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Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a bunch of references to past games in the series. Some are more subtle than others, but fans think they’ve found a possible new one.

Over in Lurelin Village, players have started to notice that the layout is similar to Outset Island from The Wind Waker. You’ve got the big ladder with a watchtower similar to Aryll’s Lookout, buildings in similar locations, and more.

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Here’s a random little tidbit about Super Mario Odyssey. The dog you encounter in the game’s various worlds actually has a connection to another Nintendo title. As it turns out, the model is a direct port of the Shiba Inu model from Nintendogs + Cats.

Twitter user CometMedal shared the factoid on Twitter. You can see the Super Mario Odyssey on the left below, while the Nintendogs + Cats version is on the right.

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What would a gritty version of Pokemon look like? How about if it were created by Adi Shankar, who is in charge of the Castlevania anniversary series on Netflix. We now have answers to both of those questions.

“The End of Pokemon” was published on YouTube today, which is a part of Shankar’s “Bootleg Universe”. Watch the video below for his take on a very different direction the franchise could go in.

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Luigi appears to be a hit with the ladies. According to Nintendo’s Bill Trinen, the company’s player research showed that the character was a particularly attractive lead character to a female audience. Trinen shared that tidbit of information in an interview with Eurogamer.

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Super Mario 64 doesn’t exactly have a whole lot of voice acting, but there is one line that has caught on with fans over the years. That’s largely in part because no one has been able to say for certain what Mario actually says. Of course, we’re referring to his fight with Bowser – specifically when Mario spins the Koopa King around and throws him.

Charles Martinet, who voices Mario, has finally cleared up the situation. After one fan asked about the line on Twitter, Martinet confirmed that the character says, “So long kinga Bowser!”

Have you ever wanted to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild without the cel-shading look? While that isn’t possible under normal circumstances, one modder has made it possible.

YouTuber Arkh Longstride has modded Breath of the Wild on PC with graphical tweaks and optimizations that spiff up the performance. As part of this, the cel-shading is turned off. Reflections and smoke are also improved in this version, while also increasing the action to 60 frames per second.

Here’s a look:

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Giving credibility to a long-running internet joke, dialogue from the Wii’s Fortune Street seems to suggest that Yoshi tries to avoid paying his taxes.

Pointed out by Twitter user Supper Mario Broth, the only documented case of in-game evidence of Yoshi avoiding his taxes comes from the money-centric party game.

Apparently, out of the 26 characters in the game, Yoshi is the only one to ask for exemption from paying his dues when a player constructs a new tax office.

The proof within the pudding can be viewed in all of its glory below.

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Tucked away inside the data for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Switch is a random model of a human. It’s not something players will ever see under normal circumstances, but it’s an interesting little nugget in any case.

One likely explanation is that the model was used as a test dummy for the graphic designers. As we now know though, it was never removed from the final finals. Since it’s not causing any harm, the fact that it was left behind isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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Nintendo of America recently filed a lawsuit against a man selling NES Classic Edition and Switch consoles with pirated games. Essentially, the illegitimate NES Classic had 800 ROMs for $15 above the retail price while the fake Switch hardware used Team Xecuter’s SX dongle and pirated games. Nintendo is going after this person on nine separate infringements. It’s interesting and we expect Nintendo to prevail here, but there’s something else from the situation which might be even more noteworthy.

Included in the lawsuit document is a tidbit about the Switch eShop. It calls out the “Nintendo Switch Online shop” that was “formerly Nintendo eShop”.

What could this mean? Will the Switch eShop be getting a simple name change? Is Nintendo planning a more in-depth makeover? Only time will tell.

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Update: We’ve added some photos of Chris’ experience below.


Original: Sometimes we can forget how cruel the world can be. Chris Taylor, who goes by the alias SpookyWoobler on Twitter, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after battling the disease successfully in the past.

Unfortunately, Chris was told that he only has a few months left to live. He recently expressed fear on Twitter that he won’t make it to the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is still some ways out as it’s planned for an early December launch: