What is going on with Japanese Vita games in 2019?

It is all fairly obvious what is going on with the PlayStation Vita outside of Japan. Cartridge production has cut off, so only digital copies of games are being released. The few domestic titles still on the horizon tend to be indie ones, like Conga Master Go!, though The House in Fata Morgana and NG are a notable exceptions. Given even some import games, like Uta no Prince-sama: Dolce Vita, are being canceled, it might make people worry. What is going on with the handheld in Japan? Well, surprisingly, it’s not performing all that poorly.

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What could the Dragon Quest Builders 3 twist be?

The Dragon Quest Builders games have twists to them. Each one has a story that pulls something from a past Dragon Quest game and uses it for the base of its story. The first installment of Dragon Quest Builders pulled from the original Dragon Quest. Dragon Quest Builders 2 further developed a critical character who didn’t get much attention in Dragon Quest II. So, what could happen with Dragon Quest Builders 3? Presuming it follows the same pattern, we might be able to think about some ideas of how things could go.

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Celebrating summer festivals in games

Every year, summer is accompanied by festivals. Maybe they are local affairs, where communities gather for food and fun. Perhaps, if people are in the United States, it can mean fireworks and getting together for the Fourth of July. In Japan, July and August tend to be the main summer festival months, with people getting together for Bon festivals to celebrate their ancestors, enjoy fun with family and friends, dress up in yutaka and special clothing, have good food and perhaps even dance. While most people might not get a chance to experience this sort of thing firsthand, they can go through them virtually in games. Lots of Japanese games pay tribute to these events, giving you a taste of what that kind of life might be like.

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Which Atelier trilogy should you play?

There are a lot of Atelier games out there, and Gust keeps adding to the lineup with new installments in the main series and spin-offs to keep track of. It is a lot to deal with. Also, the major installments tend to come out in trilogies, which share storylines and sometimes gameplay mechanics. One line might not be as interesting for specific players, but another could be a perfect fit. So, instead of just going with recommendations of best or worst installments, let’s see if Michibiku can’t help you find certain trilogies that might fit your needs.

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What do you need to know about Phantasy Star Online 2?

E3 2019 kicked off with some rather unexpected news. After years of never getting any sort of official English release, Phantasy Star Online 2 was revealed. It actually will be appearing outside of Japan, and there will be some changes that really shake things up. Like, you know, it being exclusive to a console on which this game has never appeared before. To help people prepare for the sudden arrival of this beloved MMORPG, Michibiku is here to take you through everything you need to know!

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How to prepare for Atelier Lulua

A new Atelier installment is on the way! This time, the series is returning to a past era. See, with recent Atelier releases, there tend to be trilogies that all take place in the same world. Once they are over, Gust moves onto a new area and storyline. With Atelier Lulua, people are heading back to Arland. But, this might worry some people. Are there things they should know?

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Why are there so many Ys IVs?

Most series are rather straightforward. Once with numbered installments tend to have some semblance of order to them. However, when it comes to Nihon Falcom’s Ys, things get a little odd. There are four Ys IV games. People outside of Japan might not realize this, since only one of them was released worldwide. However, with Ys: Memories of Celceta about to make its PlayStation 4 debut, it seems like a good time to go over what happened and why there are so many Ys IVs.

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Yoshiki Kishinuma is one of Corpse Party’s most important characters

The Corpse Party series is one with a massive cast. Considering the original game, sequels and spin-offs, there are lots of characters people might want to root for. However, there is one person who can often stand out: Yoshiki Kishinuma. This member of the supporting cast has the distinction of being a survivor and recurring hero who starts out as just another person, but goes on to become one of the most important and prominent people there. As a result, people might find themselves constantly rooting for him and realizing all the good he does.

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What do you need to know about The Legend of Heroes: Trails games?

2019 is a big year for The Legend of Heroes. Both of the Trails of Cold Steel installments that appeared on the PS3, Vita and PC are coming to the PS4 with more voice acting than every before. This is to prepare for the console’s shift to the PS4 outside of Japan with Trails of Cold Steel III, which is on the way. It is a great time to get into this Nihon Falcom series. But, how should someone get started? Well, reading this guide might help.

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