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Love Plus Celebrates Valentine's Day

...With pocky and a slightly jacked up price.


Surely you're not surprised that the popular Nintendo DS game Love Plus, which features a standard romance visual novel story followed by a realtime girlfriend simulator, is going to make a big thing about upcoming Valentine's Day, are you?

Because according to Otasuke, it is, and its partner in romantic crime? Glico, the company behind such snacks as Pocky.

The promotion is actually a bundle package that includes the game, pocky, and a Valentine's Day card from one of the three female characters in the game. The bundle costs ¥6115 (about $68 USD); the original game by itself-- currently "sold out" --is ¥5800 (about $65), so if someone was looking to pick up the game anyway, it wouldn't be an expensive upgrade. 

But for those who already own the game it would be WAY cheaper to go buy some pocky at the store and print out your own V-day card. Eesh.    
dagason Feb. 9, 2010 at 10:40 a.m.
I wish this game was available in English. I'd like to try it.
lanaswifton Feb. 9, 2010 at 1:33 p.m.
@dagas: You know, I wouldn't be surprised if they considered trying it.
John_Martoneon Feb. 10, 2010 at 1:01 p.m.
@lanaswift: Well, if the cost of translating it is lesser than the profits they can make from foreign sales, I wouldn't be surprised.
 
Though most likely the team is oblivious to our presence, and probably just charging forward with love plus plus plus.
giaon Feb. 11, 2010 at 1:42 p.m.
@John_Martone: The problem is, there's no way to know for sure-- and it's not just the cost of translating, it's also the cost of printing new copies of the game and its materials.
Fervouron Aug. 8, 2010 at 10:24 a.m.
Wish I could try the game, but language barriers and all.
 
@gia:  And also the fact that general Western audiences are not familiar with... Well, dating simulations like these. I mean, how did Wii get so popular with everyone? It's because it appeals to a larger range of people, that's why. I'm not very sure how Love Plus is going to fare in the Western market...

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