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Over Nintendo's many decades of game development, they've crafted some of the most iconic franchises in gaming history. Games like Mario and Zelda have become pillars of the company and icons in the industry, and a much younger Nintendo franchise is quickly approaching that same kind of status. In less than three years, Splatoon has reached an impressive milestone.

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Everybody has one special game in their life that they consider the pinnacle of perfection. It's the one thing you can always go back to that stands out above the rest. You never grow tired of it, and it always puts a smile on your face. You're often willing to look past all of its flaws because it had such a powerful impact on you as a person.

Which title do you always find yourself coming back to, despite its flaws? Even though you're aware it's not the best game in the world, what game are you willing to throw out their as the most important in your life?

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Despite bearing the name "The Legend of Zelda," Nintendo's iconic action adventure franchise stars Link as the protagonist, and Princess Zelda is typically not playable. Some talented modders have decided that this will not do, so they've used their skills to add a playable Zelda into the Wii U version of Breath of the Wild, complete with new armor sets and even some plot alterations.

You can catch the Princess in action by clicking below!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the most advanced entry in the series yet, but in the early stages of development, Nintendo used a 2D prototype based on the original Zelda on NES. Nintendo Wire recently had a similar idea, and they've created a prototype for a retro re-imagining of Breath of the Wild as a Game Boy Color title in the vein of Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages.

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In celebration of the launch of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Nintendo Switch, Did You Know Gaming featured it (and its predecessor, Donkey Kong Country Returns) in their latest episode. There's tons of interesting Kong facts throughout the video, including the revelation that Retro Studios hails Shigeru Miyamoto as "Master Yoda" for his wise counsel.

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I know what some of you are thinking. "Why would you ever listen to music when you can enjoy the lovely soundtracks video games have to offer?" That's a fair point, and I used to agree with that. But there's a certain point when I can't stand the constant "wahoo!" of Mario Kart or the boring ambient sounds of League of Legends. I need something fresh. I need something that gets me pumped.

What about you? What kind of music do you listen to when playing video games? Hit the jump and let us know in the comments!

Yesterday we reported that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has mysteriously disappeared from the Wii U eShop in North America just days before the game's re-release on Nintendo Switch. The Wii U version could be downloaded for just $20 (compared to the $60 Switch version), making it quite the bargain. Since then, there have been numerous reports that the game is back, but these appear to be false.

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In just a few days Nintendo will be releasing Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the hybrid Nintendo Switch console. The Retro-developed platformer originally debuted on Wii U, and that version of the game is now just $20 thanks to the Nintendo Selects program. Unfortunately, it appears this deal isn't available anymore, at least online. In fact, the game itself is currently altogether absent from the Wii U eShop in North America. 

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Nintendo dropped the exciting news that Super Smash Bros. is officially coming to Nintendo Switch sometime later this year. The latest entry in the popular fighting franchise will be playable at E3, so it won't be long until we get to enjoy our first look at the game. In the meantime, it's time to reflect on the existing entries in the beloved franchise. From the nostalgic days of Nintendo 64 to the first HD entry on Wii U, which Smash is your all-time favorite?

Click inside the article to cast your vote and help us decide the winner!

Nintendo's recent financial report revealed the latest sales figures for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and they're impressive! The critically acclaimed open world game has sold over 8.48 million copies on Nintendo Switch alone, and Nintendo previously reported that the Wii U version had sold at least 1.5 million copies as of three months ago. Combining these figures makes Breath of the Wild the highest-selling Zelda of all time, but with a bit of a catch.

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Ever since the historic Zelda franchise reached its 30th anniversary in early 2016, Nintendo has been releasing a series of collector's books to celebrate the occasion. The third and final book in this 30th anniversary series, titled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Master Works, recently released in Japan, and it includes exclusive looks at early concept art from the latest Zelda adventure.

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Indie team Yacht Club Games has a huge hit on their hands with Shovel Knight, totaling over 2 million copies sold. They've kept fans hooked on the retro platformer with two expansion packs since launch, and a third is on the way. Unfortunately, fans are going to have to wait a little longer than they expected to get their hands on the King of Cards expansion.

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Nintendo launched The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild over a year ago, and fans are still finding things to get excited about. The latest discovery is an Easter Egg hidden in plain sight that has gone unnoticed for months. During the Trial of the Sword (which was added as DLC last Summer), players encounter a total of seven Sheikah monks. What no one realized before is that they're hiding a secret.

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Yacht Club Games passed a rather large milestone for any indie developer recently, surpassing 2 million total sales with their hit game Shovel Knight. The developers have provided data that shows which platform the game sold the most on and what region it was most popular in.

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It took numerous twists and turns for Splatoon to become the hit game it is today. Before the Inklings were ever conceived, Nintendo considered using existing IP like Yoshi in the game, and at an even earlier point in development the game starred blocks of tofu as its protagonists. Some of Splatoon's developers recently discussed these early prototypes at GDC 2018, and they even revealed footage of the tofu build. Additionally, prototype footage from Switch's new IP, ARMS, was also unveiled at GDC.

You can catch a sneak peak at Nintendo's development process by clicking below!