Dating sims bound for the Xbox 360

By Spencer . October 9, 2007 . 10:20am

clanad.jpgIn Japan the Playstation 2 has a plethora of dating sims. Compared to the Gamecube and Xbox, Sony’s console is the king of the genre. But we’re supposedly moving on from the Playstation 2. So which of the three consoles is going to be the next home for dating sims?


Prototype is taking a chance with the Xbox 360. They are porting the previously PS2 and PC released, ClannAD to the Xbox 360 in spring 2008 with updated graphics. Sure, the dating sim genre is a niche (very niche?) genre in Japan. But smaller publishers like Prototype and Idea Factory are actively working with the Xbox 360, even if they are mostly shoveling Playstation 2 ports to the console.

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  • Aoshi00

    I haven’t played any dating sim games after the Dreamcast days.. if these ports on the 360 are on the cheap side, I might give them a spin. Still, there are just too many these days, Clannad, Kanon, the girls all look the same…

  • Kaikara

    English language version pleeeeease! Oh and Aoshi, the thing I like about this line of Key games is that each represents a different season (Air being Summer, Kanon being winter, Clannad being Spring). I have played through both Air and Kanon and found the characters (personality and design) to be drastically different in both of those, so I wouldn’t write Clannad off just like that. If it never comes to 360 it doesn’t matter me too much, I think there’s a translation project almost complete ;-) Pity Clannad has no H-version though lol.

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