5 February 2009
Hong Kong blogger Fongyou (馮友) has revealed that a new Toradora game will be released for the PSP. What kind of a game can a romantic comedy make?
Toradora Portable! is a spin-off PSP game based on the popular anime Toradora! airing at the moment, which is in turn an adaptation of the original light novel. According to Fongyou, the story starts off with Ryuji (the main character) having an amnesia and forgets who he is. This way his relationship with all other characters are reset, and he can choose which girl he wants to go with, creating a typical harem setting.
So far only Taiga, Minori, and Ami are announced in terms of female characters.
The gameplay will be pretty similar to a typical visual novel, i.e. interacting with characters and making choices. The game will also have a 3D map for Ryuji to roam around to find characters or to trigger events.
The game will also feature the TORA system (Technical Operated Real Animation), where there's Taiga for you to interact with (this is also mentioned on Danny Choo). That's pretty much the same as the S.O.S. system on PSP game Suzumiya Haruhi no Yakusoku (The Promise of Haruhi Suzumiya) from the same company.
Along with the regular release, there's also the limited Premium set, which includes a fanbook, a DVD with anime scenes not shown on TV, a pouch, and a PSP stand (I think). All this costs a whopping 9800 Yen, which is nearly twice as much as the regular release (5229 Yen)...
Image from Danny Choo
And last but not least, those who preorder either the regular release or the premium set will also have a Nendoroid Taiga swinsuit ver. figure as well. It looks like that Good Smile Company and Max Factory does a lot of exclusive this and that recently. :o
While I haven't watched Toradora, the anime seems to be pretty popular at the moment. As for the game itself, I do not know how well a visual novel usually fares, but this game will be targeted to the Toradora fans, and it will be released on April 30th, soon after the anime finishes airing. So, are you interested?
I don't even own a PSP so this is kinda out of the question for me ^^;;
Game images are from Toradora Portable! official website and Gpara