Paper Mario first released in Japan in the year 2000. Originally designed as a follow up to Super Mario RPG; Paper Mario expands upon the RPG mechanics while introducing a fun colorful art style. While the first two games of the series were popular, recent title have not lived up. With the release of Paper Mario: The Origami King, fans delighted in the return of somewhat traditional RPG mechanics. While it is not a complete return to the originals, Origami King steps in the right direction for many fans
Released in June 2020, Pokémon received its first piece of paid DLC in the form of The Isle of Armor. With prior generations of Pokémon, GameFreak released a third game that adds more content to that generation. This can take the form of new area, characters, story elements, or even new Pokémon. However, with the release of Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch, GameFreak is taking a new approach to new content by using DLC for the first time. The Isle of Armor does exactly what previous updated versions of Pokémon have done in the past. New Pokémon have been added to the game, many older Pokémon return, and a new area to explorer.
Released in 2010, Xenoblade Chronicles launched late in the Wii’s lifespan in Japan. Initially, there were no plans for Nintendo to release this game in the United States. However, along with The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, these games became the goal for Operation Rainfall. The goal of Operation Rainfall was to push Nintendo into localizing these three games for a US audience. Spawning two sequels, many ports/remasters, and a Smash Bros introduction; Xenoblade became one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises. There is no surprise that Nintendo remastered this game on the Switch with a new art style and many quality of life improvements. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition brings a timeless classic for a new generation.
A few weeks ago, we posted that Arcade Spirits would be coming to consoles. That includes digital copies that were available May 1st, to the physical copies coming to North American stores on the 22nd. I received an email with the code for the Switch a few days ago, and since then, I’ve barely been able to put it down.
Released back in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance, Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town became one of the most beloved games in the franchise. It’s no surprise that this is the game that most Harvest Moon fans look back on fondly. As with many remakes in the past, Friends of Mineral Town has of course been reworked from the ground up; Characters were redesigned, game play has been improved, and the game is in 3D instead of 2D. These changes give this game a modern feel that will draw in new players to the series while bringing back many of the older fans of the series with a bit of nostalgia in the first Story of Seasons game on the Switch.