There are certain things those familiar with romantic comedy, slice-of-life visual novels have doubtless come to expect by this point: a scene involving a maid costume; a heroine who can’t cook; a date at an amusement park; and some sort of boob-based misunderstanding. NinNinDays from Qureate has all of these things… plus leading lady Sumire is a ninja. Because why not?
The “ninja” aspect is primarily used to explore the clash between the culture of modern, urban life and the cultures of more traditional, rural communities. Sumire, hailing from a traditional, isolated ninja village, is naive and innocent in the ways of our world, but both she and the 'self-insert' protagonist find they have a lot to learn from one another after an initial, fateful encounter over a half-eaten meat bun. NinNinDays is mostly a narrative about learning to accept and even embrace your own flaws – and coming to understand that a good relationship can use this as a strong foundation. With apologies to Ru Paul, “if you don’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?”
As the narrative proceeds, the ways in which the protagonist and Sumire support one another help them understand the things they need to work on – and that it’s okay to ask for help sometimes. It’s a rather inspiring, surprisingly relatable tale – if a tad clichéd at times – and the multiple endings all present a different way of looking at how one deals with a major turning point in one’s life and outlook. It’s a beautifully presented visual novel; artist AkasaAi, last seen designing the demure Princess Aria in NinNinDays’ stablemate Prison Princess, has done a fine job on the artwork, with the event scenes, in particular, having a real sense of presence and physicality to them… particularly when Sumire’s butt is visible. Which it is, quite frequently. Ahem.
Meanwhile, the standard interactions between the protagonist and Sumire make use of the impressive E-Mote “emotional motion technology” for animated character sprites, best known for its use in the popular Nekopara series. E-Mote certainly breathes some life into Sumire, though it’s clear that the NinNinDays team aren’t masters of the tech like Nekopara’s Sayori is. Sumire very obviously uses fixed, “stock” animations for her various emotes rather than the gorgeous, natural-looking body language unique to each line of dialogue seen in Sayori’s work. It’s a small nitpick, but if you’ve previously enjoyed Nekopara, it’s clearly noticeable.
The localisation is also a little wonky from a technical perspective, featuring a number of typos, incorrect homophones, one instance of confusion between “earlier” and “later” and an apparent distaste for putting a space after a comma, but nothing that makes it unreadable. The actual tone of the English script is fine – and the translation is pretty true to the Japanese voice without being overly stilted.
In summary, then, this is a perfectly serviceable visual novel which boasts gorgeous presentation but is held back by its short runtime, lack of narrative ambition and rough edges in terms of localisation. It's not going to make you fall in love with the genre if you're a newcomer, but longstanding fans will be more forgiving of its shortcomings.
Actually glad to hear that it's on the short side. It's cheap enough so I'll pick it up at some point.
How come these types of games come to console and not just stuff like phones?
im kind of surprised the reviewer didnt give this a 4 or a 5 because they usually deduct points for too much skin being shown wen it comes to ecchi type games.
@Doofenshmirtz Because there's a ton on the phone already, Switch is still easier to get noticed on.
Give me the skimpy I take those girls any day.
@Doofenshmirtz Because some of us would rather play on console? Great fit for a handheld like the Switch especially.
Yes officer, the horny is right here
To paraphrase the great Seanbaby:
It's a bit passive and dull, but there is some excitement knowing your relationship with any person who catches you playing this will be destroyed.
@RiasGremory Maybe they actually listened to the criticism from the reviews of other games like this for how they review them. I worded that really weird, but you probably get what I mean
“A fun, relatable narrative”
Ah yes, I too bump into cute ninja girls every week as well.
Well you’re going to need something to do with all that hand sanitizer and toilet roll.
@RadioHedgeFund Like wipe your bum with the paper and then use the hand sanitizer to clean your hands after!
As an anime fan, I can definitely appreciate the art, because it is indeed gorgeous, but on a personal level, I've never really understood the attraction of these, shall we say, halfway/soft attempts at virtual romance/titillation. And personally, I'm also not really a fan of the oversized anime bust sizes, so suffice to say, this is not my cup of tea.
If you want to do it/play it, then just go all the way. Fans of this type of game, especially those who aren't necessarily fixated on an anime style, might want to take a look at this particular page on Steam.
Sure, it isn't a console game, but judging by the high percentage of positive user reviews, I'm at least not the only one who thinks it's a heck of a lot better where value for money, or rather: that specific kind of content for money, is concerned...
