Nintendo recently announced that Japanese Splatoon owners will have a Splatfest that pits octopus sushi vs. squid sushi this weekend, while North American Splatoon owners will have a cars vs. planes Splatfest. Nothing was announced for Europe at the time, and Nintendo has since gone on to confirm via Twitter that there won't be a European Splatfest this weekend. Hopefully we won't have to wait to long until Nintendo announces the next event.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer just recently launched globally on 3DS, and Nintendo is following it up next month with Wii U title Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. This board game style spin-off comes in a bundle with two Amiibo figurines and three Amiibo cards. If you're looking to pick it up, you can now pre-order at GameStop. The bundle will cost $59.99, the standard price for most AAA games.

Team Meat's popular 2010 hit Super Meat Boy is finally out on PlayStation 4 and Vita, and it looks like it's headed to another console as well. There have been talks about about bringing the challenging platformer to Nintendo devices in the past, but nothing has ever come of it. However, in a recent blog post, Team Meat wrote "To the fans we're still excluding I'll leave you with this: Wii haven't forgotten about U." Keep the faith, Nintendo fans!

The weekly hardware and software sales from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and PlayStation 4 had a huge sales surge. After selling just 4,000 units last week, PlayStation 4 sales skyrocketed to 46,000 this week (enough to beat out 3DS for the top spot) thanks to a sizable price cut and a handful of new games. Sony had a great week for software as well, as ten of the eleven new games to crack the top twenty this week (with some games counted twice on separate consoles) were on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or Vita. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

SEGA is making sure the Sonic franchise doesn't run out of Steam anytime soon. The publisher will bring Sonic Lost World to PC on November 2nd. This previously Wii U exclusive title is only the first of a new string of PC ports from SEGA. While no additional titles have been officially revealed, John Clark of SEGA Europe announced plans for past SEGA games to reach PC users in the coming months and years. Head inside for the quote.

SplatNet is a convenient online hub for all your Splatoon needs. It was previously only available in Japanese, but since today you can also access an English version of the site. On there you can find information about the stage rotation, your friends' online status, your own rank, and the gear you last used when playing online. You can use your NNID to log in and then also link your Twitter account to this NNID. That might come in handy if you're trying to get your friends together for a squad or private battle!

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U recently got a big update that added new stages, new Mii Fighter costumes, and a balance patch. Unfortunately, that balance patch also included a bug that gives the already tough Diddy Kong an unfair advantage. Since the last patch, Diddy Kong has been immune to grabs in certain situations, and Nintendo has taken notice. A version 1.1.2 patch is on the way, and it will remove this glitch, making things a little more fair.

The Pokémon Company recently announced Pokémon GO, a mobile game that brings the experience of catching and battling Pokémon with you in your mobile device. Just like a real-life Pokémon trainer, you'll discover and catch Pokémon in real-world locations, and the watch-like companion device will tell you when there are Pokémon nearby. Meanwhile, the company's CEO recently announced that he'd like to make a cloud service like Pokémon Bank, where you can store all the Pokémon you catch from any game in the cloud, and share them across different Pokémon games on all of their many platforms.

This leads us to a shocking realization: Nintendo is making the technology players find in the world of Pokémon into real-world technologies. This is one of the subjects we discussed on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Be sure to check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on this awesome concept!

A very exciting piece of news for all you Majora’s Mask fans out there has just dropped in, courtesy of Famitsu. The main antagonist of that game (or deuteragonist, depending on your perspective), Skull Kid, will be a playable character in the upcoming 3DS title Hyrule Warriors Legends, and he will be fighting with an ocarina as his weapon, as well as a fairy sidekick. Furthermore, it was also announced that Phantom Ganon, previously a boss character in Ocarina of Time, will return in Hyrule Warriors Legends.

Some Splatoon players have reported seeing an Octoling character wielding the unreleased Hydra Splatling weapon in their game lobbies. According to reports by these players, some of their saves have become soft-locked, although this can apparently be rectified by loading the game during a Splatfest.

Read more after the jump!

It's a blast from the past as we're getting new entries in both Rock Band and Guitar Hero this month. Guitar Hero Live launches on October 20th, and it features new gameplay in which you face a realistic crows that reacts to your playing. Activision has released a new trailer for the game that stars Lenny Kravitz and James Franco desperately trying to win over a tough crowd. You can check it out by clicking below!

Ever since Playtonic Games unveiled Yooka-Laylee, they have been slowly revealing interesting new details about the spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. In their latest update, Playtonic Games has revealed a new NPC that Yooka and Laylee will befriend in the first world of the game. Playtonic has not yet named her, but they promise to keep you updated as the weeks go by.

You can check out the full illustration of the character after the jump!

After six long months of non-stop voting from around the world, the wild ride that is the Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot has finally come to an end.

Since its launch in April, numerous fan polls have been conducted to gauge for potential fighter picks, notable industry figures and indie developers have been pushing for their mascots to join the brawl, and community speculation over upcoming content has been at an all-time high. With the ballot now closed, and the Japanese submissions page offline with other regions likely to follow, the final decision rests with the game's director, Masahiro Sakurai.

Read on after the jump for a quick recap of recent events!

Interbrand, the world's leading brand consultancy, publishes an annual list of the top 100 strongest brands in the world, and Nintendo has cracked that list every year since it began in 2001. However, the rankings for 2014 have released, and for the first time, Nintendo is nowhere to be seen. Microsoft and Sony are ranked fourth and fifty-eighth, respectively.

Interbrand Japan CEO Yuki Wada has commented on Nintendo's exclusion from the list, saying the devaluing of their brand is due to failure to keep up with the changing lives of their customers. Wada specifically pointed to how slow Nintendo has been to adapt to the smartphone market. Wada points to Amazon and Facebook as examples of companies that are quick to adapt to changing trends and have increased their value as a result.

In the last few months leading up to the release of Xenoblade Chronicles X, Nintendo has been releasing long survival guide videos to teach players about the game's mechanics and its unique world. As Xenoblade X will be one of the longest and most complex RPG titles ever to be released on a Nintendo console, a long introduction is necessary for beginners and veterans alike.

The first video in the series, which released last month, went over the intricacies of BLADE and the world of New Los Angeles. This second video explains the game's mechanics, classes, skills, and enemy types.

Follow after the jump to watch the video!