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We've recently been hearing a lot about the features that amiibo will bring to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Everything from how they are used to the fact that they have "personalities" has been revealed by Nintendo. Now, with the official announcement of 8-Player Smash, there is a brand new trailer showcasing the use of amiibo in that game mode.

Head inside to see the trailer!

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!

Three months ago there was quite a lot of noise made over the fact that Xbox was outsold by PlayStation by a margin of more than three to one. The months of April, May, and June saw a combined 1.1 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One units shipped (shipped to retailers, not necessarily sold through to customers) versus 3.5 million PlayStation consoles not counting handhelds. PlayStation 4 continues to lead sales on a month to month basis, but Xbox sales have definitely improved since the cheaper, Kinect-free model was introduced. In fact, they've more than doubled. Hit the jump for the details!

If you weren't yet sold on the idea of GameCube controllers for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, perhaps Nintendo character themed controllers could change your mind.

Click the jump to check them out!

Disintegration Games, a game development studio from North America, has announced a "clever game" for the Wii U titled Pilgrim. It is described as "a game about choices, consequence, and time." Early screenshots show what looks like a gloomy victorian town, although the developer mentions that it takes place over a 100-year time span. 

While it is nice to see more indie developers turning to the Wii U, I cannot be too enthusiastic for this title with so little information available at the moment, despite the fact that my internal Nintendo fanboy is screaming at me for refusing to shower this announcement in hype. More info after the jump.

Some gamers are extremely talented, implementing their ability in amazing works of art that are homage to their favorite games. Zachary "Zencha" Citron recently opened a Kickstarter campaign for a new album he's working on entitled "At the End of Days." The cool part? It puts a jazzy hip-hop twist to the Animal Crossing soundtrack, paralleling that relaxing feeling you have in-game to real life experiences. 

Read more about the album after the jump!

Following the success of its infamous horror game Outlast in 2013, developer Red barrels has confirmed that is has begun working on Outlast 2, according to an exclusive interview with news site Bloody Disgusting.

Outlast 2 will take place in a different location and will be comprised of new characters — good news for anyone who doesn't want to return to make a return to the first game's Mount Massive Asylum. The bad news? The game probably won't be ready for consumer audiences for quite some time due to the small size of the development team.

   

My goodness, last night was crazy. Between a whole plethora of new modes, features returning with major updates from past games, and even Mewtwo in Smash, we've learned more than a lot of people can even keep up with! But luckily for you, we've gathered absolutely everything from last night's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U "50-Fact Extravaganza," including all the announcements they've made. We even broke down certain parts of the Direct to find stages, music, and lots of other info that you might have missed!

Head inside for all the juicy details!

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!

Over the past few years, video game livestreaming has grown immensely from a niche hobby to a full-blown profession. With sites like Twitch bringing in millions upon millions of visitors, it's no surprise that companies like Sony and Microsoft are integrating their services into the console itself. However, this has raised many questions about the validity of linear, predictable games in a world where you can experience them from any device for free via streaming and "Let's Plays".

Far Cry 4 creative director Alex Hutchinson has weighed in on the issue, and you can find what he has to say after the jump!