Before 2016, Niantic was a small startup at Google with little name recognition and a modestly successful game called Ingress. That all changed when Niantic teamed up with The Pokémon Company to create Pokémon GO, catapulting the company to unparalleled success in the mobile space. It's been over two years since then, and Pokémon GO is still one of the most profitable mobile games in the world. As such, Niantic's value has reached impressive new heights.

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Steam is the king of digital video game distribution, but in recent months others have stepped forward as competition, and they're offering developers some pretty good deals. Earlier this month the Epic Games launched their own store, giving developers 88% of the revenue and doing away with any Unreal Engine royalties for games sold on that platform. Now Discord is offering an even larger share for developers who release games on their platform.

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Fans have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts III for well over a decade, and in just over a month that wait will finally be over. When it launches, you'll have the ability to play Kingdom Hearts III in style, if you've got the cash for a new PlayStation 4 Pro, that is. That's right, Square Enix's beloved crossover RPG is getting its own limited edition console.

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PlayStation Vita was not what most people would call a successful handheld. Despite having a power advantage, it quickly found itself playing second fiddle to 3DS on the global stage, but Vita actually enjoyed respectable sales in Japan where handhelds reign supreme and JRPGs abound. However, despite a head start of more than five years, Vita has been surpassed by Nintendo Switch in Japan.

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Super Smash Bros. has evolved considerably since its debut on Nintendo 64. From Melee to Brawl to making the leap to HD on Wii U, Nintendo's popular fighting game continues to look better and better, and the freshly-launched Switch iteration is the best yet. Digital Foundry just completed a deep dive into the graphics and performance of Smash Ultimate, and they've put together a fantastic comparison between it and the 3DS and Wii U iterations.

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This is a giveaway, folks -- no fancy work required! Take a beta key for multiplayer game Aftercharge.

Hey, you! Yeah, you. I've got a bunch of keys for a closed beta with your name all over them! Well, your name is just on one of them. There are lots of names this time of year, as I'm sure you can imagine. But don't worry, you're on the Nice list. But only if you take one of these beta keys for Aftercharge.

The holiday season, typically defined as Black Friday through New Year's Eve, is an immensely important month and a half in the video game industry, and that's especially true for Nintendo this year. With stock numbers slipping and naysayers claiming Switch has lost its momentum, Nintendo is banking on huge holiday sales numbers. Investors are eager for positive results, and next month Nintendo will be meeting with them to share a quarterly update.

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Nintendo Switch had a stellar first year, and three major game releases were the biggest drivers of that success. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild helped Switch to a strong debut, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (despite being an enhanced port) had a phenomenal launch a month later, and Super Mario Odyssey was a massive seller during the holiday 2017 season. A year later, these three games are still selling well, helping Switch achieve yet another sales record.

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Survival games are all the rage these days, and Ark: Survival Evolved is one of the more popular ones, with over 5 million copies sold. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of the game don't run nearly as well as the PC version, but that didn't stop Studio Wildcard from porting it to the less powerful Nintendo Switch as well. It probably should have.

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Last July, Pokémon the Movie: Everyone's Story made its debut in Japanese theaters, and after the credits rolled moviegoers were treated with a teaser for the next film. The teaser featured the familiar voice of Masachika Ichimura (Mewtwo's Japanese voice actor) and a title drop: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. We've heard virtually nothing about the film since then, but today we finally got an update.

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We're just over a month away from the launch of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and director Suda51 is planning to drop some huge news next week. You won't have to wait that long for your next update on the game, though, because today we got some news and a new trailer! The new footage shows off the Electric Thunder Tiger II game Travis will be fighting his way through.

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We're about a year away from the Sonic movie hitting theaters and early promotional materials have started to surface. The movie's first official poster features a more humanoid Sonic with fur and longer legs than we're used to seeing on the famous hedgehog. The reaction online has been harsh, to say the least, and recently some members of the Sonic team, including Sonic creator Yuji Naka, have also expressed some concern.

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It's been eight years since No More Heroes 2 released on Wii, and the series is finally set to make its return in just over a month. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is headed exclusively to Nintendo Switch on January 18, 2019, and developer Suda51 has a lot of news to share before then. A two-hour livestream has been announced for next week, and Suda51 is teasing "huge" news during the show.

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Geoff Keighley recently wrapped up the fifth annual presentation of The Game Awards, and it was the biggest year yet in terms of new game announcements. As it turns out, it was also the biggest year yet in terms of viewership, and it wasn't even close. The total number of viewers for The Game Awards 2018 more than doubled 2017's total, which itself was nearly triple 2016's numbers.

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Given Hollywood's track record when it comes to video game movies, there hasn't been much optimism surrounding the upcoming Sonic film, and concerns from fans only multiplied when the first official poster for the movie featured a more humanoid (and disturbing) look for the famous hedgehog. Now a second movie poster has allegedly surfaced at a movie theater, and it's probably not going to do anything to help calm the fears of fans.

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