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Back in 2013, Nintendo teamed up with Australian developer Tantalus to begin work on the HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Tantalus had worked with Nintendo on several occasions before this, including development of the Wii U versions of Deux Ex: Human Revolution and Mass Effect 3, the latter of which was a launch title for the console. In a recent interview, Tantalus' CEO, Tom Crago, revealed that it was a "natural fit" for them to work on the Zelda game, and it was a "huge thrill."

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Capcom's Monster Hunter MMO is getting another upgrade, and it's coming to a new platform. Monster Hunter Frontier Online launched back in 2007, and it was upgraded to Monster Hunter Frontier G in 2013. The online game is now set for another major update later this year, as Capcom has just announced Monster Hunter Frontier Z. Hit the jump for more!

Lots of RPGs use an equipment durability system, but most of the time, durability never quite feels right. You're in the middle of a quest, and you've brought your favorite sword. Eventually, your sword starts to dull. You either burn through a repair tool, check in with a smith in town to get it fixed, or switch to one of the other weapons you're carrying and press on. It doesn't make the game any more difficult or deep, but it's built into the gameplay loop anyway, seemingly just for the sake of it.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild also features an item durability system, but it does so in a much more thoughtful, purposeful way—such that durability is actually an integral part of the overall game balance, and it makes Breath of the Wild a better open-world game.

Nintendo has been keeping hype strong for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by trickling out new gameplay videos every few days. These clips have shown off the ruins of the Temple of Time, the return of the Koroks, the ever-useful Woodcutter's Axe, the special Magnesis ability and other magical runes, and a variety of weapons. Another new clip was released today, and this time the focus is on Link's bow and arrow. Like previous games, you'll have multiple types of arrows, including fire, ice, and bomb arrows. You can see them in action by clicking below!

Wii was Nintendo's best-selling home console of all time, moving over 100 million units. Unfortunately, Wii U hasn't been able to achieve anything close to that kind of popularity, and it will likely go down as the least successful major Nintendo home console ever. Nintendo is gearing up to launch a new console, code named NX, and they'll need to learn from past mistakes in order to avoid repeating them. Speaking with [a]list daily, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime opened up about the lessons that Nintendo has learned from Wii U and how they'll be applied to NX. Hit the jump to read on!

Lots of fantastic indie games are set to launch on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in the coming months, and Nintendo's celebrating with the Nindies Summer Jam sale. Starting with Axiom Verge on September 1st, a new (to Nintendo platforms) indie game will launch on 3DS, Wii U, or both every Thursday in September. Each of these Nindies will be discounted by 10% of their standard price for one week after launch. In addition to the Nindies Summer Jam announcement, Nintendo has released a new sizzle reel that shows off over 20 indie games coming to Nintendo later this year or early next year. You can check it all out by clicking below!

The Animal Crossing franchise hasn't received a main series entry on Wii U, but Nintendo's first HD console did receive an Animal Crossing spin-off game. Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival is a virtual board game that incorporates Nintendo's collectible Amiibo figurines. Many skipped this entry due to its poor review scores, but if you still have some interest in the game, you can now grab a copy pretty cheaply. Both Best Buy and GameStop are currently selling Amiibo Festival for just $20.

This morning we discovered that the ESRB had rated Super Mario 64 DS for Wii U in North America, and it turns out that we won't have to wait long to get it on our systems! Nintendo has officially listed the DS remake of the Nintendo 64 classic as launching on the Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow, August 25th, for $9.99. The game includes not only the original console experience, but it also adds a multiplayer mode, new minigames, and Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario as playable characters. If you've never had the chance to play this title before, now would certainly be a good chance!

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Nintendo has been keeping hype strong for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by trickling out new gameplay videos every few days. These clips have shown off the ruins of the Temple of Time, the return of the Koroks, the ever-useful Woodcutter's Axe, the special Magnesis ability, and other magical runes. Nintendo's back with a new video today, and this time the focus is on the game's weapons. Breath of the Wild contains a wide variety of breakable weapons, each with unique strengths and weaknesses. You can check out the video by clicking below!

Last year, Nintendo expanded the Wii U Virtual Console lineup to include DS games, and they've been steadily adding more ever since. Super Mario 64 DS (a handheld remake of the classic Nintendo 64 game with additional playable characters and collectible stars) has already hit the Wii U Virtual Console in both Japan and Europe, and it looks like it's coming to North America as well. The ESRB recently issued a rating for Super Mario 64 DS on Wii U (rated E for Everyone, of course), so an official announcement is likely on the way soon!

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and we have another new chart-topper. Tales of Berseria debuted at number one (on PlayStation 4) and number two (on PlayStation 3) with nearly 250,000 units sold at launch. Yo-kai Watch 3 continues to sell respectably, with its 62,343 sales giving it the number three spot.

Hardware sales remained relatively unchanged from last week, although PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 each saw a slight sales boost while other consoles and handhelds all saw their numbers slightly decline. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

Earlier this week, Nintendo performed extensive maintenance on 3DS, Wii U, and all of their online game stores. It looks like they're not quite done tweaking things, as they've just announced another lengthy maintenance window for tonight and early tomorrow morning. 3DS and Wii U online services will be undergoing maintenance from 6:00 PM Pacific until 2:00 AM tomorrow morning. During this time, some network services may be unavailable.

Yooka-Laylee is seen as a spiritual successor to Nintendo 64 hit Banjo-Kazooie, but the upcoming 3D platformer may also borrow from another classic Rare title. IGN went hands on with Yooka-Laylee for about an hour, and in their experience, its level of adult humor is actually closer to Conker's Bad Fur Day. Their brief playthrough included jokes about prejudices, reproduction, premature ejaculation, urinating, and more.

That said, from their descriptions, it sounds like the humor is more subtle than the controversial Conker's, and they made no mention of curse words being used. It sounds like Yooka-Laylee should still be a game that kids can play, but there are plenty of jokes meant for older audiences. You can check out the video by clicking below!

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.

Join Alex, Ben, and Colin as they discuss their most-wanted features for Nintendo's NX in the Dream Land segment, and then settle the timeless question—what's the greatest Zelda game ever made?—in The Glitz Pit, Nintendo Week's podcasting debate game. 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.

Last week Nintendo kicked off a YouTube series called Rescue V that follows an all-Toad rescue squad modeled after Super Sentai. The Rescue V squad will assist Mario on his journey to save Prism Island in the upcoming Wii U game, Paper Mario: Color Splash. This week's episode focuses on Rescue Red, who courageously aids Mario by getting a group of Purple Toads to do all the work for him. If you're not worried about potential spoilers (as the videos seem to include footage from in-game events), you can check it out by clicking below!