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The Witcher continues to be the biggest streaming show worldwide

Viewers haven't switched from the Witcher

The Witcher may have come out in December, but people around the world are still showing it a lot of love in mid February. Data firm Parrot Analytics has shared data from Jan. 14th to Feb. 12th, 2020, and it shows that Witcher is atop all other streaming shows on all services.

According to the report, Witcher is still the most in-demand TV series globally across all platforms. It took that top spot from The Mandalorian when it launched, and hasn't given it up since. The show has seen a bit of a slip in the US specifically, dropping to third overall, but it still heads the pack when you look at the global perspective.

Monolith Soft ends 2019 with 236 employees

Growing and growing

Monolith Soft has been having a really good run for the last few years. The company keeps expanding due to the number of projects they're working on, and the success they've had.

At the end of 2019, the company had 236 employees in its ranks. That would be 12 more employees than they had in Sept. 2019. We already know they're working on the Zelda series and the remake of Xenoblade Chronicles, and there's no doubt something else is in the works too. It's easy to see why they need so many employees!

Sonic the Hedgehog director says the future is looking "VERY bright"

Sonic 2?

Jeff Fowler, director of Sonic the Hedgehog, seems to be quite happy with how the movie is doing. Yesterday we learned that it's on-track outpace the opening of Detective Pikachu, the current video game-to-movie record holder. Late on the opening day of the film, Fowler took to Twitter to share the following comment.

What... a... DAY!!! No words can describe the appreciation I'm feeling right now. You've taken this little blue hedgehog to EPIC heights. We never could have done it without the FANS... THANK YOU for your LOVE and SUPPORT. The future is VERY bright for the BLUE BLUR

There have been many questions about a potential sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog. While nothing is concrete yet, it does seem this strong opening weekend could pave the way easily.

Fortnite adds 'Rick Roll' emote, lets your character dance like Rick Astley to 'Never Gonna Give You Up'

Some memes never die

An emote based on the dance from Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' music video has been added to Fortnite. In an official collaboration between the artist and Epic Games, you can now "Rick Roll" players within Fortnite itself. Purchasing the "Never Gonna" emote for 500 V-bucks ($5 USD) will allow you to dance the groovy dance of Astley to a short snippet of the actual song in-game! In proper internet fashion, the announcement was made using a clickbait YouTube video on the official Fortnite channel.

Coronavirus impact causes cancellation of Pokemon Asia Top League Kyoto 2020

Originally scheduled for February 23rd, 2020, Pokemon Asia Top League Kyoto 2020 has been officially cancelled by The Pokemon Company. Six countries across Asia were planned to compete in the Trading Card Game tournament, but due to the Coronavirus outbreak causing issues with travel, the event will have to postponed (hopefully not permanently).

Switch eShop charts for Feb. 15th, 2020

Taking #1 like a thief in the night

Time to take a look at this week's Switch eShop charts! With a 90% off discount, Thief Simulator took the #1 spot in both the "download-only" and "all games" categories. Despite being a month away from release, preloads have been doing Animal Crossing: New Horizons well. Sitting at a #2 spot, there is no doubt that sales have been phenomenal. Check out the full list of best-sellers for February 15th, 2020 below.

All Games

1. Thief Simulator
2. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
3. Just Dance 2020
4. Overcooked 2
5. Cuphead
6. Minecraft
7. Stardew Valley
8. Spyro Reignited Trilogy
9. Minecraft
10. Timberman VS
11. Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition
12. Pokemon Sword
13. Dead Cells
14. Toki Tori
15. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
16. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
17. Untitled Goose Game
18. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
19. Human: Fall Flat
20. Overcooked: Special Edition
21. Hungry Shark World
22. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate
23. Yet Another Zombie Defense HD
24. Luigi’s Mansion 3
25. Street Basketball
26. Hollow Knight
27. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
28. Super Mario Party
29. Mortal Kombat 11
30. The Witcher Tales: Thronebreaker

Download-Only Games

1. Thief Simulator
2. Cuphead
3. Stardew Valley
4. Timberman VS
5. Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition
6. Toki Tori
7. Untitled Goose Game
8. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
9. Human: Fall Flat
10. Hungry Shark World
11. Yet Another Zombie Defense HD
12. Street Basketball
13. Hollow Knight
14. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
15. Phantom Doctrine
16. Child of Light Ultimate Edition
17. Serial Cleaner
18. Death Squared
19. Blasphemous
20. PixelJunk Monsters 2
21. Coffee Talk
22. Castle Crashers Remastered
23. Crazy Zen Minigolf
24. My Brother Rabbit
25. Hypercharge Unboxed
26. Classic Games Collection Vol. 1
27. Yooka-Laylee
28. Nine Parchments
29. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
30. Uno

Completing the National Dex in Pokemon Home is reportedly resulting in receiving an Original Color Magearna

The luck of the Pokeball

Completing the National Dex has been the dream of many trainers since they were very young. The reward for completing such an honorable task through Pokemon Home might be something very special. Reports have been given from some dedicated Pokemon catchers that upon finishing the National Pokedex, they received an Original Color Magearna through the Mystery Gift menu. However, some have also received a regularly colored one for completing the dex, so speculation has been running wild for why this is happening. It is currently unknown why people are now in possession of the original color, and an official statement has yet to be given by Nintendo or The Pokemon Company. Could this be the intended reward? A glitch? We'll have to wait to find out exactly what is going on with this mysterious Mythical Pokemon.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix is starting to sell out at Japanese retailers

Make sure to grab a copy!

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega 39s (known as Mega Mix in the West) seems to be a mega hit in Japan. Japanese retailer Yodobashi Camera has completely sold out of physical copies for the Vocaloid rhythm game, but luckily, back-orders are still being taken. Although the Sega published title is still available at other retailers in Japan, it wouldn't be surprising to see a stock shortage in the near future. As a Western release has been confirmed, hopefully we get a release date announcement soon, and stock is much more plentiful.

Release date for Synaptic Drive set to be revealed soon

Driving it home on Switch

Initially announced back in 2018 from the creator of Custom Robo, Synaptic Drive seems to be finally landing on Switch. The developers Twitter account has announced that a release date for the game will be revealed soon. Our patience is appreciated, and hopefully we don't have too much longer to wait!

Sonic The Hedgehog movie sets box-office record for game-to-film adaptation, passing Detective Pikachu's debut with a $64.3M 4-day estimate

Things are looking blue for Pikachu

Tickets for Sonic The Hedgehog are selling out FAST! According to Deadline, the film is estimated to have received a 3-day grossing of $53.99M and a 4-day of $64.3M. This gives our blue friend the record for best video game movie adaptation opening. For comparison, Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures' Detective Pikachu earned $58M at its debut in May 2019.

Paramount's estimates are slightly lower ($50M 3-day and $60M 4-day), but still takes the record over Pokemon either way.

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