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The Tanooki suit has become one of the most well-recognized power-ups in the Mario franchise since its debut nearly 30 years ago, but history almost played out very differently. When Super Mario Bros. 3 was early in development, long before anyone had dreamed of a Tanooki-based power-up, the development team was considering an item that would transform Mario into a centaur.

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2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Myst, the critically lauded point-and-click adventure/puzzle game by developer Cyan. The Mac/PC game's surprise success led to five main-series titles over 12 years, an online multiplayer spinoff, novels supplementing the lore, a Hulu series announcement (that we have heard nothing new about for some time now), and much more. While the older Myst games have not aged well when it comes to modern platforms, it turns out that Cyan has been working on a full series re-release, which they announced this weekend.

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Nintendo Switch comes with a handy dock for connecting the portable console to a TV for a home console experience, but the plain-looking hunk of black plastic isn't quite flashy enough for some. As such, Rated-e Mods decided to mod an old GameCube in order to turn into a fully functioning Nintendo Switch dock. As a bonus, the controller ports on the front actually work, so you can plug up to four GameCube controllers directly into the dock.

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First 4 Figures, makers of many beautiful and high quality video game collectibles, are exclusively offering a life size replica of Majora's Mask. These masterfully crafted masks cost nearly $400 each, and there's currently a waiting list to acquire one, but you don't have to hold it in your hands to experience some of the magic. First 4 Figures has released a documentary that explores the making of Majora's Mask in its all its dark and twisted glory.

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One of the first games I remember playing as a child (and one of my favorite games to this day) is A Link to the Past on Super Nintendo. This classic Zelda adventure expanded on everything that made the original great, while shaking things up with the introduction of the Dark World. But did you know that early in development there were plans for a third world?

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For over 40 years now, millions of gamers around the world have experienced the joy of dying of dysentery thanks to the wonders of The Oregon Trail. What started as a simple history teaching program in 1971 evolved into one of the most iconic games of all time. If you've got a craving to return to this classic pioneer adventure (or to make the journey for the first time), you'll be happy to know it's now available as a dedicated handheld device.

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It's been difficult to please most fans of Sonic the Hedgehog in the last decade, but one thing no fan can deny is the critical success the blue hedgehog found when he was originally introduced on the SEGA Genesis. However, like most mascots, Sonic wasn't always the pudgy spiny mammal we all know and love. In fact, he was originally conceived as a human boy.

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The month ahead for the Nintendo Switch is brimming with some award-winning indie games, and it starts strong as the eShop welcomes a variety of quality experience this week. Get ready to test your Metroidvania prowess, sharpen your dungeon-crawling and rhythmic senses, or pack your bags to return to a hometown gone wrong among your featured Nintendo Downloads!

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Nintendo fans have wanted to play classic games on the Nintendo Switch since its reveal. Back in July, Senior Executive Officer Satoshi Yamato suggested that Nintendo was rethinking how they wanted to release their retro titles in the future. Since there's still no word of a Virtual Console service for the Switch, however, some fans have taken it upon themselves to run emulators on the system through hacking.

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Back in August, RPG fans were delightfully surprised when Square Enix announced a remake of the popular SNES game Secret of Mana. The game is releasing on PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PC next month. However, some fans are wondering if Nintendo will get any of the love since the game did originally release on one of their systems. Producer Masaru Oyamada has heard the voices of these fans and didn't rule out the possibility of releasing the remake on Nintendo Switch later on.

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Last summer (geez, it's already been that long?), the long-awaited animated Castlevania series launched on Netflix. Despite the initial hesitation by many, the series garnered a lot of praise, including from myself. It's no surprise then, that shortly after the series launched, Netflix announced that the series was already booked for a second, longer season. Fans won't have to wait too long for it, however, as writer Warren Ellis has now confirmed that the eight-episode season will be premiering this summer!

Given how well the first series turned out, I'm thrilled that the new season is coming out so soon!

The Nintendo rumor mill never stops pumping out new bits of information. Rumors of a Nintendo Direct today proved to be true; meanwhile, another claim from industry insiders states a brand new The Legend of Zelda title is coming to the 3DS this year.

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First 4 Figures has been creating amazing sculptures of some of gaming's most popular characters for years. It's only natural that the company finally tackle crafting indie darling Shovel Knight, in three forms no less! He comes in his classic blue armor, but can also be purchased in gold and wearing the Toader helmet found in-game.

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The second generation of Pokémon is among the most beloved by fans, and it has seen tons of love from Nintendo in the past few years. Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were remastered in 2009 for the Nintendo DS, and earlier this year, the two were re-released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. The third game in the series, Pokémon Crystal, hasn't been given nearly as much attention, and the only version available to this day is the original 2001 Game Boy Color release. That's all about the change, though, as Nintendo has just announced that the game will be coming to the 3DS Virtual Console next year.

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The 2017 PlayStation Experience rediscovered many 2018 PlayStation 4 releases and featured in-depth interviews with many developers. Trailers also debuted for many anticipated releases, including Monster Hunter World. One of the biggest parts of this trailer in particular revealed that a 3D model of the 8-bit hero Mega Man will be able to be used as a skin for your Felyne partner, and weapons and abilities from the Mega Man series will make an appearance too!

Spring jump off of Rush to read about more highlights of PlayStation Experience 2017!