MangaGamer and JAST partnership with Nutaku

Posted in

#1 by rusanon
2016-05-11 at 07:25
< report >As Nutaku kept hinting in their posts for several months, they finally expanded their presence in eroge market to downloadable content, including VNs.
Surprising part: they got MangaGamer and JAST to supply them with their games:
Today it was announced that veterans of the English visual novel localization scene – MangaGamer and JAST USA – have entered into a distribution partnership with Nutaku.
Titles such as Cho Dengeki Stryker and Vanguard Princess will soon arrive on Nutaku with heavy launch discounts. Perhaps we’ll soon see other companies jump into the fray (Sekai Project, anyone?).

Nutaku is known for their ridiculously crazy levels of censorship, so its interesting to see MangaGamer jump on the board. Are we going to see Euphoria Revised Canada-Friendly Edition soon?Last modified on 2016-05-11 at 07:28
#2 by dk382
2016-05-11 at 07:26
< report >I don't understand the point.
#3 by encrypted12345
2016-05-11 at 13:45
< report >It sounds like to me that they are trying to become the Steam of eroge, in a manner of speaking.

Though, with their current censorship policies, the titles they can actually release may be limited.
#4 by giftofthegeek
2016-05-11 at 15:31
< report >Cho Dengeki Stryker and Vanguard Princess are fairly safe launch titles, as long as Nutaku doesn't suddenly get squeamish about sex between adults.
#5 by sanahtlig
2016-05-11 at 20:16
< report >A one-stop download shop for eroge would be a good thing simply for exposure purposes. End-users won't necessarily benefit (unless prices fall because of it).

But as others have commented, they probably won't carry titles like Euphoria and Littlewitch Romanesque (since both of them contain highly offensive content).Last modified on 2016-05-11 at 20:18
#6 by Ileca
2016-05-11 at 20:30
< report >I wonder if their new link with MG will help them acquiring the TAKA license for real so they can butcher it how much they wanted. I hope they won't, though.
#7 by Jazz957
2016-05-11 at 22:25
< report >Well they certainly won't be getting a single cent from me.
#8 by rusanon
2016-05-11 at 22:36
< report >@6
I believe they already had Arena license, but some problems happened during localization.
Most likely whoever responsible for veto'ing porn content finally looked through h-scenes and figured that its impossible to make Arena conform with Nutaku standards. There are no vanilla scenes after all, and plenty of stuff that would qualify as torture, like repeated stomach punching or electrocution.

I think idea is so tap into millions of nutaku users, who are having too much money on their hands. I'm sure MG and JAST would prefer direct sales from their own sites otherwise, since no need to pay distributor's cut.
#9 by Ileca
2016-05-11 at 22:49
< report >They made an announcement age ago about TAKA without much detail (I don't remember them saying they licensed it) but, not so long ago, it was "indefinitely delayed due to IP issues". Does "IP issues" supposed to mean they couldn't finalize the license buying, or can it mean they bought it but couldn't censor it like they wanted? Imo, they don't have the license yet.

It's funny because TAKA is widely disregarded as too softcore for a Black Lilith.Last modified on 2016-05-11 at 22:55
#10 by rusanon
2016-05-18 at 09:00
< report >And it went live, link
100 gold = 1$, so for example Dengeki Striker is 44$ on MG, 36$ on Nutaku and 35$ on Steam. Not that much of discount to cope with potential retroactive censorship/removal.
#11 by sanahtlig
2016-05-18 at 17:01
< report >The greater problem is that you can only make Nutaku Gold purchases in set increments. This is incredibly annoying and forces you to overspend to purchase any given product.Last modified on 2016-05-18 at 17:02
#12 by warfoki
2016-05-18 at 17:31
< report >Well, you can buy 100 gold separately, but it's kind of a pain in the ass.
#13 by sanahtlig
2016-05-18 at 17:57
< report >link

No 100 gold option.Last modified on 2016-05-18 at 17:57
#14 by warfoki
2016-05-18 at 23:48
< report >That's odd. I could swear that option was there before...
#15 by jikorde
2016-05-19 at 00:50
< report >At the very least all the games are in increments of 500 when they are at their proper prices. Its the discount that makes you have to overpay to be able to purchase the games, making the discounts kind of crap.
#16 by Ileca
2016-05-19 at 01:14
< report >What a scam. Sasuga Nutaku.
When someone is using a personalized currency, you can expect something smelly.
#17 by encrypted12345
2016-05-19 at 06:02
< report >I won't support this endeavor, but I'm curious as to where this goes. Maybe they wil become big enough to become the Steam of eroge; maybe they'll crash and burn. At least they don't plan on directly censoring what they obtain on the store, but depending on how much impact this has, eroge Nutaku can't accept like Euphoria and Littlewitch might not be as profitable anymore. It'll be sad, but that's capitalism.

Mangagamer is being very generous with Nutaku with its games while JAST just gave a couple of ancient games. I wonder if Denpasoft will join in soon.
#18 by Ileca
2016-05-19 at 09:15
< report >Nutaku becoming the Steam of Eroge is a truly fearsome vision. It will be a selective Steam of softcore-ecchi-not-too-much-ge which will fail at becoming the Steam of Eroge in spirit.

I don't buy the argument I often see here like how Nutaku will butcher the eroge they will sell like they did with their p2win because they need the approval of Jast/MG to draw out their knife, which is not the same thing as bullshiting far away japanese developers (who don't care or connive). I don't believe Jast/MG want to be linked to the reputation of butcher of Nutaku, they just want to use their shop. The only repercussion will be the one you said: selection. Not butchering. Until they release their own eroge, which will happen if it works.


You must be logged in to reply to this thread.