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TinyCast 024 - Virtue's Last Ronpa

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TinyCast 24! We spent some time here discussing Level’s 5 eShop surprises and Nintendo’s free-to-play experiments, but we also go in-depth on the uncertain future of Zero Escape, and why you need to play Danganronpa. There’s also a great discussion in the second half on how the teams behind these two visual novel series riffed off each other when designing their respective titles. If you love the Zero Escape series, don’t miss this episode!

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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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Virtue’s Last Reward for $19.99 ⊟
That Amazon deal is for both the 3DS and PS Vita games, which is nice. This Christmas K tree GIF is nice too — it’s from Luis.
Other sales going on right now:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (sidebar link) - $24.99
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - $34.96
Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) - $16.99
Holiday Walking Dead Vita Bundle (with 3 PSN games) - $259.96 $179.99
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) - $29.99
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - $24.99
$20 eShop cards at Best Buy - $16 ($50 cards are $40!)
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Virtue’s Last Reward for $19.99 ⊟

That Amazon deal is for both the 3DS and PS Vita games, which is nice. This Christmas K tree GIF is nice too — it’s from Luis.

Other sales going on right now:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (sidebar link) - $24.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - $34.96
  • Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) - $16.99
  • Holiday Walking Dead Vita Bundle (with 3 PSN games) - $259.96 $179.99
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) - $29.99
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - $24.99
  • $20 eShop cards at Best Buy - $16 ($50 cards are $40!)
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Virtue’s Last Reward finally on the 3DS eShop ⊟

I don’t know why this took so long — I believe it had a day-one PSN release for PS Vita — but you can now buy the second entry from Chunsoft’s Zero Escape series on the eShop. It’s available with nice discount, priced at $24.99 (until September 3) instead of the $39.99 it’s going for at retail.

More details on today’s handheld download releases, including the 100th 3DS Virtual Console release in North America, over on this page!

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Want a limited edition yellow Virtue’s Last Reward watch? Pick up VLR from Aksys’s store right now on 3DS or PS Vita, and you’ll get one.
Now here’s the tricky part: if you don’t have the game, you might not know you want this tie-in item. So now you might have to gamble on buying the game under the assumption you’ll want one of these after playing it. It’s a nonary game-style mindbender!
…again, which you won’t get until you play it.

Want a limited edition yellow Virtue’s Last Reward watch? Pick up VLR from Aksys’s store right now on 3DS or PS Vita, and you’ll get one.

Now here’s the tricky part: if you don’t have the game, you might not know you want this tie-in item. So now you might have to gamble on buying the game under the assumption you’ll want one of these after playing it. It’s a nonary game-style mindbender!

…again, which you won’t get until you play it.

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Virtue’s Last Reward watches on sale for Hurricane Sandy relief. For once, the boobytrapped watch is being used to save lives, not to end them in bloody explosions. Aksys is selling the watches (which come in three random colors) on its website for $20, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross, earmarked for Hurricane Sandy-related efforts.
I still have the t-shirt Aksys sold for Japan tsunami relief. A nice shirt and a nice gesture!
Donate: American Red Cross Disaster ReliefSee also: More VLR and 999 posts

Virtue’s Last Reward watches on sale for Hurricane Sandy relief. For once, the boobytrapped watch is being used to save lives, not to end them in bloody explosions. Aksys is selling the watches (which come in three random colors) on its website for $20, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross, earmarked for Hurricane Sandy-related efforts.

I still have the t-shirt Aksys sold for Japan tsunami relief. A nice shirt and a nice gesture!

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See also: More VLR and 999 posts

It’s official! Chunsoft’s 999 followup is coming to North America on both 3DS and Vita as “Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward.” The branding will extend back to 999, which is now also part of a “Zero Escape” game series. Totally makes sense!

The American release of Virtue’s Last Reward will have voice-acted “Novel” sections. The announcement by publisher Aksys isn’t clear whether this will be in English or Japanese. The 3DS game will be retail; the Vita version will be sold over PSN and retail.

I gotta finish 999! Like, at least once.

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