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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!

PlayStation Plus members will be getting a fresh batch of free games in January 2017, as recently posted about by the PlayStation Blog. Among the titles to be made available are war survival game This War of Mine: The Little Ones (PlayStation 4) and the remastered version of the 1993 classic Day of the Tentacle (cross-buy on PlayStation Vita).

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The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Famitsu (since Media Create skipped this week), and Pokémon Sun and Moon continue to impress. Although the twin games saw their sales dip a bit last week (partially thanks to the launch of a new Yo-kai Watch game), they sold over 322,000 units last week, bringing their life-to-date total in Japan alone up to 3,246,222.

In hardware, the 3DS family reigned supreme, selling nearly 230,000 units for the week. PlayStation 4 (including Pro) came in second place with over 107,000 units sold. Vita sold a respectable 58,745 units, and Wii U lagged behind with 8,417 sales. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and a familiar franchise is sitting at number one. The latest version of Yo-kai Watch 3 (Sukiyaki) sold 337,979 units in its debut, easily beating out Pokémon Sun and Moon, which sold just under 200,000 for the week.

The 3DS family was the big winner in hardware, as all of its various models combined for over 133,000 sales. PlayStation 4 took second, selling just under 80,000 units between its regular and Pro models. PlayStation Vita sold over 36,000 units for the week, and Wii U managed just over 5,000. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

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!

Indie sensation Shovel Knight has been an incredible success story thus far, and the retro-styled platformer will soon be expanded with a free Specter Knight prequel campaign. Nick Wozniak, an artist at developer Yacht Club Games, recently discussed the upcoming DLC with US Gamer, and he also revealed that Shovel Knight has hit another milestone.

According to the US Gamer article, Shovel Knight has now sold over 1.5 million copies across all platforms since it debuted in 2014. This number is up from 1.2 million in April, so it looks like Shovel Knight has moved another 300,000 copies in the past eight months. If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out!

Back in October, Square Enix revealed that Sora from Kingdom Hearts would be coming to World of Final Fantasy. Donning his outfit from Dream Drop Distance, Sora will officially become a DLC character on January 12th in Japan, the same day that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue releases there. We can only hope that Sora will make his way to North America on January 24th, when the game comes out here.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was successfully funded on Kickstarter over three years ago, and following a recent delay, it's finally almost here. Developer WayForward Technologies recently announced that the action-platformer will be released digitally across all platforms on December 20th, and now publisher Xseed has the physical release details. Hit the jump for the scoop.

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and long-awaited RPG Final Fantasy XV is top dog. Pokémon Sun and Moon enjoyed two weeks at the top, but Final Fantasy XV sold just under 700,000 units at launch to knock the twin 3DS games down to number two. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS came in third, followed by Watch Dogs 2 and rounding out the top five with All Kamen Rider: Rider Revolution.

In hardware, PlayStation 4 saw a massive sales boost this week, jumping from just under 34,000 to over 110,000 units sold. 3DS, Vita, and Wii U all saw sales increases as well, but Sony's console easily topped the charts. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

We're closing in on the end of the year, and that means it's time to look back and reflect on all of 2016's greatest games. Over the past few weeks we've seen the Golden Joystick Awards and The Game Awards make their selections, and next up is Sony. The PlayStation Awards 2016 will be held on December 13th at 17:00 in Japan (3:00 AM Eastern), honoring the top games in Japan and other Asian territories. The show will be livestreamed on YouTube, and a pre-show event will start one hour earlier.

It's been a long wait made longer by a recent delay, but the Kickstarter-funded action-platformer Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is almost here! Shortly after sending the Early Access build live, developer WayForward Technologies has announced that Shantae's next adventure will be available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Vita, and Steam on December 20th. The game is also set to receive a physical release at some point, and Xseed will share those details "shortly."

Though Thursday's presentation of The Game Awards 2016 was a reflection on the past year in gaming, another big event this weekend is set to make us look forwards, not backwards. That's right, it's once again time for the PlayStation Experience! The full event will be occurring in the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend, where attendees will have access to awesome panels (including a Death Stranding panel with none other than Hideo Kojima himself) and over 100 playable games.

However the biggest event, the PlayStation Showcase, occurs in just a few hours at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern. This E3-style conference is sure to have some big announcements and awesome trailers, so if you're a PlayStation fan, you won't want to miss it. In fact, you can catch it, along with our coverage of the event, right here at Gamnesia. Just head inside to watch the livestream and keep checking back for our takes on the incoming news!

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and Pokémon Sun and Moon are still on top. After debuting at number one last week, the 3DS games sold another 375,665 solo units this week, as well as another 6,113 double packs. SD Gundam G Generation Genesis came in second, selling over 175,000 units across PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.

Nintendo 3DS saw a sharp drop in sales this week (mostly because last week's numbers were inflated by the launch of new Pokémon games), but the handheld system still took the top hardware spot. PlayStation 4, Vita, and Wii U all posted improved numbers this week. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and Pokémon Sun and Moon are the big winners. Nintendo moved nearly 1.6 million copies of the individual games, and then another 151,379 dual packs, easily taking the top spot on the charts with no close competitors.

This provided a huge boost to the Nintendo 3DS line of hardware, pushing the combined sales of all models over 100,000 for the week. Meanwhile, PlayStation 4 saw its sales plummet from over 90,000 last week to under 40,000 for this week. Wii U saw a slight sales bump, despite only having one game (Minecraft) in the top 20. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers are in from Japan, courtesy of Media Create, and Nintendo's stocking stuffer is a big hit. Japanese publication Famitsu reported that the Nintendo Classic Mini: Famicom sold over 260,000 units at launch, and Media Create agrees. This easily pushed it to the top of this week's hardware charts, thanks to nostalgia and a ¥5,980 (roughly $55) price tag.

PlayStation 4 sales surged from 32,041 to 92,344 this week thanks to the launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro. Sony's new hardware made up over two-thirds of total PlayStation 4 sales for the week. 3DS, Vita, and Wii U sales all saw a slight boost over last week's numbers. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.