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During last year's E3 presentation, Nintendo surprised one of their most passionate fan bases by revealing that Metroid Prime 4 is in development for Nintendo Switch. Nintendo's first-person sci-fi adventure series has been handled exclusively by Retro Studios in the past, but the Austin-based developer will not return for Samus' next game. Nintendo has remained entirely silent on the identity of the long-awaited title's developer, but thanks to a report from Eurogamer, we may have our answer.

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Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of Fire Emblem Heroes, and so Nintendo and DeNA are commemorating the occasion with a bevy of special events. The fun began last week with another round of "Choose Your Legends," where fans voted for special editions of favorite characters to appear in the mobile game later this year, and tonight, at 11pm Pacific, the celebrations begin in earnest as Heroes will be updated to feature new maps, bonuses, and modes.

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The month ahead for the Nintendo Switch is brimming with some award-winning indie games, and it starts strong as the eShop welcomes a variety of quality experience this week. Get ready to test your Metroidvania prowess, sharpen your dungeon-crawling and rhythmic senses, or pack your bags to return to a hometown gone wrong among your featured Nintendo Downloads!

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During a financial earnings presentation today, Nintendo announced that they are now working with Illumination Entertainment on a brand new movie starring Mario. The animated film will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri, the producer behind Despicable Me. We first heard talk of this possibility a few months ago, but this is the first time we've gotten confirmation that a Mario movie is on its way.

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We haven't seen a brand new Mario Kart game since the original release of Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. Even though that game was supported with new content and an updated port early last year, fans have been asking for a brand new Mario Kart game. If you fall into this group, Nintendo has something coming your way next year.

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Nintendo Switch Online, the hybrid platform's planned paid online service, finally has a definitive launch period of September 2018. After its unveiling alongside the system during the Nintendo Switch Event last year, the paid service was previously expected to launch last fall before an untimely delay to sometime this year.

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The Nintendo Switch is selling like hotcakes within its first year, already eclipsing the lifetime estimates of its predecessor and edging closer to 15 million units. With Nintendo's recent financial briefing, the document covering the last few fiscal quarters has also touched on the sales of the bestselling titles on the system to date.

Standing out from the bunch is Super Mario Odyssey, which sold 2 million copies in its first three days and became the fastest selling Mario game ever in the US, with an impressive showing of over 9.07 million copies as of December 31, 2017. This pushes lifetime software sales for the system to a total 52.57 million units sold within that timeframe.

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This time last year, Nintendo ceased Wii U production altogether while retailers had trouble keeping up with preorder demand for the company's newly unveiled hybrid system. Not even one whole year into its lifespan, this new platform has either been breaking or keeping up with home console sales records set by all-time greats like the Wii and the PlayStation 2.

Now, the time has come for Nintendo to disclose their sales results for the last quarter, and in their financial briefing, the company has revealed that the Nintendo Switch has officially sold 14.86 million units worldwide. Read on after the jump for more info!

These aren't your grandparents' cartoons, kiddos.

Developer TheMeatly Games gained notoriety last year with the release of Bendy and the Ink Machine, an episodic first-person horror game that tells the sad tale of an abandoned animation studio crawling with ink-form demons. While the game's story has yet to see completion, theMeatly announced on YouTube yesterday that Bendy and crew will soon be coming to home consoles later this year, thanks to a partnership with Rooster Teeth Productions, LLC.

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When it comes to tight, difficult platformers, Super Meat Boy may be the most prominent example, but there are others just as worthy of the descriptor. One such game is Celeste, a full-fledged adventure from Matt Thorson (of Towerfall fame) and Noel Berry. You may be familiar with an earlier PICO-8 game of the same name, also by Thorson and Berry, and it is this version that serves as the foundation on which Celeste is built.

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Nintendo fans have wanted to play classic games on the Nintendo Switch since its reveal. Back in July, Senior Executive Officer Satoshi Yamato suggested that Nintendo was rethinking how they wanted to release their retro titles in the future. Since there's still no word of a Virtual Console service for the Switch, however, some fans have taken it upon themselves to run emulators on the system through hacking.

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For the third year running, SEGA will be touching down at Austin, Texas and making another appearance for their mascot franchise at South by Southwest in March. "Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic the Hedgehog Panel" is where Sonic fans and SXSW attendees can get the world-exclusive first look at the roadmap for the Blue Blur in the year ahead, citing that "Sonic is back, and ready to take 2018 by storm."

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Nintendo has announced that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be receiving a substantial update soon, one that will likely entice those who already completed their journey to Elysium right back into the adventure all over again. You need not have purchased the Expansion Pass for this neat addition either.

Version 1.3.0 of the game is expected to arrive in mid-February, both addressing a bug that surfaced in the last update and adding the long coveted second playthrough option: "Advanced New Game Mode." Read on after the jump for more details!

It all feels like a fever dream. London is the stage, Goosebumps' Rob Letterman is the director with Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perman on board as screenwriters, and Ryan Reynolds is starring as the tough-talking, coffee-drinking, one-of-a-kind titular Pikachu.

Now, with preliminary preparations complete, the anticipated Detective Pikachu movie has finally left pre-production, with principal photography now underway in the United Kingdom's capital. Read on after the jump for more details!

Back in August, RPG fans were delightfully surprised when Square Enix announced a remake of the popular SNES game Secret of Mana. The game is releasing on PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PC next month. However, some fans are wondering if Nintendo will get any of the love since the game did originally release on one of their systems. Producer Masaru Oyamada has heard the voices of these fans and didn't rule out the possibility of releasing the remake on Nintendo Switch later on.

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