Reposted from my IGN blog because this game is awesome, originally posted: 2008/01/20
Duel Love by Bandai Namco
Release date March 13
Pics are from B’s Log, January 2008 issue pp. 34-37 from Enterbrain and Dengeki Girl’s Style 11/20 2007 Edition from MediaWorks pp. 156-161. Images are copyright Bandai Namco.
In this first otome game from Bandai Namco, the main character(you) has just transferred to Keiou High School. After class, your classmate brings you to the school basement, where you find out the school’s secret…it’s the location of a secret fighting tournament!
I doubt this would have happened at my high school, since we didn’t even have a boxing ring, but man! It would have been cool if it did.
Duel Love is a Nintendo DS game that focuses on several guys who are trying to win in the B-1 fighting league, which holds fights at Keiou high school at night. The only rules to these fights are no firearms, no thrown items, and no weapons (wouldn’t that include firearms? Nevermind, look over there!)
First up, character intros. The character design was done by Hisaya Nakajou, the author of Hana-Kimi (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e), and it shows(for those unfamiliar with the series, the main characters are in track and field, and the whole cast is very long and lean). These fighters are the scrawniest specimens I’ve ever seen step into a ring. Some effort was made to make some of them ‘more muscular’, ‘lean’ instead of just skinny, but I think it will take me some time to get used to the look. Oh, and one of them is almost the twin of Mizuki. So I figure chibi characters are enough to let you tell who’s who. Plus, I’m lazy – big pics take longer to edit.
Shinichirou Nagao CV: Yusa Kouji – I think he’s in 2-D (the player’s class) as well, at first glance he’s the typical smart guy with glasses, but he’s not very good at talking to people and he says some unintentionally funny things.
Sugita Tomokazu and Ono Daisuke are also semi-main characters, they play teachers in the school who have some history together as well.
You play the new girl in school who has 3 classmates in the tournament. You get involved with helping the fighters, and the goal of the game is to help your fighter get to and win the championship (and of course fall in love along the way). Whew, sounds tough, probably involves a lot of training mini-games and maybe nutrition and stuff..
Edit: It does have a lot of minigames, but they are hilarious and awesome and not hard. Case in point: the massage game, shown below. Truly a gaming masterpiece.
Yes, for all of us who try to plan our otome budgets (try being the operative word) the next couple months is a good time to save up for the avalanche of new releases coming in the winter.
It finally appeared in my mailbox, and I am now playing through Tokimemo GS 3!! There is so much to do here, even more than previous games, and it’s a lot of fun to just play through, but I thought since it’s got a lot of features, I’d use my otome mojo (ahem, look through otome mags and websites) and explain some aspects that beginners might find useful, especially for non-Japanese readers.
OK, well one great thing about Tokimemo is that the gameplay is pretty self-explanatory as far as the sim part. You choose what to do during the week and weekends/holidays, and these raise your stats. You can also work part time to earn money (and spend time with the character you like) and buy clothes to wear on dates. There are also several school events that have special minigames.
Some things that a first-time player might wonder about:
Dates and ‘skinship': This strange word means touching a guy. There’s a tutorial at the beginning (which is pretty funny, it made me laugh), here’s the summary:
There are 5 places to touch: Hair, eyes, mouth, body, and arm.
There are 3 ways to touch: A light tap, a pull, and a long touch. The long touch has to be used carefully, because it’s pretty bold, so you need to have a high affection level with a guy, and have the ‘mood’ be right, to get it to work well.
If you’re having trouble or think it’s a pain, don’t worry! It doesn’t affect affection levels, it’s just for fun and to get ‘daisekkin’, which is basically an ultra-skinship event (remember kids, this is a PG game, nothing risque here!).
This is the computer report that shows your luck in various areas through the weeks. You should use these as a guide for what to focus on. From top to bottom they are:
Benkyou (Study): Good for studying, geijutsu (the painting), and culture clubs
Gyouraku (Pleasure): Good for fashion and doing stuff with Karen or Miyo
Kenkou (Health): Good for exercise and sports clubs
Renai (Love): Good for Miryoku (the liptstick button) and asking people out on dates
For more specific info, including date answers, I found this wiki really helpful.
I’ll post more if anyone’s interested, right now I’m in a love triangle with Ruka and Kouichi
I caved and ordered VitZ Revo, and got it a couple days ago. I’ve done Tendou’s normal route, and am in the middle of his dream route. Aa, Vitamin wa tanoshii na~!
