During November's Nintendo Direct, we learned that the NES classic Duck Hunt is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console; now, we know that we can look forward to shooting 8-bit ducks next week.

Today, Nintendo announced that Duck Hunt will be launching on the Virtual Console on December 25th – Christmas Day. The game will use a Wii Remote instead of the classic light gun, and the game will feature an on-screen reticle.

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Ghosts 'n Goblins is one of those titles that has managed to retain its popularity—or perhaps notoriety—nearly thirty years after its initial release in arcades. In one of its more impressive looking forms, the title makes an appearance of sorts in the Unreal Engine 4, and it is impressive and moody. A group of eight students took a measly seven weeks to put together this remake of the age old sidescroller using the engine. Their results are shown off via screenshots and a short trailer. The animations are a bit clunky, but the world around them is astonishingly well-made.

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Back before the days of BioShock, there was a series called System Shock which was also developed by Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games. The original System Shock was released for DOS and Mac OS in 1994. Its successor, System Shock 2, was originally released for Windows in 1999 with a re-release on Steam in 2013. SS2 got very high reviews when it came out in 1999 which, along with the re-release, has allowed it to garner a strong fan base. Some fans have decided to show their love for the game by recreating one of the game's most important scenes in stunning HD using the CryEngine 3.

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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. Now that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U are out globally, we've decided to revisit the Smash series for the ultimate showdown of Nintendo's famous fighting series. From Nintendo 64 to Wii U and everything in between, which Super Smash Bros. game is the best? Click below to cast your vote and join the debate!

Released in 2006, the original Sonic Riders was a hoverboard racing game which featured Sonic and his gang racing against a new team of rivals called the Babylon Rogues. According to the portfolio and resume for artists Keith Erickson and Arvin Bautista, a Sonic Riders port was being developed for the Game Boy Advance alongside the PSP version.

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Koji Kondo, the man responsible for writing pretty much all of the music for both Mario and The Legend of Zelda, sat down for a Q&A with USgamer last week while he was visiting the U.S. for The Game Awards. During the brief interview, USgamer asked Mr. Kondo what soundtrack or individual piece of music had given him the most difficulty to date and why.

Mr. Kondo replied that his greatest challenge came with composing the 8-bit soundtrack for Super Mario Bros. 3. He noted that it was especially difficult coming up with a theme which could improve upon the original Super Mario Bros theme. Being different enough from the original while still matching the game was an arduous task for the music producer.

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While it's unlikely that we'll ever see a fourth entry in the EarthBound/Mother series or get to play the scrapped 3D sequel on Nintendo 64, there is a new way to explore the game's world. Some dedicated Minecraft players have spent the last three years rebuilding the entire map from EarthBound in the sandbox game. From Onett to the Cave of the Past and everything in between, you can experience the game in 3D. You'll need a resource pack to enjoy it fully, but you can check out footage of the recreation and find out how to join by clicking below!

Ralph Baer, the man who created the world’s first video game system, has passed away at the age of 92.

As a German immigrant who escaped with his family during the beginning of the Nazi Regime in 1935, Baer began experimenting with the idea of playing games on TV screens in the mid '60s.

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Do you have an old Game Boy lying around? Perhaps it's time for an upgrade. Enter the hdmyboy, a Game Boy mod designed by a pair of Dutch brothers that will allow you to bring your favorite handheld classics to the modern era. Seeking funding on Kickstarter, the hdmyboy team has developed a system that allows you to play in true HD; graphics are not upscaled but rather redrawn pixel by pixel in either 1080p or 720p.

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There are many ways to play video games on your personal computers, and emulators are very prevalent and efficient. When it comes to playing video games through emulators, the keyboard-and-mouse method is how many partake. Others utilize methods like USB controllers.

With the use of the Wii U GameCube controller adapter that hooks up to the Wii U console through USB cables, one can actually play on emulators.

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