How to make a lectern in Minecraft (+Recipe)

November 4, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


A lectern might not sound like the most exciting item. After all, it’s a type of podium usually used for reading out loud, so most people probably associate lecterns with sermons and lectures. When it comes to Minecraft, however, the lectern is a popular item that many players want to know how to craft and use.

So whether you like to see a lectern in real life or not, if you’re looking for advice on making a Minecraft lectern, read on for a full explanation of how to make and use a lectern in Minecraft.

Once you’re finished learning how to make a lectern, be sure to check out our Minecraft cheats page for more user-submitted hints, tips, and Easter eggs!

What is a lectern in Minecraft?

Lecterns were actually planned for Minecraft as far back as 2012, but it took some time before the idea actually worked out. After a few scrapped attempts, active development of lecterns resumed in 2018 and they were finally added to the game, first as items with no actual functionality and then eventually as the useful items they are today.

A lectern can hold a single book and quill or a written book. If there is a book on the lectern, players can interact with it in order to read the book. Multiple players can read the same book at the same time if it’s on a lectern. When you turn the page of a book, the lectern will emit a redstone signal with higher strength depending on what the page number is. Lecterns can also be used to give your village a librarian. A villager who has not claimed a job site block can take on the librarian profession if there is an unclaimed lectern in the village.

How to make a lectern

Lecterns can generate naturally in village libraries, but you can also craft them to make your own lectern:

  1. Gather wood and use it to craft 4 wood slabs. These slabs can be of any type of wood.
  2. Gather paper and leather and use them to craft 3 books.
  3. Gather more wood and use it together with the 3 books to craft a bookshelf. Now you have all the materials you need to craft a lectern.
  4. Open the crafting menu again.
  5. Arrange materials with 3 wooden slabs in the top row, the bookshelf in the middle of the second row, and the 4th wooden slab in the middle of the third row. A lectern should appear in the preview image to the right of the crafting menu.
  6. Add the lectern to your inventory.

Now you are free to place your lectern wherever you want and add a book to it to read.

Minecraft Lectern Recipe

The recipe for a lectern in Minecraft requires 4 wood slabs (any type of wood) and 1 bookshelf. They should be arranged in the 3×3 crafting grid with the bookshelf in the very center, with 1 slab of wood directly below it and the other 3 slabs of wood above it.

A wood slab can be created with 3 wood planks.

A bookshelf can be crafted with 6 wood planks and 3 books.

A book can be crafted with 3 papers and 1 leather.

Therefore, to create a lectern from scratch, the total materials you will need for the recipe are 18 wood planks of any type of wood, 9 papers, and 3 pieces of leather. One log placed in the crafting grid will give you 4 wood planks, so you’ll need at least 5 logs for the recipe if you do not have planks already on hand.


Now you know everything there is to know about how to make a lectern in Minecraft! With this, you’ll be able to read books and maybe even get a librarian for your village.

How to Tame a Polar Bear in Minecraft

November 3, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


There are many different things for players to do in Minecraft, including taming wild animals that can be found in the game. One of the types of creatures that can be found in Minecraft are polar bears, so of course players want to train them. However, that isn’t as simple a task as it sounds. If you’re hoping to find and tame a polar bear in Minecraft, you’ve come to the right place, as we’re going to walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

Once you’re finishing learning how to tame polar bears, take a look at our Minecraft cheats page for other hints, tips, and fun Easter eggs.

Where can you find Polar Bears in Minecraft?

As you might expect, polar bears spawn in cold areas in Minecraft. This means you can find them in snowy tundra, snowy mountain, and ice spikes biomes, as well as frozen rivers, frozen oceans, and deep-frozen oceans. Polar bears can be alone or in small groups. It is best to look for polar bears that are alone, because groups of more than two will include a cub, which makes the bears dangerous.

Unlike most mobs, polar bears can be in three distinct states. Polar bear cubs are always passive, adult polar bears are normally neutral, and adult polar bears will become hostile mobs if you attack a cub. This means that when you do find a polar bear, you need to be careful before approaching them to make sure it isn’t a dangerous situation.

