Final Fantasy VIII Remastered helps Seifer’s actions seem more understandable

There’s a saying that suggests that the best villains are the ones who, if you change the circumstances or story slightly, could have been the heroes. Back when Final Fantasy VIII was shiny and new in 1999, it might have been easy to look at Seifer Almasy, one of the antagonists, and see him as a jerk. I was in high school at the time and never thought too deeply about who he was or why he was doing what he was doing. But now, with Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, it’s a new opportunity to better appreciate a villain who could very easily have been a hero and often engages in some positive behaviors.

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Preview: Puru-Chara Friends: Hoppe-chan to Sanrio Characters lets you relax and (literally) make friends

Here’s a funny thing about Japanese mascot characters. They tend to get all sorts of games and products based on them. Hoppe-chan has been the star of a number of titles, typically on Nintendo platforms. Most recently, an ambitious cross-over occurred on the Nintendo Switch in Japan: Puru-Chara Friends: Hoppe-chan to Sanrio Characters. Hoppe-chan met Hello Kitty and her friends! It’s a relatively text-heavy game, but one that seems like it suits both the Hoppe-chan and Sanrio experiences.

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Tamagotchi On gives other regions a chance at an updated experience

Something major has happened outside of Japan. Bandai has decided to take a chance on one of its high end models in other regions. The Tamagotchi Meets and Some model, which appeared in Japan and Korea in 2018, has come to North America as Tamagotchi On. This is, well, monumental for people in other regions. Past Tamagotchis have been the more basic models, with the 2014 and 2015 Tamagotchi Friends models being black and white variants with NFC and skill systems. However, we missed out on more involved full-color models, even the Tamagotchi iD L that was released in English. Tamagotchi On is an opportunity to experience a lot of new features, those some feel like first steps into the future.

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What do you need to know about The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening?

One of the more imaginative entries in The Legend of Zelda series is going to reappear. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will bring a classic portable game back. Right when it’s needed too, what with the Switch Lite launching alongside of it. But, people might be wondering what this adventure is like. Should they play the newest one or go back to its origins? Are there any other games to play to prepare?

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Sega Dreamcast imports guide: The best Japan-only games to play

For a less-successful-than-hoped system now reaching two decades of existence, the Dreamcast holds an impressive library of games that just haven’t seen proper follow-ups, and that holds true with the unlocalized segment of its library. The end of the road for Sega’s hardware development was full of both special novelties and Japan-only genre specialties, and the system’s arcade-like approach means a lot of it’s totally playable for Western audiences. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss!

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Pokemon Masters helps existing trainers become better characters

Pokemon Masters is a lot of things. It is nontraditional, in that it has players working with teams of Sync Pairs that give you one notable trainer and their Pokemon. There is no capturing of any kind. It involves quite a bit more grind, in that each Sync Pair has to be leveled up and certain battles can be quite difficult without the type combinations you need. But, one of the more beneficial things is the spotlight it provides. Pokemon Masters is a means of getting to know characters better.

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Review: Utawarerumono Zan is a complementary beat-’em-up

When it comes to visual novels, there’s a specific complaint that often comes up. People unfamiliar with the genre can sometimes be quick to point out how little "gameplay" there is in such affairs. It was a criticism volleyed at both Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Mask of Truth, two visual novels that didn’t offer players much agency, in terms of choices, and only occasionally broke up the narrative with a battle or two during appropriate events. Utawarerumono: Zan feels like a direct response to such this kind of grievance, but it might go too far when trying to rectify those gripes.

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