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Just a few days after the first Super Smash Bros. episode of Did You Know Gaming, the group has produced a second video on the franchise!

Plenty of interesting tid-bits are included in the trivia. There are even a few facts that escaped me the past few years. For example, the Pichu featured in Melee likely evolved into the Pikachu seen in Brawl. Seal clubbing censorship is also featured in the video, highlighting cultural differences between Japan and North America.

You learn something new everyday, and I learned quite a bit from this video. Click play to discover some fun facts. 

We all know Michael Pachter. He lives in infamy here at Gamnesia, but he occasionally has something smart to say concerning the industry.

In this week's edition of the Pach-Attack!, the analyst discusses the possibility of PS3 and 360 trophies and Gamerscores being transferred to Sony and Microsoft's new consoles. The answer is a tad strange. Pachter states Microsoft will allow the achievements to move to the 720, but his answer for Sony is interesting.

Pachter states Sony screwed up by making PSN a free service and that gamers now feel entitled to online capabilities for no cost. Sony created PlayStation Plus to make up for the mistake. Pachter states PSN will get a full revamp with the incoming PS4, and Sony will continue to perform a free version of the service and a paid version that comes with many perks, such as the ability to carry over your PS3 trophies.

Pachter also talked about Montreal's endless amount of video game studios, pointing to Quebec's government giving out tax credits. Ontario is also starting to offer the same bonuses, which is why developers are starting to open in Toronto.

Pachter's stance on PSN caught me by surprise, but it makes sense. I hate paying for online services. It's the sole reason I refuse to buy an Xbox 360. However, PlayStation Plus is a great deal, with dozens of free games offered every year. If Sony continued the service into PS4 and gave it even more extras, I'd gladly pay fifty dollars a year.

What do you think about Pachter's prediction on Gamerscores? Did you notice he didn't say "Nintendo" once this week? Sound off in the comments.

Marcus Beer has quickly become one of my favorite talking heads in the industry. He isn't here to bullshit anyone, and as such he thinks Nintendo's move to not have an E3 Press Conference is a brilliant decision. It's about the games, and that is what Nintendo is focusing in on. So much so, they want to let press have early show floor access to their booth to get extensive hands on time with the actual games so they can better talk about them. Aka, as long as the games being shown off are really damn good, you're going to hear a lot of positive vibes coming out of the gaming press.

He also goes on to talk about Metacritic. How there are paid people who make user scores on the system to try and bump the user score over the Meta score (and in his example, they failed horribly at it... but they still tried) and on and on about how Metacritic is this holy grail for pay. While Metacritic is not in any way responsible for the fact companies use them as such, it is a bit shady they don't reveal how they actually come to their final meta scores with their weighting, and in the end, it is sickening that Metacritic is so important. They aren't the only ranking site out there (Game Rankings does it too), but Game Rankings averages all the reviews fairly. Metacritic does not. IGN's reviews, as an example, is likely more heavily weighted than Destructoids. Just not good.

In the end, it is a hot mess, and I start to agree that despite the usefulness of the site to consumers, maybe it is better for us to just not have the site at all. I mean, when I want to know about other products I read reviews for them on various sites, so why can't the game industry be one that festers the whole "actually reading the review" thing instead of just basing it on a score and nothing else?

Panorama View is a neat new feature Nintendo promised us not too long ago, and now it's finally available on the Wii U eShop for free! Panorama View includes a few select tours of various locales across the world, and additional tours can be purchased for only $2. NintenDaan recently got his hands on Panorama View and uploaded this nice little tour of the application to YouTube. Of course, nothing beats downloading the application and experiencing the tours in real life — except maybe actually going to these places — but hopefully the above video gives you a good idea of what Panorama View has accomplished. it's not long, so take a moment to check it out!

Narutendo and I are taking a break from the Zelda discussions to talk about another popular franchise with some big announcements recently; Pokémon. Now, we recorded this before the whole Mewthree fiasco, so unfortunately we don't address that at all. We also end up talking a lot about the series as a whole; we both have very strong feelings concerning the series, and we are VERY vocal about them.

That being said, there is a lot to consider with this new generation; this is their chance to take off in a very different direction, but should they? The games have been selling like crazy, despite what jaded gamers like us say. What do you think? Has the series soured or improved over time?

I bet you've never heard of a video game that plays itself! ...Okay, you probably have heard of the idea somewhere, but have you ever heard of a man who actually teaches retro games to play themselves? Well, in comes Dr. Tom Murphy VII, Ph.D., to teach us all that Super Mario Bros. is actually pretty easy with lexicographic orderings and time travel. Before I confuse you with all the technical mumbo-jumbo, you might want to watch his video instead, which takes you through his journey to create a video game that plays itself. You'll see Mario perform all sorts of marvelous tasks humans could never do, so be sure to give Dr. Murphy your full attention for the first few minutes of the video, because you will no doubt want to understand this impressive feat.

If you're interested in his project in a more scholarly fashion, check out his research paper published in SIGBOVIK 2013. If you really are just here for the games, I'll do you the courtesy to say the actual gameplay begins at 06:10 in the video.

