Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has talked a lot recently about trying to appeal to all gamers with the new Smash games for 3DS and Wii U, and that mission extends beyond just striking a balance between the styles of Melee and Brawl. Super Smash Bros. games in the past have allowed for between four and six alternate colors or designs for each character, but Sakurai and his team are stepping it up a notch this time. Every character will have eight alternate looks. In particular, eight different Power Suit variations were revealed for Samus Aran, and we also learned that there will be four male and four female versions of the Villager. Check it all out by clicking below!

With Super Smash Bros. for 3DS releasing in less than a month, the hype is beginning to build, and for good reason. Six pages of Famitsu Smash Bros. scans have been released, mostly detailing about Shulk from the Xenoblade series and his moves.

To get more information and the scans, head past the jump!

Oculus Rift x Poker

September 03 2014 by Colin McIsaac

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Could the Oculus Rift take online poker to new heights?

If you agree that being able to immerse yourself in an entirely new world unattached to the physical world thanks to a piece of headgear is a gaming breakthrough, then yes. The Oculus Rift can lift not only online poker to a whole new level but all games that will be made in the future. Head inside to read more!

With the launch of the newest IP from Bungie just around the corner, Microsoft is pushing those who haven't pre-ordered yet to do so. From now through September 5th at 5:00 PM EST (2:00 PM PDT), pre-ordering either the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One version of Destiny through Microsoft's online store will net you a code valid for a $10 digital Xbox gift card. As an additional bonus, those who pre-order within this time frame will also receive the game on September 9th, when the game is set to be released. If you haven't pre-ordered Destiny yet, now would be a perfect time to do so.

Nintendo has a history of making silly commercials for their games that merge reality and immersion. Who could forget the live-action dance party to advertise The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, or when a bus full of Pokémon got horrifically shrunk down back in 1998, and of course the commercial for the original Super Smash Bros., where a bunch of people dressed as Nintendo characters brawled in a field of sunflowers to Happy Together?

While it's up to you to decide if this new Japanese commercial for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS lives up to the silliness of Nintendo's previous offerings, it still has their spirit in the form of everyday players blasting off into oblivion when their characters get knocked out in-game. While it certainly won't gather as much attention as the commercial for Mario Kart 8's Mercedes DLC, this ad features an enjoyable half-minute in its own right that you can see after the jump.

Xbox One launches in Japan today, and Microsoft has big goals for the console. The Xbox brand has typically performed very poorly in Japan, but PlayStation 4 is off to a slow start there (Sony's working hard to fix that), and Microsoft feels they can challenge the PlayStation brand this time around and compete to change the market share. Titanfall was received favorably at hands-on events in Japan, but Xbox One will likely need more than that to crack the Japanese audience. Xbox 360 sold just 1.66 million in Japan. Can Xbox One make a bigger splash?

The next issue of popular Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu will feature a 32 page special on a new game. Some have speculated that this is Resident Evil: Revelations 2, but Famitsu has already talked about that game, so it's unlikely to be the big, mysterious reveal. We know the Street Fighter team is hiring to make a fighting game, but it might be too early for such a big news blowout on that. What do you hope to see from Capcom in the new generation?

Nintendo has just announced another Nintendo Direct video presentation, and like the Hyrule Warriors Direct two months ago, Thursday's Direct will focus on a specific game. Bayonetta 2 is the star of the upcoming video. Bayonetta 2 launches in North America on October 24, and buying the latest title from Platinum Games will net you the original Bayonetta for no extra charge. We're likely to see plenty of new action-packed footage and find out more gameplay and story details in the Direct, so tune in on September 4 at 3:00 pm Pacific. That's 6:00 pm Eastern, and 11:00 pm for our friends in the UK.

It's no secret that Sony has been kind of ignoring their handheld lately, and even worse seem to see it as more of a peripheral to the PlayStation 4, but not anymore! The multimedia giant has just announced a new IP to be developed by Spike Chunsoft, developers of other niche but loved series' such as Danganronpa and the Zero Escape series.

Head inside to watch the teaser!

During Sony's press conference yesterday, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida shared some good news for Sony's first-party development studios. Since the PlayStation 4's launch, on top of the system itself exceeding ten million units sold worldwide, several of Sony's first party titles have broken the one million units mark in the last ten months. Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, The Last of Us Remastered, and Infamous: Second Son have all sold rather impressively. This will likely mean more first-party Sony titles in the future. Whether that is good or bad news to you is up to personal preference, but more potentially high-quality games can hardly be a bad thing.