I must say though, it looks great on the PSP – very clean and crisp. I also got Dear Girl Stories ~Hibiki~ at the same time, so I’m kind of comparing it to the DS as well. By the way, apparently DGS doesn’t really have any romance in it – d’oh! It’s just a stat-raising game with some almost-romantic-but-not-quite moments in it.
I also got some new magazines, and ooh good stuff in them! Girl’s Style came with an 8-page book about Kazukiyone and Hakuouki, as well as Hakuouki bookmarks and Starry Sky stickers! It’s probably because there’s no CD or DVD-ROM.
I didn’t even realize that Starry Sky got animated, but um yeah, it is! Haha. Girl’s Style also had info on the PSP versions, which will have several additional scenes, backgrounds, and other changes (one is that you can choose to show the heroine’s face, which is good, but sounds creepy that she didn’t have one before :P)
Storm Lover had some info as well, it will not only have routes leading up to a relationship, but will be about maintaining the romance or breaking up if you fail, and maybe even getting back together later! Interesting.
There’s also an article on the game system and some of the scenes in Xechs, it seems kinda complicated so I think I’ll post on that later.
Oh, and Mahoutsukai to Goshujin-sama has a release date! It’s set for July 31.
OK, this is not an otome game, but I just found a site that says Kimi ni Todoke, the extremely sweet manga from Bessatsu Friend, is being made into a DS game and released this October.
Details? All I could find is that it’s from Namco Bandai – I couldn’t find a site for it
Lots of news about other, not brand-new games as well, including…a Hiiro no Kakera 2 remake!!! Not a port or adaptation, this is a pure remake…I might do a post on this later. In fact, just look at all those HnK releases – I think I’ll name October 1 Hiiro no Kakera Day!
Other news on release dates and adaptations:
Dengeki Online just announced detailed info on a new otome game from D3 Publisher, and it’s in the survival suspense genre! It’s not a horror survival like Resident Evil (thank God because I don’t think I could play it), but the premise is that the heroine gets stranded in an old school building in the middle of nowhere with several male students, a teacher, and a teaching student, and has to find her way out while a killer calling himself “Kamen no Shinigami” (The Masked God of Death) starts to attack them.
Kurayami no Hate de Kimi o Matsu is slated for a fall release for the Nintendo DS, and seems to have a puzzle component as well. To get out of the old building, you have to solve some puzzles using the touchpad and collecting items with one of the six guys you were stranded with. To make things even more nerve-wracking, the killer is one of the six guys you can choose!
The site has character info, and the Dengeki site has a bunch of screenshots showing the setup.
Once again D3 has created a really interesting premise for their new DS game, Saikin Koi Shiteru? It’s set in a normal high school, but it has a twist. The main character is a regular if slightly clumsy girl, who is hurrying to class on her first day when she falls into a spring on school grounds. It turns out that this spring is no normal spring, and she comes face to face with a saikin, a strange little creature. After that, she starts to see strange things, including seeing the little saikin hovering around certain boys. What does it all mean?
The art is pretty simple, but I can see it working on the DS. And the saikin are so cute! Apparently they’re little creatures that the main character sees when someone she’s talking to feels a certain emotion – there are angry saikin, sad saikin, etc.
If you’ve played Panic Palette, the concept is somewhat similar – when you’re having a conversation with someone and they feel a strong emotion, a saikin for that emotion appears. If you ‘catch’ it with your DS pen, you can collect that saikin for later use. Unlike Panic Palette, however, you need to talk to different people to get different saikin.
Later, when you’re talking with a boy and a star appears near him, you can then use one of your collected saikin to make his mood change for a moment to that feeling. The guy might show or tell you more than he would normally.
Is coming to the Nintendo DS!
Famitsu announced today that Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 1st Love Plus will be released March 12. It will also include the ‘Album Mode’ that was in the PS2 version, where you can look at memories ‘with the character’ and listen to their comments.
Haha, I should really play that again, right now I’ve only gotten one character…I am too easily distracted…
Just a short update on release dates for the fall – Comic Garden is pushed back to September Alice is released the end of August, and some new ports/adaptations to portable and region-free consoles, yay!
Uwasa no Midori-kun 2 DS
Harutoki Yume no Ukihashi DS
Heart no Kuni no Alice PS2
Hoshizora no Comic Garden DS
Neo Angelique Special PSP – hmm, the site says that the 4 new characters from the anime show up here in special events, but I don’t *think* they’re available as character routes.
Kanuchi (White Wing)
Will o Wisp Easter Miracle
Bakumatsu Renka DS
Hoshiiro no Okurimono PSP
Hoshigari Empusa PSP