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One of the biggest surprises from this month's Nintendo Direct was the unveiling of the Arcade Archives series on Switch. This series features classic Nintendo arcade games such as Vs. Super Mario Bros. being brought back to life, with a few updates, of course. Famitsu has recently revealed that Vs. Excitebike, Vs. Wrecking Crew, and Vs. Urban Champion are coming to this series as well. These games join Vs. Balloon Fight, Vs. Clu Clu Land, Vs. Ice Climber, and Vs. Pinball in the lineup.

Sonic fans were hyped when Shadow the Hedgehog was revealed as a playable DLC character for Sonic Forces a few days ago, and I saw a number of comments saying something to the effect of "now they just need to do Sonic Adventure 3!" Well, my friends, much as I hate to burst your bubble, it doesn't sound like that's going to happen anytime soon. Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka was recently asked about this very topic, and his comments indicate that SEGA has little to no interest in returning to Sonic Adventure right now.

Head past the jump to see his full comments.

Ever since hackers discovered that a copy of NES Golf is present on every Nintendo Switch console this past weekend, countless individuals have been working to uncover why it was placed there and how Nintendo intended for gamers to be able to naturally access the easter egg. Now, some members of the community believed they've figured it out, but it's going to take a while for most of us to test it out. And that's because, if they are correct, this is no mere easter egg—it's a touching tribute to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata himself.

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The current console generation has been filled to the brim with a number of remakes and rereleases of older, classic titles, and today another amazing game is joining those ranks. Announced last night during Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, Square Enix is bringing Final Fantasy IX to PlayStation 4—and if that wasn't exciting enough on its own, the game is already available right now.

Head past the jump for a launch trailer and more details!

A while back, data miners discovered that every Nintendo Switch has an NES emulator buried within its hardware, mysteriously named "Flog." Now they've uncovered the probable meaning behind that name, as it turns out that the Switch has an NES game pre-installed with the console as well: the NES title Golf. What's more, this old game has been remade to allow the use of a brand new control scheme, namely motion controls.

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When Mario Party: The Top 100 was announced at the recent Nintendo Direct, Nintendo made no mention of boards in the title, seeming to frame it as a simple minigame collection. As such, speculation started to brew as to whether or not this Nintendo 3DS minigames compilation of the Mario Party series would include boards at all. According to the official website for the game, however, fans shouldn't be worried.

Make the triple jump into the full story to see exactly what it says.

Today's Nintendo Direct brought with it a ton of news on games both new and old, and one set of newly-announced titles really fits into both of those categories! Nintendo is reaching into their vault of games and pulling out a number of titles that debuted not on their home gaming consoles, but rather the arcade systems that Nintendo focused on in the 1980s, before the NES took off. These titles are on now being brought back for the Nintendo Switch under the series name of "Arcade Archives."

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With the impending release of the SNES Classic Edition, Nintendo has been hosting a series of interviews to reveal new information about many of the games that will be included in the system. The latest of these focuses on the original F-Zero, and in it the devs revealed a surprising bit of information about the racing series' star character, Captain Falcon: he wasn't originally designed for F-Zero at all. In fact, the great Captain was intended to be the mascot of the Super Nintendo itself.

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The NES Classic was a big hit—and a far bigger one than Nintendo was anticipating, as they quickly ran out of stock and were unable to meet the demand by far. Gamers were understandably upset when the system was abruptly cut off, as many had failed to obtain one in the mini retro console's limited run. Well, it looks like Nintendo has heard our cries. This morning, the company not only gave some solid examples of how they're working to avoid that fate with the SNES Classic, but they also revealed that the NES Classic will be returning next year.

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The NES Classic was notorious for being impossible to find at retail stores during its production. Because of this, many fans have been worried about their chances of buying Nintendo's upcoming SNES Classic Edition. Preorders for the system sold out everywhere within minutes and are already being auctioned off on websites like eBay. However, Reggie Fils-Aime has urged fans not to buy into these auctions, assuring fans that the SNES Classic will be more readily available than its predecessor.

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Okami is a classic from the days of the PlayStation 2, and later the Wii and PS3, and there's a chance the adventures of the lupine sun god Amaterasu are on their way to a new generation of gamers! Every now and then, rating boards list a game that hasn't been announced yet, and a few days ago the Korean Ratings Board did just that for an Okami HD, listing it for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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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.

Metroid: Samus Returns is only a couple weeks away from release, and as such, reviewers and journalists already have the Special Edition of the game in their hands. We already knew this version of the game would come packed with a CD celebrating the music of the series, but we've now learned that the box art for the Nintendo 3DS title is reversible in this package; on the other side of the box art for Samus Returns is the original art for Metroid II: Return of Samus from the Game Boy.

What do you think about this little secret? Make the jump to share your thoughts with other Metroid fans!

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy released at the end of June to a flood of positive reception. Now that PlayStation 4 users have had time to enjoy these classic remakes, it seems like Activision may also bring these fantastic games to the Xbox One as well.

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Nintendo shocked fans and gamers everywhere by reviving the Nintendo World Championships (for the first time since the original 1990 event) back in 2015 as part of their presence at E3. Nintendo of America seems to like these surprises, as they've now announced that the third Nintendo World Championships are scheduled to run live on October 7, 2017 in New York City, with anyone in the United States and Canada eligible to quality.

Make the jump to learn more about how you can enter the competition!