8.9

Bravely Default

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We pine for the old and pine for the new. Nostalgia often interferes with the innovative and sometimes innovation is plagued by the problems of classics. With the Final Fantasy series of late, Square Enix has been producing games that don’t resonate as much with old fans like XIII and its sequels. From the Square Enix ether has come what could have easily been called Final Fantasy Whatever with Bravely Default for the 3DS, a game that bravely has a terrible, two-adjective name but is actually a fresh face to the world of Japanese role-playing games. (more…)

8.6

VVVVVV

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Did I mention that I’ve been playing a lot of indie titles lately? Well, this time it is a strange game called VVVVVV. No, that isn’t just a nightmare for my spell-check, it’s the name of an indie title available on 3DS, PS Vita, iOS, Android, Ouya, and the operating system of your choice (sans Linux). VVVVVV is a game that looks like it belongs in the early era of games, and I mean pre-NES. (more…)

4.3

Ikachan

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I’ve been dipping my fingers into a few “indie” titles recently. It is a term that we aren’t quite sure about. Sometimes an indie is a game actually developed by an independent studio or individual and sometimes the name is slapped on to just mean a shorter title produced by a big company. It doesn’t bother me. (more…)

7.8

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy

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The Final Fantasy series can be a sore subject today. There are two camps: people who will play anything with the name Final Fantasy in the title, and people who loved the old Final Fantasy games and stubbornly refuse to play the new ones.I fit into the first of those camps. My love for the series burns, since I love it knowing that the newer Final Fantasy titles are gorgeous but seriously lacking, mostly in coherent plot. (more…)

8.8

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Animal Crossing is a far more attractive version of reality than this one. Catching bugs isn’t disgusting, avoiding people you don’t like is easy, money literally grows on trees, everyday junk is actually worth money, and (best of all) debt has no interest, even if you never make payments on it. Animal Crossing: New Leaf steps up the formula from the previous version, City Folk, which felt nearly identical to the DS version other than graphics and the largely skippable city. (more…)

7.6

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

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The Paper Mario series has an identity crisis. Flat Mario has strayed from his RPG roots to a side-scroller in Super Paper Mario and, in his most recent iteration, has decided to take up sticker scrapbooking. It is still an RPG of sorts, but I say of sorts because Paper Mario: Sticker Star for the 3DS has no leveling system, stats, nor does it have any real story: (more…)

8.4

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

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The Nintendo 3DS has had a fantastic year thus far. I’d go far enough to say that with the soon-to-be additions of Pokemon X and Y and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, this will be the best year that the 3DS ever has. One of the more recent additions to the 3DS library is Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Dream Team Bros. outside the U.S.), the latest in the Mario and Luigi handheld RPG franchise. Not only that, the game is one of the lynchpins of Nintendo’s “Year of Luigi” campaign. (more…)