Sady, after an eight-year run, the PS Vita’s life has come to an end. As of this week, consoles have officially stopped being produced in Japan, well after units (and games!) became hard to find on shelves overseas.
Perhaps you’re like me and loved the PS Vita for its extensive range of otome games, even in English. Or, maybe you’ve been on the fence about getting a PS Vita and want to know if it’s worth the purchase just for the English otome games available. To help you on your quest, no matter what it may be, I’ve compiled a list of all English PS Vita otome games, both physical and digital!
Since PS Vita games and PS Vita systems will only get harder to find as time goes on, it’s a good idea to pick up any otome games you want before it’s too late. Digital games probably won’t be made unavailable anytime soon, but in order to keep this list as comprehensive as possible, I’m including them here. (Digital PS Vita games will be available for purchase as long as the PSN store is kept up and running on the PS Vita.)
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Amnesia: Memories (PSN) – Amnesia is one of the more famous otome game series in Japan, but unfortunately it’s only available digitally for the PS Vita in English. You start the game as a protagonist with amnesia, and depending on which world you choose to go to, you’ll be in a relationship with a different character.
Amnesia: Memories is also available digitally for PC.
Bad Apple Wars (Amazon) – This otome game has a rather dark premise: the protagonist is hit by a car on her first day of school and finds herself in a school for lost souls where she must choose between two warring groups of students. Depending on which side you pick, there are different romance options.
Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ (Amazon) – At the end of the PS Vita’s life, Code: Realize wins the award for being the most prolific otome game series available in English for the platform available (Hakuoki is just behind with two games). If you pick up this title, you’ll be rewarded with a great steampunk story with a great female protagonist and two fan discs full of lots of sweet romantic moments.
Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ is also available for PS4 with Code: Realize Future Blessings in the Code: Realize Bouquet of Rainbows bundle.
Code: Realize Future Blessings (Amazon) – This is the first Code: Realize fan disc, which is not exactly a full-fledged sequel, but rather additional content for fans of the original game. If you played Code: Realize and can’t get enough, pick this one up!
Code: Realize Future Blessings is also available for PS4 with Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ in the Code: Realize Bouquet of Rainbows bundle.
Code: Realize Wintertide Miracles (Amazon) – This is the second Code: Realize fan disc and should only be played after you’ve played the previous two games in the series. Some of the stories take place around Christmas, making them great to play during the festive season!
Collar x Malice (Amazon) – Yet another mystery otome game, Collar x Malice sets itself apart from other games by following a female police officer as she tries to uncover the secrets behind a series attacks in Shinjuku.
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds (Amazon) – Hakuoki has the honor of being the first major otome game to be released in English back on the PSP. If you’ve been wanting to try this famous otome game series set in historical Japan, filled with hot, bloodthirsty samurai, Kyoto Winds and Edo Blossoms together make the definitive Hakuoki experience. Just keep in mind that Kyoto Winds is only the first half of the story – you need Edo Blossoms to complete it.
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is also available digitally for PC.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (Amazon) – The second half of the Hakuoki story on PS Vita. Be sure to pick this up if you’ve played Kyoto Winds.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is also available digitally for PC.
Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (PSN) – The very first otome game by a major Japanese developer to be released in English! Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is for PSP, but is available to play on PS Vita digitally via PSN, so I’m adding it to this list. Keep in mind that it will be a cheaper option to buying both Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds and Edo Blossoms, but it also has less characters and none of the enhancements of the PS Vita version, such as prettier graphics.
Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom is also available physically for PSP and iOS/Android as simply Hakuoki.
Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi (PSN) – If you can’t get enough Hakuoki, this hack and slash PSP action game that takes place in the Hakuoki universe is also available for PS Vita on PSN.
Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi is also available physically for the PSP.
Hatoful Boyfriend (PSN) – This “pigeon dating sim” may seem like a joke, and it’s certainly full of them, but it’s actually a lot more than that. You’ll just have to play and find out what I mean! It’s available digitally for the PS Vita.
Hatoful Boyfriend is also available digitally for PS4.
Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star (PSN) – I can’t believe we have not one, but two holiday-themed otome games on this list! Holiday Star is the sequel/fan disc to Hatoful Boyfriend. Be sure to play the previous game first!
Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star is also available digitally for PS4.
London Detective Mysteria (PSN) – London Detective Mysteria is XSEED Games’ first otome game localization, and is only available digitally for PS Vita in English. If you’re looking for more steampunk style-romance with a dash of mystery, London Detective Mysteria might be for you!
London Detective Mysteria is also coming to PC on an unspecified future date.
Norn9: Var Commons (Amazon) – Norn9 is one of the earlier PS Vita otome games to be released in English from Aksys Games. There are three different protagonists, each with three male romance options, for a total of nine different male characters to date. If you’re looking for something with a more sci-fi bent, Norn9: Var Commons might be a good choice.
Period Cube: Shackles of Amadeus (Amazon) – Period Cube takes the popular trope of being trapped in an MMO and turns it into an otome game. The protagonist is looking for her lost brother and trying to figure out the secret behind the strange designation she has in the game, despite the fact that she’s never played before.
Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly (Amazon) – What if you suddenly woke up in a creepy mansion with no idea how you got there or who you are, and then chased by a grotesque monster?! That’s exactly the premise of this dark, story-driven otome game!
Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk (Amazon) – Ashen Hawk is not a direct sequel to Black Butterfly, but I’ve heard it has some connections to the previous game that would enhance the experience if you’ve played Black Butterfly first. Both are dark mysteries, so if that’s your kind of otome game, be sure to pick them up!
7’scarlet (Amazon) – 7’scarlet is a mystery otome game where the protagonist goes to a town filled with legends and folklores in search of her missing older brother. The artist is the same as the famous otome game series Uta no Prince-sama!
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (PSN) – Like some of the Hakuoki games, Sweet Fuse is a PSP game that’s available for the PS Vita digitally on PSN. This game features a protagonist who is trapped in a theme park with a group of hot men by a malevolent pig. Fans of video games will appreciate references such as the protagonist’s uncle being a character based on famous developer Keiji Inafune.
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side is also available physically for PSP.
It’s very unlikely any more otome games will come out in English for the PS Vita now that consoles and game cartridges are no longer being made, so consider this list complete. In the off chance there is a game released digitally later on, I will be sure to update this list!
If you’re new to otome games on the PS Vita and don’t know where to start, check out my top 10 favorite otome games available in English! Many of the games on this list also appear there.