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The month ahead for the Nintendo Switch is brimming with some award-winning indie games, and it starts strong as the eShop welcomes a variety of quality experience this week. Get ready to test your Metroidvania prowess, sharpen your dungeon-crawling and rhythmic senses, or pack your bags to return to a hometown gone wrong among your featured Nintendo Downloads!

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The Nintendo Switch is selling like hotcakes within its first year, already eclipsing the lifetime estimates of its predecessor and edging closer to 15 million units. With Nintendo's recent financial briefing, the document covering the last few fiscal quarters has also touched on the sales of the bestselling titles on the system to date.

Standing out from the bunch is Super Mario Odyssey, which sold 2 million copies in its first three days and became the fastest selling Mario game ever in the US, with an impressive showing of over 9.07 million copies as of December 31, 2017. This pushes lifetime software sales for the system to a total 52.57 million units sold within that timeframe.

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This time last year, Nintendo ceased Wii U production altogether while retailers had trouble keeping up with preorder demand for the company's newly unveiled hybrid system. Not even one whole year into its lifespan, this new platform has either been breaking or keeping up with home console sales records set by all-time greats like the Wii and the PlayStation 2.

Now, the time has come for Nintendo to disclose their sales results for the last quarter, and in their financial briefing, the company has revealed that the Nintendo Switch has officially sold 14.86 million units worldwide. Read on after the jump for more info!

It all feels like a fever dream. London is the stage, Goosebumps' Rob Letterman is the director with Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perman on board as screenwriters, and Ryan Reynolds is starring as the tough-talking, coffee-drinking, one-of-a-kind titular Pikachu.

Now, with preliminary preparations complete, the anticipated Detective Pikachu movie has finally left pre-production, with principal photography now underway in the United Kingdom's capital. Read on after the jump for more details!

Nintendo's online eShop catalog is welcoming the releases of all kinds of digital games this week, and if you're among those who picked up a Nintendo Switch this past Christmas and are looking for more bang for your buck, a lot of high profile titles for the console are currently on sale for up to 30% off. Here's to hoping your wallets aren't hurting too much after the holidays!

Read on after the jump for details on this week's newest selections, featuring Celeste—the latest game from TowerFall developer Matt Makes Games, Inc.—and the definitive version of Pokémon Crystal for Nintendo 3DS.

"Be Legendary" looks to be the modus operandi from The Pokémon Company for 2018. The company behind the worldwide gaming phenomenon is celebrating the mythical monsters that have often adorned mainline game box arts with a number of activities on the official website, a new line of Pokémon TCG products coming soon, and—for owners of seventh generation Pokémon titles—Legendary Pokémon distributions throughout the year.

Starting in February, select retailers will be giving out these powerful beasts to Gen VII trainers in pairs and rotating between sets every month, although the Legendary you will receive will depend on the game you are playing. Read on after the jump for more details!

The Metroid series hasn't resonated well with fans in recent years with titles like Other M and Federation Force. However, it seems Nintendo is looking to bring the franchise back to its glory days with the success of Samus Returns on the Nintendo 3DS and the massive anticipation for the upcoming Metroid Prime 4. But Nintendo may not be stopping there. NeoGAF user mocolostrocolos claims Nintendo is working on another 2D Metroid title.

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Detective Pikachu isn't the only Pokémon surprise coming to the West this year. Nintendo recently announced that the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition is making its way stateside in a few weeks. Previously only available in Japan, the system will launch in North America and Europe on January 26th and will set you back $159.99. If you'd like to preorder it, you can do so from GameStop right here.

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Quite possibly one of the strangest Pokémon games in recent times, Great Detective Pikachu has seen some success in Japan, at least enough to warrant a full-fledged movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Though the film is just starting to shoot, Western fans can get in on the hype starting March 23rd when Detective Pikachu hits stores in North America and Europe. The game will launch alongside a Detective Pikachu Amiibo that's almost twice as tall as a regular Amiibo. When scanned into the game, this figure will provide short videos which can give you some helpful hints.

Are you excited to finally get to play Detective Pikachu? If you are, head inside to see the trailer, box art, and the Amiibo!

The Nintendo rumor mill never stops pumping out new bits of information. Rumors of a Nintendo Direct today proved to be true; meanwhile, another claim from industry insiders states a brand new The Legend of Zelda title is coming to the 3DS this year.

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Many Wii U and 3DS owners were saddened with the inevitable death of the online message board known as Miiverse. The service allowed players to share their favorite moments, opinions, or tips about any game they owned on the system. Miiverse was also known well as an outlet for amazing artists to show their talent and as the home of some infamous memes, such as the often quoted "Y cant metroid crawl?"

The online community was taken offline in late 2017, as the successful Nintendo Switch excluded the feature. But if you still want to see the goodness that came from Miiverse in its five years, you don't have to worry about a thing. With the help of Jason Scott's Archive Team, web developer Drastic Actions has archived over 17 Terabytes worth of content for your viewing pleasure.

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The second generation of Pokémon is among the most beloved by fans, and it has seen tons of love from Nintendo in the past few years. Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were remastered in 2009 for the Nintendo DS, and earlier this year, the two were re-released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. The third game in the series, Pokémon Crystal, hasn't been given nearly as much attention, and the only version available to this day is the original 2001 Game Boy Color release. That's all about the change, though, as Nintendo has just announced that the game will be coming to the 3DS Virtual Console next year.

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The Game Awards are finally being presented tomorrow, and many gamers are excited to see which title from 2017 will claim the prestigious Game of the Year award. To add to this excitement, there will be many special guests to hand out the awards this year.

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The Game Awards will be airing on December 7th this year, and the nominees have all been officially announced. There are many different categories this year, such as Best Performance, Best Student Game, Best Chinese Game, and many more. But most people watching the show will be looking at one award in particular: Game of the Year. The contenders for this biggest category include Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are looking to add a lot of new improvements and features to the mix, and new, exclusive Z-Moves for certain Pokémon account for several of those changes. We first caught wind of the fact that Mimikyu would be getting such a move a few weeks ago—although it looks like it was also being teased in the Ultra games' first Direct—and today The Pokémon Company gave us the full reveal.

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