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Kemono Friends Picross Game Announced for Nintendo Switch

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Digital-only puzzle game launches in Japan this fall

Video game development company Jupiter announced on Sunday that the Kemono Friends franchise is getting a Kemono Friends Picross game for Nintendo Switch in collaboration with Jupiter's Picross series of games. The game will launch this fall digitally only for 1,080 yen (about US$9.75).

The game will feature 300 puzzles from previous Picross and Mega Picross games. As players clear puzzles, they can meet characters from the Kemono Friends franchise. The game will feature an assist function and a tutorial so those who have never played a Picross game before can play. The game will also include a gallery mode where players can look at the images unlocked through the puzzles.

The Dōbutsu Biscuits musical group will contribute the song "Happy Biscuit" from their first major album Safari Drive as the game's opening theme song. The album will ship on October 4.

The Picross game franchise features picture logic puzzles. The franchise launched more than 20 years ago, and has seen iterations on various consoles such as Game Boy, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Switch. The game has also had crossovers with other franchises such as Super Mario Bros., Pokémon, and The Legend of Zelda, as well as Sanrio characters.

Nexon's original Kemono Friends app game launched in early 2016 and ended service in December of that year — before the Kemono Friends anime even aired. The 12-episode television anime then premiered on TV Tokyo and TV Osaka in January 2017 and ended in March 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.

A second anime season is planned. However, the first season's director TATSUKI and anime studio Yaoyorozu will not be involved in the project.

The franchise has also inspired smartphone apps, as well as several stage plays.

Source: Dengeki Online

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