The Nintendo 3DS has a camera. Two of them, in fact. One on the inner face and one facing outward. Project LovePlus for Nintendo 3DS uses the inner-facing camera to recognize your face and make sure your virtual girlfriend stays loyal to you.

 

Famitsu reports that if someone else picks up your Project LovePlus game, your girl won’t recognize them, and say things like: “Who are you?” Konami are calling this feature the “Boyfriend Lock,” and say it’ll help players feel closer to their virtual girlfriends.

 

Fascinating.  This is another one of those innovations that’s sure to garner attention from Japanese art and media communities, the way the current versions of LovePlus have. For instance, LovePlus + on the DSi won two awards in 2010, for romance and excellence.

 

The franchise’s contribution goes beyond just innovation, too. The dating-sim genre saw an 83% increase in market growth in 2009, owing largely to LovePlus. In case you missed the very first trailer Konami released for Project LovePlus for Nintendo 3DS, you can check it out here.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. 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.

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