Following successful sales in the west for titles like DanganRonpa on Vita and Disgaea across both platforms, NIS America, the publisher specializing in bringing niche Japanese gaming to western audiences, has announced a duo of new titles to be released on the Vita in both America and European territories.
Launching sometime in the fall of 2014, The Firefly Diary (Firefly Diary for short) fuses platform and puzzle based action while making full use of the Vita’s touchscreen and vibrant color palette. Players control two separate fairies who operate in the light and dark respectively to rescue Mion, a young girl and the central character who awakens in a desolate ruin with no recollection of her past or how she came to be there. Together with the help of her new fairy friends, Mion must navigate numerous traps and obstacles to learn the truth behind her mysterious past. With graphic akin to Child of Light and Murasaki Baby, The Vita seems to be a perfect fit for this niche artistic title.
A second Vita title announced, Criminal Girls, is an upgraded version of a 2010 Japan only PSP release and should release in early 2015. As the player you are tasked with redeeming the souls of a group of scantily clad anime girls found guilty of myriad crimes. This takes place through a combination of sprite based dungeon crawling and rather sexually risqué ‘punishment’ mini games. Many were expecting this Western iteration to be heavily censored from the Japanese original, however NIS America forum admin ‘Houk’ has confirmed that changes to the original will be ‘minimal’ and only in the most necessary of circumstances. Whether or not Criminal Girls release is good news to you will depend on if you feel your Vita is lacking in the sadomasochistic anime girl department but internet forums indicate there is a definite demand for this game to make the migration west.
Niche publisher support for the Vita continues to be strong and while these release wont drastically increase hardware sales, there is clearly money to be made from the hard core gamer contingent.
This fall – Firefly diary – vita – puzzle game
2015 vita- criminal girls – 2010 psp release
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