The first major Otome visual novel for the Nintendo Switch is coming to the system courtesy of D3 Publisher. The game was announced just ahead of the Christmas rush, and is scheduled to arrive in Japan on the Nintendo eShop this winter. However, thanks to the Nintendo Switch being region-free, all you (bi)curious gamers out there who want a visual novel dating sim where the guys are pretty enough to be traps, you can look to grab a digital copy from the eShop.
With illustrations and a story put together by Hitsuzigumo, The Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya follows a young lady who visits an island of male courtesans. Yes, an island of gigolos. Players will be able to romance the ridiculously handsome male courtesans who are actually pretty enough to pass for ladies.
The Switch trailer introduces gamers to the handful of romance partners you can woo (or be wooed by).
The general gist of the story is that the female you play is looking for a long lost childhood friend, and attempts to find him among the men of Yoshiwara.
This is actually not the first time this particular Otome has been released. It originally came out a while back on Steam via Dogenzaka Lab under the title The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya in 2015, and was followed up by the second Steam release of The Men of Yoshiwara: Ohgiya.
It’s interesting that of all the visual novels to port over to the Nintendo Switch, D3 Publisher went with the one that has the girliest looking men who seem effeminate enough to have this story classified as a yuri tale. We’re talking dudes who took a stroll all the way around the gender identity horseshoe.
Then again, I suppose they’re testing the Otome market to see what the audience on the Switch looks like and if it’s a viable market to tap.
I would have assumed a sexy-time VN like Neko Para or anything from Winged Cloud would have been tapped, but maybe Nintendo doesn’t want those kind of VNs on the system?
Anyway, you can look for The Men of Yoshiwara: Ohiyga to launch on the Switch this winter. Alternatively you can pick up digital copies of visual novels either individually or via a bundle package on Steam.