The Legend of Zelda Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com The Legend of Zelda RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 6 Nintendo Franchises With Games That Somehow Aren't Switch Ports https://www.gameskinny.com/oc0al/6-nintendo-franchises-with-games-that-somehow-arent-switch-ports https://www.gameskinny.com/oc0al/6-nintendo-franchises-with-games-that-somehow-arent-switch-ports Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:00:01 -0400 Ethan Anderson

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Golden Sun

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Surely, what Golden Sun fans want most is a sequel to the third game in the franchise. Sadly, that seems a bit unlikely at this point, even though fans haven't forgotten those games for even a second.

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Golden Sun is an RPG series that started in 2001 on the Game Boy Advance. The second game came out the very next year on the very same handheld, while the third instalment launched on the DS in 2010.

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The first two were made available on the Wii U, but it's time for all three to make their triumphant return on Nintendo Switch. If Nintendo started porting GBA and DS games to the Switch, they'd have an insane amount of classics to pull from.

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Nintendo has so many beloved, older franchises tucked away, out of sight. It's time to bring the ones on this list, and so many others, back into the light. They've been slowly adding more games to the Switch's NES and SNES collection, but after three years, fans are looking for a bit more.

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Which classic franchises would you like to see on the current-gen console? Let us know over on Twitter

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Pokemon

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It's honestly shocking that none of the past mainline Pokemon games have made it to the Nintendo Switch, even as ports.

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The 3DS Virtual Console added Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold and Silver, and Crystal not too long ago, so mainline Pokemon ports aren't out of the question.

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Even if Nintendo only brought back generations III to VI, fans would go wild. It's guaranteed money at this point.

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With the portable nature of the Switch, those Pokemon classics could still be played on the go, just like the good old days. Except, in theory, they'd be able to have better online functionality if brought back today.

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Fire Emblem

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Currently, the only Fire Emblem games available on the Nintendo Switch are Fire Emblem Warriors, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. For a franchise that includes over 15 games, spanning from 1990 to the present, that isn't much of a selection.

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3DS titles such as Echoes, Awakening, and even the annoyingly disconnected Fates would feel right at home on the Switch thanks to their portable origins. It might be asking for too much, but a few Fire Emblem titles from the GBA could also be ported, just like they were on the Wii U. The GameCube installments seem too far out of the realm of possibility, though.

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Regardless, the return Fire Emblem's tactical RPG action and loveable casts could create tons of new fans while still managing to please the current ones who just want to comfortably replay old favorites.

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Metroid

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Metroid Prime 4 has had quite the rough development process, but it's being worked on as we speak. The team is even still in the process of bringing in various new artists and leads. 

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It's probably safe to assume that, by the time it does launch, it'll be the first 3D Metroid game that some players can get their hands on without having to buy an older console. If the Wii U's Metroid Prime Trilogy bundle comes to the Switch, that issue will be solved.

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The games in the trilogy supported both standard controllers and motion controls at different points, so the transition to the Switch's Pro Controller and Joy-Cons should be a smooth one.

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New players will be able to catch up while returning fans get a much-needed refresher leading up to Metroid Prime 4.

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Super Mario Galaxy

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Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel are some of the very best Mario games of all time. It'd be hard to find any Nintendo fan that would be disappointed if both games returned on the Switch.

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Just like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario Galaxy was rumored to be on its way to the console. Though, it was thought to be coming as a remaster, instead of just a port.

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The two-part series first began in 2007, with the sequel coming out three years later. It's been a while. However, the games' motion control features would fit perfectly with the Joy-Cons when playing at home, and who wouldn't want the option to play Super Mario Galaxy on the go, too? It's a no-brainer.

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The Legend of Zelda

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The 3D Zeldas should have some kind of presence on the Switch by now, if we're being honest. The Wii U Virtual Console had an amazing selection of Nintendo classics that included titles from the NES, N64, Game Boy Advance, and more. Numerous Zelda games were among them.

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We're talking masterpieces like Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask here — neither of which have made it to the Switch in its three years of being on the market.

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Fans would no doubt pay to play those again on the Switch in a heartbeat. Let's not forget Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword as well. The latter even caused a stir when a port was rumored to be in the works.

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A lot of the Nintendo franchises on this list are absolute no-brainers in terms of whether or not they should come to the Switch. If Nintendo decided to bring any of these older games forward to current-gen, it would likely be the same as printing money.

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Fans are already clamoring for any bit of Direct news they can find that relates to Nintendo's first-party games. Just imagine what would happen if a port or remaster of anything on this list became a reality.

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Read on to see six Nintendo franchises that need to come to the Switch ASAP.

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Breath of the Wild Exploit Lets You Completely Skip The Lost Woods https://www.gameskinny.com/y8pry/breath-of-the-wild-exploit-lets-you-completely-skip-the-lost-woods https://www.gameskinny.com/y8pry/breath-of-the-wild-exploit-lets-you-completely-skip-the-lost-woods Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:13:42 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is absolutely stuffed full of secrets, tricks, and exploits. It's got so many that players are still uncovering new ones, almost three years after the game launched.

This time around Reddit user u/Rofalls figured out a way to get into Korok Forest without having to deal with the fog puzzle in The Lost Woods. Under normal circumstances, the fog prevents you from taking any other route to the Forest.

If you try paragliding in over the edge of the cliffs, the fog envelops you, and you start back where you took off. The same happens if you try taking any other route in The Lost Woods apart from the proper one.

Unless, of course, you manipulate time to speed Link up and trick the game like Rofalls did.

After jumping off the Woodland Tower, they rapidly dropped two bombs, then slowed time by acting as if they will fire an arrow in midair. The force of the bombs exploding, combined with the slowdown, increases Link's air travel speed exponentially, freezing the game for a second as he crosses into The Lost Woods from above and then pushing him through the fog and into Korok Forest.

You can check out the full video in action here.

It's not the only way people are taking advantage of the mid-air arrow slowdown either. Twitter user Marmastry recently posted a video combining that slowdown with the Cryonis rune under a Guardian to trick the game's physics engine into thinking the Guardian needed to go much higher than it really did. 

There's seemingly a ton of ways to use this slowdown method that just aren't possible with the Stasis rune. Whether it's a fun technique the developers included to encourage experimentation or simply an unintended consequence of the physics engine, we're definitely adding exploits like this to our list of what we hope Breath of the Wild 2 includes as well. You know, as actual mechanics. 

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7 Big Ways Nintendo Has Innovated Over the Decades https://www.gameskinny.com/f3lxd/7-big-ways-nintendo-has-innovated-over-the-decades https://www.gameskinny.com/f3lxd/7-big-ways-nintendo-has-innovated-over-the-decades Tue, 24 Dec 2019 10:00:01 -0500 Josh Broadwell

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The DS and Touch Control

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What do you do when you own the handheld gaming market and have brought handheld systems to new heights of efficiency and convenience? You create a chunky device from a 1980s dream of the future, try and market it with would-be sexy touching games and ads, then say screw it, dump a ton of games on it, and sell it to millions upon millions (upon millions) of people.

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In case you didn't know, that's what Nintendo did with the original DS.

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The DS' big draw was, of course, the revolutionary touch screen on the system's lower half. It threw open the doors of creative possibility and led to what was easily one of the best libraries of handheld gaming — and Nintendo's biggest marketing successes.

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The reason was simple. Touch screen use could be as complicated as drawing your own map to get around in a labyrinth or just streamlining menus for RPGs like Pokemon. It pre-dated the Wii U gamepad as the ideal form of inventory management and even offered some truly fun — and sometimes truly hideous — methods of making characters move around.

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For the first time since the D-pad, the simple act of moving characters was once again exciting and immersive, like the Wii, capable of re-igniting old gaming passions and sparking new ones.

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Sony and Microsoft didn't jump on the touch screen bandwagon quite the same as they had the motion control wagon, just because it's harder to make as an add-on like Kinect, let alone to make it work right (look at the Vita's rear touch screen, for example).

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Nintendo itself was iffy with its touch screen support after a while, especially moving into the Wii U era when it basically was just inventory management. Now with the Switch, we see a touch screen that gets very little use indeed. And that's a shame given its potential for creative game design.

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These are just a few of the major ways Nintendo innovated over the years. There are countless others, and not just from Nintendo, so tell us your favorite gaming innovation in the comments below!

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Motion Control

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Motion control has technically been around much longer than Nintendo. Arcade cabinets used variations of it, from the boxing glove of Heavyweight Champ to those motion-controlled vehicle games in movie theater lobbies that let us take control of a jet ski or X-Wing. Nintendo and Sega both tried early forms of motion control with home consoles, with the NES' Light Zapper and Sega's Activator, neither of which was really all that successful.

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From there, motion control became a gimmick of sorts. Nintendo spin-offs like Kirby Tilt 'N Tumble and Yoshi Topsy Turvy, along with Dreamcast classics Sega Bass Fishing and Samba De Amigo used variations of motion control. But it's telling that these were limited to spin-offs and experimental games. The market wasn't ready for motion control, and neither were developers.

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Fast forward to 2005. Nintendo unveils the codename for its newest system, the Nintendo Revolution that would later be dubbed the Wii. Conceived as a way to carve a new place for Nintendo in a market dominated by expensive, powerful consoles, the Revolution was exactly what it sounded like, a huge shake-up for the games industry all thanks to the "revolutionary" input device that relied on motion control.

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How the Wii's motion control was revolutionary depends on perspective. It certainly re-invigorated gaming, drawing in hordes of people who'd never before touched a game in their lives while at the same time offering new ways to experience gaming for long-time gamers.

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The Wii's brand of motion control inspired Sony and Microsoft versions as well, and though it can't be said for certain, the widespread acceptance of motion control could have had a hand in pushing VR gaming forward as well.

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Admittedly, most of these motion control games devolved into gimmicks themselves, with precious few examples that really made good use of motion control. Its real legacy is in bringing people together and pushing gaming further into the mainstream.

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Save Batteries

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I could just leave the heading here, and that would suffice. Really, save batteries were probably the best things for gaming alongside the NES, and we still benefit from their beneficence today.

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“Beneficence” isn’t just used there for snazzy word choice either, as most parents would probably agree, because there is a kind of obligation developers have to make their games actually playable long-term without completely imploding.

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Prior to The Legend of Zelda, almost every game had no way of letting you continue your fun. Some arcade cabinets had a kind of suspend feature that let you pop more coins in for additional fuel or whatever to continue going, but there wasn’t any real way to actually back up your progress.

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The lines blur a bit as far as who actually innovated with the idea of battery-powered save files. Pop and Chips, a 1985 game on the Super Cassette Vision utilized a literal battery save, where the feature used two AA batteries to power the save file.

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Why Pop and Chips used this feature is a little less clear. It’s essentially the same kind of game as Bubble Bobble, not exactly requiring suspended or saved data for progression purposes. However, Nintendo’s Family Basic programming tool for Famicom games used a similar AA battery-powered feature a year prior to Pop and Chips, though of course, a programming tool and an actual game are two different things. 

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Regardless, fast forward to 1987’s release of The Legend of Zelda, and Nintendo offers something in that cartridge that would stick around for a long time: a CR2032 battery that lets you record your progress. Games like Zelda would have been nigh-on impossible without this feature, though Nintendo didn’t adopt it full force for a while yet.

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Many — too many — SNES-era games relied on password systems that half the time never worked, much to the chagrin of players and parents the world over. However, as the era progressed and transitioned into the next generation of gaming, the save battery sparked changes. Some games used the little CR2032, while others such as Neo-Geo and Sony looked to memory cards for saving salvation.

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The Xbox was the first system to use built in memory, and that pretty much takes us where we are today, with systems packing various degrees of internal storage and almost completely removing the need for any kind of external backup — except Nintendo, ironically. The Switch absolutely needs an SD card for storage thanks to its teeny 32GB internal storage system.

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Still, the save battery led to these developments and made possible all manner of gaming experiences we never would have had otherwise.

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Blurring Console Boundaries

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That blurring actually began long, long before the Switch. One could reasonably say it started with the handheld Game & Watch, where Nintendo tried replicating the arcade experience in handheld form, and the Game Boy carved a separate niche for handheld games.

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Then came the NES era, when Nintendo Japan released the Wide Boy adapter. It unfortunately never came West.

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In the SNES era, though, Nintendo released the Super Game Boy peripheral, which did exactly what the name says: it let you play Game Boy games, and some Game Boy Color games, on your Super Nintendo.

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That meant, well, that you could play Game Boy games on your TV. They were blown up to whatever size your screen was, and you could choose several different color palettes and background frames to make the space between the game border and the edge of your screen more interesting.

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Fancy it might not have been — the JP-only Super Game Boy 2 had more bells and whistles technically — but looking back, you can see it was a step towards the philosophy that led to the Switch.

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The Nintendo 64’s peripheral was for dev-use only, so then we skip ahead to the Game Boy Player. It’s basically a gussied-up version of the Super Game Boy that lets you play Game Boy Advance games on your big screen, and then the console divide widened again after the DS and Wii came on the scene.

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It’s not surprising. Both offered their own unique gimmicks that increased sales and solidified Nintendo’s two main audience segments. Why experiment from there and risk alienating either segment when both are so happy to give you money?

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Apparently, it’s because Nintendo just couldn’t stay away from the idea of blending console and handheld experiences. We all know the Wii U wasn’t quite what it could have been, thanks to some iffy marketing, lack of third-party support, and, frankly, somewhat confusing main feature.

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Still, it was basically the Switch 0.5, offering players the chance to play their console-quality games on a portable device without losing much in quality except some pixels.

