Death Come True (FMV Game) Review – Nintendo Switch

(NON-OTOME GAME REVIEW)

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Release Date: June 24, 2020
Developers: IzanagiGames
Publishers: IzanagiGames
Platforms:  Nintendo Switch, iOs, Android
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

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Death Come True is the latest sci-fi mystery FMV Game written and directed by the Danganropa creator Kazutaka Kodaka.

Game Synopsis (from Nintendo eshop):

In a hotel room, there is a man lying on the bed.
He wakes up to the piercing sound of the phone ringing.
Picking up the phone, he hears a message from the hotel concierge,
“If you have any trouble, please visit the front desk.”
He doesn’t even know why he is in the hotel.
In fact, he doesn’t remember anything at all.
As he begins to look around, he suddenly finds a woman tied up and unconscious.
The evening news on the TV shows the man himself, allegedly wanted as a serial killer.
Then comes the sound of knocking on the door.

Game’s official website.

 

FIRST IMPRESSION

When it comes to FMV (Full-motion video games), I believe my only experience to closely playing  one was watching my best friend’s brother play through Night Trap in the Sega Gen. back in the day, 🤣 and maybe Netflix’s Bandersnatch lol  (which I’m NOT a huge fan of, unfortunately -but that’s another story😘)

With that said, Death Come True was kind of a new experience for me as it was my first FMV game to play on the Switch console.

The game starts with establishing shots of the hotel room, where we see our protagonist, Makoto Karaki, waking up remembering absolutely nothing to his disadvantage. He then begins to explore the room continuously looking for clues, painstakingly trying to piece things together to no avail. Things get even more complicated when he finds an unconscious woman all tied up in his bathroom.

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Sounds a bit cliche? Yes, but it’s a pretty interesting intro, enough to fully catch my attention.

 

MECHANICS

When it’s time for you to pick a particular choice to move the plot forward. The game presents you with an interactive scene (of the recent cutscene) where you have to move your cursor around to examine your surroundings and pick a choice you see fit.

Spoiler: You will mandatorily die on your first choice.

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More times than not, the choices you’ll make eventually ends up with Makoto dying which then creates another loop of the entire event but this time gives you more choices and more clues to play around with.

The game is also generous enough to offer you a  pause, playback, rewind, and forward option in any case you missed a clue OR if you would rather skip the scenes you’ve already watched and jump into the next choice.

I believe I’ve died ten times on my first playthrough before I got to one of the game’s true endings. I didn’t mind dying countless times since a lot of these death scenes were really fun (My favorite was the one with Nene Kurushima in it *cackles*).

 

CAST

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The game had a solid cast of characters who were all very convincing in portraying their roles. I do admit that sometimes I noticed a lack of characterization from the main protagonist (Makoto) but… this ain’t the Oscars, so I really don’t expect Oscar-winning performances 😆. Still and all, everyone was quite impressive, to say the least.

As a movie buff, I was very familiar with the actors of the game (even a huge fan of some) which, to be honest, was initially, one of the reasons I bought the game in the first place. Ha!

I absolutely loved Chiaki Kuriyama, you’ll probably recognize her as “Takako”, from the first Battle Royale movie, but she became really famous in the west when she starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill  (she played “Gogo”, one of O-Ren-ishi’s personal bodyguards).

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Yuki Kaji, my favorite seiyuu, also starred in this game, and seeing him finally doing live-action instead of just character voices was such a treat! I really hope he gets more acting gigs in the future.

Other casts include:

Kanata Hongo (Makoto Karaki) – Armin (Attack on Titan live-action film), Naoyuki Ando (Inuyashiki), Envy (Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie)

Win Morisaki (Nozomu Kuji) – Masaru (Listen to the Universe), Koa Guen (Kujira No Shima no Wasuremono)

Chihiro Yamamoto (Nene Kurushima) Rikka (Black Fox: Age of the Ninja), Laiha Toba (Ultraman Geed TV series)

 

EXTRAS (Death Medals and “DeathTube”)

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Every time Makoto dies, a death medal unlocks and you can view them in the game’s “EXTRA” section. This is quite helpful if you’re a completionist like me who wants to watch all the death scenes and get all the medals for it. Getting death medals eventually unlocks video clips in the game’s “DeathTube” section. Think of it as bonus clips of the game as well as the behind-the-scene footages of the actors, the director, Mr. Kodaka himself  and the whole Death Come True production staff.

Although the game offers around seven languages to choose from as subtitles, it is unfortunate that these extra bonus clips do not have them. I would’ve love to know what my boi Yuki Kaji was laughing at on the movie set. 😅

 

TRAILER

 

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS?

A good 2-3 hours playtime would probably let you finish Death Come True to a full completion. I, of course, had a lot of fun playing the entire game, especially unlocking all the death scenes and seeing how quirky and eccentric these death endings can get each time.

The story started really well, and I was fairly intrigued by the whole “stuck in a weird hotel with no memories” shtick (I love these tropes!). However, it slowly fell flat (to me) in the middle that I suddenly didn’t care how it would all end. I also, couldn’t bring myself to really like the main protagonist (no offense to the actor as he did a marvelous job). Maybe, there really wasn’t enough time to get to know him? I feel like there were a couple of flashback scenes that were merely forced in the game just to give us a tiny detail of who he was before his amnesia but it didn’t have any particular impact in the storyline. If anything, the plot twist and the big reveal was more like an “Oh okay (shrug)” type moment (for me lol). 🤗

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I didn’t have any issues seeing Jason Voorhees sporadically committing a killing spree on my screen either.🤣 It was ridiculous! Yes, but I feel like his presence was necessary for the game to accomplish the core of ‘Death Come True’, which was the dying loop that was needed in the gameplay.

Although Death Come True’s mystery plot is mediocre at best, the production and the technical execution of the game were very profound and it never looked cheap for a modern FMV title.

Do I recommend this game? YES.
All things considered, It was a fun ride all around and very entertaining at that. Despite it falling short of its story-telling, for fifteen bux cash, Death Come True was worth the silly entertainment and I can honestly say, I have no regrets playing it. 😃

 

CHLO’S RATING: 6/10

 

Kitty Blabs: Stuck in Animal Crossing Hell

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Hello, my lovely kittens! It’s been a while since my last otome-related post. Sadly, today’s post is not otome-related (if it ain’t too obvious in the title lol) but I’ve been wanting to get back on finishing my backlogs, most particularly in the otoge category. Right now, I’m in the middle of playing My Secret Pets and Princess Closet, but these games haven’t really caught my interest (as expected for most non-voiced mobile ports) that I keep putting it down delaying my whole progress.  Anyway, I’ll definitely be posting reviews of these games soon, once I get to finish them that is, (who knows when that’ll be).

But back to the supposed topic 🤣 (cackles). Currently, just like everyone else in the world. I am playing Animal Crossing New Horizons, and I confess I play this game religiously… everyday since week one! It also doesn’t help that since I am now working remotely on a daily basis, all my games are obviously within reach and I can just play them whenever I want, even in my working hours (I hope my boss never reads this ha!).

But yes, It’s true! I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of hours building my island, doing daily activities, trading online, shopping for villagers, and grinding for bells. I have terraformed til midnight, demolished and reconstructed bridges and inclines because they were wrongly placed by a mere inch, and I have relocated all my buildings countless times only to put them back in their original places a few days later.

