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There's been an avalanche of Nintendo stories today thanks to the company holding its second quarter investor's meeting. For those not familiar with the situation, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata (and other important executives) meet with the company's investors and shareholders four times a year to talk game and console sales, finances, strategy, and more. After these meetings, Nintendo releases the data publicly. If you missed news or you're not sure what to make of all of it, we've got a full breakdown of what was announced and what it means for Nintendo. Hit the jump to dig in!

The current generation of video game consoles has been here for around a year now, and it would be nice to look back and see where we stand now. Technically, the current eighth generation of video game consoles began when the Wii U came peeking around the corner in 2012, but only when the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One jumped on the stage did many gamers believe the next generation had arrived. All the current consoles had a somewhat boring start, at least with the launch line-up. There weren't many original ideas, and many games that came out for the systems (at least the Xbox One and Playstation 4) were games that were also coming out for their last-gen versions. 

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is set to launch on December 5 (although European and Australian gamers will have to wait until early next year), and its "mini-game" nature and below average price tag means that many will likely buy it digitally. If you go the digital download route, you won't need to worry about making too much room on your Wii U. Nintendo has revealed that it only takes up 1.9 GB of space. That said, Captain Toad seems like a perfect candidate for DLC, so I'd be surprised if new levels were not added in the future. 

Today's Pic of the Day shows off the newly redesigned Classic Mode for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Placed on a battle coliseum of sorts, there are distinct groups of fighters you can choose to do battle with. A faint image of the stage can be found underneath these groups. The mode supports eight player matches as well! After the fighting, losing participants get blown off the stage and those remaining regroup. Be wary of your rival however! A fighter will be designated as your rival at the start of the mode. The longer your rival stays in play, the stronger he or she becomes!

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers for Japan are in, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate continues to dominate the competition, boosting New Nintendo 3DS to another strong sales week along the way. The popular game sold another 172,000 units this week, bringing its lifetime total to just under 2 million. The Evil Within saw a strong first week in Japan (all four versions of it cracked the top twenty) with over 120,000 copies sold, but even that wasn't enough to unseat Monster Hunter. Hit the jump for the full breakdown! 

Just in time for the holiday season, Nintendo UK is offering a Mario Kart 8 Wii U Mega Bundle. This deal comes with a 32 GB Wii U console, the GamePad, a physical copy of Mario Kart 8, a Mario wheel, a Mario Wii remote, a Mario decal for the GamePad, a Mario hat, and a physical copy of Super Mario 3D World. Both of these are great games, and this is certainly a great deal, so if you live in the United Kingdom, maybe it's time to update your holiday wishlist!

Nintendo released its second quarter financial results this year, revealing its 3DS and Wii U sales numbers, and $220 million in profits for the past quarter. Additionally, the company's overall financial state was revealed as well. Nintendo currently has ¥487,559 million ($4.5 billion) in cash and deposits. Add in short term investments (such as budgets for games coming out soon) and other factors, and you get ¥1,045,765 million ($9.67 billion) in current assets. Nintendo recorded overall losses in 2011 and 2013, but the company is currently profitable, and looks to have stabilized. Can they keep the momentum going?

Nintendo's quarter two financial report has been released, revealing strong profits for the past three months, improved Wii U sales, and declining 3DS sales. Nintendo has also released the lifetime hardware and software numbers for Wii U and 3DS. As of September 30, Wii U has sold 7.29 million and 3DS has sold 45.42 million.  Wii U software sales total 41.67 and 3DS has sold 186.22 pieces of software. This means the average Wii U owner has around six games for the console, while the average 3DS owner only has about four. However, the software - hardware relationship is hard to gauge for handhelds as many have upgraded to new models, skewing the number of actual owners. 

Nintendo's financial numbers are in for the second quarter, and the company saw huge profits over the last two months. Nintendo was projected to earn $63 million in quarter two, but they nearly quadrupled that amount, erasing their quarter one losses and returning to overall profitability. Included in the report to investors were the sales numbers of Wii U and 3DS, which brings some good news and some bad news. The struggling Wii U nearly doubled its sales over last year, but 3DS dropped. Hit the jump for the breakdown!

According to Koei Tecmo's most recent financial earnings Q&A, Hyrule Warriors has exceeded sales expectations. Koei Tecmo couldn't comment on whether the game exceeded the target of 500,000 copies due to Nintendo handling Western publishing. They did say however that Japanese sales are on track with what was expected, as well as international sales being above their expectations. More shipments in the second half of the fiscal year are raising their hopes even more.