The NPD Group has just released their 2018 report, highlighting software, hardware, and peripheral revenue figures from the United States. In addition to revealing that it was a record-breaking sales year for the video game industry as a whole, NPD's Mat Piscatella just shared some jaw-dropping stats for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch.

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Every month the NPD Group highlights some of the top-selling video game software and hardware in the United States. Now that 2018 is in the rear view mirror they've crunched the numbers on the total revenue generated by the video game industry in the United States throughout the year. As it turns out, 2018 was both a record-setting year and a major milestone year for the video game industry.

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We're just days away from the big return to Raccoon City, and the hype is strong! Capcom's Resident Evil 2 remake is pulling in stellar reviews from just about everyone, and the recently released 1-shot demo has been downloaded over 3 million times in less than two weeks. If that's not enough to get you excited, today Capcom also revealed that free DLC is on the way to the game after it launches.

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Nintendo has been absolutely knocking it out of the park lately with top-selling exclusives like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon: Let's Go, but if you're only looking at the AAA lineup, you're missing out. Switch (and 3DS to a lesser extent) has become a treasure trove of great games from smaller, independent developers. If you want to keep up to date on the indie scene, you'll want to tune in to Nintendo's Indie Highlights presentation tomorrow.

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Over 20 years after Capcom first unleashed survival-horror classic Resident Evil 2 on the world, we're finally getting an HD remake. The new take on the Raccoon City disaster ditches the tank controls and fixed camera angles for a more modern style, and everything has been built from the ground up in the new RE Engine. So how does the 2019 model stack up to the original?

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Switched On! is back with the first episode of 2019. We hoped to have a Nintendo Direct to break down for you to kick off the new year, but so far the rumors haven't materialized into anything. In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to look back on our favorite Nintendo Switch games of 2018 and then shift gears to talk about all the exciting games in Nintendo's 2019 lineup. Join Ben, Alex, and Mark as we break it all down!

A few days ago, Bandai Namco teased that they have a new Dragon Ball project in the works. The upcoming game, code-named "Project Z," is an action RPG, but little else is known about it. We got a little more info today thanks to a tweet from Bandai that was strangely deleted shortly after it was posted. Thankfully, screenshots were taken ahead of time.

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Back in the late 1990s, Masahiro Sakurai and the late great Satoru Iwata worked in secret on a radical new project that would pit many of Nintendo's most popular characters against each other in a brawl. Nintendo eventually greenlit the project, and Super Smash Bros. was born on the Nintendo 64. Fast forward 20 years and Smash is one of Nintendo's biggest franchises. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Smash's Japanese debut, Sakurai sent out a thank you message to fans.

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It's still a little hard to believe, but we're less than four months away from the theatrical release of a big budget Hollywood Pokémon movie. Rather than focusing on the typical Elite Four challenge story, the upcoming film is an adaptation of the Detective Pikachu game on 3DS, with Ryan Reynolds voicing the titular character. A new commercial was just released, and although it's mostly recycled footage, there are a few new tidbits in there as well.

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Today I learned that Robot Chicken is apparently still releasing new episodes. Adult Swim's long-running stop-motion sketch show has parodied just about everything in pop culture over the years, and recently they set their sights on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Their short clip sees a Villager being summoned for Smash, which is presented as their version of the Hunger Games.

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One of the strangest video game stories of 2018 was the saga of Bowsette. This fan-made character, the product of Bowser acquiring a Super Crown, dominated social media for weeks after the initial comic was released. It sparked fan art galore, numerous cosplays and spin-off characters, a game mod, and even a convention in Japan. Months later, the original artist has just been awarded with a trophy for coming up with the character.

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Fans of the No More Heroes franchise have been waiting a long time for the next chapter, and today it's finally here. While it isn't quite the No More Heroes 3 people were hoping for, Travis Strikes Again is an action-packed hack and slash adventure, and it could eventually pave the way for a true sequel. But how does it hold up as a standalone product? The reviews are starting to pour in, and it's a bit of a mixed bag.

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The Power Rangers brand has been around for decades, and there have been quite a few video game adaptations over the years. Rumors have been swirling for a while now about the next Power Rangers game, and today it was officially unveiled. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a multiplatform "high fidelity" fighting game from the development team behind the Legacy Wars mobile game.

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We like to keep our eyes on up and coming indie games here at Gamnesia, and one I've been watching for years is YIIK: A Postmodern RPG. As an avid EarthBound fan, I was intrigued by the idea of a game partially inspired by the canceled EarthBound 64, but as I discovered when I went hands-on with a review copy of the game, YIIK is a solid and unique experience on its own. Acck Studio's latest game just launched on Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just might be the hottest Nintendo Switch game yet. The beloved fighting franchise returned in December, and it dominated sales charts around the world for the rest of the year and into January. Nintendo of Europe declared it the fastest-selling Nintendo console game ever, and in Japan it has already sold over 2.6 million units. Thanks to recent comments from Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa, we now know that it's on pace to be the highest-selling Smash game ever.

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