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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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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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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.

Come journey with me up a mountain as I discuss why Celeste is one of the best platformers I've played in years.

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!

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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Nintendo's online eShop catalog is welcoming the releases of all kinds of digital games this week, and if you're among those who picked up a Nintendo Switch this past Christmas and are looking for more bang for your buck, a lot of high profile titles for the console are currently on sale for up to 30% off. Here's to hoping your wallets aren't hurting too much after the holidays!

Read on after the jump for details on this week's newest selections, featuring Celeste—the latest game from TowerFall developer Matt Makes Games, Inc.—and the definitive version of Pokémon Crystal for Nintendo 3DS.

This month's surprise Nintendo Direct Mini dropped a number of bitesized bombshells, and one particular piece of news that has speedrunners in a tizzy is the upcoming DLC soon arriving to Super Mario Odyssey. The free "Luigi's Balloon World" update due sometime next month will finally add the younger Mario brother into the world of Odyssey (though not in a playable fashion, unfortunately), where players can challenge their peers the world over in hiding and seeking balloons in various kingdoms.

For those who like to change up Mario's attire, the February update will also include a trio of additional costumes, but it looks like more outfits could be filling in the Mushroom Kingdom hero's wardrobe in the future. Read on after the jump for more details!

There are just two more months to go until Kirby's newest venture, Kirby Star Allies, hits the Nintendo Switch. Already there is plenty for fans to get excited about, with Kirby Super Star-style coop gameplay, new Copy Abilities, ability combos, and most importantly (let's be honest with ourselves here), a handsomely rugged and super buff King Dedede.

Last week's Nintendo Direct Mini hinted at the game's plot revolving around "an unknown deep space threat," giving us an early look at Star Allies' opening cinematic cutscene. Now, the official Kirby Twitter has shared another clip from the opener, this time from the King of Dream Land's perspective. Check out the short clip after the jump!

It's fine now. Why? Because All Might is here!

My Hero Academia: One's Justice has been confirmed for a 2018 release, coming worldwide to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and—exclusively to the West—Xbox One and PC platforms. The upcoming video game adaptation of Kōhei Horikoshi's manga pits heroes against villains in a 3D arena brawler, with Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, and Tomura Shigaraki confirmed as playable characters so far.

However, a My Hero Academia game would be incomplete without the series' acclaimed "Symbol of Peace," and so Weekly Shōnen Jump has announced this week that All Might himself will be joining the fray. Read on after the jump for more details!