Am I crazy?

No, just stuck in Animal Crossing Hell!

 

WELCOME TO MEOWSPRING

Video above shows a couple of vistas in my island. Please forgive the upload, it was rendered in a rush! 🤣 *cackling*

…So I realized that even though I’ve reached a five-star rating on my island, it’s not going to satisfy me if it’s just going to look like any other person’s 5-star island. I had to make sure I can distinguish mine by having a specific theme. So I’ve turned my lil’ island into a busy Mong Kok-ish town paying homage to my Asian roots.

With almost four hundred hours of gameplay, I have finally completed my entire town. So here, I’ll be spamming ya’ll with BEFORE and AFTER pics of my island. Ha! Get ready!

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ENTRANCE

Waterfalls look nice as entrances but they take up a lot of island space so I had to get rid of this.

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ONSEN ENTRANCE

Disclaimer:  I’m awful at taking pictures both in game and in real life! 😂

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ONSEN TURNED ARCADE/CASINO 1

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SECRET BEACH ENTRANCE 1

I initially wanted a secret area in my island that goes straight to my secret beach so I made this entrance path and just planted a couple of flowers around it. It looked pretty tacky and I hated it. lol 😆 Hence, I had to demolish!

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I’m quite happy with how my renovations turned out. I realize I’m not a big fan of massive rows and array of flowers on islands, so I gave all my flowers away and perhaps kept a couple of rare ones. Shrubs, however… they look REAAALLY fantastic! 

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PICNIC AREA

I reduced my picnic area by half, and took all the rivers out because rivers and ponds take up a lot of space. I want my island roads to be as narrow as possible.

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HOUSE ENTRANCE TURNED OUTDOOR SUSHI BAR

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It’s always raining on my island too so some pictures I took recently, turned out grayish dark, I had to turn the pop filter on to make them look decent! I’m sorrrrryyy! 😭

I wish I have more before and after pics to flood this post with but this will have to do for now. I know my lil’ island needs more improvement. There are a couple of areas in my town that I wanted to demolish and renovate such as my orchard, I wanted to turn it into a park of some kind but I’m slowly getting burnt out from the game that I had to relax my completionist head for a bit. lol

INSPIRATIONS

I initially browsed around ACNH reddit to get some island ideas which basically inspired me to build my first waterfall entrance and my current museum, but most of my rural town fantasy was inspired by these two magnificent twitter accounts.

Their islands are trully immaculate. Like literally, I have no words! These artists are geniuses!

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Did I mentioned I played for almost 400 Hours?

Scratch the “almost” part, because I just checked my playtime and it now says 400+ glorious hours. Oh boy! Do I even have a life you ask?😂

To be honest, most of those hours are actually spent on trading items instead of actually building my island. I normally just dock my console and leave it on so other players can come to me for trade while my gates are open.

 

TRADING

If you’re unfamiliar with Animal Crossing trading, there’s a website called Nookazon where you can buy and sell almost anything in the game (even villagers). If you think your trash items are useless, think again! I just paid about 100,000 bells for 30 pieces of wood and almost half a million bells to buy trash items like boots, empty cans and old tires.  This site is extremely helpful when it comes to getting the in-game items you need for your island.

When Nookazon first started out, the only feature you get is to list the items you’re selling and for you to make offers on other player’s items. Mostly, the P2P messaging is done through discord or other social media platforms (twitter being the most common).

Now, Nookazon offers a player-to-player messaging option and an “On my way” button to let the other player know you’re on your way to visit them. Nifty right?

I’ve used the site perhaps hundreds of times to trade, so I can completely vouch for it. If you do as well, maybe you’ve already traded with me? haha who knows!

TIPS WHEN TRADING

  • Don’t be cheap. Make an offer a seller can’t refuse. If the item’s price is listed for 5,000 bells at Nook’s Cranny, DO NOT offer 6,000. Because seriously, who needs that extra 1K bells for profit?!  My flat offers for rare items are usually 100,000 tops.
  • Be on time.  One of things I hate about AC trading is that some players take forever to get to you. A fifteen minute wait is understandable but an hour or more? No sir! Take your business somewhere else please, or at least have the decency to message the other player that it’ll take you this amount of time to trade.
  • Trade accurately. Please do not offer 100K bells and then fall off short by one thousand when you get to my island. Bruh, I will kick you out! Every bell counts! I know this kinda sounds a little petty but it’s not really the shortage of extra bells I’m annoyed with but the lack of common courtesy. 🙄

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With all that said and done, there’s no denying that Animal Crossing New Horizons has tremendously helped me cope up with life’s stressful circumstances, especially in today’s current times. Right now, I can totally say that I am completely burnout (in a good way, i guess?), but nonetheless, I’m definitely feeling pretty satisfied with my current Island (aesthetically speaking 😂)  and my accomplishments as a Meowspring resident! Ha Ha Ha~!🤓

Are you stuck in Animal Crossing Hell too? How was your experience? 😬

**Btw, anyone is welcome to visit and tour Meowspring. So if ya’ll wanna play with yo girl and get stuck in ACNH hell together, let me know! *cackles*

 

 

Otome Games in Nintendo Switch (English)

 

Hey folks and all you lovely otome gamers! I purposely made this post as an updated version of the previous one I did back in 2018 titled, Otome Games in Nintendo Switch (English) ~Old Version~. Just so we’re clear, this list will only include otome games that were localized and are currently available in the west. I’ll also make sure to update this list whenever we get new releases.

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Looking back on what we had two years ago versus what we have right now, I’d say, for such a niche genre, we’re actually making good progress! From mobile ports to vita ports, and now we actually have new games announced exclusively for the switch alone! It makes me really happy to see a lot of support coming from everyone, both old and new otome fans! Nyaa! 

The list below may not be up to par with the Japanese releases for very obvious reasons lol, but here’s what we have so far.

 

The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya

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Game Review
Voiced? NO
Price: 19.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 5/10

Comments: I personally, liked this game because of its *cough* steamy content and beautiful art. Some routes were great, while others were boring. It is a bit expensive though for a non voiced tittle.
Recommended routes: Kagura, Kagerou, Takao.

 

The Men of Yoshiwara: Oghiya

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced? NO
Price: 14.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: In terms of the game’s sound and mechanics, I find this one better than the first Yoshiwara series. Story-wise, I’ve only finished Takigawa’s route so I can’t really spell out any thoughts if this game was better than its predecessor. I do like Oghiya MC more than Kikuya MC.

 

The Charming Empire

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Game Review
Voiced? YES
Price: 24.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 4/10

Comments: The only two things I liked about this game were the voice actors and the artwork. The story was super bland and most of the routes ended in a rush.
Recommended Routes: Kei Yoshimine, Soshi Amazaki

 

Pub Encounter “Dandy Shot”

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced? NO
Price: 16.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: I kept putting this game down for some reason lol. I’ve been hearing a few mixed reviews regarding Dandy Shot (Pub Encounters). Most of the reviews were actually quite good, as long as you don’t mind romancing older men (chuckles). I’ve only finished Yuze Ryunosuke’s route, he’s the tsundere and his story wasn’t so bad.

