Preview: Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park he Youkoso is a super-chill game

The Nintendo Switch does not have many digital board games yet. Sure, there is Monopoly, but there have yet to be many family-friendly, minigame-filled endeavors for folks to enjoy. Unless you happen to be in Japan or have a Japanese account on your system, that is. Nippon Columbia has released Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park he Youkoso for the console, complete with sample demo. While it is entirely in Japanese, it is fairly easy to understand and is remarkably relaxed for a competitive game.

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Preview: What’s up with Wattam?

What am I wanting to play? Well, it is Wattam, of course! This Keita Takahashi game has been waiting in the wings for years. After all, it was first announced at the 2014 PlayStation Experience. A new engine and some updates later, it finally looks closer to becoming a reality. Funomena and Annapurna Interactive are saying it could be released in 2018, and it certainly is looking closer to a final release.

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Phantasy Star II’s recruitment process actually made sense

Think about how you have made friends in your daily life. Or how you have found new coworkers at your company. Bonds develop over time. Sometimes, because of applications. Things proceed quite differently in real life than they do in games, as a JRPG can suddenly pair you with partners willing to die for your avatar moments after meeting. There are exceptions to this, with Phantasy Star II being among the most notable. This game handles recruitment in a different way, one which makes a lot more sense.

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Tokyo Tattoo Girls has meaningful fanservice

Tokyo Tattoo Girls is a strategy game about dominating a Tokyo that has been decimated, then largely abandoned. The only people left behind are women with magical tattoos grouped into clans. They rule Tokyo, fighting for control in the hopes that a rumor that anyone who does manage to unify the 23 wards would be allowed to leave. A part of the game involves adding tattoos to the backs of heroines with the ability to boost Charisma and Threat levels.

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The best of the Nintendo 3DS: a guide

The venerable Nintendo 3DS is entering 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 just now getting one), check out our guide for the best the system has to offer!

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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns New Neighbors Pack: what to expect

Something big has happened with Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns. In case you missed it, XSEED released DLC for the Nintendo 3DS at the beginning of November 2017. This is rather unexpected, as most Bokujou Monogatari games are rather self contained. So what can you expect if you grab this extra content? Well, Michibiku is here to help with any questions you might have!

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom explores characters’ humanity

The Phantasy Star series has done its best to take us to new worlds. Each one involves different planets, filled with people of different races. In some cases, these creatures may defy our expectations of what we would consider human. With Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom, Sega presents a situation where players are able to consider the nature of many different characters with various backgrounds and see how human each one can be.

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