Casual Gaming News: Epic Games Launches Fortnite Crew Subscription for $12 a Month

Casual Gaming News: 11/23/20 – 11/29/20

We’re back again to break down the gaming news for this week. If you have any suggestions for news headlines we’ve missed, let us know in the comments!

First up on Casual Gaming News this week:

Red Dead Online Launches as a $5 Standalone Game on December 1 

“Red Dead Online will launch as a standalone title on Steam and the Epic Games Store December 1, and until February 15, 2021, will be priced at $4.99. The game will require “up to” 123GB of disk space and will include the option to purchase Red Dead Redemption 2: Story Mode separately.

This isn’t the biggest surprise in the world, with both GTA Online and Red Dead Online having a much longer tail than the traditional single-player campaigns (the former is scheduled for a standalone launch in late 2021). The initial price, however, for a Rockstar game, is pretty eyebrow-raising. After February 15, the price for Red Dead Online standalone will be $20.”

If you’re yet to dive into the world of Red Dead Redemption but can’t commit to the high price tag, Red Dead Online becoming only $5 is brilliant news. We’re certainly going to take advantage of this offer!

Read more at PC Gamer here.

Rare Copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 Breaks World Record for Most Expensive Video Game 

“If you want a pristine copy of Super Mario Bros. 3, I hope you’ve been saving your coins, as a sealed version of the game has sold for auction at $156k (£117k) – earning it the title of most expensive video game ever sold at auction.

The sealed variant of the NES game was sold by Texas-based auctioneer Heritage Auctions last Friday, beating the previous title-holder Super Mario Bros., a copy of which sold for $114k (£85k) back in July.

The bidding opened at $62.5k (£46.8k), but 20 bidders pushed the copy up to its record-breaking final amount.”

It’s absolutely insane how something that was once so simple could now be worth so much. To be sold for $156k, while completely sealed blows our minds. It’s not quite in our budget!

Read more at Euro Gamer here.

Epic Games Launches Fortnite Crew Subscription for $12 a Month

“Epic Games will launch its Fortnite Crew subscription for $12 a month on December 2. The subscription offers a monthly deal for players who get more virtual goods than they would ordinarily get with a seasonal Battle Pass.

With the Fortnite Crew subscription, players will get the following:

  • a Battle Pass for Season 5
  • 1,000 V-Bucks each month (valued at $8 at current discounted prices). Players can spend that on items in the shop such as skins, or outfits.
  • a Fortnite Crew Pack with an outfit bundle (one outfit and one accessory) that only Crew members can get”

There’s yet another subscription to add to your big pile, but is this one really worth the spend? If you’re a big fan of Fortnite and play it often, then the answer is probably yes. However, if you’re more of a casual gamer, you’d be better off purchasing a one-off Battle Pass.

Read more at Venture Beat here.

A Tomb Raider Mobile Game is Coming That Might Revive the Series’ Run-and-Gun Roots

“There’s a new Tomb Raider mobile game coming, and yes, it looks like a return to the tomb-pillaging run-and-gun action of the series’ original games. Sometime in 2021, you’ll be able to load up the free-to-play Lara Croft game on your phone. Square Enix didn’t reveal much in the 40-second teaser trailer for Tomb Raider Reloaded, as it’s called, besides some broad visual strokes that hearken back to the series’ origins.

The YouTube description notes that Tomb Raider Reloaded is an ‘action arcade game,’ presumably meaning we’ll get gameplay a bit closer to that of the console Tomb Raider games than the three prior mobile versions – the card game Lara Croft: Reflections, the Temple Run-like Tomb Raider: Relic Run and the lauded puzzle game Tomb Raider Go”

It’s amazing to hear that an action arcade Tomb Raider game is coming to mobile, because, well, the current options aren’t the best. Although it’s disappointing that we’re going to have to wait until 2021, we’re really excited to give it a go!

Read more at Tech Radar here.

Nintendo Shutting Down Super Mario Maker Level Uploads in 2021

“Nintendo is ending support for some online features in Super Mario Maker, the original Wii U game, next year. Players will no longer be able to upload courses in Super Mario Maker as of March 31, 2021, Nintendo said in a support notice on its website.

Super Mario Maker will be removed from the Nintendo eShop on Jan. 12, 2021, in accordance with the change. It will still be possible to play courses that were uploaded before the course upload feature is discontinued, and owners can re-download the game after its removal from the eShop.”

It seems March 31st, 2021 is going to be a sad day for Mario fans out there. On that day, Super Mario 3D All-Stars will no longer be sold physically or digitally; Super Mario Bros. 35’s getting taken off the Switch eShop; the new Super Mario Game & Watch system will no longer be available to buy, and now Super Mario Maker’s having its online services shut down!

Read more at Polygon here.

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