Shacknews - Daniel Perez

We learned earlier this year Nintendo plans on launching its Nintendo NX in July 2016, and while that date seems relatively early considering the Wii U’s lifecycle, a new report has been published which once again solidifies the company’s plans for the new year.

A new report published by Digitimes says the Nintendo NX will enter mass production at the end of the first quarter of 2016 with the device’s upstream supply chain estimating shipments to reach around 10 - 12 million units. Foxconn Electronics has been chosen to manufacture the Nintendo NX, which is estimated to enter mass shipments in Q2 2016.

In addition to Foxconn, suppliers such as Foxconn Technology, Macronix, Pixart Imaging, Coxon Precise Industrial, Nishoku Technology, Delta Technology, Lingsen Precision, and Jantech will also supply components for the Nintendo NX.

We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment. We’ll be sure to update this story when we receive a response.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Since its release, Rock Band 4 has mainly focused its DLC offerings on musical acts from the past, culminating with last week's big Van Halen pack. For this week, Harmonix is looking a little more current, offering up a five-pack of recent hits from the Billboard music charts.

The following tracks will be available as part of the "Off That Charts 01" pack:

  • Beck - "Dreams"
  • BØRNS - "Electric Love"
  • Catfish And The Bottlemen - "Cocoon"
  • Cold War Kids - "First"
  • X Ambassadors - "Renegades"

These five tracks will be available tomorrow, December 1 for $8.49. They can also be downloaded individually for $1.99, hypothetically for those that never, ever want to hear the song "Renegade" again. To get a glimpse of what's coming, check out the video below.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Deep Silver has released a new trailer for Mighty No. 9 that highlights all of the different game modes players can expect in the title when it launches on February 9.

The “Bring It” trailer shows off Mighty No. 9’s Boss Rush, Challenge Mode, One-Hit Death Maniac Mode, and online Co-op challenges. All of which have been implemented in order to make the game fun, challenging, fun, replayable, and, of course, fun. The new trailer also shows off a montage of various in-game visuals, which all look exactly as you’d expect Mighty No. 9 to look.

After being delayed over and over and over again, we certainly hope Might No. 9 ends up being a fun experience when it’s released in February. It would be a shame if all of these delays ended with a sub-par game, which we always hate to see around here.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Nintendo has announced Mario Kart 8 will be the highlight of a new show on Disney XD called “Clash of the Karts: Mario Kart 8”.

Clash of the Karts will star eight of America’s “best young gamers” as they team up with a number of popular YouTube personalities, like Strawburry 17, Andre from Black Nerd Comedy, AtomicMari, and SethBling, as they compete in a one-hour multi-round Mario Kart 8 competition.

Clash of the Karts: Mario Kart 8 will air on December 5 at 8pm PT/ET.

This isn’t the first time video games have taken center stage on Disney XD as the Nintendo World Championships aired on the channel back in September 2015. We think it’s safe to assume the show did well for Disney XD in order for it to want to continue with another game-related television show. Let’s just see if the Clash of the Karts show is as entertaining as the Nintendo World Championships.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

The console digital stores are also getting major Black Friday deals. Get ready to dive in!

Here's our selection of this weekend's console deals:

Xbox One

The following deals are available to all Xbox One users. Gold members will get an additional discount.

The following games are a part of Xbox One Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.

PlayStation 4

The one-time-use code FH24P5BDR6 can be used to save 10% off your purchase.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

Nintendo Wii U

Xbox 360

The following deals are available to all Xbox One users. Gold members will get an additional discount.

The following games are a part of Xbox 360 Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.

PlayStation 3

The one-time-use code FH24P5BDR6 can be used to save 10% off your purchase.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

Nintendo 3DS

PlayStation Vita

The one-time-use code FH24P5BDR6 can be used to save 10% off your purchase.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Hearthstone has taken the world like a Windfury Shaman. However some of us are still trying to wrap our heads around it. We here at Shacknews want to help you out, so we've gathered some experienced old Hearthstone hands to explain the best ways to get started.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

It's Black Friday and just about every digital retailer has major deals going all weekend. There is no time for talk. Let's just get to it.

Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:


Bundle Stars

Pay $10.19 for Quake (w/ Mission Packs 1 and 2), Quake II (w/Ground Zero and The Reckoning Mission Packs), Quake III Arena, Quake III: Team Arena, and Quake IV. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $2.99 for Blades of Time Limited Edition, bit Dungeon II, Etherlords I & II, Wizardry 8, Rune Classic, FATE: Undiscovered Realms, and Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny Revised Edition (w/For the Gods DLC). These activate on Steam.

Or pay $14.99 for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its DLC packs. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $12.74 for four copies of Rise of the Triad and four copies of The Apogee Throwback Pack. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $2.99 for Distraint, Replay - VHS is not dead, Heckabomb, Spellsworn, Sleep Attack, MechaNika, Adventure in the Tower of Flight, Rack n Ruin, Get Over Here, and Coffin Dodgers. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $2.99 for Tropico Trilogy, Hard Reset Extended Edition, Combat Wings: Battle of Britain, Inquisitor Deluxe Edition, Zeno Clash 2, and The First Templar - Steam Special Edition. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $2.99 for Kingdom Rush, Secrets of Raetikon, Pixel Piracy, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate, PixelJunk Shooter, Velocity Ultra, Qora, and GAUGE. These activate on Steam.


The following deals are only good until the end of the day today.



Get Games

Green Man Gaming

Use the code SAVE10-WTHGMG-GTBFCM to get 10% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply.

  • In addition to the deals below, Green Man Gaming is having 4-hour Flash Sales throughout the weekend. Be sure to visit Green Man Gaming to find out what's on sale right now!
  • Rainbow Six Siege [UPlay] (Pre-order) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate [UPlay] - $37.99 (36% off)
  • Pillars of Eternity Hero Edition [Steam] - $26.99 (40% off)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition [Steam] - $13.99 (65% off)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Imperial Edition - $31.99 (60% off)
  • Fallout: New Vegas [Steam] - $2.49 (75% off)
  • The Evil Within + Season Pass [Steam] - $27.99 (60% off)
  • Green Man Gaming is also offering a series of 24-hour deals. Those can be found here.

Humble Bundle

Pay what you want for Grid 2 (w/Drift Pack), DiRT Showdown, Overlord, Operation Flashpoint Complete (Dragon Rising and Red River), Hospital Tycoon, and Colin McRae Rally. Pay more than the average $5.56 to get Grid Autosport, Overlord II, Overlord Raising Hell, Grid 2 Spa-Francorchamps Track Pack, and more games to be named later. Pay $15 or more to also get the Grid Autosport Season Pass, DiRT 3 Complete Edition, and the GRiD 2: All in DLC pack. All games work on Steam with Steam keys available for a $1 minimum donation.

Or pay what you want for Wormd, Worms Crazy Golf, Alien Breed: Trilogy, Light, and Worms Armageddon. Pay $6 or more to also get Worms Revolution GOLD, Worms Reloaded, Flockers, Schrodinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark. Pay $12 or more to also get Worms Clan Wars 4-pack, LA Cops, and Beyond Eyes. Pay $70 or more to also get the Team 17 Legacy Collection. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.




As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Love is in the air, and it's time for a Revolution.

Step into the boots of Arno Dorian as he barrels headfirst into a journey for justice. Thrown into the waging war between Templars and Assassins he'll soar through the city on a quest to save the beaten people of 18th century France one Phantom Blade at a time. He's also set his eyes on Elise, a young Templar woman whom he's known most his life.

Murder, betrayal, a spiraling love affair, and a city just waiting to erupt... what are you waiting for? Take the leap.

Prologue - Follow de Molay, find the Templar artifacts, and then kill the Assassin.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Origin announced its Origin PC EON17-X this past June, giving PC gamers around the world a reason to show some interest in the gaming laptop. Considering G-Sync technology was only previously available for desktop machines, delivering a gaming laptop with the feature is a pretty big deal as it can keep tearing and screen stutter to a minimum while you’re on the go.

The EON17-X has all the bells and whistles those who take their PC gaming serious would want in a gaming laptop. And while it performs to the degree I expected it to, I didn't expect it to underperform as much as it did in certain aspects.

Heavy-duty Gaming

The EON17-X is considered a desktop replacement, which means you shouldn’t expect to do any serious traveling with it. Weighing in at 8.6lbs, it’s quite a heavy gaming laptop, but considering how much is stuffed within its chassis, I’m impressed Origin was able to put so much into such a small space. Stuffing an Intel i7 6700K CPU into the EON17-X alone should is an impressive feat, considering it’s only ever been made available for desktop computers. And what makes the CPU even more enticing is the fact it’s been overclocked to 4.5GHz.

