Super Smash Bros. is any Nintendo fan's dream game. From characters to stages, to music, to everything else, Smash is the ultimate celebration of Nintendo's past and present. But what about Smash's future? That's what Challenger Approaching is all about.

Every weekend, Chris London and I will present our thoughts on new characters, stages, items, and anything else for the next installment in the Super Smash Bros. series. Here at Gamnesia, we assemble in-depth profile for every character. For the second entry in this ambitious series, we've assembled a profile for Little Mac, the tiny boxer and poster boy for Punch-Out!! But don't think our analysis stops at just the character—there's plenty more to be seen. Head past the jump to see why Little Mac has earned a spot among Nintendo's finest in the next game's roster and what his inclusion would do for Super Smash Bros.


We, as humans, are quite foolish creatures who more often than not make irrational decisions. But to see how easily we can be misled is just an unfortunate sight altogether. It's quite amazing to see just how many people actually believe video games are a bigger threat than guns. In fact, 67% of voters in a poll believe exactly that. Coming from Public Policy Polling, 800 Republicans, 72% of which are over the age of 45, were asked what they believed was the bigger threat in America between violent video games and guns. The answer is more than predictable.

What do you think is a bigger safety threat in America: guns or violent video games?
Guns ............................................................... 14%
Video games ................................................... 67%
Not sure .......................................................... 19%

To make matters worse, this just shows how misunderstood video games are by older Americans. Not to mention that politicians seem to be gaining ground in convincing others that this is the case when in fact, video games have never been proven to cause violence and have actually been shown to have quite a large number of positive effects on people who play games frequently. It's obvious that people are avoiding looking at a person's mental state opting to put the blame on an inanimate object instead.

But what about you? What do you have to say about this? Be sure to tell us in the comments.

It's a cruel world out there. You need to fight to survive, and luckily the Police Force is always there to give a helping hand when you need it most. The new LEGO City Undercover trailer shows us some thrilling and exciting new gameplay sequences found in the Wii U exclusive, alongside some new scenes that are dipped in that golden sense of humor found throughout the LEGO games, so be sure to watch it! One thing is certain though, we can't wait to join Chase McCain in his pursuit of justice when LEGO City Undercover next month.

In response to the recent outburst from Wii U owners and Rayman fans alike, Ubisoft has made a post on facebook promising another exclusive Rayman Legends demo for Wii U.

"Thanks for all your feedback regarding Rayman Legends in all of its forms. We have heard you and we will continue to listen. We understand your frustration and that you want to get your hands on the game.
"We are working with the development team to provide you with a new, exclusive demo for the Wii U soon. Stay tuned for more."

A release date for the demo wasn't mentioned, nor any specific details for that matter. As such details are disclosed, make sure to stay tuned to Gamnesia for updates. 

What are your thoughts from this response? Will this new demo be a good enough compensation for Wii U owners?

Back when Bayonetta 2 was announced at E3 last year, developer Platinum Games received quite a bit of backlash from the original game's fanbase. Still, many fans remained optimistic and hoped that Platinum would eventually release Bayonetta 2 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 after a new publisher came along to fund a port. Well, it seems those few optimistic fans won't be getting their wish granted anytime soon—or ever, for that matter, according to Hideki Kamiya.

“We’re a development company…Nintendo gives us money, we make Bayonetta 2 and W101, and they sell it…So if Nintendo says ‘We’re putting Bayonetta 2 on PS360′ it’ll come out on those platforms…So ask Nintendo about it…" — Hideki Kamiya

Of course, it is highly unlikely that Nintendo would ever agree to release a title on a competing system. Keeping it a Wii U exclusive would increase the incentive to buy a Wii U and increase their profits. While this will probably upset a few fans, I for one am excited to see what Platinum does with the Wii U GamePad to enhance the overall combat experience. What about you? What do you hope to see in Bayonetta 2 or The Wonderful 101? Be sure to tell us in the comments!

A Hat in Time is one of those incredible labors of love that the only an incredibly passionate and talented fan could bring to life, and it's definitely alive. Seen in the video above, A Hat in Time is being developed solely by Jonas Kaerlev, a Danish software student who also goes by Mecha the Slag. It has a bit of the Banjo-Kazooie/Donkey Kong 64 soul to it, but beautifully polished graphics with a hint of Wind Waker in them. Judging by the description of the game on Jonas' website, it's made for pure fun and frivolity, and has a lot of character; very Rare indeed.

In an interview with Jonas on Nintendo Everything, he states that he's found a publisher who's very interested in moving the game to the Wii U; here's hoping he finds the legs to get it there. Of course, with any huge undertaking like this, fan support means everything. If you like what you see so far, head over and give him some words of encouragement; he's put countless hours of work into every single texture you see in the video.

After getting the news earlier about Rayman Legends being delayed and no longer being a Wii U exclusive, it caused an uproar over the net. Wii U owners being upset because a game they had been waiting for, for quite awhile now. Gamers have taken to forums everywhere to voice their opinions on what Ubisoft is doing with this game. Then, having the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners pretty happy with what's happening but what about how the developers feel? That's something we wouldn't usually know, but today, a Rayman Legends developer spoke up. There's more after the jump!

