In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.

If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the weekly column.

The Legendary Starfy
Platform: Nintendo DS
Original Release: June, 2009

The Starfy franchise has been a success story in Japan for nearly the last decade. The first game in the series was meant for the Game Boy Color, one of my favorite Nintendo handhelds ever released, but received an early cancellation due to the release of the Game Boy Advance. The four games that actually hit gold status and sold in retail were never released outside of Japan, despite their resounding popularity.

This Nintendo title earned its fifth full game in 2008. Rather than not hitting anywhere but Japan, The Legendary Starfy released around the world in the next year.

At first glance, Starfy looks a lot like Kirby. It’s a 2D platformer that never challenges players too much, it has a great set of characters, a charming look and a lengthy storyline. There’s a lot going on in the world of Starfy, and, if you buy this game, you’ll certainly be getting your monies worth once you get the hang of things. It can be, at times, overwhelming.

If you dig platformers with a lot to offer, give this one a chance. You may be put off by its childish appeal, but the game is genuinely fun. Especially if you’re going on a road trip.

Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.

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