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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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Attention PlayStation Plus subscribers! Your new free games for February are here, and featured among this month's lineup is Tequila Works' RiME, an adventurous indie puzzle game with gorgeous visuals released just last summer on the PlayStation 4. In it you play the role of a young boy, washed ashore on a mysterious uninhabited island with environmental puzzles to solve across five wide-spanning areas, themed after the five stages of grief.

Hit the jump for more info on this month's PS Plus offerings.

These aren't your grandparents' cartoons, kiddos.

Developer TheMeatly Games gained notoriety last year with the release of Bendy and the Ink Machine, an episodic first-person horror game that tells the sad tale of an abandoned animation studio crawling with ink-form demons. While the game's story has yet to see completion, theMeatly announced on YouTube yesterday that Bendy and crew will soon be coming to home consoles later this year, thanks to a partnership with Rooster Teeth Productions, LLC.

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UPDATE: SEGA of America's Aaron Webber has discredited the rumor of a new Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing game on Twitter. The original article continues below.

One of the best received party racers aside from Nintendo's flagship Mario Kartseries ironically comes from its former 90's business rivals. Developed by Sumo Digital, 2010's Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing and its Transformed sequel two years later were well-crafted celebrations of SEGA's history and their many franchises, and they went on to become recognized as hallmark titles for the United Kingdom-based studio.

As it turns out, a new entry in the super Sonic racer series—as well as two FPS titles with "major partners"—may be in the works, according to a leaked presentation from a British law firm. Read on after the jump for more info!

For the third year running, SEGA will be touching down at Austin, Texas and making another appearance for their mascot franchise at South by Southwest in March. "Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel" is where Sonic fans and SXSW attendees can get the world-exclusive first look at the roadmap for the Blue Blur in the year ahead, citing that "Sonic is back, and ready to take 2018 by storm."

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First 4 Figures has been creating amazing sculptures of some of gaming's most popular characters for years. It's only natural that the company finally tackle crafting indie darling Shovel Knight, in three forms no less! He comes in his classic blue armor, but can also be purchased in gold and wearing the Toader helmet found in-game.

Bounce off your shovel and into the full article to watch the First 4 Figures crew talk about their newest creation!

Before The 2017 Game Awards began, the creators of Job Simulator shared with host Geoff Keighley that their next project—titled Vacation Simulator—will be headed to PlayStation VR next year. A controllable human character will be able to interact with robot companions on a colorful beach, and that alone seems intriguing.

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Firewatch was a huge story-driven indie success of 2016, and now the developers at Campo Santo have a new game in the works. In the Valley of Gods was revealed as their next release, due for launch in 2019. The game will feature an animated duo exploring what looks to be ancient Egyptian ruins in the days of old film cameras.

Make the jump to watch the full trailer revealed at The Game Awards!

Difficulty. It is something that no entertainment medium other than video games has to contend with. Our input as players defines our experiences with our games, in particular how challenging they are. One need only be present for a song or movie to finish in order to get the full experience. In order to get through a game however, one must be skilled enough to adapt to the requirements of whatever game is being played to "win" in the end. Some games give us fairer challenges than others, and it is in evolving game design where either frustration or satisfaction on behalf of the player are born.

So gamers, make the jump if you want to know what makes us tick when it comes to facing our virtual demons!

Indie game and retro 3D platformer revival Yooka-Laylee is finally releasing on the Nintendo Switch on December 14th. Since Playtonic Games' debut game was largely driven by the desires of fans who enjoyed platformers and RareWare games of old (including the Banjo-Kazooie franchise from which Yooka-Laylee is inspired), this version of the game should make many of the people who wanted Yooka-Laylee in the first place happy.

Make the jump into the article to read Playtonic's original announcement!

Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, creators of the wildly-popular indie title Cuphead, confirmed during an interview with IGN that they definitely plan on bringing Cuphead back in a future game. When asked whether Cuphead has a chance of returning someday, Jared Moldenhauer immediately responded that he is "guaranteed to come back," but he admitted that he and his brother have not had time to discuss any concrete plans.

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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.

Head inside for the entire list of nominees!

Earlier this year, Russian directors Nikita and Liliya Ordynskiy announced a short film based on the classic indie title Papers, Please. The first trailer for the film, starring actor Igor Savochkin, has just been released, and it looks excellent.

Papers, Please, jokingly referred to as a "bureaucratic simulator," is a game about a border patrol officer in a totalitarian state who is forced to make life-and-death decisions regarding immigrants who wish to enter the country.

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According to an indie developer, Nintendo is working on an achievement system for the Switch. During an AMA on Reddit, the developer Lichthund was asked about rankings for their new game. When answering the question, they accidentally let it slip out that Nintendo was working on achievements.

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When the Switch launched this past March, I quickly fell in love with one of the launch titles. No, it wasn't Breath of the Wild (as anyone who really knows me would tell you, it's not even a close call). Instead, it was indie darling Snipperclips that stole my heart. A cute little multiplayer title, Snipperclips puts you in control of two characters tasked with cutting each other into various shapes to solve puzzles. The one small downside to this release was that it was a digital-only title—something a collector like me lamented. Nintendo is making my dreams come true, however, as they announced in today's Nintendo Direct that a physical title was coming, along with brand-new content!

Head inside to learn a little more about this upcoming release!