News Roundup January 15th

by Huey Chewwy in

Eggman and company form a trio in Team Sonic Racing, Netflix increasing subscription prices, Blackout mode getting a free trial period starting on Thursday, three Nintendo 3DS titles join the Nintendo Selects library, and new releases for the week.

Nobody likes being the third wheel

Every game needs a villain, or two, or three in this case. Team Sonic Racing has another team of three baddies of the Sonic universe. In the unimaginatively named Team Eggman we have Dr. Eggman himself, Metal Sonic, and Zavok. Um, who exactly is Zavok? That would be the villain from Sonic Lost World, its alright if you forgot that.

Team Sonic Racing launches for the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on May 21st.

Everyone is invited

As a contender to Fortnite and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Blackout from Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII has been doing pretty good. As of right now, the only way to access this mode is to purchase COD: BO 4 in wholesale. Whether or not this changes in the future remains to be seen but starting on Thursday, you’ll be able to get a piece of COD’s battle royale at no charge.

From January 17th through the 24th, the Blackout mode will be free for everyone to play on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. If you’ve been curious to see COD’s version of battle royale or just looking for something to play, this might be one to check out.

Because hey, paying $100 million for Friends isn’t going to be cheap

There is no doubt that Netflix is the juggernaut in the streaming space. Not only hosting thousands of movies and shows to watch but also original programming as well. This does come with a price and subscribers will feel the effects as Netflix will be increasing prices for all three of their streaming plans.

The most basic plan priced at $8 will go up one dollar to $9 a month. The most common and popular plan that allows streaming on two screens at the same time will increase from $11 to $13. Those on the premium plan showcasing ultra-high definition see their price go from $14 to $16 a month. The new prices are effective immediately for new subscribers in the US and will take effect for current subscribers in the next few months.

In the grand scheme of things, one to two dollars a month is not really much for the consumer. But if you look at the big picture with Amazon and the rumored Disney streaming service as potential heavyweight contenders, Netflix could be gearing up for a streaming war.

Show some love to your 3DS

Even as the Switch continues to sell, Nintendo has seemingly not forgotten about the 3DS. Maybe not in terms of new titles but by offering more games at a budget friendly price. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, Starfox 64 3D, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will join the Nintendo Selects library with these titles priced at $19.99.

Three pretty big titles on their own right, these prices take effect starting on February 4th.

New releases for the week

Janaury 15th

Onimusha Warlords (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 (PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
Vane (PS4)

January 17th

Octahedron: Transfixed Edition (Switch)
Build a Bridge! (Switch)
Feudal Alloy (Switch)
YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (PS4, Switch, Vita, PC)

January 18th

ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown (PS4, Xbox One)
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Switch)