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Anyone who has played Mario Kart knows the emotions felt when hit with a blue shell. Some groan, others curse at its approach; in many cases, the strike of a blue shell feels like the very scorch of Hell. However, is the blue shell all that bad in the grand scheme of things? In a recent Extra Credits YouTube video, Design Club explains that the blue shell, although perceived as evil, has some good in its intentions.

Watch the full video after the jump.

We're back with another weekly installment of Gamnesia's Game Clash! Every Monday we pit two video games against each other, and the winner is decided by your votes. This week, to coincide with all of the hype surrounding the Super Smash Bros. leaks (here, here, and here), I've decided to go with a Smash theme.

The original Super Smash Bros. for N64 was a smash hit (I'm not even sorry for that one) and an instant classic. Super Smash Bros. Melee on GameCube was a fantastic game that has an intense following of competitive players to this day. Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii focused a little less on the competitive aspect, but aimed to crank up the pure fun, and sold almost as many copies as the previous two games in the series combined. Which Smash is your favorite, and why? Cast your vote and join the debate!

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.

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!

The Falcon Punch is a long revered attack in the popular Super Smash Bros. series, and for good reason—if landed properly, it can be extremely deadly. In fact, in the F-Zero anime, it can cause explosions the size of an entire galaxy. But if a Falcon Punch is heading your way, its long charge time and loud sound effects serve as pretty good warning signs that you need to get the hell out of there. Unfortunately for one Smasher, even those signals weren't enough to warn him against what seems like the unlikeliest Falcon Punch in history.

Head inside to check out the world's most legendary Falcon Punch to date.

Wii games have been infamous for being great playgrounds for the modding community, with Super Mario Galaxy 2 being no exception. A community over at Kuribo64.net has been working on a hack of the game called Super Mario Galaxy 2.5, which will feature seven galaxies with all new planets, 19 new stars, and 18 additional green stars to collect. To get that mod released in a timely matter, however, the team has called out to the internet for help. Head inside for more information!

Mother 1+2+3 has received its final update. If you haven't heard of it before, it's a fan created project that allows you to play all three Mother (or Earthbound) games together in one package. Mother 1+2+3 is played on Wii, but your console will have to be "softmodded" first to allow it to run. The game allows for use of Wii remotes, Wii Classic Controllers, and GameCube controllers, and Mother and Mother 2 are in their original forms rather than being the Mother 1+2 bundle that was released in Japan with a few changes added in.

The ESRB has published a rating certificate for Super Mario Kart for the Wii and Wii U platforms. As expected, the classic Mario Kart got an E rating, but this does tell us that Nintendo plans to release Super Mario Kart on the Wii U eShop. The certificate has no content descriptors.

You can see the certificate after the jump.

Last week, we got our first look at the music for Pokémon: Symphonic Revolutions, the new concert tour for Pokémon music coming later this year. Now, we've got two more previews for you to listen to!

These two new previews, which come from YouTubers GlitchxCity and TheJWittz, feature the Team Rocket hideout theme from Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow (and FireRed and LeafGreen) and a medley of battle music from the series. Keep in mind, these previews are still synthetic versions, not live recordings.

Head inside to listen to the previews!

Paying for content on the Wii U eShop has always been a bit of a hassle. If you don't have any money in your account, you have to go through the account settings, choose a credit amount, enter all your credit card information (or the long eShop gift card code), and then return to the payment page. You can save your card information, sure, but if something goes wrong with the account, you have to start from scratch. Wouldn't it be a lot easier if you could just swipe your card on the GamePad and be done with it?

Well, in Japan, that's what's about to happen—and a similar system may be coming worldwide. Head inside for more information.