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The much-loved Sonic Generations title for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles was originally going to be released on the Wii, PlayStation Portable, and Nintendo DS, according to an interview conducted at Gamefest 2010. However, it was later announced in 2011 that the former three platforms were not going to receive the game, instead being replaced by the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Sonic Generations underwent several other design changes during its development, including the cancellation of dialogue for Classic Sonic and a similarly scrapped idea for having a third Sonic character represent the Dreamcast era of the series.

Read more after the jump!

Dan Adelman spent nearly a decade at Nintendo, serving as the company's head of digital content and development, and he's had a lot to say about his time at the company in the months since he departed. Nintendo has been playing catch-up for some time when it comes to their digital services, and Adelman has said that he fought for change while he was inside the company, hoping to end outdated policies and push Nintendo's digital platform ahead. In a recent interview, he opened up more about the structure of Nintendo and why it was so hard to make changes. Hit the jump to check it out.

Nintendo has just announced that the Club Nintendo program is shutting down. March 31 is the last day that people can sign up and register products, and all accounts will close (with all coins being deleted) on July 1. However, it's not all bad news! Nintendo plans to replace Club Nintendo with a new program, but details on that will come at a later date. In the meantime, Nintendo will be adding dozens of games and other rewards in February so that current Club Nintendo members can spend their saved up coins on good prizes before the end date. You can check out Nintendo's full announcement and FAQ here.

Wii U is backward compatible with Wii games, but to play them, you'll need to hop in to a dedicated "Wii Mode." Not exactly the most convenient experience. However, during today's Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata announced that select Wii titles will be available as downloadable eShop content on Wii U: starting with Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch-Out!!, and Metroid Prime Trilogy.

Curious to find out more about how Wii games will work on Wii U? Hit the jump for more info!

Next Level Games has made some quality titles like Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Super Mario Strikers, but lately they've been in the news a lot for games they didn't make. As an independent studio, they're reliant on support from other companies, so many of their game ideas never see the light of day. A Metroid concept and a Mario title that combined volleyball, wrestling, and a game show were shot down in recent years, and now another cancelled concept has surfaced.

In 2011 Next Level Games was working on a puzzle-platformer called Clockwerk, but it never made it to the prototype stage. The concept was apparently pitched to several publishers (including SEGA and Nintendo), but eventually scrapped when the company they had partnered with (unnamed) decided the gameplay was too similar to another game they were publishing. Hit the jump for details and screenshots!

It looks like Nintendo has failed to retain the trademark for "Virtual Console," the online collection of classic games available on Nintendo consoles. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, registration of the trademark has been cancelled (as of January 9) "because registrant did not file an acceptable declaration under Section 8." We're not sure if this is just a simple case of some paper work needing to be filed, or if Nintendo actually intends to drop the Virtual Console name, but we'll be keeping our eyes on the situation to see if anything develops.

If there are any fans out there who want to know Nintendo's sales from before they were born, now is the time! We have found a collection of images which encapsulates most of the information pertaining to sales data on Nintendo's games and Consoles from 1983 through 2014. Head past the jump to check out all the images!

Modders and brothers MrBean35000vr and Chadderz banded together and created a mod that allows for online play of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Ultimately, the mod is aimed at adding online capability to any local-area multiplayer game on the Wii. The project started as a mod for New Super Mario Bros. Wii specifically and grew to fit a more general purpose goal, though as there are still some kinks to iron out in New Super Mario, they have not tested it with any other titles.

Details and the video demo after the jump.

Pokémon have always been a big part of the Smash Bros. series. Pikachu and Jigglypuff have been playable fighters since the beginning, and more Pokémon have joined them with each new game. The unfortunate thing is that Pokémon have yet to have their own full-scale fighting game. Fortunately, for those of us that won't have easy access to Pokken Tournament in 2015, a new mod for Super Smash Bros. Brawl turns the game into a Pokémon battle royal.

Head inside to see some footage!

In what has become an almost constantly re-occurring story, another company has tried and failed to sue Nintendo for patent infringement. UltimatePointer, LLC filed a lawsuit against Nintendo, claiming that the tech used in Nintendo's Wii systems infringes on their patents, but Judge Robert S. Lasnik has dismissed the case without a trial, stating that a number of the claims in the suit were invalid. A Nintendo representative commented on the case by saying that his company will "continue to vigorously defend its innovations against patent lawsuits, even if it must do so in multiple courts and commit significant resources to defend itself."