Around the Network

Morning all! Apologies this is a day later than usual, but I had a busy weekend with a lot of recording and the weekly roundup just slipped my mind! Never mind; better late than never, as they say.

In the coming days, alongside the Atelier MegaFeature, we’ll be taking a look at each of the games in the two Psikyo Shooting Stars collections for Nintendo Switch. We’ve already kicked this off with a look at Strikers 1945 and its sequel, so please look forward to more shoot ’em up funtimes very soon.

In the meantime, though, let’s have a look at what you might have missed in the last week. Join me after the jump!


Shinobi: Rescue Those Kids? Shuriken! – The Sega Ages series for Nintendo Switch continues in fine form with an excellent port of the original Shinobi, featuring an all-new Ages Mode.

Strikers 1945: Not Quite How the History Books Told It – Historical accuracy be damned; Strikers 1945 is about fun. And who doesn’t want to fly a World War II fighter plane against some giant mechanical monsters anyway?

Warriors Wednesday: The Alchemist of Kick-Ass – Sophie of Atelier fame steps up to the plate as we kick off our second playthrough of Warriors All-Stars.

Waifu Wednesday: Lita Blanchimont – Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana’s leading lady is a wonderful character who provides plenty of drive for the main story. Let’s take a closer look at what makes her so appealing.

Strikers 1945 II: If It Ain’t Broke… – Strikers 1945 II offers more of the same, only with a few interesting tweaks to the format along the way. A fine sequel, for sure!

Final Fantasy Marathon: The Search for the Crystal Rod (Final Fantasy II #9) – Firion and company delve into the Mysidian Cave in search of the Crystal Rod that will help them reach the Ultima Tome.

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana – Life at 45 Degrees – We take a look at how exploration works in Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, including a brief history of isometric-perspective games.

Atari A to Z

This week we’ve got two games that were temporarily banned in Germany — one of them until 2010, in fact! — plus an unreleased prototype from the Atari vault.

Patreon and SubscribeStar

Don’t forget that over on Patreon I post a daily behind-the scenes personal blog that is, effectively, a resurrection of my old #oneaday blog I used to host over at At the present time, this also includes exclusive patrons-only weekly vlogs and Let’s Plays at the weekends! If you’d like to get to know me a bit better, be sure to sign up; just $1 a month (about 80p) can get you in the club, and it also provides you with access to the MoeGamer Discord as well as helping to fund and support the things I do here on the site.

Find out more and sign up to Patreon here!

I’m also in the process of getting SubscribeStar rolling for those who don’t wish to or aren’t able to use Patreon for whatever reason — I’ve had a few requests for this, so I thought I’d actually get it done. Once that’s up and running and some people have signed up, I’ll offer all the same benefits there for the same price as Patreon.

Find out more and sign up to SubscribeStar here!

Cool Stuff By People Who Aren’t Me

First up, Patreon goodness! Right now, I’m supporting chaotic “old men attempt to talk about games, usually fail” collective Digitiser 2000, the ever-grumpy (and always hilarious) Cheap Show Podcast, gaming and gaming culture commentator Liana Kerzner, independent games writing collective The Well-Red Mage, fountain of retro computer gaming knowledge Rob “Hellfire64” Caporetto and blogger/YouTuber Megan Marie, all of whom you can find out a bit more about by clicking through to their profiles.

Here’s a selection of YouTube and podcast goodness from several of this lot:

And as always, we wrap up with some posts from around the WordPress community that have caught my eye over the last week. If you have a post you’re particularly proud of that you’d like me to take a look at and give a shout-out to, please don’t be shy — just let me know! I’m always up for more reading material.

Deep Reads #2.3: The Power of Love (Disgaea 1) (Everything is bad for you – AK eschews the usual angle on Disgaea games for an in-depth exploration of some of the first game’s more substantial themes.

Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap – Cucco (MrGilderPixels) – My podcasting buddy and eternal bro Chris Caskie gives us his first wooden pixel sprite in over a year, and it’s a good ‘un!

Knights in the Nightmare (Kimimi the Game-Eating She-Monster) – Kimimi shamelessly clickbaits us into reading about Joust. Which is fine by me. I love Joust.

Top 5 Reasons to Binge Anime (I drink and watch anime) – Irina provides a compelling argument for bingeing entire series of anime rather than watching week-by-week or attempting to juggle with several other shows.

Top 5 Reasons to Watch Seasonal Anime (100 word anime) – And Karandi offers a counterpoint: why you might want to watch the new hotness each season.

And there we have it for another week. Hope you enjoyed all that, and I hope you enjoy what’s to come! Plenty of fun times ahead of us all… I feel like we all need some joy, passion and entertainment right now.

As always, thank you to everyone who has supported MoeGamer and Atari A to Z, whether that’s through views, likes, comments, shares, retweets or any of that good stuff — or if you’ve gone the extra mile and supported me via Patreon or any of the other means to do so you’ll find at the end of every post.

MoeGamer is well over a thousand posts strong now, covering over 400 games, and while I still do this primarily because I love it, I can’t deny that each and every one of you coming along to read what I have to say or watch my videos helps motivate me to continually challenge myself, improve and be the best I can be. A sincere thank you to all of you.

Now get out there and have a great week!

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