First Look At Nippon Ichi’s Adorable Vita Game Where You Play As A Firefly

By Sato . March 20, 2014 . 9:30am

Nippon Ichi recently revealed  new PlayStation Vita title, called htol#NiQ, or Firefly’s Diary, where you’ll be playing as a firefly who’ll be guiding a young girl named Mion through the darkness. We now have a first look at the game, and it looks rather pretty.


December 31st, 9999. A rain of scrap iron.


At the very bottom of the dark ruins, lies a small shack that’s waiting to be crushed at any moment.

Inside, Mion awakens.


Not knowing where she is or what she’s doing there, Mion is puzzled and frightened.

“When she looks at me, it’s almost as if she senses some kind of nostalgia, as she expresses relief.”

“I need to get her out of here.”


The world outside the small shack is merciless. By herself, Mion could be crushed in the shadow of the debris.

“However, I can expel those shadows.”

“I shall continue leading Mion higher… and higher.”


“Because I have a reason for taking this child with me.”


Here’s a brief introduction of the characters:



Mion is a young girl who wakes up in the middle of some ruins. She has lost her memories, and is led by the Firefly’s light, as she travels across the ruins.




The firefly will be leading Mion, who woke up in the ruins, to the outside world. It’s almost as though its movements are being controlled by someone else’s will, and it remains unknown as to why it’s trying to help Mion.


Shadow Firefly:


While traveling through the ruins, this is another Firefly that Mion encounters. It also has the same intention to get Mion back to the outside world. It’s a mysterious existence that lives within the “shadows”.



htol#NiQ is an action game that uses the PlayStation Vita’s front and back touch features as a way to help Mion escape from the ruins. The player will take control of the Firefly and guide her out, while performing other actions.


The world is split into two: the light and shadow worlds. You’ll be switching between the two, as the front touchscreen will be used to control the Firefly, while the touchpad on the back will be used for the Shadow Firefly, who’ll be moving objects and other things to help clear stages.


In addition to all the living creatures in the dark ruins, the place is also crawling with all kinds of “shadows”. If they find Mion, they’ll immediately dart towards her and try to take her life. It’ll be up to you to control the Fireflies and guide her to safety.


Shadows crawling in the closed ruins. A girl who wakes up inside. Why are the Fireflies trying to help the girl escape? Perhaps once Mion steps out of the ruins, this mystery may be solved.


Here’s a look at some of the artwork for the game’s areas:





htol#NiQ will see a retail release with a 6,264 yen premium package box that includes an art book, soundtrack, and a set of two Mion badges. A standard download version will cost 3,086 yen.


htol#NiQ will be released on June 19, 2014 for PlayStation Vita.

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  • Hiro

    Inspired by ICO?

    Love the art style. Gotta get myself another Vita for this, my previous got stolen :(

  • Hoooolyy craaaaaapp.
    This game looks beyond gorgeous.
    And the cuteness, my heart almost can’t take it! (* >ω<)

    Unique art style, unique gameplay, unique everything. It just oozes gobs of style. Can't wait to see how this game shapes up! *rolls around*

    • TheGioG

      Adorable, every single bit of this. Here’s hoping that pudgy little girl has better history with fairy partners than this here pudgy little Hylian…

    • I am really liking this too ヽ( ★ω★)ノ
      Also this looks similar:

    • Hound

      This is absolutely full of personality. I was sort of dawdling before because most of the vita games I wanted were ports or enhances of ports, but I love this. I can’t wait until I can get an OLED vita from some sort of sale.

    • Ultima-X

      About as “unique” as an anime art style can get these days, well that’s debatable.

  • Jesse

    I’m really hoping we get this. =3

    Oh yeah, the website has a sort of mini demo of the game.

  • JustThisOne

    Maybe the fireflies are her parents. Or something sent by her parents.

    • that would be so sweet. And sad.
      Gosh, even the speculation of the paltry story implications that we have is tugging and playing with my feels.

    • z_merquise

      That would be a very nice (and touching) twist.

  • DesmaX

    That really reminds me of Murasaki Baby

    Not complaining, tho. It looks gorgeous. Nice to see NIS doing new stuff

  • Kaien


  • endril


  • Albert Calderon

    I need this omg

  • z_merquise

    I really love the look of the game. Even with the cute design for the character, the game looked kind of dark and gloomy. You can see one of the screenshots had blood-splatters all over the screen, while one artwork at the bottom of the article had this vine-like creature with what may seem like corpses.

    Still, the game is very interesting. Here’s hoping we can see a gameplay trailer soon. And a localization too.

  • J_Joestar

    Hey Listen!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    THe game looks so cuteeeeeee.^_^

  • Romored

    It looks so adorable! And it also seems to have a more serious and touching atmosphere than other NIS games. Very interesting.

  • MXC

    Oh my god this girl looks so cute!
    Plus she looks like Suika(Favorite Soku character)!

  • mojack411

    Finally! A Vita exclusive game that takes advantage of all the Vita’s features, something that can only be truly experienced on the Vita and nothing else. I’ve been waiting for a game like this for so long amongst all of the ports that the Vita seems to get. If this game makes it over (which I would be shocked if it didn’t) that’s when I’ll probably finally pick one up.

    • lackofstyle

      if you like this you may like terraway, it is also a game that uses the psvita in a away that is only possible on it. its nowhere near as cute though

      • Earthjolly

        Boy I don’t know mate. Iota and Atoi are pretty damn cute

        • lackofstyle

          yea but look a mion, those large vacant eyes, those random antlers, shes practically made of suger

    • Gravity Rush?

