Final Fantasy VIII Remastered helps Seifer’s actions seem more understandable

There’s a saying that suggests that the best villains are the ones who, if you change the circumstances or story slightly, could have been the heroes. Back when Final Fantasy VIII was shiny and new in 1999, it might have been easy to look at Seifer Almasy, one of the antagonists, and see him as a jerk. I was in high school at the time and never thought too deeply about who he was or why he was doing what he was doing. But now, with Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, it’s a new opportunity to better appreciate a villain who could very easily have been a hero and often engages in some positive behaviors.

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Preview: Puru-Chara Friends: Hoppe-chan to Sanrio Characters lets you relax and (literally) make friends

Here’s a funny thing about Japanese mascot characters. They tend to get all sorts of games and products based on them. Hoppe-chan has been the star of a number of titles, typically on Nintendo platforms. Most recently, an ambitious cross-over occurred on the Nintendo Switch in Japan: Puru-Chara Friends: Hoppe-chan to Sanrio Characters. Hoppe-chan met Hello Kitty and her friends! It’s a relatively text-heavy game, but one that seems like it suits both the Hoppe-chan and Sanrio experiences.

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What do you need to know about The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening?

One of the more imaginative entries in The Legend of Zelda series is going to reappear. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will bring a classic portable game back. Right when it’s needed too, what with the Switch Lite launching alongside of it. But, people might be wondering what this adventure is like. Should they play the newest one or go back to its origins? Are there any other games to play to prepare?

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How to get into Sumikko Gurashi games

San-X, like Sanrio, is one of the major mascot character companies out there. If someone likes a cute being, say like Mamegoma, Rilakkuma or Tarepanda, then there is a good chance San-X made it. Case in point, Sumikko Gurashi is one of the company’s more popular groups of critters. Which makes them a great lead-in to some Japanese games that can sometimes be rather import-friendly!

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Review: Sega Ages Space Harrier helps you rail against fantastic enemies

Space Harrier is one of those classic Sega games. The name is recognizable by anyone who has seen it in the 34 years since it made its arcade debut. Whether it is in an arcade, on a console or perhaps even in a Yakuza 0 virtual arcade, this early Yu Suzuki title has a sense of presence. There are plenty of reasons to remember it. Now, with the Nintendo Switch Sega Ages Space Harrier release, there is a refined version of the original game that takes optimized elements from past releases and a few optional gimmicks that provide a new way to look at the game, regardless of how good you may be at it.

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What do you need to know about Tokyo RPG Factory?

There are certain smaller studios out there making Japanese games that are gradually growing in notoriety. One of them is Tokyo RPG Factory, a developer that most people probably know as the one that is owned by Square Enix. (Other acceptable answers include “the one that makes sad games” or “the one where all the games look a lot alike.” It’s been five years since its founding in 2014, and the company has kept on trucking. In fact, it has a new game coming out this year! Which means now is the perfect time to figure out more about it and why you may want to take an interest in the team’s games.

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