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Yes, Nintendo of America has been embracing the competitive scene for Super Smash Bros. with the 3DS and Wii U versions, but that doesn't mean Masahiro Sakurai develops the game with that specific intent. In fact, he cares far more about variety with some fun randomness. He feels the closer a game is in terms of mechanics and such between characters, the more balanced that game is... which simply isn't as fun as the game could be. This is arguably one of the reasons Smash Bros. is so popular: It really isn't like any other fighting game on the market...

Sheik and Zelda have always been the same character - both in Ocarina of Time, Smash Bros., and even yes (spoiler warning)... Hyrule Warriors. That has changed in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS... because of the 3DS. Just like the Ice Climbers were cut due to limitations of the 3DS hardware, so too were characters that could transform - basically, Sheik and Zelda along with Samus and Zero Suite Samus. Any character that had multiple forms would need those forms to be their own character, or not be present at all, if they wanted to really keep platform...

Exclusive stages are running rampant between the two versions of Super Smash Bros., and the latest stage revealed for the Wii U version has me super excited. It's the Orbital Gate from Star Fox Assault. As it is a brand new stage never seen in a Smash game before, Sakurai has gone beyond the typical reveal and gone on to explain the many different scenarios that can happen on this stage - from missiles firing to riding on Arwings. Seriously, it truly does feel like an "assault". Get it? Here's a few looks at the stage and what Sakurai had to say about it...

Nintendo released four videos of footage from the new Hyrule Warriors DLC, showing us one of the first real looks at how these things are going to work and look like.

The videos feature Dark Link, Cia, Volga, and Wizzro as playable characters, battling various types of enemies in Hyrule Field.

This DLC will be released for free in Europe and North America on October 16th...

The Master Quest DLC pack comes out for Hyrule Warriors in just a 16 days, so it's no surprise we're getting a closer look at it. We've compiled a grouping of screenshots that show off a bit of the new content that will be available, including a costume, Epona, and even a look at the new Adventure Mode map. Lots of goodies here for those who want a taste of what is to come...

With Hyrule Warriors now available in all major territories, it would seem like we'd have no more of those great character trailers to show off. However, in accordance with the news from a couple weeks ago, we now have the first of the trailers for the next batch of free DLC characters to hit the hybrid Zelda title, this time featuring a character created for this game, outside of the regular Zelda cast: Cia, The Black Sorceress.

Wow, I can't believe it's been almost a year since The Wind Waker HD came out.

As you can see here, the game is now selling for only $40 on Amazon, a great mark down from the original $50, so if you haven't already, now is the perfect time to buy the game.

The bundle that comes with the Zelda-themed Wii U and a digital copy of Hyrule Historia (which I proudly bought for myself last year) is actually selling for over $450 on Amazon, as there are only a few left in stock...

Eiji Aonuma shared a new screenshot on Miiverse today showing off a new look at Epona in Hyrule Warriors, a new weapon for Link that is part of the Master Quest DLC pack coming out on October 16th. In fact, Aonuma revealed a bit of his own feelings that, unintentionally, got me excited for the future of the series. I know he doesn't intend for his remarks to be taken out of context, but I just can't help it...

It appears roughly 600 people waited all night long until 8AM yesterday to get a chance to purchase the Hyrule Warriors Limited Edition Bundle... and many had to leave empty handed. While Nintendo hasn't released any exact figures (nor does it seem they plan too), people who waited in line and ended up not getting a copy estimated that anywhere between 300 and 500 people were able to get their hands on it. So at least half who showed up did get their hands on what has now become quickly the rarest of all special edition Zelda bundles in North America...

I didn't see this one coming, but maybe I should have. The very first paid DLC pack for Hyrule Warriors, which arrives on October 16th, will include Epona as a new weapon for Link. There will be other things included in the DLC, but Eiji Aonuma decided to tease us on Miiverse about Epona specifically. It appears she has a rear kick move and obviously you'll move faster on the battlefield with her than without. It appears Link still wields a sword while riding her, so it may almost be a dual weapon situation...