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    Halo: The Master Chief Collection Review

    The Halo series has the historic distinction of inspiring millions of gamers to spend hundreds of dollars on new consoles just to play it. The Master Chief Collection – which includes all four numbered entries in the series – is a great reminder that Halo succeeded not because of hype or flavor-of-the-month popularity, but because of timeless first-person shooter design. With excellent stories, sandbox battlefields, and great AI, everything holds up against modern shooters, many of which owe a huge debt to Halo’s inspiration. It’s all presented beautifully, with remade graphics and sound that allow old hands like me to relive the glory days through rose-tinted glasses, and new fans to appreciate the classics without having to look past decade-plus-old graphics. However, Halo’s memorable multiplayer modes are undermined by unacceptably unreliable and bug-ridden performance in the days after launch, to the point where I can’t recommend that you buy Master Chief Collection right now for that functionality. That’s heartbreaking, but on the bright side there’s still more than enough single-player and co-op content here to strongly recommend it for those alone.

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Producer Answers the Question of Toad and Toadette’s Gender

During a recent livestream of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, GameSpot learned the elusive truth behind the genders of Toad and Toadette.

Producer Koichi Hayashida explained that, although they both take on gendered appearances and characteristics, neither Toad or Toadette have specific genders and are not romantically involved or related.

“This is maybe a little bit of a strange story, but we never really went out of our way to decide on the sex of these characters, even though they have somewhat gendered appearances,” Hayashida said. “But I think what I can say is that Toadette and Toad are not siblings -- perhaps it would be more accurate to say they are adventure pals. And that’s certainly true here

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Nintendo: Wii U a Better Value than Xbox One, PS4

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says the Wii U offers a better bang for the buck this holiday season than Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

"We’re presenting the best value right now in new home consoles," Fils-Aime told The Wall-Street Journal. "$299, includes two games. It’s a compelling proposition for consumers this holiday."

Fils-Aime was referring to the current Wii U bundle that has been on sale since mid-September, which includes Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land. He also touted the system's line-up of exclusives, which he said appeals to ages "6 to 66" with all-ages games like Mario Kart 8 and more core-focused games like Bayonetta 2.

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Twili Midna Playable With Hyrule Warriors Twilight Princess DLC

Hyrule Warriors fans will be play as Twili Midna when the game’s second downloadable content pack, the Twilight Princess Pack, launches worldwide on November 27.

Twili Midna wields the Mirror of Twilight as weapon, originally a quest item in Twilight Princess that was destroyed at the game's conclusion. The Twilight Princess Pack also includes new weapons, two new costumes and an Adventure Map.

“In that game, Midna is cursed and cast out from the Twilight Realm, but now you will be able to unleash her true form as Twili Midna!” writes Hyrule Warriors supervisor Eiji Aonuma of Midna’s appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. “When I was developing Twilight Princess, I thought it was such a waste to let a beautiful princess like her only appear in the ending.”

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