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Weirdness: Playing as Peach Online is Triggering Auto-Bans in Japan

Playing as Peach Online is Triggering Auto-Bans in Japan

Would be autobahns in Germany (Google it)

In a special Smash Bros. Direct earlier this year Masahiro Sakurai announced a feature that made as gaze skywards to praise the divine idea — moderating in online play. If players are constantly rage-quitting, playing with an awful connection, targeting a particular player or being naughty in any other...

Weirdness: A Pokémon Fan Broke into the White House Lawn

A Pokémon Fan Broke into the White House Lawn

The eleventh of September was not the best day to choose

A presumed fan of the Pokémon series was seen climbing over a security fence into the grounds of the White House in the United States' capital yesterday. The man was wearing a Pikachu hat and t-shirt, but his intentions are completely unknown at the moment. You can see him in the tweets below...

Weirdness: Here's What DuckTales Would Look Like With Real Ducks

Here's What DuckTales Would Look Like With Real Ducks

Someone call PETA

DuckTales has a special place in the heart of Nintendo fans not just because it was a superb early-morning cartoon romp, but because it also spawned some amazing games on the NES and Game Boy, the first of which was recently remastered for the Wii U eShop. What we're about to show has only the tenuous link to these amazing games,...

Weirdness: In An Alternate Universe Danny DeVito Would Have Starred in Super Mario Bros. The Movie

In An Alternate Universe Danny DeVito Would Have Starred in Super Mario Bros. The Movie

Oscar winning script writer was also lined up

It has its defenders that'll protect its honour from a hail of criticism, but the Super Mario Bros. movie isn't exactly universally loved. It was the film equivalent of interpretive dance — it vaguely resembled its subject matter but was ultimately confusing and bonkers. It could have been an entirely...

Weirdness: Hear Nintendo's Classic Themes Played on Kazoos

Hear Nintendo's Classic Themes Played on Kazoos

Marginally too cool for school

Nintendo has arguably some of the best music in the gaming world, causing different groups of people to take the music from the games they love and perform it themselves. It's no surprise that certain individuals take it upon themselves to somewhat reinvent tracks in order to give them a fresh and interesting feel...

Weirdness: Hearthstone Game Boy Demake Is An Experience Nintendo Fans Can Never Have

Hearthstone Game Boy Demake Is An Experience Nintendo Fans Can Never Have

At least we’ll always have the Pokémon Trading Card Game

If you’ve ever wondered what Hearthstone would have been like on the original Game Boy, wonder no more. A digital artist by the name of Pixelpowerluke from Game Boy Demakes is currently teasing fans with images of what Blizzard’s online card game would have possibly looked like if it...

Weirdness: Earthbound Designer Shigesato Itoi Comes Under Fire For Tweeting About Fukushima Peaches

Earthbound Designer Shigesato Itoi Comes Under Fire For Tweeting About Fukushima Peaches

“If you go to Fukushima you can buy peaches like this"

Earthbound designer Shigesato Itoi who has appeared on a number of Japanese variety shows and commercials, recently came under fire on Twitter when he showed his support of Fukushima peaches to over 600,000 followers. Prior to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the prefecture was known for...

Weirdness: Slowpoke Reggae Exists, and it's Terrifying

Slowpoke Reggae Exists, and it's Terrifying

Kind of catchy, still nightmare inducing

Everyone's Friday jut got a little weirder with the official Pokémon YouTube channel's latest post, a nearly four minute reggae epic of Slowpoke doing Slowpoke things like attempting to swallow other Slowpokes' tails, Busby Berkeley water number-style: One theory states that this video is related to an...

Weirdness: How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

Headline may be somewhat misleading

They may not be a must-have item for Lolita fashion, but the uniquely Japanese undergarment called haramaki has shed its reputation of being for grandparents only and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity among the young and fashionable in the last decade or so. A haramaki, or belly warmer, is a sweater-like...

Weirdness: A Resident Evil TV Show Has Been Proposed

A Resident Evil TV Show Has Been Proposed

Hey, it might be better than the films

Capcom has had quite the history with its Resident Evil franchise. Many people have fond memories of the early games, and when Resident Evil 4 appeared on the GameCube it threw everyone a curveball with its inventive new features. Recent additions have not been as well received, and the less said about the...

Weirdness: Mario, Luigi, and Sonic Are Advertising A Chinese Mobile Phone Network

Mario, Luigi, and Sonic Are Advertising A Chinese Mobile Phone Network

Honest truth, guv

There's something just a little bit wrong in China Mobile's advertising, pictured above. Apparently Mario, Luigi and Sonic have all been conscripted into the firm's latest promotion. Nintendo hasn't exactly made a habit of freely giving out its characters for other companies to use, being so protective as to initiate YouTube...

Weirdness: There's a Fish That Plays Pokémon

There's a Fish That Plays Pokémon

Magikarp breathes a sigh of relief (at least we think that was a sigh)

Today's entrant in the annals of human achievement comes courtesy of Twitch TV, in the form of a motion-tracked fantail betta playing Pokémon Red/Blue using virtualised Game Boy controls. The fish, one Grayson Hopper, has apparently been playing (or "swimming aimlessly in his...

News: Nintendo's At It Again With Another Majora's Mask Tease

Nintendo's At It Again With Another Majora's Mask Tease

No Majora hype implied

Nintendo has been placing sly references to its off-the-wall cult classic The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask a number of years now – the most notable recent example was the presence of the titular mask on a wall of Link's house in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS. Not to be flogging a dead horse or...

Weirdness: Yoshi's Real Name Is Both Silly and Scientific

Yoshi's Real Name Is Both Silly and Scientific

Will re-open the "is he a dinosaur" debate

We were once told by Nintendo that Yoshi is not a dinosaur, as we'd stated in a feature, but that he was simply a Yoshi. Once we'd dusted ourselves down from the polite but firm telling off, we felt indignant. He is a dinosaur, with boots, what's so wrong about that? It is possible that down the road of...

Weirdness: The Cyberith Virtualizer Combines Wii Remote Controls, Oculus Rift and a Treadmill

The Cyberith Virtualizer Combines Wii Remote Controls, Oculus Rift and a Treadmill

Immersive, or strange?

Virtual Reality is a hot topic at the moment, with Oculus Rift and Sony's Morpheus at the forefront of bringing the concept forward. The mainstream appeal of these devices is yet to be seen, though both have a lot of investment behind them. There are various gadgets and devices trying to tap into the craze, including some...

Weirdness: 3D-Printed Game Boy-Themed Case Covers Raspberry Pi

3D-Printed Game Boy-Themed Case Covers Raspberry Pi

Far more sensible than whipped cream

The credit-card sized educational computer Raspberry Pi encourages electronics hobbyists to find interesting and fun ways to extend the machine’s capabilities; to celebrate the Game Boy’s 25th anniversary Adafruit user Noe Ruiz has posted an extensive tutorial on how to build a 3D-printed Game Boy-themed case...

Weirdness: The Peculiar Questions of a Typical Nintendo AGM

The Peculiar Questions of a Typical Nintendo AGM

Freebies, frustration and 'interesting' suggestions

This week we brought you some coverage from Nintendo's various comments and assurances given at its 74th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. It's an important event as it enables Nintendo to address concerns and enquiries, and when handled well can help to stabilise those all-important share...