Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 is a brave experiment

The Fire Emblem games released in recent years tend to remain rather consistent. Each installment has gameplay that follows a similar pattern. You take on a map with enemies. You either escape the map or fulfill certain conditions to win. Weapons can be acquired as a reward after defeating a foe, from opening a chest or by stopping at a shop. There is always a weapon triangle, to help you determine which units to send against others. But some titles stood out for being different. Fire Emblem Gaiden was one, but no game went against the grain more than Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. This is a game that takes chances, forcing you to take chances too.

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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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Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden is a good fit on the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch finally is giving people a chance to play older games on it. Those who subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online can play an array of NES titles. However, Bandai Namco has also giving folks a similar opportunity. The company has, as a Dragon Ball FighterZ pre-order bonus and offer for joining the Bandai Namco Latinoamérica email newsletter, doled out digital copies of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden. While this is an older game, it fits really well on Nintendo’s newest console.

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Video: Dropping blocks and breaking hearts in Tokimeki Memorial Taisen Puzzle Dama

The enormous popularity of Puyo Puyo in Japan caused many, many competitors to try their hand at creating a falling-block puzzle franchise, and there weren’t many to find as much success in gameplay and domestic longevity as Taisen Puzzle Dama, Konami’s attempt in the genre. Let’s take a look at a signature entry — one tied to another Konami franchise that found a lot of fans in its home country!

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