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Important Importables Mini: 2008 DS otome game gift guide

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2008 has definitely been a big year for DS otome (girl’s life/dating sim) games. Looking back, I can see at least eight recent games which fall solidly into the otome catagory. Plus, another – Vampire Night – is supposedly scheduled for December 2008. There’ve also been a few games released in North America which can even qualify as otome style games.

If you’ve been waiting until the holidays to start picking up your titles, you’re going to have some tough decisions to make. Plus, some of these games may be difficult to find, so you’ll want to order them early to make sure they arrive in time.

Here’s a quick compilation of all the recent otome games released, divided into English and Japanese so you can quickly jump to the section you desire. If there’s been coverage of the game in my Important Importables title, the game’s title will link to that article. Each Japanese game will also state if it is import friendly for someone who doesn’t understand Japanese.

Japanese otome games

Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side: 2nd SeasonTitle: Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side: 2nd Season
CERO Rating: CERO B Ages 12+
Price: $48.90
Import Friendly: Yes
Note: If you can only have one otome game made this year, Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 2nd Season is the one to get.

Title: Otometeki Koi Kakumei: Love Revo DS!!
CERO Rating: CERO B Ages 12+
Price: $48.90
Import Friendly: Yes

Title: Vitamin X Evolution
CERO Rating: CERO B Ages 12+
Price: $48.90
Import Friendly: No
Note: While the rating says 12+, since the game deals with a female teacher possibly dating one of her high school students, I’d personally recommend it for ages 16+.

Duel Love box artTitle: Duel Love
Rating: CERO C Ages 15+
Price: $52.90
Import Friendly: Yes

Title: Hiiro no Kakera DS
Rating: CERO B Ages 12+
Price: $48.90
Import Friendly: No

Title: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Yumenoukihashi
Rating: CERO B Ages 12+
Price: $48.90
Import Friendly: No

Title: Hana Yori Dango: Koi Seyo Onago
Rating: CERO B Ages 12+
Price: $52.90
Import Friendly: Yes
Note: If you’re looking to buy it at Play-Asia or other sites, and it doesn’t come up as Hana Yori Dango, try searching under Hana Yori Danshi.

Title: Hoshizora no Comic Garden
Rating: CERO B Ages 12+
Price: $54.90
Import Friendly: No
Note: On October 17, 2008, Important Importables will have a review of Hoshizora no Comic Garden up.

Title: Vampire Night
Rating: ???
Price: ???
Import Friendly: Unknown
Note: Vampire Night, based on the manga/anime of the same name, has just been announced and will supposedly be released in December 2008. None of the online import game sites have a listing for it yet.

English otome-ish games

Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness box artTitle: Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Price: $29.99

Title: Princess Debut
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Price: $29.99

Title: Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Price: $29.99
Note: It comes out at the end of October/beginning of November, 2008.

Site [Play-Asia] Site [YesAsia] Site [NCSX] Site [Himeya Shop]

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  • Bella

    Wh is Hiiro no kakera nt import friendly? Just curious.. I heard there was voice acting?

  • Jenni Lada

    Hi Bella,

    Its not import friendly because it is basically a visual novel. The whole game is based on reading, and choosing correct answers. There is also a lot of kanji used.

  • Azanyan

    Is GS2 available for PS2 [download coughcough >w>~]

  • Azanyan

    – *available for PS2 download?