The holiday season, typically defined as Black Friday through New Year's Eve, is an immensely important month and a half in the video game industry, and that's especially true for Nintendo this year. With stock numbers slipping and naysayers claiming Switch has lost its momentum, Nintendo is banking on huge holiday sales numbers. Investors are eager for positive results, and next month Nintendo will be meeting with them to share a quarterly update.

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Nintendo Switch had a stellar first year, and three major game releases were the biggest drivers of that success. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild helped Switch to a strong debut, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (despite being an enhanced port) had a phenomenal launch a month later, and Super Mario Odyssey was a massive seller during the holiday 2017 season. A year later, these three games are still selling well, helping Switch achieve yet another sales record.

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Survival games are all the rage these days, and Ark: Survival Evolved is one of the more popular ones, with over 5 million copies sold. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of the game don't run nearly as well as the PC version, but that didn't stop Studio Wildcard from porting it to the less powerful Nintendo Switch as well. It probably should have.

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Last July, Pokémon the Movie: Everyone's Story made its debut in Japanese theaters, and after the credits rolled moviegoers were treated with a teaser for the next film. The teaser featured the familiar voice of Masachika Ichimura (Mewtwo's Japanese voice actor) and a title drop: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution. We've heard virtually nothing about the film since then, but today we finally got an update.

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We're just over a month away from the launch of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and director Suda51 is planning to drop some huge news next week. You won't have to wait that long for your next update on the game, though, because today we got some news and a new trailer! The new footage shows off the Electric Thunder Tiger II game Travis will be fighting his way through.

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We're about a year away from the Sonic movie hitting theaters and early promotional materials have started to surface. The movie's first official poster features a more humanoid Sonic with fur and longer legs than we're used to seeing on the famous hedgehog. The reaction online has been harsh, to say the least, and recently some members of the Sonic team, including Sonic creator Yuji Naka, have also expressed some concern.

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It's been eight years since No More Heroes 2 released on Wii, and the series is finally set to make its return in just over a month. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is headed exclusively to Nintendo Switch on January 18, 2019, and developer Suda51 has a lot of news to share before then. A two-hour livestream has been announced for next week, and Suda51 is teasing "huge" news during the show.

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Geoff Keighley recently wrapped up the fifth annual presentation of The Game Awards, and it was the biggest year yet in terms of new game announcements. As it turns out, it was also the biggest year yet in terms of viewership, and it wasn't even close. The total number of viewers for The Game Awards 2018 more than doubled 2017's total, which itself was nearly triple 2016's numbers.

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Given Hollywood's track record when it comes to video game movies, there hasn't been much optimism surrounding the upcoming Sonic film, and concerns from fans only multiplied when the first official poster for the movie featured a more humanoid (and disturbing) look for the famous hedgehog. Now a second movie poster has allegedly surfaced at a movie theater, and it's probably not going to do anything to help calm the fears of fans.

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The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was an absolutely dominant week for Nintendo. Unsurprisingly, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sits at number one with a franchise record 1,220,535 sales on opening weekend, which is the best debut for any non-Pokemon Nintendo game in Japan. That was just the beginning of Nintendo's impressive week, as the top six best-sellers are all Switch games.

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If you're enjoying Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, then you'll love this incredible video tribute. Content creator Micah Moore, AKA Legend of Micah, recruited professional stunt doubles who have worked on Marvel movies and The Walking Dead to create an intense, Smash-inspired fight scene starring Mario, Link, Ness, and Captain Falcon. It's the ultimate tribute for the ultimate version of Smash!

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Nintendo kicked 2018 off by telling investors they expected to sell an impressive 20 million Switch consoles for the year. Nintendo's fiscal year runs from April 1st, 2018 through March 31st, 2019, which means they have a little less than four months left before the books close. As of September 30th, Nintendo had sold just 5 million Switch consoles, or only 25% of their target through 50% of the year. However, strong holiday sales have Nintendo confident that they can still reach their goal.

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It's been nearly 13 years since Kingdom Hearts II debuted on PlayStation 2, and its successor is finally nearing its release. We've still got a little over a month until Kingdom Hearts III drops, but Square Enix is keeping the hype strong with three new promotional videos in December. The first one just launched, and it features the game's opening cinematic along with a new theme song (from Hikaru Utada and Skrillex) called Face My Fears.

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E3 is generally seen as one of the most important events in the video game industry and the place to reveal exciting new games and generate hype. However, in recent years that hype has tapered off some. Companies like Disney, Wargaming, EA, and Activision-Blizzard have chosen to skip the show in recent years, but the biggest shocker came when even Sony pulled out of the 2019 lineup. Is E3 losing its relevance? Not according to Nintendo.

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It's been a long journey for developer Ackk Studios, but they're finally nearing the release of YIIK: A Postmodern RPG. Inspired by the canceled EarthBound 64 project, YIIK is a sci-fi adventure that explores themes of nihilism, growing up, and the supernatural. We first got our hands on it nearly three years ago, and after a lengthy retooling process, Ackk Studios has revealed that it's coming out next month.

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