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999: The Novel on iOS March 17 ⊟

Proving conclusively that we are powerful wizards who alter the course of events with our very words, Aksys Games announced a localization of the iOS version of 999 right after we talked about it on the podcast.

The $4.99 app adds the flowchart feature from Virtue’s Last Reward, allowing you to track progress through the game’s multiple paths, and go back to previous branches. And it removes… puzzles.

So maybe if, hypothetically, you aren’t real good at math stuff, this could be a way for you to experience the deadly Nonary Game for yourself. Or, wait, that sounds terrible. It’s a way for you to read about other people experiencing the deadly Nonary Game.

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Danganronpa's tributes to Zero Escape ⊟

I’m sure I’ve said it a bunch of times already, but if you liked the Zero Escape series, definitely try Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for PS Vita.

We talked a lot about how the two Spike Chunsoft teams that worked on these two separate series riffed off each other in the latest TinyCast episode — that’s available to download now for Club Tiny’s Elite patrons. The public download/stream for that episode goes up tomorrow morning.

Credit to 037saya, Phioris, and Mary for posting these Danganronpa and trophy screenshots. And sorry about the initial unedited spoiler image. :o(

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Thoughts on how to save Zero Escape ⊟
As I’ve mentioned earlier today, we have a podcast episode coming up in which we talk a lot about Danganronpa and the future of Zero Escape, but until we put that out, you can read this great piece from TinyCast member Christian Nutt about how series director Kotaro Uchikoshi can finish this trilogy.
Uchikoshi admitted last week that he’s having difficulty getting development approved for the next Zero Escape game due to poor domestic sales for the past two releases. So Christian detailed several options Uchikoshi can pursue to make sure he completes the trilogy: stripping down production values, finding partners in the West to launch a Kickstarter (Aksys?), building more interest for the series by releasing entries to PC, and other ideas.
Many won’t like the idea, but paring the budget and production values makes sense, considering how expensive Virtue’s Last Reward likely became compared to 999, what with its 3D models and voice acting. Check out Christian’s blog post to see what I mean.
Image is via Standing on my Toes.
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Thoughts on how to save Zero Escape

As I’ve mentioned earlier today, we have a podcast episode coming up in which we talk a lot about Danganronpa and the future of Zero Escape, but until we put that out, you can read this great piece from TinyCast member Christian Nutt about how series director Kotaro Uchikoshi can finish this trilogy.

Uchikoshi admitted last week that he’s having difficulty getting development approved for the next Zero Escape game due to poor domestic sales for the past two releases. So Christian detailed several options Uchikoshi can pursue to make sure he completes the trilogy: stripping down production values, finding partners in the West to launch a Kickstarter (Aksys?), building more interest for the series by releasing entries to PC, and other ideas.

Many won’t like the idea, but paring the budget and production values makes sense, considering how expensive Virtue’s Last Reward likely became compared to 999, what with its 3D models and voice acting. Check out Christian’s blog post to see what I mean.

Image is via Standing on my Toes.

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Oh no, Virtue’s Last Reward/999's future is in doubt ⊟
I just presumed that Spike Chunsoft was well into development for the third Zero Escape game, but series director Kotaro Uchikoshi says the next sequel is in jeopardy. The problem is that while the franchise has a bit of popularity in the West, it hasn’t made a profit in Japan. 
"I’m so sad, but all companies exist for profit-making purposes," Uchikoshi posted on Twitter earlier today. “If the profits can’t be expected, naturally, the project isn’t approved. We were not able to present a convincing reasonable basis to the managers. … I am very sorry to all the users who are expecting Zero Escape 3. I feel ashamed of my own inadequacies.”
He added that if circumstances change — say the next project he works on turns out to be a hit, or if someone generous steps in to finance Zero Escape 3's development — the game could still happen. Though his team looked into Kickstarter, they were not convinced that they would be able to pull off a successful campaign on that platform.
Uchikoshi continued, “I believe there is still hope. Zero Escape 3 will definitely be released somehow, someday! I will continue to seek a way out in cooperation with allies. So, I would appreciate it if you could wait until then. Thank you!”
GIF is via Ereje Armin.
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Oh no, Virtue’s Last Reward/999's future is in doubt ⊟

I just presumed that Spike Chunsoft was well into development for the third Zero Escape game, but series director Kotaro Uchikoshi says the next sequel is in jeopardy. The problem is that while the franchise has a bit of popularity in the West, it hasn’t made a profit in Japan. 

