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As we reported in our recent Media Create sales coverage, Nintendo Switch has been selling like crazy since Black Friday. Holiday titles like Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let's Go, and Super Smash Bros. are all huge hits, and evergreen titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continue to perform admirably as well. All of this has boosted Switch sales to new heights in recent weeks, helping it achieve another milestone while gaining on a competitor with a massive head start.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate got off to a hot start in Japan with over 1.2 million sales at launch, and that momentum has stayed strong ever since. Typically Media Create publishes sales data every week, but they took one week off during the holiday season before coming back with a double-length report today. According to the latest data, Smash has gone on to sell over half a million copies just since Christmas Eve.

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Nintendo originally launched New Super Mario Bros. U on Wii U (just in case the name didn't give it away), but that platform's lack of success compelled Nintendo to give the platformer new life on Switch. The Deluxe version of the game comes with all DLC, some graphical upgrades, and some new playable characters and items. You can pick up the new and improved version tomorrow, and in the meantime, Nintendo has just released a new trailer to showcase its fun gameplay and newly-acquired portability on Switch.

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Nintendo usually saves the release date announcements for Nintendo Direct presentations, but this week they dropped two out of nowhere. First they announced that Yoshi's Crafted World launches March 29th, and now they've also revealed that Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, a 3DS enhanced port of the Wii original, is also launching in March.

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Yesterday we learned that Yoshi's Crafted World is all set to launch on March 29th, and Nintendo has just released a new trailer to showcase the game's story. Yoshi's latest adventure kicks off when Kamek and Baby Bowser head to "the lovely island of the Yoshis" to steal the magical, wish-granting Sundream Stone. When its gemstones are scattered across the land, it's up to the Yoshis to retrieve them.

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Way back during E3 2017, Nintendo unveiled a new Yoshi game for Nintendo Switch with an intended launch window of 2018. Yoshi's next adventure would end up needing a little more time to cook before release, but it was eventually re-introduced as Yoshi's Crafted World with a new launch window of Spring 2019. Today, out of the blue, Nintendo just dropped the game's release date on Twitter.

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Retro Studios made a name for themselves by transforming Nintendo's beloved Metroid series from 2D to 3D with the Prime Trilogy, then later moved on to revitalizing the Donkey Kong Country brand. However, since the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in 2014, the studio has remained almost entirely silent. Whatever they have in the works is taking quite a while, and they're looking for more help to bring it to fruition.

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13AM Games mad a big splash with the popular 2015 platformer Runbow, and soon they'll be back with another adventure. Double Cross, a futuristic action-platformer, is set to launch on Steam and Nintendo Switch in just three days. Ahead of its release, 13AM Games published an overview trailer that introduces you to protagonist Zahra and the multi-dimensional worlds she'll be exploring.

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Nintendo has seen quite a bit of management overhaul in recent years. The tragic death of former President Satoru Iwata led to the appointment of Tatsumi Kimishima as President, but this was always intended as a stop-gap solution. Kimishima stepped down last year and was replaced by the much younger Shuntaro Furukawa, who is the current President of the gaming giant. Speaking with Nikkei, Furukawa recently broached the topic of his management style.

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Super Mario Odyssey was one of the top games of 2017, and it was an especially big hit with retro gamers. The Switch exclusive is a brilliant tribute and follow-up to the classic 3D platforming adventures of the late 1990s and early 2000s, reminding its nostalgia-loving fans of games like Banjo-Kazooie. In that spirit, modder ItzSka decided to take the classic Clanker's Cavern level from Banjo-Kazooie and insert it into Odyssey.

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If you're anything like me, you were probably ecstatic when Celeste got a Game of the Year nomination for The Game Awards 2018. It may not have won, but the team at Matt Makes Games did go home with two other notable awards: "Best Independent Game" and "Games for Impact." The latter, according to the Game Awards site, is "for a thought-provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message." If you've played Celeste or are at least familiar with its themes of struggling with depression and anxiety, you'll know this award was very well deserved. As someone deeply touched by the game due to my own anxiety, I wanted to talk about how Celeste brilliantly blends this story with its challenging gameplay, and why that hands-down makes it my game of 2018.

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Nintendo is known by most as a giant in the video game console and handheld space. That's been the case for more than 30 years, but the company's history stretches back well over 100 years, and they've evolved many times. Even recently, they've been aiming to re-brand themselves as an "entertainment company" with video games as one of their core pillars. The video game focus has shifted from arcades and playable watches to home consoles and handhelds, and going forward, it could shift again.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brings back every fighter in franchise history and tops the launch day roster off with a handful of newcomers and echo fighters for a total roster of 74. On top of all that, they've also got six DLC characters planned, making the massive roster even more diverse. Thus far, only two DLC characters have had their identities unveiled by Nintendo, but data miners believe they may have found a hint at future reveals.

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2018 wasn't a particularly strong year for game sales in the UK, as the end-of-the-year charts show that overall revenue from software decreased 2.8% from 2017, and the number of games sold dropped by 7.1%. However, there was one extremely notable exception to this trend. Despite the overall decline, Switch actually saw gains in both hardware and software sales in the region.

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Last year was a huge year for gaming, with critically-acclaimed masterpieces like God of War, Spider-Man, and Red Dead Redemption 2 wowing millions around the world. With 2018 now firmly in the rearview mirror, Amazon has released their list of the hottest video game products, including the top ten best-selling games.

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