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The Joy of Mario Making, with Bob Ross

The Joy of Mario Making, with Bob Ross

Bob Ross is a cultural icon. Over the course of around 400 episodes of The Joy of Painting, he didn't just teach the world how to paint. He reminded us that we don't make mistakes, we just have happy accidents. Sadly, he passed away more than 20 years ago. But what if he didn't, and he taught us how to do other things?

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Universal Studios Japan to open Nintendo Land by 2020

Universal Studios Japan to open Nintendo Land by 2020

Nintendo diligently guards its brands and characters almost to the point of being stingy. That is partly to blame for the dearth of exciting real-world adventures you can have with Mario and Luigi, Link and Zelda, and Pokemon. In four years' time, however, that might change radically. Japanese media report that Universal Studio Japan, one of only four such theme parks in the world, will be opening a "Nintendo Land" section by 2020. And it won't simply be a building with Nintendo merchandise but something likened to the famous Harry Potter area in the very same complex.

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Mario Maker gets keys, locks, skewers, and a Super Expert mode

Mario Maker gets keys, locks, skewers, and a Super Expert mode

Nintendo has released many successful games over the years. And while some games do get updates once in a while, they've really stepped up their game for Super Mario Maker. Since it was released, Nintendo has rolled out two major updates for the game, bringing a host of new features. Plus, they keep releasing new costumes on a pretty steady basis. Well, today they've announced another big update.

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Nintendo made a limited SNES-themed 3DS but only for Japan

Nintendo made a limited SNES-themed 3DS but only for Japan

Nintendo fans, you've likely already heard the news from yesterday's Direct livestream that some of the best games from the Super Nintendo console are coming to the New 3DS handheld. But Japanese version of the announcement also had something extra: a limited edition New 3DS XL featuring a Super Famicom-themed design, complete with the colored buttons for A, B, X, and Y. The Super Famicom was Japan's domestic name for the SNES, which looked a tad different from the one on our shores.

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Link takes over Google Maps for Legend of Zelda’s 30th anniversary

Link takes over Google Maps for Legend of Zelda’s 30th anniversary

Nintendo has been having a pretty big week. Just this past Saturday, they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the original Pokemon games. While their celebrations have been numerous for the pocket monster franchise, today marks the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD along with the 30th anniversary of the franchise, and they've teamed up with Google to celebrate.

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Wii U exclusive Star Fox Zero release date confirmed, additional game included

Wii U exclusive Star Fox Zero release date confirmed, additional game included

As part of the latest Nintendo Direct stream, the Japanese gaming giant's live announcement on upcoming games, the house of Mario revealed that Star Fox Zero now has a solid release date. The Wii U exclusive title was eagerly anticipated for release back in November, but Nintendo decided to give it a little more time in development, with producer Shigeru Miyamoto explaining that they needed to address some issues with gameplay mechanics in order for the game to meet the expectations of quality.

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Pokemon GO is a no-go at GDC 2016

Pokemon GO is a no-go at GDC 2016

Pokemon fans, and gamers in general, waiting to see a glimpse of a Pokemon adventure carried out in the real world will have to wait a bit longer. Niantic, the former Google subsidiary that is taking on the monumental task of bringing Pokemon GO to life has just confirmed that they are, indeed, not showing up at GDC 2016 this month. It is undoubtedly a disappointing development less than two weeks before the world's largest game developer event, but Niantic CEO John Hanke is assuring what could turn into an angry mob that it is all for the best.

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New Nintendo 3DS is getting Super NES games

New Nintendo 3DS is getting Super NES games

During its Nintendo Direct presentation today, the company announced plans to bring SNES games to the New Nintendo 3DS console. Starting today, Super Mario World, Pilotwings, and F-Zero are available to download from the Nintendo E-Shop. While good news for New Nintendo 3DS owners with a taste for nostalgia, owners of the non-'New' 3DS are being left high and dry.

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Nintendo NX tip: beefy handheld with wireless TV connection

Nintendo NX tip: beefy handheld with wireless TV connection

Given how Nintendo's performance in the hardware area has been rather disappointing these past years, it is understandable that a lot of attention, which includes speculation and anonymous insider tips, is being lavished on the promised Nintendo NX. Sometimes, however, those also turn more into wish lists rather than plausible features. This latest tidbit almost seems like an example. According to the supposedly reliable source, the Nintendo NX will veritably be a handheld device with the processing might of an Xbox One and connects to at TV wirelessly with an HDMI dongle.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past gets reimagined in Unreal

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past gets reimagined in Unreal

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is probably my favorite game in the Zelda series. Sure, Ocarina of time is a very close second, but the SNES game is where I truly fell in love with the series. I think it's where the franchise really found its footing. And someone decided that this great game needed some updated graphics.

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Classic Pokemon can be transferred out of eShop versions of the original games

Classic Pokemon can be transferred out of eShop versions of the original games

Pokemon has one simple motto for you to live by. "Gotta catch 'em all." Unfortunately, if you played the original games and caught them all, they had to stay right where you left them, on your original GameBoy. All of that is about to change with tomorrow's release of the original games on the 3DS eShop.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon are coming to Nintendo 3DS this year

Pokemon Sun and Moon are coming to Nintendo 3DS this year

In what should come as no surprise, Nintendo announced the latest editions of the Pokemon games this morning. During a brief Nintendo Direct live media broadcast, the company revealed the titles as Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. The games are coming to the Nintendo 3DS, but unfortunately for fans of the monster-collecting series, they won't see release until the "holiday 2016" period.

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