Konami Need To Figure Out What To Do With LovePlus

By Ishaan . April 5, 2014 . 5:01pm

Last week, Konami released New LovePlus+ for the Nintendo 3DS. The dating-sim sold 31,258 copies in its first week on store shelves, which is a rather low figure for a franchise like LovePlus, going by the sales of past games in the series.

 

The very first LovePlus game, released on the Nintendo DS in 2009, sold just 46,426 copies in its first week. A year later, Konami released an updated version of the game—LovePlus+ on the Nintendo DSi—which debuted at 84,364 copies.

 

Then, in 2011, Konami released New LovePlus, the first LovePlus game for the Nintendo 3DS, which sold 104,969 copies in week 1, marking another increase in launch week sales for the franchise—its highest opening yet.

 

Unfortunately, New LovePlus also suffered from a variety of bugs and glitches, which were met with complaints from consumers. To make matters worse, some of these bugs weren’t patched until months later.

 

Given the low sales of New LovePlus+, one can assume that a number of players of New LovePlus have not returned to buy the new game. There’s a good possibility that their experience with New LovePlus was less than positive, and that this soured them on the series.

 

In an interview with Famitsu last year, producer Akira Uchida acknowledged that New LovePlus had issues, even aside from the bugs.

 

“With the previous game, a lot of people said it had gotten harder to play after we reworked the gameplay system and interface,” Uchida said at the time. “We are reconsidering the entire game here, including rolling back on some of those new features. In addition to that, though, I’ve written a massive amount of new story scenarios for each of the three heroines.”

 

But perhaps it just wasn’t enough. Another possible reason for the low opening week sales of New LovePlus+ is that Konami have, for whatever reason, refrained from adding more dateable characters to the game. The original three mascots—Nene, Manaka and Rinko—are still the only characters you can date in the game, despite the LovePlus series having been around for five years now.

 

Sales data from Media Create.


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  • Masa

    Or maybe it has low sales because its a bad game?
    That’s normally the reason a game sells bad.

    Konami, here’s an idea, give us Suikoden 6 damn it! A real game.

    • Satori Satya

      Or maybe it was because it barely had new content & it continued with the trend of recycling of old assets? Its been like that for almost 5 years straight. I don’t think they even added new girls into the latest game either.

      At full price?

      NOPE

      • http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?/topic/25050-farm-mapping-contest/#entry239430 Chaos17

        Yeah, I think that’s the real problem here and they did the same thing on Ds version so I can understand that customers may get bored.

      • dark-kyon

        right,but you know capcom with moster hunter have no problem with that,i going to tell what maybe also the heroine lost appeal to japanese,you know the competition is brutal with respect to waifus in japan,every season new animes and games bring new heroines and the otakus are know for have fast forget the older one.

        • KnifeAndFork

          MH success is from its “me too” MP, meaning, much like CoD, you feel the need to get the latest rehash because all your friends have it

    • Suicunesol

      Doesn’t follow. You can tell that to all the Playstation Vita games that don’t sell well.

      Many games appeal to a niche market. That is the reason why some games normally sell less than others.

      “A real game.”

      Don’t start.

      • domonkun

        “A real game.” Don’t start.

        That line made me nerdgasm at how awesome it was.

    • hng qtr

      “That’s normally the reason a game sells bad.”
      CoD best game in the world yada yada…

  • DarkLight

    *sigh*will i ever get to play these games in english?

    • Neckbear

      There’s an english patch for the first game, which is pretty cool until you hit endless kissing walls in every date and it becomes mind-numbingly repetitive due to that alone.

      And I like to think, sometimes, that Tak Fuji is an extreeeemeee enough guy to at the very least bring out the idea of localizing these games to the western market, even as download only titles or something.

      • GH56734

        Oh really? Nope.
        J. Blaustein, a long-time translator in Konami who was involved in Snatcher, MGS and the cancelled US localization for Policenauts Saturn, aside from his glorious pedigree with other companies (Ace Attorney 3, Fatal Frame, Suikoden II, Valkyrie Profile 1…).
        According to some interviews (and even his recent Kickstarter post), it seems Konami just doesn’t see it profitable to localize these games, they are Japan-only things audience-speaking from the ground up according to these companies.
        Konami is not Chunsoft. They’re not open to localize such products.

