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During last year's E3 presentation, Microsoft confirmed that they are working on new consoles. Little else was said, but sources since then have claimed that Microsoft is developing a true successor to Xbox One and a cheaper model that will rely heavily on Project xCloud to run more intensive titles. These two consoles aren't expected to launch anytime in 2019, but we may be hearing more about them quite soon.

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One of the key features of Pokémon GO is its trio of teams. Niantic's hit mobile game has you choose early on between Team Instinct, Team Mystic, and Team Valor, and from then on you'll be claiming gyms in the name of your team and battling against opposing gyms. In the past, your choice of team was a permanent decision, but soon that won't be the case.

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Yesterday, we reported on a juicy rumor from Direct Feed Games and Game Informer that said Xbox Game Pass is coming to Switch with Project xCloud support. This would give Switch owners access to tons of games that were previously Xbox exclusive and potentially even allow the console to run more hardware-intensive games. Today, another source has backed the rumor while also naming more expected ports to the system.

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A few weeks ago, we reported on the shocking news that, according to a GDC listing, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to Nintendo Switch. More recently, Liam Robertson hinted that Microsoft and Nintendo were partnering on something big in his video on Scalebound rumors. The latest development in this intriguing new partnership comes from Direct Feed Games, and it's a bombshell!

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Reggie Fils-Aime has been a major part of Nintendo's success for the past 15 years, 13 of which he spent as the President of Nintendo of America. However, all good things must come to an end, and that includes Reggie's tenure. Nintendo announced today that Fils-Aime will step down as President and COO on April 15th, two weeks after the start of the new fiscal year.

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Yesterday, we reported on the rather peculiar story that a flash game made by the United States Environmental Protection Agency appeared to have stolen music from Nintendo. "Recycle City Challenge" is a simple point and click educational game that was, for some reason, set to the tune of the Yoshi's Island DS Underground Theme. Once the story began circulating online, it quickly caught the attention of the US government.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch has by far the biggest lineup of fighters and stages in Smash history, but Nintendo isn't stopping there. At least six DLC characters (including the recently-released Piranha Plant) are planned, and five will come with their own stages. The next DLC fighter to drop is Persona 5's Joker, and based on some code discovered by data miners, we have a pretty good idea what his stage will be.

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Last week, Niantic announced that they're taking the fun of Pokémon GO's AR+ feature and making it far more accessible. With the new and improved GO Snapshot feature, you'll be able to grab cute pictures of your favorite Pokémon any time you want instead of just when encountering wild creatures on the overworld. If you're an Android user, you can try it out now!

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Nintendo Switch owners who don't game on other platforms weren't able to join in on the Resident Evil 2 remake fun last month, but Capcom hasn't forgotten about them. Last November, Capcom announced plans to bring Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 all to Switch sometime in 2019. We haven't heard much about the ports since then, but that will be changing very soon.

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Game Informer's Imran Khan recently dropped the juicy teaser that he's heard Nintendo is reviving a game that was officially canceled. Naturally, this has excited Nintendo fans around the world and triggered widespread speculation. What buried treasure could Nintendo be digging back up? One of the most popular suggestions is former Xbox One exclusive Scalebound from PlatinumGames, but we have our doubts. As it turns out, so does Liam Robertson, the man who first broke the story that it was canceled.

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Millions of fans around the world are currently enjoying Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee, but Game Freak isn't just coasting on the strong sales of their most recent releases. In fact, long before the Let's Go games released, Game Freak confirmed that they were working on a "core series RPG" coming in late 2019. So when will the next chapter of Pokémon finally be revealed? Possibly quite soon!

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The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was a bit of a mixed bag. PlayStation 4 received multiple big games (which might as well have been exclusives given the lack of Xbox interest in Japan) like Jump Force, Catherine: Full Body, Far Cry: New Dawn, and Metro Exodus, but Sony's console actually saw slightly decreased sales over last week. Meanwhile, Nintendo Switch coasted to an easy first place (and increased sales) with no major releases.

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The NPD Group has just released its latest monthly report, highlighting hardware and software sales number in the United States. Unsurprisingly, the long-awaited launch of Kingdom Hearts III proved to be immensely successful, as Square Enix's action RPG beat out Capcom's Resident Evil 2 remake for the top software spot.

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Well, there's a headline I never thought I'd have to type. Forest of Illusion, a website dedicated to preserving Nintendo history, recently tweeted out a bizarre and amusing discovery. It seems that the United States Environmental Protection Agency poached music from Yoshi's Island DS. Why? To use it in a flash game about recycling, of course!

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PlayStation Vita was far from the success story Sony envisioned when they launched it as a 3DS rival. Though more powerful than Nintendo's handheld, Vita lacked the system-selling hit games it needed to thrive, and it wasn't long before Sony began pulling back on first-party support altogether. Vita found a niche audience in Japan but never managed to gain much traction globally. Now, just over seven years after its debut, Sony is preparing to pull the plug.

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