Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America.
Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999.
Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro Yamashita said the pair have managed over 200,000 sales across Europe and the US.
“That’s just on PS Vita – it’s quite an impressive number,” he said, for those of us used to reading sales figures for hug, big-budget console titles.
The executive went on to say that the visual novel genre is really starting to take of in the west.
“NISA is known for publishing niche JRPGs like Disgaea, but now we’re shifting the system towards visual novels after the success of Danganronpa,” he said.
Great news; I love the especially kooky and creepy ones, personally, but I know there’s a lot of interest in romance titles. (That’s romance, not necessarily hentai, by the way; don’t write off the whole genre as wank bank material based on notorious examples.)
Third-person Danganronpa spin-off Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is also coming west this year, by the way. A third series entry is on the way.