While the laptop itself is on the larger side, it uses its space well as it features a 17.3-inch 1080p IPS Matte Display, a full sized keyboard with customizable backlight, and a multi-gesture trackpad. The keyboard was comfortable to write on as it had just the right amount of sponginess and clickiness for my taste, and I really enjoyed the custom backlighting since I was able to have it display a wide variety of colors. It wasn’t to the quality I’d expect from an RGB keyboard, but I was still impressed with its ability to add just a bit of visual spice to its overall black and rigid body.

The trackpad, on the other hand, was more of a nuisance than anything else. Instead of being placed in the middle of the palm rests, it’s positioned slightly to the left. Having it in that position has caused my left palm to come into contact with the trackpad too often. Other than its frustrating positioning, the trackpad had a smooth surface, which I always prefer over one with texture to it, and it even had a fingerprint reader in the middle, which performed very well as I was able to capture all of my fingertips within its system. Now if I lose nine of my fingers, I’ll at least have one more available to unlock this laptop.

Performance at a Cost

With an Intel i7 6700K overclocked at 4.5GHz and an Nvidia GTX 980M, the EON17-X performed just as well as I expected it to in our benchmarks. In PCMark 7, it scored a 6513, which is on the higher end of the gaming laptop spectrum, while in 3DMark 11, it scored a P11423 and an X4331. It’s 3DMark 11 scores are also very good as it nearly reaches performance levels that can run the Oculus Rift, which is very impressive for a gaming laptop.

In my time with the EON17-X, I played the latest releases, including Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Across the board, the laptop performed flawlessly as I was able to push it to give me a smooth gaming experience in everything I threw at it. While getting Fallout 4 to perform well was a breeze considering its recommended specs, getting The Witcher 3 to perform at Full 1080p with all of its details maxed out is even more impressive.

When it comes to gaming on the go, battery life may be just as important as the performance you can get out of a machine. While the EON17-X exceeds in its performance, it fails in its ability to stay on for long periods of time. On a single charge, I was able to achieve a little over two hours of battery life when using it for everyday tasks, such as email, social networking, and watching videos on YouTube. When I played a game on it, the battery life dropped significantly as I was only able to get around 30 - 45 minutes of game time while running several games on their highest visual settings. So if you plan on taking your gaming on your commute, it better be a quick one or else you’ll find yourself with a nearly nine-pound paperweight.


Even though the EON17-X is categorized as a laptop, I can’t imagine myself lugging it around on a daily basis. Instead, I could easily see myself propping this on my office desk and treating it like a desktop while also saving some space from having a full-sized desktop set up. And if I need to travel with it, it’ll be at short distances where I can throw it in my car to visit friends and family while also showing off this beast of a laptop.

One caveat that keeps me from wanting to travel with the EON17-X is its very short battery life. I feel like it wasn’t really built with traveling in mind as getting to play a game for under an hour while on the go doesn’t warrant having to lug it around for several hours.

With all that said, as long as you keep the laptop at home and close to its power adapter, you're going to get some serious performance that should be able to keep up with your gaming habits for a couple of years.

System Specs

  • CPU: Intel i7 6700K overclocked to 4.5GHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 8GB 980M
  • Display: 1920 x 1080p IPS Matte Display
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4 2133MHz
  • Storage: 1TB Seagate Mobile SSHD
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • OS Drive: 256GB Samsung SM951 PCie M.2
  •  Lifetime 24/7 Based Support and Lifetime Free Labor. 1 year Part Replacement & 45 day shipping warranty
  • 45 Day No Dead Pixel Guarantee Free

This review is based on a loaner unit from Origin. The Origin PC EON17-X is available in retail today.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Sega has released a new trailer for its upcoming Total War: Warhammer that highlights the game’s campaign.

In Total War: Warhammer, Grimgor Ironhide is on the hunt for a new adversary after slaughtering his way across the Blasted Wastes. Today’s trailer shows off the game’s impressive engine in action as we’re taken on a fly-through of its campaign map for the first time, which hints at the range of cities and terrain we can aspire to conquer.

Total War: Warhammer is scheduled to release on PC on April 28, 2016.


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