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New 3DS models are faster, feature a second analogue input and extra triggers

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New 3DS models are faster, feature a second analogue input and extra triggers

Nintendo has unveiled two new handhelds that update the existing 3DS hardware.

"New 3DS" and "New 3DS XL" feature an analogue nubbin, two extra shoulder buttons, a faster processor, better 3D, a slightly larger screen, a micro-USB slot, and NFC support.

The faster CPU in each of the new handhelds will be required for some 3DS games, such as the just-announced Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS port.

The new screens allows the handheld’s 3D effect to be viewed from a wider angle, and the 3D itself has been labelled “Super-Stable” by Nintendo.

The nubbin – located just above the face buttons – acts as a second analogue stick.

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[Updated] Australian consumer watchdog sues Valve over Steam refund policies

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[Updated] Australian consumer watchdog sues Valve over Steam refund policies

UPDATE: Following the original story below, Gameplanet contacted the New Zealand Commerce Commission to learn what action, if any, it intended to take on behalf of New Zealanders, and what New Zealanders could do if they believed they had been sold a faulty good from an international digital retailer. Today, the Commerce Commission replied with the following answers:

Q: Will you be taking any action similar to those of the The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to protect the rights of New Zealand consumers?

"The Consumer Guarantees Act is self-enforcing legislation meaning that consumers must seek redress from a supplier or manufacturer directly to resolve their disputes. If the issue is unable to be resolved directly with the supplier or manufacturer then a claim can be made at the Disputes Tribunal.

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PAX Prime 2014 news roundup

PAX Prime 2014 news roundup

The rest of the weekend's news from PAX and beyond, in no particular order:

Deep Silver announced that Saints Row IV is coming to new-gen consoles on January 30 in the form of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, a graphically-upgraded port by High Voltage Software that will include all Saints Row IV DLC (except the just-announced Gat out of Hell).

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Sega announces Total War: Rome 2 Emperor Edition

Sega announces Total War: Rome 2 Emperor Edition

Sega has announced a new edition of Total War: Rome II, which will include all content additions, revisions and fixes made to the game in the last year, plus a new singleplayer campaign.

The campaign contained in the Emperor Edition of Total War: Rome II focuses on the Second Triumvirate and subsequent war between Octavian, Marc Antony and Lepidus, who were each vying for the title of Emperor following the death of Julius Caesar.

The campaign will offer "hundreds of hours of sandbox gameplay across a new campaign map," said Sega.

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Gauntlet reboot slips to later in the month

Gauntlet reboot slips to later in the month

Warner Bros.' reboot of co-op dungeon crawler Gauntlet has slipped by 20 days.

The game was initially coming out on September 4, but will now be released on September 24. The game will be released on Steam for Windows PC and Linux for US$19.99.

According to developer Arrowhead Games, the delay is in order to fine tune Gauntlet's multiplayer.

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PC, new-gen GTA V still on target for 2014

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PC, new-gen GTA V still on target for 2014

Rockstar has cleared up rumours that Grand Theft Auto V for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One had slipped into 2015, and confirmed that the game is still on target for release later this year.

When asked by a fan on the developer's support page whether the game had slipped, Rockstar replied that the "Fall 2014" [spring 2014, ANZ] date "has not changed".

The new-gen and PC editions of Grand Theft Auto V will offer "enhancements and new details", including technical advancements such as "increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic and enhanced resolutions".

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Saints Row IV expansion Gat out of Hell coming 2015

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Saints Row IV expansion Gat out of Hell coming 2015

Volition and Deep Silver have announced a new Saints Row standalone expansion, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.

The expansion is in development at Volition and High Voltage Software, the latter of which helped Volition with Saints Row IV, and was responsible for the PC ports of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat.

Gat out of Hell is an epilogue to Saints Row IV that has the player controlling Johnny Gat or Kenzie, either solo or in the usual Saints Row co-op mode.

According to Deep Silver, the pair are on “a quest to save The President/God Emperor of the Universe from Hell’s infernal city of New Hades”.

