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From Day 1 of Pixlbot, we’ve driven to stay ad-free. We know how much people hate ads and generally end up blocking them. So that’d be why this question comes with a somewhat heavy heart.

Pixlbot needs funding. We’ve been personally funding the site since the beginning, but the costs are slowly starting to catch up with us. We all work smaller jobs, and the site doesn’t make enough that we can pour all of our attention into it. (You’ll notice how sometimes there will be a little bit of a lull in content.) We originally considered a Patreon, but quickly dismissed this. We can’t think of perks that’d make it worth it for you guys! So we’re considering option 2: A sponsored ad.

Basically, we’d accept a sponsor for each ad. The sponsors would be hand picked by us, and would remain in the single spot on the header until their time ran out. This way, you’d only see an ad from sponsors that we actively believe in. This helps us worry less about keeping the site running and more on focusing on unveiling new content & original content. If you could, PLEASE fill out the form right below this so that we can know if this is something you guys are against. We’ve avoided doing this for as long as we could, but if we’re going to, I’d rather do it in a way that is still putting you guys as close to first as we can. Thanks!

Persona 4: Dancing All Night video mashups become internet gold!

News is always a bit slow during the summer, so why not something a little silly?

The idea of Persona 4: Dancing All Night is crazy enough:
Dance to music from Persona 4 to defeat the enemies on the mysterious Midnight Stage. What if you weren’t just dancing to Persona music? Persona fans have found that making the Persona 4 cast dance to various songs turns out to be over the top and silly, with a few great examples below!

Who would YOU have dancing, and what would they be shaking it to? Let us know!

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Nintendo of America Hires Bowser as New VP of Sales

It may sound like a weird joke, but the facts are there. Nintendo has hired Doug Bowser as the vice president of sales. Trust me, the internet is having a riot with this.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nintendo of America has hired a new Vice President to lead the United States sales organization with a name that’s well-known in the Mushroom Kingdom. Effective today, Doug Bowser (no relation to the King Koopa and Mario’s longtime nemesis) will oversee a variety of sales-related functions, including Sales, In-store Merchandising, Retail Strategy and Retail Marketing. He will play a key role in driving national sales strategies to generate demand and achieve revenue objectives across all of Nintendo’s product lines. Bowser also will manage Nintendo’s key retail customer relationships and will oversee retail marketing for the Nintendo World store in New York. Click on to read the full PR…

Does Nintendo’s E3 Preview Video hide a secret hint towards a new Punch-Out?

CE0FvtvWYAAXGS8So everybody saw Reggie’s pink jumpsuit and speculated that there would be a new Punch-Out based on that, but NeoGaf user Huelen10 found another possible hint. It all started with a comment:

Guys… would you call me insane if I told you that the music played backwards is the match won theme in Punch out Wii slowed down in reverse? Trying to confirm right now…

It sounds like a stretch, but then Huelen posted a sound clip, and it feels like way too much of a coincidence to just be nothing. Listen to the sound clip below. The edited bit is first, followed by the theme from Punch-Out.

What do you think? Weird coincidence, or hidden hint? Let us know in the comments! Thanks Huelen10 for letting us share this!

DoubleFine’s “Devs Play” Special features Koji Igarashi, creator of Castlevania!

With talk of a new game by Igarashi floating around, it feels like the perfect time to delve into his classic titles, and which is better than ‘Castlevania: Symphony of the Night’? The title brought many fans to the series and is still known for being one of the best, if not the best, in the long series. Watch Igarashi join in as they play the title!

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Real Life NintendoLand?! Nintendo Partners with Universal Parks & Resorts.

Alright, so it isn’t quite what we all wanted when we said we wanted a real life Nintendo theme park, but it’ll do! Universal Studio theme parks in Japan and Florida have come to an agreement to bring Nintendo experiences to the real world!

KYOTO, Japan & ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks – creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds. Click on to read the full PR…

Alternate cases for Mario Wii U titles!

Friend of the site kolma found the perfect solution for the awkward red case for Mariokart 8.

Mario Kart 8’s ‘red case’ has confused some of the team. The game is all about blue, why choose red?
Luckily, one of our friends, Kolma, came up with a solution:

You can grab the high-res images here for the Box-art and print them out at your local Staples or Fedex Kinkos.

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Mario Kart 8 Speeds onto Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR Race

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– On May 24 the worlds of Mario Kart and NASCAR collide when Matt Kenseth races in the Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 20 GameStop sponsored car featuring Mario Kart 8 graphics. Kenseth’s car will be outfitted with artwork from the game showing Mario defying gravity and racing upside-down. A time-lapse video of the car getting wrapped can be viewed below!

The Mario Kart 8 game launches for the Wii U console on May 30. The latest entry in Nintendo’s beloved racing series introduces anti-gravity driving, fun online features, new characters and new power-ups like the Super Horn, Piranha Plant and Boomerang Flower.

Fans who plan to attend the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will also get a chance to participate in a variety of fun Mario Kart 8 activities. Fans can try out their own racing skills at Mario Kart 8 gaming kiosks or get pictures with the Mario and Luigi costumed characters at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone. In addition to the gaming demos, Mario and Luigi will be making a special visit to the track. These activities will take place on:

  • Saturday, May 24: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 25: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Additionally, fans who visit the Joe Gibbs Racing shop from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 23, will have a chance to play Mario Kart 8 before it launches, take photos with Mario and Luigi, and potentially receive an autographed Matt Kenseth poster or other Mario Kart goodies, while supplies last.

Mario Kart 8 is now available for pre-order at GameStop stores throughout North America. A deposit may be required for pre-orders. As an added bonus, a free Nintendo eShop download code from Club Nintendo is available for one of four great Wii U games when Mario Kart 8 is purchased and registered between midnight on May 30 and 11:59 p.m. PT on July 31. The download code must be redeemed in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U by 11:59 p.m. PT on Sept. 30. For full details, visit http://club2.nintendo.com/mario-kart8-promo.