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Choice Provisions is looking to mix things up with micro-games in Runner3. In the series’ upcoming third entry, all playable characters will have their own original target micro-game.

Choice Provisions talked about the challenges in implementing the feature through a blog post:

“The biggest challenge here is to keep the micro-game as simple as it was in Runner2 for each character’s variation while at the same time making them all distinct from one another.

In game design, one often has to work within constraints, but when the constraints are so simplistic, as in this cannon micro-game, and you have to make so many variations, the constraints can feel overly restrictive.

Social news site Reddit is holding a Secret Santa event this year. Users were assigned a random person to give gifts to, and for one person in particular, she made out very well.

The Secret Santa for Aerrix, out of all people, was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Now… why are we covering this here? The news itself is pretty incredible, but Gates actually packed in some Nintendo goodies. Aerrix received a plethora of items, but the ones we care about were nearly all Zelda-related: mittens (including matching ones for her dog), a tie blanket, and picture frame. If that wasn’t enough, Gates also sent the NES Classic Edition. Oh, and a paper version of the final form Master Sword from Skyward Sword.

Here are some of the photos and excerpts from Aerrix’s story:

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta begin their game of the year selection for Nintendo titles, starting off by revealing the award categories. Watch the video below.

The latest episode of Pokemon Generations is now live on the official Pokemon YouTube channel. We’ve gone ahead and attached it below.

Pokemon Generations revisits each generation of the Pokemon games and sheds new light on some timeless moments. New episodes will be available weekly through December 23.

A brief video has been published from The Play Nintendo Show for a quick holiday greeting. You can watch it below, and prepare for more episodes in 2017.

GameStop conducted a survey with members of its PowerUp Rewards loyalty program to find out which retro consoles they are most interested in. The top choice was the Nintendo 64, but the NES, SNES, Game Boy, and Game Boy Advance also made the list.

The top 10 most-wanted retro consoles are as follows:

Nintendo 64
Nintendo Entertainment System
Super NES
PlayStation
Sega Genesis
Xbox
Sega Dreamcast
Sega Saturn
Game Boy
Game Boy Advance

So… when will we be getting the N64 Classic Edition, Nintendo?

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On Wednesday, Nintendo held a special event during Southwest’s flight #2482. All passengers were given a free New 3DS XL plus a voucher to download Super Mario Maker for 3DS game for free on the eShop. Nintendo reps were on hand to help passengers play and create Mario levels, including fan and YouTube celebrity iJustine. Mario was waiting to welcome everyone at the gate as well once the flight ended.

Nintendo says that Wednesday’s flight “was the first leg of a Say Yes to Nintendo 3DS promotion with Southwest Airlines that runs from Dec. 16 through Jan. 14, and is open to U.S. residents who are at least 14 years old.” Prizes will include 3DS hardware and games. There will be “dozens” of people who will receive prizes, but “one lucky Grand Prize winner will be awarded a trip to New York for up to four people, roundtrip air travel on Southwest for four, a four-night hotel stay, plus a personal shopping spree at the Nintendo NY store.” You can visit this page during the promotion period to submit the registration form.

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Empoleon has arrived in the arcade version of Pokken Tournament, and footage of the new character is here. Get a look at some gameplay below.

Lots of game series are celebrating notable anniversaries this year, including Ace Attorney. Capcom’s franchise turned 15 in October.

To celebrate, new images from some of the Ace Attorney artists have been created, which we have below. The lineup is as follows from left to right: Tatsurou Iwamoto, Takuro Fuse, Tatsurou Iwamoto, Kazuya Nuri.

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We’ve previously seen Mario toys included in McDonald’s Happy Meals, and now it’s Yo-kai Watch’s turn. Eight different toys from Level-5’s franchise are available in Japan. Continue on below for a video look at the different offerings.

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