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Masahiro Sakurai, the man behind Super Smash Bros., recently criticized much of the gaming industry for what he calls the DLC "scam." Many of you are no doubt familiar with the parasitic ways some companies try to gut money out of their consumers, from on-disc DLC, to cut content that can be re-purchased later, overused microtransactions, and other such nonsense. But he also revealed that Super Smash Bros. will get a ton of DLC, including new characters, costumes, and even new modes and online features. But what's he doing differently that sets him apart from the "scam?" Head inside to find out.

There are tons of gaming enthusiast podcasts out in the wild, but almost none of the top-tier podcasts are made specifically for Nintendo fans. That's where we come in! We here at Gamnesia are bringing you a new episode of "Nintendo Week," a podcast made for Nintendo fans by Nintendo fans.

As always, we break down the most recent week of news, including a plethora of updates about Splatoon and what Nintendo's doing to support its new IP, everything we know about Mario Kart 8's second round of DLC, the whispers of Roy and Ryu joining Smash Bros., and the final round of details about Xenoblade Chronicles X before its Japanese release next week. Head inside to give it a listen, have a few laughs, and think about this week in Nintendo!

Konami has gone through a lot recently. The company has been accused of using the likeness of the doctor who plans to perform the world's first head transplant and firing developer Hideo Kojima, they've cancelled the next installment of Silent Hills, and now they've delisted themselves from the New York Stock Exchange. The question now is this: can they bounce back?

Read more after the jump!

Last night, Valve caused a storm of internet debate as the company announced its plans to allow for the sale of user-made mods on Steam Workshop. In an ironic move that serves a sharp reminder of the failure of Oblivion’s Horse Armor DLC, Bethesda leaped into this uncharted territory, with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim becoming the first testing ground for paid mods, with eighteen mods currently available for purchase. The consumer reaction was as swift as it was damning. Forums, subreddits, and whatever is ‘the thing’ these days were littered with posts decrying Valve’s audacious decision. By the time I went to bed, for once, there seemed to be one thing everyone on the internet was willing to agree to: PC gaming as we know it is dead.

Recently Valve has made it possible for users to sell mods of Skyrim, and eventually other titles, through Steam. The service lets the creator of the mod choose whether they want to sell it for free, a fixed price of their choosing, or an open price of the customer's choosing. This allows anybody that creates their own modifications to a game that’s available on Steam to eventually make their own money.

Do you think it’s a good way to support the modding community? Do you think it hurts the freedom of the player? Leave your thoughts after the jump!

As many 3DS users may already know, we are smack in the middle of International StreetPass Week. Lasting from April 16 to April 26, this special event allows Nintendo 3DS users in North America and Europe to visit any Nintendo Zone location and receive randomly selected Miis from these regions. For those 3DS users who don't live in densely populated areas, these events, and StreetPass Relay in general, are lifelines. But is relying on the Wi-Fi at your local McDonald's or Best Buy really ideal? Or should Nintendo just cut out the middle men and enable StreetPass Relay to work from our homes? Hit the jump to hear more and join the discussion!

There are tons of gaming enthusiast podcasts out in the wild, but almost none of the top-tier podcasts are made specifically for Nintendo fans. That's where we come in! We here at Gamnesia are bringing you a new episode of "Nintendo Week," a podcast made for Nintendo fans by Nintendo fans.

As always, we break down the most recent week of news, including a plethora of updates about Splatoon and what Nintendo's doing to support its new IP, everything we know about Mario Kart 8's second round of DLC, the whispers of Roy and Ryu joining Smash Bros., and the final round of details about Xenoblade Chronicles X before its Japanese release next week. Head inside to give it a listen, have a few laughs, and think about this week in Nintendo!

Last month Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata teased an upcoming new game platform codenamed NX and today we reported that a Nintendo employee lists work on "next generation unannounced consoles" on his resume. New hardware is on the way, but Iwata has promised it won't be released until Wii U owners are satisfied. If you're a Wii U owner, what games or services will it take for you to be satisfied that you got your money's worth out of Wii U? Hit the jump to join the discussion!

In the world of gaming, you can't go a day without hearing something about Call of Duty. Since it's April, this is the time when a new game in the series is normally revealed, and with Black Ops III being officially revealed on April 26th, we're going to be hearing a lot about it. And as more articles pop up about the massively popular shooting series, you see hundreds of salty reactions from many seasoned gamers in the comments section.

Head inside for more.

Mario Party has long been a staple in Nintendo's lineup of fantastic four-player party games—its frantic fun and competitive spirit has enchanted players since its first entry in 1998. These touches which make the series so beloved have been waning with each new installment in recent years, and Mario Party 10 makes no effort to save that sinking ship. In fact, it drives a Bullet Bill right through the hull.

That’s not to say that Mario Party 10 is a bad game—you’ll still find yourself having a fair deal of fun in the 70+ minigames it has to offer. But it’s the mechanics at play outside of those minigames that continue to drag down a series which desperately needs lifting up. Head inside to read more.

The Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot was announced last week, letting players voice their dreams for playable Super Smash Bros. fighters for the first time. Various indie companies jumped on the bandwagon with movements to get their studios' flagship characters into the popular fighting game. But which ones actually have a chance?

Head inside to hear what we have to say!

This morning Capcom made the surprise announcement of a new game in the Monster Hunter series just two months after Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate released in the West. In addition to the surprising timing, Capcom also revealed that Monster Hunter Stories will be a more traditional JRPG rather than sticking with the formula that the rest of the series has used thus far. Why the sudden departure? Based on the little we do know about the game as well as what we've seen from the Monster Hunter series recently, Capcom is making a big move to break into Western markets. Hit the jump for more!

Amiibo Wave 4 is on the way, and they've been harder to find than any previous waves—including Wave 2, half of which is still sitting on a boat in the West Pacific. Nintendo's fans are getting increasingly fed up with the sound and fury of the Amiibo hunt, and many collectors have completely given up. Nintendo, meanwhile, is pretending there's no issue.

Head inside to learn more about the way Nintendo has changed as a company since introducing Amiibo!

Banjo-Kazooie fans everywhere were so excited earlier this week when Phil Spencer said that there would be no trouble letting Banjo and Kazooie be playable characters in the ever-popular Super Smash Bros. There's been a huge surge in support for the bear and bird duo as a result, and now that fans can voice their own opinions through the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot, it seems that the characters may finally have a real chance of joining the brawl.

But even though Microsoft would be okay with it, would Nintendo? Head inside for more.

Earlier this week, YouTuber Angry Joe got hit with a copyright claim by Nintendo and decided to boycott covering their games in protest of their YouTube Creator's Program's policies. That got us thinking: are these policies doing more harm than good for Nintendo?

The program is set up to allow Nintendo to make revenue off of YouTubers' coverage of their games, but as a result of their unconventional monetization policies, many YouTubers, like Angry Joe and PewdiePie, are refusing to cover their games. Not only is Nintendo now missing out on the publicity that other games get from these YouTubers' videos, but the company and their policies are actively getting bad press. Head inside for more.