        That said I heard they made from the ground up a visual novel with dating-sim elements aimed at Western audiences in 2007/8, that was sub-par/not promoted very well… and that one bombed.

        BTW, I hate Sony of America for shutting down a localization for a Sakura Taisen game, and another for Ganbare Goemon.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Their Brooktown High game actually used a modified version of a TokiMemo program, but yes — that one was just bad all around. Sakura Taisen has plenty of folks to hate on; the guys at Red, Vic Ireland, folks at both Sega and Sony. It wasn’t just one person mucking things up.

          • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

            I didn’t know Victor Ireland had anything to do with it. Do you remember what he said or did?

          • M’iau M’iaut

            WD was tied to Sakura Taisen back on the Saturn. But when he burned that bridge and then Sony’s that path to localization went away. Remember at that time, the two companies doing the very Japanese stuff were him and Atlus.

          • ReMeDyIII

            Oh god, don’t remind me of Brooktown High. That game’s characters looked so ugly, I’d rather get it on with an 80 year old woman.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Yup. The only thing I can think of with those designs was they were going after the look of the horrid 3D ‘virtual girl’ PC adult sex sims. Which is a very different audience from those looking for a slice of life date-sim.

        • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

          Konami has done quite a bit of questionable things recently, so this isn’t too surprising.

          Although, I do remember that the Konami both had LovePlus merch at SDCC a year or two ago. I was curious if anyone else noticed enough to ask them about that.

        • KnifeAndFork

          You hate Sony? What about Konami for buying and then shutting down Hudson? No more Bomberman, Bloody Roar etc…
          Iga leaving them doesn’t spell good things either. And there’s the Skullgirls fiasco…

          • GH56734

            Specifically the jerks who kept delaying those two PS2 localizations until they were cancelled.

        • Kenny Loh

          You hate sony america just because shutting down a localization of sakura taisen game? why not hating konami shutting down Hudson and doing nearly nothing other than MGS and love plus in recently years, or Sega america din’t localized Yakuza series anymore after Yakuza dead souls, and releasing an english trailer of PSO2 and in final got nothing of it, luckily Asiasoft solves this problems.

          • GH56734

            I hate them equally. But that’s not relevant.

            It seems I’m talking about the reason for the painful subpar representation of dating sims in the West, in this case a project for Sakura Taisen (made by SEGA and RED, btw, and the attempt was by NISA ) that was killed in the egg by SCEA. Should I instead go rambling about EA or Wall Street or some other unrelated company to my subject at hand to satisfy you?

            SCEA was responsible in no small part in shutting out localizations for games that were too japanese, too 2D-ish and RPGs, that is until Final Fantasy VII’s success and Capcom threatening to move their games to the Saturn over Megaman X3 and almost X4 and 8 getting denied US release.
            Though the pattern was loosened up a bit, they still went by that policy in the PS2′s era shutting down localizations for Ganbare Goemon, Sakura Taisen, and almost Chulip, which they kept delaying and delaying during their “QA process” from 2003 to 2007. You can thank them for visual novels being denied approval until they dropped officially the Western PSP support and allowed the localization of Hakuoki.

      • DarkLight

        Yeah,I played the english patch already and hit those endless skinship events,it happened on every single date.

  • Chogokin

    Otaku just lost interest, it always happens at some point.

    • Doctor Nebula

      New waifus taking over.

  • Fronkhead

    I wonder if lower sales as a result of the bugs are also down to people adopting a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to see how early adopters find it.
    I didn’t know about the difficulty issues with New Love Plus until I read this article, good research as always Ishaan!

    • Odin

      That’s exactly what people are doing. From what I’ve seen there are still bugs in NLP+ (nothing game-breaking, but still there nonetheless).

  • Six

    They should localize it!

