Rose & Camellia, The Slapping Game, Gets Switch Port

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I can’t believe I had to go back so far in the archives for this, but anyone reading the site in 2008 (!) might remember a game called Rose & Camelliawhat was somehow As Punch !only if everyone was straight out of a Jane Austen novel.

Here’s the pitch of the 2007 originalwhich gives the impression that it is a complex game of complex social and political intrigue:

The day after Reiko’s wedding into the patrician Tsubakikoji family, her beloved husband passes away, leaving her with only a rose and the scorn of her family. Despite her humble origins, Reiko is determined, as the wife of Shunsuke, eldest son of the Tsubakikoji house, to claim her title as mistress. But the mocking aristocrats who make up the female members of the main branch of the family deny its rightful position. Clutching the rose Shunsuke gave her on their wedding night, she prepares to prove her case, by force if necessary, and put the evil Blue Bloods in their place.

The gameplay, however, involved slapping anyone who got in your way. The game was great, leading to a sequel just a year later, then in 2013 a third entry in the series was released, this time tying in with The Mulana. I haven’t even thought about this game in over a decade, and probably none of you either, which is why it’s a wild surprise to see that a port of the first game is on its way to the Nintendo Switch.

Not only does this bring the joys of gaming to a whole new generation, it also adds motion controls via JoyCon controllers, and for the first time will enable multiplayer so you can slap a friend instead of the CPU. There is no release date or price listed.or word of a Western release (the original was a Japanese game, and this announcement was only made in Japanese), but you can (and should) check out the trailer below:

薔薇と椿 – Nintendo Switch |発売決定告知トレイラー

(Thank you Ian, thank you)