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Otome visual fiction are having one heck of a year. To the uninitiated an “otome” online game typically refers to a dating sim/visual novel the spot that the protagonist is a girl who romances the girl choice of multiple guy suitors. Although visual novels themselves have only seen increasing acceptance within North America these last few years, otome titles have had an even tougher time penetrating. This year, however, apparently publishers are willing to release far more than just another version of Hakuoki. Amnesia: Memories, Code: Realize Guardian of Rebirth, and Norn9: Var Commons are all arranged to launch later in 2010 and they’re all otome game titles with handsome adult males to make your own.

With an exciting batch of these activities right around the corner, I decided to take a step back and check out a few otome visual novels from my series which have never and sure won’t ever have standard English versions. In the end, these were titles that will existed exclusively for PS2 and didn’t see PC releases. That is certainly pretty much a death word as far as potential locations are concerned, though it’s likely you can find fan translations around somewhere. With that said, the 3 titles we’re taking a look at today are as follows: Houkago absolutely no Love Beat (nLove Beat), Kimagure Strawberry Cafe (`), in addition to Ripple no Tomago ~Apprentice Magician~ (韦 ~Apprentice magician~). Each is offered in its Limited Edition sort.

Houkago no Love Beat is often a visual novel mixed with a bit of rhythm game/idol simulator. You see, players handle the role of a songwriter for any boy band. For the duration of band performances, avid gamers control the band in an effort to make them a success. Within Kimagure Strawberry Cafe you’ve been remaining to take care of a cafe — management sim style. The good news is, five gorgeous folks come along as your most up-to-date employees. Rippuru no Tomago ~Apprentice magician~ incorporates a magical protagonist just 100 days to prevent a sleeping emporer. Of course, despite the concept that he is the object of your respective affection, you can still get and date additional magicians. But, plenty of about the stories, let us check how each special edition fares.

Unfortunately, in many ways the particular packaging feels uninspired. All of these three games comes in a card board sleeve which features the identical art as the DVD case. Two of the three titles also come having small booklets. Though you might assume these to be artbooks they’re really just 56 web site manga. Houkago no Love Beat shakes things up slightly using a folder that includes 8-10 postcards featuring different band members doing the most beautiful glamour shot. How come each Limited Edition is very darn similar? There couldn’t is simple: each came to be by D3 Publisher. Certainly, that same D3 that is now known for series like Onechanbara and Earth Security Force. Before these people found any specific success in America, they were best known for budget video game collection known as the Simple Line.

Each of the these otome video games was later become a Simple 2000 model. It’s worth noting that these secretes did not come in a particular edition format — of course, they were meant to be more affordable releases! At least this Limited Editions were around 5,040 yen (~$40), which in itself isn’t a heap to ask. In many ways these games feels just like the launch editions that Atlus puts out. They tend to feature a soundtrack sampler or craft book free of further charge. Of course, for that, folks aren’t therefore demanding with precisely how good the quality actually is. The same is true of this otome title trio. They’re not truly stand out versions, however they most certainly look nice high on a shelf.

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D3 released a huge bunch of otome games within the PS2 era. Lovers of the genre will find that there are probably a great number of to purchase toward a whole collection. Because the Restricted Editions are all thus similar in appearance and also items, however, there is no shame in opting for a barebones Simple The year 2000 Series version on them. Only the most diehard fans will find that worth the expense in order to import editions for instance those presented in this article, as this is just a very small sampling of all that’s out there.

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