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  • svgAug 11, 2019Feature

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    Those who are already addicted to mobile gaming need no urging to try all the great games available on their smartphone or tablet. Those of us who find it physically awkward, or who don’t like the format, might need a little encouragement. But games of every type, from casual card or arcade games to story-rich adventures and RPGs, are all available on mobile. And mobile gaming can be adjusted to your comfort, too. Did you know that mobile controllers exist?

    Mobile gaming, YOUR way

    You can make any mobile device feel like a dedicated gaming device. There are many different controllers designed to fit to your mobile device (phone or tablet), giving it a comfortable grip and buttons and control sticks to take charge of the action. Have you tried a mobile controller like this?

    Most Popular Mobile Games

    As for games, the selection is nearly endless. There are so many farming games available on mobile that it’s hard to sort through them all. FarmVille, Family Farm, Hay Day, oh my. But to start you off with a familiar face, don’t forget that Stardew Valley is available on mobile!

    Stardew Valley – iOS, Android

    You can even get a farming or gardening theme in game genres you might not expect. Gardenscapes is a surprisingly tricky and addictive match-3 game. It allows you to repair and rebuild a mansion’s beautiful garden in whichever style you choose. You can even go back later and change the fountains, paving, shrubs, flowerbeds…anything in any area you have unlocked.

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    Gardenscapes – iOS, Android

    If you like to build and have even more control over design, Minecraft is also very popular on mobile! You can get the Pocket Edition on both iOS and Android.

    Minecraft on mobile
    Minecraft – iOS, Android

    More interested in games that feel a little more social? Why not try the mobile game that took the world by storm in 2016? Pokemon Go is still popular and still alive with players and content.

    Pokemon Go – iOS, Android

    If Pokemon is not your thing, then how about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp? New features are always being added to the mobile extension of our beloved Animal Crossing. The animals are still all their lovable (or annoying!) selves, whether you meet them on your 3DS, your Switch, or your smartphone.

    Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp – iOS, Android

    RPGs and Adventure

    If there’s anyone left still sitting there, looking bored…how about some RPGs? Mobile gaming has those, too! There’s Nintendo’s own Dragalia Lost. It’s set in a world where the royal family has the ability to transform into dragons, if they have a pact with them. You begin the story as the seventh prince, who has yet to make a pact with any dragon, but must set out to do so immediately when the protection around his city begins to fail.

    Dragalia Lost – iOS, Android

    Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space is also a popular, large-scale RPG available on mobile. The story was written by Masato Kato (who also wrote Xenogears and Chrono Trigger). If that’s not enough, the game’s beautiful soundtrack is by Yasunori Mitsuda, who also worked on Xenogears and Chrono Trigger. That’s some good stuff! Another Eden has 26 main story chapters focusing on the protagonist, Aldo, and his sister, Fienne, and involves time-travelling through both the past and the future, as well as dealing with the present.

    Another Eden: The Cat Between Space and Time
    Another Eden – iOS, Android

    If you want something cute, colourful, and inspired by a classic, how about Egglia: Legend of the Redcap? Strongly influenced by Legend of Mana, you must revive your world by finding precious eggs. Each has had a part of the world sealed into it, and can be restored by hatching it on the map. Explore and gather resources with movement based on a roll of the dice, like a cross between a board game and a strategy RPG.

    Egglia: Legend of the Redcap
    Egglia – iOS, Android

    Story-driven games

    But maybe what you like are story-driven games, which the mobile platform is often criticized for not having. But the market is growing all the time, and if you have a look, you’ll find some very special story-driven games waiting for you on your phone and tablet. Like the beautiful GRIS, which will be coming to iOS this month! A game about dealing with grief using light platforming and puzzles, it’s hard to know if this is a game, a storybook or a piece of art.

    GRIS – iOS coming August 22!

