Fire Emblem Fates is a Smash hit in Japan, and on February 19th, the tactical RPG will be launching in North America. The game is available in two different versions — Birthright and Conquest — and a third version called Revelation will be available as DLC on March 10th. Our friends at GameXplain got their hands on both Fire Emblem Fates and the Revelation DLC early, and they've released half an hour of footage from the game. Because Revelation is meant to be played after the other two versions, the contents of this video will definitely be considered spoiler territory by many. That said, if you want to see what Revelation is all about, you can do so by clicking below!

YouTube user TrackerTD has caught a possible Easter egg in the Bayonetta DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. While playing as Bayonetta, triggering her forward throw attack will occasionally result in her exclaiming a particular Japanese phrase, "Juu'nen hayain da yo!" This common Japanese phrase, meaning "you're ten years too early," can be heard in her native games where she'll shout it alongside a similar move.

However, Tracker and many gamers believe that given Bayonetta's history as a SEGA property, it can also reference the Virtua Fighter series. In those games, the phrase serves as victory dialogue for the character Akira (who himself is represented in Smash through a downloadable Mii costume), whose signature move is also the same technique present in Bayonetta's forward throw. Watch TrackerTD's video after the jump for the full details.

There are two ideas that many Nintendo fans have been clamoring to see the Mario Kart series embrace lately: bringing the two-racer driving and combat mechanics from Double Dash!! back into the series, and expanding on their crossover content from Mario Kart 8 to make the series a full-fledged Nintendo kart racer, as opposed to leaning on the Mario series alone. Neither of these ideas have had the mettle to excite the entire fanbase, and each brings a unique set of challenges Nintendo would need to overcome in order to justify changing Mario Kart so radically. We realized, then, that the solution is easier than it seems: combine the ideas into one.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on this awesome new pitch, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Last week, The Pokémon Company revealed the commercial they're airing during this year's Super Bowl by uploading it to YouTube, and it's more of a promotional campaign for the Pokémon brand and its 20th Anniversary, rather than any particular product. This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and between this and Pokémon GO, we all think The Pokémon Company is doing a great job showing Nintendo how real advertising is done. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on this awesome ad and how it fits into Nintendo at large.

While Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima's question-and-answer session from the company's latest meeting of investors has yet to be officially translated, fans have been reporting on some of its contents. Prime among the discussion points brought up during the Q&A is, of course, new games. According to Nintendo Everything, Kimishima confirmed the existence of multiple upcoming large-scale 3DS titles. The President believes these mystery titles will guide the 3DS family to more success in the next financial period.

Read more after the jump.

At the end of each year, Metacritic releases its Annual Game Publisher Rankings, which reveals the most successful publishers of the year in several categories, according to their average review scores and popularity. In 2014's Annual Rankings, Nintendo came in 1st place among the major publishers, with outstanding titles like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Bravely Default, and an average MetaScore of 76.5. In 2015, however, Nintendo fell to 6th place in the rankings, one of the biggest drops it has ever seen.

Follow after the jump to see the rankings for yourselves!

Fire Emblem has been the subject of a lot of controversy for its treatment of homosexuality. Fire Emblem Awakening stirred a large public response when it allowed marriage only among heterosexual couples, and Nintendo responded by introducing two bisexual characters in Fire Emblem Fates. Some reacted negatively, however, when learning that each version of Fates includes only one of these characters, and unless you marry them to your player character (which you may not want to do), their marriage options are once again limited to straight relationships.

But if you find yourself upset over these kinds of representations, it's important to remember that Fire Emblem is made within a culture wildly different than our own, and the ways we in the West may hope to see characters represented is likewise wildly different. Former Gamnesia staffer Brian Scheid has taken a break from his new YouTube channel, BriHard, to join us in exploring the cultural differences that gave rise to the treatment of homosexuality in Fire Emblem and "what needs to change." It's a wonderfully informative video as both a refresher on the representation in Fire Emblem and a crash course on the paradigm that bore it.

You can check out the video after the jump to learn all about it. And if you like what you see, you can subscribe to BriHard for more of his excellent videos every week, or subscribe to us at GamnesiaTV for BriHard features every other weekend and tons more gaming content.

