GAME cancels Resident Evil 7 Collector’s Edition orders due to broken Baker Mansion statues

A batch of broken Baker Mansion statues has left GAME customers with a last-minute refund rather than their £99 Resident Evil 7 Collector’s Edition.

Stock of the special edition pack – exclusive to GAME in the UK – was delivered damaged, the UK retailer has admitted.

One GAME customer told Eurogamer he was only informed of the issue yesterday, at the last possible minute. Resident Evil 7 launched this morning in the UK.

This iPhone and iPad controller looks a lot like a Switch

Peripheral company is launching a line of controllers for mobile devices that look a lot like the Nintendo Switch’s Joycons.

The iPad Air and iPad Pro versions are launching today, while the variants for iPad Mini and iPhone (7, 7+, 6, and 6+) are due on 31st January. All retail for $99.95 in the US with UK pricing to be determined.

According to the older versions of these go for £78.99 on iPhone and £73.70 for iPad Mini.

Hitman’s next Elusive Target will be live on Friday

Hitman’s next Elusive Target, the 19th of these limited time engagements, will launch on 27th January.

Set in Paris, this mission will be available at 1pm UK time and will remain live for 10 days until the same time Monday, 6th February.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to eliminate a blackmailer named Walter Williams and retrieve the memory stick. As with all Elusive Targets, you only get one shot at this. Make it count.

The story behind the worst game ever made

There’s a part of me that inwardly grins whenever I see the latest big video game release condemned as a ‘broken, unplayable mess’ by the internet masses. The last notable title to garner such derision was Sega’s Aliens: Colonial Marines, which I purchased a few months ago for £1.99 from a popular high street retailer. Far from a ‘broken, unplayable mess’, I found Colonial Marines to be an enjoyable, if flawed, effort. Not perfect by any means, but good for a modicum of xenomorphic blasting fun.

Coincidentally, for the same money, you could have obtained a brand-spanking new copy of Sqij! back in the summer of 1987, a time when budget games were part of the slow death march of the 8-bit videogames market in the UK. Sqij! was released by a company called The Power House, which had begun life a year earlier as Alpha-Omega, the budget offspring of publisher and developer CRL Group. The ZX Spectrum version of Sqij! is renowned as one of the worst games ever; due to a bug, it couldn’t actually be played at all – surely the very definition of a broken, unplayable mess. Yet the story of Sqij! doesn’t begin on the Spectrum, but on its great rival, the Commodore 64 and a 12-year old by the name of Jason Kendall.

“I’d learned BASIC on a Commodore PET at my school,” says Kendall. “I talked my mum and dad into getting me a VIC-20 and started learning 6502 assembly language. When the C64 launched, I got one and wrote Sqij! – my first attempt at a game.” The young coder despatched several demo cassettes to mainly budget games companies, and Alpha-Omega were soon in touch. “I was 13 when I sold it to them, and the cassette inlay had a photo of me in it! It got me the princely sum of £300.”

Jelly Deals: Amazon offering £10 off a £50 purchase today only

A note from the editor: is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Amazon UK announced today that, to celebrate being voted the number one organisation in the UK for Customer Service (according to a survey by The Institute of Customer Service, which is apparently a real organisation), the company is letting each and every customer get £10 off a purchase of £50 or more for one day only. That one day being today!

The offer’s small print prohibits the discount from being used on digital products, alcohol, gift cards and for some reason, baby formula. One thing it does still apply to, though, is pre-orders. This means, if you’re planning on picking up a Nintendo Switch for launch, you’ll be able to take ahead of time, as long as you can make the total purchase hit £50 or above. , for example, is currently £49.99 but as long as you can throw something cheap into the basket along with it, you’ll get your £10 off, effectively making the game £40.

There’s a new Fire Emblem coming to the 3DS this year

The Nintendo 3DS is getting a surprise new Fire Emblem, with a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden – the last Famicom entry in the series, and a game that never made its way out of Japan – coming out on May 19th in the UK.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is an expansive remake that brings the art-style of Awakening and Fates to the 1992 game while retaining its unique character, with the free-roaming open world map returning alongside branching class promotions. New animations from Studio Khara also feature, while the release will be accompanied by two new Amiibos featuring stars Celica and Alm.

Nintendo also used the occasion to announce that Fire Emblem would be coming to the Switch next year, with an as-yet untitled new game set to be the first series entry on home consoles since 2008’s Radiant Dawn.

UK online shop says it will honour £198.50 Nintendo Switch pre-orders

A UK online shop that sold at £198.50 – over £80 cheaper than it costs elsewhere – has said it will honour pre-orders.

In a post on its website, said “everybody” who ordered a Switch with the company will see their pre-order honoured at £198.50. This morning, .

In a follow-up conversation with Eurogamer, GameSeek boss Stephen Staley said nearly 1000 people pre-ordered at the low price (GameSeek takes payment up-front with pre-orders).