    … yeah. >__> Localize it.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      if they localize it, are there any enthusiasm in the west?
      not much I think

      • http://danierc-polloconpapas.tumblr.com/ Eduardo Rocha

        It could work if released digitally only.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          it’s the same
          Konami did localization as bad as Bandai Namco..
          worse than Sega, Capcom, and Square Enix

    • darke

      Problem is it’s probably more dialogue heavy then most RPGs, and in addition would probably be a nightmare to test all the situations where the text has been replaced since it’s probably more ‘fractal’ than branching path like most VNs/RPGs.

  • http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?/topic/25050-farm-mapping-contest/#entry239430 Chaos17

    Bring this concept to Rpg, hehe.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Done already:

      Bloody Bride (PS1) Konami
      Thousand Arms (PS1) Atlus

  • Juuu

    The sales figures were definitely alarming, to say the least. Konami needed to figure something out like….Years ago regarding the series. I can see it’s already happened here in the comments section, so may as well address it—the whole “Bad game” “Not a real game” debate, etc. LovePlus has generally been considered an exemplary dating sim in a climate where general school-life dating sims are tapering out in favor of galge/bishoujo games/whatever that are more standard visual novels without stat-raising stuff, or gameplay driven visual novels [hybrids with JRPGs, like Agarest or Eiyuu Senki], or whatever. LP did a lot of REALLY cool stuff that made it a great follow up to classic romance games like Konami’s old Tokimeki Memorial games. They’ve proven they CAN innovate, even with a genre considered stagnant.

    But MAN did they mess up New Love Plus. You know, when a game gets such….such AWFUL reports of bugs that the company proper needs to tell stores “Hey, take this off the shelves, it’s that bad” there is a major problem. Furthermore, the 3-heroine dynamic mentioned in the article is also valid. Why on EARTH didn’t Konami attempt, even just attempt, to introduce Akira Yukino, the 4th girl from the LP cellphone game? And the “rolling back” of new features is concerning–yes, people may not have taken to all of them, but is the best solution truly to just axe them altogether? It’s been a few years since the New Bug Plus fiasco, so this approach just seems…Like a really desperate last-ditch effort to save the series that’s coming too late. That said, my copy’s in the mail….Nervously looking forwards to it. Such a shame to see this cute little franchise go down like this.

    • GH56734

      My two cents: greed.

      Holding all of that for a hypothetical New Love Plus ++. Bug fixes, extra heroines and all.
      Well in this case the audience didn’t even bother to double-dip like they did with the DS game.

      Serves them well.

      Let’s just for now appreciate the (still imperfect) first game, and the SNES entries of Ganbare Goemon (before all went downhill PSX/Pachinko era and the series was killed), Tengai Makyou and Bonk/BC Genjin/Bomberman (before all went downhill and the series was killed, all of them had potential during their final days),

      and last but not least Castlevania.

      And the Ground Zeroes shitty scheme some people keep downplaying even with the terrible implications it brings for the franchise as a whole.

      • darke

        Probably also partially the “I’m not going to re-buy an entire game for a little more content” kickback is starting. It wouldn’t surprise me if the continual re-releases of the hunting games start getting hit with the same.

        • GH56734

          Well, for its own credit, Monster Hunter 4 introduced lots of new stuff… other MH though, ugh -_-

  • Detrimont

    maybe add a new girl

  • tubers

    Do smartphones in Japan now have decent alternatives for this DS/3DS game?

    • GH56734

      If you’re not a a fan of card-based/gashapon/endless runner/Puzzles and Dragons/Breath of Fire 6/social games style clones, sucks to be you.
      And even then there are lots of questionable-quality visual novels on iOS.

      • tubers

        So there’s nothing like this on smartphones in Japan? Like more of a 2D/3D dating sim?

        I would think it’s one of the easier genres to put on those devices but still.. that’s why I am asking.

