Japanese games at a changing E3: a conversation

Graham: Hi Jenni! As this year’s E3 wraps up, I can’t help but shake the feeling that, as a fan of Japanese games, the show’s just not what it’s used to be.

Jenni: Hi Graham! I concur. In previous years, I always felt like there were welcome surprises at each media briefing. Nintendo aside, I didn’t feel like there was that same sense of import localization anticipation.

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Appreciating Nintendo puzzle games’ accessibility

There is something about a good puzzle game. They tend to be one of the most welcoming genres, with easy to understand concepts, difficulty that can grow with players and matches that may be brief or even endless. Well crafted ones are accessible, which is great. When it comes to Nintendo, some of the puzzle games it has created and published go a step further. While not all of their games accommodate people who might be colorblind, quite a few do.

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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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Let’s look at the Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo cards

A whole new collection of Animal Crossing villagers are here. Nintendo has released the Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo cards. This gives an opportunity to bring new (imaginary) people back into our lives. But, these amiibo cards aren’t identical to the previous four series. There are some important distinctions to be aware of before picking any of these packs up.

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Looking over Jones Soda’s Final Fantasy XV-themed Wiz’s Energizing Elixir

Product tie-ins aren’t uncommon in the gaming world. Especially where Jones Soda is concerned. It’s the company that provided Nuka Cola Quantums for Target to sell alongside Fallout 4. The company didn’t chicken out when it came to Final Fantasy XV, offering a similar promotion. This gave people an opportunity to bring home bottles of Wiz’s Energizing Elixir. It’s a physical version of an in-game soda people can acquire from the Wiz Chocobo Post in-game. The likeness is uncanny and far from choco-boring.

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Cuddling up with Pokémon Sun and Moon’s Rowlet, Litten and Popplio

Pokémon Sun and Moon put us in an interesting position. This generation, we’re blessed with a group of starters that are equally endearing. Each one has its own fanbase, due to their adorable appearances. (We here at Michibiku, for example, are on Team Rowlet.) While this may cause some difficult decisions when people begin their journeys in the latest Nintendo 3DS game this weekend, there’s one instance in which everyone wins.

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