Danganronpa is a series of two visual novels that made their way onto the PlayStation Vita in the west last year. It has now been announced that the series has sold 200,000 copies in Europe and America.
Talking to MCV, President and CEO of NIS America Takuro Yamashita stated that Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and the sequel Danganronpa: Goodbye Despair have sold well. He stated: “Combined sales of the first two Danganronpa titles – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair – now total more than 200,000 across Europe and the US…That’s just on PS Vita – it’s quite an impressive number.”
For a niche visual novel that is exclusive to the PS Vita, these numbers are a success. Yamashita even spoke on what the success of the game means for the company: “Danganronpa was definitely the game that made visual novels popular with Western gamers; since then there’s been more coming out…NISA is known for publishing niche JRPGs like Disgaea, but now we’re shifting the system towards visual novels after the success of Danganronpa.”
A third game in the Danganronpa series, titled Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, is set to release on the PS Vita later this year. The game is a third-person spinoff that takes place between the first and second game. The development of a third Danganronpa title is also underway, though not much is known at the moment.
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