        • GH56734

          You’ll need to dig deep for the potential hidden gems. I mean, it has gotten so frustrating I don’t even bother anymore (it’s worse when you spot a game like J.J Rockets or Tales of Phantasia, and beyond the inherent faults, it can vanish altogether on a whim). And people say a second videogame crash is unlikely…

  • http://danierc-polloconpapas.tumblr.com/ Eduardo Rocha

    Here’s an idea: Include new girls, one or two and localize this digitally on english! :D

    • GH56734

      Sweet dreams. Konami doesn’t even bother localizing anything anymore since 2011 on the 3DS. Let alone a genre they’re adamanly refusing to localize for ages for being too niche.

  • Arz

    Man,this series is gonna skyrocket once VR becomes a thing.

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond

      Love Plus, now with Occulus Rift support.

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    I think it’s time to take the relationships to the next step.
    Love+ Family~

    Actually, I think perhaps that there are alternatives out there that might have hindered sales, too. For instance, I have an app on my phone called Moe Can Change, and it’s basically a game where you nurture your digital girlfriend. It’s not as expansive as Love Plus, but it has me logging in every day, so I think Konami has missed a major opportunity in this market, and stand to lose it all soon.
    It’s pretty sad. But… Konami.

    • GH56734

      Hey, Tokimeki Memorial started as the family friendly dating sim visual novel. Pulling this tactic is outdated by 20 years.
      Before then there were quality vns, just… on PC, and… you know. adult games.Even Enix produced eroge as well.

      • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

        Oh, I didn’t know that. I think it was featured in the show Game Center CX with Arino playing it and dating the girls (or trying to). It seemed like a wholesome game.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Speaking of missed opportunities and Konami….remember how they had Guitar Freaks BEFORE Activision even thought of Guitar Hero, but refused to localize them?
      Then once GH took off, they were like “oh let’s make “Rock Revolution” which was a failed clone of a clone?

      Yeah….the people running Konami were never too bright…

  • KnifeAndFork

    Konami needs to figure out what to do with their entire company…

  • Aoshi00

    I played and finished the first DS game, loved Nene, Manaka and Rinko were cute too.. and got the 3DS LE game w/ the artbook, but after hearing about the bugs I didn’t touch it for months and even then it’s still pretty much the same game w/ better graphics, so I didn’t feel like playing it again. I think they’re milking it too much..

    Dream Club is a good one w/ more variety, 8 girls.. then the 2nd game Zero added 3 girls, and then a Mahjong game, now a PS3 game w/ a new set of 8 girls (& F2P PS4 5th game)..

    Love Plus was a good dating sim, but w/ only 3 main girls I don’t think they should make it a franchise and add small addiction for so many entries.. and calling it New, Plus, +, the titles sound repetitive too and people probably ask “what’s new?”.. I kinda want a Nene Love Plus XL but don’t really feel like playing a new game lol..

    Too bad Nene’s seiyuu has been replaced in the latest DB Kai Buu anime, was looking forward to hear Minaguchi Yuuko as Videl again. Wonder why they got Kakinuma Shino (Naru from Sailormoon) to voice her, at least it’s not just new seiyuu.. still it sounds weird and would take a while to get used to..

  • Eder García

    looks like Love Plus on Sony platforms is inevitable

    • CozyAndWarm

      The platform it’s on won’t change things like the amount of bugs or the lack of new features/innovation. It sold well on DS and 3DS before, Konami just needs to make a game people want to buy.

      • Eder García

        not speaking in favor of Sony consoles here, but i believe the amagami market will welcome love plus with “open arms”… literally, somebody correct me if i am wrong in this.

    • OlimacFTW

      It would sell even less.

