Bravely Default Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Bravely Default RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Bravely Default 2 Demo Impressions: Rough-Cut Crystal https://www.gameskinny.com/h6d7l/bravely-default-2-demo-impressions-rough-cut-crystal https://www.gameskinny.com/h6d7l/bravely-default-2-demo-impressions-rough-cut-crystal Sat, 28 Mar 2020 15:21:28 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Bravely Default 2’s demo launched during the surprise Nintendo Mini-Direct, and I was pretty eager to get started. Bravely Default and Bravely Second stand among my favorite 3DS games, and the sneak peek of Bravely 2 we got during last year’s Game Awards was enough to put it close to the top of my 2020 most-anticipated games list. 

After playing the demo, I’m still as excited to see what Silicon Studios and the Bravely team have in store, but not without some new and unwelcome reservations getting in the way.

The Bravely Default 2 demo is first and foremost designed to acquaint you with the game's combat and job systems. You don’t really get a grasp of the story, and you aren’t supposed to. That’s sort of a bummer, because what we do see is rather too close to the original Bravely Default. Crystals went haywire and are now causing elemental chaos across the land’s five kingdoms.

Given BD was an intentional throwback to early Final Fantasy plots, this isn’t too surprising. It would have been nice to get a hint at what new surprises might be in store, but I’m sure — I hope — Bravely 2 will probably have plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting along the way.

You start off with all four party members: Seth, Gloria, Elvis, and Adelle. It’s tough to get a reading on any of them in the short amount of dialogue present, but they seem like a decent mix of tropes and over-the-top fun.

Much as I hate to criticize voice acting because of the work that goes into it, BD2’s voice cast didn’t grow on me. They’re either borderline overdone or seem completely detached from what’s going on. But, it’s just a demo, so that’s also subject to change.

After you get through all the opening bits, you’re plunked into the desert town of Salvalon and presented with some brief tutorials about what to do. The first thing you’ll notice is how good Bravely Default 2 looks. The pre-rendered backgrounds are even more gorgeous than in the original game. Colors pop, models are smoother, and everything is just better defined overall. 

All this applies to other locations as well, including the world map. In fact, it reminds me a bit of the Link’s Awakening remake art style, only smoother. Naturally, that means the water looks fantastic, too. 

The soundtrack is superb, even better than you’d expect. It’s sweeping and grand at the right moments, and the battle theme is a strong contender among the top RPG battle themes. Bravely is synonymous with an excellent soundtrack, and BD2 doesn’t disappoint so far.

Unfortunately, the similarities with Link’s Awakening include occasional stuttering, too, and the world map assets don’t always load immediately when you exit the town. It’s not as bad as Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but I hope it gets fixed anyway.

The other thing you’ll immediately realize after exiting Salvalon is random encounters are gone. That’s actually a mixed blessing right now, even though the idea is great on paper. You can see enemies and avoid them if you want. Hooray! 

Except it’s not so good when they run faster than you, sometimes target you from all the way across the map, zero in, and murder you before you can do anything about it. It’s definitely something that needs tweaking before release, especially if Bravely Default 2 doesn’t include an option to toggle encounters off like the original does. A wonky camera obscuring enemies at times doesn’t help either. (Should we still be fighting against cameras in 2020?)

The other thing that absolutely has to be fixed between now and release is the interface. The overall design is great, with tons more character and style than the other two Bravely games or Octopath Traveler — when you can see it.

Any time you highlight a skill, piece of equipment, or battle option, the automatic speech bubble explaining what it is covers a chunk of the screen. It’s annoying in combat when you can’t see all your skills and needlessly frustrating when equipment explanations cover the character stats you need to see. 

Yes, Bravely Default and Second were on the 3DS and could put descriptions on the other screen. But there’s plenty of room at the bottom of the screen for a small strip containing the information, just like the other Bravely games use.

Combat is always at the core of Bravely, and it’s instantly recognizable in Bravely Default 2. Just know you will die many, many times unless you grind a lot. The tutorial saying it’s a touch harder than the final product isn’t lying. In fact, it’s probably laughing at us all because the enemy AI in BD2 is absolutely vicious.

The system was always a strong one, and it doesn’t need any huge changes. That said, it is a trifle disappointing the demo doesn’t treat us to anything new. It’s the same basic starter jobs, the Brave and Default system works the same (oddly, there’s no fast option to Default, though), and most of the job skills are the same — even if they have different names.

From a personal perspective, I’m fine with that. I love Bravely’s combat and job system, and I’m still hugely excited about Bravely Default 2 even with the demo’s share of unnecessary issues. From a critical perspective, there should have been some kind of new or enticing feature here. Pushing the same basic formulas for the third time with no changes at all would be a missed opportunity, given the development team’s obvious talent and ambition.

The final game will probably have plenty of new things or intriguing twists on established formulas. It just makes me wonder why the demo didn’t tease us with any of it.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Bravely Default 2

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Nintendo's March Mini-Direct: Xenoblade, Borderlands, Bravely, and More https://www.gameskinny.com/jy0m2/nintendos-march-mini-direct-xenoblade-borderlands-bravely-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/jy0m2/nintendos-march-mini-direct-xenoblade-borderlands-bravely-and-more Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:12:36 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Surprise, there was a Nintendo Direct Mini today! It showed off quite a bit, including Xenoblade Chronicles DE, Catherine: Full Body, and Bravely Default 2. We also got news on updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon Sword and Shield.

The Direct started with the expected warning that any announcements may or may not be delayed by COVID-19, so all release dates, except those games that released today, are still in flux. 

Either way, we got to see some of Nintendo's upcoming games this year. Let's dive in.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition

First up, we got an extended trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. The original game is excellent in itself but looks pretty dreadful. Now, we're getting a chance to see it in smooth, re-mastered glory. That means streamlined menus and controls, plus re-done music as well.

What's different from the original title? It's a new story called Future Connected starring Shulk and Melia. Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition launches on May 29 and will have a special edition.

2K Games

2K Games is bringing a number of games to the Nintendo Switch. These include BioShock: The Collection, as was previously rumored, the XCOM 2 Collection, which was also rumored, and Borderlands: The Collection, which was definitely not rumored.

The Borderlands Collection on Switch, XCOM 2 Collection on Switch, and BioShock: The Collection on Switch all launch May 29.

For reference, BioShock: The Collection contains all the BioShock games, while the Borderlands collection contains the first two games and the prequel.

Bravely Default 2

After getting an announcement during last year's The Game Awards, Bravely Default 2 finally got some more information during today's Mini-Direct. Like the original, it focuses on the four traditional elements and four new Heroes of Light, but it takes place on a completely new continent.

The hero, Seth, washes up on the shores of an unknown kingdom and meets Gloria, a princess who fled from her kingdom after it was ransacked by those seeking its crystal. The other two party members are Elvis and Adelle, mysterious wanderers trying to unlock the secrets of a strange book.

The Asterisk-based job system returns, with familiar classes like Black Mage and Thief. More importantly, the series' signature Brave Point system returns. It doesn't seem like anything's different this time around, but we guess if it's not broken, don't fix it. 

What is different is the job system. You can combine jobs at any time to customize how your characters develop.

Bravely Default 2 adopts Bravely Default's art style, smooths it out, and makes it even more detailed. A demo is available now, but there's no word on a release date outside of just 2020.

Shinsekai: Into the Depths

Capcom is creating a new deep-sea exploration game called Shinsekai: Into the Depths. You'll explore a range of colorful underwater areas full of puzzles and monsters. You'll need to keep track of your oxygen and a number of other factors along the way as you uncover the truth of what happened to humanity. Sound interesting? Good, because Shinsekai is available now.

Panzer Dragoon Remake

One big surprise was Panzer Dragoon Remake. We knew it was coming soon, but it turns out, soon means today. Panzer Dragoon Remake is out sometime later today, March 26, on Nintendo Switch as a timed exclusive.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update

We already knew Animal Crossing: New Horizons was getting a holiday update, but we got to see it in action with the latest Direct. Bunny Day starts April 1 and ends April 12. Along with the usual Egg Hunt, you'll get the chance to craft unique seasonal items during the event, too.

Another update is coming at the end of April introducing new elements like Earth Day and, it seems, Leaf.

Catherine: Full Body

Catherine: Full Body was rumored alongside the XCOM 2 Collection a while ago, and it's actually true as well. You'll take control of Vincent, a hapless young man in a dark love triangle, making choices about your love life by day and trying to survive a deadly block tower full of puzzles at night. Catherine: Full Body launches on Nintendo Switch on July 7.

Ring Fit Adventure Update

Ring Fit Adventure is getting an update. Not only is your Ring companion getting a voice and changeable languages, but Ring Fit Adventure is introducing a rhythm mode. Among other things, it'll feature music from Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2.

For more on Ring Fit Adventure, check out our review

King's Bounty 2

King's Bounty 2 is coming to the Switch. It's a tactical fantasy RPG emphasizing your choices in each scenario and featuring lovely realistic graphics. How you interact with characters determines how their ethics and choice systems develop over the course of the game.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate New DLC Fighter

The first DLC Fighter in Smash Ultimate's second DLC pass is coming from ARMS, but it's not quite ready yet. The reveal is coming in June, as is the fighter.

Clubhouse Games

Traditional tabletop fans rejoice: Clubhouse Games is coming to Switch, and it has an insane number of games in it (well, 51, but it's still a lot). From Toy Boxing and Curling to 6-Ball Puzzle, Hanafuda, and Backgammon, Clubehouse Games has something for anyone. You can play alone, in local co-op, or online. Clubhouse Games launches June 5 and is open for pre-purchase today.

Ninjala

Ninjala was first announced a few years back, and we're finally seeing it in action. It's a free-to-play game where you use your ninjutsu skills to prove you're the best ninja around.

Along with inherent skills, you'll be using a myriad of weapons, from hammers to katanas. You can team up with other ninjas to work together as a clan if you don't want to go it alone when Ninjala launches on May 27.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

We also got some more new information about the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass, this time about the Isle of Armor. We saw the dojo first shown off a few months ago, where you get to obtain legendary Kubfu if you train at the dojo.

You'll get permission to challenge the Tower of Two fists as well, either the Tower of Darkness or the Tower of Water. You can only choose one, and the one you choose determines which form Kubfu evolves into.

The starters' Gigantamax forms also got some attention, basically just showing each one's special G-Max moves. Isle of Armor introduces new league card effects and new accessory and clothing items too. If you pre-purchase the expansion pass before August 31, you can get Leon's outfit too.

Finally was the latest Wild area news. Pokemon Shield players can find Gigantamax Garbador and Charizard, while Sword players get Duraludon and Copperajah.

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That's it for the Mini-Direct recap. It was short, but crammed full of information about games we can (hopefully) expect to see between now and the end of July. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more upcoming Nintendo Switch game news as it develops.

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Nintendo Merchandise Gift Guide: 16 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Nintendo Fan https://www.gameskinny.com/97k5l/nintendo-merchandise-gift-guide-16-gift-ideas-for-your-favorite-nintendo-fan https://www.gameskinny.com/97k5l/nintendo-merchandise-gift-guide-16-gift-ideas-for-your-favorite-nintendo-fan Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:11:50 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

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Super Mario Maker 2

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars (485 total ratings)
Price: $43.94
Buy it from: Amazon

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We'd be remiss if we didn't include Super Mario Maker 2 in our list, the follow-up to the excellent Super Mario Maker for the Wii U. It's the game series that lets you design, play, and share your own Super Mario levels, using items and obstacles from throughout Mario history and offering multiple aesthetic styles to suit your creative needs.