 

Destiny Princess

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced? NO
Price: 14.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: One gripe I have for this game was that, because it was a mobile port the CGs on the Switch looked really weird and stretched. The game has an interesting prologue and I’ve actually enjoyed its steamy content.^^; I’ve finished three routes so far. Some were good, while others were meh.
Recommended Routes: Nobunaga

 

The Amazing Shinsengumi

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced? NO
Price: 11.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments:  I’ve played the game’s prologue and it was boring as heck. I haven’t started a route yet but based on “hearsay” (otomearmada folks), this game apparently borders a bit on “rapey” scenarios? Haha if you’re someone who’s uncomfortable with that, it may be best to stay out of this game.^^;;

 

Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku

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Game Review
Voiced? YES
Price: 24.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 3/10

Comments: This game had great voice acting. That’s it. The story was kinda sloppy that I couldn’t wait to finish it just to be done with it. I’m not sure if I’d recommend this game to anyone at all.
Recommended Routes: Akito (just cause Mamoru voices him lol)

 

Gakuen Club

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Game Review
Voiced? YES
Price: 24.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 5/10

Comments: This game wasn’t so bad. It had some good routes worth checking out and the art style was really beautiful. But since all the main characters were shotas, the game didn’t appeal to me as much.
Recommended Routes: Saku Takizawa, Toma Sakai

 

Iris School of Wizardry – Vinculum Hearts

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Game Review
Voiced? YES
Price: 24.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 5/10

Comments: I loved the game’s shoujo art style. Story-wise, it was mediocre at best. Some routes I kinda enjoyed while others left me all (σ_σ*). The heroine was also pretty spunky in this game so that’s a plus.
Recommended Routes: Matias, A-Jay, Iris

 

Kitty Love – Way to look for love

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Game Review
Voiced: YES
Price: 24.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 6/10

Comments: The game’s english subs needed proofreading. However, I was able to chug it all up because the story was so cute. The game’s art style, music, voice acting, and enjoyable stories were its redeeming qualities imo.
Recommended Routes: Kohei, Takuma

 

Nightshade

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Game Review 
Voiced: YES
Price: 47.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 8/10

Comments: If you’re having second thoughts whether or not it’s worth shelling out 50 bux to get this game in your Switch Library. Here’s my advice: GET IT! If you haven’t played the game yet, this one’s definitely a gem. When it comes to the character arcs and story-line, I cannot recommend Nightshade enough! Ask other Nightshade fans and they’ll tell you the same thing! ha! (*´▽`*)
Recommended Routes: ALL

 

Enchanted in the Moonlight (Miyabi, Kyoga & Samon)

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 19.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: Haven’t really touched this game at all, even in mobile but I’d expect the story is just about the same quality as any voltage mobile otome game would have. This game series has a good amount of fan base though, so maybe that’s telling something? ┐(‘~` )┌

 

Enchanted in the Moonlight (Kiryu, Chikage & Yukinojo)

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 19.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: As said above, I haven’t really touched this series at all even in mobile but I’d expect the story is just about the same quality as any voltage mobile otome game would have.

 

Star Crossed Myth – The Department of Wishes

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 29.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: Star Crossed Myth series  is another voltage mobile title that was recently ported over to the Switch. If you’re curious whether this port has the same amount of story & additional contents the mobile app had, here’s what you’ll be getting for purchasing the game’s full console price: All main character’s stories and POVs, Epilogues, Sequels, All character’s POV sequels, Sequel Epilogues, Musings on Love (Side Stories), S2 Porlogue, A promise of Infinity (Side Stories), A Promise of Infinity (All Character’s POV). 

 

Star Crossed Myth – The Department of Punishments

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 29.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: Same as its predecessor, the contents you’ll be getting from purchasing its full console price are:  All main character’s stories and POVs, Epilogues, Sequels, All character’s POV sequels, Sequel Epilogues, Musings on Love (Side Stories), S2 Porlogue, A promise of Infinity (Side Stories), A Promise of Infinity (All Character’s POV). 

 

Akash: Path of Five

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: YES
Price: 29.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments:  This is probably the first otome OELVN that has landed on the Switch Library. This game has an interesting premise and setting. To add up, it is fully voiced in english which is pretty cool. This is another title that I haven’t had the chance to play yet but is currently sitting in my backlog. lol

 

Kissed by the Baddest Bidder

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 24.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: I believe I played Eisuke’s route (the CEO) in the mobile app way back. It was good steamy content to pass the time if you ask me… but the eyeless heroine turned me off.

 

Code Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~

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Game Review
Voiced: YES
Price: 39.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 9/10

Comments: This is the first Otomate title that was ported over to the Switch console. It’s also, one of the first otome games I’ve played in the Vita and I was sooo happy when I heard it’s finally coming to the Switch. Get this game if you can! You won’t be disappointed. I promise!
Recommended Routes: ALL

 

Code Realize ~Future Blessings~

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Game Review
Voiced: YES
Price: 39.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 8/10

Comments: This fandisc is an awesome sequel to the first Code Realize series. If you’re thirsty for more adventures with Cardia and Lupin’s Gang, take my advice and get this game! This fandisc will also feature Finis and Sholme’s very own routes.
Recommended Routes: ALL

 

My Secret Pets 

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 14.99
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: I use to have the the mobile version of this game and I’ve only played Lufna’s (the cat) route. It’s alright. The story (for that one route) is kinda underwhelming. I might try and finish the rest of the routes one day  (playing the switch version) and write a review but If you’re planning to get this game, maybe get Yoshiwara instead or get this when its on sale.

 

Closet Princess

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO (partial only)
Price: 24.99
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: Don’t be fooled by this game’s eshop decription as “voiced” because IT’S NOT! The game is partially voiced, by partial, I mean you’ll only hear the seiyuu’s yelps and grunts lmao! Honestly, not worth its full price! This game is also a straight up mobile port and nothing new has been added to it in the console version.

 

Our Two Bedroom Story

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 24.99
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: I’ve heard great things about this game back when it was first released in mobile. I never had the chance to pick it up though, as I was a bit skeptical and again, eyeless heroines really turns me off. Maybe I’ll give this one a go soon!

 

My Butler

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 9.99
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: Cheap smut for a cheap game. I bought this game on Steam a couple of years back and had never got around continuing it because: the story was super bland, MC is literally a doormat and the guys are too possesive in a stupid fashion lol. I only played one route though, Makoto (the idol) – it was not good.

 

Collar x Malice

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Game Review
Voiced: YES
Price: 39.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: 10/10

Comments: Collar x Malice is finally getting a switch port! This game is my absolute favorite otome title! The romance is pretty darn good, yes… but it’s actually the story that’ll leave you completely immersed! For the life of me, I recommend this game 100%!
Recommended Routes: ALL

 

My Bewitching Perfume

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 19.99 USD
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: This is another mobile game port from OperaHouse. I haven’t played this game yet but the bois looked really pretty right? ha!

 

Love Letter from Thief X

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Game Review (in progress)
Voiced: NO
Price: 24.99
Chlo’s Rating: NA

Comments: Another Love365 title from Voltage, coming to the Switch this July 9, 2020. I think this is one of the better titles from Voltage’s Love365 collection (along with the ones they’ve already ported above). I’ve read a couple of good reviews (from Apple/ Android store) about this game so I guess that’s saying something. Take note, this is another Voltage mobile port.

