The King of Fighters Allstars nails the series’ style

When it comes to mobile spin-offs of iconic series, there are a lot of ways they could go wrong. It might not be possible for the genre to adapt well to a touchscreen device or free-to-play model. The King of Fighters Allstars is one of those games that gets around such issues in some rather smart ways. The result is a game that feels like it pays tribute to the series, without trying too hard to mimic it or straying too far from the formula.

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A beginner’s guide to Star Ocean

Star Ocean is one of those series that did, and still does, things that others don’t. Think of it as a JRPG for fans of series like Star Trek. The casts regularly involve people from more advanced civilizations getting involved with those who are still growing, even though there are various measures in place to allegedly stop that sort of interference. As a result, we get energy weapons, cyborgs, magic and people who can turn into cats. It is a lot to take in, and Michibiku is here to help you on your way into this ocean of stars.

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Nintendo Switch imports guide: the best Japan-only games to play

The Nintendo Switch has made it easier than ever for Western Nintendo fans to enjoy import-only games, and it’s a good thing, too, because there’s some fun stuff to check out! (Even if, due to so many localizations about which we will not complain, the options are still a bit slim.) Here’s your guide to what you should be playing that hasn’t made it to Western eShops.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 paints its ghosts in a better light

In the Luigi’s Mansion series, the ghosts’ disposition and roles can vary. The very first game painted them all as “evil.” More recent entries have suggested they are misguided. For example, Dark Moon had every specter’s sudden shift in demeanor attributed to a shattered Dark Moon. Luigi’s Mansion 3 places players in a similar situation. Ghosts are around. They’re causing trouble. However, they aren’t as malicious as you might expect.

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What do you need to know about Groove Coaster?

There are plenty of different sorts of rhythm games available in Japan. Since they typically don’t require much knowledge of the language to succeed, they’re great candidates for importers worldwide to enjoy. Fortunately for fans of the genre, that isn’t necessary with some series. Taito’s Groove Coaster series has been making a big showing worldwide! Which means you should probably know more about it.

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 can help make playing Dragon Quest II feel more worthwhile

Dragon Quest II has a reputation, but it has nothing to do with its positive attributes. The game helped the series take a step forward, what with it having a more detailed storyline, including more playable characters, offering more enemies to fight and having additional travel options. Unfortunately, it is also known for being incredibly difficult. That difficulty has proved rather daunting. Fortunately, Dragon Quest Builders 2 feels like it redeems Dragon Quest II.

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Atelier Ryza feels like an alchemist who could successfully lead multiple games

In Dengeki PlayStation, an interesting tidbit came up. Gust’s Junzo Hosoi, who produced Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout, noted that the developer could bring Ryza back to be the lead for the next game in this possible series. To be specific, Hosoi compared it to maybe being like the Harry Potter series. While it might be an unfamiliar idea for Atelier, it would work rather well for a possible Atelier Ryza trilogy.

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