The Neptunia Idol Game Is Essentially Idolm@ster Set In Gamindustri

By Spencer . April 23, 2013 . 4:02pm

imageNamco Bandai localized the The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa titles into English, but the ones we have on iOS are actually rhythm games. Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP is more like a classic Idolm@ster game since you play as a producer in charge of Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert.

 

The goal of Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP is to get fans. You can send Neptunia and the CPUs out by picking the "business" option from the main menu. There are events, media shows, and other publicity stunts you can do to promote the Neptunia idol troupe. If you want to give the CPUs a break you can select "off" which also lets you see scenes of the idols talking. Pick "lesson" and you can increase the girl’s stats. You can also select "move" to relocate your office to get fans in other regions.

 

When it’s time to perform you can select live mode. The CPUs will take the stage to sing and dance. You can pick costumes for the CPUs. The CPUs that perform can increase their share in the region their act is in. There are times when monsters like the Dogoo will come on stage too in Unlimited Live events.

 

In addition to the four main CPUs, Nepgear, Uni, Ram, and Rom will appear in Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP.

 

Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP is slated for release on June 20.


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  • Andrew Arndt

    id love this for the west really.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

      I imported Idolm@aster which was import friendly and will be importing this. I don’t see why you’d rather hope someone localizes it and instead just buy it if you want it

      Everyone cries about localizing this localizing that, omg I hope Aksys brings this over or NISA

      • RoxasTheUnknown1

        Because they A: want it in english and/or B would like to read the txt.

      • Xerain

        The game is Made by Compile Heart. Compile Heart is made up of Idea Factory, Nippon Ichi, and Gust. Letting NISA know of one’s interest in this game is FAR from futile.

        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          Sweet jesus never say Compile Heart is made up of Nippon Ichi and Gust. Not only are you completely wrong, but the latter two far outrank the former.

          • Xerain

            It’s true the former has a greater stake in CH than the later two. It’s also true quality wise the later two are better companies. Still, they are part of the compilation in Compile Heart. However, the point is moot as I was wrong about the developer, as apparently this Neptunia game is not being made by CH.

          • Kevadu

            They are *not* part of Compile Heart. They’ve collaborated before, which might be what is confusing you, but they’re totally different companies.

            Compile Heart is a subsidiary of Idea Factor, nothing more.

          • Xerain

            I’ll stand corrected then. I think it’s largely the name that is confusing me…. As IF uses it primarily when making games involving properties belonging to other companies (with their consent).

        • Cazar

          Just because you saw N1 and Gust come up on the screen when launching Neptune doesn’t mean they’re part of CH. They’ve worked with CH before but they’re completely different. And this game is actually being developed by TamSoft, not CH.

        • sunK1D

          Gust is leagues ahead of CH.

      • FetusZero

        1) People enjoy playing their games in a language they understand.
        2) Availability of the game, DLC, etc. in their region.
        3) Most imports cost nearly twice as much as a localized version, without even including the shipping and frequent border fees. They’re just more expensive.

        • Guest

          You’re wrong on 3. Importing is not really expensive. It’s only that games on Japan are usually expensive. I might also add that some site offers free international shipping thus they only ask you for extra payment if you want to arrive your game faster.
          I always import PS3 games and now PS Vita games.

          • FetusZero

            They’re still more expensive, just look at this one.. it comes back to $70 for a Vita game with chances of border fees, while over here it would be $40-$50 (or at least I get border fees 90% of the time, I’m in Canada if that changes anything).

            Even shmups on X360 end up costing us $80-$90 to import, yet if they are sold here, they usually cost around $30, $40. If you know any sites that gives us imports at the same price as we would get a localized version, then you shall give me the link so I can bookmark it :]

          • Kevadu

            You’re missing the point. It’s not the act of importing that’s raising the price, it’s the fact that games just cost more in Japan. Obviously if you import a game from Japan you’re paying Japanese prices.

