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This episode of New Releases is taking a look at the hottest games of October, and the new month is bookended by some really big ones. Super Mario Bros. 35, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, and Star Wars: Squadrons kick things off, then October wraps up with Watch Dogs Legion and Pikmin 3 Deluxe. You can find more info on all of those games right here.
Super Mario Bros. 35 — October 1
Available on: Switch
Yes, this is a Super Mario battle royale. As you play through Super Mario Bros., you’ll send defeated enemies to an opponent’s screen. Last plumber standing wins. Super Mario Bros. 35 was announced as part of the series’ 35th anniversary, but be aware that it won’t be available to play after March 31, 2021.
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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time — October 2
Available on: PS4, Xbox One
Crash is back for a totally new platforming adventure, but you’ll control more than just him in the new levels: Coco, Neo Cortex, Dingodile, and Tawna are all playable, too. They can wear new masks that change the flow of time, the direction of gravity, and more. On top of that, you can collect Flashback Tapes to revisit classic moments from the original games.
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Star Wars: Squadrons — October 2
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
If you’ve been itching to get into the cockpit of a TIE Fighter or X-Wing, now’s your chance–and you can use your flight stick on PS4, Xbox One, and PC to fly them. Squadrons has a story mode to experience, and of course there’s multiplayer, too. You can engage in deathmatch-style dogfights or engage in Fleet Battles, which are all about capturing larger ships from the enemy.
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Watch Dogs Legion — October 29
Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Legion is set in a dystopian near-future London, where the Albion military company has taken over. Fortunately, your Dedsec agents are ready to take the city back, and you can recruit any character in the game to your cause. With a full resistance army on your side, you can carry out missions in the open world however you see fit, whether you choose to go in with stealth or guns blazing.
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Pikmin 3 Deluxe — October 30
Available on: Switch
Pikmin 4 is apparently still in development, but for now, we’re getting this re-release on Nintendo Switch. Deluxe includes the original game, all of its DLC, and a new set of side missions for Olimar and Louie. There are also new co-op options for exploring the planet together with a friend.
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There’s a lot of October to come and plenty of video games launching during the new month. Next week, we’ll take a look at Baldur’s Gate 3 as it enters early access, as well as FIFA 21.