Idea Factory brought some Otome goodness to NGPX this year. They announced that Amnesia: Memories and Amnesia: Later x Crowd would be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. The later of those is an expansion to the original release and was never launched outside of Japan. The other big Otome announcement is that Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei will be releasing in June and details about the Limited Edition were revealed.

Here is more details about Amnesia: Memories and Amnesia: Later x Crowd:

Idea Factory International today announced at the NGPX showcase that the otome visual novel Amnesia™: Memories, and its companion compilation Amnesia™: Later x Crowd, will launch on Nintendo Switch™ this fall. Amnesia: Memories takes players on a romantic adventure to find the truth behind your memory loss, with five romantic paths that branch off into 20+ endings. The companion compilation, Amnesia: Later x Crowd, brings two Amnesia games previously only released in Japan to Western audiences. Players can wishlist the Standard Edition or Limited Edition for both Amnesia: Memories and Amnesia: Later x Crowd at the IFI Online Store.

Here is some Amnesia: Memories features:

  • Paths of Love – Select one of five guys as your love interest, each with multiple branching story paths. Each choice creates a distinct world where characters assume different roles, allowing for 20+ endings!
  • Show Your Affection – Parameters affect your relationship with your future love. Keep track of your relationship here and make sure you’re not headed to a bad ending!
  • Love of the Game – Play mini-games like Rock, Paper, Scissors and Air Hockey against other characters.
  • Love is Worth A Thousand Words – Unlock voiced images in the Gallery. Touching certain areas of the image will play dialogue of feelings that couldn’t be previously expressed.

And here are some features from the first time released in the West, Amnesia: Later x Crowd :

  • Amnesia: Later Beginning with the enchanting storyline in NEW WORLD, you can unlock four different story scenarios, ranging from a study of the many sides of Waka in WAKA’S WORLD to AFTER STORY, which takes place after the events of Amnesia: Memories. Depending on the routes unlocked in AFTER STORY, you may even hear wedding bells…
  • Amnesia: CrowdEnjoy even more story scenarios, like the thrilling what-if story of SUSPENSE, where you must interact with your environment to escape danger in each route. Plus, play a variety of café mini-games in WORKING or card games in TRUMP, earning Orion Points to unlock events.

The game will release sometime in Fall of 2022, and you can check the stacked Limited Edition on IFFY’s Online Store.

Next up we have Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei. This long awaited Otome title will launch on June 28th, 2022 on the Nintendo Switch, and the very stacked Limited Edition. 

Here is more about the game from the press release:

Fifteen years after the Heiji Rebellion, the Heike clan has reached the height of its power, while the Genji clan remains devastated by defeat. Hidden deep within the mountains of Kurama lives Shanao, the youngest surviving male heir to the Genji name. However, Shanao harbors a deep secret known by very few.

The youngest heir to the Genji name is no man.

Torn between her duty to live up to the Genji family name and her desire to live a peaceful life, Shanao sets off to take down the Heike stronghold and finally bring peace in the country. Her adventure leads her to find new cherished relationships, as well as something deeper than the feud between the rivaling clans.

Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei Features:

  • The Object of My Affection – Five potential routes will reveal different elements of Shanao’s story and relationships. Once you’ve decided on your route, maintain your Affection Level to get up close and personal with someone…

  • Testing My Abilities – Shanao possesses 3 Character Abilities: Strength, Knowledge, and Kindness. As you progress, Shanao will have to make pin-point decisions that will directly affect her abilities. The key is to find an equal balance for all 3 abilities. Too high or low of any ability can trigger a bad outcome!

  • Catch My Love – The Love Catch system allows players to gauge how their choices affect a character’s Affection Level and Shanao’s three Character Abilities of Strength, Knowledge, and Kindness in real time. Keep a close tab on Affection and Character Ability levels to reach a true ending!

  • Take Another Stab – After completing a chapter, players can revisit it and manipulate the Affection Levels and Character Abilities. If you feel Shanao is headed down the wrong path, replay the chapter and get back on track!

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