Katsuya Eguchi, General Manager at Nintendo EAD, recently sat down with Edge to discuss, among other things, Nintendo's approach toward developing games in high-definition. Seeing as how the company has only entered the HD console market this generation with the Wii U, EAD is making the transition to this graphical caliber relatively late, and thus finding themselves in a unique situation.

Read Eguchi's words after the jump.

In just over a month, Nintendo will be launching a new IP called Splatoon. This third-person shooter breaks away from the gun game formula and pits half-human, half-squid creatures called Inklings against each other in an ink-fueled battle. Players cover the map with colored ink to claim their territory and gain an advantage over the other team. You can check out the latest commercial for the game and get ready to claim your turf by clicking below!

Nintendo's NFC-enabled Amiibo figurines have been extremely popular in the few months they've been on the market, and the demand has far outweighed the supply, causing massive shortages. Many Amiibo have been completely unavailable for quite some time, but Nintendo has said some will be restocked. It looks like the restocking will begin in Japan, where Nintendo has revealed via Twitter that Villager, Captain Falcon, and Little Mac will all be available again in May. Hopefully we'll see similar efforts to make Amiibo more widely available in the West soon.

Nintendo has just made sure that one of their oldest and most iconic images stays in their legal ownership, filing a trademark for "NINTENDO SELECT START B A." In other words, the button layout and imagery that appears on a classic NES controller. Some are speculating that Nintendo could have new plans for the logo, but they are most likely simply keeping up with paperwork (the trademark is for the logo, not the controller itself) in order to continue to reap royalties on merchandise that uses the logo, such as wallets or clothing.

The NPD Group numbers for March recently came in, showing improved sales for 3DS and Wii U over last year. Nintendo also reported strong sales for games like Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Mario Kart 8, and Majora's Mask 3D, but they did not comment on the sales of Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., their new IP, which launched in March. NeoGAF user "creamsugar," an insider known for leaking NPD data that publishers have not released, claims to have the numbers for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. as well as several other Nintendo games. Keeping in mind that this is not confirmed by Nintendo, hit the jump for details.

3DS RPG Bravely Default launched in Japan in October of 2012 to a positive reception and eventually made its way to the West with similar results. With Bravely Default selling over 1 million copies, Silicon Studio and Square Enix are preparing to launch its sequel, Bravely Second: End Layer, in Japan in just two days. Square Enix has given Bravely Second a lot of time in the spotlight, and the game's producers say the fan response has been even stronger than the first game. In fact, they've already got plans for a third game, and they're ready to pitch it soon. Hit the jump for more!

Splatoon, Nintendo's much-hyped upcoming new IP, launches on May 29, and Nintendo is making a serious effort to promote it. In this spirit, Nintendo announced today via Facebook that they will be releasing a special Wii U bundle that includes Splatoon and Nintendo Land for $299.99. This bundle includes the black 32GB Wii U model, and it's exclusively available at Best Buy. If you're interested in this bundle, you can pre-order here.

A while back, GameStop announced that they would soon start to accept the trade-ins of retro video game software and hardware. Jon Haes, who is running the program at GameStop, has now decided to reveal more details about the new program.

Read more details about it after the jump!

Last month Nintendo unveiled plans to partner with Japanese publisher DeNA in order to release mobile games, and the company's stock skyrocketed to its highest point in four years. After the initial excitement wore off, stock prices leveled out and then began to decline slightly, but through the month of April it has quietly and consistently risen to new heights.

As it stands, Nintendo's market cap is currently valued at ¥2.95 trillion, which is over $24 billion in US currency. This is nearly double what the company was valued at just a few months ago at the start of the year. You can check out graphs showing how Nintendo's stock has risen in yen and USD value by clicking below!

In 2010, the gaming industry's rhythm genre got overloaded. With several Guitar Hero and Rock Band games released each year, it became rather ridiculous, and gamers experienced a bit of a rhythm game burnout, so Harmonix and Activision thought it was best to put their respective series in hiatus.

That hiatus was put to an end earlier this year, with announcements of new entries in both series, and Harmonix was quick to say that Rock Band 4 would be the only game in the series to be released in this generation. Now, Activision's Tyler Michaud has said in a recent interview with Game Informer that they don't plan on making Guitar Hero an annual franchise. Hit the jump for more.

Shovel Knight, the immensely popular retro-style indie game from developer Yacht Club, was announced for Xbox One last month. The Xbox One port will feature all of the content from the original game as well as an appearance by the Battletoads. A launch window of April was given at the time, and Xbox executives Phil Spencer and Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb have revealed via Twitter that it has passed certification and will release sometime this week. Are you excited, Xbox fans?

Speedrunning seems to be all the rage right now, and much like Bloodborne was beaten in 36 minutes, it seems that the critically acclaimed Pillars of Eternity has met with the same fate. The RPG, which harkens back to a time where games were a very serious time commitment, was recently beaten by a speedrunner called Jiseed in just under 40 minutes, albeit using numerous gamebreaking glitches.

If you’ve been one of the increasingly unlucky people not to have gained access to the Heroes of the Storm closed beta, rest assured that your long wait will be quite a bit longer. The game, which was originally meant to be a StarCraft II mod way back in 2010, was eventually transformed into its own game. Finally, we now know that the long-anticipated game will have its full launch on June 2nd. In addition, there will also be an open beta on May 20th for those who can’t wait any longer.

GameStop has released two new trailers for Halo 5: Guardians that show off Agent Locke multiplayer armor in action on the battlefield. The armor is a pre-order exclusive at GameStop and will be released under two separate titles, "Hunter-Class Armor" and "Hunter-Class Helmet," respectively.

Make the jump to view the trailers.

A trademark has been filed in Japan for a redesign of the PlayStation Vita, meaning a new iteration of Sony's handheld could be coming soon. The trademark first appeared on Twitter and shows a basic image of the new console, which looks extremely similar to the Vita 2000 which released in Japan two years ago. Upon further inspection, however, the design appears to show a HDMI port, implying that this device can be plugged into a TV or monitor. The PlayStation Vita was originally going to include this feature, but it was instead separated and turned into Vita TV, renamed PlayStation TV in the west.

Read on for more information and to see the full redesign image.