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That concept blew up enormously in 2017 when the Switch launched, offering games like The Witcher 3, Doom, and Breath of the Wild on a portable device.

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With the 3DS basically on Palpatine-levels of life support at this point and the VIta well and truly buried, it’s safe to say Nintendo’s first innovations with the Wide Boy and Super Game Boy paid off big time in creating something completely unprecedented in the games industry.

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It’s even more interesting considering Nintendo basically created the handheld gaming market to begin with. Nintendo giveth handheld gaming and Nintendo sort of taketh it away, I guess.

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Handheld Gaming

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Handheld gaming started long before Gunpei Yokoi’s Game Boy system launched. The first handheld video games can be traced back back to Milton Bradley’s Microvision, that clunky retro gem of a system with the tiny screen. It was innovative on its own and launched with a variety of titles, but it was also highly impractical. The screen broke too easily, and it was so tiny

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Around the same time, Yokoi headed development of the old handheld Game & Watch devices for Nintendo, most of which featured the silhouette man many now know thanks to Smash Bros..

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Others were miniaturized versions of arcade classics, though, like Mario Bros. (the un-super variety) and the Donkey Kong line of games (before the Kongs established their own country).

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That fact itself is remarkable in an industry built around games only being played on massive computers, arcade cabinets you couldn’t take home, or units you could take home like Atari that tied you to a TV.

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These were mostly short games and very arcade-like in scope and structure, or just copies of what you could get elsewhere, plus even Microvision was able to swap out multiple (expensive) cartridges on one system — something Game & Watch couldn’t do.

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That’s why the Game Boy itself was an even bigger innovation. You had the bigger, for its time, screen, plus a decent launch library with tons more games to follow, games that carved their own path completely separate from their console counterparts.

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From Metroid II sending Samus into the depths of the bleepy monochrome Metroid home planet to Link exploring the island of his dreams in Link’s Awakening, the Game Boy offered a completely new handheld experience — so long as you had the batteries and just the right light for it.

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From there, Nintendo has continued innovating in handheld gaming, improving systems, offering experiences that are sometimes arguably better than console games, and now, of course, coming close to making handheld gaming itself a thing of the past by blurring the console boundaries.

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The NES, Gaming's Salvation

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What makes the humble Nintendo Entertainment System innovative? You might ask. After all, it wasn’t the first console. Atari had that covered. What Atari didn’t have, though, was quality — not leading up to the 1983 video game crash, at least.

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The flood of what today we’d call shovelware meant both that the games industry was very close indeed to collapsing on itself, as consumers balked against the rising tide of garbage games and what basically amounted to advertising material. That's something we still see today, but not at the percentage the industry saw pre-crash.

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Enter the NES.

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After a failed partnership with Atari and some big redesigns attempting to distinguish it from the Famicom, Nintendo finally released the system in the West. There were a few things that made the NES different from its predecessors and essentially saved the video game industry, but the biggest was the software.

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It’s hard to realize it now, but NES games completely revolutionary, unlike anything that came before. Defender kickstarted the sidescroller and Gradius took it a bit further, but Super Mario Bros. refined it by combining platforming adventure with a huge array of obstacles, and a human character instead of the tired spaceship everyone had grown used to.

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The Legend of Zelda wasn’t the first adventure game either, but its structure, coherence, and design were all vastly improved from the weird blip that was Atari’s Adventure. Of course, the NES was home to some crap games too, but Nintendo’s licensing policies — where the good ol’ seal of quality came from — prevented the NES from going the same route as Atari and ensured the games industry’s survival.

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Ironically, Nintendo later reversed that policy with WiiWare and now the Switch eShop, so we get some titles with lightly questionable quality after all.

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Though some credit things like R.O.B. and the NES’s overall style with keeping it from self-destructing, it’s hard to justify those claims. The 1986 survey that tried to find out how many NES owners bought it because of the R.O.B. toy and style only surveyed 200 people.

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By the end of the following year, Family Computing Magazine pointed to the likes of Super Mario Bros. and Zelda as reasons to own the NES, saying R.O.B. was cute, but basically pointless. Sorry buddy.

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The D-pad

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This one should be fairly obvious why it’s innovative and worth discussing. Until Gunpei Yokoi decided the Game & Watch version of arcade classic Donkey Kong would work better with a D-pad, games were played either with a joystick or mouse-and-keyboard combination.

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That’s fine under the right circumstances. But plunking an arcade-style joystick in the middle of a small gamepad really just doesn’t work that well, the Commodore 64 had the keyboard covered already, to middling effect, and Coleco’s multi-button phonepad was perfect for octopi only.

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EIther way, the goal at this point was differentiating Nintendo’s products from the failed Atari, especially in the West, and joysticks would not be the way to achieve that. So, the humble D-Pad was born and has sort of stayed around ever since after it became a feature of the Famicom/NES gamepad.

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And it might be more innovative than you’d initially think. Imagine controlling Link in the first The Legend of Zelda with just a joystick. Along with generally just being clunky, it’d get pretty tiresome after a while. That doesn’t even take into account issues of accuracy, like those jumps in Super Mario Bros. that require absolute precision — something you definitely don’t get with a joystick. 

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That’s probably why scholar Alan Richard da Luz argued, at the Human-Computer Interaction conference in 2014, game interfaces like the D-pad evolve over time as complements to the gameplay and narrative experience. A D-pad gives far more tactile response than a joystick, helped along by that general feeling of connection between the direction buttons (conspicuously absent in the base Switch’s four arrows).

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Just like that, literally with the press of some buttons, you’re taken out of the gimmicky arcade cabinet experience  and pushed into something much more immersive, where you feel and see your actions on that little pad causing direct effects in the game world. When that coincides with deeper and more varied experiences like the NES and Game Boy offered, then you get a winning combination of convenience and immersion.. 

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And then Nintendo takes it away again with the Switch in a move we can only look at and laugh over.

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Link's Awakening Switch: Heart Piece Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/ov33p/links-awakening-switch-heart-piece-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/ov33p/links-awakening-switch-heart-piece-locations Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:21:46 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Like most games in The Legend of Zelda series, Link's Awakening includes dozens of Heart Pieces scattered around the map for Link to find, on top of the bigger Heart Containers the Nightmare bosses each drop. Gather four Heart Pieces, and you get a new Heart Container for your troubles.

Link's Awakening isn't the most difficult game around, but having an eight-heart safety net is never a bad thing, plus it makes exploring every inch of Koholint Island worthwhile.

Some Heart Pieces are out in the open, waiting to be found after you get the right tools, while finding others takes you off — or under — the beaten path. There are 32 Heart Pieces to find in all, and here's where to get them.

Mabe Village Heart Pieces

  • On the western side of the village, jump off the ledge into the well. Open the chest to find the heart piece.

  • Purchase for 200 Rupees in the village shop. Note you can technically steal it by picking it up and going in circles around the shopkeeper until he's dizzy. Save the game before you decide to steal it, though; you're in for a surprise the next time you enter the shop.

  • Win at the Trendy Game store.

  • Later in the game, if you've won several prizes at the Trendy Game store, another Heart Piece will be up for grabs.

  • Catch a small fish in the fishing game (the hut north of Madame Meowmeow's house).

  • Catch a medium fish in the fishing game.

Mysterious Woods/Tabahl Wastelands/Cemetery Heart Pieces

  • Enter the log in the eastern part of the Mysterious Woods, push the stones aside, and use the Power Bracelet to lift the skulls.

  • After acquiring the Hookshot, enter the log surrounded by three rocks, and use the Hookshot to navigate your way to the chest; inside is a Heart Piece

  • Directly east of the Woods and north of the Witch's Hut, use Roc's Feather to jump onto a small strip of land, where a Heart Piece rests in some grass.

  • In the bottom-left part of the Cemetery, push the bottom-right gravestone to reveal a staircase. Go into the cave, bomb the cracked rock, and use the Hookshot to get to the treasure chest. You'll find a Heart Piece inside.

  • North of the Cemetery, and directly south of Dampe's house, use Roc's Feather to jump over the row of holes and nab the Heart Piece waiting there.

Dampe's Heart Pieces

Two Heart Pieces come from Dampe. He gives you the first after you clear his fourth challenge, "Fill Up Your Hearts", and the second once you've completed several challenges. You won't be able to start experimenting with the Chamber Dungeons until after you complete Bottle Grotto, though.

Ukuku Prairie and Martha's Bay Heart Pieces

  • Right outside Mabe Village's eastern exit is a crumbly cliff wall. Bomb it, and go inside to obtain a Heart Piece.

  • Right above where Tarin tries to outwit the bees (near the Ukuku Prairie warp point) is another cracked wall. Bomb it, use the Pegasus Boots to make your way further in, bomb the cracked wall, and there's your Heart Piece.

  • Once you've obtained five Secret Seashells, present them in the Secret Seashell hut near Kanalet Castle.

  • Make your way to the field behind Richard's villa, and work your way to the upper right portion of it. There's a Heart Piece lurking behind some holes.

  • After you obtain the Flippers (which is after you complete Angler's Tunnel, the fourth dungeon), swim in the Kanalet Castle moat, and approach the bridge from the left. You'll spot a Heart Piece under the water, which you can get by diving.

  • South of the Secret Seashell hut is a stairway that lets you cross under the river to get to Animal Village. With Flippers in hand (or on foot), dive in the deep water in the passageway, and you'll find another Heart Piece.

  • Swim to the south side of Martha's Bay, south of the Catfish's Maw dungeon, until you're near the spot where the Mermaid Statue sits. In the little stretch of water south of the statue sits a Heart Piece. Dive for it, and it's yours.

  • The patch of bushes south of the previous Heart Piece holds another one. Exit the bay, and go counterclockwise around it, past the phone hut, and use the Pegasus Boots and Roc's Feather combo to leap over the holes. Head downstairs, and dive in the deep water to find the Heart Piece.

Animal Village and Yarna Desert Heart Pieces

There aren't as many Heart Pieces to find here.

  • Go to the northeast part of Animal Village, and find the path that takes you around the back of the village. At the end is a Heart Piece, the one you can see from outside the village.

  • There's a cave near the path as well. Go inside, bomb the cracked rock, and use the Hookshot to cross the gap and obtain the Heart Piece.

  • In the far eastern part of Yarna Desert is an Owl Statue, and near the statue is a cave. You'll pass through a couple of rooms until you see a cracked wall. Use a bomb, then go in the newly revealed room to find your Heart Piece.

Tal Tal Heights Heart Pieces

  • East of Angler's Tunnel is a cave in the water. Hop in (after obtaining the Flippers, of course), go in the cave, and dive for the Heart Piece.

  • From the Cucco House in Tal Tal Heights, head west along the path. Use your Hookshot to cross over the bridge, and slash the bush to reveal a staircase. Go inside and grab the Heart Piece.

  • Head down the path outside the staircase you just exited, and remove the rocks in front of another cave entrance. Bomb the southern wall that looks like it'd be a doorway, then make your way through another room with four enemies. You can just ignore these and exit the room to the right. A Heart Piece awaits you there.

  • Follow this same cave system to the west, until it spits you out in western Tal Tal Heights. Work your way along the path above Goponga Swamp until you reach the Heart Piece there on the ledge.

  • This next one is actually connected to the eighth dungeon, Turtle Rock. In the dungeon's upper left area is a room with two enemies and a staircase. Take the staircase up into the overworld, and a Heart Piece is on a platform above you.

Rafting Game Heart Pieces

The rafting game is in the Tal Tal Heights region as well, east of Angler's Tunnel.

  • Using your Hookshot, work your way to the left in the rafting mini-game. Maneuver yourself into the current that takes you south around the island with the Heart Piece, and then, using the Hookshot again, pull yourself to said island.

  • South of the rafting game is a cave nestled in the cliff face. Enter the cave, and use your Hookshot to cross over both gaps and reach the Heart Piece.

  • Break the record in the raft race, and you get a Heart Piece.

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Finding all the Heart Pieces might not be completely necessary for beating the game, but it is a good excuse to explore every nook and cranny on the island.

While you're off exploring, check out our other Link's Awakening Switch guides for more tips and secrets.

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Link's Awakening Switch Guide: How to Get All Songs and the Ocarina https://www.gameskinny.com/5ykqz/links-awakening-switch-guide-how-to-get-all-songs-and-the-ocarina https://www.gameskinny.com/5ykqz/links-awakening-switch-guide-how-to-get-all-songs-and-the-ocarina Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:11:09 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Ocarinas were already old hat in The Legend of Zelda when Ocarina of Time came along, with the item first debuting in Link's Awakening and playing a rather important role later in the game.

It makes a return in Link's Awakening on Switch and still plays the same role, and the two other, non-vital songs make a comeback as well.

However, like the start of the trading sequence, you can easily miss out on picking up the Ocarina at first and get stuck when you need it, to say nothing of missing the extra songs. Fear not, dreamy adventurer: our guide is here to save the day.

How to Get the Ocarina

The Ocarina in Link's Awakening is in the Dream Shrine, the blocked-off building north of the square in Mabe Village. You can technically access it after clearing Bottle Grotto, since the Power Bracelet lets you chuck the stones blocking the Shrine out of the way.

However, you'll need the Pegasus Boots from Key Cavern (dungeon three) to make any progress inside the Dream Shrine.

The Shrine itself is a short and simple affair. Make your way around the edges, clearing out enemies as you go, and then you'll find steps leading up to the Shrines central dais. Loot the treasure chest for its Rupees, then grab the Ocarina on the left.

