This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.
Batman: The Telltale Series Release Window Announced
Warner Bros. and Telltale Games has announced that Batman: A Telltale Game Series will be premiering sometime in August as a download. The physical version will launch Sept. 13 in the U.S., and Sept. 16 in Europe.
The retail version will feature a season pass with the first episode and access to the other four episodes as they become available through digital download.
Nintendo shares jump 70 percent in a week
The popularity of Pokemon Go has made a ton of shareholders happy at Nintendo.
According to the BBC, the company’s stock has gained 70 percent in the week since its launch, up to $26.2 billion compared to $14.3 billion last week. This is the biggest stock jump in the company’s history since 1989, when Dragon Quest launched in the U.S. and brought roughly a 35 percent increase.
Nintendo announces new NES console
Nintendo has announced the NES Classic Edition, a new NES that will ship on Nov. 11 for $60 with 30 games.
Furthermore, the controller can be attached to a wii-mote for use with NES Virtual Console games on the Wii U. If you own a classic controller or classic controller pro, each of those will work on the mini NES.
The system also comes packaged with an HDMI cable and USB cable to power the console. Additional NES controllers will set you back $10 each.
Here’s a full list of the games:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II
- Final Fantasy
- Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Garden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- SUPER C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Changes coming for several Overwatch characters
Blizzard has revealed a raft of tweaks for Overwatch’s heroes.
Currently in the testing phase along with Ana (more in a second) on the PC version’s Public Test Region servers, the tweaks were revealed in comprehensive patch notes.
The biggest changes come from D.Va. As previously noted by Blizzard, the company plans to make the mech-suited Korean StarCraft player a more viable tank option. That’ll come in two main forms.
D.Va’s shield-like Defense Matrix ability changes dramatically, now governed by a rechargeable resource and a one-second cooldown. Her Self-Destruct ultimate ability now costs less charge, detonate a second quicker, and no longer damages her, letting her pick off fleeing enemies.
The other major buff recipient is Zenyatta, who gets a 50 point boost to his shields and both moves become twice as fast and heals a third more during his Transcendence ultimate. His Orbs of Harmony and Discord now reach their target four times faster, too.
Other tweaked heroes include Mercy (now boosts other players’ damage more and can move while activating her ultimate), McCree (can deal full damage from further away), and Soldier: 76 (focuses spread on his rifle slightly more slowly).
The more widespread change comes in a change to how self-healing works – recovering your own HP now charges the character’s ultimate ability, but those abilities now all take a little more charge to use. This affects Bastion, Lucio, Roadhog, and Soldier: 76.
Some bugs that affected characters’ abilities have been fixed, too – for instance, Roadhog’s Chain Hook will now no longer have hit targets end up behind him.
Overwatch introduces new hero, Ana
Ana Amari, Overwatch’s first new post-launch hero has officially been revealed.
Amari, a founding member of Overwatch and Pharah’s mother, is a support sniper who uses a Biotic Rifle to both heal teammates and deal ongoing damage to enemies from long distances. Her secondary weapon, a Sleep Dart, knocks enemies unconscious.
She can also fire a Biotic Grenade, an area of effect ability that works similarly to Soldier: 76’s Biotic Field, but both heal teammates and damages enemies within range.
Ana’s Biotic Grenade has the additional effect of boosting incoming heals for allies affected by it and temporarily disabling enemies from being healed for “a few moments.”
Finally, Nano Boost – Ana’s ultimate ability – increases the movement speed, damage output, and enemy attack resistance of her teammates.