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Super Mario Bros. 3 is coming to Virtual Console on both the Wii U and 3DS! Said to be the best of the series by many gamers, this will surely be a game to add to your Virtual Console collection! Below is some of Nintendo's Game Overview:

Remember when no one had ever heard of a Tanooki Suit or knew that Bowser had a clan of Koopalings? The game that made these things common knowledge is also considered by many to be one of the best ever made. Bowser and the Koopalings are causing chaos yet again, but this time they’re going beyond the Mushroom Kingdom into the seven worlds that neighbor it. Now Mario and Luigi must battle new enemies, returning favorites, and a new Koopaling in each unique and distinctive world on their way to ultimately taking on Bowser himself. Lucky for the brothers, they have more power-ups available than ever before. — Nintendo

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Ken Sugimori has been the leading artist for the Pokémon franchise ever since its launch in 1996. As the Pokémon series has grown, many older fans claim that the newer Pokémon from more recent games are too over-the-top, too stylistically different from the 151 monsters that debuted in Red and Green. Others say that there is little difference, and jump to strongly defend the newer generations of Pokémon. While the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle of these two philosophies (and is certainly not worth slitting each other's throats over), it is still a hot subject of debate in the Pokémon fandom.

Sugimori dropped in his two cents on the matter in a recent interview, and for whatever it's worth, he believes that the newer Pokémon could stand to have simpler designs. Being the artist for the franchise's seventeen-year run, and illustrating so many Pokémon, Sugimori's opinion is quite an important one. Score one for the genwunners.

Let's see if this changes the way Game Freak designs the new monsters in Generation VII.


[Throwback Thursday is a series where we look back on games from the past in reviews, retrospectives, and more. We will have something every week for your retro enjoyment. You may even discover something new to love!]

With our typical Throwback Thursday here at Gamnesia coinciding with Halloween this year, we thought it would be a great idea to do a horror game. And what better horror game to do a retro review of than the fan favorite survival horror classic Silent Hill 2. The Silent Hill franchise is well known for being one of the most famous survival horror franchises, and Silent Hill 2 is widely regarded as the greatest of all the games in the series. Not only is it simply a good survival horror experience, but it is also praised for embodying that which truly makes a sequel great: being able to use its predecessor's basis as a starting point to form its own identity, as opposed to simply ripping off the original's ideas and being an expansion pack that walks like a sequel.

Silent Hill 2 is lauded by many gamers and critics for being the epitome of Japanese survival horror, and moreover, survival horror games in general. You see, Japanese survival horror tends to take a different approach compared to western survival horror games such as Dead Space, F.E.A.R, and Left 4 Dead. While western developed survival horror games tend to focus more on immediate threats and jump-scares with action-based methods to quickly dispose of enemies, Silent Hill, and Japanese horror in general, is more slow building, creating an air of impending doom, claustrophobia, and slowly encroaching dread. Silent Hill, at least the earlier Japanese-developed ones, never feels the need to jump out and go "boo!" at you. It never has to hide in a cupboard and wait to scare you. No, it's much more subtle than that... much more sinister.

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Pokémon Reorchestrated Presents: Double Team! is an upcoming album of live-recorded Pokémon music by Braxton Burks, the creator of Pokémon Reorchestrated, and Eric Buchholz, famed musician from Twilight Symphony and Symphony of the Goddesses. We already told you all about the project not too long ago, but today brings some exciting news!

Double Team! promised a special Halloween track exclusive for backers who contributed to the Kickstarter project before October 31st. Yesterday, the dynamic duo revealed a special preview of the track for its early backers, and today, you can find the full track on YouTube.

There's barely more than two days left to contribute, so if you'd like to see Double Team! become a reality, be sure to head over to the Kickstarter page and donate. After hearing this special sneak peak, I don't see how any of you could remain unconvinced that this is worth your dime and dollar.

This week has a nice selection of titles available for the Wii U and 3DS, including the launch of a much anticipated and digital-only title in the Phoenix Wright series of games, but before we get into specifics, let's start with Wii U.

For the Wii U this week, we have two new virtual console titles available: Baseball and Pinball for the NES. They're both rather archaic by today's standards, but for NES launch titles, they can be very enjoyable.

For everything else on the Wii U, and the 3DS, as well as Europe's Nintendo Download, be sure to hit the jump! There is plenty more where this came from!

RPGs, in the opinions of many, are immensely entertaining games to play, and the RPG genre itself is so revered, many game developers make it their goal to make the ideal Role Playing Game.

If you were to ask some individuals born in the late 80s or early 90s what their favorite RPG was, they might respond with: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. There are several reasons to back up that preference, but what many would love to back up is the desire for a sequel or an official HD remake.

Speaking of an HD remake, 8BitSandwich took it upon himself to create a three-dimensional render of the Mushroom Kingdom as depicted in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars!

To learn more about this awesome project and how you can access it, click on the jump!

Mario's become one of the most famous faces in modern media, and it's undeniable that he's the biggest star in the gaming world. Naturally, a figure with that kind of status is going to be the star of dozens of great games, but how do you tell which ones are the best of the best? Well, that's a question that's hard to answer, but inside, you'll find my personal top five favorite Mario spinoffs, and be sure to share your own in the comments!

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[Throwback Thursday is a series where we look back on games from the past in reviews, retrospectives, and more. We will have something every week for your retro enjoyment. You may even discover something new to love!]

