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    • Another day, another next-gen console restock at Walmart that'll probably sell out in the blink of an eye: The retailer will have the Xbox Series X|S available at 11:30 AM PT / 2:30 PM ET today (March 4), followed by the PS5 and PS5 Digital at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET. The restock times are indicated on each listing, which we've linked below, and you'll want to be ready exactly at the restock time for a chance at securing either model. The PS5 and PS5 Digital always sell out the fastest during these types of restocks, though the Series X will disappear quickly as well. The Series S will be the easiest to buy, though don't expect it to stick around too long either. Xbox restock | 11:30 PM PT / 2:30 PM ET PS5 restock | 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET This is only the latest in a string of console restocks at Walmart, which, as those still trying to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X know well at this point, don't have the greatest track record for success. Walmart has gone the route of announcing its console restocks ahead of time, as it did today, and while this offers hopeful buyers a chance to prepare and be at their computer ready, it gives the same lead time to scalpers. Especially with the PS5, it's not unusual to refresh the page right at the restock time, only to see it already sold out or unable to add to your cart. Sometimes, Walmart will restock in 10-minute increments, so you'll have multiple chances to buy the console--but these continue to sell out near-instantly. For the best chance at success, you'll want to make sure you are already logged into Walmart.com with your account info up to date, including your shipping address and payment details. This will help checkout--assuming you even get there--go as smoothly and quickly as possible. Overall, buying a PS5 or Xbox Series X is a matter of luck and being ready at the right time. For more on where to buy the next-gen consoles, see our Xbox restock and PS5 restock guides where we're tracking availability. View the full article
    • During the New Game+ Expo publisher showcase, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny received an official release date of June 29 on Switch for America and Europe. Nippon Ichi Software President Sohei Niikawa--dressed as a Disgaea character while stressing that he was definitely still in charge of the company--broke the news and also mentioned that anyone who purchases the game at launch will receive Girl Laharl, Asagi, Adell, and Rozalin as bonus characters. Disgaea 6 first launched in Japan on Switch and PlayStation 4 in January, and much like previous entries in the long-running strategy-RPG series, it once again allows players to deliver devastating numbers of punishment on enemies. This latest chapter in the series may just have the most ambitious numbers yet, with some attacks having the potential to land quadrillions of damage digits on anyone unlucky enough to cross your path. You can see the bonus characters and new gameplay in the latest trailer below. The sequel also stars a new main character named Zed, a zombie boy who has come to life with powers through "super-reincarnation" and gets stronger each time he dies. As usual, there are numerous other characters to meet and ally with, each one drawn in the signature chibi-style of previous games. New Game+ Expo will continue throughout the day, and if you're interested in seeing new and upcoming releases from studios such as Aksys Games, Koei Tecmo, Arc System Works, and a whole lot more, check out our guide on how to watch the day-long stream. View the full article
    • Nintendo is offering another Super Smash Bros. Ultimate freebie for Switch Online members. For a limited time, subscribers can claim the Spirits Set 1. This pack unlocks two random Spirits in your game: one Legend-class Support Spirit, and one Ace-class Primary Spirit. To claim the Spirits Set, select the Nintendo Switch Online icon from your system's home screen and open the Special Offers tab. The Spirits Set will be listed among the other free offers. Alternately, you can grab the freebie directly from the Nintendo eShop by selecting Nintendo Switch Online from the left sidebar. As was the case with previous Smash Bros. freebies, you can only claim the Spirits Set if you have an active, paid Switch Online membership. The offer isn't available to those who have a free trial to the service. Individual memberships cost $4 for one month, $8 for three months, and $20 for one year, while an annual family plan runs for $35. See Nintendo Switch Online at Amazon Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC fighters, Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, arrive later today, March 4. The two-in-one character will be added as part of the game's 11.0.0 update, which will also introduce a handful of new Mii Fighter costumes and make other character adjustments. Pyra and Mythra launch alongside a new stage, Cloud Sea of Alrest, as well as a new Spirit Board and 16 music tracks taken from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Like other DLC fighters, Pyra and Mythra's challenger pack costs $6. The characters are also included in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which runs for $30 and covers six characters. Two more DLC fighters are still on the way following Pyra and Mythra, but Nintendo hasn't offered any hints as to who those will be. View the full article
