Aksys Games Reveals Norn9: Var Commons Cards and Norn9: Last Era Limited Edition

Board a mysterious ship with twelve strangers and journey to uncover the secrets that lie in the Norn!

Aksys Games offered a glimpse of the exclusive set of twelve(!) full-color character cards that will be included in all first run copies of the fan-favorite otome title Norn9: Var Commons, coming to Nintendo Switch™ on March 30th

Aksys also revealed components in the upcoming Limited Edition of the fan disk Norn9: Last Era, localized for the first time in the west and coming this summer. Included in the collection are a full color artbook, a 25″ x 15″ cloth poster, a set of 11 vinyl stickers featuring the Hiyoko, and an acrylic chibi artwork keychain. First run copies of Last Era will also have a set of twelve character cards. 

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2022 Otome Localization Survey is Live

Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new year, with the promise of even more otome games! 2022 was an amazing year for Western otome gamers, with several new titles making their English language debut! Publishers like Aksys Games and Idea Factory Intl are making sure otome gamers are getting fed. But, before we dive in to the upcoming otome titles making their way West this year; I want to look back on the otome community’s favorite releases of 2022! So I’m super excited to be bringing back my localization survey with a fresh coat of paint for the new year!

Let your voice be heard! Vote on your favorite otome localization of 2022 and more! I’ve expanded the 2022 survey to include more categories. New this year are: Most Romantic Otome, Favorite Heroine, Favorite Love Interests (by game), Best Indie Otome, Most Anticipated 2023 Otome, and more! You can even explain some of your choices and share your thoughts on your favorite otome game localization pick.

Publishers like Aksys Games especially has shared in the past that they pay very close attention to community suggestions. So, I also want to know what games the community would like to see localized in the future. After all the votes are in, I will share the results here on Blerdy Otome. I will also share them with a few localization companies so they can see what the community wants to see more of in the future!

Voting will run from January 1-10, 2023. You can submit your responses to the Google Form Survey: 2022 Otome Localization Survey! I can’t wait to see which games you all pick! As always shares are appreciated! I’d like to get a nice sample of the overall community! This is gonna be so much fun, I can’t wait to see your picks!

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Lover Pretend (Nintendo Switch) Otome Review

Do you like rom-coms? Chill vibes? Well, then you’ll want to check out Aksys Games’s latest Otomate otome localization, Lover Pretend. Get pulled into the entertainment industry with aspiring screenwriter, Chiyuki as she navigates her budding career, life and love! Sometimes a love born from a little white lie can blossom into something real!

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5 Reasons You Should Play Lover Pretend

The release of Lover Pretend is right around the corner and if you’re looking for a cute, lighthearted otome game, you are definitely going to want to give this a go! Aspiring scriptwriter, Chiyuki dreams of breaking into the industry and one day finding her father. When she lands a job as an assistant on the set of a major film she takes one step closer to realizing her personal and career aspirations. As she searches for information about her father a twist of fate has her crossing paths with four men who may have the answers she need. And through a twist of fate she finds herself entangled in a pretend relationship with one of them?! This is a pretend love role, not true love. Can Chiyuki create a script about fake lovers, while not knowing anything about falling in love herself?

Lover Pretend is set to release on December 1, 2022. But, if you’re still on the fence about picking up the latest Aksys Games otome localization, I have five reasons I think you should totally play Lover Pretend!

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Jack Jeanne to get 3 Exclusive Limited Editions from Aksys Games

Fans to be spoiled with three special editions of the upcoming game created by Sui Ishida

Aksys Games today announced that the highly anticipated visual novel and rhythm game Jack Jeanne will receive three Limited Editions in addition to the Standard Edition. Created by noted manga artist Sui Ishida (Tokyo Ghoul), Jack Jeanne is expected to launch in June 2023 for Nintendo Switch™.

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Paradigm Paradox (Nintendo Switch) Otome Review

Take down monsters and find love in Otomate’s sci-fi otome game, Paradigm Paradox, the latest localization from Aksys Games! Join Yuuki, a high school student who after developing powers is recruited to join a group of magical girls to protect her home from monsters.

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Aksys Games Announces Tengoku Struggle -Strayside- in 2024 during All Aksys Fall 2022

Aksys Games announced several new titles and revealed additional details and limited editions for other upcoming games at the “All Aksys” event today on their official Twitch channel, AksysGames. And among them were some otome game updates and a really big new otome announcement *drumroll* Tengoku Struggle -Strayside- is getting Western release in 2024 for the Nintendo Switch!

In case you missed the stream let’s recap the big otome updates and announcements so you can prepare your wallets and backlogs for 2023 and beyond!

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5 Reasons You Should Play Paradigm Paradox

We are two weeks out from the release of Otomate’s sci-fi otome game, Paradigm Paradox! I know it has pretty mixed views from otome gamers, but you have to admit it has a pretty interesting premise. The heroine, Yuuki is recruited to join a magical girl superhero group and fight against monsters called Vectors. Only, her cute teammates are actually the school hotties?! Kind of a what if I could date the Sailor Stars situation.

Thanks to our friends at Aksys Games I was able to play Paradigm Paradox and there is a lot to love about the game. So, for those of you still on the fence, here are 5 reasons I think Paradigm Paradox is worth picking up on October 27th!

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Piofiore Episodio 1926 (Nintendo Switch) Otome Review

We’re headed back to Burlone in Piofiore Episodio 1926 the follow-up to Otomate’s popular action packed, Mafia romance otome, Piofiore Fated Memories! Join Lili and the rest of the Prohibition Avengers as they face old enemies and new foes in this intense sequel. Danger is just around every corner and it will take everything these characters have to finally, FINALLY get their happily ever after! With it’s gorgeous visuals, dark storytelling, and compelling characters, otome gamers don’t want to miss out on Piofiore Episodio 1926!

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Games You Should Know About From The Game Devs of Color Expo 2022

From September 15-18 the 7th annual Game Devs of Color Expo took place, featuring panels, talks, and game showcases featuring creators of color in the gaming industry. This weekend long event was created to uplift and amplify the voices of diverse creators while also giving them a chance to connect with other creators.

As part of the conference GDoC Expo hosts, Gradient Convergent, an event that showcases games and demos from diverse creators. Of course I needed to check it out and I was impressed by the titles included in the event. I absolutely encourage you to check out the full list when you have the chance! But, for now here are some of the games that caught my eye!

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