A beginner’s guide to Bokujou Monogatari: the best Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons games to play

The Story of Seasons series has reached quite a hallmark in regions outside of Japan this year. It has celebrated its 20th birthday! With the Bokujou Monogatari split happening in 2014, with Marvelous deciding to have XSEED work on localizations of future entries while Natsume retained the “Harvest Moon” name and began using it on a line of original games, it may be difficult to follow the course of the series. We’re here to help you figure out which farming simulations might be right for you.

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Kirby25: Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (GB, 1995), Part 2

Kirby25 is a week-by-week video celebration of the Kirby series’ 25th anniversary. For more, check out the Kirby25 archive.

This week, Andrew Passafiume (@AndrewWDP) returns as Kirby’s Dream Land 2‘s bosses test us… and find us to be unworthy? As it happens, being bad at action-based games and trying to beat them in a video series is a poor combination. Well… here we go, then!

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Kirby25: Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (GB, 1995), Part 1

Kirby25 is a week-by-week video celebration of the Kirby series’ 25th anniversary. For more, check out the Kirby25 archive.

This week, Andrew Passafiume (@AndrewWDP) joins us for an exploration of Kirby’s Dream Land 2! The puffball returns to the monochromatic screen for this more fleshed-out adventure full of worlds and powers. While every episode of Kirby25 has its own human helper, Dream Land 2 introduced animal companions to shake up its platforming.

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Kirby25: Kirby’s Pinball Land (GB, 1993)

Kirby25 is a week-by-week video celebration of the Kirby series’ 25th anniversary. For more, check out the Kirby25 archive.

This week, Michibiku’s own Jenni Lada (@JMariye) drops by to check out Kirby’s first he’s-a-ball-now outing, Kirby’s Pinball Land for the Game Boy! HAL combined its Kirby world and Revenge of the ‘Gator expertise to make a game that’s silly fun if you’re as bad as we are and less silly fun if you can actually accomplish anything.

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Kirby25: Kirby’s Dream Land (GB, 1992)

Welcome to Kirby25! To celebrate the Kirby franchise’s 25th anniversary, we’re playing all the games in the series in weekly video features. It feels like 2017 could use some happy, relaxing fun, and we hope these episodes will be a welcome respite from the stress of life.

This week, Lucas White (@HokutoNoRucas) joins in as we play through the very first game: Kirby’s Dream Land for the original Game Boy. The game’s a fascinating case study in just how much of the eventual formula was in place in the first title and how much wasn’t.

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Pokémon Yellow is perfect for Nuzlocke runs

The Pokémon games are designed with accessibility in mind. While there are deeper elements to each installment, exploring these intricacies is optional. The basic experience is a rather balanced one that anyone, regardless of age or familiarity with RPGs, can enjoy. As long as you can read, you can play a Pokémon game. Which probably explains the popularity of Nuzlocke runs. By adding self-imposed rules to the experience, you create an additional challenge. And, when it comes to facing a Nuzlocke challenge, Pokémon Yellow might be the perfect game to take on that journey.

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Mario’s Picross 2 is all about the ambiance

Picross doesn’t have to do anything flashy to be good. All nonogram games really need is to be functional and have control schemes that work with the player to be successful. This is why most of Jupiter’s Picross games are so great. They deliver plenty of puzzles in what’s almost always a user-friendly environment. But, there’s one Picross game that really stands out, and it’s an installment that never appeared outside of Japan. I’m talking, of course, about Mario’s Picross 2.

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