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?

Looks like we're going to have a new 2D platformer downloadable through the eShop later this year; during this mornings Nintendo Direct "New Super Luigi U" was announced. A part of the Year of Luigi, the game is a digital download in the same vein as New Super Mario Brothers U. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said during the announcement that Mario won't even be included in the title, and this game will only focus in on Luigi.

It looks like this will be DLC for New Super Mario Brothers U, but with all 80 levels re-vamped.

What do you expect from a Luigi-centric 2D platformer?  Any thoughts?

We have a fairly busy morning here at the Gamnesia office, which means news from this morning's Nintendo Direct may be a bit slow in trickling in. However, while the Direct wasn't a massive blow out we still go to learn a lot of very interesting things, along with a few solid new game announcements. Kicking it off lets just hop right into Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It has been announced via Nintendo Direct that it will arrive on June 9th. That's right folks, get hyped!


It has been a while, but I am hoping to etch space in this busy academic year for some dedicated Gamnesia articles. In a new series, I think I'd like to reflect on some accomplishments Nintendo made over the decades. In a phase where the Wii U seems to be doing not-so-great, I want to keep this string of articles Nintendo-centered without weighing down too much on one clear issue-- just share my personal sense of the company nowadays, before and after. Are you unwavering in your interest in all things Nintendo? Then hop on inside.

In a mere 8 hours we will have yet another Nintendo Direct upon us, however the people over at NeoGAF stumbled upon YouTube thumbnails for private videos that are being prepared for release. So far, we can tell there will definitely be Luigi's Mansion 2, Lego City (3DS version), and Animal Crossing. There is also something in there for Fire Emblem, so it could be extra promotion or the possibility of a DLC announcement. From all this, so far the biggest news is likely an Animal Crossing release date, which would be much obliged. It's important to note that this is far from the only stuff likely in the Direct, but merely some private videos someone stumbled upon. All the available images for these thumbnails are inside.

Nintendo wasn’t necessarily the first, the last, or the only, but when it comes to boss designs that have two floating hands, a floating head and completely lack a body, Nintendo sure does use them a lot. From decades ago right up to this day Nintendo and its subsidiaries have perfected this seemingly overused boss concept.

This feature takes a look back at some of the most memorable bosses with two floating hands and a head over the years. They may have been used in everything from The Legend of Zelda, to Super Mario, to Kirby and Donkey Kong, but so long as they remain fun there’s no complaints here on this similar reused design. Let us reflect back nostalgically on some of the favorites.

Nintendo is bringing us yet another Nintendo Direct tomorrow, and while the 3DS focus is evident all over the world, in North America we are also getting Wii U news to accompany the 3DS buzz. This is exciting in that of itself coming off the last few Nintendo Directs, which included the announcement of Pokémon X and Y, as well as a massive blowout of reveals for Nintendo's Wii U. While I don't anticipate anything reaching the level of Nintendo's last "E3"-like direct, we should still hear some exciting news for games coming out this year for both of Nintendo's platforms.

We could get some solid release dates finally for games like Pikmin 3, and per usual, I can assure you we will get new trailers for some games. Of course, it gets more exciting when you consider the chance we could hear about some new games. What about Straight Right's new Wii U project? Does EA have anything in the pipeline for the Wii U? What other stellar titles are coming to an already stacked year for the 3DS? Could we see a hint at a new Zelda 3DS? The possibilities are endless. We could, of course, get let down heavily, but the fact remains that hasn't been Nintendo's mantra so far with Directs in 2013. They have been hitting it out of the park every time. We won't get an E3-style blowout again, but we could get some exciting news nonetheless. What do you think we're going to see bright and early tomorrow morning?

The release of Aliens: Colonial Marines was arguably one of the biggest disappointments of recent gaming history--not quite at Duke Nukem Forever levels, but close. The trailers built up so much hype that nearly every shooter and Aliens fan was itching to get their hands on the latest attempt to bring the franchise to consoles. Then the reviews came out, and suddenly Colonial Marines was being blasted left and right by nearly every reviewer on the net; many said it was basically incomplete. It's a hot topic right now, and Jim Sterling is ready to give his two cents on just how such a fantastic-looking game came to disappoint everyone.

