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Nearly eight months have passed since its Japanese release, and now, only six more sleeps remain until the highly anticipated Fire Emblem Fates launches in North America. With the game split into separate Birthright and Conquest versions, players will soon have to make a choice between two diverging stories — either their Avatar remains with the royal Nohr family that raised them, or sides with their Hoshido birth family, from which they were separated as a child — all while the two kingdoms are at war with one another.

Luckily, Nintendo aims to make that decision easier with a new Life on the Front Lines trailer, introducing the main cast, the support system, and some of the character classes unique to both sides.

Get to know your Hoshidan and Nohrian families in the trailer after the jump!

If you've been following the news, you've probably heard about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. After the city switched water sources from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River, the water became contaminated with lead, posing numerous health problems for the public. How could this possibly relate to video games? Well, oddly enough, Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore recently tackled the topic of the Flint water crisis with a skit in which Mario is working on pipes in Flint.

It's a bizarre and somewhat dark attempt to be humorous while bringing up very serious issues. You can watch the video after the jump.

Back in 2012, SEGA, Capcom, and Bandai Namco all teamed up to launch Project X Zone, a tactical RPG crossover starring popular characters from all three publishers. The 3DS exclusive was a hit, and the three publishers have united for a sequel, this time also including some Nintendo characters. Project X Zone 2 is out now in Japan, Europe, and Australia, and it hits North America in just three days. If you're not sold yet and you want to see more, a new video has surfaced on YouTube showing over 80 minutes of gameplay footage. You can check it out by clicking below!

There are literally thousands of video documentaries about sports, but there's a new one being funded on Kickstarter right now for everyone's favorite eSport, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The documentary is being created by content producer and pro-gamer Corey Shin and will focus on the timeline of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, from the rise and fall of its gaming champions to the decline in popularity leading up to the release of the franchise's latest installment. Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.

Make the jump for more info!

Sakurai recently contributed a column in Famitsu Magazine announcing that the development period has ended for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for Nintendo 3DS, and he's moved on to take a well-earned vacation from work. What isn't clear is whether this means the team has disbanded entirely, or whether—as many fans have suggested—Bandai Namco will continue to make balancing tweaks.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on future balancing, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Retro City Rampage from Vblank Entertainment was an indie sensation back in 2012, and a sequel is on the way. Announced last year, Shakedown Hawaii is on its way to PlayStation 4, Vita, PC, 3DS, and possibly the upcoming Nintendo NX console, whatever it may be. Vblank has released a few gameplay videos since its announcement, but we haven't seen the game running on 3DS until today. Nintendo has released a new eShop trailer for the upcoming 16-bit adventure, and you can check it out by clicking below!

One of E3's biggest draws every year is its many conferences from the leaders of the gaming industry. Last year saw the debut of several such events, but at the time no promises were given that any of these new shows would come back for E3 2016. Well, we learned a few weeks back that Bethesda would be hosting a conference again this year, and now another event has been confirmed to return: the PC Gaming Show.

You can see the announcement video and learn more after the jump!

Yoshi has been a staple in the Mario series for decades, carrying our favorite plumber on his back (since infancy!), swallowing enemies whole, and sacrificing himself countless times when a platform was just out of reach. Do we take this beloved green dinosaur for granted? Dorkly's got a knack for making people laugh with their short video game animations, and the latest one shows us what might happen if Yoshi got fed up with doing all the hard work and switched places with Mario. Give it a watch by clicking below!

Last month, the hilarious and talented team at Rooster Teeth Productions traveled to Australia for RTX Australia 2016, meeting with fans for all kinds of fun. In fact, they even included attendees of the expo in the latest episode of Immersion (as has become customary for them at RTX), a popular and hilarious video series that tests how video game mechanics would work in real life.

The new Immersion is inspired by a timeless classic: Space Invaders. RTX attendees (armed with various projectiles, including paint-filled water balloons) are assembled into the same formation as the aliens in Space Invaders, and they coordinate their movements to match the game as well. Meanwhile, lab rats Michael and Ryan are operating a mobile Nerf turret that can move left and right behind a series of walls, simulating the game's laser cannon. The whole thing is set up so that it looks like a giant game of Space Invaders from above (as you can see in the picture to the left), and you can watch by clicking below! Be advised that the video contains strong language.

Bethesda recently launched patch 1.03 for Fallout 4 on consoles, and in addition to fixing a handful of pesky bugs, the 500 megabyte patch also gives PlayStation 4 and Xbox One a nice visual boost. Frame rates are more steady than in the previous patch, but both versions still dip below 30 frames per second occasionally (with PlayStation 4 generally outperforming Xbox One), and unfortunately the Xbox One version still has a nasty issue with stuttering.

Digital Foundry dug into the improvements in their latest video, and they've concluded that the console version of the game is now almost roughly equivalent to running the PC version of the game on the high graphics preset. Perhaps the most noticeable change is vastly improved draw distances, which is an area where the console versions were lacking. No improvements were made to the game's shadows, so they're still roughly equivalent to a medium setting on PC. You can watch the video for the full breakdown by clicking below!

It's been over a year and a half since SEGA announced that they would be partnering with Sony to create a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film, but they finally announced last week that it will launch in 2018.

This was one of the talking points on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video after the jump for our full thoughts on Sonic's transition from games to film, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

Project X Zone was a hit on Nintendo 3DS, combining popular characters from Capcom, SEGA, and Bandai Namco for a character-packed crossover tactical RPG. Japanese gamers have been enjoying a sequel since November, and now it's coming to the West. Project X Zone 2 is out in Europe and Australia today, and it hits North America on February 16th. In the meantime, Bandai Namco Entertainment America has released a launch trailer on YouTube. You can watch it and get excited as you count down the days (if you still need to) by clicking below!

It's been nearly a year since we first got word of Kanye West's venture into video games with Only One. Named after his 2014 track featuring Paul McCartney and lyrics based on an imaginary conversation between his young daughter North and late grandmother, Only One will show the ascension of his mother Donda West into heaven. Kanye had famously been very close with his mother until her death in 2007, which led him to record his most polarizing album: 2008's 808s & Heartbreak, which featured a groundbreakingly introspective and vulnerable brand of hip-hop that paved the way for modern contemporaries such as Drake and J. Cole.

Read more after the jump.

Last night we got the exciting news that Pokémon's Kanto starters Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur are now available in Wii U hit Super Mario Maker as costumes. Nintendo has released a new Event Course titled "I Choose You" that lets players emulate the experience of choosing their first Pokémon inside a Mario level, and you'll have to beat it three different ways to unlock all three costumes. To hype up this crossover course, Nintendo has released a trailer that shows off all three costumes in action in a different level. You can check it out by clicking below!

Virtual Reality headsets have allowed developers to make some truly unique games. They have also allowed some fans to re-imagine what older games could be like with the use of VR. Joseph Delgado is one such fan. This computer science student has created a VR version of Duck Hunt for the Global Game Jam 2016, and it looks awesome. The game itself was coded into the third dimension using a Python script and is controlled via a Razer Hydra (PC Motion controller) mounted to the top of Delgado's Oculus Rift. It features a 7-day challenge that increases in difficulty as the player continues and a hub world with empty bottles to shoot at.

Read on to see a gameplay video and more!