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Missing Pieces: Wrapping up the week's must-know gaming news

Hayden Dingman | Feb. 3, 2014
Welcome to Missing Pieces, a wrap-up of the week's interesting gaming news that didn't manage to make it onto the site as a standalone story.

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords goes free for the weekend on 3DS
If you own a Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords is free to download from now until February 2 (Sunday) at midnight, Pacific Time. It's not the first time Nintendo has offered the game for free, but who cares? It's a great game, and free is free.

White Xbox One inbound?
The rumors of a proper white Xbox One release — originally the white variant was a special employees-only design — came out of games forum Neogaf earlier this week, and The Verge says it independently confirmed the story. Supposedly Microsoft will release the new machine in October.

The same Neogaf post also showed off a Titanfall-branded Xbox One (presumably for release alongside the game in March) and claims a limited-edition 1TB model is coming in November.

Elder Scrolls Online and your money
Bethesda's impending Elder Scrolls Online MMO had some pre-release ups and downs this week.

PlayStation 4 owners will not have to pay for the PlayStation Plus multiplayer service on top of the Elder Scrolls Online subscription in order to play, but for whatever reason Xbox One owners will have to pay for Xbox Live Gold in order to play.

Also, Bethesda is releasing the "Imperial Edition" — basically the collector's edition of the game. The physical version costs $100, while digital costs $80. The physical version is probably the better deal, provided you're into video game statues and the like. However, both versions give players the ability to make an Imperial character, regardless of in-game alliance, and a Mudcrab pet. (There's no word on whether it talks, alas.)

But wait, there's more!
If you've got a bit more time on your hands, be sure to check out our longer-form gaming coverage from the past seven days, including my hands-on impressions of Steam's magical in-home streaming technology, the launch of AMD's PC performance-boosting "Mantle" gaming tech, Microsoft buying the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic, Nintendo refusing your dirty cell phone money to focus on, um, healthcare, and an in-depth preview of the insanely hard (and insanely fun) Dark Souls II.


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