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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.

Good Goings: November 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 I think 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…

3DS Hidden Gems

Over 75 million lifetime sales. 1343 games. 9 years. 4 iterations.

It’s finally happened. The 3DS was discontinued as of September 2020 after a near decade of gaming goodness. This is my ode to the magnificent 3DS. While this console has not quite matched the overwhelming sales records of the DS (and frankly nothing comes close amongst handhelds), there is simply something special about this pocket-sized wonder.

Good Goings: October 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 I think 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…

Back to the Backlog: Bad Apple Wars

Autumn is the season otome fans eagerly await. After nibbling on months of promotion and warming wallets by the light of preorder screens, Aksys Games releases a handful of localised otome games. This year is a bumper crop of old Vita ports (Code: Realize – Future Blessings, Collar X Malice and its new fandisk) and new IPs (Piofiore: Fated Memories and Cafe Enchante). In the West, the otome genre has traditionally been a niche of a niche, a little represented but much loved branch of visual novels within the community. Interest in this sub-genre has been slowly growing

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!

Confession time: I haven’t dipped my toes into the mystery dungeon sub-genre of JRPGs very much. I suppose the rogue-like elements usually put me off. The constant threat of losing all of your hard-earned items gets me sweating like a hoarder forced to spring clean. Yet to my bemusement, many people actually seek out this kind of high-risk high-reward gameplay; the challenge of advancing inch by inch; and cleaning out dungeons by the skin of your teeth. If such masochism sounds familiar, please read on.

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