The unusual fun of Japanese golf games

For most fans of Japanese releases, there are two words as reviled as any others: “sports game.” They’re likely to make the most open-minded player tune out at a moment’s notice, simply because of how they don’t generally line up with their basic sensibilities.

That’s not true about all sports, though. There’s one sport that Japan gets very, very right: golf.

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Otome games with rhythm elements can help ease people into the genre

There are many different kinds of otome games on the market. The most prevalent sort fall into the visual novel genre. People go through a story, pick certain choices or dialogue responses at major moments, then end up on a path for a specific character. Sometimes, we get ones that are RPGs, like Angelique, or simulations, like Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side. However, there is one route people can take to get into otome games that is rather welcoming, eases them into the genre and offers an alternate sort of gameplay that can be enjoyed even if you find you don’t dig the romantic elements. Rhythm games with otome elements can be a great way to ease into the genre.

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Why are there so many Ys IVs?

Most series are rather straightforward. Once with numbered installments tend to have some semblance of order to them. However, when it comes to Nihon Falcom’s Ys, things get a little odd. There are four Ys IV games. People outside of Japan might not realize this, since only one of them was released worldwide. However, with Ys: Memories of Celceta about to make its PlayStation 4 debut, it seems like a good time to go over what happened and why there are so many Ys IVs.

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Beyond Mother 3: The best Japan-only Nintendo games in need of localization

Will we ever get an official release of Mother 3 in the West? That’s… possible, but also a question that more than enough people out there are constantly asking. The late-life GBA game has been a looming shadow over Nintendo of America, but perhaps more importantly, it’s one that’s blocked fans from talking so much about the other games Nintendo hasn’t released over here. And those are good too! Let’s break down the best prospects.

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Picross S3’s Color Picross makes it easier to see pictures take shape

We are big fans of nonograms here at Michibiku, both ones created by Jupiter and those from other studios. We take their history very seriously. So, when Picross S3 became the first Jupiter installment to include color, we took notice. While this publisher is always known for some of the highest quality puzzles, Color Picross takes things to a whole new level. Thanks to its unique mechanics, it pushes people to think harder, gives them a better sense of progress and might even offer a greater reward.

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Should you get Puyo Puyo Champions or Puyo Puyo Tetris?

It is such a good time to be a Puyo Puyo fan. Puyo Puyo Tetris is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC. Puyo Puyo eSports has been released worldwide as Puyo Puyo Champions for the Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC. Even Sonic Mania paid tribute to the series with a boss fight that was Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine-themed. Sega Ages Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo 2 are both a thing.

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The HGBD Mobile Doll Sarah Build Divers kit is a perfect starting Gunpla

People who love import video games will eventually find themselves introduced to the world of Gundam. The series has received multiple adaptations and spin-offs, such as Gundam Breaker 3, SD Gundam Gashapon Wars and Super Robot Wars V. This might also get people thinking, "Maybe I should try building my own Gunpla." For those worried about wading in, it’s time to meet Mobile Doll Sarah.

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