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Gamers in Japan were just treated to a wonderful look into the history of one of the most beloved franchises of all time. "Satoshi Tajiri: the Man Who Created Pokémon" is a new educational manga that just released in Japan, providing insight into the origins of Game Freak's hit franchise. In addition to being a fun and informative nostalgia trip, the manga also provides a look at early Pokémon designs, including a rare peak at some monsters that were cut from the final game.

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We're less than a month away from E3 now, and you can practically taste the exciting game announcements that await us just around the corner. Most of the focus will be on the major presentations from companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, but E3 is also home to the Coliseum. Geoff Keighley's main stage will host numerous guests throughout the convention, and famed developer Hideo Kojima will be among them.

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Back in March we learned the exciting news that Okami HD is officially coming to Nintendo Switch. Okami launched to critical acclaim in 2006, and Capcom gave it a fresh coat of paint with an HD re-release in 2012. Nintendo fans unfortunately haven't been able to play the new and improved version up to this point, but that's all changing soon.

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Koei Tecmo and Nintendo have gotten quite chummy in recent years. The two Japanese developers originally partnered up to create Hyrule Warriors, a Zelda-themed take on Koei's long-running Dynasty Warriors franchise. The game performed better than expected, and the two companies partnered up again for Fire Emblem Warriors last year. What's next for their relationship? If Koei's President gets his way, it'll be a Mario collaboration.

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A new Super Smash Bros. game is headed to Nintendo Switch, and it will feature prominently at this year's E3. If you can't make it out to the big event in LA, there's still a chance you can go hands-on with Smash early. Nintendo has just announced a series of public Smash events and tourneys starting just after E3 and heading into July.

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The gaming world has been set ablaze by Pokémon rumors this week, and they're starting to look more and more likely. According to multiple sources, Game Freak is returning to Kanto for two games on Switch: Pokémon Let's Go! Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go! Eevee. As of yesterday, both of those phrases have just been registered as domain names.

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If you're familiar with Super Mario 64 modders, Kaze is likely one of the first names that comes to your mind. He has made countless popular mods, including one that features the capturing mechanics of Super Mario Odyssey and another that meshes the gameplay of Mario 64 with the world of Ocarina of Time. Now, Kaze has created something nobody expected: an open world map suitable for a Battle Royale mode.

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If you grew up with a Super Nintendo, chances are you've been exposed to two of the greatest games of the era: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid. These two titles were the pinnacle of their genres and influenced their respective franchises (and countless other games) for years to come. What would happen if these two titans of gaming were merged into one? We now have the answer.

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One week ago, Nintendo announced that they have no plans for a traditional Virtual Console on Switch. They're still likely to bring their classic games to the console in one form or another (starting with 20 NES games), but not all fans are that patient. After all, Nintendo just released a treasure trove of classic games in the SNES Classic Edition, so why not start there?

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Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to Mario Tennis Aces on June 22nd, and they can try out a free demo even sooner. When the full game launches, fans will have access to more than just your standard tennis gameplay. Aces also comes with an Adventure Mode that sees Mario fighting against Wario, Waluigi, and other baddies to rescue his brother, Luigi.

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Earlier this month Nintendo finally revealed some details about their upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service. Switch owners can sign up for Online membership individually (which will link your membership to your account, not your console) or link up to eight accounts together under a Family Membership with shared benefits. If you're considering signing up for the latter, Nintendo just sent that feature live, so you can register now.

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Anyone for tennis? Switch owners can soon look forward to getting their hands on Mario Tennis Aces. The upcoming Mario sports game launches on June 22nd, but you don't have to wait that long to try it out for yourself. Nintendo will be holding a pre-launch tournament that any Switch owner can enter for free, so everyone will have a chance to try it out before they buy.

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Brace yourself, it's time to dig into some Pokémon rumors! This close to E3 there's bound to be a myriad of leaks, some fake and some real, and Pokémon is currently the hottest topic on the rumor mill. We know that Nintendo is planning to launch a new Pokémon game on Switch "in 2018 or beyond," but the reveal could be sooner than you think, and some key details may already have leaked.

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Last month Nintendo filed numerous trademarks for various intellectual properties including Mario Party, Paper Mario, Dr. Mario, and Punch-Out!!. Just a few weeks later, they're at it again. Another round of new Nintendo trademarks have just surfaced, less than one month before E3, including titles like Star Fox, F-Zero, and even Sin & Punishment.

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It's a big day for juicy rumors from the usually-silent Retro Studios. Earlier today a story surfaced suggesting that Retro is creating a Star Fox racing game for Nintendo Switch. Various websites like Eurogamer, Kotaku, and Game Informer have since stepped forward to say that they've heard similar things from their sources, but it doesn't stop there. According to these same sources, Retro has (or possibly had) another game in development, and it's not smooth sailing.

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