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Katsukity, maker of 3DS video capture hardware and software, has updated its kit to support the Oculus Rift — meaning you can view the handheld’s 3D games with the virtual reality head-mounted display. Katsukity notes that “fully 3D games really stick out!”

Naturally, Katsukity demonstrated the setup in action with girlfriend simulator New LovePlus and racy beat’em up Senran Kagura 2. Amazingly, this is just the second perviest thing someone’s done with the Oculus Rift lately, behind this VR game about grabbing anime breasts. Thanks to NihongoGamer for the via.

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TinyCast 16! This episode is a bit special, as Fran and Christian took the week off and left the keys to the TinyCast-mobile to JC and me. Join the two of us for the usual up-to-the-minute coverage of Japanese 3DS XLs, along with a tour of the Louvre that takes us into a tangent about weird DS games.

Then we talk Holiday Gift Guide, offering some supplemental suggestions for gifts for your end-of-the-Year-of-Luigi celebrations.

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New LovePlus+ boxart and 3DS XL ⊟

I almost forgot that Konami announced another one of these updated games for the dating sim series. I always find the odd text on the packaging for these releases amusing: “We travel 365 days a year. Laughing in the rain, holding your hand under the sun. Our journey has just begun… LOVEPLUS”

No surprise that there will be three limited edition 3DS XLs for each of the game’s love interests, which Konami seems to do with each update. When these hit Japan next spring, each ¥32,000 ($320) set will include “the game, a 40-page visual & creation book, an illustration sheet with drawings of the lady in question, and a binaural CD with ten minutes of her engaging in intimate conversation with you,” according to Crunchyroll.

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New Love Plus Plus announced

Here’s a pretty gross Gintama GIF from The Grim Heaper, which I’m posting because Konami hasn’t shared any direct screenshots from the 3DS game yet — just this logo and some unexciting promotional art.

Scheduled to release some time between winter and spring/summer in Japan (Q4 2013/Q1 2014?), New Love Plus Plus will introduce a few additions to the series’ formula according to Famitsu’s report translated by Gematsu:

"The game’s theme is ‘field trip.’ The characters, time, and location are basically the same as the previous game, but it will not feature [Love Plus Collection’s] fourth female candidate Akira Yukino.

New Love Plus+ will have a new Illustration Mode. … They’re taking sections of the game that were too difficult and going back to the previous play style.”

New Love Plus suffered from some serious bugs — presumably Konami placed a bigger emphasis on quality control this time around.

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Love Plus, the Famicom cartridge and FDS disk … the Christmas ornaments. I believe these were made to put on the tree at the Konamistyle store, which is currently celebrating “Merry Plusmas” with displays and, of course, tons of Love Plus stuff to sell.

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Konami is hesitant to provide any ages for the Love Plus girls, but it’s letting fans know today is Manaka Takane’s birthday. I’m sure you will all want to apply this wallpaper to your desktop or smartphone to honor the holiday.
Just a heads-up, we will begin celebrating Manaka’s birthday around 4AM EST tonight, and will take down the website around that time for the party. We expect the site to come back online within a few hours.
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Konami is hesitant to provide any ages for the Love Plus girls, but it’s letting fans know today is Manaka Takane’s birthday. I’m sure you will all want to apply this wallpaper to your desktop or smartphone to honor the holiday.

Just a heads-up, we will begin celebrating Manaka’s birthday around 4AM EST tonight, and will take down the website around that time for the party. We expect the site to come back online within a few hours.

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In the latest issue of SCROLL Magazine, Ray Barnholt and a team of contributors set out to give Konami’s Love Plus series the serious, research-heavy, detailed examination it never had — especially not from us.

The mag is a full-on primer for Love Plus, introducing all the characters (and their families!), tracing the history of its development and influences, and attempting to unravel the appeal. Really, the whole thing becomes a lot less creepy and more sweetly pleasant (think Animal Crossing) after reading all about it, except for the parts where you’re actually using your stylus to make physical contact with a fake person, of course.

The issue is available now digitally for $5 or in print for $11. It’s much easier to read than a Japanese copy of one of the games. Meanwhile, New Love Plus is reportedly not even for sale at retailers anymore due to its bugs

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I don’t think that’s where Manaka wants you to kiss her — this clip purportedly shows a weird New Love Plus bug in which the spot you need to touch on the screen has been flipped, meaning you’ll land your kisses just below your virtual girlfriend’s stomach instead of on her forehead.

From what I’ve heard, this Japanese 3DS dating sim shipped with a lot of problems like this, including one game ruining bug that Konami released an apology for this morning. Hopefully the developer will make sure to fix those bugs before this releases here next never.

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New Love Plus advertisement. Why does this have no sound? Because this is designed to be shown on screens inside Japanese trains, and Konami is evidently the most thoughtful company ever. I don’t remember any other often-repeated subway advertisement being silent. I remember lots of annoying jingles.

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Giant Love Plus girls offer presents in front of a 7-Eleven in Akihabara. This launch event allowed users of the Love Plus smartphone app or the 3DS Love Plus Tools game to see a gigantic AR version of their favorite girl.

In honor of the new game, Love Plus also invaded other worlds — like the PSP game Frontier Gate. Players can download Love Plus-themed costume DLC now.

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New Love Plus AR cards. You may not be able to play the upcoming 3DS game, but you can totally download PDFs of its augmented reality cards, for use in both the game and the Love Plus Tools app.

Want to augment your reality in other ways? You can pay ¥315 a month to have Konami send you “girlfriend emails,” in the style of your chosen girl, using the nickname you have been given in the game. So that means there’s someone at Konami right now pretending to be like 2 million dudes’ girlfriends.

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You can read Anne of Green Gables and other novels with your New Love Plus girlfriend

It’s easy to mock Love Plus and its devoted players, but I believe the dating sim makes several interesting — even admirable — attempts to take gamers out of their comfort zones, motivating them to try things in their lives that they might not have pursued on their own.

Some of those attempts seem creepy, like encouraging you to take your DS and virtual girlfriend to tourist spots for a weekend getaway, but others can help you improve your life, like Love Plus+'s exercise sessions that psyche you up to do push-ups and sit-ups, and get your fitness on.

In New Love Plus, which hits Japan on Valentine’s Day, you are invited to read a book along with your digital sweetheart in a series of in-game events, during which you can talk about your thoughts on the story.

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