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Nintendo recently celebrated its 127th anniversary, and the BBC decided to mark the occasion by digging through their archives to re-release a decades-old video showing Shigeru Miyamoto at work. The footage, originally captured in 1990, was the first time Nintendo ever allowed cameras inside their development studio, and it includes a brief look at the Mario development tool that would eventually help pave the way for Super Mario Maker. Hit the jump for more!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join the fun as we discuss the new series Pokémon Generations, new Ultra Beasts from Sun and Moon, Nintendo's strategy for making mobile vs. console games, Nintendo's new position for someone to enforce DMCA takedowns, Pokémon GO's further-declining numbers, and tons more. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

Pikachu sits at #25 in the National Pokédex, but after the electric mouse took on a major role in the anime, it quickly became the most recognizable Pokémon and the mascot for the entire franchise. No one expected the little yellow rodent to become such a huge hit, however, and that includes the creators of the franchise themselves. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, The Pokémon Company's CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara, stated that "none of us really thought Pikachu was particularly special," but today it now adorns everything related to the franchise, including Ishihara's own business cards.

Ishihara also brought up Exeggutor, a personal favorite of his, and you can see his comments on its new rise to fame after the jump!

Capcom released Final Fight 2 on the SNES back in 1993, and then released its sequel, Final Fight 3, two years later in 1995. The side-scrolling action games are set in Metro City, and the player controls the city's mayor, Mike Hagger, who is a former pro-wrestler. Now, Nintendo is bringing both Final Fight 2 and 3 to the North American New 3DS virtual console library.

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PlayStation just recently got done hosting its part of the Tokyo Games Show, during which they showcased a new trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn, announced the action-RPG Nioh's release date, and released 18 minutes of gameplay footage from The Last Guardian. But gameplay footage wasn't the only thing that PlayStation released concerning The Last Guardian, as they ended their entire part of the show with a fairly moving trailer. The trailer takes a look at Team ICO's previous games, Ico and Shadow of The Colossus, ending with a transition to the newest game in their legacy, The Last Guardian.

You can watch the trailer after the jump, confetti and all!

Nintendo recently revealed that players will be able to skip much of the story in the upcoming Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, heading straight to the final boss if they so choose. As it turns out, an exploit in the original Legend of Zelda (only found in version 1.1 of the Famicom version of the game) tops that ability, letting you skip straight to Princess Zelda herself just a few minutes into the game. Hit the jump for more!

Back in 1986, Square Enix released one of their first games called King's Knight for the NES. This vertically scrolling shooter has players dodge and destroy any objects or enemies in your way. During this week's Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix announced King's Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon, which is a remake of the NES version as a mobile game that combines the original scrolling elements with an RPG style, updated camera perspective, and re-orchestrated music. King's Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon is a free-to-play mobile game and will be released sometime this year for iOS and Android.

Check out the trailer after the jump!

Nintendo's NX is on the horizon, and it hopefully won't be long before Nintendo officially unveils what the system is. So we think now is a perfect time to remember the biggest features we wish the console would offer when it's finally in our hands.

This was one of the talking points on a recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and they range from the totally-expected to the totally-farfetched. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney came out almost fifteen years ago, on October 12th, 2001. Since then, Capcom has released six main Ace Attorney titles and four unique spin-off games, and Ace Attorney has become one of the company's most beloved and recognizable franchises.

To celebrate the series' upcoming anniversary, Capcom released this nostalgic video, which chronicles the history of the Ace Attorney franchise. The video shows a few scenes from every game in the series, from the original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney to 2016's Spirit for Justice.

Nintendo's classic Super Mario 64 is one of the most beloved and iconic games ever made, but have you ever found yourself wishing it featured Toad just a little more prominently? Well somebody sure did, because a mod now exists that turns every texture in the game into Toad's face. Additionally, Mario himself has been swapped out with Toad, and most of the game's text has been replaced with repeated uses of the word "Toad." You can check out footage of this nightmarish mod by clicking below, and you can download the patch here.

Maybe you found it in a second hand shop and thought the cover looked cool, or maybe you read about it in a short-but-forgotten article. No matter how you discovered it, we all have at least one game that somehow ended up in our lives, forever changing them for the better. These unknown gems helped define us and our perspective on gaming, yet no one seems to know they exist but us. What game would you consider underrated? What game do you bring up to your friends only to find them scratching their heads in response?

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Collecting and playing classic games is a joy for many gamers, but it can be quite the expensive hobby when it comes to rare games. As such, there's nothing more frustrating to a collector than shelling out for a rarity only to discover that it's a fake or a reproduction. To help fans avoid getting burned, Kelsey Lewin (owner of the retro game retailer Pink Gorilla) has teamed up with YouTuber MetalJesusRocks for a detailed video showing fans how to spot fake games on Nintendo systems like NES, SNES, Game Boy (including Color and Advance), and DS. You can check it out by clicking below!

A few months ago, we found out about a modder who completely remade Super Mario 64's Bob-Omb Battlefield as an area in Super Mario Galaxy 2, and it turns out he's not finished yet! In fact, YouTuber MeTheMarioMan has set his sights much higher, as he is now attempting to completely remake every level from the Nintendo 64 classic with the Galaxy 2 engine. While they may not be perfect recreations, as not every asset of 64 exists in the Wii title, he's still made a great deal of progress and already has several levels looking great.

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We recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of Super Nintendo's launch in Japan, and today we've got more Nintendo hardware to celebrate. Nintendo debuted GameCube in Japan on September 14th, 2001. Adjusting for time zone differences, GameCube is now officially fifteen years old in Japan. The console launched in North America two months later, and its global release came in May of the following year.

GameCube was far from Nintendo's most successful console, selling less than 22 million units (the least of any major Nintendo home console outside of Wii U), but it has a passionate group of fans nonetheless. GameCube was home to critically-acclaimed titles like Super Smash Bros. Melee, Luigi's Mansion, Metroid Prime, The Wind Waker, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and Resident Evil 4. Happy birthday, and thanks for all the memories, GameCube!

Pokémon games didn't offer players the ability to play as a female character until Crystal, but concept art indicates that a female option was planned to be in the original games at one point. As such, a dedicated fan has released a patch that adds the option to either Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue. Once the patch is applied, you'll be playing as a trainer based off of Green from the Pokémon manga series Pokémon Adventures. You can check out footage by clicking below, and you can download the patch right here.