Nintendo gives in: Mario, Zelda and more are coming to your smartphone

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Nintendo has always been adamant it wouldn’t develop games for smartphones and tablets, but it has finally given in.

Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and other popular franchises could soon be coming to Android and iOS after the Japanese company confirmed it will be developing new titles for smart devices with the help of game developer DeNA.

These brilliant gaming posters are worth framing

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Zelda Sword

"The sword was one of my first, I've always loved The Legend of Zelda and the detail in the Master Sword, so I wanted to make something simple and different."

Altair

"Assassin's Creed was always in the back of my mind to make because I've followed it from the beginning, I wanted to make a piece that didn't show a face so it could essentially be a nameless assassin."

Vergil

"The original Devil May Cry was a pain in the butt for me, I wasn't very good at it, so I finally got around to playing the remake which got a lot of hate for the redesign but I absolutely loved the look and story, so I wanted to make accompanying pieces."

Dante

"The original Devil May Cry was a pain in the butt for me, I wasn't very good at it, so I finally got around to playing the remake which got a lot of hate for the redesign but I absolutely loved the look and story, so I wanted to make accompanying pieces."

Sirens

"I have played many hours of Borderlands with my best friend, he loves the sirens so this was a present to him for Christmas."

Angel

"My friend loved his present so much he asked me to make him one of Angel to complete his siren set."

Claptrap

"Claptrap is a humorous character that everyone loves, I wanted something simple and in your face, kind of like he is."

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Delsin

"I told myself I would wait to get a next gen system, but 5 months later I have a PlayStation 4 (hah). Infamous Second Son looks visually amazing so I am currently working on a piece about that."

Robert Pfaff is a young illustrator living in Michigan. He’s also a hard-core gamer with a love for all things pixellated, so he decided to combine both passions together and create this amazingly evocative set of digital artwork.

We found his work to be compelling, so asked Pfaff to choose his favorites and tell us a little about what they meant to him.

Pfaff is thinking about printing and selling his work on posters; if you’d like to encourage him, be sure to visit his artist page on Adobe’s portfolio site, Behance.

Source: Robert Pfaff

Nintendo forces takedown of GBA4iOS emulator

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Nintendo won’t bring its popular game franchises to iOS, and Apple won’t allow emulators in the App Store. In order to play titles like Super Mario and Zelda on your iPhone, then, you have to look at unofficial alternatives. GBA4iOS was one of the most popular — but after its creators received a DMCA notice from Nintendo this week, it is no more.

How Nintendo Games Would Look If They Were Made For iOS [Gallery]

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The House That Mario Built isn’t any closer to bringing Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong, and the others to iOS anytime soon, but what would Nintendo’s classic games look like if they were originally built for iOS?

Rather than waiting for Flappy Mario to hit the App Store, Red Bull decided to re imagine some of our favorite Nintendo games with a iOS twist that mashes up the likes of Donkey Kong with Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga with Dr. Mario, and Nintendo’s own Temple Run knock-off starring Link.

Take a look:

Link’s Ultimate Adventure Happens On A Mac In This Awesome Legend Of Zelda Homage [Video]

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If you’re a gamer, enjoy yourself this lazy December Friday afternoon through this wonderful, whimsical two-and-a-half minute video — in which Link, the elven, immortal hero of the Legend of Zelda series — travels across a series of Macs and iOS devices in a university computer land in order to rescue Princess Zelda from the evil wizard Gannon.

Just incredibly well done. Makes me want to load Majora’s Mask up in an emulator on my MacBook Air and while the afternoon away.