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CPU Goddesses Become Pop Royalty in Hyperdimension Neptunia PP

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Posted on October 24, 2013 AT 04:56pm

NIS America has announced that they’ll be bringing over Hyperdimension Neptunia PP, a new Vita title that takes the world and characters of Hyperdimension Neptunia into a whole new genre: music/rhythm games.

Yes, really!

So, okay, Hyperdimension Neptunia. I’ve never really been a fan of the games, but the idea has always been rather fascinating to me. In Japan, there’s a tendency to create personifications of products or technologies, often resulting in characters with names ending in the Japanese honorific -tan. So, for example, the OS-tans are a series of memes created by artists on the internet, where operating systems such as Windows XP or Mac OS X are presented as quirky anime girls.

Unsurprisingly, there are such caricatures for nearly every videogame system released, and they in part no doubt helped inspire the Hyperdimension Neptunia series—games where platforms such as the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and a mythical current-gen Sega console are brought to life as digital goddesses in the fictional world of Gamindustri.

Obviously, all of that wasn’t a crazy enough idea, so now the franchise’s developers Idea Factory and Compile Heart are sending Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert into the even weirder and wilder world of Japanese music/rhythm games.

And now, you crafty folks at Idea Factory and Compile Heart, you’ve got my attention. If there’s one thing I can’t avoid, it’s cute Japanese music games drenched in sugary pop overindulgence. Not only will I get that, but in Hyperdimension Neptunia PP, I’ll be helping the four goddesses use music to save the world!

It’s like I’m back watching Macross: Do You Remember Love all over again.

In the game, you’ll step into the role of producer, choosing to help one of the four leading ladies in their quest for pop-idol stardom. Manage the girls’ careers, teach them to sing and dance, and try your best to lead them down the road of winning the adoration of all of the citizens of Gamindustri.

If you made it this far into the tale of Hyperdimension Neptunia PP—a working title, by the way—then, like me, you’ll no doubt be interested to know that NIS America is looking to release the English-language version of the game for us North American Vita owners sometime next year. If you gave up halfway through this article, then you’re probably already down in the comments section calling into questions the game’s sexuality or something similar.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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