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Capcom gave the long-running Resident Evil franchise something of a fresh start with the back-to-roots survival-horror gameplay of Resident Evil VII, and the results were impressive. Now they're taking VII's game engine and using it to revisit one of the most popular classic entries in the franchise: Resident Evil 2. How will the development team go about creating something fresh that is still true to the feel of the original? Producer Tsuyoshi Kanda addressed this topic in a recent interview.

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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!

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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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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Nintendo doesn't plan to launch a traditional Virtual Console on Switch, which has left many fans wondering how they'll distribute their classic games this generation. Some NES games are now available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, and there's been some indication that Super Nintendo games will eventually follow, but what about the Game Boy? A recently discovered patent may hold the answers.

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Last month, Nintendo treated us to a listing of all the NES games coming to Switch this year through the new Nintendo Switch Online service. Most of these games were made available at launch, but nine titles were teased for the following months, though no specific dates were given. This month's offerings are Solomon's Key, Super Dodge Ball, and NES Open Tournament Golf. These three titles will be added to the service on October 10th, so if you're as anxious for some more games as I am, you won't have to wait too much longer!

Game Freak's beloved Pokémon franchise has been played by hundreds of millions of fans young and old. Despite the core formula largely staying the same, Pokémon has continued to evolve with each new generation, consistently attracting new players long after Game Freak thought their run would come to an end. As we look ahead to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, it's also a great time to look back on this historic series.

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Mother 3, the sequel to EarthBound, had a notoriously difficult development process. Ideas were scrapped and projects restarted time and time again as development shifted from Super Nintendo to Nintendo 64DD to Game Boy Advance. After twelve years and numerous re-imaginings, the game eventually saw release, and along the way, it inspired another franchise that would dwarf it in popularity.

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Well, that didn't take long. Nintendo just launched Nintendo Switch Online, and the new online membership service includes access to a digital library of NES games. There were 20 titles available at launch, and Nintendo is adding more at a rate of about three per month. Some fans aren't willing to wait for the goods, however. In virtually no time at all, at least one has gone ahead and added more himself.

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In recent years, Nintendo has found massive success with a pair of plug-and-play retro consoles known as the NES Classic and SNES Classic. These popular stocking stuffers have been consistently sold out, easily moving millions of units in no time. Sony noticed. Not to be outdone, they've just unveiled the PlayStation Classic, and it's coming out later this year!

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In just four days, Nintendo will officially launch their online membership service, Nintendo Switch Online. This service gives you access to online play (which will no longer be free), cloud saves on select games, and a digital library of classic NES titles. Nintendo previously announced that 20 games would be available in this library at launch, but that's just the beginning.

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Nintendo gave a quick recap of their new online service during today's Nintendo Direct. While most of the information was old, Nintendo revealed some brand new NES-Style controllers for the system that will be compatible with the classic NES titles available through the service.

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The Nintendo GameCube was the home of one of the most unique multiplayer RPGs out there: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. The game made use of the GameBoy Advance link cable, allowing up to four players to join in on the fun. The game is regarded as a classic, and Square Enix has now decided to remaster it for a new generation.

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Yesterday we got a brand new trailer for Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee, giving us a look at some new secret techniques and attacks. The trailer also featured tons of new footage showing off Celadon City in all its HD re-imagined glory. Just how much has it changed since Pokémon Yellow? GameXplain has whipped up another fantastic comparison video to show the old and new side by side.

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Be it through the quests of Ninten, Ness, or Lucas, "Pollyanna (I Believe in You)" is a recurring theme throughout the EarthBound series that holds a special place in the hearts of its fans. Some might recall hearing Catherine Warwick's remastered version with vocals and all from the original Mother soundtrack, featured in a popular animated tribute to the SNES sequel a few years ago.

That particular rendition now has a phenomenal jazz/funk cover through the collaborative efforts of four talented musicians, premiering on YouTube today. Call them "Pollyanna," because they must be crazy as a loon to have pulled this one off—check it out for yourself after the jump!