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Pikmin 3DS revealed for 2017 release

Pikmin 3DS revealed for 2017 release

Pikmin fans were given quite the surprise today, with Nintendo announcing a new entry in the long-running series. Nintendo is switching things up with this Pikmin title, moving the series away from home consoles and onto the 3DS. As a result, it appears that Pikmin 3DS will be shaking up the series' beloved gameplay quite a bit.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword lands on Wii U as new amiibo are revealed

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword lands on Wii U as new amiibo are revealed

With the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild incoming relatively soon (hopefully), Zelda fans have a lot to look forward to. Unfortunately, Breath of the Wild isn't scheduled to launch until next year, so if you want something to tide you over while you wait, you might want to check out The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which is being re-released on the Wii U Virtual Console today.

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Super Mario Maker arrives on 3DS in December

Super Mario Maker arrives on 3DS in December

One of the more surprising announcements from today's Nintendo Direct broadcast centered around Super Mario Maker. Since most of the Nintendo Direct was focused on the 3DS, you can see where this is heading: Super Mario Maker will be launching on the 3DS later this year, albeit in a more limited form than its Wii U counterpart.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon early purchasers get Munchlax for free

Pokemon Sun and Moon early purchasers get Munchlax for free

Nintendo has just held a new Direct broadcast entirely centered around the 3DS, and as expected, Pokemon Sun and Moon led the charge. This time around, there aren't many new reveals, but Nintendo did announce that there will a bonus for early purchasers of the game, just like those who bought Pokemon X and Y at launch.

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Wacom introduces Bamboo Slate and Folio smartpads, Bamboo Omni stylus

Wacom introduces Bamboo Slate and Folio smartpads, Bamboo Omni stylus

Wacom has announced a slew of new devices at IFA 2016, attempting to bridge the gap between taking notes on physical paper and storing them in the digital space. This new product line includes two new smartpads - the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio - and a new stylus dubbed the Bamboo Omni. As if that weren't enough, the company is also launching refreshes of its existing Bamboo Solo and Bamboo Duo styli.

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NVIDIA reveals ‘Vault 1080’ mod for Fallout 4

NVIDIA reveals ‘Vault 1080’ mod for Fallout 4

NVIDIA recently unleashed a slew of new graphics cards, but judging from a new announcement on the NVIDIA blog, that isn't all the company has been working hard on. NVIDIA announced today that it will soon be releasing a mod all its own for Bethesda's Fallout 4, and just as you'd expect from a company that primarily deals in GPUs, this one is meant to push graphics cards a bit harder than the base game.

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Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Lately, Instagram has been rolling out a significant number of changes and new features. From changing up its app icon to keep things on the fresh side to rolling out a new stories feature that seemed to borrow heavily from another popular social media app, Instagram has been making a large number of tweaks and firing them out the door quickly. Today, the features list is growing once again with the addition of a small yet frequently requested feature: pinch-to-zoom.

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‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ to premiere on Netflix in 2017

‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ to premiere on Netflix in 2017

Children of the 1990s have something to get excited about, as Netflix has announced a new show starring none other than Bill Nye The Science Guy. Dubbed "Bill Nye Saves the World," this new endeavor will put Bill Nye in the driver's seat of his very own talk show. As someone who looked forward to those days in science class where we'd get to watch an episode or two of Bill Nye The Science Guy, this is wonderful news.

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Google OnHub turns one year old, celebrates with Philips Lighting partnership

Google OnHub turns one year old, celebrates with Philips Lighting partnership

It may be hard to believe, but Google's OnHub router is turning one year old today. To celebrate, Google has created a blog post where it runs down many of the important features that make OnHub "more than just a router." That isn't the only thing it's doing to celebrate OnHub's first successful trip around the Sun, as the company also announced a new partnership with Philips Lighting that opens up some pretty cool functionality for OnHub owners.

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Battlefield 1 open beta now live on Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Battlefield 1 open beta now live on Xbox One, PS4, and PC

The time has come at last: Battlefield 1 has gone into open beta for everyone, so if you didn't sign up for Battlefield Insider to get early access to the beta, now is your chance to check out the game ahead of its October 21 release. Unlike the Titanfall 2 open beta that EA just held, this test is available across all three platforms - Xbox One, PS4, and PC - meaning no one gets left out in the cold.

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Stranger Things Season 2 confirmed for 2017 debut

Stranger Things Season 2 confirmed for 2017 debut

In what is likely to be the day's least surprisingly news, Netflix has officially confirmed that Stranger Things will return for a second season next year. That Stranger Things would return for a second season was pretty much a given, considering the amount of chatter the first season generated across the internet. Netflix hasn't announced any additional details, but we expect those to begin trickling in as work on season two progresses.

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Sheep View project on Faroe Islands gets some help from Google Maps team

Sheep View project on Faroe Islands gets some help from Google Maps team

Last month, we told you about Sheep View 360, an initiative undertaken by the residents of the Faroe Islands archipelago that aimed to map the islands with solar powered 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of sheep. It may seem like a silly idea, but when Google Maps hasn't visited and you want tourists to be able to check out the islands through Street View, you have to be creative.

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