News The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa Games/Anime Debut in English on iOS
posted on 2013-04-22 10:30 EDT
Namco Bandai Games released The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa games in English for iOS devices on Monday. The three rhythm games — Melodic Disc, Harmonic Score, and Rhythmic Record (Groovy Tune, Honey Sound, and Funky Note in Japan) — are the first Idolm@ster games released in North America in English. Each one costs US$54.99 (4,800 yen in Japan) for a grand total of US$164.97.
Each one also comes with a 23-minute original anime. Director Atsushi Nishigori and his team at A-1 Pictures returned from The IDOLM@STER television series (2011) for the new anime episodes "Music of Love," "Music in the World," and "Music is a Friend."
Unlike most of the previous Idolm@ster titles in which players manage the careers of aspiring idols characters, these three games are in the "idol rhythm" genre. The idols perform live concerts during a music festival at a tropical resort with new animated footage, new songs, and familiar tracks from previous games.
Sentai Filmworks released Sunrise's 2007 loose IDOLM@STER: XENOGLOSSIA television anime adaptation of the franchise in North America. Crunchyroll streamed A-1 Pictures' more direct television adaptation as it aired in Japan in 2011. The cast and staff then revealed The IDOLM@STER Movie in February.
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