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Since February is the somewhat official month of romance, what better way to celebrate than with some dating sim games?
The dating sim genre hasn't ever had its time in the limelight outside of Japan, where it's actually quite popular with both men and women.
However, it's already been usurped by the humble PSP, which according to Media Create sold 58,075 units in the week of March 28th to April 3rd. This is in large part thanks to PSP dating sim , an old PS2 game that's just been re-released for the portable.
It seems nostalgia trumps 3D wizardry again, and with the PSP getting cheaper in Europe this week, the competition is even getting tougher.
This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.
While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
Nintendo's 3DS, however, has had something of a softer landing.
It released in Japan on February 26th and had been positioned high and proud at the top of the sales charts.
It is usually in a visual novel format where choices can be made by the players.
While the ultimate goal is to fall in love and get the happy ending, there are times when the game requires the players to meet certain requirements to get the players’ desired ending.
In fact, the term "dating sim" isn't even really correct, as it only encompasses romance games that have simulation elements (usually meters for stats that you have to raise to get the girl/guy you're pursuing).