As 2018 draws nearer and nearer to its end, numerous outlets will be handing out awards. The Game Awards, hosted for the fifth year by creator Geoff Keighley, will certainly be a popular awards show with millions of eyes tuning in to see not just accolades, but also teasers and reveals for upcoming games. With Keighley teasing that this year will feature more announcements than ever before, what do you hope to see?

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Nintendo recently launched an exciting new trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the internet has been going crazy ever since. The trailer opens on a billboard featuring Smash artwork, then transforms into a massive Nintendo battle. It's a beautiful video that shows off the game's incredibly diverse cast in action, but fans noticed that it didn't have any background music. Well, now it has all the music.

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Detective Pikachu recently came to the West on 3DS, and soon it will be making the jump from the small, handheld screen to the massive theater screen. The movie adaptation, starring Ryan Reynolds as a talking Pikachu, began filming earlier this year, and it's slated for release in 2019. Today we finally got a good look at the upcoming film, as its first trailer dropped.

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Well, that didn't take long. Shortly after Microsoft unveiled their Black Friday deals (including $100 off on select Xbox One X and Xbox One S models), Sony has followed suit. The house of PlayStation released a humorous Black Friday sale announcement video that focuses on the joys of staying indoors and playing games during the cold winter months. The video, along with a blog post, also reveals some key bargains that will soon be available.

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The ultra-lucrative holiday season is upon us, and that means video game publishers are about to start rolling out some major savings to entice fans to open up their wallets. You can expect sales to begin popping up across the industry soon, but one of the more intriguing deals has already been revealed by Microsoft.

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One month ago, we reported via Kotaku's Jason Schreier that Microsoft was planning to add to their ever-expanding list of acquired publishers by spending big on Obsidian Entertainment. Unsurprisingly, this turned out to be true, and Microsoft made the acquisition official during X018. This turned out to be only half of the story, however, as Microsoft announced another acquisition during the show.

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Geoff Keighley, longtime host of Spike TV's annual game awards, has been flying solo and running his own show since 2014. The Game Awards have grown in viewership and prominence every year since, and Keighley's show is returning once again in less than a month. In addition to honoring some of the best and most popular games of the year, The Game Awards features announcements about upcoming releases, some of them previously unknown. And it sounds like we're in for quite a show this year!

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Last month, Nintendo treated fans to a new Mario Party game on Nintendo Switch, and it debuted to the strongest reviews in 20 years. Super Mario Party requires the use of the Switch's Joy-Con controllers, which means things can get expensive when you want to play with four players. Fortunately, a bundle including the game and some extra Joy-Cons is finally making its way to North America.

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Back in September, Nintendo debuted their new subscription-based online service, Nintendo Switch Online. Customers could previously play online games for free on Switch, but that feature now costs around $20 per year. In exchange, Nintendo offers features like cloud saves and an expanding digital library of NES games. This service has been met with mixed reviews by critics and fans, and Nintendo is aware that it needs improving.

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Over the past few generations, Nintendo has frequently chosen to design hardware that offers unique experiences instead of focusing on power. This strategy has had its highs (Wii) and lows (Wii U), but one undeniable side effect is that Nintendo has missed out on many major third-party titles due to hardware constraints. Switch, although still not as powerful as the competition, has managed to attract more support, and according to Nintendo's President, we've only seen the tip of the iceberg.

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It's an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan! Super Mario Party recently launched on Switch,  Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee are just around the corner, and Nintendo's capping off the year with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. To raise hype for the last of that impressive trio, Nintendo recently held another Nintendo Direct presentation packed with 40 minutes of Smash goodness. Join us for the latest episode of the Switched On! podcast as we break it all down!

Nintendo Switch has been a phenomenally successful console through a year and a half on the market, but it's not without its flaws. One of the biggest has been its extremely limited selection of streaming apps. Nintendo added a Hulu app last year, but fans have been griping for months about the lack of services like YouTube and Netflix. Now, Nintendo is finally taking another step in the right direction.

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The troubled development of Final Fantasy XV continues, even two years after launch. Square Enix's RPG began its development cycle as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but after several years in development and a change of graphics engines, Hajime Tabata took over development and it was reborn as Final Fantasy XV. One controversial delay later, it would finally hit store shelves, but now Square Enix has more bad news for fans.

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As millions around the world enjoy the Old West in Red Dead Redemption 2, developer Rockstar is now celebrating an incredible milestone for one of their other popular games. Over five years after it made its debut, Grand Theft Auto V still frequents the monthly top-sellers list, continuing to push millions of copies every quarter. All those sales really stack up over time, and the evergreen title has now officially eclipsed the 100 million mark.

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It's been 25 years since the critically panned Super Mario Bros. movie from the '90s, and Nintendo is finally getting ready to give their most iconic character a second shot at the big screen. Nintendo announced early this year that they've teamed up with Illumination to bring the movie to life, and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is calling the shots to make sure it's true to his vision. So when we can we expect to see this all come to fruition?

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