By early 2000, the Pokémon craze was just about over. The first games released in North America and Europe had played out their popularity; the second games were coming out soon, to be enjoyed by those who bothered staying with the series after the fad died; one theatrical film had released and another was on the way; and the anime was getting into unwatchable territory. So when the Pokémon Trading Card Game for Game Boy Color released outside of Japan, it was mostly overlooked. That's a bit of a shame, too, because the little-known pocket card game was quite the hidden gem.

Up this week on the Wii U eShop are a handful of old games, headlined by the fantastic little puzzle game Mighty Switch Force! 2. Unlike Mighty Switch Force! on Wii U, 2 is what creator Matt Bozon calls the "regular unleaded" version. Apparently WayForward polled Miiverse to find out if they'd rather have a graphical 'remake' release of the game like the first, or if they wanted the 'pixel version' that released on the 3DS earlier this year, and the pixel version won!

Elsewhere on the Wii U this week are the NES titles Urban Champion and Clu Clu Land, with the full retail games Just Dance Kids 2014 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut set to be available on the 22nd.

To see what's new on the 3DS side of things or to find out what the European Nintendo Downloads are for this week, hit the jump!

Ever since FireRed and LeafGreen Versions were announced back in 2004, Pokémon fans have been eager to have all their favorite games remade. In 2010—or 2009 in Japan—we got HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions. After the release of Black and White Versions, many fans picking up on this release trend expected remakes of Ruby and Sapphire, but because of the awkward timing toward the end of the Nintendo DS's lifespan—or perhaps for other reasons—we never got them. But now that Pokémon X and Y have been released worldwide, it seems that this may be another chance for Ruby and Sapphire remakes to see the light of day.

Operation Hoenn is a Twitter account dedicated to finding allusions to Ruby and Sapphire within Pokémon X and Y, and they've uncovered a boatload of in-game references to Hoenn, Ruby and Sapphire's native setting. Head past the jump to see the hints that we may be getting Ruby and Sapphire remakes for Nintendo 3DS!

Pokémon Reorchestrated, or PREO for short, is one of the most excellent tributes to video game music around. Inspired by Zelda Reorchestrated and spearheaded by Braxton Burks, PREO released Kanto Symphony, an gorgeous orchestral re-imagining of music from the first generation of Pokémon games, last year. A few months ago, Skotein released Kanto Symphony: The Lost Diaries, featuring themes based on Mewtwo and Mew. Just last month, Braxton finally announced the long-awaited Johto Legends, a series of three albums of music from Pokémon’s Johto games. And as if that wasn’t enough, PREO is bringing you yet another album: Double Team!

Double Team! will be an album of music spanning all five previous generations of Pokémon, with the potential inclusion of a few songs from the recently-released X and Y. Each of the two contributors—Braxton Burks, and Eric Buchholz of ZREO fame—will arrange one song from each generation. Unlike past PREO albums, Double Team! will feature thirty minutes of live-recorded string ensembles, rather than synthetic samples of an entire orchestra, so it’s guaranteed to sound remarkable.

PREO hopes to release Double Team!, licensed once again by Joypad Records, before the end of 2013. If you’d like to help fund the project or snag one of the exciting rewards, please visit the project’s Kickstarter page and help out!

All week long, we've been showing off our love for the Pokémon series with numerous articles discussing the mechanics, the gameplay, and the possibilities of the franchise. But with Pokémon X and Y now released, and Pokémon Week soon coming to a close, we decided we wanted to leave off on a more personal note -- and also, we wanted to get your input.

Pokémon has been around for seventeen years (fifteen outside of Japan); that's a long time. Many of us gamers have grown up with the series and invested countless hours into catching, raising, and learning about these little creatures. We all have fantastic memories of this franchise, and so for the final installment of Pokémon Week, we as a team wanted to open up the floor to our readers with a simple question: what is your favorite Pokémon memory?

Head past the jump to see what a few of our own staff members had to offer on the subject, and then make sure to head to the comments to share your own!

Welcome, PokéFans; glad to see you taking your time our of your sparkling 3D Pokémon adventure. The wait is finally over. But after we've nurtured our Mon' through Kalos for the sixteenth time, we're going to have to consider it: what is next for the Pokémon franchise? Logically, tradition allows for a third version of the main series Pokémon games to be released, but join me, trainers, as we speculate on the possibilities of many different Pokémon games for 2014 and onwards.

Does a PokéMMO, Generation III remakes, or spin-off sequels sound good? C'mon, don't be shy! Come with me, the time is right -- why not help discover "the power that's inside" by clicking past the jump?

Despite not having that many entries in its main series (only seven, XY already included), Pokémon has a very convoluted timeline, not unlike franchises like Castlevania, Mega Man, and of course The Legend of Zelda. The big mess comes because, just like with pre-Hyrule Historia Zelda, the actual timeline has never been disclosed. While there are games that clearly establish the time gap between them, most of the time the real gap or even placement in the timeline remains hidden. But with references to the real world, such as Lt. Surge being from America, and the player character always owning Nintendo's latest console, it seems as if the games mirror our world, and even our real dates. Could that be possible?

That's a bit of a curious question. What would the real world have to do with the Pokémon games? More importantly: if that were the case, then it must mean that the Pokémon world has some sort of relation to our world. This in turn brings a second question (but first to need answering): is the Pokémon world an alternate version of our world?

If you’re reading this, chances are you haven’t managed to get a hold of Pokémon X and Y. If that’s the case, fret not, because we’ve got some Pokémon news to keep you interested. We all know the original Pokémon Red and Green were released exclusively in Japan, and it would be tricky localizing the franchise in America. In fact, Iwata has revealed that some people even wanted to see Pikachu more muscular so as to appeal to the Western market.

Check out what Iwata said past the jump!