Doki Doki Majo Shinpan!
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Developer(s)SNK Playmore
Publisher(s)SNK Playmore
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
Release
  • JP: July 5, 2007
Genre(s)Adventure, fighting
Mode(s)Single Player

Doki Doki Majo Shinpan! (どきどき魔女神判!, lit. "Thump-Thump Witch Judgement", or idiomatically "Heart-Pounding Magical Investigation") [1] is a video game developed by SNK Playmore for Nintendo DS. The player assumes the role of a junior high school student who is asked by an angel to locate a witch that has snuck into his school. In order to find the witch, he must search the suspects' bodies for a "witch mark." The preferred method is by using touch (using the stylus to guide his hands). A sequel titled Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 Duo was released 31 July 2008, and a third game titled Doki Majo Plus was released on July 30, 2009.

Characters

Akuji Nishimura (Voiced by: Miku Ozaki)
He is a junior high student hard at work on finding witches.
He is proud to be a bad boy and forced to cooperate by the threat of being changed into a good boy.
Angel LuLu (Voiced by: Hiroko Sonoda)
Apprentice angel. She follows the arch-angel's instruction about Akuji, and helps with the witch search.

Suspects

Maho Akai
14 years old. She has long sugar-pink pigtails and very big breasts. She is in a cheerleading squad. Her ability: Energy balls.
Maria Abe
14 years old. She wears glasses. Crystal-ball fortune-telling is her unique skill. Unlike most other characters, she is not a witch; she is a normal person. Her "abilities": Medicinal flasks and wooden barriers.
Renge Oda
13 years old. She likes retro video games. Her most prized possession is Athena on the Nintendo Entertainment System (with cassette tape), which is a clear reference to SNK. Her abilities: Teleportation and a "power sneeze".
Yuuma Mochizuki
13 years old. He takes everything seriously and gets injured (and hospitalized) all the time. His ability: Wolf-man transformation.
Ayame Midoh
15 years old. She is the only daughter of a Shinto shrine and is also a shrine maiden. Her abilities: Summoning familiar spirits and talisman.
Merry Watabiki
12 years old. She is often seen wearing a rabbit costume. Her abilities: Meteors and explosive decoys.
Eve Seiya
23 years old. The school nurse. Her ability: Energy balls.
Noel Seiya
The archangel. Sister of Eve Seiya. Her abilities: Energy balls, summoning holy slugs and holy swords.

Other characters

Chiyo Daisen
She is in a cheerleading squad; the same one that Maho is in. She has light blue hair.
Reverse-Panda
The color of this type of panda is quite opposite to a usual panda. It hides itself in 100 places throughout the game. The number obtained at the end of the game reveals more episodes in the "Extra Episodes" mode.

Release

Kotaku asked an SNK spokesperson if the game would be released in the US, and the response was "...this title is only for Japanese market. We do not have any plan for localize to the other versions.",[2] despite the game originally having official sites in English, Chinese, and Korean. These were taken offline when the Japanese language site was rewritten to focus on the upcoming sequel game.

A manga adaptation was published in Akita Shoten's "Champion Red" starting in September 2007. It was illustrated by Ken Yagami.

Reception

According to online retailer Amazon.com, the game is the best selling pre-order game in Japan, and is more popular than The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.[3] However the actual numbers show that the game met with minimal sales and as of 2009 has only sold 50,000 units.[citation needed] Although the game was never commercially released in North America, it was the subject of a number of webcomics and internet shows. These include:

The import review in NGamer (like its predecessor NGC Magazine, famous for comical reviews of particularly bad games), was so disturbed by the game that it abandoned its normal percentage scoring system and awarded it a 'score' of simply "NO" in every category. In a later issue (18) it "awarded" it "The Superman 64 Award For Worst Game (of 2007)" (for years, the magazine considered Superman 64 to be the worst game ever made), remarking "There are bad games - technically flawed and conceptually lazy - and then there are bad games. Evil bad. Doki Doki a.k.a. The Meh Witch Touching Project, is one such title."[citation needed] The sequel, however, received 40%, an actual score.

Sequels

Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 Duo

Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 Duo
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Developer(s)SNK Playmore
Publisher(s)SNK Playmore
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
Release
  • JP: July 31, 2008
Genre(s)Adventure, fighting
Mode(s)Single Player

Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 2 Duo (どきどき魔女神判2, lit. "Thump-Thump Witch Judgement 2", or more accurately translated as "Heart-Pounding Magical Investigation 2") [9] is the sequel to the Japan-exclusive Doki Doki Majo Shinpan!. A third game titled Doki Majo Plus was released on July 30, 2009.

Similarly to the first game, players determine whether female characters are witches by touching their bodies with the stylus. However, unlike its predecessor, this title exhibits new features such as an enhanced witch-check touching system[10] and microphone input.[11]

The game resumes with Akuji, the main character of the first game, this time in high school. The game is rated D (17 years and over) in Japan by the CERO because of the nudity and sexual references presented in the game.[citation needed]

Doki Majo Plus

Doki Majo Plus
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Japanese cover art
Developer(s)SNK Playmore
Publisher(s)SNK Playmore
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
Release
  • JP: July 30, 2009
Genre(s)Adventure, fighting
Mode(s)Single Player

Doki Majo Plus is the third game in the Doki Doki Majo Shinpan! series. Despite being billed as the third game in the series, it's really an enhanced retelling of the original DokiMajo game, featuring a revised soundtrack and a new character. The game was released only in Japan on July 30, 2009.

References

  1. ^ "Heart-Pounding Magical Investigation 2 Display Cleaner". Hobby Search. August 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  2. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2007-07-19). "No Plans to Localize Doki Doki Majo Shinpan". Kotaku. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
  3. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2007-05-04). "SNK's Witch Game More Popular Than Phantom Hourglass". Kotaku. Archived from the original on 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
  4. ^ "Penny Arcade - Comic - A Dubious Methodology".
  5. ^ "Doki Doki Panic!".
  6. ^ "D.S. I Love You".
  7. ^ "Zero Punctuation : Skate 2". Archived from the original on 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  8. ^ "Yakuza 4 | Zero Punctuation Video Gallery | the Escapist". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  9. ^ "Heart-Pounding Magical Investigation 2 Display Cleaner". Hobby Search. August 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  10. ^ "どきどき魔女神判2:システム:魔女チェックモード". SNK Playmore. 2008. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  11. ^ "どきどき魔女神判2:システム:どきどきチェッカー". SNK Playmore. 2008. Archived from the original on July 30, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-17.