- There's so much news out there that this weekend seems to have brought another set of GameSetLinks - so the esoteric nature of the Internet's gaming present must be explored:

- Sonic Acts Like The King: Jon Jordan, who writes the 'Euro Vision' column for Gamasutra and also takes some great pics of UK game events, has a Flickr feed, and I just spotted this totally fun Sonic the Hedgehog photo he took at GameCity in Nottingham - though he confesses: "Actually, this is a complete set up on my part. Usually I hate doing that as a photographer, but this time the opportunity was too good to pass up."

- Orchestral DS Fun?: Siliconera has spotted that the DS is getting Nodame Cantabile in Japan, and explains it's "...a music/rhythm game where you lead a group of misfit musicians in an orchestra. You help Chiaki, the conductor by tapping notes on the touch screen. After looking at the game it seems like Nodame Cantabile is inspired from Ouendan." Doubt it'll get a conversion, so watch out for it.

- Book Of Cool Goes UMD: Just as I've recently been bemoaning the slow death of the UMD movie format, the very odd but interesting Book Of Cool have just announced a UMD version of their guide, which comes on two UMDs with a booklet, and shows you how to do a bunch of 'cool things' with the help of experts - from juggling to gambling to skateboarding and beyond. Neat.

- The Genesis Of Dune: Jiji has been checking out more Genesis games in fun and conversational style, including Dune: The Battle for Arrakis, for which he explains: "Wow, what a fantastic conversion this is. The PC version of Dune II (which lost its numbering for this version) was one of my favorites, and remains the real-time strategy game I've spend the most time on. This version took the PC game's button-happy mouse control and translated it perfectly to the joypad."

- Hacksterpiece It Up!: Vintage Computing & Gaming have updated their Hacksterpiece Theatre column to reveal Luigi vs. Mario (Mario Adventure 2), and DahrkDaiz's in-progress hack of Super Mario Bros 3 just sounds amazing: "There are so many incredible new features, power-ups, levels, and elements in Luigi vs. Mario that I’m not quite sure where to begin. Personal highlights for me include the new Mouser and Panda suits. With the Mouser suit, you can throw Bob-ombs, ala Mouser in Super Mario Bros. 2, and with the Panda suit, you can walk upside down on the ceiling in some areas!"

- DS Kitchen Confidential: The New Gamer has a sparklingly literate review of Cooking Mama for the Nintendo DS - and honestly, if all game reviews were this well-considered, I think they'd stop getting such a bad name for roteness. There are some pretty harsh comments, but it's concluded: "Despite these many alarming culinary oversights, when Cooking Mama isn't teaching you how to botch a recipe and when it's not having you play sing-a-long with a recipe, it can be a surprisingly fulfilling experience."

- Kojima Plays The Stock Market: Insert Credit has been keeping up with Kojima Productions' oddness, explaining: "Kabushiki Baibai Trainer Kabutore, Hideo Kojima's latest game on the DS is released tomorrow for 4,179 yen. For those that haven't been following this, Kojima has ventured into the world of training games and created a stock market simulator. Yes, that's right, you can buy and sell stocks on a virtual Tokyo Stock Exchange." Neat!