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In today's Nintendo Direct, we got another look at Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, which is set to release on 3DS on May 24th.

Nintendo has now released a new trailer for the game; in the trailer, the new items and levels for the game are shown, demonstrating how this is a new release that is worth an additional purchase. The game will feature life-saving green balloons and crash guards, portable DK barrels, and a new world of levels, each detailing a world from the Wii release.

Are you pumped for DK's premiere on 3DS?

Hop inside for the trailer!

In today's Nintendo Direct conference, Reggie had some big news to share with everyone about Nintendo's E3 strategy.

Reggie declared that this year, Nintendo will strive to make "E3 for the people"; to support this, he announced that Nintendo would be partnering with Best Buy to allow gamers across the US to access Nintendo's E3 demos at over 100 Best Buy stores.

This is a huge improvement for the common fan; rather than just watching or reading about the demo, we can actually try them out. I don't know about you guys, but I'm pumped. I'm going to have a tent set up in my Best Buy, so come visit if you like.

This news comes straight from today's Nintendo Direct; today, Iwata has announced that SEGA and Nintendo have entered an exclusive contract for Sonic the Hedgehog, meaning the little blue guy won't be on PS3 or Xbox now.

Next, Iwata also announced that Sonic: Lost World, which we posted about just this morning, is coming to Wii U and 3DS exclusively.

This is pretty big for Nintendo if you ask me!

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The Wii U and 3DS Summer Showcase is upon us.

Looks like everyone's favorite blue hedgehog might be making an appearance at E3!

According to reports, SEGA has been gobbling up the rights to something called Sonic: Lost World; they have recently trademarked the name and obtained the domains and

This taking place a few weeks can't be a coincidence; I believe we may be seeing more on this matter on the show floor. After all, wasn't 2013 hyped as a big year for Sonic?

To be honest, I've never played many of the Sonic games, but depending how this turns out, I may give the little guy a chance this go around. What do you think? What would you like to see in Sonic's next adventure?

Warner Bros. released a new teaser trailer today for the latest installment in the Batman series of games, Batman: Arkham Origins, which is set to release on all major platforms on October 25th.

In the trailer, the Dark Knight encounters the villain Deathstroke, and the duo exchange blows. And...that's really it. The end of the video does promise a longer trailer on Monday, May 20, however, for those of you who aren't satisfied with this small glimpse.

Are you excited for Arkham Origins? I am; I played Arkham City on the Wii U when it came out. It was my first experience with the series, and I'm looking forward to more.

Hop inside for a look at the trailer!

Even after all that talk at E3 2011 about EA and Nintendo entering into an "unprecedented partnership," EA has confirmed that they are currently developing no games for Wii U. Zero, none, not even so much as a poorly tested port is being developed by EA for the Wii U. I guess maybe we should have expected this; there have been signs. But, expecting it or not, what's done is done. Here's EA company spokesperson, Jeff Brown's official statement:

"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently"

Keep in mind, that doesn't mean it's impossible for EA to ever develop another game for Wii U. But, at least for now, they're not.

Does this news make you angry? Happy? Sound off in the comments!

Today's Pokerumors come from the folks over at Pokebeach, who allegedly have an inside source that is privy to Pokemon X and Y information. Reportedly, the author received these rumors (in addition to many more that he has not seen fit to post as of yet) from a supposed insider. Taking the rumors with a grain of salt, he held them close to the chest until recently, when a few of the rumors were confirmed.

Thus, he has now seen fit to bring these rumors to light. Bear in mind that these rumors are still not confirmed and should be taken with an ample dosage of salt. So, let us begin.

Firstly, the mysterious Sylveon will supposedly be the first of a new type of Pokemon: the Fairy type. This type will be weak against Poison and Steel, immune to Dragon, super effective against Dragon, Dark, Fighting, and Fire, and Psychic-types will take one half damage. Previous Pokemon will be reclassified to the Fairy type; the example given is Mawile, which will become Steel/Fairy type.

Want to see some rumors about Mewtwo's formes? What about gym order and types? That and much more is after the jump!

EA making positive press lines seems like an anomaly. That being said, under slightly new leadership EA has made their first major change: They are killing off the entire online pass program.

“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass,” EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed to GamesBeat in an e-mail. “None of our new EA titles will include that feature.”

“Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format,” Reseburg said. “We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”

It is a wonder to find out if EA is truly listening to their consumers. In this case, the Online Pass situation didn't spurn more new game purchases, nor did it really gain them much from the used game market either. The idea of the online pass was to lock out online aspects of used games that you had to buy a pass for to ensure the publisher received some compensation on used game sales. Other companies do this as well, but mark EA now as the first company to try it and back down from continuing it. It's not that big of a deal for me, but it at least ensures I have no additional fees to pay if I buy future EA titles used.

