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Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee is scheduled to release early next year, reviving the 3D platformer genre for a new generation, and developer Playtonic Games has just announced an exciting collaboration. Shovel Knight, the titular star of one of the most popular indie games in years, will make a guest appearance in Yooka-Laylee as a non-playable character. Playtonic Games released a new trailer for Yooka-Laylee at EGX, showcasing the game's colorful cast of quirky characters, including Shovel Knight himself. You can check out the trailer by clicking below!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join the fun as we discuss the new series Pokémon Generations, new Ultra Beasts from Sun and Moon, Nintendo's strategy for making mobile vs. console games, Nintendo's new position for someone to enforce DMCA takedowns, Pokémon GO's further-declining numbers, and tons more. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

Axiom Verge enjoyed a critically-acclaimed launch last year, and the Metroid-inspired action-platformer has been making its way to new consoles ever since. Shortly after releasing on Wii U, Axiom Verge is headed to Xbox One. In a new blog post, developer Tom Happ announced that Axiom Verge will be available on Microsoft's console starting on September 30th. The game has a price tag of $19.99, but it will be discounted by 10% until October 10th. If you're a fan of classic games like Metroid and Contra, you'll definitely want to pick it up.

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

This year's Fall and Winter season is an unusually slow time for Nintendo fans, and most gamers who rely primarily on Nintendo hardly have anything new to play until March. So we thought now would be a perfect time to introduce a new segment called Indigo Plateau, where we build best-of lists about all things Nintendo. This week we explore our top five Wii U games—like Smash, Mario Kart, Shovel Knight, Splatoon, Donkey Kong, Pikmin, and tons more. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now.

One of the first great Kickstarter success stories, Shovel Knight is still alive and kicking almost two years after its initial launch. Yacht Club Games' retro platformer/RPG-lite ode to the 8-bit era has stuck around in the conversation for a while, and it seems like it won't be leaving anytime soon. The studio has announced that Shovel Knight's next DLC expansion is titled Specter of Torment and will launch sometime in the spring of 2017. Though the DLC was initially supposed to arrive sometime this year, a short delay is an incidental disappointment to the polish that Yacht Club has routinely demonstrated. Specter of Torment will be free to download for Shovel Knight owners, and a third expansion is still on the way.

The video game industry has many members, but a select few have gained industry-wide recognition as a result of the games they've worked on and the influence they have among gamers and other developers. These minds have crafted some of the greatest save-the-world adventures in gaming, but what would happen if they, or at least parodies of these individuals, were actually tasked with saving a world? That's what a new game on Kickstarter, titled "Dawn of the Devs," seeks to answer, as players will take control of industry icons "Tom Schiffer," "Biff Klozinski," and "Hiro Komiya" to rescue a world which houses every evil of gaming.

Head past the jump to learn more!

Hyper Light Drifter, the critically acclaimed 8-bit action RPG, will unfortunately not be coming to the Wii U or the PlayStation Vita as previously planned. Alex Preston, the game's creator, recently released a video explaining that due to his heart condition and lack of treatment during development he would be unable to complete the estimated six additional months necessary for a Wii U and Vita port.

Of course, it's not just health issues preventing a Wii U version. The game's engine has not been ported to the Wii U because the engine's creator, YoYo Games, has yet to come to a satisfactory agreement with Nintendo. Both the Wii U and Vita versions would need to be rebuilt completely from the ground up.

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Independent video games have become more and more prominent as more people join the development community. Some turn out very well, receiving impressive amounts of publicity and sales, while others turn out to be broken, almost comical examples of what a video game should never be. For one reason or another though, indie games are often held to a vastly different standard than triple-A titles.

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Nintendo hasn't released a new 2D Metroid game in well over a decade, but indie sensation Axiom Verge is serving as an excellent substitute for many. The action-platformer launched early last year, and it finally came to Wii U on September 1st. Developer Tom Happ and marketing partner Dan Adelman recently fielded questions from fans as part of a Reddit AMA, and one fan asked if they attempted to get a Samus cameo in the game, paying homage to its inspiration. While Axiom Verge's password system features a Metroid reference, a much more ambitious connection was proposed, but ultimately rejected by Nintendo. Hit the jump for the details!

Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Super Sentai are a few superhero tokusatsu franchises that have come to define the genre in Japan. In the West, Super Sentai became what we know today as Saban's Power Rangers, which serves as the inspiration for Chroma Squad: a tactical RPG developed by Brazilian team Behold Studios. The game was released on Steam in 2015 and pays homage to the genre with a group of five stuntmen who left their day jobs to start their own tokusatsu company.

Now, Bandai Namco Entertainment is publishing the game for a more widespread release, as Chroma Squad will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, and iOS and Android mobile devices in early 2017. Check out the announcement trailer after the jump!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join Alex, Ben, and Colin in an extra-long episode as they discuss tons of news from the past few weeks, including Nintendo's involvement with eSports, Pokémon GO's decline in users, recent and extremely thorough reports about NX, and tons more. After the break we dig into this morning's Nintendo 3DS Direct to discuss Super Mario Maker, Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, Zelda Amiibo, Animal Crossing, the 2D Pikmin game, and lots more.

You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

This morning, many of us woke up to an always-exciting event—a new Nintendo Direct! Lasting slightly over half an hour, this presentation focused mainly on upcoming 3DS titles, though a bit of other news worked its way in as well. As always, there were some brand new announcements, updates on games we've heard about before, and even some surprise releases today. Don't worry if you missed any of it—we've gathered all the stories in one place for your convenience. Hit the jump to see the stories!

Don't Starve Together, the multiplayer adaptation of the roguelike adventure game Don't Starve, is coming to the PlayStation 4 on September 13th. This title can be played with up to six other players and also supports local co-op. The game will release alongside the Don't Starve Mega Pack, a bundle of various DLC packages for Don't Starve, which will be available for 60% off to those that own the original game. The bundle will be available for $26.99 for PlayStation 4 players at the time of the release.

Hit the jump to see everything included in the Don't Starve Mega Pack!

Lots of fantastic indie games are set to launch on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in the coming months, and Nintendo's celebrating with the Nindies Summer Jam sale. Starting with Axiom Verge on September 1st, a new (to Nintendo platforms) indie game will launch on 3DS, Wii U, or both every Thursday in September. Each of these Nindies will be discounted by 10% of their standard price for one week after launch. In addition to the Nindies Summer Jam announcement, Nintendo has released a new sizzle reel that shows off over 20 indie games coming to Nintendo later this year or early next year. You can check it all out by clicking below!

Indie developer Jonathan Blow launched The Witness on PlayStation 4 and PC earlier this year, and the puzzle game was met with glowing reviews and impressive sales. This success has prompted Blow and his team to port the popular game to another platform. Thekla Inc. announced today that The Witness is coming to Xbox One with a targeted release date of September 13th. Hit the jump for more.