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Japanator LIVE - 428: Shibuya Scramble

I remember many years ago while browsing through a catalog of Wii games online, I stumbled upon 428: Shibuya Scramble. From the description, it really looked interesting to me. I actually had the means to play it, but the problem is th...

 
 
 
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ISLAND to get both anime and game physical box release

If you have been keeping up with this season's batch of anime, you have probably heard of Island. While the anime isn't favorable among the anime community, the visual novel is actually very enjoyable, which is something that is very c...

 
 
 
 
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MangaGamer announces two Rance titles, Sona-Nyl, and more

I may not have gotten the chance to dive into more traditional visual novel titles, but I still enjoy keeping with the stuff that gets announced for the West. That way, I have an idea on which games to jump on when I get the chance to consu...

 
 
 
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All hail Dr. Pepper: Steins;Gate 0 heads West this year

Once again, it's time for us to grab a bottle of Dr. Pepper, which happens to be an intellectual drink for the chosen ones. This time around, we're celebrating the fact that PQube plans to bring Steins;Gate 0 to Europe and North America in ...

 
 
 
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MangaGamer puts the axe to Soul Link and Shuffle!

Here's a quick PSA for folks hankering for a classic visual novel to read: MangaGamer is discontinuing sales of two titles by March 31st: Shuffle! and Soul Link, both developed by Navel.  According to the company, the axing is due...

 
 
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Answer some questions and win a free game from MangaGamer

Are you into lesbian ghosts?  If not, how about a free game? All you've got to do is tell MangaGamer, publisher of far more than lesbian ghost games, about what you want to see from them, by filling out this handy survey. This includes...

 
 
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Review: Sakura Santa

[This review was originally posted on Destructoid.] When it comes to holiday traditions, Christmas-themed video games aren't as common as Christmas movies or television specials. For whatever reason, be it development times, commercial titl...

 
 
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Review: Clannad (PC)

For the past 10 years, I’ve been a fan of the (popular) anime adaptations of Key’s various work including Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters, and Angel Beats. Although I was aware that both Kanon and Air started out as games (V...

 
 
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Clannad gets its first official English release next week

If you told me even three or four years ago that visual novels would be one of the fastest-growing game genres in 2015, I'd have laughed in your face. But you'd have been right: Ever since it came out that people would be willing to pay for...

 
 
 
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Review: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

When it was first announced that Spike Chunsoft's third Danganronpa game wouldn't be a visual novel, a lot of folks, including yours truly, were understandably apprehensive. Trigger Happy Havoc and its fantastic sequel Goodbye Des...

 
 
 
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Watch Man at Arms bring Saber's Excalibur to life

Ever since Man at Arms switched to a new group, I started to miss the old team's style, since their weapons were more accurate than the current gang. Nonetheless, the main thing that both blacksmiths have in common is that they use their s...

 
 
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Make it Steamier: MangaGamer gets an uncensored game on Steam

Well, here's a surprise: It looks like Steam is about to get its first true adult game...of sorts. MangaGamer have just announced that they've managed to prevail on the PC's premier game market to allow an uncensored version of Liarsoft's v...

 
 
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Go nuts for doujin games with Steam's Summer Comiket Sale

If there's one thing otaku like more than otaku things, it's otaku things bought for cheap, which makes Steam's latest excuse to have a sale especially relevant. Y'see, Summer Comiket is happening right about now, and the otaku world's twic...

 
 
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Watch out, BETA: Muv-Luv localization to get Kickstarted

It looks like visual novel fans are in for some good news. The gang at DegiGames and Ixtl have revealed that they're creating a Kickstarter to localize Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative. While the funding campaign will focus on the ...

 
 
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Revisit Japan with Go Go Nippon! DLC

Life is bleak for an otaku with a Macbook such as myself. I'm too poor to buy a ticket to Japan because I spent all my money on a Macbook, and I cannot be escorted around virtual Japan by two anime sisters in Go! Go! Nippon! because its no...

 
 
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Review: Starless: Nymphomaniacs' Paradise

So here I am, brand new writer for Japanator looking for content I can write for the site. The offer is made to review a game that I had heard plenty of buzz about in Starless: Nymphomaniac's Paradise, a visual novel type game from Japan th...

 
 
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Grab a Dr. Pepper: Steins;Gate gets a release date for Europe

Well, folks; May has arrived and it turns out that PQube's release of Steins;Gate for the PS3 and Vita has been pushed to June 5 for Europe. While it's unfortunate that we won't get to experience the Future Gadget Lab's adventures this mont...

 
 
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Rawr: TyranoBuilder lets you make your own visual novels

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 your own visual n...

 
 
 
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Enrol as a Virtual Exchange Student in Tokyo School Life

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 their way onto Valv...

 
 
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Tuturu: Steins;Gate's PS3 and PS Vita version go West

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 North America and E...

 
 
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Wait, what? It's a Dragon Dating Simulator

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...

 
 
 
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Congrats to our If My Heart Had Wings giveaway winners!

Free stuff is great, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've just chosen them...

 
 
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Contest: Win Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings!

[Update: Contest is over, everyone! The winners will be contacted by the email address they signed up for Japanator with!] We've got a treat for you story-game fans out there, and it comes to you courtesy of our buds at Moenovel! The f...

 
 
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Celebrate Moe Day with MangaGamer!

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 the Kanji charact...

 
 
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Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

I almost don't want to be writing this review. That's because Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is quite a lot like its predecessor, Trigger Happy Havoc. That means it's one of the few games where "spoilers" really matter, and the more I say a...

 
 
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Visual novel CLANNAD is getting a Steam release in English

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 beyond that, as to...

 
 
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Otakon '14: MangaGamer grabs eden*, euphoria, and more

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 according to plan. B...

 
 
 
 
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Pigeon-date sim Hatoful Boyfriend getting English remake

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 Japanese indie Colum...

 
 




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