Danganronpa Decadence’s Switch Release Date is So Close Yet So Far

Monokuma will grace your handheld/console hybrid at the end of the year.

Danganronpa Decadence, the four-game visual novel compilation coming to the Switch, has a release date. The series will make its Nintendo console debut on December 3, bringing the series’ three murder mystery visual novels to the system, along with a new board game/social sim expansion at the end of the year.

The collection was announced during Nintendo’s E3 Direct presentation, and is finally bringing a series to a system fans have been long hoping it would show up on. However, Decadence does omit Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, the puzzle shooter spin-off set between the first two games. That game is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Vita, but also skipped over mobile when Spike Chunsoft began porting the series to phones and tablets last year.

The collection is also being released with a collector’s edition, which runs $99.99, and includes a 10th-anniversary poster, prints, a remixed soundtrack, and a collector’s box, which is available for pre-order. It’s worth noting that Decadence refers to a physical collection of all the games on one Switch card, but each game will also be available separately on the eShop. However, the games don’t have individual pricing listed on their store pages as of this writing.

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Danganronpa Decadence includes Danganronpa: Trigger Happy HavocDanganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, which are all murder mystery visual novels. However, they’re not the series’ full story. The omission of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls does leave a gap, but the actual conclusion to the series’ original tale is found in the anime Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High SchoolDanganronpa V3 is a separate storyline rather than an actual conclusion to a trilogy, but it wouldn’t be surprising if you didn’t know that.

The fourth game in the collection, Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, is an expansion of a board game included in Danganronpa V3 and is the first “new” video game content in the series since 2017. It’s a non-canonical spin-off of sorts, but given the way V3 ended, it raises questions.

Danganronpa began as a PlayStation Portable series in Japan but was eventually ported to the Vita, which served as the basis for its localization. However, the series’ history as a Vita exclusive is in a precarious place right now.