Would you “Love Plus”?By
“Love Plus” is a dating simulation game for the Nintendo DS where you get to flirt and eventually date one of the three available girls in the game. The game has gained a huge following in Japan but so far has not been available in other languages.
The Nintendo DS has pretty good graphics but it’s starting to show it’s age a little. This isn’t a huge disadvantage with a game such as Love Plus which relies on drawing you into the game through emotional attachment and not fancy graphics. Here you can see a sample video from the original game:
The game was very popular in Otaku circles but made world wide news when one of it’s players, a Japanese college student, married Nene Anegasaki, one of the characters from the video game. Yes, he married her in real life – not in the game:
The next version of Nintendo’s hand held game was announced a few months ago, the 3DS, and of course there is going to be a new version of Love Plus on the new device as well. It really looks fantastic and offers new possibilities for game play as well. Here is a clip showing a sample of Love Plus on the new unit:
While the new release looks great and all it’s still only being released in Japanese. I’ve studied some Japanese for a while but I’m nowhere near the point of being able to play a game or even watch anime without subs so that leave the possibility of this game off the table for me. Thankfully Konami, the maker of Love Plus, may change that in the future.
Mina Okumura, in Konami‘s public relations department, was recently quoted saying: “We are doing research right now. We have just released it on the Japanese market but we are considering releasing it overseas,”. If this is true, we may be seeing an English release of the popular Love Plus game being available in the near future. (source of quote is here)
I’m not sure if it’s bad business decisions on some Japanese companies that cause them to ignore foreign markets or just plain Xenophobia but they should realize that the desire for these types of games, anime, and manga do not solely come from Japan. There is a very large number of foreigners to Japan who want to spend their money on these products but find it difficult to purchase or in the case of this game, are not usable due to the language restriction.
So the question is, if Love Plus is made available in English and you have have the gaming platform, would you be interested in buying it? Would you be afraid of looking like a ronery Otaku or have you gotten past that stage of caring what others think and decide to like what you like?
As for me I would have no problem buying/playing Love Plus – I’m a bit of a ronery Otaku now anyway and it seems like a good bit of fun. I’m not too sure if I’d want to pay the high price for a Nintendo 3DS just to play it though. I’m getting an Ipod touch next week – let them release it in English as a $20 game/app and I’ll be all over it.