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No other video game series has touched my soul or inspired me more than The Legend of Zelda has. For both myself and many others I'm sure, this is the case. In terms of Zelda games that really are the full package combining innovative gameplay, lovely fantasy art styles, and powerful musical scores with impactful storytelling, the 3D entries come to mind. For many, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may be the new gold standard in those departments. But for me, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword still reigns supreme in all categories.

I'm willing to bet that's not going to be a popular opinion for a lot of people. So whether you are curious to see what my reasoning is or would rather comment about what an idiot I must be, jump into the full article and do whatever you please. By the grace of Hylia, I just ask you hear me—and this rare perspective—out.

When Super Mario Maker released in September of 2015 for the Wii U, it launched with a sense of community-driven excitement as well. I don't mean the kind of frothing-at-the-mouth hype something like Super Smash Bros. generates, but rather, Super Mario Maker teased platformer fans with the promise that players would be able to create and share their own Mario levels. Of course, that means people would get to play those levels as well. And it was around that time that one man with a following on YouTube decided to play Mario Maker levels every weekday at 6:00 AM EST from thereon out.

Five hundred levels and counting later, the rest really is history. Make the jump to learn the full story about how, for many, the Mario Maker community is still as strong as it was two years ago.

In the final expansion to Yacht Club Games' critically acclaimed Shovel Knight, players will finally step into the shoes of King Knight as he embarks on a quest to be a mighty king (so enemies beware!) in King of Cards.

Pridemoor has yet to see a king with quite the knack for flair, but the Gilded Goon aspires to be the main event like no king was before (brushing up on looking down while building up his score) in this new prequel story—and this is a facet of King Knight's character that is reflected quite clearly and charmingly in his gameplay.

Read on after the jump for more details about my time with Shovel Knight: King of Cards!

Nintendo hosted a Nindie showcase earlier this afternoon, and one of the coolest things shown off was the first gameplay footage of Shovel Knight's final DLC campaign. Entitled King of Cards, this campaign sees you playing as King Knight as he travels the realms with the goal of defeating the Three Kings. King of Cards features thirty brand new courses across four worlds, and when you aren't bashing your way to victory, you can even enjoy a card game with your future subjects.

Check out the first gameplay footage after the jump!

In a recent update of the Wii U's firmware, dataminers discovered some code that signaled the end of the Miiverse online community. There was previously no official word from Nintendo that we'd see the service shutter, so it was still considered just speculation. As of today, however, we have gotten that confirmation, as Nintendo has announced that Miiverse will officially shut down on November 8th for both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS.

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Have you ever wished that the Guardians from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were real? Or that they were shrunken down just a bit to be less lethal? If so, Adafruit Industries has you covered, as they have created an original 3D model of the Guardian that moves and lights up too!

Make the jump to take a look at the most realistic version of a Guardian this side of Hyrule.

The blue shell has long been a staple of Mario Kart gameplay, frustration and tough loses included. But while many gamers have no doubt believed their cries of anguish went unnoticed by Nintendo, that is not actually the case. It was recently revealed that, for recent entries, series director Kosuke Yabuki and his team actually tested the games without the blue shell in play. Without the item's inclusion, however, the balance and risk of the game did not feel right, so they ultimately decided to keep it in.

Make the jump to learn what Yabuki said about the iconic item!

A prominent modder known as Fooni has started working on a new multiplayer mod for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Although it might be some time before the mod is completed—Fooni estimates that it would take about a year for it to reach a playable state—this mod would allow players to visit each other's worlds and explore Hyrule together in full co-op.

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It's not quite the apocalypse we were expecting, but we may very well be approaching the end of the world for the inhuman looking avatars inside of your Wii U. Recent datamining into the Wii U's most recent updates has shown traces that Nintendo is planning on halting their support for the Miiverse service that launched alongside the console five years ago.

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A number of Nintendo IPs have seen their fair share of cartoon animations through the years, but it's been a while since we've seen a new one. Splatoon is changing that, thanks to the popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro, whose manga adaptation of the beloved game is about to hit YouTube as an anime.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is largely considered a great game, but it is not without its share of glitches. Many of these bugs have been cool or mysterious, but one YouTube content creator recently discovered a glitch that could be way more useful to players, as it lets Link gain duplicate versions of his items without end. That sure makes the issue of breakable weapons or hunting down hundreds of Korok Seeds seem much less intimidating!

Make the jump to see the video proof of this new found glitch!

More than a week has passed since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received its first DLC expansion: The Master Trials. For those who purchased the DLC, there is already more to get excited about; development test footage and a new article of clothing for Link was announced for The Champions' Ballad DLC, Link's next playable adventure in Breath of the Wild!

Make the jump to learn more about this announcement!

In 2011 Nintendo launched the "Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program," granting then-owners of the Nintendo 3DS exclusive access to twenty downloadable games. The program included ten NES games, which were later released to the public as Virtual Console games, and ten Game Boy Advance games, which remain exclusive to Ambassador Program members to this day.

At Nintendo's latest investor meeting, one investor asked whether Nintendo has thought about distributing these games publicly. Senior Executive Officer Satoshi Yamato responded, and though he neglected to answer specifically whether these Game Boy Advance games will make it to the 3DS' public Virtual Console space, he did offer a glimpse into how Nintendo may distribute classic games in the future. Head inside to keep reading.

The Wii U, despite its lackluster sales and relatively small library, had quite a few high-quality titles. Three of the best games for the console were all developed by Platinum: Bayonetta 1 & 2 and The Wonderful 101. Although the first Bayonetta was just a port from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (and is now available on Steam), the other two were original titles that many gamers did not have access to because of their exclusivity. However, this may be changing soon.

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When The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild first launched, gamers were blown away by the size and depth of this new Hyrulean adventure, as well as by other, seemingly minor aspects of the experience. Not the least of these was how, unlike many open-world games these days, the title launched with very few bugs and glitches. Don't think those don't exist in the title, however; two recently discovered ones have provided gamers with some fascinating abilities and mysterious new areas to learn about in the game.

Head past the jump to learn more about these tricks!