          • FetusZero

            I’m saying that an import is more expensive than a localized version would be (and it is), not saying that the act of importing makes a game more expensive than it is. Small difference, but I see where the confusion comes from :p my bad on this.

          • FetusZero

            All that being said, if the game isn’t too complicated to understand and it doesn’t come to the west, I might import it. But this being all about management and the likes, I doubt it’ll be easy without understanding it :/

          • http://steamcommunity.com/id/noumi_kud Kudryavka

            I hope I’m not appearing to be pointing fingers at anyone, ’cause that’s not my point, but I’d beg to differ if you’re in Europe (which you clearly are from your previous posts of course), what with all those customs fees we are charged and whatnot.

            I think most people replying that it “isn’t really that expensive” might either be too rich or not in a position where they have to pay such outrageous amounts of money.

            Shame not many people agree on this subject whenever we discuss import costs depending on your location – partly because a lot of people haven’t experienced these problems themselves.

        • Hikaru Lighthalzen

          dont worry , yen are declining now , so you can buy japanese games cheaper

          • FetusZero

            Hopefully we can eventually. Games and Anime have been over-priced in Japan for a long time :/

      • Lester Paredes

        Because not everyone wants to import games. Because some people like to have things in their native language. Because it shouldn’t be a puzzle just to figure out which menu options let you do stuff.

    • Cazar

      It seems the west isn’t quite ready for idol games. IGN posted an article about the iM@S Shiny Festa on the App Store and aside from all the obvious complaints about the price the comment section is essentially full of tards claiming that the game is for pedophiles. Apparently people in the west interpret singing and dancing as sexual and objectifying for some reason, despite The Idolm@ster being a very tame series. I can only imagine how they’d react to a Neptune idol game that actually does have sexual themes.

      And to be honest, based on what little we’ve seen of this game so far it doesn’t look promising at all. It’s not even fair to compare this to Idolm@ster.

      • Kevadu

        I wouldn’t really base much of anything on the comments on an IGN article…

        • Cazar

          Probably not but it kind of gives an idea of how the general public or rather, the average western gamer may tend to react.

          • Skye-Izumi

            Well then that makes it a more exclusive experience to the Neptunia fan base. I love the Neptunia series, I want to give this game a chance.

      • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

        “Apparently people in the west interpret singing and dancing as sexual and objectifying for some reason.”

        It’s hard to acknowledge the idol industry as merely a song-and-dance business. They don’t just sell songs; they sell an image of a person who apparently is “pure” only by the virtue of celibacy. And then there are loads of gravure material on each them. Unless a person is socially unaware, I believe the implications and subtexts are pretty vivid despite nobody saying/admitting out loud.

        When an industry revolves around determining a woman’s worth by their celibacy, that’s pretty serious objectification. When they sell official material that sell on their looks and sex appeal on top of that… I can’t really say the skepticism about the idol industry is entirely unfounded.

        • Cazar

          Implying Idolm@ster is real life…

          • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

            No. I’m saying there’s a reason some people are skeptical about the Japanese idol industry, which may have been extended to this game. (I’ll admit one thing about Idolm@ster though: It’s fictional, so it can afford to eschew the unpleasantries of the business.)

          • Cazar

            Well the people I was referring to aren’t even educated enough to know anything about the Japanese idol industry. Long story short, it was basically them seeing pictures of young “anime” girls singing/dancing then screaming “pedo!”.

      • http://twitter.com/sakulukk sakiu

        I too was skeptical at first when it comes to idol games, but I told myself, well screw it, can’t make judgment before I will actually play the game first right? So I got an import copy of Idolmaster 2 on PS3 some time ago, and…. well I had a blast, think I have beat the game 3 or 4 times so far, even with perfect IA on the last one ;p

      • Skye-Izumi

        No disrespect, but that’s sounds just like IGNorant. They talk nothing but BS, they even say GTA V doesn’t look good enough.

