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First 4 Figures unboxes their Metroid Prime Meta Ridley Statue

Look at the wingspan on that thing!

First 4 Figures' Metroid Prime Meta Ridley statue is an absolute BEAST! First 4 Figures gives a detailed look at the statue in their latest unboxing video, and it really does a good job of showing just how huge this thing is. Hope you have enough room in your house for it!

After nearly 20 years, someone managed to shoot every name in Smash Bros. Melee's credits section

Credit where credit's due

There are 190 names in the credits section of Smash Bros. Melee. As most people know, this section plays out as an on-rails shooter, letting you zap each passing name. The thing is, shooting every name seemed like an impossible feat. Impossible until now, that is.

After 50 hours of attempts and tons of practice, Martin Zarate managed to do something no one else has. He shot down every single name in the credits in Melee, and you can watch it happen in the video above. Zarate spent time running through specific sections over and over in order to gain some muscle memory for a full run. It was no easy task, but now Zarate will forever have his name as part of Melee history!

3D printed GameCube stands let you display your console in rather unique ways

For those who like to live dangerously

Perhaps you still have your GameCube, but it's not hooked up right now. Maybe you're using your Wii as the main method of playing GameCube software. What should you do with your GameCube, you ask? Why not display it as a piece of art!

As long as you've got access to a 3D printer, you can make one of the two corner stands you see above. They're not going to be the most sturdy methods of displaying your GameCube, but they sure are eye-catching. If you're up for these rather daring stands, you can get the files you need here and here.

Sonic Adventure-themed playground opens in Brazil

Do you have what it takes to be Sonic?

The Sonic fandom in Brazil is pretty well known for being extremely dedicated. Those fans have to be losing their minds right now, as a Sonic Adventure-themed playground has been opened at a mall in Vila Velha. All ages are allowed to attend and give the playground a run-through. Cleary a ton of thought went into this playground's creation, and there's no doubt fans are having a blast.

Thanks to Jonathan for the heads up!

Pikmin 3 Deluxe officially the best-selling entry in the franchise in Japan

A new record!

Not that long ago, we mentioned that Pikmin 3 Deluxe was the fastest-selling entry in the franchise in Japan, and also noted that it would likely be the best-selling soon enough. That time has official come.

Thanks to the latest sales charts in Japan, we know that Pikmin 3 Deluxe has hit 513,225 physical units sold. That means it beat out the previous record-holder, which was the original Pikmin and its 502,996 units sold. Obviously Pikmin 3 Deluxe became the best-selling entry a few weeks back thanks to digital sales, but we don't have the official numbers on that. With physical sales locked in, there's no disputing the record!

SEGA's Toshihiro Nagoshi "wouldn't mind" working on the F-Zero franchise again

We wouldn't mind that either!

Many fans of F-Zero look to F-Zero GX as the franchise's finest installment. The GameCube entry was extremely fast and just as challenging, and it's the product of a collab between SEGA and Nintendo. SEGA's Toshihiro Nagoshi was the producer on that project, and in an interview with Red Bull France, he reveals that he'd be down to work on the franchise once more.

“Mmm… Putting aside the odds of it happening, I must admit I have a lot of affection for F-Zero GX. If the opportunity were to present itself, I wouldn’t mind. And in that case, I’d like to make it a challenging game. I believe that if Nintendo just wants a racing game that is ‘fun and accessible’, they already have Mario Kart for that purpose.”

Of course, as far as we know, nothing is in the works. Nintendo hasn't done much of anything with F-Zero in a very long time. Let's hope someone at Nintendo is reading these comments, and it sparks interest in bringing the franchise back.

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga series hits 6 million units sold worldwide

A real page-turner!

The next volume of the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga hits Japan tomorrow, and the packaging for that issue reveals some great news. As of publishing, the entire Twilight Princess manga series has managed to sell 6 million units around the world. It's awesome to see the series get such worldwide support, and for so long!

Super Monkey Ball creator says his aim was to make a game that was "simple to play and low cost to make"

The recipe for success

The Super Monkey Ball franchise started on the GameCube, and ended up being much bigger than SEGA expected. That first entry spawned numerous mainline entries, spin-offs, and more. Pretty amazing for a game with such a simple idea!

In an interview with SEGA's Toshihiro Nagoshi, we hear about the mission statement Nagoshi had for the game. It was the combination of two main elements that paved the way for the classic we love.

“Monkey Ball has been around for a long time since Daytona and at that time I was already planning and making various other games. As technology advances, how to play games become more and more complicated. If we talk a little about business, development costs were gradually increasing. In some ways it can’t be helped, but especially arcade games were essentially more intuitive and were made in a way to play easily and have a more fun time. Such an approach is essential, and the number of such games was gradually decreasing. If we were to feel sad about that, then there are only 2 ways to go. I wanted to pursue a game that was simple to play and low cost to make, and that was what I thought about. In the end, I didn’t think with Daytona that it would go beyond the arcades to the consumer and be played for more than 10 to 20 years.”

Artist makes wood carvings of classic GameCube game boxes

Classic and classy

Nintendo has had some gorgeous cover art for their games over the years. Boxes that instantly flood the mind with memories of great gaming adventures. Those classic covers can now stand on their own as works of art, thanks to one dedicated fan.

A woodworking artist going by Pigminted has taken covers from games like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door and turned them into wooden cases. The designs look even more striking in this style, and obviously a lot of attention to detail went into the carvings. If you'd like to grab these cases, or perhaps see what other gaming tributes Pigminted has cooked up, you can check out their Etsy store here.

Nintendo cancels Splatoon 2 North American Open December 2020 live-stream due to “unexpected executional challenges”

Making a big ink about things

Nintendo was originally planning to live stream the Splatoon 2 North American Open December 2020 finals later today, but that is no longer the case. Nintendo has said that the event will continue, but the live-stream has been called off due to “unexpected executional challenges.” Obviously that doesn't really give us much insight into what's happening, but fans think they know what's causing the issue.

As you know, Nintendo stepped in to stop a Super Smash Bros. Melee. online tournament hosted by The Big House due to the use of “use of illegally copied versions of the game” and a mod called “Slippi.” Ever since that happened, fans have been quite riled up about the situation. A #FreeMelee campaign kicked off on social media, and it spread to other aspects of Nintendo fandom, including the Splatoon 2 side of things. This resulted in a number of teams lined up for the Splatoon 2 North American Open December 2020 finals going with names that somehow referenced the #FreeMelee movement.

Again, Nintendo just provided a vague statement on the situation, and fans are thinking it's tied to #FreeMelee. That's just speculation for now, but it does seem to jive with recent happenings.

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