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Weirdness: 8-Year-Old Writes Nintendo A Letter Of Apology For Getting His 3DS Wet

8-Year-Old Writes Nintendo A Letter Of Apology For Getting His 3DS Wet

A grim reminder to check your thermos cap

It's never too pleasant having to deal with customer service and sending something in to be repaired, but for one eight-year-old boy in Japan, the loss of his 3DS seems to have stirred up some surprising feelings of guilt instead of the usual impatience and annoyance. Imagine that! The young boy apparently...

Weirdness: Watch an Actual Live Splatoon Squid Sisters Concert From Japan

Watch an Actual Live Splatoon Squid Sisters Concert From Japan

Get your glow sticks in the air!

Splatoon is not only a fun game, but it's also succeeded in getting some of its characters and quirks into popular culture - well, Nintendo culture. The Squid Sisters are a part of this, with their bizarre voices, dancing and singing being part of the game's charm. In Japan, though, these things can go from being...

Weirdness: Super Mario 64 Expert Collects a Star in 0.5 'A' Button Presses

Super Mario 64 Expert Collects a Star in 0.5 'A' Button Presses

"We need to talk about parallel universes..."

The recent Awesome Games Done Quick marathon served as a fantastic example of speedrunners demonstrating their practiced skill with impressive results. In the wake of its conclusion earlier this month, we've got just the video for anyone still needing their fix of game-breaking talent on display. While...

Weirdness: Conceptual Artist Attempts Tetris World Record as a Metaphor of Capitalism

Conceptual Artist Attempts Tetris World Record as a Metaphor of Capitalism

"Eventually they fall so fast that you can’t keep up and you die"

Conceptual and performance artists find meaning - or try to - in the unlikeliest of places, often taking mundane or obsessive aspects of life and applying an artistic different vision. One artist doing this is Rutherford Chang, who's based in New York and has previous works that...

Weirdness: Homebrew Enthusiast Gets Windows 95 Working on the New Nintendo 3DS

Homebrew Enthusiast Gets Windows 95 Working on the New Nintendo 3DS

Just... because

There's an enthusiastic homebrew scene around the 3DS, less interested in piracy and more fascinated with pushing the boundaries of the hardware. This often revolves around getting unexpected software - or operating systems - to work on the portable. One humorous recent example is from a certain shutterbug2000, who has managed to...

Weirdness: Gamer Keeps Super Famicom On For 20 Years To Preserve Umihara Kawase Save Data

Gamer Keeps Super Famicom On For 20 Years To Preserve Umihara Kawase Save Data

That's over 180,000 hours

Back in the days when cartridges used batteries to store save data, your precious save files would only remain in existence as long as the battery itself had juice - when the power ran out, the data was lost forever. Collectors of retro games will know this fact all too well; many RPGs from the '80s and '90s are now...

Weirdness: Gaming's Most Infamous Bad Guys Have Formed The World's Most Awesome Band

Gaming's Most Infamous Bad Guys Have Formed The World's Most Awesome Band

With the help of Jake Kaufman, Jirard Khalil and Grant Kirkhope

It's said that the devil has the best tunes, and that certainly seems to be true with the Big Bad Bosses, a fictional band composed of gaming's most sinister baddies - all appearing under aliases to avoid any kind of copyright nastiness. There's Ronix (Dr Robotnik), G-Cash (Ganondorf),...

Weirdness: North American Devil's Third Copies Sell for Silly Money on eBay Due to Stock Shortage

North American Devil's Third Copies Sell for Silly Money on eBay Due to Stock Shortage

Now THAT's the greatest trick the devil ever pulled

Now, we didn't pull punches in our assessment of Devil's Third, awarding it 5/10 (average) in our review largely thanks to the ambitious online component, with the solo campaign faring less well. That said, we did try to consider some of its positives, and for benevolent gamers that can look past...

Weirdness: A Dragon Punch Would Take Your Head Clean Off, Says Science

A Dragon Punch Would Take Your Head Clean Off, Says Science

These Street Fighters are clearly quite tough

Street Fighter's Dragon Punch - or Shoryuken - is one of the most iconic moves in fighting game history. A rising uppercut which propels your opponent into the air, it's handy for dealing with mid-air attacks and knocking your rival off-balance, and in the right hands, is a deadly weapon which can turn...

Weirdness: This Dad Is Better At Pulling Off Street Fighter II Victory Poses Than You

This Dad Is Better At Pulling Off Street Fighter II Victory Poses Than You

"Go home and be a family man!"

