Danganronpa Decadence is coming to Switch on 3rd December and will pack a whopping four games in one bundle, all available separately on the Switch eShop, if you prefer. It will include the three main games in the visual novel adventure series (Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition, and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition), plus a brand new game: Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp.
The latter is a boardgame-style affair featuring characters from the series interacting at — you guessed it — a summer camp. Having got a little heads-up from developer Spike Chunsoft via some press materials, in this feature we'll be taking a look at the prologue and the Hype Card mechanic of this new game.
Pack your bags for Talent Development Camp
According to our sources (who made the game, so they should know), three years study at Hope's Peak Academy are being capped off by a mammoth 50-day summer camp known as the 'Talent Development Camp'. Komaru Naegi gets an invitation but discovers that it's not just the Ultimate Students who'll be soaking up the sun and talent at the camp — family members and elementary school students will also be in attendance.
Bearing in mind the presence of young kids, it's comforting to know that, although the relationships between the characters will be present and correct, "horrifying events" of the variety fans of the series will be familiar won't be a feature of this summer camp — it seems that in this case, thankfully, somebody has thought of the children.
We say 'soak up the sun', but in fact the whole camp takes place in the Neo World Program, a Matrix-like reality you enter by getting in a capsule. The sun on Jabberwock Island is entirely digital, which presumably means you don't need to slather on sun cream and walk around with sand stuck to your person.
Monokubs, Monobeasts and Hope Shards
The robotic Monokubs from Danganronpa V3 feature in the game as camp 'helpers' of a sort, although father of the kubs, Monokuma, takes it upon himself to make the camp a little less relaxing and a little more deadly when he fills the place wih maurauding Monobeasts. Cue a battle to escape the camp and get back to the real world.
Fortunately, the Monokubs stick round to support the campgoers and interaction with them while developing 10 characters apparently forms the backbone of the story experience as they do battle to collect Hope Shards and develop your talent as you progress.
Character and Hype Cards
The school has a store with three MonoMono machines dispense both character cards — which, as you might predict, unlock characters — but also Hype Cards, which bestow ability enhancements on your character and expands their maximum capacity.
Hype Cards are used across game modes and come into effect the moment their drawn, with nine types of card for each of the 60(!) playable characters. Each card featuring illustrations taken from Danganronpa merch, apparently, which you can check out via the Character Select screen.
The aforementioned MonoMono machines also dish out boardgame one-time bonuses that will, for instance, increase your deck size or provide discounts at shops.
Here's a peek at a handful of the cards:
Tuck Shop Store, Monocoin and Real-World Purchases
Obviously you can spend your hard-earned in-game Monocoins at the school store and buy chances to win the cards you want (no dupes, either, which is nice).
However, you can also spend real-world coin if you're into that sort of thing. You can't exchange real-world money for Monocoin, but instead time-poor players have the option of buying outright the card they're after using a "1 card DLC" bought via the Nintendo eShop.
The prices for these DLC cards — which remove the random gacha element from the in-game currency machine purchases completely — cost $0.99 for 1 card, $1.99 for 3 cards, and $2.99 for 5 (there's also a one-time offer of a 3-card pack for $0.99, too).
That's it for our brief early look at a couple of aspects of Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp, although fans of the series might also be interested to know that there's a 90-minute live-streamed event planned for the end of November: The Danganronpa 10th Anniversary: Ultimate Class Reunion.
Announced earlier this year, it's a (slightly delayed) celebration of the series' 10th anniversary that will take place at the Tokorozawa Sakura Town Japan Pavilion in Saitama. It will include musical performances of tracks from across the series, plus scheduled appearances from some of the Japanese voice actors and musical directors.
