Subscribe to the latest updates from the Articles category

Articles Archives

"I am not a gamer" probably wasn't the best choice of words for Google CEO Sundar Pichai to open the company's tell-all presentation at the 2019 Game Developers' Conference yesterday. Nonetheless, there might not be words any more fitting to illustrate the mega-corporation's foray into gaming with the reveal of their new gaming platform, dubbed "Stadia." Unlike the big three with Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, this aspiring fourth player is forgoing the traditional route of home consoles and intends to upend the gaming industry as we know it with an exclusively digital, streaming-based service. "The Future of Gaming" is not a claim to make lightly, so let's take a closer look into Google Stadia and what it means to accomplish after the jump.

It's been two years since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and in that short span of time, a decent chunk of Nintendo's key titles for the Wii U either have been ported to the hybrid or saw much more refined sequels. We've already spoken at length about eleven games from that system that could possibly make the switch to Switch following Super Mario Maker 2 in June, but now it's time to take a look at the games that will more than likely be left on the cutting room floor.

These honorable mentions are the games that didn't quite tap into their full potential, wound up as stinkers, or are so dependent on the Wii U's dual-screen functionality that a port to the Switch would be plain impossible. Let's take a look at the list together after the jump!

The ill-fated Wii U had a number of issues that held it back from achieving the unreal commercial success of its revolutionary predecessor, the Wii. Right out of the gate, consumers were confused over the branding and questioned whether the "Wii U" was only a GamePad peripheral for the Wii; the system itself was heavily marketed toward young children and their parents, which didn't help in furthering the old stigma "Nintendo makes kiddie games"; its unique hardware made it difficult for third parties to develop or port their own games onto the console. So on and so forth.

For all its quirks and woes, however, there was one thing that couldn't be taken away from the Wii U. That is its own little library of quality, must-have video games that helped the little system that couldn't stand out as long as it did. Nowadays, rather than sinking into obscurity forever, more and more of the Wii U's greatest hits are seeing either a renewed shelf life or their legacy refined on Nintendo's landmark hybrid system: the Switch.

Kingdom Hearts III released to critical acclaim like almost every other entry in the series. As a fan of the series, I had a fantastic time.

So what is it about this one that didn't sit so well with other people? Well, even those that have been with the series for every game have waited seven years for a full-sized Kingdom Hearts experience. With that kind of a wait time, some people are bound to set high expectations. Simply put, we overhyped it. Head inside for more.

Ever since it officially launched, I've been fairly critical of Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo's answer to Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Plus. I find the NES lineup to be mostly lackluster, despite the inclusion of classic titles such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Metroid. Even the ability to play multiplayer with your friends isn't a major selling point for me, seeing as I prefer single-player experiences. Aside from the occasional friendly (or not-so-friendly) bouts of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the value of Nintendo's online service just isn't there for me. At least, it wasn't until the launch of Tetris 99.

Today Metroid fans woke up to a shocking video from Nintendo that somehow managed to disappoint and exhilarate them at the same time. Nintendo Senior Managing Executive Officer Shinya Takahashi announced that all the hard work Nintendo has put into Metroid Prime 4 over the past two years is being scrapped and the project is starting over from scratch. However, this reboot will be handled by Retro Studios, the team behind the original Metroid Prime Trilogy. How in the world did this all come to be, and what does it mean for the future of the game?

Head inside to see how it all breaks down!

It's officially a brand new year! 2019 is sure to be another great year with exciting titles like the Resident Evil 2 remake, Kingdom Hearts III, a new Animal Crossing, and so much more. Before we charge ahead into the new year, let's take one last moment to look back on 2018 and appreciate the games that challenged us and brought us joy and excitement. What was your favorite game of 2018? Head inside and share your picks in the comments!

Happy New Year, Gamnesia family. 2019 is finally here, and with it will come many new games that we've been eagerly waiting for. But with all these new games, we might get distracted from our old library. Surely we should make time for old games and not just play the newest blockbuster titles. We've collected many, many games over the years, and I say that part of our New Year's Resolution should be to finish up some of our backlogs.

Head on inside and join the discussion!

You may not know this, but I'm a busy man. In fact, I'm so busy, I've been inexplicably absent from Gamnesia for over a month. So I don't really play games 100% to completion anymore, especially when it comes to Pokémon.

I've been burnt out on this series for quite some time, mostly due to how slow and tedious the games are. As a young adult that finds himself working most of the time, I needed a Pokémon game that's easier to digest. Thankfully, I think Let's Go has given me exactly what I asked for.

Head inside for more!

As the year draws to a close, friends and families are gathering together in celebration in many parts of the world, and many lucky children woke up to video games under the tree yesterday. I personally enjoyed a nice evening of battling my brother in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it got me thinking about gaming memories from Christmases in past years. What's the best game you ever received for Christmas?

Click below to share your memories with us!

This is a giveaway, folks -- no fancy work required! Take a beta key for multiplayer game Aftercharge.

Hey, you! Yeah, you. I've got a bunch of keys for a closed beta with your name all over them! Well, your name is just on one of them. There are lots of names this time of year, as I'm sure you can imagine. But don't worry, you're on the Nice list. But only if you take one of these beta keys for Aftercharge.

Game Freak's phenomenally popular Pokémon franchise has followed the same basic formula for 20 years, and with great success. However, the most recent titles, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee, introduced some major changes. Many of these changes were intended to make Let's Go more similar to Niantic's mobile hit Pokémon GO, while others were tweaks or new ideas intended to make the games more user-friendly. Naturally, many fans are divided on whether or not they like this new style. I've personally criticized a few elements, but there are other areas where Let's Go is absolutely crushing it. Click below for the five best changes!

RWBY Volume 6 has gotten off to an impressive start filled with action, confrontation, and most recently, a ton of lore. Episode 3 saw Ruby and friends finally learning the truth about Ozpin, Salem, and the gods. But questions about Remnant's past are like the heads of a hydra. Cutting one down just leads to two more growing in its place. To those who like to theorize about the future of the show, that's all the more reason to be excited. If you're caught up on the show (or just don't care about spoilers), click the jump to dive headlong into a theory about the true origins of humankind, as well as the Faunus. 

Game Freak just released Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee into the wild, and millions around the world are touring Kanto and capturing monsters left and right. Series producer Junichi Masuda has previously indicated that if the games are successful, they could become a continuing series, existing alongside the more "core" entries in the franchise. Now that you've had time to go hands-on or at least watch footage, do you think Game Freak should keep making Let's Go games?

Hit the jump to share your thoughts!

Over 20 years after the series made its debut, Pokémon is finally getting its first official live-action movie, but it's not following the formula of the main series games. Instead, Hollywood turned to a little-known Nintendo 3DS spin-off game called Detective Pikachu. We've known that a film adaptation has been in the works for quite some time, but yesterday we finally got our first look at the movie, including Ryan Reynolds as a talking, crime-solving Pikachu. Was it everything you were hoping for, nightmare fuel, or something else entirely?

Hit the jump and join the discussion!