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Watch Nintendo’s Treehouse Presentation Now

Watch the live stream HERE.

Nintendo is now holding its live stream for its Treehouse event for the month of July. Paper Mario: The Origami King, which releases on Nintendo Switch July 28, will be showcased today. After the Paper Mario, a game from WayForward will be shown.

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Upcoming Games in July For Nintendo Switch Online Announced | NES & SNES

Nintendo revealed July’s upcoming games for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. EA’s The Immortal will be the upcoming NES game for the service. The SNES games will be Donkey Kong Country, developed by Rare and Natsume Championship Wrestling. The games will launch on July 15 exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers.

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Will Next-Gen Games Cost More?

UPDATE: The PC version will remain at $59.99 US / CA$79.99 for the base version.

In the United States, major video games generally cost $59.99 or $79.99 in Canada. That may be changing for next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Take-Two Interactive have announced that NBA 2K21 will cost more on PS5 and Xbox One. Gamers will have to pay $69.99 US for its new title; this likely means other big titles will follow suit. In Canada, it is possible that games could costs as much as $94.99, unless publishers are willing to take a loss in the Canadian market and price games at $89.99.

For those wanting the game at $59.99, gamers will want to get game on current generation consoles. Additionally, it is not yet clear what the game will cost on PC or Nintendo Switch if there will even be a port on Switch.

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Ars Techina

Take-Two Interactive

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Pokémon Presents 6.24.2020

Apologies for the delayed upload. Another live stream was held yesterday from The Pokémon Company. They showed another games this week called Pokémon Unite. Above is a video of my reaction of the presentation.

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The Last of Us Part II is the Fastest Selling PlayStation 4 Exclusive

Sony’s and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II released last Friday. The game has already reach four million SKUs. Not only that, it is now also the fastest selling game that is exclusive to PlayStation 4.

The Last of Us Part II is a sequel to 2013’s The Last of Us, which launched on the PlayStation 3 and eventually getting remastered on the PS4. Also, The Last of Us was the first new IP in over a decade for Naughty Dog. Head on over to the official Naughty Dog website to learn more.

Numerous gaming outlets have given The Last of Us Part II a perfect score. However, many fans on social media. Over on Metacritic, the game has a 94, while the user score is at 4.7.

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Eurogamer

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Live Stream Happening On June 22

Nintendo will have multiple live streams next week. Not only will we be getting another Pokémon Presents, there will also be a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate live stream showcasing a new character from ARMs. It will take place on June 24 at 10am ET. Do not expect any other character reveals.

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The Last of Us Part II is Available Today Exclusively for PlayStation 4

Sony has released Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II today for PlayStation 4. The first game released seven years ago originally for PlayStation 3 and was remastered for the PS4. Check out the game today!

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Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human Are All Available On Steam Today

The once PlayStation exclusives Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human are now available for download on Steam. There is no price listed at the moment. However, the games are listed for $39.99 US each on the Epic Games Store, so they will more than likely be the same price on Steam. Last year, they made their way onto the Epic Games Store. Head on over to Steam to check them out.

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Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human Are All Available On Steam Today

The once PlayStation exclusives Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human are now available for download on Steam. There is no price listed at the moment. However, the games are listed for $39.99 US each on the Epic Games Store, so they will more than likely be the same price on Steam. Last year, they made their way onto the Epic Games Store. Head on over to Steam to check them out.

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Beyond: Two Souls

Detroit: Become Human

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What Sony Revealed During the PlayStation 5 Presentation

Sony held a pre-recorded video presentation on Thursday, June 11 to show off the PlayStation 5 and its upcoming games. The PS5 is due out this holiday season. Many games were shown, much of them releasing this year while others will launch in 2021.

PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 4 Digital Edition

The PlayStation 5 is planned to release later this year. There will be two models available. One will be the PlayStation 5 and the other model will be called PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, similar to Microsoft’s digital only Xbox One. As of this publication, no price was announced over the console. Sony is likely going to try to see how long they can wait before Microsoft shares the price of the Xbox Series X to be competitive.

Dual Sense Controller

Next up is the controller. Say goodbye to DualShock because a brand new controller will be released with the PS5. (At the end of the stream, it almost looked like two may launch with the console but that may not even be the case in the end.) Dual Sense is the name of the new controller. It will have haptic feedback in the analog sticks and the shoulder buttons are supposed to be better, too. No price was shown for how much a controller will cost without the console.