    Forgotton Anne is also an iOS exclusive, and takes place in a world of “Forgotlings”. Personified socks and toys and scraps of paper…items that have been lost or forgotten in our own world. With hand-painted backgrounds, Forgotton Anne has a charm reminiscent of a Ghibli movie. It’s a game by Square Enix. We had to look it up to make sure Miyazaki really had nothing to do with it!

    Forgotton Anne
    Forgotton Anne – iOS

    And lastly…only because soon this list will be too long…is To the Moon. An emotional tale of an old man’s dying wish to go to the moon. This is another game that, like Gris, feels like it may be as much ‘artistic expression’ as ‘game’. It was born of Canadian game-designer Kan Gao’s response to his grandfather’s struggle with his failing health. You must explore old Johnny’s memories to understand his life’s dream, and help him see it come true.

    To the Moon
    To the Moon – iOS, Android

    Still not convinced to make mobile gaming your own? As always, we want you to enjoy games in your own way. Especially if you are here for farming games in particular, please check out our list of farming games on console.

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  • svgAug 10, 2019Feature

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    No sooner do we write an article about console accessories than do a flood of new controller designs for the Switch hit the market! Like everything we’ve shown before, all of these new controllers are licensed by Nintendo. We’re talking some cute stuff here, guys.

    This Spyro-themed Nintendo Switch controller…well, what can we say? Just LOOK at it! And it will release on August 31st; just in time for the release of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy on the Switch on September 2nd. The reasons to want it are immediately obvious to us…we all want it. One of our spuds got starry-eyed even though they’ve never played Spyro! This controller is currently available on Amazon. It’s by PowerA, and you can bet we’ll be looking into them to see what other goodies they carry. We’ve already spotted a Switch case that matches this controller!

    Also new to the market are two Pokemon-themed GameCube-style controllers. The Pichu and Jigglypuff designs are brand new, adding to the nice selection already on offer by PDP. The Pichu design is available on Amazon already, but the Jigglypuff design is yet to be found. They will release on October 31.

    If you love these themed controllers, don’t overlook our article on even more ways to customize your console.

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  • svgAug 9, 2019Feature

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    It’s not always easy to find games that adults and children want to play together. But today we have a selection of cute, affordable games coming out on Switch in August. Each one is rated either E or E10+ and look like tons of fun no matter your age.

    The original Ittle Dew

    First up is Ittle Dew, due out in a week, on August 15th. The Switch library already boasts Ittle Dew 2+, so bringing the original Ittle Dew to the same console seems like a smart choice. Ittle Dew is a puzzle-solving action adventure game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. There is no grand plot to save the world in this one! Rather, Ittle Dew and her magical fox friend, Tippsie, crash onto a weird island filled with loot, and simply cannot resist the call of adventure. Oh, and loot. Loot’s okay, too. This game is just as silly and fun as it was when first released in July of 2013!

    AER Memories of Old

    Second on our list of August Switch releases is AER Memories of Old. AER is a beautiful game about a world in fragments, about to lose itself to the darkness. You are one of the last shapeshifters, and so one of the few who can take to the sky to soar from floating island to floating island in an open world with a vibrant yet simple beauty. Explore the islands and ruins and temples to uncover what you may do to save your dying world. AER will release on August 28th.

    Bubsy: Paws on Fire!

    The final contestant on our list of August Nintendo Switch releases is Bubsy: Paws on Fire! Releasing just a day after AER, on August 29th, it, too, is a visually striking game. Just as cute as Ittle Dew, but with the smooth graphics of an animated cartoon; it reminded us a little of Bonkers. (“Totally nuts!” Anyone else remember that blast from the past?)

    This action-adventure platformer game will let you choose from four different characters, each with different skill sets. You can even customize them! Different costumes are available for each character. Can you get through all 100 levels?

    If these family-friendly games appealed to you, especially AER, check out Kumo: A Boy in the Clouds.

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  • svgAug 8, 2019News

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    Last Week Marvelous revealed the redesigns of four key characters in their reboot of Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town. The game is not due for Japanese release until October 17th, but they have unexpectedly revealed another two new characters in this short amount of time! This time we have Ann and Kai. Both are ‘candidate’ characters who can be romanced and married by the main character.

