So much so that retailers such as Amazon and Rosenqueen have sold out, demonstrating to publishers that there is indeed a fanbase.
In the end, I decided to focus on true 'bishoujo' dating sim games.#10: Sakura Wars V, aka Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (PS2/Wii, Red Entertainment/NIS America)Five years is how long it took someone to finally release this storied franchise in America.
While it's true that dating sims/bishoujo games rarely leave their host country, a few brave companies such as JAST, NIS, Manga Gamer, and the now-defunct Hirameki strive to bring them over here with decent/moderate success.
It is the dating sims, interpersonal stories, and the fine art of moé that take center stage.
The premise may sound more like something you would expect from a shovelware title like Natsume’s Princess Debut, believe me when I say it’s not.
Fourteen years, if you're counting from the beginning of the series. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love does not contain the greatest story, nor the greatest cast of characters that I've come across (akin to a throwback to the Power Rangers and Robotech era) but it has had a profound impact on niche Japanese gaming in the West.