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E3, the biggest gaming event of the year, is just under three months away. Developers, journalists, and now fans alike flock to it each year for big reveals, announcements, and largely, a celebration of video games. Massive companies such as Nintendo, Sony, Bethesda, EA, and Ubisoft routinely make use of the event for extravagant, flashy press conferences. However, it looks like Microsoft has different plans for their big show in 2018.

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Crystal Dynamic's Tomb Raider origin story is coming to an end this year with its third entry, the long rumored Shadow of the Tomb Raider, a game we know very little about so far. We've finally been given some answers today, with the game's official website seemingly leaving important information hidden deep within its code, including confirmation of the game's title, multiplatform status, and even the release date!

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If you have an existing Twitch Prime subscription, you're about to receive some extra perks! Starting on March 15th, Twitch users with an active Prime subscription will be able to access "Free Games With Prime," a new feature on Twitch that seeks to compete with services such as Games With Gold on Xbox and the Instant Game Collection on PlayStation Plus.

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Among the loads of indie games in development at the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo this year, the one that stood out for me most was Polyball, a unique and fun to play physics-based platformer from a small studio known as Studio Monolith. Wearing their influences on their sleeves, the game takes the ball-rolling gameplay of Super Monkey Ball and the speed of Sonic the Hedgehog, but completely comes into its own and uses these elements into its own thing with an enticing, addictive experience.

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During today's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo showed off two new styles for the New Nintendo 2DS XL. One of these new consoles sports a new permanent orange and white color scheme, and the other is a limited edition Pokémon console that's styled like a Poké Ball.

The orange and white New Nintendo 2DS will hit stores on October 6th, whereas the the Poké Ball console will launch on November 3rd, two weeks before the launch of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

One of the most interesting parts about tonight's Nintendo Direct was Square Enix's new trailer for "project Octopath Traveler," which was revealed alongside the Nintendo Switch last year. Made by the developers behind Bravely Default, the game will feature eight protagonists with different abilities and is set to have a rich story with true role-playing elements. It even has a demo, which is available now!

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Nintendo Directs are a lot like Christmas. You never know what you're gonna get, and it's typically a big surprise. This time around though, there's a chance Nintendo didn't wrap their gifts well enough, and we might have gotten an early peek at what's inside. Earlier today, Nintendo set up the video for the Nintendo Direct in Japan, and it held tags for several of their games that just might make their longtime fans cry tears of joy.

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In a recent update of the Wii U's firmware, dataminers discovered some code that signaled the end of the Miiverse online community. There was previously no official word from Nintendo that we'd see the service shutter, so it was still considered just speculation. As of today, however, we have gotten that confirmation, as Nintendo has announced that Miiverse will officially shut down on November 8th for both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS.

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One of the more shocking and unexpected announcements from Nintendo this year was that the worlds of Mario and Raving Rabbids would collide, and nobody imagined it would end up being a tactical RPG. As it turns out, this somehow became a match made in heaven, as Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle hits stores today, and it's reeling in some really good reviews so far!

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If you've been looking for a Nintendo Switch since its launch back in March, you've likely given up unless you're really lucky. Thankfully Nintendo likes money, and they want to change their console availability by making a lot more consoles this year. We can only hope they meet the demand of the millions of people who want to get their hands on their new portable home console. 

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We'd be surprised if South Park: The Fractured But Whole didn't get an ESRB M for Mature rating. Its name alone is a joke about buttholes, and it's a South Park game. It's a no-brainer, and it's certainly not news. However, the way they described the reasoning behind the rating is worth sharing. With extreme detail, the rating describes just how explicit and crazy this game can get.

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Game companies, like many other businesses, don't like it when people try to lay claim to their ideas and products. They don't see value in allowing other people to offer their products for free through emulation, they aren't the biggest fans of cheap knockoff versions of their intellectual property, and they certainly have no desire to be one-upped by their own fans. As you've heard before in cynical comment sections and YouTube videos alike, these corporations are not your friends. You have no connection with these people and they are only after your money. If you make a fan project and they don't want it to exist, there's nothing stopping them from shutting that shit down. It's their IP to create and use. Not yours. This is the approach Nintendo has taken when it comes to anything that fans have created around their IP.

But this isn't the only way, as Sega has proven by doing things differently. When fan projects popped up around the Sonic franchise, rather than shutting those people down, Sega chose to hire those people and on-board them for their talent and passion for the franchise. With Sonic Mania, Sega hired a small army of passionate fans, and those very fans' efforts created the most widely acclaimed Sonic game in nearly a decade. No threats, no cease and desist letters, just results and progress. So why does Sega do what Nintendon't when it comes to fan support?

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The Nintendo Switch has a lot of great games coming its way this year, but one that fans who skipped over the Wii U are no doubt looking forward to is Pokkén Tournament DX, the Switch's enhanced version of the Pokémon fighting game. For those who can't wait for the game to release on September 22nd, however, Nintendo has you covered. Nintendo has announced that the title will have its own downloadable demo, and it's coming fast! The demo releases tonight, August 23th, at 9:00 PM PST.

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During a Twitch panel at this year's Gamescom, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata danced around the possibility of Final Fantasy XV, or perhaps another game in the prolific franchise, coming to a console that rhymes with the word "Twitch." That certainly narrows it down a little, because as far as I know, Nintendo doesn't make sandwiches.

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If you were interested in preordering an Xbox One X, now's the time to do it. In anticipation of this year's Gamescom, Microsoft has started rolling out stock for preorder at retailers all across the world. To bring the console's development full-circle, Microsoft has announced a limited "Project Scorpio" edition of the powerhouse console—a nod to the code name the console ran by years before its announcement.

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