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Turn-based RPGs can take up a huge chunk of your time. While most games in this genre tend to have long stories, the dungeons you explore and the battles you fight in between these plot points will make up most of your experience.

You're likely to encounter hundreds, if not thousands, of random encounters throughout your playthrough, and this is where some of these RPGs get a ton of criticism. Some gamers will lose interest because it feels like you're just doing the same thing over and over again when you go into battle. So what are these games doing to turn away so many players? There are just some things that most RPGs can't get right at all. Head inside for more!

I never thought I would become engrossed in the world of visual novels. I always liked games that featured flashy action, RPG elements, and a ton of button mashing. So basically I liked Kingdom Hearts and Zelda.

If you were a Kingdom Hearts fan back in the day, you know that the series was spread across almost every single home console and portable system available. So I bought a PSP with only Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep in mind. I didn’t know of any other game on the device that would be interesting.

Several games later, I'm now a fan of visual novels. I never understood the importance of the genre, but now I respect every single person that strives to tell a great story with them. Head inside to read more!

Summer Games Done Quick is just a couple days away, starting this Sunday, June 24th, at 12:30 PM Eastern. As always, this week-long event will be packed full of amazing speedruns, all performed in the name of supporting Doctors Without Borders. SGDQ 2018 is boasting an impressive lineup of 175 runs, totaling an estimated 148 hours of gameplay. Many of these games have been featured before, but there is an exciting handful making their GDQ debut!

Head inside to check out what are sure to be some of the more exciting debut runs!

As one of the world's largest gaming conventions, E3 is home to mega-hits from well-known franchises like Super Smash Bros., Resident Evil, and Kingdom Hearts. While these games have certainly earned their place in the spotlight, one of the greatest joys of E3 is discovering hidden gems that aren't already household names.

If you know where to look, E3 is also home to passion projects from small, independent teams hoping to share their digital babies with the world. One of the best at this year's show was 3 Minutes to Midnight, a point-and click-adventure from the up and coming Scarecrow Studios. Located on a laptop at a small booth at the edge of South Hall, 3 Minutes to Midnight had a minor presence on the floor, but it left a major impact. Head inside for my impressions!

There's no series that throws the collective Nintendo community into an absolute frenzy quite like Super Smash Bros. The question of "which new characters will join the roster?" has been on everyone's minds since we learned of the new game for the Switch, and we took a dive into our most anticipated characters with Part 1 not long ago. Capping off with K. Rool and Inklings last time, we move on to the final five of our top ten list! Hit the jump for the rest.

There's no series that throws the collective Nintendo community into an absolute frenzy quite like Super Smash Bros. The March Direct capped with the tease of a brand new entry in the highly coveted crossover fighter franchise, and fake leaks, rumors, and speculations have pretty much taken over the internet at this point. Naturally, there is one big question on everyone's minds with answers that pretty much define a new Smash entry: which new characters will join the roster? Hit the jump for our take!

E3 is less than two weeks away, but The Pokémon Company couldn't quite wait that long to spill the beans on their plans for the future. They held a special media presentation last night (watch it in full right here) and unveiled multiple new games. The big announcement that has everyone talking is Pokémon: Let's Go (available in Pikachu! and Eevee! versions), a game that returns to Kanto and infuses the classic Pokémon formula with elements from Pokémon GO. Fans have reacted with a wide range of emotions that stretches from ecstatic joy to frustration and hate. Whether or not you think the Let's Go games are for you, they represent an absolutely brilliant move by Game Freak, and they're sure to boost the series for years to come.

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Last week, Electronic Arts and DICE hosted the formal reveal of the next entry in the Battlefield franchise. Coming off of 2016's lauded Battlefield 1, the team is returning the series to the fields of World War II in the new Battlefield V. There has been some contention from fans about the game since this event—the reveal trailer currently has over 55,000 more dislikes than likes—due to a variety of factors. But the thing that bugs me most is one that I'm seeing very few people discuss, and I've driven myself crazy trying to figure out why EA would do it.

