A beginner’s guide to Etrian Odyssey

Back in 2007, Atlus decided to use the Nintendo DS to do something ambitious. It brought back the days of first-person RPGs with original party members you had to customize and dungeons you needed to map. Thanks to the handheld’s design, the bottom screen allowed people to practice cartography as they played. Since then, 10 games have been released, each bringing something new to adventurers. Which should you try? What might be right for you?

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What do you need to know about Planetarian?

A charming kinetic visual novel might suddenly be coming to your attention lately. This is in reference to Planetarian, of course. This futuristic story touched hearts way back in 2004, and now is coming to the attention of people again due to a new release. It is making its Nintendo Switch debut worldwide! That means more people will get to meet Yumemi Hoshino and see how meaningful a dilapidated planetarium can be at the end of the world.

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Miss Princess: Miss Puri can be a great otome intro

Lots of Japanese otome games are text heavy. Sometimes, this is because they are visual novels, which means you really are reading through what is essentially a choose-your-own-adventure book. But even when these games fall into other genres, they are text-heavy to help create a sense of ambiance and foster connections between characters. Enter Miss Princess: Miss Puri, a little known Neoromance Nintendo DS game designed to be an introductory otome.

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Which Kingdom Hearts games should you play?

Kingdom Hearts has exploded. While Kingdom Hearts III is only the third game in the trilogy, it is one of many titles that rounds out the series’ lore. It is a lot to take in, and people might not have time to go through all of it. Fortunately, our guide is here to help!

To help better illustrate what is going on and what you should be playing, here is the full timeline going through when every game happens and if you should watch or play through each one.

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Let’s look at Fire Emblem’s transforming races

There are a lot of animal-people in the Fire Emblem series! These are different races who transform into actual animals in battle, while occasionally maintaining some of these features while in their humanoid forms. Hearing about laguz or taguel can be confusing, especially since these races are not universal and may only be present in a few select entries.

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What do you need to know about Jake Hunter Detective Story?

Adventure games and visual novels have been gradually gaining popularity outside of Japan. Thanks to series like Ace Attorney and visual novels like Hakuoki, people seem to be more comfortable with doing a lot of reading while sitting in front of their favorite console. It also means now might finally be a good time for Jake Hunter Detective Story to make its mark. This established adventure series is well established in Japan, and it might just be poised to find a place for itself in other regions after 2018.

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