Upcoming PS5 Games

Finally, games for a console are very important and can determine a console’s success or failure. Several games will launch this year and others will release next year. To list a small handful, titles such as Project Athia from SQUARE ENIX, From Software’s Demon’s Souls, Horizon Forbidden West from Guerrilla Games, Gran Turismo from SIE, a LittleBigPlanet spin-off from Sumo Digital called Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Spider-man: Miles Morale from Insomniac Games.

At the end, Sony made mention that more details on the PS5 will be announced at a later time. The exact release date and price is still not known. To learn more, check out the Official PlayStation Blog.

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Sony may be holding the PlayStation 5 reveal on June 11 at 4 pm ET.

UPDATE It’s official. It was confirmed to be true.

The PlayStation 5 is Sony’s successor to the PlayStation 4, planned to launch later this year. This screenshot is being shared across social media platforms. This was also reported to have been appearing on Twitch in ads.It suggests that a reveal event will take place on June 11 at 9 pm BST / 4 pm ET. It seems inevitable.

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Nintendo Switch Reached 4.2 Million Units in the Month of March 2020

The Nintendo Switch continues to sell extremely well. During Nintendo’s last financial briefing, the company confirmed they have sold (technically shipped) 55.77 million lifetime units. In FY 2019, they shipped 21.03 million consoles. The console has not even been out for three years and has already done these numbers. It’s insane!

In March, western countries and even other countries in Asia were really getting impacted by COVID-19. Numerous countries, states, provinces, and territories shut non-essential operations down. This made it harder for gamers to get a hold of a physical version of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as the Animal Crossing + Nintendo Switch bundle.

Despite the hardship, the game performed really well. The game has already reached 11.77 million copies in the month of March. As for the Switch itself, it ended up reaching sale numbers at 4.2 million during the same month. Additionally, the Switch so far is reported to have reached 20.61 million units in North America, 14.23 million in Europe, 13.4 million in Japan, and 6.95 million for other countries and territories. That means the Switch has surpassed 55 million units globally as of May. March was still a great month for Nintendo in term of software and hardware shipments.

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Nintendo Life

Golden Casino News

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Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog is Getting a Sequel

Paramount Pictures and SEGA have announced that there will be another Sonic the Hedgehog film. Not much is know yet but a bit of the staff will be working on the second one. There obviously is no release date at this time and probably won’t be for quite a while.

As for the 2020 film, it is already available on digital download, Blu-ray, and DVD. The movie was praised by many. COVID-19 likely caused the movie to release sooner since theatres were shut down.

What do you want Paramount to do different with Sonic 2 (that’s what I am calling it)? Let me know in the comments.

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Variety

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Sony Postpones This Week’s State of Play to Showcase Upcoming PS5 Games

Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios recently announced that they would be holding a live stream on Thursday, June 4 to reveal upcoming PlayStation 5 games. Unfortunately, SIE has decided to postpone the State of Play for this week. This is likely due to current world events occuring or they are not ready to reveal the titles or console yet.

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Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog is Getting a Sequel

Paramount Pictures and SEGA have announced that there will be another Sonic the Hedgehog film. Not much is know yet but a bit of the staff will be working on the second one. There obviously is no release date at this time and probably won’t be for quite a while.

As for the 2020 film, it is already available on digital download, Blu-ray, and DVD. The movie was praised by many. COVID-19 likely caused the movie to release sooner since theatres were shut down.

What do you want Paramount to do different with Sonic 2 (that’s what I am calling it)? Let me know in the comments. Wait for the redesign. Just kidding.

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Variety

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The Last of Us Part II is Still Launching June 19

Sony Interactive Entertainment are still planning on releasing The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4 on June 19. Naughty Dog has been hard at work on the game. SIE also held a video presentation this week to show more of the game.

During the State of Play, approximately 25 minutes of information surround the The Last of Us Part II. There was a new cutscene shown off, a playable demo, as well as new details on gameplay.

The game takes place after The Last of Us. Much of the game will take place in Seattle, Washington. Ellie is now 19 years old and Joel appears to be much older in this game. The main character Ellie seem very angry and wants revenge in the game. She once even stated that she wants to “kill every last one of them.” It is currently unknown what she is referring to, so the fans will have to hold off a little longer until the game launches in the coming weeks.

