MangaGamer Announces New Titles, Partnership

MangaGamer has had a few noticeable announcements as of late, promoted at various conventions. Tonight at Anime Expo, following on the heels of their announcements at Anime Boston, they made several new releases known at their panel. Firstly though, they updated the crowd on the status of a number of PC projects in the works. Of particular note is a planned release date of September 2015 for their...

Key to Release new Angel Beats! Visual Novels

Key has announced that in collaboration with Aniplex, they will be releasing a new title in the Angel Beats! series. Angel Beats! First Beat is to be released in Japan later this year for PC. The game is set in the same universe as the Angel Beats! anime, and should be familiar to fans of the series. Yuzuru Otonashi returns as the protagonist, and will include story routes for all the central char...

Cry Out: Banshee’s Last Cry available on iOS

Aksys Games has released their translated version of the Japanese visual novel, Banshee’s Last Cry (Kamaitachi no Yoru developed by Spike Chunsoft), on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Banshee’s Last Cry itself, meanwhile, appears to be a game in the style of a ‘choose-your-own’ adventure with the players navigating a closed-setting murder mystery set in a ski-resort. To t...

Adult Visual Novel Valkyrie Svia Out Now on MangaGamer

It seems Ultimate Boob Wars isn’t the only erotic adventure title making news today, as MangaGamer has announced the release of Valkyrie Svia, available now on their official site for the PC at a price of $24.95. First revealed earlier in December, the text and image-based adventure has the player train the battle maiden Svia in a fantasy world inspired by Norse mythology. Filling a niche th...

Aksys Wants To Hear From You!

Aksys Games, the outfit behind the Hakuoki visual novel franchise, has announced today that they want you to let them know what you think! In an effort to better serve fans of their visual novel and Zero Escape games (Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward), Aksys has created a survey they would like everyone to contribute to. This is aimed at helping them get a better...

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Out For 3DS Now

Asksys Games, the team behind the Record of Agarest War and BlazBlue series, have released their newest entry to the Hakuoki visual novel/otome series, Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi. Features of the game include: An Epic Tale of Love and Honor – Play as Chizuru, who finds herself embroiled in secrets and political intrigue as she searches for her missing father during her travels with the i...

Chilling Visual Novel Higurashi Green-Lit on Steam

Coming only 10 days after my article in which I used this visual novel as a prime example of why we need more translators working on visual novels as a whole, Higurashi: When They Cry has been green-lit for Steam! As one of the first visual novels I ever read, I loved it from the second I picked it up, finding it  deeply thought-provoking and chilling to the bone. It has its flaws, mostly in the f...

Hatoful Boyfriend now chirps in English

A couple months back we reported on what is without a doubt the most bizarre visual novel to come out of Japan. That is unless you count the ones with tentacle rape, but that’s a whole other story. So for those you who were interested in Hatoful Boyfriend, a game that allows you to do romantic things with a variety of birds who seem to inhabit your all bird school, but you couldn’t und...

Visual Novels have Future in U.S. says Viz Media Founder

The founder of wildly popular anime and manga distributer Viz Media, Seiji Horibuchi, has recently spoken with ICv2 regarding the future of the manga industry in the Western World. Horibuchi conveys his feelings that Japanese Culture has a very bright future ahead of it in the U.S. with the challenge not lying in whether people will purchase products, but how the companies can distribute these pro...

Hatoful Boyfriend, gives ‘Love Birds’ a new meaning.

There is a cultural phenomenom in Japan known as visual novels. They are a genre of video game which is largely text based and tells a story with imagery along-side words. A very popular sub-genre of visual novels is romance. That is where Hatoful Boyfriend (or Heartful Boyfriend) comes in. Hatoful Boyfriend is a romance visual novel, setting a precedent in visual novel wierdness. You play as a gi...

Pokémon White Review

Pokémon White Developer: Game Freak Publishers: Nintendo, The Pokémon Company Platform: Nintendo DS (Reviewed) Release: March 6th, 2011 Price: $35.00 US, £34.99 UK, $70.00 AUS Overview: How many game franchises can you name that are recognizable from the youngest child to adults graduating out of college today? I can guarantee that Pokémon would be at the top of that list. Pokémon itself is so wid...

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors – Review

Game Name: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Platform(s): Nintendo DS Publisher(s): Aksys Games Developer(s): Chunsoft Genre(s): Visual Novel, Thriller Release Date: November 16, 2010 (US) Price: $34.99 (US) Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors hit shelves back in mid-November in the states for the Nintendo DS. 999 is a blend of genres in a way, with puzzle-solving coming into play during the t...

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