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Mario + Rabbids comes to Switch

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Ubisoft has announced that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is now available, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle follows the most iconic video game character, Mario, and the irreverent Rabbids, on an unexpected journey to save the Mushroom Kingdom, in a new turn-based combat adventure.

“Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is truly a passion project from the development team and we can’t wait for players to get their hands on the game,” said Tony Key, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Consumer Experience, Ubisoft. “The response from fans has been tremendous and we believe the game is a must-have for Nintendo Switch owners.”

Developed by Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Paris,* Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle features Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Luigi and four Rabbid heroes taking on combat, puzzles and exploration across four iconic worlds. In the campaign, players will form a team of three heroes from a roster of eight diverse characters, each with their own unique personalities and skill sets, ensuring that battles play out differently with each team combination.  Using strategic vision and a collection of more than 250 weapons with unique characteristics, players have multiple ways to secure victory.

The game’s additional local co-op challenges, available in two levels of difficulty, allows players to join forces with a friend and take on new challenges with a team of four heroes. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle takes full advantage of the play anywhere, anytime ability of the Nintendo Switch, with battles playable on-the-go or at home. In addition, players will be able to unlock new in-game features with their amiibo figures.

Collect all of the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle figurines! Designed by Ubicollectibles, and inspired by the game’s characters, these figurines bring the Rabbids to a whole new universe.  Each figurine comes in 8cm or 16cm sizes, and showcase the Rabbids as their Mario universe counterparts. Collect all four Rabbids Heroes: Rabbids Mario, Rabbids Luigi, Rabbids Peach, and Rabbids Yoshi.  All figurines are available now for purchase at selected retailers.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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