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We all remember the first time we heard of Twitch Plays Pokémon. The gaming phenomenon quickly gathered many fans, all attempting to steer one pixelated boy towards his goal (or off the nearest cliff). Now, nearly half a year later, the crowdsourced social experiment is still going strong, with viewer numbers having been higher than those recorded for the Stanley Cup finals.

More info after the jump!

Chrono Trigger is possibly my favorite RPG of all time, and one of my favorite games of any genre, and the people who worked on it felt the same. Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy and a designer on Chrono Trigger, revealed during a panel at PAX Prime that he and the rest of the Chrono Trigger team fought against Square's upper management, hoping to give the game a "proper sequel" (sorry, Chrono Cross) and continue it as a series like Final Fantasy, but they lost the battle. Oh, what could have been...

Nintendo revealed the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL during today's Nintendo 3DS Direct. Because this new model has a more powerful CPU capable of better graphics, it will have some exclusive games that won't play on a regular 3DS or 3DS XL including a handheld port of Xenoblade Chronicles. As such, many of our viewers have asked us about the reverse—will it play all 3DS and DS games? Nintendo has responded to this question in an FAQ, and although their wording is a little indirect, it appears the answer is yes. Click below to check it out!

Want something groovy in your Mario collection? Well here's something that you might like: a Super Mario Rustic Star made by TheRusticPixel on Etsy.

This rustic tin star is hand painted to look like a Starman straight out of Super Mario Bros. Each star is individually hand-painted and aged so that no two stars will look the same. The star is seven inches tall with a metal wire hanger attached, so you can hang it from your lamp, your ceiling, your Christmas tree, or anywhere else! Head inside to learn more.

One of Nintendo's biggest strengths is creating legacy software that keeps moving units years after release, rather than updating their games yearly to push sales. In case you'd forgotten whether or not this works, Siliconera has pointed out that Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, released four years ago, has sold 50,000 units in the last year—and that's in light of the fact that three new Pokémon games (or six, depending how you want to cut it) have been released since then.

Pokémon Black and White Versions have been selling even better. Head inside for more!

Yoshi, one of Nintendo’s most popular video game characters, usually helps Mario in saving Princess Peach and will go for the occasional kart racing tournament here and there, but he’s been hiding a secret all along. The character we all know and love isn’t exactly who we think he is… Mario’s friend, living vehicle, and racing buddy has been a victim of mistaken identity this whole time. The beloved and iconic Nintendo character, isn’t simply known as "Yoshi."

Blake Harris, author of Console Wars, has found an old Nintendo Character Guide that sheds some light on our favorite green dinosaur. Head inside to see what it is!

Today, The Pokémon Company announced the grand opening of their new Pokémon Center online store.

The store has a wide variety of products to choose from, including plushes, shirts, hats, stationary, and more! They also have Pokémon video games and TCG decks for sale; additionally, they are featuring their new Grand Opening Collection, which contains plenty of items themed around their special delivery Pikachu mascot.

Are you guys excited about the online Pokémon Center?

Twitch Plays Pokémon has finally beaten Pokémon X, which means that the stream has finally completed every Pokémon generation!

Twitch Plays Pokémon started with Pokémon Red, then proceeded with Crystal, Emerald, FireRed, Platinum, Heartgold, Black, Black 2, and finally X. However, if you're a fan of the stream, don't worry! The stream is still running; currently, players are facing off against one another in Pokémon Stadium 2, and there are plans to play Omega Ruby and replay Pokémon Red in the future.

The Pokémon Company has just announced a new date for the Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions concert series. Don't get too excited though, because they haven't added any new locations.

On August 16th, there will be an additional concert at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC at 8 PM; if you missed out on getting tickets to the August 15th DC date, or you just weren't available on the 15th, this could be good news for you!

Any of you guys planning on attending one of the concerts in DC or Philadelphia?

Today, we have the final preview for the upcoming concert series Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions; it may be the last one, but it's one heck of a finale.

The preview for today comes from the folks over at Marriland, and it features the music from the battle with Red in Pokémon Gold and Silver, as well as Heartgold and Soulsilver. This piece is definitely the most epic tune we've heard from the concert yet, and it'll sound phenomenal when played by a live orchestra; it definitely captures the feelings I had when battling against Red for the first time in Pokémon Gold.

Head inside to listen to the preview, and check out the previous selections.