Circle Entertainment have announced that they are bringing Maitetsu -pure station- (a Japanese railway-themed Visual Novel) to the Nintendo Switch, this Winter. It’s the port of the game originally released on PC by Lose, and localised by Sekai Project.
Very little is know about this Nintendo Switch version, other than it will be playable in English, Japanese, and Chinese, with Japanese voices. The game will be released this Winter in Japan, with a European and North American release (though the English press release does not mention any release window).
Here’s some details about the story, along with a few character profiles:
After hearing that an industrial factory is to possibly be built along a landmark river in his hometown of Ohitoyo, Migita Sotetsu returns home to change the minds of those in charge of the factory proposal. Although half of the town’s citizens support the building of such a mill, the other half fear the potential for pollution and contamination of their beloved river.
Recognizing Ohitoyo’s budgetary decline over the last few decades, Sotetsu believes that the town requires a system that allows it to be fiscally independent instead of reliant upon a factory to stimulate its economy, and sets out to identify an alternative method in achieving this goal. It’s during this time that Sotetsu comes across an android-like being–a “Raillord” named Hachiroku–while looking through his late adoptive father’s belongings. Although inanimate, Hachiroku and Sotetsu forge a deep, unlikely connection, and from this bond, work together in hopes of restoring Ohitoyo to its former glory.
Finally, here’s the list of key features and some screenshots from the PC version:
- Fully voiced in Japanese including the protagonist!
- Fully animated sprites and events
- Scene select to jump to your favorite in game scenes
- Includes tips for detailed information about trains and the game
- A gallery to pose character stands, listen to in game music, view CGs, and view scenes
Maitetsu -pure station- (Switch – eShop) comes out this Winter in Japan, and later in Europe and North America. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!