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As comprehensive as the original was, it might seem like there's no way to improve. But Super Mario Maker 2 did improve, adding even more items, even more ways to design your stages, multiplayer options, and a special new Super Mario 3D Land style that lets you create stages with 3D elements.

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On top of that is a much more expanded single-player mode, one that goes far beyond simple tutorials to use for building and sharing stages. The idea is that Mario must help rebuild Peach's castle. While it exists mostly to teach players how to make their own stages, the included levels are easily some of the best designed Mario stages in general, essentially adding a new 2D Mario game on top of the Maker components.

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Even those who spent hundreds of hours with the original found Super Mario Maker 2 to be exciting and fresh.

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And that's it for our Nintendo merchandise gift guide for this year. Hopefully, this list of awesome Nintendo products helped you find a gift for your favorite Nintendo fan — or at least got your gears turning! 

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The Art of Bravely Default

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Rating: 5/5 stars (11 total ratings)
Price: $23.49 (Hardcover)
Buy it from: Amazon

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Bravely Default isn't a new game, but it's only just now we're getting the lovely art book we've needed since the game launched. Bravely Default itself is a solid RPG, but one of the best things about it is how completely gorgeous it is, alongside the way the story plays with RPG storytelling and its Final Fantasy roots.

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Dark Horse Books — the same ones that published the Mario Odyssey art book — brings us 256 pages stuffed full of content. There's the usual art, of course, following location and character designs from conception through to the finished product. There's also never-before-localized commentary from the development team, covering the story and its origins plus general commentary on the development process.

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This is a natural fit for anyone who's played Bravely Default, though should it already be on your intended recipient's shelf, Dark Horse published a similar book based on the game's sequel, Bravely Second.

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Dragon Quest XI Luminary's Crest Slim Fit T-Shirt

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Rating: 90% 5 stars (150 total ratings)
Price: $18.81
Buy it from: Redbubble

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Like Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest still hasn't quite reached a level of popularity in the West that generates a wealth of merchandise. But the Luminary, the hero of Dragon Quest XI, is probably a bit more well known now thanks to his debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Whether your intended recipient has played DQXI or just knows the Luminary as that quirky character with the random moveset from Smash, the Luminary's Crest T-shirt from Redbubble is a great way to show off some of that Dragon Quest fan love. The design itself is central to the game, plus it's understated enough to be something you could wear anywhere, unlike some of the character-centric shirts that tend to be just a tad too loud for normal wear.

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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition

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Rating: 5/5 stars (239 total ratings)
Price: $49.99
Buy it from: Amazon

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Dragon Quest XI was one of the best RPGs that launched on the PlayStation 4 last year. Though Dragon Quest traditionally doesn't push too many boundaries in terms of RPG conventions, DQXI brought the series forward by leaps and bounds, with more character interactions, a bigger world, and a particularly potent plot twist that turns those conventions upside down.

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And now it's on the Nintendo Switch. It isn't just the regular game, either. The "definitive edition" moniker is well earned, as the Switch version includes new content, side chapters fleshing out every main character's story, a section that lets you explore elements from previous Dragon Quest worlds, and even the ability to play almost the entire game with SNES-style graphics.

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Players take control of the nameless Hero, the Luminary of ancient legends reincarnated for reasons unknown. There's a bit of a hitch in this setup, though, since the Hero ends up in prison precisely because he's the Luminary. From there, players meet up with an eclectic and fantastic cast of characters and travel around the (huge) world to uncover the mystery behind the Luminary and the dark plans unfolding behind the scenes.

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This is a meaty game, with a long main storyline on top of an extended post-game set of challenges

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars (540 total ratings)
Price: $49.94
Buy it from: Amazon

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Speaking of love for retro, Nintendo released an enhanced version of the classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on the Switch this year. Structurally, it's almost exactly like the Game Boy and Game Boy Color original, but that's not a bad thing. It isn't considered one of the best games in the storied Zelda series for nothing, and it places a greater emphasis on exploration and storytelling than many of the Zelda games that followed it.

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Link wakes up on a strange island and finds out he has to also wake up a mysterious creature known as the Wind Fish. He can't figure out why everyone on the island reminds him of people in Hyrule — or why creatures from other Nintendo franchises are wandering around. It's a surreal adventure tightly woven around some wildly unique personalities.

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While the core gameplay remains largely untouched, the game's visuals and soundtrack received some excellent upgrades. The entire game looks like a mix of toybox and diorama style in what, alongside Crafted World, stands out as one of the year's most innovative use of visuals in a game.

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If you can't tell already, we liked it. A lot. You can see all the reasons why here if you're interested.

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The NES Encyclopedia

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Rating: 4.5 stars (12 reviews)
Price: $37.04 (Hardcover) or $29.95 (Paperback)
Buy it from: Amazon

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This is the quintessential guide to everything Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). There's a comprehensive, but concise, overview of that period in gaming and the system itself, along with a detailed entry for every NES game released  all 714 of them  plus the 160 unlicensed games. It's the only book of its kind.

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The author is considered an expert in retro gaming as well, so you know it's coming not just from a reliable author, but from someone with personal experience of, and passion for, the topic. The enthusiasm for retro gaming is only getting stronger, so this would be a perfect gift for someone who already has the latest Nintendo products and even the NES Classic.

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Plus, the author is currently compiling an SNES Encyclopedia, which means we just sorted your Christmas 2020 plans for you as well. You're welcome.

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Poke Ball Classics

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If that certain someone isn't a plushie fan or can't carry their favorite stuffie around with them, the Poke Ball Classics collection is a consideration. It's a range of professional attire and accessories for adults (or those who have to pretend to be adults during the day).

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Though the wallet is shown above, the line contains a number of choices.

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It's a great reminder of the child at heart, that the things we love don't have to fall away just because time passes and we grow up. And they look cool, which is always a bonus.

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Pokemon Sitting Cuties Plush

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Ratings: Generally 5 stars (number of ratings varies depending on which plush)
Price: $10.99
Buy it from: The Pokemon Center

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The National Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield might not include all 1,000+ Pokemon this time around, but the spirit of Gotta Catch 'Em All is alive and well with The Pokemon Center's line of Pokemon Sitting Cuties.

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Right now, the line includes every Pokemon from Generations 1 and 2, which equates to 253 different plushies. These range in size from 5-inches to roughly 8-inches, but all are $10.99.

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As you'd expect, they all sit up somehow, which makes them easy to display or even just to sit around without worrying about them falling over and becoming the dog's next meal.

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The size also means these could be great individual stocking stuffers or grouped together as more than one, and they won't take up much space for the recipient either.

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The Art of Super Mario Odyssey

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Rating: 4.5/5 (9 reviews)
Price: $34.98 (Hardcover)
Buy it from: Amazon

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Super Mario Odyssey, the beloved plumber's first Nintendo Switch outing, has been around for two years now, and many players have seen all there is to see. What they may not have seen, though, is how it all came to be.

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Publisher Dark Horse Books recently put out The Art of Super Mario Odyssey, an in-depth art book presenting the various kingdoms Mario ventures to in a completely new light.

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And it's not light on content either, with 368 pages worth of material. From finished products and concept art, to cut designs and stories from the development team, this artbook is a must-have for Mario Odyssey fans.

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Luigi's Mansion 3

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars (145 total ratings)
Price: $59.99
Buy it from: Amazon

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Luigi's Mansion first appeared on the GameCube way back in 2001, and despite being well-received, it's only seen two sequels since then. It's kind of okay, though, because the most recent of those, Luigi's Mansion 3, is a polished game that's an absolute blast to play from start to finish.

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Luigi, Mario, Peach, and some Toads are on vacation at the ominously named Last Resort Hotel. Everything seems perfect until night falls, the hotel owner reveals she's in alliance with Luigi's old nemesis King Boo, and everyone except Luigi has been sealed inside portraits.

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Fortunately, Luigi soon recovers his trusty Poltergust vacuum that lets him suck up ghosts and basically everything else. From there, it's up to the player to explore all 17 floors in the massive haunted hotel, uncovering secrets, solving puzzles, playing with toilets, and fighting off hordes of ghosts.

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It's definitely one of the better-looking games on the Switch. You're rewarded for paying attention to the details as well since many puzzle solutions are found by carefully examining what's around you. All in all, Luigi's Mansion 3 is just plain fun for any age.

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Keep Calm and Have an Apple Gel Mug

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Rating: 95% 5-star ratings (out of 66)
Price: $15.76
Buy it from: Redbubble

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2019 has been an excellent year for RPGs on the Switch, but one that sort of got lost in the shuffle is Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. It's a remaster of a game that's largely considered the best in the long-running Tales of series, and it made its debut on a Nintendo system with the Switch earlier this year.

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For a while, Apple Gels are quite literally your lifeblood in the game, being the most basic — and affordable — method of restoring your health and keeping you going. This mug does the same thing for whatever your essential building block of life might be, whether it's coffee, tea, or something else entirely.

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It's a fun little reminder to take a break and give yourself a nice little treat in the middle of the day. 

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Etrian Odyssey Nexus

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Ratings: 4.5/5 stars (50 total ratings)
Price: $29.97
Buy it from: Amazon

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The 3DS still saw some new releases in early 2019 as well, with Etrian Odyssey Nexus being one of the more prominent ones. It's a celebration of, and possibly farewell to, Atlus' long-running Etrian Odyssey series that first debuted back on the original DS.

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Etrian Odyssey Nexus is a throwback to traditional, first-person dungeon crawler RPG mixes, where you put together a party of five adventurers and explore a series of labyrinths. The exploration is the real star here, since Etrian Odyssey games require you to draw your map as you explore, documenting shortcuts, secrets, walls — or not, if you don't want to (but you should).

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These labyrinths aren't for the fainthearted, either. Etrian Odyssey is known for being one of the more challenging RPG series on the 3DS, and Nexus is no exception (though as always, the difficulty can be changed at any time to suit your needs).

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Overcoming the challenges in each labyrinth requires some careful party planning, and that's one of the game's biggest strengths. You have access to over a dozen unique classes pulled from all the previous Etrian Odyssey games, each with its own set of skill trees that offers a ton of customization options. No two EO parties will be the same and each offers a tremendous level of freedom in how each player approaches the game and keep things fresh for a long time.

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We go into more detail in our review here.

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I Am Ferdinand Von Aegir T-Shirt

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Ratings: 90% 5/5 stars (118 total ratings)
Price: $17.36
Buy it from: Redbubble

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Maybe the person on your list already has Fire Emblem: Three Houses. If so, and if they're active on the Internet at all, they're probably familiar with this little gem of a phrase.

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For a bit of context, Ferdinand is a character in the Black Eagles House, the son of the imperial prime minister and someone who has rather a good opinion of himself. Every character has a sound byte play when you first choose them during your turn. Dorothea, the former opera songstress, says, "That's my cue!" while the ever-impatient Lysithea says "Let's make this quick...".

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Ferdinand? He says "I am Ferdinand Von Aegir!" That's it. That's all his enemies need to know, because for Ferdinand, the entire world is encapsulated in that one statement.

