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Games are being acclaimed left and right; it's finally award season, meaning this year's most well-received titles are raking in the accomplishments and praise. Fans recently voted for the 2017 Golden Joystick Awards, and they've named The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch the ultimate game of the year, among many more distinctions.

Paraglide into the full story to see the developers' acceptance speech and read the full list of award winners!

The Game Awards will be airing on December 7th this year, and the nominees have all been officially announced. There are many different categories this year, such as Best Performance, Best Student Game, Best Chinese Game, and many more. But most people watching the show will be looking at one award in particular: Game of the Year. The contenders for this biggest category include Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

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While this morning's Nintendo Direct focused almost exclusively on the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a brief mention was given to yet another of Nintendo's major releases from 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It turns out that another quest will be coming to the latest Zelda game in just a couple of days, via a free update. While we don't yet know what exactly this quest will require of Link, we do know its reward will be the outfit of Xenoblade Chronicles 2's main protagonist, Rex.

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It's the end of October, and that means two things: Halloween is just around the corner and Stranger Things 2 has finally arrived! For those excited about the newly released season of the Netflix original series, the excitement doesn't have to stop after the last episode because you can now download all new skins of your favorite Stranger Things characters to Minecraft!

You can check them out after the jump!

Some Nintendo fans might be worried that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's second DLC expansion doesn't even have a release date with only two months left in the year. However, Reggie Fils-Aime has reassured us all that the new content is coming before the year ends with plans to announce a release date soon.

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We have known for a while now that Miiverse is about to shut down this upcoming November. What with some dedicated fans trying to save the platform by archiving all of its posts, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners have reacted differently to the impending closure of the social media app. Some of Nintendo's most notable developers have even posted artwork bidding farewell to this unique, yet perhaps underutilized, platform.

Make the jump to see a gallery of the best artwork from Nintendo staff!

Pokkén Tournament DX is the latest in Nintendo Switch's fast-growing library of games, upgrading the Wii U's Pokkén Tournament with extra modes and five new Pokémon fighters. Head inside to read our review.

What have we wrought? After the recent Nintendo Direct revealed that gamers will have the chance to play as Mario in a bathing suit in Super Mario Odyssey when it launches on October 27th, fans have already created a new mod that allows you to play as shirtless Mario in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

If this was something you wanted for some reason, feel free to triple jump into the article and check it out!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has seen enormous success and critical praise ever since its launch in March, so it was hardly a surprise when Nintendo announced new Amiibo based off the four Champions of the game: Daruk, Mipha, Urbosa, and Revali. During today's Nintendo Direct, these Amiibo got a quick segment detailing what they will unlock in Breath of the Wild, as well as their release date: November 10th.

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Fans of 2D exploration games are in for a treat these next few weeks. Metroid: Samus Returns is coming to the Nintendo 3DS this Friday, and now it looks like Axiom Verge will be releasing early for the Nintendo Switch via the eShop on October 5th. According to a recent eShop posting, the game will release at a price of $19.99 on October 5th, just a few weeks before the physical standard edition and Multiverse Edition were previously slated to release. However, the physical edition of the game has now been pushed back to a November release with no specific date.

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Memelords and legitimately interested Nintendo fans everywhere were likely a tad disappointed when Nintendo announced that the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS social media platform Miiverse would be closing down on November 8th. As such, most people assumed that—unless they backed up their own posts—lots of the Miiverse content would be lost to the ether a couple months from now.

Just don't tell that to the engineer behind Drastic Actions, a site recently dedicated to preserving the entirety of Miiverse. Make the jump to learn more.

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!