With gameplay, there will be new mechanics. Ellie will be able to hide more in this game but if an enemy gets to close, they may still be able to spot her. When fighting, players can run away, go through openings in walls, and crawl to elude the enemies. Fans will also be able to play through all four season of the year.

For more on The Last of Us Part II, check out the Official PlayStation Blog.

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GamesRadar

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Detroit: Become Human Launches June 18 On Steam

Detroit: Become Human launched as a PlayStation 4 exclusive back in 2018. It was later announced to release on PC via the Epic Games Store. Next, it will be launching on Steam June 18.

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A Brand New Silent Hill May Be Coming to the PlayStation 5

Rumours have been going around that Silent Hill or Silent Hills are being remade and that Sony Interactive Entertainment was involved or even Xbox Games Studios for that matter. That does not seem to be the case for Microsoft or Xbox Games Studios and neither company is outright buying the IP.

Do take this with a heavy grain of salt as this may not end up being true. SIE Japan Studios is reportely working on a reboot of Silent Hill and is also in a playable state. It could even be revealed when Sony shows off more information on the PlayStation 5 and its upcoming games.

In other news, Hideo Kojima nor Kojima Productions are working on this game. The previous rumour was false. Also, don’t expect Microsoft or the Xbox brand to have any affiliation on the project; though, that would have been great for Microsoft especially in Japan.

Even with COVID-19, the PlayStation 5 is being planned on releasing holiday of this year. For more info on this story, check out GameRant and @AestheticGamer1 on Twitter.

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Best Selling Software and Hardware for the Month of April 2020 | NPD Group (US)

Mat Piscatella is a market researcher at the NPD Group. He tracks sales records for video game hardware and software. This will cover the best selling video game console and the top selling titles for the United States.

April 2020 sales report came out late this month. It shows that the Nintendo Switch was again the best selling platform in the US. Additionally, dollar sales have reached 160%, which is more than April of last year, 2019.

Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons released back in March for the Nintendo Switch and was the best selling game on the console. This is followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Just Dance 2020 from Ubisoft. Furthermore in their respected order, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from Sora and BANDAI Namco, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword, Square Enix/s Trials of Mana, and last up, Super Mario Party had all made it on the top 10 selling Switch titles.

Xbox ONE

Next up is Microsoft’s Xbox ONE; the 2019 remake of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered, and Take-Two Interactive’s and Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V made the top 3. Numerous other games also made the list. This includes titles such as Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K20, Capcom’s Resident Evil 3, Madden NFL 20 from EA Sports, Red Dead Redemption II, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order, and FIFA 20.

PlayStation 4

The last top 10 will cover best selling games on the Sony PlayStation 4. The first three include Final Fantasy VII: Remake from Square Enix, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Take-Two’s NBA 2K20. These games are followed by Grand Theft Auto V from Rockstar Games and Take-Two again, SIE Worldwide Studio’s MLB: The Show 20, Capcom’s Resident Evil 3, Predator: Hunting Grounds; EA’s Madden NFL 20, Atlus’ and SEGA’s Persona 5: Royal, and finally from Microsoft, Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition.

For more, give the NPD Group’s official website a visit to get a better look at the data.

Sources:

@MatPiscatella: https://twitter.com/MatPiscatella/status/1263817459498250240?s=20

NPD Group: https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/industry-expertise/video-games/

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Paper Mario: The Origami King is Coming to the Nintendo Switch

Earlier today, Nintendo released a trailer for a brand new Mario game set in the Paper Mario series. The game is called Paper Mario: The Origami King and it is the first game in the series to release on the Switch. The game is due out on July 17.

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‪Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is Available Now on Mobile‬

‪https://youtu.be/0Yr3qV5duv4

Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a free-to-play mobile game for iOS and Android. This time around, Mario is not present. However, despite the Olympics being pushed back to 2021, he is in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Nintendo Switch. There is also a customized arcade version.

What do you think of the game? Will you try this or stick to the console version? Let us know in the comments!

Download the game on The App Store or Google Play Store.

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Nintendo Held their Investors Meeting for the End of FY 2019 Q4

Nintendo held an investors meeting recently and talked about sales of first and second-party games for the Switch, as well as the console itself. This post will focus on sales of first and second-party titles on the platform. This meeting was delayed due to COVID-19; it was meant to be back in April to discuss how the company has done for the end of March, Q4 of 2019.

