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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is one of the most-anticipated Wii U games of the year, and with a tons of free DLC, handy new Wii U features, and a perfectly-integrated 3DS version to boot, there's a lot to be excited about.  Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto has a lot to say about the dual-screen gameplay of the game and how it was designed with customization in mind. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is one of many games showcasing how the Wii U GamePad enhances the gaming experience, and hopefully there will be many more to come both in and out of the Monster Hunter universe. Unfortunately, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate does not feature off-TV play, a wonderful feature of the GamePad that transforms the Wii U from a nifty machine to a great console.

"When we decided to make the game on the Wii U, we actually brought out the game on 3DS first – the 3DS version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate came out in Japan about a year ago, so the game was designed from the very beginning to have that two-screen interaction. So when we made the game – although it was based on Monster Hunter Tri – we felt like we had put so much new content into the game that it deserved the chance to be played by more and more people. The Wii U was a perfect fit because of the fact it has the two screens and you're able to do cross-compatibility between the 3DS and the Wii U. It just made a lot of sense for us to bring that experience into the living room, into the HD realm." — Ryozo Tsujimoto

Head past the jump to read the rest of what Tsujimoto-san has to say.

Gamescom is an annual trade fair held in Germany, where hardware and software developers can show off their latest creations. Nintendo attended Gamescom 2011 to show off The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and more. In 2012, Nintendo opted out of the conference to focus on other advertising campaigns, namely for the 3DS and the then-upcoming Wii U. Nintendo has since decided to come back and participate in Gamescom 2013, where they will hopefully display some of their wonderful upcoming software such as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Super Smash Bros. 4, or Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.

"Nintendo's return is an absolute highlight for our community, exhibitors and trade visitors from around the world. The participation of Nintendo underlines the strong support of the BIU-Members for gamescom. We are looking forward to a great gamescom 2013" — Tim Endres, Gamescom Project Manager

Fingers crossed, this year's Gamescom is going to be an outstanding show.

Nintendo has just released a video on its YouTube account of Iwata and Miyamoto enjoying themselves in Luigi costumes. When the shenanigans are over, Miyamoto sits down to discuss many details of their goals and results for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Much of the video was seen at last week's Nintendo Direct, but there is plenty of charm at the start and new information for those who missed it last week to make this video a worthwhile watch.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate lands in America in a little more than a month, and to keep us excited for its launch, Capcom has announced a few new features available on the Wii U version of the game. There is no official confirmation that these upgrades to the original version will be automatically available at North American launch, but Japanese owners of the game will be able to enjoy these features starting tomorrow, so western markets should be able to enjoy them right out of the box.

The first and least exciting of the upgrades is that if you launch the game while connected to the internet, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will automatically search for any available software updates and update the game accordingly. Whether the download interrupts your game's startup or takes place seamlessly in the background is not yet confirmed, but the former would seem worse than no automatic updates at all.

Head past the jump to find out about the rest of these new features!

Fire Emblem is familiar to Nintendo fans far and wide, but few people have experienced the franchise first-hand. Fire Emblem is a series of tactical RPGs—a genre which can be described as an incredibly advanced game of chess. Players have a team of units, each with their own attributes and weaknesses, always having to think several moves ahead to gain the upper hand on a grid-based field of battle. Set in a fantastical world of medieval warfare, Fire Emblem games pit a small league of heroes against a greater force seeking to gain power and send the world into turmoil in its wake. With dozens of stats, weapons, and other combinations that can make or break a player’s success in battle, Fire Emblem is one of the most strategically sophisticated franchises to date.

Flaunting stunning visuals, a brilliant story, and magnificent gameplay, Fire Emblem Awakening takes the series to new heights in the definitive Fire Emblem experience and creates what is undoubtedly the best 3DS game yet.

Head past the jump to keep reading.

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 an in-depth profile for every character we suggest. For this entry in this ambitious series, we've assembled a profile for Mewtwo, the legendary clone Pokémon. 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 Mewtwo has earned a spot among Nintendo's finest in the next game's roster and what his inclusion would do for the next Super Smash Bros.