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Icewind Dale Enchanced Edition announced at PAX

Icewind Dale Enchanced Edition announced at PAX

RPG classic Icewind Dale is about to be updated and ported to iOS, Android, Mac, and PC by Beamdog.

The studio most recently released updated versions of Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition brings a range of additions to the game, originally released in 2000.

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New rumours Call of Duty publisher intends to buy GTA publisher

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New rumours Call of Duty publisher intends to buy GTA publisher

Activision is planning a buy-out of Grand Theft Auto and BioShock publisher Take-Two Interactive, claims a new report.

According to Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey, the two companies are interested in breaking into the movie business. Hickey claimed Activision has "deep connections to Hollywood", which could help to bring the Grand Theft Auto franchise to the cinema screen.

“For Activision, acquiring Take-Two Interactive would be a no-brainer, in our view, circling some of the strongest development talent and owned IP in the world, within a company that has nearly US$1 billion in cash and trades at a comparably lower multiple,” said Hickey.

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Challenging tactical RPG Natural Doctrine has a western release date

Challenging tactical RPG Natural Doctrine has a western release date

Hardcore strategy game Natural Doctrine will be available from October 2 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita, publisher Bandai Namco has announced.

Natural Doctrine is a tactical fantasy RPG developed by Kadokawa Games (Demon Gaze, Lollipop Chainsaw on PC) that was originally intended to be a release title for the PlayStation 4.

It has players defend a kingdom by venturing into dangerous caves to defeat a new type of evil lurking below.

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September showdown: PlayStation Plus vs Games With Gold

September showdown: PlayStation Plus vs Games With Gold

Xbox’s Games with Gold for September are focused on teamwork, and first up is the rather excellent Super Time Force, which will be available from September 1-30 on Xbox One.

Xbox 360 owners are getting Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine – another game we were very fond of. It’s available from September 1-15.

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Charlie Murder studio announces brutal ARPG Salt and Sanctuary

Charlie Murder studio announces brutal ARPG Salt and Sanctuary

The latest game from The Dishwasher and Charlie Murder developer Ska Studios is another vicious-looking action title called Salt and Sanctuary, coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

According to Ska, Salt and Sanctuary is a stylistic, brutal, action-RPG platformer that’s teeming with visceral, satisfying combat, deep, diverse character builds, and incredible bosses.

It casts the player as a sailor shipwrecked on a strange, purgatorial island, insulated somehow against a backdrop of centuries-old worldwide perpetual war. What hope remains is isolated in Sanctuaries, protected dwellings where travellers can band together under common creeds to take shelter from the hostile world outside.

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Assassin's Creed Unity release delayed two weeks

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Assassin's Creed Unity release delayed two weeks

The release of Assassin's Creed Unity has been pushed back two weeks, Ubisoft has announced.

That makes its official European launch date November 13. It was due to launch worldwide on October 28.

The date change means Unity will now arrive in the same week as the last-gen offering Assassin's Creed Rogue.

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GTA Online no longer works on 12GB PlayStation 3

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GTA Online no longer works on 12GB PlayStation 3

You can no longer play GTA Online on a 12GB PlayStation 3, Rockstar has confirmed.

Last week’s Flight School update pushed the game beyond that system’s storage capacity, so now only singleplayer Grand Theft Auto V is available on such machines, and only if you aren’t connected to the internet.

“If not enough space is available on the system, hardware limitations will prevent players from accessing GTA Online,” said Rockstar.

“GTAV Story Mode will still be accessible by playing the game without being connected to PlayStation Network, and proceeding without additional updates.”

Rockstar has provided instructions for upgrading the PlayStation 3’s hard drive, so those affected can insert a larger drive and continue fragging fools online.

