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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!

Crash may have set the stage for future remakes.After a seven-year hiatus (counting mobile games), gaming's favorite bandicoot returned in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy to resounding success this past June. The game has been praised by fans and critics alike, and it has some very impressive sales numbers to boot. During their quarterly financial conference call last week, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg hinted that a lot more remastered content like N. Sane will be coming soon.

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Many Nintendo fans are worried that they may not be able to get their hands on the upcoming retro gaming system, the SNES Classic Edition. While the NES Classic suffered from various supply issues and was eventually discontinued after about half a year, Nintendo is looking to give everyone a better chance to purchase the SNES Classic.

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Will we ever get Mother 3 in English?Apparently, someone at Disney is a fan of Earthbound. Last month, they made history by broadcasting the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Evo 2017 finals on their proprietary channel, Disney XD. This entry into the Smash Bros. series features two characters from the Earthbound series (known as Mother in Japan), as well two unique stages, one exclusive to the 3DS version and one to the Wii U version.

Perhaps this partnership got someone at Disney interested in the Mother/Earthbound series, because now even they are calling for an American release of Mother 3.

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Lately the European Intellectual Property Office has had several new listings for Nintendo controllers for the NES, SNES, and Nintendo Switch. What is more surprising, though, is they received a new controller patent for the Nintendo 64. Given the grouping and timing of the files, many are speculating that Nintendo is getting ready to release a Nintendo 64 Classic.

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As the only "new" Mega Man content we get from Capcom continues to appear in the form of Legacy Collection ports, it seems that fans are as motivated as ever to make their own games starring the blue bomber. Mega Man 2.5D was published several months ago after nearly eight years in development, but this Saturday, a very different fan game will arrive: Mega Maker, a level editing game based on the first six classic Mega Man titles.

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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 Nintendo Switch is considerably more sleek than lots of game consoles and controllers from days gone by. However, the plain color designs for the Joy-Con do leave a little excitement to be desired. Thankfully, devoted fans have been addressing this problem ever since the console's launch in March, and from their artistic efforts, we already have Nintendo Switch controllers themed around the design schemes of many of Nintendo's past consoles.

Make the jump to learn more about custom Joy-Con and Switch skins you can get your hands on!

For more than a decade, Mother fans have been begging Nintendo to create an official translation of Mother 3, the long-anticipated sequel to EarthBound that was never [officially] released outside of Japan. So far, these requests have not been successful, but that hasn't stopped the Mother fanbase from trying; in fact, the requests have only gotten louder as the years have gone by. Clearly, there are a couple of passionate Mother fans working at Cartoon Network, since a few days ago, Adult Swim, the channel's nightly "adult" programming block, aired a commercial asking Nintendo to translate Mother 3.

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When Nintendo announced the SNES Classic Edition, with the unreleased Star Fox 2 to seal the deal as a must-have item for Nintendo fans, the surprise among gamers was universal. And apparently more than just the potential consumers of the famous never-before-finished sequel were shocked—the game's main programmer had no idea what Nintendo had planned either!

Click on your favorite Star Fox pilot and do a barrel roll to read how he reacted!

Have you ever wanted to stroll through World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. anywhere and anytime you please? How about walking around the warp pipes and pulling the flagpole down for yourself? Thanks to the Microsoft Hololens, one man in New York City was able to recreate that very level and take an inventive walk through one of gaming's most important creations.

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Nintendo recently announced the SNES Classic Edition, a miniature replica of the Super Nintendo loaded with 21 of the console's most famous games. The system includes signature hits of the 16-bit era, like Final Fantasy III, Super Metroid, Zelda: A Link to the Past, and more, even going so far as to include the never-before-released Star Fox 2.

Speaking to Famitsu, Nintendo explained how they chose the games they did for each region. Head inside to learn more.