Following the delights of watching YouTuber Nick Luciano's dad reenact the taunt animations from Super Smash Bros for Wii U, we had to bring you his latest video where the game-for-a-laugh Father takes on the challenge of mimicking the victory poses from beloved Capcom brawler Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting...

Weirdness: This 1983 Short Movie Combines Horror With Donkey Kong

This 1983 Short Movie Combines Horror With Donkey Kong

Can you find the Treasure of the Haunted House?

Long-time readers of the site will be familiar with the work of Tyler Esposito - not only have we covered his excellent videos in the past, he's also contributed to Nintendo Life with an amusing look at one of the most bizarre NES games ever made. He also runs the excellent YouTube channel iretrogamer...

Weirdness: French Far-Right Political Party Uses Little Mac Lookalike On Campaign Poster

French Far-Right Political Party Uses Little Mac Lookalike On Campaign Poster

"Hit the system with a good right!"

Nintendo is notoriously protective of its characters and franchises, and never allows them to be used outside of games unless the context is suitable - even using Mario on a mural took a lot of effort. Keeping this in mind, we wonder what the company makes of Little Mac's likeness being used in a campaign poster...

Weirdness: Pokémon Meets The Sims In This Experimental Videogame Mash-Up

Pokémon Meets The Sims In This Experimental Videogame Mash-Up

A funny concept

The recent release of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer has proven there is more to the long-running series than just paying off loans to Tom Nook. By incorporating many ideas and game play elements from existing lifestyle and creation games, it makes you wonder what Nintendo’s other game series might look like if they received...

Weirdness: Just Dance 2016 Will Include An Exclusive Song About Stepping On A Chihuahua

Just Dance 2016 Will Include An Exclusive Song About Stepping On A Chihuahua

Boasting the vocal talents of Japanese singer Reni Mimura

Ubisoft has created a unique song for the forthcoming Just Dance 2016 and it's totally and utterly bonkers. Composed by the Just Dance team alongside Tom Salta and Japanese singer Reni Mimura, "Chiwawa" is all about a girl who steps on her Chihuahua by accident: Chiwawa is the surprising...

Weirdness: Bowser Bummed by Skylanders amiibo Tie-in

Bowser Bummed by Skylanders amiibo Tie-in

GAME store has a cheeky time of it

Anatomically, Bowser's nose can be considered to have two primary purposes. First, it provides something to breathe through when he has a mouth full of hot, fiery death to spit. Second, its presence keeps him from looking like a total goober. Case in point, one GAME store seems to have come across a Hammer Slam...

Weirdness: Japanese Company Wants To Bring NES Games To Smartphones Via A Tiny Cartridge

Japanese Company Wants To Bring NES Games To Smartphones Via A Tiny Cartridge

Small device plugs into into your headphone socket

Modern gaming is becoming increasingly focused on digital distribution, with publishers making use of online stores such as the Wii U and 3DS eShops to deliver games directly to consumers without having to produce physical media. With rumours that Nintendo's next console could abandon physical...

Weirdness: Wii U Title Bombing Bastards Becomes 'Bombing Busters' on PS4, at Sony's Request

Wii U Title Bombing Bastards Becomes 'Bombing Busters' on PS4, at Sony's Request

Oh Nintendo, you rebel without a cause

When we received a press release for Bombing Bastards coming to the Wii U eShop last year, our instinct was "good luck with that", assuming it'd undergo a name change before release. Nope, none of it, as it then launched on the eShop in July 2014. It was a further indication, among others, of Nintendo...

Weirdness: You Can Get Apple, Sorry, 'Aple' Cover Plates for Your New Nintendo 3DS

You Can Get Apple, Sorry, 'Aple' Cover Plates for Your New Nintendo 3DS

Or Xbox 720, if you're feeling next-gen

Nintendo has released and licensed dozens of official cover plates - Kisekae in Japan - for the New Nintendo 3DS, but naturally there are some unofficial options out there. It's the wonder of 3D printing. Some funny examples have been spotted by @NintendoActu - and shared by Tiny Cartridge - which allow New...

Weirdness: Bask in the Madness of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes in This Japanese Marketing

Bask in the Madness of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes in This Japanese Marketing

Even Ganondorf would love this

Sometimes Nintendo's weirdness can brighten any sky and make the sun shine that bit brighter. OK, we're exaggerating a little, but it can make us smile - the concept of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes fits into this. Any plot that puts fashion at its core in Hyrule is always going to be a bit bonkers, and its...