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‘Nerf Legends’ arena shooter brings the iconic blasters to console and PC

While we wait for Nerf to come to Oculus VR, Hasbro has unveiled a new game featuring its toy blasters. Nerf Legends is a first-person arena shooter with a sci-fi twist that sees players battling robots across 19 single player levels. There’s also online multiplayer including four versus four and eight player free-for-all modes.  

Of course, the game is another way to sell real-life Nerf products to a generation of kids who have grown up playing Fortnite. As such, there are 15 blasters from the Mega, Ultra and Elite lines, with upgrades and skins, to choose from. To help your side win, you’ll be able to use dart power-ups like magnetic push and pull, seeker and freeze on your opponents. The game is rated T for Teen, which suggests it’s not quite fit for kids of all ages, possibly due to the futuristic violence.

Nerf Legends will hit all major consoles, including the Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 19th, according to a Best Buy listing. It will be followed by Nerf Ultimate Championship, another arena shooter, on Oculus Quest in 2022. The double whammy of releases signals that Hasbro is serious about the potential of gaming to boost its long-running line of toy blasters.

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NERF: Legends takes toys to video game realm for multiplayer action

Video games based on toy brands are nothing new, but today, Hasbro and GameMill Entertainment announced one of the most interesting titles we’ve seen in a while. Today the two companies announced NERF: Legends, a new arena shooter where the weapons are replaced by NERF guns. In it, players will go toe-to-toe against both each other and evil robots.

The game was first revealed by IGN today, which notes that NERF: Legends is intended to be a family-friendly FPS. Sadly, IGN’s write-up also confirms that the NERF guns in the game will fire energy rather than darts, so it looks like the NERF experience won’t fully translate to the realm of video games.

NERF: Legends will feature 19 different sci-fi-themed levels, but we’re not sure how much exploration is actually involved in the campaign. The single-player campaign is apparently comprised of “a variety of boss battles and challenges” according to IGN, and even though the guns won’t normally fire typical NERF darts, there are upgrades that will allow you to fire darts with certain special abilities. The four power-ups revealed today include pull darts, push darts, seeker darts, and slow darts.

Multiplayer battles will happen as either 4v4 team battles or free-for-all matches that support eight players in all. GameMill told IGN that NERF: Legends will offer cross-play support across all platforms and that there will be a total of 15 NERF blasters in the game.

NERF: Legends is the second title in the works at GameMill that’s based on big childrens’ properties, as the company is also publishing Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. NERF: Legends is launching on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC this October.

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NERF HYPER delivers new, faster, easier-to-load blasters

This afternoon NERF revealed NERF HYPER, a new set of blasters that reload easier and blast more intensely than ever before. The NERF HYPER line works with three blasters right out the gate. With these blasters, you’ll find reload canisters that allow the user to keep the blasting action going with immense simplicity.

The NERF HYPER HYPER RUSH-40, NERF HYPER SIEGE-50, and NERF HYPER MACH-100 are the first three blasters in this line. Each of these blasters work with the same reload system, each are both bright and powerful.

NERF HYPER works with rounds that are smaller than NERF’s delivered before. They’re approximately 1/3 smaller than RIVAL rounds, and are made to move through the air at a speed significantly faster than rounds from earlier series blasters.

Each of the three blasters released in this initial NERF HYPER line works with rounds that are ejected at up to 100 feet per second. TO BE extra CLEAR here, the entire lineup is recommended for ages 14 and up. And they’re going to sell face masks for this line specifically, because those balls probably wouldn’t feel too good if they happened to hit you right in the teeth.

The blasters are priced at $30, $40, and $70 USD. The smallest (RUSH-40) fires single shots, the SIEGE-50 works as a pump-action shotgun sort of situation, and the MACH-100 is the big beast. The biggest blaster here requires D batteries and is fully automatic.

It’ll be interesting to see these blasters in action, especially the one that requires a power source. Anyone want to take bets on how long it’ll take someone to bypass the battery (very obviously not recommended) and hook it up to something stronger?

This entire line will be released inside the year 2021. It’s more likely we’ll see these devices in the second quarter of the year than it is the second half, but we shall see! We’re still in the middle of a pandemic, where release dates can change at the drop of a hat.

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