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Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of Fire Emblem Heroes, and so Nintendo and DeNA are commemorating the occasion with a bevy of special events. The fun began last week with another round of "Choose Your Legends," where fans voted for special editions of favorite characters to appear in the mobile game later this year, and tonight, at 11pm Pacific, the celebrations begin in earnest as Heroes will be updated to feature new maps, bonuses, and modes.

Read on after the jump for more details!

The month ahead for the Nintendo Switch is brimming with some award-winning indie games, and it starts strong as the eShop welcomes a variety of quality experience this week. Get ready to test your Metroidvania prowess, sharpen your dungeon-crawling and rhythmic senses, or pack your bags to return to a hometown gone wrong among your featured Nintendo Downloads!

Hit the jump for more info!

Attention PlayStation Plus subscribers! Your new free games for February are here, and featured among this month's lineup is Tequila Works' RiME, an adventurous indie puzzle game with gorgeous visuals released just last summer on the PlayStation 4. In it you play the role of a young boy, washed ashore on a mysterious uninhabited island with environmental puzzles to solve across five wide-spanning areas, themed after the five stages of grief.

Hit the jump for more info on this month's PS Plus offerings.

While the Xbox Game Pass will receive a major expansion next month, Microsoft's Games with Gold program is still going strong for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and with a new month comes four new games up for grabs. February's catalog of free games for Gold members includes a reboot of a 1997 PC title, an Assassin's Creed sidescroller, and a pair of backwards compatible racers.

Hit the jump for this month's Games with Gold trailer!

Nintendo Switch Online, the hybrid platform's planned paid online service, finally has a definitive launch period of September 2018. After its unveiling alongside the system during the Nintendo Switch Event last year, the paid service was previously expected to launch last fall before an untimely delay to sometime this year.

Hit the jump for more details on the service itself!

The Nintendo Switch is selling like hotcakes within its first year, already eclipsing the lifetime estimates of its predecessor and edging closer to 15 million units. With Nintendo's recent financial briefing, the document covering the last few fiscal quarters has also touched on the sales of the bestselling titles on the system to date.

Standing out from the bunch is Super Mario Odyssey, which sold 2 million copies in its first three days and became the fastest selling Mario game ever in the US, with an impressive showing of over 9.07 million copies as of December 31, 2017. This pushes lifetime software sales for the system to a total 52.57 million units sold within that timeframe.

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This time last year, Nintendo ceased Wii U production altogether while retailers had trouble keeping up with preorder demand for the company's newly unveiled hybrid system. Not even one whole year into its lifespan, this new platform has either been breaking or keeping up with home console sales records set by all-time greats like the Wii and the PlayStation 2.

Now, the time has come for Nintendo to disclose their sales results for the last quarter, and in their financial briefing, the company has revealed that the Nintendo Switch has officially sold 14.86 million units worldwide. Read on after the jump for more info!

EA's Star Wars Battlefront II drew widespread backlash last year for its predatory "pay to win" implementation of in-game gambling, with the selling point multiplayer mode's progression system, high cost of unlocking popular franchise icons, and sparingly awarded rewards all revolving around loot-boxes and microtransactions. The controversy on Electronic Arts' hands grew so dire, to the point it attracted both media and government attention, that the publisher suspended in-game payments before the game's public launch.

Unfortunately, the possibility of Battlefront II's microtransactions returning since remained, and now it's official. Hit the jump for more information.

These aren't your grandparents' cartoons, kiddos.

Developer TheMeatly Games gained notoriety last year with the release of Bendy and the Ink Machine, an episodic first-person horror game that tells the sad tale of an abandoned animation studio crawling with ink-form demons. While the game's story has yet to see completion, theMeatly announced on YouTube yesterday that Bendy and crew will soon be coming to home consoles later this year, thanks to a partnership with Rooster Teeth Productions, LLC.

Hit the jump for the reveal trailer and more details!

UPDATE: SEGA of America's Aaron Webber has discredited the rumor of a new Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing game on Twitter. The original article continues below.

One of the best received party racers aside from Nintendo's flagship Mario Kartseries ironically comes from its former 90's business rivals. Developed by Sumo Digital, 2010's Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing and its Transformed sequel two years later were well-crafted celebrations of SEGA's history and their many franchises, and they went on to become recognized as hallmark titles for the United Kingdom-based studio.

As it turns out, a new entry in the super Sonic racer series—as well as two FPS titles with "major partners"—may be in the works, according to a leaked presentation from a British law firm. Read on after the jump for more info!

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.

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!