Because the chosen release date for Battlefield V really makes me wonder if they're intentionally sending this game out to die.

The critically-acclaimed Ikaruga has been ported to numerous home consoles since its debut in 2001, wowing millions of fans with its clever twist on an established genre. Publisher Nicalis recently revealed that they're bringing the classic arcade shooter to Nintendo Switch, and today it's up on the eShop. Nicalis provided Gamnesia with an early copy for review, so we've been playing for the past few days. Does Ikaruga stand the test of time on Nintendo Switch?

Hit the jump for our impressions!

Nintendo Switch has been a massive, record-breaking success in its first year on the market. No doubt much of that success is due to the device's hybrid nature, functioning both as a home console and a handheld. However, this dual nature isn't without its downsides. Historically speaking, Nintendo handhelds almost always outsell their home console counterparts, and Switch's $300 price tag definitely puts it closer to the home console camp economically. With the all-important launch of the first main series Pokémon games on Switch fast approaching, it's time for Nintendo to get serious about reaching out to the handheld market.

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2018 is going to be an exciting year for fans of the Kingdom Hearts franchise because we're finally approaching the release of the grand finale to the current story arc, Kingdom Hearts III. For those both inside and outside the series' community, there is an undeniable sense of hype surrounding this game.

Regardless of the hype, Kingdom Hearts never has been and never will be a perfect franchise. It has a ton of flaws you should know about before getting into it. This is coming from somebody who has been a loyal fan since the original game's release 16 years ago. So if you're thinking about catching up on the Kingdom Hearts series, take all of these things into consideration first.

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Nintendo recently opened up and shared some info about the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online membership program. One of the benefits of becoming a paid subscriber (other than playing online, which will cease to be free in September) is access to a library of digital NES games. As fans suspected, Nintendo has confirmed this means there are no plans for a traditional Virtual Console on Nintendo Switch.

While this marks a shift in strategy for Nintendo, you can bet that they still intend to bring their classic games to Switch in some form. Nintendo hasn't elaborated on how they plan to release games from classic platforms like SNES and Game Boy Advance, but a likely option is that they will handle them similarly to the NES library. If that's the direction Nintendo chooses to go, it's fantastic news for indie developers.

Everybody has one special game in their life that they consider the pinnacle of perfection. It's the one thing you can always go back to that stands out above the rest. You never grow tired of it, and it always puts a smile on your face. You're often willing to look past all of its flaws because it had such a powerful impact on you as a person.

Which title do you always find yourself coming back to, despite its flaws? Even though you're aware it's not the best game in the world, what game are you willing to throw out their as the most important in your life?

Leave your answer after the jump!

Nintendo 3DS has enjoyed a lengthy stay in the spotlight as Nintendo's primary handheld since its debut in 2011. You might think the launch and incredible sales success of Nintendo Switch (which can also function as a handheld) would spell the end for 3DS, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Nintendo envisions the two co-existing for some time, and they recently announced plans to make new 3DS games until at least 2020. Is Nintendo crazy to continue to support seven-year-old hardware when they've got that beautiful, HD Switch screen available? Maybe a little, but there's a method to their madness.

On September 16th, 2015, Tatsumi Kimishima was faced with an impossible task: filling the shoes of Satoru Iwata. Nintendo's former President was a gaming icon and a beloved figure, and his sudden passing was a tragedy that shook the industry. In taking the torch from Iwata, Kimishima inherited a company that was not only brokenhearted, but also struggling financially. Kimishima was not Iwata's first choice for the job, but he stepped up to the plate when no one else was prepared to do so. Three years later, Kimishima is preparing to step down and turn the Presidency over to someone new. Looking back on his brief, but important stint as President, I believe Satoru Iwata would be proud of what he accomplished.

Hit the jump to reflect on Kimishima's Presidency with us!