February 2017 Community Game-Along: Fashion Games

When it comes to fashion in games, people tend to gravitate toward a select few titles that center around the fashion industry in some way, such as the lovely Style Savvy series for Nintendo DS and 3DS. Not that these games aren’t amazing, but have you ever thought about how important equipment is in your favorite RPG? Why shouldn’t your character’s appearance change whenever you equip a rad new suit of armor? That’s why for February’s Community Game-Along, we’ll be focusing both on fashion games and fashion in games to showcase how great video game fashion can be!

To participate in the Game-Along, select a title that fits the “fashion” theme, whether it’s a game that explicitly centers around fashion, or a game that features some nifty fashion that you’d like to focus on this month. Then, share your experiences playing, screenshots, written reviews – you name it! – using #FashionGameFeb so myself and others can follow along all month long. I’d love to see some OOTD’s (“outfit of the day”) from your favorite games, too! If you’re stumped with what to play, though, here are a few ideas:

Style Savvy Fashion Forward cats screenshot

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward (Nintendo 3DS) – Style Savvy is by far the best example of a game centered around fashion, so if you want to really stick to this month’s theme, this one’s a must! Fashion Forward is the latest game in the series, but if you’re looking for a bargain, try grabbing the original Style Savvy on DS. These games go far beyond just playing dress up – think of them more as management sims where you need to sell clothes to picky customers in order to make a profit at your boutique.

The World Ends with You pants screenshot

The World Ends with You (Nintendo DS, iOS, Android) – When I think of a game that puts fashion at the forefront but isn’t a fashion game per say, I think of The World Ends with You. Taking place in a fantasy version of the famously hip Shibuya, Tokyo, all the fashion in TWEWY is top-notch and essential for battle. By equipping pins from the brand that is currently popular in your area you’ll do increased damage, too!

FFXIV A Realm Reborn bunny outfits

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4, PC) – While having the highest level gear is essential to any MMO, Final Fantasy XIV‘s fashion is, in my opinion, particularly stellar. If you’re a Final Fantasy fan or looking to dip your toe in the MMO genre, I can highly recommend this game not just for its fashion, but it’s amazing gameplay and story, too! There’s always new gear coming out, and with glamours meaning you can mix and match whatever you want your outfit to be without having to worry about the stats, you could spend hours in FFXIV just planning your wardrobe alone!

Kim Kardashian Hollywood clothes

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood (iOS, Android) – Celebrities and fashion go hand in hand, right? I always like to include super cheap/free option that’s widely accessible (i.e on phones) as a suggestion so the bar is as low as humanly possible for folks to participate (whoops, my secret’s out), so if you don’t have anything in your backlog that would possibly fit February’s fashion game theme, why not try Kim Kardashian: Hollywood?

Disney Magical World 2 items

Disney Magical World (Nintendo 3DS) – The Disney Magical World games for 3DS are surprisingly deep for games aimed at a younger audience. If you like the sound of something Disney-themed that’s similar to Animal Crossing but more structured in terms of quests and objectives, I highly suggested giving the original or its sequel a go! The fashion in the game is, of course, all Disney-themed, and you’re encouraged to equip pieces from the same set to complete an “ensemble” and gain a special bonus.

There are many, many other games that feature fashion to some degree or another, such as Watch Dogs 2Animal Crossing: New Leaf, or even Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (you can design your own yarn Yoshi, which is kind of fashion, right?), so I hope to see a lot of interesting picks this month! Don’t forget to share your OOTD’s with #FashionGameFeb so everyone can see them!

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Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • CuteEmUps

    I need to recommend Soul Calibur V because it features the ability to create your own characters and the level of customization that you can put into it is unreal. Sometimes when I’d get bored of playing the actual game, I’d just come up with new, unique characters. I actually think it’s more fun than the game itself lol

    • That’s a great suggestion – I totally forgot about character creators! I had a lot of fun with the one in Samurai Warriors 4 XD

  • HotLimit

    AHHHHH!!! This is probably my favorite game theme (outside of fishing, of course)! I love all of the Style Savvy games, especially the first because the music was downsampled to make it seem like you were in a real store – there were like 13 distinct tracks, including a vocaloid song :O

    People participating have pretty much covered the majority of the games I’d recommend, but my go-to list is:
    -Style Savvy (developed by SynSophia, who made a lot of amazing wrestling games, the Def Jam games, and the fighting engine for the PSP Yakuza games)

    -TWEWY – just go play it!!

    -Pop Cutie: Street Fashion Simulation (Koei classic also known as “That’s QT” in Japan, got a PSX release and then a NDS remake) – this game is INCREDIBLE, cute, funny, challenging, and unique. Definitely recommended to anyone who can’t get into Style Savvy.

    -Resonance of Fate/End of Eternity – One of few JRPGs where there are tons of outfit items to buy that are purely cosmetic – they don’t change your stats, the devs just added them because fashion is awesome! Oh, and there is only one female character, so it’s one of the few games that includes substantial male fashion options.

    -The Oshare Princess games, there are several of these for the GBA and DS, and are unfortunately Japan-only. They skew towards a younger audience than most other games, but have a really cool system where you coordinate outfits based on typical Japanese style-points (active, sophisticated, boyish, elegant, romantic, etc)

    -Nicola Kanshuu/Girl’s Fashion Shoot – sort of a bare-bones version of Style Savvy that only focuses on coordinating outfits. The DS version is Japan only, but the 3DS games are out everywhere.

    -FabStyle – Japan only 🙁 Koei’s attempt to reclaim the fashion king title from Style Savvy, aimed at a slightly older audience, includes quizzes about fashion industry and business etiquette, amazing graphics, but not all of the charm

    -Any game with a robust character editor, though Soul Calibur V and PSO2 really take the crown. I prefer Tekken Tag Tournament 2, but that’s because I’ve been playing Tekken since I was a little kid :s

    • So glad you like this month’s theme! And thank you for all of the amazing suggestions!! I usually don’t include Japan-only titles in my list because I try to make it as accessible as possible, but I’m definitely interested in checking some of those out! And thank you for mentioning Girl’s Fashion Shoot because I *totally* forgot about that one, even though I own it! Whoops!

      I didn’t know Resonance of Fate had such good clothing options, and it’s been on my “to play” list for ages! I love that they’re just there for cosmetic reasons too XD

  • Nice list! ^_^
    I would also consider Fantasy Life (3ds) to be a good game for dressing up and character customization!

    Animal Crossing New Leaf is a personal favourite for fashion because there are tons of QR codes and it feels more social with neighbors around your town then visit other town with different themes. <3

    • Fantasy Life is a great suggestion! And I love getting other people’s QR code designs for my village since I’m not much of a designer myself hehe

  • Meyneth

    This is probably a weird recommendation, but I’d actully recommend the Monster Hunter titles…finding that perfect set of armour that looks good and has a decent set of skills can be quite a challenge. I had half a dozen set by the end…and I absolutely refused to use the recommended set everyone was peddling because I just could not stand the waist piece! xD

    • Not a weird suggestion at all! I even considered including it on the list, but since next month is #MonMonth again, I thought maybe I’d save my hollering about Monster Hunter until then 😉 I’m definitely the kind of person who will only wear an armor set if it’s cute!

  • I found two games I’m gonna share later on this month!! Fashion City 2 and Stardom: Hollywood. Both are super cute but I have only continued to play Fashion City 2.

    • I haven’t heard of those! I can’t wait to read what you have to say about them 🙂