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The month ahead for the Nintendo Switch is brimming with some award-winning indie games, and it starts strong as the eShop welcomes a variety of quality experience this week. Get ready to test your Metroidvania prowess, sharpen your dungeon-crawling and rhythmic senses, or pack your bags to return to a hometown gone wrong among your featured Nintendo Downloads!

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Nintendo fans have wanted to play classic games on the Nintendo Switch since its reveal. Back in July, Senior Executive Officer Satoshi Yamato suggested that Nintendo was rethinking how they wanted to release their retro titles in the future. Since there's still no word of a Virtual Console service for the Switch, however, some fans have taken it upon themselves to run emulators on the system through hacking.

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Back in August, RPG fans were delightfully surprised when Square Enix announced a remake of the popular SNES game Secret of Mana. The game is releasing on PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PC next month. However, some fans are wondering if Nintendo will get any of the love since the game did originally release on one of their systems. Producer Masaru Oyamada has heard the voices of these fans and didn't rule out the possibility of releasing the remake on Nintendo Switch later on.

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Last summer (geez, it's already been that long?), the long-awaited animated Castlevania series launched on Netflix. Despite the initial hesitation by many, the series garnered a lot of praise, including from myself. It's no surprise then, that shortly after the series launched, Netflix announced that the series was already booked for a second, longer season. Fans won't have to wait too long for it, however, as writer Warren Ellis has now confirmed that the eight-episode season will be premiering this summer!

Given how well the first series turned out, I'm thrilled that the new season is coming out so soon!

The Nintendo rumor mill never stops pumping out new bits of information. Rumors of a Nintendo Direct today proved to be true; meanwhile, another claim from industry insiders states a brand new The Legend of Zelda title is coming to the 3DS this year.

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First 4 Figures has been creating amazing sculptures of some of gaming's most popular characters for years. It's only natural that the company finally tackle crafting indie darling Shovel Knight, in three forms no less! He comes in his classic blue armor, but can also be purchased in gold and wearing the Toader helmet found in-game.

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The second generation of Pokémon is among the most beloved by fans, and it has seen tons of love from Nintendo in the past few years. Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were remastered in 2009 for the Nintendo DS, and earlier this year, the two were re-released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. The third game in the series, Pokémon Crystal, hasn't been given nearly as much attention, and the only version available to this day is the original 2001 Game Boy Color release. That's all about the change, though, as Nintendo has just announced that the game will be coming to the 3DS Virtual Console next year.

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The 2017 PlayStation Experience rediscovered many 2018 PlayStation 4 releases and featured in-depth interviews with many developers. Trailers also debuted for many anticipated releases, including Monster Hunter World. One of the biggest parts of this trailer in particular revealed that a 3D model of the 8-bit hero Mega Man will be able to be used as a skin for your Felyne partner, and weapons and abilities from the Mega Man series will make an appearance too!

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Difficulty. It is something that no entertainment medium other than video games has to contend with. Our input as players defines our experiences with our games, in particular how challenging they are. One need only be present for a song or movie to finish in order to get the full experience. In order to get through a game however, one must be skilled enough to adapt to the requirements of whatever game is being played to "win" in the end. Some games give us fairer challenges than others, and it is in evolving game design where either frustration or satisfaction on behalf of the player are born.

So gamers, make the jump if you want to know what makes us tick when it comes to facing our virtual demons!

Funnily enough, the Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter only ever let players use the beloved controllers with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. I'd have thought they could have been a joy to use with games like Mario Kart 8 and The Legend of Zelda HD remakes. However, despite the Wii U's shortcomings and thanks to the recent 4.0.0 update for Nintendo Switch, the GameCube Controller Adapter can now be hooked up to Nintendo's newest console, allowing players to use the controllers in tons of Switch games.

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Games Done Quick (GDQ) events have been famous for pitting speedrunners against some great games, all in the name of charity. Due to its nature as a favorite of many speedrunners, Super Metroid has often been featured in GDQ events, sometimes as the final game to be played. For the upcoming Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) event, however, the classic SNES title is not going to make an appearance at all, something many gamers have vented frustrations about since the official game list for AGDQ 2018 was released.

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Hackers quickly went to work adding more games to the NES Classic when it released last year, and things are no different in that regard for the recently released SNES Classic. Using the same method of adding games, hackers have figured out how to load more SNES titles to its Classic Edition. While the SNES Classic may already be equipped to play the previously unreleased Star Fox 2 and twenty more classic gems, the system can hold even more of your favorites if you are willing to take the risk.

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A while back, a hacker discovered a hidden NES game, Golf, inside the firmware of the Nintendo Switch, but someone has finally made a way to play it. Judging by the date and methods required to launch the game, it seems as though the inclusion was intended to be a hidden tribute to the former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who passed away two years ago.

Check out more details and a link to how to do it yourself below!

Star Fox 2 is not fun at first. That most likely would have been the case for most players in 1996 as much as it is now in 2017. Belated release on the SNES Classic aside, however, this sci-fi sequel is still a worthy follow-up to the original Star Fox and is a lot of fun once you learn the quirks of the game.

Barrel roll into the full review to learn if Star Fox 2 makes the SNES Classic Edition even better!

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.