Kirby Star Allies is a charming, friendly 2018 respite

It’s well-known that there are two types of Kirby games: bold, experimental titles that stretch the idea of what a game can be… and traditional platformers. The first group is constantly lauded for going in its new, different directions, whether they be aesthetic (like Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse) or mechanical (like Canvas Curse and Tilt ‘n’ Tumble).

That second group gets a bad rap, though.

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All are welcome in Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!

The Taiko no Tatsujin series could be considered one of gaming’s best secrets. These games have appeared at a regular clip in Japan, but just never got a fair shot in other regions. Sure, Taiko: Drum Master was released in North America in 2004 and was pretty great, but it didn’t receive the proper sort of support to make a real splash. But now, the secret is out. With Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!, everyone gets to join the party. Our gaming libraries are better and stronger for it.

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Sega Ages Phantasy Star changes the game

The concept of Nintendo Hard is tossed around when comes to more classic video games. Some titles, back in the day, were a bit more demanding. This did not just apply to Nintendo games, though. Some Sega games fit the bill, and the original Phantasy Star was one of them. The game had had no maps for its frustrating, first-person dungeon, no information on the items and equipment found around you and was filled with hazardous enemies which would appear frequently. While the classic mode that keeps all of that intact remains in Sega Ages Phantasy Star, it also has the improved M2 Ages variation that lets you adjust appearances, choose from the FM soundtrack and, most importantly, fix all of those nagging issues that might have turned people away before.

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Marenian Tavern Story recipes don’t make players wait

In Marenian Tavern Story, which we recently reviewed, players help a young woman, her brother and their butler/caretaker turn an abandoned tavern into a thriving restaurant to break a contract with a poverty god. What follows is a game where you go through routines to gradually get better and become more successful. But what is especially handy about Marenian Tavern Story is how the game does not hold you back. Instead of keeping you along a rigid path, there is a little room for leeway.

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Madoris R runs with its apartment theme

One of the foundations of puzzle games involves blocks. Lining up falling blocks. Matching blocks of similar colors. Getting the correct shapes into the proper space is a big deal. This might make someone look at a game like Madoris R, one of the latest puzzle games released on the Nintendo Switch eShop in Japan, and wonder what sets this one apart. Except here, developer Caerux has done something special. it has taken the blocks and applied it to the idea of an apartment complex, making the puzzle game a little more appealing.

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Review: Feasting on the foodie feedback loop in Marenian Tavern Story

There are certain sorts of games that are compelling and enjoyable because of the patterns they provide. Players fall into a routine that is fulfilling because each time we go through this activity loop, we make a little more progress and grow a little bit stronger. Marenian Tavern Story: Patty and the Hungry God is a game that lives and dies by its virtual way of life. Players participate in certain actions, see their world expand, then have an opportunity to keep doing so and growing stronger.

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Let’s look at Fire Emblem’s transforming races

There are a lot of animal-people in the Fire Emblem series! These are different races who transform into actual animals in battle, while occasionally maintaining some of these features while in their humanoid forms. Hearing about laguz or taguel can be confusing, especially since these races are not universal and may only be present in a few select entries.

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Which Waku Waku Sweets is right for you?

The time has come for Nintendo gamers to make a big decision. Which system is right for making sweets? Waku Waku Sweets has made its debut on the Nintendo Switch outside of Japan. But, Waku Waku Sweets: Happy Sweets Making is already available on the Nintendo 3DS in every region. Those names sound awfully familiar, right? And those characters look pretty similar too. What’s going on? Which one of these games might be the right fit?

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