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If you ever wanted a glorious figure based on Shovel Knight characters, other than the official Amiibo of course, First 4 Figures has just announced they've obtained the license to create such figures. To celebrate the announcement, the company is giving away one for free through a random drawing. You can enter by following the instructions in the announcement post after the jump!

Earlier this year, GameStop announced its GameTrust initiative, which helps fund indie games like Song of the Deep and the upcoming Deformers by Ready at Dawn. In order to expand that initiative, GameStop has partnered with IndieBox to bring physical copies of indie games to their stores. This batch of indie games is called the GameTrust Collection and features a series of Collector's Edition SteelBooks that highlight some of the best indie games on the market.

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DrinkBox Studios, the studio behind the indie hit Guacamelee, has been working on an open-world dungeon-crawler revolving around severing monsters' limbs to make the player character stronger. At long last, Severed landed on the Wii U a few weeks ago—with a handy 10% off bonus for early buyers—and today, Nintendo 3DS owners hoping to take Sasha's journey in the nightmare realm can get in on the fun.

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There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

This week the crew lost the episode we were recording, but Colin comes to save the day with an episode of his own, recounting everything that got deleted. I promise there are some good parts. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

Back in August of last year, indie developer 13AM Games launched their first title, Runbow, on the Wii U, receiving solid reviews and getting a fairly well-sized fanbase due to the game's simple but addicting color-based twist on the platforming genre. Another aspect that grabbed a lot of gamers' attention is the title's host of playable guest stars from other indie games, including Shovel Knight, Gunvolt, Freedom Planet's Lilac, and many, many more. Back at E3 2016, 13AM revealed that Wayforward's Shantae would also be joining in on the fun, and now we finally have a release date for her free DLC: October 25th.

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Dating back as early as 2000 before going annual from 2005 onward, the Sonic Amateur Games Expo is an online event that draws in aspiring and budding developers to show off their Sonic fan games to the community at large. Those new to SAGE needn't worry of the threat of a cease-and-desist order from SEGA either, as the event has existed without interference for quite some time, all on top of SEGA's encouraging stance for Sonic fans to "keep making great stuff."

SAGE 2016 will showcase fan games and ROM hacks such as the 3D open-world Green Hill Paradise, a Classic-inspired game called Sonic: Haven Home World, a Sonic Rush successor through Sonic Vs. Darkness, and many more. See them in action in the showcase trailer after the jump!

Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee is scheduled to release early next year, reviving the 3D platformer genre for a new generation, and developer Playtonic Games has just announced an exciting collaboration. Shovel Knight, the titular star of one of the most popular indie games in years, will make a guest appearance in Yooka-Laylee as a non-playable character. Playtonic Games released a new trailer for Yooka-Laylee at EGX, showcasing the game's colorful cast of quirky characters, including Shovel Knight himself. You can check out the trailer by clicking below!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join the fun as we discuss the new series Pokémon Generations, new Ultra Beasts from Sun and Moon, Nintendo's strategy for making mobile vs. console games, Nintendo's new position for someone to enforce DMCA takedowns, Pokémon GO's further-declining numbers, and tons more. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

Axiom Verge enjoyed a critically-acclaimed launch last year, and the Metroid-inspired action-platformer has been making its way to new consoles ever since. Shortly after releasing on Wii U, Axiom Verge is headed to Xbox One. In a new blog post, developer Tom Happ announced that Axiom Verge will be available on Microsoft's console starting on September 30th. The game has a price tag of $19.99, but it will be discounted by 10% until October 10th. If you're a fan of classic games like Metroid and Contra, you'll definitely want to pick it up.

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

This year's Fall and Winter season is an unusually slow time for Nintendo fans, and most gamers who rely primarily on Nintendo hardly have anything new to play until March. So we thought now would be a perfect time to introduce a new segment called Indigo Plateau, where we build best-of lists about all things Nintendo. This week we explore our top five Wii U games—like Smash, Mario Kart, Shovel Knight, Splatoon, Donkey Kong, Pikmin, and tons more. You can check out the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now.

One of the first great Kickstarter success stories, Shovel Knight is still alive and kicking almost two years after its initial launch. Yacht Club Games' retro platformer/RPG-lite ode to the 8-bit era has stuck around in the conversation for a while, and it seems like it won't be leaving anytime soon. The studio has announced that Shovel Knight's next DLC expansion is titled Specter of Torment and will launch sometime in the spring of 2017. Though the DLC was initially supposed to arrive sometime this year, a short delay is an incidental disappointment to the polish that Yacht Club has routinely demonstrated. Specter of Torment will be free to download for Shovel Knight owners, and a third expansion is still on the way.

The video game industry has many members, but a select few have gained industry-wide recognition as a result of the games they've worked on and the influence they have among gamers and other developers. These minds have crafted some of the greatest save-the-world adventures in gaming, but what would happen if they, or at least parodies of these individuals, were actually tasked with saving a world? That's what a new game on Kickstarter, titled "Dawn of the Devs," seeks to answer, as players will take control of industry icons "Tom Schiffer," "Biff Klozinski," and "Hiro Komiya" to rescue a world which houses every evil of gaming.

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Hyper Light Drifter, the critically acclaimed 8-bit action RPG, will unfortunately not be coming to the Wii U or the PlayStation Vita as previously planned. Alex Preston, the game's creator, recently released a video explaining that due to his heart condition and lack of treatment during development he would be unable to complete the estimated six additional months necessary for a Wii U and Vita port.

Of course, it's not just health issues preventing a Wii U version. The game's engine has not been ported to the Wii U because the engine's creator, YoYo Games, has yet to come to a satisfactory agreement with Nintendo. Both the Wii U and Vita versions would need to be rebuilt completely from the ground up.

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Independent video games have become more and more prominent as more people join the development community. Some turn out very well, receiving impressive amounts of publicity and sales, while others turn out to be broken, almost comical examples of what a video game should never be. For one reason or another though, indie games are often held to a vastly different standard than triple-A titles.

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Nintendo hasn't released a new 2D Metroid game in well over a decade, but indie sensation Axiom Verge is serving as an excellent substitute for many. The action-platformer launched early last year, and it finally came to Wii U on September 1st. Developer Tom Happ and marketing partner Dan Adelman recently fielded questions from fans as part of a Reddit AMA, and one fan asked if they attempted to get a Samus cameo in the game, paying homage to its inspiration. While Axiom Verge's password system features a Metroid reference, a much more ambitious connection was proposed, but ultimately rejected by Nintendo. Hit the jump for the details!