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Nintendo’s making their foray into toys that are part of the video game with their ambiibo line. The small figures will tie into games a la Skylanders or Disney Infinity, but even if you won’t be playing the games that go with the characters, you may just want to collect the toys. Kotaku’s got some pictures of the figures and they’re more detailed I expected. They’d look great on any toy shelf.

The amiibo figure line-up includes: Peach, Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby, Link, Mario, Marth, Pikachu, Samus, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Yoshi.

You can pre-order the toys now for a ship date of December 31, 2014. Yes, New Year’s presents can be a thing.

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This incredible mod comes from pro modder Platimumfungi who has fit a Nintendo game system into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Wagon toy. He’s even got controllers to match painted by Custom NES Guy. The best part is that he’s auctioning off this mod to the highest bidder on eBay!

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Robin Williams was an avid gamer and fans want to acknowledge him through the games he loved. There is already a petition to get him into World of Warcraft and now there’s one to get him into the next Legend of Zelda . As you probably know, he was such a fan of the series that he named his daughter Zelda. From

So, in a day where there aren’t many words, what can we do? Well, there’s a new Zelda game on the horizon. A bold reinvention, a fresh new open world adventure for Wii U. I would like to suggest that when the game is localised to English, Nintendo of America and the Treehouse name one of the characters “Robin” in his memory.

He won’t get to play it, but he’ll live on forever in a universe he always loved.

In a statement to Polygon, Nintendo expressed its condolences to the Williams family, especially his daughter Zelda, but refused to comment on whether they’d put him into the game:

We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close.

We’ll all just have to wait and see if there’s a nod to Williams when the game is finally released.

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Yes, there is actually a female Link according to a recently released book titled Hyrule Warriors that shows her as a “previously unseen rejected character” named Linkle. The Japanese translations shed a little light on her origins and show that she’s not exactly an alternate to the male Link:

The art book explicitly states that the character was “devised as being sister-like” note that the text actually says… “imouto teki,” which means “little sister-like.”

This probably isn’t Link’s actual sister, but more of a sister-like character that could have appeared in the game had she made it past the concept stage.

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It looks like Tumblr user Lorenzo is going to win the “good big brother” award today: he recently helped his six-year-old little sister learn about some classic video game characters from Nintendo’s popular Smash Bros. series. Lorenzo recorded his sister’s answers, and while they weren’t exactly spot-on, they were at least pretty funny and adorably cute. Oh, and her answer for Pac-Man is definitely the best.

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Do you recall that rather clever April Fools’ Day prank that Google and Nintendo pulled? The one where Google released that official-looking promo video which stated that if people completed their “Pokémon Challenge” they’d earn a position at the company along with a business card that said “Pokémon Master?”

Turns out that if you completed the “challenge,” you’ll actually receive a very official business card from Google. Redditor tinygrump posted the above pic, along with a letter that was signed by Google software engineer Tatsuo Nomura. While tinygrump did receive 10 copies of the card, she didn’t receive that coveted Pokémon position. Rats.

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Here’s something that’ll make you feel old if you owned one of the first Game Boys. Nintendo’s hand held gaming system just celebrated it’s 25th birthday.

Yep. Crazy, right?

In celebration of the milestone, Vadu Amka took inspiration from the Game Boy’s affectionate “brick” moniker and transformed an old model into a brick wall from the Zelda series complete with a Triforce and a Hylian crest.

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This very cool piece of graffiti tagged by TEXER ALB has been spotted twice in the last five months with quick thinking nerds snapping its picture as it rolls on down the line. The three non-standard buttons aren’t a mistake, but are marked A, L, and B for the artist behind this creation.

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Nintendo, believe it or not, has been around since the 19th century, so it makes sense that the company would be so big on making sure that its employees are keenly aware of its unique history. Case in point: All employees at Nintendo–including folks who make the first few application stages but don’t land a full-time gig–receive a company guide that highlights the entire history of the card and video game manufacturer.

Before Mario, a Nintendo fan blog, posted some pics of this year’s guidebook, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s basically a guideline of all of the products the company has made, and it features a wonderful collection of illustrations that are done in a hand-drawn sort of style, similar to the hanafuda gaming cards that the company fist produced. The products portrayed include original Nintendo toys like the Love Tester and Nintendo Color TV Game 15.

Talk about a colorful way to highlight over 100 years of amazing technological development!

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