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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."

Read on after the jump for more info.

Nintendo has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be receiving a substantial update soon, one that will likely entice those who already completed their journey to Elysium right back into the adventure all over again. You need not have purchased the Expansion Pass for this neat addition either.

Version 1.3.0 of the game is expected to arrive in mid-February, both addressing a bug that surfaced in the last update and adding the long coveted second playthrough option: "Advanced New Game Mode." Read on after the jump for more details!

It all feels like a fever dream. London is the stage, Goosebumps' Rob Letterman is the director with Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perman on board as screenwriters, and Ryan Reynolds is starring as the tough-talking, coffee-drinking, one-of-a-kind titular Pikachu.

Now, with preliminary preparations complete, the anticipated Detective Pikachu movie has finally left pre-production, with principal photography now underway in the United Kingdom's capital. Read on after the jump for more details!

Destiny 2 launched last fall to near-unanimous praise from critics, several accolades, and high anticipation from fans of the original 2014 game, but several incidents have plagued Activision and Bungie's latest project since its release. With the game's fanbase revolting against the Eververse store and Bright Engram loot-boxes, it's hard to argue against the notion that Destiny 2 is pushing hard for uncapped monetization schemes first and player enjoyment second.

With several controversies already under the Destiny sequel's belt, Wall Street analyst Doug Creutz penned a report citing that the game is "not in a good place." Read on after the jump for more details.

Back in August, RPG fans were delightfully surprised when Square Enix announced a remake of the popular SNES game Secret of Mana. The game is releasing on PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PC next month. However, some fans are wondering if Nintendo will get any of the love since the game did originally release on one of their systems. Producer Masaru Oyamada has heard the voices of these fans and didn't rule out the possibility of releasing the remake on Nintendo Switch later on.

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What began as smack talk between prolific voice actors quickly spiraled into one of the most highly anticipated brawls in fighting game history. On this, the eve of the release of Dragon Ball FighterZ, famed Dragon Ball VAs Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat are throwing down tonight to finally settle the score as to who is the superior Saiyan: Earth's mightiest hero, Goku, or Vegeta, the Prince of All Saiyans.

The "Super Saiyan Showdown" kicks off right now, featuring matches between players Perfect Legend, Nakkiel, Tatsu, LordKnight, NerdJosh, and Bardock Obama, building up to the final confrontation between the two Dragon Ball stars. Watch the livestream with us inside!

Nintendo's online eShop catalog is welcoming the releases of all kinds of digital games this week, and if you're among those who picked up a Nintendo Switch this past Christmas and are looking for more bang for your buck, a lot of high profile titles for the console are currently on sale for up to 30% off. Here's to hoping your wallets aren't hurting too much after the holidays!

Read on after the jump for details on this week's newest selections, featuring Celeste—the latest game from TowerFall developer Matt Makes Games, Inc.—and the definitive version of Pokémon Crystal for Nintendo 3DS.

When Microsoft launched their Xbox Game Pass initiative, the subscription service was originally designed for gamers to access a wide library of older games at a low monthly rate. The variety of available titles is nice, but fans have since spoken out on wanting to play more of the latest blockbusters on the service—and it looks like Xbox is poised to deliver.

Xbox head Phil Spencer has announced a major expansion for the service, revealing that Xbox Game Pass will soon incorporate all Xbox One-exclusive titles and Microsoft Studios games on the day they launch. Read on after the jump for more details!

After nearly two years of activity, Nintendo has sadly revealed that they will soon be discontinuing Miitomo in a few months. The app suspended the sale of Miitomo coins last night following the announcement, and Nintendo will end its service on May 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM Pacific.

Miitomo will be going out in style, however, with daily login bonuses dropping 2000 coins and five game tickets, Miitomo memories-centric Answer Central questions, and a final Miifoto event. These will all last up until the app's termination.

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Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog series may have come to an unceremonious end, but it wasn't long before SEGA of America announced their new partnership with IDW Publishing, signalling that Sonic will be making a grand return to paper and print soon. The publisher behind many licensed adaptations has since worked on recruiting staff for the Blue Blur's second comic book run, and with what this week's solicits have revealed, their picks could not be more perfect for fans of Archie Sonic.

IDW's Sonic comics premiere this April with four issues launching back-to-back, kicking things off with characters old and original in a brand new story penned by the returning Ian Flynn. Read on after the jump for the full breakdown, including synopses, release dates, cover arts, and more!

One of my most anticipated games of the year, the new God of War, is set to bring a fresh take on the franchise as it transitions from Greek to Norse mythology. While some may be skeptical of this decision, I'm excited to see what new life it brings to the franchise. Luckily, God of War fans like myself won't have too much longer to wait. God of War launches on PlayStation 4 on April 20th!

Head inside to see the new trailer and to find out about the special editions!

We've been given a few tidbits of information about Kingdom Hearts III over the years. Most recently, a world based on Toy Story was announced, along with a 2018 release date. However, Square Enix is keeping this title under wraps as much as they can, so rumors have been running rampant.

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This month's surprise Nintendo Direct Mini dropped a number of bitesized bombshells, and one particular piece of news that has speedrunners in a tizzy is the upcoming DLC soon arriving to Super Mario Odyssey. The free "Luigi's Balloon World" update due sometime next month will finally add the younger Mario brother into the world of Odyssey (though not in a playable fashion, unfortunately), where players can challenge their peers the world over in hiding and seeking balloons in various kingdoms.

For those who like to change up Mario's attire, the February update will also include a trio of additional costumes, but it looks like more outfits could be filling in the Mushroom Kingdom hero's wardrobe in the future. Read on after the jump for more details!

In 1991, working alongside artist Naoto Ohshima and designer Hirokazu Yasuhara, programmer Yuji Naka coded the genesis of an iconic new gaming mascot for SEGA that would go on to rival the likes of Mario: the one and only Sonic the Hedgehog. Naka left the publisher and Sonic Team in 2006 to found his own studio, Prope, known for Ivy the Kiwi?, Rodea the Sky Soldier, and Nintendo 3DS Streetpass titles Streetpass Mansion and Streetpass Fishing.

Today, the renowned "father of Sonic the Hedgehog" has announced on Twitter that he is moving on to greener pastures, having joined Square Enix—home to Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Quest—earlier this month. Read on after the jump for more details!

One year ago, Nintendo and DeNA followed up on the success of Super Mario Run with a mobile entry for the Fire Emblem franchise, celebrating its rich history and cavalcade of characters by compacting the core experience for on-the-go enjoyment. Fire Emblem Heroes has since become a runaway hit, outpacing its predecessor in revenue and receiving several accolades, among them "Best Game of 2017" from Google Play Japan.

Now, just like before its launch, Nintendo is once again hosting a "Choose Your Legends" promotional event online, where Heroes fans can vote to decide which characters will make a special appearance in the game in the near future. Read on after the jump for more details!