Review: Hit? Miss? Tiny Metal seeks to advance war

Tiny Metal has ideas.

That hasn’t been a given in the post-apocalyptic landscape of games seeking to fill the void left by the disappearance of Advance Wars. Some have brought style, and others have delivered faithfully on the sort of combat Wars perfected, but rarely have we seen a game that both seeks to follow in that franchise’s footsteps and further explore the tactical space within.

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Preview: Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park he Youkoso is a super-chill game

The Nintendo Switch does not have many digital board games yet. Sure, there is Monopoly, but there have yet to be many family-friendly, minigame-filled endeavors for folks to enjoy. Unless you happen to be in Japan or have a Japanese account on your system, that is. Nippon Columbia has released Sumikko Gurashi: Sumikko Park he Youkoso for the console, complete with sample demo. While it is entirely in Japanese, it is fairly easy to understand and is remarkably relaxed for a competitive game.

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Review: Penguin-kun Gira Gira Wars is on a roll

In 1985, a major war rocked the world of anthropomorphic animals. The Penguin Wars, as they would come to be known, pitted penguins and other animals against one another. They faced off the only way they knew how: dodgeball. Well, a variant of it. While there was a secondary scuffle in 1990, the differences seemed to largely be resolved. Until now. The animals are angry, my friends, and the Penguin Gira Gira Wars have begun.

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Review: Absolutely everybody adores Aluche in Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon

With every sequel, people hope for something better. After all, it is a second chance. If a game was good, it could be a an opportunity to be even better. Should the original have faltered, the next installment could right those wrongs. Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon does its best to fix the problems with the original and make the sequel a stronger game, but in the process ends up making things feel a little more generic and less unique.

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Candy grinding makes every Penguin-kun Gira Gira Wars character better

Every Penguin-kun Gira Gira Wars character starts out as a blank slate. Different characters may feel as though they hit harder or move faster, but such differences are negligible. Unless someone is playing in a versus mode and specifically chooses not to use player data, it is a level playing field. But anyone who spends any time with the game will quickly realize that putting the effort into improving characters is well worth it.

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Review: Touhou Kobuto V lets fans down

There are so many good Touhou Project games out there. I mean, Team Shanghai Alice has created some revolutionary bullet hell shooters. Touhou Genso Wanderer is an enjoyable roguelike. Even Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity, though a bit rudimentary, is fun. So why is it we keep getting games like Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle, installments that do nothing but tarnish the reputation of the series?

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Review: Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase offers colorful Reversi-like puzzling

The Switch is a great platform for Japanese obscurities as well as puzzle games, so it’s not as surprising as it would normally be to see a revival of Jaleco’s Soldam pop up on the dockable handheld. But localized? That’s a true surprise, as new publisher Dispatch Games popped up to bring the game to the West. So it’s great to see! Is it great to play?

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Preview: Project Octopath Traveler explores the different sorts of duty

There have been many games that explore multiple characters’ storylines and paths. The SaGa series is known for it. Now, with Project Octopath Traveler, another is about to appear. Square Enix is about to tell the tales of eight more heroes and heroines. But, Nintendo Switch owners do not get to see all that just yet. For now, all we get to see are samples of the tales of Primrose the dancer and Olberic the warrior.

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How does Fate/Extella switch things up on Switch?

Marvelous has forged a whole new destiny for Fate/Extella. The game, which was once bound to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, has been assigned a new master. The Nintendo Switch is getting the beat’em up on July 25, 2017. But what makes this new iteration of an existing game so appealing? Why should people be ready to stand alongside Nero Claudius again?

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