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Somehow, mysteriously, it is Thursday again. We hope you've got your towel... argh! What is this? Talk Like a Pirate Day? Where's the rum?

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Welcome to the Toy News Roundup, our weekly compilation of some of the coolest -- and sometimes weirdest -- toy news of the past seven days. Read More...

Link has been one of video games' greatest heroes ever since he first picked up a shield in defense of the enchanting Zelda all those years ago on the original NES. Surprisingly, the pointy-eared savior of Hyrule has had very few figures (and even fewer good ones) featuring his likeness and oh-so-badass weaponry. Well, all that's about to change thanks to Max Factory and their incredibly popular line of Figma action figures! Like most incredible toys in the Figma/S.H. Figuarts/Revoltech vein, Link will clock in at around 5 1/2" tall, but will be sporting articulation and accessories (including extra faces) that would put most larger figures to shame. Read More...

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Launch

Exactly seven days since a gang of Marios took over Times Square to celebrate the launch of "Super Mario 3D Land," Nintendo's most notable tunic wearing adventurer, Link, was launching his own game, just a few blocks away. The Nintendo World Store at Rockefeller Center was taken over this weekend by Zelda fans as they lined up a day before "Skyward Sword" was officially released to grab an early copy of the game and take part in the festivities, which also helped commemorate the series' 25th Anniversary. Trivia, a scavenger hunt, and a chance to take their picture with the Master Sword awaited anyone that braved the block-long line.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

"The Legend of Zelda" has always been one of Nintendo's most groundbreaking and successful franchises, and this year, it's celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Link's travels have been well documented on every console Nintendo has ever released (save for the Virtual Boy), and while the scope of the games have changed, the core elements of what make a "Zelda" game great, are consistently there. "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" is no different than its numerous predecessors. It has all the vital components of a "Zelda" game, and is the first full release developed entirely for the Wii. Taking advantage of the platform's unique capabilities "Skyward Sword" becomes Link's most immersive, and biggest adventure yet.

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The holiday season is upon us and that means it's time to start searching for that perfect gift. The gamer in your life would probably love some new gear and to make your annual shopping adventure a little easier we decided to put together a list of 10 awesome gaming accessories.

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Every gamer needs a good chair for those late night gaming sessions and what could be better than a gaming chair with built in speakers, vibration feedback and wireless connectivity? For $140 the Boomchair Pulse delivers all of that and folds in half for storage. You can pick one up from Boomchair.com – they also have 19 other chairs to choose from if red isn't your color. Read More...

Super Mario 3D Land In Times Square

First, Mario took over MTV Geek, and then, this past weekend, he ventured outside of 1515 Broadway, into the November cold, and took over Times Square. Setting up shop on Military Island, Nintendo celebrated to launch of "Super Mario 3D Land" with a real-life recreation of the game, tumbling Marios, Tanooki tails, and free mushroom pizza.

It all went down Saturday morning at about 10 AM as the public got their first glimpse of a what "Super Mario 3D" would look like, if, ya know, if it was real world 3D. To kick things off, a group of acrobatic Marios went about conquering the level by doing their best high-flying Mario impressions as they tore down Broadway. Avoiding piranha plants and Bullet Bills (as well as precariously placed press), they flipped off of trampolines, and ultimately, reclaiming the flag from Bowser, and triumphantly raised Mario's to the crowd's cheers.

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There's no doubt that the 3DS has been in a bit of a slump since it was released earlier this year. However, over the last few months things have changed quite a bit; the price has dropped, Netflix has become available, "Ocarina of Time" was released, and that's just to name a few. Even with all that, there has been one thing that has absolutely plagued the system since launch: no Mario. Well, that's about to all change on November 13 with the release of "Super Mario 3D Land," Mario's first, original, three-dimensional game on a portable system. And the best part, at least for Nintendo, it just may be the system seller they need this holiday season.

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Super Mario visits MTV Geek

In support of his upcoming release, "Super Mario 3D Land," the one-and-only Mario stopped by the MTV Geek offices to take over running the site for the day. As a pop culture renascence man, he was the perfect plumber for the job. Not only does Mario have hundreds of video games under his belt, but he's starred in multiple animated series, had his own movie, has action figures of all shapes and sizes, he's even had his own cereal. In other words, he's got the know-how to handle the editorial, but can he survive in corporate America? Not surprisingly, the world's most recognizable video game character can save a princess and put together a stunning PowerPoint presentation. Take a look at what Mario was up to while he visited the Geek Headquarters.

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Kirby's Return To Dream Land

It has been decades since Nintendo's pink puff, Kirby has received a proper console entry into the Dream Land series. The often neglected spherical character has his share of games in the past few years (as recently as a few weeks ago), but none of them were direct descendants of the original Game Boy and NES games that helped put HAL Laboratory (as well as some of the most famous names that are associated with Nintendo) on the map back in the early 1990s. "Kirby's Return To Dream Land" changes all of that by putting Kirby back at the helm of a 2D sidescroller, and, most importantly, gives him back his signature enemy-swallowing and attack copying ability.

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Aliens: Infestation

The "Aliens" franchise has been scaring moviegoers since the late 1970s, with video game interpretations of the Xenomorphs beginning to show up in the early 1980s, on the Atari 2600. Numerous games over the years have pit humans against their biggest adversaries; some good and some not so good. The latest entry into the franchise, "Aliens: Infestation," manages to treat the source material with loving care, and bring the series to the Nintendo DS for the first time. Developed by WayForward Technologies and published by Sega, "Infestation" puts our species' biggest threat into the palm of your hand.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" has already had a troubled past, and it's still six weeks away from launch. From a wi-fi inference riddled E3 debut, to being torn apart on national TV, "Skyward Sword" is already facing an uphill battle. However, when the game drops on November 20, dedicated "Zelda" fans are going to find themselves happily waggling their Wii MotionPlus controllers, steeped in Link's latest adventure for what could be over a hundred hours worth of gameplay, the first of which may not be exactly what they are accustomed to.

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Solatorobo: Red The Hunter

When games take seemingly random elements of other games and blend them all together into one, the results are usually less than stellar. However, XSEED's latest release, the localized version of CyberConnect2's "Solatorobo: Red The Hunter," manages to mix mechs, RPGs, puzzles, action, and anthropomorphic dogs and cats into one game, and somehow pulls it off.

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Since the mid-1980s, Alexey Pajitnov groundbreaking classic "Tetris" has been killing time, distracting, and infecting the minds of gamers young and old. Available on just about every platform ever released, Nintendo's latest handheld, the 3DS, has somehow managed to go six months without the block falling puzzler. Fortunately, the Hudson developed, Nintendo published "Tetris: Axis" helps fill that void, and bring the franchise into an entirely new dimension. Read More...

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