What do polar bears eat in Minecraft?

Polar bears eat Raw Fish. You will want to have lots of Raw Fish with you if you’re planning to feed and tame a polar bear using the method described below. It must be specifically a Raw Fish, not any other type of fish. Additionally, Polar Bears will only eat Raw Fish while you’re taming them.

How do you feed a polar bear in Minecraft?

To feed a polar bear, you will need to have the Raw Fish in your hotbar and select it so that you are holding it. Walk up to the polar bear with the Raw Fish selected. The final step to feed a polar bear depends on your version of Minecraft:

  • Pocket Edition – move cursor over the polar bear and choose “Feed”
  • Java Edition, Windows 10 Edition, or Education Edition – right-click the polar bear
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions – press LT
  • PS3 and PS4 versions – press L2
  • Wii U or Switch – press ZL

The polar bear should eat the Raw Fish, and one Raw Fish will disappear from your hotbar.

How to tame a polar bear in Minecraft

There is no official way to tame polar bears in Minecraft the way you can tame other animals. However, there are two different workarounds you can use to tame a polar bear.

Method 1 – Name Tag

The name tag is an item that can be used on any Minecraft mob except for ender dragons and players in order to name the mob and prevent it from despawning.


  1. Get a Name Tag. They can be found in chests, from fishing, or from trading.
  2. Locate a polar bear in one of the icy biomes. Make sure it is alone.
  3. Rename the Name Tag to the name you want to give to your tamed polar bear.
  4. Approach the polar bear with the Name Tag selected.
  5. Use the Name Tag on the polar bear.

Now the polar bear will have the name you assigned to the Name Tag and will never despawn. Since lone polar bears are neutral mobs, it will not attack you. You can use a lead to take your polar bear with you or build an enclosure for it.

Method 2 – Pocket Edition Addon

Minecraft Pocket Edition allows players to create addons that can be downloaded to add special effects to your game. One of the most popular is the Tameable Polar Bears Addon.


  1. Download the Tameable Polar Bears Addon.
  2. Install the addon following the instructions at the official website. This process varies depending on the system you are playing Minecraft Pocket Edition on.
  3. Get some Raw Fish.
  4. Locate a polar bear in one of the icy biomes. Make sure it is alone.
  5. Approach the polar bear with Raw Fish selected in your hotbar.
  6. Feed the polar bear.
  7. Keep feeding it until hearts appear above its head.

Now the polar bear will be tame. You can ride it or use a lead to take it with you. Tamed polar bears will attack hostile mobs in order to protect you.


Depending on the version of Minecraft you have, those are currently the only ways to tame a polar bear. In the future, perhaps taming polar bears will be added as an official feature.

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Fortnite Free Skins – Where to Get Them?

October 24, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Fortnite is a massively popular multiplayer game from Epic Games, and it’s seen success especially through its free-to-play Battle Royale mode in which players compete against one another. Fortnite skins are sought after by many players, so let’s talk about what skins are and what makes them so popular, as well as everything you need to know about getting free Fortnite skins.

What are Fortnite skins?

In Fortnite, every player creates a character to play as in the game. This character is their avatar and can be customized. “Skins” are cosmetic items that change the appearance of your character. These are primarily outfits that your character will wear. Instead of going with the default appearance, therefore, you can equip a skin to give your character a more distinctive look. There is a wide variety of skins available, which means that characters can have quite a range of appearances.

Skins have no effect on gameplay. It is merely a cosmetic effect that changes your character’s appearance. However, players want special skins to make their characters look more distinctive, which is why skins are so highly desired.

What skins are free in Fortnite?

Although Fortnite is a free-to-play game, you won’t be able to get all the skins you want for free. If you could, it wouldn’t be the profitable money-making machine for Epic Games that it has become despite its free nature.

