Cover art of Nintendo DS video game LovePlus
LovePlus (ラブプラス Rabu Purasu?) is a dating sim developed and published by Konami for the Nintendo DS handheld video game console. It was released in Japan in 2009. Several updates and sequels have followed, including one for iOS in 2011. It has not been released outside Japan.
- Protagonist /Player (主人公 / プレイヤー Shujinko / Pureiyā?)
- A second year High School student just transferred to Towano High School. Soon after, he joins the library committee, the tennis club and a part time job at a family restaurant. He's the only character you can name in the game, and you may choose to refer in first person as ore (俺?) or boku (僕?) (both are the male form of "I," although "Ore" is considered more masculine). In the LovePlus Rinko Days manga his name is Wataru Aikawa Aikawa Wataru (愛川 渡る?).
- Manaka Takane (高嶺 愛花 Takane Manaka?)
- Voiced by: Saori Hayami 
- A second year high school student who goes to the same after school tennis club with the protagonist. She comes from a well-off family and has lived a sheltered life, having no experience in many "normal" things like eating a hamburger combo, going out with her friends after the club, or watching TV. Her classmates shy away from her perfectionism, which is why she has few friends.
- Rinko Kobayakawa (小早川 凛子 Kobayakawa Rinko?)
- Voiced by: Sakura Tange 
- A first year high school student who the protagonist meets after being forced to join the library committee. She constantly wears earphones and has an attitude that keeps people away from her. Rinko's attitude stems from her feeling alienated and unwanted in her home after her father remarried, bringing a new mother and younger brother into the house. "Whenever I am home, the atmosphere darkens", as Rinko described. She wanders the streets after school, avoiding going back to an unwelcoming home. She likes punk rock and fighting games.
- The character concept was taken from Haruki Murakami's "Dance, Dance, Dance" character "Yuki".
- Nene Anegasaki (姉ヶ崎 寧々 Anegasaki Nene?)
- Voiced by: Yūko Minaguchi 
- A third year high school student working part-time in a family restaurant, where the protagonist meets her. She is the dependable big sister from whom everyone asks help. She has a mole under her right eye and likes housework and horror movies.
- In an early development setting she was meant to be a college student with light makeup. The latter remained part of her appearance during game release.
- In November 2009, a Japanese man and player of LovePlus "married" this character, provoking widespread media attention.
LovePlus+ is the same as the original LovePlus, although with new content, including field trips, fitness modes, sick days, Taisen Puzzle-Dama, capsule toys and more. Almost everything from the original game also makes an appearance in LovePlus+, along with many new ways to interact with the girls. Data can also be transferred from the original game to LovePlus+.
Anti-piracy measures have also been upgraded.
The game was released in Japan on June 24, 2010.
Manaka, Rinko and Nene each have their own storyline
- LovePlus Manaka Days by Mikami Akitsu in Rival
- LovePlus Rinko Days by Kōji Seo in Bessatsu
- LovePlus Nene Days by Takaki Kugatsu in Young
- LovePlus Girls Talk by Daisuke Sakura in Magazine E-no
- LovePlus Her Past (ラブプラス カノジョの過去 Rabupurasu Kanojo no Kako?) by Hiroaki Wakamiya in good! Afternoon
A sequel was released for the Nintendo 3DS on February 14, 2012 titled New LovePlus. An updated version of New LovePlus called New LovePlus + was announced for Nintendo 3DS. It was released on March 27, 2014.
LovePlus Collection is based on the original game, but it's for mobiles phones and uses a card battle system to develop the player's relationship with the girls. It also features a new character, Akira Yukino, a sophomore. It was released as a standalone app at iTunes and Google Play (although the player needs a GREE account to play) on April 18, 2013.
- Game Info – Official Site (Japanese)
- Asking a "LovePlus" staff member: "Why did you make such a cruelty game?" 4Gamer.net, August 20th 2009 (Japanese)
- "Tokyo man marries video game character - CNN.com". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- "Japanese gamer 'marries' Nintendo DS character". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- Wait, what? Love Plus is getting a manga? FIVE mangas?! japanator.com, Feb. 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- 5 Loveplus Virtual Girlfriend Manga Series Detailed Anime News Network, March 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- newloveplus – Official Site (Japanese)
- "New Love Plus includes three games". Senpai Gamer. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- "New Love Plus+ announced for 3DS - Gematsu". 3 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- "NEWラブプラス＋". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
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- LovePlus's official site (Japanese)