Nintendo had amazing 2019 and first few months of 2020, despite the early days of COVID-19 making an impact around the globe. The Switch now sits at 55.77 million SKUs. That is up roughly 74.7% from 41.67 million on October 31 last year.

For software, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best selling game on Nintendo Switch. The game has now reached 24.77 million units. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also a game that performed really well. It has not even been out as long as MK8D, yet it still managed to ship 18.84 million. Another game that sold extremely well was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it was a launch title. It shipped 17.41 million SKUs. For the complete lists, head on over to Nintendo’s PR site.

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This is Probably Why There Are Friend Codes on the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has been using friend codes ever since the Wii launched in 2006. This was carried over to the Nintendo 3DS which released in 2011. Then when 2012 saw the release of the Wii U and this time, Nintendo did not use friend codes. However, on March 3, 2017 when Nintendo Switch came out, they went back to using friend codes. It turns out, there was a reason for doing so.

A leaked PowerPoint presentation was leaked for the Wii. In it contained a slide discussing friend codes. It seems that nintendo wanted players to have a better experience when playing with family or friends. Rather than guessing someone’s name and sending a friend request from a stranger, friend codes make those random friends requests less likely as that person would need to guess the randomly given 12 digit code. It’s probable that Nintendo wanted to have this return for the Switch.

What do you think? Do you dislike using friend codes? Let us all know!

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Polygon

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Information Regarding the SonicmanTheBest YouTube Channel

Back on December 30, 2010, my channel was created under the former username, sonicman4321. In 2011, I uploaded my first Let’s Play video. It was my Let’s Play of Donkey Kong, which was ported on Game Boy Advance and filmed on my older AIPTEK video camera. I eventually switched over to using a Dazzle to capture gameplay on the PlayStation 3. Call of Duty: World at War was a big game I did years ago on YouTube. Eventually, I got a gaming PC back in 2014 and started capturing gameplay with NVIDIA’s ShadowPlay software before moving over to OBS to stream on Twitch in 2016. I streamed various games such as VVVVVV, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Sleeping Dogs, just to name a few. I posted them onto YouTube following the streams. Recently, I decided to capture gameplay exclusively on Twitch using Streamlabs OBS.

Other than Let’s Plays or playthroughs, I started covering gaming news on subjects I was most interested in. As you may know, I did cover the Nintendo Switch, formerly known as the NX. I would also talk about games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario Odyssey, while still uploading Let’s Plays on YouTube.

The next thing I want to talk about is the future of gameplay footage. I feel like Let’s Plays or playthroughs don’t really do well like they used to on YouTube. So, I have made the decision to no longer publish them on YouTube. I will instead keep them as a Twitch exclusive.

There will be exceptions for gameplay on my YouTube channel. When a new game is announced, I will still upload new gameplay footage and demos of games, as long as it is related to gaming coverage. I don’t consider full Let’s Plays and playthroughs of games as your typical game coverage.

By making these changes, I hope this will help my YouTube channel down the road. I also have been focusing much more on Twitch the past several months. If you want to see gameplay footage, you can still do so by following me on the site. If you miss a live stream, it will be archived as a VOD for up to 30 days. Additionally, I want to thank you for understanding.

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Nintendo eShop is Shutting Down in Latin America and the Caribbean for Wii U and the 3DS

Nintendo will be shutting down the eShop for regions that only get a limited version of the storefront already. Countries like the Bahamas, Chile, Haiti, and the US territory of the Virgin Islands, as well as many other regions will see shutdowns.

However, if Mexican or Brazilians are reading this, have no further fret. Mexico and Brazil have full versions of the eShop so they will be unaffected. This is mainly for regions that get limited eShops for redeeming download keys.

Users affected by this will have until the end of July to redeem any unused keys for games on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and 3DS. They will also be unable to re-download any previous redeemed games. After 31 July, unused keys will no longer work. The eShop for the Switch will not be affected by this. This is only for the Wii U and 3DS.

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Slash Gear

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ValueAct is Now the Parent Company of Nintendo, Sort Of

Nintendo has been in talks with ValueAct for quite some time now. ValueAct Capital investing $1.1 billion US in Nintendo Co., Ltd. and 2.6 million of the shares from investors. This means that ValueAct owns roughly two per cent of Nintendo. They believe Nintendo will be much more popular in the future.