Originally composed by Grant Kirkhope, the soundtrack to Banjo-Kazooie is one of the most beloved parts of the widely recognized title for Nintendo 64. Today, Blake Robinson's Synthetic Orchestra has announced "Banjo-Kazooie Symphony," an album of orchestrated tunes from the original Banjo-Kazooie game. Blake Robinson uses orchestral samples to digitally recreate an instrumental sound for themes from video games, movies, and television. In the past, Blake Robinson has released Super Metroid Symphony as well as several other wonderful orchestrationsBanjo-Kazooie Symphony is coming on May 31st, and though Robinson's music often sounds more like covers than arrangements, the delightful orchestral tone is always worth a listen.

Can't wait for more Donkey Kong action? Get a load of this sneak peak of gameplay from Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the 3DS, which is set to hit European and North American shelves next month on May 24.  We've got 13 minutes of pure gameplay for your viewing pleasure, and there's direct audio input included too.

Check it out after the jump and let us know what you think in the comments.

With the next Super Smash Bros. titles coming up, Super Smash Bros. news is exciting to come by. Yesterday we came across a [probably fake] list that suggested the next Super Smash Bros. title could come to our living rooms by the end of the year. Amidst the speculation, development news, and more, Did You Know Gaming has released a short video with a boatload of Super Smash Bros. trivia. Check it out to learn some fun facts about Nintendo's fantastic party brawler series.

Nintendo, you just couldn't help yourselves. Inherently, the above ad, and two more you can find at Kotaku, aren't too terrible. It's aimed at families and sure, it's nice that Nintendo brought them to NoA in order to talk about the Wii U itself. The problem, however, rests in the marketing you are presenting on screen yourself. Not only are these ads barely showing off anything that it appears you need a Wii U to play (New Super Mario Bros. U again... really?), but the official advertising is actually referencing the console as an upgrade to a Wii, not an entirely different product that can stand on its own.

This pretty much confirms much of what Michael Pachter has said about the console from day one - calling it a Wii HD, and it seems Nintendo themselves is now buying into this notion. As a Nintendo fan it's a shame because remarks like this are exactly what I have been fighting against on the internet and in the consumer world. But when Nintendo themselves are now touting it like this... what else can I really say? Maybe it is, after all, just a stepping block into a new console in 3 years.


Strap yourself into your chair because this next game is a doozy. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team continues the year of Luigi in one of the most absurd ways possible. Players will control both Mario & Luigi as they try to capture Princess Peach after she is captured once again. Players will control Mario for the most part as he travels between dream and reality and will be assisted by Luigi in the real world, but in some of the most unexpected ways in the dream world. Mario can mess with Luigi's face to manipulate objects/environments, or even roll up dozens of Luigis like a Katamari to attack his enemies! It's sure to be a wild ride so be sure to watch the trailer (UK version) and see what's in store for Mario & Luigi's next big adventure when it hits store shelves August 11th!

Whip out your 3DS systems and get ready to lock and load a cartridge or two because an all new Yoshi's Island is coming to the Nintendo 3DS soon. There is not much to the say about the title other than the featured footage that shows off some classic Yoshi's Island gameplay with shiny new storybook visuals, but Nintendo has promised that there will be more information about the title in the near future so be sure to look forward to that!

Pach-Attack!

Michael Pachter is pretty open in his latest Pach Attack. He is asked directly about why Square Enix hasn't released a remake/upgrade of Final Fantasy VII, and his response is simply that he doesn't know.  He also goes back into a bit of Wii U predictions by saying it will be lucky to push 30 to 40 million units, and likely could see GameCube like numbers between 21 and 25 million units. However, he has some interesting reasoning behind it. Thoughts inside.


Injustice: Gods Among Us hits store shelves next Tuesday (along with Pandora's Tower and Soul Hackers) and what better way to get the fans hyped for the title than the typical and commonly expected launch trailer? Well, NetherRealm delivers with an action packed and somewhat story-filled trailer that will get you eager to play more than just a simple demo, so get your arcade fight sticks ready (if you have them) and get ready to have DC Comic's greatest heroes and villains throw down in a series of 1 Vs. 1 fights to the finish!


Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is one of the most beloved games from the 16-bit era, and ever since Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion was announced Nintendo 3DS, many gamers wondered if Castle of Illusion would ever see a modern remake in addition to the spiritual sequel. About six weeks ago, a listing for Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse was entered to a Brazillian ratings website for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PlayStation Vita, but appeared to be little more than dismissible fluke. Ever since last month's announcement of DuckTales Remastered at PAX East, gamers have considered the notion that Disney might ask SEGA to continue the Castle of Illusion name as well, and it would appear that those suspicions were not too farfetched after all.

Now that that's out of the way, let's enjoy this brief teaser trailer. Styled in black and white, this brief video sets a dark mood before introducing the iconic toy soldiers and eventually transitioning to Mizrabel peering out a gloomy window. Are you excited to see Castle of Illusion come to modern platforms this summer?