Interview: Making Super Neptunia RPG with Artisan Studios’ Mario Rizzo

It’s rare to see a game collaboration between teams in Japan and the West, but it does occasionally happen! We got to pose some questions to Mario Rizzo, co-founder and CEO of Artisan Studios, the team developing one such project: Super Neptunia RPG. Read on to learn more about what it’s like for the globetrotting team to work with Compile Heart and what to expect from the release.

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Let’s look over the Penguin Wars timeline

Players often run into long-standing engagements in video games, perhaps never really grasping what is going on or what every fight entails. Penguin Wars is returning to modern consoles in a big way. But, with so many entries in the series referred to as simply Penguin Wars, it may be difficult to tell what is different. Fortunately, we are here to look through the series’ timeline and better understand what happens in each tournament.

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What could Teddy Together teach us about Bandai Namco’s Neko Tomo?

Back in 2013, Bandai Namco released an endearing little life-sim on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. It was called Kuma Tomo, and it was designed to give people a chance to befriend and care for an anthropomorphic teddy bear. Three years later, it came to Australia and Europe as Teddy Together. Now, Neko Tomo has been announced for the 3DS and Switch. Few details have been announced, beyond the revelation that we will be caring for kittens named Nekoko and Tomomo, but we can look to Teddy Together as an example of what to expect from this sequel.

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Where can players go after Octopath Traveler?

Octopath Traveler really blew up, didn’t it? The Nintendo Switch exclusive became a top eShop seller after launch and physical copies were so rare, Square Enix was issuing apologies and asking people to please consider a digital copy if they could not wait. It is a fun RPG to spend 40 to 60 hours playing. But, what if you already finished the game? What if you are ready to follow some new stories? Well, let’s help you find something similar to enjoy!

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Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded’s new heroines help balance the game

In the Touhou Project universe, three characters often find themselves the center of attention. One is Reimu Hakurei, the Hakurei Shrine maiden who ends up being the star of many games. She enjoyed all the limelight in the original release of Touhou Genso Wanderer. But Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded understands that two other heroines can be just as important and makes a big deal of both Marisa Kirisame and Sanae Kochiya’s involvement. In so doing, their personalities and situations bring new perspectives and a bit of balance to the game.

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Review: Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded takes players on a pleasant journey

Touhou Project has not always had the opportunity to show its best face in the west. The bullet hell shoot-’em-up line that established the series’ characters and world is fantastic, but obscure. The titles that get the most attention and exposure are localized doujin games belonging to different genres. This means people are plopped into sub-par titles, like Touhou Kobuto V, or the palatable Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity. Fortunately, there is one “good” Touhou spin-off and it has received a definitive edition that offers more people a chance to see a better side of the series. Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded is that game.

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