2013 is the 25th anniversary of Falcom's pioneering JRPG. It started as a sort of Zelda-like game back in 1988, just with a fully realized world, excellent characters and an ambitious narrative and has since evolved into one of the most challenging and fast-paced action RPG experiences on the market. Memories of Celceta is the game to be released for the Silver Anniversary and the special anniversary edition will come with a three CD soundtrack spanning the entire series' best works (and a map I guess, but I just want my 3CD set).
2. Nintendo makes a handheld for children
In the process people who are over the age of seven are pissed off and think Nintendo is stupid. RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!
Keiji Inafune is still hurting from the cancellation of MegaMan Legends 3. Sure he followed it up with Soul Sacrifice at his new team, but has taken to Kickstarter to show Capcom what's what with MegaMan. The Mighty No. 9 is his new game, a true MegaMan title sans MegaMan. Our main guy is Beck, a blue robot that didn't fall victim to the virus that took his other robo buddies down. The name of his sidekick/partner is Call. Like, Beck and Call. I love it. I pledged and after a day or two on the web the Kickstarter is literally half way to its goal. Also, blue is apparently Keiji Inafune's favorite color. Just watch the Kickstarter video. Manami Matsumae has also created one hell of a bitchin' theme song for the game. MegaMan would be proud.
It's a free to play puzzle RPG I found by GungHo on my phone. They've reached 20 million downloads like a day after I downloaded the app. The game tries to combine Poke'mon monster collecting and colorbased puzzle matching. Colors that match are based on monster abilities to red orbs are fire damage, blue is water, etc. But you can create your team based on the cost of how much a monster is worth to your own level and you can choose any combination of monster types, though if you don't add certain types you have to try and use the color orbs to help boost your damage through combos since those orbs won't do damage on their own. The only thing the game charges you money for are the magic crystals. You get a crystal if you complete a dungeon on the first run without dying, consecutive logins, etc. You use the magic crystals to gamble for new rare monsters, or to continue from where you died and other things. You can't buy monsters to win or level them up with money so the game remains fair while those who spend end up gambling. It's a ton of fun!
5. Rune Raiders
Another free to play game with an excellent pay system I just became aware of. Rune Raiders features basic RPG aspects, basic Turn-based Strategy design and lets you play everything you like. You build a party based on your preferences, from having a healer, mage, warrior, etc in the group (up to 6 total) and guiding them to the end of the level while killing all enemies and doing so in as few turns as possible and with as few deaths as possible. The game released with 20 levels and a bunch of character classes, Retro 64 later released an expansion set in an ice world for $1 and a new character class, the Rocketeer, for $1. For those that don't have smartphones, you can check out Retro 64's web browser version of it sans expansion pack and new character. Great game.