaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarnido. A teaser trailer was released today, immersing us into a version of 1950s New York, where the population is made up on anthropomorphic animals. 

Players will assume the role of John Blacksad, a feline private eye, who delves into the mysterious death of boxing club owner Joe Dunn. He is hired by Dunn's daughter, Sonia, who gives him the task of finding Robert Yale, a boxing star who has up and vanished. Naturally, corruption, murder, and deception abound in a story that is heavily reminiscent of Art Spiegelman's graphic novel about the Holocaust, Maus.

Blacksad: Under the Skin drops for the PS4 and Xbox One in 2019.


 

Before the World War Z sequel arrives from director David Fincher, you can fight a never-ending horde of the undead in an upcoming iteration of the video game based on Max Brooks' 2006 book of the same name.

The original WWZ game was released in 2013 from Phosphor Games and Paramount Digital Entertainment. This new iteration, however, utilizes "Saber Interactive’s Swarm Engine," which causes the zombies to act like they do in the Brad Pitt film. These aren't the shuffling ghouls of the Romero era, they're fast-moving, adaptive, and hive-minded.

There will be a number of different simulations that you'll be able to try out: dynamic swarm, adaptive spawn control, diverse zombie mechanics, and advanced gore system. 

"[These] combine for the ultimate zombie shooter experience. Play with friends or on your own with AI teammates to stay alive against these relentless swarms in all their bloody glory," says the official YouTube page. 

"The Horde" engine for World War Z becomes available in 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.


 

Lastly, we must be the bearers of bad news, telling you that Amazon has done away with the 20% discount on game orders for Prime members. But it's not all bad. Select titles will now yield a $10 Amazon credit when purchased, allowing you to take an immediate $10 off anything else you want to buy from the site, unless they're sold by third-party vendors. However, the "Promotional Credit" will only last for 60 days, so you've got to use it fairly quickly. 

According to GameSpot, the end of the discount will come as a real blow to Prime members, as they could instantly dock the price of a new release from $60 to $48.