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Niantic had a dramatic rise to fame and fortune after Pokémon GO launched in 2016, and soon they'll be working with another beloved franchise. They've been teasing a Harry Potter project for quite some time now, and they recently launched the first teaser trailer for the upcoming game, dubbed Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

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The Game Awards 2018 is coming up in just a few weeks, and it's expected to be packed with more announcements than any previous show. Of course, as the name of the event indicates, the focus of The Game Awards is to honor the best video games from 2018. With that in mind, host and creator Geoff Keighley just revealed all the categories and nominees up for awards.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks are two very different Nintendo games. The former was a Game Boy Advance puzzle-platformer that brought a strategic edge to the old Donkey Kong formula, and the latter is a touch-screen-based Zelda game that sees us traversing Hyrule via locomotive. These games are two well-enjoyed extensions to Nintendo's most prolific franchises, and they have something in common: they've both been given new trademarks, meaning we might see more of them in the future!

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RuneScape was one hell of a game back in the day. Not only does it hold the Guinness World Record as the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game of all time, but its expansiveness is almost unheard of. Unfortunately, the game was forgotten in time after a bout of updates that, to most, ruined the game. Luckily, the team at Jagex gave us a revival in 2013 with the release of Old School RuneScape, a complete backup of the game's beloved circa-2007 servers. Now that version of the game is receiving a mobile port on both iOS and Android, complete with cross-platform play with PC users. And boy oh boy, does it ever work smoothly!

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Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world right now, and developer Epic Games is using that status to attract some impressive partners. Earlier this year, Epic teamed up with Disney and the Marvel Cinematic Universe to bring Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet to the game. Next, they'll be shifting gears from superheroes to sports by partnering with the National Football League.

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I remember when Pokémon GO first came out. Being in the streets of Toronto that week was a magical time. Seeing thousands of people flock to a Dratini, everybody downtown talking about what they caught, and the reaffirmation that Pokémon is such a unique global phenomenon. Eventually, though, I lost interest in the AR game, and one of the key reasons for it being the fact that the game drains your battery pretty quickly if you leave it open all day. Now there's finally a solution, as Pokémon GO's most recent update means you don't even need the app open for your eggs to progress!

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Earlier this month, Game Freak dropped a few hints about a second form for the Mythical Pokémon Meltan. An ominous shadow was shown at the very end of Professor Willow's Meltan Research Update. We now know that this shadow was actually Melmetal, Meltan's evolved form.

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Welcome to another episode of Switched On! After taking a week off, we're back to break down all the exciting Nintendo news from the past couple of weeks. Join Ben, Jeff, and newcomer Mark as we talk about Nintendo Switch Online, Pokémon, and more. We also give our impressions of the newly-launched Super Mario Party. For this week's discussion section, we discuss three Nintendo franchises that need a reboot and explore what that might look like. Hit the jump to take it all in!

Last week Niantic revealed that Pokémon from the Sinnoh region of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are on their way to Pokémon GO. No exact release date was given at the time, but the mobile developer didn't keep fans waiting for long. The fated day is here, and Piplup, Chimchar, Turtwig, and other Sinnoh favorites are now available to catch on your phone.

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Two of Nintendo's most beloved properties are crossing over! As Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp approaches its one year anniversary, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are teaming up for new content. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee launch next month, so why not celebrate in style with some new Eevee-themed items?

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When Pokémon GO made its debut in the Summer of 2016, it was an undeniable global phenomenon. Niantic's Pokémon adventure shot to the top of the charts in no time and quickly pulled in over $1 billion. The game's popularity eventually began to dip, but Niantic has regularly updated it with new features and monsters, and this year it saw a return to form. Based on the latest data, it's not going away anytime soon.

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Last month Pokémon GO players began encountering a mysterious new creature which was later revealed as the Mythical Pokémon Meltan. The early sightings all turned out to be Ditto in disguise. But the real thing is on the way to Pokémon GO, and you'll be able to bring it to the upcoming Pokémon: Let's Go games as well. There's still much we don't know about this strange new being, but today we got lots of new info in the form of two new trailers!

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Pokémon GO, the hit mobile game from Niantic, has come a long way since its debut in the Summer of 2016. When the monster-catching AR game first kicked off, the only creatures available were the original Pokémon from the Kanto region of Red, Blue, and Yellow. Over the years Niantic has slowly, but steadily, rolled out new features, including Pokémon from Johto, Hoenn, and even the Alola region. Now they're ready for the next big step!

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Nintendo doesn't plan to launch a traditional Virtual Console on Switch, which has left many fans wondering how they'll distribute their classic games this generation. Some NES games are now available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, and there's been some indication that Super Nintendo games will eventually follow, but what about the Game Boy? A recently discovered patent may hold the answers.

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A few days ago Pokémon GO players began encountering a mysterious new creature with a gelatinous body and an industrial nut for a head with a single eye. Upon capturing it the unknown monster, it would immediately transform into a Ditto. What's going on here? We now have our answer! Thanks to a new video from The Pokémon Company, the ancient and mythical Pokémon Meltan has been unveiled!

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