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The React channel has a new video up that has a group of teenagers reacting to (and playing) Super Mario Run. Check it out below.

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:

Butch Hartman, the creator of Fairly OddParents, has his own YouTube show in which he draws fan-requested characters in the cartoon show’s style. In his newest video, Nintendo is heavily featured. Hartman created his own takes on the Splatoon squid, Link, Pikachu, and Mario. Sonic was also thrown in since he’s often associated with Nintendo these days. We have the video below.

One teenager has been stopping by the Best Buy in Valley Stream, New York every day to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Keeping in line with the holiday spirit, associates from the store’s Appliances Department chipped in collectively to get him a console of his own before Christmas.

The heartfelt moment was recorded on camera:

One of the Best Buy employees apparently offered to drive the teenager home so that he wouldn’t have to walk home alone with it. Even though the video has resulted in negative comments, it’s nice to see that there’s some good in the world!

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Yesterday we saw Shigeru Miyamoto guessing the size of various objects. If that wasn’t random enough for you, we have a video of Miyamoto playing Super Mario Run while eating cake. You can see that below.

The folks over at Smosh have once again produced an “honest trailer” for a game. This time, the video focuses on Pokemon X/Y. Check it out below.

In Super Mario 64, King Bob-omb awaits you as the boss of Bob-omb Battlefield. On the way up to the top of the mountain where the battle takes place, players need to navigate through a pit of two rolling balls.

What happens after you defeat him is very interesting. Instead of two balls, the pit will instead have three on every star following the battle. Fans now believe that the new ball is King Bomb-omb himself.

The first bob-omb you come across in Bob-omb Battlefield will mention that the King was a “dud.” Coupled with the fact that the ball would resemble the King if given facial features, the theory is definitely plausible. Some players may have noticed some of these things in the past, but they’ve definitely not been widespread.

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In Japan, a Nintendo-licensed children’s bike based on Mario Kart is now available. The Mario Kart-H can be had for about 23,000 yen, or roughly $220.

Here’s a closer look:

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a Pokemon to be inside of a Pokeball? Kotaku asked this burning question to Junichi Masuda of Game Freak, who is a long-time developer on the series.

On that topic, Masuda had this to say:

“I think it’s safe to say that it’s very comfortable inside inside of a Pokeball, it’s a very comfortable environment. Maybe the equivalent of a high-end suite room in a fancy hotel.”

This is certainly good to hear. Pokemon deserve the utmost comfort!

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Here’s something rather strange about Paper Mario: Color Splash. In the North American and European versions, the washing machine design differs between the two regions. For those who are unaware, this is one of the “Thing” cards in the game.

It’s currently unclear why two unique models were prepared. This sort of makes you wonder what’s in the Japanese version!

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