The best way to appreciate a classic Atelier series has arrived. Gust and Koei Tecmo have brought about the Atelier Dusk Trilogy, giving people the best DX versions of Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha and Logy and Atelier Shallie. While getting everything at once in a compilation is a boon, there are other bonuses. This compilation means we have the easiest way of understanding what is going on in the world of Dusk and best way to see how these games take the idea of daily life and growth and apply them as gameplay concepts.Read more
Have you ever wondered why so many of the virtual board games coming out of Japan seem to all have the same sort of feel to them? You go around a colorful board, throwing dice to move your avatar forward. Different notable locations can appear, with there being rewards for reaching certain places. These tend to always have a theme, perhaps involving Final Fantasy or Super Mario character. Plus, they all come down to chance. Well, the similarities aren’t a coincidence. All of these are sugoroku games.Read more
Nintendo’s eighth generation console has become quite a hit since its 2017 launch, with a massively growing library filled with first-party, third-party and indie releases. Fortunately for prospective players, there are plenty of Nintendo Switch demos out there to give them a chance to try games before buying them. But the thing about these trials is that not all of them are created equal. There are a few that really outdo the others, offering rich experiences that can help lure people to a full game.Read more
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is coming back! In 2020, Nintendo is bringing its collaboration with Atlus to the Switch. As is common with these Wii U ports, a little something extra is being added in for the encore performance. But what should someone expect in general, in the event they missed the RPG the first time around? Well, it is something that is a lot more like Persona than either Fire Emblem or Shin Megami Tensei.Read more
There’s a good reason that we here at Michibiku are fans of the Gotta Protectors series enough to keep up with its often-hard-to-follow information flow. It’s not that the games are ever particularly impressive in size or mechanical depth. It’s not that they tell interesting stories, or that they’re just so polished that they can’t be ignored.
It’s this: they’re always a heck of a lot of fun to play with friends in a way few games can match.Read more
By this point in a franchise like Boxboy!, fatigue starts to set in. No matter how charming the premise or engaging the puzzles, anything so simple and straightforward is bound to wear out its welcome at least a bit and deliver diminishing returns to the player.
Boxboy! + Boxgirl! doesn’t have that problem.Read more
We don’t always get every great rhythm release in every region. Things like licensing disputes, distribution issues and concern about brand familiarity are a few of the problems that can get in the way of a good game. When Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party! was announced for Japan, it seemed like it could have been a victim of such complications. I mean, it has licensed music, is handled by Taito and one of its main selling points is how it uses virtual YouTubers. It seemed like the sort of game where you would be thankful its Japanese release has an English language option, then you eventually import it when you could afford it.Read more
In life, it’s often hard to accomplish things. Progress is hard to see. Failure is constant. Plans don’t always work out as intended. There are factors beyond your control.
In Dragon Quest Builders 2, none of these are much of a problem.Read more
I do not know how these kids get by without me.
Every Saturday, I wake up. I put on the exact same uniform, complete with lace tights. (Do you know how difficult it is to be a respected professor and take student soldiers out onto a battlefield without getting runs in lace tights?) I see how much time I have to spare for myself to prepare for the week. Then, I start my walk around Garreg Mach.Read more