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We’ve already highlighted a ton of great games that we had the chance to demo at PAX West 2023, but some of the best titles at the show this year were ones that look to be experimenting with storytelling in new or compelling ways, often innovating with game mechanics too. Here are just a handful of narrative-rich games that we had the opportunity to play during Seattle’s big annual gaming expo – and if you’re a fan of particularly off-the-wall premises and presentation, you’ll have even more to look forward to.

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September 2023 Nintendo Direct live stream

The annual September 2023 Nintendo Direct is almost ready to go, and we’ve set up this post to round up the official live stream – as well as our own live blog updated throughout the presentation. As usual this post contains broadcasts for North America, Europe, and Japan. Expect the Direct to begin at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM in the UK / 4 PM in Europe.

As previously announced, today’s event will focus on games launching this winter. It will last for about 40 minutes.

It was all the way back at PAX Prime 2013 that Crypt of the Necrodancer – a very successful dungeon crawler rougelite with rhythm-based combat – first started getting widespread love. Upon its full release, the game became so highly acclaimed that the team behind it was eventually able to work with Nintendo on a Legend of Zelda-themed spinoff called Cadence of Hyrule. Back for another victory lap, developer Brace Yourself Games attended PAX West 2023 to show off their latest project, Rift of the Necrodancer. While it’s a much more traditional rhythm game than the developer’s previous experiments, my demo with Rift highlighted some interesting twists on the genre that I think will surprise even seasoned fans of the genre.

Pokemon Scarlet Violet Syrupy Apples and Dipplin location evolve

In this guide for the The Teal Mask, the first part of The Hidden Treasures of Area Zero DLC for Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, we’ll tell you where to find the Syrupy Apple and its specific location so that you can evolve Applin into Dipplin.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Poltchageist location

Following the release of Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet‘s new DLC, we’ve created a guide to help you find out where you can find Poltchageist with its exact location. Remember that the creature just debuted in The Teal Mask.

Fae Farm flower breeding

In this guide for Fae Farm we’ll walk you through flower breeding, so you can have a garden of multi-colored flowers from the basic seeds within a few days. You’ll just need to go through a few easy steps that we’ve outlined below.

Fashion Dreamer preview

It’s a bit mind-boggling to think about, but somehow the Switch has gone its entire lifespan so far without receiving a Style Savvy game from Nintendo, despite getting three great titles in the series on the 3DS. Fortunately for fashion fans, XSEED Games and Marvelous are bringing a spiritual successor of sorts to the platform with Fashion Dreamer, a Switch exclusive that represents something of a new approach to the genre, emphasizing freeform play and social sharing in ways that just wouldn’t have been possible during the 3DS era.

We played more games at PAX West this year than we have time to feature individually, but there were a ton of little surprises we had the chance to try that we’re looking forward to seeing on Switch. If you’re looking for some low-key games to unwind to after a busy day, here are five chill and relaxing games to keep an eye on!

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Fae Farm how to upgrade tools

In this guide for Fae Farm we’ll tell you how to upgrade your tools and other equipment, including your Fishing Rod, Critter Net, and Magic Staff, so you’ll be able to more efficiently carry out your daily tasks as you dive deeper into the mysteries of Azoria.

Baten Kaitos HD Remaster interview

We recently had the chance to speak with Koji Nakajima, the producer of Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster. These classic RPGs originally launched during the GameCube era, and are now making a comeback after roughly two decades.

Nakajima spoke with us about why Baten Kaitos is returning now, what it was like working on the remasters, support from Monolith Soft, and more. You can read our full interview below.

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