If you're looking for something else to do with your newfound Pegasus Boots, you can head over to the Mabe Village Library to work on unlocking the Color Dungeon while you're here.

Your First Song: Learning Ballad of the Wind Fish

If Marin and the tune that plays when you acquire an instrument at the end of each dungeon didn't give it away, the Ballad of the Wind Fish is the game's central song and the first mandatory one to learn on the Ocarina.

You'll use it a few times, but the most important time you'll use it is to access the final dungeon.

You can technically learn the Ballad at any point after acquiring the Ocarina, either when Marin is singing in the Mabe Village square or when she's singing in the Animal Village (depending on when you clear the Shrine).

For practical purposes, though, you may as well go ahead and learn it right after you finish the Dream Shrine.

You'll need this song — and Marin — to enter the Yarna Desert, but even if you have the song, you'll still need to complete certain parts of the trading sequence to get Marin to go with you.

Manbo's Mambo: The Second Song

The second song is available after you get the Flippers in the fourth dungeon, Angler's Tunnel.

Exit the dungeon and swim to the left. Enter the cave there, and work your way through to Manbo the fish. Manbo will teach you his Mambo, which lets you warp to any of the warp points on Koholint Island, along with Manbo's Pond near the graveyard.

The Final Number: Frog's Song of the Soul

The third and last Ocarina song you'll get is Frog's Song of the Soul, but getting it is a bit more of an involved process.

You'll first need the Hookshot, which means you'll have to finish the fifth dungeon, Catfish's Maw.

After that, go back to Mabe Village's eastern entrance/exit, and go south towards Ukuku Prairie. Use your new Hookshot to fly over the holes in the ground and enter Signpost Maze.

How to Complete Signpost Maze

The signpost puzzle in Link's Awakening is one of the more devious puzzles the game throws at you. There isn't a set path to follow either, because it resets each time you enter or each time you mess up.

The first post you'll need to read is directly south of where you enter the maze — not the one near the hole.

From there, follow the instructions to the next post, which is always in a straight line from the previous one. When the sign tells you to go a certain way, it's serious. Don't deviate from that line, or you'll read the wrong sign and have to start over again.

Completing the maze reveals a staircase heading down into the earth.

Go down the stairs, and you'll come across the superstar frog Mamu. Mamu is perfectly willing to let you hear a special, uncut version of his latest song — for a price. You need this song, though, so shell out the 300 Rupees to hear it, and you'll learn the Frog's Song of the Soul.

The song's description says it's used for waking the dead, but you won't be going around playing necromancer with it.

Instead, you'll need it much later in the game, to awaken the Giant Turtle and access the eighth dungeon, Turtle Rock.

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That's all you need to know about getting the Ocarina in Link's Awakening and all its songs, but be sure to check out our other Link's Awakening Switch guides.

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Link's Awakening Switch: How to Get the Boomerang via Trading https://www.gameskinny.com/mynar/links-awakening-switch-how-to-get-the-boomerang-via-trading https://www.gameskinny.com/mynar/links-awakening-switch-how-to-get-the-boomerang-via-trading Sat, 21 Sep 2019 13:34:50 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Almost all the games in The Legend of Zelda series include some kind of trading sequence. Link's Awakening was the entry where this tradition began and also happens to be the longest trading sequence, spanning the entire game and bringing you closer to the quirky inhabitants of Koholint Island and getting you the coveted boomerang.

The Nintendo Switch version of Link's Awakening includes the trading game as well, with one special tweak at the end that'll be welcome to many.

There are a couple of things that make the Link's Awakening trading sequence different from those in other installments. For one thing, completing certain stages of it are required to progress in the story.

The end reward is different, too. Unlike in, say, Ocarina of Time, you don't get a mighty weapon or some other combat-oriented item for making it all the way through the quest.

Instead, you get two things. The biggest one is hidden knowledge that helps you traverse the final dungeon, where otherwise, you'd have to deal with rounds of trial and error to get through.

The other thing it gets you is the Boomerang item.

How to start it and where to go isn't always clear, and though the new version does add a few more helpful pointers to get you going, it's easy to get stuck if you miss a bit of dialogue or a clue just doesn't click. It's also not something you can do all at once, because it's so closely intertwined with the game's plot.

That's why we put this handy guide for how to start and complete the trading quest in Link's Awakening on Switch.

Starting the Trading Quest: The Yoshi Doll

You'll start the trading sequence by visiting the Trendy Game store in Mabe Village; it's the building south of the field with all the grass.

Here, you'll face what's possibly the greatest trial on the entire island: winning a crane game. The Trendy Game crane game was notoriously finnicky in the original Link's Awakening, and that hasn't changed here, where being off just by a tiny bit means the crane drops your Yoshi prize.

Once you've finally nabbed the doll, head outside.

Stage Two: Yoshi Doll to Ribbon

In the Game Boy Link's Awakening, you were left to figure out what to do with your new Yoshi prize, but in the Switch version, the child outside Trendy Game tells you his mother could really use the doll to help calm her new baby.

Head up to Papahl and Mamasha's house in the northern part of the village, and speak to Mamasha. She'll give you the Ribbon in exchange for the Yoshi Doll.

Stage Three: Ribbon to Dog Food

The next stop in the trading sequence is close by. Go to the center of the village to the house where Madame MeowMeow and her BowWows live.

Enter the house and go to the right, then speak to CiaoCiao to learn she's pining for a new accessory to adorn herself with. Hand over the Ribbon, and you'll get some Dog Food in return.

Stage Four: Dog Food to Bananas

For the next part of the trading game, head down to Toronbo Shores again. Stick to the northern part of the area and go east until you come upon a house.

Go inside and speak to Sale, the alligator who sells bananas. Rather conveniently, he wants some Dog Food, and he's willing to give up a bunch of Bananas in exchange for your can.

Stage Five: Bananas to Stick

The Banana portion of the trading quest is tied in with the rest of the story.

If you didn't start the trade sequence already, you'll find you can't reach Kanalet Castle because there's no way across the bridge. If this is you, you'll need to head back to Mabe Village to start the sequence so you can progress in the game.

With Bananas in hand, find Kiki the cheeky monkey near the Kanalet moat. Grateful Kiki will summon a team of monkeys to build a moat for you, and they leave behind a Stick.

Stage Six: Stick to Honeycomb

If you've completed Key Cavern before this point, you might have noticed Tarin loitering around on Ukuku Prairie. (If not, go clear the dungeon so you can start the next step in the trading sequence.)

Tarin wants some honey and requests the Stick to knock a beehive out of the tree.

Tarin obviously hasn't played Animal Crossing and doesn't realize that bees will chase him once the hive falls. Fortunately for you, though, they leave their Honeycomb behind.

Stage Seven: Honeycomb to Pineapple

Exchanging the Honeycomb is also necessary to move on in your quest for the Instruments.

Take the Honeycomb to Animal Village, and speak with the bear chef. He'll give you a Pineapple in return, but he also tells you how to shift the Walrus blocking your way into Yarna Desert, namely, by bringing Marin along to sing to the Walrus.

However, if you don't give the Honeycomb to the bear, then Marin won't change her routine and go along with Link.

Stage Eight: Pineapple to Hibiscus

Remember when Papahl told you he'd be lost up on Tal Tal Heights later? Yeah, he wasn't kidding.

As you trek along through the Heights on your journey to find the Angler's Tunnel, the game's fourth dungeon, you'll come across him. He's not only lost, but he's so hungry he can't move as well.

Kindly agree to give him the Pineapple, and you receive a lovely Hibiscus for your pains.

Stage Nine: Hibiscus to Letter

After you get the Hibiscus, travel back to Animal Village, and visit Christine the goat in the village's northern part again. She'll take the Hibiscus, but asks you to deliver her letter to Mr. Write too.

Stage Ten: Letter to Broom

Mr. Write's house borders the Mysterious Woods and Goponga Swamp, and you've probably been past it several times already. Go back again with the letter, and after a scene and an Easter egg, you'll receive a Broom.

Stage Eleven: Broom to Fishing Hook

If you've looked around Mabe Village and spoken to its inhabitants at all, you probably have a good idea where to take the broom. Take it to Grandma Yahoo (formerly known as Grandma Ulrira) and she'll be so happy, she gives you a Fishing Hook.

Stage Twelve: Fishing Hook to Necklace

You may or may not have already visited the fisherman in Martha's Bay by this point. He operates under the bridge connecting the mainland to the little island jutting into the Bay, so naturally, you have to have the flippers to get to him.

Offer up the Fishing Hook, and he promises to give you whatever he catches next. It's quite serendipitous that his next catch is a Necklace, because there's a certain Mermaid in need of one.

Stage Thirteen: Necklace to Mermaid's Scale

Swim north of the Catfish's Maw dungeon to find the Mermaid and give her back her Necklace. She rewards you by letting you take a Scale off her tail.

Final Stage: Mermaid's Scale to Magnifying Lens

Take the Mermaid's Scale to the Mourning Mermaid statue on the south side of Martha's Bay, and insert the Scale.

The statue will move, revealing a staircase that leads you to the trading game's big payoff: The Magnifying Lens.

(Real) Final Stage: Magnifying Lens and the Boomerang

It doesn't sound like much reward for all this work, but the Magnifying Lens actually does a couple of important things.

The biggest thing you can do with the Magnifying Lens is work out the correct path through the Wind Fish's Egg, the final dungeon.

It saves a lot of hassle trying to figure it out yourself, and since you have to finish most of the sequence anyway, it's worth going all the way to get this benefit too.

The Magnifying Lens' other use is back down on Toronbo Shores.

You might have noticed the crumbly wall south of Sale's house before. If you bombed it and ventured inside, you'll have been greeted by absolutely nothing. Go back in this cave and use the Magnifying Lens to reveal Goriya, who asks for an item in exchange for the Boomerang.

Unlike the original Link's Awakening, you can pay Goriya 300 Rupees to get that item back, so it's a win-win situation.

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That's all you need to know for the Link's Awakening trading sequence, but be sure to check out our other Link's Awakening Switch guides.

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How to Unlock the Color Dungeon in Link's Awakening Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/xqdd7/how-to-unlock-the-color-dungeon-in-links-awakening-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/xqdd7/how-to-unlock-the-color-dungeon-in-links-awakening-switch Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:19:03 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Nintendo Switch isn't the game's first remake. It received a DX version for Game Boy Color that, obviously, replaced the black-and-white color tone of the original with vibrant color. But it also included a secret, color-themed dungeon, complete with two exclusive power-ups.

The Color Dungeon returns for Link's Awakening on Switch, but there's a bit of a process involved for accessing it. Here's everything you need to know.

How to Unlock the Color Dungeon in Link's Awakening

The Tools You Need for the Color Dungeon

The main tool you need is the Power Bracelet. That's the item Bottle Grotto is built around, so the earliest you can get to the Color Dungeon is after clearing the second dungeon.

If you want to break the sequence and don't mind missing out on some of the game's worldbuilding, you can go ahead to the graveyard to start the process.

If you want to unlock the Color Dungeon the way the game intends you to, though, you'll actually want to finish Key Cavern to get the Pegasus Boots first.

Using the Pegasus Boots to Unlock the Dungeon

Mabe Village Library

If you go the Boots route, head back to Mabe Village after clearing Key Cavern. Go to the Library, which is the bottom-left most building in the village, near where the kids usually play.

There's a book on top of a shelf at the back of the library, and now's the time to finally get it down. Use the Pegasus Boots to dash into the shelf and knock the book down.

The book describes a strange world underneath the graveyard and, more importantly, tells you how to access it: there's a specific order you need to move a set of gravestones in.

The Gravestone Shuffle

Leave Mabe Village through its east exit, then go north. Go up the stairs, and use the Power Bracelet to remove the rock blocking the way. Then, you can head east into the graveyard.

The area you want here is the southeast (bottom right) portion, where there's a set of five graves.

Like always in Zelda games, you'll first want to touch the gravestones to awaken the ghost enemies, called Ghinis, so you can defeat them before they get in the way of moving the gravestones.

From there, follow these orders:

  1. Move the bottom-right gravestone down.
  2. Move the bottom-left gravestone left
  3. Move the upper-left gravestone up
  4. Move the upper-middle gravestone right
  5. Move the upper-right gravestone up

Moving the last gravestone reveals a staircase heading down into the Color Dungeon.

There's a little bit of scraped earth showing you where each stone should be moved. However, should you make a mistake during the sequence, you can enter the nearest house to reset the stones; the Witch's Hut is the closest, just to the west of the graveyard's entrance.

What Do I Get for Completing the Dungeon?

After you defeat the Color Dungeon's boss, you meet the Fairy Queen, who gives you access to two new sets of clothes — but you can only take one.

The Sturdy Blue Mail is a blue tunic that increases Link's defense, while the Powerful Red Mail is a red tunic buffing Link's attack power.

Regardless of which you choose, you can return at any time to swap tunics or revert back to Link's traditional green garb.

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Check out our other guides for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on the Nintendo Switch!

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New Details, Screenshots of Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey VR Emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/g94r8/new-details-screenshots-of-breath-of-the-wild-and-mario-odyssey-vr-emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/g94r8/new-details-screenshots-of-breath-of-the-wild-and-mario-odyssey-vr-emerge Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:51:30 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Some new information regarding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's VR support and Super Mario Odyssey's new VR mini-games emerged from two different sources today.

The information about, and photos of, BOTW came from the game's technical director, Takuhiro Dohta, via a Nintendo UK blog post, while the details on SMO were provided on the Japanese Mario Odyssey Twitter page.