So when you start playing, all you’ll have are the “default” Fortnite skins. When you play a match, your character will be given a default look. There is some variation, but in general you don’t get to customize your character for free right away. The idea is that you’ll purchase the in-game currency known as V-Bucks to buy Fortnite skins, but that’s not the only way you can get new outfits and options for your character.

How do you get more free skins in Fortnite?

There are a few different ways you can get new Fortnite skins, and yes while the model is primarily designed to get players to spend money for them, a little patience will go a long way toward getting you new skins for free using the following methods.

Battle Pass Skins

Technically the Battle Pass skins aren’t free, because you need to purchase the Fortnite Battle Pass through the use of V-Bucks. V-Bucks are an in-game currency that cost real money, although they were permanently discounted earlier this year to 20% off the previous price. However, once you purchase the Battle Pass, it allows you to keep getting more free skins after that.

You see, as you complete Levels or Tiers of the Battle Pass, you will be rewarded with both skins and V-Bucks. Many skins and other cosmetics are rewarded to you for playing through the Battle Pass. And don’t forget about those V-Bucks! You can use the V-Bucks you earn to buy even more skins, or you can use them to buy the next Battle Pass season. In other words, if you save the V-Bucks up and spend them on the next Battle Pass, you can keep playing and earning new free Battle Pass skins without spending any real money beyond the initial Battle Pass purchase. You’ll be able to get more rare skins the longer you play, too.

It’s also worth mentioning that V-Bucks are also given as rewards for playing the Save the World mode. You can get them by logging in, completing daily rewards, and more. However, unlike Battle Royale, Save the World is a paid game, so you won’t be able to play it for free.

Gift Skins

Don’t worry, there are other ways to get Fortnite skins without paying anything at all. One of these is to get gift skins. Players can send one another in-game gifts, which means if someone else has a skin, they could give it to you. Of course, this means you’ll need to find someone who wants to give you a skin as a gift.

Some Twitch streamers will give away gifts as promotions connected to their channel. For example, they might host a competition in which the prizes are skins. Following Fortnite streamers might help you find new opportunities to get these free skins.

Promotional Skins

Finally, Epic Games sometimes gives away free Fortnite skins as part of promotional events and other special occasions. For example, there are promotional skins linked to different console bundles, subscription services (such as PlayStation Plus), etc. In other words, these are free skins with exclusivity, since they’re restricted to specific platforms or services.

Other free promotional skins become available due to special events. Winterfest, for example, was a holiday event that took place in December 2019 and rewarded players with skins and other presents as a part of the holiday events. There are also free tournaments with skins as rewards for achieving a certain amount of progress, such as the #FreeFortnite Cup in August 2020 that awarded the Tart Tycoon skin to anyone who earned at least 10 points.

Promotional events like this might not happen all the time, but if you’re an avid Fortnite player, you can stay alert for news about upcoming free skin opportunities.

Should I trust a “Free Skin” Generator I found online?

No, any sort of free skin generator is probably a scam intended to either steal information from you, lead you to download something questionable, or send you through pages of ads with no benefit to you. Stay away from supposed free skin generators no matter how promising they sound.

What are the free skins in Chapter 2, Season 4?

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 4 has a Marvel theme, so there are many Marvel-themed skins available to you if you have the Chapter 2, Season 4 Battle Pass. The following free skins are available as you progress through the Battle Pass tiers:

  • Tier 1 – Thor
  • Tier 22 – She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)
  • Tier 38 – Groot
  • Tier 53 – Storm
  • Tier 67 – Doctor Doom
  • Tier 80 – Mystique
  • Tier 93 – Iron Man (Tony Stark)
  • “Secret” skin – Wolverine

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Fortnite Account Generators – What? Why? and Where?

October 23, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Fortnite has become a massive success since its launch in 2017, and many people are interested in Fortnite account generators. If you’ve heard of these, you probably have many questions. Let’s discuss the idea behind Fortnite account generators, how they work, and whether or not it’s something you should look into further.

What is Fortnite?

