NIS America Is Boldly Bringing Over The Neptunia Idol Simulation Game

By Spencer . February 13, 2014 . 10:29pm

While quite popular in Japan, the idol simulation genre spawned by The Idolm@ster hasn’t found it’s way West. The sole Idolm@ster game that was localized is a music game rather than a management one. That’s why we’re curious to see how well Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection does when NIS America releases it.

 

Gamindustri is being rocked by a boom of idols and since pop stars are popular the CPUs are losing shares. That’s why Neptune, Noire, Blanc, Leanbox and their younger sisters are taking the stage in Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection. Similar to the Idolm@ster games, Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is an idol management sim. You send the CPUs out to publicity events or go through events to boos their stats. The goal is to get the idols ready for concerts where you can get more shares. But, you’re not in control of the CPUs. You’re a manager, so you help by picking a costume and working backstage.

 

The game is developed by Tamsoft, makers of the Onechanbara and D3 Publisher’s Dream C Club series. Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is slated for release this year on PlayStation Vita.


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  • Zak Ledward

    My body is ready for this game. Hopefully the success of this game will give some room for IdolM@ster games to come over too.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      different developer

      • Zak Ledward

        I know. I’m just saying that if the “Idol Simulation” genre gets more publicity it could raise the chance of Namco bringing it over. At least with this game they could gauge how well it could do based on the sales for this game

        • Renaldi Saputra

          it will never do, Bamco has to do licensing with that one and also Bamco isn’t NISA who will usually bring their games from IF to west..

          plus I don’t think this kind of game will be received well in the west except neptune fans only

    • Flandre Scarlet

      If you’re expecting this to be a success, you’re in for a rude awakening.

      Also, im@s is already here, albeit in the form of extremely expensive iOS ports. Probably just to give you an idea that it’s more or less licensing costs that’s keeping these games outside America more than anything else (PP has like 6 songs)

      • Zak Ledward

        Maybe, maybe not. I’ll just believe that it will do well and see how it goes once release week rolls on by and we get the sales stats. Besides, there are quite a bit of fans of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, so I’m sure at least those people will try the game if not at least LOOK at it.

        I’m not talking about the rhythm crap that we got, but the actual “Idol Simulation” games like Idolm@ster 2 and whatnot.

        • Pipe

          As a Neptunia Fan myself who imported this when it came out I can promise you that it’s nothing like the other games. Its just a VN with a little minigame tacked on. Main problem was that the story goes nowhere (the main antagonists are only mentioned a few times and are never shown nor fought against; it’s like they completely forgot about them) and that it only has 5 songs. Other than that, it’s really boring after you realize that the game offers nothing that wasn’t shown in the demo.
          I really regretted buying it.

          • Zak Ledward

            Isn’t it supposed to be different though? The whole point of the game is to copy off the Idolm@ster franchise and go around doing idol-like stuff, so I don’t think “fighting against the antagonists” is under that job description. Also the whole story line is about them trying to get shares back from the Idols that are so popular, so naturally (unless Four or that girl that hangs out with the rat suddenly became idols) the antagonists from previous games would be eliminated (since they’re supposed to be dead/defeated already <_<)

            However, concerning the game content itself, it kind of disappoints me that there are so few songs, though I guess you can't expect Project Diva from an Idol Simulation (more focus on manager-work not playing the songs). Oh well, I'm a huge fan of HDN and am usually happy with the games that NISA decides to bring over regardless of their stats with the rest of the public (really liked Mugen Souls but apparently the whole world didn't <_<).

          • Pipe

            With fighting I meant facing off against them. There is this other idol group, and the whole point of the game is for the goddesses to stop them from taking their shares but you just never do it, they just get forgotten somewhere during the story and that’s not how you treat the main antagonist.
            Also don’t compare it with Project diva. This is not a rhythm game, you just watch them dance and sing and sometimes you move a light around.

            I’m not trying to hinder you from buying it if I make that impression but please look at some videos first and decide then if it suits your tastes. I really regretted spending money on this game.

  • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

    Between NISA and Aksys, localization surprises abound. Let’s hope these surprising localization announcements (Xblaze from Aksys, and now this) are a sign of things to come.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      u forgot Atlus :p

  • Shippoyasha

    Hopefully all the songs make it!

