In 1991, working alongside artist Naoto Ohshima and designer Hirokazu Yasuhara, programmer Yuji Naka coded the genesis of an iconic new gaming mascot for SEGA that would go on to rival the likes of Mario: the one and only Sonic the Hedgehog. Naka left the publisher and Sonic Team in 2006 to found his own studio, Prope, known for Ivy the Kiwi?, Rodea the Sky Soldier, and Nintendo 3DS Streetpass titles Streetpass Mansion and Streetpass Fishing.

Today, the renowned "father of Sonic the Hedgehog" has announced on Twitter that he is moving on to greener pastures, having joined Square Enix—home to Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Quest—earlier this month. Read on after the jump for more details!

One year ago, Nintendo and DeNA followed up on the success of Super Mario Run with a mobile entry for the Fire Emblem franchise, celebrating its rich history and cavalcade of characters by compacting the core experience for on-the-go enjoyment. Fire Emblem Heroes has since become a runaway hit, outpacing its predecessor in revenue and receiving several accolades, among them "Best Game of 2017" from Google Play Japan.

Now, just like before its launch, Nintendo is once again hosting a "Choose Your Legends" promotional event online, where Heroes fans can vote to decide which characters will make a special appearance in the game in the near future. Read on after the jump for more details!

Last summer (geez, it's already been that long?), the long-awaited animated Castlevania series launched on Netflix. Despite the initial hesitation by many, the series garnered a lot of praise, including from myself. It's no surprise then, that shortly after the series launched, Netflix announced that the series was already booked for a second, longer season. Fans won't have to wait too long for it, however, as writer Warren Ellis has now confirmed that the eight-episode season will be premiering this summer!

Given how well the first series turned out, I'm thrilled that the new season is coming out so soon!

There are just two more months to go until Kirby's newest venture, Kirby Star Allies, hits the Nintendo Switch. Already there is plenty for fans to get excited about, with Kirby Super Star-style coop gameplay, new Copy Abilities, ability combos, and most importantly (let's be honest with ourselves here), a handsomely rugged and super buff King Dedede.

Last week's Nintendo Direct Mini hinted at the game's plot revolving around "an unknown deep space threat," giving us an early look at Star Allies' opening cinematic cutscene. Now, the official Kirby Twitter has shared another clip from the opener, this time from the King of Dream Land's perspective. Check out the short clip after the jump!

It's fine now. Why? Because All Might is here!

My Hero Academia: One's Justice has been confirmed for a 2018 release, coming worldwide to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and—exclusively to the West—Xbox One and PC platforms. The upcoming video game adaptation of Kōhei Horikoshi's manga pits heroes against villains in a 3D arena brawler, with Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, and Tomura Shigaraki confirmed as playable characters so far.

However, a My Hero Academia game would be incomplete without the series' acclaimed "Symbol of Peace," and so Weekly Shōnen Jump has announced this week that All Might himself will be joining the fray. Read on after the jump for more details!

A new wave of DLC is coming to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 today, January 19th. This is the New Quests Pack, the second piece of DLC to hit the game after its release, and it brings all-new quest content to several chapters of the game, as well as some helpful items for the player. Along with the update, Monolith Soft is also releasing a general update for the game, Version 1.2.0, for all users.

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"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!

Yesterday, Nintendo announced "a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that's specially crafted for kids and those who are kids-at-heart." This new project was revealed as "Nintendo Labo," a do-it-yourself kit that allows various unique interactions with your Nintendo Switch system.

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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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One of the world's premier speedrunning events, Awesome Games Done Quick, just wrapped up another week of fundraising for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. There were some really great runs over the week, and I highly recommend checking out some of the videos as they go up on YouTube. But as brilliant as all the runners were, the real stars of the show were all the donators and channel subscribers, who collectively raised a whopping $2.26 million, breaking last year's already astounding record by $30,000!

If you're sad about AGDQ ending, you can rest assured knowing that its counterpart, Summer Games Done Quick, is just over five months away. SGDQ 2018 will take place in Bloomington, Minnesota from June 24th to July 1st.

Trainers everywhere, prepare for the next big Pokémon GO challenge. While Groudon is getting ready to leave the wild, the much bluer (and better overall) Kyogre is coming in to take its place. Kyogre is available through at gyms around the world through the Raid Battle mechanic, but it's bound to be quite a challenge. You'll only have until February 14th at 4:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Pacific) to capture this majestic water beast, so grab your gear and head out while you have the chance!

When one thinks of tough video games, there are a few that likely come to mind. Many gamers would jump immediately to Dark Souls, or in more recent times, Cuphead, for instance. While that's certainly accurate, my mind often jumps to a different genre entirely: platformers, specifically Team Meat's Super Meat Boy. To me, Super Meat Boy is one the best indie games on the market. It is a bit dated, having first come out in 2010, but it's also seen quite a few re-releases on many different platforms. Now, by popular demand, Team Meat has brought the magic of Super Meat Boy to Switch.

How does Super Meat Boy hold up on Nintendo's portable console? Read our review to find out!

After the numerous spinoff titles that were spawned from Persona 4, many fans were expecting the same treatment for Persona 5. These expectations became reality when Atlus announced Persona Q2, which will use the cast of Persona 5, and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, a rhythm game similar to 2015's Dancing All Night. On top of this, the company surprisingly announced Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night, which will coincide with the release of Dancing Star Night.

Both dancing titles are set to release in Japan on May 24th, so promotion for the games is ramping up. A batch of brand new screenshots and a tracklist for both games has been revealed. Head inside to check them out!

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!