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M3: My Morning Musings - Yoshi 3DS XL, Diablo XP Boost, Wii & DS Online Shut Down, & More

Yoshi has a brand new adventure coming to the 3DS on March 14. In the follow-up to the 2006 Yoshi Island DS, Yoshi must once again protect Baby Mario in a platforming adventure. That same day, Nintendo will release a lime green 3DS XL that features a single egg and Yoshi in the left hand corner. The game, and console, both available on March 14, 2014, will cost a MSRP of $39.99 and $199.99.

In other 3DS news, the eShop will be getting the next iteration of Picross in Picross e4 from Developer Jupiter. The game will be available in April only on the Nintendo eShop.

Not to be outdone, Blizzard has a big game coming out on March 25 with the release of Diablo 3’s first expansion Reaper of Souls. To celebrate, anyone who jumps in and tries out the new Loot 2.0 system will get a 50% bonus experience for all their characters until March 24, 2014.

In addition to the new Loot system, where better items drop that are specific to your class, there is a new Paragon Leveling System that lets you continue leveling your characters that are already at max level. This allows for you to continue gaining new skills and perks. 

Also, the experience boost is only available, at this time, for the PC and Mac versions of Diablo 3. Console owners, who still are without an expansion release date, are out of luck.

The last installment in the Arkham series has been revealed with the Batman Arkham Knight Trailer.  You can see it below:

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for a next-gen Batman game! I predict it is going to be bloody brilliant!

In sad news, Nintendo has revealed that on May 20, 2014, online functionality via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, in titles on the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DSi, will be turned off. A full listing of titles impacted by this can be found here.

Fortunately for gamers, you can still play games in offline mode.  Also, games on the Wii U and 3DS will not be impacted by this unless you are playing original Wii and NDS titles via backwards compatibility. Other online functionality, such as access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services, are also not affected at this time.

Path of Exile, the Free to Play Action RPG, officially released in October of 2013. At that time, the team promised a mini-expansion to the game every 4 months. Though it is a few days late, that first expansion is now available with Sacrifice of Vaal. As with other content, this is a free update. If you haven’t jumped into Path of Exile yet, there is no better time than to give it a try.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 03/06/14

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