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Original Zelda design docs reveals the craft behind the game

Original Zelda design docs reveals the craft behind the game

The Legend of Zelda is perhaps one of the most iconic franchises in the gaming industry, but the very first game, released just a little over thirty years ago, definitely looks dated by today’s graphics standards. That said, the creation process of the game itself, from the levels to the super memory efficient programming is still a treasury of knowledge and insight even for today’s game developers and designers. Which is why Nintendo generously giving both game makers and players a peak at some of the design documents of the immortal classic.

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Super Mario Bros Limited Edition Blu-ray goes up for preorder

Super Mario Bros Limited Edition Blu-ray goes up for preorder

The Super Mario Bros movie from 1993 is, to put it kindly, not that great. It does, however, have a faithful group of fans who like it for precisely that reason, and so it’s not terribly shocking to find a new limited edition Blu-ray version of the flick up for pre-order. This Blu-ray edition features a highly stylized steelbook case, the kind of thing you'd consider a collectible.

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Mario Kart 64 finally comes to Wii U Virtual Console

Mario Kart 64 finally comes to Wii U Virtual Console

Poor Wii U owners didn't have much in way of new games to play over the holidays, but the arrival of Mario Kart 64 on the Virtual Console changes things a bit. Widely regarded as one of the best Nintendo 64 games ever made, there's a good chance that many Wii U owners have a lot of fond memories with this game. You can relive those memories without having to plug in a Nintendo 64 by paying $10, or a discounted rate of $2 if you owned it through the Wii's Virtual Console.

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When the Pokemon GO Legendary Update will be released

When the Pokemon GO Legendary Update will be released

Since the dawn of Pokemon GO, Niantic has been speculating about when they'll release their biggest and best Pokemon from Generation 1. Legendary Pokemon are few and far between in the first generation, centering on the tail end of the series - in count and in publication. The first three Legendary Pokemon, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos are scheduled for release in the year 2017, and an exact date is still being picked from a set of just a few.

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Nintendo Switch issue may stop gamers in their tracks

Nintendo Switch issue may stop gamers in their tracks

Nintendo Switch recently made a stop at the FCC, and though we didn't glean a whole lot of new information from this filing, we did discover one important tidbit. As it turns out, the battery within the Nintendo Switch may not be easily removable. This could cause some problems for players in the later stages of the Switch's life, especially for those who buy at launch and play it for a number of years afterward.

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Nintendo Switch stops by FCC en route to March launch

Nintendo Switch stops by FCC en route to March launch

What is probably Nintendo's most interesting console since the original Wii is really coming and soon. If there were any doubt about that, the Nintendo Switch's presence at the FCC should banish all that. Of course, it doesn't really give us a solid date for the curious handheld console's retail launch, but it at least hints that the ball continues to roll. While Nintendo already publicly committed to a March launch, the gaming giant might do a publicity tour of the Switch first as early as January next year.

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SNES Classic Edition teased with Famicon listing

SNES Classic Edition teased with Famicon listing

As Nintendo reveled in its success with the NES Classic Edition, a trademark for a Super Nintendo-age device was filed in Japan. This Super Famicon controller is the Japanese version of what was released in the United States as the Super NES. That's also known as the SNES, or Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Rumor has it that Nintendo's next big retro-console move will be to release an SNES Classic Edition to keep the retro love ball rolling into the future.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon’s second global mission kicks off – here are the details

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s second global mission kicks off – here are the details

Nintendo has revealed new details about Pokemon Sun and Moon's second global event - missions where all players around the world work toward a common goal. The first global event occurred shortly after the games' launch and ended in failure. Nintendo has scaled the goals for the second event based on participation from the first, so players should have an easier time completing this one.

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Nickelodeon may be working on an animated Nintendo show

Nickelodeon may be working on an animated Nintendo show

Nickelodeon may be planning an animated show based on a popular Nintendo game franchise, at least per comments made recently on the Nick Animation Podcast. According to Federation Studios’ Fred Seibert, there’s some project underway that ‘needs to go unnamed,’ but it is ‘based on one of the most world famous video games of the last 30 years.' While there are many games that could fit the bill, speculation has it the game comes from Nintendo.

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Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Hot on the heels of Super Mario Run's launch, Nintendo is further committing to more mobile games in the future. Of course, we already knew that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile games are planned, but in a recent interview with Kyoto NP, Nintendo President Takeshi Kimishima got a little more specific about what to expect on the mobile front in the future. In short: don't expect Nintendo to just release a handful of games on mobile and then go back to developing exclusively on consoles.

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Tech’s 8 biggest winners of 2016

Tech’s 8 biggest winners of 2016

The biggest winners of the year this year really shine a light on where our priorities are as a collective unconscious. This list is not based on the "most popular stories" or "most searched topics" or anything scientific like that - instead it's based on my perception of the tech world as a reporter and a participant. It's also important to note that I consider "tech" to include technology, science, and science fiction entertainment, as well - so those that have any items to add, please, by all means speak up.

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Super Mario Run nets 50 million downloads, free Toad Rally tickets incoming

Super Mario Run nets 50 million downloads, free Toad Rally tickets incoming

Just a few days after Nintendo announced that Super Mario Run had hit 40 million downloads, it's back with another milestone announcement. Super Mario Run has crossed 50 million downloads worldwide, and as a result, Nintendo is going to hand out some free in-game goodies. It would seem that Super Mario Run's app store dominance continues on, at least for the time being.

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