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New hints suggest September Nintendo Direct & Smash Ultimate DLC soon

Published: 2/Sep/2020 17:48 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 18:03

by Michael Gwilliam

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With it nearly being one full year since the last General Nintendo Direct in September of 2019, clues have surfaced suggesting that we could finally be seeing a new one in addition to the next Smash Ultimate DLC fighter reveal.

The first major clue comes from Nintendo themselves, sort of. As some users across the internet have noticed, Nintendo seems to have updated the archive for past Directs.

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When checking the page info, you can see it was last updated on September 2 at 4:16 AM, a possible sign that some news could be on the horizon.

The rumored Nintendo Direct is supposedly going to be heavily Mario-based to celebrate the mascot’s 35th anniversary with a 3D Mario Collection of sorts.

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The Nintendo Direct page was recently updated.

It also seems like Nintendo is partnering with other companies as part of this celebration, like Puma, who have apparently begun promoting Mario-themed sneakers on its Australian site early before being pulled.

While the sneaker tie-in may have happened regardless of a Nintendo Direct, it’s just another piece of circumstantial evidence to factor in.

The soles of the shoes also appear to reference Super Mario 64, one of the games that would likely be included within the 3D collection.

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Perhaps the biggest indication, however, is on the Smash Bros front. This week, there hasn’t been a weekly online tournament or Spirit Event announced.

It’s worth noting that the last time an event got delayed, it was because the special Small Battlefield stage patch launched out of nowhere, shocking fans everywhere.

Combined with the recently-discovered Amiibo Theory, that suggests when Amiibo Waves are released, DLC fighters are available shortly before or after, all signs are pointing to a Nintendo Direct and possibly even a fighter reveal.

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It’s important to also note that fighters can be revealed shortly before they’re actually released, such as what happened with Min Min, Byleth and more. So a Nintendo Direct could be coming even sooner than the seventh.

As always, take this news with a grain of salt since nothing has yet been confirmed or announced, but it’s looking more and more likely that Nintendo has something up its sleeve.

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How does Apex Legends crossplay beta work?

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:40 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 20:06

by Tanner Pierce

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After being promised a few months back, crossplay is finally coming to Apex Legends in beta form. Here’s everything you need to know about the new feature, including how it works, how to disable it, and more.

At one point, many people thought that playing an online game with your friends on another console was a pipe dream. Now, in 2020, thanks to a combination of modern technology and mega corporations deciding to play nicely with each other, crossplay is slowly but surely becoming the norm across many titles in the gaming industry.

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One major title that didn’t have the feature for the longest time, though, was Apex Legends. Fortunately, in June 2020 during EA Play, the developers announced that this would be changing, and that crossplay would be coming to the battle royale game in the near future. Now, Electronic Arts and Respawn have released details about the feature. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

First, it’s only releasing as a beta, for the Aftermarket Collection event. This is so Respawn can text all the features before implementing it fully, along with the Steam and Switch release. For now, cross-play is only between PS4, Xbox One, and Origin.

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How to add friends on other platforms

Finding people to play with on other platforms is relatively easy. All you have to do is open the friends menu, click the Find Friend option and search for their name.The game will automatically look for any player matching that name on any system.

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Simply search your friends on all platforms to find them.

How to enable/disable crossplay

Crossplay is automatically enabled, so if you don’t have to do anything right off the bat if you want to play with people on other platforms. But what if you don’t want to participate in the beta? What if you didn’t originally but now you want to try it out?

The option to enable and disable crossplay is found in the settings menu. This creates the possibility of longer wait times, as you’re effectively restricting the pool of players that the game can search. Still, the option is there if you want it.

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The ability to enable and disable crossplay will be in the settings menu, but it’s enabled by default.

Can PC players play with console players?

By default, PC players will only be matched with PC players in normal matchmaking, while console players will only be matched with console players.

That being said, consoles can still play with PC should they so desire it, but they have to be in a party together before they start matchmaking. After that, the game will include PC players in the pool to search from.

Given the fact that this is a beta, this can obviously change in time for the full release. However, this is currently how it’s set up.

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Is cross-progression enabled for the game?

While this is something that’s being considered by Respawn, the feature is not enabled in Apex Legends currently, so if you want to play on another console, you won’t have any of your items that you previously unlocked.

Respawn say that cross-progression is a “valuable” feature, but will take about it during the Steam launch later this year.

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All in all, this seems like a great beta and a chance to get feedback from the community. As previously mentioned, given the fact that this is a beta, things can obviously change and be tweaked but for right now, this is a good start.