The idea of a new classic Sonic the Hedgehog title was but a lofty and impossible dream. I grew up playing and enjoying Sonic game after game ever since I first got into the franchise proper with Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, but I kept coming back to Sonic Mega Collection in particular. As I played and replayed Sonic 3 & Knuckles ad nauseum over the years, I made peace with the fact that the classic chapter of the Blue Blur was over, as much as I wished to see a brand new retro entry someday...

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At E3 2017, Nintendo revealed Metroid: Samus Returns, the company's first 2D Metroid game in over fourteen years. Samus Returns was met with near-universal praise, as fans were excited to see Metroid going back to its 2D roots. Now, about four weeks before the release of Samus Returns, Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto claims that he would love to go back and make another 2D Metroid game—as long as fans are willing to buy it.

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Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy released at the end of June to a flood of positive reception. Now that PlayStation 4 users have had time to enjoy these classic remakes, it seems like Activision may also bring these fantastic games to the Xbox One as well.

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Two new playable fighters were recently announced for Fire Emblem Warriors, both hailing from Fire Emblem Awakening: Cordelia, the dedicated Pegasus knight, and the female version of master tactician Robin. Now we've gotten a look at these two characters in action on the battlefield, from Cordelia's sweeping lance movements and aerial grace to Robin's swift and powerful Thunder magic.

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Nintendo shocked fans and gamers everywhere by reviving the Nintendo World Championships (for the first time since the original 1990 event) back in 2015 as part of their presence at E3. Nintendo of America seems to like these surprises, as they've now announced that the third Nintendo World Championships are scheduled to run live on October 7, 2017 in New York City, with anyone in the United States and Canada eligible to quality.

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While unfortunate that the PC version of the game has been delayed by two weeks, tomorrow still marks the day that Sonic Mania finally launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The throwback Sonic game brings back the old school style of gameplay fans have loved in the past with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles blazing through familiar and new running grounds, produced by respected community members-turned-professional developers.

The review embargo for Sonic Mania lifted this morning, and the verdict is nothing short of positive all around. At the time of writing, the game is pulling in an aggregated 86% on MetaCritic and 87% on OpenCritic, receiving plenty of praise for its remastered stages and music, but most do share criticism in there being more remixed levels than there are new ones.

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Last year saw sparks fly between Nintendo and its fans after the company unceremoniously shut down a number of fan games, several of which had spent multiple years in development and garnered tons of attention and large followings. Perhaps the biggest of these was AM2R: Return of Samus, a remake of Metroid II that had its plug pulled mere days after release. Many have no doubt still held some resentment towards the Big N, but now, perhaps, that lingering anger can be put to rest.

A tweet from the creator of AM2R has announced some exciting news that serves as a happy ending for this tale of conflict and controversy. Head inside to learn more!

After much anticipation, it seems that Blizzard is finally bringing a "Deathmatch" mode to its popular multiplayer shooter, Overwatch. In Deathmatch mode, the goal is simply to kill as many enemy players as possible. Such modes are standard in most multiplayer shooting games, but this is the first time that this simple game mode is coming to Overwatch, as the game's battle modes have always been a little more strategic.

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Gamevice, a small electronics company that sells controllers for mobile gaming, is currently suing Nintendo for allegedly violating its patents with the design of the Nintendo Switch. According to the company, the Nintendo Switch's removable controllers are too similar to a patent that they hold for detachable controllers that connect to a mobile device like a smartphone. In its lawsuit, Gamevice calls for Nintendo to pay damages to the company and to take the Switch off the market.

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As more and more people take game development in their own homes, it's now become easier than ever to get their passion projects out to the world with yesterday's launch of the Xbox Live Creators Program. The program allows independent developers to publish their own games directly onto Xbox One's and Windows 10's game stores via a simplified certification process and no concept approval required, albeit with some restrictions compared to full-scale releases.

The first round of indie games are available now via the brand new Creators Collection, and you can see them in action via the highlight reel after the jump!

The adorable puppy-like Rockruff made its debut in Pokémon Sun and Moon last year, and what made it stand out from the pack was its ability to evolve into one of two different versions of Lycanroc: the quicker, quadruped Midday form and the bulky, bipedal Midnight form. With the upcoming release of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon on Nintendo 3DS later this year, The Pokémon Company recently introduced Lycanroc's brand new Dusk Form. This special Lycanroc, however, will only be available to early adopters of either game for a limited time.

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In a livestream held today by the Sonic social team, some sad news awaited PC fans regarding the launch of Sonic Mania. August 15th will still mark the long-awaited release of the throwback Sonic title on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch as previously planned. However, due to some technical issues in the PC version, the launch for that particular iteration of the game has been delayed by two weeks' time to August 29th.

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Lately there has been a lot of speculation about the possible surprise arrival of the Virtual Console on the Nintendo Switch. With Nintendo's last official statement on the Virtual Console coming from Reggie at the end of E3 and sounding rather optimistic about its release timeline, Nintendo seemed to be getting ready to roll out something classic in the near future. It looks like we have another indicator that it's coming soon, as some GameCube titles have become new additions to the long list of games on Nintendo's European servers.

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The month of May closed to an energetic preorder trailer for Sonic Mania, featuring a sketch-styled animation directed by Sonic: MEGA DRIVE artist Tyson Hesse. At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the Mania developer panel revealed that Hesse's team has also worked on a fully animated opening for the game, just like Sonic CD before it, and that fans can look forward to seeing it live with a launch trailer before August 15th.

The wait might be over earlier than planned, but true to their word, the opening sequence to Sonic Mania has finally gone live via the Sonic social channels. Give it a watch after the jump, but be warned of spoilers!

Nintendo just revealed a new, limited edition, Metroid-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL, which will release alongside Metroid: Samus Returns on September 15th. The console is a reddish orange, reminiscent of Samus's suit, and features a stylish silhouette of Samus Aran. The console will cost $200 at launch, which doesn't include the price for Metroid: Samus Returns, as the game will be sold separately.

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