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…
Otome fans rejoice! There’s plenty of new releases to indulge in as the wintry months set in. Piofiore: Fated Memories [Switch] with its suave mafioso husbandos recently arrived in early October. Meanwhile, Steam Prison [PC] has finally been reunited with the cutest boy of them all with the much anticipated DLC of Fin’s route, which had been missing from the original release. Thanks MangaGamer! Another great update was TAISHO x ALICE episode 2 [Steam] that carries on Arisu’s fairytale with Kaguya and Gretel’s routes. Fancy something cosy after all that action? Why not snuggle up with Cafe Enchante [Switch], soon to launch on November 5, 2020 with exclusive character cards for the first run of physical sales.
Aksys Games also plan to release a patch for Collar X Malice: Unlimited [Switch], which will hopefully fix the many grammatical and formatting issues present upon launch. The community were quite disappointed by the quality of this localisation, so it’s great to see Aksys respond to feedback.
Not joking – I actually squealed when I heard that the Fire Emblem: Three Houses Original Soundtrack will be released next year on February 17, 2021. This feels like another chunky one with six CDs, bonus DVD and gorgeous art. This one’s torn through the heavens and straight onto my import list.
Yes, this is old news. No, I don’t care. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster is coming Spring 2021 for the Switch and PS4 with Japanese and English voice acting. The SMT series is renowned for its punishing difficulty and philosophical mind-fuckery that plays with you as much as you play with it. I haven’t played one of Atlus’ darker entries since the wonderfully bleak Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse [3DS], so I can’t wait to dive into demon-infested waters again. Now, who’s ready to die?
Here’s another ‘old’ game that’s returned to the spotlight. Among Us [PC/Android/iOS], a backstabbing spaceship murder party game, has simply surged in popularity these past few months after a relatively humble release in 2018. Multiplayer games aren’t really my gig but it’s awesome to see a well-designed game getting a second wind long past its initial launch.
Fancy some sweet, experimental games? Itch.io is known for its packed jam calendar. I’m personally looking forward to checking out some of the submissions from the Wholesome Game Jam (October 3-5, 2020) and the ongoing Bara Jam (October 1-December 1, 2020).
It’s official, Minecraft has joined Smash! I know that Smash is a character free for all – I mean, that’s kind of the point – but still. Microsoft and Nintendo playing together. What an age to live in. Anyway, Steve and Alex have joined the fray with a unique stage and Classic Mode route, following on from the debut of Min Min of ARMS fame. The contenders have a resourceful moveset evoking their crafting and mining roots – ripe for creative chaos! There’s more to come though, as four other unknown fighters will finish off the second Fighters Pass.
One last bit of Nintendo news that went from zero to hero. Jump Rope Challenge [Switch], a light game that encourages people to ‘skip’ using the Joy-Cons, is no longer being delisted according to a Nintendo tweet. It was due to jump ship on September 30, 2020 but an impressive 2.5 billion bunny hops have convinced them otherwise. In all seriousness, I’m not a fan of limited digital releases so this was a good outcome. Hopefully Super Mario 3D All-Stars goes the same way!
There you go. A bunch of things that put a smile on my face and hopefully yours too. Let me know about your own Good Goings in the comments and have a great day!