      • mojack411

        I was thinking about Gravity Rush too but that was only one game which isn’t enough to make me buy a Vita. That said, I know there are great games on Vita that don’t utilize all it’s functionalities but they weren’t enough to warrant a purchase from me. I wanted those unique experiences to be available first. With this game, the Vita might just have that oomph I was waiting for. Of course, I’ll have to wait for more details to be absolutely sure but it’s looking promising so far.

    • Wappuli

      This is Vita TV compatible, so technically it could come, and be experienced on other consoles too.

      • mojack411

        You are technically correct sir. The best kind of correct.

    • Zuhri69

      Dude, play Tearaway. It will tear you away.

      • JonathanisPrimus

        iota slap you for that pun

  • SirRichard

    That art is absolutely gorgeous and adorable, it’s practically worth supporting the game for that alone.

  • Furu Chi

    Its so cuuuuteeee!!! Imma get this when it comes out.

  • Earthjolly

    Gorgeous gorugeous art style. Please NIS localize

  • Guest

    From the 4gamer interview with Nippon1:

    “Even though you play as a pretty girl, the game will feature gruesome scenes and it is expected that you will be dying a lot in this game.” The game is already rated 17+ in Japan.

    For all the moe lovers out there, you’re out of luck with this game if you expected fluffiness and cuteness.

    • Nitraion

      O_o gruesome scenes + moe chara
      NIS gone to far this time XD

    • X_Bacon

      I’m guessing it’ll be kinda like Limbo, then. I still remember that freaking spider to this day…

    • even better

    • Zenthos

      See the Higurashi fanbase. Horror and dark themes don’t faze the power of moe.

  • Roberto

    So cute i gonna die

  • d19xx

    Cool! Reminds me of Wonder Project J. I never finished that game. D:

    • sakusakusakura_nyo

      I never finished it either. There’s a part where you have to open a safe or something, that’s where I messed up.

  • Freakmasta

    The moody atmosphere reminds me of Limbo but obviously, brighter and cuter.

  • Kintama


  • Damarius Wingfield

    *Navi* LISTEN, *Link*…..*UNSHEATHES SWORD.*

  • X_Bacon

    “Adorable” is kind of an understatement.

  • Yan Zhao

    Cute game.

  • Morningstar

    I bet someone at NIS thought of this game after play OoT/MM.

  • Pablo Sanchez

    mmm… child of light???

  • Alexandra Cordes

    I wasn’t very interested in this before, but its beauty has captured me.
    Importing if it doesn’t come stateside.

  • Liamv2

    I’m sensing some limbo/ICO vibes from this. This is going to end with my soul being ripped out isn’t it?

  • chroma816

    This game is gorgeous. I really, really hope it comes over.

  • cloudcaelum

    Wow, Nippon Ichi know how to make cute things, dam!!! Can’t wait for this.

  • DyLaN
    Is the firefly carrying Mion here?

    It’s almost as though its movements are being controlled by someone else’s will, and it remains unknown as to why it’s trying to help Mion.

    Wonder will this venture into the meta category.

    The combination of the cute and gothic art style had me interested. Need to see a trailer though.

    • Wappuli

      Mion is holding an umbrella and using the giant fan on the wall to glide. Firefly is just flying next to her.

  • mockturtle

    And the award for most unpronounceable game title in history goes to…

  • Punny Fuzz

    Kinda reminds me of Dokuro, which is also on the vita, where you played as the overlords minion and your are trying to guide the captive princess out of his castle by using different forms & abilities. it also boasts a cute, chalk drawn atmosphere as well. it’s a pretty good game, and I would highly recommend.

  • KuroNathan

    That’s cute as hell, I promise to do everything in my power to keep you safe mion!

    I just realized that the plant is eating a bunch of mions…

  • Otaku-Sama

    That art style reminds me of Kumatanchi…

  • otakumike

    Kinda reminds me of games. Hoping it gets a loco lize.

  • Aristides

    Amazing! Simply amazing. NIS is full of surprises, I really hope we get this in the west :P

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    This game looks really cool. I haven’t had a use for the Vita’s back touchpad since Hot Shots Golf so I’m glad there’s a new game coming out that lets you do stuff with it.

  • godisdead

    What an interesting concept, definitely going to be getting this

  • Göran Isacson

    Looks both gruesome and cute… crutesome, perhaps? Kinda like a Japanese Limbo. definitely keeping an eye out for this one.

  • biskmater

    Am I the only one who thinks this sounds kind of like lost in shadow?

  • Rinkawa Erion

    I’ve been wanting to ask….How do you pronounce the title..?

    • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

      I think it’s Hotaru no Nikki (Firefly’s Diary)

  • Kuhile Brodeur

    I feel Mion might be a Disgaea DLC character at some point in the future.

  • Dang, this game just shot way up on my anticipated Vita games list. I’ll be curious to see how playable it will be in Japanese? I would love a retail copy of this game, which I doubt would come to the West assuming this does get localized.

  • Keine

    Looks like she’s a Dryad

  • Sergio Briceño

    Hey! Listen! Hello!

  • Kai2591


  • XiaomuArisu

    Okay that is a must have

  • Alphabet Soup

    Looks like an interesting platformer, definitely hoping for a localization. The Vita could use some good games.

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