Nintendo is very successful with its IP’s and hardware. They are even getting another Mario film in production with the help from Illumination. However, Nintendo want more success out of mobile titles. They also want a better presence with online services.

What do you think? Let everyone know below.

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Bloomberg: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-04-22/activist-places-1-billion-bet-on-nintendo-becoming-media-giant

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ValueAct is Now the Parent Company of Nintendo

Nintendo has been in talks with ValueAct for quite some time now. ValueAct Capital investing $1.1 billion US in Nintendo Co., Ltd. and 2.6 million of the shares. This means that ValueAct owns roughly two per cent of Nintendo. Two reasons why the investment makes sense is due to ValueAct believing Nintendo will be much more popular in the future by expanding on its brands to new endeavors such as collaborating with Illumination with a Super Mario Bros. movie, branching its Super Mario IP to three theme park locations, working with LEGO, and releasing games on mobile devices.

Nintendo has had a great few years with its success of the Switch. More major third-party games are coming to the platform, so many games that many did not expect to see this happen. However, the Nintendo Switch Online service has not lived up to its competitors counterparts like PlayStation PLUS or Xbox Game Pass. Those two continually get praised. Nintendo is also not always doing as well as they wish to with mobile titles. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Fire Emblem: Heroes, and Mario Kart Tours were winners for the company; on the other hand, Super Mario RUN, Miitomo, (which shut down) and the Nintendo Switch Online app were met with disappointment. Nintendo and ActValue seem to believe that this will help them quite a bit.

What do you think? Let everyone know below.

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Bloomberg

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Sony is Brilliant for Doing This Move!

Sony Interactive Entertainment is giving you a good reason to not leave your house during unfortunate event occuring in the world at present. Additionally, SIE will be using $10 million US to help indie developers that are having financial trouble.

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Nintendo Direct Mini 3.26.2020 Coverage

What do you know, there was a Direct this week! Nintendo surprised everyone with a mini Direct on March 26. During the Nintendo Direct Mini, 25 minutes of news regarding upcoming Switch titles were shown off.

*At the begining, a message is shown on screen. The message briefly talks about COVID-19. This could possibly cause upcoming titles to be delayed.

Nintendo first showed of Exenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition during the Direct with a new trailer at least three minutes long. The game will be releasing May 29. They also showed off footage from Animal Crossing: New Horizons with a new event. The update will go live April 1 and this is not an April Fools joke. In fact, it will release just in time for Easter. Another game they talked about was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It looks like an ARMS character will be coming to the game in June. There will be more details in the coming months on the new DLC.

A lot of other games were showcased, as well as upcoming DLC. Other title or DLC include Borderlands Legendary Collection, DLC for MARVEL Ultimate Alliance 3: the Black Order, Ring Fit Adventure, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Racing Episode I, and Pokémon Sword & Shield. Additionally, a handful of other games were shown off.

What were some games you are most looking forward to the most? Let us all know!

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Sonic the Hedgehog Releases March 31 and on Blu-Ray May 19

It may seem that Sonic the Hedgehog just released in theatres, that is because it did release on February 14. The movie did very well both financially and critically. It generated millions and millions.

Likely due to movie theatres shutting down amid COVID-19 concerns, Paramount Pictures is pushing the physical and digital releases forward. Sonic will release digitally on March 31 and on Blu-Ray May 19.

Paramount is really smart by doing this. For people that did not get to go to the cinemas to see it, it will be out sooner, at least digitally in a couple weeks. Also, if someone saw the movie already and did not like it, they are less likely to buy the movie. However, if someone has not seen the movie at all, they are more likely to buy it the Blue-Ray or digital release. Blue-Ray would also cost more than the theatrical release so that means more money for Paramount.

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Sonic the Hedgehog is Available Now Digitally and May 19 on Blu-ray

Starting today, you will be able to get Sonic the Hedgehog digitally via download. The film launched in theatres in North America on February 14. Likely due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the movie is being released for digital early. For those of you waiting for the Blu-ray, it will be released on May 19. See Paramount Pictures for more info on the film.

In addition to digital and Blu-Ray release dates, News DVD Release Dates suggests that other platforms will see releases. It shows a March 31 release for Amazon Prime Video and iTunes. As for Redbox and Netflix, it is estimated Sonic the Hedgehog will release on May 19.