    According to the Marvelous, Ann is a chipper girl who works at her father’s inn. She is a foodie and a skilled housekeeper. Kai is a friendly traveling merchant with a relaxed nature. He is from the city and only in town during summer.

    Now that we have seen Ann and Kai, there are only two marriage-candidate characters left to be revealed. The two mysterious new characters that we got a glimpse of in Famitsu. Who could they be? Are they visiting characters from other Bokujou Monogatari games, or are they completely new?

    Silhouettes of two unknown new characters from Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town.
    Unknown characters who will appear in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

    In addition to revealing Ann and Kai, Marvelous has also shown us how Ann’s father, Doug, will look. Duke and Manna have also gotten their debuts. What do you think of these reboots?

    Also, please note that because this will be a new localization, names are not final until XSEED confirms them. We are using the names these characters were known by in the original release. These images and more have also been added to the game’s recently updated official site.

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  • svgAug 7, 2019News

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    Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is a beautiful game about a town called Clocknee, and a little girl named Sherry who is trying to save it.  Everything is proceding as normal on December 31, 1999, until the clock strikes midnight. What should have brought in the year 2000, instead freezes the entire town of Clocknee in time. Even the New Year’s fireworks are frozen in the sky above them.

    Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers fireworks in Clocknee

    And while everything stops for the people and time itself in that moment, Sherry is not frozen in time.  Nor are the machines.  When everything else froze, all of the machines came to life!  Televisions, toasters…all manner of ordinary appliances…become robots Sherry has to face in turn-based combat.

    Beautiful art, beautiful music

    The character art style of Destiny Connect is highly reminiscent of a Pixar movie.  We were pleasantly reminded of Toy Story when we were enjoying the sights of picturesque Clocknee alongside Sherry. And check out the official site to get an earful of that beautiful soundtrack!

    The main characters we’ve met so far are stuffed with personality.  Sherry is a tough but headstrong little girl, and her friend Pegreo is smart and sensible, but very timid.

    But even if she finds companions along the way, what could a handful of children possibly do, to start time flowing in Clocknee again?  To her surprise, she learns that her father had a robot in his office.  The robot’s name is Isaac, and he can time-travel.

    Left with no other options, Sherry must make use of Isaac’s abilities and travel to the past (and the future!) to try to figure out what went wrong in Clocknee.  We look forward to being alongside her to help solve the mystery…and to enjoy the game’s beautiful soundtrack the whole while.

    The release date for Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is October 22, and will be available on Switch and PS4. Watch an overview trailer here! If you’re intrigued by games where you can time-travel, check out Mr. Tic Toc & the Endless City.

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  • svgAug 6, 2019News

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    The first Cook, Serve, Delicious! game came to PC and mobile devices in 2013. Selling more than a million copies, it was more than popular enough to warrant a sequel. Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2 was released for PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One, as well as Mac and Linux.

    Now we have word that a third entry into the series will be entering the Early Access phase in January 2020. It even has a listing on Steam already! At myPotatoGames, we’re always into a good cooking game, but the food in Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3 looks so tasty that we fear that playing it may expand not only our cooking repertoire, but also our waistlines.

    Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3 - Beef Sunrise Asian food bowl
    We could go for one of these RIGHT NOW.

    Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3 is set in a war-torn country that is what remains of the United States’ in 2042. But you can still make gorgeous-looking food from all over the world. Noodle bowls, ratatouille, ice cream, grilled-cheese sandwiches, poutine…oh my! (Please ignore the drooling potatoes behind the screen.) The world of traveling cuisine has become quite rough in 2042. In this version, you will occasionally need to defend your food truck from competitors. If you don’t, you could lose time on the way to the country’s new capital city of Nashville, Tennessee. There you must take part in a cooking contest to prove that you are the best in the world!

