Madoris R runs with its apartment theme

One of the foundations of puzzle games involves blocks. Lining up falling blocks. Matching blocks of similar colors. Getting the correct shapes into the proper space is a big deal. This might make someone look at a game like Madoris R, one of the latest puzzle games released on the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan, and wonder what sets this one apart. Except here, developer Caerux has done something special. it has taken the blocks and applied it to the idea of an apartment complex, making the puzzle game a little more appealing.

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Review: Feasting on the foodie feedback loop in Marenian Tavern Story

There are certain sorts of games that are compelling and enjoyable because of the patterns they provide. Players fall into a routine that is fulfilling because each time we go through this activity loop, we make a little more progress and grow a little bit stronger. Marenian Tavern Story: Patty and the Hungry God is a game that lives and dies by its virtual way of life. Players participate in certain actions, see their world expand, then have an opportunity to keep doing so and growing stronger.

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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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Which Waku Waku Sweets is right for you?

The time has come for Nintendo gamers to make a big decision. Which system is right for making sweets? Waku Waku Sweets has made its debut on the Nintendo Switch outside of Japan. But, Waku Waku Sweets: Happy Sweets Making is already available on the Nintendo 3DS in every region. Those names sound awfully familiar, right? And those characters look pretty similar too. What’s going on? Which one of these games might be the right fit?

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Nintendo Switch imports guide: the best Japan-only games to play

The Nintendo Switch has made it easier than ever for Western Nintendo fans to enjoy import-only games, and it’s a good thing, too, because there’s some fun stuff to check out! (Even if, due to so many localizations about which we will not complain, the options are still a bit slim.) Here’s your guide to what you should be playing that hasn’t made it to Western eShops.

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Mercenaries Saga Chronicles is a solid strategic compilation

It certainly seems like 2018 has been a good year for people who love strategy games! Valkyria Chronicles 4 was released, Disgaea 1 Complete made a comeback and we’re even seeing lots of Mercenaries Saga games. Something like Mercenaries Saga Chronicles, for the Nintendo Switch, could easily be buried. Especially if someone didn’t notice it when it immediately appeared digitally in February 2018 or physically in September 2018. But, people should pay attention for a number of reasons. This is a collection people should not skip.

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Review: Kitty Love: Way to Look for Love has a good concept, but poor execution

It isn’t uncommon for Japanese forms of media to showcase a story where humans transform into animals. Ranma 1/2 has a number of cast members who bounce between bipedalism and quadrupedalism. Fruits Basket is a series where its cast needs to be careful when hugging other people. Kitty Love: Way to Look for Love is an otome novel offer its own take on that sort of situation. It is an absolutely pleasant thing, though some technical issues and translation errors keep it from being something fans of the genre need to play.

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Interview: Kadokawa’s Yuki Watanabe on building RPG Maker MV for consoles

The console editions of RPG Maker MV are headed Westward in February 2019, but they’re making their Japanese debut this week! We asked Yuki Watanabe, a Kadokawa veteran and the director of this console release, about what we should expect from this new version of the game.

Michibiku: What is the driving force behind the development of RPG Maker MV? What are you trying to deliver to players that previous games haven’t done, or haven’t done as well as you’d like?
Yuki Watanabe, Director, RPG Maker MV: This is actually the first time we have ported a PC version to console. Usually, the console version is different, because we have to pay attention to memory and things like that, but this time, we could bring nearly the full PC experience to everyone.

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Gal Metal’s life sim elements offer a sweet look at high school friendships

Gal Metal is a music game. It is also a life sim. On top of that, Gal Metal keeps track of a player’s relationships with other characters. For a game where motion controls are king and someone is basically waving Joy-Cons around in the air, there is a lot going on. While music is the main focus, these other elements help build up the world and enhance the experience.

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