No one would really ever expect one of the adorable monsters from Pokémon to serve as inspiration for something really terrifying, right? Well, according to the director of the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Cubone served as part of the inspiration for his "Skull Crawler" monster. Vogt-Roberts credits a few other sources for the inspiration for this monster, including No-Face from Spirited Away, the first Angel in Evangelion, and a monster from the original 1933 King Kong film. According to Vogt-Roberts, this new monster is meant to be "this crazy cross-section of what my original take on it would be."

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Every console out there has a way to give yourself a custom avatar, and the Switch is no different, as a recent video shows off with a look at some of the avatar and Mii creation tools available on Nintendo's new console. The video showcases a plethora of the Nintendo favorites available for use including Link, Mario, and even Tom Nook from Animal Crossing. Once you've chosen your image, you also have the ability to change the background color, giving you an added level of customization. We don't get quite as good of a look at the actual Mii creator, but watching the video reveals that you will be able to change your Mii's pose and expression for use as your profile picture.

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At E3 2016, famed Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima revealed Death Stranding, the first game from his independent development company, Kojima Productions. The game's first trailer was pretty weird, and until now, everything surrounding Death Stranding's development has been shrouded in mystery; while many are excited about the game because of Kojima's previous work, nobody really knows what it'll be like. However, in a recent interview with the PlayStation Blog, Kojima finally gave players some basic information about the game, including the genre that it belongs to.

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Often, when we remember people, we tend to think only about what they accomplished in their lifetime. However, many great figures leave lasting impressions and help contribute to something that won't be completed until after they pass. Such is the case with the Switch and late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. Shigeru Miyamoto sat down with TIME magazine earlier this month to discuss all things Switch-related, including just how much Iwata influenced the development of Nintendo's next big idea.

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Earlier this month, Netflix announced that a new cartoon based on Konami's famed vampire franchise Castlevania is heading to their platform later this year. Produced by Adi Shankar and Frederator Studios, this animation is set to be dark and super violent, much in the vein of Game of Thrones. While we still don't know much about this venture, Shankar revealed the first official poster for the series earlier today. True to the gritty feel the show is aiming for, this stunning image of Dracula's castle is quite dark and foreboding.

With the release of this image, my excitement levels are through the roof for this project. I'll certainly be the first to cry Bloody Tears if this winds up being awful. What do you think about the series' look? Check out the image inside and let us know what you think!

During PlayStation's showcase event at last year's E3, Activision and Sony announced that they are remaking the first three Crash Bandicoot games for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. During December's PlayStation Experience, Sony finally announced the release date for Crash Bandicoot's remake trilogy and everyone assumed it would be a PlayStation exclusive title. To clear up the confusion, PlayStation Ireland said that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy "will be coming to PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro first." A release date for other platforms have not been announced.

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When the Switch launches next Friday, a number of features will be notably absent from the console. Among these are an internet browser, the ability to expand the system's memory, and connecting to the eShop. While some of these are fixable with a day-one update, others won't be implemented for some time yet. Such is the case with the Switch Virtual Console. According to an announcement from Nintendo this morning, "Virtual Console games will not be available on Nintendo Switch at launch. We will share more information in the future."

Find out what the launch day update entails and how it may solve a new problem inside!

Hacking the NES Classic Edition has become quite the hobby for some people, with recent attempts successfully emulating the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Genesis, and much more. A new video has surfaced recently taking things to the next level—emulating the Nintendo 64. Similarly to previous attempts, YouTuber 1lokolo1 used a program called Hakchi to load games such as Mario Kart 64, Wave Race 64, and Super Mario 64 onto the device.

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Anyone who has had to get a replacement Wii U knows the pain of having to get your purchases switched over to your new console. This was because downloads were linked not to your Nintendo Network ID, but rather to your console itself. The Switch is fixing this problem however, at least in part. Under the new system, your games will be tied to your Nintendo Account ID so you can re-download them on a new console if need be.

While this is a step in the right direction, there's still a big problem with this solution. Head inside to find out more!

During the Nintendo Switch presentation earlier this year, Bethesda's director Todd Howard announced that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is officially coming to the console. Fans have since been wondering if the console will be getting the original game or the remastered version that came out last year. However, in a recent interview, Todd Howard said the company still "can't say" which version will be coming to the Switch.

What version do you think Bethesda will release on the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments!

Many children, including those spending time waiting in the hospital, use video games as a way to pass the time. Tragically, a thief in New Zealand recently took it upon themselves to steal a PlayStation 4 from the oncology ward of Wellington Hospital. The donated console was used by many of the patients as a distraction during their stays for various treatments. One patient, nine-year-old Angus Little, regularly played Minecraft on this console during his weekly chemotherapy visits for an inoperable brain tumor. When asked his feeling on the theft, Little commented, "I'm angry, and pretty annoyed because it was a good distraction for me, and other kids too."

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Tragedy seems to be abundant lately, and adding to that, Alan Stone, one of the co-founders of Nintendo of America, has unfortunately passed away. Stone, who was additionally known for his involvement with SEGA and more recently Nanotech, passed away at the age of 71 due to cancer. Stone left Nintendo and joined SEGA as the CEO of SEGA Enterprises (now SEGA Entertainment) by 1994. He then played a role as the chief operating officer and a board member for Nanotech.

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When the Switch launches on March 3rd, it's bringing a big change to its online account system. Users will need to register a Nintendo Account ID (a separate tag from the already existing Nintendo Network ID), which will tie all of your purchases together to your account unlike with the Wii U. You don't have to wait to register on launch day though—you can grab your Account ID right now!

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Many Zelda fans have noticed that Breath of the Wild seems to take inspiration from Western RPGs. This might not be a coincidence, as series producer Eiji Aonuma revealed in a recent interview that he actually played a lot of Western games while developing Zelda. He listed games like Far Cry, The Witcher III, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as some recent favorites. However, he mentioned titles like Grand Theft Auto were too violent for him. Aonuma noted that in the past, he hasn't played very many games, but then realized it wasn't right of him to do so as a game developer.

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A new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild recently released in Japan, showcasing some stunning visuals in order to further increase the hype for the upcoming release. The trailer also gave us a brief look at a new and massive creature in the game, one that strongly resembles a classic boss. Volvagia, the boss from Ocarina of Time's Fire Temple, is a long, flying serpent covered in flames with a long whip-like head of fire for hair. The creature, shown for only a second in the trailer, has got some fans speculating that this much larger serpent could be a call-back to Volvagia.

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