Preview: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns fosters a sense of community

The Story of Seasons and Bokujo Monogatari series have always placed a very strong emphasis on ensuring the player feels like he or she is part of the community. As a farmer, your actions matter. From participation in festivals to befriending people to see special events, the goal has been to make sure there’s no “us” and “them.” It attempts to create the illusion that you are all in this together. With Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, this has never been more evident.

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Puyo Puyo Chronicle follows in genre-mix footsteps

The latest in the Puyo Puyo series strays far from its pure puzzle roots in many ways, but it does so by drifting into a burgeoning arena in its own right: the puzzle-RPG hybrid. Puyo Puyo Chronicle borrows liberally from 3DS peers Puzzle & Dragons X and Monster Strike (and progenitor Puzzle Quest before them), knowing that its distinct fun lies in the fact that, at the end of the day, you get to play some Puyo.

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Speed and strategy spawn success in Nyoki Nyoki Tabidachi Hen

We’ve already gone over how you play and win in Nyoki Nyoki Tabidachi Hen. It’s a game that requires you to collect Nyoki Nyoki of various colors, line up combos, destroy them when you feel the time is right and send accrued garbage Nyoki Nyoki whenever you want to bury your opponents. But, we haven’t gone over why Compile Maru’s puzzle game works so well. It allows people to win using whatever strategy best suits them.

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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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Seeking solace in Japanese life sims

You can’t escape the real world forever. It isn’t possible; it isn’t healthy. But, now more than ever, seeking solace in a safe virtual space is a welcome retreat for those needing to grieve or heal. Japan has excelled in providing us these simple spaces where we can feel heard, accepted, loved and in control. With games like Tomodachi Life, Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Princess Maker 2 and Animal Crossing, we can find a moment of peace.

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