Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 kicked off on Sunday, January 3rd, and talented speedrunners have been streaming popular games almost non-stop ever since. Awesome Games Done Quick has been holding this gaming marathon in order to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The latest event just kicked off, and it's quite the challenge. Two speedrunners are competing to see who can beat Mike Tyson's Punch-Out first, but both are blindfolded! This one takes lots of dedicated practice and perfect timing. You can watch the stream by clicking below.

Honest Game Trailers, a YouTube series that pokes fun at different kinds of games and game series by highlighting their best and (mostly) their worst parts, has taken it upon itself to tackle the Sonic the Hedgehog series. This entry painfully and hilariously shows how the Sonic franchise quickly evolved through the years, and how that probably hasn't gone as well as SEGA would have hoped.

Head inside to view the Honest Trailer, but be warned: they aren't pulling any punches!

Looking to mix things up, Nintendo decided to combine Paper Mario with the Mario & Luigi series, and the result is Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam on Nintendo 3DS. This spin-off RPG has already launched in Japan and Europe, but North American gamers have to wait until January 22nd to get their hands on it. In the meantime, Nintendo recently launched a teaser site for the game in North America, and today they released a TV commercial. You can check it out by clicking below!

The 42nd People's Choice Awards were held last night at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, and video games played a small role in the proceedings with two categories. Batman: Arkham Knight, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U all competed for the title of "Favorite Video Game." In the end, Super Smash Bros. was the winner. There was also a "Favorite Mobile Game" category, which was won by Candy Crush Saga.

Just yesterday, Oculus VR opened up preorders for the long-awaited virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift. When preorders went live, a retail price was finally announced for the upcoming device, and at $600, Oculus Rift is more expensive than many had been expecting. Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has taken to Twitter to defend the unpopular price point, tweeting out, "To reiterate, we are not making money on Rift hardware. High end VR is expensive, but Rift is obscenely cheap for what it is."

Additionally, European fans have complained of higher prices than in the US. Luckey replied to this by stating that European prices are only higher due to mandatory taxes, and "We are not unfairly inflating the price like many consoles." Are you happy with the price point for Oculus Rift?

Nintendo Wii U launched just over three years ago now, and while it hasn't been the sales success that its predecessor was, it recently passed up 10 million worldwide sales. A little less than one-third of those sales numbers come from Nintendo's home country of Japan. According to the latest Media Create sales report from Japan, the holiday season helped Wii U reach the 3 million lifetime sales milestone in Japan. Media Create puts its total current sales in Japan at 3,020,662.

Last week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, was our farewell to the year 2015. Because the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, we thought we'd celebrate by remembering the most wonderful moments of Nintendo, and among several standouts, we discussed the incredible inclusion of Kanto in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Versions. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

A few weeks ago, data miners were digging around in Super Mario Maker, and they discovered a costume for Super Mario Land's Sky Pop. Today, the new costume was officially unveiled. Nintendo is adding a "Southwest Air Adventure" Event Course, and clearing the level will allow you to add the Sky Pop costume into your own courses. Nintendo has released a trailer for the new Event Course and costume, and you can check it out by clicking below!

In a recent interview with with Nintendo Life, Ian Flood and David D’Angelo from Yacht Club Games discussed the development process for the upcoming Shovel Knight Amiibo, including a cut idea for the figure to function more like a Smash Bros. Amiibo in-game. According to Flood and D'Angelo, the team originally considered having the Amiibo unlock a "Custom Knight", which would have been a customizable AI character to serve as the player's partner in co-op play, kind of like the Yarn Yoshi Amiibo's functionality but with an added level of customization. Head inside to find out why the team scrapped the idea.

For their next entry in the series, Ubisoft is taking Far Cry to the Stone Age with Far Cry Primal. The game, which takes place during the Mesolithic period (around 12,000 years before current time), presented a number of unique challenges for the development team, including how to implement an immersive language into the game for a time period where the spoken language is all but completely undocumented. According to creative director Jean-Christophe Guyot, the game's characters originally spoke English, but this seemed odd given the game's primitive setting; head inside for more.

Just because there supposedly won't be a mainline Assassin's Creed title released this year doesn't mean that the franchise will skip 2016 completely! Ubisoft has just released a brand new gameplay trailer for Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India, which is set to launch digitally on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 12th; the game is a 2.5D action platformer that takes place in 19th century India, and it is the second game in the Chronicles trilogy after China's release last year. The trailer shows off the game's unique stealth and assassination techniques, as well as new weapons and more. Check it out after the jump!

Although a defining feature of the Wii U is the GamePad and its second screen, many games don't seem to take full advantage of it. Platinum Games is trying to change that, however, by incorporating the mechanic into Star Fox Zero. Recently, in an interview with GameSpot, director Yusuke Hashimoto discussed the challenge of incorporating this function into the game. Head inside for his full thoughts!

McDonald's restaurants in Japan will be seeing a new series of Happy Meal toys on January 8th, based on characters from the Super Mario series. This new line of toys will include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, and Boo figures, as well as one of Mario hitting a "?" block from the Super Mario games.

These toys will only be available in Japan, although a North American or European release could be on the horizon.

A new mod by YouTuber Trainwiz (famed for his previous work with modding Skyrim) replaces several meshes in Fallout 4 with the character Thomas The Tank Engine. The Thomas model now appears instead of deathclaws, vertibirds, mini-nukes, missiles, Liberty Prime, and "one of the Flight Helmets, I don't know which, it's a surprise," with hilarious results.

See the video after the jump!

First 4 Figures has unveiled an absolutely gorgeous figure of Amaterasu, protagonist of the acclaimed adventure through the mythical Nippon, Okami. The scale of the figure is 1/4, sitting at 12 inches (about 30 centimeters) high and 17.5 inches (about 45 centimeters) long. Not only is this a big and beautiful piece of art, but the flames coming out of Amaterasu's reflector are powered by LED lights, so the figure is even more impressive. This quality doesn't come cheap, though as it is priced at $384.99 USD. You can head over to First 4 Figures' website if you're interested in owning this figure for yourself.

Hit the jump if you want to see a selection of pictures of this figure!