Monday, March 24, 2014

You say htol#NiQ, I say 'gorgeous Vita game'

Before anyone asks, yes, htoL#NiQ is the name of a game. A Vita game, specifically. A Nippon Ichi-made Vita game, even more specifically.

The folks at Nippon Ichi say the title's supposed to be pronounced Hotaru no Nikki, by the way--which means nothing to me, but apparently it means something along the lines of Firefly’s Diary to people who actually understand the Japanese language.



Anyway, according to the always fabulous Kimimi (proprietress of the Shinju Forest blog), htoL#NiQ is a “light and shadow action” game--which, uh, also means nothing to me.

Digging a bit deeper, it seems the long and short of htoL#NiQ's gameplay is that players use the Vita's front touch screen and rear touch pad to control a pair of fireflies and guide a girl with both amnesia and deer horns through what looks to be a ruined city.



Would you believe me if I said I desperately want to buy htoL#NiQ when it's unleashed upon Japan on June 19? Yeah, I'm guessing at least some of you would.

Sadly, the limited edition of the game--the only physical version that will be made available--looks to be extremely limited at this point. Plus, I don't yet own a Vita. So, I guess what I'm saying is: don't expect me to write a review of it anytime soon. Sigh.

(Via shinjuforest.blogspot.co.uk and siliconera.com)

13 comments:

Chalgyr said...

I like a lot of Nippon Ichi Software's titles. So nah, not REAL shocked you want this one. :)

michaelstearns said...

Finally, a game where we can tell some else to "Hey! Listen!" ;D


This does look really nice. Seems there isn't any video of it yet!

thegaygamer.com said...

Ha ha! Fair enough, Chalgyr :) You know what I really want, though? This game's limited/special edition. Gah!

thegaygamer.com said...

Oh, I thought the very same thing, Michael--that the firefly in this game looked shockingly similar to Navi from the Zelda series.


As for video of this game: I swear I saw some a few days ago, but I'm not entire sure. I'll do some digging and get back to you...

thegaygamer.com said...

I'm with you RE: Dokuro, Chief, although I have a feeling the gameplay in this game will be slightly different from that early Vita effort.


And, of course, I too prefer physical copies of games, but in this case that's not going to be the easy option for anyone outside of Japan, as the LE/SE is going to be both limited and somewhat pricey ($60-70). Oh, well.

Zaphod65 said...

That looks pretty, and I'd probably consider buying it if they made it available for North America. It's a shame they're only doing a limited edition physical version, but that's not a deal-breaker for me... although I'm a little steamed Square Enix decided to half-ass it and make Final Fantasy X a physical version and Final Fantasy X-2 a download code.

thegaygamer.com said...

I have a feeling it'll be brought to NA, Terry--although perhaps only the digital version?


And, yes, it's too bad the physical version will be so limited. Hopefully this isn't the future for those of us who like to own actual copies of games, although I gear that's exactly what it is.


I didn't realize about FFX and FFX-2, by the way. How weird!

Zaphod65 said...

In Japan, you can buy X and X-2 in a two-card package, which would be my preference to save memory card space.

thegaygamer.com said...

Ah, I didn't know that. Wonder why they didn't bring that to NA?

Zaphod65 said...

No idea. They probably didn't want the added expense of manufacturing a card with a game a lot of players seem to hate with a passion. lol

thegaygamer.com said...

Yes, you're probably right. BTW, all of the hate aimed at X-2 makes me *really* want to play it someday. How do you feel about the game?

Zaphod65 said...

I like X-2. I didn't beat it back in the day, but the mission-based structure seems perfect for a handheld. I plan to beat it this time.

thegaygamer.com said...

Awesome. Well, I certainly hope you *do* beat it this time :)