Nippon Ichi’s Next Vita Game Turns You Into A Firefly

By Sato . March 11, 2014 . 6:15pm


Nippon Ichi teased a new title with a website that had “t h i Q N L o #” marked on the page. As it turns out, that was actually an anagram for an upcoming PlayStation Vita game, called htoL#NiQ which stands for Hotaru no Nikki or Firefly’s Diary, according to this week’s Japanese magazines.


According to the report htoL#NiQ will be an action game where you’ll be controlling a firefly to lead a young girl with a horn named Mion who follows you. There will also be Shadow Fireflies, which you’ll be able to control to move inside objects that appear as shadows.


In htoL#NiQ, you’ll be visiting ruins, where you’ll find mysterious enemies that dwell in the shadows. Getting caught by these enemies will result in Mion’s death. There will also be all kinds of different traps in the ruins that could cause her to die, as well.


The designer of the super deformed chibi-style animated characters of the Disgaea series will be leading this project as the director and designer.


The game will have a retail release with a 5,800 yen premium package that includes an art book, soundtrack, and badges. Meanwhile, the download version will cost 3,086 yen.


htoL#NiQ will be released on June 19 for PlayStation Vita.

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  • JustThisOne

    Sounds like a nice concept.

    Concept kind of reminds me a tad of Beyond the Labyrinth, but then again… I don’t know much about that game aside from small bits of the plot.

  • Chogokin

    The plot-twist is that this ties into the Zelda games.

  • Luis Camargo

    *Looks at the logo*

    *Voice in the Head say:*

    Hey, listen !
    Hey, listen !
    Hey, listen !

    ….ad eternum

    • Guest

      Navi isn’t annoying.

      • Derek E Nay

        I would agree, I mean she was a little annoying. But all the internet jokes about her overblown it. It wasn’t till I saw those jokes where she started to annoy me lol.

  • TheExile285

    Hoping we see some screens and gameplay soon.

    • Same here; this sounds intriguing. The concept reminds me a little of Ghost Trick? (Which was a fabulous game.)

  • Spirate

    “The designer of the super deformed chibi-style animated characters of the Disgaea series will be leading this project as the director and designer.”

    Takehito Harada is directing the game? Cool news, since it also means he’s still working with N1.

    EDIT: Apparently it’s not Harada, but a guy named Masayuki Furuya, who was one of the designers for Disgaea and helped do the animations.

    • DesmaX

      Oh, thank you. Coudn’t find anything on the guy.

      He seems trustworthy. Hopefully he doesn’t fill it with text dumps like NIS most recent titles

  • sherimae1324

    thanks for VITA support, NIS ^_^

  • Roberto

    i sold

  • nyoron

    Does that mean Harada or was it worded that way so you think it’s Harada, but it actually isn’t?

  • benhofb

    Looks interesting I am eager to see some screenshots soon since this is being done by the Disgaea art guy.

  • DesmaX

    Seems like a game made with the Vita in mind. And I like the concept, sounds like some artsy indie games

  • neocatzon

    Will nis style of jokes included? I’m expecting a standalone universe here, without cameos needed.

  • Pdugna

    seems cool…thought action firefly? gravity rush kinda action?

  • Slickyslacker

    Hey, listen! This sounds awesome.

  • Flandre Scarlet

    That is one HELL of a title, even if it is an anagram.

  • blackpepperbottle

    Finally some original game for vita instead of HD Remake/Port

    • Landale

      Gravity Rush, Soul Sacrifice, Toukiden, Project Diva f, Ciel Nosurge, Demon Gaze, Dokuro, Mind Zero, Monster Monpiece, etc.

      You’re right, finally an original game for the system. If you ignore all the original games it already has.

      • DesmaX

        I think he meant from NIS

        • Landale

          Just really annoying seeing people say the Vita has nothing but remakes and ports. Doesn’t happen here much, but in general it happens way too often.

          • DesmaX

            Criminal Girls was originally a PSP game

          • Landale

            Yeah, caught that right after I put that up. Most of the listing I’m looking at says if it was elsewhere, even if the name was adjusted for the ports. Didn’t mention the PSP thing for this one though.
            Oh well, I need to say something wrong once in a while right?

          • Kamakuma

            Hey no one’s perfect not sure anyone can fault ya on that. :’3 Heck I didn’t know until they said it. *Sips*

      • Haganeren

        …. and which isn’t a Monster Hunter type of game ?

        ( Oh ! I didn’t knew Dokuro, it looks cool ! )

  • almostautumn

    Great title— I’ll be sure to not remember it soon! …already, even! Good work, guys!

  • mojack411

    Sounds really interesting and a little bit more serious that what we normally get from NIS. From the description alone I get ICO and Lost in Shadow feels. I could be completely off, though, so I’m looking forward to the first screenshots/trailers.

  • Reminds me of that game fir the Wii by the Grandia folks. I love the life out of it, but I can’t remember the name.

    • DesmaX

      Fragile Dreams?

      • Well, there is that, but no. As far as I remember, it wasn’t by the Grandia team either, right? It was a Wiiware title.

  • Hehe I though it meant that it was getting cancelled mid production like the firefly tv series XD

  • artemisthemp

    Now the wait for Gameplay footage begins

  • prinnywin

    Now I’M the one that gets to annoy people.

    Hey, listen……..

  • Göran Isacson

    Navi: The Game.

    Oh I’m being facetious. I’m actually kind of excited for this, even if it does sound like it could turn out “Lemmings-esque” with all the interesting and frustrating things that brings with it.

  • Earthjolly

    Go on

  • Aristides

    Vita! Vita! and some more Vita! Troves of Vita games!

    *bathes in Vita games”
    Keep em coming :P

  • SuBw00FeR

    *pokes NISA* Come on guys, do your magic!

  • chroma816

    I’m super interested in this. Let’s hope it comes over to the west – especially with that artbook edition.

  • Wilson Lim

    loving the art style :D

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