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Welcome to another episode of Switched On! After taking a week off, we're back to break down all the exciting Nintendo news from the past couple of weeks. Join Ben, Jeff, and newcomer Mark as we talk about Nintendo Switch Online, Pokémon, and more. We also give our impressions of the newly-launched Super Mario Party. For this week's discussion section, we discuss three Nintendo franchises that need a reboot and explore what that might look like. Hit the jump to take it all in!

Insomniac Games launched Spider-Man to outstanding reviews and record-breaking sales figures, and that could be just the beginning of a new era of high-quality Marvel video games. There's lots of optimism for the long-term future, but there's also plenty to be excited about in the short term. Last month Insomniac gave us our first look at Black Cat in a DLC trailer, and today we received an update on its release date.

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Pokémon trainers around the world are getting ready to return to Kanto (or visit it for the first time) in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee. Because they're targeted at a wider audience, the Let's Go games will be an easier and more casual experience (with a more "core" game coming in 2019), but there will be more challenging content for veteran fans after the main quest is completed. In a recent interview, producer Junichi Masuda shed more light on the Master Trainers that await you as Champion.

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Last week Niantic revealed that Pokémon from the Sinnoh region of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are on their way to Pokémon GO. No exact release date was given at the time, but the mobile developer didn't keep fans waiting for long. The fated day is here, and Piplup, Chimchar, Turtwig, and other Sinnoh favorites are now available to catch on your phone.

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When Pokémon made its debut over 20 years ago, one of the most unsettling areas in the game was Lavender Town. Eerie music, a graveyard, ghost Pokémon, and possessed trainers all combined to make it a memorably creepy location. Now that Kanto is getting an HD remake in the Pokémon: Let's Go games on Switch, Game Freak had to redesign the town for a new audience. And it sounds like we're in for a treat.

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We're just weeks away now from the next evolution of the Pokémon franchise. Game Freak will launch Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee on Nintendo Switch next month, giving players a blend of the traditional Pokémon formula and more modern GO-style gameplay. A new trailer launched today, giving us another extensive look at the Kanto region in HD, and producer Junichi Masuda also teased some details about the game's post-credits content.

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As the current generation marches towards its eventual end, Microsoft is hard at work behind the scenes on the next iteration of Xbox. In addition to working on new hardware and a new streaming service, Microsoft has been investing heavily in software as well. At E3 they announced that they've recently bought out five game development studios, turning them into first-party Xbox teams. If the latest rumblings around the industry are true, they'll soon be adding to that total.

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Just a few years ago, no one would have believed you if you told them that Nintendo and Ubisoft would team up on a tactical RPGs starring gun-wielding Mario characters alongside the Rabbids... but here we are. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was a surprise smash hit, achieving critical acclaim and selling over 2 million copies. And there just might be a follow-up in the works.

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Seventeen years ago, Mario took the backseat for a change, and his timid brother stepped into the spotlight. Luigi's Mansion was one of the most beloved games on Nintendo GameCube, and in 2013, Nintendo gave it a sequel on 3DS. More recently, they also revealed that a third entry is headed to Nintendo Switch. While we wait for Luigi's next adventure, the original has just been ported to 3DS, joining its sequel on the handheld device.

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Two of Nintendo's most beloved properties are crossing over! As Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp approaches its one year anniversary, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are teaming up for new content. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee launch next month, so why not celebrate in style with some new Eevee-themed items?

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When Pokémon GO made its debut in the Summer of 2016, it was an undeniable global phenomenon. Niantic's Pokémon adventure shot to the top of the charts in no time and quickly pulled in over $1 billion. The game's popularity eventually began to dip, but Niantic has regularly updated it with new features and monsters, and this year it saw a return to form. Based on the latest data, it's not going away anytime soon.

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The weekly hardware and software numbers from Japan are in, and although the industry as a whole posted unimpressive numbers, it was a solid week for Nintendo. That's due almost entirely to the success for Super Mario Party on Nintendo Switch. The latest entry in the popular party series is the highest rated in 20 years, and that's translating into strong sales figures.

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Well here's a bit of a surprise. Nintendo Switch Online recently made its debut, and subscribers to this service now have access to a library of over 20 classic NES games. Three more titles were scheduled for release today and are now available, but there was also a fourth title added. In a move that no one called, Nintendo has released an easy version of the original Zelda.

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Last month Pokémon GO players began encountering a mysterious new creature which was later revealed as the Mythical Pokémon Meltan. The early sightings all turned out to be Ditto in disguise. But the real thing is on the way to Pokémon GO, and you'll be able to bring it to the upcoming Pokémon: Let's Go games as well. There's still much we don't know about this strange new being, but today we got lots of new info in the form of two new trailers!

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Pokémon GO, the hit mobile game from Niantic, has come a long way since its debut in the Summer of 2016. When the monster-catching AR game first kicked off, the only creatures available were the original Pokémon from the Kanto region of Red, Blue, and Yellow. Over the years Niantic has slowly, but steadily, rolled out new features, including Pokémon from Johto, Hoenn, and even the Alola region. Now they're ready for the next big step!

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