 

Collar x Malice Unlimited

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Coming Soon! (Eshop page, not available yet)
Release Date: August 13, 2020

 

Piofiore Fated Memories

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Coming Soon! (Eshop page, not available yet)
Release Date: October 2020

 

Cafe Enchante

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Coming Soon! (Eshop page, not available yet)
Release Date: November 2020

 

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And there you have it guys! So far, these are all the (english) otome games we currently have available in the western eshop. I’m honestly hoping and crossing my fingers that this list will massively expand throughout the years. Let’s keep supporting this genre and that may happen soon enough!

If you think I’ve missed some other titles , please do let me know so I can update this list!

 

Other Helpful Links:

Old Post: Otome Games in Nintendo Switch (English) ~Old Version~
Japanese Otome Games: Eshop Japan

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Aksys Announces Old and New Otome Titles coming to the West in 2020! (Nintendo Switch)

New Otome Game Titles Coming to the West in 2020!

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The wait is over ladies! As of today (July 5, 2019), Aksys Games confirmed several Otome titles that will grace the West in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch console.

During Aksys’ Anime Expo panel, the company who’s known to localize famous Otomate brand titles, have confirmed four games they’ll be bringing to the West in the next year.

Here’s a list of what we’ll have:

 

CODE REALIZE: Guardian of Rebirth and Future Blessings

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Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth and it’s first fandisc, Code Realize: Future Blessings are finally getting a Nintendo Switch Port. First of all, I assumed they would just port the PS4 Game, Code Realize: Bouquet of Rainbows (which basically consist of the two games in a bundle), but it looks like Aksys will be having them on separate cartridges. The release date for the following Code Realize games are as follows:

Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth – February 6, 2020
Code Realize: Future Blessings – April 23, 2020

If you’re new to the Code Realize Series, I’ve written reviews for both the first and second game, feel free to check em’ out below:

Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth Review
Code Realize: Future Blessings Review

 

 

COLLAR X MALICE AND COLLAR X MALICE UNLIMITED

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The famous crime-solving otome visual novel, Collar x Malice is finally getting a Switch port.  To those who are new to this game, CxM became very popular in the West due to its heart-pounding mystery type story-line topped with its alluring cast of characters that will definitely drive you at the edge of your seat.

The series’ first fandisc, Collar x Malice Unlimited is on its way too. Both games will be released this summer of 2020.

Collar x Malice – June 25, 2020
Collar x Malice Unlimited – August 6, 2020

If you’re curious to know more about this title, feel free to check out my review of the first game here.

 

 

PIOFIORE: FATED MEMORIES

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That’s right folks! This mafia themed otome game is finally coming to the West after getting a lot of well-received feedbacks from the Japanese market back when it was first released in 2018 for the PS Vita. The game’s original Japanese title was Piofore no Banshou but Aksys, has recently confirmed the game’s official English title as Piofore: Fated Memories. This title will have an end of the year release date in 2020.

Fun Fact: Piofore no Banshou’s first fandisc (Piofiore no Banshou – Episodio 1926) was recently announced during 2019’s Otomate Party in Japan. Hopefully the fandisc will make its way to the west too.

Read the game’s synopsis here.
View the game trailer here.

 

CAFE ENCHANTE

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This one actually made me scream. (°◡°♡)

Cafe Enchante or Gensou Kissa Enchante (Japanese Title) was initially announced two years ago during 2018’s Otomate Party in Japan but it wasn’t until this year’s Otomate Party (2019)  that we got to see more information about the game and it’s set of unique and interesting characters.

The game premise is about Kotone Awaki (protagonist) who inherits her grandfather’s cafe only to discover that none of the patrons are human.

Cafe Enchante will have an end of the year release date in 2020.

Fun Facts:

  • This game’s scenario writer is Nao Kojima, who’s notably known for his famous works: Hakuoki, Code Realize, and Variable Barricade.
  • The game’s head illustrator is the artist Yuuya. You’ll find some of her works very familiar if you’ve played the titles:  Hanayaka Nari series, Dandy Shot “Pub Encounters” and Jakuo no Lyla.

View the game’s trailer here.

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Sources: Anime News Network, MMPR

New Nintendo Switch Otomate Titles for 2019 and 2020

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Otomate has recently revealed a couple of upcoming new titles as well as new info and confirmed release dates of their previously announced games during the Otomate Party (2019) Event held in Tokyo International Convention Center, Japan.

There are currently twelve games (old and new) that were announced coming to the Nintendo Switch.

 

Spade no Kuni no Alice “Alice of the Spade Country”
Wonderful White World & Wonderful Black World

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Watch the game’s trailer here.

This new title is a revival of the Heart no Kuni no Alice series by Quinrose, now with the name Quinrose reborn under the Otomate brand.  It’s predecessors, Heart no Kuni no Alice (2007), Clover no Kuni no Alice (2007), Joker no Kuni no Alice (2009), Diamond no Kuni no Alice (2012) were originally released as QuinRose titles in the Playstation Portable before the company went bankrupt in 2015.

(Edit: Thanks to Miau for the tip!)

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CUPID PARASITE

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Watch the game’s trailer here.

Cupid Parasite is a love comedy otome game about a protagonist who’s a bridal matchmaker that’s also *secretly* a cupid (goddess) at the same time. Her goal is to help “five parasites” (five ikemens) who can’t find true love.


 

 

DAIROKU: AYAKASHIMORI

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Watch the game’s trailer here.

No further details have been revealed for this game, other than all the ikemens are “yokais” (non-human, demon/spirits). Seiyuus (Voice Actors) include Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Takahiro Sakurai, Yusuke Kobayashi, Ryouta Ohsaka.

Fun Fact: If you love the art for Bad Apple Wars, you will love this game’s character designs, as it’s created by the same artist Suou.


 

 

TOKEI SHIKAKE NO APOCALYPSE “CLOCKWORK APOCALYPSE”

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Watch the game’s trailer here.

Otomate teases us with a brief description of this new title as “A Story that starts with a Bad End”. Besides that, no further details have been revealed for this game yet.


 

 

PIOFIORE NO BANSHOU – EPISODIO 1926

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Watch the game’s trailer here.

This will be the first fandisc of 2018’s hit Otomate title Piofiore No Banshou. This fandisc will be written by Kazura Ringo and will be directed by Asahi Takamura. Both are the same screenwriter and director of the first game.


 

 

MEIJI KATSUGEKI HAIKARA 

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Watch the game’s trailer here.

The game is developed and supervised by Ichi Column, the popular game studio known for their hit Hanayaka Nari series. No further details have been revealed for this game other than its setting will be in the Meiji Period (😂just like how the title gives it away lol).

Here are all of the characters, full body screenshots below:

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AMNESIA SERIES
MEMORIES, CROWD AND LATER

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Watch the game’s trailer here.

Rejoice! Our favorite title, Amnesia Memories finally gets a Nintendo Switch Port. This game is confirmed to release September 12, 2019. Furthermore, the game’s first and second fandisc, Amnesia Crowd and Later, will also be making it’s way to the switch console. The bundled fandisc of Crowd and Later is set to release on October 3, 2019.