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Naturally, this immediately turned Ferdinand and his catchphrase into a meme and even webcomic material. There isn't much Three Houses merchandise available, but this one, with its humor and stronger connections to the gameplay experience itself, is definitely one of the better pieces out there.

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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Rating: 5 stars (496 total ratings)
Price: $57.85
Buy it from: Amazon

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an absolute must-have for any fan of RPGs or strategy games. It accommodates players of all skill and interest levels, and that's not something many strategy games do. It's a marriage of traditional Fire Emblem strategy gameplay with an RPG-style school setting that offers players an unprecedented level of customization. 

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Then there's the story. Three Houses boasts a sprawling storyline split into four main branches depending on the player's choices. Each branch shares a similar first part, then they all diverge wildly, covering completely separate storylines and characters.

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There's no "true" ending here, giving extra weight to the initial House choice and which students players choose to recruit into their armies. Fortunately, there are ways to shorten subsequent playthroughs, so experiencing each story won't just be a slog.

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It's also one of the most accessible Fire Emblem games to date. There's Classic mode, where dead units stay dead, and Casual mode, where characters who drop to 0 HP just retreat. Then there's Normal and Hard difficulty, with the soul-shattering Maddening mode recently added as the highest difficulty level in the game. Stat crunching menu lovers can spend time optimizing every student, or you can skip the instructions part and let the game do it for you.

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You can see our review of it as well if you need some more specific details, and we even have a range of Three Houses guides to point your happy recipient in the right direction should they need some assistance.

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Yoshi's Crafted World

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Rating: 4.6/5 (350 total ratings)
Price: $43.94
Buy it from: Amazon

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With all the big releases and epic adventures that released on Nintendo Switch this year, it's easy to forget Mario's lovable dino-sidekick Yoshi had their own game release this year as well.

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Yoshi's Crafted World follows in the footsteps of Yoshi's Woolly World on the Wii U and 3DS, sending Yoshi across a variety of absolutely gorgeous worlds stuffed full of detail to retrieve some special Gems stolen by an evil Magikoopa.

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Crafted World goes beyond Woolly World in the detail department, though. Every item in the game is a handicraft item, made from cardboard, straws — anything and everything you'd expect to see in a craft project of some kind. Most of these are used in puzzles of some kind or can be interacted with to earn a special item or coins as well, and it's easily the best use of graphics and environment in a game this year.

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Like most Yoshi games, Crafted World isn't designed for your hardcore challenge seeker. It's fairly easy, though trying to find all the collectibles is a challenge in itself. Still, someone who appreciates solid and fun design and is happy to just get lost in the world for a while would be a good match for Yoshi's Crafted World.

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If you need more information about it, head over to our review for a more thorough description.

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Nintendo Switch Lite

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars (322 total ratings)
Price: $199.95
Buy it from: Amazon

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The Nintendo Switch Lite is a more portable variant of the standard Nintendo Switch. While it sacrifices the ability to connect to a TV and it lacks HD Rumble — which means there's a handful of games it can't play — it's also a heck of a lot easier to carry around. It's also generally more comfortable to play in handheld mode.

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Otherwise, it does everything the same, with a display that's just a bit clearer than the original Switch, longer battery life, and improved backlight and sound settings.

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If you're buying for someone who mostly plays portable systems or who needs their own Switch outside the family unit, then this is definitely a better buy than the base model — not least because it's $100 less than the original Switch. Check out our full review and detailed comparisons here.

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It's holiday 2019 already. Christmas is almost upon us, and it's time to start thinking about all the rad Nintendo merchandise you're going to gift that special someone. Luckily, we've done a lot of the leg work and put together a list of 16 awesome gifts to kickstart your holiday journey. 

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for two years now, but 2019 was an extra-good year for Nintendo fans. Just in the past 10 months alone, we've seen several high-quality new titles added to the system's library, ranging from epic RPGs to games that let you build your own levels. The 3DS even got an excellent new title earlier in the year.

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But what to do when that special someone already bought the latest games? We've got you covered there, too, with a selection of non-game merchandise to suit a variety of interests and tastes.

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Let's see what we've got below. 

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A Look Back at the 3DS's Best RPGs https://www.gameskinny.com/on4kc/a-look-back-at-the-3dss-best-rpgs https://www.gameskinny.com/on4kc/a-look-back-at-the-3dss-best-rpgs Mon, 05 Feb 2018 10:24:40 -0500 wlkrjesse

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The 3DS has provided us with many fantastic RPG's, frankly too many to list, but these are a few of the real standouts. While the Switch is the best of both worlds, if any of these games have grabbed your interest feel free to dust off your 3DS and pick up a few. They're all relatively inexpensive at this point and can provide you an entry into a franchise you never even knew you loved. Like Shin Megami Tensei.

Did I miss one of your favorites? Do you want to tell me about how Monster Hunter isn't an RPG? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Shin Megami Tensei IV 
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Price: $19.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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It's not easy to get people on board the Megaten train even with the success of Persona, and understandably so as the older SMT games can seem outdated. If you've ever had the slightest bit of curiosity about the older SMT games, or you're a Persona fan and want to cover some bases, Shin Megami Tensei IV is your best way to have a foot in each world.

The first thing that will hit newcomers to the series is the difficulty. While not one of the hardest Atlus titles Shin Megami Tensei is certainly not a like a stroll through the park and is a big step up from Persona in terms of difficulty. You can't stop and smell the roses in SMT4, and while a lower difficulty setting is available you're still well within range to get bopped if you aren't playing smart. 

The second thing you'll notice is the ideal SMT/Persona gameplay. I'm a big fan of the enemy weakness exploitation featured in Atlus games and that's here in full force as is something called the "Smirk" system. This system gives  you the chance to do even more damage after an effective attack. Of course, you also have full access to your typical SMT fair; negotiating, fusing, and creating your own party is still very much the name of the game. Stepping in with a more traditional Megaten feel are battles that you often can not escape from or bypass by juking on the overmap. There will be plenty of times where you have to fight it out, and things can get unexpectedly hairy.

As you'd imagine, the story is phenomenal and one of the game's strong suits, but it does take a darker path than some of the installments in the Persona franchise. I think it's all the much better for it, but if you're looking for a story about plucky high schoolers maybe you should stay away. The feudal Japanese system mixed with medieval Europe theme works wonderfully, and the music is as intoxicating as is tradition for a Megaten game.

What makes this such a truly fantastic title is the scope of the whole thing. You really do get your money's worth with this game as it lasts around 40 hours for the story alone. While also featuring cutscenes that could be mistaken for a RPG console release. The entire game is fully voice acted, complete with fully realized 3D environments and a surprisingly mature story for a handheld RPG. This is the closest you'll get to a full blown SMT game without dipping over into some of the less friendly titles. If you've ever had a small interest in the franchise, SMT is where you should begin.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
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Price: $18.95

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Another entry some may dispute as a role-playing game, but it's just too damn good to leave off the list. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the best Zelda game ever made. We know this. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is its true sequel, and at times is close to grabbing the crown. 

While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was widely revered, some fans still pined for a traditional Zelda experience. Understandably so, but the traditional Zelda formula is, to be blunt, stale. This is where A Link Between Worlds shines. The freedom to approach the dungeons in any way you choose and to rent items instead of having to tackle the dungeons in a specific manner to complete the game was a welcome addition to the series. Being able to lift that oppressing weight from a long entrenched franchise, that was frankly threatening to go belly up, made A Link Between Worlds a turning point for the franchise.

The unique wall merging mechanic is something that works better than it has any right to. It is an oxymoronical gimmick that you're always expecting to lose its luster, but at the very worst becomes adequate. If you haven't played A Link to the Past, or you're missing a more button down Zelda experience, A Link Between Worlds is absolutely mandatory.

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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
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Price: $39.99

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Monster Hunter is a commitment. When you choose to play this game, you're willingly signing part of your life over to Capcom. No one plays Monster Hunter just once. Not even you. Monster Hunter 4 is your gateway drug to a fantastic gaming series.

Some people might say Monster Hunter is not an RPG. I don't think so. If anything it's a simulation game with RPG elements. You are THE monster hunter, and that's what you're going to do. Go out, kill monsters, harvest their rich tasty courage and then return to base to craft or purchase your eternal rewards. Sounds boring on paper, but something about it is so much greater than the sum of its parts.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is not the best Monster Hunter on the system. I'd say that honor is reserved for Generations; mostly due to the addition of holding a button to gather instead of having to press it repeatedly. However, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate does a phenomenal job of introducing newer players to this imposing franchise. If you're not quite sure if Monster Hunter World is for you; are afraid of the price tag, or don't own a PS4/PC than this is where you should start. Also the blacksmith is named The Man so, come on. Live a little.

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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon
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Price: $30

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Though to be fair, you can get any of them. X, Y, Sun, Moon, whatever; you can even go Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire if that's how you do your business. There's nothing that fits what people want out of an RPG on their DS better than a Pokémon game. You can spend as much or as little time on a Pokémon game, but chances are if you bought it you know what you're getting into.

However, I personally think Pokémon design has entered something of a renaissance with Pokemon: Sun and Pokemon: Moon and because of this it is my personal recommendation. You can see some really fantastic Pokémon designs slowly gaining traction with X and Y: featuring the likes of Klefki, Aegislash and Hawlucha who were all interesting left turns, but once Sun and Moon came out there seemed to be a full blown wiping of the slate. 

Almost every entry in Sun and Moon is a banger. All the starters are fantastic Popplio is underrated and often hated like every genius of their generation, Mimikyu has the perfect amount of self awareness to still be charming and a little creepy. Palossand continues the theme of making cool inanmiate objects into Pokémon while Wishiwashi is an interesting take on Pokémon with multiple forms, the list goes on. It's one of the most solid lineups I've seen from the franchise in an extremely long time and with the release of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, now is as good a time as any to jump back in.

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Bravely Default
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Price: $44.94

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Buy it on: Amazon

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Square Enix is a veteran in the RPG circuit, and has had their fair share of impressive portable releases. Crisis CoreFinal Fantasy Tactics Advanced and a myriad of Final Fantasy re-releases have all made their way onto modern handhelds, and rank from nostalgic to excellent.  

Born as a spiritual successor to the spin off game Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, Bravely Default hits the mark through a charming blend of old school nostalgia and modern sensibilities. Metro referred to it as "the best Final Fantasy game that never was," and they aren't alone. Bravely Default has been praised for an overall phenomenal localization, presentation, music and everything else, but I think the real draw to the game is  through the combat. 

Turn based RPG's have an issue with keeping the gameplay loop engaging, and Bravely Default takes a unique approach. In combat you're able to forgo your current turn, but then use that same turn again in the future. This alone makes the game worth checking out for RPG fans. If you're a fan of other Square Enix games and are looking for one with a gameplay twist while familiar elements of the RPG genre are not just kept intact, but enhanced than I highly recommend Bravely Default.

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RPGs and portable consoles are a match made in heaven. You can whittle away at a massive game bit by bit when you have some free time, so it simultaneously stretches an already long game out to cover plenty of time and you don't get too burnt out on it. With this in mind, it's no wonder that the 3DS has given way to some of the most addictive role-playing games in recent memory. Here are a few of the best.

