A new Taiko Drum Master game is out in English! Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! is playable in our native tongue in both its Japanese and “Asia” editions, and while an American release would be better, this is… still quite an improvement! Let’s check it out.Read more
There are many great reasons to get into retro imports: the games are generally less text-intensive, the tech’s usually easy to overcome and there’s little risk that you’ll be burned by importing something that gets localized later. So what are your best bets on the SNES? Read on!Read more
Nihon Falcom games age well. Which is great for us, because a lot of them did not originally get a worldwide release! It is only later that these RPGs found their way to other countries. Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection is one such game. While it is a little simplistic, it is brimming with character and charm.Read more
In the Yomawari games, players are introduced to a world of spirits. Most of these creatures are actively hostile. In Yomawari: Midnight Shadows, being irresponsible can very quickly get Haru or Yui killed. But there are instances that show that hostility does not necessarily serve as an indication of morality. Of all the otherworldly residents seen in the game, Mr. Kotowari is an excellent example that proves this is a foreign and wild environment where creatures will act upon their natural impulses, ones that just happen to be hazardous to human health.Read more
In 1985, a major war rocked the world of anthropomorphic animals. The Penguin Wars, as they would come to be known, pitted penguins and other animals against one another. They faced off the only way they knew how: dodgeball. Well, a variant of it. While there was a secondary scuffle in 1990, the differences seemed to largely be resolved. Until now. The animals are angry, my friends, and the Penguin Gira Gira Wars have begun.Read more
As the 3DS moves into its retirement years, it’s an intriguing time to jump into the world of its imports, as it’s clearer than ever to see which games will never see Western release. Sadly, it’s not region-free, but if you take the plunge on the hardware (or explore other options), there are a lot of compelling Japan-only experiences to try, even if you don’t know the language!Read more
Every Style Savvy game starts the same. Players are a new arrival in a small, but fashionable, town. Residents immediately recognize them for their sense of style. One of the people there will be so captivated by their abilities after watching them in action that they will bestow upon them their very own shop. The task from that point is to sell as much as you can, have an impact on the community and take part in styling contests that show how well coordinated you are. It is all rather freeform. However, initial impressions of Style Savvy: Styling Star seems to suggest more goalposts for people to pass as they play.Read more
Games get rereleased all the time. But the same getting almost back-to-back iterations over a six-year period? That might just seem crazy! No, wait, it is crazy! But that is exactly what has happened with Hakuoki, an otome visual novel series with new versions appearing on different platforms year after year. What’s going on?Read more
Summon Night 6 is such a pleasant-looking game. It has such a nice pastel palette, and it’s a refreshing break from the usual fare. There’s nothing grating or eye-straining about the aesthetics of the game, and that’s definitely worth applauding!
That’s a weird thing to lead off with, we know, but frankly a scrappy, unlikely localization like Summon Night 6 deserves some optimism and praise for what it does right. And… that was what we had.
Let’s get into it.Read more