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The Badge Arcade is ushering in the New Year with some brand-spanking new badges featuring Ashley, Nikki and the Pokémon series! Also joining the party this week are a swarm of repeat Alolan pocket monsters, BOXBOY! buddies, and enough Rhythm Heaven high jinx to soften the grinchiest of hearts.



Free play: Yes

Just like last week, it’s another dose of double trouble! Poor Dixie Kong’s back, though.



A single catcher of LumBEARjack cats and Sumo Brothers badges are hightailing it out of the Arcade tomorrow. Most likely it will be replaced with another quirky set of characters from the fantastically off-beat Rhythm Heaven series.


A new appropriately festive theme promotion arrives just in time to close out 2016! From now through January 5th at 2:00 a.m. PST spend $2 on ten plays to secure this New Year’s Super Mario Bros. home theme.


Finally, last week’s Thank You badges are still available for Badge Arcade VIPs. From now through January 5th at 2:00 a.m. PST, every dollar you spend will nab you one of these four dapper looking Arcade Bunny badges. Just like last week, that beefcake badge tail-ending the event is definitely worth every penny.

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That’s all for today! Catch you tomorrow!

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Written by Matthew Weidner

When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.