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Today is Nintendo Week's one-year anniversary! So we're celebrating in a big way: not only is today's episode extra long, but we're introducing tons of new Nintendo-inspired podcast segments over the next few weeks, starting with three new ones right now.

Join Alex, Ben, and Colin as they discuss a mountain of news, including a new Pokémon, Undertale's upcoming appearance on Nintendo consoles, whether Link should have dialogue in Zelda, incoming Amiibo of Callie and Marie, and Nintendo's research into using VR. After the break we introduce two more new segments: The Gossip Stone, where we dissect the latest rumors from the Nintendosphere and deem them True or Trubbish (subjects include Mother 3's western release, Star Fox Zero's development struggles, and NX's 2016 launch date), and "The Glitz Pit," a podcast-game segment where YOU join us in a fight for ultimate glory. You can check out the episode below—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes or SoundCloud, available now. And if you'd like to learn more about any of the stories we discuss, be sure to head past the jump for the full list of links!

In 1996, the first versions of the Pokémon franchise launched in Japan, and two years later the games made their way westward as Pokémon Red and Blue Version. The series proved massively successful, and now, twenty years later, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are finding all sorts of ways to celebrate its continued renown. Another such way has just been announced, and it's mixing this legendary franchise with one of Nintendo's biggest recent hits: Splatoon.

Next weekend, the entire world will see another of Splatoon's popular Splatfests, allowing contestants to pick their favorite of the first two Pokémon titles. Will you battle under the banner of Charizard, seeking victory for Pokémon Red Version? Or will you fight for the honor of the mighty Blastoise's game, the one and only Pokémon Blue Version? Voting has already opened in-game, so make your choice, grab your special shirt, and be ready for the Splatfest to start next Friday, February 19th, at 10:00 PM PST!

And, either way, go into the game to catch Callie and Marie's announcement of this Splatfest. It's fantastic.

Virtual Reality headsets have allowed developers to make some truly unique games. They have also allowed some fans to re-imagine what older games could be like with the use of VR. Joseph Delgado is one such fan. This computer science student has created a VR version of Duck Hunt for the Global Game Jam 2016, and it looks awesome. The game itself was coded into the third dimension using a Python script and is controlled via a Razer Hydra (PC Motion controller) mounted to the top of Delgado's Oculus Rift. It features a 7-day challenge that increases in difficulty as the player continues and a hub world with empty bottles to shoot at.

Read on to see a gameplay video and more!

The Wii U's Game Boy Advance Virtual Console selection has grown quite nicely after nearly two years. Tomorrow, that collection grows a little more with the previously import-only title Kuru Kuru Kururin. The Nintendo-developed game was only released in Japanese and PAL regions, with its sequels being Japan-only, making this the first time that the Kururin series has reached American shores.

Head inside for a gameplay video and more!

An Imgur user, tylerfulltilt, made a home theater dedicated to the Nintendo Entertainment System and in two weeks he transformed a whole room into an entertainment area. His new home theater displays a giant replica of the NES controller with a TV mounted on it, and the television's cables running through the cord that connects the controller to the NES-inspired cabinet underneath it.

Follow the jump to see pictures of what he made!

This year we are celebrating Pokémon's 20th anniversary, and The Pokémon Company is now giving us something else to look forward to. A soundtrack album for Pokémon Red and Green is to release on April 27th. The four disk album will feature the original Red/Green soundtrack (45 tracks), all 151 original Pokémon cries, Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen soundtrack (73 tracks), three bonus tracks, and Pokémon Red/Green best selection (10 tracks).

The album will also come with a booklet including an interview with Junichi Masuda, who composed the soundtrack. You can head over to Amazon to preorder the soundtrack now!

It has now been over ten years since the release of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red/Blue Rescue Team, and now these two games are coming to the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe. Red Rescue Team originally released for Game Boy Advance, and will cost £6.29 on the eShop. Blue Rescue Team originally released on DS, and will be available to purchase for £8.99. Both versions will be available on the European eShop tomorrow (February 11th). There's no word on Pokémon Mystery Dungeon coming to North America, but we'll be sure to keep you updated.

Head inside to check out the trailer!

