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Good Goings: April edition

Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A monthly series where I’ll celebrate some stuff that has happened or is yet to happen in the otaku sphere. The world can bring us down sometimes so it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. It feels like it’s never been a better time to be a geek nowadays so pop on the kettle and let’s get cracking with what goodies have come up this month…

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles: oh-god-it’s-actually-coming-announcement!

Objection!!! Usually I cram happy news into my monthly Good Goings series but this announcement deserves way more than a little mention there. If you’re acquainted with my blog even a little bit, you’ve probably noticed my deep, defining love for the Ace Attorney series, which I grew up playing (and re-replaying) on the DS,Continue reading “The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles: oh-god-it’s-actually-coming-announcement!”

In honour of Patrasche

Guess whose birthday I missed last week…? April 15th, the day to celebrate the birth of Re:Zero’s best girl, Rem Patrasche! I’ve recently been watching the newest season of Re:Zero and I have to say it’s up there amongst the most enjoyable isekai/time-loop series for me. There’s something viscerally thrilling seeing the gruesome and maddeningContinue reading “In honour of Patrasche”

Good Goings: March edition

Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A hopefully regular-ish series where I’ll celebrate some stuff that has happened or is yet to happen in the otaku sphere. The world can bring us down sometimes so it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. It feels like it’s never been a better time to be a geek nowadays so pop on the kettle and let’s get cracking with what goodies have come up this month…

Foodie Fanservice: Restaurant to Another World (Minced Meat Cutlet)

Food is a fundamental pleasure, isn’t it? More than mere sustenance, food has the power to nourish the soul, inspire wonder, and unite different people. I’m sure everyone has at least one dish, which has left a lasting impression: a childhood favourite, a memory of a special meal, a coveted recipe passed down. Cooking and eating is the magic ingredient underpinning civilisation so it’s no wonder that you’ll find it everywhere, including our favourite geeky properties. In Foodie Fanservice, I’ll be looking at mouthwatering menus and cuisines in various anime, games and more – and maybe I’ll even recreate some iconic dishes (disclaimer: I’m not a very good cook)!

Good Goings: February edition

Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A hopefully regular-ish series where I’ll celebrate some stuff that has happened or is yet to happen in the otaku sphere. The world can bring us down sometimes so it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. It feels like it’s never been a better time to be a geek nowadays so pop on the kettle and let’s get cracking with what goodies have come up this month…

What’s on the Wishlist: 21 Games of 2021

So… I probably should have written this post last month back when 2021 was all shiny and new, but better late than never, right? As always, exciting new games are released every year and my backlog can scarcely keep up. In most cases I’m a ‘patient’ gamer by necessity, which means my wishlist usually ends up getting lots of love! I was looking over my wishlist recently and wanted to highlight some upcoming and ogle-worthy games, so here are twenty-one of them for good measure. There’s something for everyone this year, so let’s dig in!

Pokémon Tag Post – 25th Anniversary Celebration

I haven’t mentioned Pokémon much on this blog but it’s actually the series I’ve stuck with the longest. I remember playing Pokémon Red a long long time ago with my sister and it’s been our tradition to play each mainline game together after trading starters. For me, Pokémon is a nostalgic treat, a comfort blanket that’s easy to play and instantly gratifying. And so, when I saw this great Tag Post celebrating Pokémon’s 25th Anniversary over at McKenna Talks About Games, I knew I had to participate!

Good Goings: January edition

Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A hopefully regular-ish series where I’ll celebrate some stuff that has happened or is yet to happen in the otaku sphere. The world can bring us down sometimes so it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. It feels like it’s never been a better time to be a geek nowadays so pop on the kettle and let’s get cracking with what goodies have come up this month…

Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle (Chapter I, II, & III)

I stumbled across the very first episode of Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle (NALE) a few years ago whilst trawling Itch.io for something vaguely Ace Attorney-ish. I had played Danganronpa and 1bitHeart and, though both excellent games, they didn’t quite scratch that courtroom itch. It was my great pleasure then that a sudden turnabout for my woes arrived in the form of Nina Aquila, an episodically released hybrid visual novel/adventure. After playing and thoroughly enjoying the chapters currently available, I’m here to tell you why any fan of mysteries, quirky animesque humour and, of course, a certain unobjectionable adventure series should pay attention to this legal eagle.

NPG’s 2020 Game Awards!

This was a wonderful year of gaming for me and I wrote a very very long post on all the games I played here. What was my cream of the crop from those games? Read on to find out (yes, I shamelessly stole these awards from Steam)!

DS Hidden Gems

As promised, I’ve returned with a post about my hidden gem picks for the DS! Last month I touched upon some awesome games from the 3DS, so give that a read if you haven’t yet. Now we’re moving to the Big Daddy of handhelds, the best selling DS.

Take an Axe to the Grind: 7 great ways Xenoblade Chronicles streamlines its gameplay

As I’ve grown older and my backlog ever larger, I have started thinking more about games in terms of what they cost in time rather than money. When it’s so easy to pick up and put down the controller, I am far less eager to wade through meaningless fluff enroute to the good stuff. That said, I’m all for getting in deep with a well-designed chonker of a game that makes the hours fly. Xenoblade Chronicles gets this.

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