Superficially, 99 no Namida (Tears of 99) looks like any old Nintendo DS adventure game where players tap the touch screen and blow out fire with the microphone. However, 99 no Namida’s stories are designed to make players cry. The theory behind this is tears are therapeutic and a stress reliever. According to research done by Associate Professor, Takashi Kawai at Waseda University players who tried the game had a notable mood increase. Each of the 99 stories takes around 10-15 minutes to play through and is selected based on data users input (age, sex, mood) before sinking into a tale with themes of marriage, love or friendship. 99 no Namida is definitely out of the ordinary and too text heavy for anyone to import unless they can read Japanese.
Side note it is interesting that ideas for new video games are budding out of universities in Japan. I wonder if anyone in the USA is skimming through Maslow to make Self Actualization training or the pages of Cure to make Everyday Oncogene Shooting.