Back during the days of console mascots, Sony had two competitors to Nintendo's Mario and Sega's Sonic: Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot. However, as Sony moved on to newer consoles, they left these two icons behind after selling the rights to these characters, which are currently held by Activision; Spyro was somewhat revitalized with the Skylanders games, but Crash hasn't gotten a new main-series title since 2008. However, if a recent tweet from one of the PlayStation Twitter accounts is anything to go by, that could change soon. Head inside for more.

In 1986, the Nintendo Entertainment System was graced with a groundbreaking game that set a new standard for fantasy and adventure games in its wake. Shigeru Miyamoto's inaugural The Legend of Zelda took players on a journey throughout the kingdom of Hyrule in a bid to gather the shards of the Triforce of Wisdom, defeat Ganon, and rescue the titular princess. With this milestone year, Nintendo is launching three new titles, and fans the world over are just as ready to commemorate the 30th anniversary of one of gaming's most celebrated franchises.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra recently played a spectacular concert dedicated to the music behind video games, and one of their suites just so happens to be a 16-minute medley dedicated to the past thirty years of Zelda. Give their performance a watch after the jump!

This year, the Pokémon franchise is proudly celebrating the fact that they've been captivating players for two decades. The 20th anniversary will be marked by new game releases, re-releases of the original games on 3DS, special distribution events, and much more. The latest in a long line of festivities was revealed today when The Pokémon Company announced the Kanto Classic Online Competition.

The Kanto Classic Online Competition is an online tournament for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire players, but it's entirely themed after the first generation. Only the first 149 Pokémon in the National Pokédex can be used (you can use Pokémon imported from other games), and battling rules will mirror those of the first generation. Anyone who manages to rank in the tournament by completing at least three battles will win a special Dragonite inspired by Elite Four Trainer Lance's Dragonite in the original games. Registration for the competition lasts from February 25th until March 3rd, and the competition will be held from March 4th - March 6th. Click below for all the details!

Shigesato Itoi spoke with Nintendo Dream at an event for the Mother series, and both parties talked about Mother 3. Included within the discussion was a conversation about messages within Mother 3, advice Itoi has for new players of the game, and a personal message from Shigesato Itoi to the fans and followers of the Mother series.

Check it all out after the jump!

At an event for the Mother series, designer Shigesato Itoi responded to multiple questions on the development of Mother 3. He spoke about features of development from Mother 3, the cancellation of the installment for the Nintendo 64, and its revival for the Game Boy Advance. Part of the reason the game was moved from the Nintendo 64 to the Game Boy Advance was due to the fact that the concepts and vision for it became too big.

Follow the jump to read the questions and answers from the interview!

YouTube user TrackerTD has caught a possible Easter egg in the Bayonetta DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. While playing as Bayonetta, triggering her forward throw attack will occasionally result in her exclaiming a particular Japanese phrase, "Juu'nen hayain da yo!" This common Japanese phrase, meaning "you're ten years too early," can be heard in her native games where she'll shout it alongside a similar move.

However, Tracker and many gamers believe that given Bayonetta's history as a SEGA property, it can also reference the Virtua Fighter series. In those games, the phrase serves as victory dialogue for the character Akira (who himself is represented in Smash through a downloadable Mii costume), whose signature move is also the same technique present in Bayonetta's forward throw. Watch TrackerTD's video after the jump for the full details.

If you don't know, Legends of Localization is a fan-book detailing the changes made during localization for The Legend of Zelda NES. We recently learned that a second book is coming, which surrounds the localization of everyone's favorite 2D RPG, Undertale EarthBound. If you'd like to know what changes were added in the Western release of the game compared to the original in Japan, you may want to consider giving it a read.

Take a look at the official description by clicking below...

February 27th, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the immensely popular Pokémon series, but today is also a special day for Pokémon. According to a diary found in the crumbling, burned-down Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island in the original Pokémon games, the legendary Pokémon Mew gave birth to Mewtwo on February 6th. In the movies, Mewtwo was cloned from Mew by a scientist named Dr. Fuji at the behest of Team Rocket leader Giovanni. In the games, Mewtwo remains one of the most devastatingly powerful and competitively popular Pokémon in the franchise. Happy birthday, Mewtwo!