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It was recently revealed that Next Level Games, creators of Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged (among many others), had a Metroid prototype in the works, but the game was scrapped. As it turns out, that's not the only unused concept they pitched at Nintendo. The talented development team (which plans to work exclusively with Nintendo going forward) was working on a concept dubbed "Super Mario Spikers" which blended volleyball, wrestling, and a game show all together into one game. You can catch details and concept art after the jump!

As part of Nintendo's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Zelda franchise, Skyward Sword launched in 2011 as a prequel to the whole series, providing an origin story for many of the traditions of the series and shedding light on some of the longstanding mysteries in Hylian lore. In this series, Secrets of Skyward Sword, I'll be exploring some of the revelations made in the last console Zelda game. First up is the often-debated identity of the mysterious Goddess of Time, mentioned most prominently in Majora's Mask. Hit the jump to dig into Hylian history!

I have always found concept art for video games, especially Nintendo ones, very interesting. When I stumble across artwork that never made it into the final release of the game, I always go "Huh, that's neat. I wonder how the game would be different." This is the case for Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged for sure.

As far as Strikers Charged is concerned, we have concepts of Giant Blooper Mechs that appear to be operated by Toads. In addition to these Blooper Mechs, we have the original character concepts for the first Super Mario Strikers, which are said to take inspiration from Street Football. Head on in to view these cool concepts!

Dragon Quest fans can finally get hyped beyond all recognition, as Square Enix just announced that they'd love to localize the MMORPG Dragon Quest X. The game was originally released in Japan on five different platforms all on different dates; the Wii on August 2nd 2012, Wii U on March 30th 2013, Windows on September 26th 2013, Android on December 16th of 2013, and finally on 3DS on September 4th 2014. The game can be played offline for a certain amount of time before requiring online connectivity to access all of its content.To read more and see the executive producer's statement regarding the localization, click down below!

Rovio, the minds behind the smartphone sensation Angry Birds, is going through some changes in management.

Founder Mikael Hed, the man who created the frustrated feathers, has resigned from his position as CEO of the company. The news comes after profits for the developer fell 52% in the fiscal year of 2013. Hed is moving to become chairman of Rovio Animation Studios, the company's movie division.

Read who the successor is and Hed's farewell inside.

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.