What do you need to know about The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening?

One of the more imaginative entries in The Legend of Zelda series is going to reappear. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will bring a classic portable game back. Right when it’s needed too, what with the Switch Lite launching alongside of it. But, people might be wondering what this adventure is like. Should they play the newest one or go back to its origins? Are there any other games to play to prepare?

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Sega Dreamcast imports guide: The best Japan-only games to play

For a less-successful-than-hoped system now reaching two decades of existence, the Dreamcast holds an impressive library of games that just haven’t seen proper follow-ups, and that holds true with the unlocalized segment of its library. The end of the road for Sega’s hardware development was full of both special novelties and Japan-only genre specialties, and the system’s arcade-like approach means a lot of it’s totally playable for Western audiences. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss!

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How to get into Sumikko Gurashi games

San-X, like Sanrio, is one of the major mascot character companies out there. If someone likes a cute being, say like Mamegoma, Rilakkuma or Tarepanda, then there is a good chance San-X made it. Case in point, Sumikko Gurashi is one of the company’s more popular groups of critters. Which makes them a great lead-in to some Japanese games that can sometimes be rather import-friendly!

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What do you need to know about Tokyo RPG Factory?

There are certain smaller studios out there making Japanese games that are gradually growing in notoriety. One of them is Tokyo RPG Factory, a developer that most people probably know as the one that is owned by Square Enix. (Other acceptable answers include “the one that makes sad games” or “the one where all the games look a lot alike.” It’s been five years since its founding in 2014, and the company has kept on trucking. In fact, it has a new game coming out this year! Which means now is the perfect time to figure out more about it and why you may want to take an interest in the team’s games.

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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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