Puyo Puyo Tetris’ story is gloriously goofy

For many people, Puyo Puyo Tetris is an introduction to the Puyo Puyo series. As incredible as it is, there have not been that many installments released outside of Japan. Most entries remain trapped overseas, especially ones where the Puyo Puyo heroines and heroes feature prominently. You would think this would be detrimental to Puyo Puyo Tetris‘ campaign. Instead, Sega seized the opportunity to present a goofy and welcoming story for everyone to enjoy.

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A guide to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s battle modes

One of the Nintendo Switch’s most in-demand launch games arrives this week. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is poised to remind us all why Mario Kart is so wonderful. Those who already played Mario Kart 8 and know how good it is may be wondering what could possibly happen with this version to make it so “deluxe.” Part of it has to do with this including all of the DLC from the Wii U iteration, as well as a few extra characters and vehicle options and the ability to hold two items at once. The biggest deal is an all-new group of Battle Modes for people to enjoy.

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Review: Kamiko keeps you moving

When you get a new system, there’s a period in which impulse buys feel more acceptable. Spending $5 or $10 on a small, new release doesn’t feel like such a big deal when you have a gap between major games. Kamiko is the epitome of such a game. It’s immediately available on the Japanese eShop, has an English language option and comes in at ¥500. Fortunately for all of us, it’s also a delightful adventure.

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Preview: Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker digs deep on the Nintendo Switch

Do you remember Spelunker World? It was a free-to-play PlayStation 4 game released worldwide by Square Enix. The goal was fairly simple, as it tasked folks with heading into underground areas alone or with friends to find treasure. Naturally, this was accompanied by in-game purchases, namely Moon Gems, which would allow you to proceed through hazardous activities. With Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker on the Nintendo Switch, it abandons these trappings for a more traditional and full approach.

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Soldam fills a void on the Switch

When a new system launches, there are certain holes you hope developers fill. One is for the must buy games. These are the ones that make you buy the console and play it as often as possible. Others are the multiplatform releases where it is nice to have the option of playing on either an old, faithful system or your new BFF. Finally, there are the time sinks. These are the games that you might not buy the first day they launch or necessarily adore after the launch window ends, but do a good enough job of keeping you satisfied. Soldam: Blooming Declaration is one of those precious Nintendo Switch time sinks.

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Preview: Splatoon 2’s Splat Dualies offer focused fire

I’m not a sharpshooter in Splatoon. I tend to focus my efforts on coating the battlefield, not splatting other inklings. Now that the Splatoon 2 Testfire has come and gone, a new weapon has me changing and rethinking my approach. People who participated in this demo had an opportunity to go hands-on with the Splat Dualies, a pair of pistols, and the loadout for the demo’s version of the weapon is perfectly designed for coating both the field and your opponents with paint.

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