What do you need to know about Nippon Ichi Software’s 2D games?

There is a whole line of NIS games people might not know about. They don’t have any specific designation and header. However, each one is a 2D game focused on stories and puzzles, and people who enjoy one will likely love the others. Have you heard of them? Well, with this guide, you definitely will know all you need to about getting into these 2D affairs.

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Review: The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince tells a simple, but sweet, story

Sometimes, games are more about telling a story than anything else. The mechanics and elements revolve around the things the developer needs to make the title come to life. Enter The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince. People from two very different worlds meet, an unfortunate incident binds them together and the player goes through levels that highlight their newfound bond and interactions.

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What do you need to know about Code: Realize?

2019 is a big year for otome fans. A region that is normally lucky to get a localization of any otome games is getting the second fan disc for one. It is a big deal. But, someone might also see Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracle~ about to realize and wonder what is the big deal and how to start getting into this series. Well, fortunately for you, we’re experts on all things otome and more than familiar with Cardia’s journey.

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Record of Agarest War Mariage scales things back

The only Record of Agarest War game to not receive a localization has, well, received a localization. Record of Agarest War Mariage has appeared outside of Japan. The former PlayStation Portable game looks a little more crisp than before, has received some trophies and has keyboard and mouse control options. But, people heading into it and expecting a more traditional experience like the ones from past installments will be in for a shock. Corners were cut in the portable release, to allow it to actually run on the system, which means things are a lot less complicated.

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Gabbuchi makes players consider what they need

The premise of Gabbuchi may seem simple. Players control a little monster with a ravenous appetite for bits and blocks. You have to figure out which ones to eat to fill the character up, while also reaching the heart-shaped cookie that represents the goal. Everything about the game is about appetite and block management. This means people have an opportunity to enjoy a game that constantly forces them to think ahead.

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Pocket Billiards: Funk the 9-Ball’s aesthetic makes a simple pool game stand out

There are a lot of pool games out there and frankly, it can be difficult for some to find a place for themselves. Especially in the case of the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. You have games with generic titles like Billiard Club, Championship Pool, Pocket Color Billiard, Pro Pool and Side Pocket. The lone exception was a strange little game called Pocket Billiard: Funk the 9-Ball. In a world where lots of games tried to sell themselves by just showing billiard balls on the cover, this one gave us a dog boy named Break and a frog girl named Rack.

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What do you need to know about Planetarian?

A charming kinetic visual novel might suddenly be coming to your attention lately. This is in reference to Planetarian, of course. This futuristic story touched hearts way back in 2004, and now is coming to the attention of people again due to a new release. It is making its Nintendo Switch debut worldwide! That means more people will get to meet Yumemi Hoshino and see how meaningful a dilapidated planetarium can be at the end of the world.

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Miss Princess: Miss Puri can be a great otome intro

Lots of Japanese otome games are text heavy. Sometimes, this is because they are visual novels, which means you really are reading through what is essentially a choose-your-own-adventure book. But even when these games fall into other genres, they are text-heavy to help create a sense of ambiance and foster connections between characters. Enter Miss Princess: Miss Puri, a little known Neoromance Nintendo DS game designed to be an introductory otome.

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How to get into Japanese rock and pop by listening to Tales series music

Lots of great Japanese games have major Japanese rock and pop singers providing the theme songs for them. The Final Fantasy series had Gackt providing “Redemption” for Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus and Hikaru Utada always provides the theme song for each Kingdom Hearts game. But if there is one series that reliably brings out the best singers and songs, it is Bandai Namco’s Tales series. It routinely brings the bangers.

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