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Mario Kart goes mobile

Mobile versions of Nintendo’s popular Mario Kart game are arriving later this month in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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On 25 September, Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo’s latest game designed for iOS and Android devices, boosts out of the starting gate and into the palms of players’ hands. This new Mario Kart game goes beyond Rainbow Road, with special city courses that let players race through courses inspired by actual locations like New York, Tokyo and Paris. Players who want to be notified once the game is available to download can pre-register now via the App Store and Google Play.

“For the first time ever in a Mario Kart game, players can drive past giant Warp Pipes while drifting through a New York-inspired cityscape, all with the swipe of a finger,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Whether you’re an experienced Mario Kart pro or just getting your Mushroom Kingdom driver’s license, Mario Kart Tour is a game for everyone that brings some of Nintendo’s most beloved characters into the hands of players around the world.”

In the game, players can experience the racing fun of Mario Kart while collecting drivers, like Mario, as well as karts and gliders. Players can choose which drivers, karts and gliders to use in races across a variety of courses, including new takes on classic courses and special city courses. City courses, special in-game event courses inspired by real-world locations, will be available during specific time periods at launch. In addition to courses based on iconic locales, some Mario Kart characters will get variations that incorporate the local flavour of cities featured in the game.

Mario Kart Tour is free-to-start, and will be available to download for iOS and Android devices on 25 September. A Nintendo Account is required to play Mario Kart Tour. Players can obtain their in-game registration card by linking their Nintendo Account. Those who do not already have a Nintendo Account can create one at https://accounts.nintendo.com/register.

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Get GTA: San Andreas free on PC

Rockstar Games has introduced its new Games Launcher for Windows, which includes a free download of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for a limited time.

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The Rockstar Games Launcher is a new Windows desktop application that allows users to access the Rockstar Games PC collection in a single place, across both digital and disc-based titles. This includes Rockstar Games tittles purchased from various other digital stores like Steam. Users can also use the Launcher to shop for new Rockstar Games PC titles to add to their collection.

The Rockstar Games Launcher comes with a host of features, including the addition of cloud save functionality to supported titles, the ability to keep one’s Rockstar Games PC library updated automatically, and ways to follow Rockstar Games news from inside the Launcher.

For a limited time, anyone can install the Rockstar Games Launcher and claim a free copy of the classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on PC within the Rockstar Games Launcher, to permanently add it to their Social Club account’s library.

The Rockstar Games Launcher is available for download now here: https://socialclub.rockstargames.com/rockstar-games-launcher

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Control: Combat meets supernatural

In Control, Jesse Faden becomes the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control and uncovers the supernatural threats that haunt the headquarters.

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When the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Control starts her job, she discovers the headquarters has been taken over by some kind of supernatural threat. She needs to do what it takes to get the building back.

Control’s reluctant leading lady arrives at the bureau searching for the truth behind a tragic event from her childhood that ended in the unexplained disappearance of her brother – the supernatural ripples of which have followed her ever since.

She’s a far cry from an alpha male videogame archetype. Traditionally, the bureau is starchy and by-the-book, but Jesse is spontaneous, instinctive and prepared to do whatever necessary to get the answers she needs. 

Control’s big-bad is The Hiss – a mysterious otherworldly entity which travels between dimensions, corrupting and consuming everything it comes across. What that means for Jesse is a skyscraper full of compromised bureau employees out for her blood.

Don’t assume that translates as hordes of cookie-cutter white-collar office drones coming after you. Remedy has taken the concept and run with it, twisting the bureau’s workforce into variety terrifying forms that require strategic thinking to take down.

The bureau’s name is the Oldest House, where the game’s action plays out. It’s a huge, brutalist, Tardis-like structure that transcends its own physical boundaries, shifting its dimensions as players explore.

Control’s combat sees players combining two separate sets of systems to devastating effect: a highly customisable service weapon, and a range of supernatural powers. It’s sophisticated, creative and lots of fun to play around with.

Alongside the big action set pieces, players also need to exercise their grey matter to solve both environmental puzzles and narrative riddles that, in keeping with the dream logic that underpins the game’s plot, demands thinking outside the box. 

Control is out now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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