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Author: Chris Poirier

Utilizing his prior editorial, writing, and marketing experience, Chris is now Editor in Chief of GameSplash.net. He is a gamer of 20+ years, an Xbox Ambassador, and a frequent early adopter of all things tech.
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Nintendo Direct Reveals A Link to the Past Sequel and Earthbound for Virtual Console

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As has become their traditional vehicle for release news, Nintendo broadcast a new Direct video this morning, showcasing a number of upcoming products (most for the 3DS), including several previously unanounced titles. After a series of not-so-subtle hints from series creator Shigeru Miyamoto over the past year, a 2.5D follow-up to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was unveiled for the 3DS. Set to be released this holiday, this sequel will retain familiar mechanics from the SNES classic, with the notable addition of the ability for the player to change Link into a drawing to traverse otherwise unreachable corners. An official name has not yet been specifed as of this writing, but expect to hear further details soon.

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It's been a long, quiet 3 months - but we are happy to announce, GameSplash is back in operation! Normal updates, including reviews, videos, and more will resume immediately. In celebration of our re-launch, and to thank you for your patience over our extended hiatus, we've got a copy of Bioshock Infinte up for grabs - in your choice of Steam, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 flavors. Simply tell us what game the above continue screen is from in the form below, by Wednesday May 1. All correct answers are entered to win!

(Hint: if you're sure you have the correct answer, and are receiving an "incorrect" message, try capitalizing the first letter of each word)

Complete rules follow after the jump.

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Nintendo Direct Recap: Crossovers, Zelda, and More!

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A new Nintendo Direct video was broadcast earlier this morning, offering up several tantalizing details about future Wii U software titles. No less than 5 previously unannounced party games were unveiled today; including some of Nintendo's most popular franchises such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario Kart. To that end, the fact that a new, currently untitled "Mario 3D Action Game" and Mario Kart title are in development should come as no surprise, more surprising, however, is how far along these titles are - both will be playable at E3 this June! The former is being helmed by Nintendo's EAD group, the same division responsible for the Super Mario Galaxy titles, as well as Super Mario 3D Land. Whether this mystery title end up being a third entry in the SMG series, or something new entirely remains to be seen.

Another exciting announcement, this one for fans of the Legend of Zelda franchise, occurred - the Wii U currently has not one, but two Zelda games currently in the works. The first, is a Wii U optimized HD Remake of Gamecube stalwart The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and the second is an all new game, built from the ground up. While details on the new Zelda game were deliberately scant at this point, Eiji Aonuma stated that one of his team's main goals is for the new game to "rethink the conventions" of the franchise; hinting that Nintendo is playing with the idea of implementing a non-linear dungeon structure and possibly even a multiplayer element to the storied franchise.

Nintendo didn't stop there, however. Despite having discussed three of their most popular franchises, they also announced that for the first time in 15 years, Yoshi is once again getting a game of his own. Yarn Yoshi (working title) is being developed by the team responsible for Kirby's Epic Yarn on the Wii, and will have a similar, textile-focused aesthetic. Expect colorful, charming visuals in Yoshi's new 2.5D platforming adventure.

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Winter Spectacular 2.0 - Day Seven: Winner's Choice!

Today marks the seventh and final day of a week chock full of zombies, assassins, and tropical island mayhem. If you're anything like us, you're probably asking yourselves - "well, GameSplash, how are you going to top that?" The answer? We're going to take the popular choose the game format from day five one step further. This time, we're taking the poll out of the equation; when you find a snowflake, simply pick your favorite game from the form below. One lucky winner will receive their chosen game!

How do you win your chosen game? It’s simple: find the hidden snowflake somewhere on our site (and no, the snowflake on this post doesn't count) Everyone who correctly identifies the location of the secret snowflake is entered to win! If you get stuck, check out our Facebook page for clues. Submit your guess after the jump.

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Winter Spectacular 2.0 - Day Six: Win Hitman Absolution!

Winter Spectacular 2.0 is almost over, but we've got two more games to give out before we're done! Earlier this week, we gave you a chance to help would-be assassin Corvo Atlano restore order to the plagued city of Dunwall in Dishonored. Following suit, today's prize will have one lucky winner filling the shoes of former ICA operative Agent 47, in Hitman: Absolution. Do you have what it takes to expose the ICA's misdeeds? Once again, we're offering the choice of Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Steam formats.

Hitman: Absolution

How do you win this fantastic prize? It’s simple: find the hidden snowflake somewhere on our site (and no, the snowflake on this post doesn't count) Everyone who correctly identifies the location of the secret snowflake is entered to win! As the Winter Spectacular progresses, it will become harder to find the snowflake; if you get stuck, check out our Facebook page for clues. Submit your guess after the jump.

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