Will you be getting the movie on digital or Blu-Ray? Is it your first time watching it? Let us know in the comments!

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New Emote Available on SonicmanTheBest’s Channel on Twitch

Special thanks to CheeseKing66 for making this very cool looking Sonic emote! The emote is available now for Tier 1 subscribers on Twitch for $4.99 US; additionally, you can unlock the emote by redeeming points (XP) which is earned by watch time.

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Sony Interactive Entertainment May Attempt to Acquire the Rights to Metal Gear, Castlevania, and Silent Hill IP’s

There is much speculation going around suggesting that Sony Interactive Entertainment is attempting to acquire the rights to three IP’s currently owned by KONAMI Digital Entertainment; they are Silent Hill, Metal Gear, and Castlevania. This would be wonderful news for gaming fans and fans of Hideo Kojima, even though he is not the original inventor of all three.

When it comes to Silent Hill, there is a rumour going around that Sony would be releasing two games. One game would be developed by Japan Studios, while the other game is believe to be made by Kojima Productions. Many fans are hoping for the revival of Silent Hills. Gamers were met with major disappointment when P.T. was removed from the PlayStation Store.

Furthermore, in an interview with WIRED, Norman Reedus was asked about Death Stranding via a Google search. He went over how he got involved with the game. Another thing he confirmed was that he is still working with Hideo Kojima on another project. This adds more to this report and more likely that it could happen or it has already happened behind closed doors.

Another series that the report talks about is actually created by the legendary Hideo Kojima. People would love to see a remake of the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. Also, be sure to expect requests of Chapter 3 that was believed to be missing from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which maybe could lead into the Metal Gear remake if they decided to add on to the story. While Hideo Kojima is surely tired of constantly working on the Metal Gear franchise, Kojima Productions would be a great fit for these games.

In addition to those two games, a new game in the Castlevania series may be in discussion of getting a reboot of the series. Allegedly, Japan Studio will also be working on this project. On a side note, Sony also handled remasters for two Castlevania games, Sympathy of the Night and Rondo of Blood.

That is all the news for today. More will definitely if this turns out to be true or false. What do you think of these reports? Let us all know down in the comment section!

Sources:

Jack of All Controllers: https://jackofallcontrollers.com/2020/03/12/sources-report-sony-has-2-silent-hill-titles-in-development-silent-hill-reboot-at-japan-studio-and-silent-hills-at-kojima-productions/

Rely on Horror: https://www.relyonhorror.com/latest-news/sources-playstation-backs-silent-hill-series-reboot-silent-hills-revival/

VGC: https://www.relyonhorror.com/latest-news/sources-playstation-backs-silent-hill-series-reboot-silent-hills-revival/

Wired: https://youtu.be/z5MIL3KVHxo

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Best Selling Video Game Hardware and Software for February 2020 – NPD Group (US Sales)

It is that time of the month again. The NPD Group has released their sales report for best selling video game hardware and software for February 2020 in the US. As usual, Mat Piscatella covers this information. This article will be going over the best selling video game console and the top 10 selling games for February.

For hardware, the Nintendo Switch was again the best selling console. When it comes to software, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remake takes the lead. The next part will cover the top 10 list for software.

I really enjoy covering this. This has been covered almost every month for a few years now. Come back next month to learn about March sales.

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@MatPiscatella

The NPD Group

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Is Silent Hills \ PT Making a Return? | Silent Hill Series Revival Rumour

Remember P.T. on the PlayStation 4? It was originally planned to be the playable teaser for a new game in the Silent Hill series called Silent Hills. It starred Norman Reedus and it was a first-person horror game developed by KNOMAI’s then-owned Kojima Productions. The game did not pan out, it was removed from the PlayStation Store, the relationship between Hideo Kojima and KONAMI shattered, and thus caused Kojima Productions to shut down and rebrand as an indepent studio.

Now, there is a rumor suggesting that SIE Worldwide Japan Studios is attempting to fix the relationship with Kojima Productions and KONAMI Digital Entertainment and rebrand Silent Hill. Will this be Silent Hills or PT? It is not yet known as a deal has not been made at this time. However, after the success of Death Stranding, it is more likely that KONAMI would be willing to reconcile their relationship.