Dohta mentioned the idea for including VR support in BOTW came when the team was first shown concepts for Labo VR. Initially, the team wasn't completely sure how to incorporate the new features into BOTW and developed several different ideas for what might work.

Several early impressions revolved around implementing VR with combat, so players could get a new perspective on some of the game's more detailed enemies.

The main problem they encountered was combining VR with the fact that BOTW, like all Zelda games, is in third-person, while most VR experiences are designed to be played in the first-person.

However, Dohta said the team eventually decided to settle on experiencing key locations in VR as the best approach. Doing so would mean the game itself wouldn't change, remaining as the same experience for all players. It will also provide a reason for those who've already played the game to come back and enjoy it again.

The camera will be controlled via movement, though the feature can be turned off, should the player wish to do so.

As mentioned in our initial coverage, VR support will come after a small update set to launch April 25; it doesn't require a new game to enjoy as the feature can be toggled on or off at any time.

The Super Mario Odyssey VR experience will also be available April 25 and also requires a small update. The new additions revolve around a set of "bite-sized" mini-games and missions utilizing VR's capabilities of 360-degree rotation.

The Twitter translation of the tweet reads

[Playing in VR] This mode can also be played without using VR goggles. But... By all means, please enjoy the 360 ° spread [Super Mario Odyssey] using VR goggles!

Which means they're completely separate from the Labo VR Kit.

The Nintendo Labo VR Kits launched April 12, much to the surprise of many, since Nintendo only recently re-affirmed its commitment to AR, not VR.

However, the kits do adhere to Nintendo's family-friendly philosophy by not including a strap, which requires players to hold the VR Goggles to their faces

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Artist Spotlight: Travis "Sketch Junky" Elliot Catches the Essence of Pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/rswkc/artist-spotlight-travis-sketch-junky-elliot-catches-the-essence-of-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/rswkc/artist-spotlight-travis-sketch-junky-elliot-catches-the-essence-of-pokemon Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:47:52 -0400 QuintLyn

One of the greatest things about gaming or any geek activity is how it can inspire fans to creativity. All over the world, fans of video games, anime, comic books, sci-fi, and more are creating beautiful and amazing things around the properties they're most passionate about.

Recently, we came across one such creative on Reddit, where he'd posted several of his drawings under the name Sketch Junky. Most were Pokemon related, which is always going to catch our attention.

But there were also Legend of Zelda and Dragon Ball Z pieces as well, and all were done using markers and pens  nothing digital.

They were so well done that our editor, who first saw them, messaged me with the link just so I could see how fantastic they were. It only took us a few minutes of conversation to know we'd like to talk to the artist about highlighting his work on the site.

Who is Sketch Junky?

As it turned out, the artist going by Sketch Junky was a 30-year-old in Kentucky by the name of Travis Elliot. When I spoke to him, he told me he'd been drawing since he was a kid, having started by replicating Nintendo covers, such as the Ninja Turtles, as well as various comics. Both Marvel and DC were represented as he noted he'd replicate Spider-Man, Venom, and Batman, among others.

I spoke with Travis for a while about his art and inspirations and learned quite a bit. Of course, the interview was pretty free-form so this won't be a dry, word-for-word recount. That said, I hope you find it as interesting as I found speaking with him to be.

Getting Started and Inspiration

Just about every interview with a creative starts out with the interviewer asking them how they got started, who and what their inspirations were, and what kinds of things they hope to achieve. It's rote, but you have to start somewhere. 

As a kid, I drew mostly for fun. I drew what I enjoyed. I wanted to be an artist, but I decided not to attend art school.

This decision wasn't made lightly. There are some definite benefits to obtaining formal schooling when it comes to art, but there are also some serious downsides, such as the cost, which in addition to what students pay just to attend college, is compounded by the number of materials and lab fees art students are required to dish out.

That isn't to say Travis thinks formal training is a bad idea for everyone, just that it wasn't for him.

One of the things Travis noted that influenced his decision was discovering art forums when he was about 19 or 20. There, budding artists shared their progress, showing that those who are willing to put in the work can do amazing things, even without formal education.

This thought process was solidified when he had a chance to peek at one of the sketchbooks owned by Dave Rapoza, an artist that Travis considers to be a major influence on his own work. Just seeing the book inspired him to apply himself, knowing that if he did, he'd do well.

Other Influences

You may notice, scrolling through this piece, that Travis really seems to like drawing Pokemon. Of course, he's also shared pieces inspired by other games and anime, such as The Legend of Zelda and Dragon Ball Z.

Since most of these properties have both video game and anime ties, I asked him which was his bigger influence.

As it turns out, while he does love video games, the anime aesthetic was the bigger influence here. But he didn't just want to copy what the artists were already doing. He wanted to re-imagine them in a more realistic illustration style.

We discussed the fact that this isn't the first time artists have made a run at designing "realistic" Pokemon or other anime characters. He agreed, he wasn't the first but noted that the others just didn't feel right to him.

The realistic versions I've seen neever really struck a cord. They were too literal like Venosaur being an actual dinosaur.

This same thought process is applied to Dragon Ball characters. Even in his own work, Dragon Ball characters have been a challenge when it comes to the balance between achieving a realistic look and keeping the overall essence of the characters.

In the case of Dragon Ball, Travis notes that he's done over 20 different characters and only a few of them have come out the way he wants. One thing that he's learned with these attempts is that the hair is a big factor.

You can't be literal with the hair. You have to make concessions. Translating anime is a delicate balance.

The Joys and Pitfalls of 2D Animation

A lot of my conversation with Travis revolved around the art style in anime and animation styles that really struck a cord with him. As hit turns out, he has a lot of love for some of the older stuff; old 2D Disney movies are a huge influence. On the other hand, the newer 3D stuff doesn't work as well for him visually.

He says a similar thing about the Dragon Ball franchise when comparing the latest series to the older ones.

Dragon Ball Super feels flat. The original Dragon Ball and DBZ are more alive and energetic.

He added that in general, he wishes animators would mix it up more and offer more variety.

Of course, he doesn't dislike everything new. He has high praise for Your Name, an anime movie that came out two years ago. He felt the movie which is the highest-grossing anime film of all time worldwide demonstrated that a lot can be done with 2D that just hasn't been yet.

All Those Games

Of course, not all of his influences are anime or games that happen to tie into anime. Travis actually has a short list of games that have had some influence on his work, including what he considers the "Golden Age" of Final Fantasy games — specifically Final Fantasy VII through Final Fantasy X. He noted that he really latched onto the visual art style of that period, noting that you just don't see as much of it now thanks to developers looking to make everything as realistic as possible.

Another Square Enix series he notes a fondness for is the Kingdom Hearts series. This is also because it's artistically unique among video games.

The Kingdom Hearts story doesn't hurt either. And it kept him coming back time an again to play Kingdom Hearts II, Chain of Memories, and Birth by Sleep. And of course, he even picked up Kingdom Hearts 3. Like a true fan, the game was in his hands at midnight when it released.

He did note a few concerns he had with KHIII, though, pointing to a lack of Final Fantasy characters and minimal post-game content. He also feels it lost some of its flair.

Square Enix doesn't have the same spark it used to.

And then there's his first love, old-school Nintendo games. Aside from featuring the covers he used to spend his time re-imagining, these games also taught him a very important lesson when it comes to gaming.

Video games don't have to be difficult to be fun.

East Meets West

When talking about Travis' influences, we did end up meandering a bit.

While anime and Eastern art styles are a major influence, he also looks to a few Western influences as well, particularly comic books artists and older Disney movies. He points to The Lion King as his first influential film, partially because of how the storytelling captured his imagination.

Then, of course, there are the comic books, which he discussed in relation to Japanese manga. He didn't list any big ones but did note that he kept some around.

However, when it came to art, he still prefers the Japanese styles, noting their more fantastic nature.

Western style comics and animation involve making tropes more realistic, while the Eastern style is about having more fun and not taking itself too seriously. It's like they're saying 'How can we make cool interesting?'

Supporting Himself While He Learns

To achieve his goal of becoming an artist, Travis obviously had to have some way to support himself. Eventually, he took on working in security, which allows him to put time into his art.

Of course, as he's grown as an artist, he also takes on the occasional commission and freelance work. Eventually, he does hope to make a living based on his art alone.

Thinking About the Future

Travis goes on to talk about what he'd like to do with his art in the future, discussing the struggle many artists have with deciding whether they want to be employed by companies, doing what they're told, or if they'd rather just do what they want to do and risk a less steady income.

While he's thinking about that, he is using his time to learn what of his work really resonates with people. He feels that his use of traditional media, particularly markers and ink, are why people gravitate to what he does.

It offers them more variety from all the digital and CGI works we've seen over the last several years.

That said, he is capable of working in more modern mediums, he just prefers not to. Additionally, Travis did add that he has plans to try his hand at some other franchises in the future, including Full Metal Alchemist, Deathnote, and Samurai X.

Pokemon: Sword and Shield, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Since a lot of Travis' pieces are Pokemon oriented, I asked his opinion on both the upcoming Detective Pikachu and Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Pokemon: Sword and Shield

When asked about the new game, he said that he likes that the environments seem more immersive, but that he's concerned by the title. He feels the battle theme seems to indicate the developers plan on taking the game in directions that could alienate older players.

When asked which of the three starters he had his eye on, the answer was quick and to the point:

Grass money.

Detective Pikachu

One of the fun reactions Travis has gotten to his Pokemon art is that some people have actually asked him if he worked on the designs in the upcoming Pokemon movie. While he hasn't, he is pretty happy with the comparison.

He also noted that he's generally pleased with the direction the artists did take when creating the "real world" version of the Pokemon. He's happy you can tell who each of the characters are and adds that there would have been a real downside to making them too realistic.

If you're making Pokemon real, there's gonna be nightmare fuel. Also, if Pokemon were real, we'd live in a very dangerous world.

He added that he really wants to see how they handle Gengar. In fact, that's why he did his own version.

Where to Find Sketch Junky

If you're interested in checking out more of Travis' work or perhaps asking him about a commission or two, here's what you need to know:

We want to thanks Travis for taking the time to speak with us. If you know of other great artists that should be highlighted, let us know in the comments below. 

 

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7 Things Link's Awakening on Switch Needs To Modernize https://www.gameskinny.com/ks6rv/7-things-links-awakening-on-switch-needs-to-modernize https://www.gameskinny.com/ks6rv/7-things-links-awakening-on-switch-needs-to-modernize Thu, 28 Feb 2019 11:53:08 -0500 Josh Broadwell

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Dungeon Changes

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The traditional Zelda experience is all about the dungeons, and it’s the one thing most people criticized about Breath of the Wild. That being said, the dungeons in Link’s Awakening are fairly short compared to what’s on offer in later entries.

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The puzzles are devious as ever, but all total, you’re looking at a roughly 14-hour experience. That’s substantially shorter than all the Zelda games since Ocarina of Time except Link Between Worlds.

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That wouldn’t be a big deal, except Link Between Worlds was $40 at launch, and it quickly made it to the Nintendo Selects line. Chances are, Link’s Awakening for Switch will be $50 or $60, like any top-tier release, so there really needs to be more for players to sink their teeth into.

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Fortunately, there is a precedent for this, as the Game Boy Color version brought a new dungeon to the game. While it was, admittedly, a short one, it still shows how easy it is to include new elements without breaking the game’s flow overall.

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Even expanding existing dungeons, or adding new puzzles, would be a good idea. This would give longtime fans a reason to purchase Link's Awakening for Switch beyond its aesthetic upgrade.

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Most of these upgrades are to be expected from modern games, including modern Zelda games. Link's Awakening is a classic in its own right, but we've both become spoiled from high-quality offerings in the franchise and more selective about how we spend our money.

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Respecting a classic's origins is one thing, but hopefully, Nintendo takes the time and effort to really do the game justice and help it thrive on the Switch.

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More Stuff to Do

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One of the aspects that might make going back to traditional Zelda games difficult is the relatively limited number of things to do in these game. Like most early Zelda titles, the original Link's Awakening has only a few optional side quests to complete.

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Amongst these side quests is the much-loved trading game. Here you start with an item that you give to an NPC in exchange for an item that another NPC needs. This continues until you get a rare item, but it isn't strictly necessary in Link's Awakening, which makes the reward for the quest not very memorable

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The other primary side quest is seashell collecting, which does result in a powered-up sword like in the Oracle games. These two side quests are the extent of the optional content in Link's Awakening.

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While it isn't completely fair to draw comparisons to Breath of the Wild, as this game was, of course, not a massive, open world game, most of the other games that followed Link's Awakening included a variety of optional tasks to complete. These side quests, such as the ring system in the Oracle games and filling out the Bomber's Notebook in Majora's Mask, gave players reasons to explore every last inch of those games.

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With the variety of characters on the island of Link's Awakening, there’s a wealth of potential quest opportunities. This could include finding specific places and objects for Ulrira, a wider range of food quests for Papahl, or even tasks for the residents of the Animal Village (so they, y’know, actually have a reason to exist).

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The Soundtrack

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Early Zelda games introduced gamers to fantastic new worlds, full of adventure, danger, magic, and puzzles. The series' overworld theme is one of the most recognizable pieces of video game music around, and there’s no denying that it added a lot to the atmosphere and made the games more enjoyable for many players.

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There’s also no denying that, after a while, it gets a little old. This is more true in Link’s Awakening than, say, Link to the Past, because the latter, at least, changed things up from time to time — Death Mountain and the Dark World, for instance.

