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.
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)!
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.
Cosmic Star Heroine is a game that has gotten around. After a successful Kickstarter, the game was originally released on the PS4 and PC in 2017 before being brought to the Vita and Switch in 2018. I had heard great things about this game’s radical reinterpretation of traditional (tradical?) turn-based JRPG systems and eagerly plumped for the Switch version, as it seemed the perfect fit for handheld play.
As a huge fan of the Fire Emblem and Persona series, I was eager to try out Tokyo Mirage Sessions, which was billed as their upbeat love-child. More light-hearted than both these parents, Tokyo Mirage Sessions inherits more from fellow Atlus-developed game, Persona, but nevertheless asserts its own identity with a couple of enjoyable twists on the formula.