    • Fortnite Season 6 looks like it's going to be here very soon after the very, very long Season 5 that has already extended a few weeks longer than a typical season. But when will Fortnite Season 5 end, when will Fortnite Season 6 start, and what can we expect when it arrives? When Does Fortnite Season 6 Start? Epic Games has not provided the actual start date for Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6, but it has provided the end date for Season 5. Fortnite's Season 5 battle pass is only available until March 15, which is a Monday. Presumably, this means Season 6 will begin on March 16, as Season 5 also began on a Tuesday. Challenges for the season will likely become available a few days later, as we've been getting them on Thursdays. It's unclear what form those will take, but they'll likely include whatever wacky new elements Epic Games adds for Season 6. What Will Season 6 Include? Fortnite Season 5 has involved a mysterious "Zero Point," with a teleporting portal floating above the map and characters from a huge variety of franchises joining as guests. Though it's been around for a fairly long time, it has become much more active over the last few months. According to dataminers, the Zero Point itself will begin sending out destabilizing waves as we approach the end of Season 5. There will likely be four distinct waves, according to leaker Mang0e, with voice chat being disabled and NPCs getting teleported by the Zero Point. With these as hints, it appears there will be massive changes, possibly resulting in the map being destroyed or heavily changed. Should the Zero Point be destroyed, we probably won't be getting quite as many crossover characters. Of course, it could also get bigger and result in even more guest stars. The sound effects the leakers discovered don't seem to indicate any sort of explosion, but rather crackling waves of energy coming from the Zero Point. We'll find out for ourselves soon enough. Season 6 Battle Pass We fully expect there to be a Fortnite Season 6 battle pass available at the beginning of the season, just as Epic Games has done with the last several seasons. We don't know the theme yet, so it could go in pretty much any direction in terms of the goodies you'll get for completing missions. The previous battle pass included characters like the Mandalorian, Mancake, Lexa, and Reese, along with the potential for up to 1,500 V-Bucks, which is substantially more than the pass actually costs. It also saw the introduction of Fortnite Crew, which included the battle pass. This subscription service will presumably include Season 6's battle pass, as well. While Season 5's battle pass was scattershot, Fortnite Season 4 put Marvel front and center. Characters like Thor and Iron Man were offered as part of a superhero-themed extravangza. You can read more about potential Season 6 revelations in our piece detailing everything the dataminers found. View the full article
    • A determined group of Call of Duty: Warzone players worked together and successfully broke the game by blowing up nearly every vehicle on the map with a series of cluster strikes. Streamer MarleyThirteen called upon 149 of his friends to enter a Warzone match and agree to a cease fire so they could attempt the feat. The idea was simple enough: gather every vehicle in the game, park them in close proximity, and then call in a series of cluster strikes to blow them up. As MarleyThirteen covers in the video above, this was no easy task. On one occasion, someone called in a cluster strike too early and they had to start over. The players tried again, but failed because people were too reckless in parking their vehicles at the site. The bumping and crashing of vehicles led to some of them exploding, triggering a chain reaction. On the successful attempt, everyone drove to the designated meeting place and parked in an orderly fashion to keep each vehicle intact and primed for the big show. Once every vehicle was in place, they called in cluster strikes and an epic explosion ensued. Not long after the vehicles start blowing up, the Warzone server crashes, presumably due to the chain reaction causing some kind of back-end issue that the game was not prepared for. The whole video is a treat to watch, and it's just another example of Warzone's community pushing the game to its limit beyond what anyone could have expected. According to a report, Activision itself is planning a scheduled demolition of Warzone's map. Sometime this spring, the studio is reportedly going to blow up Verdansk and replace it with a Black Ops-themed map as part of a shift that has been months in the making. View the full article
    • EA's battle royale behemoth Apex Legends is getting another big event very soon with the Chaos Theory Collection Event, which we've now gotten a closer look at. Mad Maggie returns with a terrible plan to sabotage the ring, which is causing ring flares to show up across the map. In the new Ring Fury mode, players get a new heat shield for their inventory that allows them to sustain ring damage to rescue teammates. This shield projects a dome that can protect players from the ring damage. Additionally, players can visit Caustic's Town Takeover to find gold-tier loot, while Apex Legends overall is offering up 24 items that will only be available for a limited time. Players who collect all 24 will get Bangalore's "Cold Steel" heirloom, which looks pretty rad. You can check out a teaser for the Chaos Theory Collection event in the video above. The event itself kicks off on March 9, which is also the day that Apex Legends come to Switch. Developer Respawn recently showed off more of Apex's gameplay on Switch--see it here. To help Switch players catch up, Respawn is offering 30 free Battle Pass levels, double XP for the first two weeks, and a limited-time Legendary Pathfinder skin at no extra cost. View the full article
