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The SNES Classic Edition has received its latest restock on GameStop. To place an order, head on over here. Past restocks have shown that it’ll be up for awhile, but will eventually sell out.

So it seems that Game Freak and Nintendo have filed for a new trademark known as “Ultra Shiny”, it is unclear what this will end up being in the end but it is interesting none the less. It could involve the Pokemon games, cards, or movies we just don’t know at this point.

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Later this week, PowerA will be releasing collector pins for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The pins, licensed by Nintendo, are comprised of ten different symbols, weapons, and Divine Beasts.

Pins will be sold in blind boxes with one randomly selected pins. Amazon shows that they’ll be available starting on April 20.

Last year, Nintendo promised the return of the NES Classic Edition / NES Mini / Famicom Mini for 2018. There hasn’t been any news since that original announcement in September, but an interesting development has taken place today.

Retailers in Japan actually started accepting orders for the Famicom Mini once again. Rakuten as well as Bic Camera had it available during a 12-hour period, with shipments taking place in 1-2 days. Thus far, they are the only two retailers that have started selling the Famicom Mini again.

Today’s news would suggest that a larger restock could be coming soon for the Famicom Mini. We’re also hoping that the US and Europe won’t be too far behind with the NES Classic Edition / NES Mini.

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Yooka-Laylee celebrated its very first birthday this week. To celebrate, developer Playtonic shared a brief blog post here.

The big takeaways from the post are a couple of interesting teases. Playtonic says the team has been “far too busy working on covert goodness”. We’ll soon be hearing about “extra content for Yooka-Laylee” as well as “other stuff.”

What could “other stuff” be? A new game? Something else? Hopefully we’ll have more news to share soon.

Billy Mitchell has been the focus of much scrutiny this week. Twin Galaxies determined that Mitchell’s high scores achieved in Donkey Kong were not earned on natural arcade hardware, but rather through emulation which leaves the door open to cheating. Mitchell’s scores were thrown out, and he was banned from submitting future scores in the future. Guinness World Records is also wiping the slate clean.

We haven’t heard from Mitchell himself this week – until today. At the Midwest Gaming Classic in Milwaukee, he offered up the following statement:

It was about a couple of weeks ago that a new month rolled right in. Now that we’re in April, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you started up something entirely new for the month? Are you tackling something from your backlog? Whatever the case, let us know in the comments below!

If there’s one person who has something to gain from Billy Mitchell’s high scores in Donkey Kong having been thrown out, it would be Steve Wiebe. As depicted in the 2007 documentary, The King of Kong, Wiebe had been attempting to overtake Mitchell’s score at the time.

So what does Wiebe make of the recent controversy surrounding Mitchell? Before saying that it’s been “surreal” being back in the news a decade later, he told Variety:

GDC has published the full Sonic the Hedgehog presentation hosted last month, which we have below. During the session, Naoto Ohshima and Hirokazu Yasuhara spoke about their perspectives on the creation of franchise including detailed recollections of the game’s original design process and art direction.

Yesterday, a new Nintendo patent was made available for public viewing. The company is protecting an idea for a game system with “a plurality of information processing apparatuses that are capable of communicating with each other.”

Digital Trends, who stumbled upon the patent, points out that the apparatuses are found inside separate screens. When multiple screens are touched, information can be exchanged for new game experiences.

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