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Last time Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U got an update, it was completely out of the blue. This time they actually announced the update, which features tons of brand new content for the games and will be available this July 31! Some of the content will be free, and some of it will available for purchase.

Hit the jump to see exactly what the update contains!

There's a lot of small details that go into the development of video games, many of which we just take for granted. Such is the case with the ability to choose your Inkling's gender in Splatoon. While players have the option of going with either a male or a female Inkling, early in development, all the Inklings were planned to be girls! This fun fact was revealed by Splatoon's art director, Seita Inoue, and designer, Keisuke Nishimori, in a new interview with Famitsu.

Hit the jump to see their comments on this early plan and how it developed into what we know today.

Earlier today, we learned that Splatoon's massive August update will be launching next week, but it appears that there are also changes to existing content scheduled for next week.

According to a recent tweet from the game's official Japanese Twitter account, Splatoon's Urchin Underpass stage will be closed from August 3rd to August 5th; during this time, no battles will take place on this stage. The stage is being taken out of rotation to undergo some kind of maintenance, but the extent of the work is currently unknown.

Splatoon is a game with a cheery, colorful aesthetic, but as some players have discovered, it has some fairly creepy elements as well. For instance, after the final battle of the single player mode, strange, unsettling sounds can be heard in the background of the stage. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Tsubasa Sakaguchi, the director of Splatoon, was asked about these sounds. Intriguingly, though, Sakaguchi wasn't even previously aware that they were included in the game at all.

You can see a video demonstrating the eerie sound effects and check out what Sakaguchi had to say after the jump!

With the upcoming release of Super Mario Maker, it's only natural that Nintendo would start releasing more trailers to hype up the game. Well, their newest trailer is definitely doing the job, presenting a more nostalgic tone for the game. By going through each of the series' famous generations and then changing them up at the end, the trailer does a good job of showing off how you can take these classic levels and spin them around.

Head inside to watch the trailer!

Devil's Third was announced to the public way back in 2010 as a last-gen title, but complications on both the development and publishing fronts led to multiple delays and changes over the years, and many thought the game was doomed to slip through the cracks. Creator Tomonobu Itagaki never gave up, and Devil's Third will finally be releasing on Wii U later this year. Itagaki recently released an "interview trailer" in which he discusses the game while footage is shown, and it's been given English subtitles. You can check it out by clicking below!

Nintendo has given a warning that a number of their servers, including those for the Wii U and 3DS eShops, will experience some down time later today (July 27). Maintenance will occur between 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM PST and affect a number of game titles, including Kid Icarus: Uprising and Mario Golf: World Tour. The eShop will be unavailable from 1:00 PM through 5:00 PM PST (4:00 PM through 8:00 PM EST).

Head inside for a full list of servers affected by the maintenance.

Japanese video game magazine Famitsu held a survey on its website about various aspects of Splatoon earlier this month. This survey had 3,798 responses, gathered between July 8 and July 13.

Hit the jump to see the results of this extensive poll!

Splatoon players have been eagerly awaiting the well-chronicled August update, which promised to vastly expand the game's features, and it looks like that wait is almost over. Nintendo has recently revealed that this August update is coming on August 5th in North America and August 6th in Europe.

Hit the jump for the full details on the new Splatoon content!

Earlier this month, Nintendo announced that it was going to launch a newly redesigned Miiverse this summer. This is the result of an effort to bring the service back towards its original intent—a place for gamers to discuss their favorite games. It turns out that users won't have to wait much longer for this update, as it's rolling out this Wednesday! For those who are concerned what this redesign means for Miiverse, Nintendo recently offered some clarification on the new features.

Are you excited for the big unveiling? There's only a few short days left!

Nintendo's recent push to cross over into Skylanders is not a bad move—it's a great push to expand their IP, and the idea of one figurine that works as two different NFC toys is pretty dang cool. What is a bad move, however, is the rollout of this crossover, which makes an already-nightmarish Amiibo situation into an absolute hellhole. This is one of the subjects we talk about on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Head past the jump to check out our discussion, or to read a summary of the problem if you prefer text.

An observant Miiverse user has noticed that, in the Virtual Console description for DK: Jungle Climber, the name King K. Rool is followed by a trademark symbol (™). K. Rool, who hasn't appeared in a game since 2008 (Mario Super Sluggers, Wii), hasn't had the symbol attached to his name in previous Virtual Console descriptions, such as the one for Donkey Kong Country. This is a sign that Nintendo has trademarked the name recently.

Head inside to see what this could mean for K. Rool.

Amazon Prime subscribers can score a great deal this week with $10 off their pre-order of Super Mario Maker. To get the discount, head over to Amazon and pre-order Super Mario Maker. If you're a Prime customer, you'll see the price lowered to $49.99 at checkout. The offer should also work for Prime members who have already pre-ordered the game.

If you're a Prime member, make sure you get this deal while it lasts! Super Mario Maker will be released on the 11th of September.

We Nintendo fans always have a blast talking about what kinds of things we'd like to see in future installments of Mario Kart, and now that Mario Kart 8 brings DLC expansions and even other Nintendo crossovers into the mix, our imaginations are blown wide open. On this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, we took it upon ourselves to talk about everything we'd love to see if Nintendo makes a third DLC pack for Mario Kart 8, and if I do say so myself, we came up with some amazing ideas.

The discussion was a whopping forty minutes long, so we've broken it down into two twenty-minute chunks for YouTube—available now is the second half of the discussion, where we talk about what courses (both new and old) we'd like to see added to the Mario Kart 8 lineup, as well as what bonus features we'd like to see. Check out the video after the jump for the full discussion, or skim the list down below to get a brief overview of everything we discussed in text format.

Recently, Nintendo released a new trailer for Splatoon in Japan that shows off a ton of new content (some of which was previously revealed by a data miner). To start, the trailer showed off two new weapons that are unlike anything else in the game: a gatling gun and a paint bucket. Then, we got a look at a pair of brand new stages based on an apartment complex and a bridge. Finally, the trailer shows off Splatoon's new Rainmaker mode; we got our first look at the Rainmaker item, which will double as a weapon by firing ink tornadoes at unsuspecting opponents. To check out the trailer for yourself, hit the jump!