List of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni titles

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The Higurashi no Naku Koro ni visual novel series is originally produced by the Japanese dōjin soft maker 07th Expansion, but features games produced in collaboration with Alchemist and Twilight Frontier. The games take place in the fictional Japanese town of Hinamizawa, and the stories revolve around a group of young friends and the strange events that occur in the village. The games have been released for Microsoft Windows PCs, the PlayStation 2, and the Nintendo DS handheld console. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a series of murder mystery visual novels that requires relatively little player interaction as most of the gameplay is composed of reading text which signifies either dialogue between characters or the inner thoughts of the protagonist who the player assumes. The games utilize intermissions where the player can obtain several TIPS which allow the player to read various supplementary information that may or may not be useful in solving the mystery.

The series debuted in Japan on August 10, 2002 with Onikakushi-hen, the first in a series of eight original games divided into the "question arcs" consisting of the first four games, and the "answer arcs" consisting of the latter four. The answer arcs shared the common title Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai. An additional fandisc known as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei followed, and was the final game in the series produced by 07th Expansion. The eight original PC games were released in English by MangaGamer with the first four games released in December 2009.[1] The last four games, however, were released individually starting with Meakashi-hen in February 2010.[2] Alchemist has released six more games based on the original series, two for the PlayStation 2 and four for the Nintendo DS. Twilight Frontier produced a dōjin game 3D versus third-person shooter game entitled Higurashi Daybreak which was later ported to the PlayStation Portable by Cavia and Alchemist.

Main series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[1]
  • JP August 10, 2002
  • EU December 15, 2009
  • FR October 31, 2009
Release years by system:
2002—Microsoft Windows PC[3][4]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by 07th Expansion[3]
  • English localization by MangaGamer[1]
  • French localization by Saffran Prod



Original release date(s):[1]
  • JP December 29, 2002
  • EU December 15, 2009
  • FR October 31, 2009
Release years by system:
2002—Microsoft Windows PC[3][4]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by 07th Expansion[3]
  • English localization by MangaGamer[1]
  • French localization by Saffran Prod



Original release date(s):[1]
  • JP August 15, 2003
  • EU December 15, 2009
  • FR July 1, 2010
Release years by system:
2003—Microsoft Windows PC[3][4]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by 07th Expansion[3]
  • English localization by MangaGamer[1]
  • French localization by Saffran Prod



Original release date(s):[1]
  • JP August 13, 2004
  • EU December 15, 2009
  • FR July 1, 2010
Release years by system:
2004—Microsoft Windows PC[3][4]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by 07th Expansion[3]
  • English localization by MangaGamer[1]
  • French localization by Saffran Prod


Kai[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[2]
  • JP December 30, 2004
  • EU February 28, 2010
  • FR May 21, 2011
Release years by system:
2004—Microsoft Windows PC[3][4]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by 07th Expansion[3]
  • English localization by MangaGamer[1]
  • French localization by Saffran Prod



Original release date(s):[5]
  • JP August 14, 2005
  • EU April 15, 2010
  • FR May 21, 2011
Release years by system:
2005—Microsoft Windows PC[3][4]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by 07th Expansion[3]
  • English localization by MangaGamer[1]
  • French localization by Saffran Prod



Original release date(s):
  • JP December 30, 2005
  • EU May 31, 2010
  • FR May 25, 2012
Release years by system:
2005—Microsoft Windows PC[3][4]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by 07th Expansion[3]
  • English localization by MangaGamer[1]
  • French localization by Saffran Prod



Original release date(s):
  • JP August 13, 2006
  • EU July 15, 2010
  • FR May 25, 2012
Release years by system:
2006—Microsoft Windows PC[3][4]
Notes:
  • Published and developed by 07th Expansion[3]
  • English localization by MangaGamer[1]
  • French localization by Saffran Prod


Others[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP December 31, 2006
Release years by system:
2006—Microsoft Windows PC[3][4]
Notes:


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō

Original release date(s):
  • JP August 17, 2014
Release years by system:
2014—Microsoft Windows PC[6]
Notes:


Other series[edit]

Daybreak[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP August 13, 2006
Release years by system:
2006—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):
  • JP April 22, 2007
Release years by system:
2007—Microsoft Windows PC
Notes:



Original release date(s):[7][8]
  • JP November 27, 2008
Release years by system:
2008—PlayStation Portable[7][8]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[9]
  • JP November 26, 2009
Release years by system:
2009—PlayStation Portable[9]
Notes:


Matsuri[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[10][11]
  • JP February 22, 2007
Release years by system:
2007—PlayStation 2[10][11]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[12][13]
  • JP December 20, 2007
Release years by system:
2007—PlayStation 2[12][13]
Notes:


Kizuna[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[14][15]
  • JP June 26, 2008
Release years by system:
2008—Nintendo DS[14][15]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[17]
  • JP November 27, 2008
Release years by system:
2008—Nintendo DS[17]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[19]
  • JP May 28, 2009
Release years by system:
2009—Nintendo DS[19]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[21]
  • JP February 25, 2010
Release years by system:
2010—Nintendo DS[21]
Notes:


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "MangaGamer Adds Koihime†Musō, More Da Capo Games". Anime News Network. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Higurashi, Meakashi-hen". MangaGamer. 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni product introduction" (in Japanese). 07th Expansion. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni introduction" (in Japanese). 07th Expansion. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  5. ^ "Kira Kira Curtain Call and Higurashi". MangaGamer. 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  6. ^ a b "New Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hō Visual Novel's Opening Streamed". Anime News Network. June 28, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Higurashi Daybreak Portable game information" (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  8. ^ a b "Higurashi Daybreak Portable (limited edition) listing" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  9. ^ a b "対戦ACT『ひデブ ポータブル』がメガ級になって帰ってきた!" [Competition ACT Higurashi Daybreak Portable Returns as a Mega Rank!] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  10. ^ a b c "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri description website" (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  11. ^ a b c "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri listing" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  12. ^ a b c "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri official website" (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  13. ^ a b c "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri: Kakera Asobi listing" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  14. ^ a b "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna introduction website" (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  15. ^ a b c "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna: Daiichikan Tatari (limited edition) listing" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  16. ^ "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna: Daiichikan Tatari official website" (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  17. ^ a b c "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna: Dainikan Sō (limited edition) listing" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  18. ^ "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna: Dainikan Sō official website" (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  19. ^ a b c "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna: Daisankan Rasen (limited edition) listing" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  20. ^ "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna: Daisankan Rasen official website" (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  21. ^ a b c "Higurasi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna: Daiyonkan Kizuna (limited edition) listing" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Higurasi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna: Daiyonkan Kizuna official website" (in Japanese). Alchemist. Retrieved August 31, 2010. 

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