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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – The Ethics of Time Travel

As avid Animal Crossing fans probably know, time travel has been incorporated in each main series title since the original on the Nintendo GameCube. Its premise is rather simple: by changing the system’s time and date, players can skip ahead to speed up their town development, move out villagers, or access certain holidays or events in advance.

The release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch has once again created something of a split within the community: those who time travel and those who don’t. As somebody who has played the game both ways, I have an important question to answer today: is time-traveling worth it in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

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Should you take amiibo training seriously?

Probably not. Wait, what? If you’re new to the amiibo training community, that answer might surprise you. After all, our metagame is just as complex as any other (maybe), so doesn’t that make it worth taking seriously? In my opinion, not really. That being said, amiibo training in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate still has a lot to offer! Let’s take a look at some core components of the competitive scene and why taking it too seriously could be bad for the community as a whole.

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The problem with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Ness amiibo

It’s no secret that Ness’s Figure Player is one of the strongest in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He has one of the best movesets in the game, a variety of kill options, and solid tournament results. It’s well established that Ness is a top-tier threat, but he still has his weaknesses — and that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.

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Happy 9th anniversary, Exion!

It’s nearly February 24, 2020 — and nine years ago, our community was born! Of course, we only recently found our footing as Exion; over the years, we went through many different names and iterations. If you’re a new reader and want to learn about some of our history, you’ve come to the right place! In the spirit of our ninth anniversary, I am going to outline our community and its past.

If you aren’t ready to read a massive wall of text, then I’ll leave you with this: thanks for sticking around for nine years. Things have been picking up for us, and I hope to see our community continue to grow and thrive. You, as viewers, are the most important part of our work, and I am very thankful for that!

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Pokémon Sword & Shield – First Impressions

Yesterday morning, the Pokémon Sword and Shield-centric Nintendo Direct was made available to Pokémon fans around the world. A treasure trove of information was revealed regarding the upcoming titles, including its worldwide release date of November 15. The presentation also revealed new features and several brand-new Pokémon, and today, we’re going to break down each individual reveal. If you’d prefer to watch the Nintendo Direct yourself, you can do so here. Otherwise, let’s get right into it!

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