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DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc going west early 2014

8:00 AM on 07.07.2013 // Elliot Gay

NISA with that surprise right hook.

I've written about Spike Chunsoft's crazy adventure game, DanganRonpa, many times on Japanator in the past few years. It's a wacky title that features Ace Attorney-like trials, exploration, visual novel story progression, and even social link-esque events.

A few weeks back, an extremely well put together fan translation of the PSP version of the game hit the internet, giving folks a chance to see what all the fuss was about.

Hot on the heels of that release, NISA has revealed that they'll be publishing the Vita version of the game in NA and EU as DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. Well color me surprised.

So what's different in the Vita version outside of the high res visuals? It now features a school-life mode that allows you to hang with the characters, do quests, and develop relationships without the whole kill-each-other thing. This was actually first implemented in the sequel, but is also being added to the original game for its Vita release. 

While both the original and sequel are hitting the Vita in one package over here in Japan, you folks will only be getting the first game for now. It's easy to understand why; these are huge text heavy games, and it'd be much better for the franchise to get one out sooner rather than later.

I've included the synopsis straight from NISA below.

Hope's Peak Academy is home to Japan's best and brightest high school students—the beacons of hope for the future. But that hope suddenly dies when Makoto Naegi and his classmates find themselves imprisoned in the school, cut off from the outside world and subject to the whims of a strange, murderous little bear named Monokuma. He pits the students against each other, promising freedom to anyone who can murder a fellow classmate and get away with it. It's up to you to find out who Monokuma really is, and why you've been taken from the world you once knew. But be careful what you wish for—sometimes there's nothing more deadly than the truth...

Sound off folks! Who's planning on picking up DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc? This is another great chance to show that there's real interest in these sorts of games out west.

Elliot Gay, Contributor
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Elliot is an associate editor for Japanator and can be found contributing to Destructoid on occasion. He lives in Japan and can be found on Twitter @RyougaSaotome. more   |   staff directory

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