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Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls Comes West on PS Vita

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Idea Factory International has announced they’re localizing Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls.

The game will launch for PS Vita in North America and Europe via both retail and digital stores sometime this fall.

The game is an RPG that puts you in control of IF, who must step into the spotlight after the series’ main heroine, Neptune, is magically transformed into a motorcycle.

Here are the game’s first screenshots, however they’re from the Japanese release:

Here’s a rundown for the game, via Idea Factory International:


About the Sega Hard Girls

A collaboration project between ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko and SEGA, the Sega Hard Girls are made up of various Sega consoles, including the Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive! These anthropomorphized consoles are girls with an array of personalities and spunk, and this time they are teaming up with Neptune and IF for an all-new adventure!

Our story begins in the mysterious halls of an ancient library… The Grand Library holds the history of the world within its shelves. Legend says that if one was to tamper with the books kept there, the past itself could be completely rewritten… A daring adventurer known as IF discovered the location of this revered library and finally crossed its threshold. Little did she know, a disaster of historical proportions was about to occur before her very eyes. Books began to vanish from the library’s shelves; the history of the world was disappearing before her and the reasons for this occurrence were shrouded in mystery.

IF sets out on a journey across time to uncover the truth! Will she be able to work together with both the Sega Hard Girls and Goddesses to recover the lost history? Will they really be able to save the world?

Key Features

  • A History of SEGA to Love! Introducing Sega Hatsumi, Dream Cast, Sega Saturn, Game Gear,
    Mega Drive! Familiar faces Neptune, IF, Nepgear, Plutia, and Uzume return as playable
    characters!
  • Be Anything You Want! Change classes to switch up stats to customize your team! There are
    also special skills only specific classes can use!
  • IF is Her Own Stuntman! Maneuver through treacherous dungeon terrains with various
    actions like jump, dash, climb, crawl, to reach items or special rewards, and even destroy
    objects to clear the path ahead!
  • Fever Time! Jump to obtain the rainbow gem and unleash Fever Time! This reduces enemy
  • All turns during battle, enables HDD form, and raises stats by 10% to give you the advantage!
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79 comments
  1. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    April 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    #BlessUp

  2. Dammage
    Dammage
    April 7, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    These names are starting to get annoying to remember lol

  3. Smug
    Smug
    April 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    “The game is an RPG that puts you in control of IF, who must step into
    the spotlight after the series’ main heroine, Neptune, is magically
    transformed into a motorcycle.”

    wat

  4. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    April 7, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    NEPTUNIA ON MOTORCYCLES

  5. WB1c_Marathon
    WB1c_Marathon
    April 7, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Jesus Christ IFI, you’re murdering my wallet, and I thought last year was year of the Nep.

  6. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    April 7, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    It seems every year will be the year of the Nep. Wallets everywhere will scream in agony with all the Vita LEs and Steam sales to come.

  7. Chocolate ISISCream
    Chocolate ISISCream
    April 7, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I’ve been trying to save 70k over 3 years to pay off my mortgage but Nep Nep ain’t gonna let that happen.

  8. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    April 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Glad they’re bringing this over. Also, interesting thing to note: In Japan, the series is called “Super Dimension Game Neptune”, but NISA changed it to “Hyperdimension Neptunia” when they brought the original PS3 game to the west. Going by this and the title of the Blanc game, it seems IFI may finally be ditching NISA’s ‘Neptunia’ title in order to be more faithful to the Japanese version of the series by calling this game “Superdimension Neptune Vs Sega Hard Girls”. Hopefully the ‘Neptune’ title sticks for future titles as well.

  9. aaaa
    aaaa
    April 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I wish they would also change Plutia back to Pururut.

  10. Offendatron_5000
    Offendatron_5000
    April 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    As if this series wasn’t already awesome enough. Though at the pace they are releasing these it needs to be called Hyperdeflation Wallet.

  11. DDD-kun
    DDD-kun
    April 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    As one of NISA’s former editor’s tells it, likely the time has finally gone when the localization efforts could fall under brush of a potential (and frivolous) lawsuit over certain aspects of the writing.

  12. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    April 7, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Interesting, so the title “Neptune” may have been copyrighted in the west at the time? That would explain some things. Either way, I hope this means IFI will now use “Superdimension Neptune” from here on out.

  13. TsukuyomiMagi99
    TsukuyomiMagi99
    April 7, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    More Nepu Nepu is always welcome! ^^

    IFI you guys are starting to become my favorite company behind XSeed!

  14. TheMaverickGamer
    TheMaverickGamer
    April 7, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Keep the Nep-nepping goodness coming, IFI!