    I also wish IM@S has a chance at localization. The series has a ton of charm and a good message of solidarity aside from the idol cuteness.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      but that’s Bandai Namco and Im@s got quite bad reputation in the west

      • Cazar

        Undeserving so. I think this game has a much higher chance of giving the genre a bad name in the west than iM@S would. It honestly just doesn’t look very good, and this is coming from someone who likes both HDN and iM@S.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          this is clearly a game for neptune fans only, so I’m sure that’s the only reason why this game got localized

  • KuroNathan

    Oh man, I am not envious of the english VAs. I heard the songs in the previous games were already hard enough to sing

  • Pandakids09 .

    They better better release a special edition!!

  • Genjo

    well now i got more a reason to BUY a vita now lol

  • 七死

    am I going to die soon? I’ve had a lot of good news in the last 3 days

  • Audie Bakerson

    Wasn’t this the one with less than a dozen song or something like that?

    • Xerain

      Yes, but isn’t there a version of each song song by each character?
      While iM@S certainly has more…. You really can’t compare the budgets of this and that.

    • Brandonmkii

      Im@s didn’t have a ton of songs either, it’s really more about the sim part.

  • 하세요

    Is there like an NIS Direct I missed or something?

    • Shady Shariest

      There was (Don’t know if still going on) a NIS press-even’t scheduled for 13th of Feb.

      • 하세요

        I was totally joking but that would explain all of these sudden localization news from NIS.

        • Shady Shariest

          Yupo! The quick localizationg of D4 V2 was more than enough for me, personally :3

          • Tyler Beale

            I was a bit sad that nothing Neptunia-related (I guess Fairy Fencer F counts…?) came out of the event – though I’ll be sure to give Disgaea 4 a shot – until I found out that NISA has been asking people to post trailers of those games, as well as Neptunia PP, on their behalf, rather than posting the trailers themselves (which would’ve been nice). EDIT: Okay, so I checked my YouTube feed (I’m subscribed to NISA’s channel, as well as Japanese channels like CH and NIS), and the trailers are now on NISA’s official channel.

            It should also be noted that the Neptunia PP trailer is the only trailer that has English audio, out of all the trailers they released. Also, why have English audio with footage from the Japanese version of the game? Makes no sense.

            And while I’m at it, I do hope that (if the songs also got a dub) NISA/CH adds an option to toggle the song voice language separately from the event voice language. I mean, if the songs get a dub as well, I’ll give those a chance, but if they’re as bad as God Knows… from the Haruhi Suzumiya anime’s English dub, then I’m switching those fuckers to Japanese, dammit! (but NOT the event voices).

      • artemisthemp

        I think Haseyo means if, their a stream of NISA press-event (without the lag Nintendo have ofc)

        • Shady Shariest

          Nah… You are looking too deep into it :3

        • Tyler Beale

          NISA press events have never been streamed. Which is sad, because not everybody reports on all the news that come out of these events.

          Like the Neptunia trailer. I only found out about it because someone on Kotaku posted it (along with all the other trailers) in the comments section of the article that says Danganronpa 2 is coming over as well.

  • Micrll

    Count me extremely excited, though they need to confirm that it will have dual audio because the English voices made me cringe.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      It’s nis they know better

    • Hikari Langley

      I hope you don’t speak english, constantly cringing at your own voice must suck.

  • HellMuT

    Time to trade in my 3DS for a Vita.

    • Arcade Bumstead

      What. You need both.

      • DarkLight

        I do?I barely use my 3ds these days.

    • TheExile285

      Why? Just buy a Vita but itself. Both have good games

  • Monterossa

    Hope we’ll get both ReBirth games too.

  • Cursingcomet

    I hope the cashier dosen’t give me an odd look when i buy this.

    • TrueDefault

      Try not to make eye-contact!!

    • TheGioG

      Bring your best darn poker face. They can’t help but respect someone who don’t give two cares.

    • AkiraScare

      The first time i bought HDN and the gamestop chick saw the back of the game (-_-) *facepalm*

      So now i just order online (^_^)

    • http://playstationallstars.wikia.com/wiki/PlayStation_All-Stars_Wiki Sackchief

      Luckily I know one of the gamestop cashiers near me respects these kind of games and doesn’t judge.

  • Kai2591

    Good Guy NISA.

