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Based on reactions to yesterday’s news that I’ve seen lately, it’s clear that the mere fact that we know Nintendo’s next console is in development is causing a big stir. Some people seem really out of touch with how game console generations work—I’ve seen remarks stating the Wii U should last another five years. To put that in perspective, that would make the Wii U a seven-year console, which is longer than any prior Nintendo home console generation… including the Wii. And if a phenomenon like the Wii couldn't keep the same amount of high quality software coming five or six years after its launch, the Wii U certainly wouldn't be able to keep up.

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Bayonetta 2 is a hack-and-slash action game developed by Platinum games. It will be released on October 24th exclusively on the Wii U. The game has been garnering overwhelmingly positive reviews so far. For those of you who aren't sure whether or not it's worth the money, ContraNetworkHD has released video showcasing the first 30 minutes of gameplay.

Make the jump to see the video!

The weekly hardware and software sales numbers from Japan are in, and it's a good week to be Nintendo! Like last week, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and New Nintendo 3DS continue to top the charts, and nothing else is even close. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate sold another 327,000 units, and New Nintendo 3DS sold just shy of 90,000 combined units (between the regular and LL models) in its second week, bringing its two week sales total to over 324,000. Elsewhere numbers were slightly down across the board, except for Vita which got a small boost from Chaos Rings III: Prequel Trilogy debuting at number four. Click below for the full breakdown!

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has seen tremendous acclaim and players around the world have been settling problem after problem. There are still individuals worldwide buying this 3DS fighter in droves, and what's next is right around the corner.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be releasing in North America late this November and it will feature even newer gameplay modes, stages to fight in, and very possibly new characters that were not added to the 3DS version.

Continuing with that last point, Masahiro Sakurai has actually released a new Pic of the Day that is an edited image of a secret character "shooting moves".

Check out the image and learn more by clicking on the jump below!

Mario Kart 8 is getting its first DLC pack in November. The DLC includes Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach, as well as four new vehicles and eight new tracks. Making a return among these tracks is Yoshi Circuit. Yoshi Circuit, which first appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, is a race around the edge of a Yoshi-shaped island. Yoshi Circuit is the first retro stage to be featured on multiple titles, first reappearing in Mario Kart DS in 2005.

Nintendo has also released a few screenshots and a video showcasing a lap around the track. Head inside to check it out!

Earlier today we discovered that Nintendo is hiring to build new hardware with an emphasis on things like graphics and power. While this could be for their next handheld or the mysterious "Quality of Life devices," the job description and requirements seem to indicate that this is for a new home console. Wii U has been out for a little less than two years now, but sluggish sales have some gamers, developers, and industry analysts calling for them to cut its life short and hurry up with a successor. We want to hear your opinions. When should Nintendo launch a new home console? Hit the jump to join the discussion!

Two commercials for Bayonetta 2 have been released, showing off a bit of gameplay and story. The first video, titled "I'm On My Way!" deals with a short summary of what's going in the game, and by short I mean short. The second video titled, "Galactic Bounty Hunter Cosplay" shows off the Varia Suit outfit that Bayonetta can wear, including the Morph Ball and Screw Attack that she can do with this outfit. 

You can see the two commercials after the jump!

It's no secret that Nintendo begins developing their consoles right before the previous one is released. The Wii U, in fact, began development right after the Wii, and that began its development as a peripheral for the GameCube. But Nintendo is hiring hardware architects for their next big thing already.

We have no idea when this console might launch—though I'd be surprised if it's any time before 2017—but head past the jump and see what Nintendo's looking for!

Today, Nintendo of America announced that the Zelda spin-off title Hyrule Warriors will support amiibo at some point in the future.

According to a tweet from Nintendo of America, the Link amiibo figure will be compatible with Hyrule Warriors; there is no word yet as to what this functionality could be, or if any other Zelda amiibo figures will also be compatible with the game.

Are you guys looking forward to the release of the amiibo figures? What amiibo functionality would you like to see Nintendo implement for Hyrule Warriors? Sound off in the comments!

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, the latest chapter in the popular series by indie team WayForward Technologies, launches on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops in two days, but we're getting a good taste of the action early! The game's launch trailer is out today, and twelve minutes of gameplay footage has also been uploaded. Check it out by clicking below!