  15. 日塔 奈美
    日塔 奈美
    April 7, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Somewhere in the depths of my PC I have a reaction image for this. Lemme check.

  16. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    April 7, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Same, though I think NISA changed it because it may be hard for westerners to pronounce; kinda like how Funimation changed Kururin to ‘Krillin’ for their dub of all Dragon Ball shows and related products in the west.

  17. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    April 7, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Well, I’m happy for the Nep fans.

  18. scemar
    scemar
    April 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    -IF is Her Own Stuntman! Maneuver through treacherous dungeon terrains with various actions like jump, dash, climb, crawl, to reach items or special rewards, and even destroy

    This is some next gen stuff right there ladies and gentlemen

  19. xmrsunshine
    xmrsunshine
    April 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    “after the series’ main heroine, Neptune, is magically transformed into a motorcycle.”

    god dammit japan

  20. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    April 7, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Have you ever watched the anime of Valkyrie Drive?

  21. NeoSkyte
    NeoSkyte
    April 7, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I’m happy to see this game finally coming over to the west. I remember hearing rumours about IFI we’re in discussions with Sega about bringing this over.

  22. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    April 7, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    3 Neptunia games this year, huh? It would be cool playing as IF as the protagonist. I also expect many puns from Neptitron.

  23. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    April 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Mine’s are XSEED,IFI and Bamco in that order.

  24. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    April 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Motor Lady was pretty insane. The anime started slow, but got much better towards the end.

  25. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    April 7, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Now Idea Factory tell us the release date of Moero Crystal English dammit.

  26. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    April 7, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    There is no kr sound in Japanese so Krillin is actually a pretty fair take on Kurulin.
    And while Plutia Is not a 1 on 1 translation it can a reference to an other unreleased Sega console codenamed Pluto. So they at least put some thought into coming up with a name that rolls better off the tongue than Pururut.

  27. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    April 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    And her cool partner that transformed into an overpowered laser cannon was sick too.

  28. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    April 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Teaming up with Sega Hard Girls makes sense I guess. I know I hated it for pretty much all the same reasons I hated Neptunia.

  29. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    April 7, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Sounds like me,i check that bookmark everyday.^^

  30. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    April 7, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    My favourite was Kasumi, but her kicking powers were pretty normal. Meifon’s money armour was also really cool.

    Curious to see what else Takaki came up with when the game comes over.

  31. BurgerUnit
    BurgerUnit
    April 7, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Hate Neptunia?

  32. Smug
    Smug
    April 7, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I would ride her

  33. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    April 7, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Well we will get probably the announcement of both Valkyrie Drive and Uppers soon,i’m curious too to see what he will do next.

  34. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    April 7, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Whatever Takaki’s next project is, he has my support.

  35. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    April 7, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Same here.People can say what they want about his games but they certainly are refreshing and not boring.

  36. DizzyGear
    DizzyGear
    April 7, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    The battle system looks awfully same’ish to be honest.

  37. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    April 7, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Ok, I’m starting to get bored, it’s literally the same combat.

  38. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    April 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    If I lick them, will I get drunk?

  39. sanic
    sanic
    April 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I’m in.

  40. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    April 7, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    ….Fuck you for dredging up these feelings….

  41. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    April 7, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    In more ways than one?

  42. blackice85
    blackice85
    April 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    It’s supposed to alert me but those things fail sometimes, so I should probably start checking too. I think Moe Chronicle’s English release came out about a year ago actually, so it could be soon.

  43. sanic
    sanic
    April 7, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    In 2 ways.

  44. MusouTensei
    MusouTensei
    April 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Yes, I think I’m pleased by this news.

  45. grgspunk
    grgspunk
    April 7, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    The reason why all the titles use “Neptunia” instead of “Neptune” goes back to when NISA localized the very first game for the PS3 five years ago. They wanted to avoid copyright issues with Sega and their proposed Sega Neptune system. Thus, they used “Neptunia” instead.

    On the other hand, getting the rights to localize Sega Hard Girls most likely required IFi to get direct permission from Sega anyways, so they probably requested to use the name “Neptune” while they were at it.

  46. magicalfollower
    magicalfollower
    April 7, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    That makes sense…

  47. DariusQ
    DariusQ
    April 7, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Man, do they just keep making these games around the clock or something? I’m not complaining but my wallet sure is crying.

  48. Nameless App 1989
    Nameless App 1989
    April 7, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Which characters are playable, and which aren’t?

  49. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    April 7, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Ohh shit they finally used “Neptune” in the name

  50. James Hewitson
    James Hewitson
    April 7, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    And the same environments again and again, I love Neptune but there’s only so much asset recycling I can take ?