  • Firion Hope

    On a semi related note i REALLY want one of those limited edition Love Plus 3DSs. They look amazing

  • Dgrinn

    the idea of New Love Plus had created a gigantic hype for how the game would transform from DS to 3DS…and then they just didn’t deliver quite what they promised. that high quality and polished initial NLP trailer alone had raised the expectations so high and everything looked pretty and towards an ok direction in the screen captures that followed but then the game comes out and it’s a mess that looks nothing like the trailer or nothing like the screen captures. now add the many problems and bugs that drove even the most faithful players insane and you really don’t have to wonder why the fans are now being skeptical. as an owner of LP,LP+,NLP and NLP+ i would say that NLP+ does in a big way deliver what NLP couldn’t, gameplay feels smooth again and has brought back the real feeling of what the game is about which is quite a relief to the people that did put their trust in the latest sequel. however returning with a new game that has not that many new things to offer other than big and successful fixes to things that went wrong the first time was perhaps not a carefully thought-out strategic move. it’s a bit unfair to all those people who own NLP to expect them to buy a new game all over again for something that almost feels like a glorified patch to get the results that they were entitled to the first time around. also 31,258 copies sold in a week and Japan only for a niche game that is not quite for everyone is perhaps not that bad if you ask me.

  • Bryan

    Only way I can see them increasing the sales for future versions is making it 18+ for the “after marriage edition” for those hardcore fans that treat them as their actual gf/wife. (You know what I mean by 18+)

    Oh and they should make their own handheld console for New Love plus allowing VR. (If they were really willing to do that. Think of it. Hardware price + software price + freedom of whatever they want to do. The hardcore fans will dig it for sure.)

    • darke

      None of the console companies allow those type of games on their devices. You only get that sort of thing on PCs and platforms that aren’t walled gardens.

    • http://keiserone.tumblr.com/ KeiserOne

      Nintendo didn’t let the Binding of Isaac game 3DS port come to existence…you’d think they would allow that?

      • Bryan

        Pretty sure I stated for them to make their own Hardware that also works with VR. Of course I never meant 18+ on a 3DS.

        They could make their own hardware with superior graphics and VR and sell it for 600 and people would buy it.

    • GH56734

      You know, almost everything visual novel with dating-sims was eroge until Konami came out with Tokimeki Memorial (and now Love Plus is its successor) as the family-friendly substitute.
      That’s their whole appeal, the thing making them stand out at all (at least back then), the defining point of the franchise.

      And you know, Sony/Nintendo won’t allow any company with its history stained by eroge to publish anything on their consoles (though this loosened a bit on the PS2 and lately on the 3DS when they were accepting cleaned-up versions of popular and solid enough VNs where the purged sex that was there was very minor to begin with)
      The only exceptions, if any, were a (PG of course) mahjong GBC game Nintendo accepted to let an eroge publisher publish near 2001/2002. And Enix (but they’re stopped doing eroge before DQ1)

  • Thatguy
    • Afternoon Intergalactic

      My only experience with Love Plus is Gintama’s parody arc of it, haha.

      • Sydney Losstarot

        Haha, mine too. I love Gintama, its my favorite anime/manga. I hope the anime starts again soon. The manga still makes my stomach hurt from laughter though. I got to try Love Plus sometime to see what it is all about.

        • GH56734

          The latest chapter had the “deaf imposter”, and the jab at the TV stations using for a female criminal a photo when she was drunk and putting chopsticks in her nostrils and mouth.
          Shinpachi’s dad secret technique referenced “New Super Luigi”, and then the Konami code, and a Street Fighter 2 move… so much hilarious gaming references

  • xzeldax3

    Sounds like they need to regain their fan’s trust and maybe add a new girl.

  • Learii

    Konami Need To Figure Out What To Do With LovePlus

    how about they locazted the game to the west

    • 永次

      Yes sure, that will save the game HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

      • Learii

        lol I bet a lot of guy would buy it lol

        • Renaldi Saputra

          a lot of guys would buy it? who?
          different cultures
          this game is rather taboo in the west

    • GH56734

      Beyond the Labyrinth
      Frontier Gate
      Anything in Japanese past 2011 on the 3DS/PSP that’s not MGS
      would like to say hi.

  • Ixbran

    … yea … the concept of this game isnt the slightest bit creepy at all …

    • DyLaN

      ^ One of the many reasons why LovePlus and its like can never get localized.

      If you ask me, its on the same level with dating sims though. Just that this one is more sim than the usual one.

