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Nintendo recently announced the NES Classic Edition, a miniature NES pre-loaded with thirty games at a cheap price for lapsed gamers, and many fans are wondering whether they'll follow it up with other "Classic Edition" consoles.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and we think it's not only a really exciting idea, but a quite possible future. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

A lot happened with the Sonic 25th Anniversary celebrations in San Diego last night. Sonic Mania will be arriving in Spring 2017 as a tribute to the 2D classics of yesteryear, Classic and Modern Sonic will reunite in the unnamed 2017 game coming to all modern platforms, and even LEGO Dimensions will be getting in on the fun in the fall, among other smaller reveals.

To those who are now afflicted with Sonic fever and have dollars to spare, several Sonic the Hedgehog games on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops in North America are on sale right now until July 28th at 9:00 AM Pacific. Most titles are seeing a price cut exceeding well past 50% off, so if you're curious, read on after the jump for the list of games!

A few weeks back, we learned of a Kickstarter project for an "NES Visual Compendium" that Nintendo shut down due to copyright infringement. The book was to be filled to the brim with official artwork from the many games of Nintendo's first home console, coupled with exclusive interviews and other new content that made it a treasure trove of information on the old system. At the time, the organizer of the Kickstarter assured fans that everything was legal and above board, having no doubt that he'd work things out with Nintendo soon enough, and it looks like that has now happened. The Kickstarter popped back up yesterday, and its campaign has just successfully concluded.

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Last week Nintendo surprised us by announcing the NES Classic Edition. This upcoming console is a miniaturized version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System (small enough to fit in the palm of your hand) that comes loaded with 30 games from hit franchises like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and more. These retro gold mines will be available on November 11th for $59.99. In the meantime, Nintendo has released a trailer to show off the mini NES and all of its great games, and they even bring back the classic slogan, "Now You're Playing With Power." Click below to check it out!

Nintendo recently announced the NES Classic Edition, a plug-and-play NES console featuring thirty of the best games the 1980s had to offer. This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and we think that so far this sounds like an incredible move. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

The first match of Round 3 of our Ultimate RPG Showdown came to an end a few days ago as the cult classic Mother 3 took out the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokémon. After three days of voting, the official count had Mother 3 with 67% of the vote compared to the 33% HeartGold & SoulSilver obtained. That works out to be 2 votes for Mother for every vote cast for Pokémon! What wild results!

A listener sent us a question in a recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, asking about online features from some of last generation's games on Nintendo platforms. "There were quite a few games on the Wii and DS that had great Wifi modes," he asks. "Do you guys think Nintendo might ever consider revitalizing them on Virtual Console?"

Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts, or keep reading inside for a brief, brief summary.

About a year ago, Dan and Terry Diebold revealed to the public that they had a rare prototype of Sony and Nintendo's failed CD add-on for the SNES, which was then called the PlayStation. Later in the year, the Diebolds confirmed that the PlayStation prototype was functioning properly and playing game cartridges made for the SNES.

However, the system never had sound, and the disc drive wasn't receiving the necessary power to function properly. Now, in the hopes of getting these issues fixed, Terry and Dan have brought their console to Ben Heckendorn, who made a video examining the inner workings of the prototype.

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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.This week we share our take on the newly-announced "NES Classics Edition" console, followed by a few discussions about the role it can play in the marketplace as Nintendo prepares to launch NX, the future of this "Classics" line with SNES and Game Boy, and whether it should have been able to connect to the eShop or Virtual Console in some way.

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! We'd also like to announce a new Facebook group for the Nintendo Week community, The Nintendo Week Fun Club, which you can learn more about inside.

Nintendo announced the Nintendo 64DD way back in 1995, a full year before the actual release of the Nintendo 64. This seemingly promising console add-on would utilize rewritable magnetic disks for new games and expansion packs. It even connected to the internet using an operating system not unlike the ones consoles use today. There was just one catch—it was a commercial and mechanical flop. As far as anyone ever knew, there was never a version of the add-on made or released outside of Japan because of this failure. However, a YouTuber named MetalJesusRocks has just discovered and shared the very first known American version of the Nintendo 64DD.

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When Nintendo set out to make a new Metroid game on GameCube, they took some risks that paid off in a big way. Rather than having the usual team develop it, they turned to Texas-based developer Retro Studios, who had the series shift from 2D side-scrolling action to a 3D, first-person perspective. Metroid Prime went on to be the top-selling entry in the franchise, and its success led to multiple sequels and spin-offs.

Mark Pacini served as the Director on all three of the main Metroid Prime games before leaving Retro Studios to form his own development team, Armature Studio. Speaking with GamesBeat, Pacini revealed that he and his team never anticipated the incredible fan support the Metroid Prime games still receive to this day. Hit the jump for more.

Welcome to Round 3 of Gamnesia's Ultimate RPG Showdown! Today officially marks the beginning of our semi-finals in this tournament, and will change our rules slightly to accommodate for the raised stakes. As those of you have been following the tourney know (or as you might have guessed from the above image), our first match pits Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver against Mother 3. Unlike all our matches up to this point, both of our semi-finals bouts will last 3 days, so we have a bit more time to gather votes.

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While the most diehard fans of the Blue Bomber might be aware of this, more casual Mega Man fans might not know that the character appeared in two games for DOS PCs in the early 1990s. The games are often called the worst in the franchise and are criticized for their sub-par graphics, lack of music, and more. However, one group of fans has worked to update the games with visuals and music from earlier Mega Man titles in order to give them a second chance. The remake is still in development, but you can try it out on Steam Workshop.

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Unreal Engine 4 is one of the most popular graphics engines in the industry, and it's free for developers to download. Thanks to this wide availability, many fans have been recreating scenes and areas from popular classic games. YouTuber CryZENx has been particularly active with Unreal 4, recreating lots of iconic locations from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time including Zora's Domain, Gerudo Valley, and the Temple of Time. CryZENx is back with another beautifully re-imagined locale from Ocarina of Time, and this time it's Goron City. You can check out video footage by clicking below, and you can download it yourself by clicking right here.

Summer Games Done Quick was held at the start of the month, and one speedrunner in particular managed to set an impressive new record. A tool-assisted speedrunner who goes by the name of ais523 managed to beat Super Mario Bros. 3 in just two seconds. In order to achieve this, he had to use a Nintendo robot called TASBot to press buttons on the NES controller 6,000 times a second. This allowed the player to insert a new code into the game, which gave him the opportunity to jump to the final screen in two seconds.

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