NIS America doesn't just localize video games, they localize anime as well. It should come as no surprise then that the team was at this past week's Anime Expo here in sunny California with a round of announcement, both anime and game. First up is a special puzzle platformer htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, a PS Vita exclusive that will only be released digitally. To make up for that lack of a retail release, NIS America will make htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary available this fall.
The Firefly Diary is about a young girl named Mion. She awakens in a dark and strage place, but is greeted by two fireflies who will help to guide her on her journey. By switching between a world of light and a world of darkness, each of which one of the fireflies can guide Mion through, she'll discover the secrets of the ruins. Perhaps, she'll also discover secrets hidden within herself.
It's a simple premise, but why would NIS America decide to localize the game for that reason alone? Ah, but there's more to The Firefly Diary then first meets the eye. The game is controlled with a mixture of the PS Vita's two touch screens -- both the front and the back. Just imagine how the game's light and dark worlds, its two fireflies which guide Mion, and the two touch screens can work together. It's a wonderful idea and its inspiring to see NIS America snatch the game up for localization.
htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary will be released digitally this fall on PS Vita and will come to both North America and Europe. Help both NIS America and Japanese indie ideas out by keeping your eye out for more information on The Firefly Diary in the months to come.