Whenever a particularly peculiar Japanese game makes an appearance, it's always somewhat questionable as to whether or not we'll see it in the West.
The last generation in particular has been particularly good to fans of the quirkier side of Japanese entertainment, however, with (relatively) prominent specialist publishers such as Aksys, Xseed and NIS America stepping up to bring Western fans of anime-style gaming the titles they're hungry for -- titles which may not be to the taste of absolutely everyone, but which tend to attract dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate fanbases.
NIS America has just announced two new localizations, both of which are new installments in established series that we've already seen in the West, and both from Idea Factory's Compile Heart brand.
The first of these is Hyperdimension Neptunia PP for Vita. Unlike its PS3-based predecessors, PP is not a JRPG; rather, it is an idol-raising game starring the Neptunia series' "CPU" goddess characters Neptune, Noire, Blanc and Vert -- each of whom, if you're unfamiliar with the series, is the personification of a console manufacturer. You play yourself rather than one of the four CPUs this time around, however, and must manage their rise to success and their competition against their rivals MOB-48.
Idol-raising sims are an established genre in Japan, but are relatively rare to see in the West; bringing one over with an established property such as Hyperdimension Neptunia attached is likely a good way for NIS America to judge whether or not it's worth investigating bringing more over. Plus more Vita games to play certainly never hurts, and this type of game is a good fit for handheld devices.
Hyperdimension Neptunia PP -- which may get a new name prior to its Western release -- is set for release on Vita in both physical and digital formats at some point in 2014.
The second of NISA's upcoming new releases is Mugen Souls Z, a direct follow-up to 2012's Mugen Souls. Once again following the adventures of Chou-Chou, the Undisputed God of the Universe, the game continues the series' blend of turn-based RPG combat, ridiculous amounts of damage and an astronomically high level cap of 9999, though this time around you'll be in control of the goddess Sylma instead of Chou-Chou herself.
The previous Mugen Souls was edited for its Western release, largely due to a rather suggestive bathing minigame that could be played to increase the various characters' statistics. The original Japanese version of Mugen Souls Z also incorporated this minigame, and once again it's been edited -- as with the previous game, you'll instead receive the stat increases automatically rather than having to get soapy with the cast.
Mugen Souls Z is set for release on PlayStation 3 in 2014, in both physical and digital formats.
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