It’s a fairly common game development practice: build on a game’s engine and assets to make a new experience on the same platform with less time and effort. It’s resulted in some all-time great games, like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and it’s also meant dev teams could deliver more than one title in a generation.
These games aren’t often the ones we miss; once a series starts being localized, it tends to stay that way for a while. But sometimes it happens! Thankfully, these are easy games to import, as you know the controls and systems well from the previous game we did get.Read more
The Wars didn’t always have commanders. Famicom Wars and Game Boy Wars sent Red Star and Blue Moon against one another, and that was that. You were some faceless commander, with no noteworthy backstory or specific skills. It’s only with Super Famicom Wars that distinct commanding officers made their debut, and it changed the series for the better forever.Read more
It’s weird to think of Advance Wars as some sort of series for importers. After all, we’ve seen the last four entries in the West, in some cases several years before they’re released in their original Japanese form. The last title, Days of Ruin, was released in the U.S. and Europe in 2008, after a breakneck localization process that saw completely different English names and conversations in the two regions. Japanese players could buy it… in October 2013. As a digital-only Club Nintendo reward. This is just the latest in the Famicom Wars franchise’s rocky, questionable release history, one sometimes affected by real-life conflict.Read more
While the Fire Emblem series is experiencing a renaissance, the same can’t be said for its longtime compatriot, Advance Wars. The other strategy franchise from Intelligent Systems has been dormant since 2008! Still, there’s a lot to love in its history, and until we’re given another new one, digging back into those older titles is the way to go. But where should you start? Read on.Read more
Nintendo 3DS owning internet denizens were recently given a rather robust reason to rejoice. Capcom revealed it would be localizing the sixth entry in the Ace Attorney series: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice. It’s quite a coup for adventure aficionados! But, it’s also another addition to a genre that did a wonderful job of establishing itself on Nintendo handhelds. The DS library is a phenomenal trove of plot-heavy adventure games.Read more
In the DS days, Nintendo published a lot of touch-friendly all-ages games that would foreshadow the mobile app era that was ahead. Brain Age! Polarium! Professor Layton! Touch Panic!
If you haven’t heard of that last one, you’re forgiven: it didn’t release in the West. But it’s incredibly import-friendly and you should play it. Check out our video for a better look!Read more
Remember The Legendary Starfy? It’s… really okay if you didn’t, because its DS release slipped by many on this side of the Pacific. If you do recall it, it’s probably because you fondly remember its thoroughly pleasant platforming in the vein of Kirby and its distinctive two-environment back-and-forth.
That game, though, was the fifth in the series, and the only one we got! If you want more Starfy action, your best bet is Densetsu no Stafy 4, which is a very similar release and coincidentally also the thing we played for a video for you to watch!Read more
Otome games are great, but many of the titles getting localized are visual novels. While reading is also pretty amazing, sometimes you don’t want to spend your time reading thousands of words on route to romancing a digital dude. Sometimes, you want a little more stimulation while searching for the (virtual) one.Read more