Super NES Classic Edition gives the ’90s’ greatest RPGs another chance to shine

Every console makes a name for itself when it comes to providing games from certain genres. With the Super NES, Nintendo provided a system renowned for its RPGs. Japan came out in full force to support it with 30-60 hour adventures every few months. It was a wonderful time. But, there is a downside to all of these games being so good, and that is that their value only increased over the years. Their reputation preceded them, making them near impossible to find until Virtual Console releases. Even then, people needed to have a Nintendo 3DS or Wii U to properly access each one. The Super NES Classic Edition is important because it is a tool providing easy and immediate access to some of the most influential RPGs of all time.

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Pokemon Petite Pals are pretty precious

Some rather adorable Pokemon have recently stepped into the limelight. They’re the Pokemon Petite Pals, a line of toys from Tomy made with little girls in mind. Except, these new friends are actually some new ones we never knew we had. Each of these little buddies originally appeared years ago in Japan, and now they’re ready to find fame in other regions.

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Digimon Xros Wars is a digivice for busy adults

In the late ’90s, virtual pets were all the rage. Bandai’s Tamagotchi started a trend in 1996, with the company’s Digital Monster offering another take on it. While Tamagotchis were peaceful pets, Digimon were monsters you could raise, train and battle. Ten years after its 1997 launch, the Digimon Mini was released. This line offers smaller virtual pets for people to carry. Of this series, the Digimon Xros Wars variety is most convenient, giving people who grew up with the toys a more manageable pet.

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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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Who’s Hoppe-chan?

We love slimes. Dragon Quest slimes, Pokémon Dittos and Final Fantasy flans are fine by us. But, if you pay attention to Japanese trends and merchandising, you might have noticed another glob of goo with a sizable fanbase. It’s Hoppe-chan, another fancy buddy blob.

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Ensky’s lace bracelets are ever so intricate

Sometimes, people wear their hearts on their sleeves. Or, in rare occasions, on their actual wrists. With Ensky’s lace bracelets, it’s possible to find some of your favorite, iconic characters portrayed with delicate, silky threads. The company has released a number of fan-friendly designs, but exactly how durable and delightful are they? The good news is, very.

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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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