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Super Mario 64 player sets new speedrun world record

Super Mario 64 player sets new speedrun world record

It's not often that a new world number one speedrun record is set for a game almost 20 years old, but it's just happened. For those who don't know, a speedrun is completing a game from start to finish in fastest possible time, often still collecting all items or meeting all objectives. The previous world record for Super Mario 64, the first 3D entry in the series released alongside the Nintendo 64 console in 1996, was 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 32 seconds. But a challenger beat that 17 seconds, and by mere accident.

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Fan-made Super Mario level so insane it takes 3 years to beat

Fan-made Super Mario level so insane it takes 3 years to beat

People have been hacking Super Mario World for years. When I first played it, it was all about the secret pipes and magic whistles. I hate to admit, but that was a long time ago. There is a lot more to the game now than just tanuki suits and turning into stone. Now, there are entire online communities dedicated to hacking the game, building your own levels, and playing other people's custom built levels. Ones of these levels is so insane, that user PangeaPanga spent three years trying to beat it!

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Gold Mario amiibo tipped by Walmart banner

Gold Mario amiibo tipped by Walmart banner

Rumors of their demise have been greatly exaggerated, apparently. Nintendo's amiibo figures have proven wildly successful even if a few among them did fail to strike the fancy of gamers' hearts. We recently got a look at the sales numbers, which show that Link was the most popular (Mario was #2) and that Nintendo has sold about 5.7 million of the figurines. Not content with letting demand wane, and in light of recent rumors about spruced up amiibos, a new Mario figurine has surfaced.

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Nintendo ships 5.7 million amiibo, most of them of Link

Nintendo ships 5.7 million amiibo, most of them of Link

Amiibo are dead, long live amiibo! Despite what rumors would have us believe, amiibo figurines are apparently selling well. At its investor briefing, Nintendo painted a rosy picture of its Skylanders-like toys, detailing where the figurines made the most money and which among the lot is actually the most popular. And if you thought it was your friendly, Italian plumber, better think again. Well, actually he is, but only in one very small part of the world and the amiibo market.

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Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo still isn't taking the plunge into mobile games, which is as disappointing as ever. It is, however, looking to dabble with mobile platforms, revealing that it will be creating a Mii app in the relatively near future. The information comes straight from Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata from an interview he recently had with The Nikkei. Amidst talks of the company's financials when asked about plans for smartphone games, he said using Mii characters as social avatars would be "fun".

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Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 teardown: inside the tiny computer

There's really nothing too next-level about this little gaming machine - unless you consider all of its processing power and super-refined hardware. "If you think about it," says iFixit, "the newest of the new Nintendo 3DS XL is basically a small laptop." With a 3D screen, of course, as well as a triple-camera setup, CPU, RAM, Flash, and the ability to run high-powered software. That's a general way of looking at it - but it's true, isn't it? Let's have a peek inside.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL System Transfer requirement: screwdriver

New Nintendo 3DS XL System Transfer requirement: screwdriver

Ready to trade in your old Nintendo 3DS for a brand new Nintendo 3DS XL, launching in the US this weekend? Better hold on to your horses first. Unless you want to start absolutely from scratch, you will most likely want to transfer your files and games from the old system to the new one. But alas, it won't be a quick and easy ride, as performing a system transfer between the two generations is quite a laborious undertaking. You even need a screwdriver to do so!

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Netflix live-action Zelda show: “Game of Thrones” for kids

Netflix live-action Zelda show: “Game of Thrones” for kids

It's not like we've never seen Nintendo's Zelda produced as a TV show before - but here in 2015, the possibility that a live action Zelda show could be made has become very real. Word has it that Netflix is in the works to develop a live action Zelda series of webisodes - TV episodes without the pesky waiting a week between releases - all set to come to Netflix exclusively. Can you imagine such magic? Could the greatness of the 80's cartoon return full-powered?

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Nintendo demanding complete loyalty from gaming YouTubers

Nintendo demanding complete loyalty from gaming YouTubers

It was supposed to be a sign of Nintendo embracing gamers and YouTube reviewers, but the new Creators Program has become mired in controversy after terms tweaks demanded complete devotion to the company's titles. Announced at the end of January, the Nintendo Creators Program was, if viewed generously, a compromise by the Japanese firm: rather than issuing take-down notices to YouTubers using in-game footage in their monetized videos, Nintendo would instead share the bounty. Some sifting through the conditions, however, suggested that Nintendo was at best myopic, and at worst aggressively controlling, and subsequent adjustments to the language have seen things go even further downhill.

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Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Amiibo Gold and Silver edition Mario starts new wave

Two new editions of the first wave of Nintendo Amiibo figurines have appeared: Mario Gold Edition and Mario Silver Edition. While no details have been shared by Nintendo officially, both editions were found on Nintendo's webpage - so they're on their way! Both editions are very likely set to function the same as their predecessors, tapping in to functionality with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS for cross-platform play. And don't expect the Gold and Silver re-paints to stop here, either.

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Play Bayonetta for free, in your browser and in 16-bit 2D

Play Bayonetta for free, in your browser and in 16-bit 2D

Wouldn't it be grand if you could play your favorite gaming title for free and available anywhere you are? Bayonetta developers Platinum Games might be yielding to that desire with the launch of a new game from the Bayonetta franchise. But there are a few catches. First, it's only really a mini-game that you can probably finish in a few minutes or so. Second, you can indeed play it anywhere, but only inside a browser. And third, you'll have to stomach the fact it is a 16-bit 2D "side-scrolling" game.

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Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Instead of just issuing takedown notices to those gamers that hoped to share Nintendo content on YouTube, the company has decided to launch a "Creators Program" this week. Instead of aiming to take down all content or take control of all revenue, Nintendo has started a program which aims to share revenue. This program requires that content sharers register with Nintendo and report every video they share - or they can share their entire channel if it's entirely Nintendo-based. Then there's a 3-day wait period.

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