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5 Most Insightful Quotes in the Recent History of JRPGs https://www.gameskinny.com/hc9ww/5-most-insightful-quotes-in-the-recent-history-of-jrpgs https://www.gameskinny.com/hc9ww/5-most-insightful-quotes-in-the-recent-history-of-jrpgs Sat, 20 May 2017 11:00:01 -0400 Erroll Maas

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JRPG's may still have language issues when they come to the West, but translation has improved immensely since the earlier days of video games. But no matter how well a game has been localized, there will always be critics, -- and in the end the quality of the translation pales in comparison to the content and meaning of the quotes it's trying to convey. 

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It's always good to remember that between the confusing or questionable dialogue, some insightful lines get translated just enough so they can help inspire and motivate players. 

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The next time you're playing a JRPG that you feel could've had a better localization, keep an eye out for buried words of wisdom from main characters, bosses, or even random NPCs. You could learn something valuable.

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King

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Final Fantasy Type 0 HD
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"The past is gone for good, but the future's still ours for the taking. That's why we fight."

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While Final Fantasy XV has a few insightful quotes, those from the less popular Final Fantasy Type 0 HD are a bit more inspiring.

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Why worry about the past if it's impossible to change? The future is never certain -- but even knowing this, it's always best to fight for what you believe in and fight for a better future.

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A simple quote from a mediocre game, but an inspiring one nonetheless.

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Nobutsuna Kamiizumi

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Bravely Default
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"There are no certainties in life. Righteousness and truth have a different meaning to each and every one of us. If you try to see the world as only black and white, you'll lose sight of its true nature."

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This is one of the best quotes you'll find in recent JRPGs, and it's as relevant as ever.

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When we see only what we believe as righteousness and truth, we blind ourselves to hearing the beliefs of others and broadening our views. Not everything can be separated into right and wrong or good and evil -- especially in regards to something as complex and multi-faceted as humanity.

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A myriad of situations can be separated into grey areas of many different shades, and we have to put some thought into analyzing all the different aspects of a situation before judging it to be right or wrong.

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Igor

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Persona 5
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"Being at the peak may mean you are mere moments from your downfall."

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Mysterious ally Igor has plenty of vague (yet insightful) quotes. That's kind of his whole deal. But this particular quote has relevance both to significant events in the game as well as in real life.

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When you're at your greatest moments in life, it's easy for everything to go to your head and lead you to a downward spiral. It's more beneficial to keep your wits about you even when life is going exceptionally well. That way, when you face a situation which could be your "downfall", the resulting aftermath won't be as intense or as difficult to deal with.

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Oliver

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Ni No Kuni
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"When things go wrong, you have to try and make them right. And you have to keep on trying, no matter how hard it gets. That's what life is all about."

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While not applicable to every situation -- especially since it can end up making a situation worse -- this quote still rings true for many different circumstances.

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When we make big mistakes in our lives, it's usually best to do what we can to correct them. It might be a difficult task, but if we can keep pushing forward, we'll eventually be able to fix our past errors, and hopefully won't make the same slip-ups as before.

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Sora

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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
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"Hearts are made of the people we meet, and how we feel about them — they're what ties us together even when we're apart! They're what...make me strong."

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It might be extremely cheesy (like a great deal of other Kingdom Hearts dialogue lines) but this quote still proves a point. Think about all of the important people you've met throughout your life -- the ones that stayed and helped you out when life got hard, the ones that still contact you every once in awhile just to check up on you, and even those who aren't in your life anymore. You're connected to all of them in different ways.

All of these people have had a significant impact on your life, whether in the past, present, or both. They have helped you grow into the person you are today. Our lives are all affected by the people we meet -- and in turn, we affect their lives as well.

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Many JRPGs get a bad rap when it comes to dialogue, which is primarily due to translation and localization issues. From the late 80s and early 90s to now, some translations are still criticized -- despite being much better than they once were.

But despite poorly translated quotes like "This guy are sick." (Aerith, Final Fantasy VII) and "Please take care of me" (Protagonist, Persona 5) -- and the half finished translations of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth -- there are actually some rather insightful words of wisdom that JRPG characters have provided players over the years.

These quotes tend to stick with us just as much as the sillier ones, especially if they resonate enough with us. They can help inspire and motivate us to do great things, or help us power through difficult times in our lives.

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Dating the Nintendo Switch: A New Experience for This Gaming Millennial https://www.gameskinny.com/0h0nm/dating-the-nintendo-switch-a-new-experience-for-this-gaming-millennial https://www.gameskinny.com/0h0nm/dating-the-nintendo-switch-a-new-experience-for-this-gaming-millennial Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:00:01 -0400 Ryan Friend

With the accumulation of Nintendo consoles, I decided to date the most recent of them, the Nintendo Switch. I've read in-depth articles, and I've immersed myself into the vastness of the Zelda: Breathe of the Wild E3 trailer. I've had  great relationships with the NES (I love the SNES but never owned it), Gameboy Color, Wii, and New Nintendo 3DS XL Red. Since I am already engaging in polygamy, why not embrace a new romantic adventure with this newly developed handheld?

Here's a detailed account of my first date with this upcoming multi-faceted console, the Switch.

Flirting with New Ideas

Browsing through Target, BestBuy, and Walmart's electronic section marked "Pre-Order the Switch and accessories," I decided to pre-order through Walmart because of my desire for easy travel around midnight after a long day of manufacturing. So far so good, right?

Wrong!

After making payments using Walmart's layaway system, the staff said that I was the first to order the Switch which surprised and excited me. Then I went to the Internet to pre-order the launch title for the device Zelda: Breathe of the Wild Special Edition via Ebay using my Paypal account. While the Master Edition looks incredible in its artistic presentation, it seemed like a poor choice since I lacked space to display the Master Sword statue at my current residence, so I took the Special Edition instead. Once my excitement kicked in thinking my order was sufficient, I received an email saying that I would be refunded. Little did I know, through sheer ignorance, Paypal had a policy that directly restricts buyers from massive online pre-ordering.

Yikes!

I was distraught because previously I was snubbed from the Fire Emblem Fates 3DS Special Edition thinking I could take my good ol' time. This time I was very aggressive in my research, timing, and purchase power.

Even though it was a rocky start, the seller worked with me so that I would still get the new Zelda title a little later than originally planned. The staff at Buy a Switch LLC did a fantastic job communicating with me and I would highly recommend them to my friends. Now to proceed to the actual date night.

Date Midnight

That evening, and after picking up my brother from work, I traveled down the highway to Walmart -- this was around midnight -- to pick up the Switch. Once I walked back to the layaway section, I saw a line of 12 people waiting patiently, including a fellow co-worker. One by one the Switches disappeared, luckily when it was my turn I got to pick the Blue and Red Joy-Con Switch, which is what I really wanted compared to the standard Black Joy-con Switch -- I wasn't sure there would be any left because they aren't the standard.

I returned home, and got ready to setup my Switch the next day.

Setup-Complete

It was finally time to get to know the Switch. I plugged in the charger and immediately the screen turned on. Hello, Switch. I then slipped the Blue-Red Joy-Cons down the sides of the brightly lit screen; strangely enough, they moved with ease and snapped into place with a "click."

I was then asked by the Switch's on-screen instructions to remove the Joy-Cons by pushing in a black button located on the upper-back of the controllers; this was not as easily executed as putting the controllers on, but it would allow me to test the wireless capabilities of the Joy-Cons. The motion controller are pretty smooth when moving of the cursor (and I wanted to avoid smudging the screen). Then, like all modern systems, I was asked to create usernames -- I could then select an iconic nintendo character as my avatar (I decided to go with the Breathe-of-the-Wild Link icon). That was followed by selecting a background color.

Lastly, I had to install an update. This took some time because of our slow wireless internet, but there is an accessory avaliable for Ethernet to be used.

Where Are We Going? Puppy Love

I'm very excited about this new system and the whole duality of moving from big screen TV to a small screen portable handheld is really what I always wanted from the Wii U -- which also had a very limited library. I decided purchasing the Switch would be better because of the new Zelda title, Hollow Knight announcement, Dragon Quest X and XI not to mention possible Ni no Kuni 2 rumor and Project Octopath Traveler from the makers of the Bravely Default, one of my favorite series from the Nintendo 3DS' amazing library of JRPGs.

It would seem that the Nintendo Switch plans on catering to the RPG gaming community and I couldn't be more excited. Furthermore, any platformer on a high resolution device -- which can transported at will -- also seems like a great asset to be had with our daily hustling and bustling.

Just so the world doesn't think I am a weirdo, I'm not really dating the Switch, but it will be interesting to see where this relationship goes and I do plan on chronicling my adventures via GameSkinny. Stay tuned, readers!

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Has the Evolution of the JRPG Come to a Grinding Halt? https://www.gameskinny.com/9keaa/has-the-evolution-of-the-jrpg-come-to-a-grinding-halt https://www.gameskinny.com/9keaa/has-the-evolution-of-the-jrpg-come-to-a-grinding-halt Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Bryant Pereira

The JRPG genre is one that is fueled by nostalgia, and most fondly regarded through older titles like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 7. Once remembered as the dominant, most progressive type of game, the genre has seen better days in terms of sales and popularity.

The past two home console generations have seen a much smaller number of AAA games in the JRPG genre than previous ones, as it has mostly shifted towards the handheld market.

Ask nearly any JRPG fan what their favorite game is, and you will almost always garner an answer from before 2006. The last generation saw a few successful hits like Final Fantasy XIII, Tales of Vesperia, and Xenoblade Chronicles, but other than that the PS3/360/Wii era saw very few JRPGs. While Final Fantasy XIII evolved the formula the most, it was met with backlash from the community and mixed reviews due to linearity. Tales of Vesperia received stellar reception but followed many of the standard JRPG tropes found in previous entries in the series.

While JRPGs were stumbling to make an impact on the home console scene, the handheld market was a thriving ecosystem for those types of games. Bravely Default mixed classic JRPG elements like job classes and random encounters with a brand new battle system and engrossing story. Etrian Odyssey 4 was the best-selling game in the series, despite playing very similarly to previous entries in the series. The 3DS and Vita show that interest in old-school JRPG titles is thriving, and the low-cost for developing on these systems makes it the best environment to do so.

Some console games, like I Am Setsuna and Tales of Berseria, exemplify JRPG gameplay are still in high demand, but that doesn't mean there's no room for advancement. Final Fantasy XV is the best example of a rooted franchise expanding past what it’s known for. A pioneer of JRPG gameplay, the Final Fantasy series continues to break the mold and redefine the genre. Just like Final Fantasy VII did in 1997 with its jump into 3D and introducing the Materia system, Final Fantasy XV changes the way JRPGs are meant to be played. The game mixes action RPG elements along with deep character progression through skills and experience. The game also pushes Square Enix’s reputation of bringing cutting edge graphics to the next level, with stunning character models and a vast detailed world.

Other than a few key titles here and there, the JRPG formula remains mostly untouched. Protagonists are still mysteriously being struck by amnesia, a huge world-ending twist is almost guaranteed in these games, and grinding continues to be hugely prominent. JRPG developers could take a lot of cues from western RPG games like The Witcher 3 and Mass Effect that are booming right now. These western RPG games generally have more open-ended stories, impactful decisions, and thriving living worlds.

Luckily, JRPG games are by no means doomed. The handheld market keeps the market alive, and with huge games like Persona 5, NieR: Automata and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 coming out, there are many opportunities to evolve the genre. The original Xenoblade Chronicles showed that JRPGs don’t have to follow a specific formula to be successful. The Wii game has no random battles, a completely unique combat system that mixes real-time with MMO-style commands, and a completely non-linear explorable world. The game was adored by JRPG fans along with people who don’t normally play those games.

