Let’s look over the Penguin Wars timeline

Players often run into long-standing engagements in video games, perhaps never really grasping what is going on or what every fight entails. Penguin Wars is returning to modern consoles in a big way. But, with so many entries in the series referred to as simply Penguin Wars, it may be difficult to tell what is different. Fortunately, we are here to look through the series’ timeline and better understand what happens in each tournament.

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Joy Mech Fight has awesome robots

With Sukapon’s reveal as a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Assist Trophy, there is an opportunity for a whole legion of Nintendo fans to be introduced to one of Nintendo’s earliest fighters. Joy Mech Fight is a Famicom game that never left Japan, even though the language barriers are minimal. In a scenario that parallel’s Mega Man’s, one scientist is going to use robots to take over the world, and his former friend and good scientist is using a remaining one to save the day. And again, just like Mega Man, the nature of these robots are what make Joy Mech Fight so delightful.

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Kirby25: Kirby’s Adventure (NES, 1993), 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, Henry Skey (@Dollerz) helps us start our journey into Kirby’s Adventure, the lone NES release in the franchise. This entry adds the trademark copy abilities and a host of surrounding comforts that would become a mainstay. Come back next week for the (thrilling?) conclusion!

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The Adventure of Valkyrie offers an interesting approach to advancement

The Adventure of Valkyrie: The Legend of the Time Key is a The Legend of Zelda-like that had some issues that kept it from being as memorable as other action RPGs of the time. Namely, that the Valkyrie was always swarmed by enemies and received no guidance as to what you should or shouldn’t be doing. But, there was one thing it did do right. The Adventure of Valkyrie: The Legend of the Time Key went above and beyond when it came to character advancement.

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Adventures of Lolo 3 is the best sort of Sokoban

Sokoban-style games, which involve solving puzzles by pushing blocks, boxes and any other items from one place to another, don’t need to be complicated, involved or even pretty to be good games. All they need to do is challenge players by making them to think critically and logically to proceed through an area. They can be simple and succeed. It’s rare that you get such a game that finds it can expand on that simple formula and do so in a way that sticks with you and doesn’t detract from that core mechanic. HAL Laboratory, the people you may know from all those Kirby games, did so with Adventures of Lolo

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