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…
Firstly, a game I’ve been waiting for a long while: Magical Otoge Iris (PC) now has an official date of March 19, 2021! I’m a big fan of batensan’s Magical Otoge series (check out Ciel and Anholly as well), a collection of sweet and sentimental visual novels set in a shared supernatural universe. This entry follows the story of Iris, who works as a Purifier to help guide spirits into the afterlife. Described as a ‘story to heal both the reader and writer’s heart’, this looks to become something special indeed.
Congratulations to Velvet Cupcake Games for reaching their Kickstarter goal for Made Marion (PC) in one day! This promising otome reimagines the legends of Robin Hood and has smashed through every stretch goal, planning to release August 2022 with eight initial love interests drawing from Sherwood rogues and Nottingham dastards alike. Despite the popularity of the legends, Robin Hood is a tale little ventured in this medium and Marion’s perspective even less so. Hopefully, Made Marion comes like a shot in the dark and steals our hearts!
I’m guilty as charged for my love for Ace Attorney and apparently I’m not alone. The 2019 remaster of the Ace Attorney Trilogy (PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One) has hit one million sales as of the end of 2020, according to Capcom’s records, and over seven million copies have sold for the game series as a whole. That puts the remaster amidst Capcom’s hundred best-selling platinum titles – not a bad turnabout for a series that began twenty years ago. Hold it! Does this mean Dai Gyakuten Saiban’s localisation is more likely? Say yes!
Spend your days exploring ruins, hanging out with friends, and going home to craft explosive pie – what could be more satisfying than that? The Atelier games are comfort JRPGs with heart and, if you’re needing some cheer, look no further than the Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack (PC, Switch, PS4) coming on April 22, 2021. The Mysterious Trilogy follows the bright and breezy adventures of Sophie, Firis and twins, Lydie and Suelle.
Although I’ve personally been enjoying Nintendo’s Partner and Mini Directs, I know people were clamouring for a beefy one. Well, rejoice, for Nintendo has laid out their early plans for 2021 in a Nintendo Direct you can watch here. Yes, there are brow-raising omissions (I hear you fellow BoTW 2 and Metroid 4 stalkers) but overall there’s a fair amount of good ‘uns. Here are my highlights:
- Xenoblade 2’s Pyra and Mythra are joining Smash Ultimate, March, 2021, with some crazy stage that takes place atop a flying dragon ship? I haven’t played X2 yet but the two characters can change between forms and playstyles, reminiscent of old-school Sheik/Zelda swapping.
- Two Famicom Detective Club games, The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind, are being modernised and localised for the first time since the late 80s. Arriving May 14 2021, this duology looks perfect for fans of investigation games and summer mysteries!
- I’ve followed other Musou hack n’ slash games but I haven’t played Samurai Warriors since the Wii era. I almost didn’t recognise the upcoming Samurai Warriors 5 (also for PC, PS4, Xbox One) due to the revamped designs. Looking slick, Koei! This entry focuses on the rivalry between Nobunaga and Mitsuhide and is coming Summer 2021.
- Legend of Mana (also for PC, PS4) is receiving a remaster on June 24, 2021. Featuring the same adorable graphics but better than you remember, a new musical rearrangement and other quality of life features, this will appeal to JRPG fans old and new.
- The makers of Danganronpa and Zero Escape are teaming up to to torture more toons with World’s End Club, releasing May 28, 2021. Death game set in an underwater theme park? Check. Creepy mascot? Check. Same old snuff – or is it? The Level-5-esque aesthetics are even more at odds with the disturbing content, the elementary school participants are younger than usual, and there seems to be side-scrolling action parts breaking up the standard point-and-click/adventure formula. I’m expecting this to be a good old mind fuck from such an genius collaboration.
- Hunters arise! Monster Hunter Rise (March 26, 2021) and Monster Stories 2 (Summer 2021) are bringing the action up close! The trailer for Rise is ridiculously gorgeous. Here’s hoping it plays as well as it looks. If you’re the type to brandish your spoils, have a gander at the Special Switch and Pro Controller editions that are releasing simultaneously.
- Lockdown days tend to merge into one, so why not play a Groundhog game? No, not Majora’s Mask! After rocketing to indie stardom in 2019, Outer Wilds (also on PC, PS4, Xbox One) lands onto Switch Summer 2021. You have 22 minutes to explore the mysterious frontiers of space before the sun explodes and you loop back in time, so make those minutes count!
- Sport games are ubiquitous but few let you chill like a golf game. Mario Golf: Super Rush looks like solid solo and multiplayer fun. Plus, you can swing the Joycon like a golf club. Take care not to thwack anything breakable when the game tees off June 25, 2021.
- Project Triangle Strategy (working title) is definitely the game, which intrigued me the most. This new IP from Square Enix appears like a tantalising mix of Octopath Traveler’s distinctive 2D-meets-3D artstyle and a complex war story revolving around the themes of utility, morality and liberty. The trailer gave me heavy Tactics Ogre vibes with a branching story and possible route specific companions. A demo is available but the full game in 2022 can’t come sooner!
- We could all see this on the horizon… Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is being remastered and optimised for Switch, July 16, 2021. This is one of the few Zelda games I haven’t played, as I used to shy away from all motion controls. Thankfully, this version makes these optional and has incorporated button controls for accessibility. Special Joycon designs are also available. Not going to lie – I’m still a bit bummed there’s no Wind Waker and/or Twilight Princess announcement. Come on, Nintendo!
- Last but not least, the Splatfest returns! Splatoon 3 will paint the town pink, purple and green with more paint-tastic turf wars in 2022. This entry is set in a new explorable region, the sun-scorched Splatlands, and offers new weapons, stages, and maneuvers. I haven’t played any other Splatoon games but I’ve only heard great things – hopefully this one also puts the ink in inkredible!
Whew, that was a long one! Thanks for reading, if you’ve come this far! Nintendo’s Direct had loads more stuff so check it out with the link above, if you’re itching for more.
As always, let me know about your own Good Goings in the comments and have a great day!