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In just a few days Nintendo will be releasing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the hybrid Nintendo Switch console. The Retro-developed platformer originally debuted on Wii U, and that version of the game is now just $20 thanks to the Nintendo Selects program. Unfortunately, it appears this deal isn't available anymore, at least online. In fact, the game itself is currently altogether absent from the Wii U eShop in North America. 

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Nintendo dropped the exciting news that Super Smash Bros. is officially coming to Nintendo Switch sometime later this year. The latest entry in the popular fighting franchise will be playable at E3, so it won't be long until we get to enjoy our first look at the game. In the meantime, it's time to reflect on the existing entries in the beloved franchise. From the nostalgic days of Nintendo 64 to the first HD entry on Wii U, which Smash is your all-time favorite?

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Nintendo's recent financial report revealed the latest sales figures for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and they're impressive! The critically acclaimed open world game has sold over 8.48 million copies on Nintendo Switch alone, and Nintendo previously reported that the Wii U version had sold at least 1.5 million copies as of three months ago. Combining these figures makes Breath of the Wild the highest-selling Zelda of all time, but with a bit of a catch.

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Ever since the historic Zelda franchise reached its 30th anniversary in early 2016, Nintendo has been releasing a series of collector's books to celebrate the occasion. The third and final book in this 30th anniversary series, titled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Master Works, recently released in Japan, and it includes exclusive looks at early concept art from the latest Zelda adventure.

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Indie team Yacht Club Games has a huge hit on their hands with Shovel Knight, totaling over 2 million copies sold. They've kept fans hooked on the retro platformer with two expansion packs since launch, and a third is on the way. Unfortunately, fans are going to have to wait a little longer than they expected to get their hands on the King of Cards expansion.

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Nintendo launched The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild over a year ago, and fans are still finding things to get excited about. The latest discovery is an Easter Egg hidden in plain sight that has gone unnoticed for months. During the Trial of the Sword (which was added as DLC last Summer), players encounter a total of seven Sheikah monks. What no one realized before is that they're hiding a secret.

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Yacht Club Games passed a rather large milestone for any indie developer recently, surpassing 2 million total sales with their hit game Shovel Knight. The developers have provided data that shows which platform the game sold the most on and what region it was most popular in.

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It took numerous twists and turns for Splatoon to become the hit game it is today. Before the Inklings were ever conceived, Nintendo considered using existing IP like Yoshi in the game, and at an even earlier point in development the game starred blocks of tofu as its protagonists. Some of Splatoon's developers recently discussed these early prototypes at GDC 2018, and they even revealed footage of the tofu build. Additionally, prototype footage from Switch's new IP, ARMS, was also unveiled at GDC.

You can catch a sneak peak at Nintendo's development process by clicking below!

Last generation's iteration of Super Smash Bros. featured a packed roster with 58 diverse characters from across numerous Nintendo and third-party franchises. Even so, not everyone made the cut, and many players were frustrated with the lack of Wolf on 3DS and Wii U. That's where the fans step in! Thanks to a team of talented modders, it's now possible to play as Wolf in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

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Wii U platformer Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is coming to Nintendo Switch next month. The port will largely be the same game, but Funky Kong is added as both a playable character and a de facto easy mode. One other change you'll notice on Switch is significantly reduced loading times. GameXplain recently went hands-on with the Switch version, and a head-to-head comparison found the Wii U lagging far behind.

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Splatoon has quickly become one of Nintendo's biggest franchises, selling nearly 10 million copies across two games since 2015. Naturally, this has put the game's Inklings in the spotlight, making them instant fan-favorites. However, this wasn't always the plan. Long before Nintendo decided on squids and kids, they considered numerous options for Splatoon protagonists, and the job almost went to Yoshi.

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After exceeding expectations on Wii U and 3DS, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition just made its Nintendo Switch debut in Japan. The rest of the world has to wait another two months for the Switch version, but you don't have to wait to get a good look at it. Thanks to a pair of comparison videos from GameXplain and Nintendo Wire, we've got plenty of side-by-side footage of the game on Wii U and Switch.

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Game Developer Conference 2018 is in full swing, and the annual GDC Choice Award winners have just been announced. Unlike many other awards shows, GDC's honors are voted on by industry members. Still, if you've been paying attention to other recent video game awards shows, it should come as no surprise to you that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was once again a big winner.

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The Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing series served as enjoyable racing games that would distract you long enough if you ever got sick of playing Mario Kart. Unfortunately, that's all they can be: a distraction. When you're looking for a great party game to play with your friends, the All-Star Racing games are rarely likely to be brought up. They suffer from slippery controls, questionable game mechanics, and a poor online structure.

Fortunately, SEGA has a chance to make up for all this, as they recently announced a brand new Sonic racing game. The company has confirmed it won't be a sequel to any games they've released, so this is their chance to start over from scratch. But for SEGA to even dream of competing with the big dogs like Mario Kart, there are a few things they'll need to work on.

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SXSW 2018 is wrapping up in Austin, Texas, and last night the winners of the fifth annual South by Southwest Gaming Awards (as decided by over half a million votes from gamers around the world) were announced. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the biggest winner, taking home the coveted Video Game of the Year award alongside two other accolades. PUBG was another big winner, with three awards to its name as well.

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