      • darke

        It’s less creepy then stripping your party members to do extra damage in combat (Ar Tonelico 3), or stripping off enemy armour as you torture them to death (Deception IV), or ‘conceiving’ with your teenage classmates to produce star children so you can fight with them in combat (Conception II), or spending enough money to get to play a ‘touching’, ‘Sexy Time’ game with the shopkeepers in Valhalla Knights 3 (so… prostitution?).

        ‘Dating’ is probably the most banal activity you can do with a member of the appropriate sex, especially in a video-game. :?

    • GH56734

      When Konami started marketing Tokimeki Memorial (and this game is the spiritual successor) they sure made sure to keep a family-friendly image for it. It’s part of its success and what defines it.
      They are notably violent in hunting and shutting down any “fan-art” that makes ships and imagine sex scenes and the like. And this was pre-internet, let alone now.

    • Suicunesol

      Here in America, violent games that involve shooting and killing dozens of people (and recieving achievements for it) aren’t considered creepy at all. And yet, a simple dating game is considered creepy. Don’t you just love it? :D

      • GH56734

        Violence and Gore just aren’t tolerated outside the Americas (look up how they censor American games in Japan), but Europe and Japan are more lenient towards female fanservice..

  • Kamen Rider Rayz

    Konami Need To Figure Out What To Do With Castlevania. Bringing back the classic 2Dvania style with next-gen HD visual effects and graphics is the way to go.

    • http://keiserone.tumblr.com/ KeiserOne

      would kill for a 3DS or Vita Metroidvania reminiscent of their GBA/DS ones.

    • Fronkhead

      After reading that Lords of Shadow was a hit relative to other games in the series I’m guessing there’s no turning back now…
      It’s more about an industry shift more than anything else, I fear. Konami clearly see it more profitable to dedicate their resources at Konami Tokyo et al on other things than CastleVania, even the latest handheld entry last year wasn’t developed in-house (nothing against Mirror of Fate). Sigh.

      • GH56734

        You missed the part about LoS2 and the 3DS… thing, both bombing. Hard.

  • Go2hell66

    a Next gen Love Plus that plays like Custom maid 3D with Occulus Rift

  • Shadow Bloodedge

    Konami missed quite an opportunity here. Yeah, they screwed up several times, even missed boat after localizing boat with the series.

    Alas, they themselves are the only ones to blame for the craptacular opening for this title. But they can still save themselves. Here’s my list, and before anyone says they won’t do a particular thing on this list, I’ve seen their desparate side, and for that side, there is no filter.

    1. VNs (and their base form, the dating sim) ARE becoming viable in the US. Localize the game or a new version therein. However, the chances of them doing this may not be favorable unless they use outside translators. A good example would be grabbing a few pros from across the board, but Konami aren’t too fond of this. Localizing any LovePlus prolly is the only thing on this list they won’t do unless the economy catches up or their bad choices in this field does, whichever comes first. Remember, Konami’s as much a business as Nintendo, so they need the cash!

    2. More heroines. Please. No longer a low priority. This series has only ever had three on the DS and 3DS, four on mobile. I’m sorry, but that’s inexcusable in this field to some players, and though they may be blinded by new and pretty faces, eventually, they’ll catch on. Unlike a Call of Duty or Monster Hunter title, you can’t expect the customer to buy a game like THIS every time it is rolled out with only a pea-sized trace of anything new. This series has somehow carried on up to now, which shows that it still has the ability to be a money pit–they just need to find the best way to put a Nene in the pocket. Adding more charas is a shoo-in, moreso than localization. I personally won’t buy a VN with less than FIVE, the standard amount of heroines!

    3. Branch out! Remember, even if a series begins as a VN, it is still an IP. They can find ways to bring charas from it to other forms of play. I personally wouldn’t mind a Castlevania set in modern times that had a LovePlus crossover myself–in fact, it’s the only way they’ll get ME to buy that game from them AGAIN, as I grew bored with it after Portrait of Ruin.

