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Virtual Boy turned into a console that you can play on TV

All the fun, none of the eye bleeding!

Wouldn't it be nice to play the Virtual Boy without having to cram your head into a headset? The gang at iFixRetro thought it would be, so they set out to turn the Virtual Boy into a console you can hook up to your TV. All it took was a 3D-printed case and some technical magic from modder Furrtek to make it happen.

While the console mod won't take away the Virtual Boy's red and black color scheme, it should be a lot easier on the eyes now that it's not crammed directly into your eyeballs. The only thing you lose is the 3D effect, which I think a lot of people will be willing to give up for the comfort and ease of playing on TV.

Nintendo re-ups trademarks for 39 existing games

A F.L.U.D.D. of trademarks

Nintendo has gone on a trademark tear, re-upping the names of 39 different games. You can see all 39 titles listed below.

Freaky Forms, Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Air Ride, Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards, Kid Icarus, Jam With The Band, Golden Sun Dark Dawn, Dillon’s Rolling Western The Last Ranger, Face Raiders, Eternal Darkness, Majora’s Mask, Card Hero, Balloon Kid, Animal Crossing City Folk, Alleyway, WarioWare Smooth Moves, Wave Race, Mario Sports, Mario vs. Donkey Kong Mini-Land Mayhem!, Urban Champion, The Wind Waker, The Adventure of Link, Swapnote, Super Mario World, Super Mario Sunshine, Steel Diver, Spirit Camera, Kirby Mass Attack, Skyward Sword, Shadows of Almia (Pokémon Ranger), Radar Mission, Pushmo, Pullblox, Phantom Hourglass, Ocarina of Time, Nintendo Presents Style Boutique, Nintendogs + Cats, Mario vs. Donkey Kong Minis March Again!, and Cruis’n.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Sound Box announced for Japan

A sound investment for Mega Man fans

To coincide with the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, Capcom has also announced a soundtrack collection for Japan. The Mega Man Zero/ZX Sound Box is set to release on March 25th, 2020, and it includes the soundtracks from Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX games. This makes for 208 tracks on 6 discs.

The Mega Man Zero/ZX Sound Box is priced at 8,000 yen, and includes a cover designed by Tooru Nakayama, a 16-page booklet, and more to be revealed later.

NPD data reveals the top 20 best-selling games for every year from 1995 to 2019

Ah, how the years flew by

The gang over at NPD has shared some interesting data on game sales throughout the years. They've compiled top 20 lists for every year from 1995 to 2019 to show what the best-selling games of each year were. Check out the breakdown for each year in the gallery below.

Silver Falls: 3 Down Stars updated to Version 1.1

Silver Falls: 3 Down Stars has gotten an update to Version 1.1. We don't have patch notes for this update, but supposedly it improves loading times and performance, and also fixes some glitches. Check out Version 1.1 of the game in action above.

Jon Romero and Derek Yu share thoughts on what make Mario games so special

Mario is the man!

There's no denying that Mario games are special. There's a reason why the character has been around so long, and continues to be wildly popular! Even other devs know how fantastic the character is, and they're more than willing to share their thoughts on why.

The latest issue of Retro Gamer includes comments from Jon Romero, Derek Yu, and Ste Pickford on Mario's success. See what they had to say below.

- "the amazing control and the huge amount of variety in the eight worlds" led to id Software pitching a PC conversion of Super Mario Bros 3 to Nintendo
- Ste Pickford is impressed by Mario's 'jumping on enemies to kill them' mechanic, saying "it annoys me when it's used in other games as it feels like a unique feature of Mario, and one that you shouldn't rip off."
- Derek Yu's Spelunky was inspired by the Super Mario series
- Derek says the, "one thing I studied closely while working on Spelunky were the little touches in Mario games - the 'poofs' that appear when Mario runs, the sparkles that appear when he grabs a coin, etc. For me, a big reason why Mario is so enjoyable are those flourishes that we're not always conscious of but we definitely feel as we play."

My Nintendo Europe discounts for Jan. 24th, 2020

Looking for some 3DS deals?

A new round of discounts has been added to My Nintendo Europe. Check out what's up for grabs below.

[3DS] 30% off Luigi’s Mansion: 120 Gold Points
[3DS] 40% off Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS: 180 Gold Points
[3DS] 50% off Game & Watch Gallery 2 (Virtual Console GBC): 20 Gold Points
[3DS] 40% off Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword: 90 Platinum Points
[3DS] 50% off Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition: 150 Gold Points

Japanese eShop charts for Jan. 16th to 22nd, 2020

Who made the top 10 this week?

The latest eShop charts are in for Japan, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore has raced right to the top of the Switch side of things. Check out the Switch and 3DS eShop charts for Jan. 16th to 22nd, 2020 below.

Switch

1. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore (Nintendo)
2. Minecraft (Mojang)
3. Puzzle & Dragons GOLD (GungHo Online Entertainment)
4. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)
5. Futari de! Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
6. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo)
7. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan)
8. Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo)
9. To the Moon (X.D. Network)
10. Mom Hid My Game! (Hap)

3DS

1. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
2. Pokémon Crystal (Nintendo)
3. Mom Hid My Game! (Hap)
4. Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth)
5. Battleminerz (Wobbly Tooth)
6. Dragon Quest III (Square-Enix)
7. Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (Microsoft Japan)
8. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo (Nintendo)
9. Bike Rider DX (Spicy Soft)
10. Dragon Quest II (Square-Enix)

Charges filed against a man selling counterfeit amiibo cards after he was warned by Nintendo 4 times

An amiibo no-no

Charges have been filed against a 34-year-old Japanese man for violating the Unfair Competition Prevention Act. Back in 2019, the man sold 22 packs of counterfeit amiibo cards for a profit of $821. Nintendo caught onto this, warned the man on four separate occasions to stop, and then went after him legally when he refused to listen.

Wondering why the man decided to keep selling the cards? He was asked that question by the police, to which he responded by saying, “Life is hard, so I purchased the counterfeit amiibo cards and resold them for a small profit.”

3DS eShop charts for Jan. 23rd, 2020

Pokemon Crystal takes #1 back

Well, Tomodachi Life had a good run. The game returned to the #1 position for a couple of weeks, but now its slipped back to #2. Check out how the rest of the charts play out for Jan. 23rd, 2020 below.

Software

1. Pokemon Crystal
2. Tomodachi Life
3. Fire Emblem Awakening
4. Luigi’s Mansion
5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo
6. Pokemon Yellow
7. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
8. Super Mario Bros. 3
9. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2
10. Pokemon Silver
11. Pokemon Red
12. Pokemon Gold
13. BoxBoy!
14. Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
15. Miitopia
16. Super Mario World
17. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
18. Super Mario 3D Land
19. Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
20. Shin Megami Tensei IV

Videos

1. Kirby: Planet Robobot Overview Trailer
2. Tomodachi Life Wish List Video
3. Mario Kart 7 Video
4. Nintendo Direct 9/13/18
5. Super Mario Maker for 3DS – Overview Trailer
6. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Surprise
7. Tomodachi Life Direct 4/10/14
8. Kirby: Planet Robobot Accolades Trailer
9. Nintendo Minute – Tomodachi Life
10. Introducing Tomodachi Life
11. New Super Mario Bros. 2: Coin Rush
12. Pokemon Rumble World Trailer
13. Slime Slayer Trailer with Song Lyrics
14. Super Mario 3D Land Video
15. IronFall Trailer
16. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – Ready for Launch
17. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Trailer
18. Nintendo Badge Arcade Trailer
19. Pokemon Bank Trailer
20. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D New Features

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