 

 

COLLAR X MALICE & COLLAR X MALICE UNLIMITED

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Watch the official announcement trailer here.

…And if the previous title didn’t satisfy you, get a load of this!

Collar x Malice and Collar x Malice Unlimited will be storming its way to the Nintendo Switch Otome market in 2020. In addition, an anime adaptation of the series is currently in the works! 


 

 

OLYMPIA SOIREE

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Watch the game’s new trailer here.

They’ve actually pre-announced this game during last year’s Otomate Party (2018). Sadly, this title’s release date was pushed back to 2020. The game was designed by the famous Japanese Illustrator Satoi who’s very popular for her famous works in Diabolik Lovers series, Re: Birthday Song series and Ozmafia.


 

 

BILSHANKA SENKI ~Genpeiden~

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Watch the game’s new trailer here.

Just like Olympia Soriee, this game was also pre-announced during last year’s Otomate party (2018). Bilshanka Senki Genpeiden is a collaboration between Red Entertainment and Otomate. Its release date was also pushed back to 2020.

The story premise takes place around the Heian period during the civil war of Genpei (1180-1185), opposing the two clans Yorimoto and Taira. Most of the main characters are inspired by real personalities of the time. The heroine is the last daughter of the Minamoto and is named Shanaou, birth name of the famous General Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

Seiyuus (Voice Actors) include Makoto Furukawa, Soma Saito, Kengo Kawanishi, Yuichiro Umehara, and Jun Fukuyama.


 

 

Gensou Kissa Enchanté 

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Watch the game’s new trailer here.

To end this roundup with a bang. Here, we have more deets and a confirmed release date for the game Gensou Kissa Enchante. The game premise is about a young girl, Kotone Awaki (protagonist) who inherits her grandfather’s cafe only to discover that none of the patrons are human.

Fun Fact: This game’s scenario writer is Nao Kojima, who’s widely known for his famous works: Hakuoki, Code Realize, and Variable Barricade. The game’s head illustrator is the ever popular Japanese artist Yuuya. You’ll find some of her works very familiar if you’ve played the titles:  Hanayaka Nari series, Dandy Shot “Pub Encounters” and Jakuo no Lyla.

Seiyuus (Voice Actors) include Kenji Akabane, Yuichiro Umehara, Kaito Ishikawa, Yuki Ono and Junichi Suwabe.

Interested? Check out these CG screenshots taken from the game’s trailer!  

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Does this game makes you thirs– er, hungry or what?! 😂 Gensou Kissa Enchante is confirmed to release on October 10, 2019.


 

Source: Otomate JP Official Website
Disclaimer: These games are only confirmed in Japan.

UPDATE: Aksys Games Announces Old and New Otome Titles Coming to the West in 2020

 

Enchanted In The Moonlight is now out in the Eshop!

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Game Title: Enchanted In The Moonlight
Release Date: June 13, 2019 (North America)
Developers:
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Publishers:
Voltage Inc.

The hit mobile otome game by Voltage  Inc. is now out in the Eshop (North America) and should now be available to purchase. Originally released as a mobile port back in June 2014, Enchanted In The Moonlight: Miyabi, Kyoga & Samon and Enchanted In The Moonlight: Kiryu, Chikage & Yukinojo can now be played in the Nintendo Switch Console.

Click here for Enchanted In The Moonlight: Miyabi, Kyoga & Samon downloadable content (Nintendo Eshop).

Click here for Enchanted In The Moonlight: Kiryu, Chikage & Yukinojo downloadable content (Nintendo Eshop).

STORY (Nintendo Eshop)

You’re an average, 25-year-old girl whose life consists of working at the local library, keeping up your family’s shrine, and not much else.

However, that all changes when gorgeous men save you from mysterious, malevolent forces! These men aren’t all they appear to be, though. They’re actually Ayakashi Spirits!

You discover that your blood is imbued with an ancient power, one that the spirit world covets, and these handsome strangers are willing to protect you… for a price, that is.

Are you ready to make a deal with these otherworldly creatures?

 

VOICED? NO

The two Voltage games are both available in Japanese and English language. According to Voltage’s official website, two more “unknown titles” are set to release for the Switch this year, so let’s all be on a lookout for it.

For more otome games available in the Nintendo Switch, click this link.

 

Source: Voltage Inc. Official Twitter

Blog Anniversary Give Away

Hi guys! It’s my blog anniversary! YEEET! It’s already been a year since I started this site, can you believe it?! Woah

I won’t be doing the obligatory yearly recap (stat-wise) for my site today. Instead, I’ll keep this post simple by thanking all my subscribers, readers and viewers for keeping up with Otome Kitten despite my random inactivity.

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Anyway, as my way of giving back all the love, I am holding a game raffle / give-away. I’ve decided to do this every year too, for as long as this blog stays alive! This year’s game raffle will be OKAMI HD for the Nintendo Switch. Please click the image below to enter!

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PLEASE NOTE:

  • The game is digital copy only.
  • The game code is in North America Region, so you will need a NA account to download and play the game. The good news is that, it is fairly easy to create an account in another region using the same console. (This is what I do when purchasing games only available in Japan’s eshop. lol)
  • The winner will be announced on April 20, 2019 (2PM CST) via Twitter, please keep your DMs open!
  • I wish everyone participating, good luck and happy gaming! ヽ(o^▽^o)ノ

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WILL: A Wonderful World Review (Nintendo Switch)

(Non-Otome Game Review) Visual Novel

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WILL: A WONDERFUL WORLD

Release Date:  October 18, 2018 (North America)
Developers: 4Door Games, WMY Studio
Publishers:  WMY Studio, CIRCLE Ent.
Platforms:  PC, Nintendo Switch
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

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GAME PREMISE

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There is an urban legend…
Write down your troubles on a note and pray. A god shall hear your story as relayed.
People who believe in the legend live all over this world, in every shape and form. They write and pray to the gods, seeking help for their troubles.

A quiet nerd stuck in a hopeless crush.
An impoverished artist contemplating suicide.
A rookie police officer hoping for his first big case.
A young woman desperately chasing her dream.
Even a stray cat who would be satisfied with just some food to eat.

What would the world be like if such a god exists with the power to alter the fate of those that believe in this urban legend? What if, you are that god?

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First Impressions

One day you wake up as a young goddess called, Myth who apparently lost all her memories. Clueless as to who you are and what’s going on, another god, Will, who takes the form of a dog fills you in with the deets. You learn that your job is to fix the problems of those (humans) who write you letters asking for aid.

As you go along the story, you’ll also get to discover the rules and limitations of your power when bending the fates and destinies of your mortal ‘clients’Aight! This should be fun!

 

MECHANICS: Puzzles and Problem Solving

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You’ll spend most of your time reading letters for the entirety of the game while thinking of ways to alter each situation that’ll give you the best possible outcome. To do this, you’ll either switch or re-arrange sections/portions of texts from one letter to another; by doing this (with your so-called magic pen), you’re changing the fates of the main characters giving them better end results.

You’re also given two options on how you want to play the game at the start. The Normal Mode gives you hints and clues in solving puzzles while Lunatic Mode doesn’t.

