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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.

Unfortunately this week's episode is really only bearable for the most dedicated of you regular listeners—we had some terrible audio issues that couldn't be fixed and couldn't re-record before having to embark on our holiday adventures. That said, if you give it your all to listen, I really believe it was our best discussion yet. This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we went around discussing thing about Nintendo that we're personally thankful for. 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.

Yooka-Laylee is a spiritual successor to the Rare 3D platformers of the Nintendo 64 era, including Banjo-Kazooie. In that spirit, backers who pledged £340 or more will receive an exclusive Yooka-Laylee Nintendo 64 cartridge with a built-in 64GB flash drive.

The team at Playtonic Games recently updated their Kickstarter page with an image of the special flash drive, and seeing Yooka-Laylee (even if it's not real working copy) plugged into a Nintendo 64 looks about as fitting and natural as can be. You can check out the full-sized image by clicking below.

Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror, Black Friday bargains are everywhere, and the holiday season is officially in swing. Nintendo wasted no time at all getting a little festive, as they've updated the eShop with some holiday music. You can take a listen to the cheerful tune and get into the holiday spirit by clicking below.

It's about that time again, kids and squids. Nintendo launched Splatoon, their new IP, back in May, but it's a very different game now. Splatoon has evolved over the months with regularly released new free content, including stages, game modes, weapons, and more. The newest upcoming addition to Splatoon is the Slosher Machine. This new weapon (which will release tonight) comes with Splat Bombs as a sub weapon and Splat Bomb Rush as a special weapon. You can check out some images by clicking below.

Nintendo recently added an Event Courses section to Super Mario Maker, giving players the chance to beat Nintendo-designed levels and unlock prizes. A level based off of NES Remix has been released in Japan, and beating it unlocks the Frog Mario costume for mystery mushrooms. You can check out footage of Frog Mario in action by clicking below.

Nintendo may have surprised you last week, when they announced the unexpected way they're beefing up Super Mario Maker's course discovery system: rather than implementing improved in-game features, they'll be hosting an online navigational portal that players can access from their browser. It sounds like a painfully off-target solution for a very real problem, but this online portal may actually work out better than any other solution.

This was one of our talking points on last 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 the upcoming course portal, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Dragon Quest X, an MMO set in the Dragon Quest universe, has evolved over time with the release of three different versions of the game, each expanding the game world. To attract new players, Square Enix has announced that they'll be releasing a bundle that includes all three versions on Wii U. This bundle goes on sale in Japan on December 3rd. Unfortunately, there's still no word on a Western release for the game. You can check out a trailer for the bundle by clicking below.

Black Friday is just hours away (depending on your time zone), and that means big savings on lots of great video games. Nintendo has announced major sales through the weekend in both North America and Europe, and the North American deals are now live.

Right now if you check out the eShop you can get massive savings (up to 50% in some cases) on popular 3DS and Wii U games. This includes AAA games like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Pikmin 3, classics like Metroid Fusion, third-party games, indies, and lots more. You can check out the full list of deals by clicking below.

Recently, Nintendo teamed up with Disney XD to broadcast the Nintendo World Championships, an event that was held during E3 week. It looks like the two companies are happy with how the broadcast went, because they've just announced that they're teaming up for another eSports event.

Disney XD will be airing a Mario Kart 8 competition called “Clash of Karts: Mario Kart 8” on December 5th at 8:00 pm. This one-hour special will see four teams of two kids (ages 13 to 17) competing in Mario Kart 8. The teams will be coached by YouTube personalities Mari Takahashi, Meghan Camarena, Seth Bling, and Andre Meadows. Given the popularity of the Nintendo World Championships, this could be a chance for Nintendo to expand their presence in the eSports community.

Nintendo's eShop has been available in most European countries for quite some time now, but a few nations still don't have access to the online store. Thankfully, that will be changing soon. According to an email reportedly sent out to publishers, eShop is coming to all remaining EU countries (including Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, and Romania) by December 10th. The shop will be displayed in English, and consumers will need to pay in Euros.

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and the latest Star Wars game is a hit all around the world. EA's Star Wars Battlefront easily debuted at number one in Japan, selling nearly 124,000 copies on PlayStation 4.

Sony's console saw a slight sales boost of about 2,000 units from this (and several other games), but it wasn't the surge you might expect from a number one game. Meanwhile, Nintendo had a fairly unremarkable week in game sales, but 3DS hardware sales jumped by over 7,000 over last week. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

Xenoblade Chronicles X, the hotly-anticipated sequel to the critically-acclaimed RPG on Wii, will finally be launching in the West in just a couple of weeks. The game features the last of humanity desperately struggling to stay alive on the alien planet of Mira, and players must explore the dangerous continents and battle with powerful monsters to avoid extinction. Nintendo has released an extended version of their earlier Survival trailer, setting the stage for the game's story and highlighting the conflicts that await. Click below to check it out!

A few weeks ago, Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD would be releasing on the Wii U in March; in the reveal, it was apparent that a traditional GamePad control scheme would be available, but now it seems that players may be able to use another control scheme. According to the game's listing on the Swedish Nintendo website, Twilight Princess HD will support the GamePad and the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. This suggests that the controls from the Wii version of the game will be available in the remake, though it could also be a mistake. We'll let you know as we learn more.

Xenoblade Chronicles X features a truly massive overworld, which can be a bit of a problem when it comes to loading the game from the disk. As such, Nintendo is giving fans the option to download data packs directly to their Wii U, hopefully greatly reducing loading times. For European gamers, these data packs will be available starting Monday, November 30th, at 10:00 AM CEST. You'll need 10 GB of free space to install all four data packs.

It may be a little while ago since Splatoon came out, but Nintendo is still releasing free new content for it. Tonight (or very early tomorrow morning if you live in Europe), players will have access to the Slosher Deco, which allows you to throw buckets full of ink on your opponents in style. With the Slosher Deco, you can even do that safely behind a convenient Splash Wall, but if you'd rather go for the aggressive approach, you can use its Kraken special to carve your way deep into enemy territory.

Head inside to see some screenshots of the Slosher Deco in action.