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Super Mario 64 Land mod now available but there’s a catch

Super Mario 64 Land mod now available but there’s a catch

The Switch may now be hailed as Nintendo's most innovative console of recent years but, back in the days, that title was briefly held by the Nintendo 64. Often promoted as the first 64-bit gaming system, part of the console's legacy were the games available for it, like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and, of course, Super Mario 64. The latter is now seeing a slight revival, not through some Nintendo paid service, but through a free expansion mod titled, what else, Super Mario 64 Land.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield have a problem and The Pokemon Company isn’t helping

Pokemon Sword and Shield have a problem and The Pokemon Company isn’t helping

Pokemon Sword and Shield have been going through a rough patch for these past few months. Though The Pokemon Company's marketing machine is in full gear, Pokemon fans keep coming back to one topic in particular: the national Pokedex, or the lack thereof. During E3 2019, Game Freak confirmed that the Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Shield won't include all previously-released Pokemon, making them the first mainline games in the series to do something like that.

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What if Pokemon GO suddenly ended?

What if Pokemon GO suddenly ended?

What would you do if Niantic closed their doors tomorrow, and there was no more Pokemon GO? That's a question I had to ask a friend recently when they voiced concerns that Pokemon GO used to be fun, but more recently felt more like an obligation. This is the overarching issue with video games in general, but doubly so when the entirety of said game is played on servers at some remote location: After it's done, what's left?

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Pokemon Sword and Shield launch event axed last-minute and speculation is rampant

Pokemon Sword and Shield launch event axed last-minute and speculation is rampant

We're now a week out from the launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield, which are scheduled to launch on the Nintendo Switch on November 15th. What should be an exciting launch has been marred with controversy, as a number of leaks have indicated major cuts to the Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Shield. A number of longtime fans of the franchise seem to take issue with that, leading to conversations about Sword and Shield that are dominated by talk of the incomplete national Pokedex.

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Nintendo Black Friday 2019 gives Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle pole-position

Nintendo Black Friday 2019 gives Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle pole-position

We're quickly closing in on Black Friday, which means that the holiday shopping season is about to kick into gear. Nintendo is getting out in front of much of the crowd by revealing its Black Friday deals a little early this year, with a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle acting as the headliner. As always, Nintendo won't be offering a ton of super deep discounts, but this could be a good chance to pick up some of the Switch's best games without having to pay full retail price.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Terry Bogard DLC detailed and released

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Terry Bogard DLC detailed and released

As promised, today Nintendo and Sora Ltd published a deep dive into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's latest DLC fighter, Terry Bogard. Terry has been the main protagonist of SNK's Fatal Fury franchise since the very first game, so the character's long fighting game history makes him a clear choice for something like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Terry Bogard DLC is getting a 45 minute livestream

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Terry Bogard DLC is getting a 45 minute livestream

If you're looking forward to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC character, then you'll probably want to mark tomorrow on your calendar. Nintendo has revealed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai will be hosting a live stream all about Terry Bogard, who will be the fourth DLC character for the game. Unfortunately, the livestream will take place very early in the morning for those of us here in the US, so some will have to set their alarms if they want to watch it live.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield full Pokedex leak will definitely break some hearts

Pokemon Sword and Shield full Pokedex leak will definitely break some hearts

Pokemon Sword and Shield are nearly here, and it seems the floodgates have opened. Leaks have been hitting the internet left and right, with one huge leak detailing the entire Galar Pokedex. Assuming this leak is accurate, we now know all of the Pokemon that will be in Sword and Shield, and there are probably going to be a lot of upset players.

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Our Pokemon GO November Field Research Tasks, Rewards, Encounters list for 2019

Our Pokemon GO November Field Research Tasks, Rewards, Encounters list for 2019

Here in November of 2019, we've got the full list of Pokemon GO research ready to go! This is the part of the game where the Pokemon trainer gets to do work that's sometimes easy, sometimes incredibly taxing, but always rewarding. Every two months, Field Research Tasks are refreshed, and November is the place where a Pokemon GO update means a big change in the way users are able to pick up the latest and/or best Pokemon in the game!

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Mario Kart Tour multiplayer beta arrives in December, but only if you pay up

Mario Kart Tour multiplayer beta arrives in December, but only if you pay up

Back in September, Mario Kart Tour launched for iOS and Android without a component many consider critical to the Mario Kart experience: multiplayer. Racing against other humans is one of the main draws of the Mario Kart franchise as a whole, so it was definitely strange to see Mario Kart Tour launch without it. Nintendo will be fixing that particular oversight in December, launching a real-time multiplayer beta at some point during the month.

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Lucky Pokemon GO users found 2x happy accidents this morning

Lucky Pokemon GO users found 2x happy accidents this morning

Today we're looking at a variety of changes made to Pokemon GO this morning - the most interesting of which was a tiny mistake in the moves code. Those players who had Pokemon with the move "Giga Impact" could've (and in some cases did seem to) take advantage of a listed power of 9001 instead of just 200. This level of power in a single Pokemon move in Pokemon GO would, essentially, devastate any Pokemon opponent.

Giga Impact Power!

According to sources including Poke Miners, the Pokemon move "Giga Impact" had a lot more power than normal for a short period this morning. At approximately 16:53 hours on October 31 (last night), PokeMiners reported that changes had started to be made to the game's code - including moves like Giga Impact and Locked On. Giga Impact, at that time, had its power changed to 150.

At some point between then and approximately 7:24 AM this morning, another change was made, and the move Giga Impact had a listed power of 9001! That's enough power to knock out basically any Pokemon in the game in one go! The 7:24 AM update changed the power of Giga Impact to 200 instead of that whopping 9001. The image you see below shows one of the effects of the Mistaken Evolutions in the next section. This image comes from 8bitCR on The Silph Road.

Mistaken Evolutions

A few other oddities were in play for a while this week, too, fixed just this morning. One was an evolution of Bellsprout. Instead of Bellsprout's standard evolution into Weepinbell, it was reportedly evolving into Sandslash!

At the same time, reports suggest that the Pokemon Victreebel had a new evolution option - evolving into Dugtrio! It would appear that this was more of a mistaken image file situation, where a Diglett looked like a Victreebel, instead of an actual Victreebel having the ability to evolve into Dugtrio.

Shadow updates!

Another major set of Shadow Pokemon additions were made to the game's latest game files! You'll find these Pokemon listed in the image above! This could have a lot to do with the mistaken identities in evolutions above - or it could just mean we're about to get a very DARK FUTURE!

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Pokemon GO Regice, Regirock, Registeel: The best Shiny legends and counters

Pokemon GO Regice, Regirock, Registeel: The best Shiny legends and counters

There's a Pokemon GO Battle you're about to drop in on with Regice or Registeel, and you'd like to know the best Pokemon counters. The good news here is that while these Pokemon have a different set of Pokemon Types, they've got relatively similar best-possible counters with which you'll be able to take them down.

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