What do you need to know about Shenmue?

August 21, 2018 is a big day for people who love Japanese games. A classic has made a comeback. Shenmue I & II headed to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, giving people a chance to learn about the fight between Ryo Hazuki and Lan Di. Which should be quite helpful, considering a third entry is in development. But what if someone are entirely new to Shenmue? What do you need to know about the series? Let’s learn about the games together!

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Let’s look over the Penguin Wars timeline

Players often run into long-standing engagements in video games, perhaps never really grasping what is going on or what every fight entails. Penguin Wars is returning to modern consoles in a big way. But, with so many entries in the series referred to as simply Penguin Wars, it may be difficult to tell what is different. Fortunately, we are here to look through the series’ timeline and better understand what happens in each tournament.

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Joy Mech Fight has awesome robots

With Sukapon’s reveal as a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Assist Trophy, there is an opportunity for a whole legion of Nintendo fans to be introduced to one of Nintendo’s earliest fighters. Joy Mech Fight is a Famicom game that never left Japan, even though the language barriers are minimal. In a scenario that parallel’s Mega Man’s, one scientist is going to use robots to take over the world, and his former friend and good scientist is using a remaining one to save the day. And again, just like Mega Man, the nature of these robots are what make Joy Mech Fight so delightful.

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Angel Collection combines fashion and friendship

Before Style Savvy let DS and 3DS owners play dress up and run a shop, finding dress up games could be rather difficult. The titles would be geared toward younger audiences. Some would even be very rudimentary and only focus on the dressing up and clothing collection elements. There was one title that stood out, and that was Angel Collection: Mezase! Gakuen no Fashion Leader on the Game Boy Advance. Instead of focusing on fashion, this series offered an opportunity to do more.

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How seven mysteries help games develop worlds

There are certain recurring themes people can expect from video games intended to build ambiance, especially in RPGs. No sooner do you enter a new area or attend a new academy, then someone lets slip there are seven unsolved mysteries to discover. Inevitably, the main story or an extended series of sidequests sends you looking after each one. However, people may not realize exactly how extensive this story element is and why it is such a valuable inclusion in games.

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Game Gear games worth playing in 2018

Let’s be honest with ourselves. The Game Gear is a fun system, but it is not the absolute best handheld out there. It was known for games that appeared on both it and the Sega Master System. The system has not held up well to the test of time. I have gone through five of them, with only two right now that “work.” Note the quotation marks, as one has no sound and the other must be held at a certain angle to view the screen. But, that does not mean the system’s library is a lost cause. There are some games people should still play.

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What could Teddy Together teach us about Bandai Namco’s Neko Tomo?

Back in 2013, Bandai Namco released an endearing little life-sim on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. It was called Kuma Tomo, and it was designed to give people a chance to befriend and care for an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Three years later, it came to Australia and Europe as Teddy Together. Now, Neko Tomo has been announced for the 3DS and Switch. Few details have been announced, beyond the revelation that we will be caring for kittens named Nekoko and Tomomo, but we can look to Teddy Together as an example of what to expect from this sequel.

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Game Tengoku playfully references past games

This is a big week for people who love shoot’em ups! A rather unusual one is getting a localization. Game Tengoku CruisinMix, an updated version of Game Tengoku, is getting its English language update this week. That means PlayStation 4 owners get a version they can easily play, while those with the PC version should expect a nice patch that makes it easier to understand. This means people might have a better opportunity to understand what is going on and why this game is so important.

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Where can players go after Octopath Traveler?

Octopath Traveler really blew up, didn’t it? The Nintendo Switch exclusive became a top eShop seller after launch and physical copies were so rare, Square Enix was issuing apologies and asking people to please consider a digital copy if they could not wait. It is a fun RPG to spend 40 to 60 hours playing. But, what if you already finished the game? What if you are ready to follow some new stories? Well, let’s help you find something similar to enjoy!

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