    4. KEEP BRANCHING OUT. I’ll have Konami know that YES, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE GIRLS OF LOVEPLUS ON MY NEXT YU-GI-OH! CARDS, OK!? Maybe as strictly supporting Spell and/or Trap cards, unless they wanna be real ballsy and make Monster cards of ‘em. I personally wouldn’t mind that, and hope they throw the LovePlus girls a shout-out with their card game–especially with the new series that’s coming, and the fact I don’t see much reason not to. I mean, they have expies of the Belmonts and Dracula, the freakin’ Vic Viper, and a LOT of other shout-outs. Hell, if they can drop a virtually unknown chara of theirs onto a card, there’s no limit! Konami, if you wanna see if America will buy LovePlus, drop the girls into your next booster. See who puts two and two together.

    Any struggling series that’s Japan-only can be saved with most of these steps. OK, NOW let’s hear you all out~!

    • nonscpo

      Thanks for adding a yuhioh reference and I got to say its not a bad idea, however the likelyhood of it happening is probably higher then getting Duel Carnival localized for the 3DS…Haja; seriously what gives we’ve been starving over here in the west for a yugioh game for what 3 years?

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    Maybe they should have gotten a new cast, sorta like they don’t want to part with the last version if it is just the same characters they have to start over on their relationship.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I think it about time to add New girls….3 games ago

  • NeoPancho

    I have to agree with most people, the main reason have to be no adding new girls, it’s crazy that in a game serie which only purpose is to date girls all 4 games are still using the same 3 girls… i’ts like if all the Super Mario games used the same stages of the first Super Mario Bros., only adding new items in each new game. It’s my understanding that in LovePlus smartphone games there is a at least a 4th girl.

    Then again, for that same reason (nearly no new content) this LovePlus must have been quite cheap to produce.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Pretty possible future waifus are no longer popular huh

  • Crystal Espers

    I wish they would make a version of this games with guys. φ(.. )

  • Will Jay

    …Wait, this is even a thing? I’ve heard literally nothing about NLP+ until this article.

  • ReMeDyIII

    Guys, I’ve got a great idea, but I’m afraid it will make Konami heads explode: Release the game outside of Japan, and increase sales. “B-But the translation!!!…” Yea, I know the economy is in such good condition that it’s too hard to hire translators, but they must find a way!

  • katamari damacy

    I thought Otaku are bound by their DS waifus that they don’t want to abandon and have to start anew.

  • Arrngrim

    Bottom Line: Konami needs to localize this. Period. Now get gettin’!

    • Renaldi Saputra

      I doubt they’ll do it, if in the end it will flop in US

  • Dgrinn

    after the first 3DS game sold so many copies and then quickly turned into an unplayable game infested with dead-end bugs i think bad sales for the sequel were inevitable. they should have used some perks like a discount patch version if you owned the previous title to bring back the players that were screwed over by buying NLP. otherwise the game still has a strong fanbase.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Why doesn’t Konami do what it’s done with the rest of its game series: shelve it permanently, or hand it off to a western studio that has no idea what it’s doing.

  • Bryan

    I figured it out!
    They can make a dance/singing game for the heroines that can somehow tie back into the original game. eg. You somehow become their manager for their debut and future career. Their original story changes as to how you manage their future career etc. If you happen to manage another girl that isn’t your gf, your actual gf might get jealous and constantly ask you about your job and maybe eventually your idol falls in love with you and a triangle relationship occurs!

    Or Visual Novel fill in’s. eg. the VN can start from the beginning of love plus where you just met the girl and then continue off until some big drama happens and you solve it together with multiple endings that can happen. However you can only sync the first ending you get with the original game. By syncing the VN and the game together you then increase the relationship status/level with the heroine in the original game with extra fill in’s and story for the original game. Thus the VN can be either 18+ or not 18+/

    In all reality Love plus needs some drama (optional, only if you pick up the side game).

    Either way making another genre game that can somehow tie this in would be awesome!

