Claire “Lightning” Farron is one insanely popular video-game heroine, albeit most gamers of the west seem loth to admit it. In Japan, Lightning was voted the all-time favorite Final Fantasy female, beating Yuna, Tifa and Aeris. Lighting has become a cultural gaming icon: a role model known for her courage and elegance.

So how is it that this inspirational character from Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 became the focus of bra-size and jiggling breast conversations leading up to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII? What happened along the way?

A few weeks back, Destiny hosted a PVP event called The Iron Banner, which took into account both a player's level and armor modifications. With these modifications in effect, higher level players were supposed to experience major advantages against lower level combatants. Unfortunately, the level and armor advantages Bungie had originally promised wound up being much less impactful than originally advertised. Thus, in order to make amends for the wave of confusion caused by the most recent Iron Banner event, Bungie will be making major changes in the future.

Make the jump to find out what will be different during Destiny's next Iron Banner event.

We were able to catch small glimpse of the new stage creator mode in the recent Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Direct, and boy did it look different from the Brawl version. Stages can now be 100% custom with completely hand drawn lay outs instead of only being able to use preloaded tile designs. These stages can also be shared online allowing for a virtually limitless experience. For those of you curious as to how the design progress is going to work, the guys over at IGN have released a video showcasing just that.

Make the jump to watch the video!

If you've finished attacking those Bulborbs and are looking for more Pikmin goodness, look no further. There are three Pikmin short films in the works, directed by the very man who created those adorable flower-topped creatures.

Shigeru Miyamoto wrote the storyboards for the animated shorts, entitled “The Night Juicer,” “Treasures in a Bottle,” and “Occupational Hazards”. These were then handed over to the same production company that created the 2012 E3 opening sequence.

See the trailer after the jump!

A charming puzzle platformer and level building series, LittleBigPlanet is still going strong as it heads into the third game in the franchise. LittleBigPlanet 3 sees Sackboy joined by the dog-like Oddsock, a bird-like character called Swoop, and the size-changing Big Toggle/Little Toggle.

We've got some demo footage of the game in action, with three players using four controllers to move the quartet of characters through the level.

See the video after the jump!

There has been quite a bit of speculation over the possible requirements for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity. According to some, the game will be extremely resource-intensive.

Now, we have confirmation. The specifications are indeed high, meaning that some systems may not be able to handle the game unless it is played on very low settings.

Read more after the jump!

Earlier today we polled our readers to see what you think about future DLC in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, and an overwhelming majority is in favor! While some only want DLC if it's free (after all, Nintendo doesn't want players to feel like they're not getting the full game at launch), most agree that DLC could benefit the Smash series. I would also like to see future DLC support, and I don't mind opening up my wallet either. Of course, there's one condition: Nintendo needs to support Super Smash Bros. with more than just new characters for DLC. Hit the jump to read on!

Despite the constant pleas of eager fans, Metroid villain Ridley will not be playable in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but will still play an important role. Rather than just being a typical stage boss, Ridley can fight on your side if you deal enough damage to him. He can also turn into Meta Ridley, and you can even score a point if you KO him! Our good friends over at GameXplain have released some footage of Ridley in action, and you can check it out by clicking below!

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U is certainly shaping up to be one brilliant game. We've got footage of some of the new stages that will be included, such as Mario Galaxy, Skyloft, Final Destination, and many more!

And these are only some of the stages — there are a lot more to come, both old and new. That's not even taking into account possible DLC stages.

See the video after the jump!

Project CARS, a crowd-funded game from developer Slightly Mad Studios, was initially slated to launch later this year, but has since been pushed back. First it was announced that the Wii U version was delayed until 2015, and then the other versions followed suit. A new trailer for the game has been released, and it ends with a March 20 release date for all platforms except the Wii U version, which will launch later. You can check out the trailer by clicking below!