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20 minutes with Breath of the Wild left me wanting more

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Yo momma has wild breath


I didn't have to get up at 6:00am on a Saturday morning to go out in the freezing cold, sit on a train for two hours and spend 2000 yen each way to get my hands on the Nintendo Switch. But I did. I wanted to see what Nintendo's new toy had to offer, even if Mario Odyssey was not playable, and I just had to try out The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The demo they had available is the same one that was at E3 and the one you've likely seen in videos where Link wakes up in some chamber then runs out to meet a cliff. So its not new. Whatever. I wanted to play it even if it meant having to get a time reservation ticket and come back four hours later. As I like to play games myself, I hadn't watched very much gameplay video including of this demo, so considering its open world nature there are likely things in the demo I did not encounter or experience and thus can not comment on.

 
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Review: Yakuza 0

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Rise of the Dragon


Japan in the '80s was a wonderful time for business owners. The yen was exploding in value and money was flowing like water. If you were involved in any kind of business, legit or not, you were basically so wealthy that you could blow your nose with money. Most people were having a blast and living a carefree lifestyle.

Set during this period of Japan’s history (called the Bubble Economy), the story begins in Tokyo with a young and inexperienced Kiryu Kazuma doing grunt work for the Dojima family of the Tojo Clan. He soon gets mixed up in a false murder accusation and is on the run for his life.

 
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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia comes to 3DS in May

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They're still making 3DS games


Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a re-imagining of the series' second entry, the Japan-exclusive Fire Emblem Gaiden, is coming to 3DS on May 19, 2017.

Shadows of Valentia tells the story of two kingdoms split up ages ago by the gods Duma (the hawkish, strength-focused ruler of the north) and Mila (the peaceful, comfortable rule of the south) and subsequently forged into polar kingdoms (Zofia in the south, Rigel in the north).

It breaks from the recent 3DS revivals -- though it looks exactly like them -- by including some of the aspects of Fire Emblem Gaiden, including dungeons you can walk through, thwacking enemies in real-time to start battles.

 
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The top 42 indie games to watch for in 2017

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Oh no, not again


I actually had to whittle this list down, can you believe it? I guess I didn't have to, since 42 is already an arbitrary choice, but I really liked the reference to Hitchhiker's Guide so I settled on 42. Plus, as I approach 50, I feel as if the number is simply too large and it lessens the impact. I don't want this to become a "here's every dopey indie game I've ever heard of coming out next year maybe."

These choice 42 are games that I am thoroughly looking forward to. Judging from my past posts, chances are that many of these will not come out this year, but 2017 is the year to put them on your radar if they aren't already.

 
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Review: Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

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Waifu wars


I'll be the first to admit that when a Western release of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star was first announced, I couldn't help but be a little excited. Type-Moon's Fate universe is something that I hold a high level of adoration for, and I do enjoy picking up a Musou-like game and tearing my way through endless hordes of faceless enemy soldiers every now and again.

With that said, one of the most recent games I've played in this genre was the 3DS port of Hyrule Warriors, which managed to draw me in for many, many hours. In fact, both my Wii U and 3DS copies of Hyrule Warriors still get a lot of use to this day, and I often find myself once again succumbing to its addictive and cathartic gameplay.

Would Fate/Extella manage to draw me in just as much as Tecmo Koei and Nintendo's collaboration did? Sadly, the answer to this question is both "yes" and "no."

 
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