Fortnite is a multiplayer game developed by Epic Games. It has a few different game modes, but the most popular by far is its free-to-play Battle Royale mode, which pits 100 players against one another in an attempt to be the last one left alive.

The game first launched in 2017 in Early Access and has since been released on every major platform, with next-gen versions set to be released as well. Although the Battle Royale is free, players can purchase an in-game currency called V-Bucks to buy cosmetic rewards such as skins, along with other things. Reports say that in 2019, Fortnite brought in $1.8 billion.

What is a Fortnite account generator?

Fortnite belongs to Epic Games. Normally to make an account, you will first need to make an Epic Games account. Once you’ve registered with Epic Games, you then use either the website or Epic Games Launcher to sign up for Fortnite.

A generator circumvents that progress. Instead, you would visit the generator website and sign up to be given a Fortnite account that has already been made. You would receive the username and password for your generated account and then have access to Fortnite. Some players may use these generators to create many accounts with little effort.

Aren’t Fortnite accounts free anyway?

Yes, Battle Royale mode is a free-to-play game. Save the World mode was intended to go free-to-play eventually, but the company since changed its mind and decided it would remain a premium game. However, most Fortnite account generators are specifically related to the more popular Battle Royale mode, despite it being free.

Why would you use a Fortnite account generator?

You gain nothing by having multiple legitimate Fortnite accounts. New accounts won’t have additional V-Bucks or other bonuses, so there is little reason to want to use multiple accounts unless you’re planning to cheat by using an aimbot or another method, in which case using a VPN to hide your IP address is probably more effective anyway.

However, some people do not intend to use these account generators to create brand new accounts. Instead, the generator promises an account that already has many skins and other sought-after cosmetics. Since such cosmetics are not free and require V-Bucks, people see such account generators as a way to get these skins and items for free.

Should you use an account generator for Fortnite?

No, just sign up for the game through your PC, console, or mobile device and play it normally. Fortnite account generators are usually a scam, no matter how promising they appear on the surface. Not only will you risk being banned from the game for using such an account, but you might put your own information at risk. Even so-called free Fortnite account generators are dubious pages that require you to download dubious tools or click questionable links. At best you’ll be sent through a series of ads to provide the page owner with advertising revenue; at worst you’ll find that your information has been stolen or your computer has a virus.

Don’t risk a ban on your IP address, a scam, or compromising the security of your PC or personal information. It might look like the promise of easy skins, but the risks are too high.

Where to download a working Fortnite account generator

You can search Google, the Epic Games Forums, and sites such as Reddit to try to find a legit Fortnite account generator, but we wouldn’t bother. You have little to gain and a lot to lose. Just play the game, practice, keep your information safe, and have fun!

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Resident Evil Village Enemies, Story Hints

October 17, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

The trailers for Resident Evil Village have left fans with many questions about what will happen in the newest Resident Evil game, as discussed in our overview after the announcement trailer, and now Capcom has revealed a few more details regarding things seen in the second trailer. The latest issue of Famitsu includes a feature on Resident Evil Village, as well as a short interview with the game’s producers, and the details have been translated on Twitter by Alex Aniel.

First, it has now been confirmed that Chris is the one who takes Ethan to the mountain village, although we still don’t know why. Chris’s motivations and role in the story remain a mystery.

More light has been shed on the village itself, which is a major part of the game. The producers describe the village and the villagers as having as much presence in the game as the protagonists. So what’s going on in this strange village? There seems to be some sort of cult living there and praying for protection, and their motivations may also be an important part of the story. It also appears that the creatures are protecting them. These creatures, while not able to speak, are intelligent enough to work together as a pack and use weapons. They should prove to be dangerous foes for players to face.

