Millions of fans are excited about the new trailer for Stranger Things season 3, but that's not all the Hawkins goodness we're getting. Back during The Game Awards 2018, we learned that the Duffer Brothers are working with BonusXP to create a video game adaptation of the third season. A new trailer dropped during today's Nindies Showcase and revealed a release date of July 4th, the same date as the show's return.

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Back in 2017, indie developer Inti Creates crafted a remake of the classic NES game Blaster Master and launched it on Nintendo 3DS and Switch as Blaster Master Zero. The remake was a big success on eShop, and Inti Creates has been working on a sequel ever since. During today's Nindies Direct, Blaster Master Zero 2 was revealed, and on top of that, it's already available on Switch eShop for $9.99.

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Here's a shocking announcement we weren't expecting. The final reveal of today's Nindies Showcase was a crossover game mixing an indie series with a major Nintendo franchise. Cadence of Hyrule is a sequel to Crypt of the Necrodancer featuring a familiar-looking world and Link and Zelda as playable characters. Cadence of Hyrule is headed to Nintendo Switch this Spring.

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We've been hearing rumors recently that Cuphead is coming to Nintendo Switch. This turned out to be true today during today's Nindies Direct. Studio MDHR and Microsoft have teamed up with Nintendo to bring the popular run-and-gun platformer to Switch on April 18th, and it's available for pre-purchase today. You can catch the reveal trailer by clicking below!

Earlier in the week, Nintendo announced plans to host another Nindies Direct, and today's the day! The indie game presentation will last about half an hour, which is a sizable chunk of time for a Nindies event. We're not sure exactly what to expect in terms of announcements, but there should be plenty to see, and we're livestreaming it all right here. The show kicks off at 9:00 AM Pacific / Noon Eastern.

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The saga of BadLand Games continues. Axiom Verge creator Tom Happ, producer Dan Adelman, and North American (retail) publisher Limited Run Games have all accused BadLand Publishing of breaking their contract and withholding hefty sums of money. A judge ruled that BadLand must pay up to Limited Run, but they haven't done so. Meanwhile, Happ and Adelman are in the process of taking legal action. BadLand issued another statement today, and it's just as unapologetic and accusatory as the last.

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Google promised to reveal the future of gaming today, and that future turned out to be Stadia. This upcoming service is scheduled to roll out in the US, Canada, the UK, and much of Europe later this year. Stadia, much like Microsoft's xCloud, is meant to enable any device to play hardware-intensive games. In the case of Stadia, that means the ability to play any game, no matter how taxing, on any device with Google Chrome.

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Last week Google teased that they were preparing to reveal the future of gaming. We've heard a lot of rumors about what that might be, many of them centered around a Netflix-like game streaming service, but today we'll find out the truth. Google's GDC 2019 keynote kicks off in just a few minutes (10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern) and we're streaming it right here.

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One of the biggest gaming franchises in the world over the past decade is ready to make a big splash in the mobile market. Call of Duty: Legend of War launched in beta form in a few countries (including Australia and China) last year, and soon it will be headed to North America, South America, Europe, and other regions as Call of Duty: Mobile.

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Ever since Detective Pikachu first released for 3DS in Japan, fans have been obsessed with the idea of Danny DeVito being cast as the English voice of the titular detective. A petition gained over 50,000 signatures, and the news eventually reached DeVito himself, who famously asked, "What the **** is Pokémon?" As it turns out, the team behind the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie also had DeVito in mind as a candidate.

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Nintendo released Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in November of 2017 following a lengthy delay from its originally announced launch window. The free-to-play mobile game has generally been well received, but it's likely that wouldn't have been the case if Pocket Camp stuck to its initial schedule. According to the latest research by Liam Robertson, Pocket Camp went through a pretty drastic overhaul during development.

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E3 might be a bit quieter this year, with Sony and Electronic Arts opting to skip their annual press conferences, but there should still be plenty to see. Nintendo and Microsoft are still holding their usual conferences, and so is Devolver Digital. The latest publisher to confirm their presence at the big convention in Los Angeles is Bethesda.

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The Nintendo Switch eShop has become a hot spot for indies, and Nintendo has been doing a pretty good job of making sure some of the best ones are promoted. Just two months ago they held an Indie Highlights Presentation, but they still have more to show. Nintendo just announced that they'll be broadcasting a Nindies Showcase later this week.

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About a month ago, we learned the surprising news that Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring next month. Reggie has been the face of Nintendo in the Americas for well over a decade (while also planning and executing marketing strategies behind the scenes), but his story goes back much further. The latest episode of Did You Know Gaming digs deep into the history of the Regginator to explore his rise to power.

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Yesterday's Sonic the Hedgehog panel at SXSW 2019 was all about Team Sonic Racing, Sumo Digital's racing spinoff set to release on all platforms on May 21. As the panel went along, we learned more about vehicle customization, the game's soundtrack and the all-star team of artists behind the music, and the animated miniseries Team Sonic Racing Overdrive premiering with specially-themed merchandise.

While the focus stayed on Sonic's immediate future, series director Takashi Iizuka did close out the panel by confirming that the next mainline Sonic title is indeed currently in development at Sonic Team. More after the jump!