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There are two ideas that many Nintendo fans have been clamoring to see the Mario Kart series embrace lately: bringing the two-racer driving and combat mechanics from Double Dash!! back into the series, and expanding on their crossover content from Mario Kart 8 to make the series a full-fledged Nintendo kart racer, as opposed to leaning on the Mario series alone. Neither of these ideas have had the mettle to excite the entire fanbase, and each brings a unique set of challenges Nintendo would need to overcome in order to justify changing Mario Kart so radically. We realized, then, that the solution is easier than it seems: combine the ideas into one.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on this awesome new pitch, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Last week, The Pokémon Company revealed the commercial they're airing during this year's Super Bowl by uploading it to YouTube, and it's more of a promotional campaign for the Pokémon brand and its 20th Anniversary, rather than any particular product. This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and between this and Pokémon GO, we all think The Pokémon Company is doing a great job showing Nintendo how real advertising is done. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on this awesome ad and how it fits into Nintendo at large.

As of this Thursday, February 11th, we at Gamnesia will have spent a full year making and distributing the Nintendo Week Podcast, a labor of love for Nintendo and its fans. In that short time, you wonderful listeners have made us Podbean's third-most popular podcast in our category, written us more five-star reviews than we've made episodes, and downloaded our show nearly one million times. I have no idea when we thought we'd make it this far, but we didn't even dream it would be so soon.

Accomplishments like these are surreal in their own right, but they show that you guys love our content as much as we love making it for you. So we've got to celebrate! And we want to hear your ideas for how to do it. Head inside to learn more.

Nintendo of America is removing a controversial support conversation from Fire Emblem Fates in order to make it more appropriate for the West. A character named Soleil, who is straight, but finds herself getting distracted and infatuated by cute girls, asks Corrin to help her focus on the battlefield. Corrin secretly spikes her drink with a magic powder that causes her to see women as men and vice-versa, and she overcomes the issue. It caused a stir on Tumblr when someone wrote a really strong critique of the scenario based on what were allegedly non-professional fan translations of the Japanese text—which blew up and got a lot of people accusing the game of homophobia. Meanwhile, Fire Emblem fans pushed back, saying these allegations aren't true and that information is not correct. Some people still see the true scene as promoting gay conversion, drugging, and other kinds of stuff, so Nintendo just decided it's best to take it out.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on this controversy, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

A group of industry insiders including Liam Robertson and Emily Rogers revealed last week that five different sources have tipped them off to an unannounced Wii U game launching this year. Rogers later revealed that the mystery game is a new Paper Mario title, and apparently it's already in the testing and localizing phase.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on this Paper Mario rumor, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Nintendo recently announced a new eShop game for Nintendo 3DS called The Great Detective Pikachu, a mystery-solving adventure game starring our favorite yellow buddy...now complete with the voice of a chain-smoking fifty-year-old. Fans have responded very positively to the game, and many are eagerly pushing for Danny DeVito to voice the new character.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on Great Detective Pikachu, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Dr. Serkan Toto, an industry leader in Japan with a great track record on leaking information about Nintendo, recently announced that Bandai Namco is developing several games for Nintendo's upcoming console, the NX, including a Super Smash Bros. game to launch alongside the device.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on what to expect with Super Smash Bros. for NX (assuming the rumor is true, of course) or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

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.

This week featured a ton of news, including new games like Detective Pikachu, some credible rumors about NX, Paper Mario, and more, a controversy over Fire Emblem Fates, and impressions of recent games like Pokémon Picross and Mario & Luigi. After the break, we dig into the rumor that Super Smash Bros. is coming to the NX as a launch game, discussing new content, modes, and more that could come to the title. You can check out the episode below—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head past the jump if you'd like to learn more about the stories discussed in this week's episode.

ESPN, the world's leading sports network, recently launched a big initiative to cover eSports in both news and broadcasts, including games like Hearthstone, Dota 2, League of Legends, and tons of others. One of their editors also recently announced that they’ll soon be adding Super Smash Bros. to this lineup.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on Nintendo's budding relationship with eSports, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Tatsumi Kimishima recently sat down with Mainichi Shinbun, an everyday newspaper in Japan, and laid out some of his 2016 plans for them. One of the things he told the paper is that Nintendo is indeed making progress towards expanding into the mobile market and theme parks, but also that they're making progress on expanding into movies and anime.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on Nintendo's multimedia strategy, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Xander Mobus is the voice of the announcer in the latest Super Smash Bros. games, and he recently sat down with us for this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. During the time we spent together we chatted about Nintendo, Smash, his voice work, and tons more. But at the end we took a moment to fulfill some requests from you lovely fans, where Xander used his famous timbre to announce the names of dozens of goofy characters as if they were playable in Super Smash Bros., as well as popular lines and catchphrases from throughout Nintendo's history.

Check out the video after the jump to hear it all!

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for the Pokémon series, and Game Freak is already going crazy hard promoting it. In one of their bigger moves, The Pokémon Company has bought an ad in this year’s Super Bowl, which is a huge statement—it's the first time ever for Pokémon, with perhaps the biggest audience of any single televised event.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on what The Pokémon Company is cooking up.

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.

Alex, Ben, and Colin talk about recent news from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, ESPN's decision to start covering competitive Smash, Nintendo's plans to expand into making anime, and lots more. The party amps up after the break, when we're joined by Xander Mobus, the voice behind the Super Smash Bros. Announcer. We shoot the breeze about his experience working with Nintendo, his thoughts on Smash, and more. All that is followed by an incredible performance of a whole bunch of hilarious catchphrases form all around the Nintendoverse, and character names the internet desperately needed. You can check out the episode below—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head past the jump if you'd like to learn more about the stories discussed in this week's episode.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for Nintendo 3DS have made some of our wildest crossover dreams come true, but meanwhile there's a lot of content that has a long history with Nintendo that's gone ignored. A listener question on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, looked back on characters like King K. Rool, Isaac, Waluigi, and other popular requests from longtime Nintendo fans and asked whether the next installment of Super Smash Bros. should forge its identity in contrast to the current version by cutting out a lot of the crossover content and doubling down on representing characters who have smaller but more passionate groups of fans behind them.

Head inside to see our response!

Mario Kart 8 has all but perfected the Mario Kart formula, not only making the racing more fun and the items more balanced than ever, but even pumping up the hype with a super-fast 200cc mode. But how can they top such an incredible game when it comes time for Mario Kart 9?

This was one of the listener questions on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump to hear our ideas in full, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.