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May 30, 2017 9:20 AM EDT

Novel game platform launches are rare enough. But for a flagship system (the Switch) from an industry icon (Nintendo) to arrive off-holidays pegged to a foundational game franchise (Zelda) is an order of magnitude stranger. That wasn’t the only convergence of the strange and the wonderful in games so far this year. There was a game about purgatorial torments. And one in which Jungian theories cavort with harlequin hipsters. And others that assay parochialism about what games and stories are or can be. Here’s the best of the best for 2017 so far:

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