Chronicling Akuma’s Street Fighter appearances

Akuma isn’t one of the original Street Fighters. He made his first debut in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, the fourth version of Street Fighter II. Though, you might not have seen him unless you were an especially proficient player or had access to cheats. Akuma began as a secret character. Rather than only remaining hidden for one game, he’s remained a secret through many installments in the series. If you wanted Akuma, you almost always had to work for him.

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Valkyria Chronicles’ Marina is one of the Gallian Militia’s best

We all have our favorite characters in games. Especially in RPGs and strategic titles, where each person has their specialty. When it comes to Valkyria Chronicles, Marina Wulfstan is by far my favorite, and she should be one of yours too. This heroine is one of the strongest soldiers in your militia. She’s not only well-rounded, with a strong backstory, she’s also skilled and quite human.

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Shopkeeping is fine in AL・FINE

We’ve gone from a time in which shop keeping simulations are rare, precious things to savor, to one where they’re far more common. Thanks to games like Recettear, Style Savvy, Adventure Bar Story, Conveni Dream and Kingdom Item Shop, we have outlets for people who want to run a retail empire. AL・FINE may not offer new and amazing takes on the formula, but is a casual option for people looking for a new market to dominate.

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Kokurase captures high school students’ enthusiasm

When putting together a game about high school students, it can be difficult to get the tone right. With games like Final Fantasy VIII and Persona 3, we have a cast of characters that are all in high school, but often behave as they’re much older. The conversations they have aren’t exactly typical of kids that age. Characters in games like Yo-kai Watch are on the verge of becoming teenagers, but can behave as though they’re much younger. Galanti’s Kokurase, an episodic adventure game made with RPG Maker, manages to actually capture the right atmosphere, attitude and emotion in such a way that its characters and subject matter feel authentic.

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Seeking solace in Japanese life sims

You can’t escape the real world forever. It isn’t possible; it isn’t healthy. But, now more than ever, seeking solace in a safe virtual space is a welcome retreat for those needing to grieve or heal. Japan has excelled in providing us these simple spaces where we can feel heard, accepted, loved and in control. With games like Tomodachi Life, Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Princess Maker 2 and Animal Crossing, we can find a moment of peace.

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Pokemon Trading Card Game Online is an ideal training field

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is a wonderful game. It’s a balanced experience where anyone can pick up and play, but people who put the time in to learn how to properly build decks and form strategies can discover all sorts of intricacies. One of the best parts of the experience is Pokémon Trading Card Game Online. This game gives you invaluable and practical, hands-on experience.

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