Next Friday, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, one of the biggest upcoming titles for Nintendo Switch, will be launching worldwide. Over the past few days, the game has been getting some excellent reviews from all kinds of publications: GamesRadar, The Guardian, and Forbes have all given Deluxe a perfect score, and most other publications have rated the game very highly. Currently, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is sitting at a 94 on Metacritic, meaning that it has received much better reviews than the original Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, which only warranted an 88.

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Activision and Sledgehammer Games just confirmed that the next Call of Duty game, which is set to release in November 2017, will take place during World War II, making it the first Call of Duty game to do so since 2008's Call of Duty: World at War. So far, all the promotional material for the upcoming game has been under the title Call of Duty: WWII; however, we still don't know if this is the official title or simply a placeholder name.

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Bandai Namco, the creators of classic games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug, just filed a trademark for "Pac-Man Maker" with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. This, of course, implies that the company could be working on a level-creator game like Nintendo's Super Mario Maker, but with the theme of Pac-Man. Now, it's important to remember that companies file and renew trademarks fairly regularly, so this news doesn't necessarily mean anything; however, the idea of a "Pac-Man Maker" game seems so perfect that it just may be possible.

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Have you ever wondered if video game baddies have a last name? Like, is Bowser's last name Koopa like the Koopalings, or does he take after Mario with the repeating name of Bowser Bowser? Well for those wondering about the biggest baddie in all of Hyrule, wonder no longer! The North American game manual for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is no longer the sole source for speculation regarding a potential surname for series antagonist Ganondorf. The official website for The Legend of Zelda series has now cited Dragmire as being Ganondorf's last name too, and it has fans in a frenzy of speculation.

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Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon will make its U.S. debut on Disney XD on May 12th. The show, based off of the Pokémon Sun and Moon games, will feature Ash Ketchum as usual and his journey with Pikachu and other new friends through the Alola region.

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More than just PC players and Switch owners can now get their Shovel Knight fix this month! For owners of the original Shovel Knight on platforms other than the Nintendo Switch, the latest, free DLC story expansion: Specter of Torment, in which players can finally control the scythe-wielding Specter Knight, is coming out soon.

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Blizzard is bringing some more elements from Overwatch to Heroes of the Storm in a future update! The cyborg ninja known as Genji will be available as a new hero, while an altered version of the Hanamura control point map (which is also Genji's ancestral home in the Overwatch lore) will become a new map.

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(This editorial contains major spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's story is brilliantly executed, and it's primarily a result of its non-linearity. You, the player, can recall Link's lost memories in any order you wish. You can tackle other major plot elements surrounding the Divine Beasts and Hyrule's Champions in any order as well. Or you can just forego it all and face Ganon in the nude.

What many people seem to disagree about is how the actual plot of Breath of the Wild stacks up when compared to past Zelda games or other games in general. Some think the lack of a more human antagonist harms the story; others think the entire quest is much too simple: Link wakes up, fights Ganon, and saves the day.

Make the jump to find out why I think Breath of the Wild's story is anything but unfulfilling.

Super Smash Bros. is a series of games that were made with the local couch competitor or party game scene in mind, but over time, it has largely been played by more competitive players. The newest title, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, has had a competitive community since its release in late 2014. There are many resources out there for competitive players and spectators alike, but getting to your desired resources can require the user to manually sort through players, characters, and stages. This can be a tedious process.

SSBWorld, a website created by a team of two, aims to make it easier to connect all of these elements into an easy-to-use interface for finding videos of competitive Super Smash Bros. matches. Today, I got the opportunity to speak with Anthony Nelson, the face of SSBWorld, about how the website works and what sets it apart from the rest.

You can find the full interview after the jump!

Adult Swim is celebrating 4/20 this year with the release of a virtual reality game based on the TV show Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality launches on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive two days from now, on April 20th, 2017, and it'll cost $29.99. It's probably unnecessary to explain what this date represents, so let's just say that it's definitely the perfect occasion for this game.

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A few days ago, Bandai Namco released a short teaser trailer for a new game, along with the hashtag #PrepareToDine at the end.

The game appears to be quite pleasing aesthetically, with a bloody, hand drawn style in (mostly) black in white.

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Electronic Arts and Motive Studios revealed tons of new information regarding Star Wars Battlefront II. The new game will release on November 17, 2017, for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 with a fleshed out single-player campaign that will be canonical to the Star Wars universe, multiple player classes to choose from, and all eras from the film saga represented in-game with new playable hero characters, ships, locales to visit. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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Pokémon GO, the mobile adaptation of Game Freak's popular Pokémon franchise, hasn't burned out just yet. The freemium monster-catching sensation actually appears to be doing just the opposite, and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down. In fact, with the addition of 80 new monsters from the series' second generation of games earlier this year, Pokémon GO has now hit a new active user milestone.

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For the past month, we've been hearing about the great success that the Nintendo Switch enjoyed in its first days on the market; however, until now, we had no official sales numbers to confirm that the system had managed to sell well. Over the past few days, though, Nintendo finally released the first official sales numbers for the Switch, and they're extremely impressive. In March, the console sold around 906,000 units in the United States alone, making it one of the fastest-selling video game systems of all time and the best-selling console overall in that month.

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About a week ago, the popular online retailer/charity funder Humble Bundle released its newest arrangement of games, but this time all the games featured are for PlayStation 4. This bundle features games developed or published by THQ Nordic. This includes games like Darksiders I & II, Destroy All Humans, and Deponia, and will be available until April 18th, 2017.

Make the jump for the full list of games!