Another interesting part of this report is that it is said to support VR for PlayStation 5 as an option when playing the game. It may even be similar to Silent Hills’ PT or Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Those were first-person horror experiences.

This is only a rumor right now and has yet to be confirmed as official by either Sony, Kojima Productions, or KONAMI. As this develops, more information will be covered here.

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Nintendo and LEGO Are Teaming Up for a Super Mario Collaboration

UPDATE: It is only a toy-set it seems for now.

It was just confirmed that LEGO and Nintendo will be partnering up. LEGO Super Mario has officially been announced. There is not much information yet but be sure to sign up for updates on GAME UK’s official website.

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@NintendoAmerica

Stealth

GAME UK

Twitter : https://twitter.com/smetaldave64/status/1238091044136177664?s=21

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The Nintendo Switch is Three Years Old

Nintendo released the Switch on March 3, 2017, along with first-party titles The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2-Switch. (Breath of the Wild also released on Wii U that same day.) Today, the Switch turns three years old. Time does definitely fly.

To celebrate the three anniversary, this month will have one first-party title and a second-party game will launch this month. On March 6, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX will release on the platform. The other game is Animal Crossing: New Horizons which will launch on March 20. There will also be a limited Animal Crossing themed Nintendo Switch bundle for the game.

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Animal Crossing Direct Live Coverage

I was live streaming the Animal Crossing Direct. Check out 25 minutes of information for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, launching for Nintendo Switch on March 20. It should be fun to cover the Direct.

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An Animal Crossing Direct Will Be Held This Thursday

Nintendo finally announced a Direct for February. This Direct will be talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which will launch on March 20 and will be around 25 minutes long. The Animal Crossing Direct be be on Thursday at 9 am ET.

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Nintendo Switch Was the Best Selling Console in January 2020 – NPD Group (US Sales)

The NPD’s are out now for the month of January 2020. Last month, Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in the US. The Switch has also been the best selling console for over a year now.

While the Switch was the number one best selling console in the US last month, the best selling video game for that month was Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, followed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The third best selling game was Madden NFL 20. Next up is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K20, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, Ring Fit Adventure, and finally Red Dead Redemption II, respectively.

Those were the top ten best selling games for January 2020. Come back next month to learn about US February NPD sales.

Sources:

@MatPiscatella: https://twitter.com/matpiscatella/status/1228318104519761922?s=21

Mat Piscatella: https://youtu.be/ABgjDgxWDN4

NPD Group: https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/industry-expertise/video-games/

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Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Characters Added to Sonic Dash

Sonic Dash – Teen Sonic Gameplay

SEGA Hardlight made an endless runner for iOS, Android, and PC. The game has been very successful over the years and even had numerous characters join the game which players could unlock by completing tasks, like running a certain distance or collecting items. Characters from the Sonic series were also added along with Angry Birds characters and even Hello Kitty.

Sonic Dash – Baby Sonic Gameplay

Today in North America, Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog released in theatres. To celebrate, two new characters were added to the game. They were basically redesigns. The two characters were Teen Sonic and Baby Sonic. Be sure to check out gameplay of the two characters.

Will anyone be seeing Sonic the Hedgehog in theatres? Let us all know!

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Sonic the Hedgehog is Out in Theatres Today in North America

Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog is now playing in theatres across North America. Maybe it is a great idea to check out for Valentine’s Day! The film had a rocky start after the first trailer. Both SEGA and Paramount Pictures made sure to address these changes by changing the design of Sonic to make him look like he does in the games. After these changes were made, fans liked the design and began looking forward to the movie.

Sonic the Hedgehog is in theatres today. Will you be seeing the movie or not? Let everyone know in the comments.

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Nintendo Switch Has Reached 52.48 Million in Sales, Outselling the Super Nintendo

Nintendo recently held their financial investors meeting for Q3 of FY 2019 on Thursday January 30, 2020. They have also confirmed the Switch has now reached 52.48 million units in sales, while its software has sold 310.65 million. The Nintendo Switch Lite has made it to 5.19 million units.

This means that the Nintendo Switch has now outsold the Super Nintendo, (Super Famicom in Japan) which sold 49.10 million consoles. As for the software, the Super Nintendo or SNES has reached 379.06 million in sales.

