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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!

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 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?

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?

Good news, video game lovers!  You do all like video games, right?  I mean, if not... why are you here, exactly?  I mean here on this webpage, not in life in general... Although if you really think about it, life in general for me certainly is mostly about liking video games. 

Huh.

Well, in any case, it looks like there's going to be a Nintendo Direct drop tomorrow morning! I don't know about you, but for me, that's almost as good as having a date tomorrow night! The Nintendo Direct will cover Wii U and 3DS games, so tune in at 9AM EST for all the Nintendo goodies.

I know many here and across the net are giving Ubisoft a lot of flak over the Rayman Legends delay for the Wii U. It's ironic how one game delay is causing such a stir after how stellar Ubisoft has been lately, outside of the fact they were the only third party publisher to properly support the Wii U at launch (seriously, why is all their credit for that lost over one delay?). It's rather astounding how people want to boycott Ubisoft on the Wii U ignoring the fact they gave us one of our only third party exclusive titles in ZombiU... and unlike Razor's Edge, it hasn't been moved to other platforms. They also gave us Assassin's Creed III, while most other major third parties came up with excuses to not port their blockbuster hits, many of which have yet to come out (so they have had more time than Ubisoft did to make it happen).

Setting all of that aside, it has been reported that Microsoft reserves the right to refuse publishing rights on Xbox Live Arcade and at retail for multiplatform games. It gets more extensive beyond that with content and such, but the point is that if Ubisoft had released it on the Wii U next week Microsoft very well could have denied the game's appearance on their console. While there is no guarantee Microsoft denies the game, why take that decision out of your own hands? Sales on the Wii U were not going to justify skipping that popular platform.

That's right, folks. If the guys over at TheDailyHotness are to be believed, we'll be seeing another Eeveelution in the coming months, but that's not even the big news.

According to alleged source data on the Pokémon X and Y site, Ninfia (or Nympheon if you prefer) is the first Light-type Pokémon (much like Umbreon was a member of the then-new Dark type in Gold/Silver), and the Light type will complete a type-trio with the Dragon and Steel types. Honestly, I don't see that trio as being even remotely plausible. That trio doesn't make as much sense as Fire-Water-Grass or Fighting-Psychic-Dark.

As well as Ninfia, the Light type would also be composed of members of the Fairy egg group, with Pokemon such as Clefairy, Chancey and Audino being grandfathered in.

Now that I think of it, all of the new Eeveelutions have been released as pairs (Umbreon-Espeon and Glaceon-Leafeon), so why would X and Y's be any different? And, could this mean that we're going to see a Dragon or Steel-type Eeveelution?

So, what type do you think Nympheon will be? Will it be a dragonbusting new Light-type Pokémon? Or a Normal-type mother of all Eeveelutions? Or perhaps Dragon or Flying types? Sound off in the comments!

Pokémon Black and White took players into the all-new Unova region where the series both underwent some change while also remaining mostly the same. Black and White marked the beginning of Generation V on the Nintendo DS, meaning that it was the first time two generations had graced one console. That made it more apparent than ever that some additional change would necessary.

To an extent, Black and White spiced up the Pokémon formula with new battle formats—in triple and rotation battles—as well as an increased focus on storyline. Overall, however, Pokémon Black and White remained the same with the eight-gym format and the same battle system we’ve known for decades.

More than anything, Black and White proved that the Pokémon formula remains strong even after all of these years. With almost 15 million copies sold, Nintendo and Game Freak decided to capitalize by rushing out some quick sequels. Instead of the Generation III remakes that many fans expected, they got a more original quest in Black and White 2, which served as an extension of the originals' story. Were these sequels truly worth it, or were they just a cheap ploy at cash?

Marc Schwegler of Giants Software, a company that produces many simulators, recently made a statement defending the Wii U. Recently the console's been catching a lot of flak, with third parties saying it's simply not worth developing for and many analysts deeming it irrelevant and outpaced only a few months into its lifespan. However, Schwegler states that it's not the console that's the problem; it's the fact that nobody's been utilizing everything it offers. 

Hit the jump for the full quote.

Today, Jools Watsham, a member of Renegade Kid, the developer responsible for Mutant Mudds, a downloadable game for the 3DS eShop, had an interview with NintendoLife. In the interview, Watsham said that he's glad that the developer is releasing Mutant Mudds Deluxe for the Wii U, saying that the console has a favorable future.

I am certain the Wii U will have an excellent future. The writing is on the wall. It is an excellent console. Nintendo has some amazing titles lined up for future releases. Even though Q1 2013 may have had some issues, I predict that the 2013 holiday season will be huge for the Wii U. Nintendo’s campaign for the Wii U has only just begun.

Watsham also said that Renegade Kid is currently working on Mutant Mudds 2, but also that they are busy with many other projects and that one shouldn't expect a release until 2014.

We have a lot of projects going on right now, and Mutant Mudds 2 is one of them. But, it’s going to be a while before we can share any more information on it. Due to our busy schedule, it is looking like Mudds 2 will be a 2014 release.

As for other Renegade Kid projects, ATV Wild Ride 3D will come to the 3DS eShop soon, and Mutant Mudds Deluxe is currently set for a Q2 release.