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First two arcs of Higurashi available on iTunes App Store

July 29th, 2010, by zalas
Posted in Release, Translation , Tagged: ,

An English version of the first two arcs of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni has just been released by SEAMS on the iTunes App Store and runs on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The first arc is free to download and the second arc is priced at $3.99. Both apps are classified as “Books” on the iTunes App Store. These apps are ports of the MangaGamer releases of the games and the idea to port the game to iPhone was initiated by HOBIBOX, who handled the licensing aspects of Higurashi for MangaGamer and also publishes cell-phone ports of games in Japan. The Japanese version of Higurashi has been available as an iPhone App of the first arc that is free to download, but arcs after the first one are in-app downloads at 600 yen each.

UPDATE: The current pricing for the first two arcs appears to be promotional pricing until August 15.

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  1. Tweets that mention encubed » News Archive » First two arcs of Higurashi available on iTunes App Store -- Topsy.com Says:
    July 29th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Spiritsnare, zalas. zalas said: Looks like the first two arcs of the MangaGamer translation of Higurashi are available as apps on iTunes App Store now! http://bit.ly/bIBFi6 [...]

  2. NM64 Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Hmmm, no android? I would think that would seem more appropriate for VNs due to its larger tech-savvy crowd and plain old “geek cred”.

  3. Iris Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    4$/ chapter? Awesome. I’ll be buying whenever the next chapters arrive.
    I hope more of these English VN ports is coming, I’m too lazy to read VNs on my computer.

  4. zalas Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    >>2 (NM64)
    On the contrary, I think this is a good way forward, since it looks like they might attract an audience who has probably never heard of VNs before; it’s listed under “Book” too. I think MangaGamer’s biggest issue has been that their potential customer base has been too small. Expanding it beyond the stereotypical fan base will do good in the long run, I believe. Now, if only they can crank up the marketing Engine on these “books”…

    Lastly, assuming Apple lets you play ball on their court, I think the App Store is more likely to bring stable revenue, due to the type of people who would buy Apple products.

  5. Doku Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I’ve already installed the (free) first chapter on my old gen 1 iPod touch, and this does indeed seem like a decent enough implementation.
    I hope a lot of people try this, with it being free, after all, and that this can give mangagamer some more exposure and some more business.

  6. anon Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Just a quick note, the free/$3.99 price is a sale till the 15th, so better get them soon before the price goes up.

  7. boingman Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    @Iris:
    Same here. I don’t feel like running in ony my computer. But that way I’ll finally play/read it.

  8. NM64 Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    >>4 (zalas)
    OK, that does make sense. However, I wouldn’t bet on ONLY the “Apple ecosystem”, especially if those Android-Windows comparisons come to fruitation.

  9. anon Says:
    July 31st, 2010 at 10:02 am

    @Doku
    So it does run on the 1st gen Itouches? Last time I tried to dl kira kira, and it wouldnt run. Said I needed a 2nd gen or higher.

  10. Doku Says:
    August 4th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    >>9
    You need to have whatever the minimum firmware the game specifies is. I looked at the Info.plist for Higurashi chapter 1, and it says it requires iOS 3.0.

    You can definitely install OS 3.0 or higher on a gen 1 ipod touch, but I don’t think OS 4.0 supports the gen 1 models…

  11. anon Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Higurashi When They Cry 3 is now available. No idea when it came out, just checked out the store as I did once in a blue moon and saw it was there

    Price is 3.99, doesnt mention if thats temporary or not.

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