Namco High Lets You Date Namco Bandai Characters This Holiday

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As reported earlier in the year, Namco Bandai and What Pumpkin Studios are working on Namco High, a browser-based dating-sim that takes place in a high school and lets you date Namco characters.


Here’s the premise in Namco’s own words: “As a cousin to the Prince from the Katamari series you will meet total strangers with nothing in common, but before it is all over you’ll break rules, bare your soul, and touch each other in ways you never dreamed.”


Namco High will be a free-to-play game. Free “datelines” will include: Galaga (from Galaga), Lolo (from Klonoa), Valkyrie (from Legend of the Valkyrie), Anti-Bravoman (from Bravoman), Meowkie (fromMappy) and Albatross (from Rolling Thunder).


In addition to the above, you’ll also have “premium datelines,” which you’ll need to pay for. These are: “Donko (from Taiko Drum Master), eight to-be-announced additional characters from the Namco Bandai universe, Terezi Pyrope (from Homestuck), and two other to-be-announced characters from Homestuck.


Below are some of the paid content packages for the game that you can pre-order to access the paid content when Namco High is released. These packs include both in-game content as well as physical items.



Description: All the dateable NAMCO BANDAI Games characters, all three of the Homestuck characters, plus digital soundtrack, wallpapers, and avatar set

Price: $14.95



Description: DELUXE PAK plus an exclusive pre-order Cousin T-shirt, sticker and pin

Disclaimer: Pre-order only

Price: $49.95



Description: SWAG PAK plus an exclusive messenger bag

Disclaimer: Pre-order only

Price: $99.95



Description: MESSENGER PAK plus an exclusive diploma and class ring

Disclaimer: Pre-order only

Price: $249.95



Description: CLASSMATE PAK plus an exclusive letterman jacket

Disclaimer: Pre-order only

Price: $499.95


The above packs can be bought at Additionally, once Namco High is released, you’ll also have the option of buying individual datelines instead of complete packages. Namco High will be available this holiday season.

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.