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Super Paper Mario has the typical hallmarks of a 2D Mario platformer — stomp on enemies, jump over pits, and avoid obstacles — but failing carries minuscule stakes. If you fall into a pit, you only lose a single health point. The enemies are weak, by and large, and powerups and Shroom Shakes are plentiful. That it's nearly impossible to die in the game garnered a lot of criticism in 2007, with players claiming Super Paper Mario made too many concessions to young children and was 'dumbed down' for the masses.

But this criticism misses the point: Super Paper Mario is not a platformer so much as a role-playing game, a meta-commentary about acknowledging gaming's past alongside its present.

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It's not uncommon for home and handheld consoles to get a drastic makeover in the years after their launch. Sometimes even after they have begun playing second fiddle to a new more powerful sibling.

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Video: Here's Caleb, doing a stunning drum performance. And it's not just random drumming. All the different hits are in sync with all the Smash Bros. moves. You can hear light cymbal hits for Fox's short hop lasers, for example.

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Nintendo may not ever be on the leading edge of gaming, but it writes some bangers. Even the Wii shop song — which is essentially the home console version of hold music — is fertile ground for mashups. Soundcloud's obsession with the Wii Shop jam also intersected with many of its other memes ("Bonfire," Smash Mouth/Shrek, Space Jam, etc.) and this feels somehow like a fitting eulogy for that dying community.

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When she shoots, Samus Aran doesn't miss. That's one of the fundamental truths of the original Metroid Prime, the first-person sci-fi game that came out in Australia on the Nintendo GameCube in 2003. You lock her gun onto a target and fire. She hits it every time.

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If you haven't messed around with Dolphin, an emulator constantly refined and tweaked by a massive community of contributors, then you should find some time tonight to play around with it. It's a superb program; it might even be the most impressive emulator released to date.

Dolphin's just got one of its biggest upgrades to date, however. The team behind the emulator has just added a DirectX 12 renderer to one of their experimental releases, and the gains are huge.