Since the article seemed to imply that 3DS games are good to talk about, I’d like to give a shoutout to Attack Of The Friday Monsters, a game I just finished today. Here’s the trailer, though I don’t think it sells the game very well. For a better show-off of the game, check out the opening movie, including a voiced, totally anime title song:
Basically, it’s a walking-around game in a rural Japanese town with a few card battle segments. Which in itself doesn’t sound too exciting, but the coziness of the area and the mystery of the story made me really latch onto it. It’s got hints of Earthbound and Studio Ghibli in equal amounts, and the art style is really wonderful, though it suffers due to the 3DS’ limited pixel resolution.
One thing I found really fascinating about the game is that it really feels like a rumination on the Kaiju film genre, and the rise of ‘hero films’ in the 70s as a sort of reaction to kaiju movies (you might be familiar with Jet Jaguar or Ultraman). It’s really adorable and I found it a nice escape for a few hours.
The entire game can be slammed through in a good 2-3 hours (I beat the main story in about 2.5 hours I think) and it’s only $8 on the Ninty Store, so I recommend it if you’ve got a 3DS. I’ve never really played anything like it.