  • Guest

    I don’t quite understand how this will work, are the voice actors going to localize the songs too? I mean, wouldn’t it be pretty weird if it was just the NA voice actor, then suddenly you’re hearing the character song as sung by the Japanese one? I mean, as weird as this is; I hope they don’t do it, I am not a fan at all of the dub of this game and considering that the Japanese seiyuu in this game largely are musically trained, that’d be pretty weird in itself to replace the songs with sub-par imitations. Listen to any of Horie Yui’s work and tell me she doesn’t have a beautiful voice.
    I just don’t know how it’ll work, whatever happens; it’ll be weird, as if Neptune as a game wasn’t weird enough, lol. It just feels translated for the sake of translation, as a songwriter/vocalist and a fan of the series, this just seems like a bat to the head of weirdness.

    Then again, this is only a problem for people who like the dub; I just don’t understand it myself in this context, it seems so strange. No offense to anyone who likes the dub, you can enjoy a good game whichever way you want; I certainly won’t judge you, lol.

    • Jesse

      It’ll probably be the same as with Project Diva: English text, and keeping the Japanese singing voices.

    • Siegel Clyne

      As I correctly surmised last year on YouTube – months before NIS America had announced that would localize it and bring it over – the only way NIS America could possibly localize the Neptunia PP game and bring it over was to leave the original Japanese songs – sung by the original Japanese voice actresses – intact and not attempt dubbing them.

      NISA’s Lyner Barfless, who is working on the localization, recently confirmed my suspicion on the second page of the thread, “Can’t wait to play Neptunia: PP,” in the Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection Forum of the Hyperdimension Neptunia Series Board at the NIS America Forums:

      “Unfortunately, there were a lot of restraints that kept us from dubbing the songs (please don’t ask me to go into it, I can’t give more than canned PR responses). So the event scenes and whatnot have English dubwork, but the songs themselves have been untouched from their original Japanese renditions :)”

      I would give a direct link, but in the past many of my replies at Siliconera containing links were somehow deleted.

      People can look for themselves at the NIS America Forums.

      Funny thing is, when FUNimation used to dub every anime they had licensed and often dubbed opening, ending and insert songs, (it appears to be no longer economically feasible to do so), a few years ago I asked them at the Anime News Network Forums about whether they would dub the Japanese insert song version of the popular World War II German song “Lili Marleen” – popularized by German singer Lale Andersen (1905-1972) in German and also by German-born American actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) in both German and English – in the first season of Strike Witches, sung by Minna Dietlinde-Wilcke.

      (Minna’s speaking and singing voices were done by the same Japanese voice actress, Rie Tanaka, who does the speaking and singing voices for Neptune/Purple Heart.)

      FUNimation gave an immediate, straightforward answer – not an evasive one like NIS America – and replied they could not due to licensing issues.

      Instead, FUNimation replaced “Lili Marleen” on the North American Region 1 DVD release of the first season of Strike Witches with a badly English dubbed version of another Minna Dietlinde-Wilcke song, “Negai no Tomoshibi” (“Lamp of a Wish”) – the 41st and final track on the original soundtrack album for a Strike Witches visual novel adventure game on Sony PlayStation 2, “Strike Witches: Anata to Dekiru Koto – A Little Peaceful Days.”

      On the subsequent Japanese Blu-ray release of the first season of Strike Witches with dual Japanese and English audio, the Japanese language track also replaced “Lili Marleen” with “Negai no Tomoshibi” (the original Japanese version).

      It would have been a disaster if they had tried to dub the Neptunia PP songs with the English dub voice actresses instead of professional singers. Out of the four major characters who sing songs in the game, only the English dub VA for Neptune/Purple Heart, Melissa Fahn, has any known singing ability.

      And from the several full length songs (I have listened to all of them and downloaded some of them, minus the cast recordings) available at her official website, Melissa Fahn – an attractive woman who has a naturally high pitched singing voice – has trouble singing a slow to moderate tempo song for the entire length in a lower vocal register. From what I have heard, she would have much more trouble singing Neptune and Purple Heart versions of songs – which are fast tempo – in two different vocal registers, particularly the Purple Heart version of “Fly High!” in a lower vocal register.

      If she cannot perform them – or even if she could manage them somehow – how well do you expect the English dub VAs for the other singing characters to do dubbing their songs?

      You can listen to all the above songs, their versions, and their singers which I mentioned by title and name on YouTube. Just search for them.

      Furthermore, for more than two decades in Japan – going at least as far back as the original Sailor Moon (1992-1997) and Evangelion (1995-) – they have been constantly releasing character, insert, and theme songs sung by the Japanese voice actors in anime and games on CD and now for download.

