WonderSwan buyer’s guide: the best games to import

If you want to import Japanese games, the WonderSwan is exactly the sort of thing that may interest you the most. It’s a regional exclusive, but it’s not a huge old computer that you can’t afford. It has franchises you may know, and many games that simply were never ported anywhere else. Oh, and it’s weird and you can carry it around with you to show people that they should talk to you about weird stuff. Read on for our recommendations!

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The best of the Nintendo 3DS: a guide

The venerable Nintendo 3DS is well into its twilight years. After a rocky, uncertain launch, the system built a following and a library that allowed it to become one of the most successful systems released, and it certainly has the top-tier games to show for it. Before you put the handheld into long-term storage (or if you’re picking up one for cheap now that they’re largely off the market), check out our guide for the best the system has to offer!

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A beginner’s guide to Fire Emblem

With its 30th anniversary, a lot of people have been talking about the long-running strategy franchise, and many are being introduced to what it has to offer. So where do you start if you want to get into the series? What’s the next step if you enjoy Three Houses or mobile hit Fire Emblem Heroes, and where do you go after that? We’re here to help you answer those questions.

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Selfy Collection: The Dream Fashion Stylist is simple but endearing

We are in a fortuitous position with the Nintendo Switch. Companies are more likely to take risks and localize games for a worldwide release, thanks to things like a massive user base and the ability to focus on digital releases. It means smaller games, ones that are unusual and odd, get to appear everywhere. Yes, the translation suffers in the process, but we get to see something like Selfy Collection: The Dream Fashion Stylist, have a moment.

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Review: Piofiore shows how dangerous love can be

There are two companies that have become synonymous with otome games outside Japan. One is Idea Factory, the company behind the Otomate line of visual novels. The other is Aksys Games, the company best known for localizing said titles. Piofiore: Fated Memories is the latest and attempts to help increase the genre’s reach by offering more mature situations. While it does succeed, it also doesn’t feel all that different from typical otomes and might even be a bit off-putting.

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