One of the biggest talking points as we head into this next generation has been graphical power. Even more than in previous generations, comparisons of the power between the newly released Wii U and the upcoming Orbis and Durango have been constant, and never cease to incite fights. The reason, of course, is clear. With the Wii, it was very obvious that Nintendo wasn't trying to compete graphically, and the only real point of contention was whether graphics mattered; purely opinion. Now, however, Nintendo's taken a step into the HD realm, and the argument is no longer whether graphics matter, but if the Wii U is truly powerful enough to 'beat' the competition.

In my opinion, this debate is pointless and flawed from the beginning. Jump inside to see why.


A large majority of gamers have an emotional investment in the games they play, especially if they grew up with them. Each of us at Gamnesia has at least one game that means something to them, but I don't think any of it compares to this email, sent to thatgamecompany last month regarding their recent indie smash, Journey. There's really not much I can say about it, but I think it's something everybody should read. In a world where games are being demonized and thought devoid of value, stories like these do nothing but prove otherwise.


It's not pretty in Nintendo land right now, as fans are understandably upset that Rayman Legends, slated for February 26th, has been delayed almost seven full months to be ported to other consoles. While I am thrilled that 360 and PS3 owners are going to get to experience that I feel is probably one of the best 2D sidescrollers coming out this year, it's a bit disheartening seeing some of the backlash from Nintendo fans. As a Wii U owner myself, I am naturally upset that the only game I was looking forward to on the platform this month is now seven months away, but any Nintendo fan saying they are no longer going to buy the game is only doing the Wii U a disservice.

Ubisoft is a third-party developer and they want to make money on their games. They do not feel the Wii U base is big enough or a strong enough consumer base to make money on Rayman Legends at this time. The real way to answer what I may feel is a slight slap to our face is to prove Ubisoft wrong and show up in droves come September to scoop the game up, and make the Wii U the best selling platform for that title. Why? These games get taken from us like this and delayed because they don't believe they will sell strongly. All we can do is prove them wrong. By boycotting and not purchasing the game, you are just vindicating the decision to delay the Wii U version until all are ready for a universal launch. If you want this to change, you have to support the games when they come. It's that simple, folks.

Remember the kinda okay speech recognition on the 360's Kinect? Well, apparently Microsoft's next console is going to take speech recognition up to 11, fully integrating it as a core function of the console. According to reports, you'll be able to walk into the room and turn on the Xbox with just your voice, and have it engage you in Siri-quality searches and functions; instead of just going to the Bing bar, you'll be able to blab out a question and have the Durango respond to you intelligently. 

One of the biggest stumbling blocks of the Kinect was that it just didn't do enough to make it incredibly useful. Microsoft hopes that by adding features such as the Kinect noticing the amount of people in the room and suggesting games, as well as adding context to the speech recognition, these shortcomings will no longer exist. It truly seems they intend to take the console in an incredibly user-friendly direction. Remembering where you were in movies when you play them again, built in speech-to-text for writing messages, and a very strong possibility of Skype debuting on the console, the Durango's shaping up to be a nice living room centerpiece.

How do you feel about the direction Microsoft's taking their new console?

Ubisoft's just announced their future plans for the Assassin's Creed series, one of the biggest franchises of the WiiStation360 generation. Not only will it feature an entirely new protagonist, era, and location, it's going to be coming pretty darn soon. Ubisoft didn't give a real date for Assassin's Creed 4, but they did say it would see release during fiscal year 2014, which starts April 1st of this year and ends on March 31st, 2014. This is a very wide window, and I'm certain the release date will be on the far later side of the spectrum, seeing as how Assassin's Creed 3 released only months ago.

Do you have high hopes for the franchise? Personally, if feels a bit rushed to me, but then again, the entire franchise is actually surprisingly young. Even though there was never much more than a year between releases (even if some were spinoff titles, Ubisoft has always maintained pretty high quality. I'm hoping this next game  takes us somewhere vastly different than the past installments, with entirely different weaponry; we have yet to see a game take place in Asia or Africa. Of course, there are reasons for this, but...imagine the different in gameplay! One can dream. What would you like to see in the next Assassin's Creed? Sound off below!

Crysis is the one series out there that is known more for how it benchmark tests consoles and PCs more so than  it's known for being a fantastic game. That being said, Crysis 3 definitely does look good. It's a shooter, it's gorgeous, and it's a sandbox game. It definitely has its cult following and it's something to at least keep an eye on if you care about seeing the seventh generation consoles pushed to their ultimate peak of processing power. Have you ever actually played the Crysis series? I own Crysis 2, but only to benchmark some PC parts I had at the time. I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy the game itself.


Bonus Round has always been one of my favorite discussion oriented shows because it doesn't just dismiss parts of the industry based on personal bias, and instead keeps a very open mind to how everything affects the industry. In this episode, they talk of the future of consoles in 2013. For the Wii U, they want to see software in general. Not just the next Zelda or Metroid, but new core IPs, as well. Of course, this gets echoed for the other consoles, too. At this point, people are just worried about the console's place in the living room. Can all three survive this eighth generation?

Ubisoft has disclosed that Rayman Legends will no longer be a Wii U exclusive, and has been once again delayed to release simultaneously with its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts. Confirmed in a press release from Ubisoft, EMEA Cheif Marketing & Sales Officer Geoffroy Sardin explains the company's thinking behind making the game multi-platform. Hit the jump to read more.