      I know this from personal experience. I have bought anime and game songs sung by Japanese voice actresses on CD and for download from CD Japan, Amazon Japan, iTunes Japan, etc.

      Evidently, in Japan businesses can recoup the costs of doing so and make money. Or they would have stopped doing so long ago. Which they most certainly have not.

      One greatly doubts the same would hold true in the United States. The miniscule record of dubbed songs in anime – let alone the virtual non-existence of them in Japanese games released in the States – strongly indicates otherwise.

      How many English dubbed songs in anime and games have been released on CD and for download to sell well enough to recoup costs (paying for licensing fees and singers and musicians and lyricists and composers and arrangers and recording sessions and so on), earn profits, and enable companies to stay in business – like they regularly do in Japan? Hardly any at all.

      It would be a money losing proposition. Like flushing cash down the toilet.

      Pioneer Entertainment (USA) Inc. – later Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc. – I seem to recall, did release some English dubbed anime theme songs on CD sung by UK native Sharyn Scott, a professional singer – not an English dub VA – back in the 1990s. The company went belly up years ago and has long since been essentially dead.

      Companies have enough problems making money on niche Japanese anime and games in the United States. To knowingly and intentionally lose money by recording and releasing English dubbed songs would be tantamount to slitting their own throats and committing suicide.

  • iANiMeX

    So many games, so little money..

  • Prinny Dood

    Ah! now for shinovi versus localization announcement :-)

  • xzeldax3

    Wow, this is out of left field. Hopefully it will garner some adequate sales so we can add this to the list of reasons why more niche Japanese games should be localized!!!

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    Why is this headlined when:
    Disgaea 4 Vita,
    Fairy Fencer F,
    Battle Princess Arcadia,
    and
    Danga Ropan 2 were also announced for 2014?

  • Neppygear

    We already knew this was coming over, we just didn’t have a release window or a trailer.

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

    “Gamindustri is being rocked by a boom of idols and since pop stars are popular the CPUs are losing shares. That’s why Neptune, Noire, Blanc, Leanbox and their younger sisters are taking the stage in Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection.”

    So basically, “Jump in on whatever’s popular at the moment.”. Because that’s truly the way to help flourish whatever you stand for…

  • Maksim Tsirulnik

    Well, this is odd.

    Neptune is actually called Neptune here…but in the other recent article covering Noire’s game, she is called Neptunia there. A little inconsistent there.

    • Neppygear

      Expecting consistency from Siliconera?

    • Arcana Drill

      Typo, get used, siliconera have a tendency of mistaking Neptune name.

    • Pipe

      Don’t worry he called Vert Leanbox to make up for it.

  • http://so-very.me/ Jenny

    I heard about this on the PS forums and I am so excited :)

  • Arrngrim

    Nothing but love, NISA! You guys are the best!…d00d (~.~)/

  • ChiffonCake

    NISA boldly going where no one has gone before.

    • Demeanor

      Totally unrelated, but I remember this very sentence being on the box (or was it the manual) of the super-old and super-awesome Genesis game “Starflight” XD
      Let me join in for a big thanks to NISA for all teh localization goodness we’re getting! Now, where are those Nep1 and Nep2 remakes by Felistella… :D
      (playing Danganronpa atm and it’s awesome :P Junko ftw)

  • Rinkawa Erion

    Japanese voices and this becomes instant buy for me…

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      Must be a troll comment because NISA always has dual audio.

    • DragKudo

      never mind

  • Lissomia

    “Yowza!”

  • KazukiNanbu

    “become our producer”
    why not?

  • Michael Richardson

    The long list of localization announcements yesterday does soften the blow of the news concerning ZE3 a bit.

  • GibbRS

    I played the demo of this game recently, it’s actually pretty fun. I’ll likely pick it up when it hits stateside.

  • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

    I still have such a huge backlog of games to play. I can’t even keep up and I love that haha. This look really interesting ( o.o) I’m a fan of these types of games so this is a definite buy for me.

  • cyberkinghardy

    “That’s why Neptune, Noire, Blanc, Leanbox”

    What the hell? Vert is my favorite character, and Siliconera just named her Leanbox????? Just what the hell?!!

    • http://playstationallstars.wikia.com/wiki/PlayStation_All-Stars_Wiki Sackchief

      They totally did that on purpose.

