Hyperdimension Neptunia

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This article is about the Hyperdimension Neptunia game series. For the first video game in the series, see Hyperdimension Neptunia (video game).
Hyperdimension Neptunia
Neptunia.jpg
European cover art for the first video game
Genres Role-playing game
Developers Idea Factory
Compile Heart
Felistella (PS Vita)
Publishers
  • NA Idea Factory International (PS Vita)
Platforms PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
PlayStation 4
Microsoft Windows
Platform of origin PlayStation 3
First release Hyperdimension Neptunia
August 19, 2010
Latest release Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II
April 23, 2015

Hyperdimension Neptunia (超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ Chōjigen Geimu Neputeyūnu?, lit. "Super Dimensional Game Neptune") is a video game series of role-playing games created and developed by Idea Factory. The series debuted in Japan on August 19, 2010 with the video game of the same name exclusively for the PlayStation 3, later re-released as an enhanced remake under the name Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 for the PlayStation Vita. Two sequels, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, in addition to the remake titles for both of them and three spin-offs on the PlayStation Vita, have also been released. Another sequel on the PlayStation 4, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II, was released in 2015. It has also branched off into a manga, light novel and anime media franchise.

A television anime series adaptation, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation, began airing in July 2013.

Setting[edit]

Games within the series takes place in the world of Gamindustri (ゲイムギョウ界 Geimugyō-kai?, a pun on ゲーム業界 Gēmu gyōkai, "game industry"), which is divided into four regions: Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. Each region is completely different from the others in appearance and atmosphere, with each representing a specific video game console. In the beginning of the story, the four goddesses are fighting each another for "shares" in a war known as the Console War.

Release history[edit]

Hyperdimension Neptunia is the first game within the series, with the name originally derived from the scrapped Sega Neptune[2] which combined the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Sega 32X into one unit, originally scheduled for release in 1994 or 1995 before the project was dropped after the release of the Sega Saturn.

There are two sequels which have been released under the names Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. Another game, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia PP (神次元アイドル ネプテューヌPP Kamijigen Aidoru Neputyūnu PP?),[3] was released on June 20, 2013 for the PlayStation Vita in Japan and it was released in the west in June 2014 as Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection, developed by Compile Heart, Idea Factory and Tamsoft.

During a streamed interview at Tokyo Game Show 2013, Idea Factory and Compile Heart announced that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation is currently under development,[4][5] in addition to another presently unnamed future Neptunia title.[6] Re;Birth 2 was released on March 20, 2014.[7] Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (超女神信仰ノワール 激神ブラックハート Chō Megami Shinkō Nowāru Geki-Shin Burakkuhāto?) with Noire as the main character, was released on May 29, 2014.[8]

On March 16, 2014, two new next-generation games have been announced, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia U (超次元アクション ネプテューヌU?) and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II (新次元ゲイム ネプテューヌVII?).[9] Hyperdimension Neptunia U is an action game spin-off exclusively for the PlayStation Vita released on August 28, 2014 in Japan, developed by Tamsoft,[10] whilst Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II will be a PlayStation 4 title.[11]

At Tokyo Game Show 2014, an enhanced remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory for the PlayStation Vita, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Century, was announced.[12][13]

Games[edit]

Main series[edit]

Title Details

2010 – PlayStation 3
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2011 – PlayStation 3
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2012 – PlayStation 3
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2015 – PlayStation 4
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Spin-offs[edit]

Title Details

2013 – PlayStation Vita
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Idol-raising simulator game with rhythm and dating sim elements.



2014 – PlayStation Vita
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Turn-based tactical role-playing game which utilises a battle grid.



2014 – PlayStation Vita
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Musou-type real-time action game.


Geki Jigen Tag Blanc + Neptune vs. Zombie Army

TBA – PlayStation Vita
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Multiplayer action game.[14]


Hyperdimension Neptunia vs. Sega Hard Girls: Hard Wars

TBA – PlayStation Vita
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Crossover title with Sega Hard Girls.[15]


Remakes[edit]

Title Details

2013 – PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows
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  • Developers: Felistella
  • Producer/Publisher:



2014 – PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows
Notes:
  • Developers: Felistella
  • Producer/Publisher:



2014 – PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows
Notes:
  • Developers: Felistella
  • Producer/Publisher:


Other media[edit]

Hyperdimension Neptunia
Manga
Choujigen Game Neptune: Megami Tsuushin
Magazine Famitsu Comic Clear
Original run November 2010 – ongoing
Novel
Hyperdimension Neptunia TGS Hono no Futsukakan
Published by MF Bunko J
Published May 25, 2013
Manga
Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation – Hello New World
Written by Mikage Baku
Magazine Dengeki Maoh
Original run June 2013 – ongoing
Anime television series
Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation
Directed by Masahiro Mukai
Written by Shogo Yasukawa
Music by Hiroaki Tsutsumi
Kenji Kaneko
Masaru Yokoyama
Studio David Production
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX
English network
Original run July 12, 2013September 27, 2013
Episodes 12 & OVA (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

Manga[edit]

A manga series based on the game titled Choujigen Game Neptune: Megami Tsuushin (超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ ~めがみつうしん~?) began serialisation in November 2010 within the Famitsu Comic Clear.

