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Sega Ages Ichidant-R

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Available on:Nintendo SwitchOct 17, 2019

Developer: SEGA

Genres: Arcade, Puzzle

Releasing in the West for the first time, Ichidant-R, the wacky series of timed puzzle mini-games, is now available in the SEGA AGES series for Nintendo Switch. Push the limits of your brain and your coordination by hunting for hidden vampires, conducting an orchestra, warping your way through mazes, shooting down UFOS, and much more across 20 wildly varied mini games! Get both PUZZLE and ACTION in one game with SEGA AGES Ichidant-R.

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Sega Ages Ichidant-R Reviews

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With Ichidant-R, M2 has rescued another Sega classic from international obscurity. As either a proto-WarioWare microgame collection or an academic dive into Japan's transitional arcade scene, Ichidant-R's ecstatic presence succeeds in delighting and illuminating its audience. It's another affirmation that M2's work on the Switch's SEGA AGES' line continues to be one of the most valuable projects in gaming.

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Ichidant-R was, in many ways, a precursor to the party and mini-game collection titles of today, but tailored for the arcades. To finally be able to play it in English is a treat for any SEGA fan, especially in multiplayer.

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Ichidant-R comes as a gigantic bummer despite being a super neat and novel game that I never knew about before this release. The mini-games are enjoyable and the aesthetics are neat, but the fact that the Mega Drive options, including an RPG-lite mode and a multiplayer board game, are completely in Japanese renders those enticing options as non-starters. Unless you're looking for a reason to try to learn some Japanese, this is hard to recommend, even if the basic arcade mode (that's actually in English) is enjoyable.

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In conclusion, Ichidant-R is easily the most obscure Sega AGES title in the first wave of games. While the Arcade version’s English translation helps significantly in making this widely accessible to the west, the core game is unfortunately not that fun, though the helper mode is an appreciated addition to cut some of the repetitive nature for players who want to see the ending of the game.

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