Well, this is juicy. A newly printed up reserve list at Gamestop has a few unannounced games on it; both of them AAA titles from Ubisoft that weren't expected to hit the Wii U. Both Watch Dogs and Rainbow 6 Patriots are marked with a December 31st release date. Since Ubisoft hasn't made any announcements concerning bringing these titles to the new Nintendo console, it's still just a rumor, but this is some fairly strong evidence. It's worth noting that Rayman Legends has its old release date on the list, thought the list was probably printed a few days back, before the announced delay caused a ruckus among Nintendo fans.

Fear the threats of boycotting may scare Ubisoft away from the Wii U? Do you think the Rayman Legends delay was just the beginning of the end for supporting the platform? Think again, as Ubisoft's CEO still sees a lot of potential in the Wii U.

“Regarding Wii U, while we are satisfied by our market share in the US and Europe – at respectively 20% and 27% – our performance was impacted by low-tie ratios. Nintendo has recently announced the coming release of some of their great brands on Wii U, and we believe it will boost its potential.”

While I firmly believe they are doing what they have to with Rayman Legends, this is at least giving me a small glimmer of hope that Watch Dogs gets a surprise Wii U announcement at E3. Hey, a man can dream can't he?

Straight Right handled the porting of Mass Effect 3 to the Wii U and it appears their work is not yet complete. They are working on another game to bring to the Wii U, but we don't know what title they are working on. It was rumored awhile ago they may be working on the Tomb Raider reboot for Wii U, but we haven't had any confirmation. Given that Straight Right ported an EA title last time, it's fair to assume it may be yet another EA title. What are you hoping they are working on? Could it possibly be one of the upcoming blockbusters?

We had a second confirmation of some sort of touch style controls appear on the PlayStation 4 controller earlier today, which make these comments from Sony a handful of days back all the more relevant. The focus and the drive in the sales of the PlayStation 4 will be about "New Playing Options". Much like how Nintendo tries to innovate in that area themselves, it appears Sony is taking a page right out of that book and trying something new. Now, what this entails is anyone's guess. It's important to note Sony is not saying it wont have powerful specs, they just don't feel that is going to be the big selling point of the console.

As Sony Computer Entertainment warms up its blue lighting and double-checks its playlist for February 20th, one unnamed SCE official says that the PlayStation 4 will act as more of a home entertainment hub than what we've seen in the past. They added, according to the Nikkei, that the main selling point won't be the rumored eight-core AMD64 CPU or other hardware specs, but how it opens up new styles of play -- something Nintendo is also focusing on. Sony is going to push the new console as a home entertainment "nerve center," with a focus on the hardware's ability to connect and share to mobile devices -- the rival that's pulling gamers awayfrom traditional consoles. Edge had previously mentioned the possibility of a dedicated share button on the next-gen controller, though that remains a product of the rumor mill at the moment. No discussion on any Gaikai-powered cloud gaming just yet, but following its unveiling later this month, the report states that the new PlayStation should launch before the end of the year. A bit of a shame, then, that it's still only February.
GameStop has announced they will be closing 250 stores in 2013 during a presentation at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.  That said, they will be opening another 60-70 stores in the next year and acquire 40 GAME locations—a French gaming store that has since gone bankrupt.  All told, the move will reduce the game selling giant's global square footage by 2%, and CFO Rob Lloyd said, "We're using our PowerUp Rewards database to help customers move from stores that we want to close to other nearby stores. And closing 250 stores enables us to deal with the very small percentage of stores that are unprofitable, but also to close marginally profitable stores and actually make more money by moving customers to other nearby stores."
A VG247 source revealed details on the next generation console's controller - this news comes hot on the heels of rumors last week that the system would ship with a camera.

A VG247 source said today that PS4′s rumoured controller touch-pad is real. The input is on the front of the handset. The Start and Select buttons have been moved as a result.  The controller is “more or less” the same shape as the current DualShock. We’ve been told today that the L2 and R2 buttons have been remodelled for the better. The existence of the touch-pad has been previously reported by Edge, but claims a “Share” button exists on the controller from the same report were debunked by our source today. Apparently it isn’t there.

No official news yet from Sony, who is suspected to hold a press conference on the PS4 next week.