It’s only a matter of time before the Switch outsells the Nintendo Entertainment System, (Famicom in Japan) likely in the next six months. The NES sold 61.91 million units and 500.01 million games. Another interesting feet to this is the Switch has outsold four older Nintendo consoles, not counting the Classic systems, Virtual Boy, or the TV Color consoles from the 70s.

Additionally, Pokémon Sword & Shield combined sold 16 million copies, whereas Luigi’s Mansion 3 reached five million in sales. Upcoming 2020 games for the Switch will sure drive the console closer to outselling the NES. As for outselling the Wii which sold at least 101.63 million consoles, time will tell but it seems more and more likely as the Switch constantly is breaking sales records. It may have even outsold the Xbox ONE already.

Sources:

Nintendo Co., Ltd.

The Verge

Kotaku

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Nintendo Switch Was the Best Selling Console of December 2019 and PlayStation 4 Was the Best Selling Console of the Decade | NPD Group (US Sales)

Disclaimer: In the previous months, I reported that the NPD Group covers other countries in North America, such as Canada and Mexico. While the NPD Group does have an office in Toronto, Ontario, these only cover US sales for hardware and software.

In the month of December ending 2019, the best selling console in the US was the Nintendo Switch. Not only that but the Switch was also the best selling console of the year. As for the best selling console of the decade from 2010 through 2019, Sony took the lead with its PlayStation 4.

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Software

Above is a list of the top ten best selling software for video games last month. In their respective orders, the best selling games are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Madden NFL 20, NBA 2K20, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon Shield, and last but not least come Minecraft. In the video at the top, you will learn additional details of sales reports for 2019 and the recent decade.

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@MatPiscatella

NPD Group

Twitter

YouTube

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The Smash Bros. Presentation for the Fifth DLC Character Was Revealed

Nintendo has announced a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation will be held on Thursday at 6 am PT / 9 am ET. The presentation will be around 35 minutes and go over the fifth DLC character. Next, fans will have to wait for the second DLC pack to get a release window.

I will be live streaming the presentation. Catch me on Twitch on Thursday morning at 9 am ET for my reactions and commentary. After the presentation, I’ll take a few minutes to talk about what I liked or disliked about the video presentation, as well as talk about what I want to see in Smash Bros. in the future.

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A Smash Bros. Presentation for the Fifth DLC Character Revealed

Nintendo has announced a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation will be held on Thursday at 6 am PT / 9 am ET. The presentation will be around 35 minutes and go over the fifth DLC character. Next, fans will have to wait for the second DLC pack to get a release window.

I will be live streaming the presentation. Catch me on Twitch on Thursday morning at 9 am ET for my reactions and commentary. After the presentation, I’ll take a few minutes to talk about what I liked or disliked about the video presentation, as well as talk about what I want to see in Smash Bros. in the future.

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What Was Announced During the Pokémon Direct

Nintendo held a Pokémon Direct today, making it the first Nintendo Direct of the year. Actually though, it was more for Pokémon than a traditional Nintendo Direct which may come to a disappointment to some. They showcase twenty minutes of upcoming Pokémon content.

Pokémon Remake

The first game they revealed was a remake to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon from 2004 on the Game Boy Advance. It eventually was ported to the Nintendo DS and 3DS in some countries. This new version is called Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. The game is due to launch March 6, 2020 with a demo launching today.

New DLC

Next, The Pokémon Company announced an Expansion Pass for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. (In other words, it is DLC.) There will be two packs. Part 1: The Isle of Armo will release June of this year, whereas Part 2: The Crown Tundra releases in the fall. It will cost $29.99 US or CA$37.99. If a player does not have the DLC, another player can trade the same Pokémon.

Pokémon on Mobile

Finally, they briefly talked about Pokémon Home. Pokémon Home will be launching in February for Mobile devices.  It will also be a paid subscription service.

Conclusion

Some may find the Direct to be a disappointment as fans were expecting to hear about other games, such as Wii U ports or other first and third-party titles, to come to Nintendo Switch. The only upcoming title is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX and DLC for Sword & Shield. Hopefully, Nintendo will announce a traditional Direct next week.

To learn more about Pokémon Sword & Shield, go visit Nintendo’s Official Website and go here to watch the Pokémon Direct without commentary.

 

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A Pokémon Direct is Happening on January 9

Nintendo announced that this year’s first Direct will be based on Pokémon. The Direct will be around 20 minutes long. It will start at 9:30 am ET.

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