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Popular Wii U racer Mario Kart 8 will soon be even more content-packed when DLC Pack 2 launches on April 23. As with the first batch of DLC, this one will add eight new courses, three new racers, and four new karts. The team from Nintendo Minute has released a new video showing off some of what DLC Pack 2 has to offer, including a look at the Animal Crossing and Ribbon Road tracks as well as the free 200cc mode. Check it out by clicking below!

To market the return of Guitar Hero as Guitar Hero Live, a special event was held in New York where the game was played by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. The reveal event also featured Activision's CEO, Eric Hirshberg, and the studio head and creative director of FreeStyleGames, Jamie Jackson.

See the video after the jump!

The latest iteration of Super Smash Bros. launched last year, and most players agree that it's much more balanced than its predecessor, Brawl. Nintendo has released a few balance patches in the months that followed, downgrading characters deemed too powerful and upgrading characters that struggled to compete, including a recent patch that knocked Diddy Kong down a few notches.

Reactions from gamers are divided, as some believe the balance patches create a better, more competitive experience, while others prefer not to see characters' effectiveness change after launch. Sakurai himself doesn't want Smash to be too competitive, but he apparently still believed more balancing was necessary. Do you think Nintendo should keep releasing patches, or should they keep Smash as is? Click below to vote and join the debate!

Mario Party has long been a staple in Nintendo's lineup of fantastic four-player party games—its frantic fun and competitive spirit has enchanted players since its first entry in 1998. These touches which make the series so beloved have been waning with each new installment in recent years, and Mario Party 10 makes no effort to save that sinking ship. In fact, it drives a Bullet Bill right through the hull.

That’s not to say that Mario Party 10 is a bad game—you’ll still find yourself having a fair deal of fun in the 70+ minigames it has to offer. But it’s the mechanics at play outside of those minigames that continue to drag down a series which desperately needs lifting up. Head inside to read more.

Many people are still talking about Nintendo's plans for Super Smash Bros. DLC, and with Mewtwo's release to Club Nintendo users two days ago, the hype is only strengthened. A lot of organizations and fans have been running polls, trying to figure out who people most want as extra fighters. Reddit user "pancakessyrup" took this a step further, however, and created a survey on the Nintendo subreddit about a range of topics regarding many facets of DLC. These topics ranged from "DLC Subtypes," "Pricing and General Views," and the major topic, "The Roster." The survey was a massive success, with over 13,000 people responding in just a short week. The data was compiled and used to create some beautiful charts to display the results. You can head after the jump to see a breakdown of the outcome, and while you're there, check out the awesome infographics in the gallery!

In a recent interview with Polygon, it was revealed that the campaign mode of Guitar Hero Live will follow a plot line. While the story won't be revealed until E3, some vague details have been provided by Jamie Jackson, creative director and studio head of FreeStyleGames. "It's perhaps not what you might expect," said Jackson. "I personally think the rags-to-riches story, we've done that way too many times. There are other ways of doing it. Think of it as, we want to take you on these lively little journeys through music." Guitar Hero Live releases for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, and smart devices in late 2015. It comes in a US$99.99 bundle with the new guitar controller.

With Guitar Hero Live, FreeStyleGames (creators of the DJ Hero spinoff series) is striving to reinvent the original concepts that made the series so captivating in its earliest incarnations. They accomplished this not only with the new controller design, but also with the live-action background footage. Using a first-person perspective, they've taken a step further toward letting players experience the thrill of taking the stage.

Read more after the jump.

Through an interview with Polygon, we've learned that Activision had been waiting for a new innovation before bringing back the Guitar Hero series from the hiatus it's seen since 2010. That innovation came three years ago with FreeStyleGames (developers of the DJ Hero spinoff series) and an overhaul to the iconic Guitar Hero controller. "We had these colors," recounts creative director and studio head Jamie Jackson, "and one day my head of the UI team came to me and said, ‘I’ve come up with this idea I want to show you. I’ve taken the colors out.’ I was like, ‘Well, you can’t take the colors out of Guitar Hero. That’s Guitar Hero. Everyone knows the colors.’ He says, ‘No, check it out.’"

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In an interview with Polygon, the creators of the recently announced Guitar Hero Live have explained how multiplayer will work in the upcoming title. The feature is called Guitar Hero TV. It's a subscription-free always-online mode that supports online and local drop-in-drop-out multiplayer, in which you will play along to hundreds of songs over their official music videos, in an ever-expanding library.

Read more after the jump.

The NPD Group has released their data for the month of March, including a victory for PlayStation 4 and improved sales for 3DS and Wii U. A big part of PlayStation 4's success came from strong sales of Bloodborne, which took the number two spot on the software charts despite only having a week on the market. Battlefield: Hardline, which launched a week prior to Bloodborne, took the top spot. Software sales for the month were down 6% ($963.7 million down from $1.02 billion), but the NPD Group only tracks retail sales. You can check out the top ten for the month by clicking below!

The NPD Group data is in, and PlayStation 4 is back on top. Sony's newest home console has led all hardware in sales for all but three months since January, 2014. Nintendo 3DS topped February's charts, but PlayStation 4 was back on top for March, partially thanks to the launch of Bloodborne. Microsoft did not report any concrete numbers, but they did note that Xbox One is still selling at a faster rate than Xbox 360 during the same time in its life cycle. Nintendo turned in their report earlier today, citing growth over last year for both 3DS and Wii U. You can check out Sony's response to the report by clicking below.

This September Nintendo will be releasing Mario Maker, allowing players to create, play, and share their own custom Mario levels. Multiple retailers opened up pre-orders for the game today, and they all list its price at $59.99. That's the standard price for a AAA Wii U game, but Mario Maker will essentially be entirely user generated content. With assets from at least four Mario games for players to create with, is $60 a fair price point? Click below to cast your vote and join the debate!

Mario Maker was announced last year, but (aside from a brief listing at Amazon that was quickly removed) pre-orders were not made available. However, Nintendo has revealed more about the game since then, and now that they've given it a launch window of September, retailers have begun accepting pre-orders. If you're excited to create, play, and share your own custom Mario levels, you can pre-order at Amazon, Best Buy, or GameStop.

The NPD Group is preparing to release its research on the top-selling hardware and software in the US for the month of March, but Nintendo has issued a press release early. In it, Nintendo boasts strong sales in early 2015, with hardware sales up 60% over the same time period last year. That includes an 80% spike in 3DS sales thanks to New Nintendo 3DS, as well as a 20% spike in Wii U sales.

Software highlights for the US include Majora's Mask 3D at 730,000 units sold and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS at 2.4 million units sold. For Wii U, Mario Party 10 sold around 290,000 units in its first two weeks, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has hit 1.6 million, and Mario Kart 8 reached 1.9 million. Hit the jump for Nintendo's full statement!

Last year, Capcom celebrated "Mega May"—a month-long block of Mega Man releases for the 3DS Virtual Console. Fans were presented with four games and voted to determine which was released first, with the other games coming out weekly. Capcom is repeating this event this year for the Wii U Virtual Console. This year, you can pick from Mega Man & Bass, Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue and White (as a pair), Mega Man Zero 2, and Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun and Blue Moon (also as a pair). The winner will be released on May 7th, and the remaining games will be released on the following Thursdays. Capcom is accepting votes now through April 29, so go vote for your favorite!