A manga series illustrated by Mikage Baku which complements the television animation, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation – Hello New World (超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ THE ANIMATION はろーにゅーわーるど?), began serialisation within the June 2013 issue of Dengeki Maoh. A spin-off novel of the anime, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia TGS Hono no Futsukakan, was published by MF Bunko J and released May 25, 2013.[16][17]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation was produced by David Production of Japan and directed by Masahiro Mukai.[18] Series composition and script writing are done by Shogo Yasukawa and a musical score composed by Hiroaki Tsutsumi, Kenji Kaneko and Masaru Yokoyama. Character designs are done by Hitomi Takechi, based on the original designs by Tsunako along with art direction by Masanobu Nomura and sound direction by Jin Aketagawa. The twelve episode series premiered on Tokyo MX on July 12, 2013 and were later aired on BS11, KBS, Sun TV and tvk. The series was acquired by Funimation for online streaming in North America with English subtitles.[19] The opening theme is "Dimension tripper!!!!" by Nao and the ending theme is "Neptune☆Sagashite" (ネプテューヌ☆サガして?) by Afilia Saga.[20] "Go→Love&Peace" by Ayane is used as the ending theme of episodes 3 and 4, in addition to "Ito" (?) by Afilia Saga on episode 10.

The television anime series adaptation received a mixed response, with praise for its original story and humour revolving around videogame industry in-jokes, and criticism for its use of melodrama.[21]

Mobile applications and casual games[edit]

An online mobile card game for Android and iOS titled Neptune Collection (ネプテューヌコレクション?) was developed by Idea Factory and hosted by GREE starting from February 15, 2013. It is a collectable card game which involves social networking elements.[22] The game's servers shut down on July 31, 2014.

Alarm clock applications featuring Neptunia characters have also been released for Android and iOS.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ishaan (November 16, 2010). "Hyperdimension Neptunia Orbits Over Europe In March". Siliconera. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hyperdimension Neptunia's Creator Dreams of a Fighting Game". kotaku.com. September 28, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Spencer . April 9, 2013 . 12:02pm (April 9, 2013). "Neptunia Idol Game's Story Is About The CPUs Vs. Idol Group MOB48". Siliconera. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "『ネプテューヌ』の新作『Re;Birth2(仮)』が開発進行中! 『超女神信仰ノワール 激神ブラックハート』の続報も【TGS2013】" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. September 22, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  5. ^ 2013-09-22, (TGS) 『ネプテューヌ』の新作『Re;Birth2(仮)』が開発進行中! 『超女神信仰ノワール 激神ブラックハート』の続報も【TGS2013】, Livedoor News
  6. ^ 『ネプテューヌ』完全新作情報など、サプライズ&ぽろりも飛び出した"秋のコンパイルハート超次次元ガラパゴステージ!!"の模様をレポート! (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. September 22, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ 2013-11-12, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Reaches Vita In March, Siliconera
  8. ^ "Two more Neptunia games announced for PS Vita". Gematsu. March 17, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "【速報】『ネプテューヌ』の新作が2作も!? 『超次元アクション ネプテューヌU』&『新次元ゲイム ネプテューヌVII』が発表" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. March 16, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ 2014-04-08, Hyperdimension Neptunia U is a PS Vita game developed by the studio behind Senran Kagura, Gematsu
  11. ^ 2014-06-16, Hyperdimension Neptunia VII confirmed for PlayStation 4, Gematsu
  12. ^ 2014-09-20, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Century announced for PS Vita, Gematsu
  13. ^ 2014-09-20, PS Vita『神次次元ゲイム ネプテューヌRe;Birth3 V CENTURY』が発売決定! 『ネプテューヌVII』最新情報も公開に【TGS2014】, Dengeki Online
  14. ^ "【速報】PS Vita『ネプテューヌ』新作が発表! 激次元でゾンビ相手にタッグバトル?". Dengeki Online (in Japanese). March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ "【速報】PS Vita『超次元大戦 ネプテューヌVSセガハードガールズ 夢の合体スペシャル(仮)』発表!". Dengeki Online (in Japanese). March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  16. ^ 2013-04-26, TV Anime “Hyperdimension Neptunia” Official Site Launches and PV Releases!, Tokyo Otaku Mode
  17. ^ 2013-04-01, 「超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ」本格始動 公式サイトオープンにスタッフ情報やPV公開, animeanime.jp
  18. ^ "David Production Makes Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation". Anime News Network. December 27, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Funimation Adds Hal, 009 Re:Cyborg Films". Anime News Network. July 4, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Hyperdimension Neptunia Anime Ads Feature Ending Song". Anime News Network. July 10, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  21. ^ 2013-11-12, Gamers are Bound to Get a Laugh or Two Out of Neptunia: The Animation, Kotaku
  22. ^ "ネプテューヌコレクション". compileheart.com. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 

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