 

ART AND MUSIC

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Although it’s not the shoujotype art, I normally crave for in visual novels (laughs), the artwork was nonetheless, fantastic for this game. I personally love the character designs and thought they were absolutely adorable, esp. my sons Jimmy and officer Chang. ( ´ ▽ ` )

The carefully curated bgms, blended perfectly to the game’s well-crafted atmosphere.  I liked how each main characters have their own theme and while they’re not fully voiced, the game added pre-lap dialogues for each main cast, so you can hear them talk before you read their letters. The OP song, “Ω2πⱯ” was also one of my personal favorites as it did a great job laying out the game’s enigmatic vibe.

You can purchase the game’s complete soundtrack here.

 

MAIN CHARACTERS

Besides the two gods, Will and Myth who are in complete control of how each scenario move forward, you’ll also be following the lives of these main characters, all of which have very interesting story arcs.

  • Alicia
  • Carlos
  • Chang Gyeong-Ming
  • Jimmy
  • (Lieutenant) Kang Baek-Ya
  • Li Wen
  • Park Sang-gun
  • Spottie
  • Wen Zhaoren

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(Note: More characters unlock as you progress in the story)

 

Rewriting One’s Fate Affects Another

‘Deduce and Decide’ ~ these are the most crucial points of the gameplay as your decisions either make or break the character’s goal, endgame or even fate ~ Who would’ve thought playing god can be so difficult!

It’s also fun to see how every story is somewhat interwoven and connected with another as you later on, progress through its overarching plot. Ever heard of the butterfly effectThis game is kind of like that.

 

When I say ‘dark’… I mean it.

All of the main characters have their own unhappy (sometimes distressing) stories to tell that bring up different real-life issues. At first, the themes were rather minor and almost trivial. Issues that were presented in the beginning can come up as simple as helping a boy impress a girl at school to aiding a police officer make the best out of his first day on duty.

But as the letters pile up, you’ll eventually come across more serious problems which can sometimes lead to a crippling life or death predicament. Be warned, the stories get dark, pretty fast!

That said, this game is not for everyone. There were a few scenarios that tackled very sensitive subjects such as suicide, sex trafficking, mental illness, and child abuse. If these issues make you feel uncomfortable, you may need to think twice before picking this one up as the darker themes can be a little too much (for the faint of heart)

I personally, felt really uneasy going through Alicia’s arc in the beginning. This character cannot catch a break at all, and her route was becoming harder to swallow each episode.

But here’s one of the game’s major pros: These (sensitive) issues were dealt oh so well that it even took me by surprise! I was really impressed by how each of them ended up with a positive turn around. I’ve also enjoyed how the writers added humor to some of the depressing scenes. Most of the characters go waayyy deeper than I expected, they’re not boring so to speak and their development was really something to look forward to.

 

SYSTEM AND LOCALIZATION

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I bought the Nintendo Switch copy of the game. The only problem I’ve had with it, the first time it came out in the e-shop was that it wouldn’t let me play on “docked mode” and the game will only load if you’re playing it hand-held. Thankfully, the developers fixed this bug a couple of days after its release and you should now be able to switch on either mode with no issues. The game also crashed twice for me, but thanks to its auto save mode, none of my progress were deleted.

The localization was pretty good. I only noticed this one menial, funny typo that irregularly came up near the end of the game (where the word “dice” became “die” 😂 lol) ~ but I don’t think this will, by any chance, hinder your progress. Although WILL was published by Circle Entertainment, it was Sekai Project who provided its English translations. *tips hat to SP* ヽ( ̄ω ̄)

The N.Switch System was very straightforward and easy to navigate. While Nintendo doesn’t offer trophy systems, the game conveniently enough has its own achievement section for players who want to complete it by 100%.

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It also offers a Dictionary section where you can read and view the vocabulary terms that were used in the game. Some entries come with illustrations, such as the example above. Look at that cute Ser Spotty plushie!

 

TRAILER

 

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS?

It took me a decent 20-25 hours to beat the entire game as there were a couple of instances where I had to go back and unlock other endings to see if the story branches out differently. Some of the puzzles can get a bit difficult and exhausting near the end that it certainly requires a lot of patience if you’re planning to clear this one out by a hundred percent (that means getting all the endings, completing all dictionary entries and collecting all the CGs).

Take note that in this visual novel, giving the characters a “good ending” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the “best” for them.

WILL: A Wonderful World is not your average visual novel. Its unconventional mechanism of moving sections of texts from one story to another was quite engaging. I had fun experimenting on the countless possible outcomes for each of the in-game characters. Their stories were really good and the main casts’ development was immensely defined, they grow on you.

I should warn you though; the game gets aggressively heavy in tone as you progress. While I don’t really mind the hefty timbre of angst and sadness some story presented, I don’t think you should be playing this one blindly if you’re someone who’s easily triggered with the issues mentioned above.

Do I recommend this game? YES
If you’re a visual novel junkie like me, this game is an absolute gem and seriously a must-buy! I haven’t played a VN this interesting not to mention, emotionally heartrending in years. To me, WILL: A Wonderful World, was such a memorable experience, one that sticks to you like glue. I bought the digital copy of the game ($15.00) during its debut in the eshop and now that they’re releasing a physical version, I pre-ordered it again for the reason that it’s definitely one for the shelves and worth the collection.

I recommend picking this one up along with your fav. box of dark chocolates for the experience.😉

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CHLO’S RATING: 7/10

New Patch Updates – Otome Games (Nintendo Switch)

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Great news otome fans! Digimerce LLC has recently released patch updates for the following Nintendo Switch otome games:

  • Ayakashi Koi Gikyoku (patch update released last December 2018)
  • Iris School of Wizardry ~ Vinculum Hearts (February 26, 2019)

I believe a lot of us are already aware of the awful translations as well as the lack of proofreading on most of these Switch titles back when it was first released in the eshop last year. Thanks to all of your feedback as consumers, the game publishers themselves finally took action and fixed the translation mistakes of their games.

Below are some of the “BEFORE and AFTER” screenshots of the two games.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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I must say, the English subtitles have greatly improved and these games should now be playable  for everyone to enjoy. There’s still no news if they’ll be doing the same with “Kitty Love” but it is highly possible they’ll be fixing the translations for that game as well and soon. 

Still having second thoughts if it’s worth getting these games in your Switch Library? Hopefully, my reviews below will help you decide! Tee-hee! (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・゚

 

Nightshade Review (Nintendo Switch)

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NIGHTSHADE

Release Date:  December 20, 2018 (North America)
Developers:  Red Entertainment / LANTERN ROOMS
Publishers: D3Publisher
Platforms:  Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam)
ESRB Rating: (Mature) 17+

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Walkthroughs:

  1. Goemon
  2. Chojiro
  3. Hanzo
  4. Kuroyuki
  5. Gekkamaru
  6. Common Route

 

PROLOGUE (from Nightshade’s official site)
During the Sengoku Period the two main factions of ninja clans, Iga and Kōga, warred against each other for decades.
In the year 1593, Nobunaga Oda started the Tenshō Iga war, decimating most of the Iga ninjas in the process. The very few that survived were absorbed into the Kōga clan, despite their past rivalries. After 17 years the Sengoku Period finally came to an end, and Japan was unified.

Enju (Protagonist), daughter of Kandō Ueno, the Head of the Kōga clan, spends her days training diligently in hope of becoming a full-fledged ninja like her peers. At long last, she is assigned to her first mission but finds herself caught in a dark conspiracy.