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[Updated] Australian consumer watchdog sues Valve over Steam refund policies
[Updated] Australian consumer watchdog sues Valve over Steam refund policies
NEWS New Zealand Commerce Commission responds.
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PAX Prime 2014 news roundup
PAX Prime 2014 news roundup
NEWS New-gen ports ahoy!
New 3DS models are faster, feature a second analogue input and extra triggers
New 3DS models are faster, feature a second analogue input and extra triggers
NEWS Userbase split.
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Sega announces Total War: Rome 2 Emperor Edition
Sega announces Total War: Rome 2 Emperor Edition
NEWS New campaign within.
PC
Strategy: Turn Based
Gauntlet reboot slips to later in the month
Gauntlet reboot slips to later in the month
NEWS Was due out this week.
Icewind Dale Enchanced Edition announced at PAX
Icewind Dale Enchanced Edition announced at PAX
NEWS Another Beamdog conversion.
Saints Row IV expansion Gat out of Hell coming 2015
Saints Row IV expansion Gat out of Hell coming 2015
NEWS New powers, weapons, story.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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PC, new-gen GTA V still on target for 2014
PC, new-gen GTA V still on target for 2014
NEWS Rumours unfounded.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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New rumours Call of Duty publisher intends to buy GTA publisher
New rumours Call of Duty publisher intends to buy GTA publisher
NEWS Breaking into the movie business.
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Challenging tactical RPG Natural Doctrine has a western release date
Challenging tactical RPG Natural Doctrine has a western release date
NEWS Time to die.
Charlie Murder studio announces brutal ARPG Salt and Sanctuary
Charlie Murder studio announces brutal ARPG Salt and Sanctuary
NEWS "Also, there are curb stomps."
GTA Online no longer works on 12GB PlayStation 3
GTA Online no longer works on 12GB PlayStation 3
NEWS Storage limit exceeded.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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September showdown: PlayStation Plus vs Games With Gold
September showdown: PlayStation Plus vs Games With Gold
NEWS A high-quality month.
Assassin's Creed Unity release delayed two weeks
Assassin's Creed Unity release delayed two weeks
NEWS Revolution postponed.
PC, XO, PS4
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Survival mystery title Escape Dead Island has a release date
Survival mystery title Escape Dead Island has a release date
NEWS Pre-order for Dead Island 2 beta access.
PC, 360, PS3
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GOG.com now sells gaming docos, mainstream TV and movies could be next
GOG.com now sells gaming docos, mainstream TV and movies could be next
NEWS Hollywood resistant.
Standalone Kinect 2.0 available for Xbox One in October
Standalone Kinect 2.0 available for Xbox One in October
NEWS Includes next Dance Central title.
XO
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Research reveals console owners' porn habits
Research reveals console owners' porn habits
NEWS Hard news.
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US Republican party creates its own game
US Republican party creates its own game
NEWS Before you ask: yes, it looks terrible.
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EA reprinted Skate 3 following demand created by YouTuber
EA reprinted Skate 3 following demand created by YouTuber
NEWS PewDiePie in a league of his own.
360, PS3
Sports
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Lohan is suing us for attention, says GTA V developer
Lohan is suing us for attention, says GTA V developer
NEWS Rockstar wants the case thrown out.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Saints Row 5 reveal tipped for PAX
Saints Row 5 reveal tipped for PAX
NEWS Volition to host a panel.
Sons of Anarchy a "very high-end tablet game"
Sons of Anarchy a "very high-end tablet game"
NEWS Coming this October.
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Tekken-style Pokémon fighting game Pokkén Tournament announced
Tekken-style Pokémon fighting game Pokkén Tournament announced
NEWS Japan only for now.
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EA expects to make US$1b from DLC this year
EA expects to make US$1b from DLC this year
NEWS Madden 15 to play a huge part.
Capcom sues Koei Tecmo for US$9.43m
Capcom sues Koei Tecmo for US$9.43m
NEWS Claims patent infringements.
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Amazon sees no need to interfere with Twitch
Amazon sees no need to interfere with Twitch
NEWS Doing "absolutely great" on its own.
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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Patch 2.1 is out today
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Patch 2.1 is out today
NEWS Big changes inside.
PC, 360, PS3, PS4
Dragon Age: Inquisition features a four-player co-op multiplayer mode
Dragon Age: Inquisition features a four-player co-op multiplayer mode
NEWS Three campaigns, nine heroes.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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Blizzard has "six or seven" more World of Warcraft expansions conceptualised
Blizzard has "six or seven" more World of Warcraft expansions conceptualised
NEWS Already in active development on the next.
PC
RPG: MMO
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