The Nintendo Switch has dramatically altered my expectations for a video game console. Prior to the existence of Nintendo’s tablet, I placed games in one of two buckets: there were full home console or PC games and portable releases. That line has blurred to the point of being nonexistent because of the Switch, and it’s only continued as games like Fortnite have become available on every conceivable device with a screen. In 2018, the existence of a dedicated gaming handheld can seem quaint, like a product of an older era. But I still have at least one reason to keep my Nintendo 3DS around: classic-style role-playing games. I came to this conclusion while playing the remixed version of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, which came to the 3DS this week. The Switch has had such a hold on me that typically, I want everything to be on it. After playing dozens of hours of Breath of the Wild wherever I pleased, it’s tough to be restricted to my living room when I play through the likes of God of War or Far Cry 5. But I haven’t felt that annoyance that Strange Journey isn’t on the Switch, and that’s because the genre is such a perfect fit for the hardware. RPGs — Japanese RPGs like Strange Journey, in particular — are typically full of both menus and maps. You need to manage your gear, spells, and quests, and keep track of your trek through whatever fantastical location you’re exploring. In… [Read full story]
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