    Vertigo Gaming Inc hopes to have Cook, Serve, Delicious 3! in early access for 6 to 8 months and be able to release the full version in Q3 of 2020. No word yet on which platforms the completed game will be available.

    For more deliciously related news, Cooking Mama is coming back! And it’s going to be on Nintendo Switch!

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  • svgAug 5, 2019News

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    What is Rune Factory? Here is everything you need to know!

    The first Rune Factory game came out in Japan in 2006.  When localized in North America in 2007, it was called Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon.  If you haven’t played any Rune Factory games, you may wonder what ‘a fantasy Harvest Moon’ entails.

    Those of us who are already fans of Rune Factory know the answer to these questions. However, the niche series came to the attention of a much larger group of people when it was seen in the February 2019 Nintendo Direct.  People who had never even heard of it before were then asking “Rune Factory?  What’s that?” 

    That question has even been asked by fans of the Bokujou Monogatari series (Initially localized as Harvest Moon in English but renamed to Story of Seasons when the localization team changed from Natsume to XSeed.)  What does it mean that it is a ‘fantasy Harvest Moon’?  Is it the same game, except in a fantasy setting?  Today, we’re here to answer that question.

    Is it the same as Harvest Moon?

    Rune Factory started as a spin-off and does have many of the same elements as Bokujou Monogatari (often abbreviated as Bokumono).  It too is a life simulation game where you run a farm, and can build relationships with townfolk and even get married and have a child.  But being in a fantasy world with magic and monsters is not the only difference between the two.  Because Rune Factory has magic and monsters, and because you play a set character rather than creating your own, the gameplay is actually quite different.

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    Farming in Rune Factory 4 on 3DS
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    Farming in Rune Factory 4 Special on Switch

    In Rune Factory, you don’t create your own avatar character. Rather, you play a set character…the protagonist of the story.  In the first Rune Factory, you played as Raguna.  Each game has its own protagonist, and though you can choose to change their name at the beginning, you can’t change who they are. 

    Rune Factory 4 on 3DS marks the first time in the series that you had an option between a male or a female protagonist on start-up, but they, too, are set characters, with the default name of the male version of the main character being Lest and the default name of the female version being Frey.

    Rune Factory 4’s Lest and Frey

    Being unable to create your own character is because, unlike Bokumono…where the idea is some variation of coming to own a farm and making it a success, sometimes revitalizing the whole town in the process… Rune Factory is based on a larger plot. 

    You can do more than farm

    Farming isn’t the only thing you’re there to do.  To set right anything that has gone wrong in the world, you must also fight monsters, navigate dungeons and win boss battles.

    To do this, you’ll need a broader range of skills than you do for farming alone.  You will also need to hone not just your combat skill in your chosen weapon styles (you can change your weapon style at any time), but also your blacksmithing, cooking and magical abilities, as well as many more. For the most part you make use of your own weapons, armour, accessories, health potions, and so on.  You start at level 1 in each skill, but can level up to 99 in all of them. 

    The latest game, Rune Factory 4, has over 30 individual skills.  Raising them not only makes you better at that skill, it will also provide benefits to your base stats, such as making you physically or magically stronger, tougher, or more enduring.  As you raise your skills, you will find yourself able to make better weapons (and food and armour, etc) out of better ingredients dropped from higher-level monsters and crops.

    You can tame monsters

    You can also tame the monsters you meet by petting and feeding them. Once tamed, you can keep them as companions, training them to fight at your side.  Each monster has its own skill set, and you can add them to your party in a similar way to how you can add your fellow villagers to your party.  (If you have a spouse and a child, you can even add both of them to your party and go out and fight as a family!) Some will do physical or elemental damage to your enemies, some from close range and others from a distance. 

    You can even tame boss monsters, like huge dragons. Some can be harvested for great ingredients every day, like milk, eggs, and honey. You can also reap crafting ingredients like fur and fangs.  Keeping a variety of monsters and taking good care of them to raise their affection for you can be a huge help in winning battles as well as in crafting. You can even enter your monster friends into some festivals.