        People who have played any of the first 3 Neptunia games and liked them and have become fans of the series, know what to expect from the Neptunia series, this game feels like Fan Service for the Neptunia fan base. Like the Idol genre never interested me, but the fact this is Neptunia, a series I love, I’m willing to give this version a try, just because it is the Neptunia series. Nis America know the fan base for the game, and will most likely release it for that Fan Base. Not because IGNorant don’t like it because it’s not an FPS.

        If Nis America see this as enough interest, I can safely say it will get a Western Release.

        If IGNorant think Neptunia is overly sexual, good thing they’ve not see AR Tonelico.

  • almostautumn

    Dang; I failed immediately when I tried to play Idolmaster 2 without knowing Japanese.

    *Fingers crossed for western release!!!*
    **Slaps himself in face for ridiculously false hope**

    • SykoFunc

      All of the Neptunia games have been brought over so far, so there’s a bit of hope to be had in that regard.

      • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

        But being a idol game and being on the Vita means there is little hope.

        • LynxAmali

          Not really, no.

          I didn’t expect to see a Sakura Wars title ever reach English-speaking shores, aside from the anime, OVAs and film. Yet NISA did that.

          I wouldn’t say there’s ‘little’ hope but at this point 50/50 seems like the better guess.

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            I won’t pretend to know what Sakura Wars is but I’d say 25/75 (at best) is more likely (with 25 being the chance of coming).

          • Jesse Thompson

            You should learn more about it then! The Sakura Wars game was for the Wii and PS2.

  • RoxasTheUnknown1

    Dogoo never gives up huh!? Prepare to be smited again Dogoo!……in english…..I hope…

  • Akai Ringo

    i love THE iDOLM@STER as well as Chou Jigen Game Neptune! if this game somehow came out in the west (with the original japanese voice acting and singing in tact of course), i would be very pleased! (and my hopes for an actual iDOLM@STER game coming out here on an actual system [not the iPhone] would rise probably unreasonably!)

  • DesmaX

    Siliconera-kun.

    Why do you guys keep talking like this game will be localized? I know that, if it wasn’t for IF efforts, the main series wasn’t even going to be localized (Seeing how japanese it is), but I think you guys are going a little too far

    • RoxasTheUnknown1

      It does feel like every other day there’s news about this game. xD

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      Ishaan (and Spencer) post any and all news whether or not the game has any possibility of coming to the west.

      • DesmaX

        I know that Siliconera also covers japanese-only games.

        But, seeing something like “Namco Bandai localized the The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa titles into English, but the ones we have on iOS are actually rhythm games. Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP is more like a classic Idolm@ster game since you play as a producer in charge of Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert.” makes it clear that they are talking like it’s coming to the west

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          I don’t see how. Citing the fact that an iDOLM@STER game came to iOS and not being the same as what this game is (in other words a classic iDOLM@STER game.)

          • DesmaX

            But, why even mention that a different game on the same style was localized in the first place? There’s no link between these topics at all

          • SirTeffy

            The article was saying that Neptunia Idol PP is basically the IDOLM@STER; but NOT in the style that was just released on iOS.

            There are two types of im@s games – the management sims and the rhythm games. Neptunia Idol PP is more like the management sims than the rhythm games we just got on iOS.

          • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

            The fact that this game take inspiration from the iDOLM@STER series while not being from the one released on iOS it is still based of the series.

      • RoxasTheUnknown1

        He knows that. What he means is look at the last few Neptune posts. The news is roughly exactly the same. xD

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Siliconera post all news from Japan and West whether the game is getting localized or not here. Remember they even cover Miku series when none of the title ever comes here?(Because in Siliconera there are also group of people who import them. Me^_^)

    • Tooru

      Honestly, with how well the Neptunia games do for NISA, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did come over here. Not to mention the mod over at NISA’s forums said that Disgaea 3 on Vita did well for them, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they had more Vita titles planned for the future.

  • Will Jay

    Well then, I actually want this now. Localize it, NISA.

  • Keko

    We can always hope for a digital release, can’t we?

    • Hikaru Lighthalzen

      no , i m still shocked with totori stealth release

  • TheExile285

    no hope for this getting localized.

