Japan Import: Namco Bandai making PSP dating sim starring AKB48

September 16, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Namco Bandai making PSP dating sim starring AKB48

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, PSP & PSPgo, Ads & Media, Home Video, Genres, 2D, Adventure, Sim

AKB48 AKB1/48 Idol to Koishitara

Namco Bandai is hoping to capitalizing on the portable dating sim trend with AKB1/48 Idol to Koishitara, a PSP dating simulation that stars members of the Japanese pop group AKB48. Well, it’s not so much a dating simulation as it is a love simulation with almost an hour and a half of video footage (all of the girls confessing their love) and over 10,000 photographs.

In AKB1/48 Idol to Koishitara, 48 girls are in love with you, the main character. (Yeah, that’s realistic.) And they aren’t going to wait for you to woo them. They all want to happily proclaim how much they love you. The thing is, you can only have one of them. So you have to avoid 47 girls so you can get with the one you want. 

Namco Bandai must think AKB1/48 Idol to Koishitara is going to be a huge success, as there are going to be four different editions available on December 23, 2010. The first two editions, the ¥5,229 (~$63) standard edition which includes the game and one picture of a random AKB48 girl and the ¥7,329 (~$88) limited edition that comes with the game, three random AKB48 pictures and a bonus 120 min. UMD with video footage of the AKB48 girls not used in the game, are fairly normal.

Then there are the AKB1/48 Idol to Koishitara ¥10,479 (~$126) first press and ¥36,729 (~$442) premier special editions, which are quite creepy. The first press edition comes with the game, bonus UMD, 2 Making of AKB1/48 Idol to Koishitara DVDs, 10 AKB48 pictures, 48 kiss marks from the 48 idols, and 24 optional UMD case covers for the game, all in a collectible box. The premier special edition includes all of the contents of the first press edition, plus a special AKB48 pink PSP with 48 kiss battery covers that look like the AKB48 members kissed it.

AKB48 is currently one of the top female idol groups in Japan. They sing, they dance and they promote stuff. And yes, there really are 48 members of AKB48. But they aren’t all singing and performing at once. Most often, AKB48 splits off into their respective teams, which each have 16 members in them. There’s Team A, K and B. AKB48 also has their own Akihabara theater where they perform every day.

Read [Famitsu (Japanese)] Via [MELOS no Michi] Also Read [Siliconera (Japanese)] Site [AKB1/48 Idol to Koishitara (Japanese)]

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