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    Fighting monsters in Rune Factory 4 on 3DS
    Fighting monsters in RF4S on Switch

    But you do still farm!

    Like Bokumono, you do also farm (and have some magical crops in the mix!) and cook and socialize, and get married, too, if you want to. If you want to make a name for yourself as a farmer, you can! But you can also concentrate more on being a smith or a fighter. It’s your choice what to excel in. The pacing of a Rune Factory game is like Bokumono in that you’re in charge of how fast you progress. You decide what you want to spend your time on.  You will need to be able to fight efficiently, but there are many ways to win battles. Maybe you’re a close-up fighter, or a distance fighter , or even a magic user. Or maybe you’d rather have the strongest companions, who can do most of the damage for you.

    Do you need to start with the first Rune Factory game?

    Nope!  Rune Factory games are not directly connected.  They all take place in the same ‘world’, but not in the same region, and most involve completely different casts of characters.  You should feel free to start with Rune Factory 4 Special, even if you’ve never played any of the previous games in the series.

    Is “RF4S” just a Switch port of RF4 on 3DS?

    It isn’t a straight port.  It’s a remaster with some added content. The graphics have been improved so that they will look great on your television. RF4S is listed for release in North America sometime in 2019 (‘this winter’ for Europe) and is already out in Japan. Several Japanese-speaking spud-sympathizers have been asked about their experience playing RF4S and say they’re surprised just how good the game looks on the television screen.

    A ‘Honeymoon Mode’ has also been added to the game, where you will be able to experience new scenes with marriage candidates. So even players who have completed RF4 in the past will have some new content to look forward to in RF4S!

    In Conclusion…

    We at myPotatoGames are a little envious of those of you who haven’t played Rune Factory 4, yet.  It would be wonderful to be able to experience all the amazing content of RF4 (with the additional content and improved graphics of RF4S) for the first time again.  All of the potatoes in this patch are eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of Rune Factory 4 Special so that we can dive back into a favourite game yet again.

    And some of us can’t even speak coherently about how excited we are that Rune Factory 5 (the game that officially brings the abandoned series back to life under the hand of the original creator!) is set for Japanese release in 2020.  Can it possibly live up to RF4, when that is a game that many of the series’ fans feel is not just the best the series has ever seen, but is even a contender for their favourite game of all time?

    With 7 years of waiting under our belts so far, we sure want to find out! We want to so badly that we even had to compile a lists of games we can fill our time with in the meantime.

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  • svgAug 5, 2019Feature

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    A little while ago we wrote about ways to make your gaming life more comfortable and convenient. Today we’re going to talk a little about making it look better. Skins (often called decals) are available for just about any modern console and can drastically change the appearance of those ubiquitous black plastic boxes. You can customize your set-up in almost any way you can imagine, whether you have a PS4, Xbox One or a Nintendo Switch. The options are so ample, it can be hard to choose.

    And though it is smaller to suit its hybrid nature, the Nintendo Switch also has many skins to customize it to your taste. One of the sprouts in this potato patch has the Sheikah Slate decals on their own Switch right now. They can make your console look so different that you’ll clear a more prominent space for it. No more hiding them away…you’ll want to feature it, to better admire its appearance.

    And since the Switch is meant to be portable, there is another opportunity to customize it beyond console decals. Carrying cases! Did you know you can get ones that look like Mario or Luigi’s overalls? And there are plenty of cases to match almost any other game-themed skin you choose, too.

    Keep in mind that if you have a comfort grip or other custom features on your Switch, you’ll need to choose a case that fits the Switch with the grip on. That, or the grip will have to be removed and carried separately. Some over-eager little potatoes forgot about that fact when buying their own carrying case. And we still haven’t figured out how to make the cords pretty. What does your gaming set-up look like? Have you done any customization? Did you go to any trouble to keep it tidy or organized?

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