Nintendo continues to roll out the Zelda-themed special edition models for their handheld. At the GameStop managers conference, they unveiled a special Hyrule Edition of the New Nintendo 3DS XL featuring gold coloring and the Hyrule Crest on the front. This model (which is already available for pre-order) launches as a GameStop exclusive on October 30th with a suggested retail price of $199.99. While the launch of this new model roughly coincides with the release of Tri Force Heroes, it does not come with the game included. You can check out an image by clicking below.

New Nintendo 3DS XL launched in the US in February, but the regular sized model was not made available at that time. Today, at the GameStop managers conference, Nintendo revealed that they'll finally be releasing the smaller model in the US, but (at least for now) only as part of an Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle. The bundle launches on September 25th, and it comes with the game, the handheld, two cover plates, and one Amiibo card. The suggested retail price is $219.99.

One thing that has always irked me about Animal Crossing: New Leaf is that when you give needy villagers the fish or bug they request, they will put it on display in the house. That by itself isn't much of a problem, but it becomes one when the animals take it too far and fill their entire home with fish at the expense of their own furniture, completely ruining the aesthetic of their homes. Situations like this probably won't occur in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer since that game is entirely about the player designing homes for the animals. However, it doesn't stop there. You can also design gardens and bigger community projects, as seen in the new trailer released by Nintendo UK.

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Many a gamer loves the wonderful worlds of Nintendo and its diverse breadth of games to explore, and many stick very closely to Nintendo's offerings. But if a Nintendo fan wants to branch out, a good starting point can be hard to find. So we sat down to talk about ten great games that Nintendo fans would love—whether they were directly inspired by Nintendo's hits or simply offer some of the same magic—on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo podcast here at Gamnesia. So if you're looking for new games to play, check out the discussion video after the jump and try out some of these awesome Nintendo alternatives.

In recent years there has been a massive surge in the relevance and popularity of independently developed video games. First-party companies are devoting more time and resources towards building up a solid lineup of indie games on their platforms than ever before, and Microsoft was even willing to shell out $2.5 billion to acquire Minecraft.

Nintendo has been making moves to improve the indie presence on their platforms as well. However, unlike Microsoft, they don't believe that shelling out cash is the way to go about it. Speaking with Polygon before PAX, Nintendo's Damon Baker explained that Nintendo prefers to attract and promote indies with creativity rather than cash. Click below for his thoughts!

Retro-style indie hit Shovel Knight is already a top-notch platforming experience, but it's about to get bigger and better! Developer Yacht Club Games will be launching a free expansion for the game in September, letting players take control of the fan-favorite villain Plague Knight. Yacht Club Games brought the expansion to PAX, and IGN recorded footage of the upcoming content. You can check it out by clicking below!

Shovel Knight, a retro-style indie hit from Yacht Club Games, has been racking up the sales as a digital-only release, and soon it will be available in stores as well. The retail version was originally listed at $20, but most stores have raised the price to $25 now. However, this price hike isn't just to bleed your wallet dry. The retail version of the game will now include the game's soundtrack, explaining the extra $5 charge. Currently, Amazon is still selling the game with a $20 price tag.

With the recent confirmation of a Shovel Knight amiibo, it's clear that Shovel Knight's developer, Yacht Club Games, has a positive relationship with Nintendo, and the developer apparently plans to continue supporting Nintendo's platforms. In a recent interview with Polygon, Damon Baker, Nintendo of America's senior marketing manager for publisher and developer relations, directly stated that "there will be more Yacht Club and Shovel Knight content coming to Nintendo platforms in the future."

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, a spin-off of the popular series that utilizes Amiibo cards, has been flying off the shelves and topping the charts in Japan. North American gamers have to wait until September 25th to get their hands on it, and it won't launch in Europe until October 2nd, but Nintendo has released a new trailer at PAX Prime to help ease the wait. You can check it out by clicking below!

Some members of the Disney Infinity team have recently revealed how they choose characters for the games. Jeff Bunker, the VP of art direction at Avalanche Studios, explains that the picking process starts with what the fans want. They hire community leaders to listen to fans, and they "really try to pay attention to what they’re telling us."

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During Nintendo's recent Nindies@Night event, Nintendo officially unveiled a Shovel Knight Amiibo. After the show, GameXplain caught up with Nintendo's Damon Baker to talk about Nintendo's indie relations, upcoming games, and more. The most interesting detail from the interview was that Damon Baker said Nintendo is open to having more third-party or indie Amiibo made. Baker says that Nintendo has been getting a lot of proposals (for Amiibo, merchandise, and more) and that there is every opportunity for more deals like this to happen. You can check out the interview by clicking below!

The latest trademark filing from Nintendo has left fans scratching their heads. The gaming giant has trademarked "Pikuroito," but nobody's sure what exactly Pikuroito could be. So far the only logical speculation on the odd name comes from Japan, where there already exists a mobile game called Pikuroido. Could a crossover be imminent? Only time will tell. Do you have any guesses of your own on the meaning behind this trademark? Please share inside in the comments.

Late last night (depending on your time zone), Nintendo held a special indie developer presentation called Nindies@Night. The evening was full of new trailers and exciting announcements, like the official unveiling of the Shovel Knight Amiibo and a launch window for Plague of Shadows. If you missed out on all the fun, have no fear! You can watch the presentation in its entirety, courtesy of our friends at GameXplain, by clicking below!

Retro-style Indie game Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games has been a huge success so far, and the game's about to get bigger and better. Plague of Shadows, a free expansion in which you play as Plague Knight, was revealed awhile ago, and during Nintendo's recent Nindies@Night event, it was penned in for a September release. Additionally, Yacht Club Games released an exciting new trailer for the upcoming expansion. You can check it out by clicking below!

Yesterday, a deleted tweet from retailer GAME alerted us to the existence of a Shovel Knight Amiibo, and during Nintendo's Nindies@Night event later that day, it was officially confirmed in a reveal trailer staring Game Grumps. This latest Amiibo unlocks co-op mode for the first time on Wii U. On both Wii U and 3DS it unlocks exclusive challenge levels, new relics and abilities, customization options, and a level-up system. Yacht Club Games also says that it will be compatible with future games in the series. You can check out the trailer by clicking below!