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The trials and tribulations of Kickstarter-funded games continue. Developer Koji Igarashi initially planned to launch Castlevania spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in 2017, but development hasn't exactly gone according to schedule. In September of 2016, Igarashi delayed the game all the way until 2018, but two years later it appears development is still unfinished.

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Capcom's latest Monster Hunter adventure is an unprecedented success. In a few short months, it quickly became Capcom's best-selling game ever and boosted them to record profits. Monster Hunter: World passed up 8 million copies sold last month, and that was before it released on PC. After a phenomenal launch on that platform (with nearly a quarter million concurrent users on day one), Monster Hunter: World has just passed another milestone.

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Metroid is one of Nintendo's most iconic franchises, but it hasn't always received the same amount of attention from Nintendo over the years as games like Mario or Zelda. Samus' adventures have often had multi-year gaps between them as Nintendo struggles to decide what to do with the franchise. During these absent periods, many third-party developers have pitched ideas to Nintendo, hoping to have the chance to create their own Metroid experience. As it turns out, SEGA was once one of those interested parties.

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It's been less than two weeks since the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, but Nintendo is already back with another video presentation. This time, it's a look at many of the exciting independent games that are headed to Nintendo Switch in the coming months. The lineup spans numerous genres, including space shooter, puzzle, platformer, action-adventure and more. Perhaps the biggest reveal is that Neo Geo classic Windjammers is getting a sequel!

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the most critically acclaimed and influential games of all time, inspiring countless adventures in the two decades since it released. So where does a game like that draw its own inspiration? Certainly past Zelda games like A Link to the Past set the foundation, but Ocarina of Time's action came from a less expected source. Nintendo turned to Ninja movies.

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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! are headed to Nintendo Switch this holiday season, giving new and old players alike the opportunity to visit an HD Kanto. Although these remakes are primarily sticking with Pokémon from the original games, they are spicing things up a bit with some modern mechanics, including Mega Evolution. The Pokémon Company has just released a new trailer, and this time it focuses on Mega Kangaskhan and Mega Gyarados.

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With E3 fading in the rearview mirror, the next major video game convention is just days away! Gamescom kicks off in Cologne, Germany on August 21st. The week-long event is sure to be packed with announcements (including an Xbox presentation from Microsoft), and it's also a chance to highlight the best of the best when it comes to upcoming games. Ahead of the big event, Gamescom has just released the complete list of nominees for The Gamescom Awards 2018.

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After months of rumors and leaks, Activision finally confirmed the existence of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy back in April. The game was announced for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a September release date, and there were also rumblings of a Nintendo Switch version. Just over a month ahead of the announced release date, developer Toys for Bob has announced a change of plans.

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The latest iteration of Super Smash Bros. is by far the biggest yet, with a roster that includes every character in franchise history and a lineup of stages with over 100 to choose from. All of those stages (and fighters) have been graphically improved as well. We recently shared a GameXplain video that compares returning Wii U stages to their Switch counterparts, and today we have a follow-up video that does the same for the classic Nintendo 64 stages.

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Earlier this month IGN removed their review of Dead Cells after receiving accusations of plagiarism. IGN conducted an internal investigation into writer Filip Miucin (using the word "writer" generously here), and after determining that the accusations were legitimate, they fired him. The story should've stopped there, but instead, Miucin denied any wrongdoing and sarcastically challenged Kotaku's Jason Schreier to try and find more examples of plagiarism. That was a mistake.

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Virtual reality doesn't seem to be as much of a hot topic these days, especially compared to just a couple of years ago, when Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR all launched within six months of each other. Although it hasn't been dominating headlines recently, PlayStation VR has seen its sales continue to climb over the past two years, and Sony's headset recently hit a milestone.

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It's a sad day for fans of anime and Japanese games, as a beloved voice actor has passed away. Unsho Ishizuka, perhaps best known as both the narrator and the voice of Professor Oak in the Pokémon anime, has tragically passed away. Ishizuka has been serving both roles for the show since the very beginning over 20 years ago, but at 67 he lost a battle to esophageal cancer.

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Over the past two years, Overwatch has been one of the most popular games in the world, especially in the realm of eSports. The team-based hero shooter is available on most modern platforms, but not Nintendo Switch. Blizzard has previously stated that porting it to Switch would be a challenge, although they remain open-minded. With the announcement that Diablo III is coming to Switch, Blizzard has commented on the possibility once again, this time with a slightly more optimistic tone.

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Niantic has done a good job at steadily adding new features and monsters to Pokémon GO over the months, and over two years after launch, it's right back at number one. They'll soon be updating the game once again, this time to add a Mythical Pokémon from the Johto Region. So when and how can you get your hands on the marvelous Celebi?

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What once seemed like an impossible dream may now be on its way to becoming a reality. Over the past few weeks, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been sharing details about the project, including the fact that they've completed its script. Vogt-Roberts has also been sharing beautiful Metal Gear concept art for the past month, but yesterday he shared something a little different.

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