@ThanosReXXX As others said it's those of fans these from Anime/Manga that will buy these. And with the coming of JPRPG this is part of the coming.
@SwitchForce Well, there's actually not a lot of coming in these games...
But all kidding aside, that was exactly my point: it's half-baked, and most fans of boob and butt games will probably need/want a bit more than what this particular game has on offer, seeing as it's still quite innocent.
On a side note: and I actually AM an anime fan, but I won't be buying this regardless of that fact, so that's a bit of a generalization there.
@RiasGremory That's because it was reviewed by Pete Davison. They specifically brought him on as someone who can review games like this more objectively with an open mind. He actually runs a website called MoeGamer.
There are people out there that like this type of content, but also want to know if the game is actually any good. Basically, Nintendolife took the previous criticism seriously.
Not into these types of games (visual novels), but I'm glad NL is finally having someone who is fine with fanservice games review those types of games. Not all of them are bad, that Senran Kagura Peach Ball game, although lacking in content, was actually fun. Yet it gets a low score because big jiggling boobs. lol
@RiasGremory That's only when the games focus too much on the fan service at the expense of everything else, seemingly forgetting that they're supposed to be putting an enjoyable game underneath it all. The reviews are rather fair to games like this that only use the fan service as a secondary enticement on top of an already solid primary experience.
That being said, I personally don't see the point of visual novels that do little more than just tell a story. I've got books, movies, and actual anime for that. A visual novel only makes for a good video game when there's actually fun gameplay involved alongside the story such as with the Ace Attorney series. On top of that, I want my story-driven games to have a single canonical (preferably happy) ending instead of this nonsense of making various choices to determine how the entire story goes (especially if that's basically all there is to the gameplay). If you must have multiple endings, make sure there's a clear indication on which one is the true ending (and hopefully there's a FAQ available to guide me on acquiring that true ending in as few playthroughs as possible).
@Joeynator3000 No, that game got the review it deserved for being a very mediocre pinball game with a nonsensical story and some unpolished aspects. That makes it a little below average, so it got the score, a 4, that designates it as such.
NLife gave a fan service game a 6/10? Amazing! I was expecting much lower score and a review criticising people who like these kinds of games.
@BulbasaurusRex Then I suggest you watch Destructoid’s video review over on YouTube. They reckon it’s way better than 'below average'.
@Joeynator3000 having read yours and @BulbasaurusRex conflicting comments regarding Senran Kagura Peach Ball, I watched Destructoid’s video review. Long story short, I think I now want SKPB myself!
@BulbasaurusRex if course you don't like visual novels that just tell a story if you dislike multiple routes and endings. Remove that and you lose the biggest strenght of the medium.
Meh, not hentai enough. Pass!
hmm nlife picking up the almost hentai now xD strange
@PBandSmelly look out. Here comes the prude patrol
@ThanosReXXX I'm not really a fan of the oversize Anime bust size either, but to me, this is "borderline" fine for me heheh.
Will pick it up if it gets a retail release.
Judging from the photos I thought this was some highend ninja hentai!!
Its a visual novel for PC originally. I have it on Switch also. Nintendo version removes all adult scenes. PC has everything with the patch installed. So basically Nintendo made it T rated to be allowed to pass ESRB.
@Deathlock2017 It is on the PC version
@ThanosReXXX The PC version is not innocent at the slightest!
@Doofenshmirtz PC is the technically where visual novel supremacy resides. Can't have the 18+ sex scenes on consoles anyways, lol.. but if you don't have a PC and live in the West then Switch is the best place for visual novels.
"I'm also not really a fan of the oversized anime bust sizes"
Lolicon confirmed. OPEN UP! 🤣
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus, If My Heart Had Wings, Aokana, World End Syndrome, Clannad and Steins;Gate would like a word with you, lol
@skrax On to the PC version then, lol .. See you go to a little site called Denpasoft to download 18+ patches for these kinds of visual novels to unlock all the H scenes 😁
@Meei Which is pretty much why they should just be books or movies instead of video games in the first place!
@JustMonika Yeah, those are probably just more examples of stories that should've just been made in a non-interactive format instead of shoehorning lame excuses for interactivity into them.
@BulbasaurusRex Clannad, Aokana and Steins;Gate have had anime adaptations. Clannad being considered the best romance anime of all time and Steins;Gate being considered the best science fiction anime of all time. Hell, the Steins;Gate anime is what made me an anime fanatic. So yeah, a lot of visual novels do get anime adaptations. Just with the visual novels, they're more in depth.
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