How To Play htoL#NiQ aka Firefly’s Diary, Nippon Ich’s Creative Vita Game

By Spencer . April 17, 2014 . 2:42am


Set in the far distant future, htoL#NiQ or Firefly’s Diary follows Mion, an amnesiac girl that wakes up on December 31, 9999. Mion doesn’t know why she’s in some kind of ruins populated with shadowy creatures. You help her escape by controlling a firefly that guides her.


There are two fireflies in Firefly’s Diary one for light and one for shadow, each one has different abilities. The light firefly can make plants grow to open new paths for Mion. The shadow firefly can move through the shadows and use shadow link to move objects.


Mion can interact with objects like this umbrella and other gimmicks in the ruins. However, it looks like many of the areas are literally death traps like this room with spinning blades. The key to moving forward here is going into the shadow world.


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Shadows are dangerous and Mion has no usual way to defend herself against them. Controlling the firefly, you can protect Mion by activating different objects in the world. Mion is able to escape a giant shadow when the light firefly leads her and the shadow firefly triggers a gate that stops the shadow.


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While exploring the ruins you may find memory fragments that give you a glimpse of someone’s memories. These may give you an idea of what happened in the past and the truth about the Corpse. This elliptical horror is a swirl of plants and children’s corpses. Memory fragments can be found in hard to reach places.

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htoL#NiQ comes out in Japan on June 19 for PlayStation Vita.


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  • AkuLord3

    Just waiting on Good old NIS America to do their thing~ and i’ll gladly get this day 1. Also hold myself back from watching too many videos on the game.

  • *Googles “htoL“*

    • Sato

      Dem htoLs :9

    • MXC

      Lol Huge Tracts of Land

  • Furu Chi

    I hope this gets localized :D

  • Somerandomperson

    So cute.

  • Interesting. This game sounds cool. A few games come to mind when I see this. I hope to see it in the west.

    This is what I think will happen. Since the world’s is on the cusp of entering in to the 99th century, humanity was probably frighted by the imminent Y10K bug and with no way to stop, has abandoned the world.

  • Finally, Disqus and Youtube decided to work with me here. Anyways, NIS uploaded the 2nd Read-Along Movie trailer so I threw some subtitles on it for anyone interested.

    • Thanks for posting this. I’m curious to see where the story does go with all this…
      I recall someone posting a theory that the two fireflies are Mion’s parents; I take it they probably do have some relationship with her, though it could be a number of possibilities. And then the fact Mion has antlers makes me wonder if she’s human, or some kind of other entity?

    • 60hz

      you my friend, are a SIR!

  • (leading girl along through death trap levels) A little bit of Dokuro…
    (switching to shadow-version of levels to manipulate objects) A little bit of Ghost Trick…
    (wandering dark post-apocalyptic landscapes and experiencing memory fragments of the dead) And a little bit of Fragile Dreams?

    (sees image full of children’s corpses) Plus… a little bit of Corpse Party? T.T

  • z_merquise

    I wonder if there are more children similar to Mion. Like in this screenshot, the girl’s hair and eyes are different from Mion’s yet the firefly was there:

    • Concept art, it looks like? Small details could have varied before everything was finalized.

  • Julio D. Zulkarnain

    The concept sounds interesting! Vita’s library keeps increasing, and I’m okay with that.

  • Ah.
    Oh gosh.
    The feels.
    They’re attacking.
    I’m going to curl up in a corner and cry in both joy and preemptive pain and doki doki feels.
    This game. It’s just. Wow.

  • Ardus

    Ah man looking at this game is giving me flashbacks of playing limbo…so sad.
    I better remember to brace my self before i play this. NIS can be pretty dark when they want to be, we all remember what happened in disgaea 2 when adel turned evil…

    • Rita Tong

      Pshaw, that’s got nothing on the Demon’s Path in Soul Nomad.

      • Testsubject909

        …I would really. really. really like a Soul Nomad 2.

  • Kornelious

    “This elliptical horror is a swirl of plants and children’s corpses”
    ……….Well, goodbye innocence :(

    • Morningstar

      Something tells me that Mion either came from that eldritch horror or it is trying to assimilate her, ether way a confrontation with that thing would be inevitable.

      Come to think of it, Mion’s um, antlers? seem to further imply a connection

  • nonscpo

    Does anyone know what this game is going to be rated, it looks kinda dark.

    • JCTXS

      Cero D, basically an “M” rating in the west.

      • nonscpo

        CERO D…Is it cause of the violence, it couldn’t possibly be for nudity?

        • Ladius

          Violence apparently, maybe even the story’s overall themes and mood.

          • Morningstar

            Well this game does appear to have elements of cosmic horror in it (The elliptical horror made from the corpses of little kids). Chances are that the ESRB will give it a similar rating cause of that (There’s a ton of nightmare fuel inherent the concept of little kids being part of a cosmic horror, especially when we can see their bodies as part of it).

            There might also be some bloodshed like the Witch and the Hundred Knight.

  • Kayriss Wins

    Mion: Wait! your suppose to HALP!

    Fairy: ….Screw this.

  • Earthjolly

    This game god. I love every NIS game to date

  • Ric Vazquez

    Looks so promising, another formy vita collection I guess

    • WhyWai

      looking forward for another unique experience for Vita!

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