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Koholint Island is a big place, which means that players hear the overworld theme, on loop, a lot when playing through the original version. Hopefully, some new tracks will be added to the Switch release. There are some perfect opportunities to create excellent pieces here, music that blends with the various distinct areas on the island — the beach, Tal Tal Heights, Gopongo Swamp, and Ukuku Prairie.

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Even if Link’s Awakening for Switch ends up being more of a remaster than a remake, simply adding in a new soundtrack, to improve immersion and make every area as complete as possible, would go far in creating a new experience and justifying the game's existence.

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Character Development

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If there's one thing Zelda games usually get right, it's creating interesting NPCs, and Link's Awakening is no exception there. Whether it's the doting Madame MeowMeow or the absentminded Tarin, Koholint Island's quirky characters stick with you even though they don't say a whole lot. That said, they could certainly be expanded upon in the Switch version.

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For example, Marin feels fairly generic — she sings a song, talks about the song she sings, and likes chickens. It seems only right that she should get a bit more development in Link's Awakening for Switch, if only to explain how she came by this obviously powerful and sacred song of hers.

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All of the other bizarre and lovable characters should get some additional attention too. Breath of the Wild's NPCs each had their own stories and, while they may have had less interesting personalities overall, they were more developed due to their increased interactions with Link. Giving the same treatment to characters like Papahl and Crazy Tracy would make Link's Awakening a lot deeper and more enjoyable.

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It would also serve to make Koholint Island feel more like a real place — a place that Link wouldn't want to leave. For new players approaching the game without the rosy hue of nostalgia, it might be difficult to get invested without more elaborated NPCs.

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And while we're at it, let's hope we get some bigger text boxes too. That would make sure that the moments created by the NPCs get all the emphasis that they need.

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Those Messages

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Link’s Awakening introduced a couple of new items in the form of the Guardian Acorn and Piece of Power. The Acorn boosted Link’s defense for a short period of time, while the Power Piece provides a brief attack boost.

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That’s lovely in theory, and sometimes, a Guardian Acorn is really all you need to power through a certain point. But there’s a problem with these little wonders:  they’re everywhere, and every time you grab one, you get the same lengthy message that gives details on what you found and what it does. This happens regardless of if its your first time collecting the item or your five-hundredth.

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Eventually, you’re avoiding these items as much as possible, desperately trying to make it through the Mysterious Forest, or whatever other small area you’re in, without getting held up by the Acorns and Shards every Moblin seems to be storing in their Moblin suit. Okay, so maybe it isn’t as bad as that.

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However, it’s a nuisance born out of early game design that really doesn’t belong in contemporary games. Nothing takes you out of an experience faster than unavoidable, repetitive, and annoying text.

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The Button Interface

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Our old friends, the giant grey brick and its colorful little sibling, didn’t have much to offer in the way of button combinations or expansive interface options. Still, they did the best they could with what was available, and it was good enough for several Zelda installments, including the original Link’s Awakening.

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That doesn’t necessarily mean it was optimal though, as swapping between items and weapons was a bit of a nuisance, especially when having to choose between different songs for the ocarina. However, the Switch isn’t the Game Boy or Game Boy Color.

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Nintendo's newest console has exponentially more input options, and opting to make the new version of Link’s Awakening a one-to-one port would be a serious mistake. That is, only being able to use two of the buttons to assign weapons would be a complete waste of the Switch’s abilities.

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Hopefully, Nintendo will instead let players assign different items to all four face buttons, and potentially the shoulder buttons as well. It would create a much more user-friendly experience and solve the headache that was inventory management in the old Game Boy Zelda games.

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The Plot

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The original release of Link's Awakening occurred at a time when developers didn't mind experimenting with mechanics and story lines, and the game's plot demonstrates that willingness. There is a strange dream world here, and there are no real villains, plus there are parallel characters like Chain Chomps and Goombas.

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However, the plot of Link's Awakening does not feel fully developed. This is not too surprising, since early '90s games weren't exactly known for their in-depth storytelling, but the amount of material available in the game makes the Switch release a perfect opportunity to create an even more compelling narrative.

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Take the Wind Fish itself, for example. Players never really find out how it's connected to the dream world, why it has the power to wake Link, and what relationship it has to the orchestral instruments he gathers during his journey. All of these areas could be elaborated in the new version.

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An expanded narrative could also mean more development for the Nightmares or even the inclusion of a central villain. Dethl is a neat play on the dream idea, but it seems like it exists only to fit the overall motif without having any actual motivation — not even Ganondorf's typical desire to "take over the world."

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Again, the plot works just fine for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color versions of the game, but leaving it alone for the Switch release could easily be seen as laziness disguised as being faithful to the source material.

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In a recent Direct, Nintendo surprised a lot of people with confirmation that a long-rumored, new version of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is indeed headed to Switch. The reveal trailer didn't show viewers much about the game, aside from its art style, which has led to a number of questions:

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Will Link's Awakening for Switch be a remaster or a full remake? Will it make big changes to the beloved classic?

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It's my hope that Nintendo does make a few changes with this new release. While Link's Awakening was my first Zelda game, and I love it to this day, I'm not blind to ways that the original could be improved upon.

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Faults like the game's button interface and limited character development are fine in its original or Virtual Console form, but if Nintendo is taking pains to spruce the game up overall, these kinds of problems should be fixed as well. Here are seven specific changes I would like to see when Link's Awakening comes to Switch.

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'Tis the Season: The Best Couples Cosplay for Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/2t0fe/tis-the-season-the-best-couples-cosplay-for-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/2t0fe/tis-the-season-the-best-couples-cosplay-for-halloween Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:44:09 -0400 Stephanie Tang

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That's all for now!

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Did you imagine Halloween to be one of the most romantic seasons of the year? If the answer was no, you weren't thinking deep enough - it's getting cold out there, and even full-body cat suits get cold when you're walking around in them alone!

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Got any other ideas for hit couples cosplay? Be sure to let us know!

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(image source: We Heart It

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Another DC pair that will last the ages. Batwoman and Catwoman don't always see eye to eye regarding pesky matters like legalities and their choices in friends (who may or may not spend an inordinate amount of time locked up in Arkham Asylum) their romance is both explosive and exciting.

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Whether you choose to go the iconic Batman Returns route of dressing up as Bats and Selena Kyle like @harley_sinn_87 & @kevindcosplay above, or prefer one of their countless other movie/comic book/video game/cartoon counterparts, I guarantee you will be instantly recognizable by anyone you meet on the street. 

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It's also super easy to dress these two up and down depending on your time and budget constraints too!

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(image source: Picdeer)

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Okay, so maybe this particular couple doesn't actually exist outside of our collective imaginations, but wasn't it just made to be? 

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Frozen blew everyone's collective minds when it came out, and the carpool karaoke of "Let it Go" may have died down (for now, wait a few months), but it's simmering just under the surface. And with no canon love interest for Queen Elsa to be found, the internet went ahead and did it for her. 

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Enter Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians, the personification of ice and snow, stuck forever in the body of a 17 year old. While this is a couple that will never happen for real, it won't stop the rest of us from dreaming!

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For those in the know, make this romance a reality with costumes that are either super simple to put together (Jack's) or super easy to find on the market (Elsa's). 

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(image source: Fanpop)

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So the Overwatch community has a love/hate relationship with shipping of any kind but the dissenters are usually outnumbered by the vastly more talented people who dress up, take photos, and draw fanart, so it's still pretty easy to enjoy what you want.

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This particular game with its attempts at rich back story (that is mostly forgotten once you have anything to do with actually playing it) doesn't really have any canon pairings. You could frankly throw a few darts at the hero select screen and come up with a pairing that will have as much canonical backing as any other... not that the internet hasn't tried.

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Of course, this makes the game particularly conducive to large group cosplays, or even smaller threes or twos. Soldier 76 and Mercy as seen above are a popular pair, first because of character, but also because they are two of the most commonly picked characters in the game. You can also find the officially licensed costumes and props available through Spirit Halloween (along with Reaper and D.Va) if you're looking for something quick, easy, but undeniably pricey. 

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(image source: ACParadise

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Choice one if you're on the hunt for something to dress up in with a pal and no romantic feelings attached -- or at least we hope not, since Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are brother and sister.

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(Yes, there have been some occasional references in canon that might suggest a little too much co-dependency between the two of 'em, but we're not going to get into that squinchy kind of debate right now, okay?)

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While I'm not going to spoil the Avengers movies for any poor soul that still hasn't seen them, suffice to say that Scarlet Witch is pretty much a badass. Always. And you are hard-pressed not to love her.

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Quicksilver is a little harder to appreciate due to his, sigh, lack of screen time, but I assure you that having a complete set of Maximoff siblings is a heck of a way to make an entrance to any party. 

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(image source: Xcoos)

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If you're looking to show off with a dash of real romance, how better than with Final Fantasy X's tragically romantic lead pair, Summoner Yuna and her guardian Tidus?

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While Tidus might be bit of a blonde and a bonehead to boot, there's nothing he won't do to make sure that Yuna achieves everything that she's determined to. That forced laughter on the way to the Mi'hen Highroad will ring in your ears forever with cringe and second-hand embarrassment, but you have to admit that the scene above was positively beautiful and the stuff of daydreams. 

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A little dated, these costumes might be a little more difficult to find on short notice, so you may have to resort to needle and thread if you really want to do these lovebirds justice!

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(image source: DeviantArt

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Despite being one of comic bookdom's biggest power couples on the planet, DC's Joker and Harley Quinn are also crazy, maniacal, and if you really thought too hard about their power dynamic, probably not nearly as romantic as die-hard fans think they are. 

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And yet you can't help it. You love them. Admit it. You do. 

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Whether it's in the traditional harlequin suit and true-white clown skin or Margot Robbie's killer turn as Daddy's Lil' Monster in Suicide Squad and Jared Leto's shiny teeth, there's no denying that you knew these two were showing up on this list, didn't you? 

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The Suicide Squad Harley may have been last Halloween's most popular costume, but these two will always, always be a staple at any con, any time of the year, forever and ever.. thanks in large part to huge cosplayers like the ones shown above, Anthony Misiano and Alyssa King (aka Harley's Joker and Joker's Harley, respectively). If the names didn't give it away, they are best known for their ultra-realistic Joker/Harley shoots, and their prolific con-going adventures. 

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Check out the link below for more awesome photos if you're looking for inspiration! (The photobooth series is my personal favorite.)

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(image source: Geek Chic Elite)

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Is it love, is it friend-zoned affection, or wistful thinking? The fandom is split on just how romantic the Link and Zelda thirds of the Triforce really are. 

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Regardless of which side of the fence that you land, you're hard-pressed to find two more recognizably nerdy costumes than the Hero of Time and "what would it be like if Zelda was a girl?" 

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Perfect for whether you want to insist you're "just friends" or leaving things ambiguous, there have also been dozens of different iterations of the Link and Zelda costumes over the years, so piecing one together could be super easy or super detailed depending on skill, cost, and time considerations. 

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The original link for this picture is gone, but some internet sleuthing has me fairly sure that it is part of this photo shoot with AdelCosplay. Check it out for some more inspiration!

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(image source: Pinterest

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(If you want to get to the real superhero duo action, skip to about 1:15 above.)

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Somehow Spider-Man is in Los Angeles. He bumps into Deadpool. On a rooftop. Chemistry ignites. The Merc With the Mouth makes a move. The fight, the struggle, the passion. The screen fades to black. 

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--Fine, well then how were you going to retell it?

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By now it's pretty canon that Deadpool would love to get in on some of that sleek, Spidey action, but it's also pretty canon that our favorite web-slinger just ain't about that life. Ah, doomed romance. Is there anything more heart-wrenching to be imitated and captured IRL?

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Because, you see, as temperatures begin dropping and the leaves start falling, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of cosplaying with his lady love.

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Or something like that.

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The above may or may not be a shameless bastardization of Tennyson, but that doesn't change the fact that with the cooling weather, cuffing season opens.

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So whether you want to celebrate your newly minted love affair by showing up hand in claw at the biggest (nerdiest?) Halloween bash of the month, or whether or not you and your best bro are looking to steal the show in your sexy zentai suits and choreographed moves (and catch the eye of the hottest Harley in the crowd), now is the perfect time to get planning. 

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Here are some of the best, the wackiest, and the funnest cosplay ideas for couples on the internet. 

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The Legend of Zelda: Living the Life of Luxury! Comes to Nintendo Switch Online https://www.gameskinny.com/1zyx7/the-legend-of-zelda-living-the-life-of-luxury-comes-to-nintendo-switch-online https://www.gameskinny.com/1zyx7/the-legend-of-zelda-living-the-life-of-luxury-comes-to-nintendo-switch-online Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:31:24 -0400 William R. Parks

Nintendo has just added a new version of the NES classic The Legend of Zelda to Nintendo Switch Online.

In The Legend of Zelda: Living the Life of Luxury!, players start with “a ton of rupees” and all the equipment. As with the original release, completing the game will give you access to Second Quest, which is essentially a NG+ play-through of The Legend of Zelda where enemies are stronger and dungeons, heart containers, and (some) shops have been relocated in the map.

In an interview posted on Nintendo.co.uk, Toshihiko Nakago revealed that Second Quest was created because Zelda’s programmers had only used half of the memory allotted for map data.

“So, using half of the memory that was left over, we decided to create the Second Quest,” Nakago recalls.

Nintendo Switch Online went live on September 19 and costs $20 annually.

The service is now a requirement if you want to play games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Splatoon 2 online, but it does come with some additional perks, including Switch ports of NES games like this one.

