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Nintendo has a PR nightmare on their hands in Russia right now. Yasha Haddaji, Nintendo's top executive in the region, has grown increasingly unpopular in recent months as Nintendo Russia has stopped selling Pokémon trading cards and ordered very few copies of Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee, choosing to stock only the Pikachu version adequately. The last straw for many fans came during a recent livestream event, where Haddaji can be seen insulting and swearing at his employees, as well as threatening to fire them.

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It's been nearly a year and a half since Nintendo first revealed that Metroid Prime 4 is in development for Nintendo Switch. The initial teaser was nothing more than a logo and a jingle, and the name is likely tentative, but fans of the series still went nuts with excitement. Little has been said about Samus' upcoming adventure since then, but Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime just gave fans some reasons to get excited again!

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You've heard of the famed RPG series Final Fantasy (over and over again), but now get ready for the cheap, K-Mart knock-off: Last Idea. Except there's one bizarre detail. If this familiar-sounding game is real and in development, it's not being made by a copycat, but by Final Fantasy developer Square Enix themselves.

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We're just two days away now from the launch of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee on Nintendo Switch, and the reviews are starting to roll in. As we noted yesterday, the twin games have received largely positive reviews in the West, and they currently sit at an average score of around 81/100. According to Japanese publication Famitsu, they're even better than that.

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The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, and although it was a fairly mundane week for software, a few new titles launched. Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo 3DS, which launched last month in most territories, finally made its Japanese debut. With 27,370 units sold, it's far from a smash hit... but it was still good enough to top the charts in a slow week.

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Nintendo is about to have a huge holiday season thanks to releases in popular, long-running franchises like Mario Party, Super Smash Bros., and Pokémon. However, this absolute monster of a holiday lineup means that Nintendo's major first-party releases were few and far between throughout the rest of the year. If it were possible (given development schedules), would Nintendo have done things differently?

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Game Freak's beloved Pokémon franchise is set to return to the adventure that started it all in just three days. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee are pseudo-remakes of the 20-year-old Pokémon Yellow, but with modern graphics and game mechanics, as well as influence from mobile hit Pokémon GO. Are these games worth your time either as a stroll down memory lane or an introduction to the series? The early reviews are in!

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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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It's the holiday season, and that means deals all around! Microsoft and Sony have already unveiled deals on Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, and more, and now it's Nintendo's turn. To show off their bargains, Nintendo released a video starring Luigi as well as GandaKris, a talented Amiibo modder who Nintendo hired as an Ambassador. What savings do the two have to show off?

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Earlier this year we reported that Nintendo had taken legal action against two ROM sites that were stocked with many Nintendo games. LoveROMs and LoveRETRO were sister sites operated by a husband and wife, Jacob and Cristian Mathias, and Nintendo was seeking millions in damages for their distribution of Nintendo IP. A settlement has just been reached, and it will likely have a massive impact on ROM sites in general.

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Nintendo recently launched an exciting new trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the internet has been going crazy ever since. The trailer opens on a billboard featuring Smash artwork, then transforms into a massive Nintendo battle. It's a beautiful video that shows off the game's incredibly diverse cast in action, but fans noticed that it didn't have any background music. Well, now it has all the music.

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Detective Pikachu recently came to the West on 3DS, and soon it will be making the jump from the small, handheld screen to the massive theater screen. The movie adaptation, starring Ryan Reynolds as a talking Pikachu, began filming earlier this year, and it's slated for release in 2019. Today we finally got a good look at the upcoming film, as its first trailer dropped.

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Well, that didn't take long. Shortly after Microsoft unveiled their Black Friday deals (including $100 off on select Xbox One X and Xbox One S models), Sony has followed suit. The house of PlayStation released a humorous Black Friday sale announcement video that focuses on the joys of staying indoors and playing games during the cold winter months. The video, along with a blog post, also reveals some key bargains that will soon be available.

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The ultra-lucrative holiday season is upon us, and that means video game publishers are about to start rolling out some major savings to entice fans to open up their wallets. You can expect sales to begin popping up across the industry soon, but one of the more intriguing deals has already been revealed by Microsoft.

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One month ago, we reported via Kotaku's Jason Schreier that Microsoft was planning to add to their ever-expanding list of acquired publishers by spending big on Obsidian Entertainment. Unsurprisingly, this turned out to be true, and Microsoft made the acquisition official during X018. This turned out to be only half of the story, however, as Microsoft announced another acquisition during the show.

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