Falling in love with Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side

The Tokimeki Memorial series began by giving people a chance to follow a young man enjoying his high school years, falling in love with many of his female classmates. As it grew in popularity, its scope did as well. Soon, Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side was giving people a chance to follow a young woman in a similar situation as she sought love with many of her male classmates.

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Tingle’s weird nature allowed for unorthodox games

There are certain expectations when it comes to video game protagonists. Heroic figures you can idolize are common, because who doesn’t love rooting for an honorable and well-intentioned person attempting to make the world a better place? Antiheroes are equally common, giving us tales of redemption or revenge. The one thing we don’t often see are titles where the leads make us cringe.

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Five Japan-only sequels offer a second helping of fun

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.

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The troubled history of Famicom Wars

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.

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A beginner’s guide to Advance Wars

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.

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