[January 17] Update: now with video.
Original story: I did not know it was possible to win a Guinness World Record for this.
Then again, I’m sure Borderlands and World of Tanks didn’t have the record books in mind when they won their respective GWRs for “most guns in a game” or “most players online simultaneously on one MMO server“.
AKB 1/149 Renai Sousenkyo (Love Election, AKB1/149 恋愛総選挙), the third instalment in Namco Bandai Games’ romance dating sim series for the PSP and PlayStation Vita and scheduled to be released later two weeks from now on December 20, features a grand total of 149 pop singers from four different J-Pop idol groups produced by – AKB48 (teams A, K, B and 4), SKE48 (teams S, KII, and E), NMB48 (teams N, M, and B) and HKT48 (Team H).
Love Election was preceded two other games in the series were: AKB 1/48 Idol to Koishitara (Fall in Love with an Idol) and AKB 1/48 Idol to Guam de Koishitara (Fall in Love with an Idol in Guam).
The premise in Love Election involves all of the 149 idol group members simultaneously falling in love with the player, who will then go on dates with each of these girls, cruelly reject 148 of them, before finally getting to a happy ending with his (or her; nobody said girl gamers can’t play this) one true love.
Earlier today, Namco Bandai Games held an event in Tokyo to inaugurate and receive the “Most pop singers featured in a video game’ award from” World Guinness Record, and also to simultaneously unveil a new commercial for the game to the Japanese press.
Present at the event were AKB48 Team A members Minami Takahashi (also the General Manager for the entire AKB48 idol group), Mayu Watanabe (second most popular member across all the groups, after Team K’s Yuko Oshima), and Yui Yokoyama (who serves double-duty as a concurrent member of NMB48).
Here’s what they had to say about the game and receiving the award, according to Famitsu:
Now that the game is in its third incarnation, the number of members featured have really ballooned, so now you can pick who you’d like to date, who you wouldn’t want to date, from as many as 149 members.
In my case, I’d definitely pick to go out with Mayuyu-san (Mayu Watanabe) for sure.
(At this point Minami Takahashi butted in with a ‘tsukkomi’: “What about me?”) As for Takamina-san… I refuse [note: the exact word she used were “Okotowarishiteokimasu”] *Laughs*.
That said, since one playthrough of the game is about two hours long, you’d be able to go through the game and pick different girls 12 times in one day *laughs*. So I hope that everyone will pick to go out with all of the members!
Love Election goes on sale on December 20, so that’s something to look forward to in addition to Christmas.
For folks who [are not really looking forward to Christmas because they] think it’s going to be a lonely one this year (in Japan Christmas is associated more with romance and spending it with your date, rather than spending time with family and friends), please do pick up the game and give it a shot.
As the game features not only AKB members but also those from our sister groups, please do spend some quality time with us!
This time around, like the “1/149” in the title implies, there are really a lot of members involved – to the point of shock, huh? *Laughs* However, because of the surprisingly huge number of members involved, we caught the attention of Guinness World Records, so this game franchise has really grown to be something bigger than just a simple evolution of the 1/48 series.
I think there’s a lot to be excited about in this game, and a lot of fun to be had by going all “Heavy Rotation” on all the members involved in Love Election. This Christmas, please do snuggle up with this game in the cosy comforts of your bed!
There is one thing I need to mention though. It’s been like that for the past two games too, but every time once the game is out, the people around me keep telling me “hey, I went and blew off Takamina!” That makes me a little dejected deep down inside, so once the game is out, make sure to pick me, okay? *Laughs*
Beginning December 10, a new commercial for AKB1/149 Renai Sousenkyo will hit the TV airwaves in Japan.
There will be a total of six different variations of the TV commercial, in which an AKB1/149 player is surprised when one of the following three idols – Yuko Oshima, Mayu Watanabe, Minami Takahashi (two variations of the spot for each idol) – suddenly appears behind them while they’re playing.
Following that, a tagline for the game appears: “Can you bear to reject/blow her off?”
Namco Bandai Games plans to upload the TV spots to the game’s official website at a later date, so look out for that.
In the meantime, here are some screens from the commercials:
AKB 1/149: Love Election for the PlayStation Portable and PS Vita comes out December 20 in Japan.