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Our favorite face of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, has retired. Now that he has free time on his hands, Reggie has taken to Twitter, sharing photos of farewell gifts Nintendo presented him in honor of the years of service he provided the video game company. One very particular photo Reggie shared today, however, hints at a pretty big announcement.

I spy, with my little eye

The Regginator uploaded the following custom artwork from Nintendo’s own Retro Studios, makers of the Metroid Prime series and more recent Donkey Kong Country titles:

Aw, the Kong family together with Samus, Reggie, and a life-sucking Metroid! Nothing can possibly go wrong.

But wait, what is that in the bottom left corner of the photo?

The Mario statue is clearly obscuring something. On purpose.

What is that little robot hand and who does it belong to? Enrique Rivera, concept artist at Retro, clearly knows, but he isn’t saying:

A winky smile emoji. Nothing is more simultaneously telling and enraging.

There are two possibilities, in my humble opinion. Either Retro Studios is working on a new IP for the Switch or this robot character is a fresh face that will be featured in Metroid Prime 4. Either conclusion is rad, though an original property from Retro is more tantalizing to me. It’s a good idea to add more mascots to Nintendo’s already impressive library.

What do you lovely lot think? Do you have any ideas who or what this robot arm character represents? Let us know your predictions in the comment field below.

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Arthur Damian
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.

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