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Today, YouTube user ChuggaConroy shared another preview piece from the upcoming concert series Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions.

The fifth piece (click the links to check out the first, second and third, and fourth previews) features the Route 113 theme from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and their remakes. In Hoenn, Route 113 is a northern route that is covered in volcanic ash, and it has one of the best themes in the game. This orchestral version sounds even better, and it'll sound even better than this live.

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Today, YouTuber NintendoFanFTW had the opportunity to share another preview piece from Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions.

The fourth preview (you can click the links to check out the first, second and third previews) features the Victory Road theme from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (and likely their remakes, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire). As before, the preview is still a synthetic mockup of the the piece, not a live orchestral recording, so the song will likely sound even better live!

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Last week, we got our first look at the music for Pokémon: Symphonic Revolutions, the new concert tour for Pokémon music coming later this year. Now, we've got two more previews for you to listen to!

These two new previews, which come from YouTubers GlitchxCity and TheJWittz, feature the Team Rocket hideout theme from Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow (and FireRed and LeafGreen) and a medley of battle music from the series. Keep in mind, these previews are still synthetic versions, not live recordings.

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Paying for content on the Wii U eShop has always been a bit of a hassle. If you don't have any money in your account, you have to go through the account settings, choose a credit amount, enter all your credit card information (or the long eShop gift card code), and then return to the payment page. You can save your card information, sure, but if something goes wrong with the account, you have to start from scratch. Wouldn't it be a lot easier if you could just swipe your card on the GamePad and be done with it?

Well, in Japan, that's what's about to happen—and a similar system may be coming worldwide. Head inside for more information.

Last month, The Pokémon Company announced a series of Pokémon-themed concerts called Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions.

The concert series, which currently has scheduled stops in Washington DC on August 15th and Philadelphia on September 19th, will feature music from every generation of Pokémon. YouTuber TamashiiHiroka has an exclusive preview of one of the tracks that will be played at the concert: the Pallet Town theme from Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow. The excerpt is only a synthesized mockup of the tune, which will be performed live at the concert; it sounds great, and it'll likely sound even better from a live orchestra!

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You know what I hate most in the video game industry? Well, okay, that's probably a tie between on-disk and/or day one DLC, but that's a topic for another day. A close second is the very concept of a "console war," the mentality it creates, and the potential it has for very negative ramifications for gamers. Take a look at any article on a large gaming site or gaming-related video on YouTube (or, hell, just open your mouth for two seconds in your local GameStop) and you'll find an almost inevitable barrage of childish name-calling, slurs related to your sexuality, fanatic-like declarations of support for a specific company, and rude comments about your (presumably lovely!) mother. Welcome, dear gamer, to the console wars. Enter at your own risk.

The last thing GameStop needs is more bad PR, but this time they are truly doing it to themselves. One model that currently exists out there is that various retailers and consoles get exclusive content. This isn't something new and while fans have always hated it, it hasn't shown any slow down in sales. GameStop is apparently looking to go one step further, and get involved in early development so they can offer a more substantial chunk of the game only through their outlet. This isn't some additional hour of gameplay folks, but rather a significant chunk. Head inside.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Shigeru Miyamoto suggested that Nintendo needs its own genre.

According to Mr. Miyamoto, Nintendo is not concerned with making games that seem "cool"; rather, Nintendo would prefer to develop games that are fun, odd, and goofy. He feels that Nintendo succeeds at being able to make fun of themselves in order to make great games.

What do you guys think? Is Nintendo a genre of its own? Hop inside to take a look at Mr. Miyamoto's quote.

According to Nintendo's consolidated balance sheet from their recent shareholders meeting, Nintendo still has a hefty amount of money at their disposal.

Nintendo claims to have 474,297 million in “cash and deposits", which is about $4.7 billion in U.S. dollars; the Big N also has ¥320,918 million in short-term investment securities (which is about $3.2 billion USD). In total, Nintendo has ¥1,024,136 million (over $10 billion USD) in current assets; that number leaps to about $13 billion USD when you add in noncurrent assets such as machinery.

So, while the Wii U is not selling as well as anyone could have hoped, Nintendo is in no danger of going bankrupt any time soon; let's just hope it stays that way.

It's no secret that a big key to Nintendo's success over the years has been introducing youth to their video games and continuing to expand the gamer population. If you think back, many in my age group (I'm 27) grew up with Nintendo consoles, but what about those experiences really drew me to their platform over others? What about children last generation, or even during the 90s? Nintendo has a plan. Head inside.