It’s not unusual for old video game franchises to reinvent themselves. With releases like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild taking on an open-world gameplay style that is in stark contrast to its 1980s predecessor, or the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise moving away 2D platforming roots to 3D open world, it was only time until Pokémon would follow.
Yo-kai Watch is a Level-5 franchise with a cult following in Japan but modest success in the US. My discovery of the franchise began at a Walmart in 2014. Yo-kai Watch, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, and a bunch of generic releases were on the shelf. I was familiar with Dragon Quest and the JRPG genre in general, so of course, Dragon Quest is my first pick. But I kept thinking about Yo-kai Watch after I left. I find that it’s common to leave Walmart with Komasan’s coy eyes staring at your back from the glass window.
The upcoming open world game Pokémon Legends: Arceus has released a new trailer, which you can watch below.
Pokémon UNITE, a new multiplayer online battle arena game, will launch next month on Nintendo Switch, and in September for mobile devices. Check the new trailer below.
Nintendo’s Most Successful Simulation Game
Animal Crossing is one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises. It’s a game that reminds us of the small things in our lives and caresses you in a world where violence and deceit is not needed to win. There is no ending and no general goal in Animal Crossing. All you need to do is live and wander across the land you stumbled upon.
Sailing off from his last grand adventure, Link is caught in a tremendous storm that crashes his raft and upon the shores of Koholint Island. On the beach, Link is found by Marin who takes him back to her house and lets him rest and recover. Once awake, Link finds himself on an adventure to get off Koholint and travel home to Hyrule by gathering the eight instruments of the sirens and wake the mysterious Wind Fish inside the egg at the top of Mount Tamaranch.