Touhou, Japan's most popular indie game series, comes West on May 7!

Touhou Coming West After Twenty Years

Touhou, Japan's most popular indie game series, comes West on May 7!

The Touhou series sees its first-ever official Western/English release on May 7 of this year.  Barring, of course, various less-than-official English patches.  The localization team at Japanese indie game distributor Playism says they’re releasing two of the most recent Touhou games in English simultaneously: Touhou 14: Double Dealing Character and TakkomanTakkoman’s a platformer; Double Dealing Character, being another main Touhou installment, is a bullet hell.  Double Dealing Character originally came out in the summer of 2013, and Takkoman’s a fan-made game based on Touhou mythos. 

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Touhou 14: Double Dealing Character

Touhou is something of a Japanese crossmedia indie phenomenon.  ZUN (that’s one guy’s pseudonym, not a company name) has cranked out almost twenty Touhou games to date since the mid-90s, most of them bullet hells or fighters.  Unlike a lot of doujin, ZUN’s universe is completely original.  Over the past twenty years, the Touhou fever’s spread to manga, light novels, and a crazy amount of fan works.



Double Dealing Character and Takkoman will be available through the Playism store in just a few short days, for $15 and $10, respectively.  This series is gigantic overseas; we’ll see how it fares here.

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