Games like I Am Setsuna and the recently announced Octopath Traveler emphasize the demand for SNES-era JRPG games. Nostalgia has proven time and time again that it sells, and developers like Square Enix will continue to release remasters and remakes of games like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy as long as they keep printing money. However, the JRPG genre is not completely trapped in the 90’s. As developers see success through games like Xenoblade Chronicles and Final Fantasy XV, they will continue to evolve to meet customer expectations. Money talks -- and as long as developers are profiting from ambitious titles like the upcoming NieR: Automata and Persona 5, the genre can prosper with new ideas and execution.

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5 JRPG Exclusives that Could Make or Break the Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/qjybm/5-jrpg-exclusives-that-could-make-or-break-the-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/qjybm/5-jrpg-exclusives-that-could-make-or-break-the-nintendo-switch Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Stefano Bonacchi

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Shin Megami Tensei

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The last few installments of the series have all come out on Nintendo consoles, while the Persona series is still a staple of the Playstation, it is not hard to think that a possible Shin Megami Tensei 5 might see the light on the new Nintendo console.

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Given the amount of fan following the series has, both east and west of the pacific, I'm positive that if Nintendo is capable of sealing such a deal the Switch will not end up the way the Wii U has.

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What do you think? Do you think these series will come to the Switch? Do you think they would help? Do you think there will be other exclusives we can't even imagine at the moment? Do you think there will be none? Let us know in the comments below!

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Bravely Default

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The game has acquired a cult following, for many of the same reasons Etrian Odyssey has, since the first two titles were so successful an eventual remake of them onto the Switch is not certainly a bad move. If this is coupled with the development of a new and bigger installment of the series, the Switch would get itself something that would indeed promote it towards a wider public.

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To be honest I'd buy a Switch just for this series if it is ported on it.

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Xenoblade Chronicles

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This game was very good, it seriously was. Its sequel on the Wii U was good too and sold quite well for a game on such an unfortunate console.

This, to be honest , is a great IP and nintendo has to do all it can to fully make use of it, a Switch remake of the first two games followed by a sequel may prove to be an interesting and possibly rewarding move, let's just hope that Nintendo, indeed does it.

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Dragon Quest

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At the moment the series is experiencing a resurge in popularity due to the remakes of the seventh, and soon to come eighth chapters on the 3DS. It is not far fetched to say that the ninth chapter will get a remake, too, if that gets a porting on the Switch in addition to the 3DS, it may end up promoting the console quite a bit.

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However, an exclusive new main series Dragon Quest title may surely make the Switch a must buy for many western players and anime fan alike, after all,  Dragon Quest games have had the character design done by Akira Toriyama, -- creator of Dragon Ball -- since the first one,  and his designs have always greatly contributed to pull in possible buyers.

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Etrian Odyssey

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The series, a staple of both DS and 3DS has fared well enough to justify 5 installments, it is particularly hard and unforgiving, something that gave it a cult following among old-school gamers bored with new games that are getting considerably more user friendly and simple.

The Switch will benefit from this series because it will appease that niche, which even if not huge, as shown by the sales of previous games of this series, it is certainly nothing to scoff at.

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There has been criticism over the Switch, indeed the console itself seems to be trying to be too many things at the same time, running the risk of not doing any of them properly.

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This is most certainly true, it is a risk because the switch isn't particularly portable, but as always what makes or breaks a console more than its hardware is its exclusive titles lineup, otherwise the Dreamcast wouldn't have fared as poorly as it did.

The 3DS has enjoyed a lasting success in the west, much as the DS did prior to it, due to its ability to cater to a certain niche with its titles, hardcore JRPG lovers. With the huge amount of developers backing the Switch it is far from hard to imagine it will have no exclusive titles in such niche.

So without further ado, let us explore the series that if moved on the Switch as exclusives will save it.

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The Three Best JRPGs of the Past Two Years You May Have Missed https://www.gameskinny.com/ujl3p/the-three-best-jrpgs-of-the-past-two-years-you-may-have-missed https://www.gameskinny.com/ujl3p/the-three-best-jrpgs-of-the-past-two-years-you-may-have-missed Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:45:42 -0400 Alex Anderson_0905

The past few years have been amazing for JRPGs. We’ve gotten some amazing titles that will go down as classics in the eyes of fans. These games have engaging concepts, stories, and/or gameplay that bring back feelings of nostalgia for some and give others a whole new love for the genre.

But sometimes we miss out of some of the best games because we just weren’t looking. Here are three JRPGs released within the past two years you may have missed out on.

Bravely Default

Bravely Default is an instant classic. So much so that it made Square Enix rethink the importance of making JRPGs with unique elements and a focus on fan enjoyment.The game utilizes traditional turn-based combat mechanics and a job system, which includes the ability to combine jobs and increase encounter rates. Each job has its own ability and can be used to shape the gameplay to the player’s particular tastes.

Bravely Default was made to evoke the feel of a classic JRPG, and it succeeded. Every element, down to the soundtrack, reminds players of the early age of JRPGs and the fun tied to those classics. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out and you enjoy games like Dragon Quest, or the earliest Final Fantasy titles, now is the time to pick it up.

Etrian Mystery Dungeon

A crossover between Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon, Etrian Mystery Dungeon combines the best of both series to make a fun RPG dungeon crawler. Players create characters with Etrian Odyssey’s character and class system and take their party into randomly generated dungeons. The player only controls the party leader and must manage all of the characters’ health and hunger.

Etrian Mystery Dungeon is one of the best games in both series and works well as a dungeon crawler. Everything about the game evokes fun and encourages players to play at their own pace while exploring. While this game is not a hardcore RPG, it has all of the elements of an amazing game. Definitely pick it up if you have a chance.

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

Conception II is really weird. Hilarious, but weird. The gameplay is a standard RPG with turn-based battles. The premise of the game is the main character, Wake Archus, goes to a high school that is also a demon hunting training program for young people who bear the mark of the Star God. After a tragic event resulting in the death of his sister, Wake discovers he has this mark on his hand. He also learns that he has a large amount of ether inside him and therefore can use his star energy inside of the Dusk Circles, where the demons come from.

So, in order to fight the demons, Wake and his female classmates create Star Children through a process called “classmating”. Get it? It’s called Conception because they mate and make children.

If you’re not scared away by the premise, you’re in for a real treat. The game combines elements similar to the Persona series as you raise your Star Children and build deeper relationships with the heroines. It’s got a fun story, a host of interesting characters, and interesting gameplay mechanics to entertain savvy RPG players of all ages.

With so many JRPGs slated to come out at the end of this year and the beginning of next, now’s the perfect time to catch up on some of the ones you missed. Did I leave out your favorite JRPGs from the past two years? Tell me your favorites and why you think they’re destined to be classics!

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Bravely Second: End Layer coming tomorrow to the 3DS https://www.gameskinny.com/cdxal/bravely-second-end-layer-coming-tomorrow-to-the-3ds https://www.gameskinny.com/cdxal/bravely-second-end-layer-coming-tomorrow-to-the-3ds Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:32:15 -0400 Cresta Starr

The highly anticipated sequel to Bravely Default is making its way to the 3DS systems this coming Friday, April 15. Since its release in 2014, Bravely Default has gathered fans with its fresh take on the turn-based, risk-versus-reward combat system. In Bravely Second: End Layer, players can expect the same high quality gameplay that developer Square Enix has come to be known for.

Bravely Second: End Layer picks up a few years after the events of Bravely Default. Players can expect to see some familiar faces like Tiz and Edea joining up with new ones to rescue an old friend. Although there are many returning characters, players can expect a brand new storyline that is suited to newcomers and veterans of the game alike.

Job classes are coming back as well. In Bravely Second: End Layer, players can choose from 30 unique job classes that can be assigned to and mastered by the characters in the game. Most of the previous job classes from Bravely Default will be returning in Bravely Second: End Layer. Players will also have access to new jobs like a Wizard, a Fencer, and even a Catmancer -- a necromancer, but with cats!

There is also a new “Favorites” feature in Bravely Second: End Layer. Players can now save their favorite job, abilities and equipment configurations for their party to easily switch between them whenever they are needed.

If you are still not sold on Bravely Second: End layer, players can try out a free demo titled Bravely Second: End Layer – The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers. If players choose to download this free demo, they can get bonuses that will transfer over to the full game once it is purchased.

You can get your hands on Bravely Second: End Layer starting tomorrow, the 15th at all major retailers and the Nintendo eShop.

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9 JRPGs to look forward to in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sgh4a/9-jrpgs-to-look-forward-to-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sgh4a/9-jrpgs-to-look-forward-to-in-2016 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:59:50 -0400 Ashley Shankle

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Persona 5
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Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
Release date: 2016 (Summer)

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It's been how long since we've gotten a new mainline Persona game? Eight years? It's about time we finally got a new one, isn't it?

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The Shin Megami Tensei spin-off series Persona exploded with the release of Persona 3 on the PlayStation 2 and only garnered more attention and fans with the fourth entry to the series. Both the third and fourth Persona games are considered some of the best JRPG gaming on the PlayStation 2, if not ever (by some).

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Persona 5 has been added to a lot of wishlists over the years -- and it's almost time, with the game's rumored release date sitting in Summer this year. It's not far now, and with the game's overall style leaning more toward Catherine than the PS2 games and the return of Social Links, we're sure to be in for a treat on all counts.

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7th Dragon III Code: VFD
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Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: July 12

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A turn-based RPG with combat akin to a dungeon crawler, a base-building feature, and.. dating? Let's have at it!

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7th Dragon III Code: VFD is the first in the previously Japan-only series 7th Dragon to make it to the West, and it promises to be more expansive than its predecessors, with loads of features and some top-notch visuals for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Rumor from Japanese fans is that this is a relatively easy game -- which is great for anyone not familiar with difficult modern dungeon crawlers like Etrian Odyssey. 7th Dragon III Code: VFD looks to make up for the lack of (supposed) combat difficulty with extra features, like being able to date your party members and build a base.

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We don't get a ton of SEGA RPGs these days, and this series is popular in Japan. Hopefully this will partially quench the dungeon crawling thirst while we wait for an Etrian Odyssey 5 localization.

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Final Fantasy 15
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Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: TBA 2016

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It's hard not to add an upcoming Final Fantasy game to this list considering the infrequency of mainline entries to the series and how iconic it is, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pensive about it after Square Enix has spent so many resources on Final Fantasy 13's spin-offs and trying sell us Lightning.

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But I digress: Final Fantasy 15 is coming this year and regardless of whether you're a classic or modern Final Fantasy fan, it's something to be excited about.

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Final Fantasy 15 has been in development for the gaming industry-equivalent of an eternity and as with the past few iterations to the series it's changing up the battle system and world from its predecessors. It's bound to be full-on gorgeous and massive, two adjectives JRPG fans rarely see together these days.

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Fingers crossed to 15 being the Final Fantasy we've been waiting for, and that it signals the end of (or at least lessens) Square Enix's Lightning obsession.

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Bravely Second: End Layer
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Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: April 15

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Handhelds are where it's at for more traditional turn-based RPGs these days, and Bravely Default did an astounding job of bringing a new classic Final Fantasy-style experience packed with job classes, charm, and an engaging battle system to the modern market without being too derivative of Square Enix's flagship series.

