Kowloon High-School Chronicle, one of the most interesting games of the year, has finally arrived! You can pick up your very own copy today — whether it’s a lovely limited edition from our partners at Funstock, or a digital edition from the Nintendo eShop.
Kowloon High-School Chronicle is a full HD remaster of a cult classic PlayStation 2 game that was previously only available in Japan. Previously known as Kowloon Youma Gakuen Ki, the original PlayStation 2 version didn’t sell particularly well on its original release, but picked up steam over the long term and ultimately became a cult classic almost entirely through word of mouth.
With the Switch version being Kowloon High-School Chronicle’s first time in English, it’s getting a second chance at success and the opportunity to reach a whole new audience. And if it does well, we might even see a sequel eventually — something the creators have been keen to make ever since the original PlayStation 2 version released in 2004.
We’ve previously covered some of the interesting things about the gameplay in Kowloon High-School Chronicle, so to get you in the mood for release day today, here’s a look at some of the main cast members you’ll be spending your time with over the course of the game as a whole.
As a new transfer student at Kamiyoshi High School in Tokyo with the inevitable dark secret that all transfer students are legally obliged to have, you need all the friends you can get. And Yachiho is one of the first friends you’ll make in your adventure.
Yachiho is a naturally inquisitive young woman who occasionally crosses the line a bit into outright nosiness, but the athleticism she’s developed through being part of the school tennis club will almost certainly mean that she’ll be a valuable ally as well as a trusted friend. Just don’t count on being able to keep any secrets from her; chances are she’ll find out eventually!
It wouldn’t be a mystery adventure without a particularly mysterious character, and Shiraki certainly fits the bill in this regard. While other students tend to keep their distance from her due to her somewhat intimidating and strange aura, if you get close to her you’ll find that she has some intriguing riddles to consider.
Perhaps the riddles she has to offer will help you uncover the mystery of the ruins beneath the school. But why is she wearing chains beneath her school uniform? Perhaps there’s something altogether more sinister going on here — you’ll have to get to know Shiraki better to find out more.
While a bit of a delinquent who is rarely found in classes, Minakami’s quick reflexes will make him a helpful addition to your team as you investigate the mysteries that lie beneath Kamiyoshi High School.
That is, if you can get close enough to him to convince him to join you; he’s a bit of a brooding sort, preferring to spend time alone with only his lavender aroma pipe for company — but if anyone will be able to get through to someone like this, it’s a video game protagonist! There’s a certain amount of precedent, after all.
Nanase is the school’s librarian, and she takes her work very seriously, as school librarians are often wont to do. This means she can potentially be a very valuable source of information for you, as when you’re attempting to research ancient mysteries, there’s no-one better to have on your side than someone who knows where all the obscure books are.
It helps that Nanase has a fascination with ancient civilisations and the occult, of course. While she’s initially rather reserved and quiet towards you, engaging her in conversation on these topics will bring out an enthusiastic, passionate side of her.
Kowloon High-School Chronicle is out today via the eShop, and limited editions are still available from our friends at Funstock. Click here to nab yourself a digital copy for Switch, or click here to pick up a limited edition.
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