There'll be two performances on Saturday 27th November 2021 — one in the day, one at night (Japan time, obviously). It'll all be in Japanese, but for those of you unable to make it to either of those performances in person, don't worry — there's a VOD option just for you for the performance of your choosing. Times and details below, and you can buy tickets and check technical limitations and information here:
Day Time Performance Nov. 27th (Sat) 2021 , OPEN 2:15pm / START 3:00pm (JST)
Nov. 28th (Sun) 2021 , 12:00pm(JST) - until Dec. 5th (Sun) 2021 , 11:59pm(JST)
Night Time Performance Nov. 27th (Sat) 2021 , OPEN 5:45pm / START 6:30pm (JST)
Nov. 28th (Sun) 2021 , 12:00pm(JST) - until Dec. 5th (Sun) 2021 , 11:59pm(JST)
|Hall||PIA LIVE STREAM|
|Goes on Sale||Oct. 2nd (Sat) 2021 , 3:00pm(JST) ～ Dec. 5th (Sun) 2021 , 9:00pm(JST)|
|Payment Method||Credit card only|
Pre-orders for Danganronpa Decadence are open now. The games all launch on Switch on 3rd December.
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Can’t wait to actually play these games for the first time.
Day 1. Had this on Vita. I'll be able to retire all other handhelds if they just bring the Zero Escape games over.
Can’t wait to buy all of these 😍 I’ve been waiting for them to come to Nintendo consoles for literally 10 years!! I refuse to buy or use any other console so.. this just feels so good haha. I loved the anime and that’s my only exposure to this series
It’s amazing they bring all of them on switch. I mean like real ports not that joke of a KH cloud version.
@clianvXAi these games aren’t even that technologically demanding. KH 1 and 2 are a joke because I believe they were PS2 games but KH 3 is in cloud and it is pretty demanding so I get KH 3 being in cloud
Looks I will be getting my hands on the first 3 games from the Eshop (might wait on Danganronpa V3 on a sale though).
Not completely sold on the board game spin off though considering it is using micro transactions
Is every article about any new game now gonna have comments about the KH cloud versions? I’d prefer if not, I’ve read my fill of them on a couple other articles already. There definitely exists places to express your discontent that aren’t unrelated articles
Saw some let's play of these games. I don't get it. It comes across as a bad version of Phoenix Wright with just over-the-top teenagers.
Well, to each their own.
looking forward to replaying 1 and 2 and playing v3 for the first time, haven't touched the games since 2016!
@anoyonmus I'd check pricing. I believe it'll be just as expensive buying them separately. So you could see the summer camp as a little bonus (which it probably is, I don't think the game will have a lot of substance! )
I desperately want to read this article, but I can't. I'm in the middle of Danganronpa 2 right now, and I want to go into 3 as spoiler free as possible, so I guess I'm just going to have to wait. I am looking forward to Summer Camp, though.
Really happy these are finally coming to a portable Nintendo device. For the longest time, these games were THE reason to own a Vita.
Let's hope Ultra Despair Girls also makes the jump.
When things start out optional, it's only to test the waters before they become added as a more and more mandatory element of the game. Just saying.
@garfreek I am not buying Ultimate Summer Camp at all. Just the first 3 games only
Love that anniversary art.
Never played any of these games but I really like the character designs.
Since I've bought the first two games twice and V3 once (and I do not wish to replay it), I'll get the side game when it goes on sale. I just want to see the interactions of all the characters.
Pretty damn excited for this, I love this series and I'll definitely picking up the collectors edition
The article contains some pretty big spoilers for one of the games. That was really unecessary.
@Ralizah lmao P4G
@Fudge_Fujiyama "Switch doesn't even have enough space?"
Well it doesn't (seriously 32GB on Switch and Switch Lite and 64GB on OLED Switch). You can expand it with an microSD card though. But I think what Square Enix meant they couldn't fit it on Switch is that they probably mean they can't fit it on a cartridge. But that is even more stupid imo because they could still make it digital only games natively on Switch and I am sure people will buy it even if it is digital only. But we got physical copy stans here so there is that.
Also Danganronpa isn't even very technologically demanding.
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