Sure, Fine, I Guess We’ll Take Danganronpa on Mobile [UPDATE]

It's not Switch, but...

Update: Spike Chunsoft has confirmed that the Danganronpa mobile ports will be coming to the west, as well, and that all three games will be available on both iOS and Android devices.

Original story below:

Spike Chunsoft has announced that, for Danganronpa’s 10-year anniversary, it would be bringing all three of the series’ murder mystery visual novels to mobile devices as “Anniversary Editions,” including Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.

These ports will feature touch controls similar to the ones the games had on PlayStation Vita, an overhauled UI, as well as a bonus gallery to listen to voice clips, look at sprite galleries, and concept artwork. While there’s no specifics on which devices these will work on, whether that be iOS, Android, or both, the first game did have an iOS port back in 2012, but it never left Japan. The Anniversary Editions don’t have a release date yet, in Japan or otherwise, but presumably they’ll be coming out this year because to come out later would defeat the purpose of calling them an Anniversary Edition in the first place.

 

A few things to note, these may be all the Danganronpa visual novels, but there was no mention of a mobile port of the puzzle shooter spin-off Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. Also, despite all these games coming to a new platform, Spike Chunsoft is continuing to fumble the marketing of these games as a trilogy, when Danganronpa V3 is a new story with a new setting separate from the other games and the anime conclusion Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School. So should you decide to try these games out on mobile for the first time, be aware that there are two major parts of the story missing from the Anniversary Editions.

But also, I was still hoping that something would have come from the Amazon Japan listing for all three of these games for the Nintendo Switch that appeared on the store last year. The series is well-suited for mobile devices, but in my experience, getting people to play long, involved games like the Danganronpa series (each of which can last up to 20 hours on a critical path run) on their phone isn’t as easy as getting them to play them on a dedicated system like the Switch. As such, I still stand by that the PlayStation Vita is the ideal place to play these games, but they’re all on PlayStation 4 and PC, as well.

In other news:

This was the first of the company’s planned announcements as it celebrates the series’ 10th anniversary, with more presentations and announcements to come in the next few months. Outside of the Anniversary Editions, Spike Chunsoft announced it will be hosting monthly online videos called Dangan TV ~Hope Keeps On Going~, where series cast members and developers will be discussing their experiences working on the franchise and maybe reveal more news about the anniversary celebrations as the months go on. Whether that would be in the form of commemorative merchandise or a commentary-undermining new game is yet to be seen. The first of these will premiere in Japan on May 21, and will be hosted by Megumi Ogata, the Japanese voice actress of series protagonist Makoto Naegi.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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