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It feels like racing games are often excused from needing to tell stories; even as players, we’ve been trained to expect little more from the genre than schlocky tales of midnight street racing, if there’s even any context to the action at all. That can be just fine as many players only care about the feel of the driving, but there’s so much potential for fresh ideas. That’s why I’m curious about Resistor, an upcoming racing RPG whose lead developer, Violet McVinnie, previously worked on cinematics and narrative for titles like Mass Effect and Dragon Age. There’s a lot of potential for Resistor to be something unique, and while my brief demo only let me preview a small slice of the game, I’m hopeful it will prove that racing games can indeed tell deeper stories than they typically do.

Eiyuden Chronicle Hundred Heroes preview

It always seems to happen the same way: just when I think I’m ready to take a break from playing big, sprawling JRPGs that threatens to suck up every ounce of my free time, along comes a game like Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes that immediately makes me reconsider. After spending the past few years deep in development following an immensely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2020, the turn-based RPG will finally land on Switch next spring and will hopefully help scratch the Suikoden itch that Konami has ignored for over a decade. I was fortunate to have a chance to demo the game in Los Angeles recently, and while I only got to experience a small sliver of the opening chunk of the game, I really enjoyed what bits of the story, combat, and exploration I played.

With E3 officially coming to a permanent end this week, now’s a good time for reflection. The expo was home to some of the most memorable moments and that’s something we want to dive into.

For Nintendo, there were plenty of memorable moments over the years. It was where the company showed off new hardware like the 3DS and Wii U. It also gave us some massive announcements such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which may never be topped in terms of reaction. Even outside of reveals, there were other memorable moments such as Reggie Fils-Aime’s first major appearance. When Nintendo moved to digital presentations in later years, we still got some special presentations like with Robot Chicken and The Jim Henson Company.

So what were your favorite E3 moments over the past couple of decades? Let us know in the comments.

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The Game Awards 2023 happened this week, and we want to know what you thought about the show.

If you’re a Switch-only owner, you may have been disappointed by the announcements. There was some news for the platform here and there such as Tales of Kenzera: ZAU, but many of the titles were for other platforms. Some have a good chance at ending up on Switch eventually such as World of Goo 2, but we’ll have to wait and see. Also, Nintendo itself has been at The Game Awards in the past with both big and small announcements, but this was one of those years in which it chose not to bring anything.

As for the actual awards, Nintendo did get some wins in that department. However, for Game of the Year, that went to Baldur’s Gate 3 rather than Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom or Super Mario Bros. Wonder. You can catch up on all of the winners here.

How do you feel about The Game Awards this year? What did you think of the announcements and winners? Anything related to the event is fair game, so let us know in the comments.

[Review] Super Mario RPG

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Super Mario RPG review

System: Switch
Release date: November 17, 2023
Developer: Square Enix / ArtePiazza
Publisher: Nintendo

As a classic of the SNES era of RPGs, a remake of Super Mario RPG was a bit of a shock reveal earlier this year. Originally a collaboration between Nintendo and Square, it was a bit of a surprise back then as well. With a complete and from the ground up remake, we see new 3D graphics, crisp menus, and a bit of extra content for a game on Switch that many would say is one of the best RPGs of its time – but what about now? Let’s take a look at how Super Mario RPG fairs in today’s standards, as spoiler free as possible.

A new month started up yesterday. Now that we’re in December, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Are you still going through Super Mario RPG? Maybe you’ve picked up the just-released Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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Persona 5 Tactica review

System: Switch
Release date: November 17, 2023
Developer: Atlus / P-Studio
Publisher: SEGA

From dancing and dungeon-crawling to road-trip adventuring, the Phantom Thieves have been awfully busy since the events of 2017’s Persona 5. Of course, with that game being one of the most acclaimed RPGs of the past decade, there’s been plenty of fan demand for spin-offs and sequels, some of which have been truly excellent. That said, even as a fan of Joker and company I was having a hard time getting excited about Persona 5 Tactica – 2021’s Persona 5 Strikers put such a nice bow on the characters’ stories that I didn’t expect a shift to grid-based strategy to shake things up enough. The good news is that it’s a solid tactics game that introduces some fun ideas to the series, even when its story beats don’t quite hit the mark.

Virche Evermore - ErroR: Salvation review

System: Switch
Release date: November 9, 2023
Developer: Idea Factory
Publisher: Aksys Games

Curling up with a book is one of my favourite pastimes, and I have always thought that the Switch’s handheld mode makes it the perfect fit for visual novels because of this. Fortunately Aksys Games agrees with me, and has supported the system with a plethora of otome since it first released. With Virche Evermore – ErroR: Salvation, the publisher has brought a noticeably dark story that, although it won’t appeal to everyone, stands out for its exceptional worldbuilding, engaging cast, and superb presentation.

The dust has settled on the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC. 48 tracks were added to the game across six waves, increasing the scope of content even further. Some games were given a bit more love than others, but ultimately all of the past Mario Kart games were represented.

Since the Booster Course Pass has now wrapped up, we’d like to know what your favorite track was (or multiple tracks if you can’t decide on one). How’d you feel about the DLC overall? Let us know in the comments.

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Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections review

System: Switch
Release date: November 17, 2023
Developer: CyberConnect2
Publisher: Bandai Namco

Naruto is a series that needs no introduction at this point; if you’ve ever looked into anime before (and even if you haven’t) then you’ll almost certainly have encountered the rambunctious, optimistic, orange-clad ninja-in-training with the grandiose dream of becoming the Hokage of his village. With his story concluded, his son Boruto is now currently starring in his own manga and anime series, and anyone familiar with CyberConnect’s Ultimate Ninja Storm series knew it was only a matter of time before we had a game starring the two of them, with the previous game’s expansion, Road to Boruto, offering a glimpse of that future. Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections might not be the game that long-time fans were hoping for, and it’s definitely not the celebratory title that the franchise deserves, but it is nonetheless a solid entry in the long-running franchise and a worthwhile pickup if you’re craving some more Naruto-themed arena-fighter action, provided your expectations don’t go beyond that.

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