Vampire Knight DS welcomed series fans and otome newcomers

There will always be hits and misses when it comes to games based upon existing properties. Developers need to decide how true an adaptation is going to be or if they’ll be attempting something original inspired by something beloved. It can be uncommon to get something that ticks the right boxes for people, resulting in a game that can be appreciated by players who both are and aren’t familiar with the source material. Vampire Knight DS, a dating sim inspired by the Matsuri Hino series of the same name, is one such game that managed to achieve the lofty goal of pleasing everyone at once.

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Kurayami no Hate de Kimi wo Matsu follows bonds born from fear

A long time ago, let’s say eight years in the past, D3 Publisher decided to release a rather dark otome game. Kurayami no Hate de Kimi wo Matsu began with a hiking trip and ended with murder. Yes, it was a point-and-click horror game where you happened to romance dudes while dealing with a serial killer. It was not only an unexpected sort of dating sim, but not exactly the sort of thing you’d expect on a Nintendo platform.

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Falling in love with Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side

The Tokimeki Memorial series began by giving people a chance to follow a young man enjoying his high school years, falling in love with many of his female classmates. As it grew in popularity, its scope did as well. Soon, Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side was giving people a chance to follow a young woman in a similar situation as she sought love with many of her male classmates.

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Tingle’s weird nature allowed for unorthodox games

There are certain expectations when it comes to video game protagonists. Heroic figures you can idolize are common, because who doesn’t love rooting for an honorable and well-intentioned person attempting to make the world a better place? Antiheroes are equally common, giving us tales of redemption or revenge. The one thing we don’t often see are titles where the leads make us cringe.

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