 

ART AND MUSIC
One of Nightshade’s prominent features that’ll easily make an impression among otome fans, is its art style. The game credits non-other than the famous illustrator, Teita who’s fairly popular for her other works such as Norn9, the Juuzaengi  Engetsu Sangokuden saga and the recently released visual novel, Charade Maniacs.

I wish I could say the same for the game’s musical score. The OP theme was nice but wasn’t memorable at all. The END theme (Good End) however, “Taezaru Hana”  by MIKOTO was pretty soothing that I ended up purchasing the track in iTunes. Listen to the full song below:

 

Voice Acting
Nightshade honestly has the best seiyuu lineup. The voice acting was, in fact, one of the major highlights of the game. The VAs really did an amazing job capturing your emotions. I was already expecting this much from their topnotch VA list, but they did more than stellar performances with this game! Every seiyuu involved were magnificent, even the side character, Ieyasu Tokugawa (voiced by Koki Miyata, who’s famous for his role as Ukyo in Amnesia), did an amazing job portraying his cunning personality.

 

Hikaru Midorikawa ♥ “Goemon Ishikawa” – Tamahome (Fushigi Yuugi Suzaku Ibun), Zenya (Sweet Pool), Ayato (Diabolik Lovers), Hanate (7’Scarlet), Yutaka Nabari (Nil Admirari)

Wataru Hatano “Gekkemaru” – Asato (Lamento Beyond the Void), Lindo (Dance with the Devils), Kotarou (Hakuoki), Sakiyama Youji (Sweet Pool), Yuuto (Storm Lover)

Hiro Shimono “Kuroyuki – Shou Kurusu (Utapri), Senri Ichinose (Norn9), Sou Kiryuu (Harukanaru Toki no Naka De 5), Ricchie (Black Wolves Saga), Ray Blackwell (Ikerev)

Kenjiro Tsuda “Hanzo Hattori” – Chikage Kazama (Hakuoki), Soshi Amazaki (The Charming Empire), Leonardo Da Vinci (Ikevamp), Nathan Seymour (Tiger & Bunny)

Kosuke Toriumi “Chojiro Momochi” – Hajime Saito (Hakuoki), Kagiha (Psychedelica BB), Poyo-Poyo (Period Cube), Hideyoshi (Ikesen), Lawrence (Psychedelica AH), John Watson (Code Realize)

 

MAIN CHARACTERS (Spoiler Free)

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I must say, I love all of the characters and their routes that it was hard for me to pick a favorite. If you’re concerned with plot spoilers in your first playthrough, my recommendation would be to play the routes in the following order (from least to greatest in spoiler content):  Goemon – Hanzo – Chojiro – Kuroyuki – Gekkamaru. For enjoyability, I’d recommend playing in the same order. Goemon and Hanzo were the lighter routes, Chojiro was angst from start to finish and the brothers (Kuroyuki and Gekkamaru) have more plot revelations than you’d  expect. I would also strongly recommend saving Gekkamaru’s route for last, trust me when I say, this makes your last playthrough more worthwhile. 😉

 

GOEMON ISHIKAWA

  • The Japanese Robin Hood
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True to his name in history books, Goemon Ishikawa is the legendary Japanese outlaw who stole gold and other valuables from the rich to give to the poor. He’s very popular among the townspeople due to his ingenious thieving schemes. He is known to send prior notices to his targets before he robs them off their treasures. Goemon is also a highly skilled ninja who has the wit of a brilliant tactician.

Playing Goemon’s route first was a good choice since his story was the lightest among the bachelors in the game, plus I haven’t fallen in love with Midorikawa’s voice in a while, so there’s also that ha! I find Goemon’s story really refreshing due to his carefree personality and charismatic nature. Because of this, it was so easy to like this character from the get-go. Going down his route will let you discover a few revelations regarding Goemon’s past, where he came from and how he ended up as the notorious thief he is now. His route also offers a couple of plot twists and although it was a little predictable towards the end, it was executed really well where it didn’t feel awkward nor forced. As far as the romance goes, Goemon is a straight-up, ladykiller. It was fun to see his relationship with Enju develop all throughout his route. His playful teasing and his easy-going personality will have you falling for him in no time.

 

HANZO HATTORI

  • Mr. stoic ninja
  • kuudere

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Besides, being Lord Ieyasu Tokugawa’s personal guard, Hanzo is also the Tokugawa clan’s shinobi leader. Because of his resounding title as the strongest ninja history has ever known, he is very popular among all the shinobi clans in Japan. He is normally calm and collected but will not hesitate to become ruthless for the success of his mission.

Hanzo is the oldest among the bachelors (and I absolutely love him!) He is, I believe 33 years old, making quite an age gap between him and the heroine Enju, but LOL this is Toyotomi-Tokugawa (Edo 1600’s – 1800’s) period we’re talking about, where huge age gaps among couples are very common… But age aside, let me tell you… Hanzo’s route completely took me by surprise! I have no words! *Breaths heavily* I guess, I was already eyeing this character from the start since Kenjiro Tsuda voiced him. But I wasn’t expecting his arc to be this good that it literally caught me off guard. He ended up becoming my favorite of the entire game!

At first, he started as the very straightforward stoic kind, who’s only doing his master, Lord Tokugawa’s bidding. But after a few encounters where he teams up with the heroine and helps her survive, he begins to slightly soften up, giving us a glimpse of his true adorable fluffy nature. Both Hanzo and Enju go through tremendous character development in this route, especially the heroine. I just love seeing Enju prove herself time and again how much she wanted to make it as a true shinobi while she constantly faces hardships every step of the way (she’s freakin’ cool!) I also love seeing Hanzo unexpectedly supporting her through her struggles. It’s as if, rather than saving her all the time, he wants her to learn to depend on herself instead; and to me, this relationship was truly very refreshing, not to mention absolutely heartwarming. Expect a lot of badass back to back action scenes in this route, where Hanzo and Enju kick some ninja ass!

 

CHOJIRO MOMOCHI

  • Big Brother
  • Angst! Angst! Angst!

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Chojiro is the son of the late leader of Iga, Tanba Momochi . After losing his family and clan in the Tensho Iga War at the age of five, he joined the Koga clan along with the other Iga survivors. Chojiro is also the heroine’s cousin as well as her mentor/trainer. He is a man of a few words and he completely devotes himself to his missions without questions.

I made a mistake playing Chojiro’s route earlier in the game as I wasn’t ready for a sudden whirlwind of angst! At the start, Chojiro’s personality was very closed off, its almost as if he has built a wall before him to keep others away. Because of his tragic past, he doesn’t want to get attached to anyone, afraid he’d lose them at the blink of an eye just like how he lost his parents when he was young. This makes his relationship with Enju a little less intimate from the beginning. As the heroine tries her best to get a closer reach of him, he waves his feelings off because he’s conflicted between succeeding his missions as a shinobi versus his own desire to help Enju and stay by her side.

Chojiro’s route was also the most tragic in the game!😭 Ya’ll better prepare those tissues! Romantic wise, his story was not my favorite. The drama just out-weights the romance on this one. I do love the writing in his route though. It seriously gave me an emotional breakdown I wasn’t prepared for. 😅I suggest playing his route in the middle to get the angst out of the way. This, also kinda gives you more room to recuperate from the heavy drama before jumping into an even more dramatic finish as you do Gekka’s route last.

