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By Matt S - Editor-in-Chief • Issue #71 • View online
It was one of the best weeks for reviews we’ve ever had at DDNet, getting to cover a new Musou/Warrriors title (and Fire Emblem, no less!), the sequel to the brilliant AI: The Somnium Files AND a visual novel about a fascinating time in Japanese history.
We’re also now halfway through the year, and what an interesting year it has been for the games industry. While the western studios are all busy acquiring one another, the Japanese industry has been quietly plugging along, and I would argue that there haven’t been many periods where the output has been more distinctive and interesting than this.
Hopefully the second half of the year can keep pace.

Reviews Of The Week
Review: Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Nintendo Switch)
Review: AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative (Sony PlayStation 4)
Review: Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei (Nintendo Switch)
Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Nintendo Switch)
Also From DDNet...
The ten finest games of 2022 so far
Interesting games on June 20
Nintendo shares more details, new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3
From The Friends Of DDNet Around The Web
New Releases: June 23rd-29th, 2022 - Tech-Gaming
A reminder for those who need it: announcing DLC before your game's out still sucks - Rice Digital
Review: Metal Max Xeno Reborn (Switch)  ⋆ Shindig
Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers Review –
Pocky & Rocky: Reshrined - Review - NookGaming
TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity review - Tech-Gaming
Don't Forget To Grab The Dee Dee Zine!
We have an absolutely amazing issue of the Dee Dee Zine for your reading pleasure this month - 56 pages jam-packed with the best in Japanese arts, games, and culture.
This month in the magazine:
  • Haniwa, Japan’s ancient statues, and the role they play in video games.
  • Loneliness in Japanese literature - a 100-year trend.
  • The most comfortable of all anime genres.
  • Games about making art.
  • Lessons from making a visual novel.
  • So much more!
We also have plenty of puzzles - a crossword to test your knowledge of all things Japan, a sudoku and a nonogram. There’s a comic and story featuring Dee Dee & her friends, as well as a summary of the upcoming games for the month, photography, and quotes from legends of Japanese art.
Remember, this magazine is given to Patreon backers in return for their support. As little as $1/month will secure your copy of each month’s issue… and $1 for a 56-page magazine jam-packed with features about Japanese art and culture is a pretty good deal, no?
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