  51. James Hewitson
    James Hewitson
    April 7, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Seriously Compile I love Neptune but the asset recycling is beyond a joke now ugh ?

  52. VLOCKUP
    VLOCKUP
    April 8, 2016 at 12:05 am

    The real playable characters are IF and Sega Hatsumi.

    Other playable characters are four Sega CPUs and four main Sega Hard Girls.

  53. chocodino
    chocodino
    April 8, 2016 at 2:01 am

    they didn’t change it per se, 超 can be translated as super, hyper or ultra

    also, the franchise is only “neptune”, since they change it a lot, so far, it has been 超, 超次, 神, 神次, 新, 激

  54. chocodino
    chocodino
    April 8, 2016 at 2:02 am

    just like Dragon Quest was called Dragon Warrior due to copyrights on the name

  55. Brandon Wolfley
    Brandon Wolfley
    April 8, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Nep nep is a motorcycle now? Starting to think these games might be a bit weird.

  56. amc99
    amc99
    April 8, 2016 at 3:07 am

    YEEEESSSS IIIIFFFFFFF MYYYY LOOOVEEEEEEE (after Noire of course)

  57. Radiovid
    Radiovid
    April 8, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Nothing against IFs new look, but I hope her old Nine Brand coat is available in-game.

  58. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    April 8, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Chou, is often used for the word “Super”, though (Dragon Ball Super comes to mind, as it uses “Chou” in its logo). And yes, I’m aware that other entries use different labels for the [X] Dimension part. (“Kami Jigen Game Neptune V” or “Ultra Dimension Game Neptune V”, etc.).

    It’s very interesting that they’ve chosen “Super” over “Hyper”, though, and they’ve gone completely over to Japan’s “Neptune” Title, ditching “Neptunia” in favor of it.

  59. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    April 8, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Yes, so this likely means that either the copyright has expired, a deal was made, or IFI was able to purchase the rights to the title “Neptune” for future titles.

  60. chocodino
    chocodino
    April 8, 2016 at 3:46 am

    I think this will be only a one time thing, after all, brand name is important, and “neptunia” is already established, and in lots of languages it rolls out of the tongue a lot better than neptune….but in truth, I don’t really care, it will not change the content in the game, which is what actually matters.

  61. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    April 8, 2016 at 4:03 am

    But here’s the thing, it’s not a one time thing. The Blanc game was originally titled “Blanc + Neptunia” for the west, but IFI quietly changed the title to “Blanc + Neptune”, combine that with this new “Superdimension Neptune” title we’re getting with this game, and it seems they really are ditching “Neptunia”.

  62. Cael
    Cael
    April 8, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Best girl, yes!

  63. Joey
    Joey
    April 8, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Sony Taiwan are responsible for that. IFI have nothing to do with this.

    Though a promotion on their FB page wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  64. aaaa
    aaaa
    April 8, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I find it hard to believe that Sega was the reason why it was Neptunia in the west. It must be some other company had trademark the name since Sega was already involved in the First Neptune game.

  65. aaaa
    aaaa
    April 8, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I find it stupid that they have to change names just because its “too hard for Americans to pronounce”, like what about the rest of the world?

  66. grgspunk
    grgspunk
    April 8, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Might’ve been an issue that was outside of Sega’s hands back then but has since been resolved.

  67. Luka?( ▀ ͜͞ʖ▀?)
    Luka?( ▀ ͜͞ʖ▀?)
    April 8, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Yay!

  68. Luka?( ▀ ͜͞ʖ▀?)
    Luka?( ▀ ͜͞ʖ▀?)
    April 8, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Theres a anime this season with talking bikes btw

  69. Tromboner
    Tromboner
    April 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Hell yeah

  70. Mike Nieto
    Mike Nieto
    April 8, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Enough of Neptunia. Let the fucking franchise rest for Christ sake. It’s the Assassin’s Creed of niche gaming.

  71. Guin
    Guin
    April 8, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Neptune fatigue is starting to seep in…

  72. Kaboom
    Kaboom
    April 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I still gotta finish RE;Birth 3… And Hyperdevotion… And Action Unleashed… … *Will buy anyway!!*

  73. TheManWithPants
    TheManWithPants
    April 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Well considering the games have English dubs using American VAs, that probably would be part of why they did it. I doubt most folks in the UK, Australia, and Canada could pronounce ‘Pururut’ properly either. If they didn’t change the name, folks would probably complain that the dub VAs aren’t pronouncing it properly as well.

  74. Zero Eternity
    Zero Eternity
    April 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Reminding me of Air Gear.

  75. Minuteworld92
    Minuteworld92
    April 8, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    does that really fucking happen? XD

  76. Sunny11
    Sunny11
    April 9, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Sad weaboos