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With The Game Awards announcing their official dates near the close of E3 2017, Sony was quick to follow suit, revealing the dates of their annual PlayStation Experience showcase. This year you can catch Sony's biggest celebration and show on December 9th and 10th. As usual, it is expected that they will be unveiling a lot of new surprises, and they will likely be renting out movie theaters across the world for their showcase. The big reveals last year included The Last of Us: Part II and Knack 2. What do you think they'll bring for 2017?

The second official day of E3 has come and gone, and with it a trio of showcases that held a veritable wealth of gaming news and reveals. From the PC Gaming Show's Age of Empire: Definitive Edition to Sony's Spider-Man to the long-awaited reveal of Beyond Good and Evil 2 at Ubisoft's conference, there was plenty that happened today to get excited about! Of course, with all that news, it becomes easy to overlook something, so we've compiled all of our posts on the day's events right here. Check it all out after the jump!

It's almost Sony's time to shine once more, with the second official day of E3 nearing its end. The PlayStation-centric press conference will begin shortly, and if the past few years are any indication, it will be filled to the brim with games, reveals, and surprises. We're all especially hopeful to get some more news on The Last of Us Part II or another look at Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and I'm sure no one would complain if we got some brand new Crash Bandicoot announcements.

What are you waiting for? Make the jump to watch Sony's press conference live!

More than just PC players and Switch owners can now get their Shovel Knight fix this month! For owners of the original Shovel Knight on platforms other than the Nintendo Switch, the latest, free DLC story expansion: Specter of Torment, in which players can finally control the scythe-wielding Specter Knight, is coming out soon.

Make the jump to find a release date to look forward to!

It was recently revealed that the next round of Shovel Knight DLC will be not only coming out in April, but will be coming to the Nintendo Switch first! This new update, dubbed Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, was announced for the Nintendo Switch earlier this month and will include all three campaigns in addition to a new local co-op mode. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will cost $24.99, while the standalone Specter of Torment DLC will be $9.99, and will be available on last and current generation consoles, PC, and the Switch.

If you don't have it already, make sure to get Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove at $14.99 price here. Read more after the jump!

It's been awhile since we received a progress update on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, but that changed recently. Director Koji Igarashi decided to kick the new year off with a Kickstarter backer update that includes a look at a new location in the game: a village set under a blood red sky. Players will pass through this village on their way to the castle where the bulk of the game takes place, but they'll have to battle off demons along the way. Hit the jump to see a video showing off the village!

While some of my Gamnesia colleagues have had the honor of discussing 2016's gaming highlights, it now falls on me to reflect on one of the year's most crushing disappointments. But what to choose? No Man's Sky, although eventually cleared of false advertising charges, suffered from criticism of misleading advertising, as well as some advertised features still being absent from the game. While Pokémon GO has certainly been successful, it's been similarly frustrating that Niantic struggled for so long to fix tracking issues, and that early-promised features such as trading have yet to arrive nearly six months later. As for my personal choice for 2016's most disappointing game... well, I wouldn't say it left me crying like an anime fan on prom night, but it was still pretty upsetting. So let's talk about the only remaining game in the banner above (whoops, spoiler alert!): Mighty No. 9.

Head inside for some totally upbeat end-of-the-year chat!

PlayStation Plus members will be getting a fresh batch of free games in January 2017, as recently posted about by the PlayStation Blog. Among the titles to be made available are war survival game This War of Mine: The Little Ones (PlayStation 4) and the remastered version of the 1993 classic Day of the Tentacle (cross-buy on PlayStation Vita).

Read more after the jump!

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Famitsu (since Media Create skipped this week), and Pokémon Sun and Moon continue to impress. Although the twin games saw their sales dip a bit last week (partially thanks to the launch of a new Yo-kai Watch game), they sold over 322,000 units last week, bringing their life-to-date total in Japan alone up to 3,246,222.

In hardware, the 3DS family reigned supreme, selling nearly 230,000 units for the week. PlayStation 4 (including Pro) came in second place with over 107,000 units sold. Vita sold a respectable 58,745 units, and Wii U lagged behind with 8,417 sales. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and a familiar franchise is sitting at number one. The latest version of Yo-kai Watch 3 (Sukiyaki) sold 337,979 units in its debut, easily beating out Pokémon Sun and Moon, which sold just under 200,000 for the week.

The 3DS family was the big winner in hardware, as all of its various models combined for over 133,000 sales. PlayStation 4 took second, selling just under 80,000 units between its regular and Pro models. PlayStation Vita sold over 36,000 units for the week, and Wii U managed just over 5,000. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

Indie developer WayForward Technologies successfully funded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero on Kickstarter over three years ago, and after a long wait and recent delay, the action-platformer is finally out now. The latest entry in the Shantae franchise is available digitally on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, and Steam today for $19.99, and a physical release will follow in one week. In the meantime, you can check out the game's action-packed trailer by clicking below!

Indie sensation Shovel Knight has been an incredible success story thus far, and the retro-styled platformer will soon be expanded with a free Specter Knight prequel campaign. Nick Wozniak, an artist at developer Yacht Club Games, recently discussed the upcoming DLC with US Gamer, and he also revealed that Shovel Knight has hit another milestone.

According to the US Gamer article, Shovel Knight has now sold over 1.5 million copies across all platforms since it debuted in 2014. This number is up from 1.2 million in April, so it looks like Shovel Knight has moved another 300,000 copies in the past eight months. If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out!

Back in October, Square Enix revealed that Sora from Kingdom Hearts would be coming to World of Final Fantasy. Donning his outfit from Dream Drop Distance, Sora will officially become a DLC character on January 12th in Japan, the same day that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases there. We can only hope that Sora will make his way to North America on January 24th, when the game comes out here.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was successfully funded on Kickstarter over three years ago, and following a recent delay, it's finally almost here. Developer WayForward Technologies recently announced that the action-platformer will be released digitally across all platforms on December 20th, and now publisher Xseed has the physical release details. Hit the jump for the scoop.

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and long-awaited RPG Final Fantasy XV is top dog. Pokémon Sun and Moon enjoyed two weeks at the top, but Final Fantasy XV sold just under 700,000 units at launch to knock the twin 3DS games down to number two. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS came in third, followed by Watch Dogs 2 and rounding out the top five with All Kamen Rider: Rider Revolution.

In hardware, PlayStation 4 saw a massive sales boost this week, jumping from just under 34,000 to over 110,000 units sold. 3DS, Vita, and Wii U all saw sales increases as well, but Sony's console easily topped the charts. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.