Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is out in Japan and the demo is available globally (to some right now, and to all starting Friday), so there's plenty of Smash action to check out! Lots of new characters have been added to the roster, but director Masahiro Sakurai and his team have also put a new spin on some of the veteran characters. 

Tweaks and changes to attacks have been made here and there to better balance players out or to include things from more recent games, and a big change for some of the veterans is a completely new Final Smash. We've got a video of every Final Smash that has been changed, and you can check it out by clicking below!

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS doesn't go on sale until October 3, but you may be able to score a Smash-themed 3DS XL much sooner than that. As you can see from the image to the left, the special edition 3DS XL is already in stock at some Target locations. This isn't a bundle deal, so if they start to sell them early it won't include the game itself, but you can start playing other games in style, and the Smash Bros. 3DS demo is currently available to some Club Nintendo Platinum members and will be available to all 3DS owners on Friday.

Earlier today we learned that Retro Studios is hiring again, looking to recruit four new staff members to help out with the game they've been working on since (at least) last November. Retro rose to popularity among Nintendo fans when they gave the classic 2D franchise Metroid new life as the 3D Metroid Prime series. 

Since then, they've turned their attention to another dormant franchise, reviving Donkey Kong with Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Would you like to see them return to one of these franchise, tackle another classic Nintendo series, or create something completely new? Hit the jump to cast your vote and make your voice heard!

While Nintendo's NES-inspired 3DS XL was met with plenty of praise and wonderment, it was also met with some criticism. The skepticism was mainly centered around the fact that the 3DS XL was basically an old NES controller slapped onto the exterior of the handheld.

Taking his opinion to the next level, Reddt-user Kungfuquickness turned his own blue Nintendo 3DS into a custom-fashioned old school NES 3DS XL. In my opinion, Kungfuquickness' 3DS XL pays better homage to the classic Nintendo console than the GameStop-exclusive handheld.

Check out Kungfuquickness' NES-styled 3DS XL and compare it with the official one by clicking on the jump below!

Popular Japanese video game publication Famitsu Magazine frequently polls its viewers to see which upcoming games have them the most excited. As a testament to just how insanely popular Monster Hunter is in Japan, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (a new and improved version of a game that's been out in Japan for just over a year already and has sold over 4 million copies) tops the most recent list, beating out the recently teased Persona 5 and even the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV. The list contains a wide variety of current and last gen games on both consoles and handhelds from Nintendo and Sony, but Xbox (unsurprisingly for Japan) has no games in the top thirty. Hit the jump to check it out.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS launched in Japan on September 13, and the lines stretched on for blocks. This, unsurprisingly, has translated to big launch sales for the first ever handheld Smash, as it topped 1 million units sold in just two days. This number includes both physical and digital versions of the game, and puts Smash in the same category as Pokemon X/Y, Monster Hunter 4 and Yokai Watch 2 for two day sales. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS will launch globally on October 3, and then we'll really get to see what it's selling power is.

Exciting news for you 8-bits pros out there! Ultimate NES Remix is going to have a super speed Super Mario Bros. to challenge you on the next level! Of course, that's not the only challenge you may submit yourself to while playing the game. Not just anyone can handle those old 8-bit games at high speed, but even fewer players will be able to comprehend the new remixed, mashed up, and crazy levels of Ultimate NES Remix

Read past the jump to get a taste of what you'll encounter in this insane game.

Super Smash Bros. 4 is out in Japan, but over the weekend, players have been receiving mysterious bans from online play, and no one was sure why. Turns out, there was a bug regarding Peach's turnip toss ability in "For Glory" mode, since items are banned from play there. Apparently the use of turnips has been causing blanket bans for players, whether or not they've been hurling vegetables or not.

Hit the jump for more.

The Super Smash Bros. goodies just keep rolling in! Two days ago we got a look at every Final Smash in the game, and today some of the lesser known characters get to shine. Nintendo has hundreds of unique characters in its massive games library, but not all of them are well known enough to star in Super Smash Bros. as playable characters. These Nintendo underdogs get their time in the spotlight in the form of Assist Trophies, aiding the players who unleash them and just generally making life unpleasant for everyone else in the battle. You can check out every single Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS by clicking below!

Here at Gamnesia, we've been covering a ton of news for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Considering the demo is releasing for everybody this Friday, it's already released for Club Nintendo Platinum Members, and the game itself is very close to the worldwide debut, many are raving about Smash Bros.

We've already shown a video highlighting all fighters' final smash attacksall fighters' final smash attacks, but if you typically play with Ness and liked the potential of his final smash back in Brawl, you'll love what Nintendo's done with it for 3DS.

Now, PK Starstorm can be aimed as a focused beam of comets at foes!

If you wanna see a close-up of Ness' PK Starstorm polished up, click on the jump!