The ins and outs of Sanrio Characters Picross

Sanrio Characters Picross is here, giving people another opportunity to solve puzzles and see classic, cute characters as a reward. This is not the first time this has happened, but it is the first time Jupiter has been the developer behind it. Considering this is a nonogram game from a company that is known for them, Nintendo 3DS owners should have a good idea of what to expect. But just in case this is all new information, here are some things to know about Sanrio Characters Picross.

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What do you need to know about Style Savvy?

Know what is amazing? There are actually four Style Savvy games now! This Nintendo and Syn Sophia series has given Nintendo DS and 3DS owners opportunities to run stores, put together outfits, participate in contests, create clothing, decorate rooms and even help pop stars find their way in the world! The series has exploded over the years, but people unfamiliar with them might mistake the games as something for children. But really, it is so much more than that.

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Game Freak’s Magical Taruruuto-kun: Magic Adventure takes players on quite a trip

When Game Freak comes to mind, it is easy to immediately think of the company’s most popular series. After all, Pokemon is one of the most recognizable IPs out there. But the company is responsible for a lot more than that. In fact, in 1992 it released two incredibly odd games based upon the Magical Taruruuto-kun series. Each one has the distinction of being weird, yet easy to understand and enjoy.

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What do you need to know about Dillon’s series?

A Nintendo franchise is making a comeback after a brief hiatus. The Dillon series is continuing with Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers. But here is the thing: Dillon is not really a household name. Even though he has two games under his belt and made a cameo in Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS and Wii U, people might not know who he is or what to expect.

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Which Otomate otome games can people enjoy in English?

There is a name people caught up in the otome game craze should know: Otomate. This is the branch of Idea Factory that devotes itself to making games for women. These tend to be visual novels with dating sim elements, though Library Cross is a mobile RPG and I Will Protect You was an Otomate Forte Metroidvania. Lots of Otomate games have been released in English for people to enjoy! Depending on the system you own, you could have at least one title to try.

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Jupiter packs a lot of detail into Picross S

Picross S is the first opportunity for Nintendo Switch owners to see something people who have been playing Jupiter’s nonogram games for years already know. The company has become quite adept at creating puzzles that are not only interesting to solve, but appealing to look at too. No matter what the size or difficulty, there is a level of attention paid to the final pictures that makes each puzzle feel like it was worth your time.

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Quest: Brian’s Journey shows how important an additional adaptation can be

The eighth generation of video games is known for many things. One of the most notable is the proliferation of ports, remakes and remasters. Companies bring games back, even if they are only a few years old, so a new audience can enjoy an improved and upgraded experience. But this is not such a rarity. Years ago, the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color had a similar situation with a specific game: Quest: Brian’s Journey. Except in this case, it was a demake that offered people a chance to take a better version of the adventure on the go.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s updates make the game feel more manageable

The five month anniversary of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is around the corner! One of the Nintendo Switch’s first RPGs has settled into the system. A lot has happened, with plenty of patches adding new content and fixing what is broken. Three major add-ons are planned for 2018, bringing new rare blades, a challenge mode and additional story content. Before all that arrives, let’s go ahead and go over the state of the game. After all, everything that has happened so far has worked to make the adventure more enjoyable, less trying and easier to return to at a later date.

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Sakura Momoko no Ukiuki Carnival recognizes the value of online interactions

Sakura Momoko no Ukiuki Carnival is an unusual Game Boy Advance game. Players end up being befriended by a carnival fairy, which means they are required to join the committee, convince residents of Colortown to attend and wake the eight guardian gods so they will decorate their respective boroughs. What is interesting is that even though this was a game made in 2002, it understood how important the internet is in connecting with people. Players can only progress when they participate in the “real” and “virtual” worlds present within the game.

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