The interview also draws attention to a new character who references window-shopping, suggesting he is trying to sell something to Ethan. Fans of the series will immediately draw comparisons to the merchant in Resident Evil 4, who sold weapons and supplies to Ethan. Although the producers did not directly confirm that he is a merchant, they said he is “someone Ethan’s life will depend on.” Of course, the presence of a merchant-like character suggests the game may take more of an action-oriented focus like Resident Evil 4, making such a vendor necessary. Although the series had shifted to action horror for several entries, Resident Evil 7 saw the return of a more traditional survival horror experience, albeit one in first-person.

A mysterious shaman woman and Mia’s picture book, which depicts events similar to those happening in the village, will be important as well.

Right now, the story of Resident Evil Village seems to be quite unusual compared to the usual tone of the series, but there is still a lot we don’t know. Resident Evil Village is due out in 2021 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and PC.

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Bugsnax Release Date and Voice Cast

October 8, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Over the summer, we compiled all the information we had at the time about Bugsnax, the quirky upcoming game from Young Horses that has drawn inspiration from Ape Escape, Dark Cloud, Pikmin 3, and other various titles to create a creature-catching, town-restoring game that has captured the imaginations of many expectant players.

Now we know exactly when we’ll be able to experience the weirdness and wonders of Bugsnax for ourselves. Bugsnax will be available on November 12 for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store. It costs $24.99, and pre-orders are available now.

Alongside the release date announcement, a new trailer was released introducing the cast of characters in Bugsnax, as well as the actors who voice them. This is our first major look at the characters we’ll be interacting with in the game, so be sure to check it out.

That’s not all, however. Some sites have been able to preview the game, giving us our first taste of Bugsnax gameplay. GameSpot released a 31-minute gameplay preview video showing the start of the game, so that’s definitely something to watch if you’re curious about what Bugsnax is like, as it features character interactions, Bugsnax observation, and other important aspects of gameplay.

Bugsnax is shaping up to be quite a different title than the developers’ previous game, Octodad, and it’s just over a month away. Will you be playing Bugsnax when it releases on November 12?

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Scarlet Nexus Dual Protagonist Details, New Story Trailer

September 29, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Bandai Namco’s presentation during TGS 2020 included a lengthy look at their upcoming action RPG Scarlet Nexus, which is being developed for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. This included a new story trailer, which focuses on the protagonist Yuito Sumeragi. Yuito is a psionic, a person who possesses powerful extra-sensory abilities, and he joins the OSF in order to help protagonist humanity from the deadly creatures known as the others.

While details about the game have previously focused on Yuito, Bandai Namco also revealed that he is not the sole protagonist of Scarlet Nexus. Another psionic recruit named Kasane Randall is the second protagonist, and the game’s story is divided between the two. Scarlet Nexus has a dual protagonist system, in which players will see the story through the eyes of both Yuito and Kasane.

The presentation also introduced the supporting characters Tsugami Nazar, Gemma Garrison, and Luka Travers, other members of the OSF and revealed new gameplay footage through a short demo uploaded here by GamersPrey. Additionally, the director revealed some interesting details through Twitter, stating that the OSF has restricted the aging of its members in order to keep the strength of their psionic powers. Whether this will play a role in the story itself or is merely an explanation for the characters’ appearances remains to be seen.

Scarlet Nexus is an action RPG that has previously drawn comparisons to Bandai Namco’s 2019 action RPG Code Vein, as well as the God Eater series, to the point where the producer clarified in interviews that Scarlet Nexus is not directly connected to those games. In addition to those games, the team behind Scarlet Nexus also worked on the highly-praised RPG Tales of Vesperia, which Bandai Namco has brought up when discussing the story-driven focus of the upcoming game.

The Scarlet Nexus release date is currently unknown, but you can learn more about the game by watching the TGS footage and visiting the official website.

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Everything We Know About Final Fantasy XVI

September 17, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

At the recent PlayStation 5 Showcase, Square Enix officially unveiled the next entry in the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy XVI was rumored to be in development for a while, particularly when concept art for an unknown fantasy game from Square Enix’s Business Division 3 appeared on their website, and now it has been announced.

Check out the Final Fantasy XVI announcement trailer below.

