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Hot Topic gets a slew of new Epic Mickey shirts

That's pretty epic

Epic Mickey is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and it seems Disney has allowed for the creation of some new Epic Mickey-themed t-shirts in honor of the milestone. A little strange to see all these shirts celebrating a franchise that seems to be done and dusted, but hopefully this is some small glimmer of hope for another installment down the line. You can check out the full catalog of Epic Mickey shirts on Hot Topic's website.

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!

Super Mario Maker being removed from Wii U eShop, course uploading set to be discontinued

*sad mama-mia noises*

4.02 million people own the original Super Mario Maker for Wii U, but how many actually still play it? With the sequel having been released for Switch last year, Nintendo has decided to pull the plug on it's predecessor.

First, the game will be removed from the Wii U eShop on January 13th, 2021. It will still be downloadable for those who have purchased it, but future sales will be prohibited. Then, on March 31st, 2021, the same day that Super Mario 35 and Super Mario 3D All-Stars are being yanked from the Switch eShop, Nintendo will terminate the ability to upload courses to Super Mario Marker. It's been a good 5 years, but it's time to say, as Mario himself would put it, "bye-bye."

Discontinuation of certain services

From March 31st 2021, it will no longer be possible to upload courses in Super Mario Maker for Wii U. On the same day, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark website will also close.

It will still be possible to play courses uploaded before the service discontinuation.

In preparation for the discontinuation of these online services, Super Mario Maker for Wii U will be removed from sale on Nintendo eShop on January 13th 2021. It will still be possible to redownload the game after this date.

There is no impact on Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch.

We would like to thank all players for supporting Super Mario Maker for Wii U over the past five years.

Planned service end date: March 31st 2021

Please note that depending on the circumstances, these services may be discontinued earlier than the above-mentioned date.

Services that will end
- The ability to upload courses in Super Mario Maker for Wii U
- The Super Mario Maker Bookmark website
Due to this, the following features within the software’s Course World will also become unavailable:
- Updating the ranking of liked courses
- Looking up your bookmarked courses

An error message will be displayed when trying to access these discontinued services after their end date.

First 4 Figures shares a new trailer and live-stream event for their Zelda: Breath of the Wild "Link (Exclusive Edition)" Statue

Looking good, Link!

First 4 Figures has officially opened pre-orders for their Zelda: Breath of the Wild "Link (Exclusive Edition)" Statue. If you're still not sure you want to grab one of these, you can check out the trailer above for another look, and the live-stream event below for even more detail.

If you like what you see and want to snag one of these for yourself, you can lock in a pre-order here.

Minecraft tribute made using over 81k dominoes

Brick by brick

The Domino King is back in action, and this time he has a tribute to Minecraft. This setup includes over 81k dominoes, which were used to make quite the Minecraft spectacle. Watch it all come crumbling down in the video above!

The Legend’s Cookbook: Hero of the Ladle hits funding goal

A heroic effort

The team behind The Legend's Cookbook saw success on their first project, which was a cookbook that brought meals from Zelda: Breath of the Wild into the real world. They then followed things up with their Hero of the Ladle project, which was aiming to create custom-molded ladles, soups, aprons, and pins. That project has also hit its Kickstarter goal, which means all those goodies are on the way.

There are still 34 days to go on the Kickstarter, leaving plenty of time to get in on the fun. If you want to learn more about the project and toss in a few bucks, you can do so here.

Happy birthday to both the GameCube and Wii U

We salute you two!

We've got double the cause for celebration today, friends! In North America, the Wii U launched 8 long years ago. It may not have been the hit Nintendo wanted, but it certainly brought us a good amount of great first party titles.

Along with that, the GameCube is celebrating a North American anniversary as well. The system launched on Nov. 18th 19 long years ago. Crazy to think that the system came out so long ago. I'll never forget standing in line to pick mine up at GameStop. I came straight from homecoming and was dressed up in a tux! Attire certainly worthy of the GameCube's arrival.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Did You Know Gaming - Hyrule Warriors

Did you know?

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and Easter eggs surrounding the Hyrule Warriors subseries of The Legend of Zelda with PBG.

Did you know Mario Kart DS plays a different start-up sound depending on the system you're using?

A neat Easter egg

Here's a little piece of Nintendo trivia for you. If you played Mario Kart DS on a traditional DS, you would hear Mario shout "Yahoo!" when you loaded the game up. If you played it on DS Lite, DSi, 3DS, or Wii U, you'll instead hear Mario say "Here we go!". There doesn't seem to be an explanation as to why this change was made, but you can see the proof in the video above.

Minecraft novel "The Shipwreck" now available

A mysterious server hides Minecraft secrets

A new novel tied to the Minecraft series has been released today. The novel is called The Shipwreck, and it follows 3 Minecraft players who take a deep dive into a mysterious server they discover at a soon-to-be-demolished community center. The book was written by CB Lee, and she sat down for an interview with the Minecraft gang to discuss the entire project. If you'd like to learn a bit more about The Shipwreck, you can find the interview here.

Image & Form once again says they're working on new SteamWorld games, and they're not ruling out sequels

No reason to get steamed

If you're a fan of the SteamWorld series, you can rest easy. Image & Form is definitely bringing more installments out. The company has confirmed this via Twitter in a statement you can read below.

We're making new SteamWorld games and we're not ruling out sequels. We would love to revisit earlier games in the series!

Seems like the direction forward for SteamWorld will definitely include more original installments, but there's a chance for sequels to fan-favorites as well. Now all we have to do is sit back and wait to see what's next!

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