Nintendo is bringing us another action packed Nintendo Direct tomorrow that will focus primarily on Wii U games coming out the rest of spring and all the way through summer (maybe some more concrete release dates!). The one in Nintendo of America will feature a bit of extra content, as it will also talk about some of the 3DS's lineup (which makes sense, given that in North America the lineup is massive). It has become tradition lately to announce at least one new title with Nintendo Directs in 2013, so as always there is a chance, especially with a worldwide cast, that we could see a Wii U announcement. It could be anything from our first real look at Bayonetta 2 in action to possibly some hints at 3D Mario or Mario Kart. 

Of course, it could be nothing but titles we already know about. If I had to guess, we might see some additional third party games announced too, since Nintendo hasn't talked about them much lately. Either way, we'll be hotly anticipating this bad boy tomorrow (might even do a liveblog!). The Nintendo Directs are at 9am CST in America and 3pm BST in Europe. What are you hoping to see?

Nyamyam is an indie studio comprised largely of former Rare developers. The studio is currently working on an upcoming game entitled Tengami, a beautiful adventure game with a unique popup-book art direction. Founding member, Jennifer Schneidereit recently sat down to have a chat with Shack News regarding Nyamyam's reasoning behind their choices on Tengami's aesthetic.

In addition to its popup book style, Tengami also took inspiration from the art of Japanese fables. Schneidereit mentions that after choosing to go with a popup book aesthetic, they began researching cultural histories which were rich in paper-making, and eventually settled on the culture of Japan:

"Japan has a long tradition in handmade papers and, since all of us at Nyamyam love traditional Japanese culture, we started to experiment with different Japanese papers until we arrived at the current look of the game."  -- Jennifer Schneidereit

She also points to the willingness of Japanese fables to be dark and their nuanced ideas about good and evil as other contributing factors towards Tengami's gorgeous art direction.

In continuation of Nintendo's 30-30-30 celebration, in honor of the Japanese Famicon's 30th anniversary, Super Metroid is now on sale for only 30 cents via the Wii U Virtual Console. The sale started earlier today, and will continue for 30 days, June 14th.

Don't miss this ridiculously cheap sale; Super Metroid goes back to full price in 30 days!

Still to come during this 30th anniversary celebration are Yoshi, in June, and Donkey Kong, in July.

The next installment in Ubisoft's highly successful Assassin's Creed franchise, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, received a new trailer earlier today. The video, viewable post-jump, gives us a chance to get to know Edward Kenway, the game's protagonist, on a bit more of a personal level. As we already knew, Kenway is a pirate. But what we didn't know, was why. The new trailer, entitled "Under the Black Flag," gives us some insight into the back story of Black Flag's protagonist.

"I once sailed for a king... I obeyed men of privilege and wealth,"

go the first two lines of Kenway's narration. The protagonist then proceeds to explain the life he now leads and the values he now holds. Kenway's final words come in the form of a forboding promise:

"as long as empires generate wealth and riches, we will be there to bleed them dry"

Head past the jump to see the full trailer.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is set to release on Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and -assumedly- the next Xbox. The official date is October 29th 2013.

Recently, the folks over at had the opportunity to speak with Pierre Bourdon; Bourdon, who is affiliated with the Dolphin emulator, recently teamed up with a few colleagues to reverse-engineer the Wii U GamePad and transfer its functionality to a PC. In the process, the self-proclaimed hackers discovered what makes Nintendo's innovative controller really tick.

For those wanting a complete technical breakdown, I suggest sneaking over to the article after I've finished, but first I'll go over the basics. The GamePad is not nearly as complex as the most basic Android tablets, which makes sense considering that the GamePad is not an independent tablet, but rather a sophisticated game controller. The controller uses WiFi communication to send and receive information from the console, as opposed to the Bluetooth connections utilized by the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360. Analysis of this connection confirms that the Wii U shares similar parts with the PS4 and next Xbox that could allow for cloud gaming and game streaming if enabled by Nintendo.

According to Bourdon:

I don't see any reason why it could not send GamePad video/audio to the internet (both internet and GamePad might be difficult/impossible). The firmware of the chip handling communication with the GamePad (called DRH) can be upgraded, so this might be in Nintendo's future plans. Only speculation though, we didn't see anything in the firmware that would indicate they are planning to do this.

So, would you like to see cloud gaming or game streaming on the Wii U? Sound off in the comments!

Warner Bros. Interactive has recently announced Scribblenauts Unmasked, a new Scribblenauts adventure that will release on Wii U, 3DS, and PC this fall.

Players will control Maxwell as he explores Metropolis, Gotham City, Atlantis, and other locales from the DC Universe and encounters famous DC heroes and villains. A new feature in the game, Hero Feats, utilizes dynamically-generated levels that will challenge players to explore new solutions. Players of the Wii U and PC versions of the game will have access to the Super Hero Creator; this tool allows players to create their own heroes and villains by changing appearance, behaviors, and powers. These creations can then be shared with the Unmasked community.

What do you think about the latest Scribblenauts adventure?

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