Right now, very little is known about Final Fantasy XVI beyond what is shown in the trailer and the official announcement from Square Enix. Here’s what we do know.


Currently, Final Fantasy XVI has only been confirmed for the PlayStation 5. The trailer shown at the showcase said Final Fantasy XVI would also be coming to the PC, but that is not shown in Square Enix’s trailer or press release. It’s possible its PS5 exclusivity is temporary, but currently we don’t know.


It was long rumored that Naoki Yoshida, known to fans as Yoshi-P, would be in charge of Final Fantasy XVI. His work on Final Fantasy XIV made him a popular choice. He has been confirmed as the producer for Final Fantasy XVI. The role of director will be filled by Hiroshi Takai, who previously was the director of The Last Remnant and is the assistant director of Final Fantasy XIV.

It is also rumored that Ryota Suzuki, who previously worked on Dragon’s Dogma and Devil May Cry 5, is involved with Final Fantasy XVI, but this is unconfirmed.

Gameplay and Combat

Final Fantasy XVI is a single player action JRPG. Judging by the combat showcased in the trailer, it will be much faster than the combat in Final Fantasy XV or Final Fantasy VII Remake. We can see both melee and magic attacks in the trailer, but specific details of the combat system are still unknown.

Only a single character is shown in the combat scenes in the trailer. However, this does not necessarily mean that Final Fantasy XVI will not have a party or even that only the protagonist will be playable. The first trailer for Final Fantasy XIII and the original reveal trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII only showed Lightning and Noctis, respectively. Party members were only revealed later on. Therefore, it is still possible that Final Fantasy XVI features a party. Nothing has been confirmed either way.

Story and Characters

The first trailer for Final Fantasy XVI gives us a glimpse of its story and world. It appears to be a high fantasy setting, something Yoshida said he would like to see the series return to. The main character is currently unnamed, but is the “Shield” for a boy named Joshua, and these two characters appear to be at the center of the game’s story. A handful of other characters are shown, including a woman who is potentially one of the antagonists.

Summons, referred to here as Eikons like in Final Fantasy XIV, seem to be highly important. Eikons are summoned or controlled by people known as Dominants. Shiva, Phoenix, and Ifrit all appear in the trailer, and since the game’s logo art appears to depict a fight between Phoenix and Ifrit, this is most likely a central conflict in the story. Crystals are also important here, another Final Fantasy tradition, and the dialogue suggests they are holding back an evil force known as the Blight.

The scenes shown in this trailer have led to much speculation about the specific story details, but trailers can be misleading. It’s too early to draw any definite conclusions about the story, the nature of Joshua, and so on.

2021 Information Reveal

We don’t know a lot about Final Fantasy XVI yet, since we only have this one trailer to go on. Fans are hopeful we might get more details this year, such as at the Tokyo Game Show this month, but the next big information reveal is set for 2021.

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Ubisoft Unveils Immortals: Fenyx Rising Gameplay

September 12, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

At the September Ubisoft Forward presentation, Ubisoft officially unveiled its upcoming mythological action-adventure game Immortals: Fenyx Rising. First announced at E3 2019 under the working title Gods and Monsters, it will be released on December 3 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, Nintendo Switch, PC (Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Store, and Uplay), and Google Stadia. If you purchase the PS4 or Xbox One version, you’ll be able to upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series version for free.

A new trailer was revealed at the showcase to demonstrate the game’s style and tone.

Set within the world of Greek mythology, the story of Immortals: Fenyx Rising is narrated by Prometheus and Zeus for comedic effect. You play as Fenyx, a Greek soldier who must become a hero in order to save the gods from the titan Typhon. (Note: Typhon is not referred to as a Titan in mythology, but a monster or sometimes a Giant. This is not the first time video games have named him a Titan, however, as God of War II did the same.) Like in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, you will be able to choose the main character’s gender. Fenyx’s appearance and voice can also be customized.

