It's been a while, but we finally have a pretty decent month of high quality Japanese titles to choose from.
There are two absolute treats for Sega fans, and while this month marks the end of the Sega 3D Classics series it seems like more are indeed on the horizon.
Makes you wonder... why aren't Nintendo releasing more Virtual Console games? It seems like there's an audience for it, and Nintendo has so many first-party games they have yet to release that it can't be a licensing issue. Odd.
In any case, there should be at least one game for you here this month Ninty fans. Do let us know which you're most interested in (it's tough to choose between Project Mirai and Happy Home Designer for me).
Little Battlers eXperience
Level 5 / Nintendo - 4th (Europe)
A heavily customisable robo-battler by Level-5? Sounds pretty nifty to me.
LBX is targeted at the younger market, especially those who've seen the anime, but there may be enough on offer here for mech fans.
There's a 6-player multiplayer mode too, although it only works via local wireless play.
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX
Sega - 8th (North America), 11th (Europe)
This is the first chance Ninty fans have had to get to grips with Miku-chan, and if rhythm games are your bag, this is looking like the best game on offer since Theatrhythm: Curtain Call.
There's plenty to get on with outside of the 48 tracks on offer, including a rare sighting of classic puzzler Puyo Puyo in minigame form, as well as a Miku-themed version of Reversi. I mean... sure, why not?
Etrian Mystery Dungeon
Spike Chunsoft / Atlus - 11th (Europe)
Late arrivals are becoming commonplace for Europe now, but as long as we get everything eventually I'm not one to complain. Apart from all those times I complained in the past.
This here's a fusion of the Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon games, leaning towards the latter in terms of overall gameplay, while still relying on the former's class structure and customisation options.
Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson
Tamsoft / Marvelous Inc. - 15th (North America)
Europe received this at the end of last month, and er... what can I say? This is a girl-based beat 'em up featuring a clothes-ripping mechanic and breast physics. Please don't blame the messenger - I just work here.
3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2
M2 / Sega - 17th (North America, Europe)
Not my favourite in the series, but it's up there. Speed through Chemical Plant Zone with Tails in tow, remastered with an all-new 3D effect.
Probably the toughest of the Mega Drive Sonic games, if only due to the special stages and fiendish final boss.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 - 25th (North America)
An interesting spin, if somewhat radical departure from the Animal Crossing formula. Here you're tasked with redesigning villagers' rooms according to their tastes rather than killing time catching fish and whatnot.
Stay tuned for my review later this month. I'll be picking up some amiibo cards in Japan to test it with too... probably the whole set knowing me.
Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX
From Software / Capcom - 10th (Japan)
Speaking of Animal Crossing, here's a rather odd Palico-based life sim loaded with minigames.
Much like the Sunsnug Isle in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, the goal is to upgrade the village, attracting more cute cats so that you can take on even more quests.
Chance for localisation: 25%. While I think it's pretty unlikely that Capcom will choose to localise this, I wish they would. This Monster Hunter spin-off could attract an even wider audience if the Animal Crossing demographic is anything to go by.What'll you be buying this month? Let us know in the comments below!