You’ve probably seen anime girl versions of famous WWII officers and commanders while browsing through your favorite websites. Cute versions of Lil’ Hitler and Big Sis Stalin, if not you’re probably googling that right now as you’re letting your curiosity get the better of your thought control. Well, someone at Arclight games, the fine people of Japan that brought you Tanto Cuore, thought: “What would it be like if the Germany invasion of Russia was played out by Anime Girls?” So now you have Barbarossa, the deck building card game.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation Vita
The rhythm game genre is oft shoved to the side, which is a shame considering the important sensors it takes advantage of with the player. Rhythm games touch into our coordination, our incessant need to take the challenge of doing the best we can in what we play, our love for unlockables and most importantly, the human desire to enjoy music. Superbeat: XONiC takes all of these standards in the genre and heightens them in a way that helps it stand out from the plethora of rhythm games that exist.
Platforms: PC (via Steam), Sony PlayStation Vita
Ever want to take on the role of an unnamed Tattoo artist and help a girl conquer the 23 wards of a post-apocalyptic Tokyo? Well then NIS America has the game for you!
Platform(s): PC (via Steam)
Visual Novels are an odd duck. Sometimes they have fantastic stories and are phenomenal and sometimes they are merely tools for delivering fan service to the readers. Sakura Agent is somewhere in the middle, being one of Winged Cloud’s better visual novels that I’ve gone through.
WARNING: This review is based on the complete version of Sakura Agent, and as such will contain some nudity in the screenshots and I will openly talk about these scenes. For your convenience, I’ve hidden these images behind buttons and have clearly marked the section where I talk about it. You have been warned.
Platform(s): Nintendo 3DS
The Monster Hunter franchise has long been known for giving the player the ability to work together with friends in hunting crazy and intimidating beasts. In Monster Hunter Stories, this entire concept is flipped on its head.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire
What happens when you take a classic franchise like Pokémon and turn it into a sort of board game for mobile devices? Pokémon Duel is what happens! Pokémon Duel is an odd Psyduck. It takes some very different and unrelated concepts and mashes them together. The first is the Pokémon theme. You collect figures in the form of board pieces, representing various Pokémon from every generation. The connection to Pokémon pretty much stops there though.
You can never have enough Kirbys. They're so cute and round and lovable and extremely powerful. Thankfully, Nintendo is also aware of this, and is giving us Kirby overload with Kirby Battle Royale for the 3DS!
If you've played a Mario Party game, then you probably have a favorite mini game, if not several. I know this, you know this, Nintendo know this, and the newest Mario Party game for the 3DS probably has it!
If there’s one thing we can count on out of the Super Mario series, it’s that every console release in the series will take some kind of bold risk with the franchise, assuring that we get a fresh take and are never left playing the same game.
NIS America has followed up the 2016’s cult horror hit Yomawari: Night Alone with Yomawari: Midnight Shadows aka, 「新夜回り」in Japanese, with two brand new girls, Yui and Haru, to the night and the spirits who haunt it. Separated by a mysterious attacker, each girl will explore haunting and bizarre locations, face the terrors of the night, and test their courage and wits to survive and reconnect with one another.