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Last December, Retro Studios went on a hiring spree, recruiting people to five open positions in a short period of time. A month later we would learn why: Metroid Prime 4 is starting over from scratch, and Retro is in charge. With development effectively rebooting, there's no telling how long it will take for the much-anticipated game to arrive, but Retro is looking to speed that process up with an even bigger round of hiring.

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Just a few weeks ago, we reported that Build-A-Bear Workshop was teasing a future Detective Pikachu collaboration. Those plans still haven't been fully unveiled, but in the meantime Build-A-Bear just announced some other Pokémon collaborations. Starting today, Psyduck and Snubbull are available at Build-A-Bear, both in-stores and online.

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For months now, the video game industry has been buzzing with rumors of new Switch hardware. These numerous, often contradictory reports tend to agree that a cheaper "Switch Lite" model is on the way, and some believe a "Switch Pro" could also be on the horizon. With E3 less than two months away (and Bloomberg claiming a new Switch will launch that same month) many anticipate a reveal, but they may be disappointed.

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Nintendo launched Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last December to glowing reviews and record-setting pre-order numbers, and it quickly reached 12 million sales and shipments before the end of the year. Nintendo's popular crossover fighting game has continued to sell well through the first three months of 2019, and according to the new data in Nintendo's earnings release, it just achieved two major milestones.

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Nintendo just published its earnings release for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2019. That means the last 12 months of sales data is in the books, including updates on hardware totals. Nintendo's latest numbers show that Switch sold another 2.46 million units last quarter (January – March), which brings its lifetime total to 34.74 million. If you're familiar with the sales performance of Nintendo's past consoles, you know that number marks a major milestone.

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Last January, Nintendo announced plans to develop and release a Mario Kart game for mobile devices. The upcoming mobile racer, dubbed Mario Kart Tour, was originally planned to launch on March 31st, but Nintendo announced its delay at the start of this year, almost exactly one year after it was first announced. Mario Kart Tour is now expected to launch sometime this Summer, but some lucky gamers will get to try it out in the very near future.

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One of the most entertaining experiences on last generation's Wii U was Super Mario Maker. A simple-to-use interface let players imagine, create, play, and share their own custom Mario levels, and countless masterpieces were generated. Unfortunately, Wii U was a commercial flop, greatly limiting Super Mario Maker's reach. Nintendo is remedying that fact with Super Mario Maker 2 on the much more successful Nintendo Switch, and as of today, we know when to expect it.

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Video games have come a long, long way in the 30 years since the 8-bit days of NES and Game Boy. Gaming hardware evolved rapidly, new genres and styles of play emerged, and video games entered the mainstream like never before. Thousands of incredible adventures have been released in the past three decades, but which ones are the best? Popular Japanese publication Famitsu recently set out to answer that question.

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Last month we learned that Goku is coming to Dragon Ball FigherZ... again. The latest iteration of the popular Super Saiyan is his child-like form from Dragon Ball GT. This new arrival is set for May 9th on all platforms. In the meantime, publisher Bandai Namco just put out a new trailer that shows off GT Goku in action, including his Super Saiyan 4 form.

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Are you feeling oversaturated by all the Detective Pikachu trailers Legendary has been dishing out in recent weeks? How about a change of pace! The latest promotion for the first big, live-action Pokémon movie is less of a trailer and more of a behind the scenes featurette... although it does feature plenty of scenes from the movie. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton all chime in to give their thoughts on Detective Pikachu ahead of its release.

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Nintendo Switch is on a hot streak right now, outselling its 2018 numbers every single week in Japan thus far in 2019. Back in January, we reported that Switch passed 7 million units sold in Japan alone and that it was closing in on PlayStation 4 in that region. Although it hasn't quite passed up Sony's console yet, it's likely to do so in just one or two more weeks. In the meantime, Switch just hit another milestone in Japan.

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Over the past few months, we've reported on numerous claims that Nintendo is preparing to launch new hardware in the near future. Some of these reports have contradicted each other on key details, but they're largely in agreement that Nintendo has a smaller, cheaper version of the Switch planned for 2019. According to the latest scoop, this time from Bloomberg, the alleged Switch Lite is coming even sooner than previously thought.

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Image & Form's SteamWorld series has been going strong for nearly a decade, and their latest game is just around the corner! SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech (a play on the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh) combines role-playing and deck-building set in a hand-drawn world where an ancient menace awakes. You can get your hands on SteamWorld Quest on April 25th, but the launch trailer is available now.

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The E3 schedule is starting to fill up! We're less than two months away now from one of gaming's biggest events, and despite the absence of Sony (for the first time ever) and Electronic Arts, it should still be a busy week packed full of announcements. Nintendo, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Bethesda are all holding conferences, and the always-amusing Digital Devolver showcase is returning as well. The latest company to confirm an E3 press event is Square Enix.

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Even though Minecraft is a decade old, Microsoft is committed to releasing new content for it on a regular basis. These steady updates keep players engaged, and that's a huge part of why such a simple game has maintained its popularity for a decade. The latest update just hit today, and Microsoft is advertising it as the biggest update to villages yet.

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