Anime has been taking the world by storm for some time now, with the Japanese cartoons spreading into mainstream culture in the West.
The colourful graphics and unique design have translated well into the gaming world, too, with titles like Blade & Soul, MapleStory 2 and Closers all hugely popular. Gun Gun Pixies is an anime game which was initially released for the PS Vita in 2016, but will soon be available on the Nintendo Switch. For anyone who enjoys games with a highly strange concept and Japanese-influenced graphics, this could be worth checking out.
Gun Gun Pixies has been described as a crazy Japanese third-person shooter and 3D platformer in one. The story follows two “pixies” from outer space who come to Earth to infiltrate a women’s college dormitory. Their mission is to study human behaviour so that they can help overcome social issues on their home planet. It has been three years since the game was initially released on the Vita, but developer Compile Heart announced that it would be coming to the Switch in Europe and America in 2019. There is also talk of a release for PC coming soon as well.
Anyone thinking that this is a game to do with traditional pixies may need to look elsewhere. The characters in this title are alien pixies, and don’t really have anything to do with the forest-dwelling magical beings from Celtic folklore. Gamers who are interested in playing titles that include those mythical creatures may want to play Pixies of the Forest at Lucky Pants Bingo, a slot game which features the tiny winged creatures and other fairy-tale characters, or even hidden object game Pixieland by Difference Games for Android and iOS.
What players will find with Gun Gun Pixies is that it is a whole lot of weird fun, and there aren’t many existing games that are anything like it. During the mission, the alien pixies have to examine women in a college dormitory by sneaking around undetected. They have to snipe the inhabitants and interact with them in different ways. All the while, players are tasked with collecting coins along the journey which can be used to purchase new weapons, lingerie and costumes.
Nintendo is planning to release a Day One Edition of the game which will include a load of extra cool stuff. It comes in a special Nintendo Switch collector’s box with the game and a high quality art book inside. This features concept drawings of all the characters and settings, and would appeal to hardcore anime fans who can’t get enough of the unique artwork of the genre.
The Nintendo Switch is possibly the best platform to enjoy anime games on at the moment, with other titles like Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 already available on the platform. Gun Gun Pixies is unlikely to be up there with the best. But it is certainly worth a play for anime fans who fancy something different.