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Nintendo has just announced another Nintendo Direct video presentation, and like the Hyrule Warriors Direct two months ago, Thursday's Direct will focus on a specific game. Bayonetta 2 is the star of the upcoming video. Bayonetta 2 launches in North America on October 24, and buying the latest title from Platinum Games will net you the original Bayonetta for no extra charge. We're likely to see plenty of new action-packed footage and find out more gameplay and story details in the Direct, so tune in on September 4 at 3:00 pm Pacific. That's 6:00 pm Eastern, and 11:00 pm for our friends in the UK.

PAX Prime 2014 is turning out to be a treasure trove of Mighty No. 9 goodness! In addition to the Mighty No. 9 beta announcement and the Military Base footage, Keiji Inafune and his team at Comcept have released a new trailer for the Mega Man spiritual successor. Much like its predecessors, Mighty No. 9 will feature eight main enemy robots, each with their own unique stage. This new trailer gives us a good look at some of the level diversity, with stages ranging from an under-construction skyscraper to a moving, rain-pelted train top. Check it all out after the jump!

My fellow writer here at Gamnesia, Ben Lamoreux, recently began yet another playthrough of Nintendo's beloved cult hit EarthBound and all but challenged me to do the same.

So I decided to boot up the game again after about a year (I had started another playthrough when it was released on the Wii U Virtual Console, but life got busy and I had to jump ship before I could make much progress—which happens all to often for us gamers, doesn't it?) In the game, I was just rescuing Paula from Happy Happy Village, so I went to the store and bought her all the latest equipment to boost her stats, set out for the next goal, and she died almost immediately. 

And that's when I realized that there's one design oversight in EarthBound that can potentially ruin the entire game for the less-than-patient. Head inside to keep reading.

A favorite of mine in the Super Smash Bros. games was All-Star Mode, where you were pitted with a single life against all the characters you had unlocked. Now, in the new game, you can challenge every fighter in All-Star Mode from the moment you turn on the game!

In a recent Miiverse post by Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, it was revealed that players can now use All-Star Mode without having to work their way through the game first. However, the mode will only use characters that you have unlocked, so you will still have to play the main game to complete the full All-Star roster.

Head past the jump to learn more!

In addition to having better hardware capable of HD graphics, Wii U has a unique advantage over its predecessor. The Wii U GamePad offers a second screen and touch controls, and developers are free to use it as they see fit, with some games coming up with unique GamePad features while others simply use it to allow for off-TV play. Wii hit Xenoblade Chronicles will have a spiritual successor on Wii U next year in the form of Xenoblade Chronicles X and executive producer Tetsuya Takahashi has clued us in to what we can expect from the GamePad in X. Click below to see what he had to say!

Nintendo has been making 2D sidescroller Mario games for nearly 30 years, and the New Super Mario Bros. brand was a key contributor to the success of Wii and DS last generation. That series has continued in this generation, and now Nintendo has put a new spin on Mario. Level creator Mario Maker will hit Wii U (and possibly 3DS) next year, giving players the ability to build their own Mario worlds. Will this impact the sales of current and future Mario games? Mario Maker producer and longtime Nintendo developer Takashi Tezuka says no. Find out why by clicking below!

As were reported yesterday, the Mighty No. 9 beta kicks off this month, and we've already got some footage of the game in action. This new beta footage shows off the Military Base level from start to finish, including a battle against Mighty No. 5, AKA Battalion. This war-loving military bot has guns, missiles, and even a giant explosive that takes up half the screen. It looks like bosses will keep you on your toes in Mighty No. 9! You can check out all the new footage by clicking below!

Rovio, the minds behind the smartphone sensation Angry Birds, is going through some changes in management.

Founder Mikael Hed, the man who created the frustrated feathers, has resigned from his position as CEO of the company. The news comes after profits for the developer fell 52% in the fiscal year of 2013. Hed is moving to become chairman of Rovio Animation Studios, the company's movie division.

Read who the successor is and Hed's farewell inside.

Nintendo of America just tweeted a picture chronicling the release schedule for games coming soon to Wii U. Beginning with Hyrule Warriors, which comes out later this month, and taking us all the way to the end of 2015, it shows that 2015 is going to be an incredible year for Wii U owners—assuming, of course, we don't get struck by the ever-dreaded "delay."

The lineup for 2015 is both plentiful and diverse, so head past the jump to check out all the incredible games!

The hype is mounting for Nintendo's Super Smash Bros., and the good new just keeps on coming. The legendary Riki from Xenoblade Chronicles has just been announced as a new Assist Trophy for the game! What's more, he also appears as part of Shulk's Final Smash!

Find out what Riki can do after the jump!