Overwatch and Mario Party cross over in crazy Nintendo Workshop mode - Dexerto
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Overwatch and Mario Party cross over in crazy Nintendo Workshop mode

Published: 12/Oct/2019 18:29 Updated: 12/Oct/2019 19:02

by Brent Koepp

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The Overwatch community has re-created the infamous Nintendo party game in the hero shooter using the Workshop Mode, and it’s as fun as it sounds.

Overwatch’s Workshop Mode released in April of this year, and fans have already made some incredible creations. From a Super Smash Bros mode, to a hilarious dodgeball game featuring Sigma, their imagination knows no bounds.

However two dedicated members of the community mindblowingly re-created the beloved Nintendo party franchise ‘Super Mario Party’ in the game’s creation mode, and unveiled it with an amazing trailer.

NintendoThe beloved Nintendo party franchise first came out in 1998 for the N64.

Super Torbjörn Party

The Nintendo party game mode was made by creators ‘Phasmite’ and ‘Kevlar’ and uses the damage-per-second hero Torbjörn. In a trailer they uploaded to Reddit on October 12, the Workshop Mode brings the board game to Overwatch.

Players will find themselves moving around the ‘Ayutthaya’ map on select spaces, after hitting a die to determine the number of moves they have. The mode has ‘stars’ that you can collect, and that players will fight over to win.

The community creation even has mini-games, which is the most iconic part of the Nintendo franchise. They’re so popular that the Japanese developer released an entire game just around them called ‘Mario Party: The Top 100’ in 2017.

In the trailer, one of the games shown sees four Torbjörns in bubbles trying to knock the other out of bounds, though the creators promise ‘various’ mini-games in future updates.

What is most impressive about this mode is the amount of details the creation gets right to simulate the party game’s systems, such as allowing players to purchase stars, or earn them for their performance.

The creators even went to great length to remake the character screen, which shows the player’s character earning enough to buy the stars, as they look to get ahead of their friends in the competition.

If you’d like to give the Nintendo-themed Overwatch Workshop mode a try with your friends, you can do so with code ‘1XSGZ‘.

We just can’t promise you’ll have any friends left at the end of it – we all know just how much Mario Party can test relationships.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”