News The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa Smartphone Games End Service in March
posted on 2016-02-15 23:20 EST
Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Monday that it will end its service for The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa iOS games on March 15. Those who own the game will still be able to play them after the specified date, but they will no longer be able to download music, and Bandai Namco Entertainment cannot guarantee the game will continue working in future iOS updates.
The games are currently discounted on the iOS App Store at US$3.99 (the game cost US$54.99 on launch). Players are also able to acquire songs from the in-game store for free.
The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa games first debuted on the PlayStation Portable in 2012. The game was released on iOS devices in 2013 as three separate games: Melodic Disc, Harmonic Score, and Rhythmic Record (Groovy Tune, Honey Sound, and Funky Note in Japan). Each of the games featured different characters from the 765 Productions cast.
The iOS versions of the game were the first Idolm@ster games released in North America in English. 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.