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I may be prehistorically late to the festivities, but there's something intriguing about Nyu Media's collaboration with STRIKEWORKS. Thanks to their cooperation, TyranoBuilder, a user-friendly program that lets you create yo...

For a good while, I was on the fence on whether I should play Steins;Gate on the PC or consoles. Now that PQube has announced a special edition for the game's PS3 and PS Vita release, I might have to lean towards the latter f...

Visual novels are nothing new in Japan but they're still incredibly niche in the west. I don't think we'll be seeing copies of Clannad or School Days on the shelves of Gamestop anytime soon, but they're gradually finding thei...

Now this is what I call an unexpected turn of events, people. If you've been yearning to play more visual novel titles on your consoles, then you'll be happy to hear that Steins;Gate's PS3 and Vita release are heading to Nort...



I'm conflicted about this. On the one hand, it's really cool that designers outside Japan are taking visual novels and relationship-centric games more seriously. More people making more types of games can only be a good thing. On the other hand...Dragon Dating Simulator.

The holidays are among us, which means that many outlets are having a bunch of sales as we speak. Speaking of which, J-list is having a sale until Dec. 2 where people can get up to 18% off any product (based on how much they ...



October 10th is a special day for fans of moe and puns, because today is Moe Day! Why, you ask? Well, the Kanji characters for "October 10th" (十月十日) just so happen to line up just right to spell th...



During their panel at Japan Expo USA, Sekai Project announced that they are releasing Key/Visual Arts's CLANNAD visual novel on Steam. It will be the full-voiced edition of the game. However there aren't much more details bey...

As Otakon 2014 continues to invade Baltimore's region, MangaGamer's ready to reveals their latest acquisitions. This time around, the company's working on a goal that'll please many visual novel fans if everything goes accor...

MangaGamer's ready to reveal their new titles, and team's ready to try something new. If you happen to be a fan of Otome and/or BL Games, then you'll be happy to know that MangaGamer's planning to localize OZMAFIA and No, Th...

At Anime Expo Sekai Project announced that they are partnering with Visual Arts, the studio that publishes high profile Key titles, to release planetarian in English officially. There was a previous release of it with a ...

Forget Danganronpa. Ignore Hakuoki. Trash Katawa Shoujo. If there was ever any proof that visual novels and their ilk are real, actual things that might just matter outside Japan, this is it. Hatoful Boyfriend, the Japan...



Arcade fighting game Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax has released in Japan, and we have a ton of videos to look at!  Developed by Ecole Software and French Bread, known for their work on the Melty Blood franchise, Dengeki...

You certainly can't complain that there aren't enough ways to get your hands on OVERDRIVE's visual novel/Japan travel guide Go! Go! Nippon~My First Trip to Japan: you can download it from MangaGamer, we let you know...


Sometimes, the reality of business ruins the fun for everyone. This time around, that adage refers to the state of Starry Sky, a popular visual novel targeted to female audiences. Two years ago at Anime Expo, JAST expressed i...

Indie game developer Christine Love is probably the best case for feeling positive about the increasing visibility of visual novels in western gaming culture. Her games, which include Digital: A Love Story, Analogue: A H...


I'll admit it: I don't have an official list of "Anime that would make for awesome games," but even if I did, Golden Time wouldn't be on it. I enjoy the show, but I just don't feel this great urge to play as sensitive law stu...

I know we're living in the future and virtually everything can be downloaded to your computer via streams of data, but sometimes, you just want a nice game box. Sometimes, you just want to have a physical product in your hand...

What do you all think about the supernatural and complex plot we've found ourselves in? You could say it was pretty obvious something like this would happen, what with Key's track record, but I'm not sure I've ever seen somet...

I don't usually play visual novels, but if I did, I would play the "science adventure" series from Nitroplus/5pb. Not only do these games include stories with interesting food for thought that's above and beyond the usual "Da...

Tired of Kyousuke being miserable all the time? Not to worry, because he doesn't even turn up for this episode. Fine by me, but it means we are faced with cleaning up his mess instead, which proves to be a bigger problem than...

Kyousuke hasn't really been that prominent in Little Busters!, even though his leader status and relation to Rin would suggest otherwise. No, instead he's taken a back seat to Riki, and now that he's finally getting a lot of ...

What is it with those cat ears that Rin randomly sprouts from her head? Perhaps she's part cat, and her arc will turn into something really creepy once we meet her parents. Most likely, she's just an extra for Strike Witches....

Thanks to Steam's Greenlight program, we've been seeing more and more indie games making their way to the digital distribution platform, including many niche titles and visual novels that would have otherwise gone unnoticed ...

Oh, the irony of not being able to find the time to write about a show that has too much of it. That's right, it's back to that wacky time loop that our main man Riki can't seem to escape, while his school buddies carry on wi...


After a first episode comprised of both a light-hearted pancake-making party and the usually cool-headed Kuragaya traumatizing some students by kicking a door off its hinges, the content of the second episode was completely u...


Looking for something a little naughty yet intellectual to spice up your day? Running low on awesome visual novels? As of today, MangaGamer is now distributing Innocent Grey's 18+ psychological thriller Kara no Shoujo, now available with voices. 

When Angel Beats! was first revealed to the public back in 2009, it was billed as a cross media franchise. Given visual novel studio Key's involvement, it was generally assumed that there would be a game adaptation of some ki...

It could be argued that visual novels are almost a dime a dozen these days, and while most fail to spark the interest of press and consumers alike, there are always the exceptions. Granted, it's not easy to succeed in a genr...

Everyone's favourite psycho-loli visual novel was recently pushed through the Greenlight process, but it might hit Steam any time soon. It seems that MangaGamer, the localisation company that has sold the visual novel outside...






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