 

KUROYUKI

  • clever, cunning
  • soft yand

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Kuroyuki is Gekkamaru’s younger brother. Right after he was born, both boys became orphans and were taken in by Enju’s family. He was sent away on an extended mission when he was eight, by the heroine’s father Kando Ueno, who’s also the leader and head chief of the Koga clan. Kuroyuki is also the same age as Enju (16).

Not much is revealed about this character other than he is Gekkamaru’s brother who was sent on a secret mission when he was eight years old. Where did he go? What was he doing for the last eight years he was gone? It was rather questionable how his character (in other routes) always comes and goes sporadically in the plot.

I couldn’t really expound more on Kuroyuki’s arc without entering spoiler territory but going down his route will let you discover one interesting revelation about him and the game’s overarching plot. It was quite satisfying to play Yuki’s route because finally! we get to fill in some plot holes. I fell in love with his story for the same reasons some people are calling it out for. It wasn’t light nor easy-going as Goemon’s or Hanzo’s, it wasn’t tragic as Chojiro’s or Gekkamaru’s. It was dark and I probably wouldn’t have it in any other way. Kudos to Hiro Shimono for breathing extra life to this character!

 

GEKKAMARU

  • best boi
  • puppy eyes
  • true route ish?

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After losing his family at the age of three, Gekkamaru was adopted by the heroine’s parents along with his younger brother Kuroyuki. Gekkamaru was assigned as Enju’s trusted bodyguard when they were young and has proven his loyalty and devotion through time by sticking to his role as Enju’s protector. He is wholeheartedly committed to his master (Enju) to a point where he becomes too overprotective of her.

So after going through all kinds of heaps and hooplas of playing and suffering each of the character routes in the game, I’m finally down on my last one, Gekkamaru. I know you can just play his route whenever but I chose to do his story last for the experience. ohoho!

…and I have no regrets!😭 Gekkamaru’s route started with pure dramatic fluff as expected. It was just so precious and endearing to see how far this man would go for the sake of the heroine. His loyalty and dedication for Enju was such a pure bliss that it even pains me to see him doing too much😭. His route was a combination of action, romance, a side of humor and a whole lot of drama as he and the heroine struggled to survive by each other’s side. I thought to myself, “This story couldn’t get any better or worse, could it?” but then angst hits the fan through plot twists after plot twists (during the last chapters) and this was where the story really picked up. I was at lost for words. I felt really sad, angry and confused. His route put me through a tidal wave of emotions, I had to pause the game for a while, sit in a corner to get my head straight and my breathing in check! lmao! Gekkamaru’s route is like a slow burn, heart-rending gut punch and I absolutely loved it.

 

ENJU UENO (Main Heroine)

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Enju is a strong heroine and I adore her to bits. Unfortunately, her potentiality to become an even better shinobi was wasted in some routes because of the whole damsel in distress scenarios, with the exception on Hanzo’s and Gekkamaru’s route ~ these were probably the only arcs where Enju was able to hone her skills as a ninja and showed her true strengths.

Enju Ueno was literally, thrown to the wolves when she got caught up into this despicable game of survival, out of the blue. Not only that, but the ordeal she went through of betrayal, loss, and sorrow was absolutely too much to handle for someone her age. Still, despite all the hardships, she chose to live and survive. I was thoroughly impressed by her determination which I believe was one of her strongest points. YES, this is one badass heroine right here folks!

 

Side Characters

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Ennosuke (Left) – The fastest ninja in the Koga clan. He’s not romanceable, and I don’t think I’d want him as a dateable character either, heh. I love his friendly banters with Kyara.

Kyara (Right) – Proud, graceful, responsible, and badass on the battlefield. Her weapon of choice is a “chigirigi” which is similar to the “morning star” in medieval age weaponry. I ship her with Ennosuke. AlsoSaori Hayami voices her, so this to me was a plus!

Kasumi (Center) – the cutest, most adorable ninja…ever! She’s the youngest of Chojiro’s disciples. Looks up to Enju and Kyara as her older sisters. I love her so much! *must protecc*

 

SYSTEM AND LOCALIZATION
I purchased the physical copy of Nightshade (proxy shipped) which lets you choose three language options to start the game with (English, Chinese, Japanese). I can say, that the localization was fairly decent. I didn’t play the PC version, but I asked a few people who owned both PC and Switch copy and as far as their answers go, D3Publisher did not change the English translations for Nightshade on the Switch. They changed the fonts though! D3Publisher is known to deliver decent game localizations. They’re not the best but they’re not disappointing either. I’ve spotted a couple of minor typos in the game, but it’s NOT something that would ruin the whole experience for you.

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The Switch system was very comfortable and very easy to navigate from the jump. They even offer a “rewind” option for you to backtrack scenarios, which to me, was a saving grace. This way, making the correct save files became a piece of cake. The Nintendo Switch version also contains the game’s DLC “Special Content”. These are extra fluff episodes that happened in the middle of a character’s story. They also come with a special CG (one for each story).

 

TRAILER

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS? (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・
It took me a total of 30 hours to finish the game, and none of these 1800 minutes spent were wasted. Yes, I loved every bit of it.

Although the story was set in the Sengoku “Warring” period of Japan. Instead of the usual cliche battleground premise, that’s normally used in Sengoku themed animes and VNs. Nightshade’s story focused more on the darker side of politics during the said period. The indirect “battle royale” theme, I admit, was quite bracing and very well-paced, at that. It was something I never expected to actually work in an otome game.

Besides Nightshade’s gorgeous artwork, I wanted to compliment the game’s stunning special effects, such as the leaves falling in the BG, flower petals scattering about  (whenever Enju uses her ninjitsu), and the moving sprites (which played exceptionally well during fight scenes). The voice acting for Nightshade blew me away and I couldn’t have wished for a better seiyuu lineup. I guess my only gripe here was Enju’s inconsistency as the heroine. In some routes, she’s badass while in others, she’s weak and very dependent. Her characteristics as a whole seem to vary depending on who’s the guy she’s with. I still love her as the main protagonist though!

While I’ve enjoyed playing all the routes in Nightshade and their respective stories, the ones that made an impression on me were Hanzo’s, Goemon’s and Gekkamaru’s. Chojiro’s was good but it was too angsty for my taste and while Kuroyuki’s story drove me to the edge of my seat, this is the route where Enju is at her weakest.

Do I recommend this game? YES
This is the first-ever english otome game in the Switch that I would no doubt recommend to everyone at the drop of a hat. I’m so glad I’ve waited for this port, despite all the STEAM sales that have gone by the previous years 😂 (laughs). To be honest, I was even quite sad when I finished it 😅 and wished there was more content for me to explore. If you’re having second thoughts whether or not it’s worth shelling out 48 bux to get this game in your Nintendo Switch Library. Here’s my advice: GET IT! This one’s definitely a gem and imo, almost up to par with the big titles (like Code Realize, Hakuoki, CxM). If you want an otome game with impressive storyline and characters you can’t ever get enough of, I can’t recommend Nightshade enough!

 

CHLO’S RATING: 8/10