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Video games in and of themselves are fun and exciting, but they're also powerful tools which inspire their fans. Take any franchise out there and I'm sure there's dozens, if not hundreds of fan tributes out there. One of the more amazing tributes I've come across in recent times combines Shovel Knight with Gundam. Yes, you read that right, and it's definitely as breathtaking as it sounds.

Head inside to learn more about this project and to see some gorgeous screenshots of the final product!

It's always cool to see two game franchises collide, but the fact that this experience was made in Minecraft without mods is straight up impressive. Called Pokémon: Cobalt and Amethyst, the map has been in development for over a year and features a new story, battles, and over 136 new Pokémon. Anyone can play the map using regular vanilla Minecraft, and while it's only available in single-player, the developers promise a 60 to 80 hour experience once the map has been completed.

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First person Pokémon!? Well not just yet, but with the Pokémon Evolved mod for Ark: Survival Evolved we can get pretty close! The mod replaces the dinosaurs in the regular game with over 29 different Pokémon. Instead of collecting resources, the mod flips several of the game's mechanics and instead allows you to fight and capture Pokémon for coins which can be spent in terminal for supplies. The mod is still in Alpha, but it already has 600 positive reviews and is available for the PC and Steam VR versions of Ark: Survival Evolved.

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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!

"Nintendo is doomed." That's what the conventional wisdom should tell us after that Switch presentation, right?

I mean, they're about to release a console that has only a small handful games available at launch. Two of those games are party games, one of them is a toys-to-life game for kids, one of them is an indie Zelda clone, one of them is a retro revival— the only truly colossal game coming on Day One is the one and only The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

That's pretty bad, right? Head inside to keep reading.

I know, I know, everyone's freaking out because the inauguration is just two days away, and everything's on fire, and 2016 never really ended because the passage from one unit of time to the next has no bearing on the course of human events. I get it. But let me take your mind off it for just a moment, and then I'll let you get right back to the existential dread.

I've been excited this week, because I like video games. And Nintendo just announced something magical. Head inside to keep reading.

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!

Psyonix's 2015 hit Rocket League is still going strong, according to new stats released by their Twitter account. The game has now gained just over 25 million players and has held over one billion matches.

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Just a few moments ago, we learned that some big changes are being made regarding the future of Shovel Knight. As cool as all of that is, there is certainly a bigger addition to the coming lineup than the standalone campaigns. That's right, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is officially coming to Switch! As is the case on the other current-gen consoles, Treasure Trove will be a package containing all campaigns and updates for Shovel Knight. The standalone campaigns, including the upcoming Specter of Torment, are also coming to Switch, so you won't have to purchase everything all over again (though you always can if you want).

It's quite exciting to see Shovel Knight continuing to be so successful. Can't wait to get my hands on yet another copy of Shovel Knight when the Switch version launches!

We're only eleven days into 2017, but Yacht Club Games is bringing Shovel Knight fans around the world an early Christmas with a huge new update regarding the future of the game. Before you ask, there still isn't a firm release date on Specter of Torment. However, Yacht Club has detailed some pretty neat changes and additions that I believe makes up for not knowing.

Head inside for all the details about the future of Shovel Knight!

Toby Fox took gamers by storm when he released Undertale last year. Since then, he's posted many heartfelt Tweets concerning the game's popularity. Now, he's decided to share excerpts from an old notebook filled with tons of concept work for the game. This includes early character art and even early ideas for gameplay elements. It's interesting to see just how far the game has come. Take a look at the concept art after the jump!

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!

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!

The YouTube channel Smashified has published a video that shows us what Drifter, the main character from Hyper Light Drifter, would look like as a Super Smash Bros. character.

Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D action game by indie developer Heart Machine, based on classic 16-bit titles like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It launched on PC in March 2016 and came out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later in the year.

Follow after the jump to watch the video!

For those who love 3D platforming games, don't forget that Yooka-Laylee isn't the only colorful game from the genre coming next year. Gears for Breakfast's first game, A Hat in Time, is coming in 2017 as well, and they've released a new trailer that shows off the third chapter. You can check out this vibrant world in the trailer after the jump!