If you're worried that playing too much Contra 4
has made you lose touch with your sensitive side, 99 no Namida
(Tears of 99
) might be just what you need! Announced earlier today by Namco Bandai
, 99 no Namida
is a game specifically designed to make you cry, just like your promiscuous ex-girlfriend.
Players are first asked to provide a few details which the game then uses to pick out the narrative most likely to pull at your heartstrings. After 10-15 minutes of that, players fill out a Brain Age
-esque questionnaire to establish their profiles. For example, if your answers betray an empathy for animals or pets, expect a tearjerker about a young pig befriending a loquacious spider in the near future.99 no Namida
plays on the principle that people feel better after crying -- according to a study conducted with the game at Waseda University, most people experienced a noticeable "mood increase" after playing 99 no Namida
. The remaining testers were likely too insecure to admit their weakness to the game's "crying trigger points."
Because of this title's emphasis on its Japanese text, relying on a simple graphics style reminiscent of Feel the Magic
, very few of you will benefit from importing 99 no Namida
. Instead, you'll have to settle for listening to The Cure's "Pictures of You
" on repeat, sobbing into a pillow as you wonder how you lost it all.