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Yesterday, we posted a number of tidbits coming from a Part Time Gamer interview with Nintendo Treehouse localization writer/editor Chris Pranger. If you missed that, you can read it right here.

Gamnesia has since transcribed Pranger’s comments about Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai. Here’s what we said about the developer:

“Sakurai’s outlook on the games is very dire. He gets really sad when he finds out how people are reacting and he gets sad whenever there’s a leak, because he really wants to create. And he’s an auteur in the most crazy sense. He’s basically Vincent Van Gogh cutting off his own ear and we’re sitting there going ‘Frick! Stop doing that!’ And he’s like ‘You don’t get it, guys, my vision!'”

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GameXplain has uploaded another comparison video for Smash Bros. In this latest one, we get to see how Hyrule Castle compares between the Wii U version and N64 original. Watch the video below.

GameXplain put together a new video comparing the Peach’s Castle stage on Wii U to the N64 original. Take a look at it below.

The MCM London Comic Con will be held this weekend, May 22nd – May 24th at the Excel, Royal Victoria Docks, London. Nintendo will be in attendance along with several games to be featured that are focused mainly on multi-player gameplay. They will be hosting several multi-player matches from  Wii U titles, such as the new 200cc mode for Mario Kart 8, amiibo competitions on Super Smash Bros., and Splatoon multiplayer battles. There will also be a pop-up store with exclusive and limited edition items like new 3DS cover plates and the Majora’s Mask 3DS XL Bundle that includes Skullkid. Monster Hunter 4 experts will also be on hand to give tips and hints in “Learn to Hunt” sessions. It is sure to be a fun-filled weekend!

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At the upcoming Wizard World Comic Con in Las Vegas on April 24 thru April 26, there will be a Super Smash Bros. Tournament. The Tournament will be held on April 25 at 1pm, and the winner will be awarded a custom metallic Mega Man amiibo. The amiibo was customized by Chris “evilos” Avalos, who has previously made a number of custom amiibo.

Entry to the tournament will set you back $10 and there is limited space available. Good luck to all those who enter!

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Update 2: Bumped to the top. Another email has been found. Arad said in one message that Keiko Erikawa, one of the founders of Koei Tecmo, was “instrumental to the Mario deal” – likely because of her relationship with Nintendo.

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Update: We’ve posted a couple of other email exchanges below. It sounds like Sony was interested in Nintendo’s full stable of IPs!

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You may remember that, last year, there was talk about Sony securing the rights to a Mario movie. That news came about due to a leak within Sony – specifically emails between top executives within the company and producer Avi Arad.

As it turns out, Sony wasn’t just interested in Mario. WikiLeaks has now obtained emails which reveal that the company was very much interested in creating a Smash Bros. movie as well. It seems that Arad would have been involved with this film, too.

Just like the Mario movie, specific details are not available at this time. There’s a good chance that both projects will never happen!

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Nintendo UK has issued a press release regarding a new Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament that will be held this year’s MCM Birmingham Comic Con. You can find the full details below.

16th March 2015 – Nintendo will host an exclusive Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament at this year’s MCM Birmingham Comic Con, bringing together thirty-two Super Smash Bros. for Wii U community players for a live head-to-head battle at the show.

Visitors to the show will not only get the chance to watch, but can also participate in a number of Super Smash Bros. tournaments and matches throughout the weekend which will take place on both New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Guests can also get their hands on exclusive items and limited edition stock as the Official Nintendo UK Online Store returns to the show on Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March, at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

Hello everyone, here’s another podcast! All of your votes have been tallied on to put together the definitive list of the top ten game soundtracks (on Nintendo platforms) from 2014. In this almost two-hour podcast you can expect to hear excerpts from all of the soundtracks that made the list with commentary from myself and those who sent in their thoughts. Thank you to everyone who helped make this feature possible and sorry about the delay.

Unlike last year’s show, it’s now available in video podcast form on Youtube (note: podcast may not contain moving images):

If you want the audio version to stick on your MP3 player or whatever, you can download it here. And if you really want to spoil yourself, the results and and a full track list (with timestamps!) can be found over the break:

Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of Super Smash Bros. series has been very open through his columns in Weekly Famitsu about the development process and the toll that it has taken on his life, and this time is no exception.

In his latest column he answers fans letters and one fan asked him:

“Hello, Mr. Sakurai. It sounds like development of Smash Bros. was really, really hard. Reading your column sent shivers up my spine. I’ve never seen you so worn out. It made me appreciate the new Smash Bros. more than ever.”

Sakurai responded by saying:

“It was very tough this time around… I doubt I’ll be able to go on making games if it continues like this. But, I consider myself lucky that so many people seem to enjoy [Smash Bros.]”

Although this might seem like a slightly more positive outlook than previous statements there is no doubt that game development can be a lot of hard work and this game seemed to be no exception. Sakurai has clearly given quite a bit of love and passion to the Super Smash Bros. Series.

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