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Super Smash Bros. is a series of games that were made with the local couch competitor or party game scene in mind, but over time, it has largely been played by more competitive players. The newest title, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, has had a competitive community since its release in late 2014. There are many resources out there for competitive players and spectators alike, but getting to your desired resources can require the user to manually sort through players, characters, and stages. This can be a tedious process.

SSBWorld, a website created by a team of two, aims to make it easier to connect all of these elements into an easy-to-use interface for finding videos of competitive Super Smash Bros. matches. Today, I got the opportunity to speak with Anthony Nelson, the face of SSBWorld, about how the website works and what sets it apart from the rest.

You can find the full interview after the jump!

Two days ago, the highly anticipated Persona 5 launched in the West. While this was cause for great celebration for Atlus fans, the company also ticked a lot of people off with its policy about streaming the JRPG. This policy, which can be found in its entirety here, basically boils down to "Be careful not to spoil the game for people. If you do, we may try to shut down your channel." As the makers of the game, Atlus has a right to make suggestions on how to best experience it, but outright threatening to take down accounts is an abuse of power.

Read more of my thoughts on the matter inside!

A few days ago, Bungie  officially announced Destiny 2, followed by a teaser trailer and later, finally, an official reveal trailer. Now, I'm a self-professed Destiny mega-fan, so take my frenetic ravings with a grain of salt. But by just looking at the new trailer, it is clear that Destiny 2 will far surpass the original, specifically in the area of the story.

Destiny 2 has also been confirmed for PC and will have a beta in the summer. The game releases September 8th, and you can preorder the game now. Make the jump, watch the trailers, and keep reading.

Before the launch of the Switch, Nintendo spent a lot of time marketing 1-2-Switch as its killer multiplayer game. On the surface, it seemed a good idea. The entirety of the game revolves around looking at your opponent and engaging in 1 of 28 minigames designed to show off some of the Switch's more gimmicky features—I'm looking at you, Ball Count. But ultimately, it falls very flat, to the point where I would consider it more of a tech demo than a game. It showcased these concepts instead of proving them, thus failing to be the killer multiplayer game that Nintendo was hoping for.

On the other hand, there is a multiplayer game available right now that blows the pants off of 1-2-Switch in every way because it doesn't fall into this trap. That game is Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! by indie developer SFB Games. Head inside to read my full thoughts on the difference between these titles.

We at Gamnesia are always looking to grow both our staff and our audience—and wouldn't you know it, here we are, growing our staff! We're looking for volunteers to help run the show here, from writing to editing and more. If you've ever wanted to join the gaming industry as a journalist, now's your chance to start! We have no age requirement—our writing staff ranges from high school students to fully-functioning adults—nor do we care whether or not you have past experience working in games media. All we want you to bring to the table is a talent for writing and a genuine love of the game.

Head inside to find out more!

In just two days, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will finally launch worldwide on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. It will be the sixth 3D title in the Zelda series, the biggest and most important launch title for the upcoming Nintendo Switch, and, by all accounts, the most ambitious game Nintendo has ever worked on. To celebrate the release of Breath of the Wild, we decided to hold a vote and make an official staff-wide ranking of the ten greatest Zelda games of all time. In a few months' time, once we've all played Breath of the Wild, it's very possible that the game will end up at the top of each of our personal lists, so now seemed like a good time to make an official record of where we all stand.

Follow after the jump to take a look at the full list!

This past weekend Valve announced that they were ending the Steam Greenlight program and moving to an upfront-fee submission program called "Steam Direct." Instead of the current system, where developers pay a one-time $100 fee and the Steam community votes on which games should be allowed onto the store, developers will pay a $200–$5000 fee to directly place a game on the Steam Store.

At a passing glance this logic is sound. But head inside to read more.

It is hard to deny that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most highly anticipated video games in history. It is the most ambitious game that Nintendo has ever worked on, and the flagship launch title for the company’s new console, the Nintendo Switch.