  • http://www.tenshi.org.uk/ Angie Winterbottom

    Perhaps it is time to put the series on pause and start making Tokimeki Memorial 5, on Vita. (Please)

  • Godspoken

    I know what you can do…Sell it in English! Not that that will ever happen officially.

  • 永次

    Well… Monster Hunter is created and developed by Byking, not Capcom (Byking was once a Capcom developer, but since 2008 they are not, just MH4 is not developed by Byking).

  • Fronkhead

    That’s a point, at least from a sales perspective, though given the smaller install base it probably wouldn’t get sufficiently greater sales given how previous games have done on previous systems.

    I guess from an artistic perspective though, the game’s various mechanics have always felt at home on DS/3DS, particularly the way you play it in book mode. With the original being on the most mainstream platform post-PS2, it always seemed like a great fit to play such a game on the train in book mode in secret, where people would assume you’re playing Brain Training. Teehee.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I don’t think so,

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    LovePlus’ fanbase is—or at least, was—more diverse than you might suspect. Despite appearances, it doesn’t cater solely to the typical male otaku. There are actually women that play the LovePlus as well, which is something I was surprised to learn.

    I would say that, of all the games targeting the otaku market either in part or in full, LovePlus and Tokimeki Memorial are the most mainstream.

  • CozyAndWarm

    Changing the platform won’t magically increase sales (especially in the Vita’s case). It sold well on DS/3DS before, Konami just needs to make a game people want to buy.

  • Satori Satya

    If you are even aware of what has been happening lately with this series, you would know that the platform isn’t the problem.

    Unless Vita users were to be so desperate for games that they would tolerate a series that has remained stagnant for at least 5 years straight with little to no improvements, while adding almost no new elements into the mix, and on top of that asking consumers to pay FULL PRICE for what is basically a weak excuse for an expansion pack…. then yeah, only if that was the case, it would fare better on Vita.

    But I give Vita users a lot more credit than that.

  • OlimacFTW

    I seriously doubt it, I even dare to say the game will bomb more on Vita. What Konami really needs is to include new girls and continue the series on 3DS.

  • Serge

    I read this in every 3DS topic.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Why not WayForward?

  • Kenny Loh

    Vita’s games sales copies was pretty good in japan anyway, if it really releasing in Vita i think the game will even nearing the sales of 3ds version, plus the HD graphics of Vita would make this game even in more great visuals.

  • Kenyah

    I like the idea putting it on Vita too, it would be interesting, also it’s a region lock.

  • OlimacFTW

    I’d prefer a japanese company too.

  • GH56734

    After the steaming piles of shit that were their Adventure Time games, I’m more skeptical. And they also need to improve their level design overall.

  • Eder García

    rhythm games has nothing to do with dating sim games

  • Eder García

    can i ask the number of sales of amagami on the Vita? if the sales were strong then i believe this game has some of the Love + market.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I wish they’d make love plus with bishies I’m sure that would grain the series some popularity.

  • Kaien

    26.417 / 30.078 (+ 2.014 on PSN)

    Famitsu

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Why do you think Amagami’s sales would have any bearing on LP?

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Since when

  • Satori Satya

    The real issue here is unrelated to watching the girls in qHD, though.

    The problem is that Konami expect fans of the series to keep paying full price for little more than tablescraps.

    I like to think that fans of the series are just trying to send a message back to Konami.

  • darke

    I believe the theory would be that they would be selling it to a market that hasn’t played any of the games before. However I would expect that most people who have a Vita in Japan, would also have a 3ds.

  • Kenyah

    Still, it has region lock, that’s important.

  • Kenyah

    Well, If you say so.. I like region lock better.

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    That is an interesting thought, I think. A LovePlus game that is also aimed at women. Of course, that would take twice the work (or a separate game entirely), and I doubt Konami are willing to put in that kind of effort or take the risk.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Hmm true but they do already make tokimeki for girls. So I kinda don’t understand why they haven’t at least tried yet.

    I mean tokimeki has had live stage events.
    You’d think that it was a marketing success

  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Presumably because LP is much more expensive to develop than TokiMemo.

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