Meet One Of The Characters You Can Date In Namco High, The Namco Dating Sim

By Spencer . September 19, 2013 . 6:00pm

valkyr1Namco High is a wild concept. It’s a dating sim that takes place in a high school populated with video game characters. Siliconera can reveal Valkyrie from The Legend of Valkyrie is in the game. Since those weren’t released in North America you may remember Valkyrie from Project X Zone or the ShiftyLook webcomic.

 

Here’s how Valkyrie looks in Namco High:

 

Namco High - Valkyrie

 

The artwork was drawn by Ashley Davis, the artist on the webcomic, created Valkyrie for Namco High. "We really wanted to use some characters that ShiftyLook had been revitalizing and Valkyrie had a great angle. She is strong, passionate, and all around awesome," What Pumpkin Studios said about adding Valkyrie in Namco High.


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  • raitouniverse

    Dear lord.

  • Prinnydoom

    There……..are no words.

  • Natat

    Ummm what?

    • Christopher Nunes

      This…

      Just what? Even if it’s a dating sim… what the heck kind of artwork is that for a dating sim? Honestly if you want players to date the character make them appealing or more importantly something “normal” to look at!

      Well it’s not bad per say, but I can’t imagine this for a dating sim. It’s cute but it doesn’t really capture the character’s characteristics.

      If only it had a more anime chibi look to it.

  • Guest

    Well I for one am looking forward to this game, in an earnest way and another weird kinda way.

    I don’t even know who I am anymore.

  • Tincho D

    WHY?

  • Jesse

    That’s a…unique art style. I don’t hate it, but it certainly is unexpected.

  • JustThisOne

    I am laughing so hard right now.

    Is there any reason why they went this way for the art? I don’t think “strong” or “passionate” when I see this. I can sorta see “all around awesome,” I guess, but in a way I didn’t really expect. :V Too rhombus for me.

  • Lloyd Christmas

    I thought I was being trolled there for a moment when I saw that picture.

    • Lumi

      I still think I’m trolled by Namco.

  • notentirelythere

    I’m a little worried this will miss out on any kind of earnestness and be an interesting experience, but yunno, in that knowing “wink wink” genre-aware way that is becoming slowly insufferable through saturation.
    But I’m glad it’s pulling in some talent I never expected to be much involved in such a project! I wonder how the probable art design mish-mash will turn out.

  • WyattEpp

    I blame Hussie.

  • DesmaX

    EDIT: Oh, image was bigger than I expected. Sorry

  • MasterScrub

    Um.

  • NightzeroAX

    I’ll pass.

  • leingod

    I’m not very enticed to date that.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Can’t stop laughing

  • RichyGaming

    HAHA we got trolled….
    They better not fuck up Ms.Pacman

    • hazelnut1112

      Knowing but how Valkyrie looks, Ms. Pac Man is going to be square.

  • Marche90

    Wat.

  • hazelnut1112

    Why is Namco still letting this abomination happen?

    • Spirit Macardi

      Maybe because it’s gaining attention for some of the game series that they’ve just left to rot over the years?

      I think it’s obvious that they’re going for an angle of parody with this, and the people at ShiftyLook KNOW how to do great parody (don’t believe me, then read the Bravoman comic)

  • Barrylocke89

    You guys may not be fond of this idea, but Lloyd’s been looking for his chance to release a game like this for years!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsg1EqVnDVM&feature=youtu.be&t=5m27s

    • X_Bacon

      This is pure gold.

  • DanteJones

    Are they… ALL going to look like this…?

    • JustThisOne

      I’m actually kind of interested to see what all my favorite Tales characters will look like in this style. :>

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Wanted poster Lloyd

        • JustThisOne

          I am so sold if this is happening. Maybe wanted poster Yuri, too? :>

  • Hollowkoopa

    They had two choices when they decided to make this Dating Sim.

    1) Make it like a standard Dating Sim and call it a day

    or

    2) Just have fun with the concept of dating Namco characters.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    ..BWHAHAHAHAH! nnnnnnnnnnope.gif

  • Spirit Macardi

    I seriously think this is funny! The art style could really work with the goofy angle of the game itself.

    Now, just get to showing some Klonoa characters and I’ll be guaranteed to play this x3

  • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

    i got trolled. D: and my hype is dead (jk)

    Legend of Valkyrie got released in NA in Namco museum vol 5 (both the arcade and the remake were playable). stop saying that both games never were released in the west since only one never had see the light of the day here (two if we count that Valkyrie no Boken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu had the original and remake in namco anthology 2)

    *boot namco museum vol 5 and go to the valkyrie room*
    edit: i’m still gonna play this game

  • Junko Enoshima

    That’s pretty adorable, idk about you guys. :)

    • Lumi

      But you are… You!

  • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

    What? lol and here i was getting horny, a total turn off.

  • http://thespellcraftcolumn.wordpress.com Rudolph Consuegra

    What. I think I’ll get nightmares from this. At least Project X Zone didn’t do this.

  • ChiffonCake

    Well, that’s a pretty… peculiar style. Particularily the face. I get the impression that I’ve seen it somewhere before…

    …either way, I’m not too fond of it… meh.

  • AuraGuyChris

    So I take it this is a character from The Amazing World of Gumball?

  • Heriel

    Dropped

  • Raltrios

    0/10 would not date.

    Keima Katsuragi might be able to look past the design, though…

    • Lumi

      He plays EVERYTHING, so that doesn’t really say anything about this design…

  • Cazar

    What’s wrong with you guys? This is genius. More game companies need to do this. Yeah, the art style is odd, but this is a nice break from the cliche school girl dating sims, and a chance to date some awesome classic characters.

    • Shippoyasha

      To be fair, they are cliche because they work. This is like a comedic parody of dating sim more than anything. Which is fine and interesting but I can see why people are turned off.

    • JustThisOne

      Weell, it’s not entirely complaints. To me, it seems more like surprise.

    • Lumi

      But if people want to date some classic awesome characters in a game, won’t they prefer if they look like their “classic and awesome” selves instead of a parodified version?

  • TrueDefault

    I guess it will appeal to… mmm someone.

  • Nexus

    Not sure about the guys over at Namco, but I sure ain’t getting the whole “strong and passionate” feel from this.

  • Razlo

    A dating sim where you don’t have attractive characters seems like a waste of everyone’s time.

    • ninjabart122

      Welp.
      Sorry to sound like a downer, but I think some people view real life like that.

      • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

        now let’s start the episode theme
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-jGYAbjIOI

      • Razlo

        That is unfortunate for the people who find no one attractive. I also wouldn’t opt in to play their life.

    • CirnoLakes

      Except that Hatoful Boyfriend is the greatest dating sim of all time.

      • Razlo

        True, I guess if it’s purely comedy, then the characters don’t have to be attractive

  • Pinkemon

    Looks like they’re going for a more self-aware comedic angle. I’m fine with that, considering that it suits the writer.

  • Suicunesol

    Hahahah… give this a chance, guys. It could be fun for this very reason.

    I want to see more expressions.

  • Lumi

    Did they use the wrong definition of “dating sim” for this?

  • alixraen

    I suppose I got my hopes too far up for a serious dating sim. smh : /

  • Silent

    It reminds me how I wish for a new Valkyrie Profile game.

  • ivanchu77

    No

  • CirnoLakes

    lol, everyone’s flipping out like they expected super detailed moe drawings out of Andrew Hussie. I expected something rather funny like a dating sim parody. If this ended up as good as Hatoful Boyfriend I was going to end up rather amused and pleased.

    The character actually looks kinda cute. It looks like an old school manga character in chibi form. It’s not bishoujo but it’s definitely cute.

    I didn’t realize y’all were so hardcore about yer bishoujo games. Dating sims are serious business.

  • makubexnas

    AAAAAnd there goes my boner.

    • MrTyrant

      Hahaha!

  • harmonyworld

    Beautiful!

  • MrTyrant

    I’ll still wait for an visual novel datim sim crossover.

  • DanteMasamune

    Pffftttt….I’ll still tap that.

  • Göran Isacson

    Oh Hussie. You glorious, man. You glorious.

  • HeatPhoenix

    You guys haven’t read anything by shiftylook, have you?

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Nice! *looks at the image* E-eh?

  • Roger N

    I’m a date the crap out of Valkyrie, she cute. We gonna ride the swings at the fair and eat cotton candy and discuss Marvel’s misguided adaptation of Loki and look at birds and play Mass Effect so we can romance Garrus again cuz he like a bird and hold hands foreva eva eva. Three eva’s is for real, ya’ll.

  • TouyaShiro

    That image of Valkyrie…isn’t that Ashley Davis’ art? She did the latter half of Season 2 and is currently doing Season 3 of Valkyrie…and I definitely know that the image is from there.

    If it was Namco High, I thought it would have had the logo on there…

  • J_Joestar

    If there is Voice Acting in it, they better get Kikuko Inoue.

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