    I hope we get the Black Heart game and the remake of the first game

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      I wanna know what kind of game the Black Heart spin-off is. And we don’t have a confirmation that the other game is a remake though it likely is.

      • TheExile285

        I hope its an RPG…. or ARPG

        I also hope they create a Vita rep

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          I’d like the game no matter what. And that… could be cool.

    • Jesse Thompson

      I disagree. This will most likely get localized as it is HDN and done by NIS. NISA has proven they can make a profit in the western market:

      http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/snapshot/snapshot.asp?ticker=3851:JP

      That is the JASDAQ, but NISA has no NASDAQ, they basically send all their profits back home. The uptick you see in the recent months on the yearly view is from the HDN: Victory sales here in NA. They would be fools not to localize this HDN/Id@lmaster cross-style game. Fools.

  • chobitsza

    OK. I decide to import this first. When NISA or other company DID really localize them. I’ll buy another copy.

    • Mister_Nep

      I like the way you think. I have the exact same plan.

  • gamefreak86

    Looking forward to this indeed if we see it in the west, especially since we never got Hatsune Miku.

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    We need this on the Westside lol

  • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

    I want to date a Goddess *Sniff*

    Make it happen NISA!

  • Chiupon

    The Japanese market for these games and the western market are different; if it wanted it to even make a dent, the producer would be eliminated and it would just have to appeal to girls who wanted the “kawaii” aesthetic of idols. It’s not really a thing male gamers are generally interested in, unless they’re weird pedophiles or social maladapts.
    kind of like the kind of the guys in Japan who would buy this.

    • chobitsza

      So I’m just a pedophiles or social maladapts. Okay…

      • Chiupon

        do you fap to doujinshi with little girls in it? This isn’t like, trolling or anything, it’s a serious concern/question.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Enough. Let’s leave the blind judgement opinions on other sites. Thanks.

          • Chiupon

            i was merely defining pedophillia. Sorry.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            The article has nothing to do with such. Nor does your personal determination of those wanting to play this game or Imas mean the truth. Move on.

          • Chiupon

            You’re right! The flow of the comments was more towards concenrs of localization, so I compared market standards. The comments I provided in response were just explaination of why I deemed a particular player-base as pedophiles, because the characteristics exhibited are typical of textbook pedophiles. It’s not personal determination, it’s factual. The comments, however, were out of line and had nothing to do with the article, so I will not resume them, as instructed.

    • Mr_SP

      …You do realise that none of the main four girls are prepubescent or anything, right? Neptune is a lazy ditz, but at LEAST a teenager. Blanc cusses all the time, and Noire and Vert are blatantly not little girls. And the producer has nothing – nothing – to do with pedophilia.

      Have you ever *played* a Neptunia game before? The games tend towards lesbianism, if anything. The Producer is most likely going to be a non-entity as it is.

  • TheBlackgirl123

    I don’t think the west is going to get this because, maybe the voice actors can’t sing

    • chobitsza

      LEAVE THE SONG ALONE!!

      Problem solved.

      • Mr_SP

        It’s also the cheaper option. Remaking a half of the game for a localisation? Eh… Maybe not the best idea.

      • TheBlackgirl123

        hmmm, good point!

  • Hikaru Lighthalzen

    i’ll buy this only if there are looots of songs~

  • http://ryuz4ki57inenglish.wordpress.com/ Thomas FROEHLICHER

    5pb, give me 5pb pleeeease!!!!!!!!!

  • ワン スャレ

    everyone commenting because they are angry about idolmaster.

  • Fire.fire.kun

    I do hope the CPU candidates play a singing role because I actually like their duet albums.

  • Sammy Garner

    Well if NISA does bring this game WESTSIDE translated it would prove to me that NamcoBandi are the worst and that NISA cares about their supporters

  • Demeanor

    I would promote the Vert x Uni killer combination XD
    Also, I’d try to hire the hell out of Iris Heart, just imagine a show led by HER! XD

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