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Last November I went hands-on with a demo for indie game Axiom Verge, and I was quite impressed. The game, which developer Tom Happ created by himself over the course of the last five years, fits the "Metroidvania" style and definitely draws heavy inspiration from Super Metroid. Axiom Verge hits PlayStation 4 March 31, and will launch on Vita and PC sometime later, but is it a must-have or just another Metroid knock-off? We were supplied with a review copy, and I've been exploring every inch of the game to figure out the answer to that question. Hit the jump to dig in!

I was ten when The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time came out, and had never played a Zelda game before – unless you count a very brief encounter with Link's Awakening on my cousin's original Game Boy brick – but that didn't stop me (and apparently everyone else) from recognizing that the game was something special, even at first glance (good call, past me!). Given that The Legend of Zelda series was already pretty firmly established as one of the greatest franchises of all time, the easy conclusion might be that the hype behind the game was a byproduct of the series' spectacular pedigree. But that doesn't explain how Ocarina of Time managed to build a reputation of its own as the crown jewel of the series – indeed, as the standout masterpiece of its era.

The answer to that mystery, I think, lies in the game's ambitious vision. Ocarina of Time wasn't just a Zelda game in 3D – it completely changed the landscape for the action-adventure-RPG games that followed. It dramatically expanded the Hyrule universe through brand-new lore, brand-new races, and a vigorous re-envisioning of the franchise's setting. Its vast Hyrule's landscape set a new bar for 3D game environments. Its Z-targeting system changed the way we thought about swashbuckling sword fights in video games. In short, Ocarina of Time proved that it was worthy of staking its claim as the ultimate video game adventure.

It's been almost a year since Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, but despite the Zelda team's claims that the new game will turn the conventions of the series on its head and offer players unprecedented freedom, we've yet to see any definite evidence that positions it as a true masterpiece. So when series producer Eiji Aonuma announced that he's giving his team more time to build the "most complete Zelda game" yet, my immediate reaction was one of relief. Based on what we've seen so far, Zelda U needs a lot of work before it's ready to truly herald the birth of the ultimate Zelda experience.

There are tons of gaming enthusiast podcasts out in the wild, but almost none of the top-tier podcasts are made specifically for Nintendo fans. That's where we come in!

We here at Gamnesia are bringing you a new episode of "Nintendo Week," a podcast made for Nintendo fans by Nintendo fans. This week had a huge bombshell when Nintendo announced plans to develop smartphone games, as well as their next-gen console, currently codenamed "NX." This week, we dig really deep into that during our discussion section, recap the rest of Nintendo's news week during our news segment, and answer questions that you guys asked during the debut of our Q&A block. It's an extremely meaty episode this week, so be sure to head inside and give it a listen!

Early this morning Nintendo teased their next gen hardware, codenamed "NX." Nintendo only revealed that it is "a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept," and that there are plans to reveal more information next year. Wii U launched just over two years ago, but it has been selling at a historically low pace, and many in the industry have been calling for Nintendo to abandon it and start fresh. With the teaser of NX, many gamers are worried that Nintendo is doing exactly that, but that's not what's happening here. Click below to see why you shouldn't be concerned!

There's a lot of hype surrounding Playtonic Games and their upcoming title, Project Ukelele, from fans of ye olde collectathon games, and for good reason: nearly the entire team behind Banjo-Kazooie has reunited to create a brand-new game. But for all the hype, very little information about the game itself has been released. That is, until they officially unveiled the project yesterday afternoon. As with any game, there's a ton of information to keep track of, and watching a video on a keynote can be long and boring. So we've taken the time to break down everything we know learned about Project Ukelele into one handy article. Head inside to get reading!

Unless you've been completely out of the gaming sphere in the past year, chances are you've heard something about indie platformer sensation Shovel Knight. Started as a Kickstarter project a couple of years ago, the game has since grown to garner the love of gamers all over, gathering enough critical acclaim to win over 70 Game of the Year awards in 2014 and enough fan favoritism to elevate the eponymous knight to Smash character contender status - in some fans' minds, that is. It is set to release on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita later this year alongside the brand new free DLC pack, Plague of Shadows — among other surprises. The love for this new wave retro platformer is sure to grow over the next year.

In between working on the aforementioned expansions and debuting footage of the highly-anticipated DLC at PAX East, Yacht Club Games, the studio behind Shovel Knight, kindly took the time to answer some of our questions about what the future holds for the title, and the franchise.

Head inside for the full interview!

There are tons of gaming enthusiast podcasts out in the wild, but almost none of the top-tier podcasts are made specifically for Nintendo fans. That's where we come in!

We here at Gamnesia are bringing you a new episode of "Nintendo Week," a podcast made for Nintendo fans by Nintendo fans. As always, we break down the most recent week of news, including Donkey Kong Country on the Virtual Console, Meme Run, exclusive Shovel Knight content on Nintendo platforms, Splatoon Amiibo, and Japan's Amiibo-only Smash Bros. tournaments. Unfortunately, we didn't have time this week for our popular discussion sections, but next week we're bringing you a super-sized episode complete with a bonus round where we answer your candid questions! Head inside to give it a listen!

There are tons of gaming enthusiast podcasts out in the wild, but almost none of the top-tier podcasts are made specifically for Nintendo fans. That's where we come in!

We here at Gamnesia are bringing you a new episode of "Nintendo Week." This week, we talk about an amazing amount of news. Iwata said that TV commercials don't improve sales, Nintendo talks about some QOL plans, Tantalus Media is porting something big to Wii U, a huge exploit was discovered that lets Pokémon players catch anything they'd like, Nintendo finally explains why Amiibo are so rare, and Yacht Club Games announced a huge DLC pack for Shovel Knight. Afterwards, we take a look at the news that Nintendo is planning to embrace smartphones and discuss what the best approach would be. Check out the discussion past the jump to let the games begin!

Music is an integral part of the gaming experience. As with dialogue and the setting, music can help set the tone of a game. From fast-paced action to slow, deliberate contemplation, music can easily guide our feelings to make us feel what the developers want us to feel. In general, I feel that most people tend to under-emphasize the importance of a good soundtrack. Certainly not all songs ever created are great, but often a lot of the ones that are get little to no attention. So for this week's Top Ten, I'm going to discuss my most memorable songs in gaming.

There are tons of gaming enthusiast podcasts out in the wild, but almost none of the top-tier podcasts are made specifically for Nintendo fans. That's where we come in!

We here at Gamnesia are bringing you a new episode of "Nintendo Week." This week, we talk about everything from Nintendo's recent financial briefing, as well as the potential for Smash Bros. DLC, and the long-term future of Amiibo! Head inside to tune in!