The latest to hop on the bandwagon? Noizi Ito’s The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi light novel and anime series.
Nexon Co. – you know, the guys who published Maple Story and a bunch of other leading online games – announced this week that they are launching Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei (涼宮ハルヒの転生, The Reincarnation of Suzumiya Haruhi) on social network service (SNS) and Web gaming platform Gree.
Normally when we say “launch”, we really mean that a company has announced a product but it won’t be available to consumers until such-and-such release date.
In Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei’s case, however, the game is actually live right now, pretty much moments after Nexon Japan made the announcement yesterday.
Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei, like most other such social titles in Japan, is a card battle game where you earn various character cards by progressing through a story mission mode.
When you reach a certain point in the story mode, a “loop” will occur – not unlike the infamous Endless Eight story chapter in The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi – allowing you to re-visit events you’ve already experienced in the game so that you may earn duplicates of cards you’ve already got, for levelling or other gameplay purposes.
During each loop there will also be a separate leaderboards ranking, and the top scorers in each story loop will receive special in-game prizes.
To play Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei, you will need a Gree account (which requires an email address from a Japanese telco) and either an Android smartphone running 2.2 and above, or an iPhone on iOS4 or above. If you meet the requirements, point your smartphone’s Web browser over to http://pf.gree.jp/56653 to start playing; the link will not work on a regular PC Internet browser.