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    • The publisher showcase New Game+ Expo is back for 2021, and the all-day stream starts very soon. The event begins at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET, and then continues through the afternoon with individual studio showcases. The NGPX site promises new and upcoming releases, spanning diverse genres from action to puzzle-solving. You can check out the stream and a full schedule of the day's events below. This year's stream will include games from Aksys Games, Koei Tecmo, Idea Factory, Natsume, Inti Creates, Gung Ho, Playism, NIS America, and Arc System Works. Many of these developers were on-board with last year's NGPX as well, so this appears to be becoming an annual tradition with this coalition of devs. New Game+ Expo Schedule (March 4) 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET: NGPX SHOWCASE 9 AM PT / 12 AM ET: INTI CREATES 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET: Aksys Games 10:30 AM PT / 1:30 PM ET: Idea Factory Int'l 11:30 AM PT / 2:30 PM ET: : Natsume Inc. 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET: NIS America, Inc. 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET: GungHo America 1:30 PM PT / 4:30 PM ET: Arc System Works View the full article
    • Fall Guys Season 4 is expected to kick off soon, bringing with it a series of new costumes. Developer Mediatonic has now teased the new outfits, posting silhouettes of them on social media and calling on fans to sound off with what the outfits might be. None of them are very easily identifiable, as least not to me, but the internet has its guesses. For now, they'll remain a mystery, but Mediatonic will reveal all four of them on Friday, March 5, through the game's Discord, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter accounts. Before this, Mediatonic challenged its fans to complete a 2400-piece jigsaw puzzle to find a new clue about Season 4--and, of course, the community completed it in short order. The teaser revealed a flying saucer-themed outfit and other otherworldly costumes. Season 4 has a futuristic theme, which we know about from the re-branding of the game's social media pages to Fall Guys 4041. Dave Bailey, the co-founder and CEO of Mediatonic, said the team has only "just scratched the surface" of what's possible for the battle royale title. The original pitch for the game was to create the "greatest game show on Earth," and Mediatonic plans to deliver on that ambition. "When you think about it in that way, there's a million different ways we can take this and I hope people will see that come through in future," Bailey said. In other news, Mediatonic has been acquired by Fortnite studio Epic Games, giving the company yet another battle royale game. Fall Guys is still available on Steam, though fans are wondering if a day may come when the game moves to the Epic Games Store. Fall Guys will be released on Nintendo Switch and Xbox consoles this summer, following its exclusive console debut on PS4 back in 2020. View the full article
    • One of the last challenges you'll complete in Fortnite for Week 5, Season 14 tasks you to visit different restaurant kitchens. You have to visit two of them to complete this challenge, but it comes at the end of a sequence before you're actually able to count any progress you've made. Here's how to do it. First off, prior to trying this challenge, ensure you've done the other three steps. You'll need to collect cookbooks, harvest eight fruits or vegetables--which can be done quickly at the Orchard northeast of the Coliseum--and then collect 150 gold bars. For collecting the 150 gold bars, just complete a bounty, as the one we completed rewarded us with 200. Restaurant Kitchen Locations Once that's done, you have a few different options for visiting kitchens, including: Sticks, at Craggy Cliffs Butter Barn, southeast of the Zero Point Pizza Pit, northeast of Collassal Coliseum Durrr Burger, southeast of Holly Hedges Choose any two of theseAs you can see from the way they're arranged on the map, the two locations in the northern section of the map--Pizza Pit and Sticks--are the closest together. Land near one of them, walk into the kitchen, and then head for the other one, doing the same when you get there. Once you have completed that, the challenge is done. Pizza PitAs you can see in the image above, Pizza Pit is separate from the other landmarks around it, but its giant pepperoni-covered roof make it impossible to miss. You can also spot it super easily from the air, making this a good starting point. SticksSticks is the centerpiece of Craggy Cliffs. It isn't quite as obvious to spot from the air, but you should find it almost immediately once you've arrived in town. You'll get 40,000 XP for completing this challenge, as you will with the other Fortnite challenges in Week 14. This is up double from typical weeks, so you won't want to miss out on completing them. View the full article
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