  • Yan Zhao

    Everyone buy this so that Idolmaster games have more chances of making it over!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/kaishou Kaishou

      GOD NO

    • AnimeRemix

      Well, I’ll be buying the game mostly just to support the Neptunia series… Never really cared enough to look into the Idolmaster series at all.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      it has nothing to do with Idolm@ster’s chance of localization

      • Yan Zhao

        It’s the same genre of game, so if this game do well, Namco Bandai may deem us western audience a worthwhile investment to localize their games as well.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          even though it has the same genre, it won’t have any effect to do so. This is a game intended for Neptune fans.

          Also this is a game for PS Vita, I don’t think it will do that well to affect Bamco

  • MJLahey

    I can’t freaking wait for this game. As someone who loves Idolm@ster, and loves Neptunia, it’s like this game was made for me.

    • lozffvii

      Totally agree with you, bro, dood.
      This has basically convinced me to buy a PSV!

      As a SEGA fan I would be remiss to produce any goddess other than the nepsisters.

  • Aristides

    Glory To The Principality of Zeon!!!!

    *Ahem* I mean yeah, can’t wait for this to come out ^///^

  • Kayriss Wins

    Bold Is right, Although I think Neptunia’s American fanbase is strong enough for this game to do decently in sales, much like Project Diva F… Idk the exact sale numbers for it but I do recall reports of that game selling out in the first weeks and I think this will too.

  • Vash bane

    I actually cant say how this will do seeing as …..wait a minute this is vita? well I guess that will mean this really is a bold move lol. honestly tho only fans will probably buy this and those familiar with the idol series or those who see it and go ” oh its similar to those vocaloid games… guess i’ll give it a shot” ( I don’t know about everyone else but to me and from what I’ve seen in the pass years is that vocaloid is more known for some reason , heck even I heard of the idol series and just went “its…a singing game o.O?” lol sure the girls were cute but for some reason I never wanted to play the series …but vocaloid on the hand… I mean omg and one word youtube lol)

    I might search this up along with the idol series memory is…meh at best about it (that just goes to show that I have forgotten about the idol series til now XD)….I expect to have at least 500 down votes lolz
    (honestly I want to give the hyperdimension series a try…ofc not starting with these lol)

    • Pipe

      I see where you are coming from but don’t make the mistake of comparing this game with Project diva (the vocaloid game)
      Neptunia PP is NOT a rhythm game, it’s just a overpriced visual novel.
      I would recommend the other Neptunia games, because they are fun to play and have great humor, but this could be called the black sheep of the series. Not even the Japanese liked it and they are the main market for idol games.

      • Vash bane

        yeah I kinda figured after looking at a few vids. I wasn’t trying to compare :( I guess that’s just how it ended up coming out.

        hm I see I guess it has something to…..nvm you already answered that ok i’ll shut up :x

  • http://www.twitter.com/christaran Chris Taran

    I’d prefer an actual Idolm@ster game, but still cool this is coming.

  • Testsubject909

    *tosses a credit card at NISA*

    Just keep it, you know it’s already yours.

    • WhyWai

      seconded that.. Will buy this just for the sake of supporting NISA…

  • katamari damacy

    Why does this get the localization treatment when the vastly superior Idolm@ster series goes neglected?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      note that this is a game for fanbase of Neptune, whatever the genre, even if a spinoff game, if it’s Neptune related, NISA will localize it. Just same as disgaea VN, why did they localize such a VN? bcos it’s intended for disgaea fanbase.

      And you know games like Im@s had got bad reputation in the west
      Also Im@s is Bandai Namco, you know what

      Im@s might got very popular in eastern region, but different culture and different mindset in the west, they won’t always think the same..

  • Pichi

    I’ll try this out since its the closest I’ll get to an Idol Master game of this type.

  • DarkLight

    Oh,I just love my vita.

  • Troublehalf

    Only things stopping me buying this game are:

    1. Is it dual audio? As in, can I have Japanese VA’s instead? I find English VA’s cringe worthy (not their fault) reading some of the lines, especially the ‘private time’ voices. So, Japanese could ease the blow of all problems.

    2. As the Protag/Main Character, do you get to choose your gender/sex/biological chromosome type? As in, can you be female or male or whatever? I ask this cause Neptunia’s cast are usually very…. friendly with each other…. i’d love for that to be something you personally could get into. Perhaps you’ll see a stat or performance boost.

    3. The fact I have so many games to play, so little time…..

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