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Bravely Second: End Layer promises to bring that successful mix of old and new back, and judging by some reviews from Europe's earlier release it seems to fulfill that promise. North American Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to get their hands on this baby soon enough.

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Nights of Azure
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Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: March 29

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Nights of Azure isn't your typical Gust-developed fare. Combat is action-oriented and smooth, the world isn't bright and cheerful, and it's not 50% "cute girls doing cute things" -- but it's Gust. It's not going to be triple-A quality.

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Regardless, Nights of Azure should be on the shopping list of most action JRPG fans, with the game primarily focused on the button-mashing action. It's a Gust game, so expect lots of same-sex implications between the two female characters.

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There really isn't much else to say here, but this is definitely a candidate to fill the action JRPG void in the first half of 2016.

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Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
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Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release date: Summer 2016

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The Dragon Quest doesn't sell amazingly here in North America, but that doesn't mean we can't get at least some games in the series. Square Enix apparently agrees to some extent, with Dragon Quest 7 and 8 getting localized Nintendo 3DS ports this year.

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While Dragon Quest 8 is certainly a stellar game and very much worth the purchase, Dragon Quest 7 is no release to scoff at either. The game's initial North American release on the PlayStation was met with a lukewarm reception, in large part due to its two hour introduction with no action whatsoever and dated graphics for the time.

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The long, boring introduction has been cut from the port and new content added, meaning Dragon Quest 7 will finally be more accessible to the less-than-determined crowd.

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Dragon Quest 7 one of the longest games in the series and is an absolutely touching and expansive adventure. If you've never given it a shot, it's more than worth picking up once the Nintendo 3DS version releases later this year.

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NieR: Automata
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Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: TBA 2016

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Director Taro Yoko's NieR was the definition of a modern day "sleeper hit", with much reviewer reception being lukewarm while the game itself garnered a dedicated and obsessive fanbase, and for good reason.

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NieR was and is most certainly a spin-off of Drakengard, a little-known action RPG series known more for its ability to confuse and disgust its players than delight them. NieR itself is very unique, meshing a variety of features together one really would expect with a story that's hard to forget.

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NieR: Automata's announcement last year was a massive surprise, not only because it was unexpected but because of its developer: Platinum Games.

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If you play Japanese games, you know Platinum -- the studio absolutely knocks it out of the park when it comes to action-oriented games. With Yoko Taro and Platinum working together, it's hard to imagine NieR: Automata not being everything fans could want and more.

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Tales of Berseria
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Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
Release date: TBA 2016

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Perhaps the release most fitting to come after Star Ocean in the list is Tales of Berseria. After all, the first entries to both series were worked on by much of the same development team and both have maintained their own action battle systems through the years.

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The Tales of Berseria looks to be a more series entry to the series compared to last year's Tales of Zestria. And once again, the battle and skill systems are changing, tossing out the SC system from Zestria and even the old TP system for something called the Soul Gauge.

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A new Tales of release is always welcome, even if the series has some serious ups and downs. There's certainly something to be said of the sense of adventure the Tales of games still give today, and we're getting more of them than ever. Let's just cross our fingers that Berseria's combat isn't disappointing.

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STAR OCEAN: Integrity and Faithlessness
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Platform: PlayStation 4
Release date: Summer 2016

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I don't think I would have bet on 2016 being the year a new Star Ocean would be released, but it's turned out to be -- over seven years after Star Ocean: The Last Hope saw its initial release on the Xbox 360.

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Integrity and Faithlessness will be the fifth mainline entry to the Star Ocean series -- and developer Tri-Ace and music composer Motoi Sakuraba are back at it again for Square Enix's sci-fi fantasy action RPG series. It just wouldn't be the same without them, right?

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Fans are hoping this fifth entry will bring Star Ocean's (sort of) glory days back, and it just very well might. The game has so far been revealed to have six simultaneous party members, a fast-paced action battle system, and the return of the Private Action, event, and item creation features fans of the series have come to expect.

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Hype for this game is so far lukewarm, which is understandable considering the polarizing opinions of the third and fourth games. Here's to hoping Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness goes above and beyond the fanbase's expectations.

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Regardless of the whispers from your circle of friends and the general gaming climate in the West, JRPGs are far from a dead sub-genre. What used to be one of the largest chunks of console gaming now makes up only a fraction of the industry's earnings, but that doesn't mean developers aren't still hammering out new titles that are worth paying attention to.

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2016 is set to be one of the larger years for Japanese-developed RPGs in recent memory, with several titles making their way West from both large and small developers. This year features a number of older series continuing to push forward and new IPs trying to make their name among one of gaming's most difficult crowds.

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All of the games we're going to feature in this list are slated for a North American release sometime this year, though some of their exact release dates are yet to be announced. Nonetheless, if you're a fan of JRPGs, you can take solace in the fact there are so many options to choose from in 2016.

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6 great JRPGs for the Nintendo 3DS https://www.gameskinny.com/2i0fe/6-great-jrpgs-for-the-nintendo-3ds https://www.gameskinny.com/2i0fe/6-great-jrpgs-for-the-nintendo-3ds Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:27:54 -0500 Damian A. Hinton

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The Nintendo 3DS is a fantastic destination for those looking to get their JRPG fix, with tons of games already released and even more on the way. These were only a few of them, but they're some of the best.

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What JRPG's were missed from the list? What JRPG's are you looking forward to in the coming year?

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Let us know in the comments below!

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Fantasy Life

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Take the Animal Crossing and Rune Factory formula and apply it to a fantasy setting, and you get Level-5's Fantasy Life. 

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The game features a quirky setting, and a variety of jobs to take so you can live life the way you want. From cooking to exploring, tailoring and even fishing; you can pursue a life however you see fit. 

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There is a rather robust story mode that can be completed in about 30 hours, but there are almost endless hours of content to enjoy.

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Fire Emblem:Awakening

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Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of the best JRPG's released so far on the Nintendo 3DS -- and may also be one of the best titles on the system period. 

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The turn-based battles are a joy to take part in, and the wide variety of classes and characters give you plenty of options to take down the opposing forces.

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While the games story is presented very well, the characters interactions are what really shine in this game. You can allow many of your allies to talk with (and even marry) their counterparts, which leads to fantastic results on the battlefield -- results which potentially lead to future effects.

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Shin Megami Tensei IV

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The long-running Megami Tensei continued its run of excellence with the 2013 release of Shin Megami Tensei IV.

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The game lets you explore a ruined future landscape populated heavily by rampant demons - demons that you collect Pokemon-style, to help you battle through a ravaged world.

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There's a terrific narrative to be found in the game as well, with multiple endings depending on who ally yourself with.

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(Sidenote: This is only one of the few Megami Tensei titles you play on 3DS. There's also the spinoff Persona Q, as well the Devil Survivor games.)

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The Etrian Odyssey Series and the Etrian Odyssey Untold series

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Since the series of dungeon-crawlers started on the original Nintendo DS, the Etrian Odyssey games have always been a niche franchise; indicating that the games weren't necessarily for everyone. 

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The newest titles in the franchise, however have improved their accessibility to appeal to a wider range of fans while still maintaining the hardcore nature of their gameplay.

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While the early games were light on story elements, the newer Etrian Odyssey Untold games serve as remake of the earlier titles in the series with more story moments, character interactions, and even animated cutscenes.

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Bravely Default

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Bravely Default takes the best of old-school JRPG's - most notably the Final Fantasy series - and combines new-age video game design decisions to produce a title that shines in some of the best ways.

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Though the story can drag on bit -- and the game overstays it's welcome a bit by the second half -- the moment-to-moment gameplay is a great adaptation of old turn-based battle conventions. 

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Crimson Shroud

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If you're a fan of tabletop, you'll be right at home with Level 5's Crimson Shroud. Its unique battle system hearkens back to the original role-playing games, utilizing dice-rolls and and a touch of luck to progress the game's unique enemy encounters.

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While the game ism't particularly long (you can finish the story in about 7-8 hours) there is a lot game packed inside this little package. Coming from the mind of Yasumi Matsuno - the man behind such titles as Vagrant Story, and Final Fantasy XII - you can expect to be wowed by Crimson Shrouds' overall quality.

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Honorable Mention: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D gets a shout-out here, even though technically the game released for the Nintendo Wii before making its debut on the Nintendo 3DS.

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Nevertheless, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a great title, with a large open world to explore, and plenty of monsters to take down - not to mention an expansive story, and an array of interesting characters.

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If you're Nintendo 3DS owner and a fan of JRPGs, you're probably excited for the upcoming releases of titles like Fire Emblem: Fates and Sqaure Enix's Bravely Second: End Layer.

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While those games can't come soon enough, there are quite a few JRPG titles available for the system that you can pick up to tide you over. We've chosen six of our favorites to share with you.

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Bravely Second European release date confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/j7bpt/bravely-second-european-release-date-confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/j7bpt/bravely-second-european-release-date-confirmed Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:08:05 -0500 tobes325

Twitter is a great tool for getting news across to the masses, and Nintendo UK has done just that. It was very early in the hours of Thursday morning that they tweeted the European release date for Bravely Second -- it will be coming to the 3DS on February 26th next year!

Accompanying the tweet, they put a lovely shot of the special edition you can buy, which includes the soundtrack, an artbook, a figurine of Agnès Oblige, and a copy of the game.

The first game in the series, Bravely Default, was released in Europe and North America back in 2013 to much critical acclaim. It achieved remarkable success in the West, which is quite a nichè market to crack when it comes to JRPGs -- many just fall into obscurity only to receive a Japan-exclusive sequel!

Were you a fan of the original Bravely Default? Are you excited for Bravely Second? Let me know in the comments below!

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7 creepiest fourth wall breaks in video games https://www.gameskinny.com/nhb97/7-creepiest-fourth-wall-breaks-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/nhb97/7-creepiest-fourth-wall-breaks-in-video-games Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:27:52 -0500 Clint Pereira

Hello, reader. I'm sure you know about the fourth wall. If not, it's the imaginary "wall" between us that I'm breaking right now to address you directly.

Games often break the fourth wall to give tutorials or make a self-referential joke. But fourth wall breaking is at its best when it's used to take players out of their comfort zone. In horror games, it can be used to terrifying effect.

7. Batman: Arkham Asylum

Before you realize Batman has been injected with Scarecrow's neurotoxin, the screen starts going out of focus, as if there is something wrong with the game itself.

But that's not the last of it. Even after you find out what's happening, the game gives you a fake game over screen. Way to hit the player where it hurts.

6. Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line is a game about the mental breakdown of the protagonist, Martin Walker, as he tries to complete his mission against all reason.

As Walker slowly loses his mind, loading screens begin to address you, the player: "This is all your fault." "How many Americans have you killed today?" "You are still a good person."

5. Dead Space 2

Dr. Nolan Stross is going mad. He sees things that other people don't. And while this is reason enough to be cautious around the man, he becomes even creepier when he directs his mad ramblings at the player.

"He's staring at me, Isaac. Through the... holes... in his head. Stop staring at me! Stop it!"

Before this scene happens, you get a good view of the room. There's nothing Stross could be screaming at except for a wall. That is, the fourth wall.

4. Bravely Default

If you don't want spoilers for Bravely Default, it may be time to scroll past this section.

A revelation comes right after you begin to suspect something is wrong with your fairy partner, Airy. The game immediately confirms your suspicions by giving the message "airy lies" in the US version or "lying airy" in European and Japanese versions.