However, is there an audience for this version of Zelda? Are fans that are clamoring for retro-gaming on their Switch looking for “souped-up” versions of the classics?

Perhaps people that are intimidated by the difficulty of the original release will now be excited to rush to Gannon without breaking a sweat. But if so, where's the appeal? 

Are you excited for this to hit Nintendo Switch Online? Let us know why or why not in the comments below! 

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The Tea: Majora's Mask is a Surprisingly Smooth Intro to Legend of Zelda https://www.gameskinny.com/htc4l/the-tea-majoras-mask-is-a-surprisingly-smooth-intro-to-legend-of-zelda https://www.gameskinny.com/htc4l/the-tea-majoras-mask-is-a-surprisingly-smooth-intro-to-legend-of-zelda Thu, 02 Aug 2018 12:09:54 -0400 Jackson Ingram

I picked up Majora’s Mask sometime last year. It was my first Legend of Zelda game. Like, ever.

For a long time, not-playing Zelda was kind of a point of pride for me, and also just a killer fun fact for “Never Have I Ever.” But finally, after Majora got its 3DS remake, I decided to see what all the hype was about. It was only after I stumbled through my first three apocalyptic days in Termina that literally everyone (including my boss) told me that I’d chosen what might be the least accessible entry-point in a franchise that spans three decades.

There are a million Zelda games to choose from, and I had to pick the one in the bizarro off-shoot timeline, with the Hell clock and the dead-eyed statues and the cow-stealing aliens.

Apparently, Ocarina of Time (essentially the host body off of which Majora propagated) would’ve been a slightly better first choice, but it hadn’t even occurred to me that the two were connected. I thought Zelda was an anthology series. Y’know, like American Horror Story or something.

But apparently, it’s exactly like American Horror Story in the sense that anyone can retroactively connect the dots of the whole franchise and, if you squint hard enough, it makes a whole picture.

And Lord, what a picture Majora made.

If at first you don't succeed... Die, die again

I initially gravitated toward Majora because of a little story called “Ben Drowned.” Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s one of the worst Creepypastas to ever infect the internet, convincing children around the world (myself included) that their Nintendo 64 cartridges could not only be dusty, but also demonic.

Now that I’ve grown out of my internet horror phase (and am definitely not still terrified of Slenderman), I have the distance to see "Ben Drowned" as just a goofy ghost story. But at the time, it messed me up, and maybe turned me off Zelda until I could work through that phobia to find more mature things to be scared of. Like my electric bill. Or spiders.

By comparison, Majora itself isn’t so scary. It’s full of campy, cartoony moments, and it populates its world with weirdos who will send you on more errands than a full morning of Animal Crossing. Of course, all of the comings and goings happen under the looming threat of the moon’s collision course with Termina. But even knowing that they’re all high-key doomed at the end of the three-day cycle, the quirky residents of Clock Tower Town carry on, business as usual.

These mundane, personal moments really force you to care about the lives you’re supposed to be saving, and give a much greater weight to the adventure on the whole. If if the moon is super ugly. I mean, just look ... 


To be honest, if I knew the world was going to end in three days, you know what I’d do? I’d set my alarm to get up on time. I’d eat the same cereal I eat every morning. I’d drive to work and chat with my friends and go grocery shopping and probably stay up too late playing video games. To cling to a routine is deeply human. It’s a point of stability, even when things are hopeless.

So I get it ...

But boy are they hopeless. Link takes it upon himself to help the people he meets, knowing that anything he does for them will inevitably be reset before the end of the three days. The swamp will become toxic again. The music box girl’s father will re-mummify. Anju and Kafei, after finally being reunited and resolving to die together, will be torn apart. And yet, we keep helping them, again and again, knowing it might be fruitless, because it’s the only thing you can do.

This game exists in the difference between “hopeless” and “meaningless.” It is enough that these characters have these fleeting scraps of happiness. It is enough that the world is as it should be, if only for a moment.

So yeah, maybe the game isn’t scary. But geez, it can get heavy.

Song of "X-Y-R-X-Y-R"

Of course, aside from the three-day doom cycle, Majora is best known for the masks. Y’know, it’s kind of right there in the title.

On the surface, they’re just mechanical spice for the gameplay. Each one serves a different function, from granting the gift of speed to acting as a cow-shaped entry-ticket to the most exclusive Milk Bar in Termina. Three special masks, however, transform Link completely from a human to one of the other three primary races in the game.

And the only way to get those is to play the “Song of Healing” on a corpse.

Link, it stands to reason, should not go into the medical field if that’s his idea of “healing.”

Instead of bringing back the dead, the Ocarina condenses their likenesses down to masks that encapsulate the identities of the departed. People literally mistake Link for whichever dead guys he’s masquerading as, and he just kind of rolls with it. The game doesn’t frame this as identity theft, but as a thoughtful tribute. For each, Link chooses to carry on the parts of their lives that were left unfinished. 

The only form Link doesn’t take on voluntarily is that of the Deku. Instead, it’s forced onto him at the beginning of the game in a horrific transformation sequence, one that sets the tone for the rest of the adventure. Unlike the mighty Goron or the sleek Zora, the Deku doesn’t feel like a power-up. We’re used to Link as a strong, able-bodied hero. To turn him into a little impish tree-dude feels like a limitation, at least at first.

But even after Link is transformed back into the tights-clad hero we know and love, he keeps the Deku mask to use throughout the adventure. Eventually, we see the Deku not for its limitations, but for its unique strengths. With its light, feathery body, the Deku can ride the wind currents or even skip across the surface of water. By the time we run into the Deku Butler, who implies that his dead son is the source of the Deku mask itself, we can better appreciate Link’s role in honoring that image.

Majora’s themes of remembrance hit me hard every step of the way, especially as I find myself missing my own deceased loved ones in similarly tangible ways. Every day, I wear my uncle’s too-big golf jacket to work. And when I go home, I can feel the cool kitchen tile through my grandpa’s hand-me-down socks, whose heels he wore thin after decades and decades of standing at work.

These are small things, which maybe didn’t mean much while my uncle and grandpa were alive, but now they’re little pieces of them that I can take with me throughout the day. The masks of Majora embodied that for me on the screen in a way that felt deeply personal. Link isn't dressing up as these three characters. He's honoring their memory.

Fandom Freak-Out: Terrible Fate

The masks I’m referring to here, of course, are the dope power-up ones. Not the titular Mask, which was just a huge asshole to everyone, though I have to give kudos to Majora for breaking the usual big-bad mold.

The vicious spirit of the mask is no dark lord Ganondorf or even bumbling Bowser. It has no ambition for domination, no craving for power. It only desires suffering. And what better puppet for a chaotic demon than a trouble-making brat? Give godlike powers to any child, and they could easily become Skull Kid, one of the most compelling video game villains I’ve recently thrown down with. Which leads me to my freak-out of the week.

Terrible Fate” is a beautifully rendered cinematic of the events leading up to Skull Kid’s possession. Here, we’re introduced to him not as the OP little demon who turned us into a Deku, but as a scared and lonely kid who got caught with his hand in a cosmically malevolent cookie jar.

It also answers the age-old question: do Skull Kids actually have beaks? Spoiler: no.

Final Swallow

Majora’s Mask was a frustrating, often obtusely intricate maze, one that I needed a walkthrough to navigate at almost every sharp turn. In the 25-ish hours I spent hobbling around Termina under the nightmare-fuel moon face, I don’t think I relaxed for even a second.

And I loved the crap out of it. Each heart-pounding tick of the clock was another unique beat in a lovingly dense world. I couldn’t wait for another dip into it, so I grabbed my old Wii from my parents’ house last weekend and now I’m neck-deep in the dungeons of Twilight Princess, which… I’m also told might not be the best representation of the series as a whole. But who cares! I’m living for it.

If these are the most difficult Zelda games to get into, then I’m looking forward to a long backlog of incredible adventures to come.

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Questions for y'all: What was your first Zelda game? Did you find Majora charmingly weird or too-weird-to-be-charming? Why do the Great Fairies all wear the same outfits? These are the hot takes I need in the comments below.

Until next time, friends.

The Tea (never timely, always hot) is a weekly column steeped in gaming culture and the fandom experience. Tune in Thursdays for another cup of steamy content.

 

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The 20 Most Hilarious Arby's Video Game References https://www.gameskinny.com/vb7ih/the-20-most-hilarious-arbys-video-game-references https://www.gameskinny.com/vb7ih/the-20-most-hilarious-arbys-video-game-references Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:25:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

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It's a good bet we'll continue to see new anime and gaming references pop up in the months ahead, as this is an ad strategy that seems to be working, and there are plenty of games and shows they haven't covered yet.

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I'm actually surprised we haven't seen a Secret Of Mana post yet, considering how they have been on top of the re-releases of classic games in recent months.

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What was your favorite Arby's gaming reference, and what box art creation do you hope to see come up next? Let us know in the comments!

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RIP AND TEAR

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Game: Doom

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Is there ANYTHING this crew can't do with those damn boxes?!? It doesn't even look like they had to paint on the red lower sections but just used the colored portions of the sandwich holders to make it fit perfectly. The only way they could have made this better is if it was an ultra-fast moving video with a chainsaw at the end.

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Goomba Squad! Moooove out!!!

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Series: Super Mario Bros.

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Those classic Goombas 'n Boos will always hold a hallowed place in gaming history, even as the series expands out and drastically alters the gameplay with newer iterations like Super Mario Odyssey. That adorable cardboard Goomba has got me thinking a weekend family art project may be in the works!

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He's the symbol this town needs

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Game: South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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I don't think anyone expected the South Park series to hit its stride with an RPG, but what started with Obsidian's Stick Of Truth and continued with Ubisoft's take in The Fractured But Whole may well be the best games in the franchise. The paper cut-out style of the TV series also clearly lends itself well to cardboard box art!

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You've come a long way, baby

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Series: Fallout

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I'm calling it -- fast food sauce packet art is going to become a recognized thing. I mean, if Vincent Castiglia can paint with blood, why not Arby's sauce?

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This saucy rendition of the Fallout stat system also just reminded me that I'm 95 hours into Fallout 4 but still haven't actually finished the main storyline after getting side tracked by all the DLC. Nobody ruin the ending for me.

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The morning sun has vanquished the horrible night

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Series: Castlevania

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Considering you can eat burgers, mushrooms, and even whole turkey legs throughout this series, the idea of Simon's Lunch isn't too far fetched. The best part about this whole thing (other than the box whip), is that one genius fan immediately commented with this exchange:

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"Fry monster! You don't belong in this world!"

"It was not by my hand I was again made fresh. I was ordered by humans who wish to fillet me tribute!"

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How's your grip strength?

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Game: Shadow of the Colossus

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The wisdom of eating a tower of meat that size is definitely in question, but this is an absolutely perfect mixing of game and fast food imagery to get an idea across. It's clear just from a glance that he's about to fight a colossus, and now I'm kind of wondering if I have what it takes to tackle the meat mountain.

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You might call this a post for 90's gamers, but we think of it as millennial fare

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Game: Chrono Trigger

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Featuring dancing robot Gato from the millennial fair, this Chrono Trigger-based caption was pure genius, and it immediately took me back to Saturday afternoon game sessions from my childhood.

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The sad, cash-grab PC port might be garbage, but the original SNES version is still one of the best RPGs of all time, and I'm absolutely about to load up ZSNES and replay it tonight.

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Sure, you've seen it before, but now it has Aqua.

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Game: Kingdom Hearts 2.8

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How can there be so many games in this series, yet none of them have managed to be Kingdom Hearts III yet? This post was kind of torture for the fans who have been patiently waiting for the next real sequel, although it did hilariously spur on a slew of photo responses in which diners set their keys next to a sandwich.

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Lunch is Strange

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Game: Life Is Strange

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How do you say so much with so little? Even without the caption, it would have been clear what was happening here. Although sadly, the reference did leave the post wide open to all sorts of comments about wanting to rewind time back before eating that meal.

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Overcome the impossible

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Game: Gravity Rush

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This Vita title wasn't exactly well known to the masses at large, so it was sort of surprising to see a sideways image of Kat pop up in the Arby's feed, but clearly the fans were happy to see this lesser-known action-adventure title get a little fast food love. If you remember this game and want to see more, be sure to leave a comment!

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9929 years in the future …

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Game: Nier Automata

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This inexplicably awesome (and constantly genre-hopping) game managed to shake up the GOTY expectations early in 2017 with its combination of androids, giant swords, and killer robot enemies.

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The swords and drones are spot-on here, although I'm kind of wondering if 2B as a "shake" is supposed to be a reference to her exposed behind throughout the game....

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Which is it, wark or kweh?

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Series: Final Fantasy

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Obviously it's kweh, you uncultured swine! OK, I guess it can be both. Seriously though, that sandwich box chocobo is a thing of beauty. I shudder to think of the amount of work that had to go into crafting this guy, and I'm a little disturbed by the connotation of the chicken sandwiches next to him.... Maybe one day we'll get a saddled Chocobo creation in a Final Fantasy Tactics style?

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Understand, understand, the concept of love.

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Game: Jet Set Radio Future

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Whoa, they are going old school and fairly obscure with this one, as the original game came out in 2000, and Jet Set Radio Future came out in '02. I'm hoping the resurrection of interest in this series from the social media posts might spur on some news soon, as Sega has been showing some proclivity towards resurrecting older IPs.

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Beefy AND portable. We dig it.

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Console: Switch

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Speaking of the Switch, you had to know this one was coming, right? I never would have thought "Nintendo console = roast beef sandwiches," but somehow they made the connection with the beefy/portable comment. Those adorable little Switch Joy-Con buttons are also kind of amazing.

