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When I first spotted the Zelda pulp fiction cover art by artist Ástor Alexander, I didn’t know it was a series. Now that I do, I had to share them. The Mario one is just…perfection. Also included is a Metroid cover and, if you played Bioshock Infinite’s Burial at Sea DLC, there’s a little something her for you as well.

Head after the break to see them.

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Sonya Belousova is a composer and pianist, and she’s pretty darn talented. She’s made videos for the Cosplay Piano series and is currently in the midst of an IndieGoGo campaign to fund a Player Piano project. She took a request from an IndieGoGo supporter for an “On the Spot” video, and in these videos, Belousova listens to music for a few seconds and creates new arrangements from it immediately.

This request was for themes from classic Nintendo games like Kid Icarus, DuckTales, and Super Mario Bros. Belousova has an amazing ear because she turns around and creates some beautiful takes on the familiar music.

Watch the video after the break and be amazed.

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This tiny Pitendo is a pint-sized Nintendo emulator. It has a design similar to a classic Nintendo but it’s actually a little computer capable of running NES or SNES games. You can buy just the case so you can add your own Raspberry Pi or as a complete unit with a Raspberry Pi Model B+, 8GB SD Card with RetroPie, USB SNES Controller, AC Adapter, and HDMI Cable. It’s really too cute to resist.

See more pictures after the break.

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When we first wrote about Nintendo’s Amiibo figures, we were impressed by the detail and how good they looked. What we’ve also discovered is that there may be some pretty interesting real world uses for them.

Amiibo figures use a near field communication (NFC) system to interact with video game software. Coincidentally, many public transportation ticketing systems use NFC as well. It looks like someone has figured out how to use an Amiibo figure to open a metro gate in Moscow.

Granted, it is possible that Instagram user yollych hacked his Amiibo somehow, but it’s kinda cool either way. Then again, the system could just be recognizing the NFC chip (we never actually see the gates open).

Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.

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What if Disney characters starred in Nintendo games? By the looks of this art from Michael Villamejor, it would be awesome. He mashes up characters from Disney films with ones from Smash Bros., and it results in combinations like Stitch as Pikachu and Robin Hood as Star Fox. I can barely handle the brilliance of these pixels.

See more of the creative and cute series after the break.

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Nintendo has announced some interesting news about Link’s upcoming appearance in Mario Kart 8. As you can see from the above pic, Link is getting a motorcycle (dubbed the “Master Cycle”).

Nintendo also mentioned that there might be some Zelda-themed racetracks in the game too.

Find out more after the break…

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Calm down and don’t fret because The Wiivengers are here to save the day. YouTuber James Farr has created a version of The Avengers starring heroes from the Nintendo universe. Link is a great Captain America (I want to see that cosplayed!), Pikachu is Thor, Mario is Iron Man – you get the idea. They have to stop Loki from ruining everything, and the animation is cute and fun.

Watch the mash-up after the break.

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Cats deserve the best, and sometimes the best means giving them a fandom themed scratching post. If Industries has come up with some concepts that are purrfect, and it’s not surprising since they’re the folks who came up with the Bag End litter box idea. Their latest designs include a Catari, a scratching post that looks like an Atari joystick, and Ninelives, a scratcher that resembles a retro Nintendo controller.

See the Nintendo controller design after the break.

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Ah, internet quizzes. They tell you everything from where you should live to what career you should have, and now they tell you which Nintendo character you are, too. This quiz features a series of questions designed to uncover your true nature and match it to a Nintendo character. If you happen to get Mario, it says:

You think you’re the center of the universe – but judge yourself honestly: you’re out of shape, you’re far past your prime, and no one respects you. People think they can take things away from you with no consequences, others are challenging you constantly, and the truth is that you’re about as middle-of-the-road as they come. You’re nothing special, and you’re the least interesting one in any group.

Ouch! Head on over to Dorkly to take the quiz.

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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.

See close-ups after the break.

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