The once-familiar menu screen is permanently branded with this haunting revelation.

3. Undertale

Flowey is one of the creepiest fourth wall breakers in games, hands down.

If you kill Toriel at the beginning of the game and reset, he will know what you did and will mock you for feeling bad about killing her.

During the genocide run, Flowey will mock not you but all of the people watching on YouTube who don't have the guts to play through a genocide themselves.

Flowey has everyone's number.

2. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

This Gamecube game really went directly for the jugular of the player. There were jump scares and spooky things, of course, but losing "sanity meter" in game also meant that the game would appear to reset itself, mute the television, unplug the controller, or erase your save file. Brutal.

Even when you caught on, it was unnerving to see this happen for the first time.

1. Metal Gear Solid

This is the moment that everyone remembers from Metal Gear Solid. How does Psycho Mantis know I play Castlevania and Suikoden?!

It may seem silly now (the game reads off your PlayStation memory card), but at the time it was a mindblowing event.

After all, a voice actor had to read these lines off. How many games could he possibly know?

Well, as it turns out, just those two Konami games. It kind of loses its steam once you know more about it.

 

Maybe developers can push horror so far out of the game that it turns into comedy again. After all, the games at the top of the list are only there because they did it first.

Surely you can see, reader, that breaking the fourth wall means less when it is overused. This is a difficult technique to pull off, which makes the games on this list all the more impressive.

Image sources: Batman: Arkham Asylum via smh.com.au and gearnuke.com; Spec Ops: The Line via cdn.cdnmagonline.com; Deadspace 2 via deadspace.wikia.com; Bravely Default via finalfantasy.wikia.com; Undertale via steamed.kotaku.com; Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem via pauseyourgame.com; Metal Gear Solid via castlevania.wikia.com

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10 3DS games you should not go without https://www.gameskinny.com/iixut/10-3ds-games-you-should-not-go-without https://www.gameskinny.com/iixut/10-3ds-games-you-should-not-go-without Sat, 20 Jun 2015 04:39:10 -0400 SwordandSorcery

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Given there are so many 3DS games out there, a selection of just 10 cannot possibly cover every worthwhile game. A small search on the eShop or through Nintendo's list of games may reveal some other gems.

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What are your favorite 3DS games? Are there any we missed that you think should be here? Let us know in the comments below!

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

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For those unfamiliar with Smash, it is a fighting game that throws together characters from different Nintendo universes, as well as a few from other companies' franchises such as SEGA's SonicSmash also incorporates a great deal of items, including the Smash Ball, that can change the entire pace of the game. Items flying everywhere and gravity-defying physics make for a certain degree of hilarity.

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The sheer chaos that often ensues during a 4-player stock fight (that does not even consider how chaotic it could be with 8 players) is not only amusing but also allows for replayability, as you are rarely going to have the same experience twice.

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This new version adds a few new characters, stages, and items, as well as cartridge-specific trophies. There are also a few DLC characters, as well as character customization. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS also introduces Smash Run, in which you travel a maze and collect power-ups for a free for all battle ahead.

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Overall, it is something worth having around even if you are just playing solo against the game itself.

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

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This installment to the Professor Layton series brings a whole lot of story to the table, following up on some of the previous games. As usual, it's still jam-packed with puzzles, some of which are necessary to finish the game and others which are completely optional.

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There is plenty of exploration to be done, and little mini-games to be played throughout. Part of the appeal of these games is finding that hidden puzzle or hint coin. Furthermore, there is a great satisfaction to being able to solve a puzzle without in-game hints, let alone help from the Internet.

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Though I have not finished this game for myself, I have yet to meet a Professor Layton game I did not like.

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Pokémon X and Y

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The sixth generation of Pokémon games brings in lots of changes to the series. The games introduce the Fairy type, which counters dragon types. The type system has also been rebalanced. Pokémon X and Y boasts completely updated graphics and includes Mega Evolutions, a sort of in-battle power-up that changes the ability, appearance and stats of Pokémon.

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The GTS was vastly improved, allowing you now to search for Pokémon that you haven't seen yet.Your character is also customizable to a degree. And of course, there are lots of new Pokémon to catch.

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Longtime fans of the series have every reason to add one of these games to their collection. X and Y may even appeal to newcomers. There's a lot of replay value, too, given that once you have finished your quest to be the Champion, the games will still keep you quite busy.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

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The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series games are not just lawyer simulators. They are dramatic visual novels with riveting plot lines.

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Admittedly, not all is as it seems in this game, as often witnesses lie. Some even say that in past cases evidence has been fabricated. Thus it becomes your job to find the truth, both by investigating crime scenes and by questioning witnesses and defendants in the courtroom.

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Dual Destinies introduces a new system called the Mood Matrix that allows you to tune into the emotions of a witness to see if there is a contradiction in what they are saying and what they are expressing (for example, in the tone of voice). The game also introduces the "Revisualization" system, which helps players to form new conclusions about the case by linking together what they have learned.

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Being able to work out who actually committed the crime, especially in cases where the truth gets absurdly tangled in a web of deception and lies, is immensely satisfying. Dual Destinies is really worth the investment, especially if you enjoyed previous titles in the series.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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Ocarina of Time is a classic, and Ocarina of Time 3D improves upon the original with lots of little updates. Having a handheld version has its own benefits, like portability, but there are some other things as well. For example, once you beat the original game, you then have access to the remastered Master Quest version, in which all the dungeons are remixed and mirrored. This previously was not available to most Zelda players, as Master Quest was only available on some GameCube copies of the game.

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The Sheikah stone near Link's childhood home was added (but not in Master Quest) to help players along who have lost their way. Other than general graphical improvements, and also the very rare change to the original dialogue, a small addition to the game was made in the form of being able to relive boss battles, either singly or in a boss gauntlet, by sleeping in the bed in your home.

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Ocarina of Time has aged remarkably well, and the story and music are still all worth as much as they were when they were originally released.

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Mario Kart 7

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Mario Kart 7 is a racing game, with many of the well-loved features of previous Mario Kart titles, though there are some new features here and there.

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Mario Kart 7 gives the player the ability to assemble their own vehicle, selecting the body, the wheels, and the glider. The glider is also a new feature, used when launched into the air to fly over chasms or select areas of the course.

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New courses were also added, and the little item blocks are still on each course to help out players who are lagging behind (or to help that first placed player stay there). If anything, the game is worth your time for the replayability, because no race will be exactly the same (even if you are just racing against the computer).

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Kid Icarus: Uprising

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Kid Icarus: Uprising is an action-packed game that pits you, a heroic angel named Pit, against the forces of the Underworld. When not dodging the occasional joke made at your expense from the divine peanut gallery, you are slaying monsters, picking up cool gear (that you can use to forge into better gear, or turn into a source of currency), or collecting hearts, the game's currency.

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Every chapter of the game is capable of being set to a difficulty level of your choosing (ranging from 1-10), though often you must make a currency bet to reduce or increase the difficulty. Higher difficulty means better rewards, however.

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The story takes you on a whirlwind journey and is not to be missed. Though the humor (and there is a ton of it) is a bit hit-or-miss depending on your personal sense of the subject, a lot of people find the conversations in each level hysterical. There are even a ton of "achievements" to earn and also little figurines to collect that you earn in-game.

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Even if you aren't into Kid Icarus: Uprising's brand of humor, then you will likely at least enjoy it for the challenges it presents.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening

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Simply put, Fire Emblem: Awakening is a turn-based strategy game. But a lot of its charm comes not from the engaging gameplay, or compelling storyline, but off-the-battlefield interactions between characters. Strangers evolve into friends (even begrudgingly), and sometimes marry (by Fire Emblem: Awakening's strict definition of 'marriage'), eventually ending up with a child or two.

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The little scenes between characters are pretty amusing, and it's physically impossible to see all of them in one game. There is even arguably a strategy to choosing what abilities you want characters' children to have, and as such (somewhat frighteningly), who they should marry. Thus there is a lot of replayability to this installment in the series, beyond just completing the game on the different difficulty settings that Fire Emblem: Awakening provides.

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Bravely Default

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Bravely Default is fairly similar to a lot of Final Fantasy games in the way it functions. However, the game introduces a few mechanics that can actually make or break a fight. "Brave" and "Default," are the main mechanics, two actions that have been added to the standard action bar provided during an encounter. In a nutshell, Brave allows you to take turns early, and Default allows you to build up those turns to use later.

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There are also a few other mechanics such as sleep points and the Bravely Second ability, but neither are necessary to complete the game. The game itself is humorous and full of little twists and turns that make it worth buying if you enjoy story rich games, or even just a slightly different RPG.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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The Animal Crossing games are sort-of life simulators, but they can hardly be compared to The Sims franchise, as Animal Crossing is so unique. While the most obvious goal is to pay off a debt that you have been saddled with, there are so many other things that can be done in Animal Crossing.

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In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, in addition to this goal, you are placed in the role of mayor and expected to develop and improve the town with trees, flowers, monuments, buildings, and one select ordinance.

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While you attend to your duties as mayor you can collect seasonal fish and bugs to donate to the museum (as well as fossils and paintings), befriend neighbors, decorate your home, or become a miser with a massive stash of money sitting in the bank. This hardly scratches the surface of what you can do with your time in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

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Make your town flourish, or let it rot. If you enjoy having an exciting world in which what you do with your time is up to you, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is an excellent choice.

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As of June 2015 there are 879 3DS tiles.

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With so many to choose from, one is bound to get lost in the sea of video games. There are definitely some that should be passed on, but there are also some that should not be missed. As such, here are 10 3DS games that it would be a shame to miss out on:

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Bravely Second coming to North America in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/pdd29/bravely-second-coming-to-north-america-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/pdd29/bravely-second-coming-to-north-america-in-2016 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 20:19:31 -0400 Michael Slevin

It was announced in this morning's Nintendo Direct Micro that Bravely Second: End Layer is coming to North America in 2016.

The Square Enix developed RPG released in Japan on April 23, 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS, receiving a 36/40 from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.

As the sequel to the critically acclaimed Bravely Default, players can expect Bravely Second to have a similar turn-based combat system with many traditional JRPG elements, along with a story that occurs two and a half years after the events of Bravely Default.

You can expect to see some returning characters in Bravely Second, however the sequel will be following a brand new protagonist. 

Expect an actual release date to be announced later this year, perhaps a February release date, just like the first Bravely Default had in 2014, will be in the cards. In the meantime, check out Bravely Default if you haven't played it yet, and use this awesome guide  from GameSkinny to prepare.

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Bravely Default (3DS) - The Ultimate Party Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/l9su6/bravely-default-3ds-the-ultimate-party-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/l9su6/bravely-default-3ds-the-ultimate-party-guide Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:05:29 -0500 Chris Milando

Bravely Default gives players a lot of choice in crafting their party. The game features 24 unique jobs, while also allowing each character to use abilities from a second job. On top of this, players may also mix and match up to five support abilities from all 24 jobs. There are a vast number of job and ability combinations, and players will often need to change them drastically to suit the unique needs of each boss battle.

Although I had a lot of fun experimenting with different jobs, I was hard-pressed to find a job combination that I didn’t need to constantly modify.

This became incredibly problematic during the Boss Rush of Chapter 8, where you are forced to face every single asterisk-wielding boss in the game at once. The bosses come in groups of three or four, and the game gives you no rest in between fights. You aren’t able to change jobs or abilities in between fights, which means that you need to find a combination that will work against anything.