Ubisoft previously incorporated Greek mythology into Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, but it will have a much more prominent role here. Fenyx will wield special weapons and tools from the gods and fight powerful mythological monsters like the Minotaur. It is an open world game divided into seven realms inspired by the Greek gods, and the gameplay will feature puzzles, trials, and challenging boss battles. Another video shown at Ubisoft Forward provides an overview of what players can expect.

According to an interview with Eurogamer, the idea for Immortals: Fenyx Rising did come from their work on Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, as they wanted to explore the mythological setting in a game where they could enter more fantastic territory than the historical focus of an Assassin’s Creed game (despite its use of mythology). As such, there are many gameplay systems drawn from Odyssey, such as the combat and skill tree. However, if there’s one game Immortals: Fenyx Rising has drawn even more comparisons to from fans, it’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Hands-on previews from various publications are currently available, and a free demo will be made available for Google Stadia ahead of launch so that players can try it out. For now, Ubisoft also released an 11-minute walkthrough video showcasing more of the gameplay. Take a look.

Immortals: Fenyx Rising will be out on December 3. For more details about the game, visit its official website.

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Nintendo Reveals Super Mario 35th Anniversary Plans

September 4, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Mario is one of the most recognizable video game characters ever created, and with good reason. Nintendo’s iconic series has now been around for 35 years. On September 13, 1985, the release of Super Mario Bros brought Mario out of the arcades and onto a home console, and there has been plenty of speculation about how Nintendo might celebrate Mario’s 35th Anniversary.

Well, in a special Super Mario Bros. Nintendo Direct held on September 3, Nintendo revealed its plans at last.

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

First, Nintendo announced a new Super Mario Bros version of the Game & Watch systems, a line of specialized handheld devices that function as a watch and include a game to be played on the LCD screen. The first Game & Watch was released in 1980. This new one will feature a clock, 35 “little touches” to celebrate the anniversary, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels, and a special Mario-themed version of Ball (the game included on the first-ever Game & Watch device). Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. will be out on November 13 for $49.99.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Next, Nintendo finally announced that Super Mario 3D World is coming to the Switch, something which had been rumored for quite a long time now. The Switch version of the Wii U’s 3D Mario title will include new content, in particular a new expansion of some sort called Bowser’s Fury. More details about this will be revealed soon. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will be out on February 12, 2021 for $59.99.

Super Mario Bros. 35

Their third announcement was Super Mario Bros. 35, a new multiplayer twist on the original Super Mario Bros. that pits 35 players against each other online, with defeated enemies being used to sabotage the other players. Super Mario Bros. 35 will be out on October 1 for free with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, but it will only be available through March 31, 2021.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Nintendo moved on to reveal another twist on a familiar franchise with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. This special entry in the Mario Kart series comes with a physical kart and special gates that let players set up a course in their homes. The kart then reacts based on what is happening in the game as the player races. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will be out on October 16 for $99.99, with your choice of either the “Mario Set” or “Luigi Set” to determine which kart you get.

The last Mario Kart game released before this was Mario Kart Tour for mobile devices, and the last mainline entry was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the enhanced Switch version of the Wii U’s Mario Kart 8, so at this point it’s not clear if we should expect to see a Mario Kart 9 this console generation.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Finally, the last major announcement was another one that had been rumored ahead of time, Super Mario 3D All-Stars. This is a special collection that includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. This will be the first time Super Mario Sunshine has seen a re-release, unlike the other two games, which have been ported in the past. The collection also includes an in-game music player featuring 175 songs from these three titles. Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available on September 18 for $59.99, but both the physical and digital versions will only be available through March 31, 2021, a decision that has proven controversial among fans.

Nintendo didn’t say a word about Super Mario Galaxy 2, which has led to speculation about whether it will receive a separate standalone release on the Switch, be part of a second collection, or has simply been forgotten. Only time will tell.


Several smaller 35th Anniversary announcements were also made, such as Super Mario themed items coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in March 2021 and a new line of physical merchandise being sold, but these were the major announcements. How do you feel about Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary plans?

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