Introducing "Hyper Femme"

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We all know now that anyone of any gender can play and love videogames, but did you know the 90s brought with it cultural pockets of feminine tech and popularised the ‘cute’ aesthetic. Before the Tamagotchi, and the Furby, came countless videogames! 

You may think of games for girls as all-pink remakes of popular games, Barbie, princesses, dress up or makeovers, and there are plenty around to be sure! But here are some less stereotypical, and much more fun titles found in the world of ‘femme’ games! Every one can be found in the NVA galleries for you to enjoy on your next visit

 

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The Little Mermaid - 1991

The colourful, vibrant worlds and original concept make this a fun yet challenging game. With plenty of secrets and the ability to power up Ariel, not to mention the heroic storyline in which Ariel leaves her love in order to save her friends, this NES title is in no way generic! 


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Hello Kitty World - 1992

Japan never saw a release of GameBoy game Balloon Kid, but Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty, fixed that in 1992 when it was remade for the Famicom (NES) as Hello Kitty World! Featuring Hello Kitty, Tippy and Mr Mole!


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Umihara Kawase - 1994

You may not have heard of Umihara Kawase, a Japanese SNES sensation. The story follows a young female sushi chef, having fantastical fish-based dreams! But most significant, are the mind-blowing rope physics found in this SNES-era retro game! 


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Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon - 1995

Play as one of the Sailor Scouts in this side scrolling arcade beat ‘em up! Team up to take on some of Sailor Moon’s most despicable adversaries and defeat Queen Beryl! Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon is a twist on a classic genre with a variety of well-loved female characters to play, interesting mechanics, plus fully voiced and animated special moves using the original anime voice actors.


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Kirby’s Dreamland 3 - 1997

Enter the pastel world of Kirby’s Dream Land, with its charming crayon art style and cast of cute characters! There’s no overtly male lead and the game is devolved of any of the implied masculinity we are used to seeing in older titles, making it exceedingly popular with people of all ages and genders, even now!

NVA NewsRebecca Maher