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The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace.

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Game: Metroid

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Another totally classic and retro reference, this one takes us way, waaaaay back to the NES days of the earliest Samus adventures. Not only does this post successfully make me want some curly fries, but now it's got me wondering: When is that Metroid Prime 4 finally going to show up for the Switch?

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So glad he crashed the party. 

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Game: Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

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For a generation that grew up with Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, news of the remastered N.Sane Trilogy was like a breath of fresh air, and it didn't take long for word to spread on social media. The TNT boxes are fine and all, but it's really the cardboard sleeve gloves that push this one over the top and show off the level of detail.

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It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.

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Game: The Legend Of Zelda

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While Breath of the Wild might be the only thing Zelda fans care about right now, it's the classics that will always be remembered. They didn't even have to make a cardboard sword for the reference to work. Three triangles tells us Triforce, and in this case, a pretty darn tasty one made out of fried potatoes!

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As one adventure begins, another waits in the shadows. She's one tough cookie!

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Game: Tomb Raider

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The cookie causing the eclipse just brings this one together (but who goes to a fast food place for the cookies?). With the pickaxe in hand, this is clearly meant to evoke the newer reboot series that the new movie is based off, rather than original tank top and shorts Lara Croft.

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Rally the crew; we're going after the big ones

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Game: Monster Hunter World

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You ever look at that really artistic spray paint wall graffiti and wonder, "How in the hell did they do that and get such amazing can control?" Yeah, now I'm trying to figure out how someone has such amazing Arby's BBQ sauce packet control to create the Monster Hunter guild symbol! Just one slight twitch of the wrist and this could have been a disaster.

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Sneaking into that Mobile Beta

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Game: Fortnite

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The reigning Battle Royale king Fortnite landing on iOS devices is the current talk of the town (with Android users more than a little jealous), so of course Arby's jumped on that immediately.

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This one has it all -- the bush that players love to be while sneaking around the map, and a reference to the difficulty in actually making it into the mobile beta at this point!

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You'd usually think of Taco Bell or Mountain Dew as the gaming champs, but a certain roast beef-obsessed fast food chain is creeping up and taking over with a marketing department that clearly loves anime and gaming culture.

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Social media marketing is a vital part of any company's advertising strategy, and Arby's made a conscious choice to change tactics away from "buy this meal for this price" posts to much more engaging and organic images that people actually want to share.

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Every new post features a hilarious composition of reliable comment types -- a few clueless people trying to puzzle out what that reference means, super fans who are in heaven, a call for the team to get a raise, and backlash from the bored Facebook and Twitter crowds who are upset people are talking about video games for some reason. Every now and again, cheers of joy will erupt in the comments when pop culture references show up that a wider range of people actually understand, such as ClueAliens, or Discworld.

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Despite going really obscure with some of the video game references, the Arby's team has created an advertising juggernaut here because they perfectly meet at the intersection of gaming, nerd culture, and crafting fanatics. Some of these posts ahead are truly works of art that clearly took an absurd amount of time to construct out of Arby's boxes, bags, and even sauce packets!

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Note: All photo rights belong to Arby's -- we're just appreciating these perfect references. 

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Best Last-Minute Gifts for Gamers Under $30 https://www.gameskinny.com/wd8hu/best-last-minute-gifts-for-gamers-under-30 https://www.gameskinny.com/wd8hu/best-last-minute-gifts-for-gamers-under-30 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:41:08 -0500 Sarah Elliman

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Now you have an entire list of perfect gaming gifts for under $30! You can get someone a truly special gift for practically nothing. Personalized and thoughtful gifts show you care about that person. What better way to show that then engaging in their interests?

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What did you think of our gaming gift list? Are there any items you are dying to have? Let us know in the comments below. 

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WOW Mug
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Price: $23.85
Buy it on: Etsy

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If the Gamer Mug wasn't quite doing it for you, then this beautifully stylized World of Warcraft mug is sure to do the trick. It looks incredibly authentic and is well made to boot. 

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The inside consists of stainless steel, and the mug is made from oak. If that wasn't enough, then you can have a personalized engraving on the bottom. It makes it perfect for wedding gifts, birthdays, and the holidays -- any occasion. This gift is sure to be a winner.

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Nintendo T-Shirt
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Price: $17.88
Buy it on: Redbubble

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This is by far my personal favorite item for this list. The design is so vivid, and the comic book style creates a sense of movement within the image. It is a wonderful shirt with key Nintendo characters gracing its design. 

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The artwork is beautiful, and it will take you right back to those days when you were a kid trying to figure out what to do in Zelda. It's a brilliant way to bring classic games back into your life, especially with the recent additions to the Zelda, Mario and Pokemon series.

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Sonic Poster
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Price: $12.47+
Buy it on: Etsy

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This retro and elegant poster will have any gamer's heart skip a beat when they open this up. The design is simplistic, but it has incredibly authentic and iconic Sonic imagery that make for an essential gift. This one's not just for those who are Sonic fans, but for gamers across the board. 

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The poster comes in a variety of sizes, and the price depends on what one you go for. It doesn't come in the frame, but the beauty of the image means you could frame it or just simply hang it above your bed. 

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Gamer Mug
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Price: $9.01
Buy it on: Etsy

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It doesn't matter what game you're playing and for how long, sooner or later you're going to need to drink something. So, why not have a gaming-themed mug to match all the other collectibles you have dotted around. The design is incredibly simple but well made, with a lot of components and colors, but they don't seem invasive. 

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This is a perfect gift if you're not sure what games someone is into, or if you don't know their size for clothing merchandise. You can always be sure that a mug is a safe bet when looking for a gaming present. 

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PUBG Helmet & Pan
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Price: $12.95+
Buy it on: Etsy

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PUBG has become massive: With an insane amount of gamers frequenting the servers every day, it is an unprecedented success. With this success ultimately come merchandise and cool knick-knacks to dot throughout your home. 

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The creator has purposely designed the helmet and pan to look worn, as if they had been bought directly from inside the game. They are small items, and the helmet is not wearable, but they are an amazing collectible set to be able to put on your desk or on a shelf next to all your other gaming merchandise. 

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Gamer Socks
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Price: $11.89
Buy it on: Etsy

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Have you ever been in a really intense match or that moment in the story where everything is coming together? Then suddenly someone tries to have a conversation with you, and it's enraging? I'm sure it's happened to every gamer at some point, and when you're concentrating, it can be hard to relay your message to someone else.

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These socks are a perfect way to tell someone that you're gaming and want to be left in peace. That is, assuming you don't need to move your legs too high. They're super cute and comfortable -- also, if you're over at someone's house, they will be dying to try and read the message as you walk through their home. 

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Video Game T-Shirt
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Price: $19.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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If you want to scream from the rooftops that you're a gamer, then this is the shirt that will do it. Plus, it's also an intriguing conversation starter with someone about what kind of games you're into. 

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It comes in a range of sizes for men, women, and children, so every one of your gamer friends can have an awesome T-Shirt to let people know they are in love with video games. Either that or, if you have a really intense gamer friend, then this is a hilarious way to remind them of that. 

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If you're trying not to break the bank when picking up those last-minute gifts for the gamers in your life, then fear not! The truly fantastic gifts we've included in our lineup are just what you're looking for. From T-shirts to cookware to posters, why would you spend more when you can choose an awesome gift from these options?

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Could Speed Running Ever Become an eSport? https://www.gameskinny.com/wn871/could-speed-running-ever-become-an-esport https://www.gameskinny.com/wn871/could-speed-running-ever-become-an-esport Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:49:28 -0500 Allison M Reilly

The first speed run I ever saw was the N64's Pokemon Puzzle League. The streamer I found happened to be the world record holder in a few difficulty levels for the game. That stream was my first foray into the world of speed running and the competitive community that surrounds it.

Some of the most popular games in speed running, such as Super Mario 64 and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, aren't exactly the same type of games professional gamers are playing in eSports events. But those games have tons of runners and strong communities that decide the rules of each run, and work to improve times and routes. Speed running doesn't quite get the same attention as eSports, but could it ever get to that level?

I think speed running could become another eSports category. There are aspects of speed running that make it different from other eSports, but there are also aspects of speed running that would allow the genre to expand, reach new audiences, and showcase the versatility of video games.

You Can Speed Run Any Game

One of my favorite games to watch speed runs of is the Mario Party series, especially the N64 titles. Sometimes in the chat, people ask how you could speed run a Mario Party game. The answer is usually the same -- just go fast and save time where you can.

Even games like Stardew Valley and Skyrim can be speed run and have active speed run communities. Although speed running events don't attract huge sponsors the same way that major eSports events do, speed running offers a ton of variety and reaches audiences that may not be interested in eSports at all, such as retro gamers.

There's So Much Variety to Speed Running

Besides the variety of games that can be speed run, there is also variety in how to speed run games. Many games have at least two categories -- Any% and 100%. As the names entail, one involves completing the game as fast as possible, while the other involves completing 100 percent of the game as quickly as possible. The categories really do depend on the game. For example, Ocarina of Time has 10 additional categories, while Super Mario 64 goes by star collection -- 120 star would be 100%, with additional 70 star, 16 star and many more categories.

On one hand, the variety would make speed running an awesome eSport because there are so many different categories, giving viewers the opportunity to see games played in so many different ways. Runners can also compete in different categories, much like the Olympics where athletes compete in different events within their sport.

On the other hand, the different categories can make it hard to follow the goals of a run. With more straightforward eSports such as League of Legends and Overwatch, it's clear what the goal is for each team and what skilful play looks like. It's not as straightforward with a speed run. The All Masks run for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is very different from a 100% run. Not only are the goals completely different, but some techniques needed in one run don't apply in the other, and vice versa. Both speed running and eSports events have commentators to inform the audience and explain gameplay, but some speed runs can be hard to follow if no commentary is provided.

Not All Games and Categories Are Made Equal

Part of what makes eSports entertaining to watch is there's going to be a lot of gameplay to watch. Matches in some games can run for hours. Or in games like Hearthstone, competitors do a best of three or best of five. The same cannot be said of speed running.

For example, the world record for Super Mario Bros. Any% is less than five minutes long. The top 400 times, according to Speedrun.com, are all less than six minutes long. Even if the competition was a best of five races, that's still only 40 minutes of game time per player. On the other end of the spectrum, there might not be any competitions for the Super Mario Odyssey 100% run any time soon as the world record in that category is just under 13 hours.

I'm not saying speed running isn't fun to watch -- far from it. I'm arguing speed running attracts an audience for a different reason. Part of it is watching a particular runner speed run a game versus watching a race or a competition of a certain game. Sure, it's fun to root for your favorite runner, but it's not quite the same as supporting your favorite eSports team.

In some ways, speed running is already an eSport. There are major speedrunning events like Awesome Games Done Quick in January 2018 and the European Speedrunner Assembly  the following month. And that's just a couple of the bigger events -- there are many smaller speed running competitions happening all the time. Each game as their top, well-known runners the way eSports has their top, well-known teams and competitors.

Despite the similarities, it's not an one-to-one comparison. Speed running could become an eSport, but in my opinion, it wouldn't be the same caliber of the eSports we have today.

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5 Strange Video Game Franchise Cereals of the '80s and '90s https://www.gameskinny.com/t9ugg/5-strange-video-game-franchise-cereals-of-the-80s-and-90s https://www.gameskinny.com/t9ugg/5-strange-video-game-franchise-cereals-of-the-80s-and-90s Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:54:39 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Video game franchise cereals are all the rage again since Kellogg's and Nintendo announced the new Super Mario Cereal earlier this month. The new cereal may be the first to double as an amiibo, but it's not the first video game-themed cereal by any means. It's not even the first breakfast cereal from Nintendo! Video game cereals were big back in the '80s and '90s and were used as a way to market the games themselves. Here are five strange video game franchise cereals from those good ol' years.

Nintendo Cereal System

If you weren't able to get an NES in its heyday, then maybe the next best thing was the Nintendo Cereal System. The box contained two types of cereal: "Fruity" flavored for Super Mario Bros. and "Berry" flavored for The Legend of Zelda. If you look closely at the box, you'll notice the pictures aren't even snapshots from the games but are instead hand-drawn renditions.

Donkey Kong Jr. Cereal

Okay, the Donkey Kong Jr. Cereal is only strange because it's strange to see Donkey Kong Jr. I don't know if I've seen him since Super Mario Kart. He certainly wasn't in Donkey Kong Country.

The cereal itself wasn't that strange. It featured bananas and berries and was "wild with fruit flavors." Nothing out of the ordinary for a breakfast cereal meant for children.

Pokemon Cereal

The Pokemon Cereal came out in the 2000s, so not exactly '90s but still very strange. First of all, Oddish was one of the marshmallow shapes, and no one really likes Oddish. Second of all, Ditto was also one of the marshmallow shapes. Ditto's cooler than Oddish, sure, but Ditto's shape is distinctive because it doesn't have distinction. If you didn't know what Ditto looked like, then the purple marshmallow doesn't look like anything. It's not the funnest of marshmallow shapes. Third of all, why are Togepi and Marill on the box? First generation, best generation!

Donkey Kong Cereal

The strangest thing about the Donkey Kong Cereal from Ralston is that it didn't have marshmallows. Must be a Donkey Kong thing. The second strangest thing about the cereal is that Mario was on the box, back when he was still known as Jumpman.

The Donkey Kong Cereal consisted of "crunchy barrels of fun," sugary pieces shaped like the small barrels from the game. Fans say the cereal tasted much like Cap'N Crunch.