"I’m so sad, but all companies exist for profit-making purposes," Uchikoshi posted on Twitter earlier today. “If the profits can’t be expected, naturally, the project isn’t approved. We were not able to present a convincing reasonable basis to the managers. … I am very sorry to all the users who are expecting Zero Escape 3. I feel ashamed of my own inadequacies.”

He added that if circumstances change — say the next project he works on turns out to be a hit, or if someone generous steps in to finance Zero Escape 3's development — the game could still happen. Though his team looked into Kickstarter, they were not convinced that they would be able to pull off a successful campaign on that platform.

Uchikoshi continued, “I believe there is still hope. Zero Escape 3 will definitely be released somehow, someday! I will continue to seek a way out in cooperation with allies. So, I would appreciate it if you could wait until then. Thank you!”

GIF is via Ereje Armin.

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There’s not much in the way of virtue in Virtue’s Last Reward. Aksys really took advantage of the “M for Mature” rating here to give us a really immature 3DS/PS Vita game! Also, Sigma is a total perv.

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Get ready for tomorrow’s release of Virtue’s Last Reward by picking up a cheap copy of its predecessor, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors on Amazon.

Okay, considering shipping time, this will only prepare you for VLR if you wait to get VLR, or if you get VLR on release day, but wait to play it. Point is, buy this game and play it, then play that other game.

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Virtue’s Last Reward has “Erotic Units” and Gilbert Gottfried put-downs. After hearing the former Aflac duck’s 50 Shades of Grey reading, I’d give him a -20.
I’m unsure if Erotic Units play any significant role in the 3DS/Vita game, but it’s one of a number of secret files you’ll be able to find in Virtue’s Last Reward. I personally can’t wait to read more about Sigma’s cat problem. I could do without the "Grandpa videos," though.
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Virtue’s Last Reward has “Erotic Units” and Gilbert Gottfried put-downs. After hearing the former Aflac duck’s 50 Shades of Grey reading, I’d give him a -20.

I’m unsure if Erotic Units play any significant role in the 3DS/Vita game, but it’s one of a number of secret files you’ll be able to find in Virtue’s Last Reward. I personally can’t wait to read more about Sigma’s cat problem. I could do without the "Grandpa videos," though.

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Get ready for Virtue’s Last Reward with a sale for 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. If you want to jump on the Zero Escape train before VLR releases in two weeks, the series’ acclaimed first entry is on sale for just under $20.
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Get ready for Virtue’s Last Reward with a sale for 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. If you want to jump on the Zero Escape train before VLR releases in two weeks, the series’ acclaimed first entry is on sale for just under $20.

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Virtue’s Last Reward trailer. Apparently, this was shown during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, but I was feverishly writing up news about Pikachu 3DSes and eShop megatons and I have no recollection of seeing this.

Great music! And the polygonal character models are… actually okay!

Siliconera rounded up a checklist of differences between Rising Star’s EU release and Aksys’s NA version; most importantly, the EU versions won’t have dual audio (Japanese only), but a demo for both 3DS and Vita has already been scheduled. In the US, we get dual audio, but so far only Vita has a demo (which is already out). 

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New 999 boxart, to make reprints match the “Zero Escape” series successor Virtue’s Last Reward. The matching elements include Zero’s face and the “Zero Escape” logo – but this one lacks the first generation Turbografx-16 logo font, which is kind of a shame.

Copies of 999 with this boxart start shipping today.

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Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward bracelet, available in one of three colors (Red, Blue, Green) when you preorder the game through Amazon. I’m sure a lot of you already own the original 999 bracelet, but just think about the heights your swag level would reach if you rocked both on your wrist at the same time. Sky’s the limit.
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Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward bracelet, available in one of three colors (Red, Blue, Green) when you preorder the game through Amazon. I’m sure a lot of you already own the original 999 bracelet, but just think about the heights your swag level would reach if you rocked both on your wrist at the same time. Sky’s the limit.

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Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward boxart. I don’t know the actual name of this font (if any wandering Aksys employees happen to pop in, let me know!) but I know it as “Turbografx-16.”

The game is up for pre-order now on Amazon, by the way, with an October 24 date that is too distant to be accurate. It’s way too early to know the for-real release date.

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