Disney Magical World 2 offers the best sort of fanservice

I know, I know. My pointing out Disney Magical World 2 is a fanservice extravaganza isn’t exactly news. A peek at the box makes it all rather obvious. When you pop this cartridge into your Nintendo 3DS, you’re going to be living alongside characters from Winnie the Pooh, Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland and other iconic Disney movies and series. But, the important thing is how this is handled. Disney Magical World 2 of course lets you explore worlds tied to certain series, as well as inhabit a hub world with daily character cameos. What really matters is the degree of control players have over how much and what sorts of fanservice they see.

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Final Fantasy Tactics series’ job systems beautifully intertwine

Final Fantasy Tactics is a gorgeously intricate game. It’s not only one of the best installments in the Final Fantasy series, but one of the best tactical titles ever released. It’s a beautiful game. But, it isn’t just the graphics and storyline that are so impressive. Even the job system is delicately designed in such a way that, while it may seem complex and intimidating, is pretty in its own right.

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Splatoon stays true to all of Nintendo’s philosophies

When you think of Nintendo games, certain things come to mind. No matter what the genre or franchise certain things stand out. Games tend to be family-friendly, even when they involve serious concepts like bounty hunting and war. Many times, they explore gameplay concepts that aren’t often explored in games. They have a colorful and definitive style, keeping them from looking like other games on the shelf. They’ll also have hidden depths to them. Splatoon is a masterpiece that ticks all of these boxes.

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Review: Giga Wrecker perfectly falls into place

There’s a charm to Game Freak games. Each one tends to look very distinctive while offering unconventional gameplay. Pocket Card Jockey, HarmoKnight, Tembo the Badass Elephant, Drill Dozer and even Smart Ball all revel in lavish areas with bright color palettes, memorable character designs and unexpected motivations. I’m happy to report that Giga Wrecker is continuing that tradition. Again we’re presented with a title that doesn’t look or play like anything else out there.

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Preview: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns offers multiple fast travel options

When it comes to map sizes, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns gives us quite a bit of space to work with. Each of the three towns is made up of two areas. There’s a crossroads section to traverse. Your farm is even quite substantial. Getting from point A to point B takes quite a bit of time. Especially if you’re trying to make it to certain stores on time. Fortunately, there are means of quickly getting around beyond just using your feet or eventually hopping on a horse.

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