I was defeated during the boss rush several times before I came up with a successful strategy, and this combination will prepare you for almost any enemy that the game has to throw at you.

Your main jobs will be:
  1. Knight
  2. Salve-Maker
  3. Salve-Maker
  4. Knight
The secondary jobs will be:
  1. Templar (for the first knight)
  2. White Mage (for the first Salve-Maker)
  3. Spiritmaster (for the second Salve-Maker)
  4. Whatever you want (for the second knight) ->I would probably recommend Vampire, Spell Fencer or Performer
Your Support Abilities will be:

For the first knight:

  1. Hasten World (costs 2)
  2. Dual Shields
  3. BP Recovery
  4. Rise from Dead

For the first Salve-Maker:

  1. Angelic Ward
  2. Speed 20% Up (Costs 2)
  3. BP Recovery
  4. Default Guard
  5. Rise from Dead

For the second Salve-Maker:

  1. Angelic Ward
  2. Speed 20% Up (Costs 2)
  3. Rise from Dead
  4. BP Recovery

For the second Knight:

  1. Physical Defense 20% up (Costs 2)
  2. Dual Shields
  3. Rise from Dead
  4. BP Recovery
The equipment you will need:

For the first Knight:

  1. Two shields (no weapons)
  2. Heavy armor (to boost defense)
  3. An accessory to boost speed (Hermes Sandals)

For the first Salve-Maker:

  1. A good Staff
  2. An accessory to greatly boost speed (Hermes Shoes)

For the second Salve-Maker:

  1. An accessory that boosts speed (Hermes Sandals)

For the second knight:

  1. Two shields (no weapons)
  2. Heavy armor
  3. An accessory to boost speed (Hermes Sandals)
Abilities you must have:

For the knights:

  1. Super Charge (level 14)
  2. Dual Shields (Level 11)
  3. Ironclad (Level 4)
  4. Full Cover (Level 10)

For the Salve-Makers:

  1. Compounding (Level 1)
  2. Inoculate (Level 4)
  3. Widen Area (Level 8)

For the White Mage (secondary job):

  1. Dispel (Level 9 – Level 4 White Magic)
  2. Arise (Level 13 – Level 6 White Magic)
  3. Curaga (Level 13 – Level 6 White Magic)
  4. Esunaga (Level 11 – Level 5 White Magic)

For the Spiritmaster (secondary job):

  1. Fairy Ward (Level 11)
  2. Greater Spirit Ward (level 10)/Enigma(Level 13)
  3. Convert BP (Level 5)
  4. Stillness (Level 8)

For the Templar (secondary job):

  1. Rampart (Level 7)

General Strategy:

Begin by having your Salve-Makers Brave once, and use Compounding to create a Giant’s Draft (Made from a Beast Liver + Dragon Fang) on themselves and another Knight. By doing this, every member of your party will have their HP doubled on the first turn.

Knights can Default or use Full Cover on the first turn, and Super Charge every turn after that (which they will be able to thanks to Hasten World).

Your Salve-Maker (with the white mage ability) can heal your party, dispel enemy buffs, use esunaga to remove status ailments, and revive dead party members.

Your Salve-Maker (with the Spiritmaster ability) can use Fairy Ward to prevent status ailments, Greater Spirit Ward/Enigma to dull or prevent elemental damage, and Convert BP whenever more BP is needed. Thanks to Hasten World, I’ve found that I can have this character Brave once, use Convert BP and then Greater Spirit Ward every single turn. This is really useful for enemies like Airy who make you weak to all elements and hit you with an elemental attack immediately after.

With your Salve-Makers, you can also use:

Ability

To Create

Effect

Inoculate

(with a Remedy)

Prevent Status Ailments

Compounding

Dragon Coat (Dragon Fang + Hard Scale)

Give Knights a Defensive Boost (Making their Attacks Stronger)

Compounding

Dragon Soul (Dragon Fang + Demon Tail)

Give Party Members Extra Magic Defense

Compounding

Dragon Breath (Dragon Fang + Dragon Fang)

Deal 9999 Damage (or more during Bravely Second) Thanks to Giant’s Drafts

Compounding

Water of Life (Potion + Hi-Potion)

Give Party Members Regen

Compounding

Font of Life (X-Potion + Hi-Potion)

Give Party Members Reraise

Compounding

Dry Ether (Ether + Turbo Ether)

Restore Large Amounts of MP

Compounding

Light Bane (Glitterbug + Insect Antenna)

Deals Damage When Combined with White Mage’s Holy. It generally doesn’t do much damage, but this is helpful when you need to get a few extra attacks in and don’t have many Dragon Fangs.

Why this party setup is effective:

By equipping your knights two shields, you are significantly increasing their defense. This is not only important for reducing damage, but increasing their attack power as well!

By using Super Charge, your knights can use their shields to attack, and can easily do 9999 damage if you have good shields, armour, and the Support Abilities Physical Defense 10, 20 or 30% Up equipped.

By having such a high defense, it will be very common to see enemies dealing a meager 1 damage to your knights!

Having two knights is important, because it allows you to attack twice per turn (assuming you have Hasten World equipped) and the ability to use Full Cover on your remaining two party members - meaning your entire party can withstand most single-target physical attacks. That's also two members that you won't have to worry about healing quite so often.

By having two Salve-Makers, you can begin every boss battle by doubling every part member's HP (with Giant's Drafts). This is incredibly helpful, and has allowed me to get through most boss fights without having to revive anyone (since you can fully heal your HP before it runs out). I especially love that enemies cannot remove the effect of the Giant's Drafts, even with Dispel.
Salve-Makers can also provide the same stat boosts as a Performer, can prevent status ailments with Inoculate, and can easily deal 9999 damage with Dragon Breaths (thanks to the Giant's Drafts). Using Dragon Breaths are also very useful because they will deal damage regardless of how much defense your enemy has, and can break through Reflect, the Templar's Rampart, and even Chaugmar (the Fire Crystal guardian)'s defensive mode.

Salve-Makers can cast re-raise, and can easily restore their own MP, making them very valuable assests to your team.

The White Mage's magic can allow you to easily heal, revive and remove status ailments from your party. They can also remove buffs from enemies, which can be very useful.

Your Spiritmaster can reduce, nullify or even absorb magic damage for your entire party with Greater Spirit Ward, Enigma, Spirit Ward or Adaptation. Because most of their abilities use BP, it is very helpful to have Convert BP combined with Hasten World, and the ability to craft Dry Ethers as a Salve-Maker. Your Spirtmaster can also use Stillness to nullify all damage for two turns, allowing you to build up BP for your knights' Shield Charge, one of your Spiritmaster's abilities or attack with some extra Dragon Breaths.

Finally, while not necessary, it is always nice to have the Templar's Rampart. As you gain experience and reach higher levels, Rampart will rarely be needed, but it is very helpful initially.

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Bravely Default Hits One Million Copies Sold Worldwide https://www.gameskinny.com/mv0ii/bravely-default-hits-one-million-copies-sold-worldwide https://www.gameskinny.com/mv0ii/bravely-default-hits-one-million-copies-sold-worldwide Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:44:36 -0400 Valentina Floegel

Square Enix's latest popular JRPG, Bravely Default, has sold over one million copies worldwide, and it's no surprise. This JRPG has become massively popular in the West. In March, in an interview with Nikkei Trendy, Yosuke Matsuda revealed that due to the success of Bravely Default, Square Enix would start to focus on the heavy JPRG fans they had seemingly forgotten before. We're looking at you, Final Fantasy. 

Bravely Default was first released in Japan in 2012, followed by Europe in December 2013, and finally in North America in February of this year. The impact it has made is massive, surpassing the expectations of Western sales.

"...there are games like the JRPG [Bravely Default that] we made for the Japanese audience with the proper [and familiar] elements,” he said. “[That] ended up selling well around the world.”

Yosuke Matsuda

The games North American release sold 200,000 copies in the first weeks. Outside of Japan, Bravely Default has sold over 600,000 copies, and within Japan an additional 400,000 copies. Thus, surpassing one million sales.

Bravely Default is a turned-based RPG, said to be a spin-off of Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. You embark on an adventure with companions to restore balance to the world. Character's can learn certain abilities from different jobs, increasing their levels with battling. The battle system allows for two options: Brave and Default. By using Brave, you increase the number of actions you take in a turn, while selecting Default lets you store actions for later use. Described as a game of personal growth and adventure, Bravely Default is a must-have game for any JRPG fan! 

Bravely Default is available for $39.99 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, or any video game retail shop. 

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Best Buy Sells Select 3DS Games Buy One Get One Free https://www.gameskinny.com/857hv/best-buy-sells-select-3ds-games-buy-one-get-one-free https://www.gameskinny.com/857hv/best-buy-sells-select-3ds-games-buy-one-get-one-free Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:06:18 -0400 Angelina Bonilla

If there is one thing gamers love, it’s a sale and Best Buy is having a buy one get one free sale of select 3DS games. The games themselves are nothing to sneeze at, they aren’t the bargain bin games you find in the pile at Walmart, the majority of these are AAA titles. Including Bravely Default, The Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds, Kirby: Triple Deluxe, Pokemon X or Y and Nintendo’s newest release Tomodachi Life. There are other games but these are the ones people are interested in and have all moved units with Nintendo’s favorite handheld.



Like all 'buy one get one free' offers or BOGO as some call it, the consumer has to buy a game of greater or equal value to the game they get for free. So if you bought Tomodachi Life for 34.99 you’d have to buy either Kirby: Triple Deluxe or one of the games that costs even less. So if you want to get a good deal, you should probably buy one of the 39.99 games since it gives you far more choices.  

For those who have missed some of the latest titles because they were waiting for the prices to go down, this is a good chance to buy since you’ll get another game free once you beat your favorite. Who knows? If you pick a random game as your free one there’s a chance you might actually like it. This offer only last this week and just like the Steam Summer Sale if you wait too long pondering over what game you want, it’ll be gone. 

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The Alphabet Soup of Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/h60wk/the-alphabet-soup-of-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/h60wk/the-alphabet-soup-of-video-games Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:53:19 -0400 Proto Foe

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Z is for The Legend of Zelda.

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Y is for Yuna, summoner and beauty of Final Fantasy X.

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X is for Xenosaga.

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W is for Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War.

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V is for Vagrant Story.

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U is for Ultima Online.

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T is for Titanfall.

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S is for Super Mario Bros. 

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S is for Super Mario Bros. Well, maybe not this one.

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R is for Resident Evil.

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Q is for Quake.

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P is for Phantasy Star Online.

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O is for Otacon of Metal Gear Solid fame. He will follow Snake in to any situation... From the safety of a plane.

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N is for Duke Nukem.

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M is for Mass Effect

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L is for Lost Odyssey.

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K is for Kingdom Hearts.

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J is for JC Denton of the Deus Ex universe.

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I is for Ikaruga.

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H is for .Hack 

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G is for Goat Simulator.

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F is for Final Fantasy. Yes, even those ones.

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E is for The Elder Scolls.

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D is for Dark Souls.

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C is for Cortana. The faithful companion of Halo's Master Chief.

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B is for Bravely Default.

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A is for Alone in the Dark. 

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A is for Alone in the Dark. Okay, not this one!

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The Alphabet Soup of Video Games tastes different to everyone. Here is my mix, I hope it tastes good to you.

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