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It's been almost a year since the Nintendo Week Podcast team last reunited last, and on the cusp of E3 2018, we've finally returned to discuss Pokémon Let's GO, Super Smash Bros., and our predictions for Nintendo at E3 2017. You can check out all this and tons more in the episode below—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now.

At the end of the episode, Ben also announces some upcoming podcast content in the works, so be sure to give us your feedback on what you'd like to hear! In the meantime, head inside to hear the new episode!

Last year Nintendo grew the 3DS family line once again with the debut of the New Nintendo 2DS XL. As with previous models in the 3DS line, Nintendo likes to release special, limited edition versions of the handheld themed after popular Nintendo IP, and a new design is on the way. The latest iteration on New Nintendo 2DS XL is themed after the Hylian Shield from The Legend of Zelda.

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Way back in 2015, the popular Adult Swim show Rick and Morty featured a joke about Rick scalping Zelda-themed Nintendo 3DS consoles. In the second season's fourth episode, Rick buys up all of the limited edition handhelds themed after A Link Between Worlds when they're on sale and plans to flip them for a profit later. As it turns out, that joke has its basis in reality, and Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland is finally capitalizing.

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Millions of Pokémon fans are eagerly looking ahead to the upcoming Pokémon project on Switch, but there's still plenty of fun to be had on 3DS until it arrives. Game Freak has been regularly distributing rare and Legendary Pokémon in all of the Alola-based games since they launched, and the next event is just around the corner. Starting next month, all iterations of Sun and Moon will be receiving a shiny version of Zygarde.

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2018 is going to be an exciting year for fans of the Kingdom Hearts franchise because we're finally approaching the release of the grand finale to the current story arc, Kingdom Hearts III. For those both inside and outside the series' community, there is an undeniable sense of hype surrounding this game.

Regardless of the hype, Kingdom Hearts never has been and never will be a perfect franchise. It has a ton of flaws you should know about before getting into it. This is coming from somebody who has been a loyal fan since the original game's release 16 years ago. So if you're thinking about catching up on the Kingdom Hearts series, take all of these things into consideration first.

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One problem with being a Nintendo fan is that their first-party games rarely see significant price cuts, leaving them expensive years after launch. Thankfully, Nintendo helps alleviate this with the Nintendo Selects program. Under this classification, certain popular games are discounted to just $20 / €19,99 / £15.99, making them more affordable to a wider audience. Nintendo has just expanded their Selects brand in Europe, adding three more titles to the lineup.

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Last month Nintendo filed numerous trademarks for various intellectual properties including Mario Party, Paper Mario, Dr. Mario, and Punch-Out!!. Just a few weeks later, they're at it again. Another round of new Nintendo trademarks have just surfaced, less than one month before E3, including titles like Star Fox, F-Zero, and even Sin & Punishment.

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It's been three years since Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night debuted on Kickstarter. We've still got a bit to wait before we get our hands on this Castlevania spiritual successor, but developer Koji Igarashi is giving us something pretty sweet in the meantime. It's been so long you may have forgotten, but one of the Kickstarter stretch goals was for an 8-bit Bloodstained game, and it'll soon be available.

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Everybody has one special game in their life that they consider the pinnacle of perfection. It's the one thing you can always go back to that stands out above the rest. You never grow tired of it, and it always puts a smile on your face. You're often willing to look past all of its flaws because it had such a powerful impact on you as a person.

Which title do you always find yourself coming back to, despite its flaws? Even though you're aware it's not the best game in the world, what game are you willing to throw out their as the most important in your life?

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In celebration of the launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Nintendo Switch, Did You Know Gaming featured it (and its predecessor, Donkey Kong Country Returns) in their latest episode. There's tons of interesting Kong facts throughout the video, including the revelation that Retro Studios hails Shigeru Miyamoto as "Master Yoda" for his wise counsel.

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Nintendo 3DS has enjoyed a lengthy stay in the spotlight as Nintendo's primary handheld since its debut in 2011. You might think the launch and incredible sales success of Nintendo Switch (which can also function as a handheld) would spell the end for 3DS, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Nintendo envisions the two co-existing for some time, and they recently announced plans to make new 3DS games until at least 2020. Is Nintendo crazy to continue to support seven-year-old hardware when they've got that beautiful, HD Switch screen available? Maybe a little, but there's a method to their madness.

On September 16th, 2015, Tatsumi Kimishima was faced with an impossible task: filling the shoes of Satoru Iwata. Nintendo's former President was a gaming icon and a beloved figure, and his sudden passing was a tragedy that shook the industry. In taking the torch from Iwata, Kimishima inherited a company that was not only brokenhearted, but also struggling financially. Kimishima was not Iwata's first choice for the job, but he stepped up to the plate when no one else was prepared to do so. Three years later, Kimishima is preparing to step down and turn the Presidency over to someone new. Looking back on his brief, but important stint as President, I believe Satoru Iwata would be proud of what he accomplished.

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I know what some of you are thinking. "Why would you ever listen to music when you can enjoy the lovely soundtracks video games have to offer?" That's a fair point, and I used to agree with that. But there's a certain point when I can't stand the constant "wahoo!" of Mario Kart or the boring ambient sounds of League of Legends. I need something fresh. I need something that gets me pumped.

What about you? What kind of music do you listen to when playing video games? Hit the jump and let us know in the comments!

Nintendo 3DS has had a solid run since its debut in 2011. In seven years, the handheld (and its extended family of varied 2DS and 3DS models) has sold over 72 million units and over 364 million pieces of software. Given that Nintendo Switch can function as a handheld, though, you might think its record-setting first year would mark the end of Nintendo's support for 3DS, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

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Four years ago, Atlus enlisted the help of the Etrian Odyssey team to develop a new Persona game for the Nintendo 3DS. The result was a dungeon crawling fan service game that mashed the two worlds of Persona 3 and 4 together. The game was received rather well, and after the success of Persona 5, it seemed like a good idea for the company to pursue a sequel.

Enter Persona Q2, a game that is slated to come to the Nintendo 3DS in the future. At least, that's what we though until earlier today. Head inside for more details!