A guide to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s battle modes

One of the Nintendo Switch’s most in-demand launch games arrives this week. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is poised to remind us all why Mario Kart is so wonderful. Those who already played Mario Kart 8 and know how good it is may be wondering what could possibly happen with this version to make it so “deluxe.” Part of it has to do with this including all of the DLC from the Wii U iteration, as well as a few extra characters and vehicle options and the ability to hold two items at once. The biggest deal is an all-new group of Battle Modes for people to enjoy.

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Gudetama Okawari Ikagassuka poaches Wario Ware’s formula

We’ve seen Sanrio poach ideas for its games before. Hello Kitty’s Magic Apron is a take on Cooking Mama with rhythmic elements. Hello Kitty to Issho! Block Crash is a series of Breakout clones. Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams is a lot like Animal Crossing. It’s grabbed onto a concept that works and won’t whisk deviating from that course. When it comes to Gudetama Okawari Ikagassuka, this is good for both Sanrio and anyone who happens to pick up this Nintendo 3DS game.

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Review: Kamiko keeps you moving

When you get a new system, there’s a period in which impulse buys feel more acceptable. Spending $5 or $10 on a small, new release doesn’t feel like such a big deal when you have a gap between major games. Kamiko is the epitome of such a game. It’s immediately available on the Japanese eShop, has an English language option and comes in at ¥500. Fortunately for all of us, it’s also a delightful adventure.

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A Rose in the Twilight says so much without saying a word

There are games that rely heavily on exposition. Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes line touts its massive amounts of text. Then, there are others that show how little you really need to know to appreciate what’s happening in a game. A Rose in the Twilight is such a game. You go in knowing the bare minimum and are given very little information as you proceed throughout the adventure. Yet, despite this lack of information, it does a wonderful job of making itself understood.

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Preview: Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker digs deep on the Nintendo Switch

Do you remember Spelunker World? It was a free-to-play PlayStation 4 game released worldwide by Square Enix. The goal was fairly simple, as it tasked folks with heading into underground areas alone or with friends to find treasure. Naturally, this was accompanied by in-game purchases, namely Moon Gems, which would allow you to proceed through hazardous activities. With Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker on the Nintendo Switch, it abandons these trappings for a more traditional and full approach.

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Soldam fills a void on the Switch

When a new system launches, there are certain holes you hope developers fill. One is for the must buy games. These are the ones that make you buy the console and play it as often as possible. Others are the multiplatform releases where it is nice to have the option of playing on either an old, faithful system or your new BFF. Finally, there are the time sinks. These are the games that you might not buy the first day they launch or necessarily adore after the launch window ends, but do a good enough job of keeping you satisfied. Soldam: Blooming Declaration is one of those precious Nintendo Switch time sinks.

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Where did Kemono Friends begin?

Kemono Friends is an anime that is taking the internet by storm. People are captivated by the cavorting of a young girl named Kaban and her various animal Friends in the Japari wildlife park. Said Friends being animal and human hybrids. This slice-of-life series has a sense of innocence and charm that tends to captivate people. But, this isn’t some show that got its start as a manga and exploded. Rather, it began its life as a game.

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