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TL,DR; Play Sailor Moon S
My wife loves Sailor Moon. She loves Sailor Moon so much that her family will reminisce about her young years by saying “Remember how obsessed you were with Sailor Moon as a kid?” and I have to remind myself that they do not realize she is still obsessed with Sailor Moon.
After seeing Sailor Moon S tournaments crop up here and there at a bunch of tournaments, I asked her about it, and found out she had her old Super Famicom copy lying around. I played it and realized why people are bringing it back; I invited my old Bearcade buddies over to play it and we cracked out for a few hours like it was some hot new shit.
I think that part of the joy of picking up Sailor Moon S is the joy of discovery, and I don’t want to deprive you of that, so I wrote this Spoiler-Free Review of Sailor Moon S for the Super Famicom instead.
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Sailor Moon S is like playing kickball when you’re thirty years old and realize those bouncy balls are way more fun when you’re kicking with Grown Adult Power.
Watching someone play Sailor Moon S for the first time in their lives is a fighting game purity test.
Playing Sailor Moon S validates your off-hand habit of judging people based on their favorite Sailor Senshi.
In the first 20 minutes, you’ll think about how shotos really are kinda cheap.
In 30 minutes you’ll wonder whether it has super moves.
In 1 hour you’ll feel dirty.
In an hour and a half you’ll realize that you don’t care if there are super moves because they’re probably kind of underwhelming compared to the shit you just figured out.
In two hours you’ll realize that you’re playing Galaxy Brain: The Fighting Game and you’re going to enter the next Sailor Moon S tournament you see?
In a week or two you’ll be at a Sailor Moon S tournament and realize you only played the game for two hours.
In the first game you play at that tournament, you’ll meet a person who will beat your ass and then invite you to the Sailor Moon S Discord.
Playing Sailor Moon S reminds you that every game you ever learned how to play was Worth It;
Playing Sailor Moon S also reminds you that every game you ever learned how to play is not That Serious.
Play Sailor Moon S.