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If you're looking to buy a Wii U but haven't found a deal that's right for you yet, Best Buy might be able to help you out. Right now they're offering $25 off on two different Wii U bundles. Both of these bundles are the 32GB model with party game Nintendo Land included, and one comes with new hit Splatoon while the other comes with Super Mario 3D World. Normally $299.99 each, you can get either one for $274.99 for a limited time.

In a recent interview, Nintendo EAD General Manager Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that he is no longer in charge of hardware development. While he'll still observe the development process, he's no longer "actively participating and making decisions." Some are alarmed that the driving force behind most of Nintendo's successes is reducing his role, but Miyamoto stepping down from hardware development is actually good news for Nintendo. Hit the jump to see why!

As many Binding of Isaac: Rebirth fans already know, the Afterbirth DLC is currently being developed, which is said to greatly expand the game's content. In a recent update post on the game's main website, some upcoming features are shown off.

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During E3, Nintendo announced that Donkey Kong and Bowser will be playable in Skylanders SuperChargers thanks to some new crossover figurines that work both as Amiibo and as Skylanders toys. Re-styled as Turbo Charge Donkey Kong and Hammer Slam Bowser, these two are the first ever "guest stars" in a Skylanders game, and a new trailer has been released to celebrate. You can check it out by clicking below!

The Japanese Twitter account for Super Smash Bros. has posted some new images of the upcoming K.K. Slider Mii Costume downloadable content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The DLC includes a Mii suit and Mii hat in the likeness of Animal Crossing's K.K. The costume is already available in Japan, and has yet to receive a release date elsewhere. You can view the screenshots in the gallery inside.

Frustrated by the lack of first party Wii U releases this summer? Or maybe you've already blown through the nostalgia fest that is EarthBound Beginnings and want something else to while away the lazy days of summer? If so, then Fuzzy Wuzzy Games is here to help with Armillo, a 3D platformer about a planet-hopping space armadillo. Head inside to learn more!

If you're planning to get in some online Smash fun on Wii U today, you'll want to do it sooner rather than later! Nintendo has announced via their Network Maintenance Information / Operational Status website that the popular fighter will be undergoing some maintenance tonight and that online functions may be unavailable. This maintenance will be taking place from 5:50 pm Pacific time (8:50 pm Eastern and 1:50 am on Friday in the UK) to 7:00 pm.

A few months ago, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed that Nintendo is working on new hardware codenamed NX. Wii U has been on the market for less than three years, so many current Wii U owners and potential future Wii U owners are concerned that NX will cut its life short and they won't get their money's worth. Satoru Iwata addressed these concerns in the recent shareholders meeting, expressing that between Nintendo's first-party teams as well as second and third-party partners, 3DS and Wii U games won't stop coming out immediately after the launch of NX. Hit the jump for his statement.

Back in May, Nintendo launched a new IP called Splatoon. The first new game from the Nintendo Garage program takes team-based third-person shooting and puts a new twist on it with a territory-controlling mechanic. Those gameplay elements combine with a heavy dose of Nintendo charm and family-friendly fun to create a winning formula. After less than one month on the market, Splatoon has already eclipsed the one million sales mark. As Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata recently explained to shareholders, that sales rate actually exceeded Nintendo's expectations! Hit the jump for more.

Nintendo's E3 Digital Event was met with a lot of criticism, and Nintendo has acknowledged that many fans were underwhelmed and disappointed. However, that's not to say that they're unhappy with their presence at E3. Speaking with shareholders at the 75th Annual Shareholders Meeting, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said that fans on the show floor were actually quite pleased with the games. In fact, according to Iwata, there were more people smiling and picking up controllers to play games at Nintendo's booth than at other companies' booths. Click below for more.

According to a recent statement from Nintendo to Nintendo Enthusiast, players will have a way to combat inappropriate content in Super Mario Maker levels.

According to the statement, there is not an automatic profanity filter for Super Mario Maker levels; any level can be created and uploaded, provided that the creator can beat the level. However, players can report inappropriate content, which will then be reviewed by Nintendo moderators. These moderators will make a decision to take the level down or leave it up; it's currently unknown if there will be any additional penalty for creating obscene levels.

One area where Nintendo has greatly lacked in recent years is third-party relationships. Nintendo has a wonderful lineup of first-party games, but they've struggled to attract multiplatform titles and third-party exclusives and have been very wary about entering into partnerships. We've seen that start to change this year, with Nintendo announcing partnerships with DeNA and Universal Studios, as well as a Skylanders/Amiibo partnership with Activision.

Nintendo is more open to working with partners than they have been in a long time, and people are taking notice. According to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, "many" different third-party companies proposed partnerships to Nintendo at E3. Hit the jump for more!

During this year's E3, the team over at Nintendo Life had the opportunity to sit down with renown game developer Warren Spector, founder of Junction Point Studios and designer of Epic Mickey. During the interview, Spector sang his praises for the Big N, saying that they were easier to work with compared to other studios.

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Back in April, Best Buy's listings told of an upcoming physical release of last year's hit indie title Shovel Knight, indicating that the once digital exclusive would hit retail shelves later this year. Yacht Club Games had since stated that their game would not see a retail release, but it appears that the eponymous Blue Burrower ultimately will be digging his way into stores later this year after all! In a recent announcement on the developer's website, Shovel Knight will release for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One come October. Read on for more details!

O Canada, my home and native land! To outsiders, my country is one whose reputation is comprised of (and not limited to) a love for hockey and maple syrup, unwelcome amounts of snow, and a population that plain oozes goodwill and apologies. To be fair though, we of the Great White North do have plenty of love for all things Nintendo as well – however, we tend to show our love just a bit differently!

While sales data demonstrate that the 3DS continues to outsell the Wii U, a recent interview with Pierre-Paul Trepanier, Nintendo of Canada's General Manager, reveals just how much Canadian consumers differ from fans in other markets. Read on for more!