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We Finally Have an Answer To the Age-Old Question: Is Toad Wearing a Hat, or Is That Just His Head?

Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi sat down to clear up some of Mario fandom's pressing questions: What's Mario's relationship with Peach? Is Toad's head a hat or a head? Why does Mario have nipples?

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Nintendo’s Mario Movie Is Officially Happening!

It's not in another castle.

Just over two months ago, news broke that Nintendo was closing in on a deal to make an animated Mario Bros. movie with the studio behind Despicable Me and its Minions spinoff. Now, the company has confirmed that initial report, and there will soon be another Mario movie in the world.

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Stardew Valley Was 2017’s Most Downloaded Game on the Switch Because We’re all Just Trying to Calm the Hell Down

Stardew Valley is incredible because it is relaxing AF. The planting/mining/wooing routine of your character's daily life is highly addictive and hits that perfect sweet spot of keeping your mind engaged while letting you zone the hell out.

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[Updated] Just What the Heck Is Nintendo Revealing Tonight in Their Surprise Announcement?

Cue rampant speculation.

Nintendo is easily the most secretive of the three main video game console companies, and they also tend to make a lot of weird decisions—some of which pay off, and some of which do not. The Switch has paid off in a big way, and now that the holidays are over, the company is looking ahead and announcing new products on the horizon, which includes a surprise announcement scheduled for today.

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The Best Black Friday Video Game Deals You Can Get Right From Your Couch

It's Black Friday, but it's also the 21st century, and Hell is other people. Rejoice! There are plenty of great holiday deals on video games that you can score right from the comfort of your home. Whether you're shopping for gifts or just want to get some great prices on games to occupy all your extra holiday free time, you've come to the right place.

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The Animal Crossing Mobile Game Is Now Here to Steal All Your Time!

The new Animal Crossing mobile phone game was previously scheduled to make its debut tomorrow, but it has arrived a day early across mobile platforms. That's right—you can download it right this very minute, and why not? It's the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. You probably weren't going to get anything else done this week anyway.

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Nintendo Reportedly Close to Animated Mario Movie Deal With Minions Studio

Did we learn nothing from 1993?

Rumors about Nintendo licensing their incredibly recognizable properties for movies and TV have been flying since—well, since the Mario Bros. movie tanked in 1993 and served as a cautionary tale for video game movies in general for decades. They've picked up considerable steam in recent years, though, with rumors of Zelda movies/TV shows and Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima explicitly saying that the company was looking to make partnerships to use their IP outside of video games.

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Mario, True Villain, Was Indeed Supposed to Be Punching Yoshi in Super Mario World

Sprites in video games were a frequent cause for confusion back in the day, causing frequent arguments over just what some of them were supposed to be. Before the internet, it was also a lot harder to hash out who was right, but now we have access to nearly endless (and largely useless) knowledge, and we're finally getting answers—some of them mildly disturbing.

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The Biggest News of Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct Was … Mario’s Nipples?

Yesterday, in a Nintendo Direct presentation, the world saw more Mario than it ever bargained for—and I don't just mean yet another demo of Super Mario Odyssey when fans were really pulling for a more unexpected surprise. I'm talking, of course, about the debut of a shirtless Mario.

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What’s Happening in Today’s Nintendo Direct? Watch Here for Mario Odyssey, Switch News, and More.

Earlier this week, Nintendo dropped the news that today would feature a Nintendo Direct presentation, where the company has lately been announcing new products and more throughout the year, rather than bunching up everything at E3. With the holiday season approaching, the Direct is set to focus on what's coming to Switch and 3DS in the near future, but details are otherwise scarce.

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Metroid: Samus Returns Is the Remake Metroid II Deserves

8 out of 10.

The original Game Boy title Metroid II: Return of Samus was a bit of an oddball for the Metroid series, with its largely linear gameplay and cramped environments, compared to the series' knack for sprawling exploration. It's been left in the dust by the rest of the series over the years, but the 3DS's Metroid: Samus Returns is about to change all that.

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Things We Saw Today: Please Don’t Watch the New Fifty Shades Freed Trailer

I promise I'm not trying to pull any kind of reverse psychology. You have better things to do with your precious time. Please do not watch the new trailer for the latest movie adapted from E.L. James' awful serial-numbers-filed-off Twilight fanfiction about people in an abusive relationship passed off as the height of romance.

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Mario Is Just as Much a Plumber as He Was Before

Do not question his skills.

Rumors of Mario no longer being a plumber have been greatly exaggerated. Or, at least, they're a bit misleading, if entirely true. Within the context of Mario's fictional universe, yes, Nintendo did recently specify that he's a former plumber, but for the purposes of the real world, "plumber" is just as accurate a way to describe the mustachioed mascot as ever.

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There’s Already News of a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition That You’ll Wind Up Scouring eBay For

Nintendo's big thing in recent times has been releasing products that are near impossible to find, a problem that plagued Amiibo collectors as well as those who wanted to buy the NES Classic Edition console. With the SNES Classic already on the way, it seems like Nintendo's not about to stop there, as news of a Nintendo 64 Classic has surfaced before the SNES has even launched.

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Never Look at Mario the Same, Thanks to a Creepy Explanation for Mario Odyssey’s Lack of “Game Overs”

Game over, man. Game over.

It was already weird enough that a game existed about a plumber who stomps on turtles, eats mushrooms to become giant, and spits fire, and his propensity for coming back to life after death has been explored before. Mario Odyssey, however, added several new layers of absurdity, with Mario possessing people, dinosaurs, and inanimate objects, and apparently never arriving at a "game over" Screen—which got a disturbing twist once news hit the internet.

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Super NES Classic Edition Is Coming This Fall With a Previously Unreleased Game & 20 More

Nintendo's NES Classic Edition was a big hit during the last holiday season, quickly selling out and making scalpers tons of money. Shortly thereafter, rumors sprung up that Nintendo, encouraged by that success, was already working on a Super NES version for the following year. The all-but-inevitable has now come to pass with the official announcement of the Super NES Classic Edition.

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Nintendo Just Dropped Some Huge Switch Game Announcements Like It Was Nothing

Kirby, Metroid, and Pokémon. Oh my.

Nintendo's E3 2017 presentation—the opening salvo, anyway—was short, but oh boy was it ever sweet. While Microsoft's focus is currently on raw power with the Xbox One X, and Sony's focus is ... all over the place, which they can probably afford, Nintendo's focus is on games that will make people want to buy a Switch, and it showed.

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Watch Here! Everything You Need to Know About Nintendo’s E3 2017 Presentation

Rather than a standard E3 press conference, which Nintendo has abandoned in recent years, the gaming giant will kick off their part of this year's show with a "spotlight" presentation focused on Super Mario Odyssey and other games coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2017. Surprises will likely be minimal as the company focuses on moving Switch units in the 2017 holiday season to keep its strong launch going, but unexpected announcements are hardly out of the question.

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What We’re Hoping to See at E3 2017

We're just a few short days from E3 2017, the big ol' gaming expo that all but consumes the Los Angeles area for what feels like an entire week. There are quite a few big announcements due in the coming days, and here are just a few things we're looking forward to this year.

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Replay: Watch Nintendo’s Pre-E3 Pokémon Announcement Live Right Here at 10AM EDT!

Yesterday, Nintendo made a surprise announcement: With E3 looming just next week, they'd be announcing some Pokémon news today in a dedicated Nintendo Direct presentation at 10AM EDT. Watch inside!

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