Two new Touhou games may hold wider appeal

To outsiders, the Touhou games may seem inscrutable, intimidating or just plain out of their usual wheelhouse. That’s understandable; the world and characters are a large part of what holds these games together and almost all of their market awareness. A new pair of releases (and we do mean pair; the two are even sometimes sold as a package) certainly will appeal to fans of the world, but their larger appeal may be in serving two cult-favorite genres that could use some more recent entries.

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Review: Atelier Firis seeks freedom in open worlds

In Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey, the titular Firis feels trapped in a small community, yearning for the open worlds beyond. In many ways, this feels like an expression of developer Gust itself: wanting to expand its horizons and try its hand at more open environments. And just like Firis, Gust may not have been totally ready for that, but they both approach this adventure with a plucky spirit.

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Kirby25: Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (GB, 1995), Part 2

Kirby25 is a week-by-week video celebration of the Kirby series’ 25th anniversary. For more, check out the Kirby25 archive.

This week, Andrew Passafiume (@AndrewWDP) returns as Kirby’s Dream Land 2‘s bosses test us… and find us to be unworthy? As it happens, being bad at action-based games and trying to beat them in a video series is a poor combination. Well… here we go, then!

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