TT Games has been developing the LEGO Star Wars franchise for over a decade. And just by looking at the new screenshots for the latest entry in the series, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's clear how far they have come. These screenshots feature characters from the film, including Han Solo, Chewbacca, Rey, and Finn. Besides the content of the seventh film, this new game will canonically expand the story of The Force Awakens and will also feature some bonus levels from the original trilogy, which you can see in the new screenshots. The game will be released for current and last gen systems on June 28th.

Make the jump to see the screenshots!

Fire Emblem Fates will be coming to 3DS in a couple of weeks, and we recently saw a new trailer that discussed some of the new gameplay features. Previous Fire Emblem games, including Awakening, had the option of English and Japanese voice acting. However, it seems that the Western release of Fire Emblem Fates will only allow players to use English audio. Many fans are disappointed with this, but Nintendo has not explained why they made this decision.

What do you think about this decision? Let us know in the comments!

Fire Emblem Fates' February 19th release is just around the corner, and Nintendo of Canada is holding a special launch event to celebrate. Fans in Toronto are being given the opportunity to come along to the event and try out the game before its release. As you may know, in Fire Emblem Fates you must make an important decision at the beginning of the game that will determine the whole story. You must choose to fight for your birth family (Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright) or the family that raised you (Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest). The first 100 people at the event to make this decision will be given an exclusive Fire Emblem t-shirt.

Head inside to find out more!

Bravely Second: End Layer, the sequel to the popular 3DS RPG Bravely Default, launches in North America on April 15th. In the meantime, Square Enix has kept us entertained with a new story trailer, a trailer that highlights the new jobs, and even a special prequel demo called The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers. If you haven't had the chance to play the demo yet, ChannelDotTheDot has graciously uploaded over an hour of footage, and you can check it out by clicking below!

For no video game is a real video game without a fun glitch to exploit!

Before Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam was released in North America in late January, gamers in Japan and Europe got to enjoy the Nintendo 3DS title a whole month early. One such YouTuber, Really_Tall, is a glitch hunter and speedrunner who got ahold of the PAL version, Paper Jam Bros., and scoured the game for glitches since its launch. His recent discovery on that front is a glitch that would allow players to finish any battle, including boss battles, instantly – and all it takes is a Game Over screen and some out-of-bounds shenanigans.

Read on after the jump for the breakdown, as well as a video of the glitch in action, but be warned that it contains massive endgame spoilers.

With Fire Emblem Fates' release only weeks away, it is no surprise that Nintendo is pushing out more trailers for the upcoming strategy RPG. What is a surprise is the style in which they've chosen to present them. It's rather reminiscent of the trailers we got in the months leading up to Xenoblade Chronicles X — heavy narration fills the four minute run time of Nintendo's latest trailer, covering everything from story to new gameplay elements.

Read on to find out more!

As of this Thursday, February 11th, we at Gamnesia will have spent a full year making and distributing the Nintendo Week Podcast, a labor of love for Nintendo and its fans. In that short time, you wonderful listeners have made us Podbean's third-most popular podcast in our category, written us more five-star reviews than we've made episodes, and downloaded our show nearly one million times. I have no idea when we thought we'd make it this far, but we didn't even dream it would be so soon.

Accomplishments like these are surreal in their own right, but they show that you guys love our content as much as we love making it for you. So we've got to celebrate! And we want to hear your ideas for how to do it. Head inside to learn more.

Nintendo of America is removing a controversial support conversation from Fire Emblem Fates in order to make it more appropriate for the West. A character named Soleil, who is straight, but finds herself getting distracted and infatuated by cute girls, asks Corrin to help her focus on the battlefield. Corrin secretly spikes her drink with a magic powder that causes her to see women as men and vice-versa, and she overcomes the issue. It caused a stir on Tumblr when someone wrote a really strong critique of the scenario based on what were allegedly non-professional fan translations of the Japanese text—which blew up and got a lot of people accusing the game of homophobia. Meanwhile, Fire Emblem fans pushed back, saying these allegations aren't true and that information is not correct. Some people still see the true scene as promoting gay conversion, drugging, and other kinds of stuff, so Nintendo just decided it's best to take it out.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on this controversy, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.