Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ is a productivity killer

Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ hasn’t received a worldwide release announcement yet, but it’s already available in Japan as Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+. Which is a great thing for anyone with a Japanese 3DS, because this is a fantastic conglomeration of 70 of the best minigames from the previous three games, not to mention 30 original more »

Five things I love about Theatrhythm Dragon Quest

I am overjoyed that Theatrhythm Dragon Quest exists. Sure, it would have been nice if the game weren’t exclusive to Japan, and I suppose I would have preferred not having to import a Japan-region 3DS in order to play it, but it is and I did and I’ve no regrets. I’ve expressed my desire for more »

Fashion shows are gold mines in Girls Mode 3

I’ve been playing Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code recently because, well, I couldn’t wait to see if Nintendo announced Style Savvy 3 at E3 2015. (Anyone who’s a fan of the series surely understands.) The differences from one game to the next are apparent as always, and there’s one that’s exceptionally positive. Participating in fashion more »

Girls Mode 3 is welcoming to players of all ages

Nintendo and syn Sophia’s Style Savvy/Girls Mode series have always been great because they aren’t only about giving players an outlet for playing dress-up. The games are more welcoming, with shop simulations that involve strategy, problem management, and wise business decisions that make them more welcoming for players of all genders and ages. Now, after more »

We won’t get Nikki’s Travel Quiz, and that’s okay

We like to tell you all about great imports around here, but sometimes it makes sense for a game to stay in Japan. Nikki’s Travel Quiz is one of them: there’s no reason you should play it if you don’t know Japanese. We did anyway, of course, and there’s one thing about it that transcends language barriers: more »

Important Importables: Let’s visit the Marl Kingdom

One of the greatest shames in gaming is that Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure never got its proper due. The first installment in NIS’ Marl Kingdom series, the premise was poised to be a perfect, campy hit. A young girl with a fairy friend uses an army of dolls she’s magically able to communicate with to more »

Important Importables: Fire Emblem’s Roy is our boy

Now that the Super Smash Bros. Smash Bros. Fighters Ballot is open, we’ve begun hearing rumblings over which characters do and don’t deserve to be back in the game. Data has even been mined that allegedly hints at the introduction of Street Fighter‘s Ryu and Fire Emblem‘s Roy to the game. However, the latter character more »

PS4 Anniversary Edition contest gets a do-over in Japan

The PS4 Anniversary Edition is a beautiful. Well, beautiful and limited, if you want to be exact. It’s one of those rare gems that will be the prize of a person’s collection, and people went crazy in the brief period of time they were available. Now, imagine you entered the Japanese contest to win one more »

Japan gets Bloodborne PS4s

To celebrate the upcoming launch of Bloodborne in Japan, From Software has announced a limited edition PS4 that features laser engraved artwork for the game. Sure, it’s just a logo of the game, but that may be enough to force the hands of hardcore fans of the series. In addition to the console, which is more »

Picking import games to work with the 3DS region-free mod

All is right with the 3DS world, at the moment. Thanks to a work-around that makes the 2DS and 3DS region-free, people can enjoy games from other regions without really doing anything wrong or resorting to custom firmwares and flash cards. It’s as simple as putting one file on a SD card, popping in a more »

Boxboy! Preview: The next great little HAL experiment (update)

Developer HAL Laboratory is mostly known these days for its Kirby games, but it has a long history of making fun little experiments. Some were Kirby-branded, like Tilt ‘n’ Tumble, Dream Course and Mass Attack, but many have flourished on their own, like Picross 3D, The Adventures of Lolo and Face Raiders. It’s really at its best when it tries something new, more »

Tales of the World: Reve Unitia Preview: Does a Tales by any other combat play as sweet?

What is a Tales game without the franchise’s signature battles? Tales of the World: Reve Unitia, the latest in the fan-geared spin-off line of the series, doesn’t show any traces of the Linear Motion Battle System, but it may find its footing by focusing on other aspects of the Tales charm. Reve Unitia, itself a more »