Nearly two and a half years after Wii U launched, Nintendo is finally bringing Nintendo 64 and DS games to the Virtual Console – an addition that many fans have been requesting for ages. However, Nintendo has said many times that releasing games on Virtual Console takes more time and effort than most fans imagine, and it looks like the addition of these systems to the service could come at a cost. According to Natsume's (the studio behind Harvest Moon and other games) community manager, CeeCee, Nintendo has shifted their focus away from Super Nintendo games. Hit the jump for more.

Last November, The Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij was arrested and sentenced to prison in Sweden for being involved in the creation of the infamous website. While in prison, Neij requested the allowance of a Nintendo Entertainment System during his stay, but was shot down.

The reason Neij was denied this right was not because video games weren’t allowed, but because the prison had no way of telling if there were forbidden items inside of the system without damaging it. Read more after the jump!

Mario Kart 8's second DLC pack came out yesterday, and it features two reimagined courses from the oft-forgotten Mario Kart: Super Circuit for Game Boy Advance. Super Circuit has also been released on the Wii U's Virtual Console, as well as the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program, so we thought now was a great time to talk about Mario Kart: Super Circuit and what it accomplishes that other games haven't quite replicated since.

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One Reddit user has gotten their wish after finally receiving the 3DS they sent out to be modded – nothing internally, but actually the entire outside of the handheld has been changed to look like an SNES. Opening the 3DS, you will see it resembles an SNES controller, while the outside was created to mimic the top and bottom of the retro console.

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The popular bear-and-bird duo are back in Banjo-Kazooie Returns, a fan-made mod to the original Banjo-Kazooie game. The new game reuses elements from the original, but adds brand new worlds and music. While it is still in development, you can check out a sneak peek trailer after the jump!

Nintendo has just made sure that one of their oldest and most iconic images stays in their legal ownership, filing a trademark for "NINTENDO SELECT START B A." In other words, the button layout and imagery that appears on a classic NES controller. Some are speculating that Nintendo could have new plans for the logo, but they are most likely simply keeping up with paperwork (the trademark is for the logo, not the controller itself) in order to continue to reap royalties on merchandise that uses the logo, such as wallets or clothing.

A while back, GameStop announced that they would soon start to accept the trade-ins of retro video game software and hardware. Jon Haes, who is running the program at GameStop, has now decided to reveal more details about the new program.

Read more details about it after the jump!

We're back with another installment of Gamnesia's Game Clash! It's been a while, so here's a breakdown of how it works. Every Monday we pit video games against each other, and the winner is decided by your votes! This week's battle is a Mario Kart showdown. From Super Nintendo to Wii U, there have been eight great Mario Kart games. Which one is your favorite? Click below to cast your vote and join in the debate!

As newer consoles are released, GameStop phases out their support for older ones, but that is about to change. A spokesperson for the company has revealed that 250 GameStop locations in the New York City and Birmingham markets are going to start accepting trade-ins on retro games, systems, and accessories. If the venture proves profitable in these test markets, GameStop will expand this program nationwide later this year. Retro systems accepted will include NES, Super NES, SEGA Genesis, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and SEGA Dreamcast. Hit the jump for more info!

While many fans of the Shenmue series have pleaded for an HD remake, one fan has decided to alleviate the pain by putting Ryo Hazuki and Lan Di into Dead or Alive 5. Reddit user and Shenmue Dojo member Esppiral has re-textured Jacky Bryant to resemble Ryo; in addition to the character mods, Esppiral has also recreated the Hazuki Dojo, where you can pit the two fighters against each other. For those of you who are interested in playing as Ryo Hazuki or Lan Di, you can click here to download the textures and check out the project's updates.

Take a look at the screenshots and video of Lan Di and Ryo in action after the jump!