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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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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