Stiq Figures, June 9 - 15: Compelling minigames edition

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Buying a game is usually all about the front-and-center content, but sometimes what's meant to be a side attraction kind of steals the show. It's weird how a well-crafted minigame can steal attention away from stuff that was featured across online banners and TV spots months before a game's release, but at the same time, that kind of surprise is easy to appreciate.

Sonic Adventure 2 is a prime example of mine – while I enjoyed sprinting through levels as Sonic and switching between casts in the game's good and evil campaigns, there was a surprisingly-compelling side attraction in the Chao Garden, a sort-of pet simulator. At the time, it felt like a fleshed out version of the Tamagachi I had as a kid, and I burned plenty of time bumming around the space and boosting my Chao's stats so it could compete in minigames. I ... may have also gotten a kick out of hurling Chaos as far across the map as possible.

Returning to SA2 in recent years hasn't proven to be as fun as my memories of it, but entering the Chao Garden is still a good time. While I'm at it, I should give a shout out Final Fantasy 8's Triple Triad card game too – for as awful at it as I was and still am, I've still spent hours losing cards to any character that's willing to play a round against me.

Has there been a minigame that's kept you enchanted, maybe even moreso than a game's main campaign? Help me acknowledge the side content that doesn't necessarily feel like side content, right after you check this week's Japanese hardware sales after the break!

3DS LL: 21,267 [DOWN] 9,657
Vita: 13,299 [UP] 1,849
Wii U: 12,249 [DOWN] 1,517
PS4: 8,395 [DOWN] 1,071
PS3: 6,564 [UP] 3
3DS: 5,308 [DOWN] 38
PSP: 4,325 [DOWN] 5,040
Vita TV: 1,436 [UP] 243
Xbox 360: 231 [DOWN] 24
[Image: Sega]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.