What’s up with Ruby Party?

Otome games are only just starting to find their place worldwide, but these dating sims for women have been around for quite some time in Japan. If you start enjoying these titles, you will eventually find yourself hearing about Ruby Party. You may even hear laments about how no Ruby Party games have been localized yet! Who is this developer? Why should you care about its titles? Let’s learn a little more about this studio!

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What makes Detective Pikachu special?

Good news for all areas that did not originally get Great Detective Pikachu in February 2016: the game has been confirmed for a worldwide release that includes the existing first episode and entirely new second one! Now, people with Japanese systems have been able to enjoy the game, cliffhanger and all, for a while. But those who are only just hearing about this special Pikachu may wonder what is so special about this spin-off. Well, we’re here to help.

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Preparing for Utano Princesama: Shining Live

Big news in the world of otome games that also happen to have a musical side to them! One is actually receiving a worldwide release! Unfortunately, this is not a story following up on an unexpected La Corda d’Oro localization. Rather, an Uta no Prince-sama mobile game will be released on Android and iOS devices in English about a year after its Japanese debut. This is great news, right? Well, I certainly think it is and am here to tell you why.

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

For a less-successful-than-hoped system approaching 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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Lufia: The Legend Returns’ large cast makes the game stronger

Have you ever considered how unrealistic it is when we see games where a small group of heroes somehow topple gods and save the world? I mean, a group of four or six teenagers or young adults managing to do it all? It could be considered quite a stretch. Some games acknowledge this by offering a larger party to make their premise more plausible, but it is Lufia: The Legend Returns that goes above and beyond to present a solid cast. This game’s 12 heroes and heroines come together to strike down the Sinistrals in a way that makes a bit more sense.

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Lufia II is quite a strong prequel

Prequels can be a rather precarious thing in the video game industry. If titles are set within a span of time too close together, there may be a concern as to whether or not people could get really invested when they already know the outcome. There is also a concern that adding too many mechanics or elements that are present in the prequel, but not the original title. It takes finesse to create a prequel that can engage people, pay proper tribute to the original game and include new elements, and fortunately Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals is such a game. This is one of those instances where a prequel can stand solidly on its own.

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What do you need to know about Lufia?

Sometimes, RPG series people love are lost to the sands of time. The developers that made them go out of business, other companies decide they are not profitable and age leads to them not getting a digital rerelease via a platform like the Virtual Console. Lufia is one of these series. But, while it is difficult to accumulate a complete collection of these games and get into them now, it is not impossible and many installments are worth your time.

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Tabikaeru is the most relaxed idle game

When Neko Atsume came to mobile devices in 2014, Hit-Point helped start an idle game revolution. People took to this app that let them place some food and toys for cats, step away for a bit and return with an opportunity to see and photograph kitties. Since then, it has been working with the genre, with Spoon Pets offering a similar concept as Neko Atsume, only with the Sega Toys characters replacing the felines. Now, it has offered a twist on the genre with Tabikaeru: Journey Frog. In so doing, it has become a no-pressure idle game that provides genuine joy whenever it is opened.

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