Everyone's favorite Nintendo fan, Michael Pachter, has another comment about the Big N to share today. Michael Pachter is well known to be an avid Nintendo naysayer, but what a lot of people don't recognize is that he only ever mentions Nintendo's business practices rather than criticizing their software, which he has often said he finds quite brilliant. That said, here's his latest quotation regarding Nintendo's choices with the Wii U.

“I think they misfired on the Wii U. It’s just not that different from the other two [existing] consoles, and the gameplay isn’t as unique as the Wii. They made a mistake, it’s something they probably can’t recover from. I think they have made a costly mistake and their handheld business can’t save them in the face of cannibalization from smartphones and tablets.” —Michael Pachter

This kind of thing is nothing new from Pachter, but for the first time, he is calling their new console the nail in their coffin. While Nintendo has the 3DS to support them in the rough seas with Wii U, time will tell if the new home console catches on or if Pachter's forecast holds any weight.

If you'd like to read several analysts' takes on Nintendo's future, as well as what these people say Nintendo has to do to recover from the hit they've taken with Wii U, read the full article here.

Just this week the news broke that a new Pokémon title will be coming to the Wii U; however, the announced Pokémon Scramble U is nothing more than the next installment of the downloadable Pokémon Rumble spin-offs.

The franchise has dominated handheld gaming for decades, but gamers still wait for Pokémon to really embrace home console gaming. Six Generations into the series and it really is time because the Wii U is the perfect home console for Pokémon to make an impact on.

I know we've just had a direct today, but the next is already on its way. This one is going to have a bit of a different focus, too; it's going to be primarily trained on third-party efforts coming to the Nintendo 3DS. It'll likely be much more low-key than the last few Directs we've had, but it's also much more open-ended. With all the third parties out there, who knows what could be on its way? Personally, I'd love to see Bravely Default. I'm also hoping for one of the Megaman handheld installments, but I'm not getting my hopes up too high. What do you want to see?

Nintendo Direct Video

February 14 2013 by Jack Sossman
If you missed any of the flurry of posts below, or just want to see Nintendo's President explain the next few months' releasing yourself, check the video after the jump!

New Eevee Evolution

February 14 2013 by Jack Sossman
Looks like a new Eevee evolution known as "Sylveon" in the US was just announced!  Check out the video below, but it seems like the new creature will be known as Ninfia in Japanese, Nymphali in French, and Feelinara in German.  Video after the jump!
During this morning's Nintendo Direct Nintendo announced they will be re-releasing Retro's Donkey Kong Country Returns on the 3DS.  This game, which was only available on the Wii up until now, is a 2D platformer with everyone's favorite primate.  It's slated to release this summer, and the 3D trailer is on the eShop today.
Good news from the Nintendo Direct this morning; looks like the sequel to Luigi's Mansion is right on track..  Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon will be releasing March 24th, and will include multiplayer modes beyond the previously revealed Hunter Mode.  Up to four different players can get together vial local wireless if they each have their own system, can pair up in Download Play, or can connect over the Internet.  In "Rush Mode", players try to escape each floor within a set time limit, and in Polterpup Mode players try to find hidden ghost dogs.  There's also the co-op Thrill Tower mode, which has players ascend a tower together, clearing it room by room.

There's a new Dark/Light device that allow players to find hidden objects, and track a ghost dog by searching dilligently for paw prints.  Ghosts also now will be stunned using a new device called the Strobulb - how this is different from using the torch in the previous game remains to be seen.
Good news fans of the Wii U control scheme and sports where you ride around in tiny carts; a new Mario Golf was just announced for the Nintendo 3DS! It'll be created by Camelot, and Nintendo President Iwata said the game will feature traditional designs, new designs, and "familiar faces and game mechanics."

So this summer, be on the lookout for Mario Golf: World Tour!
Good news for fans of Italian plumbers; looks like a new entry into the Mario & Luigi RPG series will be out this summer on the 3DS!  In this one, Mario will be wandering through a physical manifestation of his brothers subconsious.  Luigi will have "super dream powers" while in his head, but in the real world, you get a callback to Super Mario 64 and get to mess with his face. 

I wonder what "super dream powers" means - any thoughts?