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Easter egg tribute to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata found in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon

My pick for the SoraNews24 article this week is the heartwarming: Easter egg tribute to late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata found in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon.

Like I talk about in the article, when Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away two years ago, for me it was like a close friend had died. The man had personally coded three of my favorite games (EarthBound, Pokémon Silver, and Super Smash Bros Melee), and without him the games would’ve never been the same, if they’d been released at all.

So seeing Iwata’s memory enshrined in the latest Pokémon game release brought a smile to my face. It’s exactly as he would’ve wanted to be remembered, not as a businessman or leader, but as a man who simply loved bringing games to life so that others could enjoy them as much as he did.

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Doki Doki Literature Club is the best horror-game-disguised-as-dating-sim that you need to play

My pick for the SoraNews24 article this week is one of the best surprises I’ve had all year: Doki Doki Literature Club is the best horror-game-disguised-as-dating-sim that you need to play.

It takes a lot for me to play through a video game these days. When I was younger I’d play most games whenever they came out, finishing them to 100% completion no matter how bad they were.

But as I’ve gotten older I’ve unfortunately had less and less time to devote to games. If a game doesn’t grab me and hold my interest right away, then I’ll probably put it down and move on to something else after just a few minutes.

So I was shocked when this game, Doki Doki Literature Club, had me hooked from the very first screen, before the game even technically started.

Doki Doki Literature Club is both a visual novel and a dating sim, two genres which I’m not a fan of, and yet it’s become my favorite game released in 2017.

How did that happen? Read the article and then try out the game for yourself. It’s free, short, and will stay with you for a long time.

Nintendo releases official, free online PDF of EarthBound player’s guide for anyone to read

My pick for the SoraNews24 article this week is the nostalgia-inducing: Nintendo releases official, free online PDF of EarthBound player’s guide for anyone to read.

EarthBound on the Super Nintendo was not only my favorite video game as a kid, it still is my favorite game to this day. And now with the release of the SNES Classic, even more people get to relive playing it, or try it themselves for the first time.

And to make it even better, Nintendo put up PDFs of all the SNES Classic games’ instruction manuals on their website. But since EarthBound never had an instruction manual, we get the entire strategy guide — over one hundred pages of gorgeous artwork, hilarious writeups, and of course, info on the game.

This isn’t your typical strategy guide. The EarthBound strategy guide is a legitimate work of literature, which may sound weird to hear about a video game guide, but it’s true. Why? Well check out the article and find out for yourself.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 best Tamagotchi releases 【Weird Top Five】

This week for my RocketNews24 W.T.F. Japan article, I wrote about the top five best Tamagotchi releases.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Tamagotchi’s release in the U.S. back in 1997, so let’s take a look at the best that the past two decades have brought us.

I’ve never personally owned a Tamagotchi myself. I got into Pokémon right about the same time they came out and that kind of took over my life for the next… well, it still hasn’t stopped.

But my wife has owned many different Tamagotchi, and in doing this article I learned a lot about all the differences between the versions and what makes them unique and special.

Which Tamagotchi release stands supreme? It may not be what you think!

Read the article here.