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Yesterday marked the global launch of Xenoblade Chronicles 2's incredible soundtrack. With the complete music anthology now readily available to purchase off of online music services like iTunes and Amazon Music around the world (a Nintendo first), the release of the actual physical album included a special bonus for fans in Japan.

In the album's booklet, a message was included from Monolith Soft president Tetsuya Takahashi and director Koh Kojima as they shared their aspirations for the future of Xenoblade. Hit the jump for more details!

Not long after Kirby Star Allies launched to record sales numbers for the series, a free update to the game introduced the first round of unique new Dream Friends joining the roster of playable characters. Old franchise favorites Marx, Gooey, and Rick/Kine/Coo returned to the fold, leaving the door open for more friends and foes to appear in Kirby's inaugural Switch adventure.

With that, a new Dream Friend has been officially revealed for the upcoming Wave 2, being none other than the leader of the Squeaks himself: Daroach! Hit the jump for more details.

It's been five years since Gaijin Games, now Choice Provisions, released the fantastic Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, breaking the addictive gameplay of BIT.TRIP Runner out of the confines of 2D space to a 3D world exploding with style and color. Come PAX West last year, I was delighted to find out that a new Runner game was on the horizon and enjoyed my brief stint with the demo on the show floor. Now that I've had the chance to play the game in full, how does Runner3 stack up to expectations?

Check out the full review under the cut!

The Nintendo Switch's launch year wrapped up with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Monolith Soft's sequel to the original JRPG on Wii, which quickly became a million-seller in its first month on store shelves. Telling the tale of Rex and Pyra on their fabled journey to Elysium, their quest was backed by an incredible soundtrack led by Yasunori Mitsuda—featuring ACE, Anúna, and Manami Kiyota—and it's receiving a dedicated CD collection in Japan on May 23.

To embittered Nintendo music fans, this would ordinarily mean it's yet another OST that won't be coming West. Not this time, however, as the music of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be available globally the same day. Hit the jump for more details!

Back from his second adventure with his future self from another dimension (or something), Classic Sonic returned to his realm to find Doctor Eggman is up to his dastardly old tricks once again after his foiled Phantom Ruby plot. The hunt for the Chaos Emeralds begins anew in the animated miniseries Sonic Mania Adventures, with the evil Robotnik already ahead with four of the mythical gems in his grasp!

Luckily, Sonic won't be going alone, as a familiar two-tailed fox with a big heart reunites with the Blue Blur in today's new episode. Miles "Tails" Prower takes flight once more after the jump!

When word of the second coming of Sonic Mania broke at SXSW, fans were left in a tizzy with much to look forward to in the coming months. A series of animated shorts were revealed, but the big reveal was the game's expanded relaunch that sees the addition of Encore Mode and the return of missing-in-action classic Sonic characters.

Much like the animated trailers before, a new one for Sonic Mania Plus dropped today, showing Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo in action for the first time. Check it out after the jump!

Sonic fans are looking forward to diving right back into the mania once Sonic Mania Plus drops this summer. Expanding on the original release of the highest rated Sonic game in well over a decade, the Sonic Mania expansion is set to bring new modes and playable characters in the form of the returning Mighty and Ray.

However, looks like some fans have gotten into some of the fun early as a substantial Sonic Mania update dropped for PlayStation 4 earlier today. The update has since been pulled from the server, but not without some fans already looking into what's changed.

Hit the jump for more details, but mind the spoilers!

In 1996, the SEGA Saturn was home to a dual tactical RPG/dating sim in the form of Sakura Wars, which follows the story of an all-women task force known as the Imperial Assault Squad in their bid to defend the world from evil. The franchise was a hit in Japan and spawned OVAs, an anime series, and a movie on top of several sequels, the last of which—Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love—was the first to hit North America on PlayStation 2 and Wii in 2005. Since then, the series has faded into obscurity, aside from tie-ins with the Project X Zone games.

One fan poll and a SEGA Fes 2018 livestream later, however, SEGA has announced that a brand new game, tentatively titled "Shin Sakura Wars," is currently in development. Hit the jump for more details!

Oft rumored, long wanted, and once thought impossible, the promised time has finally come to pass. What's long been considered as the highest requested rerelease for SEGA diehards finally came to light at SEGA Fes last night, being the "HUGE" announcement the publisher has been teasing via their international social media channels.

The Dreamcast classic Shenmue and its sequel are being brought to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and the single package duology will be released later this year. Check out the reveal trailer after the jump!

While Nintendo has yet to reveal a dedicated Virtual Console system for the Switch, its third party partnerships were certainly up to the task in revitalizing their retro games onto the hybrid platform. Hamster Corporation has consistently pushed ACA NEOGEO releases on the eShop since launch, and publishers such as Capcom, SNK, Atari, and Bandai Namco have all come forward with a bevy of collection titles for arcade classics and fan-favorite franchises.

Now, SEGA has announced that they're finally getting in the action too, with a "SEGA Ages" initiative coming to the Nintendo Switch this summer. Hit the jump for more info!

Gamers who grew up playing on the original Xbox rejoiced at E3 2017, as Microsoft announced that they would expand their Xbox One compatibility library to include games from their debut console many generations ago. The gaming giant made well on their promise as thirteen classic Xbox games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Prince of Persia, and Psychonauts relaunched on Xbox One in October of last year, and now they have announced a whole nineteen more will be hitting the modern console starting next week.

Ready your wallets or dust off your old Xbox discs, and hit the jump to see the comprehensive list of revived retro wares!

Today's Inside Xbox livestream was a good day for Microsoft mavericks, and all the more so for Xbox One X owners, as a slate of classic Xbox 360 titles are getting the X-Enhanced treatment. This tangible performance upgrade to older software comes with improvements such as heightened framerate stability and higher definition resolution, effectively making last-gen games look like new.

To see if your favorites from yesteryear made the Xbox One X Enhanced cut, hit after the jump!

The official SEGA Shop is offering some specially-themed wares in their online storefront this week only in the spirit of April Fool's. In other words, if you've been jealous of your Custom Hero's chic Sanic t-shirt in Sonic Forces and wanted one of your own, then boy do we have good news for you.

The SEGA Shop has opened a new line of goods dubbed "The Official Sanic Collection," which includes a Sanic tee, a Sanic black mug, and a pair of Sanic phone cases. Yes, you read that correctly: SEGA is selling actual licensed Sanic merchandise that you can buy with your real, hard-earned money.

Check it out for yourself after the jump!

Much like how Sonic Forces allowed longtime fans to finally create and play as their own custom characters, this new fan project looks to appeal to those who seek to create their own worlds for the Blue Blur.

In the past, SEGA once hosted an online portal called PlaySEGA, which featured a variety of flash games and emulated Genesis games. One standout title in particular was the Sonic the Hedgehog Level Creator, which has inspired a young fan to start making his own version of the game way back in 2010. Eight years later, the passion project known as Sonic Maker has taken off online with an impressive tech demo trailer. Check it out after the jump!

No, this isn't an April Fools joke. Matthew Taranto, creator of the beloved Brawl in the Family webcomic, has been busy with developing his own game in Tadpole Treble and contributing his talents to Nintendo Force magazine. However, those who've missed the bygone comic might be pleased to know that he's returning to his roots with a brand new Kickstarter campaign, wholly dedicated to the purple Green Mario doppelgänger we all know and love.

Read on after the jump for more details on TOO BAD. WALUIGI TIME!