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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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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?

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I know what some of you are thinking. "Why would you ever listen to music when you can enjoy the lovely soundtracks video games have to offer?" That's a fair point, and I used to agree with that. But there's a certain point when I can't stand the constant "wahoo!" of Mario Kart or the boring ambient sounds of League of Legends. I need something fresh. I need something that gets me pumped.

What about you? What kind of music do you listen to when playing video games? Hit the jump and let us know in the comments!

Summer Games Done Quick 2018 is just around the corner, but you don't have to wait that long to see some amazing speedrunning action. Speedrunner and streamer MyLittleWalrus recently set out to break the world record run on New Super Mario Bros., the hit DS game. However, this wasn't an ordinary run. MyLittleWalrus decided to tackle the "No Power-Ups" category, which means he had to beat the entire game without collecting any kind of aid.

You can check out the full run inside the article!

Back in 2012, just after the release of Pokémon Black and White, many fans were expecting Game Freak to announce a third version like they had done with past Pokémon games. However, the company averted expectations when a brand new set of games were announced: Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Ever since then, Game Freak hasn't been consistent with releasing a third version of their games with each new generation. Now, Junichi Masuda has explained why they originally turned away from this tradition.

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In 2011 Nintendo launched the "Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program," granting then-owners of the Nintendo 3DS exclusive access to twenty downloadable games. The program included ten NES games, which were later released to the public as Virtual Console games, and ten Game Boy Advance games, which remain exclusive to Ambassador Program members to this day.

At Nintendo's latest investor meeting, one investor asked whether Nintendo has thought about distributing these games publicly. Senior Executive Officer Satoshi Yamato responded, and though he neglected to answer specifically whether these Game Boy Advance games will make it to the 3DS' public Virtual Console space, he did offer a glimpse into how Nintendo may distribute classic games in the future. Head inside to keep reading.

For well over a decade, China banned the sale of all outside video games and consoles in the region, but this policy was finally repealed in 2015. Since then, Microsoft and Sony have each launched their respective consoles in China, but sales have been abysmally low. Nintendo never gave Wii U an official release in China, and they haven't announced any plans to bring Switch to the region, but they may be poised to enter the market another way. Hit the jump for the details!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join Alex, Ben, and Colin for the first Nintendo Week of 2017, doubled in length as we emerge from our slumber with rusty podcasting skills and much to say about Nintendo Switch and all that surrounds it. We cover everything we learned from the Switch Presentation, including hardware, software, pricing, third-party relations, and so much more, before moving onto what all this tells us about Nintendo's prospective future.

You can check out all this and tons more in the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

Nintendo DS is the highest-selling dedicated video game handheld of all time, and the second highest-selling video game console of all time behind PlayStation 2. The DS' two-screen, clamshell design has been a huge hit with millions of players around the world, and Nintendo loved it (and the gameplay opportunities it created) so much that they made their next two consoles (3DS and Wii U) use a two-screen design as well, but it wasn't always that way. According to a prominent former Nintendo employee, everyone at the company initially hated the idea. Hit the jump for the details!

Evan Amos is the man behind the camera for many of the most popular images of video game consoles in the world, and he recently shared a treat with Nintendo fans on Twitter. Amos posted a series of high resolution pictures that show the original prototype for Nintendo DS. This version of the handheld looks quite different from the finished product (and much closer to the version shown off by Reggie Fils-Aime at E3 2004), and the images came from Nintendo's FCC filing for the console. You can check them out by clicking below!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join Ben and Colin for an hour-long end-of-year extravaganza, as they discuss a ton of news from the past week, including the Nintendo Switch's public debut on The Tonight Show, Super Mario Run's approaching release, Pokémon GO's upcoming set of Johto Pokémon, and tons more. You can check out all this and tons more in the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

There are tons of gaming podcasts in the wild, but Nintendo Week stands alone as it recaptures all the fun of Nintendo in the form of a weekly show. Every episode brings news recaps, discussions, games, music, and more to create a show for all kinds of Nintendo fans, whether they're new or old, passionate or passing-by.

Join Alex, Colin, and Ben, as we break down another huge amount of Nintendo news, including EA's support for Switch, Phil Spencer's wish to see Banjo in Smash, what feels like yet another delay for Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and tons of reports about Nintendo Switch's software lineup. After the break, we sit down to talk about the newly-launched Pokémon Sun and Moon, and our full thoughts on what they do so right and so wrong. You can check out all this and tons more in the episode after the jump—or if you'd like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now. And be sure to head inside to get a rundown of all the Nintendo news from the past week!

It's time for another weekly installment of Gamnesia's Game Clash! Every weekend, we pit two (or more) games against each other, and the winner is decided by your votes. We've been doing a month of Pokémon battles in preparation for the launch of Pokémon Sun and Moon, and now that they're here, it's time for one final showdown. Over the past few weeks, you voted for Generation II over Generation I, Generation III over Generation IV, and Generation V over Generation VI, and now the winners are going head to head. Click below to cast your vote and decide the Pokémon champion!

Pokémon Sun and Moon are out now on Nintendo 3DS, and Did You Know Gaming is getting in the spirit by taking a look back at the series. Their latest episode explores some of the lesser-known secrets of the franchise, while also diving into some of the localization changes and censorship decisions. Did you know the games were once planned to feature a Charisma stat that impacted your ability to catch Pokémon or that humans and Pokémon used to get married according to the Japanese text? Get the scoop on these facts and more by clicking below!

Pokémon Sun and Moon are coming out tomorrow (hype!), and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that's why, for the eighteen days leading up to the launch, we've been revealing our team's Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! We're nearly at the end of this journey, but we still have one Type left to discuss: the newest of them all, the Fairy-Type. While we may be distracted by our impatient need for midnight to hurry up and get here, we still managed to sit down and work out which ten of these magical creatures are our favorites.

So make the jump and check out our Top Ten Fairy-Type Pokémon!