Splatoon is on the way, and recent news that it doesn't feature voice chat in online play has gotten people upset – and for good reason, considering that it's a team-based online shooter. But two recent announcements (that it doesn't feature custom rules, nor gear that's transferable between online and offline play) may actually make the game better. Head inside to learn why!

Nintendo is just over a month away from releasing Splatoon, a new game that puts a fun, Nintendo spin on team-based shooters. Nintendo has been promoting their new IP heavily over the past few months with regular updates on gameplay, video footage, and screenshots. If you're not all Splatooned out yet, we've got another batch of screenshots, fresh off the game's Japanese Twitter account. Click below to check them out!

Splatoon, Nintendo's upcoming IP, is a largely team-based, online shooter, but it lacks a key component of many other popular shooters. The game's developers chose not to include voice chat so as to cut down on negative gameplay experiences, focusing on the positives instead. Producer Hisashi Nogami was recently asked about this decision and how it will affect gameplay, and Nogami explained that the very nature of the colorful, ink-based game makes voice chat unnecessary for communicating a team strategy. Hit the jump to see his explanation.

Nearly two and a half years after Wii U launched, Nintendo is finally bringing Nintendo 64 and DS games to the Virtual Console – an addition that many fans have been requesting for ages. However, Nintendo has said many times that releasing games on Virtual Console takes more time and effort than most fans imagine, and it looks like the addition of these systems to the service could come at a cost. According to Natsume's (the studio behind Harvest Moon and other games) community manager, CeeCee, Nintendo has shifted their focus away from Super Nintendo games. Hit the jump for more.

Nintendo has been taking big steps to promote Splatoon, their new IP, and they just kicked things up by several notches in Japan. As part of the NicoNico Chokaigi event in Japan, Nintendo and NicoNico held a livestream for the ink-fueled team shooter and showcased nearly five hours of fun new footage. If you've been hoping to see more of the game to decide if it's for you, now's the time! You can check out the livestream by clicking below.

Nintendo fans have been clamoring for a new F-Zero game for quite some time, and Nintendo has often said, for a variety of reasons, that a new title isn't quite in the cards yet. Recently they've been playing around with the franchise, by releasing its past games on the Wii U Virtual Console, and including F-Zero content in Mario Kart 8's rounds of DLC. Mario Kart 8's most recent update, in fact, offers a high-speed racing mode that runs at insane speeds and requires players to use their brakes effectively in order to get the best time... just like F-Zero.

Some fans think this is the death knell for F-Zero, as everything it used to offer can now be done in the more popular Mario Kart series, but we think it's actually a chime of life. Head inside to learn more.

NicoNico Chokaigi 2015 is currently going on in Japan, and longtime Nintendo developer and General Manager Shigeru Miyamoto made a guest appearance. While on stage, Miyamoto demoed new gameplay footage for the upcoming level creating game Mario Maker. Miyamoto and another participant played a fun stage packed with plenty of creativity and challenges and had a few laughs along the way. You can check it out by clicking below!

Mario Kart 8's DLC Pack 2 launched a couple of days ago, bringing eight new courses, three new racers, and four new karts to the already fun game. There's plenty of new content to enjoy, and the attention to detail is impressive. In fact, our good friends at GameXplain have dug deep and discovered five fun Easter eggs that you probably wouldn't even catch if you aren't looking for them. Click below to check it out!

When Guitar Hero Live was first revealed earlier this month, we saw an entire revamp of the majorly popular rhythm series. With a new button layout on the guitar controller, and a focus on realism, it was apparent that this isn't the same series that we saw in 2010.

Now the first ten songs in the new game have been revealed, and they're definitely different from what we saw in previous games. Head inside to see what they are!

A new Adventure Time game by the name of Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations was announced earlier this week by Little Orbit. The next game in the line of Adventure Time games take the series to the third dimension for the first time, rather than the 2D and top-down perspectives found in the previous games. Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations is a fully 3D action game that features the titular heroes going on investigations to find out about disappearances and strange events in the Land of Ooo.

Click the jump to see footage and find out more on Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Adventures!

Mario Kart 8's second DLC pack came out yesterday, and it features two reimagined courses from the oft-forgotten Mario Kart: Super Circuit for Game Boy Advance. Super Circuit has also been released on the Wii U's Virtual Console, as well as the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program, so we thought now was a great time to talk about Mario Kart: Super Circuit and what it accomplishes that other games haven't quite replicated since.

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Following today's Xenoblade Chronicles X Direct, the Nintendo Treehouse offered us a live gameplay demo of various segments of the game, including the mission where you first meet the Nopon Tatsu, on- and off-foot exploration of the game's jungle continent, and a look inside the BLADE Home and the various menus that allow you to customize your fleet of mechs.

Head inside to view all the footage!

Not long after the DLC release of Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros., people began to discover glitches for Pokémon #150, many of which were game-breaking. From online bans to "custom move" bugs, Mewtwo acted more like MissingNo in some cases than the legendary Pokémon we know and fear. Luckily, Nintendo has released Patch 1.0.7 which fixes these glitches, so Mewtwo fans can finally rest easy. The Nintendo 3DS Patch is 1,700 blocks while the Wii U Patch is 21MB.

Let us know your thoughts on this development after the jump!

Nintendo is back with another special video presentation, and this time the focus is on Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. Following the Nintendo Direct, Nintendo Treehouse will also have a presentation on the upcoming RPG from Monolith Soft. All of this kicks off at 11:00am Pacific. That's 2:00pm Eastern, and 7:00pm for our friends in the UK. We'll be streaming the event live here at Gamnesia and reporting on all the latest news as it breaks! Click below to check it out!

Club Nintendo members who registered Super Smash Bros. on both 3DS and Wii U are currently enjoying the free addition of Mewtwo as a playable character, and soon everyone will be able to purchase the legendary Pokémon as DLC. When Mewtwo was first announced, Nintendo was oddly vague about whether or not it would be available to those who didn't register both versions. As it turns out, Sakurai and the rest of the Smash team originally planned to keep Mewtwo as a cross-buy exclusive, but eventually had a change of heart. Hit the jump for the details!