The latest European Splatoon Splatfest event has wrapped up, and much like the North American event, both sides have something to be happy about. In terms of popularity, team Dancing won with 54% of the vote versus 46% for team Singing. However, team Singing had a notable lead in matches, winning 57% to team Dancing's 43%. Which side were you on? What voting choices would you like to see in the future? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Nintendo's share of fans and admirers in the gaming community, particularly with the hardcore and professional gaming crowds, has been shrinking with each new console since the NES—you'll hear "hardcore" gamers say that Nintendo games are too childish, or e-sports players say their games don't take fine skill seriously enough compared to the wackiness of random elements. But Smash has been gaining a huge amount of steam in the competitive scene since the newest game launched on Wii U, Pokkén Tournament is bringing Nintendo into the space of traditional fighting games, and now Splatoon is an officially-sponsored entry with a whopping million-dollar prize pool in one of Japan's largest competitive gaming events.

This is one of the subjects we discuss on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. You can check out the discussion video after the jump to hear our full thoughts on the event and why it means good things for Nintendo, or you could keep reading inside for a brief, brief summary.

Bandai Namco announced that their upcoming cooperative online, free-to-play Wii U exclusive formally known as Project Treasure, is now titled Lost Reavers. According to the game’s official website, Lost Reavers will be getting a Beta in Japan over the next few days.

Lost Reavers focuses on cooperative gameplay, where a team of four will venture into temples to hunt down “Relics” and bring them back to the goal. “These Relics are hidden throughout various locations, and many obstacles must be overcome in order to obtain them.” When your team reaches the Relic, one character will carry it out of the temple while the three other members provide cover for one another. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer!

Star Wars Battlefront is one of the most highly-anticipated upcoming games, winning numerous awards at Gamescom (including "Best of Gamescom," "Most Wanted," and "Best Online Multiplayer"), but not everyone is sold. The game's development is being handled by EA DICE, the developer behind the highly successful Battlefield franchise, and many are worried that Battlefront will just feel like a Star Wars-skinned Battlefield game. DICE general manager Patrick Bach recently addressed this, asserting that the two games are as far apart as any two shooters can be. Click below for his thoughts.

Nintendo recently wrapped up the fourth North American Splatoon Splatfest event, themed Autobots vs. Decepticons, and both sides have a little something to take home as a win. Team Autobots won the popular vote with 58% to 42% for the Decepticons, but it was the latter group that won the most matches. Team Decepticons won 56% of the matches, giving them a healthy lead over the 44% of the Autobots. Which side were you on?

Dragon Quest Heroes combines fan-favorite heroes, villains, and locations from the long-running Dragon Quest franchise with the combat-heavy battlefield style of Dynasty Warriors to create an action-packed gem of a game. It released in Japan earlier this year to high review scores and impressive sales numbers, and it's coming to the West (as a PlayStation 4 exclusive) in October. Some exciting new footage of the game was released at PAX Prime, and you can check it out by clicking below!

Inti Creates president Takuya Aizu and game director Koji Igarashi recently held a PAX Prime panel for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the Kickstarter-fueled spiritual successor to Castlevania. During the panel, it was revealed that you'll be able to customize your look in the game, choosing between different clothes, hats, masks, and hair colors. Aside from just aesthetic changes, these custom options will also give you different stat boosts, so you can get strategic with your look! It should be a nice touch to spice up the already much-hyped game.

During Gamescom, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata stated that the upcoming RPG would release before 2017, which gives it a 2016 launch window. Just to make sure there was no confusion, Tabata has clarified at PAX Prime that 2016 is indeed when the game is coming out. Adding to this, Tabata mentioned on the Active Time Report broadcast that Square Enix will hold a special event for the game in March 2016, and the release date will be announced at that time. Just a little while longer, Final Fantasy faithful!

Xenoblade Chronicles X has been out for months in Japan, but the rest of the world has to wait until December. The Nintendo fans who were fortunate enough to attend this year's PAX Prime were treated to a Xenoblade Chronicles X panel where the US special edition of the game was unveiled. Thankfully, those who couldn't attend don't have to miss out, as Nintendo has uploaded the panel in its entirety to YouTube. You can check it out by clicking below!

On July 11th, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata tragically passed away at the age of 55, and countless members of the video game community (developers, executives, and fans alike) have been mourning his loss and fondly remembering his life ever since. Iwata touched the lives of millions, and the organizers of PAX Prime recognize the impact he had. In his memory, they've set up a small area for people to celebrate his memory along with a display that pays tribute to his accomplishments. Iwata and his passion for games will never be forgotten!

As some of you may know, Jar Jar Binks, the most famously annoying film character of all time, has been confirmed to be making an appearance in the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0. GoNintendo has just released footage of him in regular gameplay.

Jar Jar Binks narrates every second of the game, and he is as annoying as you would expect. His high-pitched, unnecessary narration is certainly going to be a really funny hazard to play around with.

Follow after the jump to check out the full video!

Many a gamer loves the wonderful worlds of Nintendo and its diverse breadth of games to explore, and many stick very closely to Nintendo's offerings. But if a Nintendo fan wants to branch out, a good starting point can be hard to find. So we sat down to talk about ten great games that Nintendo fans would love—whether they were directly inspired by Nintendo's hits or simply offer some of the same magic—on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo podcast here at Gamnesia. So if you're looking for new games to play, check out the discussion video after the jump and try out some of these awesome Nintendo alternatives.

Jon Wahlgren, the editor of Nintendo Life, has been tweeting images of the concept art for the recently announced Shovel Knight Amiibo, which is on display at PAX 2015. There are concept art pieces for several different designs and poses of the figurine.

See the images after the jump!

A few weeks ago, Nintendo of America teased that the US would get a unique special edition of Xenoblade Chronicles X. During today's PAX panel for the game, Nintendo officially unveiled it.

Launching on December 4th, the special edition will include the game (with special edition art on the reverse side), a custom USB drive modeled after the game’s Lifehold Unit and loaded with ten tracks from the game's soundtrack, a limited-edition matted 5x7 art card of a painting done for the game by illustrator Takashi Kojo, and a beautiful artbook with over 100 pages of concept art! The special edition has a suggested retail price of $89.99.

In recent years there has been a massive surge in the relevance and popularity of independently developed video games. First-party companies are devoting more time and resources towards building up a solid lineup of indie games on their platforms than ever before, and Microsoft was even willing to shell out $2.5 billion to acquire Minecraft.

Nintendo has been making moves to improve the indie presence on their platforms as well. However, unlike Microsoft, they don't believe that shelling out cash is the way to go about it. Speaking with Polygon before PAX, Nintendo's Damon Baker explained that Nintendo prefers to attract and promote indies with creativity rather than cash. Click below for his thoughts!