Despite the fact that Breath of the Wild looks great, Nintendo’s marketing decisions surrounding it have been less than stellar from the start. The game has been delayed several times, and although one could argue that these delays were a good decision overall, it’s undeniable that they were received negatively by fans who expected to play the game by the end of 2015. Many of the trailers have been less than stellar (in fact, the second time we ever got to see the game, it was shown off through poor-quality off-screen gameplay footage). Now, a little over two weeks before the game’s launch, Nintendo announced that it’s releasing DLC for Breath of the Wild, a first for the Zelda series; although this might seem like good news at first, Nintendo’s poor timing and out-of-touch announcement have unsurprisingly alienated loads of fans.

Head inside for more!

Pokémon Sun and Moon launched late last year to generally positive reviews and record-breaking sales, but that's not to say they're flawless experiences. Dated hardware and a few questionable design choices kept the twin games from being truly outstanding in my book, which is why I was thrilled when Eurogamer reported that a new and improved version of the seventh generation games is in the works for Nintendo Switch. Click below to check out five ways Pokémon Sun and Moon can be even better on Nintendo's next console!

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has finally released, and it advanced the series' story for the first time since 2012's Dream Drop Distance. Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragmentary Passage was probably the biggest draw to the newest HD collection of games due to its ties with the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III. It follows Aqua after the events of Birth by Sleep and shows everything that happened to her in the ten years that went by between then and the original Kingdom Hearts. By showing this, Square Enix has set up a huge part of the plot for the series' future, and it couldn't have been more perfect.

Head inside to find out why! Just be warned: there will be spoilers for A Fragmentary Passage.

"Nintendo is doomed." That's what the conventional wisdom should tell us after that Switch presentation, right?

I mean, they're about to release a console that has only a small handful games available at launch. Two of those games are party games, one of them is a toys-to-life game for kids, one of them is an indie Zelda clone, one of them is a retro revival— the only truly colossal game coming on Day One is the one and only The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

That's pretty bad, right? Head inside to keep reading.

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join Alex, Ben, and Colin for the first Nintendo Week of 2017, doubled in length as we emerge from our slumber with rusty podcasting skills and much to say about Nintendo Switch and all that surrounds it. We cover everything we learned from the Switch Presentation, including hardware, software, pricing, third-party relations, and so much more, before moving onto what all this tells us about Nintendo's prospective future.

You can check out all this and tons more in the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

Thursday night, Nintendo fully revealed the Nintendo Switch, their latest in their famed line of video game consoles. But amidst tons of announcements for games, release dates, trailers, and more, some of the biggest stories got drowned out. Today we're going over five of the most exciting stories you may have missed about the Nintendo Switch, as well as five major disappointments that may have flown under your radar.

Keep reading to see five of the most exciting stories about Nintendo Switch, and stay tuned to Gamnesia in the coming days to learn about those five hard truths.

It seems like it was only last year when Koei Tecmo partnered with Nintendo to launch Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U. The Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda crossover was wildly successful, with over 1.2 million units sold according to VGChartz. In addition to these sales numbers, Koei Tecmo cited Hyrule Warriors as breathing fresh air into the Warriors series, saving it from declining sales. It's no wonder then that Koei Tecmo would want to try to recapture this success for a second time. Recent rumors have indicated that the developer is already hard at work on a new Nintendo-themed Warriors title. The rumors don't indicate anything about which of Nintendo's IP would be used in the crossover, with the exception that it's neither The Legend of Zelda nor Star Fox.

I strongly believe that the Metroid universe would be a great addition to the Warriors series. Head inside to see why I think Metroid Warriors should be Koei Tecmo and Nintendo's next partnership.

Chances are that you already have a good idea of what the best games of 2016 were. Whether it is an incredible indie title like Stardew Valley or an amazing AAA experience like that of DOOM, you know for sure that they are games that will be discussed and remembered for years to come. However, with so many great games to choose from, there are others that get overlooked or just flat out forgotten in all the hubbub of progressing into a new year. A lot of these games are absolutely solid experiences that deserve to be played and enjoyed, even if you don't see them on a top five or ten list. So without further ado, here are five games from 2016 that you really need to play before 2017 gets out of hand.

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