Pac-Man Cereal

The Pac-Man Cereal is strange because the concept is quite meta. The game is about Pac-Man running around chomping on dots and ghosts. As you eat this cereal, you can pretend you are Pac-Man, consuming all the ghosts and dots and Pac-Man marshmallows in your path. Later on, the cereal even added a power up: Super Pac-Man marshmallows that were bigger versions of the regular marshmallows. The bigger ones gave you extra sugar, though, so they were very important to eat.

It's too bad none of these cereals are available today. Some of them sound awfully delicious! Which one would you most like to try? Which video game character should also get its own cereal? Let us know in the comments!

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Gift Guide: Most Adorable Gaming Plushies https://www.gameskinny.com/dv71p/gift-guide-most-adorable-gaming-plushies https://www.gameskinny.com/dv71p/gift-guide-most-adorable-gaming-plushies Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:09:53 -0500 Lauren Harris

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Legend of Zelda 8-inch Plush 
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Price: Link: $11.19; Zelda: $14.39

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Buy it on: ThinkGeek

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We all love heroes, so why not have options? Cuddle with Link, the Hero of Time, and join him to save the princess. Or enjoy sweet princess Zelda and sail the seas. The choice is yours, but the best gifts always come better in twos. 

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I hope this this guide has given you many ideas for the best gift for whomever enjoys good games, whether they're old classics or new and exciting adventure games. There’s always room for a cuddly plushy to make its way into the hearts of many gamers. Be sure to pick up an adorable plush today. It’s the best companion anyone could have.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn Aloy 6-inch Plush
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Price: $12.99

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Buy it on: ThinkGeek

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Bring Aloy home complete with the Nora Brave outfit and her Focus. She is the perfect gift for your desk. Keep Aloy by your side as she owns her new title as the Seeker. Both of you can join the tribe and stick together, even if it’s just through a long hug. 

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Final Fantasy VII Cloud Strife Mini Plush
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Price: $18.95

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Buy it on: Walmart

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This 6-inch plush takes you back to the classic Final Fantasy series. You can save Midgar in style with his SOLDIER outfit and trusted Buster Sword. He’s a great accessory to your gaming collection and the best present for Final Fantasy fans everywhere.

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Mario 8-inch Plush
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Price: $10.39

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Buy it on: GameStop

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Nintendo's famous mascot Mario is the best gift for the holidays. Let Mario cheer you on when playing your favorite game; he's the best couch buddy around. This Super Mario Bros star will always be the center of attention wherever you take him.

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Plush Mega Man
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Price: $19.99

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Buy it on: Game Over Videogames

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Mega Man is the perfect desk buddy. Take him everywhere, or just enjoy his cute snuggles at home. This plushy is 8 inches and can fit in your bag or next to your heart. You and Mega Man can finally defeat Dr. Wily together, because who wouldn't want Mega Man as a new friend?

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Pokémon Snorlax Large Plush
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Price: $24.99

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Buy it on: ThinkGeek

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Who's ready for a comfy, long nap? We sure are. With this large Snorlax pillow you can do just that. You'll never want to use the Poké Flute again. So, enjoy your nap with the king of sleeping.

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Kirby Large Plush
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Price: $31.99

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Buy it on: ThinkGeek

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This cuddly, stuffed plushy is perfect for a good night’s sleep. Kirby can help you drift into dreamland. This adorable plushy is best on your nice couch or in your video game cave. Kirby also provides hugs and snuggles. Let Kirby’s sweet, soft polyester material help you through your troubles.

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Looking for a good gaming plush? These are some of the best gaming plushies out there. There are over a thousand to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to just a few of the best ones we think you should consider. Let’s look at some of the best gaming plushies out there. 

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Gift Guide: Best Secret Santa & White Elephant Gifts Under $10 https://www.gameskinny.com/9o1l5/gift-guide-best-secret-santa-white-elephant-gifts-under-10 https://www.gameskinny.com/9o1l5/gift-guide-best-secret-santa-white-elephant-gifts-under-10 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:18:30 -0500 Josh Broadwell

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Pokemon Plush 8"

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Price: $9.74

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Buy it on: Best Buy

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The Pokemon franchise's unique position in pop culture makes these 8 inch plushes ideally suited for white elephant or secret Santa exchanges. If you put a group of people together in a room, chances are they're familiar with some of the most popular Pokemon, like Pikachu, Meowth, and Jigglypuff.

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If you order these online, there's no guarantee which one you'll get, but the pool of possibilities includes all the staples, with Psyduck, Hoopa, Sylveon, Zygarde, Togepi, and Wobbuffet rounding off the bunch alongside those already mentioned. Being the series mascot, though, Pikachu naturally gets the most attention, with three different forms. But really? That's okay.

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White elephant and secret Santa don't have to mean throwaway, and you certainly don't have to throw away a ton of money to buy something decent. With these picks representing all that popular gaming culture has to offer, you're sure to be the envy of your holiday gathering.

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Let us know in the comments what you plan on picking up, and be sure to check out our other gift guides as well!

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Dragon Warrior/Quest Monster Poster

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Price: $6.60 for an 8x8

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Buy it on: Redbubble

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While we all have to continue wait for Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Forgotten Time to finally make its way west—along with the 3DS Virtual Console versions of the original trilogy—this poster might just make the wait a bit easier.

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It's a gathering of the series' well-known monsters, including the golem and dracky, and even a slime, among others, all positively oozing classic 8-bit charm. It comes in three different sizes as well, all of which are measured in inches, but the larger are a bit pricey for a white elephant gift. No one is stopping you from playing secret Santa for yourself, though.

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Crash Bandicoot Necklace

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Price: $7.23

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Buy it on: Etsy

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This year finally saw Crash Bandicoot return to his classic roots with the HD remaster Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, and what better way to share the enthusiasm than with this fantastic handmade necklace?

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The pendant is made of plywood and sports a Crash icon taken almost straight from the game, capturing the wild energy characterizing the original trilogy. It's sure to evoke a bit of nostalgia, but it's more than suitable for the platformer fan in general too.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Poster

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Price: $5.12 for a 5x8; $10.24 for an 8x12

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Buy it on: Etsy

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Sometimes, everyone needs a good reminder that what's on the inside counts more than anything. There aren't many better ways of getting that reminder than this print inspired by Breath of the Wild. What immediately catches the viewer's eye is the staple shot of Link overlooking Hyrule that's quickly becoming a modern classic.

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The modest black font next to it forms a subtle complement to the overall image, with its message (appropriately placed above Hyrule Castle) that no amount of strength substitutes the courage it takes to wield it.

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Pokemon: Map of Kanto Puzzle

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Price: $6.97

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Buy it on: GameStop

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For a while, rumors swirled of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon sending players back to Kanto. Whether they do, or if it lives up to fans' expectations, is almost irrelevant with this excellent puzzle. It's a 550 piece puzzle of the original Kanto map, one of the most well-known maps in gaming history.

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When complete, the puzzle measures 18x24 inches and also uses the well-known color palette and aesthetic from Generation II to help give it that extra fuzzy touch of nostalgia. 

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Gaming Themed Coasters

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Price: $7.00

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Buy it on: Etsy

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The best gifts are practical and stylish, and these gaming themed coasters are both. From Halo to the original Final FantasyMega Man and Kirby, almost every major genre is represented with these coasters. It's all done in a retro, 8-bit style, like Pixel Pals, but for half the price (cat leg not included).

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Better yet, the seller offers custom colors, so if you want a different background from what is shown, that's no problem. If you're buying for a Final Fantasy fan, there's even more to love about this, since you can choose from Black and White Mages, the Fighter, and a Chocobo.

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Shovel Knight Magnet Set

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Price: $10.00

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Buy it on: Fangamer

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Simple understatement often wins the day over big and flashy, and that certainly holds true with this official Shovel Knight magnet set. The four magnets each feature character art of the four core characters: Shovel Knight himself, Black Knight, Shield Knight, and, of course, the Enchantress.

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They measure 1.25 inches—big enough to be noticed without getting in the way. The magnets are ideal for bags or (naturally) the fridge, according to the designer, making it super simple for you recipient to show off their love of retro and indie gaming.

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Kingdom Hearts Wall Art

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Price: $10.00

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Buy it on: Etsy

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Kingdom Hearts fans were treated to a new trailer for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3 this year, but for many, it still seems worlds away. This wall art is a good reminder of why that wait is worth it, though.

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It captures the intriguing paradox of whimsy and philosophical seriousness the series is known for and trims it down to the core characters (no sea-salt ice cream here). The 5x7 size poster is the same as your average picture, so whoever receives it will have no trouble finding the perfect spot and frame for it too.

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Minecraft Bank

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Price: $10.00

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Buy it on: Etsy

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People have been burying money underground for centuries. This Minecraft inspired block bank continues that tradition, albeit with the twist that your underground is above ground…and isn't made of ground.

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Anyhow, the block is a 4 inch cube and uses pegged beads to achieve its mimicry, looking as nifty up close as it does from a distance. The sides detach, allowing for easy coin retrieval should the temptation to break the bank be too much to handle, but note that it's designed not to be taken apart very often.

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Super Mario Heat Changing Mug

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Price: $9.99

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Buy it at: GameStop

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If you know someone looking to enhance their game first thing in the morning, this Super Mario heat changing mug might just do the trick. It's ideal for NES and Mario lovers, but Mario has become a key figure in pop culture in general, so it works just as well for even non-gamers.

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When cold, the mug depicts a level scene with the black background that looks like it's straight out of world 3. Add hot liquid, though, and the scene explodes with detail. Along with the background turning blue, smaller things like coins, enemies, and clouds appear, in addition to an invincibility star. Pour coffee, get invincibility star. Coincidence? Definitely not.

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The year has zoomed past, and the holidays are almost upon us once more. Cold nights, snowball fights, and colorful lights await you--but so does the dreaded company party with that white elephant or secret Santa gift exchange you never know what to buy for. Fortunately, we've got you covered with this handy guide!

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From retro gear to home decor, there's plenty of quality to be found without having to spend a fortune to get it. The best part? Almost everything is suitable for gamers and non-gamers and is sure to crack a smile on the face of even the coldest Scrooge.

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Gift Guide: 10 Clothing Items for Gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/bx5py/gift-guide-10-clothing-items-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/bx5py/gift-guide-10-clothing-items-for-gamers Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:53:58 -0500 ReadyPlayerPaige

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10. STREET FIGHTER BEARDED RYU T-SHIRT
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Buy now from Hot Topic for $14.63

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This Street Fighter shirt shows off Ryu's bearded look, and for a fighting game icon like Ryu, all it takes is a beard to show off his battle experience. This shirt is the ultimate gift for fighting game fans!

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If you're interested in our other gift guides for gamers, you can find them here!

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9. TWISTED METAL SWEET TOOTH T-SHIRT
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Buy now from Hot Topic for $14.63

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He's sick, he's evil, and most of all, he's twisted. Grab this retro-style T-shirt depicting the trademark character of the Twisted Metal racing game series: Sweet Tooth. This shirt is the perfect gift for anyone that loves metal, clowns, racing games, or all three of them!

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8. Mario & Luigi Slippers
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Slip on some slippers with attitude! You can keep your friend's or family member's feet warm with the iconic Nintendo brothers, Mario and Luigi -- as slipper shoes!

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Buy now from StylinOnline for $29.99.

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7. Phantom Panic
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Spooky and devilish, the Mario villain, Phanto, is probably the cause of many childhood nightmares. However, Phanto has probably never looked quite as stylish as it does on this T-shirt!

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Buy now from Fangamer for $24.

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6. Windjammers - Jammin'
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If you live in the northern hemipshere, the holiday season probably isn't the best time to time to go to the beach and throw some frisbees around -- but you can still show off your style and attitude with this retro WindJammers T-shirt!

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Buy now from Fangamer for $24.

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5. Super Mario Jumpmen at Work T-Shirt
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This T-shirt will make you feel like a constructor and get you to work hard! The stylized Super Mario art shows off a slightly different side of the Mario franchise. You can get this Jumpmen at Work shirt from FanGamer.

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4. Prototype 2 Leather Jacket
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Feel like the ultimate hero with the leather jacket worn by the protagonist of Prototype 2. It probably won't grant your gift recipient the shapeshifting powers of Alex Mercer, but it certainly can't hurt to dress like him!

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Buy now from Stylowears for 99£.

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3. Super Mario Pajama Pants
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Buy now from Hot Topic for $15.60

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Get warm and cozy with these Mario pajama pants -- a perfect gift for the chilly holiday season! Available in all sizes for girls and guys.

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2. Star Fox 2 Cover T-Shirt
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Buy now from ThinkGeek for $14.99

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Letting you fly through galaxies in a spaceship and take down your enemies as a heroic fox is probably one of the coolest things Nintendo ever let you do as a kid (or adult). If anyone you know is a Star Fox fan, you can surprise them with this T-shirt depicting the cover for the Star Fox 2 game.

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1. The Legend of Zelda "Be Prepared" T-Shirt
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Buy now from ThinkGeek for $19.99

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This holiday season, bring this shirt home for that Zelda fan you know. With a reference to one of the most memorable quotes from the NES classic, this 8-bit styled Zelda T-shirt is sure to please.

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There is nothing like a store for nerds and gamers. ThinkGeek, Hot Topic, and other great retail stores have some of the best gifts for gamers, nerds, and more. If you know anyone like that, you'll also probably know that they sometimes like to show it off in how they dress.

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Here are some of the best nerd culture apparel you can buy for your friends and family!

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