Japan Is Leading The Market Of Virtual Companions With Their Nintendo DS Dating Game

Japan Is Leading The Market Of Virtual Companions With Their Nintendo DS Dating Game
technology

Love Plus has become incredible popular in Japanese cities and has players spending perhaps too much time with their gaming consoles.

Yi Chen
  • 12 december 2011


Yuuya Iwama is a young Japanese man who enjoy taking his girlfriend Manaka Takane on dates around Tokyo. What makes Manaka special, is that she’s a virtual character found on the dating game Love Plus, which is available on the Nintendo DS portable gaming console. However, just like a real relationship, Iwama can converse with Manaka, reply to her e-mails and go on romantic dates. Love Plus includes over 5,000 scripts, 150 CG events and over 25,000 voice expressions. The game is set in real-time and essentially can be played 24 hours a day for a lifetime. The game only ends when the relationship falters.

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