The troubled history of Famicom Wars

It’s weird to think of Advance Wars as some sort of series for importers. After all, we’ve seen the last four entries in the West, in some cases several years before they’re released in their original Japanese form. The last title, Days of Ruin, was released in the U.S. and Europe in 2008, after a breakneck localization process that saw completely different English names and conversations in the two regions. Japanese players could buy it… in October 2013. As a digital-only Club Nintendo reward. This is just the latest in the Famicom Wars franchise’s rocky, questionable release history, one sometimes affected by real-life conflict.

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A beginner’s guide to Advance Wars

While the Fire Emblem series is experiencing a renaissance, the same can’t be said for its longtime compatriot, Advance Wars. The other strategy franchise from Intelligent Systems has been dormant since 2008! Still, there’s a lot to love in its history, and until we’re given another new one, digging back into those older titles is the way to go. But where should you start? Read on.

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From combat to kitchens: cooking in JRPGs

If you’ve played a JRPG in the last ten years, you may have noticed a food fixation. Games are determined to ensure parties aren’t set out with empty stomachs. Level-5’s Fantasy Life allows a player to go through the game as a chef, cooking up 105 dishes while also exploring and saving the world. Sorcery Saga: The Curse of the Great Curry God sends its heroine out to dungeons in search of legendary ingredients to save her favorite curry shop, allowing her to cook Curry on Demand in dungeons.

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