To celebrate the English release of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia on 3DS on May 19th, I decided to dedicate May’s Community Game-Along theme to developer Intelligent Systems! In addition to the Fire Emblem games, Intelligent Systems is also famous for Advance Wars, WarioWare, and the Paper Mario games, so there are tons of great titles to choose from!
The Nintendo Switch launch is nearly upon us! We offer our impressions of the Nintendo Direct, the launch game lineup, and whether or not we plan on picking up the console at launch. Then, we gush over Yuri!!! on ICE one more time, Sarah plays a 2015 smash-hit indie game, and Anne falls down the rabbit hole of Japanese reality TV show Terrace House.
00:04:51 – Nintendo Switch
00:25:01 – Nier Automata demo
00:33:01 – Yuri!!! on ICE
00:45:12 – Undertale
00:47:49 – Terrace House
00:56:47 – Granblue Fantasy & Sailor Moon Drops
01:00:32 – Nippon Neighborhood Watch
Opening ♫ – “Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah!)” – White Denim
Closing ♫ – “Yuri on Ice” – Taro Umebayashi
Occasionally I write articles for sites that aren’t my own (gasp!), and last week I had the opportunity to write my own particular spin on the recent Nintendo Switch news explosion for ZAM.com. The most appealing aspects of the Switch for me are that it 1. is region free and 2. already has a bunch of “niche” games in development (think funky JRPGs, import-only titles, and revivals of forgotten favs), so I combined them into a piece on 3 reasons why the Nintendo Switch has the potential to be a great system for niche game fans. For the third reason, and some elaboration on why those things are so exciting to me, head over to ZAM and read my piece!
I definitely have a lot of additional thoughts on the Nintendo Switch that didn’t fit the scope of the article, which I discuss in detail with my podcast cohost Sarah on an upcoming episode of Chic Pixel Plus. In the meantime, I’ll be honest and say the promise of games in the future is not enough for me to purchase a console day one, so I don’t envision myself getting a Switch anytime soon. Plus, I’ve made one of my personal goals to finish 5 games in my free time this year (i.e. not for review), so I have plenty of things in my backlog to work on!
I would love to know: are you planning on getting a Nintendo Switch day one? What games are you most looking forward to? Leave your thoughts in the comments! And if you haven’t preordered one yet, grab yours at Amazon, a Chic Pixel affiliate, to help support the site!
In honor of the start of JRPG July, I thought it would be fun to do a feature on a cute little game that unfortunately never made it out of Japan, Nōra and the Time Studio: The Witch and the Misty Forest (Nōra to Toki no Kōbō: Kiri no Mori no Majo)! Developed by Atlus, Nōra and the Time Studio is completely separate from their flagship series Shin Megami Tensei and Persona, swapping demons for Atelier-like alchemy. But since I haven’t yet had a chance to play it, today I’m going to focus on swooning over the packaging of the game and premium booklet!
When I first moved to Australia five and a half years ago, I was pretty isolated. Not only was I in a completely new country, but my husband and I moved to a city where we didn’t know anyone, much less fellow nerds! That’s why, when StreetPass groups started popping up around the world for folks outside Japan to have more chances to obtain those precious StreetPass hits, I immediately set out to create my own.
Five years later, I’ve organized StreetPass meetups in Brisbane nearly every month. Not only have I been able to complete many, many StreetPass puzzles, but I’ve also been able to bring other Nintendo fans together to enjoy a hobby they love in a welcoming environment. Let me tell you, it’s been a whole lot of fun!
My first encounter with Miski’s adorable art was a t-shirt design at Yetee depicting a Snorlax in a sundae. That’s right, a Snorlax in a sundae! Of course I bought one immediately, and it soon became one of my favorite tops. Since then, I’ve become a huge fan of Miski’s work. While she’s already very well known, I wanted to make sure that I shared them with you all for this week’s Sunday Spotlight!
Not only that, but this is a great opportunity to let you all know that I’m now a Society6 curator, which means that any products you purchase from the site help support Chic Pixel! Miski sells everything from Sylveon sweets tote bags to mugs featuring Splatoon‘s adorable duo Callie and Marie, so if you enjoy the art featured here, I highly encourage you to check out her Society6 store!
Things have been a little quiet here at Chic Pixel during the holiday, but now that I’m feeling refreshed and recharged, it’s time to get back in the posting groove! And what better way than with some best of 2015 lists? First, I’d like to share my five favorite video games that came out this year. There are many (so, so many) games that came out in 2015 I still need to play, so please keep in mind that the titles that appear here are simply those I put enough time into to consider. But enough with the caveats… on with the list!