MangaGamer To Offer Physical Copies Of Games

By Ishaan . January 29, 2011 . 5:25pm


Visual novel publisher, MangaGamer, get a lot of requests for physical hard copies of their games. At present, they only offer their titles via digital download. At Anime Expo 2010, however, MangaGamer, put limited run physical copies of KiraKira and Higurashi chapters 1 – 4 up for sale.


That experiment worked rather well, so they’re trying it again with a different game. The lucky contender this time is D.C. Da Capo, which gets hard copies in a limited edition package in collaboration with U.S. retailer, Hendane. The limited edition of Da Capo, priced at $55.00 USD, will come with a DRM-free copy of the game, a soundtrack CD, and a 24-page art book, just like its original Japanese release.


Provided response to the physical edition is satisfactory, MangaGamer will consider rolling out physical editions of other games, such as Shuffle!. These will be offered in both limited and regular editions, depending on whether the original Japanese release saw two versions or not.


Hendane are an American retailer, although, they do ship games to Europe as well. However, MangaGamer are also looking for other ways to distribute their physical editions directly in Europe, and are reserving “a few hundred additional copies” specifically for sale in European territories.


You’ll want to keep an eye on the MangaGamer and Hendane blogs to watch out for when pre-orders for the game go up. We’ll have an interview with MangaGamer to discuss the company’s year ahead in the near future, too.

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  • SolidusSnake

    Damn, I’d love to have a physical copy of Higurashi.

  • Ladius

    I’m not a DaCapo fan, but still it’s great to hear that MangaGamer is finally taking the retail route. I will probably support this release just to help the vn scene, and I hope more games in MG’s offer get this treatment.

  • I need some hardcopies of Higurashi!

  • PrinceHeir

    awesome news is awesome :P

    go manga gamer go :)

  • Do any of MangaGamer’s titles work on Windows 7? I noticed their website only said XP/Vista so I wanted to see if anyone had any experience with this.

    • Nearly everything that works on Vista works on 7. Manga Gamer’s titles included. Hell, most of my 98/XP software works on 7.

    • Locklear93

      I picked up Shuffle last night, and it worked fine on Windows 7. Can’t speak for their titles universally, of course.

  • Zero_Destiny

    Great another game I have to buy right away. Not only has my wallet been murdered but it’s been graved-robbed as well lol Who cares!!! I always wanted them to give out physical copies looks like I’ll need to boot up my old desktop comp and start gaming again XD

  • Come on guys.

    Put Higurashi up onto Amazon, and I’ll buy it.

  • Guest

    I’m not interested in Da Capo, so I will have to pass. I would like if they released more copies of the previous two successful games. I could only grab one with the other being sold out.

    I’m surprised that they didn’t pick the Higurashi answer arcs to be released first due to the popularity of the series and being all ages. Those arcs aren’t even on iOS devices yet. Whenever the iOS ones are released the PC version will look a lot less appetizing when it is totaled at double the cost. Then again, the cost of printing four different discs may be high enough to pick something like Da Capo.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Nice to see more hard copies from these guys, but releasing through an unknown outlet really isn’t better than how they handled limited quantities before. RightStuf should be the retailer of record on something like this, or find a way to partner with Peter Payne for the purposes of distro through his already existent J-List channels.

    I’d suspect Da Capo was picked for the name value, although DCII is better and a newer release. From the central audience perspective, I’d suspect Suika or Higurashi hard copies would be the most desired.

    • Guest

      I have only ordered the physical copy of KiraKira from Hen Da Ne, but they are great. Their customer service is really good. They may be unknown, but I don’t think it is such a bad thing. Perhaps because they are relatively unknown MG will be able to see some more money compared to if a larger company did it? Who knows?

      A partnership with Peter has seemed unlikely as I’ve remembered posts from MG stating that their games were better than their competitor’s. It would be a little awkward for them to get their games printed with Peter.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        MG has said more than one thing causing them more harm than good. Part of doing business sometimes means you fall on your sword to move forward stronger. This niche within a niche really can do without ridiculous infighting.

        My goal and I hope that of MG, is to increase sales of Japanese VNs stateside. To bring folks to these products who would buy them if aware. Checking that website, which I’ll admit has interesting things, does not seem to cater to a broader audience.

    • Hendane may be a relatively unknown retailer online and to many others, but they are also a huge entity at American anime conventions, attending over 40 different conventions every year, across most of North America.

      Also, Hendane is not just a retailer for these hard-copies, they are a distributor as well. They will most certainly be distributing our products to other retailers such as J-list, RightStuf, etc., provided those companies are interested in carrying our product. So while the games might not end up on Amazon, Hendane certainly will not be the one and only place from which you can buy our hard copies.

  • Just bought Da Capo digital, so not in the mood to buy it all over again, however, when (or if) they release physical Shuffle! I’ll be all over it. Loved that game enough to double dip on it.

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