The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya shows how well otomes adapt to the Switch

Otome games and visual novels are the sort of genre that frankly, could very well fit anywhere. But, at the same time, there is something nice about having them in a more portable format. It places the story in the palm of your hands, makes it easy to read anywhere like a traditional book and allows people who are devoted to the sights and sounds to really focus on the presentation. In the eighth console generation, the PlayStation Vita really stood out as the system to play such games on, and The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya seems to suggest the Nintendo Switch could fill a similar role.

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Interview: SNK Heroines’ Yasuyuki Oda and Kaito Soranaka on the game’s goals and influences

SNK’s next fighting game release, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, is releasing later this year and headed West courtesy of NIS America. We were able to ask some questions to the project’s leads about what they’re hoping to accomplish and how the game will differ from a standard King of Fighters.

Michibiku: SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy seems to follow in the footsteps of cult classic Neo Geo Pocket Color release Gals’ Fighters. Was this intentional? Will we see references to Gals’ Fighters in the new game?

Yasuyuki Oda, producer: The story is not necessarily directly connected, but the concept is quite similar. It’s a new title, but it’s unmistakably a spiritual successor.

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Dissidia Opera Omnia is a friendlier take on Dissidia Final Fantasy

The Dissidia Final Fantasy games can be complicated, to say the least. Different characters from various worlds all come together in a single installment to fight it out. The battle system changes slightly between entries. The cast is occasionally shook up. Given that and the gaps from one release to the next, and it may seem like getting into the series is a daunting task. Fortunately, there is one installment that makes things a little more simpler: Dissidia Opera Omnia. Even better, it is a free option easily accessible on multiple platforms.

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Review: The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya is a good first love for Switch otome fans

People who are looking for a little romance in their virtual lives were able to celebrate quite a landmark in February 2018. D3 Publisher released the first otome game on the Nintendo Switch. The system has its own version of The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya. It may not be the most elaborate game out there, but it feels like a stepping stone and proof that this console could be a good fit for similar titles. This basic title lays a foundation, one that fans of such games may want to consider while they wait for other companies to foster new relationships.

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Review: Dynasty Warriors 9 is taken down by its own misplaced ambitions

Dynasty Warriors 9 is intended as a fresh start for the series, a big numbered entry in a franchise that hasn’t changed a lot in the past decade and a half. It’s technically ambitious, an open-world China you can explore rather than a series of segmented maps. It’s an opportunity for big change for developer Omega Force, and an opportunity for new players to jump in and get the core experience of the franchise rather than a spinoff or variant.

So, um, about that opportunity.

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English Vita otome games: a guide

In the years since Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom made its English debut in 2012, otome games have enjoyed a surge of popularity worldwide. The genre went from an unknown to one that received multiple releases on various platforms each year. Sony handhelds have long been a haven for such titles, with people who own a Vita enjoying the fruits of this bevy of releases.

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K-On! Houkago Live!! is a great “anime” game

What could lend itself better to a game than a series about a high school band? Not much, to be fair. K-On! Houkago Live!! is one of Sega’s many rhythm games and is based upon the manga and anime series of the same name. What makes it extra special is the commitment to the cause. While it is primarily about the music, giving people an opportunity to play through 19 songs, it does a fantastic job of maintaining K-On!’s ambiance.

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Miracle Girls Festival scratches a Project Diva itch

When people think of Sega music games starring singing anime characters, their minds may jump to the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva series. But, it is not the only option. They could also be flocking to Miracle Girls Festival, a PlayStation Vita game which is incredibly similar. Which only makes sense. It runs on the same engine and uses the exact same inputs.

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The Longest 5 Minutes is a visual novel for JRPG fans

NIS America’s latest, The Longest 5 Minutes, is a peculiar little game. It certainly looks like a JRPG, with its classic pixel-art trappings and all sorts of turn-based monster battles and shopkeepers. It doesn’t really play like one, though. Yes, you’re walking around and getting into fights and talking to NPCs as you’d usually expect, but the dynamic is much more like a narrative adventure than its supposed peers.

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