Nyu Media

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Nyu Media
Industry Video game publishing
Genre Dōjin soft
Founded 2011

Nyu Media is a video game publisher known for localizing Japanese independent dōjin soft games into the English language.[1] They were established in 2011 and released two batches of dōjin games that spanned genres including shoot 'em ups, beat 'em ups, platformers, adventure games, and action-RPGs.

History[edit]

Nyu Media Limited announced its first titles as a video game publisher in November 2011.[2] Their first batch of localized releases included six Japanese indie (dōjin) games: bullet hell shooters eXceed 2nd: Vampire REX and eXceed 3rd: Jade Penetration Black Package by Tennen-sozai, 3D shoot 'em up Ether Vapor Remaster and beat 'em up Fighting Fairy by Edelweiss, adventure game Cherry Tree High Comedy Club by Atelier773, and side-scrolling shooter Satazius by Astro Port.[3] A month later, the company partnered with Capcom to publish and distribute their upcoming titles. Nyu saw the partnership as a means for legitimizing the doujin community.[4] The games were released for Microsoft Windows via services such as Steam, GamersGate, and later from MangaGamer without copy protection (DRM).[5]

The second batch of games for 2012 was announced in August and included five titles: platformer Eryi's Action by Xtal Sword, action-RPG Croixleur by Souvenir Circ, and shoot 'em ups Kamui, RefleX, and Alltynex Second by Siter Skain.[6]

In early 2014, the company announced Gigantic Army, a side-scrolling shooter with 16-bit era graphics.[1] The same year, they brought four games to Steam Greenlight to win support from the Steam community.[7] One of these games, the fighting game Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm, raised over $100,000 through crowdfunding website Indiegogo, and led to a dispute between Nyu and PayPal when the latter held up to half of the funds as a "reserve".[8] PayPal ultimately released the funds and announced that they would be reforming their crowdfunding policies for the future.[9][10] Nyu released their first Japanese role-playing game, The Sacred Tears TRUE, in September 2014.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Estrada, Marcus (January 22, 2014). "Side-Scrolling Shooter Gigantic Army Coming on February 5th". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ishaan (November 27, 2011). "New Doujin Publisher, Nyu Media, Publishing Japanese Indie Games". Siliconera. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Polson, John (November 19, 2011). "Nyu Media Localizing Six Japanese Indie Games". IndieGames.com. UBM Tech. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ Cowan, Danny (December 13, 2011). "Nyu Media, Capcom To Publish Localized Doujin PC Games Starting This Month". IndieGames.com. UBM Tech. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ishaan (June 16, 2012). "MangaGamer Selling Nyu Media Doujin Titles On Their Website". Siliconera. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ Cowan, Danny (August 9, 2012). "Nyu Media Reveals Second Wave Of Localized Doujin PC Games". IndieGames.com. UBM Tech. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Estrada, Marcus (May 29, 2014). "Nyu Media Brings 4 Doujin Titles to Greenlight". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ McWhertor, Michael (September 10, 2013). "Crowdfunded fighting game Yatagarasu having its money held by PayPal". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ McElroy, Griffin (September 10, 2013). "Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm dev's funds unfrozen by PayPal". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Sarkar, Samit (September 13, 2013). "PayPal 'overhauling' policies regarding crowdfunding". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lada, Jenni (September 25, 2014). "Nyu Media releases The Sacred Tears TRUE JRPG". TechnologyTell. Retrieved December 18, 2014.