The importance of Princess Crown

For a game that has been largely lost to the ages, Princess Crown has remarkable influence on the industry. This Atlus RPG was ahead of its time, in terms of art, gameplay and story, and the effect it has had can not be discounted. It helped shape a company and its games. While it never left Japan, it impacted the world.

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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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Style Savvy: Styling Star makes players part of an active community

In each of the Style Savvy games, there is banter with the customers before helping them with their fashion needs. As part of their request, they may explain why they need specific kinds of clothing or outfits. While in past games, this was mainly to help with customer service, it is more than flavor text in Style Savvy: Styling Star. This entry attempts to insert players’ avatars in the world as a meaningful part of things.

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Octo Expansion is at its best when giving answers

Octo Expansion does something people have wanted since the original Splatoon for Splatoon 2. It gives people a chance to make Octolings their avatars. Granted, they need to complete 80 challenge levels to earn that honor, but still. Measures are in place to make that possible, even if the person playing is not the best shot. But the real treasure here may not be the opportunity to play as a whole new race. It could be all the answers this add-on provides regarding Octolings, Off the Hook’s Marina and even human-kind.

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Review: Sanrio Characters Picross hopes people like mascots and puzzles

Big news for Jupiter Picross fans! A momentous day is about to arrive. Nintendo 3DS owners worldwide can soon play Sanrio Characters Picross. Most of the basics we covered not long after its Japanese debut. The short of it is, players get more nonograms! If you enjoy puzzles, you will probably enjoy it! But, there are a few details to consider when determining how much it will or won’t appeal to you.

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Magical Passcode 1111 employs a rather casual and friendly aesthetic

When people think of a studio like HexaDrive, they probably think of the work done for other company’s games. The developer was involved in the creation of games like E.X. Troopers, Final Fantasy XV, Mario Sports Superstars, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and The Wonderful 101. They may forget that these were also the people behind more unconventional mobile games, like Demons’ Score and King Radish’s Ambition. Magical Passcode 1111 is not only a reminder of what other oddities it is capable of creating, as well as showing how unconventional it can be.

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Review: Lumines Remastered revives puzzle fusion

While the Lumines series has seen life over the past decade or so, there’s a particular charm to the initial PSP release, and a return addresses that nostalgic urge more than newer entries like Electronic Symphony and the mobile releases. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the game revisited, but it’s the latest, it brings with it a polish and some new features that make it worth a return.

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Preview: Shining Resonance Refrain tries to keep its characters active

It has been quite some time since a Shining game was released outside of Japan. Sega has been keeping the series alive, but our last exposure to it was Shining Force EXA on the PlayStation 2. (Unless, of course, you count the spin-off Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena.) Shining Resonance Refrain is another chance and fresh start for folks. It is an opportunity to see what has been happening with the series while it has been on its hiatus. And, as far as early impressions go, it appears to maintain a certain feeling that keeps familiar elements in mind.

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