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A couple of weeks back we learned that Xbox boss Phil Spencer is re-thinking his company's parity clause. Under this rule, independent developers looking to release their game on Xbox One cannot release on another platform first; it has to hit Xbox first (including a simultaneous multiplatform release) or not at all. Understandably this stance has caused some controversy, so Microsoft may end up ditching it in time. Meanwhile, Nintendo's Ed Valiente recently spoke at the Italian Game Developers Summit and assured attendees that this and other restrictive policies are not present on Nintendo platforms. Hit the jump to see what he had to say!

Yesterday, a massive truckload of Super Smash Bros. For Wii U was dumped on us (read: Mewtwo was announced as a future DLC character) in the form of a Nintendo Direct. GameXplain has compiled over 250 screenshots in a 20-minute video, filled with stages old and new, characters and everything in-between. 

There is a lot to look at, so head past the jump to watch the video!

We already knew that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U would have a lot more content than the 3DS version, and that includes the trophies; apparently the difference is going to be noticeable. There will be more Mega Man trophies, like Bass and Treble, trophies from The Wonderful 101, Xenoblade Chronicles, Fire Emblem, and more! 

You can see a list of all the trophies seen after the jump!

Leading up to the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, hype levels were maintained by a healthy supply of pre-rendered fighter reveals for characters such as Rosalina, Mega Man, and Shulk. At the moment, though, the only way to watch any of these fantastic trailers is through the compression and bitrate of YouTube. With the Wii U release of Smash Bros., however, all of that is changing, as it will feature all of the trailers in beautiful, uncompressed 1080p. Of course, it won't feature only reveals, as it will also include openings, How To Play videos, and more.

Edit: We've added the trailer to the post for your viewing pleasure!

Straight from the recent Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 50 Fact Extravaganza came the biggest surprise any of us here at Gamnesia had ever seen. Now, what was this surprise? Oh, nothing really, other than Mewtwo being added to the roster of Super Smash Bros.

Read more about this super hype announcement after the jump!

During the most recent Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can be operated by a grand total of six various peripherals—and that includes the 3DS! The classic GameCube controller will also be available for usage, as well as the Wii U Pro Controller, the Wii Remote Plus (and nunchuck, if you want), the GamePad, as well as the Wii Classic Controller.

Which one will you use?

The latest Pokémon-themed title is making its way to North America for the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS tomorrow! In Pokémon Art Academy, you take on the role of a young artist aspiring to be the best there ever was... at art! Taught by Professor Andy, Pokémon Art Academy provides many unique lessons at all artistic levels, so even the most untalented pupils can get a good foundation. When you're done with your masterpiece, you can upload it to Miiverse, or even save it to your SD card to print off from a computer!

Featuring Pokémon from all generations, including even Mega Pokemon, Pokémon Art Academy can be found in retailers or on the Nintendo eShop starting tomorrow for $29.99. As a bonus, digital copies come with an exclusive download code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo!

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, and it's a good week to be Nintendo! Like last week, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and New Nintendo 3DS continue to top the charts, and nothing else is even close. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate sold another 327,000 units, and New Nintendo 3DS sold just shy of 90,000 combined units (between the regular and LL models) in its second week, bringing its two week sales total to over 324,000. Elsewhere numbers were slightly down across the board, except for Vita which got a small boost from Chaos Rings III: Prequel Trilogy debuting at number four. Click below for the full breakdown!

Earlier this month, we discussed a video which definitively showed that the New Nintendo 3DS could download games much faster than its 3DS counterpart. In addition to this, it appears as though the New Nintendo 3DS is also quicker when it comes to loading games. IGN posted a video doing a side-by-side comparison of the two systems trying to boot up Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. First, they load the game from a cartridge, then again from the SD card. Using the cartridge as an example, there was a 20 second gap between the time at which the New 3DS reached the title screen and when the 3DS XL did! If there's one thing to take away from this video, it's that everything about the New 3DS seems quicker than the regular 3DS systems. We have the video here for you, so head inside to see how vast the difference is!

Nintendo now offers themes for the Nintendo 3DS user interface. For a small fee, you can add some life to your 3DS menu with music and background images from your favorite Nintendo games. A new theme has just been added in Japan (so hopefully it comes to the West soon!) that should appeal greatly to Zelda fans. You can now style your 3DS after Skyward Sword, including a beautiful, painting-esque background and some fantastic music! Click below to check it out.