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The NPD report has arrived for March, bringing in some positive (and negative) news for the major hardware players out there. Sony enjoyed the overall hardware sales lead for the month, with the PlayStation 4 topping the charts. This despite the release of Titanfall, which gave Microsoft's Xbox One a nice boost (Titanfall also had the lead in retail sales, edging out Infamous: Second Son). Nintendo saw a rise in Wii U hardware sales compared to last year, while the 3DS saw a significant drop. Numbers inside.

PAX East 2014 enjoyed the expo’s largest turnout of indie developers to date, and marked the year where, in my mind, indies definitively trumped the AAA publishers. While many of the better known games had lines far longer than I could wait (I’m looking at you, Below), some of the show’s smaller titles left me the most excited.

Head inside to have a look at some of the titles that I found the most exciting!

Nintendo of America has announced they are cutting the price of five 3DS titles on April 22nd. Among them are the system's top three best-selling titles, so if you haven't picked them up yet, you now have one less excuse.

The games getting the mark-down are Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. They will be available both in the eShop and on shelves for $29.99. The price cut should bolster 3DS software sales a bit this spring, which will be good for Nintendo's bottom line. Not that the 3DS needs a great deal of bolstering.

One of the best downloadable games of 2013 was DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! This Metroid inspired luchador action game was well received for its colorful art style, sense of humor, and extremely satisfying combat, but criticized for its implementation of a two player mode that made the more trickier platforming sections an annoying hassle. I would personally recommend you download it on your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita, or wait a little bit to get an enhanced edition that is coming out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, and Xbox 360. If you're a Guacamelee! fan, you'll be excited to see that DrinkBox Studios' has recently released a trailer of their upcoming game, Severed, and is coming to mobile platforms and will hopefully be released sometime in 2015.

Jump to check out the trailer and some info on the game!

According to a recent interview with Polygon, Activision originally wanted to partner with Nintendo for their Skylanders series. The games, which feature collectible toys that interact with the game world, could have been exclusive to Nintendo consoles, at least at first.

According to Toys For Bob (a Skylanders developer) co-founder Paul Reiche, Nintendo "spent a long time looking and looking. They were just like 'We have never seen anything like this before.' I've always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs]." In the end, Nintendo ended up passing on the offer, leading Skylanders to become a multiplatform game. Nintendo later tried a similar approach with Pokemon Rumble U, and Disney Infinity has risen to challenge the franchise, but Skylanders remains a top gaming franchise (especially for children).

Would you have liked to see Skylanders be Nintendo exclusive? Would you have been in favor of possible Skylanders toys based on Nintendo franchises? Sound off in the comments!

Thank you, Samus! But your developer is in another castle.

Yoshio Sakamoto, a veteran creator at Nintendo, has helped in the creation of the Metroid series, leading the conception of the series by directing Metroid and Super Metroid, and bringing it into the modern era with his direction of Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Other M. He has worked on five different Metroid titles, acting as the godfather of the franchise since the very beginning. He's even lent his talent to other , such as WarioWare and Rhythm Heaven.

Sakamoto-san's latest project, Tomodachi Life, is an upcoming simulation title for the 3DS coming to North America and Europe this summer. The game has already achieved commercial success in Japan. While promoting his new title at a reveal event, Sakamoto was inquired on whether he would continue in his contributions on the Metroid series. In recent years, the developer has stepped back into a producer role, only returning to the director's chair for Other M.

See his response after the jump.

Every year, since I usually have a pretty good idea of if I'll like a game or think it a massive failure, I make it my goal to find a game that can surprise me. Of course, with all the research in the world, the game could still end up as a massive failure. For example, let us take a look at one of Nintendo’s first entries into the free-to-play realm of gaming: Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball for the Nintendo 3DS, free-to-play tactics and sports games, two things about gaming that I am usually not super fond of. I have gone on record before about sports games being way too focused on having super realistic movements. and all of them being the same with no innovation thrown into the mix. Now, free-to-play sucks, since the business model can be easily abused and has been abused from Final Fantasy: All the Bravest to Dungeon Keeper Mobile. It is awful that companies have put a sour taste in everyone’s mouth with these bad examples of free-to-play, while games like Loadout, which is a great example of the same model done well, get overlooked. Anyway, back to Rusty’s: what do you get when you combine arcade-style baseball mini-games and a surprisingly good free-to-play model? Well, read on to find out.

I think for awhile now we've known that the AAA industry seems to have a heavy focus on a select few genres, and among that, making games that seem to be all too similar. We've found plenty of avenues to place the blame for this, but chief among them is the AAA marketing teams. Jim Sterling, review editor of The Escapist, had a chance to sit down with developers and other such folks within the AAA industry to talk about this very issue.

Unfortunately, he can't say who he talked to because they would lose their jobs, but he has a very saddening yet very pointed quote that explains practically every issue we see with AAA games. Head inside.

"Suck it up." Get it? ...I'm sorry.

One of Nintendo's upcoming 3DS titles is the latest entry in the Kirby series. The newest side-scrolling platforming beat-em-up stars everyone's favorite rotund pink monster as he travels through several worlds to collect Sun Stones. The game features 26 different copy abilities, a 2.5-D style similar to that of the Kirby's Return to Dreamland, and brand new multiplayer modes.

The latest trailer shows some of Kirby's copied powers in action, both new and old. Interesting ones to note include the stone ability that transforms Kirby into a statue, a leaf ability that grows vines in front of Kirby, and the circus ability which creates flaming rings that Kirby can jump through. In addition, we get a glimpse at Kirby's brand new Hypernova ability, a sort of super-powered version of Kirby's signature vacuum-esque suck. It's so powerful, it can even swallow up a train.

Check out the trailer after the jump. Kirby: Triple Deluxe releases on May 2nd in North America, with Europe following on May 16th.

It's a question for the ages: Who would win in the ultimate three battle of original starter Pokémon? Technically speaking, they are supposed to counter each other: Blastoise over Charizard, Charizard over Venasaur, and Venasaur over Blastoise, but everything changes when you pit them all against each other at the same time. In fact, using advanced mathematics, you can actually determine which one is ultimately the best of the three. Head inside.